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A Christmas Wish

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As shoppers hurriedly race through the malls today, the rest of us can (somewhat smugly) gaze upon our wrapped presents under the tree with a sense of calm.

And, whilst you are gazing, take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and make your wishes for 2017. It sounds cliché but it’s good to slow down if even for just a few minutes to take stock.

The year that was…

Perhaps this was the year you not only read Marie Kondo’s books on tidying, but actually did something about it.

Maybe your subscription to Vogue has inspired you dress a little snappier each day because you want to.

Or, it’s possible you learned all the fashion rules just in time to discard them and do your own thing.

Whatever steps, big or small, that you took this year, you should be proud. Life is all about growing and changing. Learning something new keeps us young and vibrant.

The year to be…

What do you wish for 2017? For me, it’s peace… inner peace. I would love the sometimes-rocky seas to calm so I can be less stressed, and more active and connected.

For my wonderful husband, I wish for him to have more fun. We both work a lot and our vacations are short. I hope he can find more ways to have fun because life’s too short not to.

For my friends, my wish is for each to be more gentle with themselves. Lord knows there are enough hateful, nasty people in the world – you don’t need to beat yourself up, too. Care, compassion and a little tenderness couldn’t hurt.

What about you?

Merry Christmas and a Stylish Happy New Year!

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Top 5 tips for buying gifts for mom

christmas-ballMom and Grandma are so special and you want to get them something for Christmas or Hanukkah that’s just right. It can be tough to get gifts for people who are older. They either have everything, or have fewer needs, especially if they’re now retired.

Here are my top five tips for getting gift giving just right.

What are mom’s interests? Find out by checking her Facebook page or Twitter account. We live our lives online now and much can be learned from those social media accounts. Does she talk a lot about gardening or reading? Maybe she loves music or dance.

What size does mom wear? Check her closet. Look inside clothes for labels, check her shoes for sizes. That way you’ll be sure to get her things that fit.

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Check mom’s closet for clues

What styles does mom wear? Are there common themes in mom’s wardrobe? She might be a girly-girl who loves ruffles and lace. She might be a sporty-type, with a closet full of athleisure wear. Take your cues from her existing wardrobe.

What does mom covet? Maybe she’s always wanted to experience high end skin care products. Maybe it’s a designer handbag – get your dad and siblings to chip in. Giving mom these little luxuries can leave a lasting impression. Pay attention to the things she sighs over when flipping through magazines.

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What if mom is unsure? Well, you can always get her a gift certificate to a style workshop with me! A two-hour Discover Your Style session is only $149 + GST and it’s a great way to help mom take some well-deserved time for herself. Just click on Style and Personal Branding.

There are lots of ways to show mom and grandma that you care. It starts with paying attention to the clues she leaves.