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I’m having surgery. Now I’m nesting and thought you might like to know how a surgeon nests before her own operation.

I get really clean. Okay, I’m clean, but I get super clean.

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If you’re on Instagram then more than likely you already know style icon, Hildie Plumpepper, the silver-haired gal on the go. In many ways Hildie is every woman. She wears things the rest of us would love to wear; can’t afford to wear or have the guts to wear. On Instagram, Hildie Plumpepper is a sensation. We’re familiar with her joie de vivre; the designers she knows; the women who inspire her—and she inspires—and we love her sense of adventure and fun ways of dressing.

“But darlings… Did you know I’m now a fashion blogger on 1010ParkPlace with my own monthly column?”

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Darlings, I’m so excited to meet you all here. I’m now a fashion blogger on 1010ParkPlace with my own monthly column! I do hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

Well, my Fashionable Friends… It’s that time of year again. We all want to catch every bit of delightful weather we possibly can, so let’s get our picnic game on! Whether your basket is filled with a deelish assortment of delectables from Dean and Deluca, Whole Foods, or perhaps a basket full of Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio… like mine, it’s an outdoor celebration!

One must look effortless and fab when picnicking. I say, why not wear the gingham instead of just having it as your tablecloth?

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A month ago a friend sent me a day cream and a night cream, I’d never heard of, and asked if I would try them and give her my honest opinion. Because she built one of the most iconic beauty and fragrance brands in the world, she peaked my interest.

After two weeks, I started calling these bottles of Simply Venom™ my “magic creams.”

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It’s almost as though the hot summer fashions have turned the clock back to 1958. Think Sandra Dee movies like Gidget, the all American girl in crop tops and capri pants and A Summer Place, where Troy Donahue gets her “in trouble.” Sandra Dee movies were a bridge from the innocent good girls, to the good girls interested in sex who joined the ’60’s sexual revolution.


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It’s summer and we’ve traded in our boots for flip flops, sandals and mules. And you know I wouldn’t be talking to you about this, if it wasn’t hazardous to your health. Continue Reading

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Me in my High School prom dress. The dress was fine... but the hair!
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For most of my adult life I’ve either been a business suit kind of girl—tailored and simple, yet straight out of Vogue. I wanted to be Lauren Hutton in the 70s—or I’ve lived in blue jeans and heels. As I’ve gotten older, my fashion sense about hair, makeup and shoes has changed. Continue Reading

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For anyone who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer—or knows someone who has—this week’s news that after 25 years, Olivia Newton-John’s breast cancer has recurred is devastating. There goes the myth that after five years you’re cured, although most of us who’ve had breast cancer know we can never use the word “cure.” The correct term is NED. No evidence of disease.

NED is like living with a landmine in your body, wondering if, and when, something will trigger it.

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I was excited to turn 30 and rightly so. Those turned out to be some of the best years of my life. As I reflect it’s clear to me they were the teenage years I never had. As a teen mom and wife there were no keg parties, concerts and definitely none of those carefree hanging-out with my friends kinds of days or nights. My 30’s were so much fun, I never gave a thought to turning 40. I did have a few twinges as 50 approached. I promised myself it would be the decade of me making every effort to complete everything I ever dreamed of accomplishing.

In nine-months I’ll be 60. Those twinges I felt as the 50’s approached are now deafening drum beats.

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Driving around my Austin neighborhood recently, I spotted the addition of a new road sign. The yellow “Speed Bumps” had been replaced with one that reads “Speed Cushions.” Well that’s a relief. Or just good marketing by the road caretakers? Did driving over them feel any different to my car and passengers? How we reframe things in our minds makes them easier to embrace. Wrinkles around the mouth? Laugh lines. Muffin top-ness? Love handles.

It made me wish that my gyno nurse practitioner embraced the fine art of euphemisms. For 15 years we had our annual trysts on the exam table… me in the stirrups; she with the ice cold metal thingy.

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