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  1. meg
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    7:31 am

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    meg said...

    Woah! Your silvery hair looks soooooo good blown out.
    So shiny and flattering.
    Well done!

    02/02/16
    8:22 am
    Lisa said...

    @meg, Thank you! They don’t tell you how great gray hair can look when you treat it with respect:).

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  2. Susan D.
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    7:45 am

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    Susan D. said...

    The high director’s chair! Wow! You looked great–your hair, your dress, your legs–all of you!

    And I like what you had to say.

    02/02/16
    8:23 am
    Lisa said...

    @Susan D., Thank you!

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  3. cara
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    7:47 am

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    cara said...

    You looked exquisite. I could probably live without the watch, but I’m a Luddite.

    02/02/16
    8:25 am
    Lisa said...

    @cara, Thank you. And I use the watch in a fairly Luddish manner, truth be told. But I do like it.

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  4. Susan (une femme)
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    7:56 am

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    Susan (une femme) said...

    Bravo! Both for the dress (which is fabulous) and your comments (right on!).

    02/02/16
    8:26 am
    Lisa said...

    @Susan (une femme), *raises fist in solidarity* Thank you!

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  5. yoda
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    8:00 am

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    yoda said...

    Long time reader but my first comment…
    Well done for the outfit and the speech, very inspirational. Are we allowed to use(part of)it ? Just in case of…

    02/02/16
    9:29 am
    Lisa said...

    @yoda, Oh of course! I’d be honored! Use any and all.

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  6. Bungalow Hostess
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    8:16 am

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    Bungalow Hostess said...

    You totally nailed your outfit and the hair is as they say your crowning glory! Your comment ignore us at your peril….well said.
    Hope the experience was enjoyable.

    02/02/16
    9:31 am
    Lisa said...

    @Bungalow Hostess, It was super fun. Thank you!

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  7. Marie
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    8:17 am

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    Marie said...

    Great post – And you chose right !

    02/02/16
    9:31 am
    Lisa said...

    @Marie, Thank you!

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  8. Margy Houtz
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    8:26 am

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    Margy Houtz said...

    What a great experience! For you and for them! Tell it like it was (and still is,…)

    02/02/16
    9:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @Margy Houtz, Right? I mean, at a certain point, you just have to say these things.

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  9. LA CONTESSA
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    8:55 am

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    LA CONTESSA said...

    YOU HAVE LEGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SMASHING!
    YOUR HAIR is an asset!GORGEOUS!

    02/02/16
    9:43 am
    Lisa said...

    @LA CONTESSA, Cue ZZ Top! Thank you:).

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  10. ParisGrrl
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:04 am

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    ParisGrrl said...

    I like your final choice, but that lovely suit doesn’t need to languish in the closet. Save the pearls and fancy shoes for other ensembles, unbutton the blazer to show off an insouciant tshirt underneath (here in France we use printed and even word-emblazoned Ts for this style) and your favorite casual shoes (sneakers are fine!) and give that suit a second life.

    02/02/16
    9:47 am
    Lisa said...

    @ParisGrrl, I hadn’t thought of that, but what an interesting idea. I’ll have to fool around with my current set of sneakers and tees to see what I can come up with. Thank you!

    02/03/16
    3:22 pm
    Danielle said...

    I like wearing blazers and jeans! Give a polished look to a more casual outfit :)

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  11. Mamavalveeta03
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:05 am

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    Mamavalveeta03 said...

    Brava for your smart, smart words! I wish I could have been there to give you a feminist high-five. ;-)
    As for the outfits, pre-decisive choice, I laughed out loud at numbers one and two…your sense of humor is wicked….and breathed a sigh of relief at the third. “Ahh, now this is the Lisa we know and love.” But when I got to number 4, you took my breath away! The flash of red from the Louboutins, the modern but professional dress, and your glorious hair! Everything about your ensemble said, “I’m successful, so listen up!” (At the risk of undermining everything I just said in the name of feminism, “Damned, Lisa! Those gams!!”)

    02/02/16
    9:56 am
    Lisa said...

    @Mamavalveeta03, Oh thank you ever so much. And maybe in fully realized feminism great gams don’t have any impact one way or the other on one’s professionalism and authority, and can therefore be complimented if the time and company is congenial. xox.

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  12. dottoressa
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:12 am

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    dottoressa said...

    You look and speak amazing!
    Respect!
    Dottoressa

    02/02/16
    9:57 am
    Lisa said...

    @dottoressa, Cue Aretha Franklin, always welcome, and thank you!

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  13. RoseAG
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:16 am

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    RoseAG said...

    It seems to me that you made the right choices. The men in the photos have collared shirts and I don’t see anyone else i n flip-flops.

    I’m going to take the moral of the story to be that one should inquire what the seating will be like at potential focus groups. I dislike sitting places where I have to watch that my skirt doesn’t creep up above my Jockey slip shorts.

    02/02/16
    6:18 pm
    Lisa said...

    @RoseAG, Ha! Your perspective is so original, as always!

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  14. Leslie K
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:30 am

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    Leslie K said...

    Well done!

    02/02/16
    6:18 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Leslie K, Thank you!

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  15. Dalit
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:38 am

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    Dalit said...

    Looking fabulous! like Robin Wright… in the best way!

    02/02/16
    6:21 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Dalit, Oh, good, so it looks like I still have a soul! :)

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  16. Sue Burpee
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:49 am

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    Sue Burpee said...

    You looked fierce Madame Panelist! And sounded pretty fierce too! So glad you opted for the dress.

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  17. Karena
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    10:02 am

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    Karena said...

    You look fabulous Lisa!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

    02/02/16
    6:22 pm
    Lisa said...

    Thank you@Karena!

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  18. Patsy
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    10:06 am

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    Patsy said...

    Good stuff, Ms. Lisa! Smart, interesting AND well turned out. The trifecta!

    Interesting point about gray hair, that it should be clean and architectural. I agree.

    02/02/16
    6:24 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Patsy, Why thank you ma’am. And I think wild gray curls can be great too, if that’s what you’ve got to work with. But I do believe in working with your natural hair, if you go gray.

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  19. Susan
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    10:12 am

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    Susan said...

    Perfect outfit and absolutely wonderful comments to the group! Many thanks and appreciation for Representing so well.

    02/02/16
    6:26 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Susan, Thank you and my pleasure. I did feel in a way that I was given a chance to represent those of us in midlife, and I did want to do it as well as we deserve.

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  20. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    10:15 am

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

    What an interesting event! I love your message!

    I think you ended up choosing the perfect outfit! You look amazing and comfortable on the panel. And your blown out hair looks stunning! I always joke with my hairdresser that I wish I could afford to have her move in with me… It makes such a difference…

    02/02/16
    10:24 am
    Mamavalveeta03 said...

    @Andrea@WellnessNotes, I’m only half-joking when I say that! ;-)

    02/02/16
    6:29 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Andrea@WellnessNotes, Thank you. And SUCH a difference! He didn’t just blow it out, by the way, he straightened it. And then I use an Aveda product, Brilliance, http://bit.ly/1NP0TRe to make it really shine.

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  21. Mary anne
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    12:15 pm

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    Mary anne said...

    Ok, I hope this doesn’t come across as too creepy, but man you have gorgeous legs. There, I said it. I apologize in advance if this creeps you out.

    Also, your comments were spot on. Grey power!

    02/02/16
    6:29 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Mary anne, Ha! No, my uncle who told me when I was 15 that I had my mother’s legs was kind of creepy but you are my friend so it’s a very nice compliment.

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  22. Danielle
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    1:35 pm

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    Danielle said...

    Gorgeous! They really will ignore you at their own peril!

    02/03/16
    2:01 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Danielle, We just hope they heard, right?

    02/04/16
    9:13 am
    Danielle said...

    In a way I think it’s even more important that you spoke your truth, regardless of the effect or outcome.

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  23. Eleanorjane
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    2:31 pm

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    Eleanorjane said...

    Owning it! :) And doing us women proud!

    02/03/16
    2:01 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Eleanorjane, Thank you:)

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  24. DaniBP
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    2:56 pm

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    DaniBP said...

    What a perfect outfit for this event and your legs looked fantastic, you were shining on your own but the dress and shoes just showed you off further.
    Love your answer to that question, well said Lisa! xo

    02/03/16
    2:07 pm
    Lisa said...

    @DaniBP, Thank you! I guess what I hope for is that all the aspects of a woman can be melded in support of the goals that she and she alone decides. So, if good ankles and shoes allows someone to stand up for old ladies, booyah:). Right?

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  25. AK
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    3:51 pm

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    AK said...

    Your hair is gorgeous.

    Your comments were very good. I read somewhere that car dealers have found out that the majority of family car buying decisions are made by women. That explains why they no longer treat me like a good little girl.

    02/03/16
    2:11 pm
    Lisa said...

    @AK, They ignore you at their peril! Thank you for the kind words about my hair!

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  26. JB
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    3:55 pm

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    JB said...

    LEGS!! You rocked that chair. In the best way!!
    And at first I thought the woman in the grey suit wasn’t you. But do you really pull that vibe. And the hair!! It’s just amazing. But those legs & shoes – sweet

    02/03/16
    2:25 pm
    Lisa said...

    @JB, Thank you. If I pull a vibe, it’s earned. The legs and shoes, well, I’ll take what the universe dropped on my head;).

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  27. Diane
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    5:30 pm

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    Diane said...

    Great look Lisa! Very modern, slightly naughty, but quite deliberate (although it looked effortless). Very Apple.

    And your legs looked fantastic!

    02/03/16
    2:33 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Diane, Naughty, deliberate, effortless. Kind of Jobsian, right? Thank you!

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  28. girltuesday
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    5:35 pm

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    girltuesday said...

    “Even my wife likes the watch.” Properly called out. Brava.

    02/03/16
    2:38 pm
    Lisa said...

    @girltuesday, Thank you. I hope your generation has learned already!

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  29. Susan
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    5:46 pm

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    Susan said...

    Great experience. Seems like you enjoyed the discussion. Loved your outfit and accessories. Perfect for the occasion. I will not be surprised if this brings more invites. Susan

    02/03/16
    2:41 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Susan, Thank you. I did enjoy the discussion – the way in which industries shift, and product cause deconstruction, is my favorite part of business. I’d be happy to speak in other venues.

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  30. Jane
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    6:14 pm

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    Jane said...

    You look like a million bucks! Your response was spot on. You go girl!!!

    02/03/16
    2:42 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Jane, Thank you!!!!

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  31. Kiki
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    8:00 pm

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    Kiki said...

    Fabulous! I would think the even my wife comment implies that the watch is not very attractive and women in general care more about fashion (as evidenced by this blog) not that we are less technically inclined. What do you think?

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  32. Poppy B.
    February 2, 2016
    02/02/16
    9:01 pm

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    Poppy B. said...

    Hello, LEGS!

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  33. MJ
    February 3, 2016
    02/03/16
    5:48 am

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    MJ said...

    Loved the way you looked, loved what you said. Having had a career in a male-dominated industry, I get exactly what you went through in the 80s. As for the clothing, the dress was a perfect choice. I especially like your fishnets solution to the tights issue – I often wonder what I am supposed to do in between seasons.

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  34. Kathy
    February 3, 2016
    02/03/16
    5:55 am

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    Kathy said...

    You looked great and spoke well. I agree that the suit would be fabulous with sneakers and a fun tee.

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  35. Megan
    February 3, 2016
    02/03/16
    2:47 pm

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    Megan said...

    As a woman of about the same age who worked in a manufacturing tech field that was approx. 10 percent female, I think your comment is spot-on. I worked in production with mechanics & engineers &, to their credit, sometimes they seemed a bit surprised to be working with women, but I was treated fairly & had the same advancement opportunities the men did.

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  36. Leslie
    February 4, 2016
    02/04/16
    10:55 am

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    Leslie said...

    What a wonderful post, and it looks like you had a lot of fun doing it. I chuckled at the first outfit, laughed delightedly at the second (you look great, embodying this type so well it could be a stock photo).

    Seeing the outfits you ultimately chose, I said “wow LEGS” and “Yes!”. Your words were eloquent, but your visual presentation had already conveyed the same message quite clearly.

    At 50+ I think a lot about what I want my style and clothing to say. It’s fraught, but also so much fun as your post shows.

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  37. Tracey
    February 4, 2016
    02/04/16
    12:52 pm

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    Tracey said...

    Well said dear. Hope someone is listening. Tired of the sad old stereotype of the middle-aged dowdy woman. I recently answered a survey to a large upmarket women’s clothing brand here in Australia, I spend a lot of money on their brand each year. Not so much anymore. They seem to think that the young skinny 20 somethings are the ones with money. I told them they need to rethink their demographic. And ignore us middle aged women at. their. peril. Doubt anyone will listen. Eejits. #grumpymenopausalandannoyed. Ps your legs looked amazing. Just as well you did the tights at the last minute.

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  38. Drew
    February 4, 2016
    02/04/16
    8:35 pm

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    Drew said...

    Well done on blending humor and insight. Your legs look fantastic! (am I allowed to say that?)

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  39. K-Line
    February 7, 2016
    02/07/16
    4:41 pm

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    K-Line said...

    This is exceedingly cool! You look fab.

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