How to bloom in your career: A message for new grads

There’s something about graduation day that always makes me smile.

It brings with it so much promise, possibility and pride. I get excited about what the future holds for the class of 2019… and I’m right there with these new grads as they take those first steps.

Each May, I spend days (not an exaggeration) carefully studying the names of the Purdue University’s thousands of graduates (4,659 walked this year).…

A beginner’s guide to wearing bold prints

There’s something about spring that calls for fun and whimsy.

When nature begins to shake off the frost and bloom in brilliant color, I find myself reaching for vibrance too. And I’m not just talking about spring florals! Lately, bold prints of all varieties have been calling my name. Have you felt the urge too? I’m not usually a big print person, but I loved this dress the minute I saw it.…

How to wear stripes: My favorite styling tricks

I can’t wear that… That’s cute, but not for my body type… I’m preggers, no way! Be honest, how many times have you uttered something along these lines? I just hate to see women selling themselves short by eliminating fun wardrobe items that—in truth—would actually look fabulous on their frames. Stripes are a great example of this. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal… they can be incredibly flattering.…

Perfectionism: 3 ways to dial it back

Detail-minded, driven, goal-oriented, exacting, relentless…

These are good traits, right? Society tells us they are a sure-fire recipe for success, but perfectionism is a slipperly slope. Get the proportions wrong and this mix can be toxic. Yes, we’d all love to nail every job assignment… launch the successful business… score the promotions… earn the A’s… keep our homes immaculately clean… cook gourmet meals… have impeccably behaved children… and look svelte, stylish and camera-ready while doing it.…

Be Kind to Your Feet: Finding Comfortable Travel Shoes

To say I’m “unkind” to my feet might be an understatement… 

At 4’11 and change, I need all the vertical help I can get. Consequently, I am always stuffing my poor feet into all kinds of uncomfortable footwear. I spend so much time in high heels, my feet feel rather strange without them. This addiction to sky-high heels began in high school. Call me crazy, but I  have never owned a pair of flats!…

Four Wedding-Worthy Maxi Dresses

I distinctly remember the first time my mom showed me how to color and paint a sunset. Nature’s beauty had stolen my breath away and I wanted to capture it on paper. The vibrant shades and seamless ombre blending of one color into the next fascinated me—and still do. Sunsets and sunrises have a way of making you pause, don’t they? Whether on paper or in fabric, it’s near impossible to compete with the real thing… but this stunning number (appropriately named “Splendor of the Sunset”) comes close.…

Easy Breezy White Travel Looks + My Sarasota Top 10

There’s something about white that feels so fresh, crisp and clean. Especially, when you are swapping snow for sun and sand! Indiana weather has been decidedly lackluster this month, so we recently dashed off to Sarasota, Florida for a quick break. We wanted our little guy to have the opportunity to spend some quality time with his great grandmother and great aunt. He also got to dip his feet in the Gulf for the first time!…

Family budgeting: 10 simple ways we save

Our cart was filled to the brim with old fashioned oats. Cue the laughable conversation. The scene went something like this… Cashier: Are you on some crazy diet plan? My husband: No, but my wife is part horse. I turn beet red and punch him in the arm. What’s the deal with all the oats, you ask? Well… It’s our version of family budgeting and a simple way to save.…

Work Dresses That WORK: My Closet Must-Haves

Trendy can be fun, but timeless is the fashion realm I prefer to live in.

Do I enjoy reading about edgy, daring looks? Sure. However, I’m really a classics girl at heart. I would rather resemble the etheral Audrey Hepburn or exude the subtle glamour of Grace Kelly, than dabble in attire that might look tired after one season. But this inclination isn’t solely about style.…

Public speaking anxiety: Get the ‘leg up’ on nerves

Sweaty palms, shaky knees, a slight tremble in your voice… Sound familiar? Want to get a leg up on your nerves? Public speaking anxiety is common and natural. In fact, even TV journalists and performers experience it. The first time I ever reported live, I felt like I was on a roller coaster. My heart was racing. What if I lose my train of thought?…