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Enter to Win a $115 Prize Package to Help You Get Gorgeous

By Charlotte on October 13, 2016 12:41 PM | Read More

FB Social Sharing and Link Ad.jpgWhat's underneath the best looks? Ask my Texas girlfriend group and they're sure to say, "A lacy red thong, of course!"


This one's for the girls! The eight authors of Red Thong Strong: Girlfriend's Little Secrets to Smoothing Life's Panty Lines have joined Soma to give away eight autographed copies of our inspirational new book and eight, $100 Soma gift cards.

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Nov. 2.


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Cold-Weather Challenge

By Charlotte on November 20, 2015 6:39 PM | Read More

Sweater Leggings - 350.jpgBob and I go our separate ways in cold weather. He stays in short sleeves until the temperature drops close to freezing. (Just the thought of that makes me shiver. Brrrrrr!) I begin layering on sweaters (this year, the longer the better), gloves, scarves and jackets at the first sign of a chill in the air.

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4 Must-Follow Sites for Scoring Brag-Worthy Bling

By Charlotte on August 21, 2015 6:18 AM | Read More

Torquoise necklace - 600.jpgThe right bling can give any girl an edge. Finishing a simple outfit with a stylish necklace, sassy earrings, bangles galore or, better yet, all three can add ooh-la-la personality.

That's why I adore these jewelry-centric sites. Pure heaven for those of us obsessed with trendy trinkets, they offer oodles of brag-worthy gems, elegant packaging and special offers you'll be tempted to share. You can also turn to them for chic styling tips, help making smart selections and more - some even delight in surprising you.

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3 Activity Aids under $50

By Charlotte on June 15, 2015 6:35 AM | Read More

To stay fit, you've got to do more than sit at your computer. So Bob and I start most days with about an hour of exercise. He walks in the dark, risking run-ins with crazy ducks, foxes and all sorts of critters. I stay indoors where it's safe, climbing up and down the stairs to our second floor, tackling the treadmill and counting my steps. We've vowed to log at least 10,000 every day. Whew!

That's why I'm lovin' these three activity aids. Besides helping me keep moving, they're stylish enough to wear out and about. Even better, these breezy, wallet-friendly finds are all under $50.

Work Out Winners

To go the distance, I've got to have comfy clothes that stretch with me and keep me cool like these yoga-inspired winners from the fitness-accessory experts at Gaiam.

Reflection TanFront - 375.jpgk - This trendy, racer-back tank makes a great work-out partner. It includes a built-in shelf bra with a flattering fit so there's no need to wear anything underneath.

The sleeveless design and soft, wick-it dry fabric keep me cool with no worry of it sticking to my skin, even when I step up my pace on the treadmill. Plus, an eye-catching key-hole back, slimming cut with side ruching and rear-covering, tunic length make it attractive enough to wear at home, to exercise with friends or running errands. ($38 in sizes XS to XL)

I'm wild about this strappy top in the gorgeous purple splatter color. But it also comes in nice-and-neutral charcoal heather.

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Dressing The Good Wife

By Charlotte on May 15, 2015 6:58 AM | Read More

o-THE-GOOD-WIFE-SEASON-4-CAST-facebook 600.jpgWatching CBS's The Good Wife often leaves me lusting over Julianna Margulies' stunning outfits. They're elegant, totally put together and a perfect way of saying she means business.

So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to chat with the man behind her look, Emmy-nominated costume designer Daniel Lawson. He shared some of his secrets to dressing the characters on this popular show as well as his top fashion tips for Baby Boomers.  

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Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner

By Charlotte on December 16, 2014 4:25 PM | Read More

I have a love/hate relationship with Bob's Tommy Bahama shirts. I love the way they look and feel (so soft!). But I hate taking care of them.

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13 Essentials for Fall and Beyond

By Charlotte on October 7, 2014 8:15 AM | Read More

Looks can be deceiving. Take my closet. It may look full. But, as I keep telling Bob, there are only a few things I actually wear. The rest just take up space. They're out of date, don't fit right or just don't go with anything. Uggg! I obviously have separation issues or they would've found a new home long ago.

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Out of the Closet: 3 Fab, Feet-Saving Summer Sandals With Style

By Charlotte on April 7, 2014 3:02 PM | Read More

Warmer weather means it's time for new sandals, especially if you're a shoe-aholic like me. (Hello, my name is Charlotte and I can't resist shoes.) I'm lovin' these three, super cute new looks because, besides being right on trend, they're incredibly comfortable.

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Out of the Closet: 16 Gift-Worthy Finishing Touches under $150

By Charlotte on December 10, 2013 6:37 AM | Read More

Some say you're never completely dressed without a smile. While that's important, a girl's also gotta have a killer bag, plenty of bling and some sassy, feet-friendly shoes (5-inch heels are out when you do more than sit!).

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Out of the Closet: 7 Fall Fashions Great for Travel

By Charlotte on October 6, 2013 1:20 AM | Read More

My dear friend Linda has always known how to throw a party. But she topped herself recently by planning the ultimate girl's trip to none other than Paris, France to celebrate her birthday.

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4 Fun Finds for $80 and Under

By Charlotte on September 19, 2012 4:25 PM | Read More

Make every day casual Friday. That's my mantra now that Bob and I work from home and I'm the master of my own dress code.

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7 Flattering Finds Under $50

By Charlotte on August 9, 2012 6:29 AM | Read More

What's on my radar this month? Casual pieces that spell fun whether I'm blogging from my beautiful home office (Thank you Donna!) or stepping out with the girls ... lots of birthdays ahead!

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6 Picks under $50

By Charlotte on June 14, 2012 6:09 AM | Read More

Want to shake things up?  It could be time to try one of summer's hot, new fashion trends. I'm thinking sheer fabrics, eye-catching colors or sexy, ankle straps ... for a start!

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Mock Camis

By Charlotte on February 23, 2012 6:30 AM | Read More

Lower necklines challenge me. Whether scoop, v or square, they're often too revealing for comfort.

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Sweater Weather

By Charlotte on October 20, 2011 9:15 AM | Read More

I'm NEVER without a sweater. I always carry one or two as insurance against the cold, whether I'm shopping our neighborhood Target (that's Tar-jay in Colleywood, Dahling) or touring Napa (guess who always wins the award for the biggest bag?).

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Fun-size Wallets

By Charlotte on September 19, 2011 8:20 AM | Read More

Normally, I'm all about a BIG, roomy handbag. I need space for my keys, cell phone and wallet. Then there's that tape measure, the ever-essential lip gloss (or five) and all those coupons. Somebody's always having a sale!

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Leifsdottir Shoes

By Charlotte on April 18, 2011 6:30 AM | Read More

My long-time friend Linda Storer and I are soul sisters. Besides being fellow breast cancer survivors, we write together. And we share everything from Brio's Insalata Roma (seasoned grilled white chicken and Roma tomatoes on a bed of field greens sprinkled with grapes and caramelized pecans -ahhh!) to a weakness for Nordstrom's shoes (they're easily returned ... no questions asked).

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Saying Yes to the Scarf

By Charlotte on January 24, 2011 8:10 AM | Read More

Call me late to the party. Scarves have been trendy for some time but it took this year's ruffled, bold print and brightly colored designs to win me over. Now I'm hooked on this versatile, statement piece.

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Cold Feet?

By Bob on December 30, 2010 6:38 AM | Read More

My feet and I have a love/hate relationship. It's not that I DON'T like my feet -- it's just that I've been hard on them and they retaliate in a big way, usually by breaking into itty-bitty pieces of bone that have to be wired together when I fall off ladders. You know, stuff like that.

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It Happened in St. Helena

By Charlotte on November 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Read More

Lady Luck intervened when Bob and I visited St. Helena, CA recently.

 

We happened on this quaint, little town in the heart of the Napa Valley during a break between wine tasting tours with our long-time friends Tony and Debbi. Arriving just in time for the annual Harvest Festival, we were greeted by a lively street fair complete with a parade of pets decked out for Halloween.

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OKA b.'s Bailey

By Charlotte on October 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Read More

Bob knows what to expect when I call my sister Pam. We talk two hours since she lives in Florida and I rarely see her. I pace the floor for the full conversation figuring I need the exercise. Then I wonder why my feet hurt.

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Slix Briefs for Men

By Bob on July 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Read More

Underwear is not something I spend much time thinking about. I'm a middle-aged boxer guy. I like my cotton boxers. They're comfortable, durable and I wear 'em till they fall apart. It's a GUY THING.

 

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Metallic Mix Ruffle Dress

By Charlotte on June 3, 2010 8:05 AM | Read More

I stumbled on a sleek, special-occasion dress when shopping at Southlake Town Square's LOFT with my friends Shelley and Linda. The fitted design has a bright, white cotton top with trendy, pleated ruffles at the neckline and a shimmery, gold-threaded skirt.

 

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Rowenta Steamer

By Charlotte on October 22, 2009 10:13 AM | Read More

Growing up, my mother paid me ten cents a shirt and five cents a pillowcase to iron.  (Yes, rates have really gone up since 60s!)

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Shop It To Me

By Charlotte on August 21, 2009 11:49 AM | Read More

I admit it.  I love to shop but hate paying full price.

 

I'm no Rebecca (Confessions of a Shopaholic) but I refuse to buy most things unless a deal helps justify the spending. (Bob doesn't ask but I'm prepared - just in case.)

 

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Nine West Myth

By Charlotte on June 5, 2009 6:33 AM | Read More

The disco music we loved in the '70s may be gone but the platform shoes are back in a big way, and the heels are higher than ever.

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MBTs

By Charlotte on March 25, 2009 12:51 PM | Read More

Kitten heels, wedges, stilettos, I have a weakness for shoes with some height.  I'm also obsessed with exercise but it seems there's never enough time to get to the gym.

 

That's why I'm crazy for MBTs.  The one and one-half inch, wedge-like heel on the MBT Sport helps you multi-task working out with cleaning house, getting mail or going to Target. 

 

Though pricy at $250+, Masai Barefoot Technology shoes make each step count.  This cushy footwear mbt-shoes.jpginvented for women and men by Swiss engineer Karl Muller helps tone your lower half.  The curved sole will have you walking with a rock-and-rock motion that enhances muscle activity in the buns, rear thigh and calves up to 19 percent.  In addition, this physiological footwear improves posture and reduces stress on knee and hip joints. 

 

With routine wear, you'll notice a difference in a few months.  And you won't be alone. When others begin asking for your firming secret, you'll know these shoes are well worth the investment.  

 

Positive reinforcement from family and friends (not to mention coming to terms with the mirror) had me living in my pair in the beginning.  However, you can get too much of a good thing.  Overdoing it can make other shoes less comfortable.  And since you sacrifice some style in these workout wonders (I'm sorry but it's tough to make athletic gear attractive), MBTs are best worn casually within limits.

 

Today, MBTs are my shoes of choice for errands and around the house but I leave them at home when I go to the office.  To find out more about their benefits, go to www.swissmasaius.com.  You can purchase MBTs in a variety of looks from www.Amazon.com.

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"Blow Your Mind" Baked Chicken Wings

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Courtesy of Daphne Oz, from The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining

Okay guys, the first time I tried making these I kept thinking to myself that there was no way that these baked chicken wings were ever going live up to the classic fried preparation. But boy was I wrong! There is just something about the combination of the soy, honey and chili flakes that, when baked in the oven, creates a sticky and salty-sweet glaze that is just stick-to-your-ribs good. They are so good, in fact, that they'll blow your mind!

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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