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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Copying her daughter? That's so Lohan!

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Princess, 14, barely raised an eyebrow when I told her that a new study by the "Journal of Consumer Behavior" finds that teenage girls are a huge fashion influence on what their mothers buy for themselves.

You read that right. Not the other way around.

She simply looked at me, very slowly, from head to toe, without saying a word. But then, no words were needed as I stood before her in one of my favorite summer ensembles: Toms shoes (not JUST like hers, silly, mine are a cool, more mature stripey look than hers, I swear), jeans (OK, not mom jeans but, really, it's not like I'm a Duggar), and a T-shirt bought at the Never Shout Never concert I took her to a few months ago, which was totes cool, b-tee-dubs.

OK, I may have a little problem.

Here's the thing. It's not like I want to be Dina Lohan, with her creepy penchant to buy EXACTLY the same outfit as daughter Lindsay. I just find that I can't get excited about the clothing targeted to women my age.

Chico's? Not bad, but they tend to try too hard. Why do they think a 50something woman is going to feel hip just by wearing a gauzy hippie skirt and 14 turquoise chains? The models all look like members of some freaky desert-worshipping sect.

Talbot's? Fine for basics but all that crisp tailoring is snooze-inducing.

Coldwater Creek? Somewhere between Chico's and Talbot's with its weird obsession with huge displays of candles and useless crap that has nothing to do with clothing. You go in for a shirt, you leave with a wine carafe that says "Virgo!" or some such. What the what?

And don't even get me started on the oatmeal colored obsession that is J. Jill. All their clothes are the same exact shade of Edward Cullen's face, before the exciting sparklies appear, mind you.

Department stores are the absolute worst for making you feel matronly with their ghastly collections of plaid shirts layered over sad pedal pushers for the "mom on the go"! I assume she's going to rehab because she would have to be crazy drunk or high to buy that stuff.

The Princess listened to this admittedly defensive rant with mild interest. It's not like I'm buying clothes at Forever 21. That often.

The study reported that teen girls aren't happy with this copycat trend, concluding: "They want their own identity and then the mother goes out and mimics them." Yeah, well I want a million dollars. Whoa.

That wasn't very grown up.

The solution is simple. Designers need to realize that just because we're moms of teenagers, we haven't given up entirely.

"One day, when you're my age, you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about," I said to the Princess, pausing to admire my sick new feather earrings in her full-length mirror.

Yeah, I said sick.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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