Sunday, April 27, 2008

Need Your HELP!

Special note to reader Amy: Oh Amy dear, Amy dear......are you really rolling your kakhi's up 2 folds? It's time for a new pair okay? I love your take on the fact your pants are shrinking...those darn dryers! But, really, don't fold them up anymore as it just looks like, well, rolled up pants. If you want to wear these same pair into the summer, then take them to an alterations person and have them shortened and then find a new longer pair when it comes to fall. Make sure your slacks are shortened to the "diamonds" in your'll read about that in the book.

Speaking of the new book, "If Clothes Could Talk" I am looking for a few (or more!) reviews to add to my website. If ANY of you have read the book yet (yes, I realize it's only been out 2 weeks but maybe you're a fast reader!) would you mind commenting on it? It's hard for me to say whether or not you find it beneficial unless you tell me and then I know what to tell others! Sooooo, here's your chance! Please sign your name to the comment as you'd like it to appear on my website. Thank you, thank you!

And now I need your help on something else!!!!!!! Actually, I need your daughter's help. I am going to be writing a book for teenage girls about style, fashion, beauty, makeup, and modesty. BUT, here's the question for your girls (age 11 to 17):

What exactly would they like to see in a book on this subject being geared to Christian girls? What do they want it to tell them?

And Moms: Would you like a resource to help you understand your girls and fashion? What would it look like? What would you want to know? Should this book be a mother/daughter book? A resource you could read together? What would that look like?

Okay, I think that's it! I honestly respect your opinions so much.....please get your girls on this...I can't wait to hear what you all have to say! Beautiful Blessings, Shari


Anonymous said...

Hello Shari,
I haven't ordered your book yet - although I am planning on it. I was wondering if there is any difference between the hard copy and the e-book format. Also, are there colored pictures in both?
I really appreciate your blog and have learned a lot through you! Thank you for sharing your fashion wisdom with us and helping us to look our best!
Beautiful Blessings to you too!
Karen N

Alyce said...

Hey Shari..
The book If Clothes could that the one you are sending me?? I am so scattered brain lately, I just can't remember!
I don't have an 11 year old daughter yet..but it won't be long. My oldest girl is 7, we've been battling clothes since she was 2 years old. If I had a book to assist in this area, it would show whats in I could prove to my daughter that I DO have taste and that I would not send her out looking "weird" or "silly". I can remember arguing w/ my mom over clothes..but I can remember them being totally ugly...I don't think my mom really had any idea about fashion then..Now she does pretty well. What gives??
Take care..

Dawn Ward said...

Shari, I have devoured..umm, I mean read, the book nearly cover to cover. Between The Real Beauty Retreat last weekend, and then reading the book, I am seeing my clothes with new eyes.

Needless to say, I have some shopping to do! That tax refund hasn't even arrived yet, and I already have some big plans for it!

I do have a question, though. As you know, I am an A body type. I am supposed to create my columns on the outside (that is right, isn't it?). I understand that. Here's my dilemma, though. I wear denim a lot, long jeans in the winter and denim capris in the summer (and no, they probably aren't the right length..more shopping for me!). Obviously, I don't want to wear colors close to the color of denim all the time. How do I create a column without wearing a jacket or sweater in the summer? You know how hot it is here in NC! Does this question make sense?

I often wear brightly colored tops with my jeans or capris, but since attending your workshop and reading your book, I see how I was cutting myself in half and making my hips (my biggest problem area) appear bigger.

I wore a really cute brown sweater with brown capris today for church, and the affect on my hips was amazing! I think I looked about 10 lbs. less!

Thanks so much, and to anyone reading, the book is a must-have!

Love ya!

Shari said...

Alyce, yes, If Clothes Could Talk is the one you will be receiving in the mail. You should receive it any day now!
Dawn, You got it! You just answered your own question and didn't even know it! You can create a column with 2 pieces (instead of 3) by wearing colors that are alike like you did yesterday at church with the brown. If you want to wear a patterned top, then the BACKGROUND color of the top should be the same color as the pants/skirt you are wearing on the bottom. Also, since you wear lots of denim, a fashion no-no is wearing a denim jacket with denim jeans...unless it is a dressy denim and it was meant to be worn as a 2 piece suit. So, leave your casual denim jacket at home and get a navy/blue-ish blazer or cute cotton sweater with a background color the same as your jeans. Isn't it great to lose 10 lbs. just by putting different clothes on?! love ya! Shari

Shari said...

Karen, About the e-book...the information is the same, except no colored pics in the book, there are some in the e-book. I don't show color in anything that is necessary to see it in, so either copy is fine for your instructional purposes. It's 88 pages long, though, so you may not want to print that much on your own printer so that may be something to consider. It is a workbook format in soft copy (or do they call it hard?) so you can work thru it and take notes easily. Hope that helps! Glad you're learning! love ya, Shari

Family O'Foxes said...


LOL! I'm so glad you addressed me in this post. I feel honored. I just got home from a Girl Scout camping trip (no, I didn't wear my rolled up pants). hee hee!

I need to figure out how to stop the shrinkage of my pants in the dryer and where to get stuff altered.

I would love a book on "fashion" for my daughters (9 years old and almost 12 years old).
Everything from hair and make-up to clothing would really round out the book. Hearing it from someone else besides me (out of touch Mom) would be great. I love the fact it would be done in a Christian manner.
How to buy your first bra, to when is a good age to wear make-up....

I can't wait for this upcoming book.
love ya,

Anonymous said...

My 13 y/o daughter wears jeans & the same t-shirts (covered by a jacket) every week to school. Her hair is always pulled back in a ponytail. She is an athlete; tall and muscular (no fat on her body). She won't wear shorts or capris b/c she feels her legs are "fat" and her arms are too muscular so she tries to cover it all up. During summer, she wears boys' swim trunks with a bikini top. I would like to see your book touch on self-esteem issues that cause young girls to hide in their clothes. As a mom, I want desperately for her to see her bodily beauty for what it is...strong and healthy...but no matter what I say or do, I can't seem to get her to come out of hiding. I am relieved that she errs on the side of modesty rather than provocativity (sp?) wearing the short shorts and low-cut shirts that most of her friends are wearing...But I am saddened by her self-perception.

Debra said...

Hi Shari,

I'm new to your ministry. I just came across your page through the Proverbs 31 page. I do like what I see, however. You have shaken me awake from my laziness in fashion. I have really "let myself go" lately. I put on a few pounds and my confidence disappeared completely. I know God is calling me into the ministry, unfortunately I have ran for years from it. I have recently surrendered to His plan, but I know that I must represent Him well. Thanks for waking me up to that.
Secondly, you mentioned your book geared toward teen girls. I wanted to pipe in here. I have three girls, one of them a young teen. She hasn't challenged me on the clothing issue...yet, but I'm sure it won't be long. I think that the book should be really geared to be "hip". I know that sounds silly, but I know that if I were to start talking to girls about the need to be modest, they would tune me out as being from another decade and think that I just don't get it. You know that bible that is in magazine form for girls, "revolve", I think it is? It is really geared to the young girls. It has to be something that they feel really gets on their level. Not another older woman preaching to the younger ones on modesty (Not calling you old, believe thier eyes anyone over 21 is old!). I hope what I have said makes sense. I guess what I am saying is...make sure it is "hip" so they'll actually want to read it? Thanks for listening.