• Work It

    how to work: burgundy into your fall/winter wardrobe

    pencilskirtandpumps: how to ‘work’: burgundy into your work wardrobe this fall  Marc Jacobs purple dress / Jardin des Orangers cashmere sweater / Topshop skirt / Zara shoes / Yves Saint Laurent leather purse / Danier : leather jacket/ Sites-ysl_us-Site lipstick me

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the essentials: the unsung hero – little white dress

    Nina Garcia says: the LWD is the ‘unsung’ hero according to nina garcia in One Hundred.  wearing white can be tricky, especially if you are like me and enjoy your morning coffee. how i work the LWD: i grew out of my Zara white dress and got this Club Monaco one because it’s an a-line and loved the black panel detail on the sides and the waffling fabric.  i will transition this from summer (pair with flats) to fall with tights and my leather jacket. The LWD is also great day-to-night option if you want to give the LBD a break. Add some gold accessories and head out for afterwork…

  • Health and Wellness,  Offline: Tips & Musings

    Deskercise: 6 Easy Workouts you can Literally do at your Computer | The LUXE LifeThe LUXE Life

    Apparently sitting is the new smoking when it comes to things that are bad for your health. Luxe Life posted these 6 exercises to keep you in shape while working at your desk all day. I plan to try these out. me Deskercise: 6 Easy Workouts you can Literally do at your Computer | The LUXE LifeThe LUXE Life

  • Offline: Tips & Musings

    cube dwelling: not when you write in all caps…

    dr. hunt: “hey, don’t you ever answer your texts!” det. morris: “not when you write in all capitals. It’s like yelling. It’s rude.” dr. hunt: “its emphatic.” while watching ‘body of proof’ last week i heard this exchange and reminded me of how many times i’ve encountered the improper use of capital letters and exclamation marks in work emails. you know that email you get from your supervisor or senior staff that has a sentence or two that ends in a bunch of exclamation marks, or is in all capital letters. the ultimate offenders are the people who use all caps, double/triple exclamation marks, and yellow highlights to get some…

  • Offline: Tips & Musings

    cube dwelling: if you have to cry go outside…

    i recently read kelly cutrone’s, ”if you have to cry go outside”, for the 2nd time. it’s an insightful read for those entering the fashion biz as interns or new employees. i wanted to share 3 of her top 10 career don’ts (or how not to get a career in fashion) with you as these ones resonnated with me the most and i think can apply to any job, not just in fashion: 1. don’t recreate your family at work 2. don’t think your boss owes you anything but a paycheck; and 3. don’t cry in the office. ever. if you have to cry go outside. that is some solid career advice…

  • Offline: Tips & Musings

    cube dwelling: resolutions…schmesolutions!

    don’t me:      so, what are your resolutions for 2012? niece:   i make resolutions and end up breakin’ them, what’s the point?! i’m not making any. me:      well, they don’t have to be resolutions resolutions, you can just do a to-do-list, you know, write down a list of things you’d like to get done over the year. niece:  i already have my forever growing to-do-list, right here *taps her index finger to her head* me: *eye roll* do i don’t know but there’s something to be said for writing things/goals down. guess, i’m just ol’ skool like that. if 2012 is the year you want to shake things up in…

  • Offline: Tips & Musings

    cube dwelling: sorry is all that you can’t say

    “i’m really sorry that i offended you. i didn’t mean to but…” but? but what?! any apology that includes the word “but” is a non-apology, an excuse disguised to look like an apology. do “sorry” is all that you should say: don’t let words like “but” get in the way. apologize in private: if you’re in the office use a boardroom or take the person out for a coffee when making your apology. making an apology can be uncomfortable enough, you don’t need an audience. did you miss anyone?: if the offending behaviour took place amongst other coworkers, they too may have been affected. think about apologizing to that group…

  • Offline: Tips & Musings

    cube dwelling: droppin’ f-bombs like it’s hot

      f@#* me! f@#* off! no f’ing way! get the f@#* outta here! are you f@#*ing kidding me?! that’s f@#*ing bulls@#*t! that’s really f@#*d up! i once worked for a guy who used to drop f-bombs on the regular.  i found it jarring and offensive so i asked him, politely, not to use that language when speaking to me. he stopped. maybe you think it’s funny, or you and the boss are tight like that so you’re comfortable sharing expletives, or maybe the boss is just the expressive type. what’s the big deal, its harmless, right? dropping the f-bomb or other expletives, shouldn’t be how you communicate in the work place. it’s…

  • Offline: Tips & Musings

    Work Relating: Lookin’ good – time well spent

    what i’m learning from my closet inventory adventure is that looking put-to-together takes time and effort. no wonder people fall into the ‘uniform trap’ – you know, when you can tell the day of the week by what your co-worker is wearing? oh it must be tuesday ‘cause Morrie’s wearing his blue golf shirt and navy blue pants.  who’s got time or even wants to think about putting together “outfits”? i get it. but here’s the thing, i like to think of looking put-together for work as just another way of taking care of myself (like exercising and eating right) and as a part of my career plan.   It’s a…