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) about 5 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) about 5 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) about 5 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) about 5 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) about 5 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) about 5 years ago

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

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 5 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) about 5 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, Million $ Guild Cert Luxury Home KW Land Division (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 5 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) about 5 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) about 5 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) about 5 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 ( about 5 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) about 5 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, Sitterle Homes (Sitterle Homes) about 5 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, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 5 years ago