Wearing Winter White with Roses

Wearing Winter White with Roses

It’s about Day 27 of being back to blogging, and today I wore winter white with roses. After subbing for Saturday’s Zumba class, I looked forward to warming up in a cozy sweater and accenting it with a gorgeous new creamy handbag embellished with my favorite flower. After lunch with one of my Swan Sisters I asked her to snap the pic beneath a tree barren of leaves to show the juxtaposition between it and the bag’s colorful embroidered petals. The one speaks to the season we’re in; the other to spring that’s just around the corner. By wearing winter white with roses, I’m embracing the beauty of both.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, wearing a winter white sweater with a rose patterned handbag.           All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx.

 

Many people find this time of year bleak. With the winter holidays behind us, Easter and spring break can feel a long way off. Though I’ve never really struggled with the winter doldrums –– a D or challenge women face –– I’m not a fan of the cold and can do without snow. Consequently I’m thankful that other than a little extreme winter weather, for the most part, it’s been fairly mild. Even so, I look forward to spring, warmer temps, flowers blooming and Easter. And now that I have a tiny house for personal and professional use, it seems an open house/Easter brunch is in order…

Just as we look forward to get togethers, holidays and parties, spring is a time of new beginnings, celebration of new life and the Resurrection.  As we prepare for it, let’s be mindful of the winter beauty that still surrounds us, which can chase away those doldrums… If  you’re Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and look closely enough, beauty can be seen in the barren trees and overcast skies.  It can even be found in a wearing winter white with roses.

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LipSense – Won’t Come Off During Your Workout, On Your Coffee Cup or Your Man!

LipSense – Won’t Come Off During Your Workout, On Your Coffee Cup or Your Man!

It’s Day 281 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m trying out LipSense – a great product that won’t come off during your workout, on your coffee cup or your man! I first heard about this product in January when one of the participant’s at our High Heeled Success/Pink Collar Savvy & Chic workshops shared it with me. The workshop, “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Maximum Success”, provided the opportunity to create and share an elevator speech. Dana Enrico brought the room down with “LipSense wouldn’t come off on your man!” Not only won’t my husband kiss me on during the day for fear of a lipstick stain, neither will my son let me steal even a peck on the cheek! And the fact that it won’t come off on your coffee mug intrigued me because you can always spot my cup with its telltale lipstick smudge – a bit embarrassing when I’m in a professional setting. If these weren’t enough cause for me to be interested, I’ve been on a quest for makeup that will stay put while I teach Zumba. So when Dana, who connected me with Altrusa to present on my Seasons of Her Soul publication journey, gifted me with a pretty pink color last night after I spoke, I was thrilled. Today I’m excited to learn if LipSense won’t come off during my workout!

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Of course I wanted pink! The first one, Goddess, is close to my neutral everyday pink; the second, Fleur De Lisa, is the one I choose; I can’t recall the name of the third- oops!; the last is Dark Pink. The cute gift bag contained my new the Moisturizing Gloss, my new color, & Ooops! Remover.  My nail color is Otherwise Engaged by O.P.I. – Less than $3. Moroccan Pouf from Home Goods.

In order to determine which color I wanted, Dana painted my hand with four options. (BTW – This morning, I can honestly vouch for them being waterproof. Even after numerous hand washings, the colors were still vibrant enough for me to take above picture…). Initially I planned to play it safe and choose a neutral pink with a hint of purple that’s close to the Maybelline “Warm Me Up” color I wear daily. Dana gently nudged me to  go for something that really represents Pink Collar Savvy & Chic style, so I got out of my comfort zone and went with a true pink hue. I appreciate her subtle persuasion and am tickled pink with the result – literally!

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The younger generation takes selfies effortlessly. Me, not so much! It took me a while to get one I’m ok sharing. Love my Fleur De Lisa LipSense color! With no meetings, I’m dressed for Zumba tonight – Calvin Klein Performance soft pink sleeveless top and hoodie – TJ Maxx.

 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach and lifestyle blogger who coaches women to maximize their beauty and best life, it feels great to share a new beauty product I feel positive about. LipSense is dual purpose – you can look good and feel good wearing it. Seldom do I blog before 5pm, but I’m that impressed thus far. That’s saying something considering I’m slow to try new things. If Dana hadn’t gifted it to me, I probably wouldn’t have taken the risk. I’m so glad she did! Great as it feels to share, it’s even better that I get to promote a Savvy & Chic Swan and her  product. Based on the fact that I’m holding a coffee mug with no stain on it, I’m really looking forward to trying Lip Sense out on my man – and during my workout!

If you’re interested in Lip Sense, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out at angelfountains@cinci.rr.com. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

What’s In My Beauty Bag

What’s In My Beauty Bag

It’s Day 251 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and since I had to bite the bullet and buy new makeup this weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a round up of what’s in my beauty bag. Truthfully, I’m pretty frugal with purchasing makeup, partly because I try to be a good steward of my resources, and partly because it’s just plain old expensive! That being the case, I usually use every eyeliner and mascara until they’re dry and eke each and every drop out of foundation, lipstick, and powder. But at a certain point, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! Besides, being down to the bare minimum, new makeup – waterproof where I could get it –  was an investment for teaching Zumba. You’ve heard of the ugly cry, right? Well, the ugly sweat applies to me! Raccoon eyes that sting and turn red from irritation after my makeup runs into them is not a pretty sight! So, budget conscious as I am, I put my Kroger Plus grocery card to use and saved a bundle on my fave: Maybelline beauty supplies. Now my beauty bag is fully stocked with the following:

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Beauty bag from CK and products displayed on a Simply Shabby Chic bucket bench. The lamp shade is also Simply Shabby Chic and tops a favorite antique lamp. The mirror is a TJ Maxx find.

What’s In My Beauty Bag (Left to right, then middle)

  1. Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil/Crayon Gel in Defining Black – Goes on easily and is perfect for a subtle cat eye. I also use it to softly fill in my brows. It’s waterproof!
  2. Pumped Up! Colossal Volum’ Express Hydrofudge Waterproof  in Very Black – As I age, my lashes are not as thick. This plumps them up and lengthens with no clumping. 
  3. Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Gilded Rose – This eyeshadow is a new one for me and it delivers on its promise to stay on all day. The pink is pretty & there are lots of other color options.
  4. Fit Me! Foundation – #310/Sun Beige – As a fairer skinned woman of color, until I found this, matching my skin tone was impossible! It also has an SPF of 18. Once you find your fit, you just stick with it and go up or down a shade for summer or winter if needed.
  5. Fit Me! Pressed Powder – #310/Sun Beige – Yep! The powder #s match the foundation, thus eliminating guesswork. It’s also matte + poreless.
  6. Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Gilded Rose Gold – If you’re like me and don’t enjoy using makeup brushes, this can be applied to the cheeks and bridge of nose with your fingers. And I love that the tones complement the above eye color.
  7. Color Sensational Lipstick in Warm Me Up – Perfect for a natural day look with just a hint of rose pink. So many shades to chose from!
  8. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in Otherwise Engaged – Though this wasn’t a new purchase, I always keep the color I’m wearing on hand for a quick touch up. Your makeup can be flawless but chipped nails destroy your polished look – Pun intended! ; )
  9. Indestructible Nail File (pink of course) – Jagged nails detract from your sharp appearance – Again, I couldn’t help myself! ; )
  10. Calvin Klein Makeup Bag – I’ve had this for about five years. It’s showing wear and tear, so I hope it will hold up until I find one I love as much to replace it. Corralling all of your beauty items in one spot means you always have everything you need to put your best face forward!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Image Coach, I hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of what’s in my beauty bag.

And If you want to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and maximize your beauty so you can live your best personal and professional life, please schedule a complimentary image coaching assessment by emailing me at pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com with Image Coaching in the subject line.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Collaborating and Creating My Selling Style in Coral Calvin Klein

Collaborating and Creating My Selling Style in Coral Calvin Klein

Day 155 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project got off to a slow start. For the past few days I haven’t felt the greatest, so today I slept in until after 9:00. Once up, I was productive, however, and responded to a pleasantly surprising number of likes and comments on whether I should offer Mary Kay products as part of my image coaching. Thank you to everyone who weighed in! Next, I buckled down and located some of the passages in my novel that have been slated for revision. After procrastinating on this task for days, I got so engrossed in it that I had to rush when I realized it was time to get ready for an H7 Evolve meeting. That being the case, I grabbed an easy care shirt dress out of the dryer and rushed out for Coffee and Collaborate and “Create Your Selling Style” wearing coral Calvin Klein.

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Coral shirt dress, gold lame cardigan, taupe sling backs and floral bag. All oldies. All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx. My photographer didn’t catch that my dress was gaping. Oops!

Brenda Aveyard, a speaker, trainer, and coach facilitated the meeting, which offered an opportunity to collaborate around a challenge being faced in our business. The other women in the group listened and suggested action steps, as well as providing some resources to complete them. Multiple perspectives were helpful in gaining clarity around goals for my coaching business and it felt great to support other likeminded entrepreneurs.

Following Coffee and Collaborate, Brenda presented a short workshop on “Creating Your Selling Style”. During the introduction, as she told the story of how she came to be a Sales Coach, I was thrilled to hear that she is a former top Sales Director for Mary Kay! That felt like confirmation. Then she went on to explain how she doesn’t coach on anything she hasn’t lived through, and I knew I was in the right place. For the last few weeks, ever since I started reading Christy Wright’s Business Boutique, I’ve been honing in on my target audience/market. Brenda called it my avatar client. Recently I realized it’s professional women who are facing the Ds, all of which I’ve lived through. More confirmation.

Brenda spent the remainder of the time providing valuable insight and information on how to deal with our internal barriers in order to get what we have to offer our prospective clients to them. I so needed to hear that! After all, my coaching services are no good if I don’t have coachees, so I need to get over myself and go coach! Brenda proceeded to give practical tips on how to do that. This will also help if I move forward and carry Mary Kay…I got so much from her presentation in such a short time that I’d like to share the info on an upcoming event below:

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands the power of collaboration and multiple perspectives, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I can to learn and develop professionally and surround myself with women who are where I want to go. And I won’t lie. I’m loving it. Today, as I rushed from the above meeting to Zumba and was late due to horrendous traffic, I was thankful not to have the 45 minute to an hour commute I had before. In that moment, I was truly grateful to be living the professional life I am right now. Don’t get me wrong, starting a business and making a go of it is not all meetings where I get to dress up, meet at a nice venue and listen to a dynamic speaker. But when it is, life feels pretty sweet collaborating and creating my selling style – all while wearing coral Calvin Klein.

What about you? How could collaboration help you with your personal or professional challenges or goals? What about your selling style? You may not classify yourself as in sales, but if you work with people, you’re a salesperson!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Personal Makeover to Match Professional Metamorphosis

Personal Makeover to Match Professional Metamorphosis

Day 109 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Project has technically passed, but I’m so excited about how I spent it that I wanted to share. For years my comprehensive coaching agency, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, has partnered with High Heeled Success to present workshops for professional women. At the most recent, I met an early childhood center director and could relate to her struggles, having sat in that seat myself.  Like me, she was barely surviving in the role and took advantage of the opportunity to invest in her professional development when it was offered. Fast forward to today and she is now thriving. She’s undergone quite a professional transformation and I am thrilled to have conducted an complete image consultation to reflect her changes.

After this professional woman, who is the boss, initially reached out for the consultation, she experienced a case of cold feet and was understandably a little fearful. I assured her that I would do everything in my power to ensure she had a positive experience and that she’d come away from the image consultation, which I use as a coaching session, feeling encouraged and inspired.

And I’m so happy to say I delivered on my promise. Our day started at TJMaxx and when the first outfit I’d selected for her was PERFECT, it set the tone for the rest of the wardrobe shopping. Now this director who wears hats as a business woman, classroom assistant, tour guide, bus driver, cook, custodian, nurse and counselor to name only a few, has a selection of beautiful, comfortable, functional separates along with slide on flats that she can mix and match to build several outfits. All of these will enable her to step into any of her roles with ease and style.

Makeup was next on the agenda. Our trip to Sephora yielded an array of cosmetics that can be applied to bring out great skin and STUNNING, and I do mean STUNNING hazel eyes flecked with so much green. The ladies at Sephora couldn’t say enough about how pretty they are and I agreed. In fact, pretty was a common theme that ran through the clothing I selected for her. While she needs to look professional and like the leader of the program and for parents and stakeholders, pieces with details like embroidery, fresh patterns, feminine cuts, soft colors and those with a pop play up the pretty while remanning professional. Cosmetics with pinks, peaches, and purples complement her new wardrobe.

Finally, a salon visit that included color, eyebrow waxing, cut, and styling completed the new look. A pretty auburn shade mixed with a subtle gold tone is close to the natural hue buried beneath gray hair. As with her eyes, the stylists in the salon were effusive about how gorgeous my client’s thick, curly hair. To get a better shape than below, a bob cut with the back slightly stacked causes the front to fall forward a little and it will do more as it grows out. The bangs were left a little long, again for softness and to show off her brows. The color alone erased years and enhanced her beauty.

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At the end of our time, the ladies at Sephora and the salon wanted to see the total transformation. Their enthusiasm was as much a boost for the my client’s self esteem as the new look. She indulged all of us and changed into one of her new outfits so we could take pictures of her transformation. The genuine, spontaneous reactions all around – from the stylists, receptionist and other customers – far exceeded any feedback I could have given. She did me so proud!

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach who LOVES to bless women, I coached all day to not only dress my client but to address her issues. So you can imagine why my favorite part of the day was when I told her, “You got through the day with no tears.” Then she proceeded to cry – tears of joy. Rewarding Doesn’t. Begin. To. Describe. It.

~Pink Collar Coach

If you’d like to polish your professional packaging, I’d love to hear from you to discuss an image consultation.

 

 

Deciding to Be Myself with Book Decisions

Deciding to Be Myself with Book Decisions

It’s Day 90 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it’s been a busy one! I officially began working with my publisher to select the artwork for the front and back cover of Seasons of Her Soul. There are so many choices, and there’s a time frame involved to ensure the book releases by January as planned. That being the case, I could have gone with the first options that I liked, but knowing myself the way I do, I need to see all of the options in order to make an informed decision. If not, I’m the type of person who’d choose, then keep on looking until I found something I liked even better, which would make me regret my original choice. I’ve been known to play the “If I coulda woulda shoulda” game, and don’t want to do that when the stakes are so high.

The thing is, I know myself and what I like. For instance, when I went to purchase my first brand new car ever, I had my heart set on white but they didn’t have that color in town. The salesman told me he’d never lost one over color. “You’ll lose this one,” was my immediate response. So he drove a state over to pick up my beautiful white car. Eleven years later, I’ve still never seen one I like as much as the one I’m still driving. Set as I was on car color, that pales in comparison to how I want my novel to look. While explaining how time consuming looking at the options is to my hubby, he hit the nail on the head when said he knew it would be pink.

After several hours of viewing things that were almost it but not quite – the model wasn’t right, or the colors, or the decor, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Ready to take a break from it, I finally came upon some images where the woman truly resembles Lee, the novel’s heroin. She’s dressed the way I would have drawn her, has the right facial expressions, and her surroundings are Shabby Chic. I’m so close and know, if I follow my heart, I’ll find the image that matches what’s in my imagination.

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Saw this at TJ Maxx and snapped a quick picture. Confirmation that I need to be myself!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who really does know myself, I decided today to be myself, not only with the selection of my novel’s cover, but with every aspect of its publication. And in the moment I did, the beautiful vision I hold in my heart for the cover of Seasons of Her Soul began to come to life. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

What about you? In what situations do you need to decide to be yourself? When you do, you’ll experience true beauty.

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

My Room with His View

My Room with His View

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Day 74 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was also the first day of a much needed vacation. Following my hubby’s birthday dinner and a late night Redbox movie/date night (United Kingdom is awesome!) early morning Zumba, brunch and shopping with a friend then a cookout last night to recognize those of us in the family with July birthdays, despite having the will, I couldn’t find a way to keep my eyes open long enough to blog and missed day 73…It’s only my second miss, and for the same reason, falling asleep even as I tried to get it done. So, I’m cutting myself some slack and need to listen to what my body needs: sleep!

This morning, as I packed for our road trip, I watched Joel Osteen. He was talking about not only trusting God, but trusting HIs timing. I SO needed that. I trust Him implicitly with my hopes, my fears, my family, my career. All of it. But do I trust His timing? Not always. I want things to tick along smoothly according to my schedule instead of believing that everything, even the things I don’t like, are a part of His perfect plan for my life. Including the timing.

So, for the rest of the day, rather than fretting about not posting yesterday, which is a self-imposed standard, and not posting Post 3 of 3 for my last short story like I’d planned  today – another self-imposed deadline – I just let the day unfold. It was nice not to put so much pressure on myself, and it freed me to just spend the entire day at the pool and in the pool with my family. Afterwards, I came up to the room and stood on the balcony with my husband. The view took my breath away, so I snapped a picture, shifting gears from, I have to finish my short story tonight, to I’ll use this photo as inspiration for tonight’s blog.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who could live on anywhere sunny with water, I feel so blessed to have a room with such a beautiful view. And it made me think,  just like an artist may feel discouraged when his work is not appreciated because the one looking at it does not share the same perspective, could it God feels that way when we’re so focused on our deadlines or schedules, or so caught up in frenetic pace we set for ourselves, our timing, at home and in the workplace, that we can’t see the beautiful world He gave us to enjoy? That we can’t slow down our agendas and be more in sync with His timing for our lives?

The Bible tells us He created everything in six days, and then saw that it was all good. So on the seventh day He rested. When it comes to working and resting, I imagine may of us could tear a page out of that book. I know I can…

What He created is good. I’m so thankful I took the time to see His perspective from my room with a view.