Fashion Friday: Summer Maxi Dresses & A Versatile Duster

* What is STYLE? 👠 How do you define the word? Here’s my take, for what it’s worth. Style isn’t about what you wear, it’s about how you feel about what you wear. Style also isn’t about labels and expensive clothes: you can look good in inexpensive clothes if you learn what cuts work best…

Fashion Friday: Finding Your Style Over A Certain Age

When I used to work as a fashion consultant, one of the biggest rules I preached was to ignore trends—to not get sucked into a fad just because it was hot, especially if it didn’t work for your body type. But that rule becomes rather difficult to adhere to when fashion changes and certain styles…

8 Last Minute Cozy Gift Ideas For That Special Lady

Christmas Day is less than a week away, and if you’re like me, you’ll be shopping your tail off at the malls over the next couple of days to finish up your lists. I’ve put together some last minute gift ideas for your favorite lady–that woman on your list who loves being warm and snug…

Welcome to #Frocktober | What I Wore & Style Tips

_______________________________________________ frock [frok] noun def. 1. a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman. 2. a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock. _______________________________________________ Today begins my version of Frocktober, whereby I will showcase what I wear for the next 31 days of October. I’m an average woman who is petite…

Tiffany’s: Nothing Very Bad Can Happen To You There

* * * Tiffany’s: the world’s most glamorous jewelry store, thanks in part to Audrey Hepburn’s role as Holly in Truman Capote’s film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly: You know those days when you get the mean reds? Paul: The mean reds, you mean like the blues? Holly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat…

10 Great Gift Ideas for Readers

Are you trying to find that perfect gift for that special someone you know who loves to read? I’ve assembled a great list of varying priced gifts to help make your shopping a little easier. I scoured the internet for gifts that are varied and worthwhile. Besides gifting someone with an actual book to read…

The Best Thing About Pottery Barn Stores

I’m a big fan of Pottery Barn, and it’s not just because its merchandise is so appealing. It’s because of another reason that’s unrelated to the merchandise in the store. It actually has absolutely nothing to do with the merchandise at all. It’s because Pottery Barn plays good in-store music. When I can shop and…

Retail Therapy: Good for the Soul

Today was my first “official day” of spring break. Our university is on holiday, and as much as I absolutely LOVE being a professor, I needed some time to catch up on reading and to prepare lectures, as well as time to prep my forthcoming novel for distribution. Things take time, but today, I took…