Power Dressing 101: Invest In Classic Camels

Don't know what to wear to work tomorrow? Look no further! Take a cue from these IT bloggers for some power dressing inspiration! Thank me later.

Photo: Viva Luxury

Photo: Viva Luxury

Photo: 9 to 5 Chic

Photo: 9 to 5 Chic

Photo: Atlantic Pacific

Photo: Atlantic Pacific

SHOP THE LOOK

ASOS, Vest, $60 (on sale now)

ASOS, Vest, $60 (on sale now)

ASOS Peacoat Double Breast, $73 (on sale now)

ASOS Peacoat Double Breast, $73 (on sale now)

ASOS Suede Wrap Pencil Skirt, $163

ASOS Suede Wrap Pencil Skirt, $163

Camel is having a moment... and I want in on it. In my book, camel has earned a spot next to the black, whites and greys of work wear classics. I felt inspired, so purchased two camel coats...  can't wait to show you how I wear them to work!

Source: http://vivaluxury.blogspot.com/

How To Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

Lets take a second to talk about one of the biggest challenges of working in business- whether you're a CEO, a VP, a Blogger, a Designer or even in Finance everyone has one thing in common (yes- even Warren Buffett faced this fear): the fear of speaking in front of the masses is real.

If you met me, you would think I am fearless when it comes to speaking in public. What you may not know is that this wasn't always the case. I owe this to my Public Speaking course I took at the University of Florida.  There were 20 other people in the class and we all had difficulty articulating our name, thoughts and projects. The impact this class had on my life was huge. You would think I learned the most from my marketing, advertising or business classes... but this wasnot the case. I encourage students, no matter what you are majoring in to enroll in a Public Speaking course! I encourage my colleagues, friends and acquaintances who are already successful that it's never too late to further your career by signing up for a Public Speaking class.

With that, here is some inspiration that I found from Create & Cultivate all about public speaking. I read... was inspired... so of course wanted to share with you.

"Don't filter yourself because everyone can tell. Be authentic-- that will help you be conversational. And don't worry about what you think they want to hear."- Annie Lawless. NY Times Best Seller, Co-Founder SUJA, Creator Blawnde.com

"Memorize three things you know you want to say. Don't memorize anything else because you'll sound like a robot. And have a code word for yourself. Mine is solar plexus, for when I tap into my power."- Danielle Duboise, Co-Founder Sakara Life

"The key to public speaking is to disassociate, j/k, to connect to what you are expressing, and just remember no one really ever cares more than you do." -  Sophia Rivka Rossi, Co-Founder Hello Giggle

"The worst thing you can do on stage is think about yourself. What matters is the audience. So get out of your head and your inspirational insight will find a way into theirs."- Jaclyn Johnson, Founder Create & Cultivate

"Speak from your heart. Everyone can understand passion...oh yeah and 'takeaways.' Leave people with something actionable."- Julia Rice, Co-Founder SOULCYCLE

"Practice makes perfect. Be your presentation. Know your presentation or the subject you are speaking about so well that it becomes second nature. Also, dress to impress. The better dressed you are, the more confidence you will have speaking in pubic."- Marissa Casey Fuchs, Fashion Ambitionist

#WomenNotObjects: Just a Friendly Reminder To The Ad Agency That Women Are Not Objects

Today my CRO mentioned #WomenNotObjects in our Weekly Meeting. Felt a bit late to the game, so immediately had to watch. This video powerfully reminds brands that women are not objects and to be mindful about how they are portrayed. Featured within are many brands showcasing women in a negative light. From Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford to Direct TV... everyone is doing it and it's wrong.

Check out the video here....

Join the conversation: #WomenNotObjects Twitter: @Not_Objects Instagram: @WomenNotObjects Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womennotobjects

Women are now more likely than men to be college educated and hold a C level job. They are more empowered, affluent and educated than ever. I am not a feminist, but I do feel sexism should be a thing of the past.

The Biggest Takeaways From This Year's CREATE + CULTIVATE

So what is CREATE + CULTIVATE? CREATE + CULTIVATE is a traveling creative summit with speakers and workshops hosted by top bloggers, influencers, industry thought leaders and artisans. This weekend I was fortunate to experience this incredible and inspiring summit for the first time. To say that I am feeling motivated would be an understatement.

image from: Create & Cultivate

image from: Create & Cultivate

There were so many brilliant moments. Below I've rounded up a few of my favorite quotes from the speakers at CREATE + CULTIVATE:

  1. OBSESSION WILL TAKE YOU FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT. YOUR PASSION AND WORK ETHIC ARE EQUALLY PART OF THAT RECIPE FOR SUCCESS.

  2. IT'S NEVER QUALITY OVER QUANTITY, YOU HAVE TO DO BOTH.

  3. JUST START, START SOMETHING.

  4. USE 5% OF YOUR TIME TO DO SOMETHING YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT.

  5. TRYING TO GET 500K ON INSTAGRAM, IS NOT A BUSINESS PLAN.

  6. IF YOU'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT SOMETHING, JUST DO IT.

  7. WHAT IS GOING TO PROPEL YOU FORWARD IS WHAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE. LOOK AT WHAT ENERGIZED YOU IN THE PAST. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR WHAT'S NEXT- LOOK BACKWARDS. WHAT ENERGIZED YOU THE MOST IN YOUR LAST JOB? WHEN DID YOU FEEL MOST PROUD? WHAT ARE PEOPLE CONSTANTLY COMING TO YOU FOR ADVICE FOR?