Multiply your options - by buying multiples.
When it comes to getting dressed, I cheat.
I have 4 identical tee-shirts from New Zealand.
I adore them, but they are a pain in the butt to get, one of the reasons I buy several at a time. They have NZ native birds on them, a delicate black etching on a plain white tee. Hey, didn’t it used to be a thing to say “put a bird on it.”? Or was that just in Portland?
I used to get them from a store in Ponsonby, Auckland, where there are ton of great NZ designers who hopefully will still be there …
Harper's Bazaar, I love you but I won't dress my age.
I buy fashion magazines for the same reason I go to art galleries. But looking at clothing is even better - it's wearable creativity.
Sure, many of the items cost more than my first car. Magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue showcase clothing by designers that are worth thousands of dollars because of the amount of work, brilliance and time that went into making them. I admire them the same way I admired the great masterpieces in the Louvre (long before Covid), or other galleries including …
On National Checklist Day - wear something that gets you closer to ticking all your boxes!
It’s National Checklist Day. I’ve never been a fan of checklists. I get overwhelmed and stressed out when I feel like I have an endless list of things to do.
There’s numerous time management strategy books and productivity books out there. One I enjoyed was The One Thing by Gary Keller, for which I wrote an article for Medium. To sum it up in one line, think of the one thing you can do today to get you towards the person you want to be in the life that you want. I find that much easier to deal …
Shapewear that smooths over my delicious tummy to create a streamlined look.
I love shapewear. I don't remember when I discovered it - but oh, it was such a relief not to have to hold my stomach in all the time. It's such a quick fix, compared to endless sit ups and it smooths me out. In case you are wondering, I adore my body. I also like seeing the dress and not the bagel I had for breakfast.
The type of shapewear you need depends on whether you are looking to smoothen out your overall outline, or you need more heavy-duty shaping for specific parts of your body. Reme…
Solopreneur Style Statements
I work with, among others, women solopreneurs. Not sure what that is?
A solopreneur is an entrepreneur, by like me, they don't have a business partner. We do it on our own, but together. I have an amazing community of women solopreneurs and many are my clients.
Some are launching, some pivoting because of the "new normal," (doesn't feel very normal to me). Doors have closed, others have opened. Maybe they are relaunching, or want to up-level. Maybe, like me, they disappeared for a while and w…
Create your own boutique - the way you like it.
For many years, my clothes were kept in multiple locations around the house.
We were (kind of still are) constantly in renovation. I moved into a house that already had my husband’s furniture in it and all his possessions. He'd been married before and had decanted a very large house into our new dwelling, I'd moved to the US with two bulging and overweight suitcases, several boxes and a couple of 70's paintings.
Since he's not psychic, he bought the house before we were engaged, so he natural…
The Art of Wearing Sweatpants: 5 Tips on How to Style Sweatpants for Work From Home.
So...even I’m getting tired of my pajama bottoms. I’ve never been a fan of sweatpants, per se, though I do cling to my 80’s Adidas drawstring fake-rapper-track suit.The good news is, they can actually be stylish - here’s how:
#1 Fitted Looks More Formal
Choose sweatpants with slimmer legs. They’re easier to style and look more polished. Leggings count in this category, and so do joggers as long as they’re fitted and you’re comfortable in them. Throw on a long-sleeved, button-down shirt then tu…
Yes, you can replace it and still feel the love (I'm talking about possessions).
I don't want to replace my comforter.
That's what you call them here, right? A duvet where the inner part is already inside it? And you can't take off the cover?
It's white with navy swirls and navy polka dots. It’s Kate Spade. I bought it, oh, maybe four or five years ago, I don’t remember, from Bed Bath & Beyond. They don't have it any more, I think it was a limited edition. And it was pre-tragedy.
I adore it. It clashes beautifully with the navy-and-forest-green geometric sheets. Yes, i…
Before you give in to winter scarves....here's some ways to use your current ones.
As I write this, there is a lot going on in the US, where I am based. What's happening is important.
Sometimes, I need to think about other things....so here's this.
Since I’m still in denial about having to pull out my winter scarves, here’s some ways you can wear them which don’t require cold weather.
I'm all about scarves - great table décor, look good on the wall, frame them, drape the dog in them. I've used them to hide bandages, tattoos (thankfully they are not such a big deal these …
Can you get dressed in 10 minutes?
If there were Olympics in assembling outfits, I'd be in the running.
I can get dressed in 10 minutes in an outfit that I feel I look great in.
I sound like I'm boasting, right? Well, yes, but I'm also proud of myself AND it's possible because I have practiced.
Style is like any skill. We need to find someone who can teach us, learn, practice and then Voila!
(Hopefully I spelt that right, remind me to ask my Parisian neighbor. Do you know even she asks what I think of her clothing? Now that's…