Jody Vance

“Old Fashionable” – by Jody Vance

Yesterday, at a family bbq, my sister in-law inadvertently coined a new phrase.  Chatting with my 79 year old mother (who was calling herself “old” and “old-fashioned”, of which she neither) my sister said: “you are old fashionABLE.”

We all loved that newly coined phrase.

Question: Why can’t we be fabulous at any age?  Answer: We can.

My mom is fashionable to the nth degree.  She’s always been independent and smart, driven and kind, sensitive and strong; beautiful.  She’s a fashionista on the inside, and out.  At almost 80 she’s cooler than most will ever be, yet is incredibly self deprecating.  She is a strong woman who will, often, say what no one else has the guts to say — she is the queen of nice, with a big dose of crassness.

While spring cleaning yesterday, I came across this photo of her from 1975.  That was the year that the hard working, single mom of two, scraped together enough money to take her kids to her homeland of Yugoslavia:

Later yesterday, here she is at the Everett Family Lamb Roast:

My mom has sparkle, she loves a sparkle. She is beautiful.  She is Old Fashionable, and one day I hope to be as old and fashionable as she is.

Sure, much to the chagrin of my Dad, she shops for things that she will never wear.  Sure, she wears things that no one really understands (the moon stones from her mom, the gecko pin I gave her in 1985, the gold Tiffany ‘bean’ necklace I talked my Dad into buying her one year for her birthday.)

As I look across the table to my mom, with all of the above, a fedora with designer knock off sunnies propped on them, the leopard print cardigan, the rings that tell a life story……I see myself.  I love that my mom dresses for herself.  She dresses for her history and for her soul.

She is Old Fashionable.

This post is about us all, men and women, taking a moment to consider our age and then ponder becoming Old Fashionable.  Own it.  Live it.  Devour it.  Like my Mom.

Perfectly imperfect.  Loveable and beautiful always.


** Update from Dad: “One error, her sun glasses are not knock offs, they are originals Now, I do have a problem getting her to wear them over her many knock offs ……………Why, only she knows.”

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  • Reply Maureen McGrath April 24, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Love that! Trendsetting. Old FashionABLE.

  • Reply Don Vance April 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

    A beautiful story about your beautiful Mom. Loved it.
    Auntie Joy

  • Reply Tina April 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

    You mom has always been dressed to the nth degree and I love that. But most of all …I love how she smells. She’s been wearing the same perfume at least since I was old enough to notice. Classic. There’s another word for your mom. Classic!

    • Reply Jody Vance April 25, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Bellogia. That’s the perfume.

  • Reply Julie Lastofsky April 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Such a beautiful story about your mom Jody.
    She’s a beautiful lady!

  • Reply Lorna April 24, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Love reading your stories , puts a smile on my face and makes me get up and get going on my day with a ” live life to the fullest” attitude!

  • Reply Cathy April 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    OLD FASHIONABLE! That’s great!

  • Reply Guylaine April 28, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Love it! What a compelling story and inspiring lady! I too want to be an old fashionABLE when I grow up 🙂

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