Thursday, November 20, 2014

‘Twas the Week Before Thanksgiving……

‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and my girlfriends and I are having lunch, as we do every year at this time, before strapping on our dancing shoes.  The annual holiday dance begins next week.  It starts as a languorous waltz, picks up speed and ends in a frantic tarantella.  But, for now, we will enjoy this quiet time with each other as we clink our champagne glasses and vow NOT to let the holidays leave us in an exhausted heap.  Two months later, over a postmortem lunch, we will clink our glasses again to celebrate our survival. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Slits and Fishtails – The Curvy Gals Best Friends

As an image consultant and style coach, I have had the great pleasure of working with ladies of all shapes and sizes over the years.  But……….and here I have a little confession to make…… curvy, full-figured clients are often the most rewarding.  Why?  Because, if I can help a full-figured woman see her body in a positive way and make the most of those great curves, it can change more than just what she sees in the mirror.  It can change the way she sees herself. 

Typically, she feels she needs to “hide” herself in her clothes.  If I had a nickel for every time I found a shapely pair of legs hiding under a shapeless maxi dress, I would be a very rich woman. 

Haunted by images of models with long, skinny legs, she is convinced her legs are FAT, when, in fact, they are probably far more shapely and sexy than those spindly things poking out of the fashion pages.  It’s usually easier for me to convince her to show some cleavage than it is to get her to show her legs. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Calgon, Take Me Away!!

Do you remember those wonderful “Calgon, Take Me Away!” commercials from the 70s and 80s? 

Do you have “Calgon, Take Me Away!” moments?  I do.  Last week was one of mine. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween on Sycamore Street - 2014

It’s Halloween morning, and all the cats on Sycamore Street are up early putting the finishing touches on their costumes.  Rufus has been up for hours waiting for the man he lives with to get up and feed him, and he’s beginning to run out of patience.  Frankly, if the man didn’t have opposable thumbs allowing him to open tuna cans, he would have kicked him out long ago. 

Rufus decides to take matters into his own paws. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Waste

From Wall Street Journal Article - "The Quest for the Perfect Pants"
I decided to do a quick trouser inventory of my fall/winter pants last week.   Waaaaay in the back of the closet I found two pair of high (i.e., natural) waist pants that I must have had for over 15 years.  I had completely forgotten I still had them. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Bright Coating for Fall

In a previous post (“My LittleWhite Jacket”) I expressed some mild surprise at the Pantone color choices this fall.  For me, they just didn’t seem to evoke the essence of the season.  Fall is all about cozy warmth and bright, burnished colors. 

This is more of what I had in mind for fall.

The deep, vibrant colors of autumn are the colors of the warm flush of romance and long walks with that special someone in a park ablaze with flame-colored trees.  Make the most of the experience by wrapping yourself in a bright fall coat. 

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