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The One Question To Ask Yourself Before You Shop For Work This Fall

     “Where are you going? ”

 That is the most important question to ask yourself before you shop this fall. Before you shop anytime, really.

Once you have a clear idea where you are going with your life’s work, you can make educated decisions about what wardrobe items to invest in this season.

Let’s say your goal is to head up your department within a year, and secure a seat on the board in five years. You have a choice between purchasing two moderately priced trendy new blazers, or one modern, statement investment piece. It will be easy to consider that a quality statement piece will increase your confidence in key meetings along the way, and help you stand out from others vying for the same position. Continue Reading →

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Flattering Coats For Your Shape

As the mercury drops, your winter coat is your single most viewed wardrobe item. If your coat doesn’t fit your shape, you tend to look frumpy instead of polished as you move in and out of the office, and to and from business engagements.

In the interest of creating a fabulous sartorial experience for all – I found flattering coats for every shape.

Click on any coat to discover more, or use these tips as a guide when you search for the perfect winter coat.

Boyish:

If you have a narrow  frame, a long tailored jacket will flatter you. Belt your coat to create additional curves. Use the belt the coat comes with, or try adding your own for professional sartorial flair.

Look for military inspired detailing such as epaulettes, a double row of buttons, or peplum to enhance to add drama and curves:

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Why The Internet Loved Hillary Clinton’s White Final Presidential Debate Outfit

Hillary Clinton showed up to the final presidential debate in white. In October?

Clearly, Clinton read the trend.  

Each fall we revisit the question, “should you wear white after labor day.” Each year the answer is a little grayer. Whiter, actually.

This year – Hillary Clinton broadcasted a resounding yes to white after labor day with her debate look by Ralph Lauren. You can easily adopt the white trend at work too, as I demonstrate in this post. Still, while Hillary Clinton interpreted the trend, she stuck to her signature style – the famous pantsuit. This kept her message congruent. 

Was it a risky move? Yes.

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Photo: Fortune.com

Was it bold? Absolutely. And the internet loved it, according to this Fortune article. Continue Reading →

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5 Signature Style Hacks From Hillary Clinton’s Iconic Style

According to Harper’s Bazaar, Hillary Clinton’s style is iconic.

How did iconic happen?

This developement proves the importance of having a signature style. I compare Hillary Clinton to advice in a recent book I read, The Power Of Style by Bobbie Thomas:

1. Style is about communication. And Kristina Shake, an accomplished communications professional, is part of Hillary Clinton’s team of image experts, according to The New York Times. For the first presidential debate on September 26th, Hillary donned her famous pantsuit uniform. In bold red, Clinton communicated excitement and power.  In red, Hillary Clinton commanded attention on the debate stage. Continue Reading →

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How This One Outfit Created A Surprising Opportunity To Lean In

I want to share this inspiring moment with you. My customer Christy had a number of prominent tech industry events in San Franscico. We styled looks for each event she was hosting, as well as new client interviews, and presentations. One of the dresses we chose for Christy was this beautiful Akris piece:

 

Right away when Christy donned this dress, I knew it was a dress for her.  Why? Because Christy stood taller. Christy is a confident woman, but when she put this dress on – Christy owned it!   Continue Reading →

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POPSugar’s 5 Best Corporate Holiday Party Looks For Leaders

 

What are you wearing to your corporate holiday party? Luckily POPSugar rounded up 31 amazing looks for office holiday parties! I analyzed them, and here are my favorite five for women in leadership.

 These holiday party looks are classic with a twist to keep you looking stylish while feeling powerful and confident:

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1. Bold Black and White- Always classy and powerful, you can never go wrong with black and white. The Valentino Rockstud pumps and Stella McCartney mini tote create subtle holiday party glam.

 

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2. Trouser Jeans And High-Neck Top-  For a smart casual party, this formula spells class and style. What makes this look work? The updated ankle length of the trouser jean, the elevated black blouse, and the festive gold ankle strap heels.

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17 Amazing Everyday Work Bags- The Ultimate ‘Save Time’ Gift Guide

I love the joyful spirit of the holidays. Still,  many of us experience additional stress. The to do list is so long!  And there isn’t enough time to get to all of it – especially around the holiday season.

So how can I help my readers, I thought.

And I came up with this list to save you time.

Since work bags are a popular holiday gift,  I scoured the web and carefully currated a list of gorgeous leaderly handbag options- with exactly where to find them. All of them are classic with an edge- something a little interesting to make them special, yet still versatile enough to use everyday. Prices range from $295 – $10,050. Simply select the perfect new work bag for you, and forward to your special someone. (Also making their life is easier!)

And all of these bags will fit at least an iPad and your workday necessities. Many of them will fit your computer also.  If Nordstrom carries the handbag I chose their link because they have the best return policy:

3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Soleil Large’ Leather Bucket Bagavailable at Nordstrom $1,050.00

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One Marriott VP’s Secret To Staying Professional: Her Office-bag

 

VP Roz Winegrad in the dining room of her Bethesda home, showing us her new office-bag

Roz Winegrad decided she’d had enough of schlepping. That’s how the office-bag was born.

First, let me share this with you:

Roz negotiated her way at  Marriott from Manager in Training and Assistant Food Production Manager in 1985, to the senior executive suite. Truly ambitious when you work for the world’s largest Fortune 500 hotel chain, don’t you think?

Today, as Marriott International’s VP Owner and Franchise Services, Initiatives, Communication and Business Support, Roz Winegrad needs to maintain a professional, organized image while moving from meeting to meeting throughout her day.

That’s where the office-bag comes in.

Because let’s face it – women’s wear (work or play) does not have as many usable pockets as men’s wear. 

I caught  up with Roz to get the low-down on her new office-bag:

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Marriott Women Lean In, And Should Office-bags Be A Thing?

Me at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, earlier this year.

Here is one of my favorite summer memories, and why it matters to you.

Four Marriott executives hosted the semi-annual Marriott Women’s Leadership Gathering. Women from all leadership levels congregated at one senior executive’s beautiful Chevy Chase home. The women networked, shared stories, ideas, dilemma’s, and leadership experiences.

So awesome I ended up there!

How? I was invited to speak on the topic of “Biz Casual Power Pieces”.

This event was amazing!  It was inspiring to see female camaraderie – the spirit of women helping women succeed- instead of the rivalry that often takes place in large corporations.

Truly inspiring.

And this is why it matters to you:

While bestselling author and leadership expert, Rebecca Shambaugh, presented, and during my presentation, useful, and practical topics arose. Here are four that stand out:

1. Handling networking rejection –  You identify  someone you want to connect with at work. You send a request and don’t get a response, or  you get a response, but no meeting date is set for months. Do they not want to connect with you?

“Don’t let this bother you!”, one Marriott executive suggests. Remember that person could be very busy, just as you are. If your potential new connection says yes to meeting, don’t worry if it doesn’t happen for three or six months. Continue Reading →

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