Rent the Runway Adds Plus-Size Rental Designer Clothing

July 9th, 2014

Matthew Williamson Designer Dress Retail: $1165 RTR Rental: $88


Rent the Runway now offers rental designer clothing for up to a size 22  They have exclusive collections that you can’t rent for a fraction of the cost.  You’re able to reserve a date for the rentals you choose.    You can rent jewelry, handbags,  clothing and purchase. Shapewear and intimates are for sale on RTR website. Rent The Runway






Advanced Style Documentary

June 11th, 2014


I received this email from Naomi, a client of mine:

Hi Bonnie, Hope you are well. I just wanted to get in touch and say, I have been thinking about you recently, and especially when I watched the documentary, “Advanced Style.” Because as an image consultant, I was curious about your perspective on these older women, who had decided not to go quietly into their golden years, but instead, had chosen to embrace a very colorful and bold, personal fashion statement. I bet you have seen this film, but if you haven’t, you might enjoy it.   Best, Naomi

My response:

Hi Naomi!

I did not see the documentary you referred to but I just checked out a trailer.  My thoughts on the documentary…all I see with these older women are they feel young mentally and ready to take on life.  They look forward to challenges and dare to be different in this world rather than what the world says they should be at a certain age.  I wish all women would “let loose” as that’s a freedom in itself when we can choose our artistry & our love and display it on the outside.  They’re very colorful women who I’d love to be around as they like taking a curve in the road.    All the women seemed happy and it made me happy to watch them.  I want to be as free and different as them.






This Summer’s Must Have: UGLY SANDALS

April 30th, 2014

Women are standing up and saying they want comfort over style this summer.  They’re kicking off their stilettos for foot-friendly sandals.  This summer it’s cool to wear ugly sandals.  Who’d have thought this would ever happen? Jane Buckingham, CEO of Trendera, a trend forecasting company, says women have drawn  the line. Making comfort convert in a fashionable way.  One of the biggest things to remember is to have a pristine pedicure to give you the “chic ugly look”.



St. David’s Fashion Show a Huge success!

March 26th, 2014

The first annual fashion show for St. David’s Bariatric patients was a huge success.  I was extremely proud of the 20 women who modeled the outfits I’d chosen for their lifestyle and personality.  The beauty was they were REAL women, moms, grandmothers, teacher, office worker,  executive, nurse no models among the bunch.  They used their energy, nerves and family and friend’s reinforcement to go onto the stage and show their new look compared to their before photo.  Amazing!   I had a fantastic team working with me.  Holly Taylor Kottwitz styled and colored the models hair and Natalie Gauci of Arbonne applied the women’s makeup.   Dillard’s provided the outfits and accessories worn by the women.  I promised the women I would not make them wear anything they wouldn’t feel comfortable in.  I asked them to open their minds to new possibilities to show off their true personalities and that’s exactly what most of them did.  I thank all of these ladies for taking a chance to get on stage and flourish.  They’ve had beauty all along and this was their time to show it.




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!


Austin Fashion Week 2014

February 19th, 2014

M.E. Shirley Austin Fashion Designer

I want to introduce you to a talented fashion designer here in Austin.   Lindsey Creel  began her women’s wear designs as she writes “as an ode to her great grandmother Mary Edna Shirley”.   Lindsey and her team create and construct each piece of clothing with the intention of making “someone’s favorite piece”.    M.E. Shirley  designs can be purchased at the Sunroom Boutique  2324 South Lamar, Austin, TX,  Phone:  512-326-1499 or online.

The best part is Lindsey’s been accepted to the Upcoming Austin 2014 Fashion week. However, to make this happen Lindsey pays an entry fee which is to be submitted by March 23 2014.  You can support Lindsey’s dream by donating an amount as low as $2.00.  Please Support M.E. Shirley

“M.E Shirley comes from the idea that we can all accomplish anything we dream when we feel fulfilled. And great clothing is part of that. It changes you.” Beautifully stated Lindsey!

I hope all who read this will support Lindsey’s dream and deservingly so.

Congratulations and I wish you the VERY BEST Lindsey!

Spokan Dress-Cream Crochet





The “IT” Color for 2014

December 4th, 2013


Pantone has announced the “IT” color for 2014.  It is (drum roll)…..


Radiant Orchid 2014 Color of the Year




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