The Hidden Gift in Heartbreak: How I used a Break-Up as a Gift

The Hidden Gift in Heartbreak:  How I used a Break-Up as a Gift

I was in the passenger seat riding back from a quick road trip to Charlottesville.

We went to a drive-through to get some food.

Typically I would have grabbed a fry or two out of the bag but my mind was swirling.

He just told me his family was coming into town for his birthday.  A family that I had met, I knew, but there was no invitation to join him. 

I was replaying the past few months in my head.  The good days, the okay days and the really sucky days. 

He told me a couple weeks earlier that he didn’t want to get married or have children.  I knew this wasn’t true. 

He didn’t want this with ME. 

Yet we kept seeing each other. 

A Cautionary Style Tale about Wearing Summer Clothes

A Cautionary Style Tale about Wearing Summer Clothes

A few years back, I was sitting in an all-hands meeting with about 40 of my coworkers. 

The room was divided into several rows of lined up chairs in order to accommodate the large group.

I was sitting in the back row listening to all the leads discuss their team’s accomplishments for the month.

One particular lead had my style radar on full alert when she stood up.

She was standing in the front row, her back was toward me so I had a full view of her dress getting stuck in her raie des fesses (aka, her derrière cleavage). 

The entire time she was speaking 30 of her coworkers including me got a good view of this happening.

In a professional or non-professional situation, this has to be mortifying!!!! 

This scenario could have been completely prevented if the right undergarments were worn. 

Style Tip: Wearing a Driving Shoe

I'm starting a new "Style Tip" series where I'll be giving you quick ideas on how to enhance your personal style and wardrobe.  

This week, I want to talk about how you can protect your shoe investments.  If you are like me, if you find a comfortable yet stylish pair of shoes then those shoes are precious to you.  You will do everything you can to lengthen the longevity of them.  

One way you can ensure these shoes continue looking great is by wearing a different shoe when driving your car.  

A while back, I was in a client's closet and several pair of her work shoes were all scuffed up in the back.  I knew right then and there, these particular shoes were getting rubbed on the floor mat of her car.  She was commuting long distances and these shoes were showing it.  

I personally have experienced the same thing as I used to drive about 50-80 miles a day while working and going to graduate school.  My shoes were taking a beating.  

Here is one half of my driving shoes.  They are a super comfortable pair of athletic flats I got for a great price at Nordstrom Rack.  I tend to wear my driving shoe only on my right foot as that's the shoe that takes a beating.  

Here is one half of my driving shoes.  They are a super comfortable pair of athletic flats I got for a great price at Nordstrom Rack.  I tend to wear my driving shoe only on my right foot as that's the shoe that takes a beating.  

So to save those precious shoes, designate one pair of shoes, particularly an athletic type shoe or flat as your "driving shoe."  Let these shoes take a beating on the floor mat to save your most desired shoes.  BTW, I don't recommend flip flops being used as your driving shoe.

Also, my driving shoes have come in handy when the shoes I'm wearing have started to hurt or rub on my skin.  Basically, it is always a good idea to have another pair of shoes in the car for both comfort and protecting your other shoes.  

 

Why you can't postpone investing in your style anymore (Part 3)

Why you can't postpone investing in your style anymore (Part 3)

This is part 3 of my blog series entitled, “Why you can’t postpone investing in your style anymore.”

In Part 1, I discussed why excuses typically equate to deeper fears around spending time and money on your style, image and appearance.

In Part 2, I explain the importance of your personal style because it creates a visual signature or a personal brand for yourself.  Marrying your image with your goals can be a powerful tool in helping you carrying out and reaching those milestones. 

In this post, I want to discuss how I used style as a tool to assist me during a time in my life that I was at an all-time low in my confidence and self-esteem. 

Why you can't postpone investing in your style anymore (Part 2)

Why you can't postpone investing in your style anymore (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my blog series about why you can’t prolong investing in your style anymore.  You can access Part 1 here

Did you know you could use your style to propel you in reaching your goals and creating the life you desire? 

Yep, that’s how powerful your style is!   

Want to meet the love of your life? 

Want to change careers? 

Want to get a promotion? 

Want to meet new friends? 

Want to increase the amount of money you are making in your business? 

Have another badass goal that I didn’t list? 

Well your image and style can be used as a tool to help you get there.

Can you imagine how much freedom you would have to be yourself when you aren’t fighting with your clothes every morning? 

Why you can't postpone investing in your style anymore (Part 1)

Why you can't postpone investing in your style anymore (Part 1)

“I don’t have time. 

I want to lose 15 pounds first. 

Work is so busy, again, I don’t have the time. 

Looking for new clothes is stressful and I don’t want to put myself through that again. 

Nothing looks good on me even when I do shop.

Clothes aren’t important, what’s inside of me is what counts. 

I’ll just make sure I control what kind of dates I go on in the future so I have something to wear.”

This is the highlight reel of the reasons my wonderful friend is unable to invest in her style right now. 

But let me back up a little to tell you how this conversation started. 

How to Find the Perfect Knee-High Boots for YOU

How to Find the Perfect Knee-High Boots for YOU

Last year a close girlfriend came to me in utter exhaustion over trying to find a pair of knee high boots.  She had been endlessly searching and trying on boots for OVER 3 YEARS but could not find a pair. 

Majority of the times, she could find a pair of boots that fit her foot but she couldn’t get them to zip up past her calves.  If she did find a pair that would fit her calves, they weren’t quite her style so she had to pass on them or they felt uncomfortable on her foot.  It was an endless cycle of “never quite right!” 

She was ready to throw in the towel and relinquish to the fact that knee high boots weren’t for her.  Thankfully her trusty friend and image coach came to her rescue to pass along the secret to rocking knee high boots regardless of your leg or calf size.

Do this when a guy doesn’t text or call you after a fantastic date

Do this when a guy doesn’t text or call you after a fantastic date

You went on a first date.   You had a great time.  Now you kind of like the guy.  You are intrigued and are excited to get to know him. 

You are also super excited to see him again.  You're planning your outfit, figuring out what days you are free next week, researching fun date ideas.  You can’t wait!

But you have no clue when that second date will be and you haven’t heard from him yet. 

Now you are waiting.

How a Professional Color Analysis will ROCK Your World

How a Professional Color Analysis will ROCK Your World

Do you want a way to look healthier, more vibrant, diminish fine lines, decrease dark bags under the eyes, reduce the redness of blemishes, smooth away age spots WITHOUT having to step foot in a dermatologist office? 

And to boot, save money and time while you are at it.  If you are screaming “YES!!!” (or at least slightly intrigued) then you’ve come to the right blog post.