Spring 2019 Fashion Trends

Now that the days are longer and it appears that the bulk of the snow and ice are behind us, I am frequently questioned about what to expect when it comes to Spring Fashion. Those closest to me know that Spring and Summer clothes are not my favorite but forecasting Spring and Summer fashion trends does help to move us a little closer to warmer days and sunnier skies.

Spring 2019 fashion trends are dramatic and diverse. There is a little something for everyone and there are a few trends suitable for no one. I’ll let you decide. Here’s a preview of a few…


I am a big fan of glamorous texture so I am all about feathers. Fashion week runways featured feathers head to toe in every color of the rainbow plus. Never to be over done but always fun to play with, try this trend even if only through your accessories and jewelry.

Earthy Neutrals.

Safe, understated, borderline boring. Tans, creams and sand tones inspired designers for Spring. Featured monotones are shown head to toe in what some would call classic sophistication while others may suggest a quiet spot in said “corner”.

“Go Fish” Netting.

Part of me loves this look while the other part goes back to making macramé plant hangers in the late 70’s. Wide woven nets are popular in every style category from bathing suit cover-ups to evening dresses. If you’re not a big fan of wearing the net look, you can support this trend by adding a cute netted handbag or tote.

Hippie Chic Tie-Dye.

Why do I feel like this trend is a constant? Like never dying metallics, animal prints and lace, tie-dye seems to be another vampire of the fashion world. Spring designers featured everything from tie-dyed bikinis to formal wear. Whether brilliant, pastel or neutral color in combination, this trend is here and now. Can you dig it?

Biker Shorts.

This is a tough one for me. I teach indoor cycling and won’t even wear these for my job so why in the world would I wear them for fun and fashion? That said, some of the outfits on the runways were biker short fabulous. If your legs, hips and ass are rocking, then this is a trend you should run (or should I say bike) with.

Hang 10 Surfer Girl.

From JAWS t-shirts to neon colored dresses made from neoprene wet suit material, designers are showing a myriad of California Girl styled separates and accessories. From the beach to the streets, this trend is sure to transition your winter lows into summer “highs”.

Colors? Lavender, Marigold, Softer Blues and…wait for it…ORANGE, again. I’ve been styling and retailing since 2000 and orange, with all of its various shades, never goes away. Another vampire, but in this case, a vampire that looks great on just about everyone!

Lastly, black and white dots, see through outer wear and overly ruffled dresses round out the beginning of an even longer list of this season’s “trends”. That said, I still maintain that although you may encounter specific looks in the stores, if you feel great in what you’re wearing and you’re putting your best self out there, CONFIDENCE never goes out of style.

Three Daily Reminders

November 14th, I was proud to be part of the 2 year anniversary celebration of Core Revolution, the indoor cycling studio where I have taught since the doors opened in 2016.  Sarah Guseilo, the founder of Core Revolution, hired me to be an important part of her opening staff despite my “condition” at the time.  Sarah believed in me as I was going through my treatment for Stage 2 Breast Cancer.  She gave me the opportunity to be powerful and supported me at a time when I could have regressed, but I chose to do otherwise.


As often as I say that I refuse to let Cancer define me, I’d be lying if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that I’m scared every day of my life that the cancer will return.  I never lead with my cancer story and quite often even those closest to me will say “I forgot you went through that”, but there are three obvious things that are a daily reminder to me of my cancer journey.


First, my tattoos.  Sadly, I have three.  If you’re a fan forgive me but I’ve never embraced “permanent” anything.  No, I don’t have a Rose, an Anchor or “This too shall pass” written on my forearm.  I have three small green dots that guided my radiology techs for 28 days as they positioned my breast and lymph nodes for treatment.  They are there, forever.


My second reminder is the approximately 2 inch, gray shadowed dent in my left breast, the result of the lumpectomy and radiation.  This is the scar I can and will  live with as long as it is a sign of  health and recovery.


And last but not least, my crazy, curly hair.  I typically blow out and straighten my hair when going out but those of you who have seen me post yoga, post cycle or post menopause driven night sweats have witnessed what Tamoxifen can do.  The summer before I was diagnosed, oncologists increased the oral chemotherapy prescription from a 5 year to a 10 year commitment.  Because the oral dosage is a lot less than the IV doses, hair loss is highly unlikely.  What they don’t tell you is that the oral chemo can change the shape of your hair follicle and in my case the change took about 12 to 16 months and resulted in root to tip ringlet curls.  Some days I just embrace my crazy hair as a celebration of life and doing everything I can to live a happy one.


My cancer journey was easy.  I never felt sick.  I drove myself to my treatments.  I continued to teach my cycling and fusion classes and I did everything I could to remain positive and focused on health. 


Two years ago a young girl opened an exciting new business and two years ago an older girl did what she needed to do to beat Cancer.  That older girl is stronger than she’s ever been thanks to the support and love of her workout peers, friends and family.  Congratulations Sarah.  Cheers to Core Revolution and Cheers to ME for being Cancer Free.

Not feeling the need to demonstrate the tattoos or dent, but here is photo proof of Tamoxifen at work.

When one little surgery reminds you of your mental illness

2017 was a great year for me in terms of my health.   I had completed my breast cancer treatment on December 19, 2016, was deemed a survivor by my surgeon in June and quite honestly had never felt more healthy and fit than I did on my 52nd birthday, July 31, 2017.   My determination and strength continued through the end of the year but unfortunately in January my right knee began to "speak" to me.  There was no acute injury, probably overuse but for whatever the reason I was no longer able to be myself.  My knee swelled after teaching my cycling classes and I could no longer do pigeon or child's pose in yoga.  I had undergone a meniscus repair 11 years ago on my left knee so I had a pretty good idea what I was in for.

On February 13th I met Dr. Joe Guettler for a consult.  He took some X-rays, twisted, turned and bent my knee, sent me off for an MRI while instructing me to "chill".  I asked "Can I teach?" he said, "Do I need to define what chill means?" and from that moment forward I was STOPPED.

For the majority of the population this would not be a big deal... injury = rest, recovery = downtime.  For me it meant so much more.  From the day my doctor halted my activity, to the day I get the OK to be myself again, I deal, head on, with the demons in my head.

Serotonin is a thing.  A thing that I know, after years of therapy and drug management, I don't have enough of naturally.  I have never been a big fan of drugs.  Not that there is anything wrong with them, I'm just too lazy.  I learned after decades of sadness, blues and really high highs and crazy low lows, my serotonin could be elevated through activity.  Voila!  A natural answer to a serious problem.  The perfect resolution until your activity is taken away from you.

It has been almost a month since I have been unable to "manage" my chemical imbalance and I can tell you it has been a living hell.  I expect a large number of people who read this to NOT understand.  I'm anticipating comments like "She's bitching because she can't exercise?" or "Seriously?".

I manage my mental state through daily activity.  My coping mechanism has been temporarily taken away from me.  Although my knee is recovering better than I had imagined, I am still suffering.  I'll be back.  I will be OK, but for now, it is a challenge.  A challenge for my husband, my children, my friends.

I often tell those I love that we only learn lessons in life when we are challenged to a point where not listening to the apparent message is no longer an option.  I have had a lot of those times and strangely, I am grateful.  I am even more grateful for the ability to share.

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