#Dress For Success

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Research and science is finally catching up to what we all know to be true, “Clothes make the wo-man”. True or false, does science, research, and statistics determine your future? Or is your future so bright you need to wear shades (designer shades of course, with matching jacket, purse, and shoes). Answer the poll below:

♥ AJ

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Fashion Fortune Cookie 5 – Friendship

Fashion Fortune Cookie – 5 – Friendship

You want to know what the future holds for you? Wish you had a crystal ball? Or that you could read tea leaves? Hmm… these tea leaves say I cut my lip on this damn chipped tea cup. As the saying goes, the best way to predict the future is to create it.

So what’s your fortune… cookie?

This is your fashion fortune cookie and we are going to create some good fortune for you. This episode is about friendship

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Style Sorority: Deepen your connections with other style seekers.

2 Designer Shoes with Jaw-Dropping Potential

If a dog is man’s best friend and, according to Marilyn, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the Nela single gal’s best friend are going to be designer shoes (you probably thought I was going to say a push-up bra). The reason why is because your confidence takes a hit whether you’ve just gone through a breakup or a divorce. You need to get your confidence back. If you were a housewife, you would probably get vaginal rejuvenation surgery (there are two of them who have done that post-divorce). But there is a much cheaper and less invasive way to get your confidence back, and that’s through your shoes.

We all love this moment—you run into your friend or co-worker, they gasp, their jaw hits the floor, and they ask “Where did you get that?” Oh, the elation you feel at that moment! It feels so good to have those moments. But even better than that is to go out on a date and have a man say, “I love those shoes.” If a man (a straight man) is noticing your shoes, you know that they are hot! There is a way to have these jaw-dropping moments, and it does not involve contacting adoption agencies to see if Christian Louboutin is looking to adopt a full-grown child.

If you had to get two pairs of jaw-dropping shoes to buy, they should be a pair of non-everyday high heels and a pair of boots. An everyday high heel would be the basic, classic black or brown high heel you could wear with almost any outfit. Now, you might be thinking, “I’ll get my money’s worth if I buy classic high heels that I can wear every day.” While that may be partially true, remember that the goal is not to get your money’s worth in the traditional sense but to make as many jaws drop as possible. So when you are deciding to splurge or bargain shop for those designer heels, you want something with a pop. You want an unusual shape, color, pattern, or height. You need something that is going to elicit a gasp from a coworker and make your date take notice of your shoes. There is a reason why the author Nana Malone includes in her Stiletto romance series a pair of gold Christian Louboutin shoes  that bring love and luck to every friend who puts them on (the book series is like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but with a pair of high heels).

The second pair of jaw-dropping designer shoes you need is a good pair of boots. In Jacque Strafford’s book, The Wow Factor, she writes that the way to look wealthy or Chi-Chi is with a pair of boots. I completely agree with this. Also, these boots can be an investment; if you take care of them, they will last a long time. Get these in a classic style so that you can get maximum wear from them. A pair of designer boots is always going to get you compliments from other women, and you can dress them up to make them sexy for dates. I would recommend a knee-high style in either a low-heel riding boot, a wedge boot, or a high-heel boot. Either way, the knee-high style is classic.

A pair of non-everyday designer high heels and a pair of everyday designer knee-high boots will add some jaw-dropping potential to your wardrobe and get you a boost of confidence when you need it the most.

Fashion Fortune Cookie 4 – Peace

Fashion Fortune Cookie – 4 – Peace

You want to know what the future holds for you? Wish you had a crystal ball? Or that you could read tea leaves? Hmm… these tea leaves say you cannot use oregano instead of tea leaves. As the saying goes, the best way to predict the future is to create it.

So what’s your fortune… cookie?

This is your fashion fortune cookie and we are going to create some good fortune for you. This episode is about peace.

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#StyleProfile: Lauren Bacall

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Name: Lauren Bacall

Occupation: actress and singer

This outfit is chic because… 

The diagonal stripes of the blouse

You can be chic too by…

Why go vertical, or horizontal, when you can go diagonal. Integrate diagonal stripes into your wardrobe.

♥ AJ

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5 Designer Wardrobe Pieces for Professional Speakers

A general rule for professional speakers is to dress one level up from the audience. And a way to follow that rule is to go designer. However, even if your mindset is designer, your budget may not be designer, so how can you pull this off? There are five pieces I would recommend that you begin to acquire for your wardrobe that will let you get plenty of mileage, compliments, and cache out of them.

Let’s work from head to toe.

  1.   A designer jacket. A designer jacket is going to add some oomph to a top that may have been purchased at Target. The jacket helps to pull together any stage outfit and looks great in photos. For this designer jacket, you can go the more traditional route of a blazer or a Chanel-inspired jacket.
  2.  A designer statement necklace. Again, a statement necklace will allow you to dress up a top or dress and completely transform the ordinary to extraordinary. A designer piece will have a unique look that will be difficult for other speakers to replicate.
  3.  A designer dress. A designer dress will offer you the opportunity to create many different looks. Pair it with different jackets, cardigans, and necklaces to create complete different looks and get some extra mileage out of this designer dress. The designer dress will probably also have a better cut and a more figure-flattering silhouette.
  4. A pair of non-everyday designer high heels. An everyday high heel would be the basic, classic black or brown high heels you could wear with almost any outfit. Now, you might be thinking, “I’ll get my money’s worth if I buy classic high heels that I can wear every day.” While that may be partially true, remember that the goal is not to get your money’s worth in the traditional sense but to make as many jaws drop as possible. So when you are deciding to splurge or bargain shop for those designer heels, you want something with a pop. You want an unusual shape, color, pattern, or height. You need something that is going to elicit the audience members’ comments on you shoes to the people sitting next to them and later have audience members coming up to you to give you compliments on your shoes.
  5.  A good pair of designer boots. In Jacque Strafford’s book, The Wow Factor, she writes that the way to look wealthy or Chi-Chi is with a pair of boots. I completely agree with this. Also, these boots can be an investment; if you take care of them, they will last a long time. Get these in a classic style so that you can get maximum wear from them. A pair of designer boots is always going to get you compliments from other women and speakers. I would recommend a knee-high style in either a low-heel riding boot, a wedge boot, or a high-heel boot. Either way, the knee-high style is classic.

#MakeoverMinute: Put on driving gloves

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Do you have a minute? Of course, you do. Do something rewarding with that minute. Reinvent and reinvigorate yourself and your sense of style. I promise…it’ll only take a minute.

1-Minute to Chic
Your Instant Style Makeover:
Put on driving gloves.

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Time: 0:15: Go back to your closet

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Time: 0:30: Grab your driving gloves

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Time: 1:00: Enjoy driving your car with your stylish driving gloves

♥ AJ

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Week 1: The boyfriend _________ that will rebound your work wardrobe. www.pickupyourstyle.com