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

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.


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 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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Out with the old, In with the New!

It’s Showtime! in Milwaukee!

Doncaster Spring 2016

@ Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

January 21, 22, 23, 2016


January 27-30, 2016

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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

BBD Style


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

BBD Style