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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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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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10 Amazing Corporate Holiday Party Outfit Ideas From Instagram

Can you believe it’s that time again?

Navigating what to wear to corporate events is a challenge when you have a packed schedule. As a woman in leadership, you want to look polished, yet current. You need to set yourself apart- without ” trying too hard”.

So, what are you wearing  to your company holiday party?

Here are 10  outfit ideas to create stunning outfits for every style personality and corporate holiday occasion:

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1. Highlow lace paired with ankle strap shoes. A powerful, feminine yet polished look. Lace, sheer, and ankle straps hit all the right style notes. Continue Reading →

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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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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:

A: What made you decide to carry an office-bag? Continue Reading →

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8 Secrets of Great Profile Pictures

 

  As a woman in leadership, your profile picture is a representation of you in the virtual world. Your profile picture is what we see every time we interact with you online. We might even imagine your profile picture speaking to us as we read the words you type. source.

Also, social media profiles rank highly in search engine results when people google your name. source.  So think of your social media profile as your landing page for your brand.

Here are eight tips I learned, as I went about creating a better profile picture of my own:

1. Be your brand: If a professional headshot is too stuffy for your business, try to capture the essence of what you do in your profile pic. source Continue Reading →

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Q&A – Dress for Success on Stage PART 2

In any situation you have only 90 seconds to create a good first impression, according to Presentation Magazine. So as you stand in front of your audience you need to ensure you are giving the right signals. You need to“Dress for Success on Stage”.

In part one, I covered general guidelines for dressing for success on stage. This post covers specific answers to questions posed by some of Marriott’s executives during my visit last Monday.

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Question 1 – While we present, close-ups are being projected of us on the big screen yet the stage is far back. How do we balance this? What wardrobe choices can we make to avoid getting lost on stage or being too “in your face” on the big screen?

Brooks Jones, personal stylist manager at Nordstrom’s Tysons Corner, suggests bright colors since typically the background is dark or black. He also suggests sticking to solids unless it is the underpinnings (the shell or shirt that goes under your blazer).

If you decide to go with a pattern, try for a medium-sized one, and ideally one with blurred edges, a watercolor feel, or an abstract design, advises stylist and author Sally McGraw. See my example of  Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s president and CEO, above?

Additionally, Presentation Magazine suggests finding out what color the background is and wearing a complementary color. For example, you do not want to wear a red dress on a purple background. Continue Reading →

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