TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 4 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 4  Don’t go shopping with your girlfriend. She means well by giving you advice, and she will say things like “Why don’t you like it, it looks great on you.” And it might, but she does not know how you feel in it, and that is what counts. If for some reason it feels uncomfortable or awkward you will look that way.

See you tomorrow

                                 Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 1 – LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

Hello Everyone

Today I will start giving you  ONE TIP  a day – to help you look your best, and to make your life easier by having the perfect wardrobe.

The first serie of tips will be on how to buy your clothes because that is where it all starts — and that is where the mistakes are made.scan0004- 2

TIP NO I – Beware of Sales – especially at this time of the year when all stores are advertising big reductions, sometimes up to 70%. I have to admit I have never seen anything reduced by 70% but it made me come in the store. So if you go in, hang on to your purse, make sure you need what you buy.

See you tomorrow

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION ——–?

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!

         HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY SHOPPING IN 2013

Until next time

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com 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.

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FASHION TIP OF THE DAY

   TRUST YOURSELF

If you are asking your husband, your girlfriend, the saleslady – how something looks on you – take it off.

If it looked great, you would not have to ask , you would know- right?

So follow your feeling and the image YOU see in the mirror. Trust yourself

            Have a nice day

                                      Brigitte

SHOPPING FOR YOUR SPRING WARDROBE

LOOK BEFORE YOU SHOP

It is Springtime and we are ready for some new clothes. But before you rush out and put your credit card on the counter look at what is in your wardrobe  – put the sweaters aside and take out what you wore last spring and summer, including shoes and handbags.

Do as I say and not as I do – I just bought a bright turquoise bag, because I thought I needed a new summer bag, only to find out that I have a very nice multi-color one I bought at the end of last summer. No, there is nothing wrong in having two bags, but maybe you want to spend you money on something you need more?

Don’t forget to try on what you have – we often remember a blouse looking very nice, only to find out that we don’t like it anymore.Or that something does not fit anymore – so weed out your wardrobe by trying on what you have, and eliminate what you don’t feel comfortable in -yes, even if you have not worn it much – don’t accommodate your clothes, they have to work for you by making you feel comfortable and confident.

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Now to what you buy, keep in mind that everything is bright this season – really bright.  But since you can’t and won’t even want an all bright wardrobe, add a bright blazer to wear with your jeans

And look at the shoes in this picture – wedge-platform shoes are the latest look. And they are more comfortable than you might think. I just found a pair that feel like slippers – the wedge allows you to have a higher heel which is offset by the sole.

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Another way to add color are prints – the choice we have is pretty and very varied – really for every taste. A pretty patterned top will bring a business suit up-to-date.

I know it is a little work and you will need an afternoon to do what I am suggesting, but knowing what you have in your wardrobe, and what goes with what will save you time and money in the season to come.

Until the next time – I want to wish you

     A HAPPY EASTER WITH LOTS OF COLORED EASTER EGGS

                                                AND

                                     HAPPY PASSOVER

        STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                      Brigitte

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #1 & 2

“Hello Everyone!” today we are going to look at the first two,  of the 20 most common mistakes women make when it comes to their wardrobes – and let me start with a story about my friend Wendy.

She couldn’t wait to show her friend Linda the beautiful top she had bought on sale that morning. She rushed home to change before Linda arrived. Once at home, Wendy quickly unwrapped her purchase, cut the labels, and changed into her new blouse. Admiringly she looked at herself – but what about those pants? They really didn’t go with this blouse. Frantically she went through her wardrobe looking for a skirt or a pair of pants that would match. After several tries Wendy had to admit that she had nothing to match her new top. Disappointed, she took it off. She felt depressed. This wasn’t the first time she had bought something that she couldn’t wear with anything in her wardrobe. And worse yet: for many items she had never found the right match. These garments, filling up her wardrobe, made her feel helpless. With all the clothes she had, she always felt that she had nothing to wear.

Wendy was not alone. Most of us have a lot in our closets. Yet how many times do we stand there helplessly wondering what to wear. And many women believe that if they had more money their problems would be solved. NOT SO! Money alone is not the answer to your wardrobe problems.

But don’t despair. These costly and depressing mistakes can be avoided. How???

By planning your wardrobe and by developing good shopping habits.

Let us start with planning your wardrobe, and the first step is:

1. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR CLOSETS.

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

–         Does this still suit me?

–         Do I still like it?

–         Do I still need it?

To answer these questions – of course, it helps to have a friend, or wardrobe consultant to do it with you, but alone or with somebody, the next step is:

2. TRY ON ANY GARMENT YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT.

Do you still feel good in the plaid skirt you bought two years ago? If the answer is yes – keep it. If the answer is no, there must be someone who could use it

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, and of course you must keep in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order and I will give you some time to do it, before going on to the next step – and don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

Please let me know how you are doing – bbnnic@gmail.com

Until next Monday

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

GIVE IT AWAY

Giving my clothes away I enjoy as much as buying them. Maybe you don’t believe me, but it is true. Just this week my housekeeper went home with 2 silk dresses, a pair of leather pants and two tops. It is such a relieve to see them go. It means I don’t have to deal with them anymore. They are gone. They are out of my life. I won’t have to worry about them anymore. Oh, yes I worry about my clothes, especially those I don’t wear much. There they hang and each time I see them I have a bad conscience for not wearing them.
So when Maria walked out with the shopping bag, I thought ‘good riddance.’ They had been eliminated when I put my winter wardrobe away and out came the summer candidates – when I saw them again, actually I had forgotten that I had them – I thought ‘Oh, not that dress again’ – and without further hesitation – like how much did I pay for it – how much wear did I get out of it, I took a shopping bag, folded them carefully and put them in. Yes, even when I say goodbye to my clothes I treat them with respect, and hope the next wearer does the same, but once they are in the bag I never look inside again. Why do I say that? Because I have known women who went through cleaning out their wardrobe with a professional, only to put back half of what was eliminated. I even put the shopping bag out of sight until I see the person I give it to.
I know that many women cannot easily let go of what has been part of their wardrobe for many, many years, but a friend of mine has a slogan, that might help, “If you don’t wear it, let somebody else enjoy it.”
Thinking that you are doing a good deed will make it easier to separate yourself from that lovely Burberry jacket you bought on sale three years ago, and never really wore because it was a little snug, but you could not resist the bargain at the time – what a Burberry blazer for only $99?
Our emotions and our clothes are very connected, and often get us all mixed up and confused. Has it happened to you that in the morning you put on a dress and not feeling right in it you decided that this is its last day, when somebody came along and said, “Oh that looks nice on you!” – Now what? A remark like that can really mess us up, because now we have to reconsider, rethink. Maybe I am wrong – and why don’t I like this dress – what is the matter with me. Well, when in doubt for any reason, just remember they are your clothes and you can do with them what you want, and only you know how you feel in them- and furthermore your clothes are there for you and not you for them.
For some people it is easier to get rid of a friend, than a 10 year old coat. Don’t forget that your clothes are an extension of you and the minute, you have doubts about an item, it is usually time to let it go, because if you loved it you would have no doubts. Clothes are a little bit like people when you get second thoughts or it takes too much tucking and pulling and trying to make it look right – it is time to let it go.

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Another sign of too much clutter are our friends the coat hangers. When we can’t find one to hang our new blouse on they tell us that our wardrobe is overcrowded, and that it is time to clean out, to give away those leftovers from days gone by.
And after the cleanup, the now empty hangers in our closet, which make a ringing, clicking sound when we come close to them, are really telling us, “IT IS ALRIGHT TO GO SHOPPING AGAIN!”