Love the Ultralight Down Vest!

Photo: Uniqlo

Photo: Uniqlo

I’m not really a “down” person – by that I mean, I don’t tend to favor down jackets or vests as a ‘go-to’ item in my wardrobe. I don’t ski (which is where they are totally needed and appropriate) and we really don’t get super-cold temps here in the San Francisco area for the most part.  However, this year I made an exception and I’m SO glad I did.   The new Ultralight Down Vest from Uniqlo has been such a great buy – it’s just perfect for taking the edge off the cooler mornings in the house, and when walking the dog, and when sightseeing a bit in the City as we did over the New Year’s holiday.  And the beauty of it is that it rolls up into a tiny ball and fits inside it’s own little bag, so it’s great for travel.  The caveat I must give is that it’s now becoming hard to find in the stores and on-line, so if you are interested you should jump on it right away. If you miss out on the vest, they do carry it in a jacket.

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A Few Thoughts on…Tights!

Tights and leggings are perfect for this time of year…this little video will help you wear them well!

(Photos: Pinterest)

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The Power of “Plus”

First, let me say I’m not at all disparaging grand goals – in fact, I’m a firm believer in putting your largest intentions out there for fulfillment. But for many people, major changes can be overwhelming when it comes to implementing and sticking to them. Here are some common resolutions that I’ve added that little ‘plus’ to (fashion-related, of course) that can help you feel instantly energized and motivated to keep working towards your ultimate, larger goals.

Resolve to lose weight…plus wear clothing that fits your shape and size. Believe it or not, you’ll look like you’ve lost weight if you wear clothing that fits properly and suits your frame. Too large and too small clothing both work against you. Don’t get hung up on size – I often shop sizes above and below what is my ‘normal’ size because there is such a variation between manufacturers.

Resolve to make more money…plus get more from your current clothing investments. Before you hit the sales, take a look at your closet and rework how you put outfits together, trying new combinations. Play around a little and pull out two items you’ve never worn together before and see how they look.  Try combining patterned items in the same color family. You’ll be surprised how much more you can do with what you already have. 



I love how this sequined top works so well with the plaid shirt underneath – it might not have been a combination that would come immediately to mind, but I definitely am going to play around with my closet and put together something similar.

Resolve to get healthier… plus wear the colors that enhance your skin tone. You will look refreshed, healthier and even younger when you’re wearing your best colors, particularly next to your face. People will think you’ve been to a spa!

Resolve to be nicer to everyone…plus be nicer to yourself. Take time to get ready for your day and creative a positive image. Put on your make-up ‘go to’s’ at a minimum – add an accessory or two, even at home. Make a deal with yourself to compliment yourself and three other people every day.

Resolve to be less impulsive…plus replace your impulse shopping with a new habit. Vow to only buy what you absolutely love and only those items that stay true to your style. What I often do is to thumb through the catalogs and magazines I receive and turn down the corners on the pages that have items I ‘want’, and then set them aside.  When I pick them up a few days later and look at those pages, I find I’m not as thrilled with the items as I thought I was. If I am still interested in something, then I’ll investigate the item further. When you do find an item that you think will work for you, don’t take off the tags until you’ve tried it on and made at least three outfits from your closet.

Bed Bath & Beyond - Real Simple Slimline Flocked Hangers

Bed Bath & Beyond – Real Simple Slimline Flocked Hangers

Resolve to revamp your closet…plus work through it one section at a time. Start with your blouses…try on each one and get rid of the ones that no longer fit, are out of style, are beyond repair, or are closet ‘orphans’ (don’t go with at least three other items in your closet.) You might even want to start the process of replacing the wire or wooden hangers in your closet with the thin, felted ones (they take up so much less room.) Once done – congratulate yourself and take a break.  If you’re up for the next section…maybe pants…go for it. If not, then wait a week or so and then tackle that section.  Small steps lead to big successes.

Resolve to stop procrastinating…plus give me a call if you need a push to get started.  I’m here to help!

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Happy New Year!

Thanks to all of you who read and comment on this blog – I am grateful for your support and readership.  Here’s to a great new year!

go out there and be amazing

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How to Wear a Tux

bondIsn’t it the truth? Don’t guys just look fabulous in a tux? It’s truly the one outfit that virtually any man can put on and look debonair.  Ahem…of course we’re talking about the classic tuxedo, not the ones that show up in baby blue or some other dreadful color.  Although the mechanics of a tux are fairly straightforward, sometimes the guys stress out a little when faced with the prospect of donning a tuxedo, often because they just don’t wear them often.  Here’s a little tutorial from The Art of Manliness on the do’s and don’ts of wearing a tux. Now relax, guys, and have a good time!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite things from 2013. These are all in the beauty/drugstore category – it seems that every woman I know is perpertually on the lookout for the next “greatest thing” when it comes to skin & hair care and makeup. These are a few of my ‘finds’ – I’m sure you have your favorites too. I’d love to hear about them!

prevageTried & True: Prevage MD
I’ve used this cream morning and night for several years now and believe it has made a difference in my skin. (I’ve actually switched just to mornings now – read on below about my new evening ritual.) You can only get it from a dermatologist and it’s a little pricey, but to me it’s worth it.  A little bit goes a long way, so you don’t need to slather it on.

biooilNew Find #1: Bio-Oil
I’ve seen ads for this oil for a long time now, especially in print media, and wondered what it was all about.  Then I decided to try it on a small scar on my hand that was healing from an oven burn.  It really seemed to make the healing process much faster and the skin much smoother. Now I regularly use it as a body oil after showering.  I do think it has made a difference in the texture of my skin and I’m keeping it up. Best of all – it’s a drug or grocery store buy, so not expensive at all.

lashell mineral tinted creamNew Find #2: LaShell Cosmetics MDScience Mineral Tint
A friend and colleague carries a cosmetics line (LaShell Cosmetics) and this mineral tinted primer is a product I use every day now.  I blend a small amount of the primer with a small amount of bronzer and then smooth over my face and neck.  It really evens out skin texture and I don’t feel the need for additional foundation, at least on a day to day basis. For evening, I would still use additional product. This product is also reasonably priced and, again, a little goes a long way.  Love it!

moroccan oilNew Find #3: Moroccan Oil
Just a couple of pumps of this oil, rubbed into your wet hair prior to drying, helps it retain moisture and thus, shine.  While it’s not a total problem solver for me (since the bleach is so hard on my hair), it definitely helps. If your hair isn’t abused by bleach, you’ll probably see great results.

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The Power of Simplicity

Photo: Advanced Style

Photo: Advanced Style

Sometimes the most striking impressions are made with the most simple of things – in this case, a column of black accented with strands of pearls.  Colleen, one of the Advanced Style ladies, also has a luscious head of silver-white hair which adds to the glamour, but this look is one that is timeless and elegant, regardless.  If you can’t wear black, wear the column in one of your colors.   Tres chic!

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