Do you guys watch the show Younger, on TV Land? It’s one of my favorites. First of all, it’s just around 25 minutes long, making it the perfect show to put on before bed. Secondly, the characters all work in publishing (which my mom did, and I always wanted to do). And third, because wow – I really identify with the main character, Liza (played by Sutton Foster).
If you are not familiar with the plot, here is a brief synopsis: The show is based around the main character Liza’s life. She’s a forty year old single mother, fresh out of a divorce. She moves to Brooklyn (crashing with her hilarious/awesome best friend, played by Debi Mazar), and attempts to get a job as a publishing assistant. Alas, nobody wants to hire a 40 year old assistant. One evening she is out in Brooklyn at a bar and is mistaken for being much younger. In a desperate move, she applies for another job, pretending to be 26. Of course, she immediately lands it. Throughout the show, she befriends a fellow assistant (played by Hilary Duff), dates a hot younger guy, and has this intense chemistry with her (super hot, more age-appropriate) boss. In the season 2 finale, she finds herself in a bit of a love triangle. I cannot wait for the show to start back up again on 9/28!
So I’ve never lied about my age or dated a much younger guy. But next week, I am entering a new demographic box… moving on up, from 18-34, to 35-44. And I kind of just have to wonder how that happened! I am at this weird place in my life, straddling life between my younger millenial friends who are in their twenties and my fellow mid thirty-something friends. Sometimes I feel like I don’t really relate to anyone. My college friends are nearly all married, with at least one or two kids. Getting them out of the house is a struggle, and I’m usually home by 10pm if we hang out. They don’t all quite understand what I do for a living, and many have just joined Instagram. Meanwhile, my millennial friends are all over Snapchat (I’m working on my Snapchat game), listen to crazy electronic music that gives me a headache, and are always telling me about all the apps I need to be on (anyone remember Peach?). And I’m the one perpetually canceling on them. “I’m just too tired.” It’s a funny spot to be in.
The fashion on the show is pretty great. Liza and Kelsey (Hilary Duff’s character) are always mixing things up and wearing the most fun pieces. Today’s outfit is maybe slightly age inappropriate, but I love it. I wore it to a dinner with (younger!) blogger friends during fashion week and was right at home. I’ve said it before but I always balance a crop top with long sleeves to prevent showing too much. It reminds me of something Liza would wear.
As with anything in life, the only thing you can do is embrace it. I love my older friends and my younger friends. My “older” friends (using quotes as I still don’t think we’re all that old!) have known me since I first moved to the city. They know the old funny stories. My “younger” friends keep me young. I wouldn’t be “me” without either crew. It’s a great balance to have.
photography by Trent Bailey.