5 Outfits for Workwear Inspiration

Getting dressed for work is one of my favorite things to do (no surprise there)! Looking professional while wearing the season's hottest trends is not always an easy feat. Below I've rounded up five looks that I've worn to the office this past week. Hopefully these outfit ideas inspire you, while making your mornings just a tad easier!

AN UBER ROMANTIC LOOK

Zara Top, $39.90

A CASUAL CHIC LOOK

Levis Icon Wedgie Jeans, $88

White Bodysuit, $16.99

MASTERING LAYERING

H&M Powder Pink Turtleneck, $29.99

FRIDAY-ONLY VIBES

Cinq à Sept Embroidered Hooded Bomber Jacket, $595

#FashionAmbitionist Tip:

ADD A RED LIP FOR EXTRA CONFIDENCE

SheIn Striped Bodysuit, $20

Please let me know if you have absolutely any questions! I am here to help you concur your office style by looking professional, yet chic. xx

Gifts to say I Love You this Valentines Day

Valentines Day, while a hallmark holiday is still a fun way to show your S.O. you care. For me, the night includes dressing super low key and going to see the cliche love movie that just got released, followed by a fancy dinner. We get such a riot out of the entire experience. While, Valentines Day isn't for everyone... it's always nice to give (and receive) a nice present. Below are my picks of the best gifts to give this VDAY.

AMAZON ECHO

Tip: Get the real Echo, not the Dot. The speaker on the dot is not very loud. This one is much more powerful. 

Tip: Get the real Echo, not the Dot. The speaker on the dot is not very loud. This one is much more powerful. 

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Tip; While I love the color white, I wish I went for the black. The white gets dirty quickly!

Tip; While I love the color white, I wish I went for the black. The white gets dirty quickly!

Lululemon Henley

Tip: Great to wear out at night or casually around town. Super comfortable and will make your S.O. look like a ten! 

Tip: Great to wear out at night or casually around town. Super comfortable and will make your S.O. look like a ten! 

Apple Watch

Fossil Q

BOTTEGA VENETA SLEEP MASK

PATAGONIA BETTER SWEATER FLEECE VEST

#HappyShopping

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Winter Outfit Ideas To Try Now

Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you can't look your best. Below are a few outfits I've worn over the past month to the office, to the gym and everywhere in between. Happy shopping and please don't hesitate to leave questions/feedback in the comments below! 

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

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?

Fashion Ambitionist Spotlight: Lauren Delvalle

As the final post in this three part series of what a Fashion Ambitionist would wear to an office holiday party, we feature all-star assistant, Lauren DelValle. Lauren's style paired with her incredible attitude, makes her irreplaceable and one of the most enjoyable people to work with. There is no task too small or too large that Lauren doesn't do with out a smile on her face. You don't need to be a CEO to be a Fashion Ambitionist. A Fashion Ambitionist, has to start somewhere... and Lauren DelValle is on firreee.

Take some notes from this go-getter and shop her look below...

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OFFICE TIP OF THE DAY: Hard work pays off... and gets you noticed! 

Photography by Justin Duplantis



An IT Girl's Guide to Holiday Party Dressing

When working in fashion, I truly feel that life is a never ending fashion show in which the streets of New York (or the office) is the runway. This week, the FASHION AMBITIONIST spotlight is on one of my favorite co-workers, Jordana Beck. When it comes to holiday dressing, the more tips...the merrier! Shop what she wore to Who What Wear's holiday party and see her IT Girl tips to looking chic this party season. 

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SHOP JORDANA'S LOOK

OFFICE TIP OF THE DAY: Let your co-workers inspire your style!

What to Wear to your Office Holiday Party

Celebrating the holidays with your friends is one thing, but making a statement at the office holiday party is a whole different ball game. While this may come as an easy task to some, I completely understand how this can be a tad overwhelming. How much sparkle is too much sparkle? How short can your hemline realllly be?

By now you know there is nothing that a Fashion Ambitionist loves more than transitioning any outfit from day to night. So with the holidays (practically) here, I couldn't help but share some tips for dressing chic and appropriate to your office party... and of course, what I wore to the office holiday party.

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OFFICE TIP OF THE DAY: 'Tis the season for dressing to impress. So check back tomorrow to see how my co-workers dressed to impress at this year's holiday party.

Photography by Justin Duplantis

Nailed It! Channeling my inner Kylie.

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This week, I stepped outside the box and channeled my inner Kylie. I've been dying to try "Kylie Nails" but always questioned if they were work appropriate. I finally got the courage to test them out... the reactions were surprisingly positive (for the most part). My clients thought they were on brand for Who What Wear and very trendy. Some of my closest friends, thought they were a little much... while some envied my new look. My co-workers loved them, but suggested they could be a tad shorter (note: my nails were already much shorter than Kylie said the nail artists at Valley NYC). The ones that admired my nails, admitted that they are now dying to try them as well! The best part about "Kylie Nails" is that they don't chip (gel and vinylux have nothing on my Kylie Nails). These nails will be staying put all through December vacation.

Will you be trying "Kylie Nails"? Leave your comments below!

OFFICE TIP OF THE DAY: It's OK to step outside the box. Don't be scared to try a new trend, especially if you work in fashion. Dare to be different!

photography by Justin Duplantis

 

Be Thankful

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Embrace your journey. You'll never know who you'll meet or where you'll end up. I've been fortunate to encounter so many brilliant, smart, fun and thoughtful people from working at ELLE, InStyle and Who What Wear. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this AM made me realize how thankful I am to have met my wonderful photographer, Justin Duplantis who I met through my now close friend, Mr Essentialist.

 

A New York Minute

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In a New York minute, everything can change: your job, your life, your apartment, your daily routine. This week I moved from Midtown East to the East Village. Midtown was good to me, but I have a feeling the East Village will be even better. I'm ready to take on this hectic yet beautiful city, that I call home. Check back every week for outfit inspiration and career advice... you may just leave feeling inspired.

TIP OF THE DAY: Don't let the hustle of New York City get the best of you... always keep moving and striving to be the best version of you at every given moment.

photography by Justin Duplantis

Fashion Ambitionist Spotlight: Billy Dumé

A Fashion Ambitionist is someone that is known for their job first, then their style.  They run the fashion world by being at once brilliant and chic. On the streets of Manhattan's East Village we ran into Billy Dume, National Media Relations Manager, MACYS. Go-getter, PR maven and featured Fashion Ambitionist.

Hometown: South Florida

Education: Georgetown University

Prior Experience: Fashion and Accessories Publicist at Kravetz & Company Public Relations


Billy's take on NYC:

Three words to describe working in PR for a huge company like MACY'S....

Multifaceted, analytical, fun

How do you decide what outfit you put on in the morning?

My schedule for the day determines my outfits. A day when I have meetings that are more corporate prompt a certain style whereas a day of meetings with editors and others in more creative capacities warrants a different style direction. And naturally, where I’ll be going that evening impacts my wardrobe decisions as well.

What has been one of your biggest career challenges? How did you overcome it?

Every company has its own culture and system of practices and it’s always a challenge to learn those processes to become the most effective. I think the most successful people learn how to operate within those constraints to achieve their ultimate goals. You have to understand the system in order to change it.  I overcome this by asking questions and most importantly understanding the roles of those around me. It’s one thing to have great ideas, but you have to make sure you’re dealing with the appropriate people to bring those ideas to life.

What’s the greatest piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

Know your audience.

How do you define success?

I define success as being happy. Waking up every day and doing something I’m passionate about and proud of is the ultimate goal for me. If you’re really committed and love what you do— you’ll be one of the best at it, and that commands a premium.

How do you set yourself apart on an interview?

It may sound like a no brainer, but I make sure that I’m knowledgeable of the company.  It’s important to take it further than just going on the company’s website. Look at a company’s campaigns from the past year—what placements they have, what celebrity, if any, partnerships they’ve had, what kinds of stories WWD has written about them, etc. Look all of this information up and ask questions—what were the impressions garnered for X campaign? How did you come about Y partnership? Were you pleased with the results; was there sufficient ROI? Based on their answers, I enter a conversation about how I can do the same, and throw ideas out that are brand-right that I know they haven’t executed. To me, this shows that you know what you’re talking about, and shows right off the bat that you’re a hard worker and committed, because you really have to dig to get some of that information—and if you’re willing to do that BEFORE you even have the job, just imagine how hard you’ll work once you have it. Lastly, I drive home the fact that my end goal is to drive profitability. I’ll just speak to PR, but I think that people can get so involved in their specific function that they forget that the point of all this is to ultimately sell product. You can have an amazing activation or stunt that has the world gagging, but if no one clicks over to buy something, it’s all in vain. Obviously, there are many other factors that contribute to those sales, but I think it goes a long way if you show that you understand what your role’s impact is on the overall business.



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SHOP MY MACY'S PICKS


SHOPPING TIP OF THE DAY: If you know what you're looking for, Macys.com actually has incredible finds. They always have promotions and coupon codes to ensure you save big on the pieces you already know you want!

Check back every Monday for a new Fashion Ambitionist spotlight.

Photography by: Justin Duplantis

STEP IT UP

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The first thing I ask myself when I get ready in the morning is, "What does my day look like?". I base every outfit, every day, on who I am meeting with. This outfit was put together specifically for a meeting with a high end jewelry client. This outfit was a reflection of, "I mean business and am here to talk business, but I do work for the best fashion website so I can't be dressed too serious". Add some fun to your outfit with an out-of-the-box jacket and fun sunnies.

OFFICE TIP OF THE DAY: Get dressed with a purpose. Have a meeting with a CMO or VP? Make sure to step it up!

Photography by Justin Duplantis

Coveted Commerce: Leather Jackets

Photo: @peaceloveshea

Photo: @peaceloveshea

For this week’s Coveted Commerce, we are putting the spotlight on Leather Jackets. They're practical, durable, edgy,  provide that perfect layer of warmth, and best of all — they instantly up any outfits cool factor. One of my favorite things about working in fashion, is that leather jackets are an office staple. I guess you could call my leather jackets my best friends. I can count on them to make any outfit complete; they go with EVERYTHING - whether it’s to edge up a classic pair of pants for a meeting or to add an extra cool factor to a dress for happy hour with co-workers.

We are believers in investing in beautiful genuine leather jackets, but since we have a future to save for, we tend to opt for faux-leather on-trend pieces... that look just as great and wont break the bank! We have rounded up some of our favorite and affordable faux-leather jackets that look expensive and are sure to turn heads at the office!

Check out these Fashion Ambitionist approved pieces…

SHOP THIS WEEK’S COVETED COMMERCE

Short leather jacket, $199

Short leather jacket, $199

Leather jacket with zips, $189

Leather jacket with zips, $189

Faux leather moto jacket, $32.90

Faux leather moto jacket, $32.90

Faux shearling moto jacket, $54.90

Faux shearling moto jacket, $54.90

ASOS textured biker jacket, $98.53

ASOS textured biker jacket, $98.53

ASOS leather biker jacket with eyelet embellishment, $358.30

ASOS leather biker jacket with eyelet embellishment, $358.30

Members Only pebbled vegan leather jacket, $159

Members Only pebbled vegan leather jacket, $159

BLANKNYC vegan leather fringe jacket, $138

BLANKNYC vegan leather fringe jacket, $138

 

Join Blogger Trop Rouge for an #InstaMeet

These is nothing I love more than supporting my friends and colleagues... and networking. Tonight, Who What Wear is hosting an event with Lord & Taylor.

If you haven’t made any plans yet, head to Lord & Taylor’s flagship store tonight, November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Not only will there be an #InstaMeet with blogger Trop Rouge, but also, attendees can enter a raffle to win a gift card to shop the season’s most on-trend pieces from Design Lab Lord & Taylor. Click here to RSVP now.

If you haven’t made any plans yet, head to Lord & Taylor’s flagship store tonight, November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Not only will there be an #InstaMeet with blogger Trop Rouge, but also, attendees can enter a raffle to win a gift card to shop the season’s most on-trend pieces from Design Lab Lord & Taylor. Click here to RSVP now.

TIP OF THE DAY: Interested in getting into fashion? Events are the perfect place for casual networking.