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222 Comments on Welcome

  1. I am very excited about this site, since I feel like it was written for me! My style is very classic and sometimes it seems like there are just a few of us left. I very much enjoyed what I’ve read so far and look forward to the posts. Kudos to Janis Lyn Johnson!

      • We have lots in common, I watched your YouTube Q n A video, I also lived in many different countries, I am struggling about whether I should get my gray hair growing you are an inspiration and you look beautiful.

        • Hi, Anona! It’s nice to meet you. I struggled with whether I should let my gray hair grow out, too. It took me several years of thinking about it before I finally made the decision to try it. I kept telling myself that I could always go back to highlighting or coloring it if I just couldn’t stand it. Be gentle and patient with yourself. If and when you’re ready, you’ll know. Hugs ~ Janis

          I started the process by highlighting, which turned some of my darker blonde very light. That way I had a mix of dark blonde, gray, and very light ash blonde hair. When I was ready to stop coloring, I had enough of the light ash blonde hair highlights in it that the demarcation line wasn’t as severe as it might have been otherwise. The trick for me was making sure the highlights were more ash than yellow/warm, so it was more similar to the gray.

          If you have dark hair, you might ask your hair colorist for advice on what you could do to make the demarcation line less severe. He/she might have a good suggestion for how to use highlights on you, too.

          • My study recommends both highlights and lowlights and a very fine weave. I can go two months and it looks good. I have mostly non gray hair but it is coming. My husband prefers my highlighting so I won’t be going gray soon.

          • Molly, if or when you are ready, you will know it, but don’t be too hard on yourself if it just doesn’t feel right yet. Listen to your intuition. πŸ™‚ Hugs to you ~ Janis

          • Just after I last responded my hair, due to chemo, has been coming in a white gray! Because it is kind of a pretty shade, I have decided white is the new blond, and I am not coloring it. Maybe I will change my mind but for now, it is ok. I have also bought a number of fun hats because my hair is thinner all of a sudden as well.

  2. Janis, I hope you remember me from Sat. meeting. I have been meaning to write for so long, I am ashamed. I love, love, love your blog. I look forward to seeing every single one and so happy that you are doing this. It must be very fun and satisfying. Hope to see you this “season”.

    • Oh my gosh, Pat, of course I remember you! Thank you so much for commenting here–and I’m thrilled you like my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to say so. I hope to see you, too! Speaking of “season,” I can’t believe it is already November!

  3. I love your style! So classic and timeless! I too am from South Texas and now live in South Florida. I am so happy I found you. You are my inspiration!
    Please add me to your list.

    • Oh my gosh, hi, Kathy A! How fantastic to meet another Texan down here. I am so thrilled you relate to my style. Thank you for commenting–and I put you on the mailing list. Have a great day!

  4. Just discovered you and I love love love everything about your youtube channel and blog. So inspiring. I am in the process of watching your videos now. I would love to know/see in more detail exactly how you cleanse and apply your makeup. What about facial hair? How do you do your hair cleanse/style? I want to know because I think you look fantastic. Verna

    • Verna, I am so glad you found my YouTube Channel and blog. Thank you so much for the compliments! Also, thank you for your helpful input! Have a great weekend!

  5. Wonderful Blog! I was happy to see we both are the same age, shop in like stores, and love casual classic clothes. So happy to have found like minds. I am also switching to whole foods for better health and weight loss. God Bless, RS

    • Roxanne, I feel the same–I’m so glad to find you. Looking at most of today’s magazines, tv shows, and movies, you would never know there were any of us out here. God bless you, too–and I hope you are having a peaceful, safe, joyful new year!

  6. Hi Janis
    Please add me to you subscription list. I’ve just discovered your blog and love it.
    Sue from South Australia

    • Sue, terrific. Thank you! I just sent you a subscription link. To confirm your subscription, simply click on the link I sent you. Thank you again!!

  7. hi…love your style. Just recently found your channel. Look forward to all your videos. Please add me to your subscription list. Thanks

    • Joann, thank you! I have added you to the subscription list. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

        • Adine, I apologize for taking so very long to get back to you! I have always gravitated toward a smaller, or French-style wallet, rather than a continental (longer) one, for everyday use. I like the smaller size because it can easily fit into both small and larger handbags. I also don’t tend to spend much more than $100 on this wallet, because I use it so much that it would bother me how worn the edges are getting if I knew I had spent a lot on it (but that’s just me). I don’t mind folding my bills, not having room for a checkbook, or having fewer card slots, because I don’t carry a lot of cards or a checkbook. My favorite wallet so far has been one I bought about five years ago. It’s a wine-color, crocodile-embossed patent-leather French wallet by Brighton, with a classic silver horizontal bar (which I prefer), rather than their more usual heart, on the closure snap. (I don’t see any exactly like it at their site on line, but they do have one sort of similar in chocolate black with a heart–here). I do have some playful-print, coated-canvas and faux-leather wallets I sometimes use in my summer wardrobe. But for constant, year-round use I really do like my more serious and understated Brighton wallet. As for recommendations, I would say to choose one that fits your typical purse size and color scheme. Classic neutrals, such as wine, black, beige, or chocolate brown work well with almost everything. Hope that answers your question, at least. Thank you for reading my blog and commenting!

          • Adine, Here is a photograph of my current (5-year-old) wallet by Brighton. I think it’s in really good shape, considering how much it gets used. I like that the design and materials keep it looking new. ~Janis

  8. Hello lovely
    You and your youtube videos so smart,your videos make my day better like meditation much thanks and upload more.if you need good inspiration check on youtube these ladies
    jenny penton
    marnie goldberg
    Anyways check erin condren website these planners good on you maybe you will make planner organized videos like another youtubers.have a wonderfull day honey.byebye.

    • Rose, thank you so much. I’m happy my videos give a little something positive to your day. I appreciate your list of other fun youtube ladies to watch. I love, love inthefrow and Marnie Goldberg but don’t know any of the others, so am eager to take a look. Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting. You are very kind!! Hope you are having a nice and peaceful day. ~Janis

      • You are very wellcome πŸ™‚
        I forget to tell another one nice youtubers here for your inspiration πŸ™‚

        Mango Island mamma
        makeupbymandy24 (amanda steele)

        Happy watch lovely πŸ™‚ cant wait ur new videos xoxo

    • Diana, thank you! Also, I will visit viva luxury’s blog, and look into the shabby chic crafts. I’ve never heard of either but they sound like sites I might enjoy. I appreciate your comment and suggestions! ~Janis

  9. Hello again janis,what is your job?with a body like that you should be model,but I guessed you did before I read somewhere on your blog or comments.Your smile and your voice so pretty soft and calm.Your videos makes me to wish something janis πŸ™‚ your videos super calming and inspiring for me.Your videos so short thats why I am watching again and again the same video :-)) its raining here today,watching your calm videos drinking some herbal tea,wow how relaxing.I’am wondering different places I never have been,but you show me your city,cute places on your videos,thank you so much,thats why my days getting more better.You rarely download vlog,please do more,show different cute places something in your city,flower shop,parks,gardens,bookshops,bir markets,cute cafe like shabby chic(I saw one in ur old vlog I adored)so maybe your house tour,and do some video into your house,show your best 10 tops haul,your best 5 dress,your best 5 shoes,flats,lipsticks,just upload more vlog and LONG video please πŸ™‚ happy beautiful days lovely janis.ciao.

    • Rose, thank you so much for all of your wonderful suggestions! And also, thank you for saying I should be a model. How kind you are!! I did local modeling when I was much younger, but am definitely not the body type wanted for it really. My top is much smaller than my bottom and I have quite short legs!! I appreciate all your kind compliments!! ~Janis

    • Lily, thank you for commenting. I appreciate your suggestion, and will definitely look into the fashion website. I didn’t know about it! ~Janis

    • Cary, thank you for your suggested links. And thank you for your compliment on my school oicture! πŸ™‚ I appreciate your comment! ~Janis

    • Hi, Ellen. I am a Leo…I guess that explains why I stand around taking pictures of myself! Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a happy, healthy day! ~Janis

    • Linda, thank you! I am working on more vlogs. πŸ™‚ And thank you so much for visiting both my channel and my blog! ~Janis

  10. Wish your videos were everyday janis,I am addicted like I am to tv shows,you have such great smart calming and clean style,please do more videos and vlogs.Stay happy.

    • I was a magazine editor and freelance writer. I’m now doing my blog and YouTube channel full time, so it has become my job. Thank you for being interested in learning more about me, Lily! :-). ~Janis

    • Hi Stacy MC! I love InTheFrow. Don’t know the other. I will have a look. Thank you for commenting! ~Janis

    • Thank you so much, Sharlee! I appreciate you leaving your comment. (I’m sorry I took so long to answer. I am still learning how to find/reply to comments here.) ~Janis

  11. Please do Q&A video and answer these questions into the video
    1-Where do you live?
    2-What is your dream for life?
    3-Favorite song?
    4-Favorite quote?
    5-Quality you look for in a fashion?
    6-Place you really want to visit?
    7-Favorite piece of shoes?and jewelry?
    8-Which clothe you can’t live without?
    9-Favorite clothe line for online shop?
    10-Which is your best,gold or silver?

    Thank you if you done this video.

    • Thank you, Sharlee, for all of your great questions. I will definitely keep them in mind when I do another Q&A in the coming weeks/months!! Thank you for watching my videos! ~Janis

    • Thank you, Julia. My favorite YouTubers? There are many! InTheFrow, Freddy My Love, Tanya Burr, Niomi Smart, Busbee Style, Marnie Goldberg, Dominique Sachse, Melissa55, Chloe Morello, Alexandrea Garza/AlexandMichael, to name a few. ~Janis

    • Jessica, I appreciate the link. Her desk tour video was terrific. My desk isn’t very presentable right now, but thank you for the nudge to get it organized! ~Janis

  12. Hello Janis
    Have you ever think make a video about some ways to lower everyones stress?you know life difficult sometime,oh yay and thank you you shared great posts and videos,they make everyones getting better whos living in stress,your all videos and posts like feeling relaxing,thank you thank you more thank you!Please do video sometime about life,like these


    Can’t wait your new video and posts!

    • Tracy, thank you. I’m glad you like my videos. And you are so right, life can be very difficult some time, and that is stressful. I will take a look at these videos, and think about your suggestion. Hugs and peace to you, sweet girl. ~Janis

    • Thank you, Julie! I’m sorry I’m replying so late. Somehow I didn’t see your comment here until now. I’m happy you like my vlogs!! ~Janis

  13. Please take a picture when youre on the computer writing something on blog πŸ™‚ then put me on your blog,which computer do you use?

    • Hi, Linda! Since my old laptop recently died (I used windows), I just got an iMac, and am trying to quickly learn how it works. ~Janis

  14. Hi Janis, I really love your style, it is hard to choose which outfit I liked best. Now I am beginning to see what is my own favourite style. Thank you you for sharing this wonderful inspiration. Hugs,Marjorie, from North East England. πŸ™‚

    • Hi, Marjorie from North East England. How exciting! I’m so happy you like my blog and outfits, and that you find them inspiring. What a kind compliment. Thank you! ~Janis

  15. Hi: I’m so glad that Sylvia from 40 Plus style had an interview with you in today’s post. I love the classic with a little jazzed up look and the Florida lifestyle (lived in Boca when I was a child) and am hoping to relocate in Hobe Sound – and I don’t want to look like someone from the tri-statie area trying too hard to look like a Floridian. So glad I found your blog and very much looking forward to getting your posts, seeing your outfits and getting dressing tips. Trish

    • Trish, thank you so much for letting me know! Sylvia’s blog is packed with so much useful style information. I am thrilled to be featured. I didn’t know when it was going to be posted. I was in Hobe Sound many years ago, visiting a girlfriend. What a beautiful place. I hope you will keep me posted! ~Janis

  16. Hi Janis,
    I have just recently discovered your blog and YouTube site, I love your Vlogs especially.
    It’s so refreshing to see someone similar to my age on here!
    The gorgeous weather in Florida is a bonus because I live on the South Coast of England and we are only just hitting Spring and can you believe we had a snow shower yesterday?!?
    Totally unheard of at this time of year in the UK!
    Catching glimpses of your weather and local area, flowering trees, shops etc, is pure delight. I loved the way you showed us the food in your local health food store too, probably seems odd to you, but it’s just a lovely change for us in the UK to see something different to anything available here.
    A mini holiday break!
    Keep up the good work,

    Marina πŸ™‚

    • Marina, how exciting that you are from the South Coast of England! I can’t believe you just had snow. I don’t think it’s odd at all that you like seeing the food offered in our local stores. I’m the same way. I love seeing the shops and markets in other countries. I also feel it’s a mini holiday break–without having to do all the packing and traveling by airplane! I’m so happy you like my vlogs. Thank you for watching them, and for the kind compliment. ~Janis

      • Hi Janis, thank you for your lovely comments. I think we are all just so grateful that 50-somethings are starting to take the challenge of representing ourselves using global media. Look forward to seeing more… and hopefully others, including myself, will be encouraged to do the same.

    • Hi, Ciara! I just posted a new vlog. I’m sorry for the delay. My computer died about 10 days ago, so I had to get and learn a new computer and photo and video editing programs. Slowly getting back on track now! I so appreciate your support! πŸ™‚ ~Janis

  17. You have new computer but you seem you are not active,are you busy with what? do more active please.

    • Hi, Sue. Yes, I do have the new computer and I am slow at learning all of the new aspects to it (new computer operation, new photo editing, new video editing…everything different), so it has slowed me down quite a lot. I am doing my best at getting back on track with everything. Thank you for your support and for commenting. I so appreciate it! ~Janis

    • Hi, sweet Tila! Thank you, because I appreciate you taking the time to stop by here and watch and comment. I really am so honored. I am a turtle, really, and cannot always post and reply as often or quickly as I wish I could. Thank you again for being here! πŸ˜‘πŸ˜Š ~Janis

    • Thank you so much, Miss Jen! I’m happy you like my videos, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave your comment here! ~Janis

    • Very pretty blogs, Carina K. I especially love Bittersweet Colours. Thank you for telling me about them! ~Janis

  18. Not sure of your name yet. I just stumbled on your youtube channel last night by accident. Let me tell you, I love this! I am 49 will be 50 at the end of the year. You have really inspired me. I have always been a girly-girl to love class, in everything I do, including but not limited to what I watch. I was feeling like I was at the endby getting older. Watching you with your beautiful natural hair, and all your class has put life back into me. You look great! I love the tea outing, and just everything! Thank you so much for this. I feel like I can still be me as I get older. Thank you!!

    • Hi Lady in Pink! (I love your name.) I know how you were feeling like you were at “the end”, by getting older. I felt the same way! I had let myself actually begin to believe the negative messages about women our age that are so prevalent in our media. But no more, thank you very much! I’m so glad you are refusing to believe it, too. Cheers! ~Janis

  19. Bongu janis really love your youtube videos and looking forward to reading your blog here style ,beauty, healthy eating with a classic touch love it…….grazie hafna from malta ( a small island near italy and sicily )

    • Thank you so much, Melonie! How wonderful that you found me when you are all the way over in Italy. Internet is so magical! Thank you for taking time to view my videos, look at my blog, and leave such a kind comment! Ciao! ~Janis

  20. Hi Janis. I am new to your videos. I am even older than you, but still interested in fashion and looking good, I love your videos and vlogs. It is interesting and fun also seeing places in your area. I look forward to more blogs.

    • Hi, Sharon K. I’m so happy you like my videos. And I’m so glad you’re still interested in fashion and looking good. Just because we’re over 50 doesn’t mean we stop enjoying playing with clothes and looking pretty. πŸ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to stop by here and tell me what you think. I really appreciate it! Hope you’re having a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are. ~Janis

  21. I canNOT tell you how much this blog means to me. You helped me discover my “style” going forward for my 60s and beyond. There is no one else that I’ve discovered that is doing this so well and simply. Your taste is exquisite and you know what they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!”
    Talbots, Sperry and Brooks Brothers should love you from all the $$$ I’ve spent since discovering your videos! Please keep them coming.

    Quick question…what do you use as a moisturizer under your makeup? I’m finding that both coconut oil and Nourish are just too moist to wear under my makeup.

    • Hi, Pattie! I’m so happy you like my blog. Thank you for telling me. It means so much! I have found two moisturizers I really like a lot. I just posted a blog about these and my other skin-care products I’m using. Here is the link: http://jljbacktoclassic.com/archives/11925
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to comment. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! ~Janis

  22. You’ve helped me discover my style for going into my 60s and beyond…I was floundering, THANK YOU! And, I have to say that Brooks Bros, Amazon, Gap, Hillfiger, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and especially Talbots are having a very good end-of-season as a result.
    I love your emphasis on being as careful with what you put onto your skin as you are with what put into your body. Keep it coming..you can see from all the positive “comments” that you are definitely doing a great service for us all.

  23. I was so happy to find your blog. I love to wear timeless classics and give them my own special little twists with a great piece of jewelry or a fun bag. I am going to be 68 in February and just couldn’t seem to find anyone who wanted to talk about wanting to look and feel your best when you are not a teenager or twenty-something. I love my life. I also love classic understated clothes, home decor and makeup. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing more from you.

    • Oh my gosh, Lynn, I completely relate to what you’re talking about! I felt the same way! I’m so happy you found my blog; we understand each other! Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind comment. ~Janis

    • Hi Margarida from Portugal. Thank you so much for taking time to hop over from YouTube to visit my blog! I so appreciate it! Hugs back from Florida!!! πŸ™‚ ~ Janis

  24. Hi, I stumbled on one of your you tube videos on the Franklin Planner and you are now my new hero! I have long hair and I am sick of getting it highlighted and have been thinking of letting it go and being grey but I have been chicken. Now I feel brave. I also bought my first, well all of my Louis Vuitton bags at the Houston Galleria. I love your style, very similar to my own actually and Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores. I just finished going through your Christmas gift list and put several things in my cart. Happy to be following you.

    • Cheryl, it’s so nice to meet you! Thank you for taking the time to come to my blog and leave your comment! Oh my gosh, I know how you feel about both having long hair AND wanting to let it go grey and stop having to worry about hiding it any longer. I had friends and family members who opposed it (but luckily not my husband; he was all for it). So it did take me a couple of years to make the decision and be comfortable with it. I think that’s so neat that the Houston Galleria is where you’ve bought your LV bags. I wish my mom’s bag had survived and not split and cracked from sitting folded over too much. It would be 50 years old this year, as she bought it around 1967 there. But I’ve learned from her lesson and am determined to keep mine that long and longer (I keep all my bags stuffed). Thank you for shopping my Christmas list, too. I’m so glad you found some items you liked. Have a peaceful, happy week πŸ™‚ ~Janis

  25. Hi Janis, I’m really enjoying your blog and vlogs – I’m so happy that I came across them. I love your style – sophisticated yet fun. I turned 60 last year and was feeling that I was in a bit of a rut style-wise, but watching your vlogs have inspired and encouraged me so much! First of all I’m going to add more colour to my wardrobe and have more fun with it! So I just wanted to say a big thank you. I live in the UK so it’s also lovely to see some Florida sunshine!

    • Judi, hi!! I’m so happy you enjoy both my blog and my videos! Thank you for letting me know. I do like to have fun with my clothes. I was serious for so many years, and it’s nice to loosen up and play more — in my life and in my style. Getting older, I’ve given myself permission to let go and just express myself the way I like. I’m so happy you’re going to add more color. That was one of my first changes, too! I was a beige girl for most of my 20s, 30s, and even into my 40s. Hope you’re having a sweet evening in the UK. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and watching my videos. I so appreciate it! Cheers from Florida! ~ Janis

      • Hi again Janis. I can really relate to that – too many years of being serious – and beige! Until now! Have a lovely weekend. Judi

  26. I watch your web and vedio very often, quite like the way you wear and match!!! And i like so much you also give the link about everything you wear, which may help me to find them and buy. Thank you so much and keep sharing every nice thing to us. Your michelle watch, i like it very much and i checked on website, the size of watch is smaller than yours. i want to know what size is your watch? and why i cannot find in the official website. thank you for your answer!

    • Hi, Lin! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m afraid I don’t know the sizes of my Michele watches. All of my watches are now at least a year or older, so those exact models are no longer available, but the sizes/shapes/very similar styles are still at various sites. I offer links to similar size/style Michele watches as mine on any JLJ Back To Classic blog post that shows me wearing one of them. You might check out a few of those links to see if any look good to you? To find any of those posts, just Search Michele Watch in the search bar of my site. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you! Thank you again for taking the time to stop by my site! ~ Janis

  27. Your blog/vlog is the only one I subscribe to. Thank you for doing what you do! Three questions: 1) What do you recommend for wearing around the house or for gardening? I don’t want to get my nice clothes dirty so I wear sweatpants for these things, but the solution isn’t ideal because then I get “caught” looking like that. Any suggestions for an “in-between” look? 2) What umbrella do you recommend? 3) What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting a tattoo?

    • Hi, Evelina. Thank you so much for subscribing! What I wear around the house/gardening is a great question! At home, I wear soft, loose-fitting yoga-style pants (full-length and knee-length…slim through hips and thighs but looser fitting as they go down the leg), a t-shirt and come winter, I add a hoodie. I love the soft material of yoga clothing. I also buy less expansive brands so that when I invariably splatter cooking grease or tomato sauce, etc. on myself it’s not as depressing! For gardening, I wear shorts in hot weather and yoga pants in cooler weather–pretty much the same style clothes as I wear inside but that I don’t mind destroying, because gardening here does that! So many vines leak a white substance that stains permanently. So do the stamin of flowers like lilies. The reason I like yoga-style clothing, is because I think the fit is flattering but the items are soft and comfortable. I don’t wear these to run errands, but I feel very comfortable if someone stops by and sees me in them! As for an umbrella, I carry a plain black one in the car for emergencies and have a navy one and a black and red plaid one at home for mixing and matching with my Hunter boots (red and navy) and duck shoes. As far as a tattoo goes, the health issue is what concerns me the most. See two articles on line here. https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048919.htm and http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/07/26/tattoo-ink-may-be-toxic-study-suggests.html
      If someone is still determined, the other issue is that it’s permanent. Just because someone wants one now doesn’t mean they will later. I’ll never forget when I got a second ear piercing in one ear my freshman year of college. When I came home and showed it to my mother, she burst into tears! I felt so badly for her, I let it grow in. I’m so glad I don’t have that second piercing in one ear. There’s nothing wrong with two or more piercings in the ear, but they just aren’t for me any more. When I was in college and in my 20s I didn’t yet know who I was or what my style was. I’ve changed quite a bit since then. If I’d gotten a tattoo, I would have regretted it. I do understand wanting to honor someone you love with one, but there are other ways to do that that don’t permanently harm or mark the body. Wearing a charm with the person’s name or a symbol that is special to you both…But if someone is still determined, I would say get one that is small and in a private place, so that it isn’t an issue with, for example, employers. What do you think about tattoos? Hope you’re having a peaceful weekend and thank you again for coming to my blog, Evelina!! ~ Janis

      • Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful reply! I really appreciate it. I’m glad to hear that you make use of ‘back up’ clothing that is comfortable. I was wondering if I was being silly in changing in and out of outfits to suit everything I needed/wanted to get done. Thank you for the umbrella info as well. As for tattoos, their prevalence disturbs me, and I have never seen a single one that I thought was an improvement for the person. Indeed, it always strikes me as a lapse in judgment. When I looked over your hat-garden-party photos, it seemed that the tattoo ratio there was far, far lower than it is in a major North American city. (I didn’t see any, though perhaps I missed one.) I thought to myself, “Hey, no tattoos!” and this made me wonder what you (and, I suppose, your friends) think of them and how you would address the topic Everything you write about them is, I think, top-notch advice. The links are interesting too. Thank you.

  28. Hi, Janis. I stumbled upon your video while comparing academic planners on youtube. I am a fan of Franklin Covey, so was intrigued by your planner video, but had purchased a Passion Planner today, in blue. Would you look at the Passion Planner and tell me what you think?
    I like the hourly slots it has, as well as the academic year timing. (I’m back in school at 43.) Franklin Covey’s don’t seem to have either of those options, as far as I saw. Also, the Love Binder is thick to carry in my backpack daily. So if I stick with the Passion Planner, it’s still good to know about the Franklin Covey. Anyhoo, I was struck by your beauty in the video, specifically the pink lip and grey hair. I am going grey, and coloring once damaged my hair, plus I liked my spark of grey in front, so I am going to join you. I also identify with your classic, classy style, and healthy lifestyle, so I will be keeping up with you.

  29. Just saw your last video and am about to binge watch the others! What brand of probiotics do you use? I am looking for some good recommendations.

    • Hi, Gail. I regularly eat fermented cabbage to get my probiotics. I also occasionally use Ultimate Flora 80 billion, when I take one. But if you’re just starting out you might want to begin with a lower dosage, like Renew Life 15 Billion. I gradually worked up to 80 billion over time. Something else I have just discovered and use are probiotic organic “gut shots” which are tonics. (I buy the Farmhouse Culture brand of them at Whole Foods.) Thank you for your question! Cheers ~ Janis

    • Thank you so much for your safe wishes when we were facing the hurricane, Priscilla. I’m so happy you and your family are ok after Harvey. God bless πŸ™‚ ~ Janis

  30. I’m thinking of you and your family. We just barely escaped Harvey 2 weeks ago ( Corpus Christi) so we DO understand. If you and yours are safe, that’s all that matters

    • Thank you so much for your safe wishes when we were facing the hurricane, Priscilla. I’m so happy you and your family are ok after Harvey. πŸ™‚ ~ Janis

  31. Janis Are you okay! I’m concern from the hurricane/storm of Irma? I cannot in vision what you must be going through but when you have opportunity please let me/us know how you are doing and that you are okay!

  32. Janis:

    Hope you came through Irma in one piece. I thought of you when the hurricane was near to where you live. Hope you did not have a lot of damage. Let us know how you are doing.

  33. Hello Janis. I have watched your videos and really enjoy you very much. I remembered you went to lunch in Naples Flo. and hope you are ok. Thinking good thoughts for you and yours!

  34. Having just listened to your video blog about aging and scanning your website I am curious how you would answer this question:

    I am here on this planet in a human body for the purpose of: ________________

    Also … how was your current life affected by Irma?

    • Hi, Carol! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, JLJ Back To Classic. I just sent you a link for you to confirm your subscription to JLJ Back To Classic. (I published a new blog post and video today!). All the best, Janis

  35. Thank you for the candid health comments. I am going through the exact same thing. Same time in my life. It is almost exactly the same. I too have changed my diet and exercise with a huge improvement. Thank you!!!

  36. Hi Janice,
    Love your blog and YouTube channel.
    Could you please share (or email me) your Grain-free, Sugar-free muffin recipe? (Pictured in your YouTube intro video)
    Trying to eat healthy and currently missing treats and snacks.

    Thanks so much!

  37. JLJ do you know of any web sites where I can look up cosmetic and hair products which tell if they are organic, and chemical free, or a web site that list these clean products?
    Thank you for all your generous help!

  38. Thank you so much for your youtube video on ageing
    & the products you use & how you take care of
    yourself. Please do more videos like that. I’m
    having the same issues you talk about & you
    have helped me so much. I’m so glad you are on
    YouTube. I finally feel like I have a mentor.
    Thank you

  39. Hi Janis, my name is the same as yours and spelled the same also.I really enjoy your site and it gives me a look at Naples and also some of the cool places that you go to there. I was wondering where you like to get your sun hats? I couldn’t seem to find that in all of the info that you give in your page. It is so fun to see how you handle situations to make them healthier and enjoy your life. Thanks for a great site.
    xo janis

  40. Hi Janis!

    Thank you for being you!! And for being here!! I just discovered you today. My husband and I listened to your coping with aging video during lunch. Many of the health issues you mentioned are ones that he is suddenly dealing with, too. So helpful!

    Then I started watching your other videos. I especially enjoyed the hair care and skin care ones. Can you please explain about the loofah pads you use on the little microdermabrasion tool? I’m going to get one tomorrow if I can. Reading the nasty ingredients in the pads that come with it is scary!!

    Thank you so much! How do I subscribe to your blog, please?

    Best! — Suz πŸ™‚

    • Hi, Suz. I’m so glad your husband was able to find some information in my Coping With Aging Video. Thank you so much for letting me know. Yes, I agree with you about the icky ingredients in the pads. (Ugh) I wish they made plain ones! I used to use Buff Puff’s small exfoliating pads, but I haven’t been able to find them, so now I try to find something similar and trim them to fit the Neutrogena tool. It has velcro, and these small single buff pads, when cut to fit, stick right on the velcro and work beautifully with my own cleanser. I found some at Ulta on line that look like the ones I used to get from Buff Puff (and the reviewers describe them as such, too). See them here.

      Also, to SUBSCRIBE to my blog, click HERE.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to view my videos and to leave your wonderful comment here. I appreciate it!! Have a sweet weekend. πŸ™‚ ~ Janis

      • Much appreciated, Ms. Janis! We’ll see about my hubby’s health issues. Thank for the link to the little facial buff pads. Washed my face last night with soap for the first time in AGES!! Thanks to you. I use Dr. Bronner’s for almost everything in our home. Never thought of washing my face with it. (HA!) Perfect! Thanks for the link to sign up for your blog posts. I did finally realize the link is above… DUH!

        Happy Friday to you and have a wonderful weekend, yourself!
        Suz πŸ™‚

  41. Hi, Janis.

    I really enjoy your vlogs. I am wondering if you can do one video of all of the organic deodorants, and cosmetics you are aware of that are legit.

    • Thank you, Kim. As for deodorants and makeup…I use coconut oil for deodorant. I’ve never found one I feel completely comfortable with, because I will only use 100% organic, grain free, soy free, and so far I’ve never found one that meets those guidelines. (For a while I did use Miessence Deodorant, but it has Xanthum Gum that isn’t organic, although it is non-GMO). Also, I’m so happy with coconut oil. It works beautifully. As for makeup, I have found and tested repeatedly three brands so far that I am comfortable with: 100% Pure, Gabriel/Zuzu Luxe
      and Hemp Organics/Colorganics
      As I find and test new brands of makeup that I’m comfortable with, I will report on them here. If you want a more lengthy database, a good place to go is EWG.org (Environmental Working Group). That is a non-profit site that researches skincare and makeup brands (among other products) and reports on toxicity levels. That being said, I have tried brands they rate as low in toxicity that caused me severe allergic reactions. Just because something is organic or all natural doesn’t mean it works for everyone. Thank you again for visiting my blog. Hope you’re having a sweet Sunday ~ Janis

  42. Good afternoon, Janis. I found your site by accident and I feel so grateful and relieved; I, too, am suffering with various chronic maladies–gluten-intolerance being one of them. Also, I’m trying to detox my life by eliminating not only gluten (do you know it is in EVERYTHING, including makeup?), but other harmful substances, as well.
    Which brings me to my question: what do you use for your oral hygiene i.e, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. I haven’t used mouthwash in years because of the alcohol content which is rumored to contribute to oral cancer; but I haven’t found a satisfactory, non-toxic toothpaste. Thanks for your consideration of this matter. An, pretty lady, keep up the good work.

  43. Hi Janis,

    I like your videos and blog. I really like your style for a natural 50’s women. I am buying a new car and wanted to know your thoughts for a stylish compact suv mid priced?

    • Hi, Robin! I’ve been driving a Jeep Cherokee for 21 years (currently have our second one–it’s a basic Jeep Patriot). It’s the only SUV I can give an honest testament about. I love it! ~ Janis

  44. Janis, I enjoyed watching your video. You look gorgeous in every outfit. The Holly Holden book will be on my Christmas wish list.

  45. Hi Janis
    Like you I have had health chronic health problems and feel sure that food in particular is the key to recovery so I am trying slowly but surely to convert to pure organic products both food and beauty products, it’s a difficult task due to availability of products and cost implications but I shall persevere and continue making small steps towards my goal. In the meantime may I ask do you use perfume/fragrance and if you do do you have any tips on products that are environmentally friendly and as pure as ithey can be. Your blogs are lovely to watch and I am very interested in your perspectives about health , beauty and fashion..
    Very best wishes to you.

  46. Hello

    I came across your Website http://jljbacktoclassic.com/ and would like to inquire about publishing a guest post, paid post advertisement on it.

    I can provide high-quality articles related to previously-published posts and would like to know:

    1. What is the process to submit a post to your website?
    2. Is it free of cost or are there any charges? (and if so – how much?)

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


    Austin Lee

    • Austin Lee, thank you so much for your enquiry, but at this time JLJ Back To Classic doesn’t publish guest posts. All the best to you ~ Janis

  47. I recently stumbled upon your YouTube Channel. I want to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed following you. I appreciate your kind and gentle style.

    The morning I discovered you was when you posted β€œhow I cope with signs of aging”. It came up on one of those days when I was doubting my decision to stop dying my hair. I have a wonderfully skilled stylist who has made this transition graceful, she’s also been encouraging. I work in a large office and many of the women I work with are younger than I am and are heavily invested in dying and highlighting their hair. Doubt was creeping in and I was beginning to wonder if I was making the right decision. Was my long gray hair making me stand out in a negative way? Should I try to do more to achieve a youthful appearance? I’m grateful to be an older woman and I want to embrace this, but I was discouraged and felt alone. So on that bleak morning I saw your video in my suggested videos; before I hit play I felt a weight lift in seeing how lovely you looked and how beautiful your hair was. This quieted my doubts and has renewed my faith that I’m on the right road.

    I have benefited from your encouragement to expand what I do to live a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. Your classic taste and leads on resources have been spot on. Thank you for sharing your story, ideas, and inspiration. What a gift to other women who, like me, are looking for someone to model aging with style, grace and health.

  48. Just “discovered” you JLJ! The first You Tube video I watched was on getting older – I adore your honesty and your heartfelt thoughts. I have been attempting to cut out grains, sugar, (definitely all soy products for some time now) etc…I really feel that this will be a very positive step for me and appreciate your thoughts and ideas on improving health. You are very inspiring and I look forward to seeing and hearing more you!

  49. Hello Janis,

    I was guided to your video about coping with aging and feel compelled to write you to tell you how we’ve followed a very similar path after 50.

    Like you, I eliminated sugar and many other inflammation-causing foods from my diet. It was easier for me as I had been a vegetarian for many years. The GAPS diet also greatly helped me to heal my gut. I am fortunate to live in the countryside of Lower Bavaria, Germany, where I can have my own hens and grow much of my own food. There are also many outstanding organic and cruelty-free cosmetics produced in Germany, making the choice quite easy. Coconut oil is my choice as a deodorant, too, and I use it all over my body as well as an mascara remover.Other organic oils I use are Argan and Borage.

    At 58, I’m struggling with whether to continue coloring my long, straight dark hair. The grey roots appear every three weeks. I color them over with organic eye shadow for another week to extend the time between colorings, and it works well. But the whole process is unsatisfactory to me because of the chemicals that surely seep through my scalp with the dye and the tediousnous of waiting for the roots to materialize every three weeks. Plus I wish to embrace my age rather than fight this natural process. Your long, grey hair looks marvelous and I am now inspired to seek out the advice of my hairdresser and experiment.

    You have a serene, authentic and loving character. More than that, your Light is very powerful. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge with us; it is very helpful.



  50. Hi Janis, and thank you so much for doing these videos. I truly enjoy watching them andnow when I have found my creativity and femininity again. It was lost for quite a some time. Your videos are charming because you are so natural and yourself. There are enough edited, clean and because of that breathless options available.
    I have a suggestion. Since you often say that you like things that last many years or even decades, could you do a video with your old, classic clothes and items. It would be great to see some of your “everlasting collection” and be inspired of them. Be well and regards from Spain!

  51. Greetings Janis!

    I am so glad I found your channel / blog. My guilty pleasure is Saturday mornings with coffee and YouTube videos about style, beauty, health and fitness. So much of what you’ve posted (blogs, videos, tips, photos, etc.) has been very helpful and inspiring to me. I’ve enjoyed them all. I am 55, live in the Midwest and am also passionate about healthy living. My husband and I both love the ocean, and always enjoy our Florida vacations. Your Hurricane Irma video was well done and I appreciate the up-close personal story you shared with your viewers. I look forward to many more of your videos and wish you all the best!

    Warmest regards,

  52. Hi Janis,
    I just discovered your side. What an inspirational blog! im looking forward to “snoop” around and watch your videos. Thank you for sharing!

  53. I would love to know where you purchased your big sunhat. Here in Naples I need a wide brim and like the chin strap for windy times. Enjoy your blog!!

  54. Hello Janis, Just found you on you-tube and came to your blog. I greatly enjoy not just what you say, but what you represent; timeless classics and aging with grace. I recently left the workforce and have had a complete life change that resulted in a big weight loss (a good thing) but I’m struggling with rebuilding my wardrobe. It seems overwhelming when everything needs to be replaced. Do you have a few guidelines that could steer me in the right direction and help prevent “panic purchases” as well as stay in a reasonable budget. Thanks so much, Susan

  55. Hello Janis!

    We are producing a new show to air on Channel 4 in the UK currently titled, SECOND CHANCE, and think you would be perfect for a segment we are filming in the beauty space. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find good contact info for you so I am reaching out through your comment section with the hopes that you will see this.

    Please reach out to my email or feel free to call me, as I look forward to hearing from you and telling you more about the show!

    Jordan Phillips

  56. Hi Janis,

    I found your blog by accident and I have to say how much I love it! But nothing recently, I hope you’re ok.

    • Hi, Joanna. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. I appreciate it! Right now, I’m working to fix some technical issues with my blog that keep me from being able to publish a new post. Hopefully it will be up and running within the next week or so! ~ Janis

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