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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Doncaster Diary of Style

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!!!

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You Can Have Your Cake – And Eat It Too!!!

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Hello Friends!
Here are a few pics from our recent holiday lunch at The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. We love to celebrate at the Woman’s Club not only because it is so beautiful there, but also because they have a wonderful staff who takes such great care of us!

Cheers to a fabulous holiday season
filled with family and friends!!

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Well, They Are Here!

The Holidays….that is! They are here!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, we are finishing up the leftovers as we speak, and it is time to think about the holiday season! It is time to start thinking about where you are going, what are you doing, and..last but not least….what are you going to wear!?

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This is the time of year to try something New! This year it is all about Red! A beautiful red dress?? Or blouse? Or scarf? And for pete’s sake don’t forget about the Red lips! If you don’t ordinarily go for Red lips, this is a good time to try it! The idea, this time of year, is to Sparkle and Shine, from the inside out! In order to do that we have to be comfortable & confident in the looks we choose. That is why I always advocate to “Wear it in Good Health…and Wear it Often!” When we wear things Often we begin to grow more confident with those New Looks because we are more comfortable wearing them.

BBD Style BBD Style A really good way to ease into the Holidays, and something New, is to pair a favorite old friend (your favorite black trousers, let’s say). Think about pairing those pants with a beautiful new Red Blouse!? Or a scarlet sweater maybe? Or, maybe you will decide to try a New Red Lipstick this year…make it a point to wear it with a favorite look you love the first time you give it a try. It will give you the courage to try something else! Or maybe you will decide to wear that statement necklace you bought but you haven’t worn often enough?! Try it! Wear it with your favorite outfit! It might feel Daring at first, but soon it will get easier to be brave enough to try something new!

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I bet, as you become more accustomed to trying something new, it will get easier! It will spill over into other parts of your life as well. Suddenly, something that was too scary awhile ago, will seem like more of a possibility.
Maybe, just maybe, I could say Yes to that?

Think about it! ‘Til next time!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Doncaster Diary of Style

November Edition of Diary of Style

I am a Lucky Woman!

It’s November…all ready! It’s time for me to turn my attention to turkey, stuffing, apple pie and gravy! Polish the silver, decorate the tables….and prepare for the company! I know what I’m going to wear…do you?

I am thankful for a wonderful family, husband, children that we love, siblings that we don’t see enough of, a host of in-laws…and even the outlaws! And a thriving Doncaster business that keeps me out of trouble…at least most of the time! I am grateful for the friends and clients that appreciate the product that I represent and the experience that I bring to my business.

As you are sorting out your closet and thinking about where you are going and what you are going to wear think about this…show your world that you respect yourself by dressing well. Your accessories?? The best accessory? Your smile!! It’s even better with RED LIPS! 🙂

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
The Doncaster Collection
Fall/Winter 2015

~ Barbara Drake
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Traveling … 3

We have enjoyed a wonderful whirlwind of travel lately!

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It seems that I just cannot stop writing about our recent experiences….traveling! One thing remains a constant….the average man on the street is Very Badly Dressed! You really don’t want to be that person! We don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, don’t we want to be sure it’s good?

BBD Style I think the best choice for traveling is a suitcase full of BLACK! It goes everywhere, mostly the looks go with each other, and you don’t have many decisions to make while hurrying to get an early start in the morning! Traveling is hard work. It takes a lot of energy! You get a lot of information, all at once, you have to keep your wits about you….all day long…no matter the circumstances! It’s best if you don’t have to spend a lot of effort and energy on your wardrobe.

Make your notes before you leave! Where you will be going. Who you will be going with. Plan accordingly! You will be so glad that you did! Make sure you have a few nice things that you LIKE to wear! At the end of the day, it will feel really good to have something you love to put on for dinner, whether it is with new friends, or old….Because, remember….one is silver and the other gold!

Every time I have a new collection the client walks in and says, I don’t know what I want, but I do know what I don’t want! No more Black!
Ok, Ok, I say!
So … what does she buy, Black!  Of course! 🙂

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While I always advocate for some color, what is true is that 9 days out of 10 we get up and put on something black! Black bottoms, black t-shirt/sweater, a favorite statement necklace and I am good to go! It is a fairly predictable and therefore comfortable look! That’s a perfect description of a well packed suitcase!

 

Stay tuned! Every chance I will have some more Pearls of Wisdom from the next trip!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Traveling …

We have been traveling a lot this Fall!

We are visiting friends and family. We are going to new places and interesting, exciting cities even NYC on 9/11!! It was really something!

I work with New Yorkers and we have family, that are New Yorkers. You know it always amazes me. Everyone, all over the world was, and continues to be, in awe of the New Yorkers! They survived the worst attack on American soil ever and yet they stay there and stay busy and continue to look out for each other and do things like running Into Burning Buildings to help others survive the trauma and come out alive. And they keep on keeping on! It’s amazing to me. And the skyscrapers and the bridges ~ how did they build those? In the 18th century!? And the traffic!! How is it that any business is conducted at all? With everyone sitting in the middle of the street absolutely standing still stopped!

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Then we went almost directly to Tucson with my Doncaster Presidents Circle Colleagues to the desert in August! I thought it was crazy!! But, you know what? I was wrong! It was a wonderful experience. The opposite of NYC, really, quiet & calm and introspective. My husband went zip lining!! It’s just like Sky Diving! OMG!!! While I enjoyed getting to know some other Doncaster ladies. It was so special! We even got a sneak peek at Spring 2016! It’s beautiful!

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We finished that trip with a visit to Chicago to see some very close family friends that we don’t see enough of who were in town from California! Our good friend was in town as the Director of a new performance of The Rainmaker at the American Blues Theatre. It was wonderful! Just Wonderful! I was laughing, teary-eyed, and out right weeping by the end of the show. It was a special treat that The Rainmaker was nominated for a Jefferson Award!! How great is that!?

 

So how does all this relate to a Fashionista?? OMG!! Ladies, we have to try harder to be respectful, not only of others, but especially of ourselves … while we are out and about! Generally speaking, the general public is walking around out there looking Horrible! When we got home, I was telling my friends that there were men on the airplane dressed like they were going to go cut the grass! And their women, dressed like they were going to yoga class which of course we were not!! Please lets make a pledge to ourselves that we will at the least look in the mirror before we walk out the door in the morning wherever we are going! Let’s not dress for the gym, if we are going to work, going to the store, going to lunch with a friend, going to our children school going just about everywhere besides the gym!BBD Style

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Dress like you mean it! Wear Doncaster! It’s that easy!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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Accessories!

Do you have some favorite accessories? I hope the answer is Yes!

Sometimes, your accessories are the things that finish off your Power Suit. Sometimes your accessories ARE your power look! Think about it! Reply to us and tell us all about your favorites….and why or what, made them your favorites? When I was the absolutely brand new girl at Doncaster I was lucky enough to be #1 in the country! The woman that I reported to at the time awarded me with a sterling silver star…including a charm with my initials and the date. That is MY secret Power piece. When I am going somewhere important, meeting new people, doing something that is new to me, I make it a point to wear that charm. That is my reminder that I CAN do it! Think….I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. It’s my secret boost…nobody but me knows about my secret weapon, but when I am up there in a crowd, and I need it, it is my secret weapon…and it is there for me!

Next time you find yourself in an awkward situation ask the woman you are talking with to tell you the story about her ring, her necklace, her watch…you get the picture! There is every chance there is a great story that goes along with that favorite accessory of hers. Oddly interesting, each story in its own way, sentimental and powerful. She will have a story somewhat like mine…an anniversary present, a treasure from a Mom (or grandmother) long gone, a gift from someone important to you. You will learn a lot about your friend….probably a fond story that you will remember for a very long time!

They say….To Exercise is great!

But, I say….to accessorize is even better!

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Try wearing one of the special pieces that you have been saving…and see if it doesn’t become your Power Piece! If it doesn’t…try another one until you find the thing that gives you your inner boost!

Sometimes your favorite accessory might be your lipstick or nail color! Try something NEW! This season that will be some shade of Bordeaux. Try it!

And, for some people the new favorite might be a new SHOE!! Walk on the wild side….try an animal print! Especially with a monochromatic look! How beautiful, and simple is THAT!?

Make it a point to try something new a ring/necklace/bracelet, it might be a new color, might be a new shoe … but try it! I bet you will be glad you did!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

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A Power Suit!

Do you have a favorite outfit?

That’s YOUR power suit! If you don’t have one, we have to find you one!

I have a NEW suit, that I just got! And IT is my power suit! I love it! I have worn it twice now, and both times I received compliments all day long! That is always a good thing! But, remember, it is new and I have ONLY worn it twice. And already it is my go to look… and I can’t wait to wear it again. Doncaster Fall 2015 / Womens Fawn Suit

So, what is it that makes your favorite outfit a power suit? I think there are a few pieces to that answer. The most important thing is the feeling that you have when you wear it! Do you feel pulled together and confident? Think of it this way, if you want people to believe you to be credible, you really want to LOOK credible! We don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. So the very first impression has to be a good one to get GREAT results! One of the things that will make you LOVE your look is when you do wear it, do you receive compliments?? Just random compliments. You want your look….that everyday look that only you own, to be your own personal branding. You want people, friends and clients, to believe what you tell them is true. And to do that well, you need to look like a woman that knows what she is talking about!

Your look doesn’t have to be fussy. Quite the opposite, in fact! Your look needs to be consistent. Look nice….not FABULOUS!! It’s hard to be consistently fabulous! But it isn’t too hard to be consistently well dressed. In the 21st century we are BUSY…and we have LONG days. We must have clothes that take us to the places we go…all day long…and we must look as good at 6pm as we did at 6am!

Clean hair, a great hair cut….well manicured nails…and for Pete’s Sake a great new lip color!

Repeat after me … Get Up. Dress Up. & Show Up!

And today will be a good day!

~ Barbara
bbd@bbdstyle.com

Barbara Drake

Presidents Circle Doncaster