Welcome to the blog...
This space is all about seeking
EXCITED CHILLS and creating a
simple, authentic, beautiful life.
I do hope you'll stay a while!
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here.
Once again, I'm taking part in...
31 Days - a Writing Challenge
hosted by The Nesting Place blog.
My topic this year is Simple Style.
I’ll be using the A to Z approach for the next 31 days.
The posts will flow through the alphabet…each day a different letter and a different subject related to style.
I’ll also be including a few bonus extras since there are obviously only 26 letters:-)
I’m committed to delivering great tips and insider tricks daily. My goal is to offer nuggets that will help you cultivate great style. I’ll keep each post as brief and tight as possible, as I realize your days are busy and your time is valuable. I want every message to be really relevant to you and your wardrobe.
Every day, I'll add a link to each new post on the list below, but...
The easiest way to stay informed? Click here and I’ll deliver each post right to your inbox. Then you won’t miss a thing! You can unsubscribe at any time with just one click.
If you'd like more information about the challenge, you can find it at
31 Days- a writing challenge.
If you have any questions about the challenge or my posts, please contact me. Write a comment or email me at email@example.com
I’m super excited! It all begins tomorrow!
Day One - A is for Anthropologie
Day Two - B is for Be You. Better
Day Three - C is for Cashmere
Day 4 - D is for Denim
Day 5 - E is for Elevate
Day 6 - F is for French Chic
Day 7 - G is for Greta
Day 8 - H is for Home 'Clothes
Day 9 - I is for Icon
Day 10 - J is for Jacket
Day 11 - K is for Knits
Day 12 - L is for Love It or Leave It
Day 13 - M is for Mindful, Minimal and Madame Chic
Day 14 - N is for Night Clothes
Day 15 - O is for Online Shopping
Day 16 - Bonus Day- An interview
Day 17 - P is for Pants
Day 18 - Q is for Quality
Day 19 - R is for Repeat
Day 20 - S is for Stripes
Day 21 - S is for Shoes
Day 22 - T is for Texture
Day 23 - U is for Uniform
Day 24 - V is for Vests
Day 25 - V is for Vithya - an interview
Day 26 - W is for Winter
Day 27 - X is for X-tras
Day 28 - Y is for Youthful
Day 29 - Z is for Zara
Day 30 - The Inspired Closet
Day 31 - Find Your Look & Live Your Life!
Lots of good stuff is happening at The Together Act headquarters! I’m gearing up for a busy October. I want to share two specific things with you…
I’ve once again signed up for the 31 Days- Writing Challenge hosted by
The Nesting Place blog.
I took this challenge last fall and really enjoyed the stretch and structure
it provided. I had never written every day for an entire month! When I published my last post on Halloween, I felt very proud. I have a history
of starting…and maybe, not always completing things. So, my first writing challenge was big. I'm really looking forward to throwing my hat in the ring again this October.
Like to write? Want to join the fun?
If you have a blog and want to give it a try…it’s not too late.
Click here for all of the details.
It’s a super friendly community! The challenge is a great way to grow as a writer...even if you're "not really a writer". You'll also discover some cool blogs. Be sure to pick a topic you are passionate about…as it’s much easier to write every day about something that truly matters to you.
If you don’t have a blog, I urge you to poke around the 31 Days site and
get to know some of the bloggers who’ve signed up. The previews show lots of interesting, pertinent topics.
I'm thrilled you’ll be along for the journey; it always helps to know you're reading!
I'm super excited to announce...
The Together Act's Three-Day Wardrobe Workshop
And for a limited time, I'll be offering the workshop for FREE!
It can be approached at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home
and no one will have to see your closet:-)
Here's a sneak peek of what's included...
During The Three-Day Wardrobe Workshop, I’ll help you…
Discover and define your own personal style
Learn what pieces you already have in your closet that will support your new look
Use what you own to make incredible, new outfits…without spending a dime.
Don't worry if you have no idea how to accomplish what's listed above...especially in only three days. I promise to give you all the tools
and instructions you'll need.
Soon, I'll send out an email inviting you to join me for
The Together Act's Three-Day Wardrobe Workshop.
No charge. No shopping required.
You'll just need to set aside a bit of time and make a commitment to following simple, specific steps...and you'll be well on your way to creating your ideal look and rocking it!
So many women I've worked with were stuck wearing only 20% of their clothing because it seemed ‘easier’. After using the same methods I'll teach you in the workshop...those women are now loving and wearing more of their clothing and getting dressed with ease!
Are you thinking…?
Isn't cultivating my own style going to be too difficult and time-consuming?
Will it even work in the end?
Won’t it be expensive to re-invent or update my look?
The answer is...No!
I think you’ll be surprised at how simple it can be to look great!
I'll be in touch soon with more information about the start of
The Three-Day Wardrobe Workshop...
Thanks for reading.
I’ve just spent a few days in New York City with my daughter. She’s 16 and has incredible style. We went to tour a few campuses, celebrate her birthday and check out the happenings at New York Fashion Week.
Here’s what I rediscovered about city style…
City street style is a category unto itself. Whenever I visit a big city, I’m quickly reminded that personal style is just that…personal. The urban vibe seems to spark creativity. While some women want to blend in…it seems most would rather stand out. Crowded streets provide a shield and it becomes easier to take a risk when you won’t be seeing anyone you know.
On this trip to the Big Apple, I saw combinations that were unique and fashionable…and plenty that were so unusual that 'getting dressed in the dark' came to mind. The women who looked the most fabulous had a subtle sense of 'take it or leave it' this is what I'm wearing today! I was inspired. Inspired by the bold and unexpected looks that reassured me...
if you wear a look with confidence...you can really rock any look imaginable!
I think we’re often hung up on what others think of our wardrobe choices. We shy away from trying new styles because we fear that those around us might not approve. We are afraid to feel silly or different.
Here’s the deal. They are only clothes! Branch out a smidge.
Never worn camo or leopard print?…start with a belt or a scarf.
Not sure you can work a leather bomber jacket into your closet?…maybe borrow one from a friend to test the waters.
In most cases, no one really cares what you wear…and if you step out of your comfort zone…you might just inspire someone watching you, as well as yourself!
This season, I’m going to take my own advice. Here’s how I plan to stretch myself and my wardrobe…
I’d like to include a few more urban pieces in my fall wardrobe…like grey suede booties and grey jeans- I LOVE grey denim on other women! So chic.
I’m also ready to venture out of the diamond-stud-only earring situation…maybe some cool colored stone studs or simple hoops. Crazy, I know.
And my usual look is pretty tailored, so I’m going to try a few longer, softer, flowy layers. A little bit of Bohemian-style never hurt anyone, right?
Maybe...I'll even try on a red lip...like my brave daughter:-)
I am repeatedly drawn to these styles on others (who at one time were maybe afraid to wear them also)…so I’m going to give them a go!
Still not convinced you can wear something a bit different? Take another look at the Seat Belt Dress.
Anything is possible!
How do you plan to push your style boundaries this season?
Please share! What would you like to try that’s not part of your usual ‘uniform’? Comment below or shoot me an email -firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading.
I'm a firm believer in traveling with carry-on luggage.
I haven’t checked a bag in about 10 years. If you pack right…and light…carry-on bags are the best way to go. Once you try it – you’ll never go back!
Five easy steps to help you master the art of
the carry-on suitcase...
1. Start with the right bag.
If you travel often, invest in a quality piece of luggage that meets the FAA’s regulations for a carry-on bag. I believe the maximum size for carry-on luggage is 45 linear inches (width + height + depth of the bag) Travel less often and want to spend under $60? I suggest you head to Marshall’s and pick up the best bag you can afford. I always recommend wheels that roll in all directions...then your bag can roll right beside while you walk. So much easier on your arm and shoulder!
2. The power of the packing cube.
I found the cubes I currently love at Ikea. These nifty, lightweight bags make it super simple to organize what you are packing. PJs, bras & undies, tops, workout clothes…can all be placed into individual packets. These cubes save so much room!
(Tip: if you don’t have packing cubes, roll all of your clothing when you pack. Truly, this method takes up the least amount of space and prevents wrinkles. You’ll be amazed. I roll all of my garments before putting them in the packing cubes:)
3. Make your clothes work double time.
Each item of clothing you pack should be able to be worn in multiple ways. This includes shoes and accessories. Pick garments that will hold up when you wear them more than once. Think non-wrinkling fabrics and darker shades so that stains won't show. Select comfortable, layer-able items you love. Choose pieces in coordinating colors and shapes so they’ll work well together...allowing you to make several different outfits.
4. Keep the important stuff with you.
Pack anything valuable in your smaller carry-on…the one that will go under the seat in front of you. This way, if you are required to check your bag you’ll have the important things with you…like medicines, jewelry (any good jewelry should be on your body, not in a bag), glasses, sunglasses, passport, travel documents etc.
5. Don’t let the 3.4 oz. rule scare you.
The regulation sized ‘three’ ounce toiletries are really big enough. If your trip will be longer than one week, plan on buying toiletries once you arrive. There is no reason to check luggage just so that you can have a full sized shampoo in your bag! Check out your local travel store (they are so much fun!) and pick up a few small, durable travel bottles. Most of my travel bottles hold only 1-2 ounces. I find they hold the right amount of product for most trips. These containers are easily refillable and will last for ages. Keep your toiletries stocked and ready between trips.
I’m heading to New York City for a few days. It’s time to go put my packing tips to work in my own suitcase.
Have a packing question? Don’t hesitate to ask. Happy to help. Just comment below or email me at email@example.com
Thanks for reading.
As a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant, I’ve seen all kinds of closets. I’ve worked in spacious, bright, inviting ‘rooms’ and tiny, dark, awkward nooks…and everything in between. For the record, that's not my closet pictured above:-)
Regardless, of the closet space available in your current home, there are things you can do to make the area work best for you.
I’m often asked by clients and friends…
"How do you organize your closet?”
“What’s in your closet?”
“Is your closet large or small?”
I’m happy to answer those queries and more…
FIrst, I'd like to share my top three tips for a functional closet.
1. What’s inside?
Your closet should ideally contain only the items that pertain to getting dressed each day. At the same time, it should house ALL of the items you need to get dressed. Having everything...including undergarments, shoes, accessories and clothing in one place makes it much easier to see what you actually own and pull an outfit together with ease.
2. How does it look?
Make your closet as appealing as possible. Does it need to be emptied, wiped out and vacuumed? How about a fresh coat of paint? These are inexpensive and relatively quick ways to spruce up the space. Hang a mirror and add some special decorations that you’ll love seeing when you open your closet door. Arrange the shelves and hanging areas in a way that imitates a boutique.
Keep in mind…you want it feel special to ‘shop your closet’.
3. Where does it go?
Have a designated space for everything that lives in your closet. Put things away when you’re finished with them. Sounds simple, I know. But it makes such a difference the next time you need to get dressed. Sorry, for repeating myself, but I can’t help mentioning The Konmari Method…
click here to read more on this amazing way to tidy! It has truly revolutionized my closet (and my entire house:)
Now here’s a video tour of my closet…
Questions about my closet or how to arrange your own…just email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
Two additional notes…
I recently sent out a survey inquiring about women’s wardrobe challenges. If you haven’t yet taken it, I’d really love your input.
It’s 6 quick questions. 2 minutes, tops. Thanks in advance.
Click here to share your number one biggest wardrobe frustration
And finally, I’d like to give a big shout-out and bigger ‘Thank You’ to my son Peter who patiently and lovingly shoots and edits my videos. At 14, he has a much better grasp on technology than I do and I’m so thankful that he’s willing to assist.
Thanks for reading (and watching).