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1603, 2016

Instagram change: Curated instead of Chrono

By | March 16th, 2016|Social Media|Comments Off on Instagram change: Curated instead of Chrono

Why? Why do the social media giants keep messing with our dashboards? The change from posts appearing in reverse chronological order to curated order happened first with Facebook, then Twitter, now Instagram (owned by Facebook). As a branding professional, I spend more than my fair share of time on social media sites. And I completely understand corporate reasons for curating user feeds: 1) To zone in on consumer interests to make sites more marketable for corporations; 2) To make the experience better for the users. My gut tells me that reason one greatly outweighs reason two (tell me if you [...]

1103, 2016

Do you have a work bestie?

By | March 11th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Do you have a work bestie?

I do believe that 89% of my best friends have come from places I have worked (I haven't done an actual statistical analysis…). I worked as a temp at a desk-top publishing business in the very early ‘90s for a hot minute – one of my very best friends is from that experience. I worked in development and communications for 13 years at an amazing Visiting Nurse Association – several of my great friends are from there including my friend from the temp job who I managed to bring in to cover my job during a maternity leave (she never [...]

1103, 2016

smartgirlsattheparty: Remember, Smarties: chocolate chip…

By | March 11th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on smartgirlsattheparty: Remember, Smarties: chocolate chip…

smartgirlsattheparty: Remember, Smarties: chocolate chip cookies, post-it notes, and potato chips were all invented by accident. Don't be afraid to make mistakes! ⚡️ (via @theboredkids) Truth. Source:: Professionality Consulting

803, 2016

This is a pic of my first role model. The woman who had the…

By | March 8th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on This is a pic of my first role model. The woman who had the…

This is a pic of my first role model. The woman who had the greatest impact on my life. A woman who could wear the hell out of a pair of trousers. My mom, of course. Source:: Professionality Consulting

103, 2016

Inspired by Cate

By | March 1st, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Inspired by Cate

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? Just watched Chris Rock's opening monologue? Or maybe followed the Red Carpet action? I watch snippets, glean the high points, and oggle the fashion, of course. Honestly, everyone looked beautiful, handsome, [INSERT YOUR OWN POSITIVE ADJECTIVE HERE!]. My favorite dresses were worn by Rooney Mara, Naomi Watts, and Cate Blanchett. I also adored the overall vibe of Mindy Kaling, Lady Gaga, and Chrissy Teigen.This set is inspired by ever-elegant Cate Blanchett. The work-appropriate looks are very loosely based on her mint floral-applique Armani Prive gown. Very. Loosely. Based. Source:: Professionality Consulting [...]

2602, 2016

smartgirlsattheparty: “You are never going to be like everyone…

By | February 26th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on smartgirlsattheparty: “You are never going to be like everyone…

smartgirlsattheparty: “You are never going to be like everyone else and it's going to be the greatest realization you will ever have. ” Truth. Source:: Professionality Consulting

2302, 2016

What Is Marketing, Really? | Michael Brenner | LinkedIn

By | February 23rd, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on What Is Marketing, Really? | Michael Brenner | LinkedIn

What Is Marketing, Really? | Michael Brenner | LinkedIn: I'm in California. My big sis and I are going to head off to Sacramento to see family and have some fun in Old Town. But of course, I have to start my day with a little poking around on the Internet. I just read this solid article by Michael Brenner. He writes about what good marketing is: a conversation. Banners and pop up ads aren't good marketing. So then, branding is telling your stories consistently and confidently. It's just part of that conversation. Agreed, Mr. Brenner. Agreed. What do you [...]

2302, 2016

What I wore from Hartford to Denver to San Jose

By | February 23rd, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on What I wore from Hartford to Denver to San Jose

I'm on a vacation: visiting my dear family and friends in San Jose, Gilroy, Sacramento, and Long Beach (Not a work trip but I am working…my way across the state!). Even if I'm not in powerhouse work mode, I like to look put together – like a big, grown-up girl.I love blue and black together, so I paired a long blue tunic with a pair of ponte pants, and a moto jacket. Accessories were a long necklace, blue pointy-toed flats, silver earrings, a long scarf/wrap, and all the necessary electronic accoutrements. Source:: Professionality Consulting

1902, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if you could feel joy when getting…

By | February 19th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Wouldn’t it be great if you could feel joy when getting…

Wouldn't it be great if you could feel joy when getting dressed for the work day? Wouldn't it be amazing if during the fray of the day, when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the bathroom mirror, instead of thinking, “Damn…there I am. And when is this day over?” you think, “Damn! I feel happy! AND look amazing.”Check out the joyous outfits (especially the work appropriate ones) on Pepper's Pretty Plus Pep blog. She incorporates beautiful color and trends but always keeps it classy. Her focus is on styling for plus-size women but the outfits can look amazing on [...]

1102, 2016

Consider a brand filter

By | February 11th, 2016|Social Media|Comments Off on Consider a brand filter

A professional brand isn't just how we dress our bodies, how we communicate, and how we treat others at work: it's also how we put ourselves out there in the world and on the interwebs. We all have Facebook pages and Instagram accounts filled with close and not-so-close friends where we let it fly (which can still be dangerous but I'm not going to be all “your grandmother” here). But when we're posting, tweeting, and blogging to represent our professional selves, to inspire customers, clients and brand fans, we need to be authentic AND judicious. Here's something that works: A [...]

202, 2016

Biz casual to represent

By | February 2nd, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Biz casual to represent

Business casual doesn't mean khakis and a button down (unless that's your company's uniform) and it doesn't mean jeans and a t-shirt (of course, some companies encourage that). Business casual simply means you don't have to wear a jacket. It's an encouragement to dress comfortably but still professionally.These three looks are all business casual tailored to meet different style profiles. If you're a classic/prep, the dress and tights on the left might appeal to you. If you love trends and comfort, the look in the middle may work. And if elegance in whatever you wear or do is your modus [...]

2001, 2016

Only one woman in ten wears culottes. Okay, I made that up. But…

By | January 20th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Only one woman in ten wears culottes. Okay, I made that up. But…

Only one woman in ten wears culottes. Okay, I made that up. But am I right? Culottes are scary. Are they pants? Are they skirts? Skirt/pants? (Skants?) Are they long shorts or short pants? They are a mystery. If you want to jump on the culotte train, get on while you can. They come and they go.Consider the following when styling culottes, gauchos, whatever you want to call them:– Think of culottes like A-line skirts. What would you wear with a longish A-line skirt (just below the knee to mid-calf)?– If you're tall, longer culottes will suit you better – [...]

1501, 2016

I wore a long white shirt today paired with jeans thus I thought…

By | January 15th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on I wore a long white shirt today paired with jeans thus I thought…

I wore a long white shirt today paired with jeans thus I thought about ways to wear this combo to work. Three ideas, all featuring a long white shirt and a pair of fitted brown trousers, and all playing with proportion: – Pop on a short jacket – Wear a long vest – Put on a v-neck sweater (maybe cropped) Have a great weekend! Source:: Professionality Consulting

801, 2016

Thank you for following Professionality. There are 10 gazillion…

By | January 8th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Thank you for following Professionality. There are 10 gazillion…

Thank you for following Professionality. There are 10 gazillion sources for information on professionalism, style, image, clothing, personal brand, and general quirky wisdom. I'm honored that you glance this way once in a while. I appreciate you.I appreciate you and I want to help you. Do you have work-related questions and concerns? Do you want specific information on how to dress your carcass for success? Do you want to know more about body shapes? Representing your brand (You!)? Submit questions any old time. I'll create a post that addresses your need.Best and here's to kicking butt in 2016,Dawn Source:: Professionality [...]

601, 2016

Can pastels work for you?

By | January 6th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Can pastels work for you?

Pantone, the arbiter of color, named a soft blue and a soft pink “Color of the Year.” We can all count on seeing racks of these soft and milky hues. Here are a few tips for wearing “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz,” if pastels make you look like death warmed over.– Wear pastels on your bottom not your top.– Wear a scarf in a color that works for you on top of the pastel shirt, sweater or dress. (Note the look in the middle.)– Wear a high-contrast color jacket on top of the pastel. (Note the look on the left).Generally, these [...]

501, 2016

Spoiler: The Word is Purpose

By | January 5th, 2016|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on Spoiler: The Word is Purpose

2015 was a year of significant change for me. It was our first year in the Berkshires after living in Burlington, Vermont for 30 years: a new home, new people, a different vibe. Not having my best friends around for a coffee, lunch or night out took a bit of joy out of my day to day. My work situation changed. And worst of all, a neighbor was murdered. No joke. It was a bad year.Of course, there were many positives: my daughter graduated from college (How. Did. This. Happen.); my son spread his wings and travelled to Nepal (and [...]

3112, 2015

“Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.” Matsuo…

By | December 31st, 2015|Fashion Tips|Comments Off on “Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.” Matsuo…

“Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.” Matsuo BashoHappy New Year! May your 2016 be full of adventures, learning, and joy. Mwa! Dawn Source:: Professionality Consulting