Summer to Fall Style


Last week we had 80-degree weather in DC so I shed layers and wore open-toed clogs. Yesterday morning I walked the pups in 40 degrees and bundled in layers from head to toe. This time of the year can leave our bodies in a state of confusion.

I used to have a summer and winter wardrobe where I would rotate heavy sweaters with sleeveless tops. Now I live in layers of TranquiliT year-round and have a small section in the back of my closet for my seasonal faux fur and faux leather jackets. No more rotating needed as nothing else is season-dependent.

During our fall Tranquility du Jour Live session, I shared tips on creating your own transitional style to help lengthen the wearability of your favorite pieces.

Here are a few of the ways I make my wardrobe year-round:

  1. Add tights, boots, and an organic fleece infinity scarf to a summer dress {see above with the shift dress}
  2. Add a turtleneck under your summer dress {see above with the slip dress, ruffle dress and 2in1 maxi dress}
  3. Add a chunky sweater over your sleeveless maxi dress
  4. Add tights, boots, and an organic fleece infinity scarf to a short skirt
  5. Add tights, boots, and an organic fleece infinity scarf to a pair of shorts
  6. Add a long sleeve top over your slip dress
  7. Add heavy tights with your peep toe shoes and wear them into winter
  8. Grab your beanie, arm warmers, and scarf or capelet when leaving the house for the day

Year-round I keep arm warmers in my bag since I’m sensitive to overly air-conditioned environments. In fall and winter, I keep arm warmers and a beanie in my bag and am seldom without a scarf around my neck. The fleece scarf is so cozy, and comforting—it feels like a security blanket.

Sure it can be fun to update a wardrobe from time to time, but I’ve found that dressing in the monochromatic layers of a capsule wardrobe makes my mornings {and travel} much easier. More layers in winter, less in summer. All black. Add pops of flair with shoes, coats, and red lips. Voilà, shifting seasons made easy via transitional style! Bisous. x





Share Your Story


When we gather online Sunday, December 4 to celebrate Hip Tranquil Chick‘s birthday over bubbly, a potpourri of tranquility practices, and a colorful new chapter highlighting the past decade, I’m excited to share YOUR stories.

One of the segments in our two-hour gathering is YOU. I’ll be reading some of your stories and/or playing a few left via voicemail. I may also be in touch to schedule a podcast interview to share your story further!

If you’re willing to share the story of how Hip Tranquil Chick has had an impact on you, please leave a voicemail at (202) 796-8351 or send it via email to me. If your story is chosen, I’ll send you a treat as a token of gratitude. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. I can’t wait to share yours with others.

A few responses so far:

It was because of Hip Tranquil Chick that I completed a 200 hour level yoga instructor training and a master of science degree. Kimberly gave me the confidence through the book and her podcast.

On the mat, it has taught me to pay attention what works for me rather than just going through the motions and following the teacher. Off the mat, it has inspired me to try to new things and take risks, including starting my own documentary film business.

What drew me most to Hip Tranquil Chick is that it gave me “permission” to create a luxurious life that also includes yoga and do-gooding, among other things. I have practiced yoga since 1994 and your book was the first of its kind to say “you can love pearls and dressing up, and Paris, and champagne, and being fabulous”.

Hip Tranquil Chick really helped me become more authentic in my life. When I first discovered and devoured the book, I was around 21 years old and I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere. I was a girl who loves yoga but who also loved wearing chic black clothes and leopard print. Your book helped me see it was not only okay to be who I was, but wonderful. 

Hip Tranquil Chick inspired me to create a steady yoga practice, and ultimately led to me becoming a yoga teacher myself. Right after I finished my training, my ex-husband and I entered the final, heart wrenching year of our marriage, and I credit my yoga training, and by extension you Kimberly, with helping me to breathe and keep a positive outlook in what I hope will be my rock bottom. I am forever grateful. That book and you changed my life.

A reminder: If you register by October 31, I’ll send you a bonus mp3 where I tell the story of writing Hip Tranquil Chick plus the process of penning this new chapter. Look for this fun bonus early November. Bisous. x


Week{s} in Review {Pics + Links}









Week in Review

Another two weeks have passed and we’re nearly to the end of October. I’ve become one of those people who can’t get over how quickly time passes. Remember when we were young and it felt like forever to get to winter break? Now time zooms by and I find myself pausing to even remember what month it is.

While my pace has slowed over the past few years, my awe of life’s fleeting moments has heightened. Recognizing that this moment will never come again helps keep things in perspective. It’s a gentle tap on the shoulder to savor what’s right in front of me because I’ll never have this experience again. Even if I do repeat that same meal with the same people in the same setting, something will be different. I may be different, the weather may be different, the vibe may be different.

Each moment is our only opportunity to really drop in. We can do our best to pause and notice or return to that feeling of waiting for winter break to come—dreaming that happiness is on the other side.

The past two weeks included: celebrating Tranquil Space’s 17th birthday, teaching mindfulness, taking yoga, collaborating with clients, watching two Presidential debates, brunch and movie (The Girl on a Train) date with a friend, handling business taxes, biking to the Kennedy Center to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a mindfulness daylong for clinicians with Tara Brach, recording four podcasts, releasing one podcast, a doctor’s appointment, tea and writing date with a friend, announcing the Hip Tranquil Chick 10 event, the last two hours of social work supervision, recording doga videos, nursing a sore throat/achy body/cough, prepping for next weekend’s Writing in the Woods retreat, and finishing Life Without Envy and Compassion in Action.

Wishing you a weekend with pockets of space to savor. Chew each bite of pumpkin pie with reverence. Sip your favorite hot beverage and feel the steam rising from the mug. Soak in the tub and notice the water envelop your skin. Get out in nature and observe the scent of fall leaves. As yoga teacher Judith Lasater says, “Each moment of your life is a moment of potential practice.” Practice, practice, practice. Bisous. x

Pics in Review

  1. Sunday morning reading in bed
  2. Belle Starr
  3. Painted pumpkins for Tranquil Space’s 17th birthday
  4. Sunday evening reading
  5. Family portrait at Tranquil Space’s birthday
  6. 17th birthday festivities
  7. Belle’s tutu fluff and pink jersey
  8. All smiles with this lovely bunch

Savvy Sources

The Pink Lady of Hollywood
My video interview with Darren Main on Living Yoga Live
The Scientific Reason Why Introverts and Extroverts are Different
Nourishing Rituals in the Home
3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story
Fall Weeknight Meal Planning Tips
4 Decluttering Epiphanies
13 Ways to Reduce Stress and Lead a Less Hectic Life
How Noticing Your Thoughts Leads to Healthier Habits of Mind
Podcast: On Being with Mary Karr

Weekend Wish List

Inspiring evening at Politics & Prose
Safe travels to Charleston, WV
Explore Charleston, WV
Savor Garth Brooks show
Recover from this bug
Stop at a pumpkin patch
Take yoga