Make New Friends….

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I was driving around town this morning and had the radio on. They were talking about time….and the different meanings of time. How we are pressed for time today, in the 21st century, and we have to make time to see the people that are important to us and to do the things that are important to us.

And then there is the conversation about Time….where did it go!?! How is it possible that so much time as passed us by?!? It was while they were talking about “where does the time go” that the conversation got really interesting. The son was trying to convince his Dad to invite a new friend out to dinner. Dad replied….oh no, I can’t! I don’t have time! The son said Dad, why not ask her for tomorrow night? I don’t have the time he said…again. And the son said Of course you do….again!

IMG_0189It turns out that the son was talking about ask a friend to dinner…make a new friend. The Dad was reluctant to try to make a new friend because he felt he didn’t have enough time left in his lifetime to develop a friendship like those he already has….and cherishes so deeply.He felt that his old friends that hold a special place in his heart/life were irreplaceable and he would be tossing them aside if he chose to develop new friends along the way. And I thought…..that’s true! As we age we become so much more attached to the old friends….those friends that you have had for years! Those friends that you have had for years, even if you haven’t seen, or spoken to them, in years! They hold a very special place in our hearts and we should cherish them dearly.

But that doesn’t mean that we should continue to reach out to people that we meet, people that we think we might like to know better. Our lives will be so much richer if we continue to add new people to our ever growing roster of friends.

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One of the really good things about my job as a fashion consultant is that I meet new people all the time! And sometimes, I have reason to renew my old, cherished friendships too. I LOVE that! I love to introduce them to each other! They love to meet each other…..and we all learn new things about one another. You might remember me talking about reconnecting with some wonderful old friends earlier this summer?Kelley

It was such fun to connect some of the new people in my life with some of my dear friends that I known had for decades….literally decades! If you have a dear friend that you hold close to your heart, call her! Make the time to reconnect with her. Share with her what you are doing now. Introduce her to the people you see now….the things you do now. And on the other hand, take a minute, make it a point, to reach out to the woman across the way that seems interesting to you. Ask her for coffee. Find out more about her. I am sure she will want to know more about you! After all, think of it this way, why wouldn’t she want to know more about you!?! And before you know it you will have a healthy roster of friendships….of all sorts! That will make your life more interesting….and I imagine…..hers also!

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So, don’t forget…..Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold. I know you will be glad you did!

We are all busy, but we really aren’t that busy….are we?!

 

 

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Do you have a favorite…..

dress or look that you bought this Spring/Summer 2016? Have you worn it? Have you worn it enough!?!

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If you are a regular reader of BBDStyle you will know that I have already shown the Doncaster Fall 2016 Collection here in Milwaukee. Which means, that I have already started wearing Fall. Here it is mid-August and there are some Spring/Summer things in my closet that have become favorites! I have been wearing them a lot….and am comfortable and relaxed wearing them because they aren’t new anymore. But there are a few things that I haven’t worn enough…yet! I will make it a point to wear some of those this week!

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Yesterday I got up and put on one of the looks I have been meaning to wear for the longest time, but for whatever reason I haven’t actually worn it much at all! You might say I went shopping in my closet! I separated the skirt and jacket, and just wore the skirt with another t-shirt…and voila!…I have a new look!! Just in time!! It’s about to be Fall 2016….for real! I can wear the new Spring/Summer looks that I know I will find in the closet for awhile still. After all, it is still August! When you buy new things from me I like to remind you to “Wear it in good health….and wear it often!” This is an example of what I mean by that…..the more we wear the clothes we have, the better we feel about wearing them.

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I was wearing a new Fall blouse the other day and commented to a client of mine that I didn’t like the white camisole under it…..next time, I will know better….and choose a nude or charcoal underpinning. It wasn’t Awful…not a faux pas or anything….it’s just that I prefer the look of a color other than white. I wouldn’t know that I felt that way if I didn’t wear it that way and decide I didn’t like it after all.

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I am going to take this opportunity to remind you to go shopping in your closet…this next week! Wear those clothes that you haven’t had a chance to wear yet….make them favorites…it’s not too late! I think you will be glad that you did! Then, when I get the collection back in October, you will be ready for some new looks! Ready to try some New Looks. I’m sure of it! Fall Fashion 2016 is bold and different from what we already have. Come see what’s new….and be ready to try some new things!

 

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~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Nothing changes….

if Nothing Changes!

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I have just finished selling Doncaster Fall 2016 here in Milwaukee. Now that we are settling into a little bit slower pace, and lamenting the fact that summer days will be a thing of the past way too soon, this is a great time to think about your look for Fall 2016. Have you been thinking about a new look? Trying something a little bit different than what you….and your friends….are used to? This is a great time to start that journey.

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Take a few minutes to peruse the July and August magazines on the shelves now. I think you will be surprised at the bold, new looks that we are seeing this season. We are seeing Wine, a pretty burgundy red color…..Pine, a rich dark, forest green…..which is being shown with a blushing pink…..Ginger & Pumpkin are a fun and classic take on the fall classics. It’s a must have for you if you went to Princeton….or a school whose colors involve Orange! I think these colors are a really nice alternative to Black….from head to toe! The usual cold weather staple that we tend to go to. I am not suggesting that you get rid of your Black favorites….but I am suggesting that you at least look at some of the beautiful new colors that are available now.

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This is a good time to think about mixing up some smaller prints, and some bolder stripes, or plaid. Just think about it for now…and consider if you might be able to think of something different. The Doncaster Collection for Fall 2016 is a very different look from what it has been, which was too jarring for some clients that I have had for a while. But it is a reflection of what there is out there in the market place….in the world of Fashion. So, do yourself a favor and think about how you might modify your look this season. You might be surprised at what you might decide to try! Be Bold! But start by just thinking about it!

Remember….

Nothing Changes…if Nothing Changes.

For now, just think about it!

 

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So Nice!

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I had a phone call this morning from a fellow we have known for a while now. Lately, he has been hunting me down, as we have been playing phone tag for awhile now…a few days, I think. It seems that he recently met a woman that he thought might like to work with me and know about Doncaster! He proceeded to tell me how he met this lady…she is a friend of friends, they had gone to dinner together with mutual friends. Apparently, she is a beautiful woman, with a fuller figure and she is new to town and was lamenting that she can’t find anywhere to SHOP! So Randy said…I have just the solution for you!

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So we took a minute to talk about my business. Although we have known each other for a few years, at least, we had not had the opportunity to talk about the specifics of my business. Yes…we have all sizes (0 – 24), or sometimes referred to as Petites, Misses, Womens. Yes…the look of the collection is nice clothes, that take most women to at least most of the places they want to go. Yes…some people think the clothes are expensive, and that means that the average price is about $195/piece….and that includes scarves to leather jackets. The average price per pant is about $295, per jacket is probably about $395 and the average price per dress is about $350….yes, some pieces are more than some others…but generally we have clothes that we just WEAR!

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Barbara, he said you always look nice!! (How nice!) Well, I almost always wear Doncaster…and because of that I always wear make up and jewelry, and try my best for a good hair day! I try to make it a point to look in the mirror before I go out the door. I’m going for FINE. I just want to look FINE. I have issues, like everyone else does……or worse! But if I feel I look FINE. everything seems to go ok. It’s easier for me to take care of business….pay attention to doing things right the first time. I wear looks that go from the gym, to lunch with friends, to an appointment of some sort….and home (or out!) to dinner with my husband. I want and NEED clothes that will take me to all those places….with out having to change clothes all day long! I expect my clothes to look Fine. all day long and perform for me! And I expect them to be comfortable enough to wear all day long. Because I expect great performance from my wardrobe, I don’t expect to get it for nothing. I suppose if I had no where to go and nothing to do I might be more interested in wearing the cheapest thing I can find…but I don’t. The quality of my life is more important to me….at least at this point in my life….and so is the quality of my clothes.

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Not to mention how nice it is to have a gentlemen friend shower me with compliments on any old Saturday morning! And refer new clients my way also.

Doncaster Fall 2016     Showtime! in Milwaukee

July 20 – 23 @ Woman’s Club of Milwaukee

July 27-30 @ Home

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May Edition of Diary of Style

It’s May, and I HAVE HAD IT WITH THE COLD WEATHER! But, anyway, I have made the commitment to wear SPRING! Just because….it’s supposed to be SPRING…on the calendar at least!

Last week was Mother’s Day. I had a great day with my husband and our daughter at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. It was beautiful…and delicious! But this year I was reminded that for lots of us Mother’s Day is a very emotional time. Some of us are mothers and grandmothers, some of us aren’t. We all have Mothers and Mothers in Law….maybe she is still with us, but maybe she isn’t. We all are daughters, maybe aunts, sisters, girl friends…some of our friendships are silver, the others gold. After all…..

Clothes aren’t going to change the world.
It’s the women who wear them that will!

Let’s appreciate our women friends….and their accomplishments! We need each other!

Interested in the Doncaster Fall 2016 Preview?
At Home…. Wednesday – Saturday…5/18 – 21

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~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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April Edition of Diary of Style

Hello Spring!!

The birds are everywhere! They are so busy! There is a new nest in the wreath at the front door. All of a sudden! The daffodils are in full bloom. The crocuses, the woodland flowers….they are beautiful! And the magnolia tree is about to bloom! Finally!!

Green polka Dot Sweater Doncaster CollectionDo you like to wear knits, but find them too itchy and uncomfortable on sensitive skin? Spring is a great time to buy knits. I have a lot of clients that like to wear knits, but can’t tolerate the itchy side effects of the wool in the yarn. This sweater that I am wearing here is also available in black dots. I LOVE these sweaters! And already have worn them a lot!

This season stripes (all kinds of stripes, horizontal, vertical, sideways….) and circles (big circles, tiny pin dots and everything in between) are seriously in the very important trend category! Make sure you have some in your closet! If you don’t, Call Me! 🙂

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It’s Spring…Officially!

Well, we made it! The calendar doesn’t lie, and it says it is Spring!
It’s time to see Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016 in Milwaukee

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12809770_10156860588800019_6059617587958894922_n Yesterday I saw some ladies that actually admitted to changing up their closets. I thought I was the only one! Easter is early this year, but still I am going to make a conscious effort to change up my closet right after Easter Dinner with the family. I’m done with maroon / ruby as a bright – I’m going right to Crimson! I might keep some grey, but it will be more like Pearl Grey Silver and Rose or Citrine, instead of Evergreen! Get the picture!?images-2IMG_2716

I might have to hang on to the black for a bit still, but I will be punching it up with some a new crisp White. And then I will add some beautiful…colorful accessories! A pretty scarf, a great statement necklace, a rose colored headband, maybe? Even if the temperature dips a bit, I’m pretty much done with bundling myself up in down! A lighter weight coat has been enough. It’s surprising! A scarf, gloves and a more transitional coat is perfect for Right Now!

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Do you need some inspiration?

Check out Doncaster.com/bdrake …. surely there will be lots of things that will make you think: Hmmmm…..I Like that! I might be able to try that! Why not!? Try something new…to you! A new color…a new style…a new top. Be bold, or at least a little bit brave! Enjoy your wardrobe! These clothes, and choices you make while wearing them, will determine how you live your life! We only get one …. let’s resolve to make it a good one! Let’s live it … well dressed!


 

Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016

It’s Showtime in Milwaukee!!
@ WCW, 4/6 – 4/9
@ Home, 4/13 – 4/16

Save some time to come and see what’s new!   You will be glad you did!

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~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Doncaster.com/bdrake

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Say Yes to the Dress!

Say Yes to the Dress! And lose the trousers! Make a commitment to wearing a dress…try it!

I bet you will like it! It’s easy with Doncaster Spring 2016! Petites, Misses, Womens! Something for everyone!

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Doncaster Spring/Summer 2016 is the season to try a dress…there are lots of them! They are so pretty! Don’t be afraid to try something new! New Shapes and colors! New fabrics that we can wear all day…to all the places we go to! It’s a great way to brighten up your day…and lift your mood. What makes it a power dress/look? How you feel when you wear it! How others respond to your new look! Be sure to reflect your own personal style. Dress smart…edgy….but still you. That’s an important part. Add a swipe of lipstick…a beautiful new color for your new Spring 2016 look!

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They are so Beautiful…The Colors! It is impossible to be down and out and blue when you are wearing a sunset dress…sky blue pants…rose dress and scarf with a white jacket! If you are having trouble moving forward…try perking up a favorite look with a new scarf, lipstick…or blouse! Think about adding a pretty new ruffled blouse, instead of a scarf. It will do wonders for your mood! I promise!

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Doncaster Spring& Summer 2016 will be here in Milwaukee with me from 4/4 – 4/16. Save some time to come see what’s new….and try some new looks. You will be so glad that you did!

Barbara

 

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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

Business Branding with Belle Media

As you may already know … although I have been working with Doncaster and loving their stylish fashions for many years, my BBD Style Fashion Blog is relatively a new thing and I’m having soooo much fun learning along the way!

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My website designer is Belle Media and together we’ve created a wonderful online place to share fashion trends, tips, and tricks. If you would like to start a website or need help updating your current website feel free to contact belle@bellemedia.net.
If you would like to know more about the variety of services offered you can visit her website at www.bellemedia.net.

A great tip I have learned is to “keep things consistent”, whether in-person and/or online. In keeping with this idea I’m furthering my business branding with these lovely BBD Style business cards, also designed by Belle Media. I look forward to reaching out to even more fashionistas and continuing to share my joy and love of fashion, family, friends, and of course, the finer things in life!!!!!

Please join us in this conversation … always feel free to comment on my posts and share your thoughts with us all!!!

BBD Style business cards by Belle Media