Lipstick Quiz

Fun ‘Lipstick Personality’ Quiz

Lipstick QuizQuizzes are always fun. Try this simple ‘Lipstick Personality’ Quiz.

Sometimes these quizzes give us ‘Ouch’ moments. Sometimes you say – ‘That’s not me’ and others will say it is. Sometimes they are way off the mark.

So have some fun. Take out your lipstick. Click on the graphic to go to my website to see which of the eight shapes looks most like your lipstick.

The Quiz comes from the book, ‘Accessory Magic’ by Ann Reinten of The Australian Image Co. I am a registered consultant and I have permission to use it. The book is currently out-of-print.

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Retail Amnesia

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 A Fun Guide to Retail Amnesia

Last week I was in a local gift shop looking for my birthday present. Yes! I have sons & they love it when I choose my own present. All they have to do is repay me and I get what I want. One son even tried to get me to buy my own birthday card. That was a step too far. Now that we are all adults, money changes hands as we all buy what we like within financial limits.

When I told the cashier why I was buying that gift (Extroverts do this), he commented that I would have to practise ‘retail amnesia’ until the big day. It got me thinking how valuable retail amnesia is as a wardrobe tool.

Here’s my fun guide to retail amnesia for the modern Baby Boomer woman’s wardrobe.

What Men & Women SeeIt’s the Same One I’ve Always Had!

This one works Well on men who generally don’t seem to notice fine design details. You’ve replaced old black pants, black skirt, white shirt, red jacket etc with a new one. It is similar in colour but the style and details are different. With a straight face, you can claim they’re mistaken because it’s the same old one. This is ‘replacement retail amnesia’.



Oh! This Old Thing!

Come on! We‘ve all used this one. You buy something. You let it sit in your wardrobe for at least a month. Then when your husband, partner, mother or children notice you wearing it, you say – ‘This old thing! No, it’s not new! I’ve had it for ages.’ This is ‘calculated retail amnesia’.

Birthday VoucherGot it for Free!

It’s your birthday month or you’ve reached a certain spending amount and the store sends you a voucher. For some strange reason it is never enough to cover the full cost of what you choose to buy there. We all love a loyalty bonus and it is great marketing. It’s also great for retail amnesia as you can claim to your loved one that it was free or close to it. This is ‘reward retail amnesia’.


I Only Bought One Thing!

You’re shopping and carrying new wardrobe items in a couple of bags. The next purchase comes in an oversize bag. Great! All the smaller items can fit inside and not be seen. You walk in the door at home and your loved family member thinks you’ve only bought one item. You say nothing. This is ‘conspiratorial retail amnesia’.

Lady Internet ShoppingI Don’t Remember Buying Two!

You’ve been internet browsing and shopping. Unfortunately the parcel arrives when your husband/partner is home. Damn! Suddenly a second pair of shoes or necklace or top has appeared in the package. ‘I thought I only bought one’ you say.  This is ‘selective retail amnesia’.



Last Words

Our wardrobes are full of emotions – guilt, pleasure, love and hate. Retail amnesia (or the more serious six-letter word) plays its part in all of these emotions.

As for me, I’m off to spend that Birthday Voucher from Myers. I’m sure it won’t cover anything I want to buy but the purchase will still be a bargain in my mind.

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21 Fashion Quotes

Today’s Blog Article is a little different. These are fashion quotes in no particular order. Some will make you smile, some will make you go ‘ouch’ and some will have you nodding your head in agreement.

Enjoy them.

Chocolate Strawberry Mousse1.  If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.  ~Author Unknown

2.  Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.  ~Wilhela Cushman

3.  Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what is in their closets.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

4.  You have to have the kind of body that doesn’t need a girdle (or Shapewear) in order to get to pose in one.  ~Carolyn Kenmore

5.  On the subject of dress almost no one, for one or another reason, feels truly indifferent:  if their own clothes do not concern them, somebody else’s do.  ~Elizabeth Bowen

6.  Confidence, darling, is elegance.  ~ Desiree Mejer, designer

7.  Clothes can suggest, persuade, connote, insinuate, or indeed lie, and apply subtle pressure while their wearer is speaking frankly and straightforwardly of other matters.  ~Anne Hollander

8.  To be a fashionable woman is to know yourself, know what you represent, and know what works for you.  To be ‘in fashion’ could be a disaster on 90 per cent of women.  You are not a page out of Vogue.  ~Author Unknown

9.  If men liked shopping, they’d call it research. ~Cynthia Nelms

10. Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.  ~Elsa Schiaparelli

11. Colour is like food for the spirit – plus it’s not addictive or fattening.  ~Isaac Mizrahi, Designer

12. I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant.  They have expression, modesty, sex appeal and simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.  ~Yves Saint Laurent

13. Clothes are never a frivolity:  they always mean something.  ~James Laver

14. The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her.  ~Marcelene Cox

Uncomfortable Nail Heels15. If the feet are uncomfortable, the mind is uncomfortable.  ~ Donald J Pliner, shoe designer

16. Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.  ~Author Unknown

17. You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen.  But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.  ~Marie Stopes

18. What you wear is a little story about your life.  ~ Victoria Gallegos, Prada Supersaleswoman

19. You’ve got to know the shape of your body and accentuate what God gave you.  ~ Lela Rochan, actress

20. Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful. I just know what to do with them.  ~ Marlene Dietrich, actress

21. I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me!  ~Author Unknown

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Medium Rise Jeans – What Was I Thinking!

I am in the change room of the jeans shop. They look good these medium-rise jeans. They are three-quarter length and give my legs a slim shape. As I am 150 cm or 5 foot tall, I can wear them as full-length jeans. Fantastic – I do not have to take them up. There is only a small muffin shape at my hips. No problem – my tops will cover that. The jeans do not hide all my vertical caesarian scar but my tops should easily cover that challenge. Price is right. I bought two pairs. Feeling pleased with myself as they are just perfect for the holiday we planned.

Thought I was on to a winner here – something trendy I could share with my clients.

Alas! What was I thinking!

Now the reality when my vanity lost the fight.

I forgot. Denim gets softer and looser with use and wear. The medium-rise jeans slip down at the front but not at the back. Why do they stay firm over my bottom but not over my tummy? As the jeans fall down in the front, my tops do not cover the gap and my scar shows. I am constantly pulling up the jeans and pulling down my tops. I am waiting for my husband to ask – why are you always hitching up those jeans?  – or maybe something worse.

I also forgot that the smooth fitting tops I wear over my jeans ride up as I walk. So now there is even more tummy and scar exposed every time I move. I need a belt.

These medium-rise jeans that fit snugly over my bottom and back when standing, gape at the back when I sit down. It is okay if the back of the chair is covered but not good if it is not. Suddenly my tops do not cover this bare skin at the back. I bought these jeans for a holiday in a cold climate. I am getting colder that I thought in unexpected body parts. One good point – I am not exposing my g-string because I do not wear one. Well only on special occasions which I will not explain here.

Lastly, there was my pride in my tiny muffin top. That has now gone. Standing in the change room, I forgot that life involves a lot of sitting down. Where did that new muffin top come from? Every time I sit down, I see and feel not a tiny but a big muffin top. Oops! Vanity has disappeared. Meanwhile, every time I sit down, the denim stretches and the jeans fall down even more when I stand up. I am doing Groundhog Day with the same problems over and over again.

What was I thinking when I bought those medium-rise jeans!

Okay. I still love the jeans. Maybe I will buy a belt but I am not sure that will work. What if I buy some men’s braces to hold them up? No! Individuality is one thing. Looking just plain silly is another.

The things I do to teach others.

My modern dressing tip for women over 40 – If there is a seat or bench in the change room, use it to test out any hipster clothes before you buy.

You have been warned.

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Fashion Over Comfort – 3 Signs You are Getting Older

As we get older, it is a shock when we discover that we prefer comfort over fashion. Are you becoming your mother?

  1. You try on a new top or dress and discover it has an empire line that comes not under your breast but somewhere closer to your nipple. When did your bust go south? Just pretend it’s meant to be that way.
  2. You discover that you have lots of elastic-waisted clothes in your wardrobe. How did that happen? Of course! It was after someone saw your zip not zipped to the top or your waist button undone.
  3. You look in your wardrobe and it’s full of clothes or accessories in one or two colours only. Who sold you all these? It is taking ‘wearing your signature colour’ to extremes.

We all need a little comfort in our lives.

Descend into 80% comfort and 20% modern and you will feel old and dowdy.

Go for 20% comfort and 80% modern (I will help you) and you will be ‘young at heart’ and happy.
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A Photo for Shoe Lovers

Shoe lovers unite.

Here’s a picture from my recent European holiday.

In the window of the Hermes shop in Cannes, France were fashion items created with cotton reels.

I just had to take a photo of this gladiator-style shoe.


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Spring Food Colours

As August ends, the spring colours and styles appear everywhere. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at the new spring season colour names.

I opened my Target catalogue and noticed that for spring, it’s food all the way – salmon, cream, mocha, latte, paprika, spiced coral, cinnamon dust, burnt olive and oatmeal. Were the designers cold and hungry in winter when they named these colours?

Burnt olive confused me. How do you burn an olive? I saw no difference between it and a normal olive green. I also found ‘fatigue’. Yes, as in ‘army fatigue’. Fatigue seems to be a light olive colour. And where did ‘donkey’ and ‘dark nomad’ come from? Donkey is a shirt colour in a brownish-khaki shade. I guess the colour looks like what we assume when we think of a donkey. ‘Dark nomad’ really got me. From the picture, it appears to be a camel colour ie beige mixed with a pale apricot. There’s nothing dark about it.

That’s the beauty of women’s fashions. It’s never dull and boring.

It put a smile on my face just writing about it.