What three words best describe your style?
Quality, texture, natural fiber.
My idea of a perfect day is. . .
Served quality breakfast at a spa with a view. Spa treatment. Playing with husband and dog in perfect weather at the beach. Yoga and meditation. Learning something new and wonderful. Making art well done. Volunteering in ER. Helping others. Great bath in wonderful tub, with new Soft Surroundings products that smell great. Aromatherapy. Spray my pillows, put on pure silk nightgown after using wonderful soap in shower and settle in with a great book or iPad movie before sleep.
What has most inspired your fashion sense?
Eileen Fisher (go figure) at the moment. Artists around the world.
What one fashion rule do you always abide by?
If I don’t really LOVE something, pass. Something I DO really love is coming up. It’s better to have a few wonderful things than hundreds of “so-so” things. Life is happier that way. Just take good care of the good stuff!
The biggest fashion faux pas (mistake) I ever made was. . .
Buying a regular size article thinking if it’s just hemmed it will become petite. This took years to learn (I’m only 5’3″).
What article of clothing is at the top of your shopping list?
Whatever makes my heart sing.
Describe what’s in your travel beauty bag.
Concealer, powder for setting and lip color (not in that order). On certain days, liner & mascara with blush.
The best beauty advice I ever received was. . .
As long as you look clean, healthy and smile, you’ll be okay.
Name your favorite perfume or signature scent.
Varies with mood. Ayla Barr, Chakra #1 (AVEDA) and there are new ones I have yet to try!
How do you unwind?
Yoga, shower, fragranced things around me, comfortable nightgowns, great fresh sheets and sleep.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
New places yet to be discovered.
Do you have a passion project or favorite hobby?
Yoga, beading (jewelry…although I don’t actually wear it much), research, health related things (books, learning, etc) and just growing in general.
Describe the most memorable gift you’ve ever received.
My husband. He’s a gift from above, I tell ya.
How has your style evolved over the years?
Ha, amusing question! I’m 65 years old (almost). Mary Jane shoes, flip top handbags, a silk dress when I was a kid (dress for Confirmation, but I’ll never forget how it felt – I didn’t even care how it looked). Saddle shoes, felt skirts and a fake (but soft) rabbit fur coat in high school. Shag haircuts followed by perms (like Janis Joplin). Into young womanhood with one pair of jeans and a few tees and staples for work. 3-piece suits, all tailored because in those days they didn’t make suits like men’s with pockets inside the jacket and there were no petite items. I had my own tailor for everything. Silk suits were common, and everything was dry clean! Long, blonde California hair. Moved to Florida from L.A. – drastic change. Flip flops, shorts, bright colors, short hair, no-fuss styles and stopped ironing for years. Currently well made, quality materials and details. Colors more specific to skin tone. What’s never changed is an open mind to new fun things. That’s been consistent.
One item I never leave the house without is. . . . .
Lipstick in my pocket.
Quote to live by?
“Let it go. I’m enough, just as is, and assume everyone is just doing the their own personal best .”
What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?
Jeans. Soft Surroundings jeans are the best at any price!