It’s Time…for some Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally….it’s here! Summer vacation!! It’s the 4th of July. It’s the time for the “living” to be easy! It’s time to take a book to the beach. Or maybe take the kids/grandkids to the park. Or maybe to bake a cake!?!

This is the time of year that we go Up North! We see friends that we only see this time of year because that’s the time that we gather from all over the place to Up North! This year we will see lots of old friends, some celebrating big birthdays, some good old friends we haven’t seen in years, and multi-generational families….and then, to celebrate with some new friends also.

There are a few things we love to do during this weekend….bingo and square dancing! Harry and I have developed a lot of skill as the Bingo Callers!! I’m the caller and he’s the Bank! It works out great! Such a fun thing for the kids, grandkids and grandparents to all do together! When it comes to the square dancing…

We aren’t as good as we once were, but we are as good once as we ever were! Toby Keith

That is if the mosquitos don’t get us first! The mosquitos can also foil the S’Mores roasting! Somehow, when we are outside, at dusk, during mosquito season, sitting next to each other, I’m swatting and slapping myself constantly….while Harry is relaxing on the chair right next to me….cool and calm as a cucumber!! It happens all the time!?! Hmmmm….

So, whatever it is that you and your family do for the 4th….Enjoy!! Enjoy the friends….the family….the weather….and the 4th Fun! You deserve it! Think of it this way….July 5th, or 6th, or 7th….or whatever….will be here before you know it….and we will get right back at it!! So, why not….

Give yourself a break today….. McDonald’s

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

 

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

Oh No!! What should I wear!?!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love this time of year! It’s time to ditch the Black on Black uniforms that we have been wearing pretty much non stop for the past few months! Ditch the darks….for Lipstick Reds, Pretty in Pink!….pastels as well as Hot Pink!! Such a great color for most women to wear….pretty much anytime of the year!

I live in Wisconsin! I figure if we are going to see Spring 2018….we are going to have to Wear Spring 2018!!

I went out to lunch with the girls today…our day to celebrate each other…and the advent of what will eventually be Spring….for Real! So the problem was, what to wear!?! I was debating between this one and that one….and settled on my favorite new dress and Lipstick Red Leather jacket!! I’m so glad I did! So, now I can say, definitely, When in Doubt….Wear What is New!

Since it is Valentine’s Day…we are also entrenched in the 23rd Olympic Games!! and Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski commentating on the Figure Skating competitions! This morning I saw Johnny Weir doing a little bit on Facebook. He picked 2 lovely young women, same age, same body type, from the same town. One was a a lovely young classic, and one was a sassy, modern, edgy young woman…both from Long Island, NY. The result was interesting….they embraced their looks on each other….and both decided while they probably would not change their fashion persona, they felt they could experiment a little bit more with the kinds of things they would consider wearing.    

When was the last time you considered trying something a little bit different from your usual look? Why not try something new…to you!?! I think you will be glad that you did!

 

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Something New!

It’s easy!

And it’s the perfect time of year! January 2018 is history. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day 2018….and things will be looking up! I decided today to try a new nail polish color! It gave me such a Boost! It turns out it was just what I needed to get me out of my winter Funk!

The weather outside is Frightful!?! So it must be time to be thinking about Spring clothes!?

Really you say?

Yes, it is. Make yourself go shopping….even if it is in your closet. Surely, if you look, you will find some things in your closet that you haven’t worn…since you can’t remember when! Right now it is time to start thinking of some new things that will put a bounce in your step….and remind you that winter won’t last forever…soon it will be Valentine’s Day, then it won’t be long until St Patrick’s Day….you get the picture!?  

In fact, speaking of Valentine’s Day, find some RED things to start wearing. Nail polish, lipstick….pretty new sweater, maybe!?! If not red, pink, maybe?? Tangerine?!? Go out on a limb and try something NEW!

If you are having trouble getting motivated take a look at Doncaster.com. Consider trying a look/color that is new to you!

I think you will be glad you did!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! It’s been a crazy week!

It has been an amazing few weeks here in Milwaukee! It seems anyone that has a cause they are passionate about is having an event….some kind of event…..to share with their friends in town this week. They are all terrific causes, and they are causes that are championed by some Wonderful Women…and Men!

The week began with the Johnson Bank Financial Team sponsoring Andy Olen author of The Trilogy of YES! Andy maintains that if you want to grow your business success will come in 3 parts…..Connect, Communicate & Cooperate with the client. It’s like a 3 legged stool…we must think of them all together or we will be off balance and Fail. This last week I have been Connecting with old friends….and NEW! Now the challenge will be to Communicate with them, and tell them about what I do! And then, I will need to Cooperate with them and my company to accommodate their needs in a way that works for them! Not always easy to do!

The Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee sponsored a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Title IX. When Title IX became law in 1972 it mandated inclusive opportunities for all…Men and Women. While life in 2017 is much more inclusive than it was in 1972, it isn’t where it should be. For example, do you know that in Girls Athletics, still…. while they do have an audience….the price of admission to the game is a fraction of the price per ticket as to the Boys games….and … generally, maybe not always, the concession stand is NOT OPEN…and Hot dogs and Coke are not available for sale at the Girls’ games! What??!!

Alverno College held a seminar featuring some very successful women in business in Milwaukee. The advice they shared was this…Be Open To Growth! Make it a habit to say YES! Thank you! I would love to….and see where it takes you! The practice of business in 2017 is very different than it was in 1972. The young women today will have to find their own way if they are aspiring to have a career in the C Suite!

Confidence and Leadership are muscles…you learn to use them, or you learn Not To!

Sheryl Sandberg

And, last but not least….Planned Parenthood. It is a cause that my husband and I are passionate about. We are proud of the way young women are stepping up to leadership positions of PP today are poised to make important contributions to the advocacy of safe, inclusive health care….for men and women. Female healthcare, its policies and practices, are no place for politics. Period.

 

 

 

So, here I am, at the end of the week feeling beyond proud of the accomplishments of the women of my city! They are smart, capable & successful. They are leaders in businesses of all kinds….and they are changing lives of all the people of our city in many ways…everyday.

We are role models and mentors for the young women who are coming up behind us. Whether we realize it or not, the girls coming up behind us are watching us! So, let’s make it a point to do ourselves proud. Let’s be women that Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up! And…let’s be sure we LOOK the part!

The Girls have their work cut out for them! Nothing is the same as it was in 1972! They will have to forge a new path…use new & different skills. They will have a much better chance to be successful if they forge their path….Well Dressed!

Let’s show the girls coming up behind us that we respect ourselves and each other. Let’s resolve to Dress Well!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something a Little Different!

It’s time to have a Mission to Transition our closets to prepare for Fall…for real! I decided this morning…it’s about that time…for me to transition my own closet to Fall! It’s time to clean out the closet….re examine the black pants…spruce up my look for Fall! I’m on it!

As I look over my closet (specifically, black pants!) I notice that some of those pants I have had for awhile now. They look really different from the pants I have bought recently. Hmmm…..they might not make the cut!?

Be particular! Be relentless! Don’t keep them just because at some point you Had to have them, so you bought them!

If you have trouble separating from your old clothes…think of it this way. Share them with people who don’t have any black pants…and need some! Some ideas for repurposing your old things?? Goodwill, your church, a charity in your area, maybe?? They will love to have them!! Your cast offs are likely to be Life Changing for Someone!

I want to take a minute and share just some of the great notes I have recently received! They motivated me to transition to Fall, maybe they will help you to adopt the Mission to Transition!?!

…..I looked thru closets and found several black sweaters and a nice silk jersey turtleneck, so have black.  (I also cleaned out all my closets and feel just great and in control)😷. Thurs. I am devoting the day to trying on ALL my pants and eliminating any that don’t fit right.
I truely feel good.   MS

……Another great article!!!  I am in the midst of cleaning out my closet.  You should see the pile of dresses, etc. and yes, multiple pairs of black pants that are going to Goodwill!  You inspired me to purge my closet of things I won’t wear again, haven’t worn in years, don’t fit right, slightly out of style, “what was I thinking when I bought this”, and I could go on and on.  Most importantly, I need space for my new things which I love.
Have a nice week,…..BD

….I wore my new dress to the opening cocktail party at (the club) Saturday night.  It was such a treat to wear – so great looking and as comfortable as a bathrobe! I got many compliments, including one from a most attractive young woman who said she was taking note of the best looking dresses at the party and mine was in the top 10😀  Thank you Barbara!…..SU

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Save some time to come and see me and what’s new!

Barbara