Thanksgiving is less than a week away. If you haven't already, it's time to figure out your Thanksgiving outfit. It's best to plan ahead so that you have covered all the bases for Thanksgiving outfit essentials. Really, this should be capitalized. Because it's actually a thing. Thanksgiving Outfit Essentials. You've probably incorporated Thanksgiving Outfit Essentials into your Thanksgiving outfit many times in previous years but didn't realize that you were following a few simple "Essentials" rules. There are three basic Thanksgiving Outfit Essentials rules: 1. Wear an Outfit That You Feel Good In The very first Thanksgiving Outfit Essential to consider is what you have that you feel good wearing.… View Post

What to pack for a girls weekend getaway? I’ve just returned home from an annual girls weekend and it’s fresh on my mind. What to pack, of course, is guided by the activities that are planned. My packing list was simple. This girls weekend, hosted by one of my close friends at her home, was focused on staying put! This was the 9th annual gathering of a group of friends that I’ve known for over 45 years. Through junior high and high school and all the life that 45+ years represent we have remained friends. Some of these beautiful friends I see regularly and others once or twice a year.… 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

Looking Ahead to Spring to Boost the Winter Blahs I know I’m sounding like a bit of a broken record, but, boy, I’m looking forward to spring and more daylight, less rain (we needed it badly, I know, and now I think we’re good), and warmer weather. As we all know, the winter weather can play havoc with your skin. The silver lining to our rainy Northern California winter is that all the humidity has been kinder to our skin than in some parts of the country where the winter weather is very dry and cold. Your skin takes a beating during the winter, even with the silver lining of… View Post

It’s that time of year – holidays behind us, the start of a new year, now looking forward to spring and summer. It’s when LOTS of people are focusing on healthy eating and fitness (the packed parking lot at the gym is proof). I’m doing it too. What I want to talk about today isn’t what you are doing but what you are wearing while you’re doing it! I have always been a firm believer in the effect of dressing well for exercise. What does that mean? To me it means, of course, that I’m dressed appropriately for the activity. But it also means that I feel good in the… View Post

Subtitle: Fast fixes for dealing with the extra pounds you may have added over the holidays. I’ve added a few extra pounds over the holiday season. It happens every year. I don’t worry too much about it anymore because I have decided that just doesn’t make sense. If I’m going to allow myself to have the delicious treats and festive beverages over the holidays, I may as well just enjoy and not feel guilty about it. I know that I’ll get back on track after the season is over. But . . . while I’m waiting for my recommitment to more reasonable eating habits and a fitness routine to help… View Post

Happy New Year! A new year presents so many possibilities. A chance to start over – at least a little. Motivation to reinvent ourselves, to be who we’ve always wanted to be. The opportunity to do all those things we’ve been dreaming of. New Year’s Resolutions – in capital letters. What Is a New Year’s Resolution Anyway? Wikipedia’s definition of New Year’s resolution: “A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior.” So there it is. An undesired trait or behavior. When we choose to make a… View Post

With Christmas and Hanukkah only a few days away, I’m guessing that most of us are very busy with work, family, shopping, meal prepping. Who has time for a long read?! With that in mind, here’s some light and quick, holiday-focused fun. You’re welcome! You can spend just a bit of time on each separate section here (less than 5 minutes each), or take it in all at once. I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday in whatever way you celebrate. So here we go: Holiday Beauty – Strobing, It’s All About the Light Let’s start with a little holiday beauty glow. I’m a fan of highlighting… View Post

December. Holiday season. A time for joy, goodwill, cozy fires, festive gatherings. I’m feeling the spirit of this time of year. What I’m also feeling is disorganized. Already As I was mentally flipping through a list of possible topics for this week’s post, things like How to Incorporate the Holidays into Everyday Dressing or Accessorizing for the Holidays, my thoughts kept being disrupted by my “to-do” list that has been lingering at the back of my mind and manifesting in my house. It’s been growing by the day since the holiday season officially kicked off at Thanksgiving. I keep trying to force my thoughts back to where I think they… View Post