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My Favorite Nordstrom Black Friday Week Wear To Work Picks

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. Today I sat down and picked a few favorite items from Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale for you.

These are pieces that will either go a long way in your wardrobe, update your style, or rally a little holiday spirit.

Hope you enjoy my finds- it was great fun hunting them down:

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Ambitious TGI Friday Find* – Baublebar Piñata Tassel Earrings

*Ambitious Finds: items hunted to help you feel haughter, happier, and more confident in the boardroom and out.

 

Keep a pair of statement earrings in your tote or at your desk. Even on Fridays you leave the house thinking you are going straight home, spur of the moments invites will be no problem.

Even if you’re a parent and need to get home – keep a pair of statement earrings nearby.

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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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Ambitious TGI Friday Find

*Ambitious Finds  items hunted to help you feel haughter, happier, and more confident in the boardroom and out.

   Dressing up all week is great for getting in the zone, but when casual Friday comes around I love to relax a little and dress up my jeans.

Today I found this beautiful purple Classiques Entier tweed blazer inspired the J.Crew purple tweed blazer look I posted on Instagram.

Classiques Entier combines a striking  blend of quality and style without the high price points of other quality workwear brands. For a polished powerful casual Friday look, coordinate your tweed jacket with a tie blouse in white, light blue, or the spicy yellow that is so popular this fall.

 

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Smart Casual Jacket Style Inspired By Mary Orton

Fabulous Ambitious reader Susie asked me where she could get a jacket like the one blogger Mary Orton wore in the picture below.

Susie wants something like this to wear to luncheons.

You may like to create a fresh smart casual look like this for yourself. It’s an easy wear for any smart casual occasion, like casual Friday, and the jacket mixes nicely into the rest of your wardrobe.

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Photo Credit @maryorton

So, I searched around the web and found a few great options for you:

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TGI Friday Find

 

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Aiden’ Mule. This butterscotch color is gorgeous and the reviews are good – 4.5 stars.  Wear to work for casual Friday and on the weekend for a fresh take on the basic bootie. This Rebecca Minkoff mule also comes in black, but I like it in this unusual, yet neutral hue. Mules pair well with pants, jeans, and even dresses and skirts.

Readers, would you wear a mule like this to work on casual Friday?

xo,

Jamie

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Friday’s “To Die” Find

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  TD, I discovered, stands for “to die”. Used when something is so amazing you’re worried you just might die.

And the color of this icey blue tissue weight scarf is TD! The mornings now have a little chill. The evenings too. Not much – barely enough for a sweater.

Which makes sense – yesterday marked the fall equinox, it’s a perfect time to find a cool scarf like this Nordstrom brand one I found. It’s a beautiful hue which happens to be one fall’s pantone colors. Pair with red, darker blue, and even yellow. Or be safe and wake up a simple neutral palette.

For ideas to tie your scarf click here.

xo,

Jamie

P.S.  Readers, have you discovered any fun new acronyms lately?

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10 Fall 2016 Color Trends You Need To Know About

How was your summer? Mine was action packed, including a move to DC. I am excited to share all the fun I have planned for fall, including an ebook (coming soon) to help you project the very best version of you to the world and in the boardroom.

Now about this thing called Fall. Adding a piece or two in fall’s pantone colors instantly awakens your work wardrobe.  You are well on your way to loving the upcoming season.

The Fall 2016 Pantone Color palette is led by blue – and the desire for tranquiliy, strength, and optimism. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us and anchoring earth tones dotted with exuberant pops of vibrant color add an element of surprise to fall fashion.

Here are my top ten fall pantone colors for women in leadership:

Riverside Blue

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My Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wear To Work Finds

Winter shopping in the dead of summer. It’s whimsical. Like breakfast for dinner. Or indoor camping on a rainy day.

I’m talking about Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

This was my favorite time of year when I was a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. It was insanely busy. All the effort that went into the sale created a festive air.  I thought of each of my customers, and what piece would be amazing for them.

In  honor – I curated a few modern classic pieces that caught my eye for you, my readers.

A few gems to help you shine at work this fall:

Happy Anniversary!

xo,

Jamie

P.S. What is your favorite find for anniversary? Please share in the comments. Have a question how to wear any of these pieces ? Ask me! I want to hear from you.

 

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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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