8th Day of Christmas Giveaway….with Shari Braendel

Merry Monday and welcome to the 8th Day of Christmas Giveaway. If you are just joining us in our 12 Days of interviews and goodies, click here to get caught up. You can enter to win the prizes on any of the 12 posts until midnight EST on Sunday, December 13th.

As a woman, have you ever wanted a makeover? A chance to have someone knowledgeable about fashion, colors, body types and style give you a personal consultation on just what you should be wearing to look your absolute best? Then you are gonna LOVE my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 speaker Shari Braendel.

Shari is fun, full of faith and friendship; she has striking looks and style along with the  the most contagious laugh ever!! (She’s gotten me in trouble at a P31 meeting or two with our giggles over something trivial yet oh-so-can’t-stop-laughing funny.) Her mission is to help woman connect fashion and faith and be the best they can be. However, she also believes you are the most beautiful when you are closest to the way God made you, which, in an age of plastic and all things fake, is refreshing!

She also loves to inspire girls to embrace the phrase ‘modest is hottest” with her teen fashion shows she puts on across the nation. Shari is a speaker and author, writing devotions for Proverbs 31 and having self-published a workbook. She has her first book with a publisher coming out next summer entitled Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. She is offering a way cool giveaway today, so read on and meet my friend—and personal fashion/hair/make-up/does-this-look-okay-on-me?/ consultant, Shari Braendel.


Shari, fill us in on what life is like at the Braendel household this Christmas season. 

Can you spell b-a-s-k-e-t-b-a-l-l ? We are a basketball lovin’ family especially since our  6’6” teenage son plays so much of it! He is on the JV AND the Varsity team so we have LOTS of games to attend…even if they are 2 hour away games! If there’s a game, we’re there!  December is a month of relaxation for me as I don’t typically have any speaking engagements . So I sit a lot, write a lot (still have those deadlines) and watch a lot of college football and basketball on TV when not at Luke’s games. I also watch out for every raindrop and pray it turns into a snowflake!

Can you share a tradition your family has enjoyed over the years?

We are a blended family of six and one of my very favorite traditions the kids started at our first Christmas together is that once they all wake up, the kids then wake Dave and I up, but none of them go downstairs until Dave and I get downstairs and make our coffee! While we do this, the kids, all four of them, (the girls are now 25 and Luke 15) sit on the top step and wait patiently for us to call them down! I have taken a picture of them each year since we’ve been a family (the past 13years) of them sitting together in their jammies…it is sooo cute and you can see how they’ve grown up together. One of our triplets got married last year so she’s missing in the photo now, but I’ll bet she misses that early morning tradition with her bro and sisses!

What are some of your favorite Christmastime foods? Any recipe you might share with us? Ahhh, let me think….NO! No recipes, that is!!!! My husband is the cook at our house!

What activities do you most look forward to doing with your family at the holidays? My teenage son’s birthday is December 4th so we always wait till after his birthday to get out all the decorations. Luke and I will put on Christmas music and sing and dance as we decorate the tree! My husband will cook dinner and watch us if our decorating goes into the night!

You are offering a great giveaway today to one of our cyber sisters. Can you tell us about it? 

I am giving away a copy of my workbook “If Clothes Could Talk”.  Since we’re so close to the January, it’s a perfect time to go thru the book to get a “new you for the new year!” It has everything from how to determine the best colors for you to the right style jeans for your body type…and everything in between! I’ll also include a copy of my workshop on CD that gives you an entire one hour session on audio…it will give you great insight and information to use along with the workbook…or just to laugh out loud with in your car when I talk about how to pull up your bra straps to make sure your ‘girls’ are in the right place! 

Thanks, Shari! Merry Christmas and happy basketball season!

All right gals, for today’s comment criteria, let us know what would be on a Christmas wish list for you if you were able to win a certificate for a personal consultation in the area of fashion. Would you want help picking the right colors and shades of clothing? Would it delight you to have a personal lesson in make-up application? Want to know how to pick jeans that flatter your body type? Need assistance choosing jewelry and accessories? What “fashion gift certificate” would you love to get in your stocking? Let us know. You just might win Shari’s workbook and cd!

Fashionable Holiday Blessings,


  1. I love Shari’s new weekly Style Tips on You Tube! Watching her and, yes, hearing her laugh is delightful! I have my colors from a few years ago. I am a Cool, 75 years old, with silver hair. It is so liberating to know my colors when shopping. Please include us older gals in a Style Tips taping. God’s richest blessings to Shari and her family for a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!!!

  2. I would love a certificate for help putting on makeup. I think I do OK, but I would love to learn better techniques, and picking out some jeans sure would be nice lol. :)

  3. I am really lacking in all these areas. I have always looked over my shoulder afraid the fashion police might be right behind me. LOL But jeans that flatter – since I LOVE to wear them every day. Or a quick and I mean QUICK make up application (and removal) would be great too.

  4. Definitely the jeans that fit my body style and maybe how to mix & match clothing articles for more outfits. I am not very creative…

  5. I would look for figure-flattering clothes styles that would complement me. I tend toward natural style and easy care clothes. Oh, and how to accessorize!!

  6. Would love some help with making sure I co-ordinate what I have and making sure the outfits look put together…thanks for doing this…

  7. The great thing about retirement – I do not have to worry much about clothes. I laughed at having “your girls” in the right place. A number of friends and myself have had breast cancer – we have all got to the place where we can joke about it – God has blessed us!

  8. I would love to have my own personal shopper that goes out and tells me what type of clothes to pick for my body type (Short!). What colors would be great too. According to my sister I ALWAYS pick the wrong colors for me.

  9. Ooh, I so want to win your workbook! I was just telling my neighbor that one of my dreams is to be able to attend one of your workshops. She says if I can find one in our area, she’ll come with me. We’re hoping!

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