What my leftover cheesecake has to do with your wardrobe.

I always eat leftovers. I'll grumpily finish something that I don't want to eat because I refuse to waste food.

While this sounds like it's better for the planet, it's not so good for my bloodsugar or my health if the leftovers are cheesecake.

Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking - don't buy the cheesecake. That's all very well, but what if someone gave me the damn thing? I still can't throw it out.

My psychic friend told me cheerfully that it's because I starved to death in the Ir…

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Do you know what you spent on clothing in 2018?

I write down daily what I spend in my personal and business life. I don't judge myself or resolve to "do better" and I don't budget - rather, I have a spending plan that includes everything that I want or need to allocate money to. Some categories might only get a few dollars a week, some get more, but they are all represented, everything from the mortgage to a trip to Hawaii to the white silk shirt I've been lusting after. Even putting away $1 a week for something shows an intention - and it'…

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Would your Style Icon wear it?


Here’s your question for today.

When you’re out shopping, or just staring at your current wardrobe, ask yourself – What would my style icon wear?

It’s one of the tips I suggest to clients once we’ve got their Style Statement created, but you can start asking yourself right now if you like.

One of my icons I have is Iris Apfel, though I imagine her as half her age (i.e. mine) and a minimalist. That may sound confusing, but for me it means outrageous clothes, just less of them.

If I’m deciding…

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I'm interviewed by Erica Duran, freedom luxury lifestyle designer!

I love podcasts. I listen to them all the time while driving and on one of them, I found my business coach.

Her name is Erica Duran, and she describes herself as a Freedom Business Model Mentor & Coach, Digital Marketing Expert, Luxury Lifestyle Designer, and Minimalist.

Isn't that awesome? I chose her as I like her relaxed attitude, I aspire to be a minimalist (with an amazing wardrobe) and she lives in sunshine all year round - another goal of mine.

She has her own podcast and intervi…

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Travel Coach Lisette Austin: Thrift your wardrobe while traveling!


I met an amazing woman recently, (mind you, women in general are amazing, so no surprise there) at The Riveter, a co-working space I belong to in Seattle. Her name is Lisette Austin, and besides all the wonderful work she does with the Suquamish Research & Strategic Development Dept / Suquamish Foundation ❤️ she is also a whiz at teaching you how to travel for next to nothing (her last flight to Portugal cost her $60) under the name Jet Set Lisette. Cool, right?

She’s also very stylish – we had a…

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Three things to remember when going on a date


I was asked the other day “What should I wear on a date?”

Ah… I don’t know.

But I’ll help you work it out.

We’ve all been told the importance of first impressions and usually, we want a date to go well, otherwise, we’d stay home and watch Netflix. 

I’m also going to assume you want to look good. 

In my experience, if whoever is organizing the date is thoughtful and someone you want to know better, they provide helpful information. The savvy ones send you a link to the restaurant/event so th…

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How can I help?


What are you struggling with in your wardrobe? How can I help?

If you let me know, I can address (or dress?) what's getting between you and wearing the clothes you love. 

Would you let me know? 

Book a Kia Ora call at thehappywardrobe.com

We can talk in confidence and I may have some answers for you. 

No obligation, I’m just curious.

Your answer will help me help other women, too.

Thanks for reading this!

Wear Happy!

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Tips for organized dressing


Life is too short to spend time trying to find that missing shoe, jeans that may or may not be in the wash and those earrings you wore to your last work event and possibly left at your boyfriend’s.

Half the battle of getting dressed is having an organized wardrobe.

It doesn’t really matter how you organize your closet – color, season, sections, as long as the system makes sense to you.

Personally, I’ll often group clothing by outfit – a jacket that goes with a particular shirt and trousers go…

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Why I told a client to buy a $118 scarf...


I passed Eileen Fisher last Tuesday (the Bellevue store, not the designer) and dashed in to check what they had in blue.

One of my delightful clients adores that color and Eileen Fisher is a brand that works with her values and style. (One of the exercises I do with clients is checking that their values align with their clothing choices.)

I found a lovely loose floating wrap and pretty blue scarves, so snapped photos and sent them off to her. I don’t usually go shopping with clients or for the…

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What is prosperous clothing?


Prosperous clothing doesn’t mean expensive.

To be truly prosperous, clothing needs to make you feel great and be in good condition.

I suggest that you regularly check your clothing, item by item.

  • Tears and rips should only be deliberate.
  • Bras should fit without sags, gaps, stretched straps – straps are not meant for full support, the back is.
  • Elastic and necklines shouldn’t be stretched, no stains, no “bobbles,” (I think you call it piling here).
  • Nothing you don’t really like wearing but…

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