Your Closet Called…it asked for Fall!

Your Closet Called…it asked for Fall!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days because it is the annual Girls Shopping Day in Kennett Square, PA.  You can get everything you need for fall, literally from head to toe at Ashely Austin, Chantilly Blue, Houpette and No.109.

Oh and want some help from a personal shopper and stylist? Come find me! I’ll be starting my day at Chantilly Blue and I will up and down the block until the early afternoon. I’m back to mom duty in the evening but if you can stop in for a cocktail they are open till 8pm!

Can’t make it in? Live far away? Call or text me, or any of the stores. We can send you pics and hold aside for you or even mail for you if you are not local. There are too many great things to miss this!

Chantilly Blue…

So I stopped in here yesterday and started screaming. I think this is Lisa’s best fall picks yet! Lots of color! And pieces to give you that polished casual that you can wear every single day.Rocco is Lisa’s rescued love bug and he is adorable. After falling in love with him Lisa wanted to give back to other rescue pups and shelters. Below is a list of some items they need. Oh and for every item you bring in? 20% off an item in the store! Premium denim, made in the USA, fitted on you by the denim whisperer herself and her amazing staff – on sale!!!

Gift card from Wawa, Walmart, Target, or PetSmart. Also, New or gently used dog harnesses (no collars, please ), dog leash, new dog toys, Dog bowls, dog crates, dog beds. Must be either new or in excellent shape. ATTT does the unbelievable by rescuing and rehabilitating dogs who have nothing good to associate with humans. Vet bills are staggering. They astonish. Beginning Thursday, any one item donated get you 20% off any full priced item. Bring one, bring ten, no limit to the donation and the savings.


This suede finish dress below? I’m in love.


Ashley Austin….

Booties and Bags and Baubles!! So. Much. Good. Stuff. If you buy just one type of shoe for fall make sure you have an ankle boot to wear with cuffed denim or with a dress or skirt. It is the essential fall transition shoe! And if you buy suede don’t forget to spray and protect your shoes from the elements so you can keep them looking brand new. Need advice on fit and what flatters? These lovely girls at Ashley Austin know their stock. Let them help you find your perfect pair!




I am kind of obsessed with the Kevyn Aucoin lipsticks…they are amazing! Not sure of the color? No worries – they have experts on hand to make sure you get the color that works for you.


And No. 109….

Leather (faux) leggings? They are for every age and every body – they add an insta cool factor to a fun top or a cozy oversize winter sweater. Definitely my top pick! Craving some fun color or prints? Heather always  makes sure there are plenty of bright options, no matter what season it is!



*Insider Tip – Just Jenny From The Block

If J.Lo should ever find herself in Kennett Square she would be thrilled that she wouldn’t have to wear out her stilletos looking to check off everything on her list. From lockets to lattes, you can find everything you need up and down the same 2 blocks. So park your car and do some shopping. Then drop your bags back at your car and grab some caffeine. Then do some more shopping. Okay now that you have tried on all the clothes you can eat!

These places are small business owned, unique and amazing. Make sure to check them out. In case you can’t tell I really love our small town, and the best part is the amazing people in it. 🙂


After you get over obsessing how perfect the wall color and the wall art is, make sure to enjoy what a truly amazing fresh brew really tastes like.Prepare to be spoiled.


Green Eyed Lady

You know how it would be so cool to raid the jewelry stash of you eccentric and well traveled Great Aunt Linda? Or craving something unique that no one else will have? All of my favorite cuff bracelets are from here. Their laid back vibe makes it the perfect place to peruse. Looking for something very specific? Ask Colleen and she will let you know if they have it or can find it for you.

Photo of Green Eyed Lady - West Chester, PA, United States


Talulah’s Table

You have probably heard of this place…and yes, it’s as good as everyone says. Try their grab and go takeout or sit with a scone and people watch outside. It’s so peaceful you may not want to leave.



Shop Mamie

A new additon to Kennett Square just in the last couple of months, this sweet boutique with a Delaware flagship store is located just around the corner from Talulahs. This is the perfect place for both mothers and daughters to find something fun for fall. Also check out their collection of Scout accessories and some super adorable toddler size clothes to match mom…think matching faux fur vests…Christmas pic card…DONE.


Thank you so much for reading! Make sure to keep our money in our community…shop small and shop local!







Make life your bitch.


There are a million things we have to do but don’t want to do. Remember the movie The Breakup? Jennifer Anniston’s character famously says to Vince Vaughn’s character, “I want you to want to do the dishes.” The thing is, nobody wants to do the dishes, we have to do the dishes. I mean I guess we could skip it but that would give a whole new meaning to the word squalor. As human beings our brains are directed toward pleasure and fun. I imagine there is a tiny toddler version of ourselves inside our brains, and it’s constantly screaming and throwing temper tantrums when we are forced to do things we don’t want to do.

toddler temper tantrum

Recently I spoke with a friend of  mine who works in retail. I asked how he was holding up during the holiday frenzy. My friend told me he is currently scheduled to arrive at work at 4am to work on inventory, then on the sales floor at 9 am. And by on the sales floor I mean you have to be on your A game. If you ever worked in retail then you know, from experience, the holiday season brings a special kind of hell on earth to these employees. The extra hours, the frantic pace, and some very moody shoppers can test your patience. The month of December feels like you are running a marathon, while being chased by a bloody clown. Shoppers will stoop to a level of rudeness you never thought was possible. I was once asked by a shopper if I could sit in the back of the boutique because she didn’t like the perfume I was wearing. No, I am not kidding.

I couldn’t imagine getting up that early every day when my body wasn’t used to it. My friend admitted it is very hard since he is not a morning person, then he said he makes it easier on himself by waking up at 1:30. Hold up? What??? This man is not a diva and doesn’t live more than a half hour from his job so why in the world was he adding to his torture by getting up so much earlier than one would expect? His answer was so interesting. He said because he knows he is not a morning person, he needs to get up extra early to allow for his mind and his body time to adjust. In reality it would probably only take him 30 minutes to get up, shower, get dressed, eat and be out the door. This man is old enough and wise enough to know himself well. He knows that a half hour is really enough time for his body and mind to “wake up.” To really feel awake he needs his mind and his body to feel relaxed, present and engaged. And since reporting to work at 4am is not fun, he decides to start the day by rewarding himself with things that make him happy. Taking time in the morning to read the paper, eat a nice breakfast,  and slowly enjoy a cup of coffee all feed into his body and soul to set the stage for a good day.  What a simple concept but one that we all overlook. When we need to do something we don’t want to do, we need to find a way to take control of the situation and do it on our terms. The result will be the same, but finding a way to do it that best fits you and your personality is the key.

Baby elephants throw themselves into the mud when upset. Seems like a legitimate reaction to me.:

For example, I despise having to empty the dishwasher, like from the depths of my soul despise it.  I know this is stupid because it is something that can essentially be completed in less than 5 minutes, but still I put it off and avoid it like the plague. It is my least favorite chore  so I have found the only way to motivate myself to empty the dishwasher is to “own it,” aka make it my bitch. When I avoid this task it ends up owning me. It teases me and taunts me every time I put another dirty dish in the sink instead of in the still needing to be emptied dishwasher.  When I can’t find a certain item I need, and I discover it is in the dishwasher, I swear I can hear the dishwasher laughing at me. Especially when I open it up, only to get out the one thing I need, and leave the rest sit. This is crazy. As my trainer taught me with regard to lifting kettle bells, you need to “be in control and own the bells.” I said  you mean “You want me to make this 50 lb kettle bell my bitch, right?” She paused, looked at me and said”Yep!” Full honesty that kettle bell still owns me since it is too damn heavy.

Make today your bitch || Pommel Lane:


If we want to stay on top of something we have to know we are in charge. When I schedule something, even something so simple as emptying the dishwasher, it allows me to put the task on my terms. I also make sure to build in something to make it work better for me, often I try to get in a phone call I want to make to a friend. It’s a blatant motivation tactic, but it achieves the desired result. I have emptied the dishwasher instead of it telling me to empty it. And don’t worry, yes I do realize dishwashers cant talk.

The same logic can be applied to fashion and style. You can’t tell by looking at someone who is well put together, or looks completely awake, how they got to that point. Some people can look at their closet, pull out an outfit and be ready to go, the same way that some people can just hop out of bed and be awake and be ready.  Many of my clients hire me because they dread shopping and they dread putting together outfits. Let’s face it, everyone needs to get fully dressed every day,  unless you are a cartoon character, in which case pants seem to be optional.



When a client contacts me for the first time, they have usually reached some point of frustration over what feel like a loss of control. This is why the verbal part of the consult is so important to me. I want to take the time to get to know my clients, the insecurities, their fears, their likes, their dislikes. Whether it’s a disorganized or you need a completely new wardrobe, the end result should be the same. I want the client feel confident, comfortable and pulled together. I want them to feel a sense of relief in knowing that they took control of their situation and “owned it.” I want them to  become that person that feels at ease in their body while  looking effortlessly chic, knowing they can leave the effort part to me so they can enjoy the chic result.


*Insider Tip – Eat dessert first.

There  is nothing wrong with finding a way to make an unpleasant task more pleasurable.

Hate to do laundry? Cue up your favorite guilty pleasure tv show to watch why you fold and sort.

Long car ride solo? Download an audio book or podcast to listen to.

Dreading a long wait time at the doctor’s office, post office, dmv? Treat yourself to your favorite coffee or drink (preferably non alcoholic as I am assuming you don’t want to get arrested during the day…) I also choose to grab a latte to help the dreaded grocery store process be a little more pleasant.

There's A Chance This Is Wine. 11oz Ceramic Travel Mug with pink silicone lid by thelittlevinylsaur on Etsy

Sometimes rewarding ourselves during or even before an unpleasant task works better than waiting until after. Plus when you take the time to do something your own way it creates a feeling of empowerment and control, usually key in situations that feel forced.  As long as the end result is the same, you  can write your own story on how you get there. And along the way of writing your story be make sure to smile and be nice to people during the holidays…you never know who has to get up at 1:30am.

another talking horse Mr. ED except maybe this horse has found something funny to laugh out loud:


Thanks for reading!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – My $100 and Under Picks

There are some things in life we just need help navigating. For me, it’s the grocery store, or as I like to call it, the seventh circle of hell. Some people have a basic knowledge of food whereas I have absolutely none. I’d like to blame it on my failure to thrive in my middle-school home ec class but in all honesty I have never taken the time to educate myself. I’m working on it but I still require assistance. I ran into my friend Beth in the grocery store the other day. I lamented my disdain for having to figure out what to feed my family for dinner. She said she was making BLT sandwiches for dinner. I thought this was brilliant and probably something I could handle, 3 ingredients, plus bread, I got this! When our paths crossed again in the store I even asked her to double-check that I had everything I needed. She very politely asked if I wanted to use cabbage instead of lettuce in my sandwich. Seeing the glazed over look of confusion on my face she delicately  pointed out that I had grabbed a head of cabbage instead of lettuce. Whoops, my bad. She took me over to show me a proper head of lettuce. Thank goodness Beth is a nice person and didn’t flat-out ask me if I had been dropped on my head as a child. She also happens to have taught both of my kids in the 3rd grade, so I am sure she is now putting together all of the pieces of why my children had the same thing for lunch the entire year. I told you, I’m in dire need of help when it comes to food.

Sometimes my clients get embarrassed if they need clarification. The new clients feel awkward telling me that they need very specific instructions for accessorizing an outfit, while some of my longer term clients feel like they should have learned by now. Trust me, I get it!! First off I am never judgemental and secondly, I don’t know that cooking and I will ever be friends. If I won the lottery I would hire a full-time cook. I wouldn’t feel bad about not knowing how to prepare a meal, I would feel grateful I had someone to do it for me. I think in life we sometimes feel like we have to become jack of all trades and that’s just not fair. I have clients who have 5 children, clients who travel for work 3 weeks a month and I have clients who would rather do other things with their time than shop. I think the older we get the more it makes sense to outsource what we don’t like to do, what we don’t know how to do, or what we simply don’t have time to do.  Once we have completed rounding ourselves out through schooling I think it is fine to narrow down what we are good at and focus on creating our own course list of what we want to learn more about. So really, truly, I don’t expect any of my clients to have to learn everything about getting dressed. That’s what I am here for!

So without further adieu, I wanted to break down the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale into one simplified shopping list. As a bonus I decided to only include items priced at $100 or under. This sale is huge because instead of marking down summer items, they discount the brand new fall  arrivals. There are very few stores that offer this kind of opportunity. But when it is still 1,000 degrees outside it is hard to think what you will need in November. When it comes to great sales I believe in buying some discounted basics but also for updating with some current trends. All you have to do is click and shop, as easy as picking up the items for a recipe!

1. Little Black Jacket (L.B.J.)

An essential for work or roll up the sleeves and put over a tank with jeans.

One-Button Suit Jacket (Regular & Petite)

2. Perfect White Shirt

This tunic length can be tucked in or left out long.

'Perfect' Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic (Juniors)

3. A Statement Coat

Beautiful fall colors to wear anywhere.


4. Cashmere Sweater

The slouchy v neck style feels like a sweatshirt but goes with everything.

V-Neck Cashmere Tunic Sweater (Regular & Petite)

5. Oversize Wrap

Perfect for outdoor fall events. Can be dressed up with leggings and boots.

Plaid Blanket Poncho (Juniors) (Online Only)

6. Stylish Sneaker

When you need comfort throw these on with the cashmere tunic sweater and leggings.

'Internationalist' Sneaker (Women) (Regular Retail Price: $85.00)

7. Black Faux Leather Pant

Every age can wear these pants. Pair with a cashmere tunic sweater for extra coverage.

Faux Leather Skinny Pants (Online Only)

8. Floral jumpsuit

Wear now for late summer events and later with a crop jacket.

Floral High Neck Wide Leg Jumpsuit (Nordstrom Exclusive)

9. Suede Fringe Jacket

Wear with a simple white t-shirt and a skinny pant so you don’t od the boho look.

Fringe Faux Suede Jacket

10. Long sleeve multi-tasking dress.

This dress is a no brainer. It comes in black, navy or cobalt blue. It can take you from a wedding to a funeral (hopefully not in that order) . It has super flattering ruching around the sides and middle and oh yeah…sleeves!!

Side Ruched Jersey Body-Con Dress

All 10 items above are under $100! But make sure to act quickly, the sale is over July 31st. The items may still be there but their prices will go back up.

And just above budget…

Grid Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite)

At $104.90 this dress didn’t make my above cut but it was way too cute to leave out!! I love the detail on the back at the waist. I also love that it is available in petite sizes as well. It’s made in a great stretch but substantial ponte knit and works well into fall with tights.

Eliza J Grid Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom

Eliza J Grid Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom

Want even more suggestions? Check out my Pinterest Board titled Nordstrom. Not everything pinned is under $100 but there are some fabulous deals to be had.

*Insider Tip – Make It Personal

No shopping list is universal. If you want one tailored just for you and your budget let me know! I’m happy to prepare a Pinterest board or personalized just for you. You’ll never even have to leave the house and you can try everything on at home. We can chat by phone regarding your needs and I’ll send your list! Send me an email at or give me a call 610.517.2983 for details and pricing.

Thanks for reading!


Does this outfit make me look happy?

It is official, it is SUMMER!




My kids finished the school year and are the years really are flying by fast. Thanks to great teachers they did well in school. My daughter came home with one particular award that brought tears to my eyes, the class Fashionista award.

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Yes, I am mother to a budding fashionista. I both proud and terrified. Proud because she picks out all of her own clothes and outfits. I pick my battles and that battle is way to bloody for my taste. Terrified because this means her teen years will be crippled with outfit perfection stress. Hopefully she will continue to remain true to herself. As long as my kids are clean, (and that is harder than it sounds with a 7-year-old boy), I really prefer to let them express themselves through their own style choices, provided my daughter doesn’t attempt to wear cutoffs that resemble bikini bottoms or shirts that say things like “I know what boys like.” Right now she is obsessed with wearing oversize bows in her hair and I am cool with that, but fully aware that she could be over it all by next week.

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How do we keep our kids feeling free to express themselves instead of worrying about what others’ think of them? I feel like we start out that way, young,  open minded, full of creativity. And then something shifts. We start to compare ourselves to others by wishing we could be taller, shorter, blonder, curlier. We start to shrink in our own minds, pushing our own thoughts and opinions into the far back of our childhood. We look to others for what we hope is inspiration but can turn to jealousy and feelings of low self esteem. I don’t know why that happens but I know I will try hard to stop it with my daughter.  But the fact is that is easier said than done. I only started to feel comfortable in looking different than everyone else in my 30s. I wish I could figure out what shifted back but I really don’t know. Maybe the security of those around me? Knowing that I was surrounded by a family who loved me even when I have no makeup and sleep in t-shirts that have holes in them? I think it is more than that. I think the shift is in my own attitude.

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When I was younger and insecure it was because I was busy worrying I was being judged. And the ugly truth is that I was busy judging others. That is so awful to say but sadly I know it is true. I think it took getting older and going through more life experiences for me to gain some perspective. Years ago I would have looked down on the disheveled looking woman wearing her pajamas into Target. Well guess what, there have been times that I have been that woman. Your whole family is sick, you are stressed out and sleepless and you have five minutes to run to Target to grab some more tissues.

Be kind -  for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. #quotes #kindness
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I watch the shows on Disney and Nick with my kids. Nothing has changed. There is still the popular and cool kids and the dorky nerd kids. I don’t want my kids to be the mean kids and I don’t want them to be picked on either. I’d love for this to go away but if we look around there are the same cliques among us now as grown ups. And trust me all groups can be mean. I have heard people judge other women for being too made up or overdressed. The same woman who judges another woman for wearing clothes from consignment stores is also being judged by others for spending too much money on designer clothes. The truth is that our appearance IS important, but not because of what it shows to others. It is important because of how it makes US feel on the INSIDE. The woman who came overly dressed up for the casual kids’ soccer game? Maybe her mother is sick in the hospital and putting on some makeup and a nice outfit made her feel better.  When we start to dress for ourselves and wear what we want we are able to more accurately match our outside to our insides. Don’t be afraid. If someone’s not going to like you the right outfit won’t change that. The best way to stop judging others is to stop judging yourself.


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Cleaning out my clients’ closets is so much more than just organization. It’s a clean out of their past in order to better organize their future. When you let go of the sizes that are too small you let go of that part of you that says you are not good enough the way you are. When you let go of that thought you can let in the appreciation for who you are RIGHT NOW.  This is a big part of the reason that people hire me to help them instead of trying to tackling it themselves. I promise you that I will be there to hold your hand every step of the way and in the immortal words of Elsa from Frozen “Let it go.” By the way if you listen to the lyrics for this song they are really good, and it’s a good sign that it is loved by so many young girls.


"Let It Go"- Elsa from Frozen. "The cold never bothered me anyway..."
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*Insider Tip – Defend your friend. 

The next time you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself try to stop. Ask yourself if you would let someone talk to your sister or your best friend that way? If you would defend them then you should start defending yourself. Stop the negative. Be nice to yourself.

sequins x well loved denim
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Thanks for reading! I am going to take some time to try to not go crazy while my kids cry that they are bored. If you see me feeding my kids froyo for dinner and looking zoned out while wearing sweatpants please know that I am doing the best I can. 🙂




Who’s The Boss? The questions you need to be asking your clothing RIGHT NOW.

Chief executive officer (CEO) is the highest-ranking corporate officer. As a CEO of a corporation, company, organization, or agency typically reports to the board of directors. The responsibilities of an CEO are set by the organization's board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization's legal structure. CEO also act as a director, decision maker, leader, manager and executor. CEO advises the board of directors, motivates employees and drives change within the organization.
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Who is the CEO of your closet?

Are you in charge? If not you should be. You hired these items and put out money for them.  Maybe it’s time for a performance review.

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Let me explain. Often when I go into a client’s closet they are struggling with what to keep and what to get rid of. The are so many reasons behind why people hold on to things. One of them is money. You’ve spent  money on an item so you leave it hanging in there in hopes that someday it will “work” for you and your lifestyle. To look at things from a fresh perspective I tell my clients to treat their clothes as if they are employees. Then ask them a very important question…cue Miss Janet Jackson.



Yes Janet “Miss Jackson if you’re nasty” said it best when she asked “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY??”

What Have You Done for Me Lately

As CEO, as well as CFO and CMO,  it’s time you asked every single item in your wardrobe that exact question. Just what kinds of things should they be “doing” for you?

An item of clothing should do at least a few of the following:

Fit your body.

Flatter your shape.

Feel good on your body.


And perhaps most importantly, reflect who YOU are today and what YOU do in your life.

If an item is not meeting some if not all of your criteria than it is time to cut the fat. That sweater that itches every time you put it on? Again imagine you are the boss. That itchy sweater is the guy that is jabbering loudly on the phone in his cubicle every time you walk by. He gets paid a good salary and yet he doesn’t provide any value to the company. He needs to go. The sweater needs to be FIRED. The jeans you owned in high school that you keep holding onto? They are just like the older employee who has been around forever but knows it is time to RETIRE. Help them out and throw them a retirement party. Include its other been around from high school friends for a Bon Voyage. And how about those super expensive and super trendy heels that look beautiful but are just collecting dust in your closet because you  don’t wear them? That’s like hiring the new grad with the flashy Ivy league degree that turns out to only be book smart but completely lacking any common sense. LAY THEM OFF.

This is the time to be ruthless. Unlike a real company where employees have families to feed these items of clothing have no feelings. So you need to drop your attachment feelings about them if they are not doing their job. Consider this your form of a hostile corporate takeover. And the best part is you can hire new “employees” to do the job for the company you have built, even if it means admitting that your mission statement has changed. Maybe you held on to your corporate suits that you wore prior to be becoming a stay at home mom. But maybe, since then, you’ve decided that being a mom is your new career. In that case it makes more sense to kick out the suits and bring in some more jeans. Being a CEO also means managing your overhead efficiently. Your closet square footage is valuable real estate. You want to fill it with items that prove productive for your life.

So what are you waiting for?? Spring is here. Really, it is! Before the temps fast forward to summer take a good hard look at your “company.”

Bitches get shit done.
Love, love, love Tina Fey


* Insider Tip – Don’t forget to calculate C.P.W.

What is C.P.W.? That stands for Cost Per Wear. This means that the amount of times something is worn in your wardrobe should make sense relative to the cost.

For example, cocktail dresses have a horrible CPW. If you pay $150 for a dress, wear it 1 time, then it has a CPW of $150. Not good.

On the other hand what seems like an expensive pair of jeans, say $150 you might wear an average of 1 time a week for the next 5 years. So 1×52=52. 52 times per year x 5 years =260. So divide 200 by 260 and you get 1.73. Which means those jeans are costing you an average of $.77 each time you wear them.

Two items, same initial cost but a a very different CPW.

Conversely you might think you are scoring a deal if you buy a pair of jeans on sale for $30. But what if every time you wear them they stretch out very quickly or sag in the back? They end up sitting in the back of your clost and over the next 5 years you only wear them twice.  If you divide by $30 by 2 those “sale” jeans have a CPW OF $15, much more expensive  than the  $.77  it is costing you each time you wear the $150 pair.

*Another little insider secret is Chantilly Blue here in Kennett Square, they are THE BEST for fitting you in the perfect pair of denim. 

Lower CPW = greater return. Lesson being don’t spend a lot of money on things that you won’t wear a lot. It just isn’t worth it. It would be like hiring (and paying) and overqualified employee to do a seasonal position. Not a good way to spend your money. Items that will be used frequently? Don’t be afraid to be a little more upfront because over time your investment in them will pay off. My Hunter boots seemed like a crazy price to pay for rain boots but I can’t even count how much I have worn them. Worth every penny because they are comfortable, practical and look just as good as the first day I bought them.

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Want some outside help? Consider me your personal management consultant. I will come in and audit your closet  and help you make sure your “employees” are working efficiently.

Thanks for reading!!