Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin cheesecake, but it never occurred to me to make pumpkin part of my beauty and self-care routine until my friend and health coach Debbie Baumoel shared these two home-made, all natural “recipes” …

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It appears we’ll be wearing masks for months into the future, so let’s do it with intention.  Some like to use a mask as a mini-billboard for their social justice cause.  Others want to match a mask to their outfit of the day.   I like the subtle approach – a plain mask that blends with…

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YOU ARE WORTH FULL PRICE  I consistently see women’s closets full of item after item that they insist was “such a bargain I couldn’t pass it up” … and the tag is still on the garment to prove it.  I love a deal too – but at any price, it’s only a deal if the…

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I’m practically obsessed with cardigans these days.  They polish an outfit without looking stuffy or feeling as confining as a jacket.  Worn unbuttoned (and would you really wear one any other way?) they create an elongated, sleek silhouette.  They give you 3-piece-combo options that multiply your mix-match exponentially. They span seasons, taking your summer garments…

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Whether you want a jacket for variable temperatures or to polish your look on seemingly endless ZOOM calls for your career or community leadership roles, today’s world seems to call for something other than a traditional tailored look.  Here are two terrific options:

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Working from home allows many of us to forego “dressing up” in favor of more comfy attire these days.  But – for our professional image or just our positive sense of self – staying in jammies all day probably isn’t the best choice.  Here are some cozy items that can look good while they feel…

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A recent contest on Pattern Review.com gave me a new way to make the most of a wardrobe – mine or a client’s. Whether you sew your clothes, buy ready-to-wear or mix the two, I think you’ll enjoy playing this game yourself – especially if you need a little emotional boost to handle the prospect…

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I’m pretty much a maverick – not a fan of rules at all – especially when it comes to styling my clients and myself.  I seldom even use the word, preferring to think in terms of “guidelines” instead.  Even so, when this dress violated every principle I usually follow, I wanted to identify the loopholes…

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My wardrobe strategy – for myself and for every client – is that each new item work in at least 3 combinations with existing pieces.  Solid separates function easily in this system, provided they are chosen in a unified color theme.  But what about one-piece dresses? That’s where accessories come into play – making the…

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As the COVID pandemic and stay-at-home continue for many and racial tensions pull at our hearts, the natural impulse is to ask “How can I help?”   Whether that means sewing masks, shopping for elderly neighbors, donating to food pantries or extending care and support to friends, we can only maintain effectiveness if we take care…

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