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The One Question To Ask Yourself Before You Shop For Work This Fall

     “Where are you going? ”

 That is the most important question to ask yourself before you shop this fall. Before you shop anytime, really.

Once you have a clear idea where you are going with your life’s work, you can make educated decisions about what wardrobe items to invest in this season.

Let’s say your goal is to head up your department within a year, and secure a seat on the board in five years. You have a choice between purchasing two moderately priced trendy new blazers, or one modern, statement investment piece. It will be easy to consider that a quality statement piece will increase your confidence in key meetings along the way, and help you stand out from others vying for the same position. Continue Reading →

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The List – 7 Key Pieces No Fall Wardrobe Can Live Without

Now let’s add a few miles to your fall style . We’ll dial up your confidence too, by updating your existing professional basics without appearing over the top or that you are trying too hard with seven key add ons:

THE BLOUSE – Add a blouse with interesting architecture or detail. Bell sleeves or lace will do, and pussy bows are the cats meow. Your blouse can be layered, but it can stand on it’s own nicely too when tucked into a simple midi-pencil skirt,  or wide leg pants if you are a risk taker.

Jacqueline ruffled stretch cotton-blend blouse by Caroline Constas $395 Net-a-Porter

Great sale blouse here  and click here to Shop The Blouse Trend 

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How to Update Your Wardrobe With Fall’s Top 10 Pantone Colors

With the new season, a change of style pace is inevitable.  Of course, you can shop for a whole new look, or you can simply dive into your existing wardrobe to achieve your fall vibes.

Either way, wearing a few key seasonal items makes all the difference.

Your fall vibe creates the difference between feeling ready to tackle power meetings, and networking opportunities (even ones with colleagues), and feeling out of step because you are not feeling comfortable with your choice of attire.

An easy place to start updating your image is to determine what colors are being shown for the season.

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21 Hardest Working Anniversary Sale Finds I Vetted For Your Closet

It’s all about the dress. Finding that perfectly hued dress for your next presentation, wether in a courtroom, boardroom, on-stage, or on camera – the search is an ongoing one for women in leadership in the DMV.

A great dress can take you after hours to networking events, and dinner plans too.

So I focused on dresses (especially with sleeves) as I shopped for my clients at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale the past two weeks.

Below, I also  thought of your day to night kit, so you’ll see a pair of fun heels for that, and a cold shoulder dress too.  And if you click through to see all the options, I discovered beautiful monogrammed luggage tag, and passport set to add a little juice to  your business travel. I’m seeing your initials on them, keeping you in sophisticated company as you navigate security and customs.

The key question I asked as I picked these top 21 items, and anytime I build a client’s wardrobe is, “Will this piece work hard in your closet across at least 5 outfits, and can it be worn multiple ways?” Continue Reading →

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8 Ways For Busy Executive Moms To Stay Stylish Not Frumpy

I have noticed my executive clients who have families sometimes let their own needs, such as beauty and wardrobe updates, take a backseat as they accomplish at work and at home.

Does this sound familiar to you?

As you work hard and do a great job juggling family, work, and extra responsibilities – team building, networking, and travel might chip away at your time, and energy too. Then, as your children grow up, getting the kids off to college, and assisting aging parents are often added to the mix. It’s easy to see how one day, you might look at yourself, and your closet, and feel utterly dissatisfied with what you see. What happened to the polished powerful woman?

If this describes you, don’t despair – you are going to be fabulous again in no time.  Here are eight easy instant fixes to jump start your style: Continue Reading →

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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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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

Was it bold? Absolutely. And the internet loved it, according to this Fortune article. Continue Reading →

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