Sarah Johnson Sweater:
Dark Denim Trousers:
Coldwater Creek
Wanted Gold Flats:


Reader question: You wrote recently that there are ways to look unique and not like everyone else who shops at the same stores in the malls. How do you do that?

What a great question for VISIBLE MONDAY! This person obviously desires more visibility! There are though more answers than I can tackle in one post. I answered some in the Foundational Five post where one of my questions is to ask, “Do I think the look reflects my creativity and uniqueness before I either wear it or purchase it?” I make effort to balance my creativity with the other four steps of my style guidelines, but I definitely want the creativity showing. I also wrote about designer lines now shown in homes such as the “W” line and Jana Kos, and how your personal shopper will protect their client from looking like everyone else.

Scarf: Marshalls
Necklace: Lane Bryant
Bracelet: Kohls

Another way to make sure you do not look like a cookie cutter, is to shop in boutiques and off-the-beaten path retailers. Gigi and I recently stopped into Blanco, Texas, a tiny country village which caters to tourists with boutique and antique shops. Several boutiques feature artwork, pottery, and jewelry by local artists. We each left with jewelry selections we had not seen anywhere else, and, if I had more money, I would have walked away with some amazing pieces which were out of my budget. The most fun we had was in the Brieger Pottery Shop where, lo and behold, at the back was a wonderful consignment area!! After lunch at the Redbud Café, we were ready to head back to San Antonio with our purchases. The area is known for its lavender and hosts a Lavender Festival every fall… So, the whole town smells great!

Jewelry Made from Real Copper

Loved this necklace in beautiful Blanco

Hopefully, you will check out the other unique ladies on Patti’s Site for their visibility….but, let me ask everyone, how do you keep from looking like everyone else who shops at the same stores???

Here’s what we both wanted but
left in Blanco!!  So sad!

Here’s what Gigi took home!

Fun antiques

Having a blast in Blanco: The Red Razzle Dazzle Red Hat Ladies
from the Austin area!
Our beautiful waitress at the Red Bud

How do you make a Reuben Sandwich Diet:
Substitute Corned Beef for Turkey
and Thousand Island Dressing for Mustard

Yes, they buy them from Mexico for
their shops!

Beautiful Antiques!!

Also, I just noticed that this is my 300th post!  Wow!  Time flies!

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