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.


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







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






Czech Republic Bambas Luxury Handbag Collection

July 2nd, 2014


We recently visited the Czech Republic (a place we love and where my family originated).   I came across a luxury handbag shop in the village of Cesky Krumlov.   They make accessories and mens wallets as well.

Bambas is a small family business that uses the finest Italian leather then designs and  hand-paints directly onto the leather by local artists.  The bags’ designs are conservative to over-the-top artistic.  They are expensive as you would expect being high quality and hand-designed from beginning to end.

One bag I specifically loved was black with poppies painted on it.  This reminded me of the Czech roadsides filled with poppies in the month of May.  However I chose not to buy the bag because of the steep price and thinking how I like to change bags.  Who knows maybe one day a Bambas bag will show up on my front doorstep.

Check “Czech” out their website for different designs.  Bambas Handbags from the Czech Republic







Plus-Size Designers Listen Up

March 19th, 2014

I shop for plus-size people of all ages.    I’m not sure who these designers use as models to fit or design the clothing but I’m feeling it’s not an actual woman.    Many designers or stores rarely hear what real women want to wear or want to feel like when they put on their clothing.   Eight out of ten of my plus-sized clients want a top with a sleeve to cover their arms.  When I pre-shop for them I find all sleeveless tops or long sleeved clothing that’s hot.  Designers if  you do have clothing with sleeveless tops please design covers that are not just sweater fabric or made to be worn at the waist.  Other tips from my experiences:  Give your clothing shape so it doesn’t make a woman look like she’s wearing a box.   Choose fabrics that flow rather than stiff fabrics so they enhance a woman’s shape.   Lastly PLEASE use real women of all different shapes and sizes as your models when designing clothing so you can understand true fit and give them the dynamic look they deserve.


Why do we Pay Designers to Advertise for their products?

March 12th, 2014

Top designers have it easy.   They know what matters to a huge population is how we “look” to the outside world.  Society has reached some people’s pschye to say they are “it” if they carry a designer bag  labeled to the hilt all over the outside or wear a piece of clothing or accessory that has the designers trademark they are part of an elite group.  Why pay the company to advertise for their product?    This puts the price up an extraordinary amount.   Will you buy one designer piece that costs more than your weekly salary and use until it’s demise?  Does it last longer or is it made better?  Not at all.    Do we really want to say we’re fashionable because are wearing designer labels that show on the outside of our clothing?   Do we really want to wear clothing that makes us look like everyone else?


I work for you

February 12th, 2014


I was asked to represent a high end clothing line.  The line is displayed at a trunk show four times a year.  I’m not knocking the clothing but decided it was not what I stood for in my business.  I informed the rep as to why I didn’t consider this an option.  My reasons for not wanting to be a salesperson for this clothing or even a jewelry line is:

I’ve attended showings of specific clothing and jewelry lines and I’ve heard guests comment “I bought that blouse the last time.  Let’s make sure who will wear it to the party we’ll be going to Saturday evening” so we don’t look like twins.  I don’t want my friends and I to have the same clothing styles.  We are unique.  You can go from store to store or on the internet to find the same clothing label, however it’s YOUR STYLE.  When you see the clothing accessorized the same it’s hard to break that habit, especially if it’s difficult for you to put a style together.

Working on commission takes away my credibility.  Customers feeling pressure to buy, I dislike that and I don’t want my customers feeling pressure to buy.  I’m hired by the customer to tell the real truth of an outfit enhances or doesn’t enhance your body shape and how it can be used in different aspects of your wardrobe.  I don’t want anyone feeling this is the way Bonnie makes her living so I should buy.

I am a fashion consultant/fashion stylist for a reason.  I educate you; give you options, allow you to shop at more than one store for a variation of looks.  I want you to be you.



What does Your Wardrobe Say about your Psyche?

January 29th, 2014

Yahoo Shine

I wanted to share this fun article by Yahoo Shine…  What Your Wardrobe Says About Your Psyche

Watching makeover shows can be amusing — if occasionally cringe-inducing, particularly when people are forced to throw away that sweater they’ve had forever or favorite old pair of shoes. “That can be traumatizing,” Dawnn Karen, New York-based fashion psychologist, tells Yahoo Shine, “because people are attached to their clothes.” That’s where Karen and others in the relatively new but growing field of fashion-psychology step in — by helping folks who want to reboot their wardrobes figure out a little more about themselves first. a way to get to the heart of the matter for folks wanting to reboot their wardrobes.  

“I use counseling to assess where they’re at and why,” explains Karen, who uses her background in psychology, design, modeling, and performance to counsel clients ranging from CEOs to entertainers. “That way, the changes tend to stick.”

This week, the Australian publication Daily Life wrote about the rise of Karen’s field, noting, “This niche group of professionals applies psychological theories to what we wear, understanding that our clothing choices impact not only our own thoughts and emotions, but also those of the people we come in contact with 

It works the other way too, of course, with emotions, psyches, and underlying issues driving people to wear what they wear. And that aspect — what your clothes really say about you — is pretty fascinating. So Yahoo Shine checked in with Karen for a little insider info about what tight pants, too-high heels, dated clothing, and other looks reveal about the mindsets of those who wear them.

If you wear very high heels often
“You stand on solid ground with your shoes, and they carry you through life, so they do say a lot. Wearing very high heels might mean she feels rather inept and cannot look at people at eye level, and uses the shoes to elevate her, both physically and in her mind.”

If your wardrobe is trapped in the ’90s (or ’80s, or any other time)
“No updating means they’re stuck in a time period. The clothing could be from and symbolize a time when they were at their best. So they’re stuck in a mold from when they were most confident, when they were younger and hip and in their heyday, instead of thinking: How am I evolving?”

If you are slavishly, hyper-trendy
“I love these people because they are very expressive, but it’s like, who are you? Yes, you look awesome and I see all your Instagram pictures, but you’re constantly changing. Are you ever slowing down to settle in and to ask, ‘Who am I?’ Are you hiding from something?”

If you refuse to ever dress up — or down
“It’s cliché to say, but this goes back to your comfort level and when you feel your best. I had a client once who purposefully would not dress up for anything — he didn’t know how to dress up, it was a comfort-level thing — but he would literally do it to piss people off. Then there are the others who wear a fur and stilettos and it’s like, ‘We’re just going for brunch!’ They want all eyes on them. Both cases are seeking validation. Perhaps they’re not getting it somewhere else in their lives.”

If you cling to too-tight clothing
“It could simply be ignorance of not knowing how to dress for one’s body type.  Or, culturally, and in an urban world, it’s very cool and va-va-voom for clothes to be tight — it gets a lot of attention.  So it could be a way for women to feel sexy, and that they just don’t know how to portray sexy without clothes that are tight.”

If your outfits are too baggy
“Perhaps they don’t like their body, and don’t want the world to see it. They could have low self-esteem, and don’t know how to feel comfortable in their own skin. Or maybe something traumatic happened; a woman who has been sexually abused may want to shield her body from the world.” 

Of course there is always a person’s mood of the day to take into account, Karen notes. “Mood enhancement is a term I’ve coined about dressing your mood,” she says, explaining that dressing up when you’re feeling down — or down when you’re feeling down, whatever helps — can go a long way. “It can be very therapeutic,” she says.



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