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My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

Today’s beauty uniform is: My mom! We spoke to her about everything from perfume to aging. (I discovered things about her that I hadn’t learned in 37 years!) Here are her beauty secrets, including what it was like to move abroad while pregnant with twins and a hair-experiment-gone-wrong…

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

Your own mom died when we were very young babies. What was she like?
I always adored her and thought she was lovely in every way. When I look back at pictures of her now, especially when she was dying of cancer, I think, oh, she was so strained and suffering. But at the time, I didn’t see it. She was wearing a wig and had a puffy face from chemo, but she never, ever looked like that to me. I just thought she was always so beautiful.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

Growing up, did you and your mom talk about sex and periods and all those things?
She was really chatty — like Daphne from Frasier — but she never talked to me about bras or makeup. She never told me about periods. One afternoon, she left a box of sanitary napkins and a belt on my pillow, and I thought, “Oh, she’s leaving this for me.” She never said anything else. I remember walking to my bus stop in England in sixth grade and thinking, “When I’m 21, I can buy a bra whether she likes it or not!”

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

What was it like moving to the U.S. as a young teenager?
My family moved from England to Alabama when I was starting ninth grade. I wore braids and white knee socks, but in Alabama, everyone was much more sophisticated. The girls styled their hair and wore makeup. No one was wearing knee socks! I was completely a fish out of water. During recess, I would hide and try not to cry because it would make my eyes look red. In tenth grade, it got better, I found my place. But that ninth grade year was tough.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

You got married during your college senior year. Did you do anything special for your wedding?
I just wore lip gloss and mascara! I was so tan that I didn’t need much makeup. I was a lifeguard and got tons of sun. At the time, who knew? Now, one of my best pieces of advice is don’t get any sun.

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Have you ever had any beauty experiments gone wrong?
When I was in college, I put Sun-In in my hair while working as a lifeguard, and it turned crazy blonde. It was not a success. And I got a perm in my thirties. I actually thought it looked cute, but when I got home, my kids were like, “Mommy, you look like a lion!”

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

After college, you guys moved from Virginia to Paris. Did you like the French style?
Totally! Every woman in France seemed perfectly put together every time they stepped out of the house. When the woman across the street would come to the mailbox at 8:30 in the morning, she was totally turned out, with a beautiful skirt and her hair perfectly coiffed. Meanwhile, I was wearing a T-shirt with a ponytail and was bleary eyed with newborn twins. I did start getting into that French look, though. Mostly I wore jeans and a flannel shirt — I was, and am still, an American girl — but I would wear dresses more often to dinner and I had a long wool coat with a scarf and brown boots that I liked to wear. Also, I still wear Chanel No. 5 in small, wispy doses.

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Nowadays, what’s your daily skincare routine?
I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover to take off mascara. (When I travel, I use Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes to cleanse my face. They’re so convenient.) My beauty routine got a huge upgrade last year when I started using True Nature Botanicals and fell in love with their products. The two I can’t do without are the Night Serum With Retinol and the Topical Vitamin C Treatment. You mix them together and apply at night to plump up fine lines and tighten skin. It’s magic! I do this only two or three times a week to make my supply last longer.

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Do you wear makeup every day?
Yes, I always wear Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I love it because it doesn’t sit on the surface of my face; it looks very natural and neutralizes the pink tones in my skin. After that, I use a makeup brush to dust my face with Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder. I recently started using Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Quiet Brunette. It’s like mascara for eyebrows! My eyebrows are starting to sprout a little gray, and this covers that beautifully. I wear Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner — I bought the trio and mostly use the black one. Most days I also wear Laura Mercier lip liner in Natural Lips and lip color in Brown Sugar.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

How do you change it up for special events?
For special occasions, I love love love Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Color in Cocoa. I put it on under my top lashes by sort of moving the pencil back and forth across my lashes from underneath. I was shown how to do this at a department store beauty counter. It makes my eyes look naturally dark and smoky. And I always wear Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Plum Velour. It’s a lovely color — not too red but definitely more dramatic than what I usually wear!

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

Are there any foods or drinks that help you feel your best?
A glass (or two) of Sauvignon Blanc every night! I used to drink Chardonnay, but Joanna converted me! I love to cook. Mostly I make old-school dishes like bouillabaisse, chicken cacciatore or just classic roast chicken and potatoes. My husband cooks, too, so we are always shopping and planning menus.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

When’s a time in your life when you felt really beautiful?
I felt beautiful at both my daughters’ weddings. They were such happy events. I loved planning with them and sharing their excitement. It was great fun, and I felt beautiful as the mother of the bride.

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What about times you’ve felt insecure?
In the photo above, I’m in England with Dad’s family, when we were dating, and I thought his four sisters were so much more beautiful. They were English and vivacious. I didn’t feel pretty. Now, when I look back, I think, “Oh my gosh, I was so pretty in that picture, what was I thinking?” I think a lot of people feel like that in retrospect. Women compare themselves to these Hollywood stars, but really, everyone is so beautiful. Everyone has something wonderful about them. It’s a shame not to realize that. Later, when you’re 64, you look back and think, “Wow, I was such a dynamic person and so kind, and that was so attractive.” Love yourself now, not just later.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

It’s true, you’re never as hard on other people as you are on yourself.
When you hang out with loved ones, you never analyze how they look. You don’t expect them to look a certain way. We really overanalyze ourselves. I have this thing under my chin, where one half kind of sags down. I don’t like it. But I don’t think anyone else notices at all.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

I have never noticed that. Do you have any non-beauty rituals?
I play tennis and golf and even pickleball. I never played sports growing up, but am an addict now! In the evening, I love to watch TV — especially House of Cards, Fixer Upper and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. After watching a show, I’ll read my Kindle. I love it because I can read in bed without disturbing my husband. Right now I’m reading All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

Last but certainly not least: do you have an overall beauty philosophy?
Embrace who you really are. Be kind to others and to yourself. I also try to accept my age. I think lines and wrinkles just add character and interest. I can’t look 20, so I try to be happy as I am and grateful for being healthy enough to play the sports I like and babysit my grandchildren.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Goddard

Jean Goddard

Thank you so much, Mama! I love you!

P.S. My mom’s tomboy style, and having babies in Paris.

  1. Melissa Allam says...

    Your Mother is so Beautiful! I loved what she said about feeling beautiful at her daughters weddings. My son just got married in February and it too felt to me like one of my most beautiful days ever.

  2. Jess says...

    This is so beautiful! I love your mom and her philosophy on life. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Daniela says...

    Your mom is amazing and I absolutely love this series. Don’t ever end it! So I’m curious, is your dad British and your mom American? Loved seeing all the older pictures.

    • Summer says...

      I was confused too – I know her dad is English, but I didn’t know her mom spent her first 13 years in England! I want to know more!

  4. I love when she says to love yourself now. It is so true. The energy ‘we’ spend on not loving ourselves could save the entire world! (I say this knowing I have spent WAY too much time doing the former and not enough of the later.)

  5. Jess says...

    So I have to ask- the gorgeous picture of her dressed up with the wrist corsage and the stone building in the background… It looks like a beachfront event space in my very small eastern shoreline Connecticut town… Am I correct? Great piece- loved hearing about her routine!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!! My sister got married there!

  6. Meredith says...

    Also totally crying with love for this. I started tearing up when she said some of her favorite beauty moments were her daughters weddings. In the photos she is stunning, but it also made me think of going to me daughters weddings (they’re 3 and 5 now, this is far in the future) and how beautiful love and happiness makes us. Love your mama’s philosophy!

  7. I also cried reading this – that photo of you and your mom and sis grown up is a picture of delight. Thank you for including her in this series – I love her responses and felt comforted reading them. True beauty!

  8. Gina says...

    I really enjoyed reading this Joanna! I often look at photos of my mother when she was in her 20s and I think “Wow, she looks like someone I would love to be best friends with.” This inspires me to make a beauty uniform for her and put it together as a photo book for her upcoming birthday. It would be so interesting to see her perspective of her youth and how she sees yourself now. xx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That would be such a sweet present!

  9. virginie says...

    this lady is just fab! great style, great smile! you can surely be proud of your mom!

  10. Joanna, this post made me teary-eyed. It made me think of my (also) 64-year old mother, and how much I’d love to read an interview of her like this. I think it is easy for us to forget our mothers are people, just like us. We revere them as these special creatures who aren’t susceptible to feelings of insecurity or things of that nature. This just really made me want to hug my mom, but I am 5 hours away from her. Thanks for sharing this with us and for making me think so fondly of my own mom tonight.

  11. jlhbhat says...

    Adding my compliments to the series and to your mom’s lovely thoughts on beauty and aging. Also wanting to note that she seems to have a very timeless style that seems both modern and yet very age-appropriate….it’s a hard balance to strike, I think.

    jlhbhat

  12. Your Mom is a true beauty, and she seems like such a lovely soul! This was my favorite beauty uniform to date!

  13. ceciel says...

    Best beauty uniform yet–what positivity. She makes me feel beautiful. And it’s cliche but your mama is beautiful inside and out! Thanks for sharing.

  14. kris says...

    i love this post. i was never close to my mother, so this brings tears to my eyes and what “could have been.” but it spurs me to be this kind for my own daughters. i esp love the photo of you three all grown up. such a beautiful picture in such a deep maternal way. thank you for sharing.

  15. kathi says...

    magnificent! in every way. xo

  16. Elizabeth R says...

    Your Mom is SO elegant and beautiful. She is an inspiring, beautiful woman who has raised inspiring, beautiful women. She seems so charming, calm, and kind.

  17. I love reading this. It’s nice to read and mother-daughter post and for you to acknowledge that your mom is so beautiful because more often than not, we tend to take our moms’ beauty for granted!

  18. This is my favorite by far! Your mom is an inspiration, she beams joy!

    • Stephanie says...

      Mine too! Love that someone “older” was featured. Joanna, your momma is BEAUTIFUL!

  19. I cried too!! And I don’t cry easily! Thank you so much for this post. Your Mama is beautiful inside and out. She rounds out the picture I have of you in my head. I absolutely love what she said about loving who you are now, and things about yourself like kindness. This has totally made my day!

  20. Angela says...

    Your mom is gorgeous. I love hearing women embrace their age. I don’t know how we landed at “age is to be feared,” but I so admire women who embrace ALL of who they are, age included.

  21. Diane says...

    Thank you for this, Joanna. I have not commented before, but this struck such a chord with me. I am working with my 81 year old mother to compile family records and history. In the course of this, I asked her how her mother met her father, and she didn’t know, and it made her so sad that she didn’t know. She has spoken many times since that conversation about all of the things she now wishes she had asked her mother. My sister and I have been inspired to ask her the questions we are curious about, and to write the answers down! We have a mother-daughter trip planned in a few weeks, and you have inspired me to start my list of questions now, and to include some questions like yours! Thank you!

  22. katrina says...

    I like, “embrace who you really are”, instead of the usual ” embrace who you are”… sometimes, especially younger woman don’t know who they ARE, but they have an inkling who they REALLY are. More honesty can bring more acceptance. I’d love to see and hear more older women in this series! And your mother is more beautiful now then ever, isn’t she? :)

  23. Maureen says...

    Wonderful

  24. I got all teared up reading this. You’re mom is such a beauty through and through. This is such a beautiful community you’ve created here and I love checking in every day.

    Also I had to really study that skiing picture – I thought for sure the yellow snow suit was Toby.

  25. I also cried while reading this. And after reading through the comments, I see I wasn’t alone. I hope we all grow up to be this beautiful on the inside and out and to share it so freely with others. xo

  26. Theresa says...

    “Love yourself now, not later.”…wise words!! Those stood out to me. I am inspired to ask my own wonderful Mom these questions! Great post! Lovely Mama!

  27. Your mom is fantastic! I loved everything about this interview!

  28. Summer says...

    I don’t think I’ve ever clicked on a new post notification so quickly in my life! Love it -thanks for sharing!

  29. Aleisa says...

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Jenneth says...

    What a beautiful post.
    I am a long time reader, like pre-Alex long time, and I just adore your blog. I started reading as a young, single lady who just moved to the “big city” on my own and felt, among so many other heavy emotions, unbelievably lonely and lost. In the midst of my fog I found you, or your blog rather, and immediately felt like I was having intimate conversations with a long-lost friend. I felt, for the first time since I left home, comfort.
    Your voice is, and has always been on CupofJo, kind, warm and understanding. Everything you would want in a close friend. And, to no surprise, your mother just seems to ooze this kind of simple but elegant, knowing but not trite, coolness. I guess we know where you (and lovely Lucy) get it from. Beauties on the outside and in. Thank you for always opening up your heart and your family and making us (the readers) feel like a part of it. You have created something so special for us. And I am so proud to be a part of the CoJ “family”.

    • Jen says...

      This is so beautiful, and I agree!

    • Stephanie says...

      Thank you for saying exactly what I wanted to say! and so eloquently! :)

    • Sam says...

      I feel the same way. I’ve been reading since before Alex, when I was just a teenager. And I just kept coming back almost every day. This blog feels like a girlfriend’s home.

  31. Kelly says...

    Joanna, I LOVE your mom’s 70’s tomboy style. She is totally my style icon.

  32. Laura says...

    Your mom is so wise and beautiful. It makes me excited to keep getting older…

  33. I love your mama, and I dont even know her! I was kinda bumped the series you were thinking of starting featuring her did not launch, but it’s always a pleasure hearing from her.
    And you look so much alike, it’s unbelievable! Strong genes! Hah!

  34. Your posts always have so much authenticity. I’ve been reading for many years and it just keeps getting better and better!

    I really love all of the old photos. Makes me want to pack up and move to Paris toute suite!

  35. Carolyn says...

    I have been waiting to hear your mom’s beauty secrets. What a stunning woman!! And she seems like a lovely person too! It is fun to see you and your sister as toddlers. It is sort of like looking at Toby in a dress!

  36. Angela says...

    Your mom is gorgeous, loved seeing her age from then to now. She seems like a wonderful person!

  37. Holy moly, you’re a perfect mix of both your father and mother!

  38. Pam says...

    Loved everything about this. I have tears in my eyes after reading her beautiful words. Thank you!

  39. Jenny says...

    Great post! And I’m a Laura Mercier fan, too! I’m going to try those lip shades!

  40. You have such an AMAZING mom!
    ps. Toby in the last picture is absolute cuteness..

  41. I read every word of this. So beautiful. One of my favorite posts to date, though I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I just loved it!

  42. melissa says...

    Your mom is great! Beautiful inside and out–which she seems to have passed down to both you and your sister.

  43. jill c says...

    this was just the sweetest! i loved reading your mom’s beauty uniform! thank you for this beautiful post!

  44. Jess M says...

    What a beautiful woman inside and out!

    On another note, am I the only person who wants to squeeze that perfectly plump baby?

  45. The essence of beauty! Thank you so much, Joanna, for posting the true beauty uniform…. life! Your mother is a beautiful, alive, and gloriously mature woman. More of these please for us fans that are of a certain age. I love how the photos chronicle the beauty/freshness of youth, and, the richness/sensuousness of age. Such beautiful memories for your family.

  46. Anabel says...

    “Everyone has something wonderful about them. It’s a shame not to realize that. Later, when you’re 64, you look back and think, “Wow, I was such a dynamic person and so kind, and that was so attractive.” Love yourself now, not just later.”
    Resonated with me so much. So simple and so poignant!

  47. Thank you for sharing – it’s safe to say we’d love to hear more from and about your lovely mama!

    My favorite picture is the one where she is nursing – that wallpaper is gorgeous, and she looks so serene and connected to the baby.

  48. What a beautiful woman your mum is, great name too…

  49. Oh my gosh I could have cried reading this. I need to hear more from Jean- she’s amazing. Lovely piece and full of love ❤ for her twins in every word. Gorgeous x

  50. Mary Jane says...

    Joanna, I have never posted a comment to you, but today I just had to respond. You and your team are a daily joy for me! Sometimes I laugh, and sometimes I cry. The way you and your husband are raising your two wonderful boys reflects the special parents you are. Your mother’s story was lovely. Reminded me of myself and my daughters. Thank you so much!

  51. Fabulous – I love hearing from your mother! She has such a wonderful philosophy. You wrote once that she says ‘take gentle care of yourself’ and I say it to people (and myself) now and it always means so much. Love this series!

  52. Kate says...

    Okay, that photo of your parents at their wedding – I saw Toby in your dad!! I always wondered if you and Lucy were identical twins or not, but seeing you both with your mom, as similar as you two look, Lucy definitely favors your mom and you favor your dad! What a wonderful beauty uniform – thank you for sharing!

  53. I loved this piece the most of all your beauty uniforms. The picture of your mom sitting on the grassy hills I think I remember it from another post. She just is so stylish, without trying to be it. I think that is very French indeed.

  54. This was my FAVORITE so far!! Thank you so much for sharing, Jean, and to Joanna for interviewing your lovely mom. I love what she said about loving yourself now, not just later. It’s so true. And “mom, you look like a lion!” That cracked me up. Beautiful woman and lovely advice. Oh, and I also love Laura Mercier and that Neutrogena eye-makeup remover. :)

  55. Your mom is so dear. Her sentiments about loving yourself now really ring true. I’m trying to do much of that now that I’m almost thirty. What a lovely share. Thanks!

    http://www.thewefiles.com

  56. Roxana says...

    Your mother is so beautiful! Thank you for having her share. She seems like such a lovely person, too; someone you’d want to be friends with. How blessed you are.

    “Love yourself now.” Needed to hear that. Am struggling a lot with insecurities about my age and looks. Thank you for the encouragement!

  57. Colleen says...

    Thank you for interviewing an older woman! She has so much wisdom and not only beauty tips but also beautiful advice. Lucky you , Joanna!

  58. Loved hearing from an older woman and seeing photos of her through the years!

  59. Your mom is beautiful!
    I love what she has to say about aging and appreciating who we are. I wish more people knew how to do this.

  60. Kate says...

    Hands down the most beautiful woman you’ve featured on here.

  61. Carolin says...

    This made my eyes tear up. So beautiful! You guys have such a special relationship that always shines through.

  62. Dana says...

    Well, this made me cry in the nail salon, so thanks for that. :) Your mother is lovely and generous and grounded Jo, just like you. Loved this! Thanks for sharing yo’ mama with us.

  63. Tammy says...

    This was a wonderful read. Your mother sounds fantastic and I can see why you do what you do. She has advice like you and it’s wonderful to be able to relate to some.

  64. Sarah Z. says...

    I’m from Alabama and I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard someone use the word “sophisticated” to describe Alabamians. ;) I love it! :) Where in Alabama did your beautiful mom live? Great post! Enjoyed this so much.

  65. Jo, your mom is too cool. I think this was my favorite beauty uniform to date.

    Toodles~

  66. MJ says...

    i didn’t read all the comments so this may have been said…in the ski picture with your mama and sister I totally see Anton and Toby in you and your sister!!

  67. suva says...

    She looks so young and beautiful!

  68. Lisa says...

    Best one in the entire series! <3 <3 <3 <3

  69. JRWin says...

    My mom is the exact same age as yours, Joanna, and there’s something so timeless about their all-natural 1970s beauty. The fact that so many of these Baby Boomer-era women shattered glass ceilings in the professional world while raising babies the way *they* wanted to in their personal lives … such an inspiring generation of women. Beautiful inside and out, and so much wisdom to be passed down. xoxo

  70. Loved it. While reading it I was wondering how my mother would answer those
    Questions and some of them came pretty close to your moms answers :) aren’t mothers the best!!

    • Ramona says...

      I love people that are real and genuine like your Mom. They are beautiful because they are just natural; not pretentious. She seems like she’d just be a really good listener and would make you feel important if you were talking to her simply because she is focused on the moment. We should all be so lucky to age gracefully like her. A true beauty, inside and out. Thank you for sharing her story.

  71. Victoria says...

    “Love yourself now, not just later.” I love that!

  72. That was so beautiful, thank you for sharing. I love the perspective of an older woman for this column. She has so much wisdom and perspective about true beauty, vs beauty products. I teared up at her advice on loving yourself now, not later.

  73. hokidoki13 says...

    your mom is so pretty, she glows from within

  74. Talia says...

    Your mom is beautiful! Thank you for featuring such an spectacular woman!

  75. Aidel.K says...

    Like everyone else here, I just love this! Thank you.

  76. It’s so true: the people who love us don’t notice our (physical) flaws. I also think my mother has always been and is beautiful!!

  77. OH she is so beautiful! I love the photo with you and your twin sister. It’s so adorable. Thanks for the very personal post!

  78. Katherine Regan says...

    I love the Beauty Uniform features, but this one is my favourite so far! How refreshing to get the perspective and wisdom of a more mature woman. She is very cool and wise and a great role model. Xxx

  79. meghan says...

    This made me cry and I’m not sure why. I love this series so much. Thanks.

    • Mallory says...

      Me too!

  80. Laura says...

    What a beautiful and lovely mother you have!
    I lost my own mom when I was a teenager, and this made me cry thinking that your wonderful mother just said everything I always imagined my mom would have said to me. Jean is so stylish, yet practical and natural. It’s obvious she loves being a mother to you and your sister. Enjoy each other!

  81. The My Beauty Uniform series is my favorite on this site. I love learning about women’s diverse needs, insecurities, secrets and joy.

    And this quote? Boy, is it beautiful: “Women compare themselves to these Hollywood stars, but really, everyone is so beautiful. Everyone has something wonderful about them. It’s a shame not to realize that.”

    Thanks so much for creating a series about different women who come from different homes and are in different life stages. They’re each so beautiful.

    http://www.kathryndlewis.com

  82. Katie Rosenberg says...

    Your mom’s skin is absolutely luminous! I hope I am half as lovely and light-filled as she as I grow older. What a lovely, new perspective for this feature. :)

  83. Ana says...

    I have to say… even though your mother was beautiful when she was young, I think she looks better now. I don’t know what it is… perhaps the confidence and the realisation that she needs to love herself now? :) Great post!

  84. Lindsay says...

    Love this post on so many levels. Also, didn’t realize your parents were fellow W&M grads!

    -W&M in NYC

  85. Twyla says...

    When I look at your grandfather’s photo at the top I totally see Anton! That’s where he gets his nose from!

  86. sara says...

    beautiful post. what a lovely woman your mom is. thank you for sharing!

  87. How wonderful! There is something just so special about mothers and hearing their take on the world! As I age, and am a mother now myself, I am amazed by my own! She made everything I now know to be difficult seem so effortless and natural! This was a wonderful profile, Joanna!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  88. Tilly says...

    Best one ever. The fact that it’s your mam makes it particularly poignant obviously, but I would love more of theses from older women. Great read!

  89. Abeer Sadiq says...

    Joanna, your mom is such a beautiful woman! Reading about her made me teary-eyed with emotion.

  90. Christine says...

    What wonderful wisdom! I love this week’s post so much, thank you!

  91. Caitlin says...

    Joanna, does your mom still have an English accent? I’m so curious!

    • I wonder this, too!

      Jo, your mother is lovely. Thank you for sharing her with us!

    • Jen says...

      This might be a dumb question, but…….are both your parents English??

  92. Valerie says...

    Your mom is so classy, in every way. Thanks for sharing her wisdom. She is such a beautiful person inside out.
    And the picture with the 3 of you at the end is just full of joyeux and love.

  93. Kadija says...

    Yesssss!!! I’ve been waiting for her interview; she’s so fabulously effortless and gorgeous! Thank you <3

  94. Maryse says...

    That picture of her nursing. Stunning and just so so lovely at the same time.

  95. Bea says...

    So sweet and lovely! All three of you Goddard ladies are wonderful!

  96. Paloma says...

    She is soooo pretty!!!!

  97. Jenna says...

    Your mom was/is such a babe! Also, in that winter picture, you (or Lucy) look so much like Toby to me!

  98. nicole b. says...

    BEST. EVER. I love this so much. Tears in my eyes, too. xo

  99. JC says...

    Precious wisdom from a very beautiful mother. Thanks for sharing!!

  100. Your mom is so beautiful and sweet and wise. I hope you feature her more!

  101. What a beautiful woman, love this series so much.

  102. I loved her note on how you don’t expect your loved ones to look a certain way, but can’t help but analyzing yourself. SO TRUE. Also, how looking back you learn to appreciate the attractiveness of being dynamic and kind.

  103. Emily M. says...

    I love that Jean associates kindness with beauty — I think the two are inexorably linked, yet rarely discussed as such. Personally, I feel most beautiful when I am approaching life with kindness and compassion. This was such a joy to read, thank you!

  104. Isabel says...

    I look forward to these repeating columns every week (this and the mothers around the world are just the best!) but this one about your mama is the best yet. Such a lovely read. She is so beautiful both in years past and today. Plus so fun to see you and your sister as kiddos. You look just like Toby!

  105. Jean, you’re beautiful inside and out.

  106. Lindsay says...

    It’s not a surprise that your mum & Lucy’s mum is fantastic. Jean looks like she is the older sister of twins. Maybe being a sun baby isn’t SO bad?! :)

  107. Liz A says...

    Totally precious. :)

  108. Wonderful advice. They say youth is wasted on the young, but perhaps one can only handle old age when one becomes wise. I see Toby’s features in that second picture.

  109. laetitia says...

    Love this! Sweet and beautiful!

  110. Heather says...

    I love this post! So many lovely and wise tidbits. Thank you!

  111. Kristin says...

    Your mom is such a beauty. Thank you for sharing!

  112. Noelle says...

    What great advice! Your mother is beautiful inside and out! Thanks for sharing!

  113. I loved this post so so much! Your mum is drop dead gorgeous! And now I am off to phone my mum ;)

  114. Lauren says...

    She is gorgeous! And her face is filled with such joy. This gave me chills of happiness!

  115. Amber says...

    Your Mom is so lovely! Thank you for sharing her beauty uniform. My Mom (similar in age) just started playing pickleball as well and apparently it’s a whole fun scene down in AZ. :)

  116. Such an enjoyable read – your mom is lovely! I love what she said about not looking 20 but being grateful and happy. It’s so easy to get caught up in preventing the aging process and being disappointed with the lines and spots and sagging! SO TRUE! Thank you for sharing :)

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  117. I love your mom.

  118. I love this! Thank you for including an older woman in your series. My mom is one of the most beautiful women I have ever known, and she keeps getting more beautiful! You can see photos of her here: http://www.roseannbathphoto.com/blog/enakedrose.com/2013/01/my-mother-gardener.html

    I love what your mom said about loving yourself now and not over-analyzing your looks. It’s so true how we pick ourselves apart but we only see how beautiful our loved ones are. If only we could love ourselves like we love our mothers/sisters/best friends…

  119. Meggles says...

    I’ve always thought your mother is so beautiful. I hope I can look as wonderful as her at age 64. And I know this is a cliché, but wow is she aging gracefully. It’s inspiring, honestly. Love the skin you’re in for each age is what I sense from her.

  120. Julie says...

    Am I the only one who thinks Joanna looks a lot like her mom when her mom was younger? Both very beautiful ladies! And I love that quote “love yourself now, not just later.” Really struggling with self esteem after gaining 11 pounds and clothes not fitting!

  121. Amy says...

    So beautiful and kind and wise. What a blessing to have his kind of a mother/mentor. Wow!

  122. Amy says...

    Your mom is absolutely stunning. For some reason this post made me cry. She is so authentic and you can feel her love. I’d read any blog she wrote! Thank you for sharing her tips with us.

  123. Susan says...

    Love this: “When I’m 21, I can buy a bra whether she likes it or not!”

  124. lexi says...

    Thanks for sharing. Jo, you look so much like Toby in each one of those childhood photos!

  125. Happiness shines – and your Mother shines. Lovely post.

  126. Megan says...

    One of my favorite Beauty Uniforms yet.

  127. Miranda says...

    Your dad and Toby look SO MUCH alike!

  128. I don’t know why, but this Beauty Uniform made me cry. Your mother just seems like such a wonderful, sweet person. xo

  129. Rachael says...

    I love your mom!

  130. Kate says...

    Wow! Gorgeous lady and love what she has to say.

  131. Loesie says...

    Wow! I see so much of Toby in your grandfather and Anton in your Dad! Really wow!

  132. So incredibly sweet. Amazing advice too. Thank you so much for sharing.

  133. Rosey says...

    Your mother is so beautiful, inside and out! Thank you so much for sharing!

  134. Jackie says...

    Lovely! Your mom looks fantastic and seems like very cool person. On another note, your sons totally look like your dad!

  135. Cat says...

    This is LOVELY and now probably my favorite interview. I certainly had a unique perception reading this – knowing it was between a mother and her daughter.

    I’m planning to turn around these questions and ask MY mom – just to have as record.

  136. Rachael says...

    your mom is SO GORGEOUS! inside and out. and her style–timeless! xoxo

  137. Tricia says...

    This was wonderful : ).

  138. Jenn says...

    Woo hoo. I’ve been waiting for you to do your mom. Thank you Jean! Ps remember when you mentioned your mom might do a regular post of her wise advice?… Where is that?! ;)

    • Lindsay says...

      I too have been waiting and hoping for that ever since!

  139. Hannah says...

    It is lovely to hear a bit more from your mum Joanna – she always seems like such a warm, kind and wise person.

  140. Peggy says...

    Your mom is beyond beautiful. Absolutely stunning. This was lovely. Thank you

  141. Courtney says...

    Absolutely love this! Your mom looks incredible. I’d love to see a beauty uniform for your sister, too. Still one of my favorite posts you do! xx.

  142. Katie says...

    I dunno…still not convinced this is your MOM! The last photo especially, you all look like sisters. Regardless, what lovely advice she gave.

  143. Ashley says...

    Such a beautiful post. Seeing that picture of your mom and dad with you twins on their backs was a lightbulb moment for me – I can have more than one child! I can do it!

    • karinny says...

      Yes! Go for it :)

  144. your mom is GORGEOUS! i can see where you get that killer smile from :)

  145. Sarah says...

    “Love yourself now”- great advice from your mom, who is such a classic beauty.

  146. Cara says...

    Love this so much: Women compare themselves to these Hollywood stars, but really, everyone is so beautiful. Everyone has something wonderful about them. It’s a shame not to realize that.