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Bea'Marie Bradley is an operations manager for a computer company. To keep to a trim size 5, she competes in area triathlons and runs miles daily with husband, Joe. How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I'm casually conservative, but I do have my moments. I love silk and bright colors. When I decide to sew it's to make something unique in fabric I won't see on anyone else.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A pair of black pants and a bright purple cropped jacket I got at a red dot sale.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

It's a wrap-around skirt I made in the 7th grade. The style is boring blue home-ec. I keep it because it's the first thing I ever made and it still fits even tough it doesn't wrap as far around.

Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?

I like the feel of a silk camisole under a dress or suit.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

My grandmother passed away eight years ago, but I keep an ill-fitting sweater she knit for me.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Shoes!!! I probably have 60 pairs of shoes plus five or six pairs of running shoes. I love a bargain, but I always pay the price for athletic shoes.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

I paid $175 for the short, white suit I wore for the evening out after my wedding. It doesn't have a fancy label, but that was a lot for me.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

I found a silk hot purple blouse for a quarter at a church bazaar. I get lucky because I'm a small size and people give away clothes they've outgrown.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

I have a leopard dress and leopard high-heeled boots.

What are your favorite accessories?

Bows and barrettes -- anything for the hair. My sister makes a lot of them for me to match an outfit. I like the big bows that allow me to pull everything back.

Do you have any shopping tips to share?

Never pay full price! Things always go on sale. I also love to shop church bazaars and yard sales. I look through the very expensive stores, too, so I learn to know quality. That way I know how to avoid the junk.

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