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Why we moved to Canada

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In March of 2016 Monty & I packed up our car and our cat and made the move from Madison, WI to Ottawa, ON. Many of our friends in the States still question why we made the move and often our new fellow Canadians ask us the same question. It tends to happen at least […]

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Breast Cancer Update: More Surgery, Less Pain

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I couldn’t be happier. Ok I might be a little happier if I had my original breast. And if I didn’t ever have cancer. And oh if only I had my 22 year old body back. But I am recovering from another surgery and am so happy with the results. Here’s what happened. As we […]

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Destination: Canada!

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Monty, Misty & I ventured off on our 2 day road trip last week to our new home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ottawa is the nation’s beautiful capital in the eastern part of the Province of Ontario, hugging the border to the Province of Quebec. We had been planning our move for many months, and […]

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Permission to be Lazy

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The other evening Monty & I attended an event where the guest speaker was meant to inspire the audience. We weren’t sure of the subject matter heading into it, but the talking points and leave behind messages were something like this. “Success is achieved by hard work”, “If you have dreams, then dream bigger”, “Make […]

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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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Designer Profile: K/LLER Collection

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If you see me on any given day, there is a 70% chance I’m wearing some jewelry by my favorite designers K/LLER Collection. The designers behind the Brooklyn based brand are the talented Katie DeGuzman and Michael Miller who met at the Parsons School of Design where they were studying furniture design. Their interests shifted […]

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This group saved my cat’s life

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If you are like me and Monty, your pet companions are an important part of your family. To some, like us, they are your best friends and like children. As you know we lost one of our beloved cats, Salem this summer, so our concern became even greater as my other cat, Misty’s, strange health […]

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Fall Fashion: French Style

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I have been adjusting my clothing spending habits a bit and building out more of the ‘French Woman Wardrobe’. I am spending more money on really beautiful , quality and interesting pieces that: 1. Elevate what I already own 2.  I can wear into different seasons and 3. Keep for a long time. That doesn’t […]

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Talking Friendship with my Friend of 33 Years

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A couple of weeks ago, I traveled down to Charlotte, N.C to visit my girlfriend Sue. She had just relocated there with her husband and two teenage kids after many years of living in Atlanta. I wanted to see how she was settling into her new home and community and spend time with her just […]

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To Bang or Not to Bang?

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This age old question crops up with most of us at least once every couple of years when we are looking at changing our hair style. I invited my stylist Jamie O’Brien from The Beauty Room in Madison, WI to offer her expert take on this and offer up some advice as a Guest Contributor […]

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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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Keeping Cool in my Summer Dress

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In keeping with my new passion for dresses, I picked up this silk hand-dyed Raquel Allegra dress recently. I love everything about it; the shape, the pockets, the colors and the insets at the shoulders and hem. Added bonus it packs like a small featherweight scarf while traveling. I styled it very ‘summer brunch’ style, […]

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My Best & My Worst. What does this all mean?

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I met with my new psychologist this past week. I was skeptical about meeting with her however, I took a deep breath and talked and listened. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. One of the things we discussed was allowing myself to grieve my former identities: athlete, skinny, energetic, pain free me, youthful in […]

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Spring ’16 Trends 2

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The theme of my Spring Trends 2 report is a little more tomboy/ streetwear inspired. While these looks are not for everyone, they are definitely in line with my own personal daily style. Don’t despair though if this style is not your thing, I have some pretty spring dresses for Spring Report 3. Shocking but […]

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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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Spring ’16 Trends: Part I

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Here is the first of a 3 part Spring Trends series I am sharing over the next several weeks. I have interpreted the trends from the runways with my own wardrobe hoping to give you some ideas of your own. Let me know what you think or if you have a favorite. xo Pdub   […]

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Arch Apothecary: Teaching this Old(ish) Gal Some New Makeup Tricks

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I haven’t changed my makeup ‘style’ in over 20 years. It was time. I’m getting older and my skin texture and appearance are changing so I figured I would give myself a little feel better boost. I went to see my friends at Arch Apothecary, Downtown Madison in the Capitol Square, for some help. My husband bought me […]

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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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Sweet Nothings, Sweet Everything!

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You know me. I love comfortable clothes, but I also like my pieces to be unique, and well made. Most of my featured items below were found under the Christmas tree, and I’m all about them. I am taking these intimates to the next level, and incorporating them into my wardrobe as intended but also as […]

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