Well, I’m still at it! Trying to sort through, and to update, my closet! I can’t believe it is so hard! I guess if it’s this hard for me, it’s hard for you too!?

I think maybe the biggest issue that I have is that I’m wanting to wear different kinds of clothes this year than last…but I’m not exactly sure of WHAT?? So I have been shopping in different places….and I have to admit it’s not as easy as it sounds….and I have made some mistakes! I guess my new motto will be “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”

Try hard to experiment with some new looks….but try to shop earlier in the season….not so much at the end of the season when everything is on SALE!

The first thing I learned…I suppose I’m entitled to make some mistakes! It seems simple enough…but not always as easy as it sounds. Because I’m shopping at different places I have had some trouble finding the right size…vanity sizing!!! Yikes! So I need to order a couple of sizes and then return what doesn’t work. It’s kind of a hassle….but that’s what I am having to do at the moment. I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry.

And then the looks themselves….probably a bit more casual than I am used to. So because of that, I have been looking for new sources of different looks. I haven’t found the perfect thing just yet…but of course I will share when I can!

Don’t underestimate the power of a great dress!

It’s easier to get dressed when you wear a dress! I like to wear a dress sometimes, even if I’m not going out and about. As long as it is comfortable enough to wear all day long!!

Probably the most important thing to remember is to buy the WHOLE LOOK at once! It’s so important, because ultimately it’s what completes your desired look. Your new clothes should be comfortable, and/or FIT right now! Make yourself resist the sticker shock….and buy the whole look! Not just the pants….or the blouse…..but the whole thing! You don’t always have to wear them together….but everything will be better if you have the complete look in your closet!

Don’t these women look great!?

I am finding that there is a big difference between Fall Looks in September, when even in Wisconsin it can be really WARM! And by November (Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving?) I want my sweaters to be warmer, and I really need to have a jacket or a coat on most days. We even have some snow!

What’s a girl to do??? Go Shopping and have some things, a few things, in your closet that will take you to the places you go to!

Barbara Drake ~ BDD Style
Get Motivated! Dress Well!

Try something new! I think you will be glad you did!


I’m a lucky girl!

Do you, or did you, have a mentor? Someone who touched your life …. sometimes when you weren’t even looking?! Or maybe you are a mentor, and you don’t even know it!? Think about that for a minute.

Not too long ago Harry and I were talking about my early days with Doncaster. I guess it was around 9/11. It’s such an emotional time….for most off us I think. But for me it was early in October of 2001 that I bumped into the Doncaster opportunity. A lot of you already know this story, but some don’t! I was invited to a luncheon downtown, at the best hotel, by people I didn’t know, some inform out of town, to hear about something I had never heard of, and for some reason I said YES! There was something about the people and the opportunity and the way they presented the opportunity that intrigued me. I wanted to know more.

What I didn’t understand at the time, was how important those women….and a couple of men….would be in my life from that day forward. They inspired me along the way, over the years… do one more thing and make a difference. And you know what?? I did! I loved my job! As it turned out, I was really good at it! And I learned so much….from these people that I just, almost literally, bumped into. What if I had not said YES to that luncheon event??

Jackie, JoAnn, Susan and Dave,….and Al, too. They taught by example. At that time everything about the business was new to me. I knew NOTHING! They taught me things like…..

Clean out your closet and Dress Well. You don’t need a lot if what you do have fits and takes you to the places you want to go to.

Be that woman you WANT to be. Let your wardrobe help you and give you the confidence to be the Best You Can Be.

Be Smart. Meet new people and tell them what you do….there is every chance that they will want to know more.

Be smart again…things cost what they cost. Accept it, pay for it and move on. Don’t waste a lot of energy fussing about the price. If it isn’t valuable enough for you to pay for it, then it probably isn’t valuable enough….so you probably don’t need it.

Once more, Be Smart. Save your energy to do the things that you love, the things that you do best, and find other people to help you out by doing the things that you need help with. We can’t do everything, even if we want to, so find people you can rely on to help you out….and use their expertise….to show you the way!

And….nobody is perfect! What we all want is to accentuate the positive. Find ways for those people around you, and close to you, to accentuate the attributes that they do have. Their issues might not be the same as yours….but you can rest assured that they do have issues they want to camouflage. How do I know that?? Because I know, my mentors taught me, that everyone has something!

So, life goes on….life patterns change…..opportunities arise…..and, life goes on. It has been a long time since we all have seen each other…..but it doesn’t mean that we don’t think of one another and love the good old days when we all worked together….doing different things, showing each other the way… great success. The funny thing is, I bet those good old friends/mentors of mine were not even aware of the impression they made on my life. How my life has been altered in all kinds of ways because I call them friends. So ask yourself….who is my mentor/mentors?


The more interesting question is: who am I mentoring today, that I might not even know it? Hmmm…I wonder?!

Why now?? Why am I pondering these life choices now, so many years later?? Well, one of my good old friends passed away last week. And although I haven’t seen her in A Very Long Time, I’m going to miss her. I never got the chance to say Thank You…..for showing me the way.

Holiday Champagne

Let us “raise a glass” to those giants that walked before us….those men and women that showed us the way. Let’s vow to be the best we can be for the young people coming up behind us. Next time you think….Who cares what I think? Who cares what I’m wearing? I’m not going anywhere important so “Who Cares”? Think about who might be watching you….that you don’t even know about.

Make it a great day!


Ready or Not…It’s time to go Shopping!

It’s time to start thinking about putting away the pink, orange, yellow and spring green favorites that we have been wearing all Spring and Summer! It’s not that the weather has turned, it will still be warm (maybe even HOT) for a while.

BBD Style
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For the last twenty (or so!) years I have been beginning to wear my new Fall clothes in July….because I was selling Fall!! When I actually wear my clothes it reminds me of why I love it so much…and why I needed to sell it to YOU…so you can appreciate the features and benefits too! 🙂

BBD Style, Barbara Drake

So, here we are, mid-August, and even I am still wearing pink and green!! So, I am going to promise that by next week, I will modify what’s in my closet so that I will be slowly but surely nudged into wearing denim, navy, novelty prints and changing up the look that I will choose for now.

BBD Style, leopard print blouse
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There are a few trends you will want to be aware of. Most important is our old friend…Abstract Animal Print! It’s back in a major way!! If you prefer to dabble in AAP think about adding some to your new Fall looks with a purse, a pair of updated shoes, a knit top maybe? Think of it for now anyway as a touch of Fall… easier transition sort of thing!

BBD Style

Green, in almost any shade except Kelly Green is also among the must haves for Fall 2019. Right now I am liking a Rich, Dark, Forest Green. And if you just can’t embrace any more AAP think about Army Green….maybe some Camouflage added in for a kick? My favorite for this year is a Dark, Rich, Royal Purple. I am finding that by adding a little bit of these new trends to my old favorites I am putting together lots of great outfits from the clothes that I already have that look NEW to me!

So, take a minute to take stack of what you already have, think about adding a few new things to your “Favorites Pile”…..and what those new things might be…..and Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up!! And make it a Great Day!


BBD Style

OMG! It was Awful!!

I should have just gone outside!

Just after I sent out the last letter, our Internet went out! In 2019 it turns out that when the internet fails, everything fails! Ugh!! We had no email, no Facebook, no cable TV, no Netflix and no Amazon…..we were completely disconnected from Everyone & Everything….for 5 Days!! We called the cable company everyday and they eventually assured me that someone would be here today….but when that someone showed up….they couldn’t find…or fix….the problem!

Happy 4th of July

We tried to embrace it….and enjoy the fact that we were completely disconnected to the real world….but alas….I couldn’t do it!! I was beside myself!! I was so upset! I tried to start a new book….but couldn’t. I thought I would try to catch up with a few Podcasts I’ve been following….but I couldn’t! I did manage to get out and do some errands…..but when I got home….we were still in the dark…so to speak!

If all that wasn’t bad enough, the kitchen sink backed up and of course the plumber was Up North on vacation!! After all, we live in Wisconsin….and Up North is a real thing here!! Especially during Summer Vacation and…..hunting season! UGH!

The experience really did manage to highlight, to Harry and to me (but mostly me!) that we really are living in the Brave New World. Life is not what I expected it to be like “in the Future”….and we are living in the future! It is almost 2020 for Pete’s Sake! Back in 1970 I never once thought about what life might be like in 2020…..maybe about what it might be like in 2000, but I never got as far as 2020….who did!!??

So….what did I learn?? I learned I better start thinking about keeping up with technology as best I can. I am going to pledge to myself that I am going to embrace 2020….the best I can….so that I won’t be left behind! I did not like being disconnected from the real world! I hope that the businesses around us embrace those changes also…because we are going to rely on them in the future to keep us in the loop!


Look what I found! A picture of me in my Persimmon Suit!!

Sale Shopping!?!

On the streets of NYC

Generally, I recommend shopping early in the season….and paying full price for your new clothes! I always advocate for shopping for a whole look, not just a 1 piece of a look, and then wearing that look hard!! Wearing it over and over and over again…all season long! So that when the next season comes along you will be ready for some new things. I really think that this is the way to get the most out of your money….to have your clothes work for you!! Makes perfect sense doesn’t it?!?

Well, lately to everyone’s surprise I have been Sale Shopping! As it turns out, I have learned a lot! I saw some things on line that were available for 75% off….and even more!! Because they were marked down so far (75%) I decided to try a few things…denim that is! I haven’t worn denim in YEARS! I bet I haven’t bought any denim since I’ve been married!! It’s been a really, really long time ago!! And, guess what….I LOVE them! My new jeans fit perfectly, they are comfortable to wear (over and over again!)….and I am so glad that I have them in my closet!

In fact, because I love them so much I am actually considering buying another pair!! I think they are marked down even more! So, why not!?! Sale Shopping is the perfect way to add to that beautiful outfit you bought early in the season! That fabulous pair of black pants that have become must have pieces in your closet. This is the perfect opportunity to replenish those pants into your wardrobe….nobody will know if they are Sale pants….or not! What they will notice, is that you look Great!

Remember….Wear Them in Good Health, and Wear Them Often!

Denim….2019 style!

I decided to go ahead and try something so new, and out of my box, so to speak, because they were on Sale. I’m not sure I would have done that if they were regular price, early in the season. I tried what is a new color for me….just because….why not!

Something new for me!

And, just one more thing! when we shop at the end of the season, and indulge in a second pair of favorite pants….and when we shop locally, we really support our local merchants and their business. It helps her to move forward and shop and plan for the next season, insuring that our favorite business will continue to be there for us to frequent!! And that is a good thing all the way around.

So, as soon as the Polar Vortex passes you by….get out there…..and Go Shopping!!! I predict that you will be glad you did!

My favorite NEW 75% off sweater!

Please comment and share your thoughts about sale shopping!! Where are your favorite sales…?!

Barbara ~