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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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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 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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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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When Should I Shop? Fashion Delivery Schedule

It’s March and spring styles are just hitting the store, but fall 2015/16 runway shows are going on too? The fashion timeline/schedule is confusing so let’s shed some light on it. I remember when I first began learning about the fashion timeline in school. I remember thinking to myself, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to remember that.’ As […]

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