Oh No!! What should I wear!?!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love this time of year! It’s time to ditch the Black on Black uniforms that we have been wearing pretty much non stop for the past few months! Ditch the darks….for Lipstick Reds, Pretty in Pink!….pastels as well as Hot Pink!! Such a great color for most women to wear….pretty much anytime of the year!

I live in Wisconsin! I figure if we are going to see Spring 2018….we are going to have to Wear Spring 2018!!

I went out to lunch with the girls today…our day to celebrate each other…and the advent of what will eventually be Spring….for Real! So the problem was, what to wear!?! I was debating between this one and that one….and settled on my favorite new dress and Lipstick Red Leather jacket!! I’m so glad I did! So, now I can say, definitely, When in Doubt….Wear What is New!

Since it is Valentine’s Day…we are also entrenched in the 23rd Olympic Games!! and Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski commentating on the Figure Skating competitions! This morning I saw Johnny Weir doing a little bit on Facebook. He picked 2 lovely young women, same age, same body type, from the same town. One was a a lovely young classic, and one was a sassy, modern, edgy young woman…both from Long Island, NY. The result was interesting….they embraced their looks on each other….and both decided while they probably would not change their fashion persona, they felt they could experiment a little bit more with the kinds of things they would consider wearing.    

When was the last time you considered trying something a little bit different from your usual look? Why not try something new…to you!?! I think you will be glad that you did!

 

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Something New!

It’s easy!

And it’s the perfect time of year! January 2018 is history. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day 2018….and things will be looking up! I decided today to try a new nail polish color! It gave me such a Boost! It turns out it was just what I needed to get me out of my winter Funk!

The weather outside is Frightful!?! So it must be time to be thinking about Spring clothes!?

Really you say?

Yes, it is. Make yourself go shopping….even if it is in your closet. Surely, if you look, you will find some things in your closet that you haven’t worn…since you can’t remember when! Right now it is time to start thinking of some new things that will put a bounce in your step….and remind you that winter won’t last forever…soon it will be Valentine’s Day, then it won’t be long until St Patrick’s Day….you get the picture!?  

In fact, speaking of Valentine’s Day, find some RED things to start wearing. Nail polish, lipstick….pretty new sweater, maybe!?! If not red, pink, maybe?? Tangerine?!? Go out on a limb and try something NEW!

If you are having trouble getting motivated take a look at Doncaster.com. Consider trying a look/color that is new to you!

I think you will be glad you did!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

 

Well, we made it! We survived 2017,

and ushered in 2018!

So now it is time to Spring Forward!!!

But, here is the thing…I think 2018 is so close to 2020….that I actually think of it as “practically 2020”. When I think of today as “practically 2020” I think….OMG!….We are living in the future!! For real!! How did that happen so fast?!?

So I have decided that now that we are practically living in the future we have to start thinking….”I’m Moving Forward”. No more It’s Fine. It Will Do. I Don’t Need It. The old one is good enough….they used to last forever….so they should still last forever!! Well, maybe they did …back in the day. But, they don’t now! (Whatever it is!) So it is up to all of us to jump on board this train and decide to move forward with the times and do the best we can to modify how we do things today with how we did them in 1970!! Why?? Because there is almost NO CHANCE that when 2020 comes….for real….we will be doing things just like we did in 1970!

That begins with how we dress. Because how we dress will determine how we live our lives! If we dress like we mean it…or if we dress like we respect ourselves, and our times…there is every chance people around us will treat us like women who know what we are doing. And ultimately, I think, that is what we all want. Isn’t it!?

Make some time to come and see me and what’s new for Doncaster Spring 2018! We will find you something crisp, fresh and NEW to guide you confidently in to the future! I know we will!  You will be so glad you came!

It’s SHOWTIME! in Milwaukee!

Doncaster Spring 2018 Petites/Misses/Womens

@Woman’s Club of Wisconsin 1/18 – 1/20, Thursday-Saturday

@HOME 1/23-26, By Appointment!

You will be so glad you came!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I Wear Where!?

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Recently we went to dinner with some friends that I am crazy about. The biggest problem we have is that we don’t see enough of each other! It seems like there is never enough time! I was sitting on the couch chatting with the hostess when all of a sudden, all I could think of was ‘Oh No!!’ I am wearing the same thing I wore last time we were here!! Exactly the same thing!

You see just the week before, I was meeting with a New Client, Sandra. She was new to me….and to Doncaster. She bought a dress and as she was trying it on we were talking ‘Fashionista Speak’…you know what that is right?!

Where she will wear her new dress, what shoes she will wear with it, where she is going wearing her new dress….etc. Sandra asked me/told me that she keeps a note of what she wears to which event and she asked me if I did that. I assured her that I work hard to pay close attention to what I wear, but I haven’t actually gotten around to making notes. So imagine my surprise, when I found myself in that very same situation….within the week!!! ‘Oh No!’

I guess I will have to start making notes for myself! Clearly the old habit of ‘thinking about it’ isn’t working so well for me anymore. So I reached out to her again…so, Sandra, how do you do that?! Where and how do you keep your Fashion Diary, I asked? It has to be simple. It has to be accurate. And it has to be easy to see and, therefore, to actually use! I found an old diary sort of thing I have never used….that is pretty (very important) and small-ish, also important….and I have found a perfect spot front and center in my closet! I got it all set this weekend, and already I feel so well organized!

I have decided to call it ‘What I Wear Where’! Cute isn’t it!?! Actually it is perfect timing! For the next few weeks I am happy to say that I have places to go and things to do! Everything should be much easier for me if I can quickly look up what I wore there last time I went there!

Try it. Maybe this little tip will help you to navigate your closet more effectively. We want to wear more of the clothes we already have, so that when the New Collection (Doncaster Spring 2018) becomes available we will be ready for some pretty, new, things!!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT’S SHOWTIME!

We are together again….for SHOWTIME!

Doncaster Fall/Winter 2017

Woman’s Club of Wisconsin,

813 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee. Complimentary Valet Parking!

Wednesday  – Saturday, 9/26 – 9/30

This week! We are up and ready for YOU!

Come see us….and what’s new!

And, remember….Dress Like You Are Going Somewhere Better Later!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK…It’s Time….

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Time to leave pajama pants at home, And the flip flops at the beach.

It’s Time to stop wearing sneakers to work and sweatpants to the airport.

It’s Time to give up Lazy Dressing altogether.

Because It’s Time to Look Fabulous Again!

Let’s show each other a little more respect.

Let’s put Saturday Night effort Into Sunday afternoon.

Let’s remember, You get what you Dress For.

So, Let’s Get Dressed!

(NYTimes)

Are you worried about what you will wear when you decide to Get Dressed!?! Come see me at SHOWTIME!

I’m sure we can find you a Great New Look! So, come see me!

Doncaster Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

@Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 414-276-5170

@Home, 9/21-23   By Appointment!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think Bigger….Nope, BIGGER!

I think sometimes we get in our own way! Why do we do that…?

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Think of it this way….if you agree to do something new…agree to give it your BEST shot! What do you have to do to make people believe that you will be successful at this new venture. And then think….what Else can you do?? To make it Better!?! Give it your best shot…and then some! Why? Because that is how you will know that it is the right thing for you, or not. If you don’t give it your best, from the “Get-Go”, then you really will not know if it was really the right thing for you or not? You might limp along, doing your thing….but if you don’t give it your ALL you will never know what the real ending could be! Maybe you will have lack luster success, which would be fine, under certain circumstances. But how would you feel if you found out a year later…or 2 maybe….that if you had done one more thing you might have been GREAT!

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Success breeds success….I didn’t make that up! But, the opposite is true also….lackluster performance brings lackluster results. Lackluster is fine….in fact, lackluster is great for some people! But what if you could have done one more thing, and have success from the outset? Then it would follow that you would have wild success!! After all….Success Breeds Success, right!? Give it your best shot! From the beginning! So the success can multiply!! That way if something else presents itself to you, you can have a better shot at making smart decisions about which direction to take at the next fork in the road.

When I started my business, I was invited to an event to learn about something new….Designer Fashion Beginning at size 12. I didn’t know the people that invited me, I didn’t know who else was going, and I wasn’t looking for a job! But I was curious to see what it was all about….so I said YES! I am proud to say that it has turned out to be a Great Opportunity for me! I have met wonderful women….and men! I have been places and done things I never thought of doing. And it has all been a result of saying YEP…I’ll try it! And I did! I jumped in both feet first and gave it my best effort! I have the luxury of being proud of what I have done, because I believe that I have done the best I can….and the results have been GREAT! Of course, some seasons are better than others….but ultimately I can live with the results because I believe that I did the best I could.

Inspirational Be Good to Yourself DoncasterIt is easier to be the best you can be if you dress like you mean it. Don’t be afraid to be the best dressed woman in the room. The other people in the room will be so mad at themselves for wearing the same old same old black bottoms! Just trust me….and believe it! Because it is true! This is the perfect time to try it out…..it’s the HOLIDAYS. Wear something different…something new….something that you like….and that you haven’t worn in a bit. It’s the perfect opportunity to shine! If someone approaches you and says…what are you wearing??!! And why are you wearing it?? You can tell them that I told you to!

Dress Well. It will help you to FEEL Better! And THRIVE!!!!!!

Doncaster Ladies

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Please comment & share your thoughts….!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

Comments always welcome!

Making a Difference

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15 years ago I was invited to a luncheon, in Milwaukee….at the Pfister Hotel. The Pfister is generally regarded as the best hotel in town ….especially at that time. The funny thing was that I didn’t know the people that invited me….or who else was going. I had never heard of the company, at that time we were called elana. And for some reason I accepted the invitation and went to the event. Curious to see what it was all about.

My Dad had just died the week or two before the luncheon. He had been sick for a very long time and it was somewhat of a relief, actually, that he was finally going to Rest In Peace. I am the oldest of 4 children and I wanted to talk about my Dad at his funeral. I had decided that long before he died. But when it finally happened I had a really big problem! I had nothing to WEAR!! I tried to find something ‘altar appropriate’….and it wasn’t as easy as it sounds!! You see I have a difficult body type to fit and the choices were, generally, terrible. I found ‘something’ that was fine, but the important thing was that I had had the experience! I knew what it was like to want/need something nice to wear and I couldn’t FIND ANYTHING !!

Imagine my surprise when I returned home from the funeral to find an invitation to come to a luncheon to be introduced to Designer Fashion Beginning at size 12?!? I was anxious to know more!

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I was so taken by the idea….by the people I met that day….and the idea that what every woman wants is to have clothes in her closet that take her to where she goes! I had never thought of my clothes that way before. These people had a new product that catered to women like me.

You see, the fact is

*the average American woman wears size 16 and above, 67% of American women wear size 14-24.
*she has places to go and things to do….and generally is very Good at what she does
*the baby boomers are aging, their body types are changing. Suddenly, nothing fits.

This sounds like a wonderful opportunity!! I’m in!! I think I can do this!! I think I can contribute to the success of a company like this. I know women who will want to know about what this is all about….and I really getting to know the people encouraging me to join them! I felt like there was a train going by, with a great team of people urging me to jump on board their train and help them improve their product and to introduce what we knew about to others.

Well, as you can guess, I said YES!! And I’m so glad that I did!!! I am just home from the DONCASTER 2016 Fashion and Business Conference. I am happy and proud to say that I have made a difference!! I have met women from all over the country, young women, more mature women…some of whom have been in this business 25, 35, 45….& up….and some that are brand new!! As our world has changed in the last 15 years, so has my business…and the company, too. But the one thing that has not changed….we LOVE our business! We LOVE our clients!! We LOVE how we feel when we wear our new clothes…..and really all we want to do is to keep on keeping on!!

The new clothes are gorgeous! I know you will want to see them as soon as I get them in January…..especially if I haven’t seen you in awhile!! Come see me and together we will keep making a difference.

If you would like to know more about the Doncaster Opportunity let me know! Or….go to DONCASTER.COM. They will be able to help you!

I think you will be glad you did!

Barbara

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She was soooo stunning!

I saw the most attractive woman tonight on my way home from the city.

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We have the most beautiful lakefront here in Milwaukee. It has been a long day, so I came home by the lake. I was going along with the crowd, not really paying much attention to what was going on around me…on this GORGEOUS, FALL DAY…down by the beach!!

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All of a sudden I noticed this woman jogging/walking/taking her daily constitutional walk…you could just tell! She was stunning! I don’t know her…at all! She was a big, tall, black woman…maybe 6′ tall. Her hair was black and shiny, pulled back and she had the most beautiful look on her face. She was plugged into her tunes and completely enjoying her moment! She was a big woman. She had a curvy shape, bigger breasts and full round hips….but she didn’t “jiggle” anywhere! It was so amazing! I guess one reason I found her looks to be so alluring is that she didn’t fit the “usual” definition of beautiful. And yet I was just mesmerized by her demeanor. She seemed so happy! So strong and confident! I wish I had had the opportunity to meet this woman.14237744_10153703860332441_1090965065349285670_n

I decided I just HAD to write about her, because she made me think about how do we actually define what is beautiful? Alluring?? Captivating?? What is the elusive thing that we call beauty. Take a minute out of your busy day and think about it. I’m guessing, like me this afternoon, when you really think about it, it will probably include characteristics that might surprise you. Confidence, strength…physical size and general coordination. In this case, this afternoon, it was NOT about what the lady was wearing….or….what she wasn’t wearing! It was all about everything else…..and it was fascinating!

Think about it. What do you find attractive….watch the people living their lives around you. Is there something that stands out?? Something that you might notice…and find attractive? In a new way??10537057_591065384335270_1690727194781741237_n

Think about it! I think you will be glad you did!

Barbara

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Wear it in good health…

….and wear it often! Those are words to live by!!

Doncaster Fall FashionWhy is it that when we go out to buy new clothes, we buy new clothes, presumably that we LOVE and then we SAVE them! I don’t know why we do that! When we buy new things that we love….we should wear them! They do us no good at all when they are hanging in the closet!

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There are lots of reasons to wear them often! I guess one of the most important reasons is because wearing our new look is one way we can become comfortable in our own skins. It gives us a chance to practice wearing them different ways. I always advocate for buying the LOOK…as opposed to a piece at a time, because that is how we build a great wardrobe. Right now I am experimenting with some of my new Fall clothes, mostly because just now it is finally cool enough to wear them comfortably! Last night we went out and I wore my new giant paisley pants….and the tweed jacket/coat in the same group. It was a LOT going on at once, but after all that is what we are seeing all over the place for Fall 2016! This is definitely a season for More is More! Well, I’m so glad that I tried it….because I didn’t like it at all! It was way too much for even me! So, the learning was…stick with one novelty at a time….either the giant paisley pattern OR the tweed jacket. It is more predictable, but it is also much more comfortable for me. I couldn’t wait to get home and take my clothes off! And that rarely, in fact almost never, happens to me.

fall-peek2016Earlier this week I was called for Jury Duty. What to wear?? Did it matter?? I’ve been on a jury before, and the answer is it makes NO difference what you wear….unfortunately! But I generally make it a point to wear my Doncaster clothes everywhere I go…..so I decided to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up….in Doncaster. The first day went pretty much like I expected. It was long, it was boring, I wasn’t picked for a jury….and I was exhausted at the end of the day! The second day went much better! I marched up to the font desk in the jury room, handed over my summons to the No Nonsense jury manager….and she said…You look so pretty! (Imagine my surprise??!!) I was dumbfounded, but I smiled, and said Thank You! Then she went on to say….and, by the way, you looked beautiful yesterday too! Again, I was dumbfounded…and I just said Thank You. But this time I decided to chat it up a bit with her…..she would become my new best friend! Making a long story short, I decided to ask her if I could be excused to have lunch with my husband….and she said YES! And she dismissed me entirely! Hooray! I’m sure it was all because I was dressed up!

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So….the moral of the story is, we have these clothes so why not wear them!? Why do we go to the old, tired looks that we have been wearing forever…when we have pretty, new things in the closet!? When we wear them we discover how to make them valuable to us…these pants, with that jacket…or this one?? Try them both…then wear them each, one day at a time….then decide which is your favorite…or Not!? Which look is better suited to which occasion.

I bet if you try it, you will like it.

This week it’s Showtime!

In Milwaukee ~ Come See What’s New!!!

10/6 – 10/8 Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ WCW

10/11, 10/12, 10/13 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Home

Please comment & share your thoughts about style & fashion!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

Comments always welcome!Barbara Drake Style Consultant