Jody Brettkelly
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Jody Brettkelly, 49, is a Kiwi from Ohope Beach now living in Oakland, California with her American husband and four children, ages 14 to eight. During a 15-year "stopover" in London she worked as a journalist for amongst others, The Times, The Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard writing on an eclectic range of topics including pension scandals, football players' hairdos and "banana hammocks." She was also a guest travel and consumer expert for TravelTV and TalkRadio. Her blog is

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The Teen Years: Aliens Landing

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:52 PM

I thought my four kids had reached the zenith of what therapists call resentful attachment. Maybe I just made that term up, but you know what I mean... But actually I've discovered a more logical and scientific explanation. Aliens landed in our backyard one night and inhabited the kids for...

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Mad Men: The Don-A-Lisa Smile

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 7:32 PM

I was one of the ones who fell for it. What an arc, I thought - that enigmatic smile at the top of the cliffs in Esalen on the Big Sur, California. Don Draper has finally evolved. But then my husband pointed it out. Don's smile was creative paydirt -...

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Worstest End-Of-Year Mum Ever

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 2:40 PM

About five of my friends have sent me Jen Hatmaker's funny account of being the worst ever end-of-year mother, which has gone viral and was featured on "The Today Show." Not that I'm competitive, but I'll take her "limping" across the finish line and raise that to a:...

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Angie's Choice

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 5:10 PM

There's no doubt now that Angelina Jolie is superhuman. Just four days after she had a double mastectomy she was back at work doing storyboards for the movie she's currently directing.


Photo: Jody Brettkelly, Berlin Film Festival

On Tuesday in an Op-ed...

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Latest L.A. Work-out Craze: The Sweaty Secret Stairs of Santa Monica

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 1:36 PM

I've just been down to LA and the latest workout craze is climbing the Sweaty Secret Stairs of Santa Monica. Also the most novel new way to try and spot a star.

Photo: Jody Brettkelly

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Justification Hotline? It's Me!

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:04 PM

"Ms Jones, put me through to Justification Hotline, Shopping Desk, please."

"Certainly Ms Brettkelly. Connecting you now."

"This is Justification Hotline, the Shopping Desk. Please present your argument."

"Hi, it's Jody here. I've just seen a silk top at my favourite store down the road. It's really pricey. But...

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Spring Break Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Yesterday we headed off to a five-night ski vacation in Squaw, Tahoe in California. After just one night stay I loaded the kids back into the car and drove the three hours home. Why, you may ask?

Mofo Mama cuts short Spring Break....

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Travails of a Wannabe Fashion Blogger

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 4:05 PM

These days everyone seems to have a blog where they post photos of what they're wearing. It should be easy to join the scores of fashion bloggers out there. Right?

We all love an outfit post - even if you're thinking: "Uh, oh, dodgyrama... who's going to tell her?" I...

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Travails of a Wannabe Fashion Blogger

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 4:05 PM

These days everyone seems to have a blog where they post photos of what they're wearing. It should be easy to join the scores of fashion bloggers out there. Right?

We all love an outfit post - even if you're thinking: "Uh, oh, dodgyrama... who's going to tell her?" I...

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Chartreuse: The Easy Green For Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Pantone, the authority on colour trends, has declared Emerald to be this year's hue. The thing is: it's a tricky colour to wear and even trickier to decorate with as it's so jewel-like and distinctive.

An easier green to use in your home is Chartreuse Green,...

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My Macklemore Parenting Moment. What what? What?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Sometimes a certain song sums up your life - what's yours at the moment? This weekend we headed up to Tahoe, California and the song playing in constant rotation on the radio was Thriftshop by Macklemore. Not all the lyrics are life with teens, just the...

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Turning 50: Your Nike Slide Years

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 4:27 PM

I'm just about to turn 51 - what do you call these 50-plus years? Not Middle Aged. Not Senior. My friends who've turned to stretchy pants and loose cardigans call them the "Eileen Fisher Years." Funnily enough, I've started to dress the same as a teenage boy. My...

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Prippy - Where Hippy and Preppy Collide

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 3:28 PM

Have you ever thought about giving a name to your style? Turns out I might be a Prippy - half Hippy, half Preppy - a label coined by US blogger TG of The Prippy Handbook. So it's not my fault that I waste so much time thinking about...

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Seven Secrets of the Science of Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 4:55 PM

Once upon a time I flatted in London with two economists. One of them, Miguel, was from Madrid and he had learned most of his English while studying at London Business School. Thus he would talk about his "portfolio of shirts." I teased him at the time (very kindly) but...

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Searching For the 'Elle Bod' Blouse

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 1:59 PM

She's got my blouse on! The one I've been searching for forever. That was my first thought on seeing these stunning pics of 48-year-old Elle Macpherson on vacation in Ibiza, in the constant company of the paparazzi. Is it a peasant blouse or a beach cover-up?...

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Do All French Men Carry Big Baguettes?

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Do all French men carry big baguettes? Or is it just the cyclists? If I hadn't been so well brought up, I might be pondering this question as we complete our ten-day cycle ride through the Pyrenees tracing some of the Tour de France.

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Redheads We Love!

(19) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 7:00 PM

This is the summer of the redhead. Brave the new kids' movie about a 'feisty redhead (why are those words always coupled?) is breaking box office records. The New York Times even did a full page spread on all the hours and days spent considering exactly...

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Photoshop My Life, Baby!

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 4:40 PM

We've all read about the controversy over excessive Photoshopping of reality celebs, actresses and models. Putting pressure on the rest of us to strive for unattainable perfection. The latest furore is over the three models on the cover of the June edition...

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Brilliant Old Birds: The Queen and Joan Collins

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Could you imagine two more brilliant old birds in one room than The Queen and Joan Collins? A pair of truly regal women who have remained true to their iconic style and stayed "in character" all their lives. Look at these photos. With a combined age of 165,...

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Betty Draper Overeater

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 1:10 AM

Did you see that delicious scene in this week's Mad Men where Betty Draper Francis arrives home, takes a can of whipped cream out of the fridge and squirts it straight into her mouth?

The formerly svelte Betty is now more than zaftig and failing at Weight Watchers.

We see...

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