So Nice!

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I had a phone call this morning from a fellow we have known for a while now. Lately, he has been hunting me down, as we have been playing phone tag for awhile now…a few days, I think. It seems that he recently met a woman that he thought might like to work with me and know about Doncaster! He proceeded to tell me how he met this lady…she is a friend of friends, they had gone to dinner together with mutual friends. Apparently, she is a beautiful woman, with a fuller figure and she is new to town and was lamenting that she can’t find anywhere to SHOP! So Randy said…I have just the solution for you!

Barbara Drake! Doncaster!

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So we took a minute to talk about my business. Although we have known each other for a few years, at least, we had not had the opportunity to talk about the specifics of my business. Yes…we have all sizes (0 – 24), or sometimes referred to as Petites, Misses, Womens. Yes…the look of the collection is nice clothes, that take most women to at least most of the places they want to go. Yes…some people think the clothes are expensive, and that means that the average price is about $195/piece….and that includes scarves to leather jackets. The average price per pant is about $295, per jacket is probably about $395 and the average price per dress is about $350….yes, some pieces are more than some others…but generally we have clothes that we just WEAR!


Barbara, he said you always look nice!! (How nice!) Well, I almost always wear Doncaster…and because of that I always wear make up and jewelry, and try my best for a good hair day! I try to make it a point to look in the mirror before I go out the door. I’m going for FINE. I just want to look FINE. I have issues, like everyone else does……or worse! But if I feel I look FINE. everything seems to go ok. It’s easier for me to take care of business….pay attention to doing things right the first time. I wear looks that go from the gym, to lunch with friends, to an appointment of some sort….and home (or out!) to dinner with my husband. I want and NEED clothes that will take me to all those places….with out having to change clothes all day long! I expect my clothes to look Fine. all day long and perform for me! And I expect them to be comfortable enough to wear all day long. Because I expect great performance from my wardrobe, I don’t expect to get it for nothing. I suppose if I had no where to go and nothing to do I might be more interested in wearing the cheapest thing I can find…but I don’t. The quality of my life is more important to me….at least at this point in my life….and so is the quality of my clothes.


Not to mention how nice it is to have a gentlemen friend shower me with compliments on any old Saturday morning! And refer new clients my way also.

Doncaster Fall 2016     Showtime! in Milwaukee

July 20 – 23 @ Woman’s Club of Milwaukee

July 27-30 @ Home


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Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up….


…and the rest will be history!

I love this one! And I use it a lot! For a lot of people on any given day, it’s not as easy as it sounds! Sometimes it takes all the gumption I can muster to just get up…..and get two feet planted on the floor! But, once I do that, it is a little bit easier to get to the shower and somehow get my act together. And then, once I do that, I can figure out where I’m going, and therefore what I’m going to wear! And somehow I can carry on!

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I think the most important part of that is the last part……and the rest will be history! When I first started my business I was introduced to a book called the Power of Style. There were a few icons presented….women…..mostly of the 20th Century and they were cited for a variety of reasons and talents. But what stood out to me was that they became very famous women, quoted for years after there own time….but I thought they were women who did what they loved. It was really that simple. Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn to name just a few. I don’t think they got up in the morning and thought about how history would remember them! They were women who did what they loved or what they had a knack for….and prepared themselves for their day, by putting their pants on one leg at a time….just like everybody else.


I think these women were remembered for their aura….their confidence, their talents, their uniqueness. In a way, we all have a lot of those same qualities. Each of these women had their own unique sense of style that served them well over the course of time. I bet each one of them had days that it was really hard to get out of bed. They didn’t have an easy life….any of them. Maybe it was the way they handled the punches that life handed them that distinguished these Women and the Power of Style. Think of the influence they evoked over the people around them because of their savvy ways and sense of style. People listened to them and respected their opinions….on a variety of topics. Why? Because of the Power of Style. If you want people to listen to you, look like (dress like) a woman who knows what she is talking about. There is every chance that your audience, big or small, will believe you.


Did you ever wonder….what story will history tell about you? No, of course not! None of us do. So, just in case….let’s agree to Get Up. Dress Up. and Show Up….just because the rest will be history in the making! Let’s decide to make a positive impact….why? Because we can!

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~ Barbara

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June Diary of Style

They Say…

Women Have Strengths that Amaze Men.

They carry children, they carry hardships, they carry burdens
But they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they really want to cry. They cry when they are happy,
and they laugh when they are nervous!

Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes. They live in homes, apartments and cabins. They drive, fly, walk, run, email and Facebook you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world turn!

Let’s make a pact….to be the best woman we can be. We will take some time to spend with the family. Make it a point to reach out to your friends. Get out your new clothes….and WEAR them!! And last but not least…Enjoy Summer Vacation!

While you are doing all that….I’m getting ready for Fall 2016! It’s AMAZING!

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~ Barbara

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I’m a Lucky Lady!



For the longest time I have wanted to gather together a group of FABULOUS women that I have known over my lifetime….most of whom live in the Chicago area…not all, but most.

For one reason or another it just hasn’t worked out. Where to have it, when to have it something needed to prompt me to make it happen! Recently I had a Best of Spring/Doncaster event in the Chicago area. I have had a few events with this same lady, always lots of fun and profitable enough! Which means that we are able to work together fairly easily. This time however, we had a busy event…lots of people, very hectic…..and Vicki didn’t feel well. Not terrible, just not great! You can imagine how upset I was to find out the next day that she had a heart attack during our event!! And got to the ER just in the nick of time!


And all of a sudden, just like that, I got my act together and made it happen! I got my group together and had a party! I found a few people that just HAD to be there….I found a great place, the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, a place where most of us gathered together at least a few times over the years. Although, we have lived in Milwaukee for almost 25 years now I have a relationship with the Executive Chef (a very, long story!) so I was confident that the food would be lovely and delicious! We could have a private dining room available to us so that we could all talk at once, everyone would feel welcome, and we could spend the afternoon reminiscing! And we did! I was so excited about this party! I couldn’t wait to see my old friends, my new friends… long lost friends…..reminisce about the wonderful women we had lost over the years….it was a wonderful day! Just THE BEST!

But, at the end of the day I realized it wasn’t about the food, or the venue, or the flowers. It was All About the WOMEN! We are the most amazing women! For the most part, we are Baby Boomers! We are the women that changed the footprint of how the women that came after us would live/lead their lives. My friend Belinda commented that when she went to Kenyon College she was one of TWO women in the Freshman Class! Then yesterday I heard that my friend Jane had just taken her daughter to the Freshman Class orientation….and learned that 2/3 of the class is women!


Since the party I have heard from a few people that commented how GREAT everyone looked! And they were right! As a group we looked terrific! Confident, smart, well groomed and well dressed. And that’s when I knew it! We are amazing! It’s True! We are aging, but we aren’t getting older, we are getting better! I am sure of it! The next time you are getting ready to walk out the door, take a look in the mirror. Put on some lipstick, and remind yourself that YOU ARE AMAZING! And then, believe it! Because it’s true! If you have a group of old (and/or new!) friends that you have wanted to see…make a point to pick up the phone, reach out by email….or “friend” on Facebook….and get your gang together. Summer vacation is a great time to do that! And I promise you …. you will be glad you did!
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~ Barbara

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!


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!


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


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

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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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~ Barbara

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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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~ Barbara

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

Petites, Misses, Womens

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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Check out …. 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

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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!!

Petites, Misses, Womens
@WCW, 4/4 – 4/6
@HOME, 4/13 – 16

And Come See me in April!!

~ Barbara

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!


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!