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Hello Everyone   

          Is this the year your winter coat needs replacing? If it is, don’t think of buying another black one. The colour of the coming season is CAMEL   

            You can only buy a coat or a whole outfit as seen in the picture here.
           In the next picture the colour is combined with the new military look
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–   and Camel is a very easy to combine with –  Grey and brown   







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             -and surprise, surprise with RED   

-and not just in clothing – it can be done with accessories like these   


                    And best of all, these colours, Camel, Red, and Grey go separately, or combined with what we all have in our wardrobe BLACK! So while you are out shopping, remember these colours, and maybe a red handbag is just what will bring your look up-to-date.   

Until the next time   



   Hello Everyone

         Are you afraid of snakes, reptiles or wild animals? I am! But when they hang on my arm, or their likeness is printed on a dress, or on shoes, I love the look. The only time I could not go there was in the 60’s when there were bags made from small lizards or crocodiles with the head being part of the bag . Looking at me with their glass-button eyes, and showing their teeth reminded me too painfully that this once alive, agile creature had turned into a handbag. Looking as real as it did. it was  even a little scary – was it really dead?  Actually I prefer the imitations, at least I know that the lizard is still basking in the sun.

         The look of skin, leopard and even zebra shows up on everything: coats, dresses, blouses, handbags, belts, scarves, shoes, even watch bands.  So without going all out, you can pick one item in your wardrobe and replace it with the animal of your choice – and if you love the look, go for it and buy several items. A real plus is that it goes so well with black, something we all have in our closet.

          Many of you won’t remember (but some of us will) that in the 60’s leopard coats and jackets were all the rage. Well, they are fashionable again. If you belong to the group who remembers, maybe you have one hanging in the back of your wardrobe? If not, look in a thrift shop? In the past years I have often seen them there, and always passed with a smile, remembering fondly the one I got as a birthday present one year. Do I still have it? No, when it went out of fashion, being practical and not wasting anything, I had it dyed black, and  still wore it for many years.

           No, you don’t have to go overboard, but maybe adding a bag, a pair of shoes, boots, a top, or just a scarf, will make you feel like you are part of the wild- life. Here are a few more examples to choose from.

Have fun with it and until the next time


Photos are from Harper’s Bazaar


  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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