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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3 Must Have Instant Summer Work Style Updates

As evidenced by the beautiful weather this past week, things are heating up in DC! It’s hard to believe it’s nearly June 20, the first day of summer. The challenge – how to stay cool, stylish and professional.

So, I put my personal stylist hat on for you.

Here are three key summer wardrobe updates sure to mix in easily with the garments currently in your closet:

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Are Open Toe Shoes Appropriate For Work In The Summer?

Are open toe shoes appropriate for work in the summer?

Each office is different, but if you work in DC your office is likely conservative.

Local DC author and style expert, Lauren Rothmanshared her rule of thumb at a recent work style seminar I attended at Betsy Fisheras long as one end of your shoe is closed (either the front or the back) the shoe is office appropriate.

So, an open toe slingback is not appropriate. But a closed toe slingback or an open toe pump is:

 

Closed back and open toe = work appropriate : Try pairing an ankle strap shoe like this with A-line dresses, pencil skirts, and culottes. Continue Reading →

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Les Lunes Winning Little Black Power Dress Review

When Paris based Les Lunes asked me to review their Gambetta dress, I immediately agreed.  Why?

It inspires me that Les Lunes is committed to helping strong women feel comfortable and confident in the boardroom through apparel.

The dress arrived. I got busy. A couple months passed.

I have to tell you, every time I wore this dress I received numerous compliments.

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3 Amazingly Versatile Little White Work Dresses

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone”, says Robert Allen.

These are words to live by. So I’ve made some changes.

But it’s only been a week, and I already miss styling at Nordstrom Tysons Corner! I’m missing all the cool: the people, the products, the service.  And the customers were the highlight- so much fun to play with!

Then the aha moment came.

I can be part of the Nordstrom family here too.  So, please come into my dressing room.

Let’s talk about little white dresses.

Because everyone needs a little white dress for summer! You can take yours to work, weekend, and even on vacation. So many possibilities! Here are three I love:

 

1. Fit And Flare –  This Theory dress can easily be worn to the office with a blazer, or with a  jean jacket for casual Friday and weekend.

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Finally a Mother – Former Lehman’s CFO Erin Callan Is Not Leaning In

Erin lost herself in career, and what saved her in the end was finally becoming a mother.

Every ambitious woman can relate to Erin Callan’s story

Erin Callan, former CFO of Lehman Brothers, and highest ranking woman on wall street during the financial crisis in 2008, gave up her personal life in order to get to the top of the male dominated financial industry. 

Erin shares her experiences in her new memoir Full Circle.

Erin had a male dominated “no interference” approach to work. She saw having a child as an efficiency challenge. She even started on the adoption route once at age 39, not because she couldn’t conceive but because she would not be out of work for more than a couple of days.  At the time what she saw was that children and family did not slow down, or make any of her male colleagues lose focus. Continue Reading →

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