Rebecca Regnier at WTVG 13 ABC in Toledo invited me to be a guest on her syndicated lifestyle program “Full Plate.” She suggested a couple of topics to pick from, and I replied this was perfect timing for back to school. So that’s the one we ran with.

This show will air at 12:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 11 on 13 ABC, check local listings if you are in another market. I’ll link it up when video files are available.

The discussion points are pretty much what I talked about in my newspaper column this week that focused on back to school expenses for the K-12 audience. And since Rebecca and I both have experience with sending students back to campus, we mentioned a little bit of that as well.

paula w and rebecca r

Here’s the “behind the scenes” business fashion on a budget discussion for the Monroe on a Budget audience.

Most newspaper reporters wear attire on the lighter side of business dress or perhaps business casual. But TV reporters most definitely wear business dress, specifically suits and blazers!

I had some outfits in my closet that would have worked fine. But I did go shopping in case I found something better, and came up with an ensemble that, as you can see, was perfect for the occasion. The other guest on Rebecca’s show that day wore a dress.

My purchases at JCPenney in Ann Arbor Monday were the green shell blouse for $23.99; and the black blazer for $39.99. Both were on sale, although I wasn’t looking for sales. I was looking for fit and style for business clothes.

I then wore Lia Sophia necklace and earrings that I already owned, along with my everyday watch and rings.

The hair spray, nail polish and makeup were all drugstore brands / do-it-yourself makeup.

My haircut is from a walk-in salon.

The pants I already owned and were purchased at Meijer.

The shoes I already owned and were purchased at Kohl’s.

My daughter was my “try it out” fashion plate critic when I was shopping and when I was picking out jewelry.

Update: Here’s the ad spot my co-workers designed and ran in The Monroe News on Friday Aug. 9.


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