Picture this: A sunny, warm fall day in St. Louis. Excitement buzzing around town in anticipation of the Cardinals’ play-off game that afternoon. A jeans-tee-fedora clad 25 year-old woman flitting from store to store in search of “something sparkly” for a big night out: her 1-year wedding anniversary. She notes that sequin shorts found at a popular nation-wide chain store do not flatter her figure. Not at all. Dear Nordstrom, some people may be able to afford a beautiful $350 blouse, but not this girl. Did someone decide sequins are out this season? Without luck in the sparkle department, she ventures to a small suburban boutique and settles on a beautiful silk jacket, sophisticated and fresh. She had a fabulous night with her adoring husband, pausing only occasionally to notice the absence of her beloved sparkle.
As you may have guessed, the young woman above is yours truly. I am a lover of many things – my husband, my adorable dog, art, reading, sunshine, my wonderful friends (to name a few) – but I have a permanent and passionate affinity for those “sparkly somethings.” It is not just about clothing/shoes/jewelry/accessories – it’s about sparkle in life! I yearn to shine in my work, my relationships, the way that I dress. And I am always trying to find ways to help other people shine. So here I am, writing this blog. The focus will be fashion, because, in the immortal words of Mark Twain “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”
I most certainly do not leave the house head to toe in sequins (I wish), because I’m not a circus performer or Taylor Swift (love her!). But the way that I dress is a big part of who I am. I like trends, but I’m not “trendy.” I love classics, but I’m not “boring.” I dress for my body type and wear pieces that fit my personality and my budget. I mix inexpensive clothes with designer items. I LOVE to play personal shopper to my friends and family to inspire the same kind of confidence I get out of wearing a fabulous outfit. And that’s what I hope to do for you, dear readers (hopefully I have some). I can impart some of the knowledge that I have picked up over the past 25 or so years that I’ve been dressing myself (pretty sure I picked out my own onesies). And I, too, hope to learn much more about the fashion world that I so adore. And I pray that all of you find me as witty as I find myself!