Pssst It’s a Special Event for Loyal ReFresh Clients

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. One of the perks of being a member of ReFresh’s loyalty program are that you are invited to our semi-annual sales events before anyone else!  You get first dibs on hundreds and hundreds of beautiful clothing that is handsomely reduced to make way for the next season. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to seriously save and network with other women.

I’m extending this invitation to our Facebook followers as most of you, local folk anyway, are loyalty club members. And let’s face it, I really don’t trust email.

This fall’s event features a French theme. Okay, let’s face it most events will, because I love all things French and the boutique is moving more and more in the direction of having a decidedly French flair. Items that are included in the sale, which are most, will have either an Eiffel Tower tag or a Fleur de Lis tag. Towers indicate the item is 50% off the original price and Fleur de Lis tags indicate the item is 25% off the original price. HINT:  There are very few Fleur de Lis Tags, so most items are 50% off! AND! There is still one full rack of top-quality jeans for only $3.00. Pure madness, you say? Well, it is me after all.

As well there will be an hourly drawing for $25 in store credit — 7pm, 8pm, 9pm.

Equals 50% off Original Price
Equals 50% off Original Price
Equals 25% off Original Price
Equals 25% off Original Price








We will be serving up lovely dessert bites and a faux champagne punch. Yes. I know, punch without the “punch”, but then everyone gets home safe and all are happy.

Green Purses

There are more than 90 handbags on display and certainly not everything on the floor is summer. You’ll find plenty to carry you into the changing seasons. As items disappear off the shelves, I will just as quickly be replacing them.

Fall Purses

I suggest you come dressed to dress. If it suits you, wear tight leggings and a sports bra or cami so you can try on items right on the spot.  The two dressing rooms are likely to be busy.

I’ve scheduled two opportunities for those that can’t get into town on weeknights. So, come to play, laugh, talk, shop and just be girls!


6:00 – 9:00 P.M.



8:00 A.M.  – NOON

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.




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.


Why We Love Handbags

Why do we love handbags? If it were merely a matter of carrying about our daily survival kit — well, a kit bag would do just fine. It holds everything you need. Even has little pockets for this, that and the other. But . . . It does seem to be lacking in character.

Kit Bag

The handbag, for many of us, is an expression of our personality. It says either, “She’s feeling well put together, walking taller. She likes being noticed.” Or, it shrugs and says, “She could carry me every day until my handles crack and the duct tape just won’t hold me together anymore.” They both smile and say, “She loves me.”

Some of us carry the same black bag — because of course black goes with everything — every day, and never give it a thought. For others, though, the handbag is an extension of their wardrobe; no different than donning the perfect necklace or the singly appropriate shade of eye shadow. It simply must all work together.

“So that’s it!  IT’S AN INVESTMENT”


For some, the handbag is a bit of affordable luxury — a status symbol that lasts for years and in some cases actually increases in value. So, that’s it!  IT’S AN INVESTMENT! Well not always,  but still it is a way to tell the world that you know and are passionate about fashion.

Dooney & Bourke $75.00
Dooney & Bourke

It isn’t always about status. The fact is, a well-designed bag will hold up for years, whereas their lesser counterparts might be lucky to make it through a season. We are all individual, with unique ideas about what is an is not important to us.


So. Why do you love handbags?







Over 70 Handbags On Display

I was surprised myself when I did a count.  I just took in some interesting handbags. Brilliant colors replace the golds and blacks previously highlighted.

Evening Bags -- Beaded or Velvet
Evening Bags — Beaded or Velvet

Brilliant Oranges and Pinks -- Make A Statement
Brilliant Oranges and Pinks — Make A Statement
Gold Metals and Designer Etched Leather
Gold Metals and Designer Etched Leather
Orange, Turquoise and Green - Tropical Inspirations
Orange, Turquoise and Green – Tropical Inspirations









reFresh Jewelry Comes Out of Hiding


I’ve been determined to mine the piles of jewelry in the back and bring them out to be enjoyed. Mission accomplished. Necklaces adorn the walls like fine art, as well as gracing the front window. The sun plays on the different colors to create a dazzling display.  Costume jewelry is an affordable treasure that adds life to any outfit, pulls together colors and lets you make your own very personal statement.

So much jewelry