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It’s #FashionFriday on #1010parkplace “Affordable Christmas Gifts Plus My 47-Year-Old Dress.” A few weeks ago I moved all of my photographs into wicker baskets, and now I can’t find the photo I wanted to share with you. So much for organization… It’s a picture of me on #ChristmasEve when I was 22. In the photo I’m barefoot, curled up on a teal-colored, velvet sofa at the George V Hotel in Paris. I was wearing the same black dress I’m wearing in these current photos. I’ll keep looking and if I find it, I’ll post it in the future. To see the rest of this great dress, click the link in my bio. Photos by the talented @jen.dphotog
#styleover50 #over60style #styleatanyage #styleisageless #fiftyplusstyle #classicstyle #ageless #instafashion #chicover50 #styleover60 #happyfriday #hugsomeone #xoxoBrenda


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🎼Rockin’ around the Christmas tree have a happy Holiday! 🎵Music is always playing at this #SanAntonioGirl house. Music nourishes my soul and lifts my spirits. I marvel at and appreciate the talent and diversity of singers and song writers and their different styles. This morning I’ve been listening to my fellow #texans my dear friend @katedmonson and her dear friend @lyle_lovett and their timeless duet of #babyitscoldoutside No #metoomovement there. Just wit, oodles of charm, harmony and pure enjoyment! Check it out if you haven’t heard it. Have a great day friends! Sending my love and blessings to Kat and Lyle #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #smartwomen #strongwomen #over50influencer #satxbloggers @jen.dphotog #musiclover #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor


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It’s #FashionFriday on #1010ParkPlace and I’m talking about “All Black, Electric Guitars Are Optional” Photos by @jen.dphotog
Come take a look at my #littleblackdress and a peek at my living room. Behind me is a 1984 photograph of @officialkeef #KeithRichards done by @albertwatsonphotography in 1984. @sandylinter told me she did Keith’s makeup on this shoot for @rollingstone_magazine It’s a striking and powerful image! Link in bio.

#styleover50 #styleatanyage #styleisageless #fiftyplusstyle #classicstyle #ageless #agelessstyle #instafashion #fashioninfluencer #styleover60 #chicover50 #chicover60 @therollingstones #xoxoBrenda #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor


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Read my article “Inhale the Light” in the December online issue of @eleanora_magazine Photos by @jen.dphotog
eleanoramagazine.com/inhale-the-light-brenda-coffee/

Here’s an excerpt: “Regardless of their age I want to scoop them up and tell them the woman they are now isn’t the woman they’ll always be. I want to take their hand and turn up the volume and dance with them in the middle of the room. And just when I see a faint glint in their eyes of the woman they can become, I’ll step away and let them dance in their own light.” #smartwomen #strongwomen #survivor #xoxoBrenda #1010parkplace @eleanoramorrison @sanantoniowoman @pamover50feeling40 @thesocietydiaries @bloggingsatx #satxbloggers #womenover50 #over60 #styleisageless #over50influencer #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor


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“A Loving Christmas and Hanukkah Gift,” Today on #BrendasBlog
Instead of making the holidays all about us and the minutia of to-do lists and wrapping paper, what if we step outside ourselves and connect with someone we don’t know, like the person behind us in line at the grocery store. On my blog I have two touching, real life examples that will make you feel good and ways we can do the same thing. We may never know how our small kindness has helped someone else. #xoxoBrenda #1010parkplace

#womenover50 #over60style #satxbloggers #over50influencer #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor


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Looking for something warm to wear at my desk and found one of my favorite @brunellocucinelli asymmetrical #sweaters, blouse with silk collar and olive #suedepants My shoes are @archeshoesofficial They’re #leopardprint #ponyskin from a couple of years ago. I loved them so much I bought two pairs. Do you ever do that?
#xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #styleover50 #styleatanyage #agelessstyle #fiftyplusstyle #classicstyle #ageless #instafashion #styleover60 #chicover50 #satxbloggers #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor


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This week my annual #mammogram threw me a scary curveball. After 10 breast cancer surgeries and eight rounds of chemo, I know the drill. I can read every nuance in the voice and face of the mammogram technician. This photo is me, in my #wig the week after my last #chemotherapy April, 2005. Link in bio.
“Gratitude Was My Thanksgiving” TODAY on #BrendasBlog #1010parkplace #smartwomen #strongwomen #survivors #metastaticbreastcancer #womenover50 #over60 #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor #doitnow #xoxoBrenda


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It’s #FashionFriday I’m featuring “A Festive and Comfortable Holiday Outfit.” Generally I dress down #velvet by doing a #high/low pairing velvet with something less precious so the look isn’t “too-too.” But Tis the season to bring it all out! I’m wearing my @mihjeans #burgundy #velvet #blazer and my @escadaofficial #leatherpants @janbarboglio nickel #cross and @vincecamuto sneakers! This blog also contains the story of how I rewrote my personal #style #book The butcher block behind me has a story as well. Link in bio.
#xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #styleover50 #over60 #styleatanyage #styleisageless #fiftyplusstyle #classicstyle #ageless #instafashion #styleover50 #chicover50 #satxbloggers #texasblogger #over50blogger #fashionover50#outfitideas #instafashion #fashioninfluencer #makelifecount


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“Cheese Enchiladas or a Broken Hip?” TODAY on #brendasblog
Why is it sometimes so difficult to do what’s in my own best interest, like taking my significantly thinning bones for a walk? Are my bones at the stage where I have to worry about breaking my hip? Grrrr…

#gettingolder #suckitup #watchoutforMrSquirrel #Annie #Lulu
#strongbonedwomen #over50 #over60 #xoxoBrenda #satxbloggers #over50influencer


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This outfit makes me think of something #meganmarkle #princeharry #bride would wear. Trench coats are such classics, but this olive trench steps things up a notch! It’s not the same old tan trench we’ve seen forever, and it looks so polished and smart with black!

#FashionFriday TODAY on #1010ParkPlace Link in bio.
#xoxoBrenda #styleover50 #chicover50 #ageless #classicstyle #fiftyplusstyle #styleatanyage #over60 #instafashion #fashioninfluencer


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Flowers are the ultimate in beauty, fragility and strength, and like snowflakes, no two are identical. Have you ever dried flowers in an attempt to capture or preserve that moment in time when they were their most beautiful, or preserve the memory of the person who gave them to you? Would you believe I have every rose my late husband, James, ever gave me?
I would lay them on paper bags on top of the refrigerator to dry. It seemed as though there were always roses there. After they were dry I’d put them in old wooden boxes, silver trays and crystal bowls. Containers of roses filled the living room, the dining room and my dressing room, even an old Lalique bowl in an alcove beside my Art Deco tiled tub.

When we moved to our Little House at the ranch, I filled boxes and boxes with dried roses, carefully packed in newspaper, labeled them “Roses” and put them in storage. Now that I’ve moved back to town these same boxes are in my garage. I haven’t opened them, because I fear they’d be too hard for me to see. Beautiful buds still bound together, petal upon petal, like lovers’ hands, intertwined finger by finger.

Yesterday I unpacked a box that said “Fragile.” It should have been labeled “Emotional.” Framed photographs of ski trips with family and friends… even the place cards from our wedding dinner. A card with “James” and another with “Brenda” written in elegant black script.

Here a box, there a box, everywhere a box-box. In some way James is in each one.
Make today a good day, Friends! Do everything intentionally, with love and compassion. Maybe you know someone who could use some roses today. Maybe you need some roses to lift your spirits. #whatareyouwaitingfor #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #strongwomen #smartwomen #womenover50 #over60 #beautyisageless #instaposts #makelifecount #photograph by @adrianvilleta #book #PoeticVision


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It was a bit chilly when I left for the gym this morning, so I thought I’d dress up my workout clothes with a @carolinaherrera sweater I bought a few years ago. Love this piece! Remember to #vote and regardless of the results, let’s be kind to one another. We’re in this together! #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #womenover50 #styleover60 #agelessstyle #instagashion #chicover50 #styleat#styleatanyage #satxbloggers


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While our girlfriends may never walk in our proverbial shoes, they often stand with us—in the same space—and help us through things we never dreamed we’d have to face They’re the diamonds on the soles of our shoes.
TODAY on #BrendasBlog on #1010ParkPlace “Girlfriends and Shoes Are a Lot Alike.” Link in bio.
#womenover50 #over60 #lifestyleblogger #satxbloggers #strongwomen #smartwomen #diamondsonthesolesofourshoes #instablogger #influencer #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor #girlfriends #xoxoBrenda


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“The Ultimate Outside Your Comfort Zone” TODAY on #BrendasBlog on #1010ParkPlace
When’s the last time you did something outside your comfort zone? Esther Zimmer & her husband, David, are spending a year #bicycling from #Turkey to #Singapore Yes… You read that right! For most of us that would be like flying to the moon! What a trip! Link in bio.

#xoxoBrenda #smartwomen #strongwomen #adventurous #paris #london #centralasia #hanoi #over50blogger #over60 #instaadventure #ageless #brave #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor⁉️


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It was 1980 and #MarianneFaithfull wanted #photographer @clive_arrowsmith to do her new album cover. When she arrived at Clive’s studio she was in full #makeup with perfectly coiffed hair and a #twinset of #pearls. Clive was surprised because she looked more #aristocratic than #rocknroll When he asked Marianne the name of the album they were shooting, she said #DangerousAcquaintances to which Clive replied, “It looks more like the cover of @countrylifemagazine Clive then wrapped Marianne in a huge bath towel and told her to “trust me” as he poured a large bottle of #Perrier over her head. “Through the spluttering cascade of Perrier water, Marianne said, ‘You bastard!’ Clive blotted her with a towel and shot a quick black and white #polaroid to give her a sense of what he was trying to do. When she saw it, she said, “Oh Darling. I love it.” This is the photo they shot that day and used for her album cover. It captured her #beauty and her #edginess Thank you Clive for one of my favorite photos! Marianne is now 71 years old and has survived @therollingstones_official anorexia, heroin, alcoholism, she lost custody of her son, several suicide attempts, hepatitis C and breast cancer. So if you’re thinking you can’t make it through the day... #thinkagain #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #over50style #over60 #smartwomen #strongwomen #iconicwomen #makelifecount


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Somewhere I read we look seven years younger when we view ourselves in our own mirror. I think that’s true. The mirrors and the lighting in my bathroom make me believe I’m holding my own. Then I see my reflection in a store window, and I’m shocked to see my mother staring back at me. “The Woman We See in the Mirror,” NOW on #brendasblog #1010ParkPlace Link in bio. #womenover50 #over60 #over50influencer #instabloggers #lifestylebloggers #hanginginthere #myarmslooklikeannawintours #sharonstone #eightglassesofwater won’t fix it. #xoxoBrenda


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I’m still having a #JeanShrimpton moment with another one of the beautiful, #70sfashion #photographs of her by @clive_arrowsmith Was this a reflection of @diane_keaton #style or perhaps it was the times? I choose to think everyone wanted to be like #dianekeaton a true original. Don’t you love the #plaid shirt and the black and white #oxfordshoes? So smart and chic… a #classic that’s still in #fashion today. Thank you, Diane!! #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace #over50fashion #over50fashionblogger #over50lifestyleblogger #over50andfabulous #chicover50 #fiftyplusstyle #instafashion #ageless #womenwithstyle #chicatanyage #agelessstyle #effortlesschic #satxbloggers #smartwomen #strongwomen


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I’m cleaning out a closet... at least until I got to boxes of photos and here I sit for the last two hours. Here’s an #oldiegoldie of me at the #battleofflowersparade during #fiesta in #sanantonio 1989. I was almost 40. Have always loved #bighats. If only this one could talk. I was wearing it when I was kidnapped in Honduras eight months before this was taken. #xoxoBrenda Trust me... You can survive anything...


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No… This is not a typical Instagram pretty picture but then there’s nothing pretty about #breastcancer. October #breastcancerawareness month makes me angry because it does little more than line the pockets of greedy retailers.

I had 10 breast cancer surgeries and 8 rounds of chemo and the Top Breast Cancer Blog for several years. I learned a lot about the business side and the medical research side of breast cancer. Want to know the THREE things you can do to lessen your risk, and the risk of everyone in your family of getting breast cancer? Check out today’s #BrendasBlog “Breast Cancer, My Best Advice.” Link in my bio.

#lifeanddeath #theanswerisnotkomen or #pinkshopping #xoxoBrenda #1010parkplace #makelifecount #lifestyleblogger #womenover50 #over60 #satxbloggers #texas


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It’s #FashionFriday and the subject is “Shoe Basics, Building an Over 50 Wardrobe.” While many women over 50 like wearing high heels, my #1010ParkPlace reader #fashion survey says you’re more interested in flats, boots and sneakers. Stop by the link in my bio for all the pros and cons of each style and a list of the most comfortable and favorite shoe brands submitted by my readers! #happyfeet #happyfriday #xoxoBrenda #fashionblogger #womenover50 #over60style #fashioninfluencer#fashioninfluencers #styleover50 #styleatanyage #agelessstyle #fiftyplusstyle #classicstyle #ageless #instafashion


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I grew up loving the #british #fashionmodel #JeanShrimpton and am particularly fond of this early #70s #photograph by @clive_arrowsmith He captured her #peachesandcream complexion and big #blueeyes Clive photographed her on more than one occasion for #britishvogue Shrimpton was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world’s first #supermodels Would you believe Shrimpton is now 75 years old? She owns the #abbeyhotel in #penzancecornwall. What are you doing… or will be doing… when you’re 75? #womenover50 #over60 #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor #xoxoBrenda #over50influencer #1010ParkPlace


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TODAY on #BrendasBlog “An Interview and a Writing Class with @CherylStrayed
After the death of her mother, the breakup of her family and subsequently experimenting with heroin, #CherylStrayed made a radical decision to hike 1,100 miles of the #PacificCoastTrail from California to Oregon. She was 26, alone, in an unforgiving wilderness, with no hiking experience.

Many of you’ve read #Wild Cheryl’s powerful memoir about her journey. The book became a #1 @nytimes #bestsellers a #film starring @reesewitherspoon and the first selection for @oprah #bookclub 2.0.

Like her #writing my interview with Cheryl is #transparent #honest #courageous and we talk a lot about overcoming #fear and “being brave enough to break your own heart.” Thank you Cheryl. #xoxoBrenda #1010parkplace
#smartwomen #strongwomen #survivorship #womenover50 #over60 #over50blogger #over50influencer #art #healing #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor


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#FashionFriday on #1010ParkPlace I LOVE this elegant, #velvet burnout #skirt from @whistleriver It’s perfect for the #holidays and is designed with our demographic in mind, the craftsmanship is impeccable AND #itsonsale
Click on the link in my bio if for no other reason than to see @jen.dphotog #photographs we shot at @park31events in #springbranch #texas ! We’re a great team and we have so much fun! And you know me… I’m a @therollingstones_official fan since I was 12. They’re in my DNA, so we set one of their tracts from their #blueandlonesome album on replay. Jennifer caught me #groovin to @mickjagger @officialkeef and the guys. “I Can’t Quit You Baby but I’m going to have to put you down for a while!” Don’t you love that line? I’ve been singing that song for a week!

Have a wonderful Friday friends! Be kind, be open to new ideas, take great care of yourself, love one another and give thanks for all your many blessings! #xoxoBrenda @whistleriver #womenover50 #over60 #instafashion #styleover50 #agelessstyle #classicstyle #fiftyplusandfabulous #over50influencer @iconicfocus #satxbloggers


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I’ve been in #legendsofthefall country #nourishingmysoul and connecting with #likemindedwomen #goodwriters willing to #share #support #give and #bevulnerable Thank you to the #talented most giving of all @lauramunsonauthor and her #havenwritingretreats Want to write? Want to be a better writer? Show yourself some love and checkout her website. #xoxoBrenda #1010parkplace


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Every time I visit as #MissonSanJose I’m reminded of centuries of simple people who worked the land to support the priests and the mission. People who lived quiet lives, loved, birthed babies and died, all while living in the same dwellings. In 1720, the first buildings were made of brush, straw and mud but were quickly replaced by stone structures. Other than the magnificent church, this is one of my favorite structures. Something about it tells me it was a happy place. It’s easy to imagine the residents: a Mexican man in faded pants and dusty work boots and his family, settling into the wooden pews of the old stone church for mass. If you come to #SanAntonio you must visit the #missions. They’re beautiful. #satxbloggers #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace


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On an upcoming #fashionfriday #photoshoot today with @jen.dphotog for @whistleriver Can’t wait to see what Jen captured with her camera. She’s crazy talented. As always, lots of #fun and we played @therollingstones_official album #blueandlonesome #track12 over and over again #ICantQuitYouBaby but I’m gonna’ have to put you down for awhile... That’s how I feel about that song! #womenover50 #fahioninfluencer #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace


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Here’s a testament to the #PowerofPrayer Yesterday I asked for prayers for 17-year-old Jadon Olsen who was hit in the head by two tree limbs as he was trying to clear the road so his neighbors could evacuate during #hurricaneflorence His mother and I became friends in 2008 when I had my #breastcancer website. Jadon suffered a cracked skull, bleeding and swelling in the brain. It was a miracle they kept him alive long enough to transport him to not one, but two hospitals, during this terrible hurricane, Doctors performed surgery and removed part of his skull. He’d been unconscious for 6 days and on a ventilator. People all over the country have been praying for Jadon. This morning he sat up on the side of his bed. Now tell me you don’t believe in God and the power of prayer. I know it frightens some people because I was one of those people for most of my life, but I have no doubt there is a God. Thank you, God. Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Jadon. He’s wearing a helmet to protect his brain until they can do surgery to replace the piece of his skull. This photo is his sister Mimi high-fiving him this morning!! #godisgreat #gratitude #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace


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Today on #FashionFriday, “Singing in the Rain Clothes!” It seems as though much of the country has been inundated with rain. I don’t know about you, but I could use some new rainwear! I even found a cool @alexandermcqueen umbrella with a silver skull handle for @officialkeef #KeithRichards and another one for @pattihansen … You can have your dog’s silhouette running around the outside edges! #sugar #etta #fashionblogger #influencer #fashioninfluencer #womenover50 #over60 #smartwomen #strongwomen #survivors #makeitagreatday #makelifecount #whatareyouwaitingfor #xoxoBrenda #1010ParkPlace


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