Tips, Tricks & Stories

Feb. 28, 2017

The United States has been experiencing some OUTRAGEOUS weather.  Here in the Midwest one day it snows and the next it’s the 60’s.  California is experiencing tons of rain.  Other places even have blizzards.  For some this weather is common and easy to dress for.  How about if you’re in the Midwest where it’s still winter but warm weather? What do you wear?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Wear a long-sleeved dress with boots
  • Add a light scarf
  • Wear a thin cardigan instead of a large sweater
  • Wear layers to be prepared for any type of weather coming your way
  • Stick with neutral colors until spring officially hits
  • Switch to booties instead of tall boots
  • Wear a vest rather than a heavy jacket

Do you have any other ideas? What kind of weather are you experiencing?

Jan. 18, 2017

The inauguration of Donald Trump, our president elect, and Vice President, Mike Pence, is in two short days.  For some this may be a very scary thought, while others are excited for this day.  Regardless of your thoughts on this it is important to know the details of the day.

Below is your guide to inauguration day and what to expect from Trump’s presidency: 

  • Trump will become the 45th president of the United States
  • This will be the 58th presidential inauguration
  • On January 19th a Welcome Celebration will consist of performances to kick off the weekends events
    • Many performers; such as Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Garth Brooks, KISS and many more, have declined their opportunity to perform due to their personals beliefs
  • On January 20th the day will begin at noon with the Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony, then a parade, which is then followed by three Official Presidential Inaugural Balls: Freedom Ball, Liberty Ball, and the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball
  • Trump is 70 years old making him the oldest president elect
  • Trump is the 5th president to win the election but lose by popular vote
  • A major plan of Trump’s is to make federal tax cuts, moving from seven income tax brackets to three
  • Trump has indicated that he will recall the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), put into place during Obama’s presidency
  • During the election Trump announced plans to deport immigrants and build a well between Mexico and the United States
Dec. 11, 2016

The holidays are a time to dress to impress.  With many parties to being attending during this time you need to have plenty of outfits ready for this occasion.

Here are some must try holiday looks to try.  Wear these looks to office parties, family gatherings, or for a night out with friends.

Outfit trends:

  • Body suits
  • Keyhole tops
  • Off the shoulder tops
  • Velvet
  • Strappy tops
  • Lace up tops
  • Black
  • Red
  • Sequins

Looks to try:

  • Red lips
  • Dark eye
  • Large curls
  • Glittery eye
  • Top knots

Best places to shop:

  • Express
  • Nordstrom
  • Macy’s
  • Anthropologie
  • Forever 21
Dec. 5, 2016

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun!  Christmas is only 20 days away! It is now time to finish decorating, shopping, and planning for your holiday festivities. 

Before it is too late there are a few things you need to be sure to do with your family, friends, or significant other to get into the Christmas spirit:

  • Decorate a Christmas tree
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Go caroling
  • Watch holiday movies while drinking hot chocolate
  • Drive around looking at Christmas lights
  • Read Christmas stories
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Play Christmas music
  • Go on a carriage ride
  • Go ice-skating
  • Visit Santa Claus
  • Create your own ornaments

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for love and giving.  Enjoy time with your loved ones and make the most of this holiday season.  

Nov. 24, 2016


Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of November and marks the beginning of the “holiday season”.  This day was originally dedicated to giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding years.  Beginning in 1863 Thanksgiving was celebrated as a national holiday due to a proclamation from Abraham Lincoln.   Most businesses close on Thanksgiving and stay closed for the weekend. 


  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighs 86 pounds.
  • Californians consume the most turkey in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
  • The average turkey for Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.
  • Campbell's soup created green bean casserole for an annual cookbook 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of family, friends, feasting, football, parades, the long weekend, but remember to be thankful for your family, friends, and blessings.  Don’t forget to remind your loved ones how much you care. And always count your blessings.