Dec 12

Can You Save Baby Elephants And Be Fashionable too?

Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to save Baby Elephants?

Well I thought I would bring this topic to you because of all the press that “trophy hunting” has been getting lately!  No one in my circle of friends is into killing for sport and I can’t stand the idea of killing just for the sake of killing and being able to brag about it.  So what does this have to do with Pizzazz Plus Fashion, you might ask.

Well, I’m here to tell you!

One of the brands that I follow and like very much is “Elephant Pants”!

They are dedicated to bringing you some of the most comfortable and really pretty styles that all feature elephants on them somewhere!    The prints are all done in a batik type style and made of the softest rayons available.


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With Kimonos, Yoga Pants, Loungers and more, Saving Elephants is easy!

Maybe you know of someone on your gift list that is really into helping the animal kingdoms around the world.  Just think how wonderful they would feel, knowing that their gift also helps to save the lives of elephants around the world!

I know several people who would buy these just for that added feature alone.  Elephants are just making a come back, as their “ivory” tusks are no longer wanted  by many people.  Knowledge about the killing of these magnificent beasts, just for their tusks has turned this generation of people completely against the killing of these gentle creatures just for their tusks.



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I love this duster type jacket, so casual but just offers that little bit of coverage for those evenings when a sweater is too much!  Soft and flowing it will become your “go to ” accessory.

Patterns on these clothing items all feature Elephants, of course!

New Patterns are always being prepared just for Us too!  Elephant lovers just want to show their support!  Check out this lovely new pattern too!

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Little Elephants are all over these comfy drawstring and elastic lounger pants.  You can use them as pants or even pajamas, they are so comfortable.
What is not to like?  And they come in several colors too!  I can see myself lounging around in these without any problem at all.  I love the little elephants on the print!

Exercise and Elephants go hand in hand!

For all you yoga enthusiasts, there are beautiful yoga pants too!  Made in a nice loose fit, so that your every move won’t be hindered, these yoga pants will take you from the studio right back to the office.  Wonderfully made and comfortable to the nth degree, you won’t be disappointed with these!

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I just love all those elephants with their trunks pointed up and I know that you will love them too!
Make a difference in someone’s life and help the elephants too!  It is a WIN-WIN  all around.  Click on the banners to see all the styles that are available and the sizes too!
Pizzazz Plus Fashion is so pleased to be featuring this Brand and loves what they are doing for Elephants all over the world.



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Nov 23

Holidays and Getting Glamorous for Family and Friends

Holidays are a great reason to throw caution to the wind and get down, get glamorous and not need to apologize!

I personally love those times of year, when looking your best is something that makes everyone stop and say, ” Wow!”  It really doesn’t take much time, it just takes the right dress for you!   There are so many choices for Glamorous Dresses and outfits that will fit the bill!  If it’s a Christmas party, or New Years Party you will be all set to sparkle and shine!

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Glamourous Black with a bit of sparkle will do quite nicely, but you don’t have to stop with Black!

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Red is always a great  color choice for the season!  And this dress is so flirty and fancy that everyone will have their eyes glued on you!  Fabulous you!  Tb Dress has so many other styles that will flatter you from here till the moon stops shining.

For the young at heart there is always a choice to be had at Loralette too!  Choices are what makes shopping so much fun!  And this is definitely fun!

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Shimmer and shine your way through the holidays with some sparkle and shine.  Red and black sequins and more are all available for your pleasure at Loralette!  Thanksgiving Day sales just make it even better!

Do you like being able to wear dresses more ways than one?  Henkaa the original transformable dresses are all on sale this weekend too!  Buy one dress and wear it several different ways depending on your mood!  Colors that are sensational are what Henkaa is all about!  Accessories too, you really need to check out there vast array of lovely outfits. Not just for weddings, Henkaa will make you feel beautiful. Check out there specials over the Thanksgiving Weekend! I’m sure you will find something lovely!

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Rosegal is another supplier for Plus Size Women’s clothing and accessories.  With Thanksgiving sales going crazy, you will find something beautiful and glamorous that will suit you and your own personal style.  If you don’t get all dressed up for Thanksgiving there is Christmas coming right up behind that great holiday.  Don’t miss out on something really lovely!

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May I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!  May your families be blest with good food, good company and good health!

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Nov 17

Outstanding Holiday Fashions to Keep You Looking Beautiful

Everyone loves beautiful holiday fashions and you are going to love these.  Whether you get dressed to the nines or flaunt a more casual approach to the holidays, I’ve got you covered!

Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa are all time to get together with family and friends.  You just know there will be lots of pictures taken and fun to be had.  Family that you haven’t seen in a long time and friends that you just know you want to see, will all make their presence known at this time of year.  You want to look your best and so you will.

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Formal Attire or Casual

That will depend on your family and how you decide to celebrate the holidays.  Our family goes rather formal for Christmas because we end our time together at church.  So Christmas Eve Dinner and then Midnight Mass to celebrate the reason for the season.  If your family celebrates Christmas morning, you might be more casual but festive too! Melissa McCarthy has you covered in beautiful and festive attire that you just know you will wear after the holidays are over.  You can do your shopping early, (between November 21st and the 27th) so that when all those invites start to arrive, you are ready.

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If your style is really casual and you love to support a great cause at the same time, you just might love something from The Elephant Pants!  Comfy and cozy are two great ways to describe this group of clothes that are casual but beautiful too.  Kimonos, Harem pants and much more are all available here and you will help Elephants all over the world to have a better life too!

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I love this look for its understated simplicity and I just know that it will be one piece in your wardrobe that will get so much wearing, you will wish you had bought two!  This kimono top just screams “Wear Me!”

Is Your Style More Formal?

There’s nothing wrong with that!  We all need at least one dress or outfit that just stands out from the crowd!  Fashion to Figure has got your covered in the nicest of ways.  Fully formal and yet so fully wearable too!  I love some of their styles and I love that they are made for me!  With sizes ranging from 12’s right through to 26’s I know without a doubt that there will be something attractive and beautiful for me!

Just look at this gorgeous Black sequined dress!  There are so many places that this dress will be perfect for!  Watch out world here you come in all your glory and shine!  Let your fingers do the shopping with over 100 pages of perfect for you clothing for the holidays and for everyday too!

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If Sequins are not your style but you still want something a little more formal, you don’t have to look too far away.  I have this little number picked out just for you!  Lace is always special and more formal, and it looks great too!


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Pretty and Feminine yet not at all expensive.  Add one of these to your holiday wardrobe and you are all set to go!  Party time never looked so good and was never this easy to wear either.

So you see how easy it is to be

  • ready for the holidays
  • either casual or dressy
  • inexpensive and wearable
  • and fun too!

With a little planning, you don’t have to break the bank in order to look good for the holidays.  Black Friday is coming, but you don’t have to wait till then either!

Be ready NOW!  Then you won’t pass up on any opportunity to have a really good time.

Nov 10

The Ultimate & Beautiful Fitness Activewear Available Online

Beautiful Fitness activewear helps you to feel your best when you are getting down to the nitty gritty of being more active.  The Ultimate Fitness wear comes to you from Fabletics!


Join  Fabletics  VIP Program and get to choose a new outfit monthly!  And the choices  are just out of this world beautiful!  Activewear never looked so good or felt so nice.  These activewear coordinates are well made and really have a nice punch of style to them as well.  I love their sports bras and the different styles of leggings too!



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Leggings are the start of every beautiful outfit you can make. Separates are easy to select and you get your choice in sizes for the tops and bottoms. That is especially great for us who might not be a perfect size. Make your top bigger or smaller or the bottoms bigger or smaller, as your needs demand. But DO IT!


There is no need to wait till the new year to begin a journey that you know your body needs and wants.  Even with my limited mobility, I have several of these outfits and I use them daily.

Are you ready to take that step into the world of Beautiful Activewear?  Join me and hundreds of others who love Fabletics!


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I promise that you will never have had a pair of leggings that were so comfortable and affordable.  These leggings are sized well and wear even better.  Check out the different styles too.  From higher rises to lower rises Fabletics has them all.

Short cropped leggings or long leggings they are all available right here.

I personally love my Fabletics and I’m sure that you will too!  Order online and within a few days your order will be at your door.  I also love that they ask you right away if you are happy with your purchase.  You can also earn rewards by letting your friends know about your VIP STATUS with Fabletics.


Try them out, and I bet you will be as pleased as I am with the quality and comfort in these great looking  fitness activewear outfits.  You owe it to yourself to check them out!

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Why beautiful activewear?

I just started a whole new chapter in my life with the purpose of becoming more fit and active. I am trying to slow down the process of arthritis and one way to do that is to become more active.  If I’m going to become more active I want to look and feel good in the process.  Do you want to know what I’m doing?  Well let me tell you!

I have taken up hula hooping!  It doesn’t require that I do a lot of walking or running, but is it ever a great work out.  The movements required to keep that hoop moving around my middle make my obliques work hard.  I can feel the difference with just a few weeks under my belt (no pun intended).  When you see how much of a difference just a few weeks can make, it encourages you to continue.

Right now I’m still actively bending and picking up my Hoop!

And that is alright, I haven’t done this kind of activity since I was in grade school and I won’t tell you how long ago that was!  Suffice it to say, that I am not nearly as adept at this hooping as I was when I was younger.  But, I am not letting that stop me.  I refuse to wait till the New Year to make the resolution to become more fit.  I am going to do it now, even though I will probably gain some weight over the holidays.  That is not my priority, my priority is movement and getting off the couch.  I can do that anytime I want!  When I put on my activewear, I am much more likely to get my hoop going too!

The Right Mindset and the Right Activewear go Hand in Hand

When you are focused on your health, you will do what you need to do in order to become more active and healthy.  It’s not the size that matters, rather how much you make the attempts to move and be active.  Size is not an indicator of health, being fully active is.  Your mindset when you are in your Activewear, makes you want to move your body!  That is the first step.  Then finding something you like to do is the next step. For me it will be a combination of Hula Hooping and Pickleball!

If you haven’t heard of Pickleball you can read all about it here on my review of the game!  It’s the next biggest fitness craze to hit the world and it is great for all ages and all stages of fitness.  A great beginner game that will make you enjoy racquet sports again.  Not nearly as hard as tennis or badminton, but lots of fun too!
If you want to get right into it, you can with this very affordable set of racquets and balls.  Get a few friends together and you are on your way to joining the Pickleball craze.

I dare say you will be so enthralled with this game and find new times to wear all those fabulous activewear pieces that you can order online. Kudos to you for starting on this venture. Come join me in a more active lifestyle.

Oct 29

When is the Right Time to Feel Your Best!

When is the right time to feel your best?  The PERFECT time is now!

Right now I am very angry.  You might want to know why and I will tell you.  My beautiful soon to be daughter in law was made to feel less than perfect while out shopping for a new dress!  I’m angry because a little piece of paper firmly attached to a dress with numbers all over it, made her feel lousy!  The sales lady instead of building her up, chose to tear her down!  How dare she? My newest DIL is perfect in my eyes, just the way she is!feel good, look good, body positive, no to body shaming,

Why do we let someone’s idea of Perfect make us unhappy with ourselves?

Whether the tag says size 10, 12 or 14 should make absolutely no difference to us, if we are feeling good!  By good I mean,  healthy and strong.  Where is that “clothing bible” that says we are only perfect if we are a certain size?  Why do we buy into that idea, that our bodies are less than perfect?

There are a thousand reasons why we are not all alike.  Each of us is uniquely perfect just the way we are.  Our genetics, our cultural heritage, and the way we take care of ourselves changes the way we look.  Each look is unique and perfect just as it is!  We are all works of art and our bodies are amazing in all that they accomplish in a single minute.  If we  stop and think about all the things our bodies do everyday, we would be astounded.   We just take lots of those everyday moments for granted.


Our bodies are predisposed to being like our parents and their parents before them.  Our genetic material that tells our bodies all about us, was written into our makeup.  We can’t get away from what is written in every cell of our bodies, nor should we!

Hair color, height, skin tones and everything about us is at the core of every cell in our bodies.  You can’t change that!  My pre-maturing grey hair has been a facet of many of the women in my past.  Just as my predisposition to being a little heavier than my sister-in-laws are, is also written in my present and my past.  It is my story and it’s also my history!

But, and here’s the big BUT!   I am healthy!  I have the ability to walk, run, swim and more!   I just took up Hula Hooping for fun and fitness! 

I have many friends that are fighting everyday to be slim.  When I say fighting, I mean fighting.  They won’t enjoy a cookie or a piece of chocolate to save their souls.  Yet when I look at them, I feel totally sad.  They are not happy either.  Every day is the same routine for them.  There is no joy in eating, drinking or being with others who enjoy those things.  They remove themselves from all social situations so that they don’t have to refuse anyone’s hospitality.  Or they are miserable because they can’t enjoy the treats and goodies.   In the process they also miss out on a lot of laughter and fun.  They in effect miss out on a lot of life!  DON’T LET THIS ATTITUDE BECOME PART OF YOU!   You are so much more!

Life is Perfect and Short!

Life is short!  Life is fleeting!  All of our days are numbered and no one will get out alive.  What a waste of time it is to miss out on the fine points in life, because a few extra calories will make you gain a pound.  I would not like to give everyone who has died from unrealistic weight expectations a dollar.  So many have died from the ravages of Anorexia, Bulimia, botched stomach resectioning surgeries and more.  We are constantly being bombarded by images of the “perfect” bodies in print media, TV, movies and more.   Even in the cartoons, the bad people are the ones that carry a little more weight on their bones or are disfigured in some way.  Why do we do that?

It’s Time to Take Back Our Lives and Embrace Ourselves

When all is said and done, it’s up to each one of us to embrace who we are.  All of our warts and wrinkles are what make us unique and loveable.  First though, we have to learn to love ourselves just as we are!  Don’t let anyone take away your sparkle!

I personally love books that get my mind into a great place and this book of poetry does that quite nicely.  We don’t need to be saved, we need to be our own saviour.  We need to learn to love ourselves as we are without hesitation.  No time to let negative thoughts enter our minds.  We should be body positive from the moment we get out of bed in the morning to the time we lay down again.

Learn to remind yourself often that you are unique, beautiful, exceptional and ONE OF A KIND!  There is nothing on a dress tag that can compare with that!  You are a Perfect YOU!

If you want to know more about my Hula Hooping venture, stay tuned……

If you want to join me, I highly recommend the Ruby Hoopers group and Hoops too!


Oct 19

Fall is in the Air, Fashion Up for Warmth Now

There is no doubt about it, Fall is in the air and now’s a great time to get those fashion items to keep you warm and toasty right through to 2018!

Fall fashion trends for women include lots of layering and colors galore.  It’s the time of year when nature puts on one really fantastic show of color before everything turns white (or shades thereof)!  Why not join in the celebration of these colors with your own!  The runways were running with red being a great color for this year’s trend.  Everyone has a shade of red that looks great on them including all my (personal) favorite redheads.  fall fashion trends women, fall winter fashion trends, Shades of RED, pizzazzplusfashion

No one is saying to wear only RED!

But if it happens to be one of your favorite colors than you are in luck this year!  You will have no trouble finding those blouses, skirts, scarves and more in varying shades of this rich color.

Here’s just a few examples for you:

Serious Layering can happen with these tops. Layering is the way to go during this transition month. You know that it’s really quite cool in the mornings and you just want to bundle up! Noon comes around and you are so warm that you can’t think straight anymore. So off comes one or two layers that you have on. When 5 o’clock comes around and the sun is slipping quickly in the sky, it’s time to bundle up again, and we happily do! No one wants that chill to grab them after a long day at the office.

Fashioning up for Fall is a lot of fun!

There are so many choices when it comes to fall and winter trends this year.  Besides Red, there is the option of some plaid!  Yes you heard me right  PLAID!  Any kind of PLAID!

There are so many choices when it comes to this fashion staple.  Plaids come in all colors and combinations.  If you are Scottish descent, you can even go for your own family’s tartan.  You will be a knock-out!  Skirts, scarves and jackets are fitting to be worn during the fall months.  This is one fall fashion for women that I particularly like.  It doesn’t take a lot of plaid to make a statement, but you can also go to town with it and not feel overdone. Plaids or tartans are a pattern that has lots of possibilities.  If you pull one of the colors out of the plaid you can accessorize with that color and make your outfit complete and stunning.

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Avenue for Women has some beautiful red tops and plaids too!  I saw one that was plaid without being checkered like most plaids are,  it was just a little plaid (sort of abstract)  with a twist!  And I love the blouse they have in a grey with the addition of a plaid border at the hemline.  Very versatile and really comfortable looking.  If red is not the color you want to use on your body, then how about a dash of it at your feet?  These beautiful waterproof booties are just so cute and wearable too!  Newchic has a whole line that will do you proud!  I love, love , love the red booties though and I think I just might have to indulge my senses with a pair or two!

Red for those of you who are a little intimidated by such a bold color, can be successfully used in accessories.  Dress in your standard colors of black, gray or navy and add just a splash of red and you will be trending this fall and winter!

You can read about all the fall and winter trends coming in my last article, “Introducing New Feminine Styles for Fall Fashion Success”

There are trends in fall fashion for women that are just fantastic and everyone has some of these items already.  The idea is to add only those pieces that will make what you already have, fresh!

Stay tuned, there is more to come………because after Fall comes that (love it or hate it) season of winter!  We will want to warm that season up too!

If you want to receive updates, let me know in your comments and I will happily send you the next installment of Olivia’s Fashion Finds!


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Oct 06

Cuddle Up Time, Attractive Fall Fashions to Warm You

Fall is fast approaching and if you are in the northern areas you may have already been touched by frost and (dare I say it) snow!  It’s time to Cuddle up, with attractive Fall Fashions to keep you snug as a bug in a rug!

Taking the time to change over your wardrobe from summer to fall has many people down in the dumps.  It’s hard to say goodbye to those warm and sunny days.  I have noticed that in just the last week, the days are getting shorter and shorter.  There is a chill in the air when I have that first cup of joe out on the balcony!  Slippers are replacing my flip flops and there is always a sweater close by.

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So What’s a Gal Supposed to Do?

Well my first suggestion is to “get used to it”!  It’s not going to get warmer unless you are planning a trip down South!
My next suggestion is learn to layer your clothes again.  In summer we take as much off as is allowed, but in the fall we add!  It’s all part of the balance.  Layering is one of the best ways to keep yourself warm though.  Air gets trapped in between and is warmed up by your own body.  So the layer of air closest to you is always warm.  Here are some great ways to do just that.

Fall in your neck of the woods could be very chilly or just slowly work it’s way to winter.  If that’s the case for you, then you have so many options.  You might only need a vest to keep your body warmed, while your arms and legs will do great with only a sweater and pants.  If it gets really chilly, then hoodies or lightweight jackets that block out the wind, could be your answer!  If it gets really chilly, then you might just opt for a winter jacket and leave it open, until the wind bites you hard enough to zip it up.  I personally love hoodies and ponchos.  I find them easy to layer with either T-shirts and sweaters.  And it let’s me undo some layers for when I am indoors again.

When morning temperatures are in the 40’s and 50’s, but afternoons are still in the 60’s and 70’s you have to be able to change throughout the day easily.  When evening comes again and those temperatures drop again, it’s a snap to layer it all up again.

If it’s just a little cooler then….

If your fall isn’t too cool and you just need a little extra warmth, then a beautiful scarf might be all you need. These are great in that they also follow the trends this year to brighter colors (especially reds) and plaids. What a great and inexpensive way to update your wardrobe for the Fall of 2017!  I must confess, I love scarves and have a whole drawer just for that purpose.  Florals and plaids as well as plain colored ones fill my space.  I have used these scarves in the fall and winter months, because I just love to add that punch of color when everything else is drab around me.  It makes me happy!  It also brightens up my dark winter coat with a punch and doubles as a covering for my head if it should start to s n o w…..(sorry)

It’s a great time to start looking for those new pieces that will warm you up and make you happy at the same time.  We can’t change the weather, so we might as well embrace the changes and be prepared.

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Aug 30

Introducing New Feminine Styles for Fall Fashion Success

Everyone is getting on the Fall Fashion Style Bandwagon

That’s not a bad thing.  When the seasons change, it’s nice to look forward to something new in our wardrobes.   Fall Fashion Success comes in knowing what the  nerwest trends are going to be!  Then you can look at what you have in your wardrobe already and plan to add some “trendy, new and vibrant” pieces to enhance your “look”.

What is Current for 2017’s Fall Fashion Forecast?


Current  fall fashion styles seem to be heading in a much more feminine direction.  Ruffles that we saw in Summer are still here for Fall and add to that some bell bottoms on pants and sleeves and you are on your way. Let’s be clear, dressing in a feminine way will NOT make you appear less formidable.  In fact, if you own your femininity, you may even garner more praises than you ever thought possible.

Currently on the runways for all the fashion shows you will see a lot of colors, fabrics and glitter too!  It is almost like caution has be thrown to the wind and whatever makes you feel beautiful is A OKAY!

That in and of itself is great news for us women who are not on the runways, but still want to look up to date and fashionable too!


Fashion Trends are just that! They are trends and you can choose to follow some of them or all of them. What makes clothes fashionable is having a fit and look that makes you feel comfortable. If it’s trendy and you don’t like the trend, you will not exude the confidence to carry that trent off.  The fall fashion style trends I have been watching are easy to incorporate in anyone’s wardrobe.

Fall Fashion Trends That are Great and Easy to Follow:


  1. The colors Red, Burgundy and Brown
  2. Plaids and Florals
  3. Embroidery on blouses, jackets, coats and bags.
  4. The Midi length of skirts
  5. All shades of Denim (it will never go out of style)
  6. Ruffles and Bell shaped sleeves and skirts
  7. Palazzo style pants or wide legged trousers.
  8. Rich fabrics like velvets and silks.

When your wardrobe needs a bit of an update, adding one or more of these Fall Fashion trends will automatically give your whole wardrobe a boost.

These latest fashion styles for women are very wearable and can be easy on the pocketbook too!

Every woman should have the essentials in her wardrobe already.  These are the pieces that you will spend good money on, because they are so versatile that you will wear them over and over again.

Those essentials are:

  1.  A great pair of slacks or trousers in a solid color, black, brown, grey or navy for fall.
  2. A great skirt in this years length and this year it’s the midi, not too long and not too short.
  3. A knock out Jacket, again in a solid or plaid.
  4. A great pair of shoes, either heels or flats.

Now let’s see where we can find some of the fun additions to make our fall fashion styles complete.

I personally like to purchase my trousers/slacks from Additionelle.  They have sizes and styles that work really well for all my regular sized gals and some extra great styles for my more curvy friends.   The quality of the slacks is what I like the best.  They wash well and if you hang them to dry, they last forever(almost).  The little bit of spandex in the fabric makes them fit and hang really nice.

Not only great for slacks, but Additionelle also has some lovely tops, sweaters and dresses too. My faves though happen to be the slacks.

Blouses with flair for fall fashion styles and a touch of European charm I like to go to Poppoly and Ulla Popken or Melanie Lyne!  Looking for something with a touch of red or totally red should be no problem for the avante guard looks available here.


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These three vendors are really part of my favorites for current fashion styles for women.  All of the clothing is up to date, stylish and works well for the fashion forward woman who wants all things beautiful.  It is a fitting place to start adding those stylish pieces that will move your wardrobe and you into the new season.


You can also check out more advice on dressing for success and women in the workplace right here, just click on the blue words for more great ideas.




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Jul 17

You Need to Know: The Essential College CheckList

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It’s mid-summer and you need to know that many kids are now preparing their wish list of items needed to make their first few weeks of college a success.

It is an exciting time of year especially for first time students that are heading away from home for their first year of college/university.  It will be a time of anxiousness for both students and parents as they watch their kids take their first steps into self -reliance.   It’s a bit intimidating, but for parents, it’s also a time of great pride.  After all they have put their best into their children to help them realize their dreams.  College and studying will bring them to the future that they will realize for themselves.essential college needs, college wish list, necessities for college life,

Preparing Your Wardrobe

College days are full of wonderful times, learning and playing, making new friends and lots of socializing too!  It’s important to feel comfortable in your skin while at the same time becoming part of a new student body.  The majority of kids will spend much of their time in jeans and T-shirts, while taking classes.  These are the uniform of the student body.  So let’s get some great jeans that fit well, make us feel comfortable and look great to boot!

Jeans for everyone!

Gone are the days of blue jeans being blue jeans.  “Blue-jeans” has become such a mis-nomer!  Blue jeans are now black, blue, red, white, and almost any color in between.  The common denominator is a good fit!   If your jeans fit well, then you will feel much more comfortable.  Jeans today are made from cotton and spandex mixes that allows for a better fit and comfort level.  There are even leggings that are made to look like jeans, that are called “Jeggings”.  A quick look at these and you would be hard pressed to sense that they are not in fact blue jeans proper.   This works well for any student who is in the plus size range.   The fit is nice and tight, but the comfort and the look of blue jeans is still there.


Hoodies are EVERYONE’S Favorite Must Have!

Hoodies are a college must have, it doesn’t matter where you have chosen to continue your education. Hoodies are an essential and standard clothing item in everyone’s wardrobe. Why? Well let’s face it, they are comfortable, easy to wear and they will keep you warm on those days when the weather is less than idyllic. College classes can sometimes go into the evening. What started out as a beautiful day can change quickly after an afternoon in a study hall. With a hoodie in your backpack, you can go out after class without having to stop at the dorm for something warmer to wear.

Hoodies are also a great way to show your school support. Football, basketball or another team logo can be blazoned across the chest area to let everyone know who your are cheering on.  In the case of new students, this is a great way to make some friends who are like minded, at the same time you are showing your support for your  new school home.

Essential Must Have Shoes to take you everywhere you want to go!

We have the jeans and we have the hoodie, now we need something for our feet that will take us everywhere and anywhere.  College campuses can be quite large in size.  One class may be at the southern end of the campus while some of your classes will be at the northern end.  You have to be able to get from point A to point B in comfort and ease.  There are enough things to worry about without having to worry about your feet!


There’s an old saying that goes like this: “If your feet hurt, everything hurts!” Let’s not make that mistake. A good pair of running shoes are essential for every student. Getting around campus is a job in itself, why not be comfortable while doing this? Good fitting shoes will make your day go by much easier. There is no sense in buying a pair of shoes that doesn’t fit right. You may even have thought of joining a campus running club to help with the “Freshman Fifteen”!*


Computer Bags and Totes  Essential College Tools

After the clothes and shoes have been looked after, there is still a need for a great way to make it from one class to the next efficiently.  Lugging your computer and notes around like you did in high school is just not cool.   A much better option is a handbag designed to carry your laptop and all your other needs or a rolling tote.  Just because you are studying doesn’t mean that you can’t make a statement!  Fashionable bags and totes just finish off your Essential College Wish List.  As everyone knows, you need your laptop and your cell phone!  These are MUST HAVES!  Adding a nice bag to hold those items makes you much more organized and ready to face any class that is coming up.

Mid Summer is a great time to get started on your College Wish List!  When the day arrives for you to say good bye to your family, you will be more than ready for a great first, second or third year!

Stay tuned for more College Essentials in the next few days.  Just for your information, in case you didn’t know  the “Freshman Fifteen”* is the expected weight gain that happens in the first year away at college.  Lots of parties and added calories make this everyone’s issue!  Join that running team to keep the Freshman Fifteen at bay.

Now that you have the college clothes list essentials, we will focus on our dorms in the next installment!  Sign up for the newsletter if you want to be kept in the college essentials loop!

Jun 30

Tassels and Fringes to Take You to the Max This Summer

Add some tassels and fringes to the plainest tops and sweaters and plain becomes a knock out!


We are seeing tassels and fringes on everything from shoes, boots and hats to everything in between. It’s the in between that I want  to show you!~

Summer evenings are always lots of fun, but when the sun goes down, it can become less than comfortable.  A nice wrap, or light sweater can be a crowd pleaser and keep you warm at the same time.  Goose bumps just don’t make a fashion statement.  It doesn’t matter how you try.  Light evening wraps on the other hand, make a statement that you don’t have to worry about.

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Such a pretty Summer Addition

These are called kimonos or wraps and each one of them is decked out with lovely tassels that finish off the edges and give the piece just a little pizzazz to boot!

Patterns and colors vary, but the fun and fancy of the tassels and fringe remain.  These cover-ups can be used in your wardrobe for those evening parties outdoors and or a cover up for your bathing suit.  Partying will have a new look when you are wearing these beautiful wraps that will make you smile every time you are wearing one of them.  Best part, they are so affordable that you will want more than one.

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Light and fresh these kimonos are just an added layer that will keep you feeling fresh, covered without being stuffy and they will help you keep that evening chill off your shoulders and back.

Just for fun Friday June 30th is Fashion Friday and there are specials on the Kimonos for you to check out.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to fill in that blank spot in your summer wardrobe.


Make the Summer of 2017 a Fashion  experience that you will enjoy right through to the end of September and going into the fall.  Pack them away for those trips to the south when you need a cover up for your bathing suits. Tassels and Fringes always seem to make  holiday wear that much more special.


Cents of Style has so many wonderful items for your summer needs.  I love their print T-shirts with so many cute quotes and graphics.  Again affordable and comfortable to wear.  Bracelets and necklaces that speak what your heart may be saying and so much fun to wear.  The one that suits me best is a “beautiful mess” because most of the time that is just the way I feel.  I would share that with my BFF and my daughter and we’d have our own “beautiful mess” club.




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