Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Having worked at a Hallmark store for three years, I distinctly remember the last-minute rush EVERY year in the days leading up to Mother’s Day.

Thankfully, my mom already went through my Mary Kay inventory and chose HER gift–now I just have to wrap it!

Do YOU need some last-minute ideas?

Here are things you can get at almost any corner store and put together for a thoughtful gift.

Toss a ribbon around it or plunk it into a gift bag and you’re good to go! KEYWORD: “pretty!”

An artist’s sketchbook and some colored pencils or watercolors

A blank journal and a pretty pen

A pretty mug and a selection of tea or coffee (or coffee syrups)

A pretty frame

Gourmet cookies or snacks

Flavored vodka. There are so many options now!

A pretty scarf or wrap in her favorite color

Hand lotion and a calming candle for bedtime

Flowers in a pretty pot

Or I can help you out!

I do offer gift certificates and can even send you some verbiage for enclosing in Mom’s card!

Here are some of my offerings that your mom would LOVE!

:: Color analysis and beauty makeover (including going through her current products as well as recommending new ones)

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:: An hour (or more) of my personal shopping services along with a gift card to her favorite store

:: Assistance with setting up an at-home spa experience

:: A closet overhaul and wardrobe assessment

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:: A whole new skin care regimen or a new makeup look (plus the Ten Minute Face Tutorial for applying makeup in a flash) neutral makeup look

Neutral everyday makeup look.

Prices start at just $25 and YES, almost all of my services are available in-person and virtually!

Contact me for more information! (602) 349-1129 or letmerephrasethat(at)

I do also have a few impressive Mary Kay items left if you happen to be local. I could even wrap and ship them for you!

The Mary Kay Mint Blossom pedicure set is just $25 and includes the cute bag, foot bath fizzy balls, a pumice, a cute nail file and the AMAZING Mint Blossom Icy Foot Gel. It smells terrific!

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I also have the classic Satin Hands pampering set for $36. Perfect for keeping Mom’s hands soft and smooth!

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I have eye shadow, blush, lipstick and lip gloss, too (from $6.50 to $16)–just tell me about your mom’s coloring and I can recommend the right shades!

I hope this helps and I wish YOU and your family a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Colorful Friday: The perfect turquoise top for your coloring

I tell people all the time that turquoise is a universally flattering color on just about anyone.

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Check out how beautiful EVERY color category looks in turquoise!

LIGHT (go with pale and icy)

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DEEP (deeper and more saturated tones work best)

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CLEAR (the brighter, the better)

fantabulous women clear turquoise top

WARM (a warmer shade is lovely)

antabulous women warm turquoise top

SOFT (a medium tone works beautifully)

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COOL (pretty when trimmed in black)

fantabulous women cool turquoise top

Not sure of your Dominant Color Category? Check out this post to find yours or take the Color Enalysis on Shari Braendel’s website.

Are you already wearing turquoise or do you need to go shopping??


Do you have these 12 Wardrobe Must-Haves?

Like most of my content, this list is taken from Shari Braendel’s book “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman” right here on

Tired of buying duplicates of the same item because you don’t know what’s in your closet? Do you wish you could go shopping for exactly the right pieces to add to your wardrobe?

Start shopping on purpose!

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Use this check-list to inventory your closet then make a list of what you need to buy. Keep your list in your purse for impromptu shopping trips.

____ Jeans in a dark wash to wear with heels or boots

____ Jeans to wear with flats or casual shoes

____ A denim jacket in a neutral color*

____ A white or off-white blouse*

____ A suit (a jacket and pants, or skirt) in a neutral color that flatters you.* Choose a fabric that you can wear all year.

____ A flattering dress in chocolate, black, charcoal or navy*

____ A cashmere or cotton sweater in a soft color

____ A silk or cotton blouse in a print or solid pop color*

____ A V-neck or scoop-neck T-shirt in chocolate, black, charcoal or navy.* Look for one with 3/4″ sleeves.

____ Khaki, tweed, corduroy, linen, cotton or wool slacks

____ A jogging suit in your favorite color (for hanging out at home)

____ A lightweight coat

*Wondering what your best neutral or POP colors are? Check out my previous post all about determining your Dominant Color Category and make sure to “follow” the corresponding Pinterest board, too.

Ideally, each piece will reflect your individual style, whether modern, vintage, eclectic or something else. They may be basic pieces, but they should still be “you!”

With these basics in your closet, you can create lots of different combinations!

Stay tuned for the OTHER dozen essential items AND your must-have spring items, coming soon!

What pieces do you need to add to your wardrobe? Need help editing your closet and determining your must-haves? Contact me for a Closet Makeover!


What is your Dominant Color Category?

I want to help you discover your Dominant Color Category so I can then recommend wardrobe items like scarves, blazers and floral prints for your unique coloring AND tell you what HOT seasonal colors will work for you.

This concept comes from Shari Braendel‘s book “Good Girls Don’t Have To Dress Bad” found on Amazon. I highly recommend the book and I ADORE Shari. This is Shari with my mom and me at an event last year at ASU.

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I have a Pinterest board for each category that I curate on an ongoing basis.

I invite you to ”follow” the board for your category.

There are six categories:

1. Light. Naturally blonde or white hair. Fair skin tone. Light to medium eye color.

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The LIGHT Pinterest board

2. Deep. Medium to dark brown or black hair. Medium to dark skin tone. Hazel, brown or black eyes.

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The DEEP Pinterest board.

3. Soft. Light to medium brown hair (or ‘mousy’ or ‘dishwater blonde’). Light to medium skin tone. Medium intensity eye color like hazel, brown, blue or green.

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The SOFT Pinterest board.

4. Clear. Dark medium brown to black hair. Very light or medium skin tone. Bright eye colors (green, blue or hazel) or dark brown.

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The CLEAR Pinterest board.

5. Warm. Red hair or golden blonde or brown hair with reddish highlights. Any skin tone, sometimes with freckles. Green, blue, brown or hazel eyes.

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The WARM Pinterest board.

6. Cool. Silver, gray or ash brown hair. Light to medium skin tone (often with a pink undertone). Blue, green, hazel or brown eyes.

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The COOL Pinterest board.

Not sure which category you fall into? Wondering if you got it right?

Use Shari’s Color Enalysis tool.

I hope this helps, and I hope you’ll keep checking back for recommendations related to YOUR Dominant Color Category!

On Becoming A Personal Shopper

I am also a writer and editor in my other life and one of my favorite projects is bio rewrites. I hear it time and time again: “I can’t write about myself!”

I tell them, “Let ME help you look good! It’s so much easier when you do it for someone else!”

So it is with shopping. Let ME choose items FOR you, saving you the time and hassle of choosing them for yourself. Trust me–it’s SO much easier!

Now that I’m doing image consulting full time, I want to build the Personal Shopping aspect.

It already happened, and quite by accident.

I needed to add a few pieces to my wardrobe for spring and summer so I went shopping last night and took my haul over to my mom’s this morning so I could look through her jewelry to borrow some things for a few special occasions that are coming up.

She had to unfortunately attend a funeral later today, so she asked about borrowing something to wear.

She tried on this top and we accessorized it. {yes, that’s my monkey son in the background}

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By the time she dropped by later to show me the complete look, she was handing me the money for it. “I want it. You can borrow it.”

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Although I’ve done it unofficially for people many times over the years, this was the first time I got paid for it.

Mom loved having a new top to wear in a color and style that was flattering for her (plus the help with accessorizing it!)–and she didn’t have to lift a finger! How cool is that?!?

I can’t wait to help other women, too.

Are you next?? Contact me today to set up your Personal Shopping experience, starting at just $50 per hour.


My Easter Ensemble

My Easter ensemble was a dazzler, eh??

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I served on the “First Impressions” team at church for the first time and they’d just gotten these spiffy vests for anyone serving on campus. That me and my new bud, Chuck, greeting near the main parking lot.

I honestly didn’t mind it. After all, neon is totally on-trend right now!

When are you asked to be a little less fashionable than you’d prefer?

Good Reasons to Arrange Your Closet By Color

Closet organization is a personal and somewhat complicated issue.

One option is arranging your closet contents by color.

The picture below represents my tops arranged by color:

White, red, pink, purple, blue, gray, turquoise, green, brown and peach.

fantabulous women closet organization

You’ll notice the same order in the stack of long-sleeved tops on the top shelf as well as in the hanging organizer.

My shoes are arranged by color, too. Silver in the front and brown in the middle row.

Here are some good reasons to arrange your closet by colors:

1. You enjoy wearing color. And I hope you do!

2. You coordinate your outfits based on color {like this one, source}

FanTABulouswomen closet organization

3. Seeing a rainbow in your closet makes you happy.

If you are one of my ladies who pins color-coordinated outfits on Pinterest, arranging your closet by color is probably a great idea.

Jot down a few of your favorite looks {like the navy, green and white combo pictured above} and go to your closet to put some outfits together.

In the interest of full disclosure, my closet is currently arranged by the type of garment (short-sleeve, long skirt, etc.)–pictures coming soon.

Would you enjoy having your closet arranged by color? Why or why not? Leave a comment here or hop on over to Facebook to keep the conversation going!

Need help with organizing your closet to YOU can dress to look your best every day? Schedule a time for us to spend an hour together in YOUR closet!

Global Makeover Day

It’s Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day! We’re trying to set a record for the most makeovers in one day.

I’m up to four so far!

This was my mother-daughter pair. Gorgeous! I’m so glad Shannan tried the red lipstick–I love it!

Mom (Kathy) is a Clear and Shannan is a Soft.

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Mother-daughter makeover!

This is Chris, another Clear. Her favorite color drape was the royal purple.

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And here is my mom’s before and after.
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And after. Wow-za! She looks amazing in her POP color: ocean blue.
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Contact me for YOUR makeover!

Color Makeover!

My lovely friend Michelle was my first color and beauty makeover victim volunteer.

We categorized her Dominant Color Category as a Soft. These are women with light to medium brown hair (sometimes mousy or dishwater blonde), light to medium skin tone and medium intensity eye color (hazel, brown, blue or green).

See how miserable you can be without color?? :)

fantabulous women before makeover

Softs are neutral, neither warm nor cool. Softs should wear soft ivory (rather than ivory or white) and NO black near the face. Michelle was not thrilled with that news as most of her wardrobe staples are black. I recommended adding a pretty necklace or scarf when she wears a black top to bring color to her face.

This was the favorite color that I draped her in: turquoise. Not only does it look lovely ON her, but she is drawn to the color–that’s the winning combination!

The other thing we did was a neutral everyday makeup look: primer, foundation (Beige 3), a little blush (Shy) and lipstick (Shell), all Mary Kay.

Here she is!

fantabulous women color makeover before and after

Thank you, Michelle, for coming over to play! You are beautiful!

Do you want your OWN color analysis and Eight Minute Face tutorial? Contact me!

LOCALS! I am also hosting an open house on Friday March 8th for Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day. FREE appointments for color analysis and beauty makeovers are available from 2:00 to 8:00pm! Contact me for your appointment!

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