Kerrie's Blog: Keeping it Fresh with Norma Toering

Keeping it Fresh with Norma Toering

This Keeping it Fresh is brought to you by Norma Toering.


How long have you been in business?                                                       

I celebrated my 20th anniversary in the business last October.

What outfit do you own that makes you feel invincible?

I'm more of an accessories lover than a particular outfit although I do love the Black Halo dress I'm wearing in the photo. When I slip on a nice pair of shoes, add a piece or two of fine jewelry (right now, I'm loving a mix of pearls and vintage rhinestones) the simplest sheath looks elegant.  Of course I never walk out the door without my little Chanel bag strapped across my body.  It frees my hands for unlocking doors and it's a chic little accessory that moves the ordinary outfit to the next level.

What is the biggest fashion faux pas you've ever made?

Gosh, I'm sure there have been many--but the one that comes to mind first is the time I wore a playboy bunny costume to a company Halloween costume party.  Most people were wearing a small mask but in business attire.  There I was in fishnet hose with bunny ears and a fluffy white tail pinned to my black leotard.  After my initial discomfort I had a great time, and when I see anyone from that era of my life they ask if I still have the playboy bunny costume...I mean really, it was a costume party.  :) 

What celebrity is your style doppelganger?

I like classy with an element of edge added to keep it fresh. I know the rules of fashion but I don't always play by them. I'd watch "The Tourist" again just to see Angelina Jolie in all those gorgeous outfits.

Best Fashion Advice?

For me, it's more about style than fashion.  I still wear my White Stag nylon windbreaker from my college days and a Ralph Lauren velvet jacket from 1985. The dress in the photo was purchased in 2008 and the photo taken last month.  Style is timeless.


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Comment balloon 16 commentsKerrie La Guardia • June 03 2013 01:35PM


Norma the playboy bunny.  Yeah, that's what I'm going to think of every time I read her post now.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 6 years ago

Thanks for the heads up, Kerrie.  :)

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 6 years ago

Tammy, that's when I belonged to the under 40 crowd.  ;)

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 6 years ago

Norma, now I have an enhanced vision of your professional profile picture.  I like to dress differently than others not always following all the trends.  I buy at small exclusive stores rather than department stores rather than run into so many others with the same things on.  I want it to be classy, but fun and at times a little edgy.  Go girl!  

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 6 years ago

I think that you wore a Play Boy Bunny costume is very funny to me. hehehe  Up until last year I was a pretty hefty lady and I like to wear all kinds of clothing depending on my goodm

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie  "Style is timeless". It seems like things come back. Wide and thin neck ties. Bell Bottom jeans, bean bag chairs? If if I was not in sales I would grow my hair long again. Your post showed a lot of feeling and honesty.


Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 6 years ago

That's hysterical about the bunny costume.  Normal looks so elegant in that outfit.  I am jealous.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I have been missing the series so glad to see it back and learn about Norma's style. I wish we could see the bunny costume too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 6 years ago

I must be tired.  I can't even HOP on the bunny costume.  Nothing at all JUMPS to mind.  Ok enough.  Time to BOUNCE!  Good night all.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Norma and you go girl. I like your styleand appreciate your candor. Looking good to me. Enjoy the day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I think you are correct as style is more important and wearing what makes you personally feel good is very important. Happy Anniversary  and I hope the next 20 years will be very good to you.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 6 years ago

Early in my career I was told that I needed to wear a suit and tie everyday in order to appear like a true professional.  I tried, but I felt stuffy and inauthentic.  I wear dress shirts and button down vests most days now and not only am I more comfortable, but I feel like I project a more relaxed image for the folks in my market, which works well for me!  

Posted by Chris Hayes, Your Shreveport/Bossier Real Estate Partner (Keller Williams Realty Northwest LA) almost 6 years ago

Hey Kerrie you are the what not to wear Stacy of Active Rain . Always fun to read your posts. Thanks for the smile today

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I think I started one of these about a year ago … never finished it.  Norma is one classy lady!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 6 years ago


 I totally agree with Norma, I have some classics that I bought in 2000 and they are stil selling they are still in. If you buy style rather that what is in it will last!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert almost 6 years ago

Many of the men in real estate are in dire need of fashion advice.

Too many are too casual. If the goal is to project a very unprofessional appearance, men are winning the contest.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 6 years ago