Two Week Roundup of Shop Your Closet Outfits

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 😉

Last week was my first full week of the Beyond the Suit Shop Your Closet challenge.  I’ve been so good.  Despite all the temptation around me (I work in a major shopping area) I stayed focused and didn’t shop.  And, most importantly, I spent time in my closet getting reacquainted to all the clothes I own.  I dug deep and found some treasures!  Clothes I haven’t worn in well over a year and, I’m ashamed to admit this, but clothes with tags still on them.  But this challenge is breathing new life into my closet.  I now realized sometimes we can all get in a rut with our work attire.  Working in a corporate environment can stifle creativity so we wear the same clothes, the same way, all the time.  This is why I am really pushing myself to look at my clothes through a new lens and come up with new ways to wear them.  Here’s a tip:  When you just feel like you have no other way to wear a certain article of clothing, open up your Pinterest app and do a search for that piece along with the word “work”.  Instant inspiration!
So here some of my my looks for the past two week.  If you are doing this style challenge with me, don’t forget to tag your photos on social media with #BTSShopYourCloset.  I’m keeping an eye out for your creations.  
And check back in a few days for major news!

Dress: Bloomingdales, Jacket: Saks Fifth Avenue, Shoes: French Connection, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane


Top: Target, Skirt: Escada, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi, Necklace: I can’t remember but i bought it on RueLaLa.


Dress: H&M, Jacket & Necklace: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Enzo


This skirt has been hanging in my closet, unworn, for over a year. A travesty! Sweater: Gap, Denim Shirt: Lauren Conrad, Skirt: Escada, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane


Throwback to a Ted Talk I watched a few months ago where the speaker shared that before any big meeting or presentation, once should stand in a power pose to build their self confidence and pump themselves up. Dress: J. Crew, Jacket: Theory, Shoes: French Connection, Necklace: Van Cleef & Arpels


White Shirt: H&M, Striped Shirt: Express, Pants: Banana Republic, Shoes: French Connection, Necklace: Forever21


Shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi, Necklace H&M

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. “