Doncaster Diary of Style

February Edition of Diary of Style

They say the weather will be getting better by the end of the week! Do you believe them? I do!!!

Generally, the weather starts to turn right around Valentine’s Day. That doesn’t mean that winter is OVER….but generally at this point the really terrible weather is done….or at the least it isn’t so severe…it doesn’t seem to last so long if a storm surfaces near by.

The days are getting a bit brighter, a little longer even…and generally things are looking up!

I like to say, WE LIVE IN WISCONSIN…IF WE ARE GOING TO SEE SPRING, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WEAR IT!

So look thru your winter closet. Look for the black pieces…and freshen them up with some WHITE….instead of navy or black. Add some red, or some sunset or rose maybe? Maybe you can find some accessories that will pop some color with those favorite black pants? Or bring out the FABULOUS winter white suit…and add a pop of color to that?

Do you need more ideas? Contact me…or check out my blog!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster Diary of Style

January Edition of Diary of Style

Happy New Year! Everyone seems to agree … 2016 will be a banner year!!

Apparently for 2016, New Year’s resolutions are “Old Hat”! I have it on good authority! They say that by 1/17….anyone who did make a resolution is resigned to the fact that the impending change….it probably isn’t that important after all…and it probably isn’t going to happen!

So let’s decide to move forward in a more positive way. Do you know how we do that? We just decide to. We just make it a point to GET UP. DRESS UP. & SHOW UP.

Are you tired? Need a boost….but don’t really know how?? Or what? Give yourself permission to try a new look. Check out the fashion magazines. Think about it. Which look do you like? Which look do you think you might be able to embrace?

Still can’t decide? Then come see me! Together we will experiment with some new looks!

DONCASTER SPRING 2016
Petites, Misses, Womens
@ WCW 1/20 – 1/23
@ HOME 1/27 – 1/30

Looking forward to seeing you!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Create A Favorite Place …

In Your Closet!!!

In 4 easy (enough) steps. 1) Clear away the clutter. 2) Spruce up the space. 3) Display your clothes, and accessories, as much as possible. 4) Personalize your space!

Clear away the clutter! That means, toss the cleaning bags, pitch the hangers that are not in use right now. Invest in hangers that you think will show off your clothes in the best way. Have your clothes all hanging in the same direction. Make sure the clothes that “get to stay” are fresh from the cleaners and all in good repair. You should be able to wear Everything in your closet at any time! Remove all the things taking up valuable space…tennis racket, wrapping paper, skis,  etc….find another spot for those things.

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As you spruce up the space it will start to become your Happy Place! To do a really thorough re-do remove everything from your closet….and bring the vacuum! Clean away the spider webs, dust mites, starting to get the picture? Maybe paint the inside closet walls your favorite color? Is your lighting dim? Or worse naked? Replace it with a light fixture that will provide beautiful light. Maybe you can find a corner for a rose blossom? It will make you feel better and look better too!

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Display your clothes by look. Put the black things together with the things you will wear with them. Try to fold knits….they will grow hanging lopsided on an old hanger for too long. (That’s not a good thing!) Sort out your athleisure wear too. Go thru your shoes, the all day every day shoes, the party shoes, the favorites. Separate from the shoes that never worked just how you expected them to. Your space is too valuable! Create a space in your closet for your accessories…..scarves, necklaces, those power statements that give you that extra “je ne sais  quoi!”

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Save a little bit of space to make the space your own! To make your closet an inspiring place to be. We do not want your closet to be a dreaded spot….a place that makes you nervous when you just think about it! A good mirror is a MUST! It should be beautiful….and the very best quality you can find! Make sure that when you look into it you can say, Ok…This is Good!

IMG_1892Now that your closet is full of life, energy and beauty…..Let’s focus on the fabulous new looks that you will find in there! Maybe you will find an old favorite that you can re fashion and wear a different way than you did the first time around. It should be easier for you to spot the things that are holding you back….maybe they were bad choices in the first place? Maybe it was marked down so low you HAD to buy it? Or, maybe they just don’t fit any more, all these feelings will contribute to making you edgy, nervous and hopeless about re styling your New You! Your closet is a very emotional place! Do your part to make it full of good emotions and memories!

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Remember It’s a new Year….use this opportunity to make it a New You too! I think you will be glad you did!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Barbara Drake

Spring 2016 Trends

Follow BBDStyle for up to the minute Spring Fashion Trends for 2016!

For more Doncaster looks for Spring 2016 click here!

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~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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.

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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@bbdstyle.com

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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!

Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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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!

IT’S COMING!
DONCASTER SPRING 2016!
@ WCW 1/20 – 1/23

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

~ Barbara Drake
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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@bbdstyle.com

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Doncaster Diary of Style

November Edition of Diary of Style

I am a Lucky Woman!

It’s November…all ready! It’s time for me to turn my attention to turkey, stuffing, apple pie and gravy! Polish the silver, decorate the tables….and prepare for the company! I know what I’m going to wear…do you?

I am thankful for a wonderful family, husband, children that we love, siblings that we don’t see enough of, a host of in-laws…and even the outlaws! And a thriving Doncaster business that keeps me out of trouble…at least most of the time! I am grateful for the friends and clients that appreciate the product that I represent and the experience that I bring to my business.

As you are sorting out your closet and thinking about where you are going and what you are going to wear think about this…show your world that you respect yourself by dressing well. Your accessories?? The best accessory? Your smile!! It’s even better with RED LIPS! 🙂

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
The Doncaster Collection
Fall/Winter 2015

~ Barbara Drake
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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