Out with the old, In with the New!

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Doncaster Spring 2016

@ Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

January 21, 22, 23, 2016


January 27-30, 2016

This is Doncaster Today Spring 2016

The most alluring quality a woman can have is Confidence!     Beyonce

So…how do we get that…confidence, that is.

One way we can do that is to Dress Well. When you dress well, you show the world that you respect yourself. They think, if she respects herself, maybe I should to! Sounds logical doesn’t it?? Try it!

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January is a great time to Refresh! Refresh your closet, refresh you look, your individual style. It’s a good time to clean out the clutter and to simplify your closet…and your life. It’s really hard to refresh your look, and up your game a bit, if you are weighted down by a lot of old and tired clothes! They are yesterday’s new! A burden! Experiment with some Fresh, New Looks! New Look, New You is a way to think of it! You will embrace that change by trying something New! It’s only January though. That might present somewhat of a problem, especially if you live in Wisconsin, like I do! If it is just too early in 2016 for you to think about Refreshing Your Persona, try this. Just think about it for a while. Check out some style magazines. See what’s new and coming up in the fashion scene for 2016. Tear out some sheets of looks that you think you might be able to try. Some of those looks are: stripes, dresses, color! lots of it, and the new khaki, Twine! It’s the new basic for Spring 2016. As you start to peruse the magazines you will undoubtedly start to think….maybe I could do that!? Think: Try It, you might like it! And if it turns out you don’t like it….think about how you might try to tweak it a bit so that the look will become Your Own. After all, that’s the objective!

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Make a decision. Decide to Dress Like You Mean It! Dress like you are serious about what you are doing! Maybe it is at the office, maybe it is at the gym, maybe it is taking care of everyone else that is important to you….nevermind….just dress like you mean business. People will listen to you. you will get more accomplished. When you are well dressed, and you know it, you plow through your day handling one issue after another effortlessly! It is such a good feeling!! And That is what makes you confident! And nobody can take that away from you!

It is very easy to fall into, it’s too cold….I’m tired….nobody cares what I wear….it’s too hard to Get Into my closet! I’m overwhelmed….I don’t feel like it….I can’t…..I don’t want to…..get it?? Of course you do….we all do. My suggestion is to just say….nevermind….today, right now, I am going to Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up. and Make Something Happen!

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Need some new looks to spur on the greatness?? Come see me the end of the month at Showtime! Doncaster Spring 2016. Surely we will find something for you to embrace….a look that reminds you that maybe you just can….Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up… that is! Do it….try it! For yourself!

I think you will be glad that you did!

Happy New Year 2016!


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It’s a New Year!

Why not make it a new you!!??

Have you had too much holiday fun? Are you tired? Fed up? Overwhelmed?

I have a suggestion!

This is Doncaster Today Spring 2016

Get Dressed Up! It will put a bounce in your step…all day long! It’s a great way to start 2016! Think about it!

I bet you will be glad you did!


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A Role Model

I lost a friend last week. I’m going to miss her!

She was a woman that I knew through my business, Doncaster. The first time we met, several years ago now, in December…..I was wearing a Fabulous faux fur, pumpkin, suede coat. It was a favorite of mine, and as it turns out of hers! She Had to Have it! so I ordered it for her the next day. Her new things arrived about a week later and I called her to see how we could connect to get her new things to her. She answered the phone, but was very distracted…and immediately said she would have to call me back. I thought the worst, of course! That she didn’t really mean to order the things….and I had misunderstood her. She called me back right away…and told me that she had woken up to her husband of 60-something years, dead in the bed next to her. Oh No!!! Of course she was distracted!

But, she wanted her new clothes!!! For his funeral!! Of course she did!! They looked like a million $$$ on her! And she wanted to look like a million $$$ for his funeral!

Every time, every single time, I saw her over the years she was Dressed…like she meant it! Red lips and nails, maybe hot pink in the summer…hair done….make up perfect! She lived her life well….because she just decided to. She was a perfect example of Dress Well and you show the world you respect yourself. I really admired that about her.

As the years passed by, and I got to know her better, what I learned was that sometimes it wasn’t easy for her to get up, and to dress up. She developed some health issues that became more and more challenging. But, still, she looked terrific! The red lips….the polished hair and make up. I was really amazed at the strength it must take to achieve that pulled together look pretty much every day…good days and bad. Several days a week she was going to therapy of one kind or another…and still she looked Great!

Every time I saw her I came home glad that we had been able to connect that day. I felt better because our paths had crossed. I thought, she is an excellent role model for me. She is the woman I want to be when I grow up!  I thought about stopping by to see her several times over the holidays, but for one reason or another I didn’t get to it. I’m so sorry I let my busy life get in the way.

There is some good news tho! I did hear from her daughter. She called to tell me her mom had died…on Christmas Day. She had been out to lunch with her children and grandchildren, and the little great grandchildren…. and friends and family…and was wearing her favorite outfit. Her Doncaster gold lame jeans, with the white blouse with Swarovski crystal lapels and white sweater with crystal embellishments! Complete with red lips, nails….and bejeweled flats! I know the look well….because it was a favorite of hers…and mine!

I understand that her son brought her home, and she said I don’t feel too good. He said well let’s go sit down for a minute, it’s been a really busy day. And, that was that.

So, I’ll say it one more time. I want to be just like her. I hope when it is my time to go it will be with red lips and nails, and sparkle from head to toe…I hope that someone will think, she was a woman who lived like she meant it!


Maybe the next time you get up and think, oh well, I’ll just wear my tired old sweatpants today….nobody cares what I wear….maybe you will think of this story. She dressed for herself, the way she wanted to…certainly not because some one else thought she should!

Be the Best Woman You Can Be…Dress Like You Mean It!

Happy New Year! 


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Happy New Year 2016!

I have heard it said several times over the last month … 2016 is going to be a Great Year! Yeah!  

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How do we know that? Because we are going to make it so! Remember, We Dictate Our Own Lives!

I am going to promise to share little tips throughout the month of January 2016 ….maybe even through all of 2016….of how we can do that. If you know anything about me, it will Not involve beating ourselves up about this or that flaw that we “own”. It will be more about how we can remind ourselves that we are the Lucky Ones! We are going to concentrate instead on accentuating the positive! Finding those things about ourselves that make us the person we are. We will practice concentrating on the good things! That is the way we are going to see to it that 2016 is a good year…for all of us! One day, and one person, and one experience at a time.

We need to reshape our perception of ourselves. We Have to step up as women and take the lead! Beyonce

Beyonce is right! We just have to do it! We have to embrace the bodies that we have…and make the best of them! Once we do that we can concentrate on Being the Best Woman I Can Be. I think that will be my motto for 2016!

Everybody is beautiful!


Please feel free in the coming year to share your ideas, and tips that you use with all of us. We all/each one of us wants to be the best woman she can be! We just need to talk about how to do that!

One way I know of is to …

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

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                                                           So, just one more time! Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a great year ~ for all of us!

~ Barbara

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Merry Christmas!

This is such a busy time of year!

We have to do all the things we always do…and every thing else, for every one else, too! And we have to do all these things grinning from ear to ear…in the sprit of Christmas! Wishing everyone we see Merry Christmas! I’m sounding like Scrooge, and I’m really not that way…usually! But, even for me, sometimes the holidays become overwhelming!

Because we are on “high alert” all day, pretty much every day, make it a point to be good to yourself! Get dressed up….just because! Use the little things to celebrate the season…catching up with old friends…maybe at your favorite bistro…maybe in a Christmas Card!! Find a minute during the rat race to appreciate all the good things you have in your life! Don’t complain about how hard it is to get the Christmas cards in the mail….be grateful for so many life long friendships! That’s why you have so many friends…and so many cards….because of all those friendships!

It’s been said…We Dictate Our Own Life!

I believe that to be true. So,
Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up. And the rest will be History!

Merry Christmas!

~ Barbara

BBD Style

Doncaster Diary of Style

December Edition of Diary of Style

The Doncaster Fall/Winter 2015 collection is almost HISTORY! Is there one more thing you need from the current season?? A black pair of pants that you love? A sweater that you passed on, but now wonder….What Was I Thinking? If so…CALL ME! I will do my best to find it for you….if possible.

December is the time of year to be BOLD! Try something new! Ruby Red is the go to color for Holiday 2015. If you don’t have something that color in your wardrobe this is a good time to add it! Sparkle and Shine (from the inside out!) are the go to looks for this Christmastime.

Beyonce once said,
The most alluring quality a woman can have is confidence! Sometimes the best place to look for that confidence is right under your nose…in your closet! Do you need something NEW to enhance your confidence?

MERRY CHRISTMAS from me & my family….to you & yours!

@ WCW 1/20 – 1/23

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

~ Barbara Drake

Merry Christmas … and Happy New Year!

Here it is! December….even the end of December! In 21 Century America that means that the Christmas Holidays have begun! They are here!


For some people this is a very difficult time of year. Maybe you have lost someone dear to you. Maybe you don’t have a large group of friends. Maybe you don’t have any extra money. You would love to buy things for everyone you know and see….but, alas, you can’t. Maybe you just can’t appreciate one more crazy Christmas decoration in some random place….that really does not call for a Christmas tree or a manger at all! Maybe you have had it with the whole thing?!

Maybe by this point in December the whole Christmas thing just makes you sad, and lonely too. It’s overwhelming and you don’t know what to do next.

I have a suggestion for you. Get Dressed Up! Take a shower…wash your hair. Put on some lipstick, if you don’t have one you like, this can be your Christmas present to yourself! You deserve it. It’s ok for you to do something nice for yourself! Make it a point to call someone to meet you for coffee! Or invite a friend to go to your favorite luncheon spot.

Doncaster Fall 2015 / City Street Cape / Capes for Fall 2015 If you don’t have that certain friend that you can reach out to think of a place you will be comfortable going to by yourself. I Love to sneak away in the afternoon to the movies! Or take a trip to the Mall. Sometimes it’s enough to just wander around and look at the beautiful decorations…and delight in the fact that you don’t have to buy them, take them home or put them up!! Maybe this year you will have a pretty little Christmas Flower arrangement on the Breakfast table! Maybe a toast to Christmas with a special Champagne Toast to yourself! Merry Christmas to ME!

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If you have an elderly parent with limited mobility, take him on a drive, after dark, to admire the Christmas lights decorating your own neighborhood. Or maybe visit an old neighborhood you all used to live in. You will have lots to talk about!

It’s very difficult to fight the blues. I understand that. But take a stab at it! I think you will be glad you did!

Merry Christmas!

~ Barbara

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You Can Have Your Cake – And Eat It Too!!!

Women's Club of Wisconsin

Hello Friends!
Here are a few pics from our recent holiday lunch at The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. We love to celebrate at the Woman’s Club not only because it is so beautiful there, but also because they have a wonderful staff who takes such great care of us!

Cheers to a fabulous holiday season
filled with family and friends!!

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Well, They Are Here!

The Holidays….that is! They are here!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, we are finishing up the leftovers as we speak, and it is time to think about the holiday season! It is time to start thinking about where you are going, what are you doing, and..last but not least….what are you going to wear!?

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This is the time of year to try something New! This year it is all about Red! A beautiful red dress?? Or blouse? Or scarf? And for pete’s sake don’t forget about the Red lips! If you don’t ordinarily go for Red lips, this is a good time to try it! The idea, this time of year, is to Sparkle and Shine, from the inside out! In order to do that we have to be comfortable & confident in the looks we choose. That is why I always advocate to “Wear it in Good Health…and Wear it Often!” When we wear things Often we begin to grow more confident with those New Looks because we are more comfortable wearing them.

BBD Style BBD Style A really good way to ease into the Holidays, and something New, is to pair a favorite old friend (your favorite black trousers, let’s say). Think about pairing those pants with a beautiful new Red Blouse!? Or a scarlet sweater maybe? Or, maybe you will decide to try a New Red Lipstick this year…make it a point to wear it with a favorite look you love the first time you give it a try. It will give you the courage to try something else! Or maybe you will decide to wear that statement necklace you bought but you haven’t worn often enough?! Try it! Wear it with your favorite outfit! It might feel Daring at first, but soon it will get easier to be brave enough to try something new!

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I bet, as you become more accustomed to trying something new, it will get easier! It will spill over into other parts of your life as well. Suddenly, something that was too scary awhile ago, will seem like more of a possibility.
Maybe, just maybe, I could say Yes to that?

Think about it! ‘Til next time!

~ Barbara

BBD Style

Thanksgiving 2015….It’s a Memory!

I love Thanksgiving!


Harry and I have been cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for our family and variety of friends for the last 39 years!

IMG_1823 By now, we have it down to a pretty good system. I know what to serve and I better not even think of changing that up! And I know where to get the different staples of the dinner just the way we like them! I pretty much am in charge of the decorating table settings & presentation and Harry gathers the favorite foods from all over town. I love fixing up the house for the holiday and getting ready for the company! 

I love that the Thanksgiving Holiday is really All About the family and our friends and of course the food especially the Turkey!

IMG_1805 These last few years I have noticed that it is getting harder and harder to find pretty table decorations that are Not Red or Green, and show no signs of Christmas! I want Thanksgiving to precede Christmas not to fold into it! I like for the kids, and their parents, to put a little effort into what they are wearing, but I also want them to be comfortable! No “too tight” pants! Nobody, any age or size wants to sit down in pants that bind! Nor do they want to have a lot of pressure on them to get dressed up! On the other hand, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to wear some of those favorite things you have hiding in your closet just because! Just because it’s Thanksgiving Day!

IMG_1835IMG_1834 On Thursday evening, as the company was leaving, I realized this is it! It’s all over! I had mixed emotions, tho! Phew we made it! I think everyone had a great time! I know we did! Everyone had plenty to eat! I know that because we had few leftovers! It was a lot of work, a weeks worth, in fact! But, you know what…? We will do it again, and look forward to it a year from now.

Thanksgiving 2015 is now just a memory. I just started thinking of it this way, this year! I hope it’s a good memory for our family and friends.

And I hope that your Thanksgiving 2015 memories are good ones also ~ wherever you were for the weekend!

Now that it is a memory, this is a good time to make some notes of what you would like to do differently next year at this time! Thanksgiving 2016 will be here before we know it!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, from me and mine!

~ Barbara

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