Work It Wednesdays! Part II

Anyone who knows me knows I have a very serious Michael Kors addiction!!  There isn’t much that Michael designs that I don’t love, from work clothes to play clothes and swim suits to outer wear it just all works for me.  The shoes and the pocket books can make me swoon and my love for all things MK extends to items for my dog!! A jewelry line was just introduced and of course provides the perfect accessories to complete the look.

What exactly about “the look” appeals to me? I love the classic lines and materials with a modern twist.  I love that the clothes are designed in a way that you can tell he actually likes women!  The acknowledgement that real women have breasts and hips is evident in every piece, providing style that show in the size zero through his plus size line. I love that with a few statement pieces and some basics you can make the look work for you and feel great about how you look.

While I aspire to MK’s couture line, Michael by Michael Kors has become my go to uniform.  A serious, dedicated shopper like myself can find MK in at his life style stores, in fine department stores,  and in this recessionista’s heavens: Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx.

“My” Michael Kors store in The Westchester Mall is amazing, the service is fabulous!  If you visit there tell them I sent you!  Ask for my personal shopper Amanda! I have been to many MK stores across the country (and in Canada) and my second favorite for service and champagne while you shop is in LA at The Grove.  Make sure you ask to be put on the mailing list so that when the store has events you will be invited. At Fashion Night Out there was a great mix of shopping, music wine and prizes. For everything Michael Kors including store locations visit

Finally, I love the communication Michael Kors has established through social media.  You can like on facebook, or follow on twitter and get some behind the scene insight as to how the line gets from Michael’s head to the runway to the store.  It’s fascinating to read about how his life experiences affect his designs and scents.  It also is apparent that the strong, loving women in his life act as muses in his work – something we all benefit from.

Is this a post or a love letter? A bit of both!  Visit and see if you might escape into the world of MK.  Perhaps I might see you there!


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Work It Wednesdays!

Happy Fall!  If you haven’t already now is the time to pack away your summer things and welcome back gorgeous sweaters, stylish boots and layers of luxurious material to take you through fall’s interesting weather changes.

Packing away your summer things is a great way to give yourself more room, narrow down your choices and see exactly what you have.  Before you are swayed by the retail call, take stock of what you have.  Here’s a great test for your fall wardrobe – make an effort to go shopping in your closet! If you repeatedly come across an item that just doesn’t make the cut it is telling you to let it go.  Keep a list of what you NEED, and be specific.  NEED means you don’t have at all, or what you have is beyond repair (these items should be gotten rid of immediately!).  These are items that make up your basic wardrobe and pull together looks for you.

Tip of the Day:  as much as we fall into routines because it’s easier for us, try to work your way througn ALL that you own.  Have a great collection of bags but use the same one each day because it’s already “packed to go”?  I have found the perfect solution in an organizer that stays packed and slips in and out of various bags giving me back great pieces of my wardrobe without the hassle. I use one I found at the Container Store that fits perfectly in all but my smallest of bags, has a selection of options as well.


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Take Charge Tuesdays!

They say that to get something done you should always ask the busiest person – somehow they have figured out how to keep all of the plates spinning at once!  Well, as a professional plate spinner I have to be honest and let you know that all of the big things always get done – it is the small things that start to pile up!  Also, what we need to do for our work, our family and a cast of others usually gets done before we do what we should for ourselves.

 In an effort to take charge of our day to day I present Take Charge Tuesdays!  This is the day to share some tips I have picked up along the way that really do make things a bit easier – more importantly they work just as well if you fall off the wagon and then try to resume the good behavior.  Another important factor for these tips is return on investment – imagine if we could have even a percentage back on the books, systems, products and time that we have invested to become organized that never panned out.

I look for options that function as a personal assistant, that keep me on track in ways that I can truly fit into my schedule. Also, it’s key to be able to break tasks down into doable (one of my favorite made up words!) blocks of time.  If you need a whole day, or three hours, it might not get done whereas most of us can fit in fifteen minute to half hour tasks. Interestingly some of the magic of breaking down tasks for over achievers is that we habitually try to do everything at once, and try to do it all perfectly, using up the necessary free time that has to be in a day to renew body and soul. We need tasks that can motivate us from doing nothing while protecting us from doing too much. No wonder why finding things that truly work is so hard!!

One of the best home care/maintenance/holiday preparedness systems I have come across is  . I first was introduced to the “old school” version of this system when our second child was born.  I desperately needed to find a way to keep up with “chores” while still feeling that I had time to be a good mom and have time for other interests, socializing and consulting work.  I have always been a believer that the answer to all things can be found in books – hence the volume of tomes in our home (which ironically often have to be decluttered!).  Get Your Act Together by Pam Young and Peggy Jones was a gift to me, these woman shared their own path to disorganization in such an honestly refreshing way that you knew these were folks who had walked the walk. Back in the day the system was kept in a file box on index cards that you referred to each day for tasks as well as reminders to build in some rest and fun.  While I wasn’t always the most consistent follower, I can truly say that that system developed some very good habits for me that remain to this day.  The online version emails you reminders of daily tasks and the site is chock full of ways to organize just about every situation you could come across from daily upkeep to holidays to car maintenance.  The one truly stress free organized holiday season I had was the one I followed  flylady to a tee.  Others since then may not have been organized to the letter, but I certainly have retained some of the short cuts that not only save time but provide peace of mind.

Flylady has many resources on line and on that provide advice for many areas in lives that need decluttering including our perhaps not so healthy lifestyles. Some of these may provide insight or incentive to motivate you to take action.

Will this be the magic system for you? Who knows, but isn’t it worth a try to see if there isn’t some benefit you can reap from a system already in place?  I for one am not a fan of reinventing the wheel.  Do you need to purchase anything? Absolutely not, although there are many products offered on the site there is nothing that you cannot do with what you have on hand or after a quick trip to Target or Staples. Is this only for women – are you kidding??  Perhaps the site title and the logo seem directed at a target market that you don’t see yourself in – who cares if it works???? 

Take charge today – just remember to do it in fifteen minute intervals!!






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