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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.



The “Beep is On”

September 11th, 2013

LJ, a 61-year old, jewel of a client, who has more spunk than a classroom of 3-years olds emailed me an update following our shopping trip.


LJ arrived home from our day of shopping and she noticed a pair of jeans with the electronic tag still attached.  Apparently, the sales clerk overlooked this tag.  And, yes I watched the clerk ring up the bill and supposedly remove all the tags.  Either the tag was disabled and not beeping when we left the store or it was beeping and we were too busy talking and had no idea alarms were sounding off around us.

LJ’s update:


Follow up with the electronic tag:   I got it off the jeans okay but it just kept beeping with the little red light flashing.  So I threw the beeping tag in the trash and delivered the clothes we decided to purge from my closet to a friend .  When I returned, the tag was still beeping and flashing.  So I dunked it in water…. it floated and continued to beep and flash under water, really!!  So I ran over it with my car, it just kept beeping and flashing.  So I pulled out my hammer and pounded it once.  It kept flashing!  The beep was quieter so I whacked it again.  It continued to flash, and the beeping could only be heard when I put it near my ear, so I put it in the outside garbage can.  This morning I looked in the garbage can and that baby was still flashing!  I think I am going to keep it to see how long it takes to die!

Note to my readers:  While I don’t encourage this type of action to remove the tag,  it was beyond my control. In all fairness LJ lives an hour one-way from the store.

The beeper reminded me of LJ as she kept going after 6 hours of shopping and then was headed to happy-hour in one of her new outfits.  They broke the mold when LJ was born.  Everyone needs a LJ in their life.      Check out her video she sent:         “The Beep Goes On”



The Heat Was On!

August 14th, 2013


What a Deal 65% Off!

I have the BEST clients with all very unique tastes and goals.  Last week my client Allison, an intelligent, beautiful, self-confident, 19 year-old pursing a chemical engineering degree who, by the way, received a four-year scholarship for pole vaulting came to me at the request of her mother.  Allison works summers coaching young kids and she and her mother wanted my help putting together a basic wardrobe that could be expanded through Allison’s college years.

During my consultation with Allison and her mother I heard a couple things, which amazed me and admired at the same time.

1. Allison believed in buying clothing on sale.  She didn’t feel she had to buy “label” clothing, in fact, she’d rather not, and money could be spent better ways.

2. Her parent’s purchase her clothes, yet she’s conscientious of the money she spends.  In fact, her Mom will suggest clothing and Refreshing to hear!

3.  She posted her “Imaginary Closet” on the Pinterest website (fabulous idea!) to give me her preferred style.  Allison is goal-oriented…love it!

Before our challenge began at the mall Allison & I “shopped” her closet for current pieces of clothing to combine with purchases to expand her wardrobe.  We discarded clothes she’d not worn in years and put aside clothes that had special meaning (i.e. high school track jacket).

Her Mom gave us an approximate budget $250.00 to begin the process and a 2-hour shopping limit.

My instructions to Allison before we shopped:

-Wear clothing easy to change in order to save time

-Truthfulness, if clothing I chose wasn’t appealing tell me immediately as opposed to trying it on to make me happy.  Timing was key.

-Eat a good breakfast, as energy was important, suggestion from her mom.

I told Allison I’d dress in my athletic wear, (i.e. running shoes, t-shirt, and workout pants), rather than image consultant wear, as this was a race and challenge I looked forward to.

I spent a few hours the prior day of the race (as if scouting the field, the other team, etc.) going store to store in search of sale garments, keeping in mind Allison’s taste by combining current wardrobe and future needs and staying within the approximate budget of $250.00.  One major challenge was being unable to put my finds on hold, as the sales were 40 to 70% off.  To my chagrin the clothing I spotted could be gone the following day we shopped.

While I love swimming and riding bikes I could never compare myself to Allison when it comes to being an athlete.  However, I pride myself that my motor stays running as long as I’m out to shop for others.  The race began at the mall.  Allison was successful in buying approximately 13 pieces of clothing to combine with her current wardrobe along with several different looks for a little over the $250.00 budget.  I was successful in scouting our list of Allison’s taste, outfit combinations, and costs.

Near the end of our 2-hours Allison remarked in an exhausted tone, “you’re killing me.”  Which I responded with a smile and an energetic “Yes”!

I felt from my point of view I’d won the race over this smart, athletic, lady or more importantly we tied on our achievements.  Awesome Race Allison!!!  PS.  Mom & Dad…you’ve raised an outstanding daughter, I can see why you’re proud of her.








8 Midi Dresses for 2013…Cool and Comfortable

June 5th, 2013

Check out these stylish midi dresses for one that suits your personality and body shape.

1.  Striped Midi Dress

Stripes and monochrome are two huge trends.  Wear it during the day with a lightweight jacket and flats and dress it up at night with metallic jewelry and high heels.  







2.  Shirtdress

A relaxed shirtdress is perfect for creating a smart daytime look.  Team a shirtdress with strappy sandals and a floppy hat for a chic look.  Or add an artsy below the waist belt, retro jewelry, and wedges for an edgy look. 







3.  Floral Midi Dress

A simple floral dress is a great wardrobe addition for some women.  Team with a light denim jacket and nude shoes for a carefree, hippy-chick look.  







4.  Strappy Colored Midi Dress

We all need color in our wardrobe!  Wear a bright dress with wedges and a neutral clutch for a summery look.  







5.  Lace Midi Dress

Create a Bohemian inspired look with a lace dress.  It offers you an eclectic, romantic flair.  








6.  Polka Dot Midi Dress

Anything polka dotted is in fashion for a fun, sassy look.  Dress it up or wear flats for a casual look.  







7.  Printed tank Midi Dress

Colorful abstract or geometric prints are great summer prints for 2013, especially for travel.  







8.  Retro Midi Dress

Vintage inspired fashion is a captivating style.  A full-skirted midi dress is the perfect feminine, vintage-inspired look.  





Same Old Dress?

May 29th, 2013


Most of us do not have the Paris Hilton closet which you can wear an outfit one time and do away with.

I discovered the ideal website “Rent the Runway.”  You can rent designer dresses for as

little as $50.00 up to $450.00.  They rent high-end accessories as well.  They carry sizes 0 to 16.  You can select the length, collar, sleeve, age, occasion, neckline, and body shape for your ideal look and occasion.  Prices vary for dress style and rental times.  Plus, I love the fact women write reviews about how the dress fits and looks.

Check out the website and now you can look like a million bucks without have to spend a million or wear the same dress over and over.   Rent The Runway





Simplicity & Femininity

February 22nd, 2012

Believe it or not the 2012 Grammy’s was the first time I’d heard Adele perform.  I loved the song “Rolling in the Deep” she sang.  I too loved the Clements Ribeiro polka dot sheer dress she wore when she belted out her song.  The dress accentuated her shape and was simple and most of all feminine.  So very glamorous Adele!  


Those pesky pockets!

March 30th, 2011

Finding a pair of pants that fit and look terrific is a chore in itself. Personally speaking, if a company that manufactures clothing wants to save time and money, KEEP the pockets to a minimum. One that really blows my mind is a white pant with pockets showing…HOW DARE THEY? Nothing like bringing attention to the hips, bum, or thighs! Besides removing the pocket outlines from your garment it can give you an extra ½” of room. That in itself is worth removing those pesky pockets.

You can do this by stitching over the pocket on the outside, or leave the stitching already in & then cut the pocket out from the inside. I do it all the time, but if you don’t care to do it a tailor can do it for around $10.00. How many women out there actually use their pockets? pockets antonio melanie



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