Be the WOW factor!

It is that time of year! The Holidays are here!

This is the time to get out your favorite clothes….first, to find them….and then to wear them!

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Wear them in good health…and wear them Often!

Whether you are going out for coffee or having lunch with the girls…or out for drinks with friends….be the one that is in the spirit…in the moment…anticipating Christmas. It doesn’t mean that you have to wear Red or Green! Or to wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater, to coin a phrase! Choose the things you love! Gold lame maybe? A favorite necklace? A little sparkle in your blush? Extra red lipstick maybe? Make it a point to use this very special time of year to connect with old friends and with new! Be the sparkle that everyone is looking for about now! It will raise your spirits…and those of the people around you.

 

Do you want to fit in…or to stand out?
This time of year, think about being the one that stands out!

There is plenty of time next year to fit in!

 

We are Wishing you a

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

and…hoping for Peace on Earth in 2017!

Heads Up for…Mark your calendar now!

Doncaster Spring 2017!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

January 19, 20, 21

@Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

813 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

414-276-5170

Barbara & Harry Drake

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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The husbands…..

are my Best Advocates! Isn’t that terrific?

 

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This is how it usually goes. The lady comes to look at the Doncaster Collection. She tries on this, and then that….looks at her self in the mirror….can’t get over how Great she looks….and says….Oh! My Husband Will Kill Me!? For Pete’s Sake….no he won’t!

 

 

Think of it this way. Your husband likes it when you look Great! I know that, because your husband tells me so! He tells me….when she wears Doncaster she looks great, feels good about her self….and radiates self confidence! I just Love it! When she spends the day at SHOWTIME! with you she comes home looking and feeling wonderful! I love it when she comes to you! Isn’t that nice?! Then he will go on to tell me….do you know know what I Hate? I hate it when I get home and see bags of clothes, usually with SALE tags, still in the bag, tossed into the back of the closet….never to be seen again! That is what I hate! And, that is when I say…..Me Too!fw2016-wsmall

 

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When I first started with Doncaster I met a woman that lived in Michigan. She was a lovely woman, married to a wildly successful man. They had a few kids in Middle School and High school. As I got to know her better, I learned that her husband did a lot of business entertaining. He was very social. I thought that sounded like so much fun! Well, she said, I rarely go out with him…generally I stay with the kids, have pizza, work on the homework, keep things under control at home so he doesn’t have to worry about us. Do you know why she didn’t go with him….for real? Because she had nothing to wear!! Isn’t that a shame!? She had a difficult time shopping before Doncaster Womens came along. I know that to be true because there are Lots of women like that! It didn’t take long for us to find her some Fabulous looks! She began to wear a little lipstick, get a new haircut, and one day she said she would like to go out with Don and the clients….and Don was thrilled to pieces!KatiaJan2012_1

 

 

He wrote me a letter just after that to thank me for introducing his wife to Doncaster Womens. He said she is looking wonderful! And then he said….You know, I love my wife. I don’t care what size she wears! All I ever wanted was for her to come out with me….and my clients, sometimes. I want, and always wanted, for her to share her life with me….and vice versa. Thank you from the bottom of my heart …. because now we seem to be doing just that.10537057_591065384335270_1690727194781741237_n

 

 

 

The moral of the story? We have to find clothes that fit us and make it easy to….Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up….so that we don’t Give Up! Life is too short to beat ourselves up about what size we wear….or don’t wear! Or how old we are….or aren’t!

 

SHOWTIME! IN MILWAUKEE…..

THURSDAY – SATURDAY, 10/6-10/8 @ WOMANS CLUB OF WISCONSIN

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If you are having trouble finding looks that You like…

Whatever size you wear…Come See Me!

I think you will be glad you did!

Barbara

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

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

Comments always welcome!

 

Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up….

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…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.

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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.

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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!

Comments always welcome!

Please be sure to Comment and Share your thoughts about style and fashion!! Who do you know that just might be crazy enough to change the world?

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

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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!
…….Anonymous

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!

Comments always welcome!

Please be sure to Comment and Share your thoughts about style and fashion!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

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I’m a Lucky Lady!

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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!

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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…..my 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!

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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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Please be sure to Comment and Share your thoughts about style and fashion!!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

It’s Easier to Keep Going, Than to Get Going!

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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!

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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!

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

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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
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

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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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