A Space to Breathe


Shopping can be such a frenetic experience. We find ourselves running here and there looking for that perfect piece to add to our wardrobe. Loud music blares in the background, people elbow each other in crowded walkways. Is this really what we want when we just need some retail therapy? What if it could be different? What if the pace were slower, more relaxed? What if you could take a break, sit back and sip a glass of iced tea or cider; read a magazine or thumb through a book?  It is my desire to create such an environment.

reFresh provides a brief respite from the day’s challenges. I often see women swaying gently to the music, eyes closed, lost in reverie. They have said that the boutique calms them and I can’t help but smile and inwardly comment, “Mission accomplished.”

Relax with a glass of iced tea.
Relax with a glass of iced tea.


Earrings Blo

I keep the boutique much as I do my home and in many ways it is my home. I’m certainly here more hours. Grins.


Button Jewelry – An Artist’s View

Some patrons of reFresh Boutique have expressed an interest in artisan jewelry and I’ve been listening. I recently met a dear lady from Phoenix who is visiting the area for a few months before returning home at the end of the summer.

I’ve been researching button jewelry and I am convinced that no one is creating this genre of jewelry like Lori Kirsch. The colors are brilliant, the designs flawlessly executed. If you love color and whimsy, you will love Lori’s work. I have 20 necklaces on display at the boutique. These are just a sampling.

Red & Black Necklace $135
Red & Black Necklace
Blue & Fuchsia Necklace $160
Blue & Fuchsia Necklace
Black, White and Turquoise Necklace $85
Black, White and Turquoise Necklace
Multi Necklace $85
Multi Necklace
Multi with Tassel Necklace $125
Multi with Tassel Necklace

The materials Lori uses are top quality and very unusual. Prices vary widely based on the cost of beads. Watch this blog for an in-depth interview with the artist, Lori Kirsch.

Pantone Announces 2016 Fall Colors

I love fall! Yes. I’m yelling that! It is my favorite time of year. I know. It’s only mid-July, but Pantone has announced the 2016 fall color palette, and I’m ready to fix my Thanksgiving in July dinner. July is to the year what Wednesday is to the week and I just need a little fix to get me over the hump. A turkey and a solid review of the Pantone shades and my inventory should do the trick.

Turkey Dinner

And here they are.  Drum roll please. Hmmm. I think I see some of these colors in my dinner.

Fall 2016 Pantone Colors

In addition to announcing a spring and fall line-up of colors, Pantone also chooses one single color that is named “Color of the Year”. For the first time — ever — in 2016 Pantone named two colors as color, I mean, colors, of the year.

Pantone 2016 Colors of the year

Okay. Just who is Pantone and why do people care about their forecasts?

Much like MacDonald’s works to ensure that a quarter pounder tastes the same in Athens, Georgia as it does in Athens, Greece; Pantone works to ensure that “Riverside 17-4028” looks the same everywhere in the world. In addition to the spring and fall announcements of “the” colors, Pantone also works with corporations to assist them with memorable ad campaigns, branding and design — think Tiffany’s and their oh so famous blue. The colors are not necessarily intended to set the tone for fashion, home decor, graphics, etc., but they most certainly do. Rather they are an expression of the times — a universal feeling.

A diverse group of experts makes up the panel that meets to determine which colors make the hot list. They are world travelers and share, including photos, what they have found as recurring themes in color. It is interesting to me that there are worldwide themes that seem to come and go, ebb and flow. It is a subtle reminder that we are really not so different.

Have fun working with these latest colors. Take a look at your current wardrobe and incorporate some of these new colors into the mix by adding a few new pieces. I’ll be showing you examples over the weeks to come of how these colors can work together.

Kylie Addison Sabra


After completing this blog, I got curious and Googled Christmas/Thanksgiving in July. It seems I’m not the only one obsessed with this madness. It is apparently quite a common practice. The observance appears to have it’s roots in Europe. When summer become increasingly and uncomfortably hot, people crave the cold of winter, and celebrating a winter holiday in the midst of a summer heatwave brings emotional, if not physical, relief.

And why not celebrate — again — mid-season? It a joyous time of year and I can’t think of anything more fun than to do it twice without the financial burden of massive gifts and packed malls. Just the fun, ma’am.




People – Paris Cabaret


“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

A woman who carries herself with confidence and pride is beautiful. It does not matter that her weight is not ideal or that her hair is not perfection, or that she is not arrayed in the latest fashions. Something happens to a woman when she is proud of who she is. She is transformed — She is beautiful.

Remember, the reverse is also true. A woman who allows herself to be bowed down by the stresses of life, who has lost faith in who she is; also loses her beauty. The radiant glow is replaced with wrinkles as her face slips into a downward spiral.  Look inward for  strength and beauty. The world will throw you curve balls. Wear a good glove — and a brilliant smile.

Paris Cabaret, by Kylie Sabra
Paris Cabaret, by Kylie Sabra

2 to 3 pricing up to 40 x 60

Landscape – Before the Storm


I grew up in Kansas and Missouri and most definitely remember doing my homework alone in the basement during tornado season.  My parents both worked and I was a “latch-key” kid long before anyone had given it a name. The sky would green up and the wind wail and i just moved my studies to the safety of the basement. I wasn’t afraid. It was just a fact of life for living in that part of the country.

Before the Storm, by Kylie Sabra
Before the Storm, by Kylie Sabra

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Rainy Day Benefits – The Rack is Out

Need a reason to get out in the rain?  I have a great one. reFresh Boutique’s Rainy Day Sales. When the rain falls, the clearance rack comes out on the floor.  Here you will find items discounted 30% – 50%. So don that raincoat and come on in. Don’t have a raincoat?  No problem. You can buy one at the boutique.

Check the Facebook page for the weather . . . I mean . . . clearance forecast.

Before the Storm, by Kylie Sabra
Before the Storm, by Kylie Sabra

Cool It with the Blues

It’s been strangely muggy and frankly a bit miserable these past few days, in spite of the mild temperatures. I definitely felt the urge to cool it down a notch — or 10 — inside the boutique. Blues are the quintessential cooling colors.

Dress (Reversible), Size S/M, $24.00 Blue Blouse (rear view) by Kamarov, Size M, $45.00 Scarf $3.50 Gold Evening Bag by Style & Co., $18.00
Dress (Reversible), Size S/M, $24.00
Blue Blouse (rear view) by Kamarov, Size M, $45.00
Scarf $3.50
Gold Evening Bag by Style & Co., $18.00
Reversible Blue Dress, Size S/M, $24.00
Reversible Blue Dress, Size S/M, $24.00
White Beaded Evening Bag by La Regale, $25.00 Black Velvet Bag by Nordstrom, $18.00
White Beaded Evening Bag by La Regale, $25.00
Black Velvet Bag by Nordstrom, $18.00

Countin’ the Beans

Often people ask me if there’s anything new on the floor. I can personally attest to and account for the fact that indeed 576 new pieces have come to call reFresh their temporary home in just the last 30 days.

I figure if I'm going to count beans, they may as well be jelly beans.
I figure if I’m going to count beans, they may as well be jelly beans.

It’s not often that you find an artsy fartsy type like me that loves numbers too. Well, accounting at any rate. You can hear me screaming “YIPPEE” into the next block when my checkbook balances. I can got lost in the act of analyzing numbers and what they mean to my business as easily as I can in one of my digital art pieces.