What The Heck is a Lifestylist?

One of the questions I always get asked is exactly what is a Lifestylist®, and what is unique about the Lifestylist® Lifestyle. The second most asked question is what makes me a Trailer Diva!

The Lifestylist philosophy is about “Life Celebrating Style”. Our clients life and style is what dictates how a Lifestylist® works with you. My favorite example is I had a client in Phoenix, Arizona that was a major Phoenix Suns fan, and their team colors are orange and purple. The client wanted their entire home done in these colors. What they wanted is what they got, complete with a child’s room with a hardwood floor striped like a basketball court. They wanted to stylishly celebrate their interests and love of their home team and we did!

I just spoke to a friend who’s dog just dug up their entire garden and her daughter slammed the door on the neighbor’s hand – all in about 30 minutes time. Her needs and lifestyle are completely different from my son – no kids, no dogs, and lives in front of his computer. What my style is wouldn’t work well for either of them which is why I need to understand the client and what their “hot buttons” are. It’s takes extra time and sleuthing to achieve this – many times the client has trouble putting into words exactly what they are looking for but they know it when they see it. I take the responsibility very seriously – a person’s environment can truly change their lives in a positive or negative way. If someone is happy in their home their quality of life improves.

Next to being a mother, becoming a Lifestylist® is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m looking forward to expanding the concept and what it offers in the years to come. – we will be launching a new food line this Spring!

Fall Arrives at The Home Idea Factory

It’s been a busy year, and this Lifestylist® has spent quite a bit of time traveling to visit clients and homeowners. Because of that I haven’t spent as much time at The Home Idea Factory, but today I got to make up for that and experience again why I love living and working here.

Visiting The Workroom yesterday really got me inspired and I looked at what was around me with different eyes. Things I would have thrown away are now going to be recycled – just wait until you see what I am planning on doing with the two birds nests I found!

It may be Fall and we are almost to the middle of November, but things are still blooming. Daisy – my rescue dog helped me explore – take a look at some of the special finds we made today.

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School Is Cool!

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Can you believe that school supplies are already showing up on the shelves at the stores? An important part of being a Lifestylist® is giving back to the community, and supporting Shared Housing and the important services they provide is something we always look forward to.

Shared Housing is a small under-funded group that helps provide housing to single parent families and and Seniors and one of the things that makes them very special is that once you are a part of the Shared Housing Family you are always invited to be a part of everything they do.

Their 2013-2014 School is Cool campaign has officially started! Our goal this year is to secure backpacks, supplies, uniforms and a pair of shoes for 300 of our current and former homeless children attending school. That means over 420 construction packages, 1000 packages of notebook paper, 1,565 folders with brads, crayons, pens, pencils and oh so much more! The Dallas Stars Hockey Team was very generous and provided the kids with these super cool backpacks last year giving our kids a fashionable start to the school year.

Would you consider becoming a friend of Shared Housing?  Whether you write a check, go on-line to donate, or coordinate a supply drive at your offices, we need it all! So, please help us! You will feel great doing so and our children and their parents will be thankful for your support in getting them to school.

For a list of ways you can join the campaign and help or if you need additional information, please call them or email them at:

Shared Housing Center – 214-821-8510
Maria Machado – mmachado@sharedhousing.org
Pam Russell – prussell@sharedhousing.org


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Family Vacations

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The Lifestylist® family is very close, and when my new grandson was going to be christened in Florida last week 4 generations of my family headed to the beach to enjoy each other and celebrate this very special occasion.

My daughter lives in Orlando and my son is in West Palm Beach so we had lots of chairs, floats, boogie boards and floats to enjoy the beach with. Grandma spent 3 days in the ocean with the kids and I’m not as young as I used to be – I’m tired, sore and got some sunburn but it was worth it to spend time with the kids.

There’s nothing better than family time – I can’t wait to get everyone together again.

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Viva Las Vegas!

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Not only is Las Vegas the city that never sleeps, it’s also the city that never stops changing. Every time this Lifestylist® visits for a conference there’s something new being built, or something new and exciting to see.

There is more to Las Vegas than gambling and the strip. Recently the Neon Museum moved into it’s new home near downtown and it’s an architectural masterpiece. This gem isn’t easy to find and they require reservations, but you’ll never regret making the effort to enjoy these important pieces of history. The docents are well versed in Vegas history and have a story to tell.

While you are downtown take the time to take a stroll down Fremont Street and walk through some of the old hotels that haven’t changed much since the Rat Pack sang to packed houses in them. There’s also great examples of historic neon pieces that have been restored and are on display.

Becoming A Domestic Lifestylist

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It always seems like when it gets colder I start nesting. It’s so dreary outside now is the perfect time to clean out closets and do those tasks I don’t want to do when it’s gorgeous out.

The domestic side of the Lifestylist® Brand is not only about what I do for myself and my family, but what I can do for others. Being a Domestic Lifestylist® is about making a difference.

There are great sales right now on clothing and home items, and the colors that are available are gorgeous. There were some deals that I couldn’t walk away from, but we have a rule in my family – if something comes in, more needs to go out.

There are lots of important non-profits that help women “dress for success” and give them the skills and clothes to be able to successfully interview and land a new job. We are also very involved in groups that help homeless families and abused women get back on their feet, including Shared Housing and Genesis Women’s Shelter. Knowing that I’m going to be helping others by cleaning out my closets helps me to dig a little deeper and let go of things I might have held on to than can have a better use with someone else.

Today was a great day – I got some great new looks in my closet and helped a lot of women in the process. Recycling at it’s finest!

Teaching by Example

I can’t believe that Summer is almost over! This was a really busy one, and there never seems to be enough time to do all of the things I wanted to do.

Yesterday was the last Jr Chef Camp at The Gaylord Texan, and I think it was one of the best. When the 14 kids arrived I was a little worried – none of them had taken the class before and they were all new to each other as well.

After Al taught them about manners and etiquette Chef Joanne Bondy brought them into the Old Hickory Steakhouse kitchen and began to get them excited about cooking. The kids loved being able to be hands on with her and learn different cooking techniques, and by the time the second egg was cracked new friendships had formed and the kitchen was alive with excited voices all having new direction and dreams.

Sometimes even the most simple experience can be the most memorable. The kids got to go out in the Gaylord Texan herb garden and vineyard and were amazed to find that grapes grew on vines!

They had a blast tasting the different grapes and learning about how the herbs tasted. And the pride they all had when they served their parents the meal they made and introduced them to their new friends – just a great event.

Chef Joanne and her team don’t just teach kids how to cook at this event – they empower them to try new things and to believe in themselves, and that’s a lesson that is priceless.

The 42nd Annual USA Film Festival

On April 25th, the USA Film Festival will be celebrating it’s 42nd year of bringing the art of film to Texas. If you love watching great films and enjoy the people who make them, this event should be at the top of your list.

As someone who has been attending this amazing event for over 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have experiences like getting a hug from Tony Curtis, going behind the scenes with the Muppets®, and talking about factory built housing with Sir Anthony Hopkins.  I share some of my experiences on my Lifestylist® website.

Some of the screenings have already sold out, but members of the festival get special opportunities and reserved seating at some levels. To find out more about becoming a member contact the festival at: usafilmfest@aol.com