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!




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.








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.


Take yourself out of the box

April 2nd, 2014

An out-of-state client hired me to do a full makeover.  She was tired of looking old and feeling frumpy.  She wanted change and she wanted it immediately.  Prior to our get together I suggested she meet with my stylist.  She said her son who she was visiting in Houston  had set up an appointment with a hairstylist  so she would go there prior to us meeting.   We met and went shopping.  I had pulled  pieces of clothing back for her at some stores after she had explained what she wanted for her new look.   She liked some while others she had not.  After 3 hours she had finished for the day ready for the next time.  I told her to take the clothing home and revisit it in the morning when she was fresh and we would meet in a few days.  She’d changed her mind about having her hair done as she didn’t care for how the first stylist did her hair so she had me schedule an appointment with my stylist.  While we were waiting to meet the stylist she told me what she disliked about her new cut from a few days ago and what she really wanted.   My advice to her: suggest to the stylist your needs, i.e. easy to fix,  sassy look, etc.  rather than “a certain length, bangs, cut, etc”  as she was not allowing the stylist to use her artistic abilities and give her a new look.  I asked her “do you want to have a different look or stay the same”.  She said “of course I want it different”.    I explained that she was giving the stylists so many guidelines of the cut she wanted it was going to look exactly the same way.  My client confirmed I was absolutely right that she was again putting herself in the box.  I explained she’d done it with some of the clothing she’d purchased as well.  Now she was ready for the stylist and decided to let go of giving direction rather minimal criteria.   She got out of the chair and LOVED her new updated look which she left to chance.  She then wanted to go shop and return some of the clothes she’d purchased that were putting her back in the very box she didn’t want to be in.  As we shopped she reminded herself and allowed me to do the same that she needed to open herself up to new ideas and looks.  Each time she tried on clothing she asked herself, is this who she was or who she wanted to be.   By days end she was excited she really did have a new look and  a new outlook on life and learned a valuable lesson about giving up control.


Fashion Show March 22, 2014

March 5th, 2014

Dillard’s, Barton Creek Mall, Austin Texas will be providing clothing and accessories for the St. David’s Medical Center 1st fashion show for their bariatric patients who’ve lost 100 pounds or more and on their way to health.  I will select clothing for all 20 models specific to their body shape and  personality from all the gorgeous clothing and accessory brands available at Dillards.

Others taking part and donating their expertise:

Natalie Gauci, VP of Arbonne will apply the makeup to all models.

Holly Taylor-Kottwitz, Hairstylist, Fringe Salon, Austin, TX  is providing all models styling, color and highlights free. Holly will create updo’s for the models the evening of the fashion show.

We’d LOVE for you to join us!


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.



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.





“Hairs” To You!

October 3rd, 2012

Ever wonder why your makeup may not look great or you look too pale or too old?  Consider your hair color and what brings out your eyes and best skin tone.   Dark hair may cover your gray, but can make you look years older while you think blond makes you look younger it can make you look pale and sick.  It takes a knowledgeable hair color analyst to know it’s more than just a color you want, but rather what can work with your skin tone and features to make you glow.  This is when you need to call in a makeup professional who puts the best foundation, blush and eye color on your face.

Check out this recent picture of Barbara Streisand  what do you see and what don’t you see?

Much Better Color…Her Eye’s Pop!

Washed out and her eyes sink






Bringing Brilliancy into 2012

January 4th, 2012

Transforming yourself on the outside (i.e. losing weight, new hairstyle or a clothing update) can motivate you on the inside! 



September 14th, 2011

Have you changed and your style has remained the same?

I had some fabulous ladies take part at the 3 hour Informal Class I taught at University of Texas on September 7.  I addressed selecting fashionable clothing styles that enhanced their specific body type and educated them on shopping their own closet by use of accessories. The women brought an item (i.e., blouse or scarf) from their wardrobe that they have trouble wearing, and I gave them advice on how to wear it.

Color Analyst and Makeup Artist, Natalie Gauci demonstrated how to choose colors best suited for their skin tone, plus: 3 Steps to Flawless Skin and Makeup in Minutes.

Stay tuned….We’ll be teaching another class in November!



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