Get paid for cleaning your closet!

March 2nd, 2016

As I’m organizing women’s closets they recognize they are no longer using their expensive handbags yet save them because they won’t get the price they paid nor close to the price they paid when they re-sell them.  Therefore I’m thrilled to announce my partnership with Rebagg, a company that purchases pre-owned designer handbags.

The benefits of selling with Rebagg.com are that they:

  • Generate upfront price quotes
  • Purchase bags outright (no consignment hassles)
  • Pay via check or bank transfer in 2-3 business days

Rebagg offers free pick up and shipping. Please contact me if you have a bag you would like to sell!  Rebagg Sell Your Bag Now

 

Louis Vuitton Handbag

 

Dolce Gabbana Handbag

Gucci Handbag

 

 

Button Up Men & Women

May 6th, 2015

 

Whether it be reassessing your current wardrobe or shopping for a new wardrobe you may not be able to put your finger on why you are not completely drawn to an outfit.

One reason may be as simple as replacing the buttons on the article of clothing.  It may seem insignificant but it can make a huge difference that can make an outfit rise to the occasion.

How can you accomplish this feat if you’re unable to envision the all-over look or sewing is not your “thing”?

Give me a call and I can give you a recommendation or even head to the fabric store and select buttons specific to the look you are going for and apply the buttons for you.

Men’s Buttoned Shirt

 

 

 

St. David’s 2nd Annual Fashion Show

April 1st, 2015

Please join us at St. Davids Fashion show for Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric patients who have begun the process of losing 100 pounds or more and improving their health.  I’m providing the Image Consulting for the show and Dillards is providing the clothing and accessories for the fashion show.  Holly Taylor of Fringe Salon is the hair stylist for all participants.  We’d love to have you join us!  Saturday April 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm  St. Davids North Austin Medical Center, 12221 North Mopac Expressway, Austin, TX  78758.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Color of the Year

February 11th, 2015

 

Pantone the company used in printing and manufacturing is known for its color complimenting technique chooses a top color each year to be used in fashion, beauty or home décor. This year the color is MARSALA   like the Italian red wine.  What color is Marsala you ask?  It’s a deep red-brown hue.  You can add a dash of color wherever you feel appropriate; rather than dressing head-to-toe on your hair, lipstick, blush and eye color.  Then you would STICK OUT in a crowd.  A dash makes more of a statement that can go a long way.

Guys you can add a necktie or pocket scarf with Marsala or if you’re feeling really confident go with a Marsala shirt and/or socks in this color.    “Less is more” which too is my motto.

If you’re not into this color on your body add a pillow or towel with this color in your home. Let the color speak to you rather than let anyone tell you that is what you have to wear.  You don’t have to like it or wear it because people tell you it’s in this season, wear it because you feel good in this color.

 

Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

January 7th, 2015

My daughter Kira got married in November of 2014 (you may have seen my blog about her vintage dress).   I’ve shopped with mothers’ and for myself for Mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses.   I realize some brides want the mother of the groom and mother of the bride to be dressed to the brides desires.  This can be a rather difficult situation as the bride may have one thought and the mothers’ are uncomfortable dressing as the bride prefers.  I was lucky, my daughter was relaxed about what we mothers’ wore and left it up to us.  However, when choosing a dress I did take into consideration the following:

A. I didn’t want to upstage the bride or “stick out”,  rather be a compliment to the wedding party.

B. I chose to dress with a specific detail from my daughters dress, again not to stand out rather to dress in the style of the wedding yet with the elegance she wanted to express for her theme.

C. I wanted to dress comfortably and express who I am.

D. Last but not least I was NOT going to dress like so-called mothers-of-the brides dressed from years ago, who doesn’t recall the dreaded long dress with a sparkly jacket!

My daughter had lace, therefore I wore a subtle lace dress.  Her dress was off-white so of course no off-white or whites which would’ve made me be equal color-wise to my daughter.  It was her day to shine, not mine.  Black for my dress seemed  dreary and had I worn a navy dress I would’ve matched the bridal party.  Therefore I chose a deep raspberry color since Kira had raspberry colors in her bouquet.  I wore vintage earrings and a vintage bracelet from my mother-in-law to bring in the era of Kira’s vintage wedding dress.

Voila!   I felt I complimented the wedding party with my own personal style rather than stood out as I look back at the pictures taken.  If your son or daughter are getting married my suggestion is to understand the theme of the wedding.  Is it tremendously fancy?  What type of venue will the wedding and reception be held?  What style of dress is the bride wearing?  What colors are the bridal party wearing?   Those are a few of the questions I would ask of you when shopping for a dress for your child’s wedding.

 

 

The Bridal Party

 

Mothers of the Wedding Couple

 

Ivanka Trump gives vintage a try.

December 16th, 2014

Ivanka Trump 2014 & mother Ivana 1991 Bob Mackie Dress

Ivanka Trump can have any outfit she chooses and with no concern of cost.  However, what really impressed me lately was her choice to wear her mothers’ 1991 vintage dress by Bob Mackie.  Ivanka looked absolutely fabulous.  It said she’s confident and owns her style.   How refreshing to women and young girls to look at someone who can spend any amount of money she wants but chose to be creative and look into the back of her mother Ivanas’ closet.   That’s creativity and thinking outside of the box.  Young girls especially take note that you don’t and shouldn’t wear what every girl in school is wearing.  Look outside the box and discover your look and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  If it’s difficult for any of you, let me help you find your unique look.

 

Junkyard Jewelry

December 3rd, 2014

 

“Imogene” Earrings

You read correctly!   Yes jewelry from vintage cars and trucks.  It’s a magnificent idea for using old vehicles.  I’m always about using what you have rather than waste so I love the idea.   My earrings and bracelet are from a 1960’s ford truck.  I was hoping to get a year and vehicle and name that had significance.  Rather it had none,  just beautiful unique pieces of artwork you can’t find anywhere.   I came upon this jewelry artist at the Austin Art Fair in April of 2014.    You Got Mojo Jewelry

 

“LAVONNE” bracelet

 

 

 

My Daughter’s Vintage Wedding Dress

November 5th, 2014

Exquisitely Kira

My daughter Kira and I shopped for her wedding dress for approximately three days.  After trying on 150 dresses (a bit of an exaggeration), which needless to say, my daughter looked gorgeous in all, we were taken aback at the price tag.  I’m the first to say I love uniqueness and quality but put the word “wedding” in any sentence and the price soars!  Though the prices were exorbitant we always commented the way we could tweak this or that to make it perfect.  News Bulletin:  We are not the “Warren Buffets” of the world and I told my daughter she could build two or three closets for the price these dresses cost to wear for the day and use for a much longer time.   After much discussion I told Kira “none of these dresses expressed who she was.”  Kira’s always been the one to find vintage clothing and re-style it to her body and give it her unique artistic flair.    She agreed and began searching her grandmothers’ closets, thrift stores, Etsy and E-bay.  She purchased roughly 5 dresses from online that were possibilities, which are stored in my closet and soon to be resold.  Finally she came upon “THE DRESS” a 1960’s vintage dress by designer  “George William Cahill”.  She felt beautiful and unique in this dress purchased for $150.00.  Kira had the back altered to a low V and a bustle made for minimal cost.  After seeing Kira on her wedding day all I can say and think as a Mom and an Image Consultant: Exquisitely Beautiful…Exquisitely Kira.

 

 

 

WW II bomber designer to Wedding Dress designer

October 29th, 2014

“The Graduate” Katherine Ross

My daughter chose her Vintage Wedding dress designed by William Cahill.  Being the curious person I am I had to learn more about the man that designed Kira’s exclusive dress.

 Who was William Cahill?

William Cahill was born in 1918 and designed bombers during World War II as a member of the design team at Lockheed Martin.  Following the war Bill and his brother, John T. Cahill envisioned a business opportunity.  Many soldiers were returning from the war and abundance of weddings was anticipated.  His artistic talent shifted from designing airplanes to designing wedding gowns. William Cahill designs were used in motion pictures; most memorable was the 1967 movie, The Graduate.  New York socialites and Dallas Debutantes pursued his gowns.

A world-renowned wedding gown designer for more than four decades was considered the ‘King of Bridal’ during the 1940s to 1960s. His creations express a timeless elegance was designed with much attention to details and defined quality in bridal wear during this period with its use of exquisite fabrics and fine craftsmanship.

Gowns by Cahill dominated covers of Wedding Wear Magazines for three decades. Cahill gowns were considerably more expensive than most gowns back then. To be a Cahill bride really meant something, as it continues to this day.

 

Dress by William Cahill

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Blow Dryers are Different

August 6th, 2014

When I look in the mirror after my hairdresser has finished styling my hair I always ask myself “why can’t I make my hair look shiny and frizz free”?  How did she do it?  When I asked her she said a ceramic blow dryer.  The word “ceramic” already put dollar signs in front of my eyes.   My normal M.O. was to buy what I thought was a blow dryer that would do the job for $35.00.   I always thought “a blow dryer is blow dryer”.  Last week while I was getting ready to dry my hair my blow dryer quit.  It quit at the worst possible time when I turned it on so I ran upstairs to get my even cheaper $15.00 blow dryer I have guests use (please don’t spread this tidbit as I want to be known as a host who treats her guest well)!  It was THE worst blow dryer I’ve used but it had to be done because I was headed to meet a client.

The positive:  I had an extra blow dryer and didn’t have to run to my neighbors and borrow theirs or turn up as a wet head for my client.

So I decided to take the plunge and invest in a better blow dryer.  Ultra had a $149 ceramic blow dryer on special for $99 and I’d still receive a 20% discount.  I gulped at the price and decided to ask the clerk if this was the best as I’d seen some cheaper ones.  She told me her sister is a beautician and loved the tourmaline Hot Tools dryer for $79.  Apparently ceramic and tourmaline blow dryers create negative ions that are great for your hair and heat evenly.

Finally the true test came I washed my hair and blew dry it.  I couldn’t believe the shine and no frizzies.   As always I don’t get free items or commission for recommending items.  I’m telling you as I see it.  Paying a higher dollar and watching sales for a quality ceramic or tourmaline blow dryer is a MUST for beautiful shiny frizz free hair.

 
 

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