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

This is a Great Time of Year!

Really, I mean it! I know right about now you are thinking….I am NUTS!

Remember my motto? Dress Like You Mean It!

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In other words that means, dress like you are the Boss of Your life! I used to use that expression with my children all the time. They would say….Mom, you aren’t the boss of my life! Oh yeah???? I said!?

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We all should dress for the job we want, not necessarily the job we have. If you are looking for a promotion, dress like your boss. But if you are changing roles, moving away….climbing the ladder at another firm…or retiring from your current position for another one? Or just plain retiring! They say that the Baby Boomers are not going to Retire. They are going to Re-Hire. They are looking to try new things. Or looking to learn new things and go new places.

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I encourage you to Go For It! But, Dress for Success! Don’t fall into the trap that just because you don’t go to an office everyday that no one cares what you look like! Or what you wear! It’s just the opposite. Most Baby Boomers are women that are very good at what they do. Why not look like that? Remember…you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!

 

This is a terrific time of year to sit back and peruse the magazines, movies…any kind of social media. Think about trying a new look. The only thing that matters is that it is new to you. Soon the stores and malls will be full of beautiful new clothes….some great new looks. If you don’t find some good looks there, then call me! I’m sure that we can find some new things for you from The Doncaster Collection Spring 2016! Buy your clothes with purpose so that it will be simple to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up. ….. And, Dress Like You Mean It!

Barbara

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Doncaster Diary of Style

January Edition of Diary of Style

Happy New Year! Everyone seems to agree … 2016 will be a banner year!!

Apparently for 2016, New Year’s resolutions are “Old Hat”! I have it on good authority! They say that by 1/17….anyone who did make a resolution is resigned to the fact that the impending change….it probably isn’t that important after all…and it probably isn’t going to happen!

So let’s decide to move forward in a more positive way. Do you know how we do that? We just decide to. We just make it a point to GET UP. DRESS UP. & SHOW UP.

Are you tired? Need a boost….but don’t really know how?? Or what? Give yourself permission to try a new look. Check out the fashion magazines. Think about it. Which look do you like? Which look do you think you might be able to embrace?

Still can’t decide? Then come see me! Together we will experiment with some new looks!

DONCASTER SPRING 2016
Petites, Misses, Womens
@ WCW 1/20 – 1/23
@ HOME 1/27 – 1/30

Looking forward to seeing you!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Create A Favorite Place …

In Your Closet!!!

In 4 easy (enough) steps. 1) Clear away the clutter. 2) Spruce up the space. 3) Display your clothes, and accessories, as much as possible. 4) Personalize your space!

Clear away the clutter! That means, toss the cleaning bags, pitch the hangers that are not in use right now. Invest in hangers that you think will show off your clothes in the best way. Have your clothes all hanging in the same direction. Make sure the clothes that “get to stay” are fresh from the cleaners and all in good repair. You should be able to wear Everything in your closet at any time! Remove all the things taking up valuable space…tennis racket, wrapping paper, skis,  etc….find another spot for those things.

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As you spruce up the space it will start to become your Happy Place! To do a really thorough re-do remove everything from your closet….and bring the vacuum! Clean away the spider webs, dust mites, starting to get the picture? Maybe paint the inside closet walls your favorite color? Is your lighting dim? Or worse naked? Replace it with a light fixture that will provide beautiful light. Maybe you can find a corner for a rose blossom? It will make you feel better and look better too!

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Display your clothes by look. Put the black things together with the things you will wear with them. Try to fold knits….they will grow hanging lopsided on an old hanger for too long. (That’s not a good thing!) Sort out your athleisure wear too. Go thru your shoes, the all day every day shoes, the party shoes, the favorites. Separate from the shoes that never worked just how you expected them to. Your space is too valuable! Create a space in your closet for your accessories…..scarves, necklaces, those power statements that give you that extra “je ne sais  quoi!”

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Save a little bit of space to make the space your own! To make your closet an inspiring place to be. We do not want your closet to be a dreaded spot….a place that makes you nervous when you just think about it! A good mirror is a MUST! It should be beautiful….and the very best quality you can find! Make sure that when you look into it you can say, Ok…This is Good!

IMG_1892Now that your closet is full of life, energy and beauty…..Let’s focus on the fabulous new looks that you will find in there! Maybe you will find an old favorite that you can re fashion and wear a different way than you did the first time around. It should be easier for you to spot the things that are holding you back….maybe they were bad choices in the first place? Maybe it was marked down so low you HAD to buy it? Or, maybe they just don’t fit any more, all these feelings will contribute to making you edgy, nervous and hopeless about re styling your New You! Your closet is a very emotional place! Do your part to make it full of good emotions and memories!

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Remember It’s a new Year….use this opportunity to make it a New You too! I think you will be glad you did!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Barbara Drake

Spring 2016 Trends

Follow BBDStyle for up to the minute Spring Fashion Trends for 2016!

For more Doncaster looks for Spring 2016 click here!

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~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Speaking of Branding …

Good afternoon everyone!

A little while ago we talked about branding your business. The best way to establish your business is to establish your “look”, or your theme. My business is Women’s Fashion! Doncaster is the brand name, and we are starting off the 85th year of a well established reputation in Women’s Fashion.

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Doncaster is a sophisticated line of well made, tailored clothing available in Petites, Misses, Womens sizes. Women who choose to wear Doncaster are likely to be women with high standards. She maintains high standards in her profession as well as in her own personal life. Most of the women I work with wear Doncaster because they want to. They want to be well dressed and stylish, but they don’t have the time or the inclination to fuss over herself…or her wardrobe. The women I work with are very good at what they do, and really what she wants is to have people listen to her when she talks about what she knows about. It’s really that simple.Polished and Modern2016

When we talk about a consistent theme in your message remember that the theme has to carry on throughout your business. If you have a sophisticated client base, you want to have a well heeled business plan. Why?? Who Cares? The women you want to work with care, that’s why. They expect to be well taken care of by people who know what they are talking about. Make sure you are well informed in all the aspects of your business….and as much as possible with your clients business. Belle Media has done a wonderful job of providing me with tools that I can use to reach out to the clients that I already have, and to women that know nothing about me or about Doncaster.

Elevate your look. Elevate Your Business! And you will attract a base of support that will support you and your product. Being a Fashion Consultant is a great business! If you would like to know more about it, just let me know!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Barbara Drake

Kick the Winter Blues to the Curb!

We are well into January. The holidays are over. New Year’s celebrations are over….and they even say that if you did make a resolution for 2016….you are probably over it by now!

Resolutions, they say, are yesterdays news! Thank Heavens! The resolution replacement is Choose a Theme for 2016. Pick ONE word that will become your theme for 2016. My theme….? Doable! I am famous for getting up in the morning and having a list of 47 things to do. Then, when nighttime comes, I am beating my self up for not getting through the list. I want to think of things, probably small changes, of things that I can actually DO! I think most of us can actually do these things that I am going to try hard to accomplish.Spring Dressing2016

For example, Plan your looks. Choose a few looks that are new to you. Looks that you are willing to try. You might even find some of the pieces to your new look right under your nose, in your closet! Just use it a little differently. Organize your closet! Get rid of the things that clutter it up. But be sure to keep the things you Love…and keep them front and center. Try some new underwear. IMG_2189It’s a really good rule of thumb….get fresh new undergarments at the beginning of the season! When you get your new clothes. Your clothes will fit and look much better on you.

Have fun with fashion! Look for inspiration from your fashionable friends, a trusted mentor, a fashion consultant…and especially your favorite magazines. Be bold…..just bold enough to consider something a little bit different from the same old same old.

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Simplify your go to accessories to make room for some fresh new looks. Feature them in easy to see and accessible spots in your closet. Update your make up routine. Make sure it is easy to apply. When you are finished, make sure that you still look like you….just better! Refreshed. Renewed. Ready for a new year!

And, for Pete’s sake…..give yourself enough time in the morning to complete your established routine. If you follow these tips my guess is that you will have a great day….then another….then another.

You get the idea! …and 2016 will end up being a wonderful year!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

BBD Style

Business Branding with Belle Media

As you may already know … although I have been working with Doncaster and loving their stylish fashions for many years, my BBD Style Fashion Blog is relatively a new thing and I’m having soooo much fun learning along the way!

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My website designer is Belle Media and together we’ve created a wonderful online place to share fashion trends, tips, and tricks. If you would like to start a website or need help updating your current website feel free to contact belle@bellemedia.net.
If you would like to know more about the variety of services offered you can visit her website at www.bellemedia.net.

A great tip I have learned is to “keep things consistent”, whether in-person and/or online. In keeping with this idea I’m furthering my business branding with these lovely BBD Style business cards, also designed by Belle Media. I look forward to reaching out to even more fashionistas and continuing to share my joy and love of fashion, family, friends, and of course, the finer things in life!!!!!

Please join us in this conversation … always feel free to comment on my posts and share your thoughts with us all!!!

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