Work Wardrobe: What I Wear to Work

When I first began my career in Public Relations I assumed my wardrobe would evolve into a collection of super chic staples, fabulous heels and gorgeous accessories….and it has for the most part. However as an entrepreneur in PR my days can run quite long and my daily tasks can sometimes be a bit labor intensive so it’s imperative that my wardrobe be cute but also practical.

I have discovered that the blazer is not only a well-respected wardrobe staple among most but also it is also great for my body shape. I’ve got wide shoulders and straight hips (or no hips, if I’m honest) so the blazer helps to create a shape for me and you can pair it with almost anything to create a polished look. While I would love to stomp the city in 4 inch Louboutins everyday, it’s just not realistic for my lifestyle so the black flat boot and ballet flats are definitely my go-to’s for footwear.

Over the years, I’ve met with tons of young girls interested in PR and they too sometimes have disillusions about what to wear to work so I thought I’d share my style. My job isn’t rocket science but it is a lot of hard work and things change quite quickly so it’s important that your capability isn’t impaired by a 4inch pump or a couture sequin studded sweater that prevents you from raising your arms. As we transition into the new season, I’ll share more about my looks that take me from day to night.

 

Sheath with leather jacket

Sheath with leather jacket

Striped dress with blazer

Striped dress with blazer

Good ol Chambray with leggings and boots

Good ol Chambray with leggings and boots

Boyfriend sweater (literally), red skinnies and of course my flat boots

Boyfriend sweater (literally), red skinnies and of course my flat boots

Maxi dress with a denim jacket and you can't see them but my leopard ballet flats

Maxi dress with a denim jacket and you can’t see them but my leopard ballet flats

Nail Files: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to experiment more with beauty products and I chose nail polish as my thing.  I’ve decided to pick a new color every month and this month’s color is Mint Sprint from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Collection.

This is the first product I’ve ever purchased from this brand and I was particularly drawn to their claim that the polish dries in 60 seconds. I was quite skeptical as it normally takes my nails hours to dry COMPLETELY.

So here’s my Product Review

Price: $3.59 great value

Color: It’s a really green, green which I like….helps brighten these dreary end of spring days

Quality: Good, I’ve been wearing the polish for 7 days and no chips

Consistency: I only needed 1 coat and I’m almost always a 2-coat girl

Brush: The brush design really allows you to get the sides of the nail without painting your finger.

Overall Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this product. I used a base coat so the polish didn’t dry completely in 60 seconds but it did dry completely within 10 minutes. The only drawback being the color selection is not as extensive as I would like.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Label

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Label

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Bottle

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Bottle

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Brush

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Brush

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Outside

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Outside

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Inside

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint Inside

Designer: Basler

On Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Basler Spring fashion show at Lenox Mall Bloomingdales. With the weather being so dreary in Atlanta this past week, the collection was a great preview of something bright to look forward to in the upcoming months.

The collection featured flirty florals and citrus colors perfect for the upcoming season; my favorite piece is the oranges strapless, empire waist gown.

Here are some of my other favorite pieces…..

A bit blurry but this gown is breathtaking

A bit blurry but this gown is breathtaking

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Can you tell I'm into jackets

Can you tell I’m into jackets

 

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Basler designer Brian Rennie and I...true talent

Basler designer Brian Rennie and I…true talent

 

Salad in a Jar: Grab & Go Goodness

In an effort to eat better I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try the fairly new food phenomenon: Salad in Jar. I really enjoy salads but hate taking the time (that I don’t have) to prepare them.  I first saw Salad in a Jar on Pinterest and thought it was genius…I can prepare a weeks worth of salad in one evening!

I googled the phrase and found tons of sites that explained how to do it and the items you would need: mason jars and the Food Saver sealer kit. The Food Saver sealer kit is $130. I wasn’t prepared to make that investment only to find out I was going through a temporary “salad phase” and this sealer would sit and collect dust once I got over it.

After further research I found a video about how to use the Food Saver wide mouth jar sealer ($6) and a Ziplock air removal pump, a manual device available at most any grocery store and retails for about $5 to seal the jars.

Next, I set out on the hunt for mason jars and find out that they are sold seasonally in stores. So I went online and ordered a case of wide mouth quart jars from Amazon.com, they arrived within a week. I also ordered the Food Saver wide mouth jar sealer that I saw in the video.

The process is REALLY simple: select your favorite salad ingredients, layer and seal. The most important thing to remember is to add your salad dressing FIRST and then add a layer of hearty ingredients such as cucumbers, mushrooms etc. The lettuce/spinach should NEVER touch the salad dressing.

In my salad, I used cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, craisins, spinach and red leaf lettuce. I made the salad dressing:

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

½ tsp honey mustard

½ tsp minced garlic

Dash of lime juice

Dash of sea salt

I’ve shared the video showing how to use the jar sealer and the manual pump as well as pics from my first batch of Salad in a Jar. Any good recipes to share?

Click the pic for YouTube Video of jar sealer and manual pump seal process

Click the pic for YouTube Video of jar sealer and manual pump seal process

My work station

My work station

The greens

The greens

The finished product

The finished product

 

Up close

Up close

 

 

 

New York, New York

New York is the type of city that no matter how much time has passed, if you’ve ever spent a significant amount of time living there, as soon as you return you are hit with an overwhelming nostalgia. The sounds and the smells of the city can bring back even the most suppressed memories…both good and bad.

I moved to NY in 2004 at the age of 23 to pursue a career in fashion, stayed for a little more than two years and returned to Atlanta in 2006. I used to take trips back to the Big Apple a few times a year but due to business obligations, haven’t been able to do so in a while. So I was pleased as punch when business took me to the city where my love affair with all things fashion and fabulous truly began.

I arrived last Monday and was there until Friday. The trip was quite busy but I managed to hit the streets a couple of times to just soak in the energy and relish in the memory of one of the most memorable times of my life…

6 hours until pickup to go to the airport...I'm always waiting until the last minute to pack!

6 hours until pickup to go to the airport…I’m always waiting until the last minute to pack!

Pickup from JFK in an Excursion Limo...not bad!

Pickup from JFK in an Excursion Limo…not bad!

Media Meeting at the Carlton...isn't this bed divine!

Media Meeting at the Carlton…isn’t this bed divine!

Work is over! Time to hit the streets...Bryant Park

Work is over! Time to hit the streets…Bryant Park

More Times Square of course

Traveling with a young lady who has never been so of course we had to hit Times Square….of course

Stopped by H&M and was met with this bowl of blueberry goodness

Stopped by H&M and was met with this bowl of blueberry goodness

What’s your favorite city? What’s the one city that brings back the best memories and can make your heart melt as soon as you hit baggage claim?

 

 

Colon Hydrotherapy

The New Year can spark the desire to purge and start fresh…often times we direct these efforts to our living spaces but forget about our bodies. I was first introduced to Colon Hydrotherapy several years ago and did a series of 6 sessions over a 6-week period. A series of 6 is recommended for first timers or those who haven’t been in a long time.

A few weeks ago, I started a series of 6 at Hadiya Wellness and my experience has been incredible. This location utilizes an open gravity bed, which I prefer over evacuation tube and the staff was very professional.

One of the changes I noticed immediately was my energy level; I often hit the 3pm slump like most people so I never really thought much of it…until now. Over the last several weeks I notice I have much more energy and I haven’t experienced my usual midday slump. And then of course there is the natural weight loss in the stomach area, which is great.

A lot of people are often reluctant to try this type of service due to the sensitive nature of the process but I assure you the experience is not nearly as weird as one might think. I highly recommend it! Here are some photos of the equipment…

The Gravity Bed: Your head goes above the purple glove and your feet are elevated in the opposite direction. The brown cabinet houses the water pump system

The Gravity Bed: Your head goes above the purple glove and your feet are elevated in the opposite direction. The brown cabinet houses the water pump system

An up close of the tube that dispensing the water; it's very small about the circumference of a pen

An up close of the tube that dispensing the water; it’s very small about the circumference of a pen

The clear pipe that allows you to see whats being extracted which is important

The clear pipe that allows you to see whats being extracted which is important

Have you tried Colon Hydrotherapy or have any specific questions about the experience?

Newfound Glove Love

As a person who is ALWAYS cold, I have a special affection for gloves and the warmth they provide. Once upon a time Isotoner Gloves were EV-ERY-THING….the end-all be-all of cold weather accessories providing ladies with a chic alternative to the bulky glove options of our male counterparts. Over the last 2 years, with the surge of Smartphone’s there was a bit of dilemma: brave the winter chill and remove your gloves to respond to a text or simply wait until you’re indoors.

This winter season, I am happy to see so many designers respond to this issue with Touch Screen Gloves. During my quest for my own pair I decided to try them on in person and put them to the test. Of course my first choice was the Touch Isotoner gloves and they were less than stellar; it took at least 2 attempts to perform simple functions on my iPhone such as “slide to unlock”.

After trying a few other brands, I came across the Anna & Ava 3-in-1 Touch Screen Gloves and am so pleased! These gloves can be worn as a handwarmer, glove or both…pretty cool. Also the “touch” function is fantastic, I can text and email without any issues. And they’re only $11.00!

Anna & Ava 3-in-1 Touch Screen Gloves

Anna & Ava 3-in-1 Touch Screen Gloves

 

I purchased a green pair and a black pair

I purchased a green pair and a black pair

 

They really are amazing!

They really are amazing!

 

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