This week, blogs stood up for Oscar-snubbed women, shared the newest fashion apps, and tried to update the late Andy Rooney’s admiring comments on women over 40.

  • Shifting Gears, the new home of WVFC contributor Judith A. Ross, is starting off with a flourish, with the engaging It’s Not Your Age, It’s Your Attitude. Reflecting on her recent conversation with Margaret Heffernan as well as the work of Garance Doré, she comes up with words that you may not know you needed: “No one will ever mistake me for a 30- or even a 40-year-old again, because the skin doesn’t lie. But lately, I’ve also realized that it’s better to accept these changes rather than obsess over them. Maybe beauty can come from something more than lucky genetics. It’s also in the way you carry yourself and approach the world.” Click over for more.
  • We’ve been hearing for a while about “that speech of Andy Rooney’s” about women over 40, but hadn’t come across the actual words until this from Ask Leslie at Texas’ s Your Daily Dose.  “When I turned 40 I was told 40 is the new 30. Now that I’m well into my 40s, looking at 50, I am happy to hear 50 is the new 40! I hope 60 becomes the new 20 when I get there,” she writes. Then she presents some of that immortal speech, including: “Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her,” and “A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.” There’s much more, but Leslie also asks, “Is there another ‘great thing’ about women over 40 that has been left off this list?” What do you think?
  • Looking for a way to cope with all the changing fashion trends? There’s an app for that, says Jodell Raymond at Black Cat Plus. “I have been working with a few great fashion and style apps recently that I would like to share with you,” writes Raymond, whose site specializes in plus-size fashions. First up, for all sizes: Style Tags, Style Tips and Stylebook, which “allows you to upload photos that you have taken from items in your wardrobe and tag and categorize everything you own.  You can plan ahead what you will wear in the coming month,” and you “can move, assemble and resize pieces from your wardrobe right on the screen, layering outfits to see exactly how they will look.” Click over for more, and bookmark for the rest of the series.
  • Not to be morbid or anything, but Naomi at A Little Red Hen shares a secret with some of us: reading some obituary pages as if they were gossip columns.  We certainly learned a lot from her account: “Every now and then there’s someone I knew or can connect to through people in my own past.  John Updike, whom I met briefly in a Harvard dorm when he came to borrow a tux from my then-boyfriend Christopher “Kit” Lasch.  I also have a letter with Lasch’s sketch of him; they were college roommates . . .  Barbara Seaman, who made significant contributions to women’s lives with her first book, The Case against the Pill.” We miss Barbara too, and hope Naomi, in her newish home in Portland, keeps us updated on the latest with the living as well.
  • Before we settle down and completely accept those mostly-pale-male Oscar noms, Cannonball Blog offers up one more list of Five Female-Directed Films That Deserved Oscar Nominations.”  In addition to our already-grieved snubs of Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground)  and  Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin),  she offers this tribute to Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. Below is the trailer for the film, which Guardian UK called a “bare-bones existential odyssey” with “a terrible wisdom.” Likely Academy voters didn’t know where in Oscar’s glam to place Reichardt’s tale of water scarcity and hard choices. “Reichardt, though an emerging genius, has hardly ever been considered (or been interested in being considered) an industry darling, preferring instead smaller audiences and smaller projects so as not to sacrifice creative control. In fact even the existence of a list as such, let alone her inclusion on it, is something she would be likely to scoff at. But it’s not like ambivalence or disdain has ever prevented the Academy from honoring figures before awards.”  See what you think, and maybe organize a viewing party before all the Hugo, Moneyball, and Bridesmaids love at the Oscars.


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