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— by Alyson Walsh

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For the last few weeks the exterior of That’s Not My Age Mansions has been having a facelift. Painters on the scaffolding outside the windows at 8am, dressing gown at the ready at all times. And I have literally been all over the place. Dislodged. Not conducive to book-writing but nothing really when you consider what’s going on elsewhere in the world, right now. Thankfully, an old friend of mine has an office with a spare desk, and, like proper old friends, we’ve been able to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. Turned out all right in the end.

A week’s a long time online but I still wanted to post something about the brilliant New York Times T magazine feature on Michelle Obama: To the First Lady, With Love (read the full feature HERE).

I like what the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says in her letter to the First Lady, ‘She hugged more people than any first lady ever has, and she made “first lady” mean a person warmly accessible, a person both normal and inspirational and a person many degrees of cool…

She had become an American style icon. Her dresses and workouts. Her carriage and curves. Toned arms and long slender fingers. Even her favored kitten heels, for women who cannot fathom wearing shoes in the halfway house between flats and high heels, have earned a certain respect because of her. No public figure better embodies that mantra of full female selfhood: Wear what you like.’

And Gloria Steinem’s words on Michelle Obama, ‘She managed to convey dignity and humor at the same time…After a decade under a public microscope, she has managed what no other first lady — and few people in any public position — have succeeded in doing: She has lived a public life without sacrificing her privacy and authenticity.

Recently, over the course of the Trump-Clinton presidential campaign, Michelle has become one of the most effective public speakers of our time. That’s serious. To be less serious, she has always been a woman who knows the difference between fashion (what outside forces tell you to wear) and style (the way you express a unique self).’

That’s a good mantra: wear what you like and be your unique self.

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For the last few weeks the exterior of That’s Not My Age Mansions has been having a facelift. Painters on the scaffolding outside the windows at 8am, dressing gown at the ready at all times.