On-the-Air: Tampa

In TV land, the back-to-school season rolls out over two months.  In some parts of the country, school starts in late July, while others open their doors after Labor Day.  And college students, of course, start planning their dorm rooms soon after school gets out in the spring.

As a result, I kick off my back-to-school segments right after the Fourth of July, and continue until late August.

I wrapped up my tour of almost two dozen segments this week with a visit to "Studio 10 Live" on WTSP-TV, CBS, Tampa to show the latest fall looks on behalf of Dockers and cute new school supplies for Office Depot.  As someone who is 5'7" and almost always wears heels, I rarely feel short, but next to co-host (and former Tampa Bay Buc) Michael Clayton and our tall models - well, I spent the morning looking up to a lot of people.

Tune in below to watch the full segment!

" Studio 10 Live ," WTSP-TV, Tampa

"Studio 10 Live," WTSP-TV, Tampa

Khakis for Days (and Nights)

When it comes to buying clothes for back-to-school, college guys and teachers usually get left out of the conversation.  But hey - they need clothes too!

So, I am excited to be working with Dockers this season to show some of their latest looks for fall.  And working with super-nice models and wardrobe stylists across the country isn't such a bad thing, either.

One thing I love about their clothes is that they are always on-trend, without being trendy.  They are also my husband's style, and of course, he is just my style.  

With so many styles and colors - and seven different fits, ranging from slim to athletic tapered to classic - you can build an entire wardrobe of pants for any occasion, day or night.  Shown below, left to right:

  • Jean-Cut Khakis have traditional five-pocket styling.  They also have just a little bit of stretch in them to make them more comfortable - a feature us girls have appreciated in our clothes for years.
  • These Clean Khakis have a classic, tailored fit.  Nice to have if you need something dressier for a dinner or event after class; just toss on a blazer and you're good to go.   
  • For guys who like their khakis to have a more vintage, lived-in feel, these Broken In Alpha Khakis are awesome - and the models report they are super-comfortable!


Models Chad, Jeff and Titus on the "Sonoran Living" show.

Models Chad, Jeff and Titus on the "Sonoran Living" show.

Bonus:  these khakis are also super-affordable, at $50 to $58 per pair.  If you're like me, and mentally calculate cost-per-wear on some of your clothes - you'll get a lot of mileage out of these.  These are quality khakis that last; not "fast-fashion" clothes that start to fall apart after you wash them a few times. 

You can take a look at all three of these styles - and, of course, watch our models do their thing - in this segment on the "Sonoran Living" show in Phoenix.

Gifts for Guys

When it comes to choosing a gift, guys can be some of the toughest people to shop for.  Here are a few ideas I am sharing for several companies on my holiday TV tour!

  • Clothing always makes a great gift, especially classic pieces from Dockers.  For a refined look, Signature Khakis offer a straight fit, with No Wrinkles technology that keeps him looking sharp all day.  Dockers’ Alpha Athletic Fit Khakis are more casual, sitting lower on the waist and offering a roomier fit through the seat and thigh.  Prices range from $58 to $75.
  • Guys who enjoy a whiskey or brandy will love these Rocking Cocktail Glasses from Personal Creations.  When you set it down, the swirling motion created by the rounded base of the glass increases the oxygenation of the spirits.  The set of two glasses can also be monogrammed with up to three letters, making them an elegant addition to his bar.
  • You never go wrong with gifts of steaks – at least not in our family – and Omaha Steaks has packages to suit any taste or budget.  The Filets and Fun Package includes four each of their Filet Mignons, Gourmet Burgers, Gourmet Jumbo Franks and Caramel Apple Tartlets – plus a packet of Omaha Steaks Seasoning.  At $79.99, it also also ships free!
  • Grooming products are always popular, and American Crew, a leading men’s grooming brand, has products specifically formulated to promote a healthy scalp and hair.  To look good for holiday parties, their latest product, Liquid Wax, applies like a liquid but has the styling power of wax.  It gives the control and definition he wants, but it’s also pliable enough to let him restyle throughout the day.  I also love their Limited Edition Dopp Kit that includes the American Crew 3-IN-1, which is shampoo, conditioner and body wash; their Moisturizing Shave Cream; and their Firm Hold Styling Gel. You can find these online and at salons nationwide.


* Photos courtesy of Personal Creations, American Crew, Omaha Steaks, and Dockers.