Company’s Coming!

 

 

I always tell my friends….we live in Wisconsin! In the Winter we go away as much as we can…..and in the summer we have Company! Yeah!

Recently we have had some Company! We love that! I told Harry that as much as I love that he volunteers to go to the store, this time I am going to go to the grocery store. Because, after all we are having Company! These days everyone eats different things! We need to get an assortment for the kids (the young parents), the babies, the grownups……It’s just not as easy as it sounds! I love my husband to pieces, but he Never veers from the list! Never! He simply couldn’t even think of shopping for this bunch!

So, I headed out for my shopping adventure!! Armed and Dangerous as they say! And I had a blast! I got some flowers, some cookies…..some of this and some of that! A couple of chicken salads, because everyone eats different things these days! Some Popsicles and Ice Cream bars, some chips!! Oh my Gosh! The grocery cart was FULL of good stuff that we haven’t had around the house in ages!

Then I got to the check out. I struggled to get the things on the counter faster than the check out lady could check them off! But, I persevered and I did it! Then….OMG!!… I got the total!! Oh Boy!!! It was $150!! I told the lady, you know my husband usually does the grocery shopping, especially lately, because I have been sick. When he comes up here he never spends more than $40!!! He comes all the time!! He always gets the same things…..and only the things on the list!! He is going to KILL me!! 🙂 It was just too much! She thought I was hilarious! So I took everything to the car and got it all loaded into the trunk…finally. I got in the car, and thought I would catch my breath and check on my messages to find out where they were, the company that is….how far away…..when they might arrive?? Should I be rushing home?? Or not?? You know….that sort of thing.

And there was a message for me! They got a late start…..so they stopped in Minoqua for coffee and snacks…..and then they were planning on stopping in Stevens Point at lunchtime….so they would see us about 3:00-3:30pm. Can you believe it??!!?? AFTER LUNCH!! It was too funny! I laughed all the way home, because I just knew I was going to be in soooo much trouble!!

But, it was really too funny!! Oh well, it’s Summer Vacation! We love our family and friends and cousins…..all our different kinds of Company! And we love to see them any time they can get here….whether it’s meal time or not!

 

Barbara

The News!?

Where do you get your Daily News?? Maybe it’s on the TV? Maybe the NYT?? Maybe it’s Vogue?? Or People??

So what I really mean, is where do you get the information that you consider to be “Must Have Information”…..that is the information that directly relates to you, and to your family and friends?? Maybe it’s one of the above, but I’m guessing it’s more informal than any of those…and probably in addition to those more traditional means.

I’m talking about the kind of news we get when we go places and do things!  The news we get when we gather together with our friends! Where are the kids going this summer?? And with who? And what are they doing together?? Who is going to college, and which college. Where does the new room mate come from? Is the neighbor down the street moving? Where? When, do you know?

Hidden Figures

Or maybe it is more about who has a new baby …. or puppy! How old is the baby?? Is she walking yet? What does she like to eat?? What do you like to eat?? And where do you like to eat?? And what does your favorite meal look like?!?

I bet you are about to guess where I find most of the information that is important to me!! Yep, you guessed it….Facebook and Instagram!! And, as you can probably guess, I predict this will be wildly controversial for some of my BBDStyle friends! Do you remember awhile ago when Mark Zuckerberg was called to appear before the government to defend Facebook?? Our governmental leaders looked like a bunch of tired, old men that were outraged that this smart and savvy young man that created a social empire pretty much by himself that will transition our world and our communication for years and years to come…..oh and by the way, he made a lot of money and acquired a lot of influence along the way! Did he make some mistakes along the way? Of course! It seems that way now.

I say, Good Going Kids….keep up the good work!

Inspirational

Holiday Champagne

 

 

 

 

Our daily newspaper is expensive….and gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Generally, I don’t read the paper every day. I rely on my family to make sure I know the important things. I’m not always proud of the fact…..but, it is what it is! I do make it a point to check in on my social media feeds at least daily! It’s how I know who is vacationing up north this week, how the weather is up there, and how much water skiing is going on….and by who!! Then I see some beautiful pictures that our friends and family have posted about things going on around their homes. And lots of news about the weddings, and anniversaries, baby’s birthday parties, reunions….friends meeting up with old friends…and every one growing up!!

I just love my Social Media feeds!! 🙂 I think it’s FABULOUS!

Barbara

It’s Time…for some Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally….it’s here! Summer vacation!! It’s the 4th of July. It’s the time for the “living” to be easy! It’s time to take a book to the beach. Or maybe take the kids/grandkids to the park. Or maybe to bake a cake!?!

This is the time of year that we go Up North! We see friends that we only see this time of year because that’s the time that we gather from all over the place to Up North! This year we will see lots of old friends, some celebrating big birthdays, some good old friends we haven’t seen in years, and multi-generational families….and then, to celebrate with some new friends also.

There are a few things we love to do during this weekend….bingo and square dancing! Harry and I have developed a lot of skill as the Bingo Callers!! I’m the caller and he’s the Bank! It works out great! Such a fun thing for the kids, grandkids and grandparents to all do together! When it comes to the square dancing…

We aren’t as good as we once were, but we are as good once as we ever were! Toby Keith

That is if the mosquitos don’t get us first! The mosquitos can also foil the S’Mores roasting! Somehow, when we are outside, at dusk, during mosquito season, sitting next to each other, I’m swatting and slapping myself constantly….while Harry is relaxing on the chair right next to me….cool and calm as a cucumber!! It happens all the time!?! Hmmmm….

So, whatever it is that you and your family do for the 4th….Enjoy!! Enjoy the friends….the family….the weather….and the 4th Fun! You deserve it! Think of it this way….July 5th, or 6th, or 7th….or whatever….will be here before you know it….and we will get right back at it!! So, why not….

Give yourself a break today….. McDonald’s

Barbara

One thing at a time….

I think by now most of you know that I’ve been sick for a while now!!! UGH!!! As soon as I think I’m getting better something else happens….darn it! But, I think slowly, I am getting better!

Brighten Your Day with your favorite lipstick

I got my nails done yesterday….for the first time in 6 weeks! Oh dear…! And I have been reluctant to go and do it for a lot of reasons….including I’m not going anywhere, I’m not seeing anyone, I don’t feel good, they are really fine “au naturelle”….so why not just save the money? But, somehow, I was convinced that beautiful fingers would make me feel better.  So I said OK…we’ll see. And you know what?             New nails = a new me! It worked! I felt better immediately! So this morning I got up and dressed up in last years favorites…including PINK! A lot of pattern and a lot of Pink! And I am feeling better.

I am so saddened by the sudden death of Kate Spade. I am so sorry to hear of her struggles. I am a big fan of hers…..and have been for years! She was a young woman with a great idea, to design & create a purse that actually carried all the things women need to have at hand on a regular basis. She was able to pursue and develop her brand and she created an empire all her own. Such a wonderful role model for all of our young people today. Her vision, it turned out was more than purses….it turned out to be a brand that included, fashion, home goods, shoes…she left her mark on all facets of our life today. Life is hard….for everybody….on a lot of days. Everybody knows that. But I believe that for some people, some times, it is  just too hard. And for those people we just need to give them peace and grace. We need to trust that when they do the unthinkable they believe they are doing the right thing. Ultimately, it’s up to them…It’s not up to us.

I guess it just goes to show that Everyone Has Something……even, maybe especially, those women that appear to have it all.

Hence, we will vow to Get Up. Dress Up. and Show Up. Why? because we can….we will get a manicure/pedicure…and we will feel better… and we will become role models and mentors to the young women that are coming up behind us…one step at a time, one day at a time.

And don’t forget…..Lipstick!!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Noticed?

 

 

While I am waiting for the next great opportunity to drop in my lap…..I am watching

 

 

TV….magazines….catalogues….And do you know what I’m noticing? Dresses!

It’s all about Dresses! I don’t think I have seen a woman in pants in a public place anywhere in the last month or so!! Oh….alright! When the temp is below 60 degrees…it’s ok!

So, now when you are sorting through your old things….heads up for the dresses! Get them out! Wear them! Don’t save them for Best! Just wear them! At the end of the day you will be so glad you did!

If you don’t have a few go-to, all-day, every-day dresses…..go find some! You should be able to find them at wherever your favorite shopping place is….Try it! I think you will like it! You will find wearing dresses, is easier, smarter looking, more modern….and best of all….the most comfortable way to dress in the warmer weather!

Barbara

 

Shopping!?!

Inspirational

 

 

What should I wear today?

 

Green polka Dot Sweater Doncaster Collection

It’s a common problem for all of us. We have had a lot going on around here in 2018! One of the things that is really different for me is that I am not working right now! Which means, in code :), I haven’t been shopping! It has been a few months now, and I have some irons in the fire, as they say, for the next great thing to come my way, but nothing to report just now. So, in the meantime, I wear the same old, same old…..and go “shopping” in my closet!

Over the years I have found that by the end of the season and the beginning of the next I am so D. O. N.E. with the looks of the immediate past season that I can’t wait to move forward to the next new thing….and begin wearing it, and selling it!! But, this time is different…..and I am finding some things I completely forgot about hiding in my closet! Yeah! Even some of the old favorites were hiding! And I can’t wait to start wearing them!

An important thing I have learned is that it is much easier to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up. when you are going to support causes that are dear to you and to see people that are important to you….while you are wearing clothes that you love! Getting up in the morning and choosing between this old thing and that old thing is boring….and it’s HARD! Sort out your closet and find some things that are your old favorites….and then….make a point to wear them!

Barbara

 

One More Thing!

This was Election week here in Milwaukee. This is the election for local positions and judgeships, grass roots kind of topics…neighborhood issues.

I challenge the fans of BBDStyle to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up for Election Day….next time you have an election in your neck of the woods! Show up to vote at your polling place. Is it old and tired? Are the chairs that the Election Judges have to sit on ALL DAY rusty and torn and dilapidated? Is the Election held in a old schoolhouse that hasn’t been visited in years and years??

Are the Judges themselves old and gray and tired? Is it hard for them to process people thru the line in a timely fashion….not because they are lazy, but because they can’t?! They can’t process what to do next quickly enough? Are we asking people to come out and vote for jobs nobody knows anything about? Or for people running unopposed….not in one category on the ballot, but for Most categories on the ballot?

It’s a disgrace! My polling place is a travesty. People all over the world envy our status as a free society….and here we have contest after contest where nobody Votes! In one contest here in town, this week, a write in candidate won her race. That is wonderful news…in fact she was my candidate….but she won with 79 votes….the opponent got 60….in the whole district! That is terrible!

When I walked into the polling place the other day I was overwhelmed with Tired…Old….Dreary…and OBSOLETE! Why would any smart, busy, successful young person ever make the time in her busy day to go there….for any reason ….. including to vote for old people who are running unopposed to jobs that no one wants.

It seems a little bit CRAZY doesn’t it!

Remember….If you stand for Nothing….What will you Fall for?

 

 

 

Barbara

It’s Time!

It’s Time!  To Embrace Spring with what you wear! Maybe it will be a beautiful creamy cashmere sweater set? Or a Lipstick Leather jacket?

It’s time to shed the tired, old clothes that you have been wearing again and again…..day in and day out for months now! The blacks are getting faded…and are starting to look dingy and Grey! Change your look…on purpose. When was the last time you wore a suit?? Maybe you have a black or navy suit hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in a long time? Try it! You might Like It! Or walk on the wild side and wear a color…head to toe! It can be a pastel or a bright. It doesn’t matter, it will put a bounce in your step! I know it will!

Make it a Great Day! Dress for a Great Day! And Voila! 

Go to your closet and find something you love, but you can’t remember the last time you wore it! Embrace it! Add something NEW. A bracelet? A necklace?New earrings maybe?? Even a scarf that is tucked away in a drawer…remember sometimes, for some people, it’s all about baby steps to something new…especially a new Look! If it makes you feel good…WEAR IT!

Or, think of it this way…find something in a pretty COLOR….it can be a PASTEL or a pretty BOLD color! It’s Time! It can even be a pretty Print! It’s even better if it is a pretty Print sporting a black background. Try something New…To You! You will be glad you did!

And, For Pete’s Sake….don’t forget to perk up your lipstick! Change your red lipstick to Crimson, Bright Raspberry or Tangerine! And the blush….you might want to lighten that up a bit too.

Maybe it’s too early for white pants and sleeveless tops….but it isn’t too early for a Change! Embrace It!

Be the Best Woman You Can Be!!!

Barbara

Our Young People!

If you stand for nothing…what will you fall for?

Alexander Hamilton

I am so taken with our young people today! I am so impressed at how well they are behaving! They are organizing themselves in such a way that they might actually be able to provoke some changes in our world today! Maybe?

I was an emotional wreck the morning of the School Walk Out! And how many schools were able to actually do it! The kids were responsible enough to come up with a plan that would likely get approved by the adults….to walk out in solidarity for the Parkland victims….coming up with a 17 minute Walk Out.

I was out to lunch that day and found myself sitting with a group of women that didn’t know each other well. What was surprising to me was that the Mom’s were lamenting that THEY wanted to walk out at the school with their children. And their children said No Mom!! This is OUR Walk Out!

I am not throwing’ away my shot! Alexander Hamilton

It reminded me of a Junior League story. The story goes something like this. They say that the Junior League of Orange County, CA did a survey on the 1960’s of the kinds of problems the school age children had at that time.  What kinds of things got the boys sent to the Principal’s Office? What kinds of things did the teachers find most difficult about the school day. The feeling was that if they could identify some of those things they might be able to brainstorm some solutions. It turned out that the most challenging problems they all faced were things like….the kid would stick a wad of chewed gum under the rim of his desk…..the boys would tease the girls….the lunchroom was a mess after the lunch break….. homework wasn’t turned in on time because “the dog ate my homework”….and one of the boys might push down a girl on the playground when playing Red Rover, Red Rover.

Today our young people struggle with things like students getting shot and sometimes Killed AT SCHOOL….sometimes, lunch at school, is the only meal a child might get, and often she has to eat alone….they oftentimes don’t know where they will sleep at night….whether their parent will be there when they get home….who will look after them…..and who will look after their siblings….they are experiencing out of control suicide statistics ….. drug addictions for themselves and for their parents and siblings. The lives of our school children today are vastly different than the lives of the students not so long ago.

So, let’s hear it for the kids! Let’s show them some alternative life styles that maybe they can grow up and learn to embrace. Let’s read to them….let’s mentor them in ways that we can….and let’s encourage them to stand up for the things that are important to them. I think they deserve it!

You Go Kids! Good luck with the March 24 Walk!

Barbara

2/28/18. It was a sad day.

February 28, 2018 is the day that the Doncaster doors closed for the last time. That, also, was the day I learned that my Doncaster career was over. It was a complete surprise….I really didn’t see it coming. Luckily, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason! I know in my heart that something else will cross my path….sometime.

In the Fall of 2001, I was invited to lunch…and I accepted. I knew nothing! I didn’t know who else was going….and I didn’t even know who was hosting the event….but I said YES! I met some wonderful women that day and they introduced me to an opportunity that would change my life forever. I have some beautiful clothes that I love…..and cherish the men & women that I have met over the years….from all over the country…clients and consultants!

I have learned that you don’t have to be PERFECT to be amazing! I have seen up close and personal that nobody likes what size she wears, whatever size she wears! And I have learned that Coco Chanel was right….A woman has to be 2 things….Classy & Fabulous!

Doncaster was established in 1931. The Tanner family offered a terrific business opportunity to women who didn’t have much independence available to them. The Doncaster Collection from the beginning empowered a woman to be the best version of herself that she could be. She could stay home and take care of everything…and have her own business! A Doncaster Woman is a Fabulous Woman!! Because she does it all!

Time will tell what I do next. I guess we will just have to wait and see! But, in the meantime, I plan to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up…..and keep my eyes open for the next great thing!

Stay Tuned!

You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes….And you can do whatever you choose!  Dr. Seuss

Barbara