Muse: Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin. How did I not know about this utterly inspiring silver fox? She’s a 63 year old fashion stylist (turned beauty entrepreneur) who lives in NYC in this charming flat filled with all her collections and bits of pretty clutter. And a poodle named Winky. She oozes style and confidence and manages to make boho tops and silver ankle boots look magical rather than cringe-worthy on an older woman (Mum – don’t get any ideas!)

She stands as a great reminder to ignore all the rules about age and personal style. I’m generally not a big rule follower anyway when it comes to style – fashion or interiors – but sometimes I forget and I start to worry. I think maybe as I get older I should dress in a more mature way, have a more mature house, basically act like a proper grown-up.

When I look at this woman and the beautiful home she has created, I remember that it’s all a load of rubbish. Acting like a proper grown up is dull and ordinary. Oscar Wilde said it best: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken”.

Would it be weird if I put a framed photo of her on my wall as a constant reminder to say “shove it” to the rules? Mixed in with the family photos perhaps? It might be hard to explain to guests that in fact she is not my mother or great aunt, but a person I don’t even know and just read about and like a lot. I think instead I will just pin her and gaze at my boards.

Happy Friday. xx

All photos via Refinery29 except the last portrait which is via The Chalkboard .

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