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Dear Friends,

Recently I had an experience that made me reexamine my own mantra of finding The Real You.


The Triumphs and Trials of Tall 


One thing people immediately notice about me is that I'm tall. Tall enough to take note, in fact, and since the age of 18, I've loved every minute of it. I enjoy high heels, I find I'm annoyed when another woman is taller than me - you get the picture.


The only problem is it's tough to find clothes, specifically pants, that are long enough for my frame. I have always been annoyed that even the "extra-long" pant is never long enough. I even get worked up when sales people don't believe that it won't be long enough.


Long Enough Pants - Finally! 


Last week, I found the perfect, "long enough" pant at the Gap, which has recently reworked their pant collection - a drastic change for the better. I decided to try on the "long" pants. Miraculously, they fit. I bought three pairs and headed home.




I was so excited when I got home that I started trying on each pair, styling them with tops, jackets, and shoes. And even though the pants were great, I felt a little gnawing in my stomach that something wasn't right. Slowly, I remembered that I don't really like pants.  


Everyone has their best body features, and for me, that happens to be my legs. And of course if you don't use your best feature to your advantage, then you aren't being true to The Real You. I laughed, called my sister (who knows me well and laughed too) and then returned all three pairs of pants and bought a skirt!


Discover and Stay True to The Real You 


Here's the deal: you need to make really good friends with The Real You and then don't betray her (or him). Find your "look" - the signature style that brings out the You in you - and then run with it. Don't try to be someone else - and as in my case, don't get hung up on proving a point that doesn't help you embrace The Real You.


Find the best way to stay true to The Real You and don't waiver. You'll show up every day happy that you listened to the most important person in your life: You.

Patricia Gorham

Patricia Gorham
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A Simple Way to Make a Difference
My dear friend Dee Hewitt has brought to my attention a very worthy cause. Dee is from Dewy County, South Dakota, which is primarily Cheyenne River Indian Reservation land. Dee grew up on the reservation and her sister, who still lives in Dewey, works with an organization called "Passion for Fashion" which helps high school age young women get ready for a prom or big event.
Help a Young Woman
They are in need of gently used prom dresses, shoes, makeup and of course monetary donations. Dee and I are really excited about this project and hope that you will join in. Please contact me if you have some items you would like to donate for this very worthy cause. Dewy County, South Dakota, is one of the poorest counties in the nation. Your donation of items you may just have lying around the house could make a huge difference in the life of a young woman!
Rescue Your Jewelry with Spark Designs
You know that I do a Closet Rescue to help my clients discover what they have in their own closet that can help determine their new look. Now you can have a Jewelry Rescue too! Kathy Sparkman of Spark Designs is a wonderful, local jewelry designer. I had some jewelry lying around that had sentimental value but it just wasn't working anymore. Kathy transformed my jewelry pieces into real art that I can wear. Truly able to see The Real You, Kathy is a creative genius!  
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Jewelry Rescue
Jewelry Rescue