Hello my friends! It has been way too long. I finally carved out some time to get back to writing my blog. I’ve been super busy with work, family and planning a super exciting series of events that are happening next week. I’ll fill in on those later 😉
2014 was an amazing year for Beyond the Suit. The blog was launched, we connected with hundreds of women who wanted to elevate their personal brand at work, we had our first event at the Massachusetts Conference for Women and our readership went global! When I stop and look back at all the success it wouldn’t have happened without all of you – all the women (and even men) who come back weekly to read the blog, leave comments and share ideas. This blog is for you and because of you. Hope you have an amazing night bringing in the new year. Look forward to everything 2015 will bring us!
And now, let’s countdown the top 5 blog posts of 2014:
And the #1 post in 2014 is….
So a couple of things happened last weekend – the weather dipped below 50 degrees in New York City, November officially started and we set our clocks back an hour. This is when I lose all hope of mild weather and accept the fact that I will soon be wearing 10 layers of clothes under my coat through April, if I’m lucky. I am a New Yorker, born and raised, but the cold winters never seem to get easier. And with this realization comes the mourning period. I am no longer in the mood for bright colors and I start to gravitate towards dark colors.
This week I wore several dark outfits but I wanted to share my favorite look of the week with you. I decided to try the midi skirt trend that is all the rage right now. I have always loved how these skirts look on models in magazines but when I would try them on, I always felt so matronly, almost like a nun from my elementary school days. But then I found this one at H&M and thought, “Hell, why not!” I paired it with another find from the same shopping trip to H&M – white tuxedo blouse. And the shoes are from French Connection. I personally like adding this particular shoe because it has some edge to it, contradictory to a very feminine and classic look with the long, flowy skirt. That’s what style is all about – making great outfits out of things you wouldn’t necessarily think work well together. I love this outfit because it’s office appropriate but also “after work drinks” ready. Super versatile.
I often wear clothes from H&M and that’s because I love the store! H&M has come a long way from selling the basics. Their clothes are now always on trend, they have teamed up with great designers in the past and currently (Alexander Wang collection came out on November 6th) and it’s affordable. I believe in spending money on the things that will last. Love brands like Theory and Elie Tahari for suits and other staples that I will keep for years, but for clothes that are representative of the current trends, I make my money stretch and shop more affordable brands. You can be 25 or 55 and find great clothes at H&M.
I hope you stay warm this upcoming winter. If you are in a cold location like me, join me for a little morning prayer to mother nature, asking her for mercy. If you are in a location with milder weather, I’m jealous!
I am addicted to Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palettes and right now it’s all about Naked 3, which is their rose eye shadow collection. Most days I incorporate at least one of the eye shadow colors into my work makeup look. The other day while I was visiting H&M’s new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, I noticed they had different sets of smoky eye palettes with one in rose shades. It is so similar to that of Urban Decay’s that I had to pick it up and try it on. End result – great color! I was able to create a great pink neutral look that is perfect for daytime at the office. Pink is really in right now – lips, eyes and cheeks. This is a great way to incorporate the color into your daytime routine and the price can’t be beat ($5.95). And the color lasted all day, so two thumbs up on long wear as well.