Jennifer Dolan: A Mother’s Influence

Jennifer Dolan with her daughter Amanda

Earlier this week I went to Greenwich, Connecticut to photograph a fabulous new woman for the blog. I met Jennifer Dolan’s daughter, Amanda, at the post office last month after she stopped to tell me how much she enjoyed the Advanced Style Documentary. She said that I must meet her mother and quickly followed up with an email full of wonderful photos. I loved Jennifer’s mix of east coast prep with futuristic style elements inspired by her love of Star Trek. Amanda, Jennifer, and I had a lovely afternoon filled lively conversation and memories of our beloved grandmothers. Check out how Jennifer and her mother LaLa inspired Amanda’s creative journey below:  

“I was Never Afraid to Make a Statement”

-Jennifer Dolan, 68, Greenwich, Connecticut

My Mother was
born with Courage. It must have started In Utero. Her Mother, Lilyan (called ‘LaLa’
by Us Grandkids) was the Original Style Statement Maker. With flaming red hair
and an ever present matching Strawberry Lip- she never left the house without
looking iconic. Leopard Print, Rhinestones, and False Eyelashes were her Basics. She lit the Style-Courage
Revolution Torch..which then was passed on to my Mother..


Mom carries
that torch to this day.. She fanned its flames in the 1960’s- becoming a
trailblazer as the first Woman Student at The University of Miami’s Accounting
Program.  


Having the
Moxie to be both Beautiful, Stylish AND Smart..she went on to become one of the
Vice Presidents of the New York Times Company for the next thirty years.


Her boldness
continued to burn bright throughout two bouts with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. 
With a bold red lip and an array of colorful turbans Mom fought her illness
with ultimate grace, pluckiness and an unwavering will to move forward..


Retired and in
good health now.. she still makes a stylish declaration every single day. A Mix
of the Classics with a Futuristic Modern Twist- A Mom of all Ages. 


And so now this
torch is being passed to me..Will I be afraid to make my own statement? The
answer is no. I started my Vintage Clothing business already backed by The
Greats..a bloodline of Fearless Supernovas. Generations of women before me who
lit the Spark.  


Mom taught me
that if you have Courage in Your Personal life, then You Undoubtedly have
Courage in Your Personal Style. The two go Hand and Hand.. So shine Bright.


By: Amanda Dolan, 32, New York, New York

Founder of
SparkPretty.com

  • Rebecca

    I can't believe this gorgeous woman is 68! How beautiful and stylish is she. I love the story by her daughter which makes her inspirational as well. The daughter is definitely following in her mother's footsteps.

  • J'apprécie tous les accessoires extravagants !

  • Wow, this woman has style in spades! By the way, caught your interview on CBC's 'Q' yesterday (I live in Calgary) and thought it great — especially Joyce's comments about "sex at 80". Perfect! Wonderful to see your documentary opening in a couple of Canadian theatres.

  • Makes me feel sad that not everyone has this flair or finesse for getting dressed everyday but it's gems like these that make me feel hopeful 🙂

    http://secret-hipster.blogspot.com.au/

  • Anonymous

    I also want to mention that I heard your interview on CBC's 'Q' and thought it was great. I hope I'll get to see the documentary, should it come near to rural Ontario.
    jill in Ontario

  • What joie de vivre! What a pair! Love this post.

  • This one is cool.. I really like it!

  • Anonymous

    She in the black gown, chic black sunglasses, just WOW