My Wardrobe, Myself

The intersection of clothing, emotions, and life

Where I live, the hottest months of the year are traditionally August and September, but the higher temperatures often continue into October – and sometimes even November! During those months, I don’t usually need to wear a topper and, in fact, it’s typically too warm for any type of layering in my ensembles. This is the most difficult time of year for me in terms of getting dressed, especially in my less svelte, post-menopausal years.

hot weather wardrobe challenges

Do you struggle with what to wear when the temperatures spike?

Two Primary Issues

As I see it, there are two primary issues when it comes to dressing for hot weather. The first relates to our physical comfort when trying to stay as cool as possible in scorching heat and humidity, while still looking stylish and well put together. The second issue has more to do with our emotional comfort when we’re not able to cover up as much and are therefore showing more skin than we might ultimately prefer.

Some of you may struggle with one or both of these aspects, while others may absolutely love dressing for summer. Summer used to be my favorite sartorial season, but that has shifted in recent years such that I’m feeling more challenged by it. My menopausal body changes have necessitated more adjustments to my warm weather style than in what I wear the rest of the year.

I’m actually still working on honing the way I dress during the summer months, and it’s proven to be more difficult than I expected. Although it seems like the hot, sticky weather may be over for 2021, I want to get a better handle on what to wear for warmer temperatures so that I’m more prepared when next summer rolls around.

Introducing Part One…

In today’s post, I talk about the challenges that some of us can experience when it’s too hot to wear a “third piece.” The questions that I ponder and try to address include:

  • What should we do when it’s just too warm to add layering pieces to our outfits?
  • What steps can we take to feel put-together on sweltering summer days?

I’m only going to address the practical, physical comfort issues around dressing for hot weather in this essay. However, this will be another two-part series, so next week I’ll delve more into the emotional comfort issues some of us encounter when we’re not able to “cover up” as much with our clothing.

The Role of a “Third Piece”

A “third piece” usually refers to some sort of topper, such as a jacket, coat, or cardigan, but there are alternate forms that I’ll discuss later in this post. Adding a third piece to our outfits is an easy way to incorporate more color, pattern, texture, and overall style into what we’re wearing. Of course, layering pieces have the added advantage of keeping us warm when the temperatures drop, but the issue of warmth isn’t germane to today’s discussion (quite the opposite, in fact!).

Third pieces can also provide coverage for the sake of modesty or to camouflage areas of our bodies that we’re self-conscious about. Using layering for “covering up” will be more the topic of my next essay. I’ll mostly focus on the style aspect today, particularly around when layering isn’t really practical and what to do instead.

Since I wrote about the power of twenty-five good outfits back in September, I’ve been working on creating my list of “go-to” looks. In doing so, I noticed that I almost always incorporated some sort of topper into each outfit. Even the stock image that I included in my twenty-five outfits post featured a cardigan as an important part of the ensemble. The look also featured quite a few accessories – sunglasses, necklace, earrings, ring, belt, shoes, and handbag. Here’s a reminder of the image in question so you can see what I’m talking about:

outfit photos

If a woman wearing the outfit above were to take off her cardigan, she’d probably need all or most of the accessories shown in order to look “finished,” especially since the top and jeans are quite plain. Even with the cardigan, at least some additional accoutrements would be necessary to cultivate a put-together look.

Having a “blank canvas” of basic pieces is one type of outfit formula that many women like to use, but if you want to look stylish, it usually requires a bit more thought and effort than just throwing on a top, bottom, and shoes and calling it “done.” Adding the gray cardigan pictured definitely helps to pull things together, but since it’s also a solid basic, I still think some careful accessorizing is needed in order to create a well-dressed look.

An Overreliance on Toppers

I’m revisiting the stock outfit photo from my September post because it reminded me of my own wardrobe and some of the issues that I experience with it during the summer months. Because I have a fairly minimalist style aesthetic, I tend to gravitate toward a lot of solid, basic pieces like the ones shown above. Thus, I also tend to rely heavily on toppers (as well as accessories) to add more “pizzazz” to my outfits. Because I live in a temperate climate, I don’t need those layering pieces for warmth during much of the year, but I find myself wanting to wear them anyway.

Going through the exercise of listing out twenty-five good outfits drove the point home about my overreliance on toppers. I not only included a cardigan or jacket in each outfit on my “cheat sheet,” I frequently gave myself several topper options. I felt the outfits needed that additional layer in order for me to feel good wearing them, both in terms of looking put together and for my emotional comfort. The hot days I encountered in recent weeks underscored my issue around layering pieces. When it’s too hot for a cardigan or another “third piece,” I struggle with pulling together a look that feels right to me.

Inspiration from Old Outfit Photos

Clearly, I need to figure out alternative ways of dressing for when the thermometer rises and the humidity spikes. To help me with this effort, I went back and looked at some of my old outfit photos from my days of chronicling what I wore on a day-to-day basis. Although I mostly stopped taking pictures of my outfits back in 2017 (because I was being too self-critical), I have a large archive of “what I wore” images from previous years.

Revisiting my old outfits helped to remind me of previous layering “workarounds” that I employed on days when it was too hot to wear a topper – or when it was likely that I would need to remove that piece at some point during a given day. I plan to use some of my old “formulas” to help me dress better when next summer rolls around. I’ll likely have to tweak the “recipes” somewhat to accommodate my 2022 body, as well as new clothing styles/silhouettes and my shifting preferences, but I was happy to find inspiration from my own prior outfits.

Below are some of my old outfit photos that illustrate ways of looking put-together without the use of traditional types of “third pieces.” Although I’m not going to discuss clothing fabrications much here, it’s important to note that we can stay cooler when we wear natural fibers as opposed to synthetics (although some synthetic blends can also be “breathable”).

As a reminder, most of the outfits shown are from 2017 or earlier, although a couple of more recent ensembles make an appearance as well. I still have some of the pieces that are featured, but I wouldn’t necessarily wear them as they are shown. For example, I now prefer to wear longer cropped pants, I now favor midi skirts instead of knee-length styles (as I wrote about in my recent “do’s” and “don’ts” series), and many of my shoe preferences have changed.

However, I would definitely use the same concepts today. Some of the outfits shown actually incorporate more than one of the alternate third pieces or third piece “workarounds” discussed, but I’ve included each outfit picture in only one category for the sake of clarity. Although I employed multiple methods for making my outfits look more interesting in many instances, just one third piece alternative will often suffice.

Instead of a Jacket, Coat, or Cardigan…

I’m sure many of you already use these types of “third piece” workarounds for hot weather, but perhaps you’ll find a new idea or two in the mix (or you’ll appreciate the reminder). I know that my wardrobe creativity has been reinvigorated through perusing my old outfit photos. I’ll add a few notes in each section about the looks shown, as well as what I might do differently today.


scarves as third pieces

On the hottest and stickiest days, scarves may not be practical, especially when they are tied closer to the neck like in the center photo. I haven’t worn scarves in hot weather for several years, but I can see myself doing it again on days when it’s too warm for a topper but not so scorching that a bit of fabric around my neck might bother me. I like to do a looser tie with scarves in the summer, and I like that they can add pattern and visual interest to plain ensembles similar to the ones shown above.


vests as third pieces

Vests are another layer, but since they only cover the center portion of the body, they can work on warmer days. I still own the first and second vests shown and would still wear similar looks today, although I would probably switch out the jeans and shoes for alternate pieces. I usually find jeans to be too hot and stifling during the summer.

I actually prefer the vest in the center photo with long-sleeved tops, but it can work with short-sleeved tees as well. I would still wear the outfit at right as shown (fortunately, I cut the oddly-placed tag out of the skirt a while back!), but I no longer own the top and vest. I still like the way the outfit looks, but I purged the top because it was too snug and the vest due to “fussiness” issues. I’ve struggled to find good tops and toppers to pair with skirts for the past few years, but hopefully I’ll have better luck when next summer rolls around.


necklaces as third pieces

When it’s just too hot to wear a scarf or a vest, a necklace is a good option to try. When your outfit consists of solid, basic pieces, adding a fun necklace can make a huge difference in terms of pulling your look together. I think that longer necklaces are usually a better option, as they tend to show up more, but a shorter necklace can also work, especially if it’s on the larger side and/or incorporates color and detailing.

Almost all of my necklaces are silver and black, but that’s just because it’s in line with my style preferences. Any type of necklace can work well, but if the weather is very hot, it might be a good idea to stick with a necklace with less material on the neck, such as the one on the right with a thin material holding on to the pendant.

Other Third Piece Alternatives

Interesting shoes like the ones I’m wearing in the necklace section also help with outfit refinement. My sandals on the left include textured “bumps,” the center pair have a cross-front with some texturing, and the ones on the right lace up. I didn’t specifically call out shoes as an alternate third piece, but they can be just as effective as a necklace sometimes, especially if one is wearing a dress or cropped pants that show off their footwear better than a full-length bottom piece would.

Other third piece alternatives that add visual interest include belts, hats, purses, glasses (especially ones that are worn all the time, as opposed to sunglasses that are typically removed indoors), bracelets, earrings, rings, and hair accessories. Statement earrings are particularly effective when one has short hair or is wearing their hair up. Bracelets and rings don’t tend to add as much drama as necklaces do, but they definitely contribute detail and style to one’s overall look. I usually like to wear several pieces of jewelry, but one item is typically the “showpiece,” and it’s usually the necklace.

Details That Can Replace a “Third Piece”

Sometimes you don’t actually need to add an additional piece to your outfit in order to create a more interesting and complete look. In this section, I introduce multiple methods you can use in any degree of heat that won’t add warmth or bulk to what you’re wearing.


embellishment instead of a third piece

If you don’t like to wear statement jewelry and it’s too hot to put on a scarf or a vest, embellishment is another effective way of making your outfits look more exciting. I love to wear tops and dresses that include some type of embellishment. The tops shown above aren’t as dramatic as the embroidered dress, but I still think the visual interest from the embellished necklines helps to bring the outfits out of the boring and basic category.

I still own the skirt on the left and the top in the center, but the other pieces have all been purged (except for the jewelry and the shoes on the right). I still wear the skirt, but with less fitted tops because my midsection isn’t as slim as it was when the photo was taken. I paired the top in the center with black cropped pants and heeled sandals this past summer. I miss the dress, but the waistline hit me a bit too high and the tiered bottom wasn’t flattering on me at a somewhat higher weight. I would still wear a similar piece today, though, but with less gathering and without the tiers.

Interesting Details

interesting details instead of a third piece

Wearing pieces that have some type of interesting details can also make your outfits look more finished without the need for a third piece. The tops above include color-blocking, ruching, an exposed zipper, and a cross-strap. I still have the tops at the left and right, but I now wear them with longer cropped pants that hit me a few inches above my ankle bone. I would wear a top similar to the one in the center with a longer, midi-length skirt and sandals with a lower vamp.

Other types of interesting details you can wear in lieu of a topper include: asymmetry, twist or tie-bottom tops, waist seaming, lace-front tops, and grommets. Wearing patterned garments is also effective, but I get more into that in the two sections below.

Pattern on the Top

a patterned top instead of a third piece

One of the most effective ways to add visual interest to an outfit is through the use of pattern. The pattern can be on the top, on the bottom, or all over (as in the case of a dress or jumpsuit). I use all three options, but my favorite way to wear pattern is on the top half of my body. If you tend to be bottom-heavy, wearing a patterned top draws attention away from what might be “problem areas” and toward your face and preferred body attributes.

My favorite pattern has long been stripes, but I also like animal prints and dark florals. The patterned pieces above also include other interesting details, including an embellished neckline, a tie bottom (which I like the look of, but it’s often too fussy on me), and a lace overlay with a ruffle. I no longer own any of the pieces shown (except for the shoes in the center image), but I would still wear versions of these outfits today. I would switch out the shoes on the left and wear longer pants in the middle look. I would pretty much wear the look on the right as is, except I would aim for the skirt to be a few inches longer. Oftentimes, what is billed as a maxi skirt will hit me in a “no man’s land” place, which I don’t think is a particularly good look.

Pattern on the Bottom

a patterned bottom instead of a third piece

I don’t wear pattern on the bottom nearly as often as on the top, but this can also be an effective way to “pinch-hit” for a third piece. When I do wear pattern on my lower half, I usually like for it to be a more subtle pattern, such as the one in the pants on the right (which I still own – the photo is from summer 2020). I wish I could find another skirt like the one on the left because the vertical stripes are slimming and I like the elliptical, high-low cut. The pattern on the skirt in the middle is a bit “louder,” but since the background is black, I still felt comfortable wearing it. It wasn’t long enough for me, though, and I had to wear it lower on the waistline than was really comfortable.

If you are happier with your bottom half and like to draw attention there, feel free to wear bold and bright prints. Of course, you can always do so regardless of your shape, but just know that bold prints tend to attract the eye. Again, I also included other types of details in my outfits above, such as ruffles, a long necklace, and neckline details. Although one type of “third piece” alternative can sometimes be enough, I usually like to incorporate two or three options to keep the look interesting and have it be true to my dramatic, polished, and elegant style guideposts (read more about that concept here).

Conclusion – and Your Thoughts?

I hope you found this post interesting and thought-provoking. Dressing for hot weather can definitely be more challenging than when temperatures are cooler, but there are many ways to make an outfit look interesting and pulled together when it’s just too warm to wear a jacket, coat, or cardigan. Ideally, your wardrobe should include a good assortment of pieces that aren’t super basic, as plain items are the most challenging to wear without a topper. I think I’m going to refrain from buying any new basic short-sleeved or sleeveless tops and instead aim to only purchase summer tops that include some type of interesting details like the ones discussed above.

Of course, the practical considerations and style elements are only part of the puzzle when it comes to hot weather dressing. For many of us, feeling overly “exposed” in summer clothing is a bigger consideration. That issue will be the subject of my next post…

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for how to best dress for hot and sticky weather, I invite you to share. I know that I didn’t touch on fabrication much here, but I definitely welcome tips and tricks in that area, as it’s something I’m still learning about and working on. If you have input on the emotional comfort part of the equation, you can weigh in on that either now or following my next essay.

Even though the hot weather is either long gone or on its way out for most of us, formulating a plan for how to better navigate it next year will hopefully help all of us to be more comfortable – physically, emotionally, and stylistically – in summer 2022.

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16 thoughts on ““Third Piece” Challenges – Part One

  1. Terra Trevor says:

    With this post you have hit on what I felt was my greatest challenge living in a climate is hottest in September, October and November, By the time fall rolls around I no longer want to wear summer clothes, and after an entire summer of wearing sun screen and hats and still getting too much sun, I’m ready to be covered up! I’m also a great fan of wearing a “Third Piece. But as you have outlined, it too hot! I never did solve the problem when I lived in Southern California. The best I could do was lean toward neutral colors in light weight fabrics that did not scream summer. Currently my fall wardrobe consists of Eileen Fisher linen pieces for the hottest of days. I’m finding it easier now that I’m in Santa Cruz, where although fall is still our warmest season, it’s milder here. It’s warm without being downright sizzling hot. At least most of the time. Looking forward to discovering some new ways to deal with hot autumn weather!

  2. Vildy says:

    Where I live it would be like getting dressed for a steambath. When I lived in L.A., I could dress normally because of the dry heat. And wherever you are in summer, a lot of places you are going to go are going to be air-conditioned. In summer, I would avoid necklaces and scarves. In my eyes, it just looks hotter. 😀 I mostly want wovens so they stand a little away. In day to day life I really do find that the thing people notice most are shoes. Here is my idea of the very best third piece: large prominent dark shades. Cliche as it is, they scream stylish.

  3. Jelena says:

    As Vildy said, you often need a third piece indoors, as air conditioning is usually set on a lower temperature.
    My favourite summer outfits are maxi dresses with shrugs or thin scarves tied over my shoulders. I also have a wide legged pants and a couple of skirts in graphic prints which I pair with bright tops.
    I have light-coloured pants, but don’t really feel comfortable wearing them as they’re tight fitting, so every bump seems larger.
    I wear black in summer, but only in natural, lighter fabrics.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I dress without a 3rd piece 6 months of the year, so to me it’s the default. Toppers, when I need them for a/c, are kind of an afterthought to me. Cold weather dressing, when I have to add a topper, just feels like a lot of “extra.” My body fluctuates a lot, so it’s not size dependent at all. If anything, layers just make me feel bigger all round- not to mention chaotic.

    In warm, hot weather, I only wear skirts and dresses- so I feel dressed up enough. Scarves and vests are way too hot for our 90+ degree summers, so I wear necklaces or chunky bracelets if I want more interest. Color and texture also goes a long way in my closet.

    I hear many people say they don’t bare their arms or legs because of age/size/body shame. Then they’re sweating and complaining about the heat. That makes me very sad. Very few people are judging us, and those who are are not worth our time and energy. Treat your body like it is your best friend, cause it truly is!

  5. Maggie says:

    Hi Debbie,
    Very interesting topic. I tend to run cold but I do like to have options. I have found that wearing a tencel/lyocell jacket in a light tan or chambray blue works pretty well for me over a tank. Also a rayon blouse with a print and open neckline works well for me and I can always knot it at my waist.
    I suppose linen/viscose/rayon open weave would work or lace/mesh/burnout topper would work. (Chicos has a chambray bomber from a few years ago that has bird embroidered on the back that I always had my eye on on Ebay.) Also, I have a batik print cotton jacket from Chicos and a tan/taupe tencel jean style jacket from Coldwater Creek that is a bazillion years old but still works.

    As for shoes, I just bought a pair of printed Converse shoes and plan to replace the insoles with something more comfortable. All of my shoes are trending toward comfort with velcro and slipon styles starting to dominate. I must be losing the padding on my feet at a record pace 🙂


    1. Sue says:

      Good idea! I just found a seethrough viscose open topper at a secondhand store and am looking forward to trying it out next summer. I don’t feel suitably dressed for work or a party without some kind of third piece (or second piece with a dress). It’s not usually that warm here so a regular lightweight topper can work but for days when even that can be too warm, I think very thin viscose could be a feasible option.

  6. NATALIE K says:

    Maggie, Losing the padding on your feet with age is very normal!! Just make sure you invest in better shoes with more padding!! That’s what I’ve had to do but it’s so worth it!! There are some really great looking shoes out there now that are made for comfort as well!!

    1. Maggie says:

      Natalie, Thanks for sharing! I used to buy inserts from The Walking Company but they have closed stores and gone online. I have yet to try a store called Good Feet in my area. There is also an SAS shoe store and I am not ruling that out. I am also not ruling out a trip to a podiatrist to get custom insoles made for my high arch and narrow feet.

      It occurred to me that a thin zip hoodie or an open weave cropped sweater could work too. There is also the turn a scarf into a kimono shrug trick with two knots but I don’t usually go that route.

      1. Maggie says:

        I also was reminiscing about a knit poncho that my mother made when I was 13 or 14 and maxi military style coats made the scene. We wore a uniform in school which involved a knee length skirt at the time. I froze in my poncho but I thought I was soooo cool waiting to get into school in a sea of maxi coats.. ( It was a boring color but you take what you can get.)

      2. NATALIE K says:

        Maggie, I’m not one to wear a kimono all that often but the trick with a large scarf is a lifesaver when traveling!

  7. NATALIE K says:

    Debbie, Living in Arizona I experience this weather that is too hot for a topper. My toppers are linen as well as my clothing. It’s the only way to go for me!! I only wear skirts all year long. Cotton I find to also be cooling!! All your ideas are great!! I would only add that when it’s too hot just ethnic earring and a large bracelet or many small bracelets are a good option!!

  8. Terry says:

    I live in the same county as you, Debbie, and face the same weather challenges. As my style leans boho and I no longer need to dress for an office, my hot weather uniform is a loose cotton or rayon maxi tank dress with a thin cotton or rayon kimono, a stack of silver bangles and statement earrings, or occasionally a statement necklace. It’s still challenging to find pieces I love. I only wear scarves in the cooler winter/spring months, when I swap out the kimonos for duster cardigans. Like you, I think embellishment adds a third component that is easy to wear.

  9. Rachel says:

    That’s so funny…I never thought of your aesthetic as minimalist until you said it – all the patterns and accessories – but of course it totally is a kind of enhanced minimalism! and it definitely works for you. You look great!

    (now, a side note, speaking as someone with EXACTLY your texture hair: I have never been happier since the day I stopped straightening it. Our hair doesn’t look like straight hair when we flatten it…mine always looked kinda fried – sort of like little sticks. I still get it blowdried with a wave or curl, and I am all about defeating the frizz and bringing on shine. But my hair doesn’t look fake or torched anymore, or like I’m trying to make it be something it’s not. It looks like the best version of what it IS, which is textured and thick – and, now that I’m leaning into it instead of fighting it, wavy! it took a bit for the curl to appear after years of battling it away, but now it’s here!
    You’re on the West Coast – enhanced natural is the thing! Processed-looking, naturally coarse hair flattened out is dated now…your NATURAL texture and wave – yes, it will appear if you give it a chance, and the hair time to recover – is in, and youthful! You’ve already embraced your GORGEOUS natural hair color…hop on the texture train! You’ll have to learn a new routine…but it will take less time to complete, and I promise it will make you happier in the long run! You can do it!!!)
    (Feel free to ignore this, I’ve just been where you are…you inspired me on natural color, now I’m paying it forward!) 🙂

    1. NATALIE K says:

      My hair is just like yours!! When straightened it doesn’t look like straight hair and eventually just frizzy!! I now let my hair dry sometimes by it self or I’ll dry it with a diffuser attachment. So glad I’ve learned over the years to finally accept my beautiful God given naturally wavy to curly hair!! My husband loves it !!!

  10. RoseAG says:

    Excellent use of what is likely a large collection of outfit photos!
    I’m also in the wear a dress category for really hot weather, but sometimes, particularly for work, a top/bottom is better. I live in the Mid_Atlantic area area, it’s cooled off here now, but come Summer it’s very humid and if you aren’t in air conditioning it’s sticky.

    The photo I like the best is in the “Necklace” category, far left, the black belted short sleeved top with the necklace.
    I’m neither here nor there about this actual necklace, but I like the short sleeved top with the belt. I’d note that a waist does not need to be 25″ to be worth highlighting. Even the suggestion of a waist can go a long way to defining an outfit!
    I have long liked the notion of the “Statement top” in my wardrobe, particularly for public appearances. That’s a top that has some style that negates the need for a topper. It can be short sleeved and have a distinctive sleeve, neckline, or waist treatment. I think that’s what your photo illustrates.
    So, your photo has it all. A top with two distinctive features – the neckline and the waist. The same color waist tie is fine, all you need is the appearance of a waist, and it works! The necklace sets it all off.
    Think of the neckline, waist tie and necklace as the topper. For purposes of outdoor travel time I might take the waist tie off and put it into my bag, and put it back on in Air Conditioned spaces.

    I can’t wait to read the next post. I feel like the emotional aspect is huge for me and I”m curious to see what you have to say.

  11. Debbie Roes says:

    Thank you so much to all who have commented on this post! I appreciate all of your feedback, especially when you share your own experiences and when you jump in to help and support each other. I’m just going to leave one big reply here this time rather than responding to each individual comment, but please know that I read everything you wrote and I’m happy you’re here!

    I’m glad that some of you weighed in on what you do to feel pulled together on the hottest days. I didn’t write about the air-conditioning issue, but that’s certainly a big consideration for many and it’s why I always carry some sort of topper with me even when I’m not going to wear it outdoors. I should really embrace linen pieces more, but I just don’t like the wrinkles and the lack of stretch (although I think there are some great linen blends around now that I might like more).

    I understand that some of my suggestions for third piece alternatives aren’t workable in very hot places, so I’m glad that some of you mentioned what you wear in the summer. There are some excellent ideas here for sure! I agree that shoes and sunglasses can really help to make the look.

    As I’ve been thinking about my warm weather dressing problems over the past few days since I published this post, I came to the realization that I was trying to apply my cool weather uniforms/formulas to warm weather. I’ll elaborate more on this in part two, but I’ve had to shift my summer uniforms in recent years and have felt a bit “discombobulated.” For years, I always wore skirts and dresses all summer long, but when I shifted more to wearing pants (and sometimes still dresses) after menopause (and some style changes), I thought I could just do a version of what I wore the rest of the year, only with cropped pants and short-sleeved or sleeveless tops. But plain long-sleeved tops serve me well, while plain short-sleeved or sleeveless tops do not because it’s too hot for layering (and often for scarves and sometimes even necklaces). In the cooler months, I always wear a topper and I often wear the other third piece alternatives as well. Thus, I feel pulled together. What I’ve concluded is that my summer tops all need to include special details, with the exception of a very few basic tees for when it’s cool enough for layering. I’m going to repurpose many of my plain tees to wear for exercise, lounging, or sleep, and I’ll probably also pass on some of them.

    It took me a long time to write this post (longer than usual because of the pictures and I was also kind of “stuck” at times with the writing), but I’m glad I did because I got some powerful insights from it. I hope it was also helpful to you! In part two, I’ll summarize some of the other suggestions given, as not everyone reads the comments. Again, thank you so much to all who commented (even about the sideline topic of hair – you provided some food for thought, too). Part two will be published later this week.

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