Prime Day: Inside Amazon’s Sales Blitz

Some call it the Super Bowl of shopping, others a “Black Friday” in July – However you spin it, Amazon Prime Day has become a significant day for retail. Isn’t it funny that a company can invent its own holiday so effectively? Amazon knows modern shoppers follow the bargains… and Prime Day is a source of major deals!

Hoping to compete, other retailers are also jumping on the bandwagon.…

Amalfi Coast Style: What to Pack for an Italian Vacation

Few places in the world are as “stop-you-in-your-tracks” scenic as Italy’s Amalfi Coast…

No matter how many pictures you see, nothing can prepare you for the awe you will feel as you get your first glimpse of the vibrancy. Like pottery forged in a kiln, colors are more intense here. Terraced gardens⁠—dotted with lemons⁠—offset glistening, turquoise water. Sun-bleached storefronts cascade down soaring mountains. The Amalfi Coast is beautiful and so are its people.

15 practical things to know BEFORE going to Italy

Remember your first day of high school? Your initial experiences at a new job? Traveling to (or living in) a country where you don’t speak the language is something like that. Your emotions are a stew of excitement, nerves and anticipation. Each day another feeling or question bubbles to the surface. For instance, what practical things should I know before going to Italy? Will my phrase book be enough to help me navigate this new and foreign territory?…

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 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!…