Those pesky pockets!

March 30th, 2011

Finding a pair of pants that fit and look terrific is a chore in itself. Personally speaking, if a company that manufactures clothing wants to save time and money, KEEP the pockets to a minimum. One that really blows my mind is a white pant with pockets showing…HOW DARE THEY? Nothing like bringing attention to the hips, bum, or thighs! Besides removing the pocket outlines from your garment it can give you an extra ½” of room. That in itself is worth removing those pesky pockets.

You can do this by stitching over the pocket on the outside, or leave the stitching already in & then cut the pocket out from the inside. I do it all the time, but if you don’t care to do it a tailor can do it for around $10.00. How many women out there actually use their pockets? pockets antonio melanie


This is why I love what I do….we are all in some way “UNWRITTEN”

March 23rd, 2011

\”Unwritten\” by Natasha Bedingfield


Shoe Utilization

March 16th, 2011

Nordstrom "Tory Burch" Espadrille Wedge


ShopSmart magazine conducted a shoe survey of 1009 Women from the USA ages 18 and older and this is what they found:

-Women own an average of 17 pairs of shoes

-They wear only 3 pairs regularly

-They purchase about 3 pairs/year

-On average, spend $49 a pair.

-31%  surveyed spend more than $100 on a single pair.

-60%  are willing to tolerate pain for fashion.

-46% have bought an ugly pair because they are comfortable

-50% have more than 10 pairs of shoes.

-13% own more than 30 pairs of non-athletic shoes.

-28% feel shoes are an important part of their outfit and put a lot of thought into what they wear on their feet each day; 46% put little to no thought into it; 17% grab the first pair they see.

•59% have gotten blisters from their shoes; 46%, foot pain.

•35% have had an evening ruined by uncomfortable shoes.

•24% have fallen because of their shoes.

-86% are honest with their spouse or significant other about their shoe purchases; 14% admit hiding at least one purchase.

-29% have bought shoes online.

Nordstrom "Jimmy Choo" Shoe



Non-verbal & Verbal Communication & Dress-How do they relate?

March 9th, 2011

Recently, I presented a corporate seminar for 25 men regarding “dressing in the workplace.” I was pleasantly surprised that they listened intently and asked some very insightful questions.  One question asked was “if the company you work for gives you a choice to dress more casual or more formal (i.e. logo shirt versus necktie) does wearing a necktie in some way suggest to your clients that you consider yourself superior to them?

My take on this: the clothing you wear displays your professionalism for the company and yourself. Your non-verbal and verbal skills are what establish whether or not you come across as being superior to the client. Being able to connect with your clients and being genuine with them by giving them your undivided attention is what matters. Adding the tie with your effective non-verbal and verbal skills will usually create the most professional image for you and your organization. casual or professional business wear for men


Class Reunions

March 2nd, 2011

Are you ready for your class reunion? Do you look in the mirror and see you’re full of life or are you stagnant? Whether it is you 10 year or 30 year reunion it’s about being the best you can be. I told myself when I graduated that I wanted to continue to learn in life from others and build on my life experiences, both good and bad. Rather than “know it all” (as I did in my teens), I wanted to be better at 30, great at 40 and fantastic at 50. To me it comes from exercise, a continuation of learning and not conforming to the status quo of acting or looking a certain age. Getting out of your comfort zone can be difficult for all of us. Yet finding the strength to explore and be edgy can make you younger than ever. In all honesty, I feel younger and wiser than I did in my 20’s. Changing up on the outside can be a catalyst to help you grow on the inside.



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