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!


3 thoughts on “Bonjour!

  1. Judging by the selections from my favorite personal shopper, I bet your onesies were full of sparkle!! Looking forward to your sage and hilarious fashion advice.

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