Monday, October 28, 2013


What...Fancy Nancy...dislikes a fashion related item???  Impossible you say??? Well...I have quite a complicated relationship with the televised fashion shows like "What Not to Wear", which by the way is no longer on TV.  Then why write this post?  Because we all know it will soon be replaced by at least one if not many similarly themed programs.

I have watched What Not to Wear for years and years and...well lets just say...FOR A LONG TIME. It goes without saying I have also enjoyed Say Yes to the Dress, House of Consignment, The Rachel Zoe Show, Its a Brad Brad World, Running in Heels, etc etc

Some of my frustrations are as follows:

1.  Most of the shows are based in large cosmopolitan cities (90% of the time, NYC) where shopping options are plentiful.  Who couldn't find great clothing in such a place?

2.  Generous clothing budget- if I was gifted with a Visa with a large balance it would be a no brainer that I could find clothes that would both fit and flatter since price would not limit me.

3.  The sense that each of us has this "perfect" haircut and color that will take 10 years off our appearance.  The stylist analyzes the client's face shape, coloring, hair texture and length as well as the amount of time and effort they are willing to set forth on their daily hair routine.  Where is such a person??  I have gone to many different salons and I love my current stylist.  That said tho I have never had the experience that is shown on these shows...have you?  If so, then please share with who and at which salon.

4.  We all know the difference a few minutes can make when makeup is applied.  A light foundation, swish of a blush brush and mascara wand, some lip color and a huge transformation takes place.  When I watch someone like Carmindy on What Not to Wear, I will often see her working her magic on someone with my same coloring, I want to know which eye shadow bring out her close set eyes, which lip gloss brightens up her whole face.  Its not just using the products, its using the right brand and shade and brush and...well you know how it goes.

So my challenge to the next fashion show to appear on my television screen is please...come to a small town, work with a limited clothing budget, show us how to get the crown height in our hair, tame the frizz, share with us which brand and color of lip gloss "works" on everyone???????  Most of us do not have access to Ted Gibson haircuts, shopping trips to Nordstroms with professional stylists or a makeup artist to pick our perfect colors.  

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you share any of these same frustrations? 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I hope each of you has at least one friend like this in your life:

I have heard wonderful things about this movie, fingers crossed it comes to Northern IN:

I am sure you have read more than a few of lists like this but here is one more to enjoy:

And I leave you with this, YOU ARE WELCOME!

Monday, October 21, 2013


In the past few weeks I have had the privilege of meeting 2 fun and special people I have long admired.

I often link to columns by a favorite author, Sharon Randall.  Ms Randall recently spoke to a woman's art club in a city close to my hometown.  It was an honor to attend, and listen to her wise words and funny stories.  She is as gracious, kind and warm as I had expected her to be.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy her columns on families, female friendships, motherhood and many other topics that I promise will touch your heart, here is a link to her blog:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the television show Say Yes to the Dress which follows brides at the Kleinfeld Salon in Manhattan.  My favorite person on the show, Randy Fenoli recently started traveling to cities around the United States advising and helping brides find their perfect dress.  Last night while having dinner at a local restaurant I looked up and see Randy, walking in front of me.  I gasped, said his name out loud before I even realized what I was doing/saying.  He stopped, smiled, said hello and held out his hand while thanking me for watching the show.  In the interest of keeping this blog entry short I will simply tell you he was beyond warm, has a marvelous sense of humor, is very welcoming and friendly; EXACTLY as he is on the show.  It was beyond fabulous to meet him.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


I love leather gloves (so classy) BUT never wanted to invest in them because I knew, without a doubt I would lose them and then whine about that for, problem solved:
Anthropologie Persophone Gloves

PERFECT fall lipstick:
MAC Twig

Love this scarf. The polka dots are not quite as prominent as they appear in the photo. Have worn it several times in the 5 days I have owned it:
Anthropologie Geo Dot Scarf

Very important advice in an emergency: