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1. www.BraSmyth.com offers some of the most beautiful intimate apparel for women looking for comfort, support and sensual appeal. Spend $125, Get $30, PLUS other great deals including $10 off all Bra Smyth Black Label bras, bottoms & bodysuits.
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2. www.DVF.com is the home to the universal wrap dress as well as a myriad of feminine wardrobe pieces. Take advantage of an additional 30% off online and in store sale pieces. Inside Tip: If you don’t find the size you are looking for online, call the SOHO store and ask for Courtney Almeida @ 212.542.5754 and she will gladly locate the size for you.
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3. www.Intermixonline.com is a multi-brand boutique of some of the trendiest and most exclusive fashion brands around, including one-of-a-kind and hard to find ‘it’ items. Enjoy 15% full price purchases that will surely make you stand out in any crowd.
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4. www.SundanceCatalog.com is Robert Redford’s gift to the lifestyle consumer, with its vintage-inspired home décor, handmade jewelry and ‘no-fuss’ comfort style. Take 20% off orders over $100.
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5. www.Papyrusonline.com carries some of my favorite stationery, greeting cards, personalized invitations, wrapping paper, picture frames, scented candles and other beautiful gift items. Enjoy 25% off your entire order, plus free shipping on all order over $75
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6. www.NeimanMarcus.com is a luxury department store that is not available to everyone at a moment’s drive, though I am lucky enough to be able to whiz over to the White Plains store within 20 minutes time. Enjoy purchasing regular priced women & men’s apparel, accessories, beauty, jewelry, corporate gifts and earn up to $500 gift card when you spend $200-$2000 or more.
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7. www.Sephora.com offers the latest and greatest in makeup, fragrance, hair products, tools/accessories, gift sets. They are offering a Free Mystery Gift online only. Enjoy a secret assortment of their top Holiday Beauty Picks—all housed in a Little Black Bag.
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8. www.LillianAugust.com has some of the most exquisite home furnishing and accessories available for women who enjoy beauty and style apart from their office and in addition to their wardrobe. Take advantage of 15% off all gifts and accessories
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9. www.6pm.com is an exclusive online designer outlet of shoes, apparel, handbags, and accessories for women and men with deals 70%-80% off, plus Free Shipping on all Orders.
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10. www.Bluefly.com is one of the original online retailers to sell fashion in a sophisticated manner and it is still my all-time favorite ‘go to’ off-price sites. They have taken 10%-40% off their entire site, plus free standard shipping.
Promo Code1: FALL40 ($200+ purchases)
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Most promo codes are valid through mid-night! Don’t miss out…though I’m sure they’ll be some other type of marketing ploy to entice you to shop some more between now and December 25th.
This season you needn’t feel pressured to over-spend on an abundance of wardrobe pieces as you may already own most of what’s deemed a “must-have.” Instead, treat yourself to one or two of my top 10 office friendly style picks—sure to revive your existing wardrobe, guarantee a great impression, and get you noticed at work—without breaking the bank.
1. Houndstooth is the winning pattern of this season. This traditional black and white print pattern found in everything from dresses, skirts, scarves, coats, shoes, totes, and leggings works exceptionally well with jewel tone colors for a contemporary-chic look. The mini version of this print, referred to as “puppytooth” is suitable for the most corporate of office environments. Increase the scale of the print from medium to extra-large for an added splash of dramatic appeal.
2. Motorcycle jackets are not exactly what you would consider office appropriate in their original state. Reinvented in materials like buttery suede, lush wool, plush tweeds and modified asymmetrical zippers; the motorcycle jacket has earned its place as an alternative to the classic suit jacket. Particularly suitable for sporting in creative and fashion-forward office environments where business casual is acceptable in lieu of a suit. Choose a motorcycle jacket for business appeal that says, “va va voom!”
3. Green is the new “black.” Tones, tints, and shades of green seem to be popping up on the runway, editorial pages, retail, and e-stores. May the craze be partly attributed to global optimism for a rising economy? Perhaps so, but it is perhaps more coincidental than anything else. Regardless, I particularly love an emerald green and teal color combo. It bears the retro vintage look and feel of wild and feathery peacocks that communicates daring femininity—just what you need to bewilder your business adversary.
4. Textures are soft, nubby, tweedy, embroidered, and embossed—all of which are associated with opulence or comfort. High fashion work environments provide a natural setting for head-to-toe usage of these textures; while in ultra conservative atmospheres they may be designated to accessories such as shoes, belts, and handbags. Create interest and depth to fall looks by combining plain or twill weave textures with a variety of sumptuous textured weaves.
5. Cinched waists bring the illusion of an hour-glass figure to every body shape. Peplum dresses and belts on sweaters, jackets, and coats provide a slimming effect for thicker waists and a camouflaging solution for elongating or shortening torsos. Indented waists also appear more tailored and business-appropriate. Who doesn’t want to come across neat and pulled together at her next interview or company-wide meeting, right?
6. A-line skirts and dresses are influenced by the ultra-feminine fashions of the fifties introduced via designers like Christian Dior. With its narrow waistline and wide skirt, this silhouette reinforces the cinched waist. Paired with a short fitted jacket or cardigan, A-line skirts and dresses offer vintage style with an added advantage for women wishing to camouflage molded hips, midriffs, and buttocks. A-line skirts also balance shoulders that are considerably larger than hips. Select this look for after-hours company dinners and events for a touch of corporate class.
7. Oversized coats in bold colors and magnificent fabrics are a popular favorite this season. Adorned with details like oversized buttons, patch pockets, high-low hems, or funnel, inverted and shawl collars, these maxi coats will become your staple outerwear garment for business and play. Customize the voluminous look by accessorizing with a contrasting belt or streamline your appearance by pairing with cigarette pants, leggings, or jeggings.
8. Brooches are making their way back into your jewelry collection this season. Functional and decorative, an interesting brooch will get you noticed at the office and make you stand out at a networking event. Pin one to your lapel, shoulder, scarf, hat, or handbag and experience how much of a conversation starter a brooch can become; especially if there is an exciting travel adventure or an interesting story behind how it was acquired.
9. Leather/leatherette trim transforms the most ordinary garments and accessories into cutting-edge designer looking pieces. While all-leather apparel is typically not appropriate for business, a trace of leather on a vest, suit jacket, or trench coat offers just enough zest to update your image at work. Braided leather trims add even more visual interest and texture in a subtlety sophisticated way.
10. Smoking Slipper Loafers are this season’s most coveted footwear trend. Lasting comfort meets preppy styling—ideal for smart-casual business dressing. Choose these men-inspired flats over their feminine ballerina flat contender for a sophisticated look that is sure to earn you newfound admiration at work. Keep your feet planted firmly on the ground with slipper shoes that elevate your confidence.
A somber aura was cast over Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, as super-star Whitney Houston was remembered and mourned at the event. It seemed the sudden loss of the beautiful and talented Houston threw many of the singers in a wardrobe tizzy; catapulting them into making stranger than usual wardrobe and accessory choices. Perhaps, this is why it was difficult to tell which type of ritual this cast of characters was to attend; awards ceremony or funeral ceremony?
Cast of Characters in Nonsensical ‘Order:’
1. Nicki Minaj’s fire engine red dress and matching Versace cloak (trimmed in oversized black rosary beads) made her look like Mother Superior. Arriving with her date (an unidentified man dressed like The Pope) appeared as if they’d come late to administer the sacrament of anointment. What was she thinking? What was Versace thinking? Was anyone on her team (publicist, manager, agent, stylist, lawyer, well-meaning relative or friend) thinking?
2. Lady Gaga’s faux leather and fishnet get-up was somewhat subdued given her avant-garde style. Besides making her look like a Power Ranger, Gaga’s outfit looked like it was hazardous to her health (restricting her circulation). The confining dress, the fishnet veil, and the golden staff she lugged made her look like the ancient widow of the funeral ceremony.
3. Sarah Gradiva turned what could have been a sweet-looking strapless, floor-length gown into a fashion disaster by pairing it with a ridiculous arm-gun accessory. Though the soft pink dress was the antithesis of the Russian-born pop singer’s hard-looking hair and make-up, it was the violent accessory that really threw the look over the top. Who was she paying homage to at the “funeral ceremony?” Kevin Costner in ‘The Bodyguard?’
4. Cyndi Lauper’s Jean Paul Gaultiers black tuxedo jacket over a maxi-length dress (or skirt and lace bustier?) with a thigh-high slit was a hodge-podge of an outfit that only harmonized her disheveled hair. The CHANEL-inspired chains, which embellished one of her jacket shoulders made her look like an overly decorated pall bearer.
5. Fergie’s Jean Paul Gaulter neon orange, see-through lace gown was surely meant to be sexy and sensual. Instead, it resembled an ornate beach cover-up over an underwire bra and high-waist ‘undie’ combo. Accessorized with a jumbo gold cuff and ghetto-sized gold hoops, Fergie looked like the gum-chewing, long-lost relative at a funeral who makes an obligatory appearance on her way to a night on the town. At least the intimate apparel was black.
Today, I’ll share a cluster of 5 easy-to-keep New Year’s resolutions to help you spark, sustain, and succeed in your career. Remember—they’re short and sweet— but collectively they will have a long-lasting effect not only on this year’s career achievements, but on your career success for years to come.
1. Organize Your Closet:
An organized closet is essential for job seekers and those of us who want to succeed in our careers. Think of all the time and brain cells you’ll save in the morning if you don’t have to give what you are wearing that day a second thought. Also, when your closet is organized you’ll be inspired to add accessories and coordinate outfits that are more interesting and intricate— all portraying a more upscale and sophisticated image of yourself.
2. Wash Your Hair the Night Before:
Bad hair mornings are the source of much anxiety in the morning, missed trains, and lateness for meetings and interviews. Washing your hair in the evening not only frees up time for you in the morning, but massaging your scalp before you go to bed will aid in a more pleasant and restful night’s sleep. You will feel more alert in the morning and ready to take on even the most difficult of bosses or work challenges. In addition, hair that’s been washed the night before has less static and is less slippery for styling. Use the extra time you’d normally spend fussing with your hair in the morning to plan and strategize your day’s work.
3. Go Into Your Archive of Friends & Acquaintances:
We tend to be creatures of habit. We eat the same things, wear the same things, and reach out to the same people. We stay within our comfort zones just because it feels safe. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn and grow by reaching out to more than the same five friends you’ve called within the past year. Go through your holiday cards (both personal and professional) and make a stack of people who you haven’t seen face-to-face in a year. Reach out to at least five people every month throughout this year: that’s sixty “new” people who can feed leads and information to help propel your career or job search.
4. Reward Yourself Without Breaking the Bank:
The holiday season can really be a rat race to send cards, bake cookies, entertain, shop, and wrap presents until wee hour of the night. Feeling depleted will absolutely show on your face and in your performance at work. So it’s important to pamper and reward yourself in ways that will invigorate you without breaking the bank. A simple manicure ($10-$12 + tip) will restore your nails and cuticles post holiday cooking and gift-wrapping. Treat yourself to an at-home aroma therapy bath and spa night after kids and/or significant other have gone to sleep. Indulge with a friend, co-worker, or partner on breakfast, coffee/tea, or after-dinner dessert instead of lunch and dinner—meals which tend to be more expensive social dining options.
5. Be Genuinely Open to Change:
Yes, we desire change. We hope for change. But are we really genuinely open and ready to change? Embrace small changes that will collectively make a difference to the big picture in your life. Choose colors, patterns, and textures in your wardrobe that you may have overlooked in the past. Change your walking or driving route to work, even if it means walking on the other side of the street. Change your lipstick color or the handbag you’ve neglected to clean out all year. Even these small changes will influence you to have an extra little hop in your step. That extra bit of positive energy is sure to fuel your disposition at work. An upbeat disposition is often rewarded with bonuses, promotions or other types of recognition in the workplace.
Make 2012 the year of your career!