Pat Barker


I’ve always said if I could to do it over again, I would add fashion to the mix. Well, it’s never too late to re-invent yourself.

Even Though The Seasons Change, My Love of Fashion Remains

I’ve had a long career in journalism, marketing and tourism management. While I have loved most of my positions, I’ve always said if I could to do it over again, I would add fashion to the mix. Well, it’s never too late to re-invent yourself.

Instead of a long bio of my career highlights, I thought it would be more fun to share some of my favorite things. And, because of my many years in tourism marketing, my favorite things equate to the seasons in Ohio and what they bring. Herewith:

Autumn

  • Riding my bike to Buckeye games
  • Friday nights at Golden Bear Stadium
  • Watching my 8thgrade daughter cheer on the Bears

Outfit: Ripped Kut From the Cloth jeans, Brown Suede high-heeled booties and my 20-year-old faux suede jacket

Winter

  • Thanksgiving with my husband’s family in NYC
  • Holiday parties
  • Seeing my kids’ faces on Christmas morning

Outfit: My Lucy Paris silk blouse with Equestrian leggings and my Grandmother’s red cashmere tea length hooded coat.

Spring

  • Sunshine and designer shades
  • Watching our yard come to life
  • My son coming home from Clemson

Outfit: Olive green anorak jacket with my classic heeled blue Marc Jacob rain boots.

Summer

  • Girlfriends’ chic-flick movie nights
  • Sipping chardonnay on a Grandview Avenue patio with my husband
  • Kayaking on the Sciotowith other couples

Outfit: Josef Seibel super comfy silver sandals, any cute Tee with khaki shorts.

Amber Wilson


I’ve borrowed from the best to create a sophisticated style that starts with the classics, with a side of jazz -- fashion is music to me.

Fashion has always been a part of my life. As a little girl growing up in Texas, my mom would dress me up in crazy outfits with giant bows in my hair. As a teenager, I rebelled: my wardrobe consisted of grungy concert tees and hoodies.

Today – I’ve borrowed from the best to create a sophisticated style that starts with the classics, with a side of jazz — fashion is music to me. I can get miles out of a pair of jeans and a white tee, mixing in sandals, or booties and an oversized cardi. Jazz comes in a hot lip color. And If I hate my red lipstick I can always change it up and go back to my soft pink. That is what is great about the classics, you can add as little or as much as you like, depending on your mood.

I’m a practical girl: When it comes to comfortable shoes, I think booties and wedges…Carrie Bradshaw might be able to conquer NYC in stilettos but this girl dives face-first in the pavement when she tries that around the village. My special high heels are saved for special nights when an Uber gives me door-to-door service. A Crossbody and a fedora for that extra accessory and I’m ready to go!

I start every day with the classics: For breakfast, today it’s OJ, and from my closet it’s denim – but picking a favorite is just as hard as picking which guilty pleasure to show on Netflix. Today, I go with my destroyed, unhemmed jeans from Just Black. High wasted and perfect tucking in my classic tank. The color of choice — wine! As you get to know me you will understand how fitting this is, but that’s another story for another day. The clock is ticking and it’s time to hit the road. I’ll grab my Milla sweater, some booties and off we go! Who can go wrong with a soft and cozy sweater for Fall in Ohio? Not this girl!

For Fall, I add a scarf and I can walk around the village feeling cute and comfortable as I head to sip a glass of red wine at one of the many establishments. Feeling frisky and feminine I like to change up my style and strut a breezy dress and sandals. Add a delicate necklace, maybe a denim jacket if the weather dictates and off I can go. Feeling beautiful and strong. I can conquer anything and look/feel great doing it!