LL Bean Signature... Inspired By Our Heritage. Designed For Today.


Uh-oh J. Crew, LL Bean is making a play for your preppy chic reign and at a much lower price point. Let the style wars begin!

I'll admit I only visit LL Bean for my cold weather accessories. When I want fashion, LL Bean does not come to mind, but the signature line just may change that. I found several looks in the collection that I really like.

Perfect for lunch with the girls!

Cape Cod Early Dinner Date

Love the madras plaid top and those wedge sandals.

Very Jackie Kennedy inspired.

Yes, my darling husband Rex (lol) does have a boat. We sail most weekends.
These preppy looks may be a little tame for some, but remember accessories have the power to change the look of an outfit. I like to tap into my preppy side every now and then so these outfits are calling my name.

I'm adding LL Bean Signature to my list of brands to watch. Alex Carleton, Creative Director for LL Bean Signature has created a much needed style upgrade for this classic American brand.

A Life of Style: Hair Care Boot Camp


The picture on the left pretty much sums up how I feel about my hair as of late. I'm such a drama queen at times! Lol!!

I made the mistake of switching hairstylists and getting my hair cut again. The grass isn't always greener on the other side, my new stylist does amazing work, but she's obsessed with cutting a lot of her clients hair short. Super. Short.

In my opinion, short hair is too much work. I don't have the patience to fuss over my hair. I need my hair to be a workable length so that I can quickly style it and go about my day. I may have mentioned in this series how lazy I am when it comes to my hair.

So I've started a new agressive hair growth regimen:

The first step will be returning to my former stylist. He knows my hair and really worked on making my hair healthy.

Step two involves vitamins, vitamins, vitamins. I changed up my vitamins and I'll share them in a separate post.

Step three is my special hair mix:
  • Rosemary Oil - 1 oz.

  • Grapeseed Oil - 4 tbsp.

  • Avocado Oil - 4 tbsp.

  • Organic Coconut Oil - 1 heaping tbsp.

  • 2-4 drops of Dr. Miracle's Healing Oil & 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil

I mix the above oils and apply to my scalp one to two times a week. This mix works well for my hair. My relaxed hair drinks this up.

And the last part of my regimen which I can't stress enough is water, water, water. I have cut down on the high fructose sugary juices and eliminated pop (soda). My main drinks are water, Nantucket Nectar juices, and GTS Organic Raw Kombucha (YUM!!!).

Soon I'll be able to add eliminating heat to my regimen but with my hair being so short I have to curl it. Luckily I learned that grapeseed oil is not only a strengthening oil but a natural heat protectant that can resist heat up to 425 degrees.

Hopefully I'll have some good growth over the next few months. I'll update my progress in June.

For more information:

Now Foods is a natural product company whose products are in many health food stores.

Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Kombucha

Dr. Miracle's Healing Oil

Effortlessly Fab


When it comes to fashion and style, I believe in an effortless and fabulous look. I don't like over the top fussy. You've seen women with ensembles that cause that confused look to come across your face and you think what is she wearing? There is something to be said about people who can make a few basics look catwalk ready. The following celebs got it right:

Halle Berry in black leggings, an embellished top w/ a black vest. Very rocker chic!

Kimora Lee & baby Kenzo (isn't he a doll?) Airport styling at it's best. This is a very
easy look that anyone can recreate. Well maybe not the Birkin bag, lol!

Carrying a baby in 4.5" sandals? That's the type of mommy I want to be ;)

A muted yet fun print dress and metallic heels plus Kerry Washington's
natural beauty makes this chic simple and a modern classic.

This Weekend


Hello Lovelies!!! I hope all is well and fabulous in your world. It's Sunday and a new week is upon us. How was your weekend? Mine was interesting and I decided to blog about it. Here goes!

A few months ago, I was asked to speak at the first seminar for the newly launched women's empowerment organization, Aspire for Higher. The founder asked that I present on image and style, both of which are my passions. Initially I declined the request because public speaking is the very last thing I ever want to do. I'd rather electric slide over hot coals at gun point than stand in front of a group of people and talk. Pretty extreme, huh? As a child, I was painfully shy and some of that shyness has carried over into my adulthood. There are moments when that shy little girl reappears and I prefer to be in the background...unnoticed.

The founder asked me again to present and I said yes.Why did I say yes??? After talking to my mom (aka my biggest cheerleader who thinks I can do any and everything), I felt a little better. Soon after committing to speak, I began working on my presentation. Creating my PowerPoint and writing out my note cards was the easy part. I probably drove my amazingly supportive bff crazy asking her to proof the drafts of my presentation and telling her how nervous I was about speaking in public.

Between my mom's "You can do this. Stop saying you're shy, you have no reason to be shy." and my bff telling me "Kim you're not talking about the mating rituals of insects, you're talking about image and style. You know this stuff." I started to feel that maybe I could do it and actually do a good job.

It can be hard to shake old thoughts so every time I thought about the actual speaking and presenting, I got queasy. As the date got closer, I was thinking of ways to get out of my presentation and I came up with some pretty outlandish excuses. I was actually contemplating an illness the day of the event,lol!

Fast forward to the big day and I awoke with a tummy full of butterflies. As I picked out my ensemble and chose my makeup, one may have thought I was about to attend a funeral. I said a short prayer and some affirmations before I left the house.

Well not to toot my own horn but toot-toot... I did really well. I'm so proud of myself. My PowerPoint was well received by the ladies. My presentation was entitled Image 101 (title slide pictured above), I spoke about the importance of image, developing your personal style, wardrobe essentials, accessories, and using image to attract people and opportunities into your life.

Initially I was very nervous but the more I talked the more the jitters went away. I remembered all the tips from speech class; I smiled, made eye contact with the crowd, and even tossed in a few funny one-liners. Yay me!!! There were a couple areas that I need to work on. I heard myself say "Um" twice. I think I'll invest in working with a coach.

After my presentation I was on top of the world! I had an amazing boost of confidence and dare I say I can see more speaking engagements in my future. I think I may have conquered a fear this weekend.

What fears have you conquered? Let me know in the comments section.

FTW!!!!!!!!!!!! Sex and the City 2


Pull out your fabulous girly pieces, get your strappiest 4" inch stilettos, pin a flower on, and grab your it bag!!!! The girls are back!!!!

Seeing Aidan really caught me by surprise. I can't wait to see SATC2. Looks like a mad cap romp all dressed up in labels and love ;)

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