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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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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 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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How To Wear Fall’s Dusty Pink And Yellow Trend At Work

At first blush, you may think it would be hard to pull off fall’s dusty pink and yellow trend at work.

But it’s a cinch.

And according to Empower Yourself With The Psycholgy Of Color, yellow stimulates your mental faculties; it activates your left or analytical brain. This color is great choice to wear on a day you have a planning meeting.

Muted colors like dusty rose are more conservative, therefore more acceptable at work than some of the electric color we saw on the runway. Wearing the two together creates a fresh, interesting look your colleagues will either envy or admire. Either way you will be noticed when you wear pink and yellow together:

These colors may read spring to you – fair enough.  The trick is to choose fabrics and clothing items that read fall- like turtlenecks and coats, and fabrics like velvet or wool. Continue Reading →

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17 New Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf to Work This Fall

Silk scarves are everything this season. This is wonderful news for work style.

Why? Because scarves look stylishly elegant at the office.

Convey you are forward thinking by adding a modern twist to scarf tying. Fashion forward prints add edge to your classic look. Conversely, if  you have a more casual look you want to elevate – just add a scarf. Taking an edgier look and adding a scarf creates a  more ‘modern classic’ style.

Wound around your neck once and tied.

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3 Ways To Wear Summer Blouses Professionally In The Heat

It’s too hot for a blazer in the summer. Wearing two pieces is the way go. Although you might have a blazer nearby for indoors, or for important meetings, most of the time your blouse, and bottom is it.

So your blouse has to look polished.

There are many interesting blouse options available beyond the basic button down. Yet you may avoid these options – it’s hard to know how to wear each style.

Luckily chief stylist, Rosanna Vaulmerhausen, of DC Style Factory addressed just that topic at a recent top talk hosted at Betsy Fisher Boutique. I got to attend.

Here are three top tips for women in leadership:

1. Belted White Top – looks powerful and professional without wearing a blazer when you need that extra edge. Add a pointy toe heel to keep the leg line going. Ankle pants balance the the volume of the top. You can find a good top to belt here here, and here.

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