Present Perfect is Now on YouTube!

  In December of last year, I surveyed all of you – my faithful readers – soliciting feedback about the site and many of you requested that I share more hairstyling tips. And since hair styling, like so many other things, is a skill best taught through demonstration, as opposed to still photographs, I’ve decided

Wear What You Own: Styling Your Work Wardrobe

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting with the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative kick-off meeting in Downtown L.A. and delivering a styling presentation on making efficient use of your existing work wardrobe to create powerful first impressions and adaptable looks for your evenings and weekends. My husband works in commercial real estate

Up Your Hosting Game

We all know, either intuitively or from careful observation, that a great hostess turns a party into a memory. But how – exactly – does she do it? For answers, I sat down with my dear friend and Hostess Extraordinaire, Lauren Bender. Lauren and her husband are extremely generous and gracious hosts. They frequently open

Mid-Winter Cravings for Bold Prints and Happy Hues

Relative to winters from the recent past, this has been a gray, rainy season in Los Angeles. I love a cold, rainy day when I can be inside my own house, but sometimes I get a bit tired of the blah, colorless, concrete jungle. Moreover, for the last few weeks, I’ve been preparing a styling

Turning, Turning: Days Three and Four of a Family RV Trip

In the context of this song, which I refuse to believe it’s merely instructional and lacking poetry (see last week’s post), simplicity is defined relative to shame. According to the author, we’ll know we’ve gained true simplicity when we can bow and bend without shame, so we can infer, conversely, that to not bow and