Posts Tagged ‘fashion expert’

Happy Vernal Equinox!!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Yes, Spring has finally sprung, and not a moment too soon! It seems like just yesterday everyone was making a list of New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. (To be honest, I think I make that resolution at the beginning of every month!) Now, though, we have no excuse not to get out there and soak up this great weather.

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There’s no end to the ways you can improve your fitness these days from walking, gym workouts, trainers, videos and at-home programs to yoga, Pilates, cycling, running, golf, tennis…you get my drift!

Even with all of those options, are you finding it hard to get motivated? Let me share what often helps me. It might sound silly, but I love to look good in whatever I do. My motto is “always rock your full potential,” and that includes when I exercise. Nothing gets you out the door and on your way to a better you like a cute and flattering new top or super bright athletic shoes that say “Hello sunshine!”

Whether you’ve been dutiful with your fitness resolution (applause!) or just need a teensy little push to get going, I’ve found some hi-lo “gems” to refresh your workout wardrobe for that boot camp you’ve been needing! Click here for more inspiration … neat colors and cool clothing options for all of your TGI-Spring activities!

Always rock your full potential!


And The Envelope Please….

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Well, I guess it’s been official for awhile now. They’ve said “Move over Tangerine Tango! You’re no longer the star of the show.” (P.S. Aren’t they a year behind? Wasn’t Tangerine Tango oh so 2012?) Yes, even 2013′s Emerald Green has been told to step aside (and, I refuse to let go of either one of them!)

Turns out ( and I DO hope you’re sitting down) that while the Chinese say it’s the Year Of The Horse, the official word from the color Guru that is PANTONE is that this is the Year Of The Orchid. Have you bought into this yet? After all, Spring is less than one month away! Radiant Orchid Not just any orchid, mind you. The color should be referred to as “Radiant Orchid,” if you please.

You may already be a lover of this ‘lovely’ color. And, I agree that it looks great on a flower. But, what makes me happy are all the other colors we can interpret from this news. (Are you getting the sense that I’m not a big fan? Maybe I’ll feel better about it when the warm weather rolls back around SOON?????)

Of course, there are some gemstones that might help us comply even if we can’t all embrace the orchid that is “radiance.”  Take a look and see what you think.

Rose Quartz Purple Opal Lavender Quartz

ROSE QUARTZ                  PURPLE OPAL              LAVENDER QUARTZ

And, for those of us who like to push the envelope just a little….                                       There now, can’t you just see the orchidness in these beauties?!

Rhodonite Blue Lace Agate Rutilated Quartz


Alright, I tried.  In all fairness, I have actually hung onto a lavender, okay orchid, suit that I bought back in the 90′s. It still fits, looks like new and makes me feel amazing every time I put it on. Perhaps I’m suddenly glad it’s the year of the orchid. I can put some more mileage on that thing with the “but, it’s the Pantone Color of The Year!” excuse. (And, THEN it goes to the Consignment Shop once and for all!)

In all that you do, remember to …                                                                                    Always rock your full potential ~

My best ~ Judy


Huddle Up!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

During football season, these concepts are all too familiar: tackle, rush, defense, toss, tight-end, blocking, kick, forward, punt, pass and interception. (yawn!) BUT, Style Mavens unite!! You, too, can embrace the rest of the season with a strategy that requires no trades and has nothing to do with fantasy. Huddle up! It’s GAME DAY, so let’s PLAY!!

TACKLE the season with gusto. Color is in the spotlight, so don’t shy away. Embrace these!

The colors of garnet and raspberry, emerald and clover, turquoise and ocean are hot hot hot! So, RUSH to your closet for those hidden gems you’ve been ignoring. Even if you don’t dress in color head-to-toe, at least think ‘color’ when choosing jewelry and scarves.  You’ll feel younger and more refreshed wearing pretty tones during these shortened, drab days of fall and winter.

In your DEFENSE, change is terribly tough. But, if things don’t fit, don’t fight it…. TOSS them! You never feel your best in things too baggy OR too TIGHT-end (okay, that was a stretch),  things too short OR too young! Why do you think God invented daughters and consignment shops?! Give! Donate! Sell! Get them out of your closet! HUT HUT! HUT!

Remember when color-blocking was all the rage? Well, now we’re BLOCKING with leather and lace. Dresses, jackets and tops this year are artfully accented. Add them to your repertoire. Never has daytime-to-dinner looked so good.

KICK it up a notch with an idea borrowed from your man. The suit! No wonder he’s never late in the morning. He doesn’t have to think!?! The pants match the jacket match the shoes match the belt match the coffee…..  Aaaand, he’s out the door!  Now, for women they’re baaaaaaack! (…thankfully, designed a lot more creatively (and femininely) than those we wore in the 80′s. Phew!)

Be FORWARD thinking and don’t let the season PASS without a cool pair of boots. Nothing says smart and chic or comfort and style like boots. Leggings? Perfect for boots. Skinny jeans? MADE for boots. Skirts with tights? Boots! Dresses with fishnets? I think you get the idea. Pair them with boooooots!!!!!

Still not sure what to wear? Just PUNT! You can’t go too terribly wrong with the relaxed rules of fashion these days. Just look at Miley Cyrus. Uh, …. yeah. On second thought (I think I’ve just found my final football analogy) … now THERE’S a case in need of a serious style INTERCEPTION! Well?!? I’m just sayin’.

Remember to … Always rock your full potential! Hut! Hut! Clap! BREAK! Grunt! Now, go get ‘em! (especially those boots!!)

~ Judy

What Are You Wearing?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

If it’s 10 pm when you read this, the answer is probably “your p.j.s.” And, if it’s 10 am, your answer might range from spandex to a suit! But, I don’t mean what are you wearing NOW, like right this MINUTE ….. I mean jewelry-wise, help me out, what are you wearing? What do you grab to accessorize? And, what is your jewelry box missing?

I ask because my jewelry line will debut this fall, and I want to know what you like.

Demure? Bold?

Silver? Gold?

New? Old?

Warm? Sorry.

If you lead a life on the run (kids, travel, business, PTA, volunteer, pet-rescue, fund-raising) or a life of leisure (golf, tennis, crosswords, travel, books, grandchildren), jewelry is sometimes that last-minute, grab what you wore yesterday kind of routine.

But, I have found lately (being a woman who leads both of those lives) that when I put a teeny-bit more time into my closet the night before, not thinking only about what I’m going to wear cloth-wise, but how I’m going to accessorize that cloth, that I end up feeling prettier, more confident and more ‘finished’ than when I don’t.

I’m on both Facebook and Twitter, and plan to keep you updated as to when and where my jewelry can be found. I can’t wait to hear your feedback, and I can’t wait to see pictures of you wearing it!

You know my motto … (and soon, it will mean even more!)

Always ‘rock’ your full potential ~


Sporty Chic

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

My love of fitness has suddenly collided with my love of fashion! Oh happy day! And I don’t mean that we’re re-embracing sweat pants. (Pleeeease don’t go there!) No, I mean that the wonderful, powerful, attention-grabbing appeal of true athleticism has finally caught up with our love of everything stylish and chic.

I can’t tell you how many hours a week I spend in spandex! Sometimes it’s downright embarrassing. But, here’s how it happens. I wake up with the knowledge that at some point in my day, I’m going to work out. Be it tennis, treadmill, tummy-work, tumbling, trampoline …. well, you never know …. I just know one thing’s for certain, I’m going to need flexible clothes.

My best laid plans have me reading the paper over coffee and some form of bran cereal (again, best laid plans) with a work-out soon to follow. Before you know it, the dog needs walking; laundry needs folding; UPS needs a signature; my flowers need a drink; the phone needs answering; I forgot to buy half and half !!; checks need cashing; bills need paying … It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and I’M STILL WEARING SPANDEX!

Perhaps this is not exactly what designers had in mind when they put their Sporty Chic silhouettes on the Spring 2012 runways. The gym is one thing, The Four Seasons is another. But, I still love the fact that now my double white-striped black leggings only call for a pair of Jimmy Choos, and I’m good to go!

In the most practical of athletic mindsets, we must accessorize accordingly. The littlest of bling is necessary. (But then again, who said anything about necessities?) What do you think? Some Pink Morganite leverbacks for comfort and color? Or, perhaps some Citrine studs? There’s always that go-to pair of Barepani London Blue Topaz to kick it up a notch, or the White Sapphire studs for flair. (Click the photos for details)

These don’t get in the way of your leg lift/kick-backs; they add color to your otherwise “glowing” make-up-less face; they fill in the pierce of your otherwise adorned earlobes; and, if nothing else, they scream Sporty Chic. It’s every girl’s dream come true… an invitation to be fit, fabulous and comfortable. I say, let the games begin!

Styling Your Full Potential ~


Glitter and Glow

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

If you’re taking the trends to heart this holiday season then you know to wear SHINE, but how to accessorize? Do the unexpected… instead of black beads or crystals this year, WEAR COLOR!Needs these

Needs these

Needs these

Needs these

Click on any of the earrings to get pricing and measurements if you’re interested in how to purchase them. Otherwise, perhaps these will just inspire you to jazz things up for all Holiday Celebrations in 2011.

Styling Your Full Potential  ~ Judy

Hear Yee, Hear Yee

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

If you love inspirational speakers, you’ll love Author and Life Coach, Michelle Phillips. She has asked me to be on her radio show tomorrow (Monday, the 24th) at NOON et. She said, “Judy, as my Trend Forecaster and Gem & Jewelry Expert, I want your input on how we should look this season.” She’s calling it “Switch It Up For Fall.”

We’ll talk about easy ways to update your wardrobe with the hot COLORS of fall and winter; the smart BASICS you should keep or acquire;  the TRENDS that you were smart to buy last fall because they have nicely carried over into this fall; and, what to KEEP, STORE and TOSS! You can listen in on your computer by going to this site tomorrow at noon:, then just click on Michelle’s name.

Meanwhile, be sure to pick up her new book, The Beauty Blueprint, already on’s Best Seller list. An even more beautiful you is sure to emerge!

Styling Your Full Potential ~                                                                                            Judy


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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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The Eyes Have It

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Flip through any magazine this fall, and you can’t help but notice all the extra emphasis on the eyes…. more specifically, the eyelashes. If the eyes are, indeed, the windows to your soul, then never before have the window treatments been more important!
To that effect, I have to tell you about my new mascara ‘love’ to achieve thick, full, sexy eyelashes.
Now, I’m not known for pushing products (well actually, I am!?!? :lol: ) But, I get no benefit from having this opinion, just the joy of sharing my experience with you.
I’ve been a huge proponent of DIOR’S DiorShow Mascara for a long time. While makeup artists say you’re suppose to throw out your mascaras after 3 months, I hang onto my DiorShow like grim death. Partly because I love it, but mainly because it’s so expensive to replace.
So, my new find is REVLON’S Grow Luscious. Big green tube. You can’t miss it. And, its only 7.99 at Target and WalMart (unless you want the waterproof version, then it’s 8.99) It’s fabulous! And, if you’re a layerer (is that a word?) like I am, then start with ALMAY’s One Coat Mascara (about 6.99) for definition and separation, and then really punch it up with Grow Luscious for maximum pizazz.
Just a little tip I thought you’d appreciate. Go to my FORUM and let me know how it works out for you.

Styling Your Full Potential ~


Fall Trends To Suit You

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

A dear friend of mine, Michelle Phillips (who has a beauty segment on local talk shows around the country), asked me to offer some fall fashion advice to women in that 12 – 14 size range. She said, “You know, not all of us are sure what trends are right for us. We’d love to be fashionable, but we need to know what’s appropriate. Being a Trend Forecaster, can you help me out with this?”

I thought it was a great question, and I’ve decided to share my thoughts with you here. (She’s also posted them on her website:

1) Don’t be afraid of bright colors. The strong jewel tones and citrus brights are hot commodities this fall, and those colors do wonders to brighten up your face. (They are also easy to pair with dark pants or skirts for a sleek silhouette below the waist)
2) Dresses. The importance of the dress carries from summer on into fall this year and can offer a slenderizing physique. (Think 60′s style popularity featured on “Mad Men”) Just be careful with the pervasive wide belt. It can cut you right in two and exaggerate a wide waistline. Not all dresses look best belted (even the ones that COME with a belt!)
3) Denim. The jean jacket is back, and there are more popular jeans styles than ever (high-waisted, low-waisted, cuffed, boot-cut, boyfriend). Embrace denim, but be wary of the acid-washed, wholly variety. Always the most flattering, regardless of your size, is dark denim…. and it can be dressed up or down.
4) Jewelry. One of the easiest ways (especially on a tight budget) to update your wardrobe is with sterling silver. It’s affordable; it’s a long-lasting investment; and it’s bright and cheerful. You can layer your necklaces, or a multitude of cuff bracelets, without breaking the bank, and that trend looks great on every sized woman.
5) We’re starting to see an influx of patterns again for fall … argyle, plaid, floral, animal … and that can be scary regardless of your size. If you don’t want to be covered head to toe in leopard, choose interesting tone-on-tone “textures” instead. If you want to introduce patterns without too much commitment? Go with scarves. Tied at the neck or wrapped around the handle of a handbag, the look is chic.
6) The jacket is back! (Many of us who ditched them last year because they sat in our closet for too long are kicking ourselves.) Good news for those of us in that 12-14 size range is that they cover a multitude of sins. Look for the “boyfriend” jacket which has the longer silhouette. It covers the hips, gives us a waist and flatters the figure no matter what our shape.

Styling Your Full Potential ~ Judy