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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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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.

Here are three easy updates to take charge of your spring work wardrobe like a boss: Continue Reading →

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3 Huge Spring 2017 Handbag Trends Perfect For The Office

So many gorgeous Spring 2017 handbags! The colors, patterns, and styles appear more innovative than ever. These three trends add flair to your workday, while maintaining practicality, and  your leadership image.

Ring Handles:

Reminiscent of the 70’s, ring handles exude updated nostalgia, and are a favorite on Instagram, according to Savoir Flair. The addition of a shoulder strap will make it easy to carry a heavy load when necessary. And if you invest in a soft version of the ring handle, you can use it folded over as an oversized clutch as well.

Photo Credit Savoir Flair

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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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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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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.

We know how important networking is to our careers. Pull out your statement earrings and freshen your makeup. You are all set. Join in for 30 minutes on the way home. 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

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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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