Archive | November 2010

Time To Change Your Hosiery To Darker Shades

I am often asked what color of hosiery to wear. In ideal situations, wear the shade which matches your natural skin shade, (arms and chest). Orange legs, with pale arms….not so great. Also, once the winter clothing comes into season, you can go into darker shades, such as coffee, taupe, sheer gray. The new hosiery has great designs with darker shades to wear with boots. Love it.

So what’s one of the biggest hosiery mistakes for TG women? Wearing dark hose to hide un-shaven legs. Certainly, dark hosiery is excellent for un-shaven legs–but the key is the color of your outfit. Unless you also have the dark shade someplace in your ensemble, you’re calling attention TO your legs, not AWAY from them. Use  the darker hosiery color also in your skirt or dresses or even jeans– to match the hose, or wear a longer skirt to cover what you want to hide. Now, the stores have darker colors of hosiery, such as gray, blue, tan!


Many of you have asked me about the new handbags. I love the new colors, so don’t feel you have to stay with basic black. If possible, put the color of the handbag, in a piece of jewelry or a color in the fabric. Now for the TG woman, who may be a little larger on top 

Women with large breast and heavy shoulders should avoid carrying short-handled bags that finish around the bust area, as this only serves to accentuate your breasts and shoulders more. Go for a longer length finishing around your middle, or a  mid size clutch purse, which is carried in your hand.


Hello Annie. What Color Stands Out Most For Women?

Hello Annie, thanks for the great question. I was just discussing this recently, with a color expert I work with. She reported–wearing red, peach, medium pink (not hot pink) are the three colors most responded to, on women. Now, with the holidays upon us, go find a great red dress and knock em” out!


First Event in Boston 2011

I hope all of you are getting ready for Thanksgiving.

I will be attending First Event, on Friday and Sat in Jan. Please check out their web site, and make a private with me…if you’re on the east coast. If interested, do email me early at:   in Subject Line put First Event.

See you ladies there. Oh dear, it is sooo warm in California. Boston, hummmm I suppose long boots, long coat, hat and gloves. Takes all the fun out of dressing!!

When Trying On A Dress

Hello Everyone- I was recently shopping with a client, and she did not understand how important it is to SIT in the outfit, especially dresses that are fitted.

When you are trying on a dress, skirt or pants/jeans– always take or wear the undergarment you’re going to wear with it, and the shoes. Also, never, ever forget when you try something on, to sit in the clothes. People do more sitting than standing in life, and you want to make sure it’s not too tight around the hips and tummy. Happy Shopping!


Walking In Heels, Holiday Parties, Get Your Feet Ready!

Thanks Shelly- for sending this article about our favorite subject…high heels!!! I love them!Denae

What women doesn’t love the way her legs look in a dress with a great pair of high heels? It creates a longer line, great calve’s curve and sleek appearance. With the holiday season creeping in, there will be more parties, galas and long work days with your feet balancing on the most adorned shoes. Although some women will wear flats or sneakers to and from events, the fact remains we are still wearing our heels.

A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed some 42% of women admitted they’d wear a shoe they liked even if it gave them discomfort; 73% admitted already having a shoe-related foot issue.

So what’s a girl to do? Give up her Jimmy C’s or Christian’s and wear calf-flattening shoes? I myself being in the fitness industry for almost 30 years have made the switch to office heels “clackers” as they say in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, and found three simple steps to help avoid foot pain.

1. Self massage: Use a golf ball or tennis ball each night before your go to bed. Stand on one leg and put your foot on top of the ball. Roll the ball with slight pressure under the ball of your foot massaging the plantar tendon. Small circle motions that lead up under the heel. Roll the ball under each foot for about 30-60 seconds.

2. Toe Pulls: Before you go to bed, lie on your back and pull your toes towards your shins with legs extended. Do not point your toes but flex your entire foot. Perform 20 repetitions with toes pointing towards the ceiling, another 20 with toes pointing outward and last 20 with toes turned inward.

3. Heel Walk: Each morning on your way from the bed to the bath and back to your room, lift your toes off the floor while you walk. This simple shin strengthening exercise helps stretch the calf muscles that become tight from wearing high heels.

Television Show On Bravo ~ That Girl Can Walk!

Okay, I admit it. My newest vice is watching the HouseWives of ALL the cities. I really enjoy observing  how differently the women dress, in various cities. And, how they express their femininity differently due to their weather, culture, and how they were raised. Orange County has lots of blonds in jeans. New York has lots of boots, coats and natural color hair.

I have to admit, the newest show…HouseWives of Beverly Hills (which just aired late Sept 2010) is now my favorite to study. Why, you ask? Yes, of course, these ladies are spoiled rotten and over the top–that is a given. However, the feminine movement of several of these ladies is so graceful, natural and feminine. This is how I was trained, to move. In the first week of the Beverly Hills show, they introduce each housewife, each having their very own look, style, personality and life. But, watch for “Taylor” —   her walk is perfect, she obviously has been trained and it shows! I am often asked, who is truly feminine. This show, has 3 ladies out of my top 10 list. Perhaps, they spent some of their money, learning how to move and how to look great in the right clothing.

So, if you want to have fun, see some over the top styles…watch for The House Wives of Beverly Hills, currently on  Bravo on Thurs nights. Email me, who is your favorite and why! Bravo is running re-runs of the HouseWives of Atlanta, not such a good study.

Bravo, to Bravo!