As promised (did you read to the end of last week’s blog where I promised?!), this week we are exploring options for dressing the bottom half on those hot days. What can we wear if we’d rather not wear shorts? This post began as a review of the alternatives to wearing shorts. And I still want to list the options for those of us who prefer not to wear shorts on the warm spring and summer days. However, as I was writing about cropped and capris pants, it became obvious that this category is one that warrants a little more conversation than just listing it as an alternative style to… View Post

It appears that the warm weather is here, and probably here to stay, although the SF Bay Area may still have a lingering shower here and there. I'm already seeing a lot of warm weather clothes on the street. This typically means we see more bare skin. For tops, that means sleeveless. But not all of us want to go sleeveless, and we need other options for keeping cool and looking season appropriate. I admire women who are comfortable in their own skin and feel great wearing styles that bare their arms and legs. But there are more than a few of us who prefer to be a bit more… View Post

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit obsessed with shoes lately. I guess it’s not so radical – it’s a new season, and I’m guessing that you, like me, feel a little bit like a butterfly emerging from her chrysalis. We’ve shed our winter darks, sweaters, boots, and coats, and we are ready to show our colors, a little skin, and wear SOMETHING DIFFERENT! When the season carries us into a warmer, sunnier time, we finally get to relegate our socks to their drawer, try a new fun polish color on our toes, and have fun with spring shoe styles. Yay! Spring and summer shoe styles this year… View Post

As spring is unfolding, we are (finally) beginning to emerge from our winter hibernation. We are incorporating more color into our outfits, we may be adding highlights to our hair, there is more light everywhere. It feels like it’s time to brighten and define. Here are a few spring beauty tips to help you get ready for the beautiful, bright spring season. Incorporate a Little Glow If your skin has lost its natural dewy and glowy luminance (pretty much true for any of us who are over 30), giving it a little artificial glow may be in order. A number of highlighting products are available to help you look radiant.… View Post

It wasn’t that long ago that wearing denim both on top and bottom equaled a fashion faux pas. But, as we know, fashion is always evolving and changing. This chameleon-like behavior makes it fun, keeps us engaged, and ensures an always-robust market in the fashion industry as we spend our dollars on new trends. In the last few years, the denim with denim trend has become very popular. I’m not always the first one to jump on the bandwagon on new looks, so it took me a whole season for this look to grow on me. Now I’m a fan! Have you tried the trend? Are you making a denim… View Post

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” ~ Lauren Hutton Have you ever tried to define your style? Style is a form of expression. Your style is an expression of your personality. Sometimes the style you choose on a given day is an expression of your mood – other times you may dress to modify a mood. How are you expressing yourself through your very individual style? What part does how you dress play in your confidence and in how you relate to the world? How much fun are you having with your clothes? We all have a style personality.… View Post

I have a fun style assignment for you later on in this post. But first, let’s talk about clothing care. I know – it’s not very sexy or fun. But it’s important, probably more important than you might realize when it comes to preserving your clothes and keeping them looking the way you want. Clothing preservation begins with laundering (I know, pretty exciting). Washing your favorite pieces so that they stay looking new requires a little more thought than just tossing all your lights or darks together and washing them all on the same setting. Here’s what I do to get the most life out of the things I love.… View Post

I'm so excited! I just received my very first shipment from Stitch Fix. If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix, let me introduce you. Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. Here's a blurb from their "About": "Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest (shipping is free both ways)." I've… View Post

I’ve been wearing a lot of solids during the cold weather season. I guess the truth is, I’m more of a solid rather than pattern person when it comes to what I wear. Except when it comes to polka dots and stripes. I have a pretty significant assortment of these fun prints that just keeps growing! (24 different items of striped or polka dotted clothing to be exact!) As we walk the last steps of winter toward the light of spring, these two simple patterns will transition easily from one season to the next. They are foundational, timeless, seasonless, whimsical, flirty, nautical, classic, trendy – I have no doubt that… View Post

There’s nothing that can perk up an outfit like jewelry! I have a pretty full collection of fashion jewelry. I’m not big on fine jewelry except for a few pieces like my wedding and engagement rings and a few others, but I think it’s fun to have a variety of affordable pieces that can influence the look of an outfit – or even represent a mood or attitude. Do you (like me) I look at the number of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings you have and wonder how a person can need more? Maybe it's time to retire something old and add something new. It’s fun to refresh jewelry looks as… View Post