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My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

Stylist Linda Rodin lives in a colorful, cluttered-in-the-best-way Manhattan apartment with her beloved poodle, Winky. She also created an eponymous beauty line — including face oils, fragrances and lipsticks — which has garnered an international cult following. Here, she shares her love of baths, thoughts on aging and a French hair tip…

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

First of all, your hair is gorgeous.
My hair turned gray at 35! But I never dyed it. Honestly, it never occurred to me; I thought it was nice. People would tell me I should dye it to look younger, but I said, so I’m going to dye it and I’ll look 39 instead of 40? It’s too much for me.

Do you have a go-to hair stylist?
I actually cut it myself by pulling two sides around to the front and snipping. The ends aren’t always even but I don’t mind. I wear my hair up all the time anyway.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

How do you style it?
My hair is very curly and frizzy, so I wear it in a ponytail or twist. I use Shimmer Lights shampoo for my grey hair, and then I use French tortoise pins to hold it up. I get them at a drugstore when I’m in Paris, where they’re cheaper. I buy 10 packs at a time.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

Big question: Bath vs. shower?
I have a fabulous shower in my apartment but I much prefer the bath. My shower is now like a studio apartment — it’s filled with luggage and clothes.

What’s your bath ritual?
My poodle Winky sits right by my side. The minute I put a toe in, he stares at me, but I don’t make eye contact. If I look at him, he starts whimpering for me to get out. I need time to unwind — no magazines, no music, no phone. I pretend I’m at the beach; it’s very peaceful. In the tub, I feel like a poet; I come up with the most interesting ideas, the best answers to emails, the best ideas for things I want to do around the house, and then I completely forget the minute I step out of the bath. It goes down the drain with the water.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

That all sounds so nice.
My apartment is my favorite place in the world. My mother was a social butterfly, and my father would stay home and read. So, I’ve become my mother from 9 to 5, when I love being gregarious; but at 5 p.m., don’t even call me. I eat dinner, have my wine and take a bath. I’m like a baby — feed me, bathe me and swaddle me. Then I answer emails, putz around the apartment, move a plant, there’s always something to do. I read the New York Times and watch something unwind-y on Netflix. I love I’m Dying Up Here about stand-up comics in the 70s, and Stephen Colbert makes me laugh before I go to sleep.

Does Winky sleep in your bed?
Of course! I end up half on the bed and half off.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

Do you have any fragrances for your home?
I have three Rodin fragrances, and I wear one myself every day. I also love to spray my perfume around my house. The whole room smells good. And right now I’m burning a fantastic Big Sur candle.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

What’s your skin care routine?
I rinse my face with warm water in the morning and then put on my oil and sunblock. At night, I cleanse my face with Rodin cleansing powder, and then put the oil on again. I wanted my routine to be really simple; that’s the point of it. As for makeup, I don’t wear foundation, but I use the concealer Touche Éclat to cover up the freckles on my forehead. Well, they’re really age spots, let’s be honest!

And, of course, you wear amazing bold lipstick.
I love bold lipstick. In my twenties, we were all natural and didn’t wear lipstick. But at 50, my hair got whiter and I got older and I could look washed out. Now I feel more awake with lipstick on. I also like bold nail polish. I’m into hot neon orange and dark vixen reds right now.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

What about eye makeup?
I’ve been using Maybelline Great Lash mascara since I was a teenager. I love clumpy eyelashes; that’s how we wore it in the 60s. We even used to draw Twiggy-style eyelashes underneath our eyes — it looked absurd, but whatever beauty looks I’ve tried, I always thought they were right at the time. I also have a cheap Shiseido eyebrow pencil in gray. But my eye makeup doesn’t really matter because I wear tinted glasses.

Even inside?
I have vertigo and it’s disorienting to change glasses for indoor and outdoor. Everyone says, why are you wearing sunglasses in the house? But I’m used to it.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

Tell us about your tattoos.
I got one on my right wrist for my nephew Nick when he was in Iraq. The one on my left wrist is for my older sister Christine. She died seven years ago, but it feels like yesterday.

I’m so sorry, Linda.
We fought like cats and dogs our whole life, but I miss her so much, it’s crazy.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

Okay, here’s a lightning round:
Travel essentials? Jeans, a pair of sneakers and a Uniqlo down vest.
Favorite NYC restaurant? Co. Pizza. The owner Jim Lahey also makes the best ciabatta bread.
Career advice? Be aware of the bigger picture so nothing comes as a surprise.
Bath pro-tip? I use an old-fashioned bath brush. It has a long handle, so you can wash your back.
Secret talent? I always seem to know the exact time without looking at a clock.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

What do you like about being a single woman? I’m sure Winky prefers it.
I’ve always been a very, very independent person. I loved being in relationships with wonderful and really interesting men. I just never felt the need to marry them. I never felt convinced. And I never felt any pressure to get married. Still don’t.

Do you feel 69?
When my back hurts. And when I look in the mirror, I’m so wrinkled! But I can’t go the other route. I tried filler, and it was well-done and subtle but I felt like my face was morphing. I never did it again. Inside, honestly, I feel the same as when I was 20.

My Beauty Uniform: Linda Rodin

Was there a time in your life when you felt really beautiful?
Right now. Truly, more than ever. Getting old gives you freedom. You can be cranky; people just say, oh, well, you’re a doddering old lady. You don’t have to make excuses. If I don’t want to go out, I just say, I don’t want to, there’s a great show on TV. People say, tape it. I say, I don’t know how.

Any advice you’d give your younger self?
Take it all in. Life is interesting, take note.

Thank you so much, Linda!

P.S. A story I wrote about Linda’s closet; and more women’s beauty uniforms.

(Top photo via Jean Stories. Second photo by Advanced Style. Third photo by Tom Newton for Into The Gloss. Photo of Linda in her kitchen and Linda showing her tattoo by Sasha Israel for Bonberi. All other photos from Linda Rodin/Instagram.)

  1. Jen says...

    Love this!!!

  2. Loooved this so much! Her style is amazing. Seriously my hero.

  3. Meaghan Roozen says...

    Favorite, favorite, favorite! xx

  4. Elizabeth says...

    How elegant she is! I am torn between envy and admiration, so I’ll just embrace both.

  5. Man oh man I love that woman! She is the true definition of cool.

  6. Abby says...

    oh my gosh. she’s stunning. i wish i were her neighbor :)

  7. Holly says...

    Love this profile! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Her self-acceptance and sense of humor and delight are just irresistible.

    • Erin Cochran says...

      I totally agree! I want to be her when I get older…and now!

  9. anne says...

    so inspiring! what a gem of an interview. i aspire to be able to see life one day as Linda does- with or without tinted glasses! Thank you cupofjo.

  10. J says...

    Such a great read, such a beautiful woman.

  11. Emma says...

    Adore her! What a cool chick :):) Best beauty uniform you’ve done.
    And that magical bathroom!!

  12. Stephanie says...

    Linda is the is mature, stylish, and quirky single woman I aspire to be.

  13. Jessica says...

    Just echoing everyone else here…what a lovely profile!

  14. Christina says...

    Oh my gosh, this may be my favorite one so far! I ask my grandmother for advice on everything – the perspective of a woman with more life experience than you is priceless!

  15. Jen says...

    I heart Ms Linda so much. Such practical advice that is ageless. You are as old as you feel. My back hurts and I’m 31 lol. But seriously, life is what you make it. With or without someone. I love that the glasses aspect is known in the virtigo world. I have it and sunglasses in and out does the trick ! I also just got French hair pens !!

  16. tina says...

    She is SO cool! A M A Z I N G style. I also cut my hair the same way, too! ha! (Too lazy to go to a salon as of late!) I’m curious about her career path, I’m in Europe and see her featured in articles here and there but not sure about her background, would love to know her bio.

  17. Cindy says...

    Love the comment about her thinking of lots of creative ideas during her bath and then forgetting as soon as she gets out! I do the same thing!! LOL!! :)
    She is so refreshing and makes me less scared of aging. Would so love to meet her one day and just have a girl’s afternoon giggling and talking about life. Thanks, CofJ!!

  18. Lindsay says...

    She’s wonderful! I love hearing perspective from a woman who has been around longer than me.

  19. alison says...

    My little poodle does the same thing when I try to take a bath! Little dude won’t let me relax! I’ll try not to look at him next time…

    • Katie. H says...

      So much of what she said reminded me of my poodle!

  20. Erin says...

    I am so excited to read this – I absolutely adore Linda Rodin. She’s wonderful and one of my very favourite IG accounts to follow. Lit from within. And so stylish plus a real dog lover. The best.

  21. Siv says...

    Love this beauty uniform! I’d also love to know where her striped shirts are from – they look so high quality!

    • Brigitte says...

      Same!!

  22. kacie says...

    I saw her walking in soho about a year ago… i almost cried

  23. MM says...

    She’s wonderful, and I wish I had her flair and natural good looks. She also rocks those glasses and lipsticks!

    I also appreciate people who love their animals so well. Given her love for Winky, I was saddened to see her wearing a giant leather coat. The cow (or other animal) that was skinned for that coat valued its life just as much as Winky values his or we value ours. Let’s all of us treat all animals as well as Linda treats Winky.

  24. I love this! Just a few weeks ago after seeing a fabulous older lady in this retro-looking one-piece at the beach, I turned to my cousin and said, “Is it weird I’m kind of looking forward to my 60s?” (We’re in our 30s.) And she said, “Yes! What’s wrong with you?” Hahaha.

    But seriously, I’m so much more confident and comfortable in my skin in my 30s than I was in my 20s, and I can only imagine that just gets better with age. More older women in these kinds of series, please!

    • Cara says...

      Yes!!

  25. Alice says...

    She’s so completely herself, genuinely refreshing. I love her.

    You know, I never ever wore lipstick (bar nude lips in the early 90’s…that lip liner from the body shop that Helena Christensen wore, anyone?!) but when I turned 38 and found a haggard sleep deprived face in the mirror, bright orange reds became my saviour. I work from home and don’t go out heaps but I just wear whenever, to pick up the kids or for myself in the house, and it makes me feel brighter. I had to get over it feeling like an occasion thing.

  26. Claire says...

    “Getting old gives you freedom” I’m going to need someone to whip that up in their Etsy shop, STAT

  27. Michelle says...

    I loved this one! What a stylish lady. I loved her sentiments about the freedom aging allows: “You don’t have to make excuses. If I don’t want to go out, I just say, I don’t want to, there’s a great show on TV. People say, tape it. I say, I don’t know how.” Hilarious (and genius)!

  28. Tania says...

    Simply wonderful.

  29. laura says...

    will you ask her back for your style series?!? i love her style.

  30. I love the humor and wisdom of this post so much, pinning it was not enough – I literally felt compelled to print it out (hahaha, printing out a blog post in 2017, yes! :) and tape it into my journal!

    Reading Linda Rodin’s honest, humorous, and wise thoughts on life imbued me with this sense of true freedom, of truly savoring this gift of life. Thank you for sharing, Linda and Cup of Jo team!

    p.s. ” The minute I put a toe in, he stares at me, but I don’t make eye contact. If I look at him, he starts whimpering for me to get out.” — Hahaha, so wise! My 6-month old kitten, without fail, chaperones and gives pointers during my showers — maybe I should try this strategy :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “I literally felt compelled to print it out” = yes!!!

  31. Dawn says...

    what a magnificent lady! I’ll turn 45 this winter and ladies like Linda make me totally look forward to whatever lies ahead!

  32. Jessica says...

    Oh my god. LINDA RODIN, YOU ARE AN ICON! How can one person be so fabulous and yet so completely down to earth? This was such a lovely read.

  33. Ross says...

    I absolutely LOVED this post. I just turned 28 and while I’m two inches away from 30, I came to self-epiphany on wanting to be more daring, loving my skin and swimming in it, being adventurous, and bold as I start getting older. I am INSPIRED. She’s doing it just right!

  34. Emily says...

    One of my personal icons. No one else like her. NO ONE!

  35. ALV says...

    BEST!!!!! I love Linda’s style and have been crushing on her for ages! Thank you!

  36. Elizabeth says...

    This Woman is Heaven! Fabulous personal style and personality…..a true authentic gem. I basically want to be her when I grow up. (I’m just shy of 36)…and I’m definitely planning on rocking long grey hair – god willing!

  37. Maria says...

    what a gorgeous woman. so impressed.

  38. Oh man, she is such an inspiration. She owns herself and doesn’t apologize. I need to take note. It’s the MOST attractive quality in a person.

    Also, I really want to get married and have a family. BUT, I find it incredibly refreshing that she wanted neither of those things and again, doesn’t apologize for it. It’s refreshing to see a woman happily single. I have been single for a VERY long time. The first couple of years felt felt sad and depressing and like something is wrong with me. Now, I’m grateful for all the things my single life affords me. For example, I’m about to take off for a 5 month solo trip through SE Asia– I couldn’t do that if I had a family. Or, I spend large chunks of my weekend on long runs and in yoga classes. I love that I get to be so selfish with my time that i can spend 3 hours working out.

    Anyway, thank you for this feature! I love Linda and feel so inspired by her life!

  39. Lisa says...

    I adored her response about not being able to tape a show. Is 40 too early to start using that line? Great story, keep up the amazing diversity of women!

  40. Kel says...

    Yes yes yes, please. Aging is a gift, and so is she.

  41. Beth says...

    You are awesome! What an inspiration!

  42. This brought me an obnoxious amount of joy; thank you.

  43. Ramona says...

    i love her!!!

  44. Maggie says...

    Well, this woman is my goddamned hero.

  45. Julia says...

    This style story has been my favorite of all favorites!!!! She’s fabulous and I relate so much… we even have the same coloring and it’s inspiring to see what I could look like when I grow up some more. ❤️❤️❤️

  46. anna says...

    I am now obsessed with this wondeful woman. wow.

  47. Jeannie says...

    WOWOWOW I feel SO happy reading her Beauty Uniform; okay, it is my favorite of ALL the ones I’ve read over the years and I have read them all.

    Timeless, chic, and wonderful, sage advice – I soaked it all in. May we all be as free as Linda!

  48. Kimiko says...

    Love, love, love this! I want to be her when I grow up!

  49. Linda Rodin says...

    Hi. It’s Linda. And winks;). How can we thank you all for these wonderful thoughts???
    They all make me blush and feel
    Wonderful!!!!
    Love to all.

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️???????????????????

    • Katie says...

      A pleasure, Ms. Rodin! Also, my fave neon peach nail color is called SURFIN FOR BOYS by China Glaze. I think you’d love it. It’s a matte, but with a top coat you can gloss it up. Thank you for sharing your beauty with us! (: Katie

    • Jeannie says...

      Ms. Rodin, I’m slowly soaking in all of your words from this interview, and wanting more! Thank you for sharing a snippet of your life with us!

    • So lovely you replied! Thank you and a big smooch to WInky!

  50. Morgan says...

    A hipster in the hippest sense. Love this.

  51. Lauren says...

    Inspired by her. Also: Where did she get Winky? How old is Winky?

  52. Marcia says...

    Thank you! I really needed this. Very inspiring!

  53. This is awesome! I truly believe that life only gets better with age. I hope to be as spunky and graceful as Linda when I am 69. Feature more older women, please! They are like digital mentors. She said great things in here about independence and self-acceptance that many generations of women need to hear.

    thewonderof.co

  54. Alyssa says...

    This is AMAZING

  55. riye says...

    She’s lovely. I like her style and her attitude!

    • Sabrina says...

      Agree! Such an inspiration to me. Living the ultimate life!

  56. Traci says...

    Oh man, she is a dear!

  57. Joy says...

    A+

  58. Ilaria says...

    Thank you for this beauty uniform! It’s so inspiring…

  59. I’m screaming. I love her and was so excited to see this.

  60. shannon says...

    When is she coming back for a week of outfits? ?

  61. Shena says...

    Love it! She is just gorgeous with great style! She is an inspiration.

  62. Lisa says...

    Oh my goodness, this is the most wonderful Beauty Uniform yet! Thank you for featuring Linda’s beauty, wit, age, and style. As I age, I look to women like her as role models for defining my life and my style on my own terms.

  63. She is gorgeous. I love her.

  64. Jessica Hitchcock says...

    I loved this post.

  65. Elizabeth Monaco says...

    I want to be you when I grow up. Lovely article, I would love more write ups like these ( I’m 53).

  66. Nadja says...

    PLEASE PLEASE more interesting women of age. Totally inspiring. Especially women who choose a less conformist path and are very much content with their lives as they age, on their own terms. We need/want to hear their stories. They are so hidden and I feel like the general opinion is that women who choose the no kids no husband path are perceived as destined to be unhappy. It feels so liberating to hear about how at peace and comfortable she feels with herself, her rituals, her life. So much to learn from older women. NEED MORE!!! Thanks a cup of JO!!

    • Shena says...

      agreed!!!

    • Jen says...

      Yes, more interviews/features like this!!!!

    • Katie says...

      Totally! So well said (:

    • Eva says...

      YES to all of the above.

    • Megan White says...

      YES! Agreed

    • Jeanne says...

      Another vote! It’s like getting a peek at the future through a crystal ball. Or receiving the best, secret life-pro tips from a big sister or aunt. Bonus points for their beauty regimens

    • Lara says...

      AMEN

  67. Sonia says...

    Her lipstick’s are really good! While they are a little more than what I am used to paying for lipstick, ($38) they either on how many layers you put on go on sheer stain (1 layer) or pigmented color (2 layers). I have Billie on the Bike ( berry wine) and use it daily. It smells lovely and my lips are more moisturized than ever.

  68. Christina says...

    Lover her attitude and style! She owns it!

  69. gillian says...

    This is my favorite Beauty Uniform post yet! She’s amazing!! And I’m obsessed with those round glasses she has!

  70. Myra says...

    Seriously she is a-ma-zing. I had a crappy day and reading this cheered me right up. Her bathroom! her poodle! her attitude and sense of style. I love it all.
    Linda you are truly beautiful inside and out!

  71. Katie says...

    As a fellow thick, wavy, tending toward frizzy haired gal, I love the bluntness of this quote: “My hair is very curly and frizzy, so I wear it in a ponytail or twist.” I feel like there’s so much pressure to straighten it or use products to tame it, but honestly I just prefer how I look with it up! And it’s way too much work to try doing something else with it. But I feel judged for how I wear it (especially when I go in to get haircuts and have to sheepishly admit my ways). So this was wonderful to see!

    • Valerie says...

      have never related to a comment on here more. i feel totally shamed by hairdressers when i won’t let them blow it out (they don’t get it right) and just want to leave with my wet hair in a pony tail. or, when i do blow it out and wear it down, the inevitable “why don’t you always wear your hair down?!” if you dont have thick/frizz/curl/wave, you just can’t relate!

    • Michelle says...

      haha, as someone who regularly gets asked why I never wear my hair down, I had exactly the same reaction when I read that. “Vindicated!” :)

    • Sarah says...

      Find a curly hair stylist. It will change your life. Your haircut will be made for your curl pattern, meaning that your curls will be more defined and likely less frizzy. I use Yelp to find stylists that specialize in curly hair, but Deva Curl is another good resource. I never feel judged for wearing my curly hair the way it is. In fact, I get judged if I straighten it.

    • Jess says...

      My MIL, whom I adore and who adores me, thinks she is complimenting me when she comments on how I always wear my hair up, and how cute it is when I leave it down or have it cut too short to put up, but it drives me crazy! I have totally insane hair – it progresses from flat at the forehead to wavy at the crown to spirals at the nape – and it is just too much work and annoying to always have it down! Plus it is HOT. I am sweaty enough without having a small animal draped around my neck.

  72. Loved hearing about Linda, can we have more older, classy women please?

    • Jessica says...

      I’d like to see some completely un-classy older women! ;)

  73. Lynne says...

    I loved this! She is delightful and I loved her. Can we hear more from her someday? Favorite part: she doesn’t have to make excuses now that she’s older. If she doesn’t want to go out she just says no, or tells them she doesn’t know how to record a show she wants to watch.

  74. mallory says...

    Favorite beauty uniform ever! More Linda!

  75. Kim says...

    OMG I seriously love her! Every little thing about her is amazing and real. Goals, goals, goals.

  76. love it! Well done!

  77. amy says...

    LOVE This post! very refreshing. her answers are hilarious. she is so comfortable in her own skin.
    would love to know where she got her black high tops in the third picture (leaning over to her dog)? I want!
    great interview, thank you!

  78. I want to be Linda when I grow up.

    • I want to be her right now.

  79. Ellen says...

    Love her! The glasses, the hair and and the bold lips!

  80. Kelly says...

    What a lovely woman! And her dog is adorable! I agree with another commenter…featuring unattached women who love life is a treat. I am married but don’t have children (and won’t be) and love my life too. I do wish people in general would see that you can be happy by not always following what is considered the norm in society. Marriage and kids are great but not for everyone. I wish that saying “Good for her. Not for me” would become more common in people’s thoughts! Loved the post!!!

    • Katie says...

      Amen, sister. I love that motto, too! (Amy Poehler talks a lot about it in her delicious book, YES PLEASE).

  81. Jessica says...

    More older AMAZING women like this, PLEASE!!!!!

  82. JMT says...

    But … the goldfish …

    • Hani says...

      DEFINITELY kept hoping that question would be answered!! Haha!

    • Louisa says...

      yes!

  83. Shannon says...

    She is fabulous! I loved this!

  84. Becca says...

    Am I the only one hoping Wes Anderson could film a whole movie with just her and her bathroom.

    • Megan says...

      YES. Totally had the same reaction.

    • Megan says...

      It also for some reason made me think of some of J.D. Salinger’s characters…

    • Carolyn says...

      Perfect!!! The Life Aquatic with Linda Rodin. :)

  85. Kate says...

    Yes, Cup of Jo! Just………yes!!!!!

  86. This woman is a GODDESS. Reading this made me feel so happy.

    Favorite beauty uniform yet, hands down.

  87. I adore her so much. Her style… everything. She is such an inspiration!

  88. This is exactly how I want my hair to look when it goes gray – it looks so beautiful. What an inspiration.

  89. Lucy says...

    STOP the presses. This woman has the secret to aging gracefully–accept and love who you are because in the end, your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters. (And maybe staying single? Just sayin’.) Thanks, Cup of Jo, for featuring such an inspiring woman.

  90. Dawn says...

    Wonderful Post! Such and interesting woman! I am an older (58 years) reader and know that I’m not really your target audience so appreciate the age-diversity!

  91. Sofia says...

    Stunning.

  92. Alex says...

    She’s awesome. Would you mind asking her where that amazing leather jacket came from? And the shoes she is wearing with it! :)

  93. Emily M. says...

    This was such a pleasure to read and linger upon. The best part of my day, thank you!

    • Maureen says...

      This!

  94. Heather says...

    Reading this made me feel inexplicably HAPPY!

    • Amy says...

      Same!

  95. This is wonderful!!!! She’s so beautiful and comfortable in her skin – unapologetic for who she is and what she wants. Thank you so much for this kind, frank interview and wonderful photos.

    I would love to see more of her hairstyles – side and back views – as I have long hair and like to wear it up, too (I have those same hairpins, but I got mine in St. Petersburg, Russia!).

    • Lucy says...

      Yes, a hair tutorial for using these pins would be amazing.

    • Katie says...

      Agreed! My hair is so thick and heavy that most pins don’t hold up to the job.

  96. Laura says...

    For some reason, I almost felt like crying at the end of this.

    The whole paragraph about her apartment being her favorite place, I could have written that whole thing.

    Kindred. Spirit.

  97. I’ve loved Linda for years! She is my hair inspiration as I start getting grays. Thanks for the lovely feature.

  98. She is my absolute favorite, always love reading about her. Her products are great too!

    Briana

  99. M says...

    I love her! When her Rodin lipsticks came out, I saw one pic of her on Instagram and immediately bought the color. She is all sorts of life goals for me – career, style, aging… ?

  100. Emily says...

    Is there a live fish in that bathtub?!

  101. Tricia says...

    My favorite beauty uniform yet! Ms. Rodin is beautiful and enchanting and she makes aging seem magical!

  102. cgw says...

    GOALZ!!!!
    Omg, I wanna be you, Ms. Rodin when I grow up!
    -sez this 47 year old

  103. Liz says...

    She’s amazing! Her attitude, her apartment, her style, her dog, her everything!

  104. VPo says...

    This woman gives ZERO F%€$ and I love it. No apologies for who she is or what she wants. So refreshing and inspiring!

  105. Stephanie says...

    Incredible. What an inspiration – both in terms of style and wisdom! I hope I have half her elegance, confidence and quirk when I’m her age.

  106. Whitney says...

    What an inspiration! Your “My Beauty Uniform” features have been so on point. Thank you for these interviews! It’s refreshing to read about another woman’s beauty routine and come away feeling inspired, rather than reading a magazine article and then feeling “less than,” noticing every single flaw about myself and only thinking about what I should to change. Thanks for being real and uplifting, a dynamic that seems to get further and further out of reach from women each day.

    One small (but potentially powerful) change I would recommend for that second-to-last question: Instead of asking “was” there a time in your life when you felt really beautiful, you might ask “when in your life have you felt really beautiful.” Just my two cents. :-)

    Love, love, love this interview. Thanks again!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great point, whitney, thank you! xo

  107. Angela says...

    Beautiful! Can we please have more of this lady? It’s so empowering to see fierce, gorgeous, older women like Linda. The mainstream media isn’t featuring these women, and as women, we NEED their images and stories.

  108. Mimi says...

    She is stunningly gorgeous!
    Also, ever thought about featuring someone in the Midwest?? We have style sense, I swear! :)

    • Angela says...

      Cracking up over this, but would second it in a heartbeat. I don’t live on either coast-never have and probably never will-and things are just different stylistically in the middle states. Not bad or done in poor taste, just different, and it would be nice to see some of those differences highlighted here.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure!!! we have a chicago lady coming up very soon!

    • Sarah says...

      I thought the same thing, but with the west. Those of us near the Rockies could probably use some help in the moisturization area, especially in these cold, dry winter months. :) I loved seeing this and how New York she is, but would love to see more women from the midwest, west, or west coast (or beyond!).

    • Katie says...

      Couldn’t agree more. I grew up in California & feel like it ruined me for life, style-wise, because I only know how to dress in the summer (which was basically the type of weather I grew up in year round.) I’ve lived in Oregon now for pushing 20 years and I STILL – ugh, and I am slightly mortified to admit this – not very good at dressing 3/4 of the year! I don’t get dressing for wet, winter-y weather. I just have on a million layers and alternate between being freezing or sweating my brains out. HELP! I’m sure there are some ladies in North Dakota or Alaska who have this thing down…

  109. Katherine says...

    Goals. That’s all I can say.

  110. erin says...

    thank you thank you thank you!! made my day!!!

  111. Elizabeth says...

    This is so great! I feel like women who choose not to marry &/or not have kids are so under-represented in the media. Linda is a great inspiration for being confident and true to yourself. Thank you for this post! My favorite beauty uniform ever!

  112. Hands down, one of the best posts on this site, and I’ve been reading since before Joanna and Alex got married! :) Linda is so inspiring. I’ve struggled with the beginning of the aging process. My friends are all very pro-filler, and I continue to hold strong to my “no filler, age naturally” philosophy. Linda amped me up big time! Go on with your bad self and bold lipstick, Linda. You are a goddess!

  113. Tami says...

    Gorgeous and I deeply admire her sense of confident style (I bet if we asked her how many f*cks she gives she’d say ZERO)
    The world needs a Rodin eyewear line as well – she wears glasses better than anyone I know.
    Linda – you are one cool woman.

  114. SN says...

    Praise

  115. jw says...

    Wow! LOVED this one. She is amazing….are there more like her? Getting older doesn’t have to be depressing??? Tell me more…

  116. Peg says...

    Wow this lady is so cool.

  117. “I don’t want to go out, I just say, I don’t want to, there’s a great show on TV. People say, tape it. I say, I don’t know how.” <3

    • Amy says...

      I burst out laughing at that line! Love this woman.

    • Katie says...

      OMG, me, too! One time, I was at this swanky party at a super too-cool bar & my friend caught me trying to sneak out and before I could think of a lie I just blurted, “I’m going home to watch Smallville!” So mortifying & liberating. Would love it if we could all just tell the truth!

  118. Amanda G says...

    What an amazing person she is! I absolutely love how comfortable she is in her own skin. I would 100% eat up a blog devoted purely to her life, wisdom, and style. By far my most favorite Beauty Uniform post ever :)

  119. This is so fabulous – what a remarkable person to interview. What a life she must be living – so creative and exciting! I strive to be like Linda. You go girl.

  120. Carrie says...

    Okay now can you do a second follow up interview that is much, much longer?? This woman is amazing to look at, but more importantly her responses are like a breath of fresh air! She’s so inspiring!

    • Yes, please! I’m 27 and felt excited at the choice of Linda upon seeing her first picture. I wish there were links to all her outfits. I would love to see a week of outfits from her.

  121. A says...

    I loved this so much.

  122. Maggie says...

    Thank you for sharing Linda with us. I absolutely love this post.

  123. Jen says...

    These have always been my favourite posts. Linda is fabulous, as always.

  124. Claire says...

    I literally could not love this or her more. THANK YOU!

  125. Blythe says...

    This is my favorite style/beauty feature you’ve done. Like, ever. I feel liberated just reading about Linda’s lifestyle. Thank you for sharing her with your readers!!

  126. asia says...

    Love, love, love! Linda is my style icon!!

  127. Carole says...

    This is my FAVE beauty uniform ever! I love her attitude, I love how she doesn’t make her be something she isn’t! So what our hair turns grey, we get wrinkles… that’s life! It’s how you FEEL!! LOVE HER!!

  128. Katey says...

    This made me EXCITED about getting older (I am 39). So much grace, wisdom, and confidence. This woman is everything beautiful inside and out.

    • Erin says...

      I am 38 and this totally made me feel okay that I am getting older. She is so chic!

  129. I have always loved reading about her. Such a visionary!

  130. Mandy Winter says...

    Amazing as always I love the women you choose for these features.

  131. Cynthia says...

    Linda is amazing! She is an inspiration for those of us not far behind her in age. I know women who turned gray at an early age, and didn’t dye it, and it’s absolutely stunning.

    • Carrie says...

      Agreed, I think grey is really lovely on both men and women.

  132. She’s so amazing. I love her so much. I feel like I always gobble up interviews with her. (Can she do a weekly outfit post too?!)

  133. Elizabeth says...

    This. Woman. Is. BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for featuring an older, distinguished woman like Linda Rodin in this series.

    I have been so disappointed and disillusioned with our society’s obsession with youth–and by “youth, ” I mean the sick obsession of having 21 and 22 year olds grace the cover and insides of every major fashion magazine, month after month. While these young girls are beautiful, I am in no way inspired by them. As a 35 year-old professional woman and mother, I find myself seeking to be inspired by wise women of substance, who have lived life and have stories to tell. If advertisers and clothing designers truly want to grab my attention and mesmerize me in an effort to get me to buy their products, they’d be better off using women like Linda Rodin in all of their campaigns. I would honestly buy every piece of clothing she wore for this series–both because she has an impeccable sense of style, but also because the story of her life and how she lives it is inspiring! This feature made me want to learn the secrets Linda has learned throughout her life that has made her this magnificent woman at the age of 69.

    It’s high time for advertisers to realize that if they really want any woman over the age of 30 to take out her wallet, they should lure us in with women of substance and strength (like Linda), and not vapid, glittery, naive girls in their early 20s. I can’t look at a 20 year old model and think, “I want to be her when I grow up!” And if the only 30 to 50 year-old women that magazines feature are celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence or Angelina Jolie, comparing myself to them only leaves me depressed. Feature more real, older women like Linda to give us something to ASPIRE to!

    And to Linda: THANK YOU for leaving your beautiful face and hair exactly as it is and not doing more fillers or plastic surgery or dying your hair. You are stunning. As a mother raising a young girl in southern California, it has a been a mission of mine to ensure she sees what REAL women look like as they age. And trust me, finding such women (especially around here) is not easy. Every line on your face is exquisite and every gray hair on your head is divine, and these features reveal a depth and wisdom that draws me to you.

    xoxoxo. Thank you, Cup of Jo!

    • Marcia says...

      Amen, 100%

    • Katie says...

      Srsly. If there’s ever time/space – would love to see that link to Frances McDormand’s interview about aging. I remember watching that here awhile ago & feeling so vindicated and FREE.

    • Misha says...

      This comment. 100%!

  134. Genevieve says...

    This is so refreshing. She is beautiful and a great example of aging well. I have no idea who she is otherwise, but I love her.

  135. Renee says...

    I want to BE HER!!! Seriously, so, SO cool. Love her style and attitude!

  136. Gabrielle says...

    OBSESSED.

  137. Christine says...

    “Be aware of the bigger picture so nothing comes as a surprise.” This career advice (I’ll take it as life advice) could not have come at a more apt time in my life. Thanks for sharing this amazing woman’s style and beauty advice!

  138. Caroline says...

    LOVED her answer to the “time in your life you felt beautiful” question. She is fabulous.

  139. Katie says...

    Love her whole jam! And, thanks for featuring a woman who lives fully without a spouse and/or children. We don’t often get to see single folks living like champs and being championed. Hooray!

    • Bree says...

      YES! Her whole attitude and style is fabulous, but her answer about being single is SO fantastic!

    • mika says...

      Exactly, Katie !!

  140. Emily says...

    Thank you so much for featuring Linda Rodin! She is such an icon and so is her pup. I love watching women becoming themselves at every age. Our society has a way of disappearing women as we age or pressuring us to try to look like someone other than who we are. Linda is so stylish. She just has it–and while certainly her clothing and makeup/skincare and cool apartment are part of that–what she has is something not defined by looks, it comes from within and it just shines out of her. I find her so compelling. Thanks again!

  141. Claudia Baskerville says...

    She reminds me of Iris Apfel, who I adore. Fantastic style and outlook on life.

    • mika says...

      She totally does! I love them both!

  142. KL says...

    Can we ask where she shops for her clothes??!!! One of the furthest, if not THE furthest, house styles from mine but the closest to what-I-dream-of-wearing-and-looking-like styles of any style post you’ve done. How funny!

    • Jyotsna says...

      I second this, would love to know more about her outfits and shoes!

    • Jessica says...

      YES. Especially those jeans in the top photo and the denim skirt in the last one. I’ve literally been looking for similar items for years now. If any CoJ readers have found anything similar, I’d love to know!

  143. Emily says...

    YAY! I’ve always hoped you do on a Beauty Routine with Linda. She is the ULTIMATE stylish beauty!

  144. Tiia says...

    Oh my god !!!!!

  145. Molly says...

    OMG! She’s fantastic.

  146. Diana Moss says...

    i not only want to age as well as her, i want to be like her NOW. she’s fantastic.

  147. em says...

    beautiful and refreshing to read

    • Molly says...

      Agreed!

  148. Lilliana says...

    By far my favorite of the beauty uniforms. BY FAR. What a stunner. What an inspiration for growing older, being single and dreaming big. If she loves herself so brilliantly and unapologetically at 69, then I can love myself bolder at 35. Bravo!

    • Jessica says...

      I’m 35 too, Lilliana, and felt the same way. I often get concerned about getting older and remaining single, and it’s always such a pleasure to be reminded that I can choose not to worry about these things.

    • mika says...

      YES!

  149. Literally OBSESSED with her. Total style goals.