Now We Can All Shop Olivia Pope’s Closet

Something amazing has happened.  The Limited teamed up Scandal star Kerry Washington and costume designers Lyn Paolo & Elliot Staples to create a collection inspired by Olivia Pope.  If you watch Scandal, and who doesn’t, this is a dream come true.  No one embodies confidence, style and success like Olivia Pope.  You can shop the entire collection on The Limited website, but I’ve pulled some of my favorite pieces from the collection.  Only problem, we don’t have a Limited in NYC – ugh!  Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend! :)

 

Scandal Gladiator Wear

One Accessory You Cannot Live Without – Self Confidence

Did you think I was going to say shoes or handbags?  Maybe next time.

The one accessory you cannot live without doesn’t cost anything, you cannot buy it and it will never go out of style.  It’s your self-confidence.  Think back to a woman you recently met who had it all together and had you in complete awe.  She’s probably someone you look up to and want to be like.  What stood out about her?  Sure, maybe she dressed impeccably or was articulate and polished. But what really made her stand out and leave you with that lasting impression was her self-confidence.

Attributes of someone who is confident:  successful, accomplished, leader, expert, sure of one’s self, self-aware, composed.

Attributes of someone who lacks confidence:  weak, failure, incapable, insecure, self doubt, fearful.

Lack of confidence can be detrimental to your image, brand and ultimately your career.  You will not be viewed as an expert; you will be viewed as someone with limitations, someone who may not have the ability to be successful.

Being self-confident leads to success.  Self-confident women know who they are and what they stand for.  They are comfortable in their own skin.  They don’t know about limitations or failure – these things aren’t in their line of sight.  They are fearless and take risks.  Does this sound like someone you want to be?

You will encounter people in your career that will try to place limits on you or hold you back.  They will make you question yourself.  If you ever start to have these feelings, remember that you are special and offer something unique.   You are not defined by others, you are who YOU want to be.

Be comfortable in your own skin.  Don’t conform to the accepted norms – be true to you.   Look for those opportunities where you can take risks and prove people wrong.  And tuck your fears away in a drawer.  If you don’t think about them, they won’t materialize.  The only limitations you have are those that you put on yourself, so don’t!

If you start to doubt yourself, go look in the mirror, take your power pose stance and say, “I am intelligent. I am passionate. I am fearless.  I can accomplish anything.  I am making amazing things happen. “