Spring/Summer Fashion 2017!

It’s time! It’s finally here! It’s really Spring/Summer 2017!

Even if it is still chilly outside, it’s time to ditch the ever popular Black Knit Pants!! The grass is Green, the flowers are Pink & Yellow, and the sky is Blue! Let’s mix it up a little bit people!

Oh No!! You say? Then what will I wear!?! You are going to make it a point to “Lighten Up Your Bottom”! Think Orchid Pink, Lollipop Red, Marina Blue…or the NEW Leaf Print! They are so great! And wild! The first thing you are going to do is to add some color to your wardrobe! It will put a bounce in your step, and give you the energy to reach for the stars. If you lighten/brighten up your bottoms, then you can rely on a plain, old white top…well….ditch the “old”….especially when it’s white! The get dingy and get spots so it’s best to renew those on a regular basis.

If lightening up your bottoms gives you the heebie-jeebies, then stick with your tried and true black…maybe navy?…or white?…and add some color to your top! The colors this season are beautiful and bright! If your bottoms are more subdued, then you can take a walk on the wild side with your tops. Think Pretty…Colorful…modern silhouette!

I would really encourage you to try a Dress this Summer! I think you will like wearing a dress/skirt once you get used to the idea! I find myself wearing dresses much more often recently than I ever thought I would. Dressing in a dress makes the whole process so much easier! One decision…which one to wear…..is the only decision you have to make in the morning! How easy is that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then you can had one more thing….a great necklace! Bracelet?  or Earrings maybe??!!

And, For Pete’s Sake….don’t forget your lipstick!!! 🙂

Think about it! I think you will be glad you did!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reunions..!! Such FUN!

Doncaster Summer 2017
Recently we took a trip to meet up with some really good friends that we haven’t seen in such a long time! It was a Birthday Party, in Florida…

                          Happy Birthday Chris and Cappy!

and we had so much fun! We have known these people for most of our lives!! We knew their parents…and in some cases Grandparents! And, of course, we know their children and their spouses, and now their Grandchildren also! It’s such an amazing phenomenon, when you think about it! Think about it this way….how many generations do you know of your closest friends!?! Probably not that many! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! 🙂

We are the Lucky Ones….!

Actually, we had a lot of fun during our short visit talking about ME….and my BLOG! Imagine that?!? Everyone we saw has not subscribed to BBDStyle….yet…but we still had such fun talking about…

Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up

….and the rest will be History in the making.

It turns out that the women love it, and often recite to themselves….Barbara Drake says…GU.DU.SU…..but the real surprise was that the men said the same thing! The most brilliant thing about this one is….it sounds like it should be so easy….but we all know that on some days it is Really, Really Hard!

Then one of the guys said, I like the other one she says even better!! I was so surprised! Which one could he be talking about??

Dress like you are going somewhere better…later!

Of course I said!! That’s a great one too!Those of you that see me often know that I use that one a lot!

So, alas, finally it was time we all had to leave and go back to the real world! We went to pack our bags and get ready to go out to Brunch with some other friends, on our way to our next stop. As we rode down the elevator we thought everyone else had already left….but, not so! As we stepped out of the elevator into the lobby the birthday girl exclaimed….OMG! Are You Going Somewhere Better…Next!?! 🙂 And I immediately got it! Well, I thought….That’s for me to know….and for you to find out, I guess!! 🙂

So if you haven’t tried it yet….think about it this way….keep them guessing!! What are you doing?? Where are you going?? If you dress like you are going somewhere important….you will keep them all guessing! How fun is that!? It’s easy….and comfortable….to be well dressed when you have the right tools!! Think of your clothes as your “tools”….and think of your favorite tools as your Doncaster clothes!!

I have the Fall 2017 here at home if you can come see what’s new, please call me! This is a great time to shop….

  1. If you travel a lot, or have the grandkids come to visit Wisconsin in the Summertime…

  2.  If you have a busy schedule, and find you can take a break NOW…

  3. If you are a Fashionista at heart and want to see and take advantage of the Next New Thing!

Call me if you can make it! You will be glad you did!

Barbara

I decided this morning….

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… after reading my recent post…..that I am going to concentrate on being grateful for all the things I Can Do….and stop beating myself up for the things I can’t do!!

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And what we can all do is to Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up …and make some History! And fingers crossed, it will be all good!

So, are you with me…?!  🙂

 

~ Barbara

bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Spring / Summer 2017 Lookbook

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Make it a Habit!

To say Yes! You hear me say that all the time!

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I had lunch yesterday with some great friends of mine. We all got dressed up, just because we were seeing each other! It was such fun! The conversation was about everything under the sun…Spring Fashion, Make Up we like, what we are doing & where we are going….it was so interesting! One of the ladies commented that she got herself into a difficult situation recently when she said Yes to something “that wasn’t as easy easy as it sounds”! Her story reminded me of a trip Harry and I took recently. We found ourselves in a few situations that were really challenging! It was very scary…and I’m happy to report it all turned out OK!

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I found myself telling the story of how my very traumatic foot surgery (many years ago now) had a major impact on what kinds of things I Can Do, and what I really Can’t Do…like play figure skate & play tennis. When I had my operation I gave up tennis & ice skating, which meant that I had more time available to try other things (like become a Doncaster Stylist!).  I have to remind myself to say Yes to things that I Can Do…and sometimes that means a little bit of experimenting about what the things I Can Do might be. As we age, gracefully I hope, that seems to be happening more and more. The list of things I Can Do is shrinking while the list of things I Used To Do seems to be growing!

I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was! Toby Keith

So one of the things I Can Do … is Get Dressed! (Phew!) Maybe that is one reason why I like to try different looks…to be adventurous (sort of, anyway) with what I wear…to try new things. And I guess it is also why I encourage You to try new things too! I do have more confidence to try something new to me when I am Dressed Up. When I get Dressed Up, I feel like I am preparing for my day. I make the bed, get myself together, think about what I’m doing, where I’m going….and therefore what I will wear to do all that in. It sounds like it should be pretty simple…but sometimes it just isn’t as easy as it sounds. I think most of you understand that….because I know you know what I’m talking about!

Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up…and the rest will be history in the making.

This is so profound, because for a lot of people that just isn’t as easy as it sounds. All of us can identify with that on at least some days.

So, as we move forward, let’s try to get in the habit of saying “Yes, Thank you, I would love to join you”. While at the same time we will be thoughtful about what kinds of things we agree to. We won’t be a scaredy cat….but we will be thoughtful. And we will get a lot of pleasure out of the fact that we have done a lot of living….and we will cherish all those adventures & memories….while we are pursuing New things, and meeting New people along the way in ways that we Can!
Remember….We Are the Lucky Ones!

Please comment & share your thoughts about how to say yes!!

~ Barbara

bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Spring / Summer 2017 Lookbook

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Thank You!

I had such fun! I’ve just finished up SHOWTIME! for Spring & Summer 2017. It was so much fun to see so many friends….some that I see regularly, and some that I hardly ever see! I just love my job!  🙂

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But the most surprising thing was how many people told me ….”I’m trying to add navy to my closet”! Remember?? You might remember … That was my advice in the last newsletter that I wrote! It was cute the first time, and in fact almost went over my head! Yet by the time I transferred the clothes to the next person I had heard the same thing from soooooo many people! How fun is that!?

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Do you have a problem/dilemma that you can’t solve in your closet? Let me know! And I will try to shed some light on a way to tackle that problem! I guess that my biggest problem is making sure that there is Nothing in my closet that I can’t wear … right now! Everything should be fixed, clean, fit!, and make me feel good when I put it on!

They say, Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal! I don’t want to waste my time with clothes that don’t work for me anymore! They just aren’t good enough. The things in my closet have to take me to the places that I go to. If they don’t make me feel good when I put them on, then I figure that I just don’t need them any more…they just aren’t good enough! It’s too hard to Fall in Love with Your Life ….when your pants don’t fit!

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Doncaster Spring

So… start being selective! Be Discriminating! If your pants don’t fit, aren’t comfortable…don’t make you feel good….separate from them right then and there. Keep a shopping bag in the bottom of your closet. If you can’t wait to get out of those pants, put them right into that bag when you take them off…and share them with a charity that will make sure they get connected to someone that can really Use Them!

You will be SO GLAD that you did!

~ Barbara

bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Spring / Summer 2017 Lookbook

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Freshen Up for Spring!

Are you anxiously awaiting Spring 2017…. well, I think that’s a great plan!Doncaster Fashion

I think a really good way to freshen up your look for this time of year is to add some Navy to your basic looks. Move away from the usual Black…just a bit….to Navy. When you connect the garments you already have in your closet to Navy, instead of Black, you will get a whole new look and feel to your regular go to clothes! White, Winter White and Ivory can be new neutrals with your Navy and/or Black things as well.

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This is a really good time to add a little bit of pattern to your wardrobe also. Something that can blend with Black and Navy is a great choice! You don’t have to have a lot….but choose a big bold print to update your closet! It’s current and on trend, and when it is blended with Black/Navy I bet you will be able to embrace it wholeheartedly! And think of the additional looks you will have!

If you just can’t embrace a lot of pattern, try a new, bold Color! This season some beautiful and New colors are Lollipop Red and Sugar Coral. Both are pretty and bold and will definitely put a bounce in your step! Both, or either, work with Black, and with Navy also!  Choose a pretty pattern in a blouse? A scarf? A dress?! And remember….reptile/animal print is still a perfect update to your new look!

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Doncaster Fashion

This is also a good time to add some new accessories….or dig deep to find the things you already have…and love! If you find some things you haven’t worn in a while, and you don’t love….separate from them!! Don’t hang on to things you don’t love! Life is too short to wear clothes, jewelry, accessories that you don’t like! Everything will be better if you add some new things to update your look for Spring 2017!

Think about it … I’m certain you will be glad you did!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Barbara Drake

It’s Showtime! in Milwaukee

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2017

Wed – Saturday, March 22 – 25

@ Women’s Club of Wisconsin
813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee
414-276-5170

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It’s Time!

Spring Ahead

It’s Time to Spring forward into Spring 2017!

The first thing to do is to commit to Moving Forward! Commit to Ditch the Black Knit pants! They are stretched out and tired and no doubt they have had a lot of wear and tear in the last 6 months or so! A really good way to do that is to substitute jeans for those black leggings. The jeans, they can be denim….but they can also be a bright colored jeans style trouser, or a patterned pant.Doncaster Denim

Denim is huge this season!

If you haven’t worn it for awhile, you might like to try it again. You will be surprised how quickly you will get a fresh new outlook on an everyday look. I used to use this all the time…. Some of you might even remember it. Lighten Up Your Bottom!! Lighten it up with khaki pants, a lighter neutral….or a great Lollipop Red pair of jeans…Python print trim bottoms! It’s really hard to have a bad day wearing Red Jeans! 🙂

Doncaster DenimOr, instead of mindlessly heading to the hooks on the bathroom door for those tired, old, leggings….why not try a skirt/dress for a change!? I think you will find it’s a great way to Get Up. Dress Up. and Show Up! As the clocks are Springing Forward so are our clothes! The days will start to get longer…hopefully a little brighter….and maybe we can start to think about wearing a Pretty Color! A new color, a new patterned bottom maybe? Just think about the possibilities!

BBD StyleIf you aren’t ready to buy Spring just yet, start by mixing up your daily wardrobe with something in your closet, that you haven’t worn in a while….maybe, you can’t even remember the last time you wore it!? Try it! You will know right away whether or not it’s a keeper. You will love it….or not….and surely by the end of the day you will have some new favorites in the closet that you can GoTo instead of those tired old leggings!Doncaster Spring

Give it a try! I think you will be glad that you did!

It’s Showtime! in Milwaukee

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2017

Wed – Saturday, March 22 – 25

@ Women’s Club of Wisconsin
813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee
414-276-5170

Come See Me….and the Spring & Summer collection! See what’s new! Think about trying something new!

Please comment & share your thoughts about denim!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Tell her she’s Beautiful!

And watch the expression on her face change! Try it! You will be surprised, I think.

Beautiful womenBecause it is doubtful that she thinks of herself as beautiful! I saw something  on Facebook the other day…two things in fact. The first was a collection of women from all over the world. There were examples of women caught up in the throws of what life has to offer…we all have them, days like that. When it seems like the world is going to Get You after all. And, right about then a woman walked by and said…You Are So Beautiful (and she said it like she meant it! And I’m sure that she did)! Immediately the woman’s facial expression changed, dramatically….in fact her whole body language changed….dramatically! We need to do that for each other. I’m going to try it!      Beautiful women

The next one was a couple of young women, maybe 20ish? They were sitting and chatting with each other. I guess the assignment was to tell each other, what you feel your own personal body flaws are. I got the impression that the girls were not life long friends….and maybe they were meeting for the first time. Each went on with descriptives of what they saw as their own body flaws. In fact, it was so difficult for them that they were moved to tears….as was I. You see these lovely, young women Were So Hard On Themselves!! They were lovely, young women! It seemed to me that they had no flaws…what were they going to talk about!?! OMG!! Each of them had a list…a long list….of what they perceived of as problems/issues of their own physique. I was amazed!

So, I ask myself, why do we do this…to ourselves!!?!!

Recently I was talking with a friend and she was asking me to identify some people in a big group photo. Nancy said, look at Phyllis!! Isn’t she so beautiful!?! Well, yes I said, she is. OMG! Nancy said, I just LOVE her looks! Her hair is so beautiful! She has those beautiful dimples, she has matured into the most FABULOUS WOMAN! I just love her mannerisms and her clever vocabulary! Now, I happened to know both of these women…well, and for a long time. And I know that Phyllis does not see herself like that. And it made me think that it is such a shame! How do you think her life might have changed…or not?….if she wasn’t so hard on herself for what she sees as terrible flaws!

Beautiful women

Beautiful women

So, think about this. Next time YOU look in the mirror, think to yourself ….what do you suppose others would say about me first? Say…3 things…..I’ll bet you that those 3 things will not be the first 3 things that you would say. Try it with a friend some time. See what you 2 come up with….and then let me know! I expect you will be surprised!

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Please comment & share your thoughts about the beauty of women!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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It has happened again!!

Oh No! I have nothing to wear!

Doncaster FashionNow, those of you that know me well….know that couldn’t be true! What, You Say?!?BBD Style

I guess it is more about the fact that I am so tired of wearing the same, old thing! (I could Scream!!) I get up, go to my closet … I can’t decide what to wear….so I choose the same, old thing I wore yesterday…and maybe even the day before that!! What am I thinking??? Whatever ever happened to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up….And the Rest Will Be History!? (My mantra?!?) The last time this happened I made a promise to myself….I’m going shopping in my closet! Today! No more wearing the same thing every day, just because it is easier!

So, I did it! I got up and noticed, immediately, that it was a bright & sunny day, a rare occurrence in early February in Wisconsin! I went into my closet and chose something that was right there and I haven’t really worn it since Christmas. Today is the day! I chose the beautiful red, silk blouse, and favorite necklace….so then I decided it was alright to wear my favorite black pants! Some red lipstick…and I was out the door! A few years ago I started a Lunch Bunch group with 2 other ladies named Barbara. Oddly enough we even have last names that begin with D, so we call ourselves BD3…BD Cubed! And just by coincidence, that day was Go Red for Women Day! And I had on my Red Silk Blouse! As it turned out, it was so much fun! Sometimes we have 4 or 5 ladies show up, and this day we had about 12! It was wonderful!

So, here is the learning….I could so easily have stayed in my “same old” rut, but I took my own advice…to GU.DU.&SU. (get it?)…and I am So Glad That I Did! Everything was better. It sounds crazy, I know….but it works. I dare you…Try It….and see for yourself!

Doncaster FashionSo, now that I have had a few days of dressing up….well, maybe not Up, but at least better….I am even getting myself into some of my new Spring 2017 things. On purpose, when I was shopping last with the current Doncaster Collection I chose things that are transitional, that I can wear early in the season when I am Really feeling the need to have some NEW looks. So, now….it is time to Wear Them! Remember, Wear them in good health…and wear them often! That is how we become comfortable in our newer things and embrace all the good things that will come our way because we are well dressed!

So, try it for yourself. Accept the challenge! You will be so glad that you did!!

If you need some inspiration go to Doncaster.com and check it out!? I’m confident you will find some things to perk up your closet! And, you will be glad that you did!

Please comment & share your thoughts about mixing up your closet!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Comments always welcome! BBD Style

We just LOVED it!

One of the really good things about January is that it’s a great time to go to the movies.

Hidden FiguresThere is a great movie out there right now, in fact it just opened, Hidden Figures. It is a story based on fact. It takes place in the South in the 60’s and it is the story of how 3 women, 3 black women, changed the course of history in the space race in the 1960’s. You see these women were mathematical geniuses…for real! They knew each other personally, they grew up in the same era so they were all familiar with what and where women were expected or allowed to do, and were all aware of the race relations and the mores of the time. But, in spite of all the difficult obstacles each one found her way to thrive…not just survive!

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I loved the women! They were smart and they were kind. They were patient, with each other and with their circumstances. They were, each of them, always well dressed. It was very obvious that they respected themselves enough to make the effort to be well dressed as a regular habit. It was obvious from their appearance that they respected themselves and therefore earned the respect of others around them. Each woman had a different shape, like we all do, but each looked great in her wardrobe! I loved the clothes in this movie! Each one of the ladies did everything from fixing car engines (from underneath the car!), to running across the NASA campus to find a “colored Ladies Room” to preparing dinner and saying prayers with the kids. They were always, very well dressed! Even so, it took a lot of patience in order to persevere! Each was polite and well spoken, even in the most stressful circumstances. They each had plenty of obstacles….they were women…..they were brilliant mathematicians…and they were black, in the South, in the 1960’s. And they managed to persevere with strength and dignity and essentially save the US Space program. It is so ironic that the ladies were so instrumental in making John Glenn’s orbit around the earth….and the movie is released so close to the time of his death. Hmmmm…..Another amazing detail? All three of these ladies, in their 90’s now, are still alive. It’s just an amazing story! I hope you can find the time to go and see it for yourself. I think it will get you thinking too.

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So, the moral of the story….you have heard me say it before….

Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up….and the rest will be history!

Use this time to clean out your closets… Think Out with the old!! In with the New!! This is a great time of year to pare down to the favorite “old favorites” so that when you are so inclined you will embrace adding some pretty New Looks to your wardrobe! If you need some inspiration come see me at SHOWTIME!…next week!

 

The Doncaster Collection Spring 2017

Petites, Misses, Womens

January 19, 20, 21

@Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

813 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

I will look forward to seeing YOU!

Please comment & share your thoughts!!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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