As a small token of my fashion appreciation, I have decided to pass along a daily tip in regards to accessorizing. My tip of the day is to avoid over-accessorizing. Sometimes you find the perfect jewelry for that perfect outfit, and then you go overboard. My best advice is to wear either a necklace OR earrings, but not both. The only time this might work is if you are wearing small studs. The 2 together can be very overwhelming and gaudy. I promise; you can do without one! Try it the next time you’re getting ready : )
It’s that time of the year… Oaks is in 5 days and Derby in 6! Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost May; time flies when you’re having fun! So if you’re like me and wait until the last minute for everything, I have a quick fix for a hat or fascinator. You’ve got to check out Madam Foo Foo Couture! If you’re looking for a beautiful, unique piece to place on your head, look no further! Her stuff is amazing, and the owner is as sweet as a Georgia peach! I promise you’ll get lots of looks at Oaks and/or Derby if you add one of her pieces to your ensemble. Choose from a wide variety of beautiful hats and her version of the fascinator…”Fooscinators”! How adorable! You don’t have to take my word for it, just check out the website listed below or take a look at this beauty I’ve got on!!
P.S- GO BABY GO!
Many say females have some unfair advantages when it comes to the workplace; specifically in a sales position. I’m here to tell you that it’s more than good looks and short skirts! Here are some of the most important and overlooked reasons that females make very successful salespeople.
-We’re excellent listeners: ever heard the old 80/20 rule? You should try it! Listen 80% of the time and talk 20% or when prompted. Sales is all about solving a problem; a need, if you will. How will you ever know your client’s dilemma if you don’t listen?
-We are thorough note-takers: stick a male & a female in the exact same meeting and take a glance at their notes afterwards. Nine times out of ten, the woman’s notes will be much more specific and thorough. Women tend to pay close attention to detail, and this really helps when it comes time to sort through all of the notes and put together a solid plan!
-We follow up quickly: women have a natural tendency to sense urgency. If we can tell that someone or something needs our immediate attention, we are excellent at follow-up. It’s super important to follow up when you have promised that to a potential client, and women definitely have this on lock down!
-We pick up on non-verbal communication quickly: people don’t always vocalize how they’re feeling, and women are great at picking up on these non-verbal forms of communication (body language and posture, facial expressions, gestures, proxemics). Perhaps these seem silly, but it’s pretty important to pay attention to them. If you overlook these, which is easy to do since they’re often so subtle, you might miss out on some pretty important information and details.
You GO girls! : )
Brace yourself for wedding season! I have 5 to go to this year; WOW! I recently had a friend ask me to write a post about what to wear to a co-worker’s wedding. This gave me an idea to not only talk about what to wear, but some other common courtesies as well.
First off, let’s talk about the main concern; what do I wear? It’s really quite simple- wear something that you would feel comfortable around co-workers in. Depending on the time of year, a dress is always a safe bet. I’d avoid showing too much cleavage, and keep the dress at about knee length. Don’t show any body parts that you wouldn’t normally show at work!
For seconds, please avoid getting sloppy drunk! You will most definitely be the talk of the office on Monday morning, and more than likely, pictures will end up on Facebook or Twitter.
So, what if you’re the bride; do you need to invite everyone from the office? My answer is no. I know the first thought is to invite everyone so that no one is left out of the water cooler conversations, but let’s face it; we hardly ever get along with ALL of our co-workers, and when it’s your wedding, you should be in charge of who gets an invite or not! Call me harsh, but it makes perfect sense. If you’re a co-worker who doesn’t get an invite to a peer’s wedding, don’t get your feelings hurt. Most people have a budget and a limited amount of people they can invite, so just suck it up and be glad you avoided buying an expensive wedding gift!
Hopefully these tips help the next time you are or aren’t invited to your co-worker’s wedding! : )
I’ll just come right out and say it; being a young, unmarried female is tough in work environments these days. Too often, we’re passed up for that special promotion or overlooked for landing that big account we’ve had our eyes on. I’ve recently sat down with multiple young, unmarried females, and it seems that everyone has the same story. You work hard; you go above and beyond your expected duties, and what do you get in return? Not a whole lot.
I’ve often wondered why this happens. Do managers have the mentality that young, unmarried females don’t have other mouths to feed, so they’re last on their list? Don’t have a house or car payment, so we’ll get to her next time around? I can’t really peg the reason, but I do know that it’s unfair. So guess what? DO something about it!! We all have the ability to change our destiny, so let’s get started.
My first tip is to ASK for what you want and deserve. If you don’t ask, more than likely, it will not be handed to you.
Second off, ask your manager what criteria they use in making a certain decision for promotions, pay increases, etc. If you don’t know their decision making process, then how will you know what you should adjust in order to qualify the next time around?
Third; be persistent. Once you figure out exactly what it will take to get where you want to go, implement these tactics into your daily routine and stick with it. Hopefully your boss will notice that you’re trying very hard and persistently doing the things it takes to get ahead.
Last, but certainly not least, state your intentions and check your progress. Let your boss know that you want to be the next team leader or sales manager. Check in with them every few weeks to see if there’s anything else you could be doing to prove yourself. Hopefully this will show that you’re dedicated to success and reaching your goal(s).
Good luck! Get moving…onward & upward!! : )
Travel frequently for work? Maybe you just travel for pleasure. Whichever best describes you, do you find it annoying & difficult to pack? I am one of those people who hates packing; I’d almost rather pay someone to do it for me! However, I’ve learned a few tips that make my job a lot easier when packing. First and foremost, always make a list (and check it twice!) I like to put my list into categories so I don’t leave anything out. I usually divide it up into these sections; clothes, shoes, accessories, toiletries, and hair & makeup products. This makes for a pretty thorough list.
Do you find that you tend to overpack? Underpack? (is this possible? Haha) If so, you should probably try my second tip; plan your entire outfit out for each day that you’ll be gone. Hopefully you have some idea of what you’ll be doing on the trip, so plan your outfit; undergarments, shoes, jewelry, and any accessories. This will make your job SO much easier, and you probably won’t forget anything important this way either.
My third tip for saving space in that suitcase that’s never quite big enough is to downsize your makeup bag. I know some of you are thinking that I’m crazy and that you need every piece of makeup you own, but I promise that you won’t. Go through your makeup stash that you use on a daily basis, and evaluate carefully. Which things do you use every time you get ready? Pack those things first and then anything else you suspect that you’ll most definitely need. I’ve tried this the past couple trips I’ve taken, and it freed up an amazing amount of space.
Hope these help you the next time you get away from home. Happy travels!!
So remember when I said to splurge on a good pair of shoes? Well, I have a pair that I am super excited to wear this spring & summer! I got these $200 white Cole Haan loafers on sale at the end of last season for $80! What a sweet deal! Another tip for great savings; buy stuff at the end of that particular season and save it for next year- you’ll save anywhere from 50-80% if you shop like this… I love it! What’s your favorite thing to splurge on? Get an awesome deal on a nice pair of shoes? Send me a picture : )
So lately I’ve been thinking about fashion do’s and don’ts and what rules you should follow in what season, and so forth. It finally struck me; you and I can follow all of these “rules”, but when we all start to dress alike, where’s the fun in that? Here’s my tip for the day; pick a fashion rule, and break it. What?? You heard me; break it!! I decided to try this today. Here’s the response I got from my mother; “You’re wearing pink with THAT?” I smiled and nodded. I wore blue and pink, and I really enjoyed not being all matchy matchy. You know the people; the ones that match their necklace to their shirt to their belt to their bracelets– you get my drift. Some of my favorites are wearing black & brown together and gold & silver together- try it; you’ll be surprised! I also enjoy wearing white whenever the HECK I want!
Here’s to taking risks; cheers!! : )
After all of this warm weather, I’m wondering if the cold is gone for good! We decided to skip right past winter this year, which is just fine by me. I read an interesting article yesterday that said to get your floral prints ready for spring and also your wide leg pants. Apparently those skinny jeans need to take a rest on your closet shelf for the season! I’ll have more spring wardrobe advice soon, but this will get you started.
I was so excited to wear a skirt yesterday in the 80 degree weather; I just had to post it! : )
Did you just start a new job or graduate from college? Ever feel overwhelmed about what all to get involved in and even better, how will you get involved? Have no fear; I have a few tips that may help you decide where and how to get involved! First off, find a non-profit that you’re passionate about and volunteer. There are many great, local organizations that are always looking for an extra hand. It’s a very rewarding and simple way to meet people in the community. If you’re looking for places now, you should check out Harbor House of Louisville, March of Dimes Louisville chapter, Ronald McDonald House, or Providence Retirement Home. These are just a few places that I have a connection to, but there are a ton of wonderful places here in Louisville.
My next suggestion is to join a group like YPAL (Young Professionals Association of Louisville) where you can meet people around your age who are just entering the workplace…there’s power in numbers, ya know!! YPAL provides an opportunity for community volunteering, professional networking, and a number of social events, and it’s only $50 a year. If you’re looking for a more career oriented group like myself, there’s plenty of those around too. I’m a member of AAF (American Advertising Federation- Louisville; formerly known as AdFed), and I absolutely love it. I am on the Young Advertising Professionals committee, and it’s very rewarding. We coordinate career advice seminars, happy hours, and great networking events. It’s a great way to meet people in your field and create some great contacts! Find one in your field & get involved.
I also suggest joining your local chamber of commerce. This can lead to endless contacts. Each day, new businesses rising up in Kentuckiana are joining their local chambers. This is a wonderful way to network; especially in sales. The chambers are typically very close knit and always like to support fellow chamber members and businesses. I think every business owner should join a chamber and also encourage individuals to get involved as well! Some of the most well known in Kentuckiana are: GLI; Greater Louisville Inc.- The Metro Chamber of Commerce, which holds a Small Business Breakfast Club that is super cool. One Southern Indiana is another great one, along with SMABA (St.Matthews Area Business Association), and Middletown Chamber of Commerce– just to name a few!
There are many more ways to get involved, but hopefully this is a nice starting place. If you would like contact information at any of the places I’ve mentioned, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Get moving! What are you waiting for? : )