Lately, every time I see Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, I am drawn to what she is wearing. Coles portrays a strong, minimal, creative, chic look which I have been aspiring to for the past eighteen months. Most recently, she has been the “Tim-Gunn-figure” for Project Runway All Stars, and she always enters the work room communicating “I am in charge.”  She is visible…but not screaming out “look at me.”

Joanna Coles

What does it mean to have style icons? For me, it means that there are some women who consistently communicate the messages I desire to also communicate with my style. They are reliable and not all over the place. My FOUNDATIONAL FIVE GUIDELINES were developed for myself after studying other women whose choices I respect. If you compare my looks in the beginning of this blog up until now, you will see that I have toned the accessories way down. This is the influence of women like Ines de la Fressange and Coles.

Skirt and Saffron Cardigan: Jana Kos

Yet, since I love creativity, I try to keep a touch of it around….like Diane Keaton. Minimalism is so new to me, but I really think it fits where I am in life right now. The past, over-the-top-me was trying just a little too hard!!  Right now, it means toning down the accessories just a bit and being happy when I wear mostly neutrals (sometimes there is no reason to add on extras).  It also means careful attention to prints and color.

Sam Edelman Flats from DSW and maroon tights from Lane Bryant

The blouse is Foxcroft and look later this week for my next giveaway….
from the fabulous Foxcroft Collection!!

Joanna Coles….obviously, I need to add a great leather jacket to my wardrobe!!

Setting foundational guidelines and studying a few professional women I respect, has helped so much!! Now, head on over to see some other incredible women at Patti’s Visible Monday  and Glamamom’s Monday Mingle!!!


You have until 6PM Monday evening to enter my Valentine’s contest for the fabulous clutch and necklace…just click on the necklace in the sidebar. I will announce the winner tomorrow along with Everybody, Everywear’s Red and Pink Valentine’s Celebration!!

Someone is going to win amazing clutch by Betty Audish this Tuesday!!!

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