Today!

Try it! Make it a point to try something new to you….each day!

Today was the day for me! I had some errands to do at the Mall. It’s about a 1/2 hour away from me, so I try to plan my visits out there carefully. Besides …. I Hate going to the Mall. But, I decided to say Yes to the adventure and just do it! And, I’m so glad that I did!  

The first thing I did was to return some shoes to Nordstrom. I pulled up to the area and I noticed there was a sign right in front of me that said I could text the store and someone would come out to my car to pick up my returns. I had never done that before. But, I thought…I’m going to try this. And it was that good! I saved some steps….and some energy…..and it was EASY! So I was starting to feel really good!

So, then I was feeling very brave….and decided to drive around to the other end of the Mall…and because I was in a different place than usual, I took a different route. I think it was because of that that I found the perfect parking spot for the things I wanted to do. Yeah! I am never that lucky! 🙂  As I entered the Mall, in a different location than usual, I walked right by Panera….I love cheesy bread at Panera! So I went to do my errands…..and as I was leaving…..I decided to stop and get some cheesy bread to take home! Yeah!!

By now I was feeling good and very brave!! So when I passed by Five Guys…by now it was getting to be lunchtime….I decided to stop by and have a  burger and fries. Five Guys came to Milwaukee YEARS ago….and I haven’t been there since it first opened….so I decided to take the plunge and try it again. Guess What?!? I liked it! Especially the fries!! When I finished eating lunch I went to one more place….Talbots. It just so happened that they were have a great sale….I think almost everything I bought was on sale….about 90% off!! Since Doncaster died I was in serious need of some new clothes….and they were exactly the right price!! How could I resist?!?

It was a great day! I’m so glad I went….and so glad that I did some things in a new (to me!) way! It made me feel really good! Empowered even! I got my errands done in a timely fashion….I bought some foods that Harry and I love but hardly ever actually eat….and I even got some new clothes to perk up my closet. All in all it was a great day!

When was the last time you tried something new?? Can you even remember when it was? Try it! When the occasion presents itself think about my day…..think about how great I felt at the end of the day….how empowered I felt just because I did a few “usual” things a little differently than I usually do them.

Think of it this way…..Today is a Good Day for a Good Day!

Barbara

 

Company’s Coming!

 

 

I always tell my friends….we live in Wisconsin! In the Winter we go away as much as we can…..and in the summer we have Company! Yeah!

Recently we have had some Company! We love that! I told Harry that as much as I love that he volunteers to go to the store, this time I am going to go to the grocery store. Because, after all we are having Company! These days everyone eats different things! We need to get an assortment for the kids (the young parents), the babies, the grownups……It’s just not as easy as it sounds! I love my husband to pieces, but he Never veers from the list! Never! He simply couldn’t even think of shopping for this bunch!

So, I headed out for my shopping adventure!! Armed and Dangerous as they say! And I had a blast! I got some flowers, some cookies…..some of this and some of that! A couple of chicken salads, because everyone eats different things these days! Some Popsicles and Ice Cream bars, some chips!! Oh my Gosh! The grocery cart was FULL of good stuff that we haven’t had around the house in ages!

Then I got to the check out. I struggled to get the things on the counter faster than the check out lady could check them off! But, I persevered and I did it! Then….OMG!!… I got the total!! Oh Boy!!! It was $150!! I told the lady, you know my husband usually does the grocery shopping, especially lately, because I have been sick. When he comes up here he never spends more than $40!!! He comes all the time!! He always gets the same things…..and only the things on the list!! He is going to KILL me!! 🙂 It was just too much! She thought I was hilarious! So I took everything to the car and got it all loaded into the trunk…finally. I got in the car, and thought I would catch my breath and check on my messages to find out where they were, the company that is….how far away…..when they might arrive?? Should I be rushing home?? Or not?? You know….that sort of thing.

And there was a message for me! They got a late start…..so they stopped in Minoqua for coffee and snacks…..and then they were planning on stopping in Stevens Point at lunchtime….so they would see us about 3:00-3:30pm. Can you believe it??!!?? AFTER LUNCH!! It was too funny! I laughed all the way home, because I just knew I was going to be in soooo much trouble!!

But, it was really too funny!! Oh well, it’s Summer Vacation! We love our family and friends and cousins…..all our different kinds of Company! And we love to see them any time they can get here….whether it’s meal time or not!

 

Barbara

One thing at a time….

I think by now most of you know that I’ve been sick for a while now!!! UGH!!! As soon as I think I’m getting better something else happens….darn it! But, I think slowly, I am getting better!

Brighten Your Day with your favorite lipstick

I got my nails done yesterday….for the first time in 6 weeks! Oh dear…! And I have been reluctant to go and do it for a lot of reasons….including I’m not going anywhere, I’m not seeing anyone, I don’t feel good, they are really fine “au naturelle”….so why not just save the money? But, somehow, I was convinced that beautiful fingers would make me feel better.  So I said OK…we’ll see. And you know what?             New nails = a new me! It worked! I felt better immediately! So this morning I got up and dressed up in last years favorites…including PINK! A lot of pattern and a lot of Pink! And I am feeling better.

I am so saddened by the sudden death of Kate Spade. I am so sorry to hear of her struggles. I am a big fan of hers…..and have been for years! She was a young woman with a great idea, to design & create a purse that actually carried all the things women need to have at hand on a regular basis. She was able to pursue and develop her brand and she created an empire all her own. Such a wonderful role model for all of our young people today. Her vision, it turned out was more than purses….it turned out to be a brand that included, fashion, home goods, shoes…she left her mark on all facets of our life today. Life is hard….for everybody….on a lot of days. Everybody knows that. But I believe that for some people, some times, it is  just too hard. And for those people we just need to give them peace and grace. We need to trust that when they do the unthinkable they believe they are doing the right thing. Ultimately, it’s up to them…It’s not up to us.

I guess it just goes to show that Everyone Has Something……even, maybe especially, those women that appear to have it all.

Hence, we will vow to Get Up. Dress Up. and Show Up. Why? because we can….we will get a manicure/pedicure…and we will feel better… and we will become role models and mentors to the young women that are coming up behind us…one step at a time, one day at a time.

And don’t forget…..Lipstick!!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Noticed?

 

 

While I am waiting for the next great opportunity to drop in my lap…..I am watching

 

 

TV….magazines….catalogues….And do you know what I’m noticing? Dresses!

It’s all about Dresses! I don’t think I have seen a woman in pants in a public place anywhere in the last month or so!! Oh….alright! When the temp is below 60 degrees…it’s ok!

So, now when you are sorting through your old things….heads up for the dresses! Get them out! Wear them! Don’t save them for Best! Just wear them! At the end of the day you will be so glad you did!

If you don’t have a few go-to, all-day, every-day dresses…..go find some! You should be able to find them at wherever your favorite shopping place is….Try it! I think you will like it! You will find wearing dresses, is easier, smarter looking, more modern….and best of all….the most comfortable way to dress in the warmer weather!

Barbara

 

Shopping!?!

Inspirational

 

 

What should I wear today?

 

Green polka Dot Sweater Doncaster Collection

It’s a common problem for all of us. We have had a lot going on around here in 2018! One of the things that is really different for me is that I am not working right now! Which means, in code :), I haven’t been shopping! It has been a few months now, and I have some irons in the fire, as they say, for the next great thing to come my way, but nothing to report just now. So, in the meantime, I wear the same old, same old…..and go “shopping” in my closet!

Over the years I have found that by the end of the season and the beginning of the next I am so D. O. N.E. with the looks of the immediate past season that I can’t wait to move forward to the next new thing….and begin wearing it, and selling it!! But, this time is different…..and I am finding some things I completely forgot about hiding in my closet! Yeah! Even some of the old favorites were hiding! And I can’t wait to start wearing them!

An important thing I have learned is that it is much easier to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up. when you are going to support causes that are dear to you and to see people that are important to you….while you are wearing clothes that you love! Getting up in the morning and choosing between this old thing and that old thing is boring….and it’s HARD! Sort out your closet and find some things that are your old favorites….and then….make a point to wear them!

Barbara

 

One More Thing!

This was Election week here in Milwaukee. This is the election for local positions and judgeships, grass roots kind of topics…neighborhood issues.

I challenge the fans of BBDStyle to Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up for Election Day….next time you have an election in your neck of the woods! Show up to vote at your polling place. Is it old and tired? Are the chairs that the Election Judges have to sit on ALL DAY rusty and torn and dilapidated? Is the Election held in a old schoolhouse that hasn’t been visited in years and years??

Are the Judges themselves old and gray and tired? Is it hard for them to process people thru the line in a timely fashion….not because they are lazy, but because they can’t?! They can’t process what to do next quickly enough? Are we asking people to come out and vote for jobs nobody knows anything about? Or for people running unopposed….not in one category on the ballot, but for Most categories on the ballot?

It’s a disgrace! My polling place is a travesty. People all over the world envy our status as a free society….and here we have contest after contest where nobody Votes! In one contest here in town, this week, a write in candidate won her race. That is wonderful news…in fact she was my candidate….but she won with 79 votes….the opponent got 60….in the whole district! That is terrible!

When I walked into the polling place the other day I was overwhelmed with Tired…Old….Dreary…and OBSOLETE! Why would any smart, busy, successful young person ever make the time in her busy day to go there….for any reason ….. including to vote for old people who are running unopposed to jobs that no one wants.

It seems a little bit CRAZY doesn’t it!

Remember….If you stand for Nothing….What will you Fall for?

 

 

 

Barbara

It’s Time!

It’s Time!  To Embrace Spring with what you wear! Maybe it will be a beautiful creamy cashmere sweater set? Or a Lipstick Leather jacket?

It’s time to shed the tired, old clothes that you have been wearing again and again…..day in and day out for months now! The blacks are getting faded…and are starting to look dingy and Grey! Change your look…on purpose. When was the last time you wore a suit?? Maybe you have a black or navy suit hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in a long time? Try it! You might Like It! Or walk on the wild side and wear a color…head to toe! It can be a pastel or a bright. It doesn’t matter, it will put a bounce in your step! I know it will!

Make it a Great Day! Dress for a Great Day! And Voila! 

Go to your closet and find something you love, but you can’t remember the last time you wore it! Embrace it! Add something NEW. A bracelet? A necklace?New earrings maybe?? Even a scarf that is tucked away in a drawer…remember sometimes, for some people, it’s all about baby steps to something new…especially a new Look! If it makes you feel good…WEAR IT!

Or, think of it this way…find something in a pretty COLOR….it can be a PASTEL or a pretty BOLD color! It’s Time! It can even be a pretty Print! It’s even better if it is a pretty Print sporting a black background. Try something New…To You! You will be glad you did!

And, For Pete’s Sake….don’t forget to perk up your lipstick! Change your red lipstick to Crimson, Bright Raspberry or Tangerine! And the blush….you might want to lighten that up a bit too.

Maybe it’s too early for white pants and sleeveless tops….but it isn’t too early for a Change! Embrace It!

Be the Best Woman You Can Be!!!

Barbara

Our Young People!

If you stand for nothing…what will you fall for?

Alexander Hamilton

I am so taken with our young people today! I am so impressed at how well they are behaving! They are organizing themselves in such a way that they might actually be able to provoke some changes in our world today! Maybe?

I was an emotional wreck the morning of the School Walk Out! And how many schools were able to actually do it! The kids were responsible enough to come up with a plan that would likely get approved by the adults….to walk out in solidarity for the Parkland victims….coming up with a 17 minute Walk Out.

I was out to lunch that day and found myself sitting with a group of women that didn’t know each other well. What was surprising to me was that the Mom’s were lamenting that THEY wanted to walk out at the school with their children. And their children said No Mom!! This is OUR Walk Out!

I am not throwing’ away my shot! Alexander Hamilton

It reminded me of a Junior League story. The story goes something like this. They say that the Junior League of Orange County, CA did a survey on the 1960’s of the kinds of problems the school age children had at that time.  What kinds of things got the boys sent to the Principal’s Office? What kinds of things did the teachers find most difficult about the school day. The feeling was that if they could identify some of those things they might be able to brainstorm some solutions. It turned out that the most challenging problems they all faced were things like….the kid would stick a wad of chewed gum under the rim of his desk…..the boys would tease the girls….the lunchroom was a mess after the lunch break….. homework wasn’t turned in on time because “the dog ate my homework”….and one of the boys might push down a girl on the playground when playing Red Rover, Red Rover.

Today our young people struggle with things like students getting shot and sometimes Killed AT SCHOOL….sometimes, lunch at school, is the only meal a child might get, and often she has to eat alone….they oftentimes don’t know where they will sleep at night….whether their parent will be there when they get home….who will look after them…..and who will look after their siblings….they are experiencing out of control suicide statistics ….. drug addictions for themselves and for their parents and siblings. The lives of our school children today are vastly different than the lives of the students not so long ago.

So, let’s hear it for the kids! Let’s show them some alternative life styles that maybe they can grow up and learn to embrace. Let’s read to them….let’s mentor them in ways that we can….and let’s encourage them to stand up for the things that are important to them. I think they deserve it!

You Go Kids! Good luck with the March 24 Walk!

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!?

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