How To Buy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Style You Won’t Regret

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uring Nordstrom Anniversary Sale one year, my favorite slogan was: “You’ll only regret the things you didn’t buy”. It’s true.

Later, I laughed as the returns piled in post-sale.

Buy now- decide later, is the stress-free route to take. Nordstrom has a non-expiring return policy, so you’re covered. 

Another reason to love Nordstrom. 

In addition to the fun, festive atmosphere of shopping for new fall fashion in the middle of July, (thank God for air conditioning, and what a great excuse to escape the heat) I love Anniversary as a tool to help my clients invest in quality wardrobe basics for fall, and perhaps add a special designer find or two at amazing prices. Continue Reading →

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5 Necklace Trends You Need To Wear To Work Right Now

Inspiration for this post came from Ambitious reader,Tara. Tara asked about stylish accessories to dress up her outfits at work. 

Necklaces are one great way to improve your look in the office.

Necklaces add a unique twist to your office basics, differentiating yours from the similar basics your female colleagues (likely) also own.

And if you are a fan of capsule wardrobe dressing, accessories set your look apart from others, and extend your wardrobe. For example, a simple dress accessorized three ways will create three completely different looks.

So what type of accessories should you choose for work?

Otherworldly anything is on trend right now. I encourage you to start by diving into your jewelry stash for any global items you purchased abroad. One might be just the right unique finishing touch to your look.

 

Vogue’s photo of bestselling Delhi-based author, Arudhati Roy wearing a pendant necklace.

In this month’s Vogue article “Indian Summer”, bestselling Delhi-based author, Arudhati Roy (pictured above) has a wonderful spin on style. Roy says” I run away from tradition, I run away from modernity, and then – you find your own space.”

I love this approach to jewelry in the office. Relax, and look for what appeals to you to find your jewelry voice.

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How Sen. Dianne Feinstein Rocked Seersucker on #ComeyDay

Senator Dianne Feinstein in seersucker hijacked my eyes.

I was watching former FBI director James Comey’s hearing on Thursday, while doing computer work, when Sen. Feinstein popped up onscreen and began her line of questioning.

In seersucker.

Extra points for pairing with a chunky pale peach beaded necklace – a modern take on classic pearls.

The democratic senator from California looked polished, yet unique compared to the myriad of dark suits in the room. Sen. Feinstein’s look read ‘appropriate yet different’. My brain woke up. Continue Reading →

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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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Photo from Harper’s Bazaar Biggest Nails Trends For 2017

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