Sizes 8 to 28 Clothing & Shoes

July 23rd, 2014



Simply Be is a wonderful website for affordable clothing and footwear (for hard-to-fit feet). Simply Be Clothing & Shoes


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







Kelly Wynne White Designer Handbags

May 7th, 2014

I discovered Kelly’s handbags during the Austin Fashion Week.  Her kiosk was set up with an array of custom leather handbags in various shapes, sizes, and colors.  While visiting with Kelly at her kiosk she told me she’s originally from Austin, Texas and moved to New York to launch her business and oversee production of her handbags, which are made in New York.  Her bags are of high quality and sophistication.  Check out Kelly’s website as her handbags are available in some Austin specialty stores.      Kelly Wynn Handbags

Kelly Wynn-White holding handbags she designed


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.


Print Power!

October 17th, 2012

Does everything in your closet look safe?  Do you live in a sea of solids?  Bring out your inner wild child and ADD LEOPARD!

I know, I know…you’re mind immediately jumps to Julia Robert’s character in Pretty Woman before she was “pretty”.  It’s no secret – dressing head to toe in a leopard print will make people gawk.  But adding a splash of leopard to your wardrobe will make people talk (all day long about how much they love your leopard shoes).

Leopard is fabulous in small doses and if utilized well can be the equivalent of a wardrobe facelift.   And FYI, Leopard is considered a neutral which means that you can pair it with the maroon jeans you just bought and don’t know what to do with.  An easy way to add leopard to your wardrobe is with simple accessories like ballet flats, a scarf, a thin belt or clutch.  These accessories add an instant wow factor without sacrificing class or chic.    (There are animal friendly options made with leopard print).



Razzle-Dazzle Sale!!

June 30th, 2010

Let the fireworks begin!  Nordstroms,  both in-store and on-line are having a sale of up to 50% off.  Plus, when you make a purchase of $200 or more on-line shipping is free!  I love it!  Have a spectacular 4th of July!  Bonnie

Nordstrom Sale



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