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Sustainable Brand: Lev Apparel

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Here is a company that has everything to like about it. The clothing, their mission, the makers and the founders; are all things you will fall in love with. Lev is based out of my former hometown Madison, WI, started a few years ago by founder Krystle Marks. I met Krystle at my boutique iona, […]

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How I styled my side tie dye tank

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I just finished dying a white tank into this teal and grey creation, and I do like it. The colours work well with my wardrobe. I wanted to show you that tie dye doesn’t have to just be for the beach or the house. I styled it with a very fancy blazer I have with […]

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DIY: 2 Colour Side Tie Dye

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I posted this fuschia & tangerine tee-shirt that I created on Instagram and lots of people liked it. I was asked to share how I made it so I created this this step-by-step ‘how to’. If you want to add some life to a plain white tee, this is an easy way to do it. […]

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It’s official: Pre-Owned Clothing is Cool

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WWD says so. Hypebae says so. Virgil Abloh (patron saint of streetwear, Off-White founder and creative director of men’s at Louis Vuitton) says so. And my super fashion forward friend Susanne in NYC says so too. So therefore it’s official: Whether you buy, resell, upcycle, rent, consign or swap; pre-loved clothing is cool. Pre-loved Cool factors: […]

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DIY: Cargo Jacket Re-imagined

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From frumpy to pretty damn pretty for under $20 I have been keeping my eye out for a green cargo jacket. I wanted just a lightweight, dark green, easy to wear layering piece. I found this jacket at the thrift store for $3. It was okay, fairly pre-loved and missing the belt. But I liked […]

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Hey I’m back! And PdubXO is too.

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Here is what has been happening… The last time I updated all of you was over a year ago. Can you believe it? We survived 2019 only to be smacked in the face by 2020. The pandemic is affecting all of us. It is a difficult time at minimum for some of us, and a […]

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I’m using my lifeline: Poker

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This is a story about opening up your hearts and minds. It’s a true story. And it’s also a story about poker, and life. My life in particular.  What do you do when you have had a particularly bad day? How do you cope with it? And what would you do if one day you […]

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Not just another Breast Cancer Awareness List

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The unfortunate fact is that someone you know is likely going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. I am a survivor of stage 2 lobular invasive breast cancer. I underwent a modified radical mastectomy, radiation and take long term hormone suppressor drugs. I am 18 months since diagnosis and 6 months since […]

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10 Things to Consider Before you Start your Own Business

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Note: I refer to ‘iona’ many times in this post. Iona was the designer fashion boutique I opened and ran in Madison, WI from 2013-2015. Let’s get started. The questions I am most commonly asked today are: 1. Do you miss ‘iona’? 2. Would you open ‘iona’ again? 3. How did you start your own […]

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The Essential Luxury Tote by Strathberry

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I feel like such a lady carrying my red tote from Strathberry. Their products are handcrafted in Spain, taking up to 20 hours of workmanship for each bag. Strathberry is known for their clean lines and signature bar closure with their beautiful products ranging in shapes and sizes. From totes to the MC series based […]

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Pretty Printed Shirtdress

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I have been wearing a lot more dresses lately. They are easy, comfortable, and feminine. I like to style mine with just a little edge to be in keeping with my personal style. I love the nature inspired print and bold colors of this dress. I’m looking forward to transitioning it into fall with some […]

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The Real Housewives & I get Real about Invisible Illnesses

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“Your sole mission is to articulate your suffering so that it emancipates you and empowers other women”   I wish I authored that quote. I didn’t. This quote is by Carole Radziwill from the #RHONY on the 5/11/16 episode . And for those of you who do not admit to occasionally watching Bravo, #RHONY = […]

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LA Costume Designer Danielle King talks Fashion

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I am happy to introduce my first guest contributor to PdubXO: LA Costume Designer & Stylist Danielle King.  Danielle’s work has included editorial styling for major magazines, personal styling for the LA celebrity community, and a long resume of costume design in the film & TV industry. Her Costume Design work earned her a 2013 Emmy […]

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Barely Surviving Breast Cancer

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I think all of my cancer is gone. At least I hope so. I check in with one of my 5 cancer team doctors on average once a month. But even with being 8 months after my surgery, and 5 months after completing my radiation treatments, I am still, I have to be honest, miserable. I […]

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Rebecca Ryan asks me ‘How was your support’? An After the Cancer Q&A

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When I was first diagnosed with Cancer, my friend Rebecca Ryan immediately came to me and offered to be my support group ‘Project Manager’. It was such a gift from her, offering her time to do this. Knowing I wouldn’t have the energy or time to organize support, mass communicate, or plan logistics, Rebecca came […]

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I Won a Poker Tournament and the Guys said ‘She’s Just Lucky’

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A funny thing happened after I won the PPC Mid-West Poker Classic. I received a ton of congratulations and well wishes for a great win, particularly given my health. However I also received a resounding number of semi-praises. From men. To my face, and on social media, many men offered their congratulations, but dozens more […]

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Day 2 PPC Poker Tour…unbelievable

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I can barely believe it myself. I won! I won the entire tournament. 21 hours playing poker, 333 players, and ended up winning with $18,000 and a $5,000 Aruba package. I feel like my luck is turning around If you like poker you can read details about the event and the win in this ‘All […]

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My first weekend out…Ho-Chunk Casino? Day 1

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It is my very first outing since my breast cancer treatments, and my husband is taking me to the Ho-Chunk Casino in the Wisconsin Dells.   I took this particularly bad photo at a distance yesterday morning for a dramatic effect. Now before we get all judgey and think what a terrible husband I have, […]

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How do I Pick Brands?

One of the questions I am asked most often is “How do you pick your brands?” There are hundreds, probably thousands of designer/brand names. They are made by different designers, and creative directors, often moving around each year. So with all these brand names and emerging designers how do I make my choices? Before I Opened Iona I opened the doors to […]

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