1. I never claim to be an expert. I am a normal woman with a normal job and live in a normal suburb outside a major city. I have over a decade of experience in retail sales, management, merchandising and personal shopping and eons of experience trying to dress my body, be it a size 4 or a size 14 while living within my means. I have made fashion and beauty mistakes. I am after all, human.
  2. What I write is not gospel, it is personal opinion.If you do not like what I have to say, that’s fine with me.If we all thought the same, life would be a pretty boring place.I however ask that if you choose to post your personal opinion in the Comments, you write with thought, consideration and maturity.Any comments attacking me as a person or attacking any other comments or people will be deleted.
  3. I do not link back to other blogs on here.If your blog is in the same vein as my other blog, I may be willing to do a link back there.Email me about it.If you attempt to advertise your company, your product, your blog or website within my comments, you will be deleted.That is tacky and poor blogging etiquette.
  4. I am not on here on a daily basis. If you wish to have personal questions answered, you would be best to email me directly. I answer every polite email I receive. You can reach me at the email link on the lefhand sidebar.
  5. I am happy to review brands, services, spas and products on here. Email me at the address above, but do realize that I will be completely honest with my opinion!
  6. I have tried, but my new schedule does not give me the time to do personal shopping for anyone. Feel free to email me a specific question or ask for opinion, but I cannot pick out your entire Spring wardrobe and what stores to visit. I do promise to answer to the best of my ability, but do not have the time for makeover projects at this time (though that would be so much more fun than the daily 9-5 grind! Maybe someday!).
  7. I am not trying to be a fashionista. I am trying to be a stylish woman in America. I believe all women can be stylish, and it doesn’t require a bunch of time, money or creativity. Whether we like it or not, we are judged by our appearance. I believe that looking good does not mean we are selfish, materialist or shallow, but that we care about ourselves and appreciate ourselves. If you wish to wear clothes that do not make you happy, and choose not to care about your hair or skin, that’s okay. I respect that and you. I respect those who have opinions different from mine, and I hope you will give me the same respect. I would not try to convert you to my religion, or change your political view, and I will not try to force anyone to agree with my opinion about personal appearance. Just know you cannot sway me either. I have been poor, been well off, and have been in between. I have been fat, been thin, been a slave to fashion, and a non-conformist. My clothes have come from Neiman Marcus and the Salvation Army. I encourage women to care for their looks because we often forget about ourselves in an attempt to be a Super Woman – best mother, employee, wife and neighbor. When we give some time to ourselves, we usually perform better at other tasks. If you feel you perform just fine and are totally happy right now in how you look, congratulations. This site is not for you. Best wishes. However if you are like me and realize sometimes you put everyone and everything first and lose sight of the fact that you cannot care for others if you do not care for yourself first, I hope to offer a few nuggets of inspiration, wisdom and cheer!


  1. Anonymous
    January 9, 2007 / 8:59 pm

    You what Dilly babe…


    I’m a mom of two,full time job, new grad student and I still put a face full of makeup, pick out my clothes,IRON them and have a great career and two very smart and tall:) boys. I have one thing to say to moms out there, put yourself on your on the priority list right beside the number one.

  2. January 5, 2007 / 2:17 pm

    I love you and your blog, even if I do think it is okay for other women (not me!!!) to look just presentable!!! Keep it up!!!

  3. January 4, 2007 / 9:07 pm

    I like your blog a lot. I like that you approach things not from NY fashion but from a real world perspective that all women (regardless of size) can look their personal best. Kudos!

  4. January 4, 2007 / 6:15 pm

    I’m sorry people get nasty when they disagree with you. That’s plain idiotic. I enjoy your blog even when I don’t agree with everything, and I check it often, always happy to see what is new. Keep up the good work.

  5. January 4, 2007 / 1:26 pm

    Great post. I don’t think anyone should be offended by other people’s opinions, and I like your blog because it doesn’t encourage buying into every single new fad that comes around.

    I learned here for example that what is called “classic fit jeans” in the US is tapered jeans. The horror. Here “classic fit” is straight leg – Levi’s 501.

  6. Anonymous
    January 4, 2007 / 3:45 am

    I just found your blog because my husband’s wardrobe (not to mention mine!) needs an update. We’re both scientist types and have a hard time shopping. Thanks for the advice!


  7. January 3, 2007 / 11:02 pm

    I love your blog(s), Dilly, and anyone who doesn’t can go find a fart to sniff! respectfully, of course 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    January 3, 2007 / 9:05 pm

    Hi Dilly,

    Keep up the good work! What I like about your blog is that you stick with the basics, and you seem to realize that it is indeed “the basics” that can carry one’s look far.

    Other blogs focus on trinkets or on one part of a look, which is fine, I suppose, but not very helpful for a woman like me who likes to be inspired by a “complete look.”

    It’s like you’re teaching the way an art class should be taught: sticking with fundamentals instead of jumping into impressionism or abstract art on the first day.

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