DEAR HARRIETTE: My sister, "Eve," is a talented stylist in Los Angeles. I am so proud of her for her success in being able to break into the industry. However, I think her paycheck has gone to her head. Recently, she has been sharing her opinion on what practically every member of the family wears. We do not all live in cities and don't see the need to get dolled up to send Eve a picture of what we're up to.
Eve has talent as a stylist and says that she shares her opinion about our clothes because her opinion is valued in the industry. I understand Eve is good at her job, but I don't care that she doesn't like my church dresses! I responded to one of her "critiques" by telling her that I don't care about her opinion, and she told me that I should be grateful I got it for free.
How do I get Eve to hush up about her fashion knowledge? Her opinion isn't always needed -- or wanted. -- Plain Jane vs. Fashionable Eve, Milwaukee
DEAR PLAIN JANE VS. FASHIONABLE EVE: Tell Eve how happy you are for her and her success, but suggest that she needs to stop bullying the family with her industry insights. Remind her that you lead very different lives than she does and that your needs do not match hers. Tell her to quit critiquing the family's wardrobe. Do your part by not sending her photos any more. If she asks why, tell her you are tired of her fashion commentary.