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"I know this transformation is painful, but you're not falling apart; you're just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful."
-William C Hannan
I came across this quote and it literally stopped me in my tracks.  As some of you know, I made a big change recently and took a chance on myself and my business.  To say it was a big decision was certainly putting it mildly and it has been one of the toughest ones I have ever had to make peace with.  If I'm totally honest with you, I'm still working through it because "what if?" can creep in and make you wonder.   I know a lot about myself in ways I had never imagined at this point and some things I could have maybe avoided (ha!), but these lessons are providing me with the strength and tenacity to see through my dreams.  Things may not have been served up in a package that I would have chosen, but I am trusting all roads will lead to my next chapter.                
Change can be terrifying but if you allow yourself to be still, it can become a time of looking forward to the things you hope for.  However, there are other times when change appears out of nowhere and can bring you to your knees. Sometimes you can justify the lesson and other times you can't quite understand why change appeared in your world.  But as most things in life, you may not understand the reason, but you can find peace in knowing there is a definitive purpose.  I have experienced more than one type of change in the past couple of months, but the dust is slowly beginning to settle and I'm excited to share with all of you the NEW wlbstyle.com!!!   Here is a little bit of what my vision is for this brand, lifestyle and journey.
Simple & streamlined.  I hope #WLBSTYLE will become a part of your style story - whether you need outfit inspiration, want to know what new looks I am loving or just want to hang out, I hope you stop by.                                                                                                                               
#OOTD.  This collection will host all of my favorite looks of the day, along with some fun style series that I have in the works.   This will also be an area where I will showcase "Style Stories" inspired by some of my favorite style icons and films.                                                                                                
#MUSTHAVES.  These are pieces I know will make your style story a happy one!                    
My approach to style, plans and more will all live in this area of the site.  I will be discussing products available here and from other stores to show you different ways of styling your looks.  I will be continuing my "Weekly Style Tips" series as well, but instead of sticking with just fashion, I will be including style tips for all facets of life - food, health, life, home and anything else I feel is useful and worth sharing.                                                                                  
So here's to the beginning of this journey.  Thank you for coming along with me.  We will have so much fun, I promise!


One of my favorite times of the year is when the red carpet rolls out, the cameras flash and some of our most beloved actors and actresses pose in some of the most beautiful and sometimes surprising looks for awards season.

Last night's Oscars did not disappoint.  From classic silhouettes to interesting cut outs, the red carpet did not disappoint.  Here are some of my favorite looks from last night and a few wild cards that made me smile and say, "Kuddos!".



-Jennifer Lawrence.  Her Dior Haute Couture dress with a lingerie inspired design and Chopard jewels looked effortless and romantic. 

-Cate Blanchett has always been a style risk taker, so it was so fun to see her in such a delicate and feminine piece last night.  Her Armani Prive dress was absolutely stunning.

-Naomi Watts had such a fun look last night.  The rich blues and purples were so perfectly highlighted against her porcelain skin and blonde hair.  But then again, how can you not stand out when you are wearing Armani Prive.


-Amy Poehler is my all time favorite #girlboss and she managed to make it even better with this intricate design by Andrew GN in an unexpected silhouette.  LOVE!

The men didn't disappoint either.  However, I think we can all sum up last night's event with one actor who finally won an Oscar and wore a tux like a boss.  Our man, Leonardo DiCaprio.  Enjoy ladies :)  And yes, I included a picture with Kate Winslet because I secretly want them to live happily ever after together.  :)

Til next time



One of the perks of my owning SHOP WLB is that I can experiment with different looks and tap into parts of my own style I hadn't experienced before.  That's the beauty of style, isn't it?  We can become someone else entirely, or continue to develop a signature look with pieces we love.

Today I felt a little boho by way of the 70s.  It must have been all of those Coachella pics I saw over the last couple of weeks.  Since I'm in the Midwest, this look is my tribute to those festival rockers.  Since cut offs and midriffs are probably not the best look for me while I'm working (hey, if you can, go for it!), this is my own way of looking professional, stylish and festival inspired.


Hat - Wool Hat in tan with black removable ribbon.  Found here: http://www.shoptiques.com/products/wool-hat-2

Liverpool Denim Jacket - ladies, invest in a solid denim jacket!!!  While this one sold out fast, you can look anywhere for this piece.  Colors, patterns, textured dyes - these all create a denim look that is YOU!

Tunic - is it gray or sky blue?  Well, that depends on the color palette.  If I pair this tunic with black, the gray comes through.  Pair with browns and a little icy blue begins to emerge.  Love when that happens!

Khaki Jeggings - army green is a great look for Spring and Summer!  These are my favorite Liverpool brand, and have been in my closet now for 3 seasons.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. 

Jewelry subtle but with a punch of fun - Three horseshoe shaped pendants with grey stone and tassel, all offset by gold. 

Aid Through Trade Roll On bracelets and my trusty Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch.

Don't forget the RED LIP!!!

Hope this inspires a new look for you all!