Summer Series: Cocktail Dress

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cocktail dress for the summer

If your grandma dressed like Jackie Kennedy, I hope you are taking advantage of her closet!  Some looks just don’t go out of style. This dress, with its vintage collar and flattering black lines, is perfect for a company dinner, wine and cheese reception, or cocktails on the patio in the summertime. Perfect, that is, so long as you are extra cautious around red wine, red pasta sauce, and BBQ ribs. (Beware of the red sauce!!!)  Continue reading →

How to fold a shirt

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How to fold a shirt

 

A long-sleeved button-up collared shirt belongs on a hanger, not in a drawer; but what about when you have to fold it up for packing in a suitcase? (Or upon any other occasion when such a shirt is to be folded.) How exactly do the store clerks fold shirts so nicely? Well, I had a clerk teach me, and now I’m teaching you. Video would be cool, but if you’re like me and need to look at the image and compare and redo a few times, a video would go way too fast. So, in step-by-step pictured layout, I present “How to fold a shirt”:

 

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Gray Pinstripe Interview Suit

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If you don’t own one already, allow me to introduce one of the most versatile suits on the rack–gray pinstripe. For interviews, a black skirt suit and navy skirt suit are probably the most common. They express confidence and power, important attributes when interviewing with a multi-national firm. By contrast, a light, heather-gray suit may not seem as commanding or impressive as its darker counterparts.  Continue reading →

Quote on Confidence

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Quote about confidence

I heard this quote earlier in the week. I laughed, and thought it was too good not to share. Whether you’re going in for an interview, making a business pitch to a VC firm, or rowing out to find the elusive white whale, take your “tarter sauce” and go with confidence!

Outfit for Gala Event

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What would you wear if you had the chance to attend a gala event? silver bead earrings

Pronounced both “ɡālə” or “ɡalə “, a gala is a social event, usually with dinner and entertainment. It can be a whoop-de-doo affair and an opportunity to get dolled up for a night out. So, what about when you’re invited to go to a gala event for your job??? This is what happened to me: Continue reading →

Networking Reception

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DSC_0211It can happen after a speech, it can happen during a book-signing, it can happen during a conference or class reunion: the networking reception. Ah, the networking reception. What to wear to a networking reception?
This particular reception was one of those late afternoon affairs, too early for the sort of cocktail dress you might wear at a wine & cheese reception. Not a formal dinner, so the evening gown was out. Not located in a bar or lounge, so jeans and other comfy/casual was out. This is the type of networking reception where I was expected to shake hands, smile a lot, inform people that, yes, I was an associate with such-and-such firm, swap business cards as appropriate, but otherwise to sort of blend in and just be a presence in the room.

 

 

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