Blessed by My BFF

Blessed by My BFF

It’s Day 59 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I can’t expressed how blessed I am by my high school BFF.

Serene at Home (Personal)

As I shared in yesterday’s post, ongoing Ds –– challenges women face –– this time in the form of dysfunctional relationships, threatened to throw me into a fit of depression. One of the ways I fought back was calling Josette, my Swan Soul Sister from another mister, for some much needed girl time to celebrate her upcoming birthday and three years cancer free after her double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She’d texted that we needed to do lunch. My response –– Tomorrow? Before hanging up, however, she hesitated and then told me about an encounter with a hater of mine who tried to disparage me to her. Ever my champion, Josette graciously shut her down with a smile and sent her on her way frustrated because she got no traction with my high school bestie. Grateful as I felt for her having my back, last night I  felt wounded to be stabbed in it by someone who is supposed to be in my corner…Then today, I teared up when Josette apologized for upsetting me. I’m not upset, I assured her. Just blessed by you!

Sense of Style/Shop the Look (Personal Packaging)

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First day with somewhat fall-like weather in the 70s vs. recent record breaking 90s temps warranted breaking out brown handbag  & booties  paired w/floral top that reminds me of leaves turning, topped by a coral cardigan. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx. Maximize fall fashion! : )

Spirit – Led (Putting it Into Practice)

Little did this hater know, but by attempting to malign me, she made herself look so malicious! Rather than doing damage to my reputation, her true colors came shining through without me having to say a word against her. Thus proving God’s promise is true –– If we stay still, He’ll fight our battles (Exodus 14:14, NIV) –– or in my case, let our high school BFFs do it for us!

I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, like my Josette, the next time someone tries to drag you into gossip or rumors. If you are, you may bless another Swan Sister to minimize her barriers and maximize her best life.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Seasons of Her Soul (Publications)

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 

 

Book 2 in the Lee’s Legacy series, Hold on Her Heart, is in the works! Stay tuned….

 

 

 

 

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Fall Fashion – Bells and Ruffles

Fall Fashion – Bells and Ruffles

It’s Day 146 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and it feels like fall, which means it’s time for fall fashion, and this season, it’s in the form of bells and ruffles. But it feels like fall in more ways than one. In light of the tragic events in Nevada, and an email that came home today stating that my children’s school had been put on lockdown due to a nearby Kroger store being robbed, my heart was tempted to fear. Add to that the fact that I have to face something tomorrow that makes me trepidatious and I could easily curl up indoors and cower inside my comfortable world.

Thankfully, as it happens so often, a song on my favorite Christian radio station came on and I sang the chorus at the top of my lungs: “You make me brave! You make me brave! You call me out beyond the shore into the waves!” Bolstered by the fact that we are not called to fear, but to step out into the world with courage, I figure we might as well do it in style, right? Hence this lighthearted post on two of the looks I, as a girly-girl, love this season: bell sleeves and ruffled details. But whether you love very feminine looks or not, these pretty pieces can freshen up your fall look.

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Lightweight gray Calvin Klein bell sleeve sweater (TJ Maxx, $30) is perfect for the transition from early mornings, to warm days, and back to cooler nights. I plan to pair it with gray corduroys  and a gray suede skirt. 
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Lightweight fawn colored Calvin Klein sweater with ruffled detail at the shoulder (TJ Maxx, $30). The color is versatile and can be worn as a neutral. I plan to pair with brown slacks & a fawn suede skirt. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is currently working from home as I grown my business, I want to be a good steward of my resources. Besides, there’s no need for me, or you, to necessarily go out and splurge on several new fall pieces. Although we may  love fashion, there’s no need to be a slave to it. It’s more about owning our personal sense of style. That means buying pieces we love and then wearing them whether they are “trending” or from two seasons back. Mixing a few current pieces with oldies but goodies is fun and frugal. And it prevents buyers remorse if you load up on statement pieces that you wouldn’t be caught dead in next year!

So, while we might not want to go for all this season’s bells and whistles, it’s alright to go for a few bells and ruffles!

And I hope you’ll join me in praying for the loved ones of the victims in the latest shooting. God bless you and be safe.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Putting Together a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Power Presentation Ensemble

Putting Together a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Power Presentation Ensemble

Day 134 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project got this week off to a great start. I received confirmation that all of the materials for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, were received and the first stage of publication is truly under way. I followed up on several action items for coaching clients and received a request to present at a women’s conference. Exciting as all of the above is, I also got an answer from my partner in crime, Kay Fittes, on what she’s wearing to our “Kick Up Your Assertiveness Quotient for Maximum Success” workshop this Saturday. Knowing this is important, not so we can be match-matchy, but so we don’t clash. She finished her deliberation today and shot me a picture of her suit. Armed with this critical information, I set about the task of putting together my own power presentation ensemble.

Because Kay is wearing black and gray, initially I thought I’d wear solid black. I made a quick trip to TJMaxx to scout out a dress with fluted sleeves, but was unsuccessful. This was a blessing in disguise considering how I’m building my business and need to be mindful of my budget. In addition, since I’m doing a lot of work from home, I really don’t need to invest in new professional pieces. Rather, I need to maximize what I already own, which is considerable! Still, my trip to my favorite jaunt did provide inspiration on what to wear. When I spotted a dress I purchased there last fall, I realized the colors and print would complement Kay’s outfit well. In addition, since we are presenting on assertiveness, and fiery red is associated with that, my red blazer would be on point.

What you wear when you’re the speaker is such an important piece of the entire presentation. In fact, studies have shown that when a man gets up to speak, people listen first and then look to see what he’s wearing. On the other hand, when a woman gets up to speak, people look, then, if they like what she’s wearing, they listen. Sad but true! That’s why being as intentional about what you wear as you are with what you say will help ensure your message packs the powerful punch you’re after.

Putting Together a Power Presentation Ensemble

  1. Decide well in advance what you’ll wear and try the outfit on in its entirety, including proper undergarments. This ensures no mishaps with fit, missing buttons, runs, tears, etc. If support garments are needed, purchase and repeat trying on.
  2. Pick a two piece skirt or pants suit with a coordinating blouse or a sheath dress with a blazer. Separates just don’t have the same impact.
  3. Pair your outfit with closed-toe heels or dress flats that are in good condition and fit properly to avoid sore feet while presenting. Nothing cramps a presenter’s style like cramped toes!
  4. Select a handbag that coordinates well with your ensemble and pulls it all together. A ratty bag can destroy a professional package.
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Calvin Klein patterned sheath dress, two-button blazer, black leather booties, & handbag. I’ll pair with sheer black control top hose. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan who is excited about presenting to an amazing group of women this weekend, I believe they deserve me putting my best foot forward. Assertiveness is such a needed skill for women – whether on the home front or in the workplace. I’ve worked hard on perfecting my content and don’t want them to miss that because I look like I threw myself together. Now, since I’ve put my power presentation ensemble together, not only will my outfit complement Kay’s, my Maybelline “On Fire Red” lipstick will complement the content as well.

If you need to up your assertiveness skills, there’s still time to register by going to the events page at http://www.highheeledsuccess.com.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Sense of Style Sense – Layer Your Summer Wardrobe to Look Savvy & Chic in Fall

Sense of Style Sense – Layer Your Summer Wardrobe to Look Savvy & Chic in Fall

Day 127 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one of those where you can feel the transition from summer to fall. Since I do Zumba early on Saturday mornings, the hot tub and then lunch, I knew I needed to dress in layers so I would be warm enough when I left the gym and in the air-conditioned restaurant. I’m shivering cold after working out because my temperature spikes when I’m dancing hard then it plummets immediately afterward.  And with the forecast predicting temps in the mid seventies, I wanted to be able to remove a layer when they reached their high. It makes good style sense to layer summer pieces for savvy and chic fall looks that keep you comfortable as well.

Savvy & Chic Summer Layering:

I. A summer maxi dress in a color that transitions well into fall (think shades of orange, yellow, green)

2. A short sleeve top in a complimentary tone worn over the maxi takes it into the next season vs. bare neck and shoulders

3. A lightweight flyaway cardigan (cardi) that marries the two pieces

4. A handbag and shoes that pull the colors together and add a deep fall tone like brown

 

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Maxi dress is about four or five years old, cardi around same age, and the short sleeve top is from this season. The shoes (sun made them look white, but actually a creamy peach) and handbag are in the same color family but not match-matchy.                        Both, as well as sunglasses, have some deep brown which say “Fall”.                                    OPI nail polish same tint as shoes. $3 at TJ Maxx!
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Layering allows you to lighten up when needed. All clothing and accessories Calvin Klein – TJMaxx or Marshall’s.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is still savoring summer over the next two weeks, I’m not quite ready to hang up my summer wardrobe. By layering it, I maximize the pieces I’m still enjoying by making them stretch into fall. As we continue heading toward autumn, I plan to post some pictures of other ways yo stretch your summer closet, and your budget, using lightweight sweaters, scarves, and ankle boots. These looks are great whether you’re on the homefront, in the workplace, or running back and forth between the two. I hope you’ll visit to get tips on how to layer your summer pieces to make savvy & chic fall looks.

 In the meantime, if you use any of these layering tips, please shoot me a picture. I’d love to feature you on my blog!

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Kibby maximizing her summer finds. Suede boots. So savvy chic & stylish!

~Be savvy & chic,

~Pink  Collar Coach