Putting together outfits each day can be fun and creative . . . or it can be overwhelming. Styling a “look,” whether you are headed to work or school, driving the kids to their activities, or going for a fun outing, doesn’t have to be complicated. You can walk out the door every day and feel confident, comfortable, and chic. To simplify creating great outfits, use a formula. It’s simple and can eliminate some of the frustration that we sometimes face when we’d like to look like we have our own stylist. Formula = Basic + Interest + Completer + Accessories

Check out below how I’m doing on my clothes shopping diet.   I’ve recently returned from two back-to-back trips. Both required packing for air travel, so I didn’t have the luxury of doing too much over-packing (which I have a habit of doing!). The trips were completely different – a music festival in the Southern California desert where the temperature was 100+ degrees and a stay in New York City with pleasant fall weather in the mid-60’s. Fortunately, I had two days between trips, so I did not have to try to pack for both in one suitcase! Still, my dilemma was trying to choose the most space-efficient method of… View Post

Those dang accessories! There are so many and they are so small. Keeping track of them can be a bit of a challenge. And storing them in a way that makes them accessible and keeps them front and center so you actually use them is, to me, the secret to successful accessorizing. I’ll admit that I’m always on the search for the perfect solution for storing and organizing my various accessories – necklaces, bracelets, scarves, earrings, purses. There are so many places to find ideas for accessory storage and organization – Pinterest probably includes every storage option in existence! I’ve tried a few (or more) ideas and have incorporated what… View Post

I think it’s pretty much true for most of us – we could use a little brightening. A little luminance, no matter what age we are, is flattering. It’s that “youthful” glow. And, unfortunately, as we age, the glow dims a bit. However, there are subtle tricks we can use with makeup to bring that luminosity back – and it doesn’t take very long to do it. I highlight as part of my regular makeup routine. That’s a little different from contouring. I don’t contour my face. I know that when there are articles or videos about highlighting, contouring is also included. Contouring involves applying a darker shade than your… View Post

I’m thinking it’s time to switch my summery purse to something more fall appropriate as September coasts into fall. In my mind, I’m that gal who changes her purse to perfectly accent her outfit and be appropriately in season. I have a modest collection of handbags – nothing over the top for sure, but enough to give me the flexibility to coordinate with my outfit or mood or current color obsession. But .  . . I never do it. So I guess I’m not that gal. How do they do it, those gals? I’m guessing they don’t have random receipts and wrappers from gum and statements or papers to remind… View Post

First: The Rant Okay. I’m sorry. But I need to go on a short rant about wearing yoga pants and workout leggings as regular pants. No! Really! I just don’t understand how people think that yoga pants and workout leggings are appropriate for street wear. I even see women wearing versions of this attire that are pretty see-through when they are out and about in the bright daylight. I think (I hope) if they realized this, they’d be dismayed. I get it – exercise wear is super comfortable, and it’s easy to throw on. But, truthfully, it’s not the most flattering look on most of us. I know there are… View Post

Have you discovered The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? When I first heard of this decluttering/organizing method, I was intrigued. I’m always interested in learning about the possible “perfect” method of organizing. After many internet searches trying to find out why this book was creating such a buzz, I decided that I’d need to buy the book to really learn what it was all about. The “KariMon Method” (a mash up of the name of Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author of the book), in a nutshell, includes: Decluttering is done by category rather than location, i.e., instead of decluttering one room… View Post

I come from a long line of women who have never gone gray. Well, maybe not a long line, but at least a line. My grandmother, who lived until the age of 93, did not have gray hair even on her last day. I’ve never seen my mother with anything but dark hair, and I am confident I never will. And I, like them, plan to be a “natural” brunette forever. I really admire those silver-haired beauties who look stunningly elegant. But that’s just not me. Maybe I’m hanging on to the illusion of youth by a thread, but I’m not ready to let go. So I include my hair… View Post

I recently celebrated a birthday and added another mark on the timeline of my life. The number that is my age broadcasts things like: NOT YOUNG ANYMORE SLOWING DOWN GROWN UP AGING But I don’t feel my number. My number doesn’t match who I am inside my head. My number makes me feel old when I say it. I’m in a bit of a battle with my number: My number keeps telling me every day that it’s real; my mind continues to resist and push back and tell my number, “YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” Many years ago my dad observed that he believed that each person in his mind is… View Post

Summer shoe season is here! I can hear a chorus of cheers out there. It’s likely that what you are wearing on your feet during the warm weather season are sandals, open wedges, canvas shoes, and slip-ons – all those fun styles that require a sockless foot. And as much as I may not want admit to and share this unpleasant secret, the fact is the combo of bare feet on shoe and sandal insoles often create an uncomfortable sticky and sweaty marriage. It drives me crazy. But more times than not, I’ve grinned and beared it for the sake of a cute pair of summer shoes! Until . .… View Post