Happy International Women’s Day!

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On March 8th during International Women’s Day (IWD), women around the world are celebrated for our economic, political, and social achievements.  Although we continue to face political and social struggles, on this day people around the world reflect and discuss these issues in a more hopeful manner.  But every day needs to be IWD – one day out of 365 is not enough to make the significant changes required for gender equality.

That said, this is a day to lift each other up and recognize that being a woman is a gift.  I am so proud and feel extremely lucky to be a woman.  And I cherish those things that make me different than men.  I bonded with my children 9 months before my husband did.  I feel a spectrum of emotions and at times express it outwardly, which makes me more empathetic (and we all know EI is the new IQ).  Speaking of IQ, women have a higher IQ than men – read the research.  All women know we tend to be better communicators – we can talk anything out before it escalates to an argument.  If only our male counterparts had that same gift.  And no one is better at the juggling act than us – career, kids, husband, life.  The list is endless.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, EMC’s Women’s Leadership Forum will be at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, ringing the closing bell.  I am proud to be President of this organization and I, along with our board and our members are painting the stock exchange purple.  I can’t wait to share more with you in the coming days!

To all the ladies out there, Happy International Women’s Day. You are absolutely wonderful. Make sure you are celebrated today and every day because you deserve it.

Infusing Personal Style into Your Suit

I don’t usually wear a matching suit to work but there is a time and a place for everything.  And my meeting this week with a more conservative business leader called for a more “corporate” look.  So here is a pant suit I wore this past week.  Even though I was trying to look more corporate, I still tried to infuse my style and personality.  What better way to make a navy suit pop than with colors and patterns.  I love the subtle pattern on this peplum-like shirt.  And the red shoes add an interesting touch.  This pair of red shoes has turned into a neutral for me, which I have been pairing with lots of different looks and colors.  No more boring suit – now you can make it your own!

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Suit:  Theory | Shirt: H&M | Shoes: Via Spiga | Necklace: Van Cleef & Arpels

How to Transition Your Work Wear from Day to Night

What a week!!  If you live in the northeast, you know exactly what I mean.  This week the northeast experienced the #blizzardof2015 also known as #snowmageddon. But for those of us in NYC, it was the storm that never was – much to do about nothing.  I’m not complaining, who wants 3 feet of snow dumped on them, but it definitely threw off my plans.  I was forced to stay home for a 2 days video conference meeting- again, not a complaint since the meeting was originally supposed to take place in the Boston area.  But, by Thursday, I was beyond delighted to head into the office and needed a little time with my friends to celebrate my reemergence.  Which brings me to the topic at hand – how to transition from day to night.  If you do any entertaining for work or just enjoy happy hour with your colleagues, you sometimes want to change up your look from business to fun.  And you can easily do this by switching out a couple of accessories.  On Thursday I had a bunch of meetings in the office and on video (gotta love working for a tech company :) ) so I wore a LBD (little black dress) with a blazer.  When it was time to head out for a beverage (or two) I took of the blazer, changed up my necklace and shoes, threw on a belt (which I ended up knotting for both function and fashion – it was too long) and added a clutch for easy handling at the bar.  A little hair flip to bring back the volume to my limp hair and viola – day to night was that simple.

 

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Dress: Escada, Blazer: Theory, Necklace: Banana Republic, Belt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

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Dress: Escada, Necklace: H&M, Belt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Enzo Angionlini, Clutch: Chanel

 

 

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Knot your belt, rather than buckling it, to create an interesting look.

 

 

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Trend Report: How to Wear White in the Winter

This week I bring you another trend report. As I mentioned in my last post, I want to start the year by sharing with you how you can incorporate the top 2015 trends into your business wear. I am allergic to the black pantsuit and am always looking for an alternative. So the next trend I am going to focus on is all white.

You’ve probably heard people say to you, “Don’t wear white after labor day”. Well forget that advice – this look isn’t confined by that rule! This is a trend and color that looks great year round. Everything goes with it and because it’s monochromatic, you will look longer and taller!

There is a little bit of art to wearing all white. Let me share with you a few tips on how you can master this look:

  • Pay attention to the fabric. For winter, choose heavier fabrics like tweeds and knits, incorporating silks and satins. For summer, light fabrics like denim, linens, cotton, lace trims and silk are best.
  • Break up the single color palette by mixing different shades of white.
  • Accessorize. Bring in fun patterns and colors to finish off your look.

Here are two outfits to help visualize this trend:

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You are now ready to be bold and rock your all white look.   Wear it with confidence and you will command everyone’s attention when you enter your next meeting.