Why entertainers (including Beyoncé) should expose themselves more.


I watched the Beyoncé Superbowl performance and was struck by a few things: She's amazing. I know a LOT (okay almost all) of her songs.  Word for word.  In harmony. Apparently Beyoncé, along with Scandal, the presidential campaign, hate crimes and Chick Fil-A, is among the domestic news topics that expose the broad and opposing …

The Substance of style: How to be an Olympic Gladiator in a suit


When I was a little girl I knew I was an artist, singer, and fashion designer early on.  Cartooning, a heavy vibrato, and obsessive development of my crayon-infused design portfolio were dead giveaways. Growing up in a family of activists in an impoverished community left little room for me to explore and embrace the depths …

The Substance of Style: Shopping tips


Style matters.  It's another way to communicate. Don't believe me? Think about the most ridiculous outfit you've ever seen.  Imagine the POTUS wearing it while delivering the State of the Union address. Style communicates.  Style matters. We owe it to ourselves to demonstrate care and concern for how we express ourselves. It's not easy to …

The substance of style: Wardrobe basics


I worked at a clothing store during my multiple-job phase in college, and am glad I can look back fondly on those (ahem) unique work moments and lessons. Por ejemplo. Work moment: Greeting folks with a cheerful, excited grin led to apologies from confused customers. Lesson: Genuine joy in shopping malls is completely disarming. Work …