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Hello Everyone –

I thank you  for following my Blog over the last few years. Today I want to let  you know that from now on I will follow you – How?  By answering your questions! I have worked with many women over the years,  helping them with their wardrobe and finding their image.

Fashion Magazines and sites on the internet inundated us with fashion advice, but they are all addressed to a wide audience and not to YOU personally. They don’t know YOU. But I would like to change this. If you have a question about the following please write  in the comment box, and you can even attach a photo :

  • Shopping
  • Your Wardrobe
  • What suits you best
  • What to wear when
  • How to find your look
  • How to make a clothing budget
  • How to clean out your wardrobe
  • How to save money

And if your question doesn’t fall into one of these categories, please let me hear from you anyway- I look forward to working with you to help you find your style, save you money, and always Dress to loo your best!





I have just come back from my trip to Switzerland, and of course shopping is part of what we do when we leave home.  But it is not the same as shopping at home. First I noticed that my attitude to money is quite different – different in the way I look at prices. After a few days when I have gotten used to the currency, and don’t calculate anymore how much something is in dollars, I pay 100 Swiss Francs for a pair of shoes without thinking that it is expensive – where here at home I would think twice about paying that much.

Well, it is part of our holiday mood – we think that we deserve these treats when we are on vacation, and we do! But be careful not to get carried away by your surroundings, by spending the extra money for something you can not use once you are back home.

Don’t fall in love with an adorable summer dress only appropriate for the beach – but not useful when you are back in New York. Or have you ever come home with a huge straw hat? Now only a reminder of that wonderful stay in the Bahamas! By all means go shopping, have fun, but buy something that will  remind you of your vacation while wearing it back home.

Oh, yes the shoes I bought are  something I will wear all summer – they are beige snake-skin, with a medium size heel, and very comfortable. But I had a moment of hesitation. There was also a pair of sexy, red ones with  very high heels, and my holiday mood was more for sexy and daring —- but then I took my own advice and bought what will be useful this spring and summer.

See you tomorrow

           scan0004-2                 Brigitte


Tip No. 16 – Don’t Buy The Latest Fashion Fads.

If you are on a budget, like most of us, your clothes have to last several seasons. The best investment, therefore, are conservative styles, simple styles. They will not look oudated next year or even the year after.

Simple, conservative styles are more versatile. You can change them into a different look with accessories. You will not get tired of a plain dress as quickly as you will of get tired of the print on this dress.

Carolina HerreraFebruary 2013 Town & Country
Carolina Herrera
February 2013
Town & Country

It is a beautiful dress, but you can only afford if your budget is unlimited.

If you want to follow the new fashion trends, do it with accessories – a belt, a  hat, shoes, or jewelry in the latest style.

See you tomorrow

       scan0004-2                            Brigitte


Hello Everyone

No, I have not been in touch for a while, so let me tell you first about my New Year’s Resolution – I promise to be in touch more often and I hope you will be too!

The New Year’s Resolution I would like you to make is:

NOT to buy a top or skirt, or whatever else might be on sale,because it is CHEAP. The best value you can get is to buy something you need, something of good quality, something you love and will wear for a long time – and please make sure that it has a mate – don’t buy just a top or bottom – buy an outfit and you won’t ever have to worry about what goes with what!


Until next time

             scan0003-3                    Brigitte

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Hello Everybody

Now that I have talked about what to wear and how to look your best, I would like to hear from YOU.

So I am starting something new – if you have a question about ANYTHING  – your hairstyle, your make-up, a dress, or what to wear for a special occasion, or for work,  please write to me – or better yet send me a picture of yourself with your question – my email is – this is a free service to help you get an honest answer,  to erase any doubt you might have about your image or what to wear.

Hope to hear from you soon

                                  STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST


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Hello Everyone

           Let us finish today what we started last week, here are the other 6 tips of how you can adapt what you see in fashion magazines to yourself and your wardrobe.


Some of you might not be familiar with the difference. So let me explain first. The editorial pages are the part – mostly towards the back of the magazine – showing clothes which have been selected by the fashion editor of that publication and are photographed for the magazine. The purpose is to show the latest trends, colours, and silhouettes.

The ads, mainly in the front part of the magazine, are paid for by manufacturers and designers who make the clothes, or the stores who sell them. These are usually less spectacular than what is shown in the editorial  pages, but more wearable and often more affordable. So my advice her is to study the editorial pages for what is new and then compare them to the ads which show the same trend in a more moderate, less intimidating version.


When we think of a new look, we first think of styles and colours. But we seldom pay enough attention to the fabric, though it is always mentioned. Don’t just read over the description, let it register. Knowing that gold lame is back or that rain coats are made from a silk poplin, or that a wool and polyester mix holds pleats better, will make you surer of what you are looking for when you go shopping. And it will also help you to buy better quality clothes, and you won’t end up with a fabric that does not wear well.


The hairstyles you see on the models are, like the clothes, exaggerated versions of new trends. But to convey a message it is often necessary to start with an extreme. So if you see faces framed by halos of curls, it is telling you that curls are the look. You are not expected, however, to wear a style like this in your daily life, translating this to you, it means your hair should be worn curly in some way or other – short curls,  shoulder length curls,  or just the ends curled – really anyway that suits you best. So if you wish to look up-to-date don’t regard the new hairstyles as something that once again does not apply to you. IT DOES!


Tempted by pictures of models with beautifully made-up faces, we buy lipstick, foundation, eyeshadow –  just anything that we believe brings us closer to the faces we see  in ads and on display posters. But having all this cosmetic, few of us ever achieve to use it properly. But it is not as difficult as you might think.

Choose a picture of a model who has the same colourings as you. This is important. Study the picture for a while. Yes, you can see where the eyeshadow starts and stops – just look again. After you have studied the picture well, put it next to your make-up mirror and once you have applied your foundation, start to copy what you see. Since your colourings are close to those of the model, choose similar or the same colors for eyeshadow, blush and lipstick. When you start,  don’t get discouraged.  It won’t be perfect the first time around, but with patience and practice it soon will.


A complaint I often hear is: “ I love accessories,but I never know what to do with them.”  This frustration is further increased by hearing and reading about women who can change their look with just a little scarf or belt. If you use scarves, it should never be an inexpensive one – buy the most expensive one you can afford, because a good quality scarf can  make an inexpensive dress look good.

If you don’t know how to wear your scarves look at the way the model wears it and do the same. But then there are not only scarves. There are necessary accessories –  like shoes, bags, and hose – and optional ones like belts, jewelry, and hats. Among the optional ones there is always one that is more in fashion than others. Look how jewelry has made a come back! So again look at how it is worn. Maybe you can’t wear a big collar-like necklace, but you can wear 4 or more bracelets, just like the girl in the magazine.

Accessories can make a big difference. Therefore, to avoid being without, follow what you see in your favorite Fashion Magazine.


Once you have analyzed a fashion magazine as I have suggested, the most important point is still to come. YOU MUST DO IT. Knowing about how to change your hair, how to wear a hat and what is the latest colour for lips, is not enough. You must put into action what you have seen. Don’t say:”Yes, I have read about the new hair thickener in Bazaar, but I didn’t try it yet.”

I can assure you that applying to yourself what you see and read in fashion magazines –  if for beauty, health, clothes, or make-up – will give you a different image and lots of self-confidence

          Until the next time






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Hello Everyone

Today I want to give you the first 6 Tips on how to apply what you see in Vogue (or any other magazine) to your look.

          Linda is looking through the latest issue of Vogue to see what is new. After a  while she closes it with a sigh, thinking: ‘Very nice, but not for me.’

 The reasons most of us feel that way when looking at fashion magazines are:

– we are depressed that we cannot afford the clothes we see

– we are depressed that we don’t look like the girl in the picture

– we are depressed that we have no occasion to wear clothes like this

– and a lot of women never buy a fashion magazine because they can’t identify with what they see. However, the aim of these publications is not to depress us but to help us plan our wardrobe (besides trying to make us buy what we see) – to show us what we can choose from for the coming season and how to make what we already own look up to date. And this is not too difficult when you know how to read and translate what you see to your life. Here are the first 6 steps.


It is without doubt disturbing to see women, clothes, and situations that seem so remote from our surrounding and lifestyle. How can you compete with that gorgeous creature that looks at you from the glossy pages. How can you afford to pay $ 6,900 for a camel coat? And how could you possibly leave your blouse open as far as the model’s in the pictures?

 As unrealistic as these pictures might be, something can be learned from them. So instead of dismissing what you see as not applicable to you


Study the make-up, the hairstyles, the clothes, as well as the accessories. You might find that even if the hairstyle, or make-up or clothes are not for you, a certain accessory is. Or disregarding the boots with the 3″ heels and the bizarre hat the model is wearing, the coat is exactly what you want. Analysing the information fashion magazines provide will help you to know what you are looking for, and what will bring your wardrobe up-to-date.


 By silhouette I mean the shape and form of the season:

– is it full or slim?

– is it long or short?

– is the waist marked, or do loose shapes predominate?

– is glamour back, or is it  sporty?

– are jackets long or short?

– answering questions like these will help you decide about clothes you already own – is your loose coat still in? A new silhouette doesn’t mean that all the other items in you wardrobe are out, because often the change is gradual and you need to discard only a few items.


Although you read that the latest colour this season is red, you will see that a lot of other colours are shown too. The latest colours shown, are not the only colours, but the dominant ones. If your wardrobe has no red, think about adding something in that shade. How much of it depends on how well the colour suits you and how appropriate it is for your lifestyle.


Very often we would like to get away from our basic beige or black.But we don’t know how to change it or how to brighten it up. Here is where a fashion magazine can be a real eye-opener. You probably never think of putting brown and royal blue together, but it works. And would you have bought a mauve blouse to go with your green suit? Or that your black suit looks up-to-date with a khaki t-shirt?

The basic rule here: apply to yourself what you see. You can’t know if it works for you until you see it on yourself.


If you wonder why you seldom see a raincoat look as good on a woman in the street as on a model in a magazine, look again. It is not only the type of raincoat or the girl, it is the way she wears it. On the picture the collar is turned up; the coat is not buttoned up to the neck; the sleeves are pushed up; and the belt is pulled in tight, with the pleats well-adjusted, showing a waistline.

Most women on the street button their coat up high, flatten the collar, and the belt is tied somehow, without  adjusting the fullness. A coat worn like this will not look at all like the same garment. Seeing the first version (the girl in the magazine), you will envy her for wearing such a stylish coat; the second version (the woman on the street) is just wearing a coat.

This rule applies to all other garments, and you can apply it easily to yourself. Just do what you see  on the pages of your favourite magazine. It is an easy way to look smarter without spending a penny.

          Enough advice for today – I will let you digest this and give you the other 6 Tips next week                                                                                 

                                                                                Until then




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    Hello Everyone

          Are you among the women who say, “I love hats, but I never wear them!” For a long time hats were regarded as a dressed-up  look one tried to avoid like the plague. But this excuse is no longer valid – HATS ARE BACK. I am glad to see that they have finally left the runways of the fashion designers and are seen more and more on the streets. The other day while shopping, I counted six women with hats. It gave an interesting touch to their look, pulling together whatever they wore.   

          The return to more elegant, dressier clothes is the reason for hats again. For a beautiful outfit, a hat is like the dot on the letter  i. It is the most glamorous finishing-off accessory you can add. HALSTON, who became famous first for his creations of hats, once said, “A hat is a head covering which is supposed to make you glamorous, exciting and more interesting than anyone else.”

          And wearing the right hat does just that — it makes you stand out from the crowd. Of course it has to be the right one; it has to add interest to your look and frame your face in a flattering way. Here ae some guidelines:

– Hats with a brim (any size) are always flattering to the face.

– A woman 5’4″ and under must stay with a medium size brim — a large one will make her look like a mushroom. A high crown adds height, however.

– Hats must be in proportion to your figure. Remember that the smaller the hat, the fuller the figure will appear; the larger the hat, the slimmer the figure will look. Here are a few styles of hats to think about:

          When you go to buy a hat, allow yourself enough time to try on every hat on display. And don’t buy one unless you feel completely at ease and attractive in it. It must give you the feeling that you want to walk out of the store wearing it. If it doesn’t feel right when you first put it on, and you buy it anyway,  it will sit in your closet and you will still say, “I love hats, but never wear them?”

Until the next time


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  Hello Everyone

          How was your week? Did you find bargains that fit into your wardrobe? Well here are the last three steps to help you have a better wardrobe.


          As you all know accessories include; handbags, shoes, jewelry, scarves,belts, and hats. But no one wears all of them, and we all have some accessories we love and some we never wear. Shoes and bags, of course are also a necessity, but please don’t treat them only as that, because they can make or break your look.

          Carrying an expensive bag will save any outfit, even a less expensive one. In the last few years the variety of bags which are fashionable, certainly show us what statement you can make with the right bag. Some are very big, so when you are not tall, be careful that the bag does not overpower you.

          I recently saw a bag in a store window and went in to look at it. It was more expensive than I has expected, so I told the sales lady that I would think about it. To overcome my hesitation she said, “It is the only one.” I still left without it.  The next morning I went back to store.

          “You are lucky that it is still here,” the sales lady told me. I looked surprised. “There was an Italian lady in earlier this morning, who loved it until her husband pointed out that the bag was nearly bigger than her – she was just 5′ tall.  Lucky for me!? Ten minutes later I walked out with the bag!

         SHOES – I know they have to be comfortable  – but looking at some of the young girls (18…..?) they actually wear the latest styles with 3″+ heels. I envy them. I shouldn’t. because there was a time I did too — long ago – so now I  go for the 2” heels or flats. But whatever type of shoe you buy make sure it is a good-looking, which is the case when they are more expensive. Not only are they prettier, they are also more comfortable, because they are better made and the material is better –leather is the best, upper and lower.

          SCARVES – the women who are experts in making a scarf part of their look are the French women. Maybe that is why the famous  ‘HERMES’  scarf if French too. They know how to tie them, and most importantly they look comfortable wearing them.

          If, you are like me,  tugging and pulling on it every five minutes a scarf is not a plus. I like them on other women, and envy those who wear them, but I have never been successful, so I do without – except in the winter when I can take it off with my coat.  So, when wearing a scarf, make sure it is part of you, and not something you need to adjust and fidget with.

          JEWELRY – there is real jewelry and then there is costume jewelry, which I call the FUN accessory.  You can decorate yourself with it anywhere you want – neck, wrist, finger, even ankles – pin it on, hang it on and have fun with it. It certainly brightens up an outfit,  a big bold chain, so fashionable now, can spruce up your top from last year.

          HATS – I was told once that a hat intimidates men! Maybe that is true because very few women wear them today – unless it is against the sun, or rain. I have only one friend who wears  hats, and she gets lots of compliments and remarks –  yes, even from men. But the hats she wears are the most outlandish, fun creations I have ever seen. So they are more than a hat, they are a reflection of her personality. Maybe you want to try it?

          BELTS – they can be a wonderful finishing touch, but only if your waist allows it – otherwise wearing a belt, only emphasizes that your waist is not small, and who wants to point that out?


          One of the most important advice I can give you it to measure the use of any item against the price. If you buy a top for $10 and you wear it only once a year (or not at all), it is too expensive. If however, a pair of pants cost $30 more than you wanted to spend, but you wear them all the time, it’s certainly worth every penny.  So before you decide to buy, think:

 -Do I need it?

-Is it something I want to add to my wardrobe?

-How much use will I get for the money I’m spending?


         Many women say, “But I don’t know what suits me.”

        Yes, you do! Most women know what they like and that is usually what suits them best. Just ask yourself, “Do I like it? Does it make me look good?”

          I am certain that you know the answer if you take the time to look and think about what you are buying. And be careful when taking a friend’s advice. She (or he) doesn’t see you  the way you see yourself, nor how you feel in something.

          This completes our 20 Steps – I am sure none of us is guilty of making all the mistakes discussed, but while reading these 20 Steps you will know when the shoe fits.

          If you try to avoid the mistakes you presently make, you will soon find yourself  saving money and owning a better wardrobe. And you will never again have to ask, “WHAT WILL I WEAR?’

Until next week



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