Shapewear that helps smooth over yummy tummies (& create a streamlined look)

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I love shapewear. I don't remember when I discovered it - but oh, it was such a relief not to have to hold my stomach in all the time. It's such a quick fix, compared to endless sit ups and it smooths me out. In case you are wondering, I adore my body. I also like seeing the dress and not the bagel I had for breakfast.

The type of shapewear you need depends on whether you are looking to smoothen out your overall outline, or you need more heavy-duty shaping for specific parts of your body....

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Solopreneur Style Statements

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I work with, among others, women solopreneurs. Not sure what that is?

A solopreneur is an entrepreneur, by like me, they don't have a business partner. We do it on our own, but together. I have an amazing community of women solopreneurs and many are my clients. 

Some are launching, some pivoting because of the "new normal," (doesn't feel very normal to me). Doors have closed, others have opened. Maybe they are relaunching, or want to up-level. Maybe, like me, they disappeared for a while...

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Create your own boutique - the way you like it.

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For many years, my clothes were kept in multiple locations around the house.

We were (kind of still are) constantly in renovation. I moved into a house that already had my husband’s furniture in it and all his possessions. He'd been married before and had decanted a very large house into our new dwelling, I'd moved to the US with two bulging and overweight suitcases, several boxes and a couple of 70's paintings. 

Since he's not psychic, he bought the house before we were engaged,...

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The Art of Wearing Sweatpants: 5 Tips on How to Style Sweatpants for Work From Home. 

So...even I’m getting tired of my pajama bottoms. I’ve never been a fan of sweatpants, per se, though I do cling to my 80’s Adidas drawstring fake-rapper-track suit.The good news is, they can actually be stylish - here’s how:

#1 Fitted Looks More Formal

Choose sweatpants with slimmer legs. They’re easier to style and look more polished. Leggings count in this category, and so do joggers as long as they’re fitted and you’re comfortable in them. Throw...

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Yes, you can replace it and still feel the love (I'm talking about possessions).

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I don't want to replace my comforter.

That's what you call them here, right? A duvet where the inner part is already inside it? And you can't take off the cover? 

It's white with navy swirls and navy polka dots. It’s Kate Spade. I bought it, oh, maybe four or five years ago, I don’t remember, from Bed Bath & Beyond. They don't have it any more, I think it was a limited edition. And it was pre-tragedy. 

I adore it. It clashes beautifully with the navy-and-forest-green...

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Before you give in to winter scarves....here's some ways to use your current ones.

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As I write this, there is a lot going on in the US, where I am based. What's happening is important.

Sometimes, I need to think about other things....so here's this.

Since I’m still in denial about having to pull out my winter scarves, here’s some ways you can wear them which don’t require cold weather. 

I'm all about scarves - great table décor, look good on the wall, frame them, drape the dog in them. I've used them to hide bandages, tattoos (thankfully they...

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Can you get dressed in 10 minutes?

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If there were Olympics in assembling outfits, I'd be in the running.

I can get dressed in 10 minutes in an outfit that I feel I look great in.

I sound like I'm boasting, right? Well, yes, but I'm also proud of myself AND it's possible because I have practiced.

Style is like any skill. We need to find someone who can teach us, learn, practice and then Voila!

(Hopefully I spelt that right, remind me to ask my Parisian neighbor. Do you know even she asks what I think of her clothing? Now that's...

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If you can't wear the clothes you love to work, get a new career.

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If you can't wear what you love to work, you're in the wrong career.

About fifteen years ago, I was helping a beautiful young woman (one of my semi-nieces) apply for an apartment. She was very young and people often make snap judgments about age, so we decided she needed to look trustworthy, respectable, tidy, a suitable applicant. Seems reasonable, right?

We went to a thrift store and found her an ensemble which made her look like an extremely trustworthy young woman. i.e. business casual....

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Tess and her "serious hair." Are you wearing the right clothes for your career?

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The movie Working Girl came out in 1988. I was working at the time (junior copywriter at an Ad agency) and I loved it.

So did everyone else.  It was a huge success, award nominations all round.

It highlighted some important issues of the time and we all like a "rags to riches" story.

It doesn't stand up well in 2020. The hero is considered a decent guy early on simply because Tess doesn't have a horrendous #metoo experience when she's unconscious. Sigh.

As for the title...

Moving...

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Summertime Crown by Kayla Ocampo, 21-year-old guest blogger from Manila.

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Kayla Ocampo is a 21-year-old fashion designer in the Phillipines and my assistant. This week, she's writing the blog (and she found the hats).

Check out her Instagram Store KelsCloset. She's one to watch. Take it away Kayla... (no edits have been made).

            The best thing about summertime is being able to lay on a tanning chair, read a relaxing book, and bask in the sun. It’s all about finding peace and being in tune with...

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