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“Don’t be a stick in the mud!”If you’re not a woman in transition or a Southern woman,you might not be familiar with this term. It simply means,”Get with the program”and stop being a “straggler.!”I used to hear this term all the time growing up because at some point other kids would taunt another kid when it came to participating in stuff that was either forbidden, or, daring.

Today,I’m not using the term to cause pain,or to get anyone in trouble.I’m simply saying that with the dawning of a new year, spring has sprung & summer fun advances, it’s time to get a late jump on your spring/summer wardrobe. If you’ve already cleaned your closets of drab clothing this spring, this post might not apply.If you’ve been a straggler like me, it’s about time to”get on the good foot”of getting your fashionista on.

The reason for this lighthearted post is due, in part, to a little mishap I had on the way to the airport recently when the beautiful blouse I’d purchased a couple of summers ago (& never worn) suddenly lost a button! Can you say embarrassing? Needless to say,I made a vow to get rid of stuff in my closet that I’d bought and never worn, no matter how cute. There is a reason we have hoarders guilt, ladies… If it’s sooo cute, so priceless, so one of a kind, why haven’t we used, or worn it ?

Sometimes we keep stuff with little thought to ever wearing it. I can attest to the “shoes” and I’m getting the feeling you can as well. If you haven’t done so, please pay those unwearables forward. Give to your local Salvation Army and other charitable organizations.

AND women of a certain age, don’t feel you cannot become the fashionista that you are. There’s help for all figures and all ages for women looking to step up their fashion attire and fashion themselves forward. One great source recommended to me was Harpers Bazaar’s Magazine that has a fashion page geared toward women in midlife.

Becoming an authentic woman sometimes means putting an end to being a “stick in the mud!”