A Refreshed Post: Winter Coat Decision Tree

  I published this post in 2015 but have updated the photos and products to things that are currently available. The advice is as good now as it was then. And it was very good then!   A winter coat is a big investment and if you live in a climate where winter lasts a … Read moreA Refreshed Post: Winter Coat Decision Tree

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The Directrice Has Another Idea

  While noodling around the Nordstrom Annual Sale* — which seems to have taken on the prominence of the World Series and the gravitas of the Nobel Prize announcements — I came across this.   This bold pairing of a bustier-over-belted-dress (there are two belts there) did give me an idea of how to use … Read moreThe Directrice Has Another Idea

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The Directrice Re-presents: Casual Layers

  Although our thoughts, on the cusp of summer, may be moving away from layering, today’s re-post from 2017 addresses a worthy year-round topic. And . . . there is air-conditioning. Did you see that the New York Times last week reported a recent study showing that women perform better when taking tests in warmer … Read moreThe Directrice Re-presents: Casual Layers

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The Directrice Endorses The RealReal

  Giving you another glimpse into the savvy that has guided me throughout my life, I am offering an unsolicited endorsement of a company that has no idea that my blog exists because I can’t keep my enthusiasm bottled long enough to monetize it. The RealReal! Over the next month, I will be rolling out … Read moreThe Directrice Endorses The RealReal

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The Best of the Year (2018)

  Is it the end of the year already? So soon?   Let’s take a quick back at the year through a few different filters.   Looking back over the year, I am pleased to note that I don’t look the same in every post. I think that there are a few distinctive concepts that … Read moreThe Best of the Year (2018)

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Home Movies

  You said you wanted to see my selfie-movies. Be careful what you wish for!   When I want to see how an outfit looks, I don’t take a photo. I make a little movie. I think this is much more effective than holding a camera at an odd angle in front of a full … Read moreHome Movies

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A Labor Day PSA

  Oyez, oyez! This honorable court is now in session.   It’s a holiday weekend at the end of a season. I would be remiss if I didn’t spend a few minutes of my weekend working on your behalf. OK. Our behalf.   Note: I didn’t spend more than a few minutes, so don’t try … Read moreA Labor Day PSA

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There Will Never Be Another You

  Though I am not a religious person, I am a bit of a fatalist, which causes me to believe that there is purpose behind seemingly inexplicable things which will be revealed to me at the right time.   For instance, I have occasionally wondered why I launched this blog.   And now I know: … Read moreThere Will Never Be Another You

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The Directrice Opines: Professional But Approachable

  I was traveling last week for appointments that I felt were more dress than suit. Even though I didn’t want to wear a suit, I knew I’d need a jacket because of the excessive air-conditioning that is now standard everywhere. Whisk, whisk, whisk through the closet looking for the right jacket to wear with … Read moreThe Directrice Opines: Professional But Approachable

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Adiós, Chile!

It seems like we just got here, but non. It’s been two weeks and it’s time to go home. As you read this, I am probably engaged in an in-flight marathon of Marvel Comics movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Captain America: Civil War; Captain America: It’s Mueller Time! After leaving the desert, we flew … Read moreAdiós, Chile!

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