We have so many new friends in the So What to Twenty community, I thought I'd use this time to share some of my deepest secrets...the good, the bad, and the stylish. Enjoy!
One: Pray you never have to go up against me in an eBay auction. Chances are you're going to lose. Yep, I consider myself an eBay expert.
Two: I'm a rare bird - I LLLOOOOVVVVEEEE to exercise! That's right, I love it so much, it is difficult for me to begin my day without some type of physical activity. It not only keeps me fit and energized, but it helps me to find inner peace and direction.
Three: I am a HUGE germ-a-phobe. I would rather hug a person than shake their hand. Door knobs, public restrooms, and many others items give me the heebie-jeebies. I've passed on attending certain events that only have portable-potty facilities. Once, my family went to a festival and I refused to eat or drink so that I wouldn't need to use the restroom. Guess what?...I fainted from dehydration.
Four: I recently wrote and self-published my first book - an inspiration memoir called, A Place Called Peace. Writing a book was a behemoth of an accomplishment, and I'm so glad I did it.
Five: I have been immersed in the fashion industry over 95% of my life. I became keenly aware of my passion at a very young age. When it came time for college, my mother and I determined there was only one school suitable for my insatiable appetite for all things fashion - The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I graduated from FIDM in 1986 with a degree in Marketing/Merchandising. I went on to work in various aspects of the industry: Retail Management, Store Merchandiser, Personal Wardrobe Stylist, Newspaper Style Columnist, and now as a freelance Writer/Blogger, Brand Ambassador, and Influencer.
Six: I consider my wardrobe to be the cast of characters in the story of my life. Meaning, I use clothing to help tell my story.
Seven: I've been married for close to 24 years to my husband/photographer. We met in church, and it wasn't love at first sight. In the beginning, I considered him a bossy, jerk. Over time we became friends, and the rest is history. Together we have two teenage sons. One son is an exceptional musician (and I'm not just saying this because he's my son) who has played with many big named jazz artist; and my other is an athlete who loves football and track & field.
Eight: I'm in the beginning stages of my second book, and it's about my favorite subject - STYLE.
Nine: I don't really like eating meat.
Ten: In my opinion, Anthropologie is the holy grail in shopping for the creative types. I think I'm obsessed with this place. No matter where I travel, I seek them out, and I need to take a spin around the store at least once a week. I don't always buy, but something about the store inspires me.
Eleven: I once had dinner with the entire Raiders football team (when they were with Los Angeles). How? Well, one of my cousins is married to James Lofton (football hall of fame), she invited me to one of the games and afterward, the team went to eat in a local Los Angeles hotel. If you're a football fan, this was the year when Willie Gault, Marcus Allen, and Bo Jackson were all on the team. Willie Gault kissed my right cheek and I swore I'd never wash that cheek again (smile). When my youngest son was born, one family get-together, James held my son for most of the day...I think that's why my baby is now in love with the game.
Twelve: I'm called upon by my former college, FIDM, to report and write on their events. FIDM is considered the fashion hub for Los Angeles, and the home of the costumes for the Academy of Motion Pictures.
Thirteen: My favorite pieces in my wardrobe are my collection of white tops.
Fourteen: What makes my fashion ensembles unique? I always try to have an unexpected element.
Fifteen: I recently loss 1/2 of my body weight by adopting good eating habits, and a consistent workout routine. When I began blogging, I wore between a size 12 & 14 - I now wear a six. Don't believe the rumors...it is possible for midlife women to drop the weight and tone-up. I'm proof.
O.k., so they may not have been all that shocking, but I've always wanted to write this type of headline.
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