3 Fall 2015 Accessory Trends You Can Wear To Work Today

What is the most important thing you can do to create your signature style? Accessorize!

Accessories can also change your  look from day to day, and easily wake up a tired look. Here are my three favorite work worthy accessory options from Elle’s Complete Fall Trend Guide:

 

1. Stacked Kitten Heels – What is so great about this trend? The stylish yet comfortable factor. Why not wear stacked kitten heels instead of flats and update your office style.

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Marriott Women Lean In, And Should Office-bags Be A Thing?

Me at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, earlier this year.

Here is one of my favorite summer memories, and why it matters to you.

Four Marriott executives hosted the semi-annual Marriott Women’s Leadership Gathering. Women from all leadership levels congregated at one senior executive’s beautiful Chevy Chase home. The women networked, shared stories, ideas, dilemma’s, and leadership experiences.

So awesome I ended up there!

How? I was invited to speak on the topic of “Biz Casual Power Pieces”.

This event was amazing!  It was inspiring to see female camaraderie – the spirit of women helping women succeed- instead of the rivalry that often takes place in large corporations.

Truly inspiring.

And this is why it matters to you:

While bestselling author and leadership expert, Rebecca Shambaugh, presented, and during my presentation, useful, and practical topics arose. Here are four that stand out:

1. Handling networking rejection –  You identify  someone you want to connect with at work. You send a request and don’t get a response, or  you get a response, but no meeting date is set for months. Do they not want to connect with you?

“Don’t let this bother you!”, one Marriott executive suggests. Remember that person could be very busy, just as you are. If your potential new connection says yes to meeting, don’t worry if it doesn’t happen for three or six months. Continue Reading →

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3 Fall 2015 Trends To Wear To Work Now

 W
elcome back! How was your summer? I’m grateful for the  rejuvenating time I spent soaking in the beauty of Cape Cod with friends and family.  I also enjoyed a little hiking. Did you like the tree climbing picture I posted on Facebook?

Have you noticed all the dry leaves falling?

I guess that means it’s time to focus on work again.

One of my favorite things about fall is the ability to layer. Layering means more fun work style options. But we are not  there yet – the days are still hot and summery. Here are three ideas, as seen in on elle.com, that you can use to transition your work wardrobe from summer to fall while the weather is still warm:

1. High Waisted Pants – The key to wearing high waisted pants is to ensure the perfect fit. Too small, and high waisted pants are unflattering: Too big, and high waisted pants look frumpy. Continue Reading →

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4 Summer Foundation Tips So Your Face Doesn’t “Melt” In The Heat

What did you think of the “What I Wore Last Week” posts on Facebook?

Now, let’s talk about summer foundation. There is nothing worse than when you head into the summer heat, and the sun “melts” your perfectly applied foundation. This happened last week in DC. I was heading to a client’s home to work on their closet, and you know the parking situation in DC.

Thirty minutes later, I finally found a parking spot four blocks away.

Walking the four makeup melting blocks took just enough time. Just enough time to turn my face from dewy-looking to greasy-looking. The closet session was so much fun anyway- I simply shrugged it off and got in the zone – but I vowed to research summer foundation options later.

So wether you are holidaying or working this summer, here are four foundation tips I found to give you beautiful, glowy, not greasy looking visages:

1. Use Primer – Try using primer to keep your makeup in place. According this Allure article, all you need to do is apply a pea-sized dot to your moisturized skin before you apply your concealer and foundation.

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5 White-Hot Summer Work Wardrobe Favorites

 
 

It’s not too late. Still want to invest in a couple great summer work pieces, but don’t know where to start?

Start with white.

White quintessentially spells summer, and is entirely on point for Summer 2015. If you are out to invest in simply one piece or two – try one of these five white summer work wardrobe favorites:

Crisp White Short Sleeved Shirt – Also those sandals; they are amazing! But I digress – back to the shirt. You  can tuck your short sleeved white shirt into any pencil skirt, midi skirt, and all your work pants. A crisp white shirt can also dress up your jeans on casual Friday, and even shorts on the weekend.

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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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Top 10 Desk-To Dinner Work Wardrobe Essentials

Are you simply starting out with your work wardrobe? Or, perhaps you just want a fresh start. The following pieces are the perfect base for business casual office environments.

Since, as a woman in leadership, work-life balance and networking are important components of your successful career, I have assembled this list of ten pieces to take you  through your workweek, to casual Friday, and to evening social events:

1-2. Power Suit– Invest in the best black power suit you can find.If you are wondering about the fit of the pants, here is a helpful guide for how tight your pants can be at work,

Wear the blazer and pants together for interviews, important meetings, and anytime you need a suit look. This is the best starting point.

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4 Ways To Reuse The Clothes In Your Closet

Here’s a fun, free way I love to shop. I call it “closet shopping”. Before purchasing new clothes for the season, I see how I can reuse the existing clothes in my closet.

You can do this too. Your wallet will love you, and since you won’t need to purchase as many new pieces, you can invest the savings on fewer, higher quality pieces when you do shop. Here are four ways to reuse the existing clothes in your closet:

 

1. Recombine Colors – You can instantly update your style by switching how you combine colors. Start with a jumping off point for inspiration like YouLookFab did with this printed DVF top.

 

Then head to your closet and see what you have in those colors. Here YouLookFab remixed the colors from the DVF shirt as shown above.

When creating spring and summer looks, try  infusing white and nude instead of black. It works like a charm.

A few other ideas for reusing the pieces in your closet:

2. Turn a dress into a skirt – Especially if the dress has a lot of pattern. Pieces with a lot pattern sometimes work better when there is less of it. Visit your tailor for fine tuning. source

3. Transform dress pants into shorts – Perhaps have them cuffed. Long dress shorts are on point right now. Wear your dress shorts with pumps and a blazer to work, if you work in a creative work environment. Or wear them on the weekend.

4. Define your waist – Pair a belt with a flowy top and leggings on the weekend, or a fitted top and a pencil skirt for work. Belts are an easy way to update your look. Try a kimono style belt for the most updated belt look – but really any belt that suits your personal style and body type will work well to define your waist. And defining your waist is the goal!

What ways have you found to reuse the pieces in your closet?

Happy closet shopping!

xo,

Jamie

 

 

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