Bring on the Burgundy!

What? Helen’s wearing burgundy? That’s so unexpected! No one who knows me has ever said that! It’s certainly a fall favorite. After black, which occupies a huge swath of my closet, burgundy has the strongest presence. And as comfortable as these Calvin Klein separates are, they’ll be items you reach for over and over again!… Read More Bring on the Burgundy!

Collaboration, Lifestyle, Looks

Looking Ahead

Being in the present.  As a tax and financial planning professional, I know planning makes a difference. I can help clients save money much more easily before the end of the year. After that, it’s more about damage control. With a continual forward focus, it is sometimes difficult to step out of that perspective in… Read More Looking Ahead


Lilac and Pearls

When I think of pearls, I immediately think of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The iconic picture of Holly Golightly in her black dress, opera gloves and over-the-top pearl necklace is probably one of the most recognized from the glamour days of Hollywood. These wonderfully embellished jeans were on the front table of my… Read More Lilac and Pearls


Fall Florals

We always think of flowers in spring, but what about fall? It turns out the transition isn’t tough with the right colors. There is a unique depth to fall florals as a result of the colors involved.  Find florals from which you can pull the rich colors of fall, such as mustard, rust, plum and… Read More Fall Florals


More Olive

I’m still milking this shirt for all its got. It’s such a great fall transition piece! Almost everything goes with jeans, so no surprise this cute top does as well. With a great color like Olive (even though J.Jill calls it Arugula) I can look like fall while it still feels like summer.  How are you… Read More More Olive


Transitional Plaid

Don’t you love mixing business and pleasure? These J.Jill cuffed plaid pants help me with that combination. They look like trousers but feel like your favorite pair of yoga pants. We know how great that can be, especially when you’ve got a long day stretching out before you. I’m thinking office, travel, or a casual… Read More Transitional Plaid


Embellished Jeans

What do you think about the fun trend of embellished jeans? I’ll admit, many are over the top, but there are several styles that are really fabulous! My sister-in-law, Laura, has this pair, which I love!  I did a little shopping at my local Dillard’s and found this pair, among others, that had me swooning. … Read More Embellished Jeans


Shoes: Black or Nude?

Dress • Missguided (Only $30!) | Fedora • Similar here | Nude Pumps • Christian Louboutin (also available at other stores below, lower cost version here) | Black Pumps • Charles David (other options below.  If you love Christian Louboutin pumps, they’re in black here) | Watch • Michael Kors | Sunglasses • Ray-Ban | Lip Pencil • M·A·C Burgundy | Lipstick… Read More Shoes: Black or Nude?



  Top • LOFT, similar here | Jeans • Nordstrom, plus size jeans here | Sunglasses • Ray-Ban | Bag • Nordstrom | Shoes • Christian Louboutin, also here.  A lower heeled Christian Louboutin pump here and a less expensive option here | Bracelets • Kate Spade  and Silpada | ‘Runway’ Chronograph Watch, 39mm • Michael Kors | Lip Liner • M·A·C Burgundy… Read More Plum