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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The Best Holiday Gifts Under $50

Happy holidays!

As busy as it is, I’m soaking up the beauty of the season – the lights, the cheer, and the giving. In the spirit of giving, I wanted to give something to you, my Ambitious readers.

So I did a little shopping.

I hunted for fabulous affordable gift ideas suitable for all your loved ones – from work to friends, and at home. So if you are scratching your head about a gift, or you simply haven’t the time, this might help you. Simply scroll over the images for basic details, and click for more information.

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3 Desk-To-Dinner Holiday Style Tips

Holiday cheer. While wonderful, the fun seems to come all at once.

Keeping up is challenging.

From connecting with your team and other key stakeholders, to catching up with friends, it may seem what you really need is two of you. Here are a few desk-to-dinner tips to make the holidays a little  easier.  Then you can simply relax and embrace the joy of the season.

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1. Keep a desk-to-dinner set nearby. In a pinch, all you really need to transition your look from day to night is a fabulous pair of pumps, clutch, and key piece of feminine jewelry.

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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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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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Hillary Clinton’s Run and the Presidential Glass Ceiling

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Photo Credit: The Political Insider . April 2016

   Moms and daughters gathered under the glass ceiling of the Javitz centre to watch the election results come in on Tuesday November 8, 2016. They expected history to be made.

The first female President of the United States.

Unfortunately, the metaphorical glass ceiling still stands.

What Hillary achieved shows how far we’ve come, but we still have work to do. As I read Slate’s July article The Hillary Haters, three points struck me since the election favored Donald Trump. These three points parallel barriers I often hear from women in senior management in corporate America, and my own personal experience.

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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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