Coffee Talk: Winter Weekend Getaway at Congress Hall

Good morning! I hope you’re having a good weekend. Paul and I have been in Cape May for a quick couple’s getaway.

We took advantage of a Black Friday deal back in November and scheduled a few days at Congress Hall for this Valentine’s Day weekend.

I actually stayed here many years ago on a press trip, so it was fun to come back and experience it with Paul. They offer daily tours of the hotel, which we took advantage of, and that was really cool. We also took advantage of their excellent Sea Spa yesterday morning.

Here are some pictures from the tour. This is the Hall of Presidents, where there is an account of the history of the hotel.

We thought it might be kind of lonely here during the off season, but we could not have been more wrong about that. The hotel is hopping!

In fact, we couldn’t even get a seat in The Brown Room – their elegant bar and lounge that I was looking forward to re-visiting. It was full by 2PM yesterday afternoon! I really wish they would limit that to hotel guests only.

I took a few pictures this morning, when it was empty, so you can see how beautiful it is.

Because it’s the off-season, and we had that Black Friday 30% off deal, we splurged on the Presidential Suite. Like the rest of this historic seaside hotel, the suite is decorated in that American heritage style that Congress Hall is known for.

I really appreciate having the sitting room, since Paul likes to sleep in, and I’m always up early. I’ve enjoyed hanging out in here reading and working both mornings and during some down time yesterday afternoon.

Isn’t the decor lovely!?! I love the use of color. This is a little desk area in the bedroom. I believe all of the deluxe rooms have this little area.

The beds are rather plain, but very comfortable.

And the bathroom is amazing. If I had stayed here before we remodeled our master bath, I would have tried to copy this exactly. I love the combination of tile and marble and shiny silver fixtures.

While we’ve enjoyed the luxe accommodations, the Presidential Suite is a rather busy location, right above the pool area and the front of the hotel, where people are coming and going at all hours. I can’t say I’d recommend reserving this room during high season, especially considering the much higher price point at that time of year, but it was perfect for this winter weekend getaway.

We wandered down to the Washington Street Mall yesterday afternoon, and like the hotel, we were amazed by how busy it was, considering it’s February. It was nice to see everyone out and about. After we grabbed lunch at The Ugly Mug, we walked it off on the Promenade, taking in the ocean views.

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We’re getting ready to head downstairs to The Blue Pig for breakfast, and then it will be time to pack up and head home. I took a few pictures of the restaurant during our tour yesterday. Every area of the hotel is so thoughtfully decorated.

So that’s what we’ve been up to this weekend!

We aren’t really invested in this year’s Super Bowl, but I’m sure we’ll tune in this evening. I’ll probably make Buffalo Chicken Dip for the kids, if they stick around. I’m sure David will have plans with friends, and Becca might, as well. Caroline has no interest in the game, nor do I, but we’ll still enjoy some game day snacks.

What are you up to? Any fun plans for the Super Bowl? Either way, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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113 thoughts on “Coffee Talk: Winter Weekend Getaway at Congress Hall

    1. I love the variety! SOME of us have to play the office game, and it’s always nice to have new ideas! When I worked in an office daily I used to get really tired of all of your cute jeans and shorts ideas what I didn’t have time on the weekend to try!
      Keep the variety! And enjoy how much we love you!

  1. I didn’t weigh in yesterday but also thought the talbots outfit wasn’t you. However, having said that, I really think Talbots has lots to offer if you choose well. The pants, shoes and purse were a miss…but the top half were good…just if mixed with better bottoms and accessories. I’ve had good luck with “pieces” from Talbots…but one must be selective and maybe not an entire Talbots outfit.

  2. I didn’t read any of the comments from yesterday (can’t say I plan on it now); however, I wanted to weigh in on Talbots. I read through your post yesterday when it hit my email and my first thought was, it’s nice that she actually listens to her readers feedback – I had recently been reading through some how-to posts and other similar posts and had seen a number of readers asking for you to include more workwear and more dresses! I think it’s great that you look at your readers comments for opportunities to apply your eye/reviews (that they are familiar with and rely on) to an area that is more applicable to them than you.

  3. I appreciate your Talbot posts in addition to all the others. Would you consider reviewing Quince, Free People, and Chicos? You are very very balanced in your posts. Thank you!

    1. I would love a Quince review! I have a couple of their cardigans and so far so good! Very nice material.

      I appreciate all that you do. Love the frequency and the variety of your posts. It’s clear you put a lot of work into them and listen to what your readers want.

  4. I appreciated the Talbot’s post. It’s nice to see some work outfits, because that’s what I’m lacking! Thanks for thinking of us if if it’s not your everyday style. I think it’s great to include these occasionally!

  5. I appreciate the variety in your posts! I work for a company with a “no denim” dress code policy, so it is nice to see something other than denim occasionally.

  6. I appreciate your Talbots post, hopefully no one made nasty comments. Everyone has their own style. I don’t always like your other trendy posts but I am not going to be negative about it. I love your blog!

  7. I love your style. My lifestyle in California is pretty casual too and jeans are the outfit of the day….this is one main reason I follow you. But that said, I like it when you show different vendors and styles, it does not mean I have to purchase them!

  8. Your weekend getaway sounds like a lot of fun & that hotel is lovely. I’ve this before, but I’m envious of the area you live in—you’ve got such great access to lots of interesting areas for trips! Regarding the Talbots post, when I read it, I assumed you were trying to show an office look for those who might need it. You’ve done Talbots posts before & I hope you’ll continue. They have lots of nice pieces that lean towards a more traditional/classic style but many of their clothes can easily be mixed with other modern styles too. I’m 51 & do shop there some but not for an “office” look. So, yes, please keep showing us other styles sometimes.

  9. I like to see a variety. The only thing I didn’t like about yesterday’s outfit was the camel pants. I would have liked navy ones better. I like camel pants but I like to go monochromatic or with black. Dressy camel or kakai slacks have always been difficult for me to find a flattering style. It’s easier for me to find a flattering style in cotton or chino. I do like to see other pants than just jeans. I don’t like a lot of clothes some bloggers show. It’s just fun to read and get ideas to style what I have. I’m on a low buy this year. You do what you need to do to make a living.

  10. What a fun weekend getaway! Every couple needs that from time to time.

    One of the things I like about your blog is the discriminating choice and frequency (infrequency) of sponsored posts, and the careful descriptions of fit and style opinions you share. Personally I love Talbots for classic, quality clothes although I never need work wear. I like the variety of your posts. Thinking outside my normal fashion “box” helps me avoid fashion “ruts”. Please don’t ever start weekly Amazon or Wal-mart posts.

    1. Oh so agree….when I see people flogging walmart and amazon when you know they would Never wear those clothes, its a big NO for me and I question everything they say…i know it’s just about the $. While I also realize this is a business it also is meant to come across as honest “what I wear” ideas.

  11. I’m a 62 year old “Mimi” and I have a love/hate relationship with Talbots…as in I literally have either loved or hated every single Talbots item I have ever tried 😂

    I went to college at a very preppy school in the early 80s ( Love and Honor, iykyk😉) so a little piece of my heart will always belong to Talbots.

    I have no problem with a variety of posts…scrolling on past is a valuable life skill…as someone said above, sponsored posts are a reasonable price of admission.

    1. I love your comment: “scrolling on past is a valuable life skill” …..something important for us all to remember!

  12. I like variety in your posts. By variety I mean different clothing vendors, family updates, weekend get aways, recipes and so on. It was easy to see that the pants, shoes and purse weren’t your style. However, learning occurred with the navy sweater jacket paired with a striped tee ( stripes are on trend this spring). I appreciate the Talbots petite section. I have a short waisted petite frame and try as I might to wear regular tops I can’t. The armholes and sleeves and even the bust bunches on me. It is very frustrating. Talbots tips fit perfectly. To me, what I wear must be based on fit first and foremost. Unfortunately Talbot’s focuses on a classic look, a style preference. I do wish they would choose more modern, yet classic looking clothing. Having said all this I tend to shop loft (they carry petite clothing) for trends. Nordstrom frustrates this petite shopper as for a company its size should carry more clothing in this size bracket. Anyway, I learned from you and AYW that fashion is planned, everyone has a specific style and fit and rule following clothes (curvy, straight, etc.) is of upmost importance. The tops you selected fit. The pants seemed too large and the shoes and bag… totally off.

  13. I appreciated the post yesterday as my job prohibits me from wearing jeans. I need workwear style so I do shop at Talbots for pieces to put together, not necessarily their outfits. Please keep doing “other” posts. I also appreciate that you are not trying to sell, sell, sell on your posts as some other bloggers have gotten ridiculous. Thanks for showing great suggestions-we don’t all have to wear the same thing! ❤️

      1. Agreed! I don’t mind affiliate links or even sponsored posts, provided they’re for brands/styles the blogger would actually wear. Some have gotten to the point they’ll promote anything, no matter how unflattering the style or poor quality the product. It’s especially annoying when they’re selling things they won’t use themselves (only wear designer clothes but sell cheap Amazon clothes). So thankful Jo-Lynne doesn’t do that, it’s a refreshing change!

  14. Not everyone that follows your blog are only interest in your personal style. For me, presenting different styles, stores, makeup, a little personal info, including your Winter Getaway Weekend, keeps your blog from getting boring and redundant. Thank you for all that you do!

  15. Yes to a variety of clothing styles from a variety of stores! Otherwise, the only people on your blog will be just like you are trying to be just like you! We all need exposure to different outfits and ways of putting clothes together that might catch our eye!

  16. I prefer variety. When I first started following you I was working, now I am retired so my style is a lot more casual but I still like to see other options that are more traditional rather than trendy.

  17. I enjoyed the Talbot’s post and appreciate when you post workwear options that are not denim, I’m a lawyer in a firm where nicer denim is OK on days when you don’t see clients or appear in court. Most lawyers don’t wear it often in my office. Even if the clothing is not to someone’s liking, the snarky comments are rude and unnecessary.

  18. Variety! Thank you for yesterday’s post. Variety is the spice of life. Especially during these dull winter months. Thank you

  19. I’m probably not your typical follower at 72 but I enjoy your posts. You inspire my fashion style.Not everything at Talbots works for everyone but if you choose well one may find items that work with their lifestyle. I can’t say I shop any one particular store or brand. You can’t please everyone!

  20. I have to admit yesterday’s post seemed more like a Talbots promotion than your personal style. Perhaps choosing a few pieces from Talbots that you might actually wear and styling them in a way that is authentic would be more helpful (like you do with try on hauls). For instance, I could see you wearing the stripped T-shirt with cropped flare jeans and fashion sneakers or the sweater jacket with a white T-shirt, wide leg jeans, and neutral heels or booties.

    1. Agreed! I think maybe the outfit yesterday was out of your comfort zone, since it was a departure from your usual style as well as a category you don’t wear often. I’d personally enjoy seeing more workwear but in more of a business casual trendy way that aligns with your style. Less of a “workwear separates” outfit and more regular clothes that are work appropriate. And in more of the current cuts/styles you love than old school styles. I’d truly enjoy seeing that. But I do appreciate your efforts!

  21. I think all your regulars knew that the Talbot’s post was you regular style, but not all of your subscribers follow your exact style.. So, why not change it up once in a while! I do not mind seeing something a little different from time to time. Thank for asking for our input!

  22. I will just weigh in on the Talbots post from yesterday and I do not mean to be offensive in anyway whatsoever, personally I don’t really align with your style and don’t shop most the brands or stores you align with, but I absolutely enjoy seeing what your idea/interpretation of the trends are each season, enjoy your posts on skincare and other topics and what is out there from other retailers, so although you looked very uncomfortable in the outfit from Talbots, it was defiantly a refreshing change .

  23. I did not read the comments yesterday, but my first thought was that wasn’t your typical style, however I appreciated the post and even ordered the pants. So thank youLoved the post about your weekend away.

  24. I vote for variety! Not only is it a way to learn what works and what doesn’t, it has also helped me hone my own style and stay current. Love your blog, and I look forward to reading it ever day!

  25. Such a beautiful spot for a weekend getaway! I enjoyed the pictures. While the Talbot’s post didn’t look like you, I would still rather see a variety of styles. Isn’t that one of the reasons you blog in the first place – to give people an idea of what’s out there and see how it looks on different body types.

  26. We stay there every year at Christmas – my husband’s family is in cape May county. Congress Hall is always hopping! You just have to watch the slanted floors after a few in the Brown Room 😆

  27. I loved the Talbots post and really like different styles showcased-encourages me to try something a bit different.

  28. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to yesterday’s post because Talbots isn’t my jam, so I kept scrolling. I don’t mind content with other retailers, I like the variety. . I think you should do what you want. ,

  29. I really enjoyed the change up with the review of Talbots. Your style is my jam but it’s nice to see options. I guess we all need to step out of our usual every now and then!

  30. I love seeing the variety outfits you try on and show…I especially like when you say ” well, it looked better on the model ” keep it up, I really enjoy this blog every day…thanks.

  31. Looks like a fun trip, hope y’all had a great time! I agree with the other comment, it’s so neat that you have so many historic destinations in driving range.

    I hope the comments on yesterday’s post were not hurtful. Hopefully we can all share our opinions in a way that is honest but kind. As to Talbots, I agree with others it leans very matronly. I think often it’s subtle elements of the cut; something basic like a stripe sweater will often look more matronly there than elsewhere. That said, please keep featuring workwear. I’m always excited to see it.

  32. This is a fun post and looks like a great weekend! I have a fun Super Bowl party to go to today and outfit I can’t wait to wear. Go 49ers!

    I didn’t comment on yesterday’s Talbot post because when I read it, all of the comments loved it and I didn’t want to be the negative outlier, but as someone who wears a lot of business clothes, I want to try and provide some helpful input, even though some of it might sound a little harsh.

    I wear a lot of workwear… I’m a legal professional in the semiconductor industry who always dresses more business than most in my office, especially post pandemic.

    At 53, I absolutely never shop at Talbots and never intend to as to me it’s frumpy, as was yesterday’s outfit… big time (sorry! 🫤). If I saw someone wearing that to work, it reads to me like a mousy person who won’t speak up and has no confidence in themselves… the exact opposite of what I want to project at work.

    Work wear is a level of formality not a “style”. While you and I have very different styles, I really appreciate yours and the ideas I sometimes get that I can apply to my own style. IMO the problem with your work wear posts is that because it’s not something you wear, I don’t feel like you’re able to create something that is aligned to your style guide posts, and thus they always miss the mark. Yesterday’s outfit to me wasn’t at all modern or even polished, and I think it was understated in an extremely negative way (like if you wanted to fade into the woodwork).

    It also wasn’t good fit-wise for your gorgeous shape, and I think well fitting is extremely important at work, more so than a casual lifestyle. While some amount of conservatism at work is good, women shouldn’t feel like they have to hide their bodies, look like a man, and be boring because they are at work, and yesterday’s outfit was all of those things.

    I think you do have an audience that wants variety, but I also think it’s wise to feature the things you are most knowledgeable about. If you want to do workwear, I would recommend getting input from those who wear it well, align to some degree to your style, and use that in your posts. I think it would be more helpful to your audience.

    And sorry for the length of that, I truly wanted to provide helpful input as I love your blog so much. 😊

    1. I agree with Jessica. I feel like workwear is more about formality than style. I personally don’t find workwear to be very difficult to put together. It’s somewhat of a formula – nice pants, blouse/sweater and maybe a blazer if your office is formal. I also feel that workwear can be worn for many years if it’s classic style. I don’t go into the office much anymore but when I used to go in 5 days a week, I curated my work wardrobe from Ann Taylor and Banana Republic for the most part. I have work pants in my closet that are more than 10 years old. And they still fit me. Some are out of date and I need to get rid of them (skinny pants or looking worn) but I have suits that I still wear because they’re classic and I like how they look on me. I don’t care if they’re not the utmost trendy. No one where I live in Northern VA is very trendy anyway. 😉 I think a post on business casual would be nice, since that’s how I dress when I do go in the office. But I mostly need help with the latest trends for casual, everyday wear and going out to restaurants and wineries. Dressing for that is more fun than work. 🙂

  33. Please continue to post a variety of stores, outfits and price points. It’s obvious the Talbots outfit was not your style, but I enjoy seeing what retailers have to offer.

  34. The Talbots post was not your personal style ! That being said I would like to see posts from Talbots that don’t look like a Talbots catalog. If that makes sense. I do shop at Talbots because I am petite. How do I mix some of their pieces to fit my casual classic elevated style. I also think it was a great post in for finding our individual truss style. How did you feel in each piece? Sone items may have felt great and fit with you style! Thank you!!

  35. You are being very gracious about the comments on the Talbot’s post, so I will be angry on your behalf lol. You offer your advice and suggestions for free every day. I always feel frustrated for content creators that get negative comment about, or less engagement around sponsored posts. We are not entitled to your free labor and you should be allowed to do sponsored posts whenever you want. Plus, your sponsored posts are just as informative as the rest of your posts, so I don’t personally think the quality of your content changes whether or not the post is sponsored. You deserve to be paid for your work, and supporting your ability to get paid is a simple thing your readers can do that costs us nothing.

  36. I haven’t read through yesterday’s comments but I understand why you did a Talbot’s post. I’ve seen comments asking you about workwear so I thought that was the intent of the Talbot’s post. I don’t enjoy sponsored posts and usually either don’t look at them or scroll through quickly. The bloggers who have Wal-Mart and Amazon sponsored posts are the bloggers that I now avoid. It seems like it’s more about how much can I sell versus their personal style. I would rather see an emphasis on quality clothing even if it’s more costly. And then add the budget options like you do. I like when you express your personal style!

  37. I appreciate the fact that you stepped outside your own personal style to provide content that some readers requested. I enjoy seeing a variety of styles from a variety of stores. I loved the jacket and top you featured. I hope you had a wonderful winter getaway!

  38. I didn’t read the posts , but sometimes I need to go to something that requires a dress or outfit , that I will only wear that one time. So to know what is in style ,these posts are helpful . An example would be your cocktail dress posts before Christmas . Now I’m looking for outfits for a cruise in Europe . I normally live in my athletic wear at home . Help!

  39. I thought the outfit wasn’t you however, it was an excellent choice for work. I shop at Talbots occasionally so I appreciated the post. I have no problem with you featuring different looks from reputable retailers!

  40. I shop a lot at Talbots because their petite clothing fits me well. It’s getting harder and harder to find petite sizing, and misses sizing just doesn’t fit my narrow shoulders, shorter arms, or mid-length rise. However, I’m very selective at what I purchase at Talbots and forego the more fussy and, in my opinion, aging options. I stick to the classic, more neutral styles and colors and appreciate the quality (although like many other stores, it’s not quite as good as it used to be.) I agree that your outfit yesterday didn’t fit your style aesthetic, but I’ve seen you wear other Talbots selections in the past in which you looked much more comfortable! I enjoy seeing a variety of options on your blog but as others have stated, I have no interest in Walmart or Amazon hauls. I would rather purchase fewer, but higher quality clothing items. Keep doing what you’re doing; we all have misses in our outfits from time to time!

  41. I like some things from Talbots but since I’m retired not as much but I like you to give us a variety and not just your style.

  42. I would like to see more variety, even if it’s not always something I would wear? Luvng in a rural town it would be nice to see something alone that design

  43. I appreciate the variety in your posts! I’ve seen you pull things that fit into your style from retailers you may not shop from very often. I like many of the things at Talbots. Although they do have some things that are definitely not my style. As far as a work outfit goes, I think the one you featured would be nice for many people. This weekend post was fun. It’s always nice to do a little armchair travel.

  44. I also appreciated your Talbots effort even though what you chose wasn’t your style. I think there would have been many other items that would have looked great on you ….that weren’t just jeans and sweaters. Please keep branching out.

  45. Thanks for the variety. I liked the Talbots post and I like Talbots but the outfit seemed off to me and not just because it was a work wear outfit. The proportions and the colors didn’t seem to work together. I would love to see you do a try on post annd evaluation of a big Talbots haul. It’s really helpful when you do the try on sessions. Thanks for all you do and for trying new things.

  46. I appreciate all of your style content, even when it’s not something you would normally wear. I work in an office setting 2-3 days a week so I appreciate some work wear thrown in.
    Thanks Jolynne

  47. I love Talbots and I do have a similar style as you do. I thought your outfit really didn’t match your style, and that’s the problem, not because of Talbots. If you had chosen a cool jacket, jeans, and a sweater that matched your style, it would have been great. Maybe you could have shown those pieces that aren’t really you in a style snapshot and chosen clothing to actually show us on yourself something that you would actually wear. I find plenty of more modern items at Talbots. You shouldn’t try to wear something that you think one of us may like. But that’s my opinion. You can do whatever you want!

    I absolutely loved the style the hotel was decorated in, particularly the carpet, lamps, and chairs. I call my decorating style modern traditional, similar to my fashion style.

    Thanks for all you do to help us.

  48. I follow your blog because I like how authentic and personable you are with your readers on Facebook and here on the blog. I also like when you remind us periodically to follow our personal style when we are planning our outfits. So to see you in the Talbots outfit, felt like you weren’t honoring your own personal style which didn’t seem authentic to me. I can just scroll on by but I certainly don’t want you to feel uncomfortable or ignore your personal style for a sponsored post.

  49. I think it’s all been said in previous comments but I’ll put my two cents in. I like some of the clothes at Talbots but others are not to my liking but I think that is the case with most stores. Pick and choose what suits your style. I liked the lady like sweater with the striped tee. I would have liked navy pants with more structure and a heel, not flats.
    I think you should accept sponsored posts that offer variety to your readers and income for yourself. Readers can scroll on by if not to their taste.
    To those that said women wear jeans to work even in the corporate workplace. Maybe in your place of work but not in most. Men wear suits or at least dress pants and button shirts. Women wear dresses, pant suits or dress pants and a nice blouse. Your dress does make an impression on both your boss, your coworkers and clients.

  50. While I definitely knew it was not your style, I appreciated yesterday’s sponsored post. I am willing to bet that there is a wide variety of people’s shapes, styles, life/work, price points, etc. I appreciate seeing it all, even if it is not for me.

  51. I enjoyed your outfit post yesterday, even though it was not your usual “uniform.” I’m also a very casual dresser (like you are), but it’s nice to get some ideas of other attire for different occasions. I think you should keep doing that from time to time! I’m sure you have followers who are in the work force. I loved the sweater jacket from Talbots, only I need it in talls. 🙁
    And I just have to say GO CHIEFS for the Super Bowl today! (I’m from Kansas!)

  52. I weigh in on the side of you showing things that are your personal style, because that’s what I come here to see. The Talbots outfit was very not-you to me, and not something I’d feel comfortable wearing to work myself either because it would feel too matronly for me.

  53. I love seeing a variety of outfits even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally wear. Talbots isn’t my cup of tea but there are some things I like, even if it’s accessories so I enjoy those posts as well. I also value your critique of the outdoor, what works and what doesn’t. Very helpful!

  54. Wow, Jo-Lynne, I loved your photos of Congress Hall! So many times we’ve walked by but have never gone inside. It’s absolutely stunning, so much history! I hope you had a wonderful time. And we have eaten at The Ugly Mug! So fun!!! Glad the weather cooperated for you!
    As for your sponsored posts, I definitely enjoy a variety of styles from you and I hope you continue to do those. For those who only want to see your personal style, they can easily focus on your “What I Wore Lately” posts (which I adore!!). The Talbots post certainly generated a ton of responses, and that can be a great thing! It keeps us all engaged and processing our own wardrobes which is very personal and shouldn’t be criticized by others.
    Enjoy the Super Swiftie Bowl!

  55. I prefer to see you in your own style so you can share your knowledge and expertise with the rest of us. Honestly, that outfit made you look 10 years older as it would anybody….(and I actually like some Talbots items)
    That sort of jacket looks matronly, aging and ultra conservative, not the modern yet classy vibe look that I would like

  56. I know it was a sponsored post but I’m surprised that Talbots wanted to run with such an unattractive outfit when a minor change ( jeans or at least navy pants) could have made such a cute outfit and would have fit your vibe. Those pants in khaki were a big no. But if you’d paired with jeans like their Ultra Wide denim, it Could have made Talbots look fashion forward and much more in keeping with your vibe. And I think it would have led you to say that Talbots has outfits that can go from office to a night out.

    1. I agree with Annie that slight tweaking by adding jeans, or keeping the trousers with pointed toe shoes would have helped look fashion forward and more like you. The Talbots items themselves were actually good pieces. I didn’t want to comment yesterday and jeopardise your work with Talbots. I want you to keep earning money from sponsors.

      I love your variety and that you listen to reader feedback. You provided great lessons yesterday in identifying personal style, fit and adapting trends with more classic pieces. So thank you for that.

  57. I think as long as it’s a store you’d actually buy from period I’m good with it. So maybe workwear from talbots isn’t you BUT other stuff from there is then I’m good

  58. Great pictures! I had rather you share outfits that are more true to you. With all of the various fashion bloggers, those that want business attire, or other categories, can find inspiration for a particular style elsewhere, while still following you.

  59. Variety is great!

    Please post outfits from Quince as well!
    Perhaps more lower heel options for shoes – like 1 1/2-2” with arch support! LOL.

  60. I think variety is good. If a post doesn’t appeal to someone, then they can just not read. It’s their choice. You do a great job and we appreciate your hard work.

  61. LAWDY! Can opened, worms! 😂 I bet this post ranks waaay up there on most comments! So I’ll add mine as well: I much prefer when you feature your own style– that, along with your conversational writing an in-depth analysis, is why I follow. When I want to see a different style, I look to a different influencer. I barely skimmed through yesterday’s post because it seemed light years from your usual aesthetic and even further from my own. That said, I’m hardly ruffled over it– it’s just a fashion post, after all! And it’s your show, so you should most definitely do what you want. I’ll keep coming back unless I consistently stop seeing what I’m here for 😘

  62. I didn’t really read yesterday’s post carefully; I more or less glanced at it only because I don’t shop at Talbots, but it didn’t bother me. You didn’t look like your usual styled self, but I figured some of your followers must’ve requested Talbots.
    Nordstrom carries a lot of “workwear” pieces as well as Bloomingdales which I know you have a partnership with. My friend who works in a law office wears pencil skirts and button down blouses all the time & a lot of blazers with skirts, black pants, and even nice denim.

  63. I like it when you post pictures of looks that you don’t normally wear! I like to see different looks even if they are not what you would usually wear! Btw.. thought you looked good in the Talbots outfit even if you don’t wear that sort of thing normally.

  64. You are my favorite blogger! While Talbots is not a place I shop, I recognize that it’s your blog and you are free to post what you want. You give us all SO much info on fashion and choices and I thank you for that! Your trip photos are wonderful!

  65. I’m a relatively new subscriber/follower and didn’t object to the Talbots post yesterday despite the store not being a place I would normally shop. I think your post demonstrated you are mindful of readers/followers who might not have style preferences that totally align with yours. If you feel they are worth sharing even if they’re not things YOU might wear all the time, there were probably many others who appreciated the suggestions/ideas. It would be a pretty boring world if we all thought/looked/dressed the same, wouldn’t it? 😉

  66. Of course I noticed that wasn’t your style! Your readers are a wide variety of ages, and yes, I shop Talbots. I will say that many other bloggers feature Talbots merch regularly.

  67. Well…since everybody else is commenting I will, too. Variety is great, and I enjoy your blog very much and for a great many reasons. Not every outfit is for me. Keep doing what you’re doing! That said, I think work wear is the hardest category because so much of what goes on in offices doesn’t lend itself to really sharp looking or expensive clothes. So the outfit you selected has a split personality. The top half is very biz casual managerial/professional level looking, and I can see someone at that level pairing it with navy trousers, heels, and maybe a strand of pearls and being ready for anything–it would look “in charge”. The bottom half is very super practical “office lady” who needs comfort while she’s stuck at her desk or moving files around the office. But, adding to the split is that the office lady who wears practical pants and loafers probably can ill afford Talbot’s prices. I believe that when people ask for work wear ideas, they are really asking how to not look frumpy as a regular office worker, because the struggle is real! It’s easy to dress sharply when you are making top money and running with management. Good looking everyday workwear for everyday wages….it’s complicated.

  68. I follow your blog for your personal style- it’s refreshing and aligns with the way I like to dress.
    I have to admit the Talbots post had me a bit confused.
    I just scrolled quickly through it and will probably do the same when I can sense that it is a post not reflecting your image.

  69. I would like to see posts on some of the niche brands, in particular travel brands. I’m thinking Anatomie, Aday, Clara Woo. If you’re going to branch out from your usual brands and personal style for try-ons, I think that would be more interesting to your readers than Talbots.

  70. What a pretty place to stay. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed this post. You have so many places to visit close to home or is it close to home? I don’t know where Congress Hall is. Sounds like Caroline is home? Enjoy your day watching the game once home. I’m sure we will have it on. I’m on the couch with the flu and my husband at church then church meeting. PS. Keep doing what you do. I don’t like Talbots but others do. I do like when you share black pants and dresses that you find at Nordstrom or other places. I just feel Talbots clothes look so matronly. Hope you share Easter dresses soon. It’s early this year. I’m wanting long sleeve and not too floral or precious as you say. lol.

  71. Who would’ve thought one store could provoke such a reaction? Haha! There are plenty of times you share outfits or pieces that I wouldn’t choose for myself, but they look nice on you and – more importantly – you share styling tips/advice that anyone can use. This is no different. The outfit did not look like your style at all, but I don’t see why that matters. You can still offer ideas/tips to help someone put together a look for the office – it doesn’t have to be the exact same pieces. I like seeing a variety of outfits and retailers, even though I don’t shop at many of the places you share…again, it’s the tips and advice that help me most, rather than the specific pieces. So: variety is a good thing!!

  72. long time follower- i love your content as is- your evaluations of what works and doesn’t- AND- why it works or doesn’t are enjoyable and helpful!

  73. Hi Jo-Lynne,
    I read your blog because you write like a fun girlfriend who is current on fashion. Your Annual Fall Nordy Sale posts are legendary and educational. You don’t have to represent “me” in order to be enjoyable to read and follow. I don’t have kids yet love hearing about yours. I enjoy your references to faith which match mine. I don’t wear silver jewelry. I enjoy when you discuss home projects and recipes. I like some Talbots but looking to branch out with casual clothes now that I’m retired. You do you!!!! Maybe go back to Talbots but this time, do “ you”. It would be interesting.

  74. Ha, I didn’t read any of the comments yesterday, but def. could tell it wasn’t your style. With that being said, I don’t mind you sharing it and I’m sure some of the readers enjoyed it. I follow you because your style is more what I gravitate toward, but a little variety doesn’t offend me one bit! Thank you for being thoughtful enough to ask us readers.

  75. I enjoy all the variety in your posts. I like to see various ways of dressing even though I do not work outside the home. Nice to see you in different attire every once in a while, keeps it interesting and for some inspiration. Great work, thanks.

  76. I’d prefer you stay true to your own style and fashion sense. When you go so outside your normal fashion box, I question your sincerity in recommending clothing you clearly wouldn’t wear. It seems like it’s more whatever commission you’re being paid than for the benefit of your readers.

  77. I read your post today and had to go back and look at yesterdays (Talbot’s). I guess I skipped it because it wasn’t my thing, but I do that if you do a post on a product I have no interest in as well. So here’s my two cents :). People read your post for what you offer a majority of the time. If you did a lot change to your blog you may loose a few readers and gain others. People read other fashion blogs because they do something a little different (if they’re all the same…boring) so do what you do best if it’s working and not like all the others. I have no idea how it works (if your told what to wear or you can pick and choose….you probably could have done Talbot’s but more how you like to dress and style.
    Wink Wink hope my two cents is worth 25 cents now. Have a great rest of the week end.

  78. I’m glad that you were able to get away for a fun weekend! I appreciate when you show work wear even if it isn’t you personal style. I work outside the home and enjoy knowing about quality workwear, especially that comes in petite. Thank you for showing a variety of styles. I hope you’ll keep doing it.

  79. Is there any way you can determine what is the best length of pants or jeans by way of measuring; ex. from ankle-bone up. Up to the calf or half way up. I know this is a dumb question. I just want to look current. I’m only a 28″inseam. I see women that look so good with their cropped pants but when I try to wear mine cropped it just doesn’t look right. I know things are not going to look the same on different sized women. But what can I do to make it look right on me, also. I know you could probably write a book on some if the questions I have asked.

  80. Is there any way you can determine what is the best length of pants or jeans by way of measuring; ex. from ankle-bone up. Up to the calf or half way up. I know this is a dumb question. I just want to look current. I’m only a 28″inseam. I see women that look so good with their cropped pants but when I try to wear mine cropped it just doesn’t look right. I know things are not going to look the same on different sized women. But what can I do to make it look right on me, also. I know you could probably write a book on some o the questions I have asked.

  81. Sorry, I don’t know how I was able to send to comments. While I’m here I will tell you that I did like your post and I do like variety. I like some of Talbots clothes but not all. But that’s okay. Fashion changes every day. So I would not worry a bit about what people like or don’t like. They are going to wear what they want to wear. You did what you were supposed to do. Mama said there would be days like this. Have a great week!!

  82. I work at Talbots. My style is like yours. 95% of my wardrobe is Talbots. It can be done!!! lol! Although our store demographic leans 40 and older we have women of all ages come in every day. The reasons they tell me they have come in to shop vary along these three ideas- we have a large in store petite section (5’4” and shorter) which is pretty rare to find in person these days, we are staffed and trained to style and fit our customers, and our clothes are really well made and “last forever”. I love the challenge of taking a classic item and styling it in a modern or trendy way. So fun! Should you decide to do another Talbots post I encourage you to call the store and ask to set up a free styling appointment with their Client Specialist or Sales Manager (they will be the best!). I promise we will send you out the door in something that fits well, aligns with your personal style and is appropriate for the setting you are wanting it for! Anyways, thanks so much for all your hard work and variety of posts. Yours is the first email I look for every day!

  83. Can I be slightly funny here?? Someone will occasionally ask if I shop at places like Talbots or Chicos. I always answer a little humorously that I’m not old enough. You’re 10 years younger than me and really I do not think it’s ‘you’
    I saw the post, did not click a link as it held no appeal to me. If I needed elevated workwear I’d go to another resource for it. You are not employed by your readers and so it’s a tad challenging for me to read some responses sometimes saying “you never”.
    Stay true to you friend. That’s what the world needs is authenticity.

  84. I tried to post yesterday, but my phone kept messing around….anyway, with that that, I will say as a long time reader, probably first or second time commenter that I enjoyed your post.
    I have been looking for pants that I can wear to work, I still work in an office setting 2-3 days a week and while it’s not overly professional wear every day (we can wear jeans sometimes), I still need workwear. I have a terrible time finding pants ever since The Limited closed years ago. I can find shirts/sweaters all day and in the Spring/Summer months it’s easy to wear cute little dresses. But in the winter finding pants to fit an under 5 foot frame is HARD. So I ordered those pants in that color, because I have stacks of black pants, and I hope they work out. I was happy to see that Talbots had petites. I’ve never bought a thing there, because it’s not my style either but if the pants work out, I’ll stock pile a couple of pairs! Thanks for giving us a little variety it’s much appreciated!

  85. I disagree the talbots outfit was completely NOT your style. I think the items worked together, except for the pants which were “not keeping the look current” as you would say. I feel like a bootcut or wide leg pant/trouser with a better drape in a navy color would look much better and still work appropriate. Just a very unfortunate choice of pants, but I would not say you went completely off tangent and off from your style.

  86. I’m playing catch up on your emails after a rough week. As a former Talbot’s employee, I enjoyed your post with them! While not your “norm”, I thought you still put together a fantastic work wear outfit! It can’t be easy to style “out of your comfort zone” but I find that you usually do a good job. I think I’ll go ahead and skip the comments because I just don’t understand people sometimes. Thank you, Jo-Lynne, for ALL your hard work! We love you and appreciate you!

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