My Favorite Things

February 1st, 2017


I want to share some items I love that make it easier for me to get ready and look my best.


  1. Osis+ by Schwarzkopf, which creates lots of volume throughout the day. It’s a sprinkle-in dust that gives a boost to your hair.   A little goes a long way. Through the day you can give your hair oomph by mussing up your roots with your fingers.
  1. Sally Hansen Airbrush self-tanner. I’m outside a lot either exercising or doing errands. I don’t suntan on my own but my upper body tans just from being outside and my legs stay white. This inexpensive self-tanner comes in different colors and doesn’t turn orange. I don’t have to wear panty hose and my legs look even colored compared with my upper body. No streaks. This lightweight leg makeup covers veins and imperfections, plus its water and transfer resistant.
  1. Make-up blender sponge. Professionals use it to contour and highlight your makeup without leaving stripes. It also does a great job of blending concealer. The first time I applied makeup with the sponge my daughter saw me   and asked what I’d done differently with my makeup, as it appeared more even. My daughters got eagle eyes! So when I got a compliment from my daughter I KNEW it worked.
  1. This is great for a quick trip out the door with minimal makeup and an instant facelift. Use a fan brush to apply the bronzer.
  2. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. It evens out your skin tone and gives your skin a natural look. I love how it moisturizes and softens wrinkles too. Plus it saves room in your suitcase if you’re a traveller!




Christmas Gift

December 25th, 2013



Give yourself or someone you know the perfect Christmas gift.  


– Closet organization 

-New Wardrobe (by shopping your closet)

-Personal Image Consulting


Happy Holidays!


Yucca for the Hair

November 6th, 2013


One evening I was eating dinner and my waiter was a hispanic man with long, shiny, braided hair.  I commented about his hairs beautiful sheen.  He told me ever since he was young his family had cleaned his hair with Yucca.  I’d only known the yucca plant was used to heal types of burn.  So the detective in me went home and researched yucca and the hair.

I discovered the yucca root has been used by Native Americans for years to thwart hair loss and dandruff and make hair shiny.   They make a shampoo and soap from the plant as it contains natural saponin which is a natural detergent that lathers. Check out how to make shampoo from the yucca roots.  How to make Yucca Shampoo  


Overdone Glamour vs. Undone Glamour

September 4th, 2013

In keeping up with the fashion for the season for all sexes including makeup, hair, and glasses I came upon the look of the lips.  Will I try it?  Absolutely but I’ll try before leaving my home or knowing will be seated in a dark restaurant.  Would I recommend to my women clients?  I would suggest the same, try it at home first.  Lip trends are fun because they are minute changes, while others are significant such as dyeing your hair from black to platinum blonde.  The new 2013 fall lip trends:

1.   Matte Lips….How?   Apply lip color, place a tissue over the lips, and take a brush dipped into translucent powder and run over the lips.  Voila!

2.  Undone Lips….How?   Apply one or more of your berry shades of lipstick with your finger onto the center of your lips then buff the lipstick to the corners with a moist towelette.


Need to look more mature?

July 24th, 2013


E-mail I received:

Dear Bonnie…This may sound like an odd question. Have you ever consulted with someone to make them ” look older” and more professional? I’ve been an Attorney for 15 years, I’m 40 years old but have a “youthful appearance” which at times makes me seem less credible in my business.

The Verdict is Mr. Attorney….I can tranform  people  to appear “more mature”.  The process includes dress, glasses, hair, grooming and non-verbal actions.

Thank you for your question.



Little Changes Men Can Do

June 26th, 2013

Guys I did not forget about you!  Last week I blogged mistakes women make which cause them to appear older than they really are or want to appear.  Below are some examples that scream “old man” and simple answers to create a more updated look.

Pleated front and/or wrong waste-line pant.  Wear a flat-front pant even if you have larger thighs as pleated can make you look shorter, wider, and dated.  Wearing pants over the belly button or under the “belly” is just plain wrong.  Always wear pants at your natural waist, no matter how wide the waist.  

Comb-Over Hairstyles or Toupee may make you think you’re hiding your bald spot but others definitely know, I can assure you.  Shave your head and it will definitely update your look.  If you can grow a well, filled-in beard, grow that instead.

Over-grown hair in the ears, nose or on the eyebrows are not only unkempt but also scream old.  People want to feel you care about how you look rather than concentrate on overgrown hairs.  Either invest in a hair trimmer for $20.00 or have your hairstylist take care of the extra long hairs.

Eye Glasses definitely say more about your style than you realize.  When you shop for new frames ask the question “what image do the glasses give me…. young, old, etc” rather than “do these glasses look good”?  More than likely if you ask “what image do the glasses give me” people will be more open to say old, distinguished, sporty whereas asking “do these glasses look good” most people will generally say yes.  (Hint:  If you shop for glasses with me I’ll give my honest opinion.)

Rubber Soled or Square-Toed Shoes just look dated and is especially noticeable when you wear it with an updated outfit.  I understand bad feet as my husband and I both have them and the need to wear comfortable shoes.  Don’t spoil your look.  The right shoes may be more expensive but it is possible to find a comfortable, great looking pair of shoes.  




Small details make a big difference!

May 22nd, 2013

Subtle details may not seem important but your overall look will give you that polished and seamless appearance from head to toe.  You’d be amazed how the overall look truly matters.   The following are some important areas to notice.

Pant Length…

Buy pants with a heel size in mind.  When wearing heels, opt for dress pants that fall about ½ inch above the ground, touching the very front of your shoe.  For flats, your pants should cover the entire shoe at the back, without dragging on the floor.  Men and women’s trousers rarely fit perfect around the waist and leg.  Find a great tailor.  (Some stores offer tailoring for little to no cost).

Gaping Buttons…

If a shirt flatters the rest of your torso, but not your Pecs or breast, you need to buy it for the largest size of your upper body and have it altered to outline the smallest part of your upper body.  It makes a world of difference.    Altering can make you appear 20 pounds less and taller!


How clean are your shoes?  Do you polish them regularly?  How is the heel?  People see your shoes far more than you’d think.  Buying a comfortable, more expensive shoe allows you to resole them and wear them triple the time you’d wear the uncomfortable, non-expensive pair.  It’s better to have 2 pairs of comfortable, great looking shoes, quality shoes that last 5 years in your closet compared to 10 uncomfortable, cheap shoes that last 6 months.   Plus consider the major cost savings over time.


Add a belt if your pants have belt loops.  Empty belt loops look neglected.  If you add a belt to an outfit without belt loops, hold in place with safety pins, to prevent belt movement.

Sleeve Length…

Here’s a bizarre fact: Many people pay little attention to sleeves when they are buying clothes.  Whether they are slightly too long or slightly too short, it just doesn’t feel like a big deal as long as you are comfortable.  But when you are out and about, sleeve length matters.  Incorrect sleeves look unpolished and just plain wrong…  Invest in some shirts where the cuff hits just below your wrists when your arms are by your sides and if they don’t get a tailor to alter.  If you have long arms and the sleeves are too short, roll the sleeves up if the outfit allows this look.

 Accessory Overload…

There are occasions when accessories are everything.  A statement necklace can totally transform an outfit.  Too many accessories can distract.  Less is more, don’t let the accessories wear you, rather have the accessories compliment the entire outfit.  Neck sizes, height and torso sizes need to be considered when wearing accessories. 

Hair And Nails…

Hair; it doesn’t matter if it’s loose, in a chic up-do or thrown up in a ponytail, as long as it’s tidy.  Wet hair is a big no-no or wet hair that has been air-dried after gel has been applied is a remorseful look.  Bangs falling in the face or one continuously messing with their bangs or hair is annoying to say the least. As for your nails, keep them tidy and short to medium length.  Wearing no polish is better than wearing chipped polish.  Please put lotion on your hands to take care of the cuticles, wash underneath your nails and please don’t bite them to the nubs.





Remembering the Little Things

April 10th, 2013


Imagine your dentist with dirty teeth or shoe salesperson with scuffed shoes.  Grooming is at the top of the list.  The little things count for a great deal to complete our overall look.

Here are a few things one may need to look your best:

1. Guys a razor to cut nose and ears hairs.  *Also it’s not unmanly to have someone wax the unibrow (some eyebrows that don’t stop in the middle.

2. Women, yes there is a razor for all over light facial hair on the cheeks and neck.

3.  Shoe shine pad.  Great little invention.  No rags or liquid.  The shine is on the pad.  Keep one in the closet and apply to shoes before stepping into them.

4.  Tooth Cleaners for travel.  After eating head to the restroom and brush and floss the teeth.

5.  Lint Cleaner.  Even if one doesn’t own a pet one still needs to have a lint roller at hand. Small lint rollers for travel are available.





Playing “The Game”

February 6th, 2013

John Harbaugh & Jim Harbaugh


Football is my passion when it comes to game parties and understanding the back-story of players and coaches.  My husband, who’s a sports fan, kept me up-to-date on this year’s Super Bowl.  As many of you are aware, brother coaches, John and Jim Harbaugh, met up with their respectful teams the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers for the big game recently.

Prior to the game they held a joint media conference.

John the eldest, wore a suit, exuded confidence, and dominated the stage based on first impressions.  On the other hand, Jim the younger brother, appeared on stage donned in a 49ers hat, sweat shirt, khaki pants and running shoes.  Now if I didn’t know the back-story and walked into the room while my hubby was watching this television conference, I would have thought it were a coach or GM and his player.

I loved the fact that Jim was who he was and yes he was and continues to be a respected coach.  However, most of us don’t get that chance to show who we are because we are judged first by how we appear.

How trivial this may seem, appearance matters as we all have to “play the game” when we are applying for a job or are working in the job.   You can bring your personality into your work clothing but look in the mirror and ask yourself if you look professional and how would you treat someone dressed like you.

I have intelligent clients who understand they have to “look the part” either for their employees or clients to gain respect.  Hooray for them!

I didn’t write the rules, but the choice is yours to look like a coach or a player for your peers and clients.













November 7th, 2012



Some men feel it’s difficult to have a ‘style’ because there simply aren’t as many options for men as there are for women.  Lucky facial hair has made a comeback.  And the cool thing is that by altering your facial hair, you can emphasize (or distract from) facial features.

BUT WAIT!  Before you start growing mutton chops, take a good look at your face.  Ask yourself and someone you know who can be honest.  What shape is your face?  How much hair will you be able to grow?  Does your hair grow sparse in certain areas?  Will a beard age you or give you a distinguished look?  Once you feel like you’re in touch with your face and the hair that grows on it…give it a shot!  No worries if you mess up…it’s just hair.  It will always grow back. Check out this article for more info on  Face Shapes for Beards









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