Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

Tailgaters at Nutcracker Market

Every year we try to visit the Nutcracker Market. It sort of kicks off the Holiday season for us. This year was true to years past as being one of the best places you will find to people watch. On the trip down to Reliant Center, traffic was pretty heavy and we determined that every body on the road was heading there as well. We could  see the women with their mistletoe headbands, red sweaters, reindeer hats……it’s all about what to wear. One thing that I still can’t understand is how the women wearing spike heels manage to get through the day. My feet are screaming by the end of it and I ALWAYS wear my most comfortable shoes. They deserve an award!

Man on stuffed horseWe did manage to see something this year that we had not seen in years past. It doesn’t quite live up to the grown man on the life size stuffed horse that we saw last year but it does make me want to try it next year. It was a group of ladies that were tailgating! Yep, tailgaters at the Nutcracker Market. Really, it’s a great idea. Get there early and don’t fight the traffic. They had it all; a decorated tent, some kind of breakfast casserole, fruit, banana nut bread and even mimosas. They had a close parking spot so they could get to the car with the loot they scoop up, have a little snack and a drink, then head back in for more. They really did it right! Of course I had to get a photo of this! These ladies were very sweet and posed for the pic and then even shared a mimosa with me. I love my job! I’ve just got to remember to plan this for next season.

Christmas Decor

Woooooo Hoooooo! Can’t wait to go look for a new swimsuit.

Trying on Bathing Suit

Ok ladies, swimsuit season is in full swing. I don’t personally know any women that look like the supermodels featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. All of us have been through the agonizing moments in the dressing room trying on the dreaded swimsuit. I’m just wondering at what age do you stop caring? I mean really…..do we ever get over our “problem areas”? I know we all have studied the magazine articles that tell us exactly what style we should wear according to our body type. What if you have multiple “problem areas”? They never tell you what to do about that.

Supermodels in Swimsuits
One of my friends claims that it all depends on where you are planning to wear a swimsuit. If you are planning a trip to a resort where you know there will be other women in ALL shapes and sizes making you look good then you can get away with baring a lot. You just have to know your destination. On the other hand, if you know that your destination will be filled with nubile, young things…..you might want to check out the cover-ups. For instance, if you are planning on taking your child to the YMCA pool this summer, then you probably will wear that modest one piece, if you even wear a swimsuit. I mean how intimidating is it to be in a bathing suit at a fitness club? I can’t think of a worse scenario.

The thing is, no matter our age, shape, fitness level… women always agonize over going in public in a bathing suit. It’s just not fair that men can just put on a pair of trunks that their wife bought them and never look back! They don’t have a care in the world. What’s up with that? I think men have an amazing ability to see the best when looking in the mirror while women see every “problem area” that she needs to work on. Perhaps we need to take a page out of the men’s book and learn to focus on what’s good. Just be carefree and put on that swimsuit and go enjoy a great day in the sun. You know that when you are with your friends, you should be comfortable enough to just have fun and not worry about how you look. Sometimes it’s good to just let go! Let them see the pooch, the saggy butt, the cottage cheese thighs…. or whatever it is that haunts you. Hopefully, they will still love you.Large Woman in Small Bikini

Failing that, you can put a pool in your own backyard, wear whatever you want, and invite your real friends. You can always count on them to tell you that you look fabulous. Right?

Wardrobe Mistakes

woman looking in closet

Do you have a closet full of items that you never wear? Some even mocking you because they still have the price tags hanging on them?  Wondering why you ever bought it in the first place. I must admit that I’m guilty of this.  I mean, was I just in the mood to buy something? Did I buy it under pressure, wanting something new for a special event ? Was it a great deal? What on earth was I thinking at the time? On the other hand, do you have a handful of favorite pieces that you wear over and over again? Items that your inner circle of friends are tired of seeing? Have you noticed in pictures of yourself that you have on the same outfit on many different occasions? Amy E. Goodman, author of Wear This, Toss That, says you should pull out 5 things in each clothing category that you would like to wear every day if no one would notice. Then ask yourself a few questions about why you love wearing that item so much. Having that knowledge will help you the next time you set out to add to your wardrobe. Wouldn’t it be nice to only have things hanging in your closet that you love to wear? Following are a list of questions to ask yourself:What’s the overall style? Is it tailored, soft, feminine?

What side of you does it project? Professional or edgy and fashionable.

How does the color look on you?

What’s the fabric like?

Is the silhouette slim or flowing?

Does is accentuate favorable body parts?

Does it camouflage body parts that you would like to improve on?

Is it comfortable to wear?


Once you have answered these questions, you will learn why you love certain things in your closet and you will be able to do a better job of finding more things that perfectly fit your style and body. Just be careful not to buy replicas of what you already own. The next step is to evaluate the items in your closet that you never wear. You need to figure out why you bought them and why you don’t wear them. Not nearly as much fun, but it’s necessary.

Did you love it 20 years ago?

Do you have a place to wear it?

Does it require special care?

Is it “too young or too old”?

Does it look cheap?

Did you buy it because it was a great bargain?

Was it a one season trend?

Pay close attention to your answers so you can avoid repeating your past mistakes.

Next, take an inventory of what you are lacking to make key pieces in your existing wardrobe more flexible and wearable. Then take a good hard look at the go-to pieces that you wear and evaluate whether or not it’s a little worn out looking or if it can make it another season.  Think about how you dress most of the time. Do you spend your days in business attire or do you wear casual clothes? Julie Watson, merchandising director for Banana Republic says to remember that you should have 3 times as many tops as bottoms. People focus on you from the waist up. Make a list of what you need. That way you’ll be less tempted to make that impulse purchase of something that you may not wear or already have too much of. After you’ve done all this, call me and let’s go shopping!