It’s Easier to Keep Going, Than to Get Going!

This is Doncaster Today Spring 2016

This is especially important to remember when life becomes busy, stressful…and difficult! Do you feel like you are never going to get it all done?? Why did I say yes!? How can I do it all!? There are not enough hours in the day! Everything will be easier for you if you fill your closet with clothes that take you to the places that YOU go to.IMG_0961

Take a deep breath and ask yourself…Do you know how you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

When I am in the midst of a busy time like this it is so easy for me to get discombobulated and overwhelmed. I have to stay focused, and pay attention to the details. And Get up…and Dress up…and be Ready for Business!

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So, you say, how do I do that?! It’s sounds so easy doesn’t it!? It is simple…I pick out my favorite Doncaster look! When I choose my clothes for the season I pick looks that I think will take me to the places that I go….and to do the things I regularly do…. generally they are perfect for the variety of things I’m doing…because I do a variety of things most days! I bet you do too?! I do not have time to go home and change thru out the day….so the same look has to take me everywhere! It needs to be stylish and versatile. Wherever you buy your clothes they must by up to the challenge of taking you to the places that YOU go to on any given day. If they aren’t, then they aren’t good enough!

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Then I find my favorite lipstick…apply generously!…and I am on my way!

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Even if what I’m doing today is tackling the pile of Things I Will Do Today! Maybe I will be at my desk in the morning….and with some clients delivering clothes later in the day….or going out to dinner with my husband and friends. I need to have a wardrobe of looks to go everywhere….on any given day! It makes my life so much easier when I do!

As you are getting ready for Summer 2016. Be sure to edit your closet for the season. Add essentials that will fill in the holes…and make sure that they will take you to the places you go!! All the places you go!!

If you are having trouble….Call Me!

 

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Doncaster Diary of Style

May Edition of Diary of Style

It’s May, and I HAVE HAD IT WITH THE COLD WEATHER! But, anyway, I have made the commitment to wear SPRING! Just because….it’s supposed to be SPRING…on the calendar at least!

Last week was Mother’s Day. I had a great day with my husband and our daughter at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. It was beautiful…and delicious! But this year I was reminded that for lots of us Mother’s Day is a very emotional time. Some of us are mothers and grandmothers, some of us aren’t. We all have Mothers and Mothers in Law….maybe she is still with us, but maybe she isn’t. We all are daughters, maybe aunts, sisters, girl friends…some of our friendships are silver, the others gold. After all…..

Clothes aren’t going to change the world.
It’s the women who wear them that will!

Let’s appreciate our women friends….and their accomplishments! We need each other!

Interested in the Doncaster Fall 2016 Preview?
At Home…. Wednesday – Saturday…5/18 – 21

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Please be sure to Comment and Share your thoughts about style and fashion!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Doncaster Diary of Style

April Edition of Diary of Style

Hello Spring!!

The birds are everywhere! They are so busy! There is a new nest in the wreath at the front door. All of a sudden! The daffodils are in full bloom. The crocuses, the woodland flowers….they are beautiful! And the magnolia tree is about to bloom! Finally!!

Green polka Dot Sweater Doncaster CollectionDo you like to wear knits, but find them too itchy and uncomfortable on sensitive skin? Spring is a great time to buy knits. I have a lot of clients that like to wear knits, but can’t tolerate the itchy side effects of the wool in the yarn. This sweater that I am wearing here is also available in black dots. I LOVE these sweaters! And already have worn them a lot!

This season stripes (all kinds of stripes, horizontal, vertical, sideways….) and circles (big circles, tiny pin dots and everything in between) are seriously in the very important trend category! Make sure you have some in your closet! If you don’t, Call Me! 🙂

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016 Collection
Petites, Misses, Womens

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Please be sure to Comment and Share your thoughts about style and fashion!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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It’s Spring…Officially!

Well, we made it! The calendar doesn’t lie, and it says it is Spring!
It’s time to see Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016 in Milwaukee

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12809770_10156860588800019_6059617587958894922_n Yesterday I saw some ladies that actually admitted to changing up their closets. I thought I was the only one! Easter is early this year, but still I am going to make a conscious effort to change up my closet right after Easter Dinner with the family. I’m done with maroon / ruby as a bright – I’m going right to Crimson! I might keep some grey, but it will be more like Pearl Grey Silver and Rose or Citrine, instead of Evergreen! Get the picture!?images-2IMG_2716

I might have to hang on to the black for a bit still, but I will be punching it up with some a new crisp White. And then I will add some beautiful…colorful accessories! A pretty scarf, a great statement necklace, a rose colored headband, maybe? Even if the temperature dips a bit, I’m pretty much done with bundling myself up in down! A lighter weight coat has been enough. It’s surprising! A scarf, gloves and a more transitional coat is perfect for Right Now!

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Do you need some inspiration?

Check out Doncaster.com/bdrake …. surely there will be lots of things that will make you think: Hmmmm…..I Like that! I might be able to try that! Why not!? Try something new…to you! A new color…a new style…a new top. Be bold, or at least a little bit brave! Enjoy your wardrobe! These clothes, and choices you make while wearing them, will determine how you live your life! We only get one …. let’s resolve to make it a good one! Let’s live it … well dressed!


 

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016

It’s Showtime in Milwaukee!!
@ WCW, 4/6 – 4/9
@ Home, 4/13 – 4/16

Save some time to come and see what’s new!   You will be glad you did!

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~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Doncaster Diary of Style

March Edition of Diary of Style

It’s March! (Thank Heavens!) Time to kick the winter blues to the curb! 🙂

St Patrick’s Day & Easter are in the foreseeable future….we are back to Central Standard Time….all in all, life is GOOD!

It’s time to lighten up our looks! Time to add some COLOR! Sunset, Rose, Sky Blue….Navy, Forsythia…and of course the biggest trend out there today is WHITE! Instead of Ruby Red lips try for Crimson? Instead of a black and blue scarf opt for a pretty floral forsythia print…a ruffled blouse or a scarf. I’m trying hard to wear more twine and navy as a base color….and my Spring twine coat instead of my favorite black puffy coat, that I’ve been wearing all winter!! Lightening up my wardrobe, when possible, is putting a bounce back in my step! And that is GREAT news!

Keep your eyes open for more signs of Spring!!

DONCASTER SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION
Petites, Misses, Womens
@WCW, 4/4 – 4/6
@HOME, 4/13 – 16

And Come See me in April!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Say Yes to the Dress!

Say Yes to the Dress! And lose the trousers! Make a commitment to wearing a dress…try it!

I bet you will like it! It’s easy with Doncaster Spring 2016! Petites, Misses, Womens! Something for everyone!

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Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016 is the season to try a dress…there are lots of them! They are so pretty! Don’t be afraid to try something new! New Shapes and colors! New fabrics that we can wear all day…to all the places we go to! It’s a great way to brighten up your day…and lift your mood. What makes it a power dress/look? How you feel when you wear it! How others respond to your new look! Be sure to reflect your own personal style. Dress smart…edgy….but still you. That’s an important part. Add a swipe of lipstick…a beautiful new color for your new Spring 2016 look!

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They are so Beautiful…The Colors! It is impossible to be down and out and blue when you are wearing a sunset dress…sky blue pants…rose dress and scarf with a white jacket! If you are having trouble moving forward…try perking up a favorite look with a new scarf, lipstick…or blouse! Think about adding a pretty new ruffled blouse, instead of a scarf. It will do wonders for your mood! I promise!

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Doncaster Spring& Summer 2016 will be here in Milwaukee with me from 4/4 – 4/16. Save some time to come see what’s new….and try some new looks. You will be so glad that you did!

Barbara

 

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OWN YOUR LOOK!

I was talking with a friend on the phone the other day.

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It was wonderful to catch up with her a bit because she recently moved to a new town, and really doesn’t know anyone there…yet! She was telling me that recently she was at the mall window shopping and a woman approached her to tell how nice she looked! What a nice surprise!?

 

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The lady went on to say, your clothes are nice, but it’s more than that…and I can’t figure it out! I can’t take my eyes off of you! What is it? Hair, make up?  Fran said to her, it’s simple. I OWN MY LOOK! The lady smiled at her, it took her a minute…and then said, why yes you do! That IS it I think!

 

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

That is the secret! When you Dress Up…you know you look fine. And fine, on most days, is GREAT! Show Up…wherever it is that you are going! Show your world that you…Own Your Look! They will take notice….and you will be glad you did!

 

 

Barbara

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I LOVE my Job!!

I am such a lucky girl!! I have found the perfect job for me!

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Essentially my job is to connect great women with great looks! That means I get to call GREAT women friends and clients! And, that I have great new looks in my closet most of the time! After all, if I don’t have Doncaster in MY closet how could I explain to you why YOU have to have Doncaster in your closet!?

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Recently I got re connected with MMB a very good friend from Grade School! We haven’t seen each other in YEARS….family, jobs, moves…even marriages!!… had separated us for a long, long time. Facebook became our connector! Imagine!? We were on vacation recently so we were actually in the same state…and city even…and actually had dinner together with our husbands. MMB, it seems, has been following me on Facebook so she was familiar with some of the current Doncaster looks she had seen on Facebook. She decided to try the navy & twine look…I ordered it for her…I got it to her….It looks fabulous on HER…and I have a new and happy client! Hooray!

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While we were together we had lunch. It was the most amazing thing…we picked up right where we left off! You would never have guessed it had been years….decades even….since we had last met. The whole way home I was talking to myself about how great it was to see each other again! And that it actually is my JOB to do this….reconnect with old friends, and new…and tell them about what I do.

Are you looking for a new career? There are lots of opportunities available within the Doncaster business plan. Maybe you would like to know more about it. If so, I know you will contact me just as soon as you can! Even if it turns out that it isn’t for you….maybe you have a friend that would like to know more about the world of fashion in the 21st century…for REAL WOMEN!

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Really, it’s a great job! And I am a lucky woman to be able to do it! I would love to have you join me!

Barbara

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It snuck up on me!

Lent. It’s here! It snuck up on me!

I saw a good one the other day…this year, instead of giving up candy for Lent, why not try to separate from some of the things weighing you down….in spirit!?

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Take one thing away per day! It’s that simple. Bring a few of the things you are holding on to to the front of your closet. Make it a point to wear them….especially those things that you haven’t worn for ages….but somehow you can’t part with them. Try it….wear that thing for one day….my guess is that by the end of the day you will feel like you have a new pair of black pants!!! That you love!! And you can’t wait to wear again! But if not, and I think you will know immediately, take that thing off, put it directly into a shopping bag set in the corner of your closet and donate it to a cause that is near you. (Don’t OVER think it!) You will be glad to have it out of your closet…and someone will love to have it!!

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This goes for your closet, but the kitchen drawers, those catch all spots that we all have somewhere in the house, too. The serving spoon you got as a wedding present? The chipped and cracked dishes and glasses also.

Then when SHOWTIME! Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016 returns (April 6th or so!) you will be ready to get some beautiful new looks! You will look lovely! And you will feel even better!

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Lent has begun….that’s true. But you know what they say….Better Late Than Never!

Think about it. I bet you will be glad that you did!

Barbara

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Doncaster Diary of Style

February Edition of Diary of Style

They say the weather will be getting better by the end of the week! Do you believe them? I do!!!

Generally, the weather starts to turn right around Valentine’s Day. That doesn’t mean that winter is OVER….but generally at this point the really terrible weather is done….or at the least it isn’t so severe…it doesn’t seem to last so long if a storm surfaces near by.

The days are getting a bit brighter, a little longer even…and generally things are looking up!

I like to say, WE LIVE IN WISCONSIN…IF WE ARE GOING TO SEE SPRING, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WEAR IT!

So look thru your winter closet. Look for the black pieces…and freshen them up with some WHITE….instead of navy or black. Add some red, or some sunset or rose maybe? Maybe you can find some accessories that will pop some color with those favorite black pants? Or bring out the FABULOUS winter white suit…and add a pop of color to that?

Do you need more ideas? Contact me…or check out my blog!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com