Practical, Inspirational Guidebook Encourages Women to Simplify their Lives...the Little Black Dress Way

-Co-Authors Jamie Belo and Kathy Burke Launch The Little Black Dress Way...of Living-

Jun 21, 2010, 13:48 ET from The Little Black Dress Girlz

PITTSBURGH, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- With the flood of media messages insisting that if women buy more, eat more, own more and become more they'll be happier, best friends and co-authors Jamie Belo and Kathy Burke realized they were falling for the trap.  The clutter, chaos and accumulation of all of the excess were keeping them from tapping into their inner selves and finding greater joy in their lives.  Enter the little black dress.    

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Not only a fashion staple, the little black dress is also a metaphor for keeping things simple, pared down and going back to basics, which became Belo and Burke's inspiration for The Little Black Dress Way...of Living, a recently published guidebook for women to live a simple, uncluttered, easier way of life.

The book is comprised of the following sections encouraging women to simplify their lives in four different ways, which include:

  • Living Lean: Living Lean is all about eating right and staying toned.  It's about fitting into that Little Black Dress, for good!

  • Living with Less: The Living with Less journey begins with "Taking out the Garbage" of the excess stuff, and saying "NO!" to anything and everything that takes away from a simpler way of life.

  • Living in Love: Once all of the excess stuff is cleared, the next logical step is to enjoy Living in Love by the three A's: Affection, Attention and Appreciation.

  • Living Life: The final step is living and embracing the journey and the roller coaster that is life...Love Life.

"We made a simple choice to focus on all of the parts of our lives that needed to be slimmed and streamlined, and together we began living lean," said co-authors and Little Black Dress Girlz Kathy Burke and Jamie Belo. "The simplicity of the little black dress has inspired us and changed the way we live our lives, and we hope it empowers other women to do the same."

Co-author and Little Black Dress Girl Jamie Belo is currently the very proud mother of a teenage daughter. Formerly, she worked for FOX television developing kids programming and as a director/producer for NHL gamenight entertainment content for the JumboTron Sport screen. Jamie is the wife of Craig Patrick, the former general manager of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins of 17 years, and the assistant coach/general manager of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey team.

Co-author and Little Black Dress Girl Kathy Burke is a former pediatric nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and Shriners Burn Institute.  Kathy is the wife of a leading orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. As a mom of four children, Kathy has been an active volunteer with school committees, community events and local sports teams.

To purchase the book ($20) and for more information about how to embrace The Little Black Dress Way...of Living, visit:

The Little Black Dress Girlz Mission Statement: To tap into every woman's 'common sense' for a healthy, happy, and balanced life, by offering a roadmap to joyful living. Join us on our journey to Living Lean, Living with Less, Living in Love, and best of all, Living Life! Visit us online at


Elizabeth Bacheson


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