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






Peeling away the layers

June 18th, 2014


Kelly…The Before and The After

Kelly has transformed from the inside out.  I’ve gotten to know Kelly on one of the fun portions of her journey.

I interviewed Kelly about her weight loss journey.  Here are some of the facets of her journey:     

Why and how did you begin your transformation?

I was always healthy, happy & self-confident and didn’t let weight control my life.

Morbidly obese at 316 pounds at 5’4” my endocrinologist told me if I continued on this road my life would revolve around eight hours a day in a dialysis unit.  After two years of researching weight loss surgery, I realized I needed to be serious if I moved forward with the Vertical Gastric Sleeve.

How did you feel before losing the weight?

I felt sad and apathetic about the way I looked.  I was non-energetic.  My daily routine:  wake up, go to work, come home, watch TV, and go to bed.  My husband would always tell me I had to get off the couch.  I was a size 28 and hated clothes and hated shopping at plus-size stores.

What’s been the biggest emotional hurdle?  

Head games have been the hardest part of my journey.   At my highest weight, I felt uncomfortable and physically inactive.  I never saw myself as big as I was.  I never felt frumpy or fat.  As I began losing the weight, I realized more and more just how big I was and suddenly I didn’t like that much about me.  Wrinkles in my skin and excess skin were all I saw.  I continue to see a fabulous counselor to help me see all the positive around me.

How did you manage your weight-loss?  Did you feel like giving up?  

I felt overwhelmed at times.  I continue to have long and short-term goals.  The majority of what kept me going was my day-to-day goals.  Smaller goals such as: weighing less than my husband,  getting under 250 pounds, making it to “Onederland” (199 or below) made my goals attainable.  I had weeklong weight stalls at times where it felt like I would never lose another pound.  As frustrating as it was, I knew if I stayed the course the scale would move again.  My  “Non-Scale Victories” were other big factors that gave me incentive other than the number on the scale.  Such as my clothes fitting better or moving down a size in clothing.

When presented with new concepts do you or did you ever-put up walls?

My nature is to swiftly move forward when I decide to do something. I’ve always had high expectations.  So I jumped in with both feet and embraced the challenge of finding my personal style I realized early on that it was important to be open-minded.

What would you tell others dealing with weight or any issues in their life?

Take a chance – trust the experts- and give yourself permission to take care of yourself.  So many times we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we neglect our needs.  What I have learned through this process is that when I feel good about me I do a better job of taking care of those that are important to me.  In addition, I am also much more confident and successful in my career and my world is a much happier place.

Where are you now in the process?

I am 19 months out and have lost 136 pounds with 7 pounds left to my personal goal.  It isn’t always easy, but it is worth every struggle and I have gained so much more in my life than I ever imagined possible.

I’m designing my own signature jewelry pieces from copper wire and semi-precious gemstones!  Copper Designs By Kelly

I was running up to three 5Ks a month and now I’m doing one 5k a month.  I go swing dancing with my husband and I’m constantly on the go enjoying life.  Now my husbands says “don’t you think you could just sit down for a bit”?


Amethyst, Agate, Jasper & Swarovski Crystal Wire Wrapped Pendant…Made By Kelly





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.


Mixing it Up

September 18th, 2013

If you’re checking out Grandma’s jewelry box and wanting to wear a pin or necklace that is near and dear to your heart know that you can add a splash more jewelry currently in your own jewelry box such as a gold or silver chain or pearls either heavier or lighter in weight and size.  Before you head out the door look in the mirror and see if it looks in proportion to your figure and neck length.  Wear it if it feels good and looks right to you, not because it’s in fashion for this season.  Otherwise it looks as if you are trying to hard.








Basically…there are no Basics

July 31st, 2013



Fashion magazines and some stylists will tell you the true basics for a wardrobe are:  black pants, long sleeve, collared white, button-down, blouse, LBD(Little Black Dress),  jeans,  blazer to name a few.

I truly disagree with this “basic idea”.    My answer….basics are different for everyone, depending on one’s social life and work life.  Some women prefer only pants, while others choose to wear dresses.  A bohemian look, or someone who wears only casual clothing, loves cowboy boots, despise high heels, the list could go on.   Building your wardrobe is such a personal matter and this is where you and I will begin.  Who Are YOU?  My advice, don’t let a magazine tell you what your life should be when they haven’t experienced it.


Accessories with Meaning

March 6th, 2013

Adding the final touch to an outfit can at times be challenging.  I want my clients to express themselves through their outfit which includes accessories.

Some of my clients love sparkle while others love nature, some love necklaces while others love bracelets.  A few of us have a meaningful piece of jewelry such as a bracelet but it clashes with the rest of our jewelry.

After stepping on my necklace and breaking it I took it to “BEADIT” for repairs.  While waiting for my necklace to be repaired I began browsing the store and spotted a unique bracelet for one client who was having difficulties putting it together with earrings she’d gotten from her grandmothers jewelry chest.  For myself I found Czech crystal beads (I’m of Czech descent)  and an interesting vintage metal clock face and gear (I love vintage and elegance together) that the clerk helped me design and then she constructed at no extra charge.   Czech Bead Information

Next time you have a dilemma of where you’ll find the perfect accessories that completes your look check out BeadIt!  BeadIt-Austin

Vintage Look..Clock Parts & Czech Crystal









The Brooch Has Arrived!

August 29th, 2010

Think, think, think, peruse the jewelry department, onto another store, return to 1st store.  Buy it, bring it home, pin on collar….this is IT!  



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