Sunday, December 13, 2020


In my book “Elevate Your Personal Style” I included a chapter called “Merchandise Your Products”. I have found that setting up my closet to attractively display my clothes and accessories encourages me to put a bit more effort into my look each day….which just adds more joy and fun to my life. This is a photo of a current display shelf in my closet. It reminds me that I want to add a touch of cranberry/burgundy red these days to give a festive feel to my mostly black outfits. It also reminds me to wear my watch daily, not out of necessity, but just because I like the way it looks. Also, how cute is this fashion art print from @akrdesignstudio? Would you still be tempted to reach for those tired old cotton undies with this in your face each morning?

Why not merchandise your own products as if you were running a chic little boutique? This concept also encourages the “shop your closet” mindset as it reminds you of all the pretty things you already own! As I mention in Chapter 8 of my book, if you are looking for guidance on shopping your closet, my two favorite sources for inspiration are @audreyacoyne and @msbeltempo. I also love @simplementstylee. She often shows how she styles Pinterest perfect outfits from what she has on hand in her closet. She also happens to have one of the most “boutique looking” closets I’ve seen!! Love it! ❤️❤️❤️


Friday, December 11, 2020


I’m always looking to simplify and reduce clutter in my life. Christmas is no exception. While I love adding a few festive touches to the house, I like to keep it minimal. With the exception of our tree decorations and the Advent calendar, all my other decorations this year are natural. When the holiday season is over, I won’t have much to pack up and put away. I’ll be able to just dump the dried branches and flowers in the compost pile! Right now I am loving this simple little centerpiece I pulled together from grocery store roses, backyard fir twigs and a vintage milk glass planter. Anyone else going super simple with the decorating this year? 🌲⭐️

Saturday, December 5, 2020


I’m snuggling up with this favorite little book of mine today. I’ve read it every December for the last few years and it always gives me the tips I need to keep a simple, peaceful (and chic) mindset during the holidays. Thank you @fionaferrisnz for this gem of a book. Do you have a favourite Christmas book?

Saturday, November 28, 2020


I’m working away on a new book! Here’s a sneak peak of some of the cover artwork. Can you guess the topic I’ll be exploring? Obviously veggies are an important part of it! 

These sweet little paintings are absolutely dreamy, don’t you agree? Thank you again to the incredibly talented @flourishellis for capturing my vison so perfectly.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, November 21, 2020


Like many people, I started my Christmas shopping early this year. Crowded stores and malls are places I’m trying to avoid these days. I’m really scaling back on the number of gifts this year, narrowing my focus on choosing meaningful, carefully selected items.

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for a special woman in your life, I’d like to recommend one of my books! They cover topics that would be of interest to anyone in life – fitness, homelife, health, finances, food, fashion, beauty, mindset….and so much more! They were written from the heart and from the perspective of an average, everyday woman (me!). They are both available on Amazon and my experience has been that the shipping and turnaround time is very fast. (Since they are self-published titles they are printed on demand.)

Although the holiday season is going to look different this year, I’m still expecting it to be lovely and warm. Stay safe everyone!

Saturday, November 14, 2020


“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few. One moon shell is more impressive than three.” 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~ Gift from the Sea. 

I read “Gift from the Sea” every single summer and I’m trying to carry the message of this book along with me as we head into the season of holiday overload. The themes and messages never grow old. (It was written over fifty years ago!) There is so much wisdom offered in this tiny little book

This is one of my favorite quotes I like to keep in my back pocket 👖. This can apply to so many areas in life! One slice of cake? One black dress? One photo? One post? One gift? What area of your life would you most like to use this mindset?

 

Friday, November 6, 2020

 



If you’ve had a chance to dive into the first few chapters of my new book, you will know that I had a black leather belt on my wish/shopping list for my winter wardrobe.  I was looking for something that showcased a prominent buckle.

 

Here is the belt I chose.  It’s by Sézane, but I originally spotted it on a photo of Kate Middleton.  It’s called the “Artemis Belt”.  It’s very versatile as it pairs well with denim, but can also be cinched around the waist (which is how The Duchess styled it).  I snagged this second-hand on the site Vide Dressing! I’m using this “waiting game” approach for a couple of items on my winter wish list.  Someone’s else’s cast off is your next treasure!