About Diana Pemberton-Sikes
Welcome and thanks for
Like many of you, my love
affair with clothing began in high school.
I started modeling at age 15, and began
learning about color, texture, and proportion
from my mother, Dorothy, an award-winning
By my early twenties, I was a self-proclaimed clothes horse.
As a single woman still living at home, I had very few
expenses...and a $500 a month clothes habit. When I got engaged
and learned that we'd be honeymooning in Grand Cayman, I packed
seven swimsuits for the week long trip. After all, heaven
forbid, people I didn't know should see me in the same thing
Looking back, I have to laugh at my own silliness. My world
was very small then--no mortgage, utilities, or groceries to
worry about, no one to concern myself with but me.
Marriage has a way of changing your priorities, and it
certainly did for me. While an endless stream of new clothes
was no longer in the budget, looking pulled together never
stopped being a priority. Taking cues from other fashion-lovers
in my life, I began to hone my shopping skills by learning
things like how and where to shop on consignment, what mailing
lists to get on, how to find a great hairstylist, who to see
for what, etc.
In 1994, I had the opportunity to attend a color and image
training course provided by the Crowning Touch™ organization.
My initial intention was to go simply for my own information,
but I learned so much that I just couldn't keep my mouth shut.
I took additional training courses and soon had a fun and
profitable part-time image consulting business.
After the birth of my first child in 1997, I scaled way back
on speaking engagements and one-on-one consultations. In
response to the inquiries I continued to receive, I began
searching for an Internet resource where I could direct women
to for more information. I couldn't find one.
So I created one.
Focusing on the women who wear clothes rather than the
people who design them, FashionForRealWomen.com has grown by leaps and
bounds since its November 2000 launch.
I've been interviewed for several print magazines,
including Prevention, Women's World,
Weight Watchers, The American Bar
Association, and Nurses
World, and online by
ContentBiz.com. My articles have also
been published in numerous fashion and beauty ezines all over
You can also find my "words of wisdom" in Priscilla Y.
Huff's, The Self-Employed Woman's Guide to
Launching a Home-Based Business and The FabJob
Guide To Become a Fashion
We've come a long way and have all sorts of things planned
for the future that will help you look your best so you can
reach your goals more quickly.