We’re Growing: Celebrate Our New Website is LIVE

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I want to thank you all for your readership and loyalty since 2013. I am deeply grateful to all of you; my Ambitious Attire circle!

Exciting news! I’ve really been working hard this year upgrading my skills, and rebranding. One of the outcomes of that work is my new website featuring our services division, Ambitious Image. The website is LIVE!

What do you think?

Rosy or thorny feedback – it’s all welcome.  

To celebrate and show my gratitude to all of you who have been with me along the way, some of you since the beginning, I am offering 15% off any of my services, and 20% off when you provide feedback on my website, until December 31, 2019.

You may want my expertise to elevate your confidence from good to great for a holiday event; or image coaching; or help creating your own personal brand makeover, like I just did. All services big and small are included.

Thank you for looking, and for being part of my journey.

Click here to view my new site: Ambitious Image.

It started with you

This branding journey started with one dear Ambitious reader and client who shared that she wanted to send referrals but did not know where to send people for services information, and there was no clear message, i.e. this is what I do and what I am about.

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Top 5 Must Have Fall 2019 Workwear Trends

Yes, of course, I vetted all the fall trends for you, including Vogue’s September Issue, and selected a few simple updates to transform your fall work style.

A few strategic moves can make every event you’ve scheduled this fall with the aim of building a professional life you love, easy to navigate with confidence.

Here are five fall trends you either have in your closet and can easily tweak, or you can add to your fall wardrobe with peace of mind knowing these staples will be useful investments for years to come.

1. The Trench Coat

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3 Floral Prints Decoded For Business Casual

 
 

extrapetite.com’s skirt sends a modern, feminine message.

Floral prints are popping up everywhere. Dresses, jackets, skirts, trench coats, handbags socks, ties, and more come in floral.

Yet, which particular floral prints are appropriate for work? Is it the color that matters most? The size? Perhaps the fabric or shape of the floral print is key to it’s professional appropriateness?  In this post Bridget Rae, suggests the silhouette is key to determining wether a floral print is work appropriate or not. A good rule of thumb.

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How To Increase Your Visibilty At Work

Do you deliver results for your organization yet feel like no one really sees you? Did your boss and colleagues regularly acknowledge you in the past, but now you feel overlooked? It may seem like you’re suddenly invisible, which can lower your confidence, and reduce your effectiveness at work.

Here’s the truth.

An attractive image propels you to more professional success.

Good news; having an attractive image does not mean you have to fit a mold. There is no one right way. Your professional style can be unique to you. An attractive image also does not mean you have to be particularly attractive. You simply need to be well groomed and thoughtfully dressed.  Continue Reading →

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3 Easy Spring Style Trends Perfect For Work

You’ve Kondo’d your closet, your desk, and all your books. You’ve even Kondo’d your colleagues. Nothing but joyful energy surrounds you now. And spring is just days away,

Life is looking rosy.

Speaking of roses, florals are forever trending for spring, but this year another pattern has taken over front and center.  Polka dots.

The quickest route to confidence is a new item of clothing, so why not boost your mood with a polka dot piece. Plus, Polka dots are a quintessentially classy work wear print.

In case polka dots aren’t your thing, here are three confidence boosting spring update options perfect for work:

Lavender

 

This soft purple hue is the next it-color. You’ll see it in knits, suiting, and even formal wear. Lavender is widely popular color in business world so it’s easy to incorporate into your workweek.

Men especially gravitate to this shade – it is my experience that men purchase shirt colors in the following order: 1) white 2) blue, 3)lavender. Lavendar is men’s first choice for a color beyond blue.

Cool skin tones rock lavender best, but anyone can wear lavender if you also wear navy, a universal shade, near your face – you too can pull it off.

 

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How To Wear PANTONE Color Living Coral At Work Powerfully

 

@metrodotstyle is an example of a creative interpretation of PANTONE Living Coral at work. For a more conservative office environment try pairing a similar jacket with black, navy, or dark grey ankle pants, and a neutral shell.

PANTONE Living Coral is vibrant, sociable and empowering. Warm and buoyant.

Yet, it can be a difficult hue for women in leadership who want to convey professionalism and authority in addition to being stylish.

Each year pantone selects a color of the year based on an interpretation of  the collective mood or trend. For 2019, Pantone chose Living Coral. Continue Reading →

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My Theme Word For 2019

 

Each year, instead of chasing goals, I focus on a theme. This theme creates clarity around decision making. With less pressure to reach specific targets, it’s much easier to choose what to pursue as opportunities present themselves throughout the year. This method helps me get closer to creating a life and business I love.

In 2018, my theme was minimalism. Luckily.

Because I could barely get out of bed. I guess I am not the machine I treated myself as? There was no option but to heal, while running the business – I had just launched my business full time.  I reduced my duties to  “essentials only”. I spent hours and days researching wellness to heal myself, while serving my clients. One prescription for healing chronic fatigue is to get eight to ten hours sleep per night. Getting all that sleep, de-stressing, and eating well took up plenty of resources. Continue Reading →

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19 Best Polished Office Holiday Party Style Ideas

 

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We know office holiday parties occur every year. Yet for many of us, holiday parties creep up on the schedule. Every time.

We scramble for what to wear.

Many of us already own what we need to create fabulous office holiday party outfits. We simply require a little inspiration as a starting point, and maybe one new addition to uptick our festive style to stunning status. Others need to find the full look.

Whatever your starting point, discover ideas for conservative to creative office holiday gatherings, as well as office cocktail parties right here.

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5 Ways To Wear White Powerfully In The Fall

 

Source Vanity Fair

Garment colors have the power to set a mood in both the viewer and wearer. I hear it time and again – fall colors are dark and depressing.

I used to feel that way during my first years as a stylist at Nordstrom. Accustomed to the uplifting mood of vibrant  colors associated with the brighter seasons, fall fashions arrived in store and rudely rained on my parade every year. Those gorgeous yet deeper shades conjured a more somber mood than I was ready to embrace for the next six months.

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