Turn That Frown Upside Down

Schedule for Wednesday January 11, 2017

9:30am- Meet with GM to review budget

11:00am- Meet with vendor to discuss roll out of new program

12:00pm- Working lunch with team to plan Q2 goals

1:00pm- Presentation

2:30pm- Emergency Meeting to re-review budget

3:30pm- Attend HR training meeting

4:30pm- Emergency Meeting to re-review the re-review of the budget meeting

5:30pm- Leave for the day (hopefully)

 

Sometimes (or all the time) it’s just one of those days. And on those days (in addition to lots of coffee) you rely on your favorite clothing piece to get you through the day like the boss lady you are. It could be those black pants that fit you so well and make you look and feel great, that lucky necklace that has you looking and feeling confident, that dress that just makes you feel like a million bucks, or grandma’s pearl necklace.

One of the things that I tell my clients is that you should dress from the inside out, not outside in. In other words, know who you are, what your style is, and what message you want to send. Then put together a wardrobe that portrays all that. Now, I’m not saying to load up your closet with a whole bunch of clothing that you feel connected too. You should still make sure your closets are clutter free, but have your clothes represent you and those connection pieces motivate you.

So, do you need a connection piece? No, it’s not necessary. Would it be great to have? Yes, because clothing helps send your branding message. It gives the outside world a glimpse into who you are. Clothing also helps you be the best you can be. These items can spark an emotional response giving you more self-confidence and motivation.

 

If you’re reading this and thinking, “I have no connection to my clothes, how do I get a piece that can give me the boost I need?!” Well, here are some tips to help figure out that clothing connection piece that makes your frown turn upside down. 

1)      Try on clothing- What makes you smile when you wear it? What makes you look in the mirror and say- Wow, this is so me! 

2)      Are you an accessories person? If so, go through your accessories and do the same exercise as above. Is there a scarf or necklace that pops your outfit and makes you look and feel great?

3)      You’ve done 1 and 2 and still nada, no connection piece. Then head to your favorite store and browse- what catches your eye and makes you stop? A certain blouse? A certain color? If something strikes your fancy try on the clothing piece or accessory and see how you feel wearing it.

Now I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a connection piece that always turns your frown upside down? 

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

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7 Tips on Dressing For A Holiday Event

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday have come and gone. We've only got 24 more days till we ring in 2015!!

Along with all the rushing, fussing, gift buying and eating :) comes the fun holiday parties. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you chose your holiday party outfits.

Tip1- Remember the “Work Code”-

I have been to some phenomenal work holiday parties. One in particular comes to mind- the company I was working for at the time rented out one of NYC’s premier (as in the wait list to get in was 1 year) restaurants and they went all out with the food and drinks. While I would love to have worn my Jimmy Choo’s and sparkle mini dress, I didn't. I wore a little black dress with a fun accessories and well I did wear sparkle shoes, but no mini dress. Why? Because I knew the next day I was going to be at the negotiating table with my boss and the SVP discussing an increase to my buying budget, one that I had been fighting hard to get… So maintaining my image and reputation was top of mind… 

 

Tip 2- Ask yourself, “Does this outfit fit my personal style?”

Sure it’s the holidays and it’s a fun time where you can step out the box a bit and wear something different. But, you don’t want to be so different that you feel uncomfortable in your own skin or feel like what you are wearing is not representing you. If you try on a dress and think “Cute dress! I’d never wear something like this but I like how it fits and how I feel wearing it”, then by all means go ahead and buy it. However, if you try on a dress and say “Cute dress, but it’s so not me and I’ll be tugging at the (fill in the blank) all night” then put the dress back on the rack and “keep calm and shop on”. 

Keep Calm and Shop On

 

Tip 3- Be Comfortable

Remember you are at a party to have fun, not to be thinking about your feet that are killing you because you HAD to wear / buy the 6” stiletto heels that are so uncomfortable… Try on your outfit before you wear it, make sure it’s comfortable, it fits, etc. Be comfortable and enjoy yourself. 

High Heels- Image via Clip Art

High Heels- Image via Clip Art

 

Tip 4- The “Sparkle” Rule of Thumb

One of my favorite sayings is, “Tis the season for all things sparkly and glittery!!!” Sparkles and the holidays just go together. But, when I think of sparkly outfits another one of my favorite sayings comes to mind, “Too much of a good thing is bad” and that goes for sparkles too… The rule of thumb is- Wear 1 to 2 items of sparkle at a time. A sparkle dress with black pumps (not sparkle pumps) works great. Or a LBD and a sparkle clutch is a perfect holiday outfit.

Diane von Furstenberg Dress & Clutch. Outfit from Bloomingdales.

Diane von Furstenberg Dress & Clutch. Outfit from Bloomingdales.

 

Tip 5- The Holiday Outfit that keeps on Giving

Wondering how to transition your Holiday dress into the New Year? The answer of course is- Layering and Accessorizing. This cream dress can be jazzed up for the holidays by adding fun earrings and a belt. After the holidays, wear this dress to work with a black blazer.

Outfit and accessories from Glamour and Glow

Outfit and accessories from Glamour and Glow

 

Tip 6- Yes, You can wear a Little Black Dress (LBD) to a Holiday Party

The secret to transforming a LBD to a festive holiday outfit? You guessed it- Accessories!

Outfit and Accessories from Ann Taylor.

Outfit and Accessories from Ann Taylor.

 

Tip 7- Yes, You can wear pants to a Holiday Party

This fabulous DKNY tuxedo pant says it all!!

Outfit from Bloomingdale's

Outfit from Bloomingdale's

So there you have it- my 7 tips on Holiday dressing. I'd love to hear some your holiday dressing tips!

 I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy Holiday and New Year!

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