8 Ways For Busy Executive Moms To Stay Stylish Not Frumpy

I have noticed my executive clients who have families sometimes let their own needs, such as beauty and wardrobe updates, take a backseat as they accomplish at work and at home.

Does this sound familiar to you?

As you work hard and do a great job juggling family, work, and extra responsibilities – team building, networking, and travel might chip away at your time, and energy too. Then, as your children grow up, getting the kids off to college, and assisting aging parents are often added to the mix. It’s easy to see how one day, you might look at yourself, and your closet, and feel utterly dissatisfied with what you see. What happened to the polished powerful woman?

If this describes you, don’t despair – you are going to be fabulous again in no time.  Here are eight easy instant fixes to jump start your style: Continue Reading →

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How To Wear The Pink Trend As A Weapon At Work

      Pink is the color of the moment. Not only is pink the season’s hottest color – you can wear pink purposefully  as a tool to gain an edge in your career.

According to color psychology, the color pink is a positive color, inspiring warm, comforting feelings. You may have heard of the study done on children under detention at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California. When the department painted their detention cell bubblegum pink, the children tended to relax, and stop yelling and banging.

The San Bernardino result is entirely transferable to career.

Wear pink any day of the week, but especially on a day you might find yourself in a tense situation, such as human resources meeting over a delicate or highly charged subject.  Lighter pink hues signify passivity, lightness, and tranquility. 

Deeper pink hues exhibit more passion and energy.

Hot pink, is a fantastic choice when you have a strong message to deliver, or when you are the center of attention- for example, when you are presenting. Hot pink is a motivating color that inspires hope and joy.

If hot pink is not a good color for you – you can still participate in pink-ocolypse this season. Simply choose a different shade. Try  coral, fuschia, blush, or rose, and you are good to go.

You can opt for head to toe pink, or else try pops of pink in a jacket, or an accessory such as a clutch to liven up lunch runs. However you choose to wear the hue, you will inspire feelings 0f hope and joy in others.

Not bad for what appears to be just a fad, at first blush!

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11 Ways To Look Fabulous In A Pleated Skirt

Pleated skirts look amazing, both stylsih and ladylike, when worn well. Yet, it can be difficult to know how to wear a pleated skirt and, let’s face it, not look bulky through the hips.

The truth is, most body types can wear a pleated skirt, with the exception of triangle body types (a.k.a. pear shaped). Triangle body types, try to avoid pleated skirts because pleats add volume to your lower half.

Hourglass body types, you look best in fitted shapes, so pleated skirts aren’t the go-to shape for you. If you are an hourglass body type and really love pleated skirts, try one of the options below that do not include a jacket. This will keep your look streamlined.

A pleated skirt can be worn equally well with or without a jacket since the skirt stands on its own. However, adding a jacket polishes your look while camouflaging any extra around your tummy.  For example, a pleated skirt and fitted short blazer work well for round body types – it gives you the illusion of curves through the middle.

1. With a short blazer – If you opt for a crew neckline like Mary Orton does here,  try wearing a long necklace – it  elongates your look.

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Guide: 3 Instant Spring Updates

What a wild ride Mother nature threw at us this year. From 80 degree weather in February, to a blizzard in March,  and regular temperature swings of up to 30 degrees daily. As we head into April,  I am hoping for more consistently warm weather. Can’t wait to pack up those winter sweaters, ditch the opaque tights once and for all, and start baring a little (work appropriate amount of!) skin.

Of course, with spring comes taking stock of our wardrobes, and adding a few staples- my favorite part of course! Nothing bolsters a week of business travel, or a day of critical meetings better than key updates- they make us feel less frumpy, and more fabulous instantly.

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Sea Of Pink: 3 Signature Style Lessons From The Women’s March

I am happily swamped with work and clients this month, and I am grateful to have still made time for a brief, much needed, weekend retreat in Pennsylvania. I feel rejuvenated, ready for what spring has in store.

Speaking of March.

Remember the Women’s March? Wow! Not simply “wow” because of the Women’s March massive worldwide turnout – but because of it’s, perhaps accidental, branding with pink pussyhats. What a great example of the power of style to brand a message.

Here are 3 lessons that can be applied to personal style branding that I took away from the women’s march:

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1) Pick an appropriate symbol – Since pink is the ultimate feminine color, it was a perfect choice for the women’s march. Pink represents caring, compassion and love. By wearing pink hats, the women’s march instantly created a brand that stood for those qualities. 

Chose a symbol for your personal style congruent with your message. Think of how you want others to think and feel in your presence.  For example, If your goal is to be seen as more credible, wear a watch. Even though we have clocks on our phones, a watch adds that extra detail of style and credibility Continue Reading →

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6 Simple Hacks To Transition From Tights To Bare Legs At Work

 

According to the cherry blossom trees blooming on my street, spring has arrived in DC.

Yet there are cold spells in between all the gorgeousness.

Since the weather changes from day to day, and even from the time you leave the house in the morning to when you head home at night, here are five tips on transitioning from tights to bare legs at work for women in leadership:

1. The 50 Degree Rule – New York based Glamour editor Sophia Chabbott has one simple rule that once the mercury dips below 50 degrees, the tights come on. When it surpasses 50- the tights come off. Continue Reading →

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5 Biggest New Beauty Trends Suitable For Work

When you are working hard meeting deadlines, traveling, building teams, and generally being awesome at work, it’s easy to get stuck in the same beauty routine day after day, year after year. It feels great to update even one aspect of your routine.

Because when you feel up to date, even a little, it increases your confidence, and provides fresh perspective.

Here are 5 trends from around the web that work for all women in leadership:

Nude Nails

Interesting french manicures, nail embellishments, and metallics are popular for 2017, all of which are a little loud for most office environments. Thankfully, trending too, are natural nails with a simple clear gloss, or nudes, especially pinky nudes, which work well for the office to maintain a polished image.

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3 Huge Spring 2017 Handbag Trends Perfect For The Office

So many gorgeous Spring 2017 handbags! The colors, patterns, and styles appear more innovative than ever. These three trends add flair to your workday, while maintaining practicality, and  your leadership image.

Ring Handles:

Reminiscent of the 70’s, ring handles exude updated nostalgia, and are a favorite on Instagram, according to Savoir Flair. The addition of a shoulder strap will make it easy to carry a heavy load when necessary. And if you invest in a soft version of the ring handle, you can use it folded over as an oversized clutch as well.

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5 Spring 2017 Cosmopolitan Trends You Can Wear To Work

I love stocking client’s wardrobes with quality basics, then adding statement pieces. From this strong foundation, it’s easy for my clients to look fabulous every season.

At the beginning of each season, I simply add a few key trend pieces to create fresh looks. Trend pieces will typically not be investment quality or carry high price tags since they phase out sooner than classic garments.

But there is an exception.

Are the colors trending during a particular season your colors? Bingo! This is your ultimate opportunity to stock up  on statement blazers, tops, coats, whatever strikes your fancy and works in your strategic wardrobe plans.

Here are five spring  trends I’ve interpreted from Cosmpolitan for women in leadership:

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1. Shoulders -The eighties called, and they want their shoulder pads back, says Cosmopolitan. But first. Calling all inverted triangle body types- which is anyone who is smaller on top than on the bottom. This is your time to shine with fewer alterations, because body balancing shoulder pad enhanced jackets are out there. Continue Reading →

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2017 Pantone Color Of The Year Accurately Represents Our Time

I live aways from the action. Still, I hear motorcycles rev, horns honk, and sirens wail.  A  steady stream of traffic enters the capital. It is the eve of inaugurating of America’s 45th President, Donald Trump, in a country that is divided.

It’s the perfect time to share 2017’s pantone color of the year- greenery

Greenery symbolizes new beginnings, nature and our need to move away from technology more often and connect with nature. Nature is free and not meant to be partisan, so greenery also represents freedom.

According to this Forbes article, greenery also represents our peaking awareness of the environment and minimalism. The sentiment “buy less, choose well, and make it last” plays into this year’s pantone pick. Continue Reading →

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