A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.
Currently she works a straight job and is just about finished writing her first novel.
At half-price day at Magnolia thrift last Saturday a wish was granted to me, a wish steeped in years of fasting and prayer that today I could look like a novitiate in an order of nuns that infests a Pendleton woolen mill and worships Twiggy. Thrifted Pendleton dress, Gap turtleneck, Hue tights, cherry red Fluevog flats. #dresslikeanun #thriftyaf #fashionover50 #gray #red #gred #pendleton #fluevog #gap #hue
Completely overdressed for a desk job where maybe six people saw at me all day. This coat is like a prop so I am ready if someone wants to cast me as background for a production of a Sarah Waters novel. It’s all thrifted, do I even need to say that at this point? Does anyone doubt the joy of taking moderate sartorial risks for the cost of a fancy ice cream cone? #thriftyaf #grellow #victorianvogue
Richard demonstrates one way to enjoy morning porch time. #caturday
Be excellent to each other.
I bought it because it’s gorgeous and it was $3.00. Sadly, it’s also a size 0 sausage casing. Do I figure out a way to tailor it to fit my size-10 ass, or try to resell it, or bag it and take it back to he thrift? #heartbreaker #marcjacobs
Back when I paid to have the news printed with ink on paper and then driven to my house for me to read, these Hanna Andersson catalogs used to be inside the Sunday edition sometimes, and I was always intrigued because a part of me definitely wants to dress like a seven-year-old Norwegian girl. (Side note: I own four pairs of clogs). So when I saw this Hanna Andersson sun dress for $2.99 at the thrift store I fell on it like a wild animal. It is extremely well made and borderline childish, but it will be perfect for hot weather, and so I’ll braid my gray hair and exist within it without complaint. Pink Japanese rain coat also thrifted—I mean, look at all those buttons, plus a pink houndstooth lining? Come on. Hue tights, Fluevog flats, Merrill hikers got me to work and back in all their fuchsia glory. #fucshiashock #fashionover50 #havefungoddamnit and #wearwhatyouwant #thriftyaf #hue #fluevog #hannaandersson
Nice to find that Let’s Panic is still stocked by my local bookstore, seven years after publication. It also seems to have gone through five printings! #waitingforresiduals #letspanic
Here I am explaining to my husband how important it is that certain dresses have pockets. I still question whether I should have bought this dress one size larger to accentuate its smock-y capabilities. The black underskirt, long-sleeve tee, and loafers gave this look a pleasant Sound of Music vibe. A+ for comfort and total unselfconsciousness. J Crew dress, Gap tee, no-label black underskirt, thrifted Bass men’s loafers for my man-size feet. #thehillsarealive #fashionover50 #pocketsffs #thrityaf #wearwhatyouwant and #havefungoddamnit #jcrew #gap #bassloafers #bricks #unnecessaryhashtags
One day about seven years ago my boss at the library @villagegoddess handed me that J. Crew argyle vest and said, “This looks like something you would wear,” and boy howdy she was right, it is just the ticket on a cool spring day when I’m feeling a little dandified. Gap striped tee, thrifted vanilla linen no-label jacket, Lucky jeans, and some free J. Crew flats I literally found in my neighbor’s driveway. What a world, huh? #freedontsuck #fashionover50 #thriftyaf #wearwhatyouwant and #havefungoddamnit #jcrew #gap #luckyjeans
Sometimes I like to dress like I’m the president of a jellybean company.
Still not feeling healthy yet and I never feel comfortable in head-to-toe menswear but morning brain fog threw this at the wall and it stuck. Thrifted Harrod’s-Pringle wool argyle sweater, thrifted J. Crew matchstick cords, Happy Socks, Fluevog monk strap oxfords, topped by a priceless tuxedo jacket that a friend in L.A. thrifted and gave to me in 1995, tailor-made for Lakers legend Jerry West. What happened to the pants, Jerry?! #jcrew #pringleofscotland #fluevog #happysocks #lakers
This is a compromise outfit that meshes office responsibilities with my been-sick-for-a-week wish I were lying on the couch in a hoodie. (That sassy pose is a LIE.) It’s spring so I’m feeling pressured to be colorful whether I like it or not. Supreme “Luncheon on the Grass” by Manet hoodie used to be Jackson’s. (My son is stylish as hell but hooray every time he grows out of something rad.) Thrifted J. Crew No. 2 Pencil skirt, Hue tights, J. Crew flats. #cozyashell #thriftyaf #wearwhatyouwant and #havefungoddamnit #fashionover50 #oldladyswag #jcrew #supremenyc #hue
God bless the youngsters with the legs to wear a dress this short—for me it’s better off as a tunic. I love it but it goes with nothing, so I pair it with the oddest pants I can find and suddenly the world makes sense again. It’s sort of impossible to be invisible looking as unorthodox as this, so if you’re feeling bland my advice is! Get out there and get ugly! Crazy things make solid companions! Polka dot dress-thing is H & M, capris are J. Crew from like 2007, shoes are Rothy’s, necklace I found in an old box of paper clips at work? Life is full of mysteries. #fashionover50 #polkadots #wearwhatyouwant and #havefungoddamnit #h&m #rothys #jcrew
Zan @zanmcquade reminded me how much I like gray and yellow together (“grellow”) and lord, I need to find my iron. Also, can we talk about jewelry? Because I sort of hate it, but I have this one jasper necklace and it goes with these old Hue tights. I love that shade of mustard yellow, it’s sort of awful on it’s own but as an accent color it’s 👌. Thrifted Ann Taylor gray wrinkled cotton dress that I wish was a bit longer, frankly—as I get older I really dig covering up more, especially in light fabrics, next step is probably the Diane Keaton summer turtleneck. Uniqlo/Ines de la Fressange black linen shirt. Big clunky Dansko Minnie Mouse shoes have a wooden sole, just so you know I’m coming at you hard. #fashionafter50 #sundaybest #thriftyaf #wearwhatyouwant and #havefungoddamnit
Richard, why is your one eye squinted shut? Because you smell like a skunk squirted you in the face. #cool #awesome
Cassie’s three rules for writing: love your characters; story above all; take a nap on your final draft. #caturday
Mere inches apart! Willy has been here for five months and this is the first time Cassie has joined us on the couch. #caturday
Here we see what happens when I throw on five things that support each other on a color and fabric level but made me feel weird and disproportional all day. Orange Uniqlo scarf picks up the tiny dots of red in the thrifted Japanese chrysanthemum shift, but then the hand-me-down Gap Kids wool sweater cuts the whole thing in half at the waist. Topped with fluffy humidity-victim hair and finished with engineer boots. Luckily I could cover it all with the five-dollar parka, which is the opposite of waterproof but it lets me feel like I’m walking around in a sleeping bag all day. #ohwell #betterlucknexttime #thriftyaf
Let us talk for a moment about our foul-weather gear. When I bought this coat in 1984 for the princely sum of £70 to survive the comically drenching Scottish weather, I had no idea that it would be my only rain coat for 34 years, but here we are. It’s not remotely cozy but it is absolutely wind- and waterproof. This is the coat you see on Queen Elizabeth as she’s tramping through the moors with a herd of corgis. Boots are Blundstones, bought in 1992, and again - absolutely waterproof and still aging nicely for a boot I wear a lot in winter. Scarf purchased from a cart in Greenwich Village in 1997 for a dollar. Battered Lucky jeans; polka dot Happy Socks. I love old clothes. #thriftyaf #fashionover50 #wearwhatyouwant and #havefungoddamnit #barbour #blundstone #luckyjeans #happysocks
Who’s the best filthy wet sandy dog who got dunked at the beach and tried to kiss Natalie Portman? Willy, of course.
Rainy day cuddle.
It got cold all of a sudden.
I made a pillow fort.
Peewee is eight today! ❤️🍰❤️🍰❤️
Happy 8th birthday, Peewee! All the hugs belong to you today. ❤️😍❤️🍰❤️
Peewee doesn't understand why someone would gently sprinkle confetti all over his head. #fiesta #santabarbara
Feeling a little fragile today, Dr. Russell took 3.2 liters of fluid out of Peewee's abdomen this morning. His heart's gotten weaker but he's still a good boy. Thinking good thoughts as he rounds the corner towards his eighth birthday!
Not happy about this new "kibble only" situation.
I'm hiding from the sun!
It's important to groom your balls.
Mom why is he sitting on me.
The first thing I like to do in the morning is go back to bed.