By: Honey Good
Many of you know I fell off a ladder nine months ago in my closet! My journey has been an ongoing struggle. Therefore, I have had no desire to shop. What woman wants try on clothes in orthopedic or tennis shoes? It’s almost like losing a sex drive -- it changes a person. But, my to my great surprise and delight, my shopping desire has returned! All because of an invitation from a friend inviting me to lunch at a boutique woman’s specialty shop in Chicago -- Ikram. After a delicious lunch, my shopping eyes began darting from left to right taking in the wonderful and gorgeous selection of clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry. I said to myself: “Push yourself to make an appointment with Kim (the fashion consultant my girlfriend recommended).” She had given her rave reviews, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
I hesitated to make the appointment. I didn’t want to try on beautiful clothing in my orthopedic shoes. But the word “Paris” raced happily through my mind. My husband and I just arrived in Europe Wednesday and Paris is coming up next! I decided it was time reenter the wonderful world of shopping, orthopedic shoes or not!
Here is the shopping lesson I want to share: It is all about the sales woman you choose. She is your primary shopping find!
Think of all the “mistakes” we have hanging in our closet. The first job you have when you walk into a store is not to check out what new arrivals just came in. Your first order of the day: pick your sales woman carefully. How? Through a referral from a friend whose style you admire and with your sense of clarity.
- A professional sales woman is the investment in “your look.” You are her palette to paint. Choose someone who is an artist in fashion.
- Choose a person who loves her profession. You are not a commodity.
- Look for someone who can define your look and style by showing you appropriate garments for your shape, height and personality.
- Notice if she engages you in conversation in order to learn about your life style, favorite colors and fabrics.
- Accessories are just as important as the new article of clothing. She must be a good finisher. Accessories are the frosting on the cake.
- Remember: Every item you buy has your name on it. Seek professional help in all the shops you enter wisely. J Crew shopping is just as important as Neiman Marcus.
- Last but not least, when you find “your find” in the perfect sales woman, give her name to your girlfriends and family. It is an extra way of saying, thank you!
I spent a happy and productive time (Sorry Shelly!) shopping with Kimberly. Shoes were the first call to order. Once my feet had a semblance of style, Kimberly knew I would feel better. Robert Clergerie, known as the designer of comfortable yet fashionable shoes was just what my ankle required. My sense of self was lifted. Two pairs of black soft leather boots later, my ankle was happy and so was I. I shopped until I almost dropped, because Kimberly earned my respect and trust. I know she loves her career and loves dressing her clients. She wants them to shine. You can just sense it.
I packed for Europe very excited and can hardly wait to walk the streets of Paris with my darling husband in my comfy, gorgeous fashionable boots and beautiful new outfits.
Thank you, Kimberly!
Tiffany and Co. Diamond Studs
Diamonds really are a girl's best friend. They are also perfect earrings when you want to keep your look simple. In fact, I rarely take mine out! Diamond studs are such a pretty classic that you can wear everyday. And since they are ideal for everyday wear, splurge and go for a timeless brand like Tiffany’s.
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch
Everybody needs a classic watch that will stand the test of time (literally!). That's why I love Daniel Wellington. The watches are effortlessly sophisticated and this one has an understated dial and interchangeable leather band, making it perfect for any outfit.
By Susan "Honey" Good
I love a reason to dress up and dine with friends and family, don't you? And so, this weekend, I know that so many of you will be treated like the 'Queen Bee,' as well you should be, darlings. Or, if you are as lucky as I am, you may even be taking your own Mother out to brunch this Mother's Day. Whatever you do, darlings, I hope it is fabulous, full of love, and of course, fashionable. Here are a few Mother's Day dress ideas for ladies who brunch...
By Team Stylists
“If they could see me now that little gang of mine” With a SPRING in my step and looking oh so fine. What are the STANDOUT TRENDS that would catch their eye? What would look best and what shall I BUY?
By Susan "Honey" Go
Our handbags are an expensive necessity, my darlings! As I admire my bags lined up on my shelf they seem to be a little community of diversity! Some are flamboyant. Some have a dash of playfulness.
I'd like to think I live a colorful life, darlings. And, when it comes to fashion, I'm certainly no shrinking violet. You know how I feel about being visible at our age, right?
With all that said, there's just something so chic about a black and white ensemble. And while I would say that I typically wear colorful combinations, a well-styled black and white outfit, paired with a pop of color if one so desires, is simply timeless.
Fashion Trends and Technology for the 50+ Woman
By Susan "Honey" Good
Today's style story is really an education about trends and technology, darlings.
Recently, I talked about aging exquisitely; if you missed the story read it here. Aging exquisitely has absolutely nothing to do with how we look as we age, and everything to do with the importance of feeding vitality through new experiences, new people, and embracing new opportunities.
Instagram is a social network, like Facebook. Without going into far too boring detail, the way that one uses Instagram is by downloading an app to your mobile phone. I am on it, darlings and I love it! Instagram is a social network driven largely by images… an instant gratification kind of place to keep in touch with friends, loved ones and trends. It is very fashion and lifestyle driven! It's also great place to keep in touch with your children and especially the Grands. Ask them, darlings, and I bet your Grands will say to you, "Yes, of course I have an Instagram account!"
By Susan "Honey" Good
Last week's story about shorts (here) raised an interesting question in the Honey Good community, "How short is too short?"
Not just for shorts but skirts also. There's some buzz that after 50, a woman should lower her hemlines. So, darlings, I have to ask for your opinions on this subject. But first, I've gone to great "lengths" to do some research on the "too short" matter and here's what I discovered...
First of all, there's no one expert on style which is, of course, what makes fashion both fun and frightening, at times. But, there are plenty of people willing to voice their opinions on how short your skirt or shorts should be.
By: Honey Good
Thankfully, the Holidays are full of parties and gathering with family and friends. And while cheering and sharing with loved ones is easy, deciding what to wear to everything from charity galas to informal get togethers with girlfriends can have its challenges.
Have no fear. darlings, Here's my foolproof guide to surviving the holidays in style...
By Honey Good
I've been around long enough to see oh-so-many trends come and go. And what I've learned about trends is this: love them, enjoy them but never become a slave to them.
Now some women our age say they eschew trends all together. What fun is that, darlings? I love to stay up to date on the latest styles but I only wear what suits me. I wear my clothes and never vice versa. No trend will earn a spot in my closet unless it stirs my soul and speaks to my sense of style.
By: Team Stylists
Once upon a time when we were retail associates in a hi-fashion boutique. We dressed for work like women did when going to Bat Mitzvahs. Imagine the looks we got when stopping off at Gelson’s or Starbucks!