What I Wear Where!?

What I Wear Where!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Emergency!

Last week I had a Fashion Emergency! Oh No!

I decided one day to take my own advice and wear some of the black pants that are just hanging in my closet but that I haven’t worn for ages. I decided to go for my Favorite Old pants from last year. They were my Favorites!! I put them on, I easily zipped them up (Yeah!) put on a New black top and I’m off! Or so I thought!! By the time I finished my cereal, I was fidgeting and so uncomfortable! Why? I asked myself? These pants were front zip, black knit, trim….but not skinny….and I still loved the fabric. So where did I go wrong!?!

Remember, these pants were favorites, so I was determined to keep trying to identify the problem! Maybe it isn’t the pants….maybe it’s the top? Because the top was new, I had not worn them together. Ok….I’ll change my top. that’s easy enough! So I put on another top….and alas….still not right. This time my bra straps were right there!! So, still not willing to concede that this is what happens when we try to make our favorite old things work year after year. Is it just because the styles have changed? They haven’t really changed that much….trim pants or fuller legs?? It’s pretty much your choice. In 2017 pretty much anything goes! So all right…..I’ll try one more thing…..I ended up with a white blouse, untucked, and a new cashmere cardigan with all kinds of pattern! Success!! (Thank heavens!) I felt like I could conquer my day!

 

 

 

 

So, the real learning in this little exercise? I was really irritated! If I hadn’t persevered I would have been fussy and uncomfortable all day long! And, so, it would have been so difficult to do all the things I wanted to do that day. The other thing was that it took me a really long time!! I was way behind by the time I felt like I could walk out the door! And, finally, I realized I have clients that go thru this all the time….I’m sure!! So how can I help them!?!

WEAR THEM IN GOOD HEALTH….AND WEAR THEM OFTEN!   BBD

Most of you will be very familiar with that phrase by now. We really should not keep things in our closet, to look at every day, that we do not and are not going to wear! We have enough decisions to make first thing in the morning besides mentally sort thru a closet full of clothes that we are not going to wear!! They are too small, they are too big, they are too old, and they just don’t work any more. But if they stay in the closet we have to look at them every day and consider putting them on….just because they are there.

We are important women (and men too!). We have places to go and things to do. Let’s decide to sort thru all the things in our closets and remove the things that just aren’t right for us anymore. Give them to an organization that will distribute them to people that really need them! And then we will feel better….and be able to accomplish even MORE….and the recipients, too, will be able to THRIVE!

Inspirational Be Good to Yourself

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Up for Air!


Finally….I’m coming up for air! SHOWTIME! was wildly successful! Thank you to everyone for making the time to come and see me and what’s new! Today is one of the very few days we have had that it is really beginning to feel like Fall/Winter 2017 is upon us!

I was so surprised when one of my clients appeared….someone I had not seen in a long time! It seems she has a new job….which is great news! It’s all good! The surprise was that she really got me going….she was confident that she would be able to convince me that it is ok that she “dress down” for her new position, because everyone else does!

Can you believe that!?!

Of course, I think you all know that my response was….No, It Isn’t!

We all should have a closet that is filled with clothes that we can wear now, and that we Want to Wear Now, to all the places we go. Our clothes need to be clean and stylish, and fit properly, and take us to the places we go to. It is NOT good enough to have a bunch of clothes that are old, are uncomfortable and make us feel old & stodgy. Maybe that is because of the fit, maybe it is because of the fabrication of the garment. Inexpensive clothes, purchased several years ago, (or more) will not serve you well. You need to have looks that are comfortable….great fabrics that take you to the grocery store, to the office, to the luncheon event, the teachers conference…..clothes that you can stay in to fix dinner & help with homework….have a drink with your husband….and eat dinner with your family! We are women that have a lot to do and a lot of places to go to each, and every day. We need Great Clothes that will take us to all those places…every day! We do Not need to wear clothes that don’t make us feel good! Life is way too short for that!

What we do not need, is tired old clothes that itch, make us get hot and sweaty, cranky and irritable! Clothes that no matter where we are going they are Not even comfortable enough to wear…all day long! And whatever you do….

Don’t Dress Down!

Please, people….do your self a favor….Dress Like You Mean It!! You will notice that people will pay more attention to you….and to what you say!

Dress Well. Wear Doncaster! You will be glad you did! For Pete’s Sake…don’t Dress Down!

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….

Doncaster Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided this morning….

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… after reading my recent post…..that I am going to concentrate on being grateful for all the things I Can Do….and stop beating myself up for the things I can’t do!!

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And what we can all do is to Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up …and make some History! And fingers crossed, it will be all good!

So, are you with me…?!  🙂

 

~ Barbara

bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Spring / Summer 2017 Lookbook

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Make it a Habit!

To say Yes! You hear me say that all the time!

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I had lunch yesterday with some great friends of mine. We all got dressed up, just because we were seeing each other! It was such fun! The conversation was about everything under the sun…Spring Fashion, Make Up we like, what we are doing & where we are going….it was so interesting! One of the ladies commented that she got herself into a difficult situation recently when she said Yes to something “that wasn’t as easy easy as it sounds”! Her story reminded me of a trip Harry and I took recently. We found ourselves in a few situations that were really challenging! It was very scary…and I’m happy to report it all turned out OK!

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I found myself telling the story of how my very traumatic foot surgery (many years ago now) had a major impact on what kinds of things I Can Do, and what I really Can’t Do…like play figure skate & play tennis. When I had my operation I gave up tennis & ice skating, which meant that I had more time available to try other things (like become a Doncaster Stylist!).  I have to remind myself to say Yes to things that I Can Do…and sometimes that means a little bit of experimenting about what the things I Can Do might be. As we age, gracefully I hope, that seems to be happening more and more. The list of things I Can Do is shrinking while the list of things I Used To Do seems to be growing!

I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was! Toby Keith

So one of the things I Can Do … is Get Dressed! (Phew!) Maybe that is one reason why I like to try different looks…to be adventurous (sort of, anyway) with what I wear…to try new things. And I guess it is also why I encourage You to try new things too! I do have more confidence to try something new to me when I am Dressed Up. When I get Dressed Up, I feel like I am preparing for my day. I make the bed, get myself together, think about what I’m doing, where I’m going….and therefore what I will wear to do all that in. It sounds like it should be pretty simple…but sometimes it just isn’t as easy as it sounds. I think most of you understand that….because I know you know what I’m talking about!

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

This is so profound, because for a lot of people that just isn’t as easy as it sounds. All of us can identify with that on at least some days.

So, as we move forward, let’s try to get in the habit of saying “Yes, Thank you, I would love to join you”. While at the same time we will be thoughtful about what kinds of things we agree to. We won’t be a scaredy cat….but we will be thoughtful. And we will get a lot of pleasure out of the fact that we have done a lot of living….and we will cherish all those adventures & memories….while we are pursuing New things, and meeting New people along the way in ways that we Can!
Remember….We Are the Lucky Ones!

Please comment & share your thoughts about how to say yes!!

~ Barbara

bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Spring / Summer 2017 Lookbook

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Thank You!

I had such fun! I’ve just finished up SHOWTIME! for Spring & Summer 2017. It was so much fun to see so many friends….some that I see regularly, and some that I hardly ever see! I just love my job!  🙂

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But the most surprising thing was how many people told me ….”I’m trying to add navy to my closet”! Remember?? You might remember … That was my advice in the last newsletter that I wrote! It was cute the first time, and in fact almost went over my head! Yet by the time I transferred the clothes to the next person I had heard the same thing from soooooo many people! How fun is that!?

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Do you have a problem/dilemma that you can’t solve in your closet? Let me know! And I will try to shed some light on a way to tackle that problem! I guess that my biggest problem is making sure that there is Nothing in my closet that I can’t wear … right now! Everything should be fixed, clean, fit!, and make me feel good when I put it on!

They say, Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal! I don’t want to waste my time with clothes that don’t work for me anymore! They just aren’t good enough. The things in my closet have to take me to the places that I go to. If they don’t make me feel good when I put them on, then I figure that I just don’t need them any more…they just aren’t good enough! It’s too hard to Fall in Love with Your Life ….when your pants don’t fit!

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So… start being selective! Be Discriminating! If your pants don’t fit, aren’t comfortable…don’t make you feel good….separate from them right then and there. Keep a shopping bag in the bottom of your closet. If you can’t wait to get out of those pants, put them right into that bag when you take them off…and share them with a charity that will make sure they get connected to someone that can really Use Them!

You will be SO GLAD that you did!

~ Barbara

bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Spring / Summer 2017 Lookbook

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Comments always welcome!

Freshen Up for Spring!

Are you anxiously awaiting Spring 2017…. well, I think that’s a great plan!Doncaster Fashion

I think a really good way to freshen up your look for this time of year is to add some Navy to your basic looks. Move away from the usual Black…just a bit….to Navy. When you connect the garments you already have in your closet to Navy, instead of Black, you will get a whole new look and feel to your regular go to clothes! White, Winter White and Ivory can be new neutrals with your Navy and/or Black things as well.

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This is a really good time to add a little bit of pattern to your wardrobe also. Something that can blend with Black and Navy is a great choice! You don’t have to have a lot….but choose a big bold print to update your closet! It’s current and on trend, and when it is blended with Black/Navy I bet you will be able to embrace it wholeheartedly! And think of the additional looks you will have!

If you just can’t embrace a lot of pattern, try a new, bold Color! This season some beautiful and New colors are Lollipop Red and Sugar Coral. Both are pretty and bold and will definitely put a bounce in your step! Both, or either, work with Black, and with Navy also!  Choose a pretty pattern in a blouse? A scarf? A dress?! And remember….reptile/animal print is still a perfect update to your new look!

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This is also a good time to add some new accessories….or dig deep to find the things you already have…and love! If you find some things you haven’t worn in a while, and you don’t love….separate from them!! Don’t hang on to things you don’t love! Life is too short to wear clothes, jewelry, accessories that you don’t like! Everything will be better if you add some new things to update your look for Spring 2017!

Think about it … I’m certain you will be glad you did!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Barbara Drake

It’s Showtime! in Milwaukee

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2017

Wed – Saturday, March 22 – 25

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

Come See Me! And what’s New!

 

It’s Time!

Spring Ahead

It’s Time to Spring forward into Spring 2017!

The first thing to do is to commit to Moving Forward! Commit to Ditch the Black Knit pants! They are stretched out and tired and no doubt they have had a lot of wear and tear in the last 6 months or so! A really good way to do that is to substitute jeans for those black leggings. The jeans, they can be denim….but they can also be a bright colored jeans style trouser, or a patterned pant.Doncaster Denim

Denim is huge this season!

If you haven’t worn it for awhile, you might like to try it again. You will be surprised how quickly you will get a fresh new outlook on an everyday look. I used to use this all the time…. Some of you might even remember it. Lighten Up Your Bottom!! Lighten it up with khaki pants, a lighter neutral….or a great Lollipop Red pair of jeans…Python print trim bottoms! It’s really hard to have a bad day wearing Red Jeans! 🙂

Doncaster DenimOr, instead of mindlessly heading to the hooks on the bathroom door for those tired, old, leggings….why not try a skirt/dress for a change!? I think you will find it’s a great way to Get Up. Dress Up. and Show Up! As the clocks are Springing Forward so are our clothes! The days will start to get longer…hopefully a little brighter….and maybe we can start to think about wearing a Pretty Color! A new color, a new patterned bottom maybe? Just think about the possibilities!

BBD StyleIf you aren’t ready to buy Spring just yet, start by mixing up your daily wardrobe with something in your closet, that you haven’t worn in a while….maybe, you can’t even remember the last time you wore it!? Try it! You will know right away whether or not it’s a keeper. You will love it….or not….and surely by the end of the day you will have some new favorites in the closet that you can GoTo instead of those tired old leggings!Doncaster Spring

Give it a try! I think you will be glad that you did!

It’s Showtime! in Milwaukee

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2017

Wed – Saturday, March 22 – 25

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

Come See Me….and the Spring & Summer collection! See what’s new! Think about trying something new!

Please comment & share your thoughts about denim!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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