Youth In The Office: Fed-Up! (Forbes article)

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The article:


“I’m 24. I live in New York City. I hate my job. Of course, I’m not supposed to say that. I’m supposed to feel accomplished to be young and employed and have benefits in this economic environment.


My life is a series of boxes on an assembly line. Today is just another box on my calendar. Every day I shuffle between a city apartment and an office cube, typing into rectangles, sending papers, signing papers, filing papers. What I do is not important. That’s the problem….”



Our response:

 Dear youth in the office: I, too, belong in this group. And, I, too, have felt your frustration. I’ve held various occupations since I was 16, and I’ve pushed paper in Dilbert’s office. I struggle between not feeling on track to achieve my full potential and a reality check. If I may make a suggestion that would provide you with a fresh set of eyes, it would be this: …
Sit in a “real” diner. One that Jonathan Gold would never been interested in visiting. Perhaps one in a struggling small town. Take a seat, look into the kitchen and observe the hourly workers prepare your meal.
Breathing in fumes and lard day after day in hairnets covered in grease…Then observe them when they clean up at the end of the day. Rinsing the kitchen mats, rinsing other people’s food off dishes, mopping the floor (I used to whine about this). Then reflect on your perspective again. Passion about one’s work often comes from being proud of the job you’ve done no matter what type of work you do. Pride in one’s work brings the “joy” you described. Enjoyment in one’s work comes with the sense of ownership you get when you give even the smallest paper-pushing task your absolute best effort while biting your tongue. It comes from feeling like you’ve grown and have crossed a rite of passage. All those people at the top whom I admire and strive to emulate have had to “do the dishes” at some point in their lives. It’s a prerequisite and a rite of passage for anyone on the path to achievement. Best of luck to you. Onward!


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Are you settling for ‘good enough’? (links, images, videos)

misery isn’t happiness’s foe; ‘good enough’ is – in your personal and professional life! 

You’ve heard the comparison before:  a job search is like looking for a mate.

If this analogy is anywhere near accurate, then I’m currently reading the job seeker’s version of Neil Strauss’ “Rules of the Game”.
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His name is Harper.  And according to the story’s main character, he’s “big in the right places and small in the right places”.  The book’s title is “Harper’s Rules”, and the story is an entertaining account of the relationship between a superstar recruit and her superstar recruiter.

I don’t have an opinion on whether or not I see job-seeking as completely akin to mate-seeking, however, I agree there are at least a few similarities.  More importantly for myself, however, are the witty Harper-isms that make me laugh out loud and take notes.

Some examples of what we call “Harper-isms”:

“You’re riding Secretariat, love.  You don’t need to get on the merry-go-round.”
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“BOTTOM LINE:  If you’re acting like you’re leaving your job, you’re leaving your job.  It’s just a matter of timing and opportunity.  Sometimes we do the right things before we’ve figured out why they’re right.”
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“Are you staying because they “need you right now” and you “can’t do that to your colleagues?”  Are you disillusioned  but held hostage by guilt?”
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and my personal favorite…
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“misery isn’t happiness’s foe; ‘good enough’ is.” !!!



Some of “Harper’s Rules” on finding the best path to your dream job:

  1. Put your personal network on notice.
  2. Use direct, simple language.
  3. Network with two headhunters that specialize in your niche.
  4. Do your homework.
  5. Your resume is a highlight film; it’s SportsCenter, not the unedited game footage.
  6. Your resume is an advertisement; it is not an affidavit.
  7. Don’t accept a counteroffer after terminating your relationship with your employer.
  8. Cultures don’t change.  You assimilate or you leave.
  9. If you’ve stopped laughing, quit immediately.
  10. If none of the original reasons why you took the job are still valid, or you settled for less than what you were meant to do, your dream will haunt you till you leave.

Yup.   He’s a sexy recruiter alright.  And, I like his style (Apologies in advance for the plethora of Harper-isms you’ll be seeing in our tweets as I finish reading the book).

Have a great day!!!

xo,
Meg@myprettypinkponies.com

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Go, Secretariat!  Go!!!





More on this topic:
blog post by “The Regular Joe” that speaks to the same point.
More on the book, “Harper’s Rules” by Danny Cahill

Article: Women don’t want to be rescued…

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 Check out this clever photography exhibit titled “Fallen Princesses” by Dina Goldstein. http://www.myprettypinkponies.com/2011/09/fallen-princesses-by-dina-goldstein.html

Article: Young and Underemployed (Forbes.com)

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 Undergraduate education is not technical school. Some of us attend school because we value a well-rounded education, not to secure employment after graduation. Educational background (undergraduate) are less relevant than internships, volunteer experience and on-campus activities. There’s a distinction between going to a trade school and attending a university.

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Top 5 Reasons Unemployment Stinks…(img)

If you’re anything like my beautiful and amazingly brilliant friends, you, too, might suspect I’m having a great time not having to go to work everyday.  But, alas, life is not all champagne, caviar and sleeping in for the unemployed.


Here are my top 5 gripes about being unemployed:



5.  I have no excuse not to return my friends’ phone calls (my “brilliant and beautiful” friends)

Isn’t “work” always such a convenient excuse to avoid life outside of work?  Let’s be honest.


4.  I simply have a tougher time staying slim when I’m not stressed out everyday losing sleep and forgetting to eat.

Being online all day submitting resumes and conducting interviews via Skype is bad for my behind.  Staying indoors is bad for my behind.  Can’t skype while on the treadmill, unfortunately.  And, when one’s in her PJs all day, there isn’t much motivation to go outside, drive through all that L.A. traffic just to use the treadmill for 30 measly minutes.


3.  Speaking of which, I have waaay toooo many suits and not enough pajamas!  I only have about three lounging “outfits” to wear!


2.  When something goes awry, I can’t call and yell at the I.T. guy!  I have to try and fix the computer myself!!!

…and last, but certainly not least….

#1.  It’s hot in L.A. and the air-conditioning in my apartment (if I can call it that) is about as effective as summoning Batman using a candle and shadow hand-puppets instead of a Kleig light!

You never know how important a cool office is until it’s gone.  So stop complaining that you have to go to work!

(#6 was…the absence of free pizza and cookies the office serves during staff meetings.  Almost made the cut.)

; P

3P

Ideas to help you plan during challenging times…

Below is an article written by fellow 85Broads member, Christina McEntee.



The post provides a list of the dos and don’ts of Strategic Planning for organizations.  Christina’s suggestions help organizations remain effective during a challenging economy and operating with less resources.


I think these pointers are just as relevant for the individual facing challenges.  Would you apply ‘strategic planning’ to achieve your personal goals?


Strategic Planning In Challenging Times

September 15 2011





STRATEGIC PLANNING: Some Dos and Don’ts to Consider When Charting a Course to a Successful Future
Many organizations today understand that with the challenges faced in today’s economy, it is essential that they take a hard look at who they are, what’s important to them, and how they are going to move forward successfully with smaller staffs, fewer resources. They know they need to make some changes, but the task seems daunting. A well-mapped out Strategic Planning engagement can be enormously productive in helping an organization adapt and move forward.  
Considering a Strategic Planning meeting? The following are some insights into the process, which I hope you will find useful. 

1. DO Engage in Regular Strategic Planning. The world is changing so fast that strategies for success that made sense even a year ago may no longer hold true. Re-visiting and clarifying the organization’s mission, values, goals, and strategies on a regular basis helps to create a strong framework that will allow the organization to be flexible and effective in dealing with change.  (create a plan!)
2. DO Hire Professional Help.  Without an outside coach or facilitator, most groups get sidetracked or bogged down, and waste a lot of time. An outside professional has the ability to stimulate the group to get out of their usual ways of doing things, seeing things, and interacting with each other. And they will push the group to stay focused and complete its agenda. (ask for help or find resources to help you)

3. DON’T Expect To Coast Through It. An effective Strategic Planning meeting takes commitment and hard work. It will likely include pre-work, and often some carefully chosen reading assignments. The meeting itself may span several hours — or days. And once all this is done, the real work begins: holding oneself and others accountable to move forward with the actions committed to.  (be realistic with results and the amount of work…)

4. DO Expect That Sparks Will Fly. Tempers may flair, tears may be shed. Again, a skilled facilitator or coach will help the group navigate through the heated emotions and channel that passion into breakthrough creative thinking and action.   (prepare for heated disagreements and focus on your goals)

5. DON’T Be Surprised When Resistance Appears. As much as people clamor for things to change, most of the time we hope that the results can be different butwithout us having to be different. An important step in the process of redefining strategy and goals may be gaining awareness of our own resistance to changing how we do things.  

6. DO Notice How the Cream Rises to the Top. It becomes clear very quickly that there are those who just like to hear themselves talk — and those who are willing to take action. The structure and clarity of this kind of work empowers individual performers, which benefits the entire organization.  

7. DO Include Everyone. While the leadership of an organization may be most involved in determining the Strategic Plan, for this plan to actually work all levels of the organization must be engaged and included. People support what they help to create. 

8. DON’T Neglect to Celebrate. Planning and execution are hard work — especially if your goal is to take the organization down a new path. Take time out to celebrate your early wins!   (Acknowledge your small accomplishments – they are important)

9. DO create goals that you can measure. How long will it take? What resources are needed? What is the desired outcome?  What gets measured gets done. (Quantify)

10. DON’T Stop Now. Become a Culture of Constant Improvement. Strategic Planning allows us to respond actively to the question: How can we be better at what we do? As innovation is stimulated, the organization becomes more attractive to all its constituents — staff, members, clients, shareholders. (Kaizen)


Thank you, Christina!!!

Christina McEntee has worked with individuals and companies in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East. She has a background in leadership, sales management, and strategic planning, and has held the position of President and CEO, and VP of Sales of a NASDAQ-traded company. Today, Christina advises individual professionals as well as businesses and non-profit organizations on issues of strategy, sales, and individual performance.


Called-out comment re: "Erotic Capital" Debate (Forbes)

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 Interestingly, I often try and downplay my youth and femininity to prevent the common assumption that my “looks” (and not my intelligence, savvy and professionalism, etc…) helped me with my achievements. There’s nothing more irritating than having my intelligence and other valuable qualities overlooked or minimized because of my femininity.

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Ask A Pro: How do we burn belly fat? (video)

(Video)
We ask our friend, Adam, how to best avoid the jiggles…(I’m not a fan of point #1)

  1. Avoid sugar (what?!?! – Is there any way around this?!)…
  2. Moderate your carbohydrates per meal
  3. Eat appropriate calories per meal
  4. Eat at correct meal intervals of every 3-4 hours
  5. Avoid trans-fats and hydrogenated oils
  6. Moderate alcohol intake
  7. Add lean muscle to your body with strength training
  8. Burn fat stores through cardiovascular training
  9. Eat whole foods that are high in fiber for improved digestion
  10. Be consistent in your diet and fitness habits





How to be unemployed…


Being in-between jobs is no reason to sit around and take a metaphorical vacation from being a professional.

I see this downtime as opportunity to create a plan that will prepare me for upcoming interviews and other opportunities.



Being in the workforce (vs. school) puts us at a disadvantage against the young ‘uns looking for jobs.  They’ve been learning and absorbing like sponges in a sea of university resources and a nurturing environment.

The workforce fills a lot of our time with games of politicking, gossiping, birthday cake celebrations, and other daily motions of demonstrating we “fit in” with our colleagues (aka “small talk”). Not to be minimized, these are essential in any organization to assist in building rapport between individuals.  Not doing so only makes one seem aloof and, eventually, not part of the “team”.

However, this leaves little time stay up-to-minute with technological updates, intellectual stimulation and challenges, current events, personal growth, introspection, et cetera…

That said, when your only team is “Team ‘I'”, you can choose to develop the aspects of yourself you deem important and valuable (as opposed to developing aspects of yourself valuable to someone else).

For me, I’ll use my “mandatory vacation” to develop parts of my brain that suffered from atrophy the last couple of years.

SHORT-TERM GOALS:

1. Learn fundamentals of UX (User Experience)

I’m continuing to learn more and more about developing my blog and web page out of necessity. “User Experience” (in the context I find relevant to my professional goals) is what the 70’s referred to as “customer service” (aka CX “customer experience). 

That is the consideration of what a client (customer/user/visitor/audience) experiences during the purchase of goods and/or services. This will be a fundamental ingredient in sales spanning across all industries. If UX is akin to “customer service”, then it is vital for every business person to understand the magnitude of its value. Or, at the very least, its role in business.


(Customer Experience Awards brief)


2.  Recover and reflect

All ego aside, when no one’s watching, I think it’s important to reflect on our experiences when we’re no longer viewing the situation “from inside of the box”.

I’m always looking for opportunities to learn about myself and develop, and one of the best ways to understand “blindspots” or areas of growth is by taking note of others’ feedback.

It isn’t always comfortable to hear people’s criticism, especially when the critic isn’t someone you respect or if the delivery seems more insulting than constructive.

But this is one of those things in life that truly helps with personal development. Reflecting on others’ negative feedback (especially feedback and conflicts that continue to come up) can be viewed like free coaching sessions.  Feedback helps identify where there’s a disconnect between your intentions and how those intentions are being perceived by others.

It takes a lot of humility and maturity to be able to accept that others may be on to something especially when it isn’t the most flattering opinion of you.  However, if you can accept the less flattering parts of yourself – even before committing to any steps to improve — you’re already a lot further along than where you were before you became aware of that which you were too afraid to admit about yourself.

3. Add some poetry (or fiction) in my life

I’ve been reading so many business-related and reference books, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to get lost in a good story (novels). I have a stack of good books waiting to be read and critical thinking waiting to be had. Finally finishing Neal Stephenson’s “Diamond Age” and/or any of the William Gibson novels will hopefully inspire thought that has nothing to do numbers and statistics.

4. Physical exercise (and yoga!)

(Hopefully, this doesn’t need to be justified)

5. Identify the “color of my parachute” 

In other words, reassess my life goals and values and determine whether or not they’re consistent with my professional trajectory. In an ideal world, I’d evaluate and re-evaluate my goals at least monthly to keep myself on track. However, during stressful and busy weeks of full-time work, this important goal gets brushed aside and seems more insignificant than it truly is.


Aligning one’s work with one’s values (aka “not losing one’s soul”) is more important than maximizing one’s 401(k) contributions.  I hope to get and keep some perspective.

6. Real quality time with family and friends

I’m sorry to admit that I’m not the best at this. Being obsessed with efficiency and networking and other career mumbo-jumbo caused me to lose sight of what’s truly valuable to me – people. I hope to connect and catch up with my friends and spend quality time with every one of them the real way: face-to-face and with undivided attention.

I suppose this list will continue to evolve once I have a better understanding of what my options are and how long I’ll be on “vacation”.
If you have any experience with how you used your in-between-jobs time to enhance your life and increase your competitive advantage, please do share.
Write soon.  Thanks for reading.

Food for thought…

…in other words, “have some perspective!”.  There are much more important things in life than your job.  Take care of those priorities, too.

Staying relevant…

I think it’s important to continue to develop oneself to remain relevant.

Blogging and keeping up-to-date with the evolution of technology is one place I focus continued learning and development.
I’ve created another blog that highlights the knowledge I gather about how to create an online presence through the creation of sites, blogs, and exchanging helpful resources and ideas with your online community.

Here are examples of topics I highlight in my blog:

If this is information you also find relevant, please feel free to read the links I’ve highlighted in my blog.
Hope this helps.
Meg@myprettypinkponies.com

Are you smokin’??

Lifescript.com’s tips to help you stop smoking : < click to access article

RESOURCES:
National Cancer Institute
http://smokefree.gov/
Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/index.htm
United States Department of Health and Human Services
1-800 Quit-Now
http://1800quitnow.cancer.gov/

fantastically girlish..(images)

If dorothy was in L.A. and not Kansas, she’d walk the red carpet (and not the yellow-brick road) in these fantastic Kate Spade rhinestone flats (Noelle) instead of her ruby slippers…Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.  I think we’re in 1950’s Hollywood.

fuschia heels – a girl’s dream come true
got a plain white dress?  Jazz it up with these colorful Kate Spade shoes (Lourdes):

what girl hasn’t dreamt of being a Prima Ballerina?

A-Line Dresses (images)

Color Psych. 101:  Which dress are you drawn to first?
1.  White = purity, innocence, goodness, sterility
2. orange + navy =  vigor, warmth, playfulness + strength, authority, dependability
3.  navy + green = strength, authority, dependability + freshness, health, vitality
4.  yellow + white = energetic, friendly + purity, innocence
5.  teal = invigorating, refreshing (i.e. travel/leisure)
6.  bright color combination (primary yellow) = activity, constant motion, energetic, congenial

Are you "web savvy"?

to our gen-x readers:  you follow blogs…you have a facebook page…heck, you even text instead of making phone calls…so, do you consider yourself “web-savvy”?

With the increasing popularity of generating buzz about oneself on the web, many web users and marketing-zealous individuals have posted all sorts of personal information, thoughts and other information that they wouldn’t necessarily want the universe to see.

I get goosebumps thinking about how mortifying it was to be the last to hear that I had sent an accidental social-media invitation to my bosses and their bosses’ bosses by being “trigger-happy” with the ‘send’ button…This is one of many many accidents that can occur when registering on sites.  And, while it has taken me a while to learn that everything written online is not only “written in ink”, but “etched in stone and stored forever”, I’m now more careful (perhaps not prudent enough) with what I post and what information I send on the web.

While we don’t have time to do extensive online researches of our names, companies and brands, one quick way to manage your reputation online is by signing up to get notifications when your name(s) – and any permutations thereof – are published online.

Google offers this service for free, and it takes less than 5 minutes to set up alerts if you already have a Google account.  


Here’s how:

  1. visit https://www.google.com/dashboard/
  2. Scroll down to the “Me on the Web” section
  3. Select “Set up search alerts for your data.”
  4. Select relevant boxes
  5. Add variations of your name(s) (i.e. “prettypinkponies”; “myprettypinkponies”; “pink ponies blog”; etc…


    xo,


    meg@myprettypinkponies.com

    Antique buttons…(images)

                                                         
    Add character to your suits by adding antique buttons…


    …search for buttons on etsy.com or ebay to find good deals…

    Wishing for a new suit, but too smart to spend hundreds of dollars?  Ideas:

    1.  add beautiful one-of-a-kind buttons to your existing suits.  (i.e. these antique brass buttons are beautiful agains a simple navy jacket)
    2.  No time to hunt for vintage buttons?  Got bad taste?  We can help…info@myprettypinkponies.com

    Project Management (link)

    It’s Fall, and if you’re a student, this week is about meeting recruiters on campus to receive free pens and passively listen to them pitch their company.

     Those of you entering Project Management, below is a link to by Donna Fitzgerald’s recent article with some pointers.

    Article:  Advice for women entering project management

    Best of luck on your connections and interviews.

    3P

    Moleskin-like Gadget Case

    Having a tough time letting go of hardcover books?  Solution:  Hardbook-like cover for tablets!!!



    New No-Cal company creates iPad, Kindle cases…
    –  it looks like a Moleskin notebook
    –  it mimics the feel of hard-bound books =)

    Dodocase.com

    Maxim for Mavericks

    The Maverick – A poem by Kent Healy

    Beyond the constraints of a monotonous environment
    Emerges a free mind choosing empowerment
    Remaining free in spirit and in mind
    The Maverick breaks through the tiresome conventional bind
    Without regard to the status quo
    There is much more out there, that they know
    Always searching and thinking too
    Never taking “no” for an answer, only “yes” will do
    They inspire, create, invent, and explore
    Allowing those around them to grow, know, and experience more
    Their insatiable curiosity and compassion for life
    Drives them to seek ways to eradicate strife
    With a passion to serve
    They help others create the life they deserve
    And although nothing is certain, they will take a chance
    The Maverick never ceases to ask the hand of opportunity for a dance
    They blaze their own path pushing aside the imitations
    Helping themselves and others exceed their own expectations
    “You can’t do that,” they are told
    But they always step forward, acting bold
    They break the conformist mold and risk looking like a fool
    But in the process they become the exception to the rule
    The Maverick will not stop
    Refusing to give up until they’re at the top
    They define success and what it means to live
    By accepting nothing less than the best they can give
    They step up to the challenge and never abandon the cause
    Helping humanity advance past its flaws
    Because they think they can, the Maverick always will
    They understand and use the power of free will

    By Kent Healy

    © Copyright 2011

    People Profile: Faiza Seth (images)

    • Need a Real Sponsor here
    Courtesy of Faiza Seth
    Faiza Seth in a pair of Christian Louboutins.
    Faiza Seth is not your usual CEO.  She has flowing black hair, 40+ pairs of Louboutins and she frequently shares beauty secrets in fashion magazines.

    But the Hyderabad-born executive has more to her than meets the eye: After a stint at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong and obtaining an MBA from Stanford University, Ms. Seth, 33, moved to London where she set up her own business, the architecture and luxury interior design firm Casa Forma in 2007.
    Ms. Seth spoke to India Real Time about the Indian market for high-end interior design, shared tips for young female entrepreneurs and explained how beauty and business don’t always go well together.  Edited excerpts.
    IRT: What made you decide to expand in India?
    Ms. Seth: I am Indian so I can understand the country culturally, it is easier for me to work here than in the rest of the BRICs. My family is based in Delhi so I have a network to start off with that I don’t have in Brazil, Russia or China. Also I find people in India have been exposed to global design and trends. Here there is a demand for an international design aesthetic which offers high quality, bespoke design, luxury, and value.
    IRT: How does India’s luxury market compares to London’s?
    Ms. Seth: In London there is a high demand for property. There, I get requests like crazy for second homes from clients in Russia, China, the Middle East and India. The Indian market is a little bit more price sensitive. At the same time it’s hard to differentiate between locations because people who want that service want the highest quality no matter where they are.
    IRT: How are you adapting your design concept to the Indian market?
    Ms. Seth: The broader concept is a global design aesthetic. But we have to adapt our designs to make them more doable in India: We have to take into consideration environmental factors like weather and dust. For instance, you can’t use light colors in Delhi because they will be very hard to maintain with the dust and pollution. We pick darker shades.
    IRT: What is the design concept behind the New Delhi showhouse?
    Ms. Seth: It’s basically modern colonial with some Art Deco and contemporary influences. This includes high ceilings, dark woods like mahogany, marbles and antique doors.
    IRT: What tips do you have for young female entrepreneurs in India?
    Ms. Seth: Young women need to follow their passion and do what they enjoy … this ensures the greatest probability of success. It is critical that young women entrepreneurs get outside work experience in a large professional set up to bring in discipline, work ethic. Finally women entrepreneurs should start small with low costs and build their businesses up step by step.
    IRT: What are the main challenges of doing business in India?
    Ms. Seth: Doing business successfully in India can be challenging because of the lack of infrastructure and inertia in the approval processes. Therefore it is crucial to have a strong compliance person who can help manage the environment and ensures adherence to local laws.
    IRT: You never leave your house without…?
    Ms. Seth: My Blackberry, which is my lifeline to Casa Forma. It’s the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see before I sleep.
    IRT: Can beauty be a disadvantage in a business environment?
    Ms. Seth: Beauty can sometimes be a disadvantage in business because people tend to think beauty and intelligence are often mutually exclusive. However, good educational and professional qualifications can often mitigate this stereotype.



    (source:  online.wsj.com Copyright 2008 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

    Stop. Read this post before shopping… (images)

    Is that new dress worth the splurge?  Let’s see how much cheaper it would cost to try and re-create the same designer look:


    We can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship of a well-made designer dress.  However, sometimes, it makes very little difference in presentation whether or not what you’re wearing costs over 3x as much as much as a similar ensemble.

    The few times high-cost in designer clothing can be worth the price you’re paying:

    1)  The quality of fabric – cashmere, silk, leather, etc…
    2)  Service – does the store offer great service (alterations?  selection?  appointment with qualified and informed stylists?  extensive knowledge on what makes the product unique?  etc…)?
    3)  Shoes – Poorly made shoes are just plain bad for you.  They’re uncomfortable, they need to be replaced more often than well-made shoes, and they affect the “spring in your step”.
    The key thing to remember is that THE WOMAN MAKES THE CLOTHES.  In the end, it’s YOU who dictates your presentation, not the garment – irrespective of its price or craftsmanship.
    Cheers!
    3P
    (Sources:  experience shopping and buying too many clothes, experience working in clothing stores, pageant-training, conversations with salespeople, etc…)

    Dressing for Fall (When "Fall" is actually still Summer) (images)

    In other parts of the country, Autumn is the time
    of year when you pull light sweaters out of storage anticipating a drop in
    temperature.

    It’s already mid-September, and it’s still pretty
    warm out in SoCal.
     What does a girl do to prepare for the frigid a/c
    indoors while keeping cool and fresh outdoors?
    Layer a soft blouse underneath a light sweater.

    Keeping a light cardigan at the office at all times
    is always a smart move.
     It’s a great “band-aid” for unexpected
    cold weather or if you drop lunch on your blouse.
    That said, when it’s warm out, a light blouse
    that’ll keep your body cool and comfortable works well underneath a light
    sweater.
     Below are a couple of good examples of light bouses for your professional wardrobe to take you through the change in temperature without missing a beat.

    The burn oranges and warm browns are still light
    enough to wear with your warm-weather palettes.
     The cognac, light brown and butterscotch leather will keep you looking polished as you introduce deeper fall colors with your suits.

    People Profile: Rachel Roy (video)

    When we encounter a woman we can classify as a successful, balanced go-getter, we love to take a look at her and how she carries herself.

    For instance, prettypinkponies loves Rachel Roy.

    The lovely American fashion designer was born in California to a Dutch mother and an Indian father.

    Wikipedia tells us that the designer got her start by working part-time at a retail store, Contempo Casuals, at the age of 14…Her trajectory spiked exponentially upward from there…

    The official YouTube channel for fashion designer Rachel Roy.

    Rachel Roy’s designs capture a sense of lady-like glamour with a subtle feminine edge.  With knee-length pencil skirts and blouses, the label’s aesthetic catches the eye with a familiar and classic silhouette.  However, by combining unusual colors, patterns and fabrics, the lady-like silhouette becomes modern.  Cool.

    Here’s her take on formal-wear:
    She’s pretty and girly…
    …yet bold, independent and sophisticated.  

    Rachel Roy’s style is one a career-focused young woman can wear with confidence (without having to dress like the boys).

    3P

    . . .

    Employees Can’t Be Fired for Facebook Complaints, Judge Says – Forbes

    "Fallen Princesses" by Dina Goldstein

    Amazing work by Dina Goldstein, “Fallen Princesses” examines the untold story of princesses lives after the happily ever-after.

    These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues… Disney’s perfect Princesses [are] juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues.

    Famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz, is also credited for her beautiful work photographing celebrities as Disney Princesses.  Let’s examine the different messages their images convey:

    Snow White courtesy of Dina Goldstein (Fallen Princesses)

    by Annie Leibovitz (Rachel Weisz)

    Ariel by Dina Goldstein (Fallen Princesses)

    by Annie Leibovitz 

    Cinderella by Dina Goldstein (Fallen Princesses)

    What an impactful way to reveal the “other side” of the sought-after-fairy-tale-lives we imagined as girls.   I am a girly-girl, however, it’s important to have a reality check once-in-a-while.

    Dina Goldstein’s photographs serve just that purpose – and well.  What a force to counteract the ever-so-influential princess cartoons children are exposed to.

    Belle by Dina Goldstein (Fallen Princesses)
    by Annie Leibovitz (Penelope Cruz as Belle)

    Pocahontas by Dina Goldstein (Fallen Princesses)

    by Annie Leibovitz (Jessica Biel as Pocahontas)
    The Disney Princesses

    Do well in school, young ladies!!!

    3P

    Accessories (images)

    prettypinkponies recently met marida at a tradeshow in los angeles.  We love her interesting and wearable designs.

    The look is modern, minimal, “clean”.

    semi-precious stones with metal…semi-precious stones with leather cords…
    …so elegantly bohemian.

    tailored, yet laid back.  Just what to wear with your white tee and jeans this summer.

    …or your yoga pants…

    so zen…

    …delicate…

    and simply lovely..

     don’t forget to follow our blog via Google Friend Connect for a chance to win one of marida’s pieces!  !
    THANKS, MARIDA!!!

    Need help? Ask your network!

    I just listened to a podcast about how to ask for help.  If you’re like me, it sometimes makes me feel weird to ask friends for help.  Especially when I need it.

    The podcast below provides the following tips on how to ask your professional network for help when you’re job-hunting.

    1.  Email is ok* (*not mass/spam email!) – not ideal, but ‘okay’.
    2.  Reconnect first
    3.  Give them an idea of what you want.
    4.  Follow up!  Follow up!  Follow up!


    PODCAST:  How to ask your network for help.
    (Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman)

    The Bias against "Creativity" (Forbes)

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    On this post: Managing The Psychological Bias Against Creativity

    If the major deterrent to accepting “creative thinking” in the workplace is low tolerance for uncertainty, I would surmise that highly-regulated and high-risk industries have don’t evolve as quickly as others due to lack of innovation (“creativity”). Do you have any thoughts about the relationship between  regulation and innovation? Thank you for posting this article. Much appreciated. 3P


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    Careerwear: pre-Fall ’11 (slideshow)

    If you’ve been following our blog since birth (April), you probably understand that our main audience is the “profession-elle” if you will (read:  girls who work Full-time jobs for a living).  Hence, a lot of the “fashion” on our sight serves the girl in the workforce.

    We have nothing against trendy, teenage styles, however, there are too many blogs on the web that cater to the “trendy”.  Classic-styled girls can be “bloggers”, too!

    Secondly, the corporate woman might be as stylish as the trend-setting teen, but her style needs to be a bit more restrained and professionally-appropriate.

    One way of expressing individuality in a professional environment is with color.  Greys, Navies and Beiges aren’t the only colors welcome in Corporate America.  However, these neutrals are necessary “anchors” for brighter pops of color (which, left on their own would be too loud and distracting).

    Corporate-Cathy you are not!  Differentiate yourself.

    This fall, we see a lot of color-blocking.  Reds and oranges grounded by black, stone, and gray is a popular palette (below).

    Michael Kors

    A solid deep fuschia dress (a la Zac Posen) conveys power and femininity in a polished way (below):

    Or, what about a bright orange sheath to take you from bright summer months to autumn (below)?

    Don’t like sleeveless?  How about a shift dress in pumpkin (below)?

    PRE-FALL/TRANSITIONAL PIECES
    COLORS: ORANGE, RED
    ANCHOR COLORS: STONE, GRAY, BLACK
    ESSENCE: AUTHENTIC, SOPHISTICATED, INTELLIGENT, CHARISMATIC, CONFIDENT, CHIC, PROFESSIONAL, SELF-ASSURED, FEMININE, SUCCESSFUL, GO-GETTER, RELEVANT…ETC…



    Cliff’s Notes:

    it starts in my toes…

    “… makes me crinkle my nose…” (this is how I describe feeling amazing)
    I feel absolutely amazing.  Why?  I’ve accomplished the objectives I set for myself for the week (and scheduled smaller tasks throughout the next few days), I had a delicious and healthy meal, read a couple chapters of a good book, reconnected with supportive and genuine friends, submitted my resume, attended to other responsibilities while getting an opportunity to “flex” some valuable attributes in myself that I haven’t been able to in some time…
    Days that make me “crinkle my nose” are top priority, and I make sure to schedule them strategically following tough weeks.  
    Seriously. 
    I reserved a portion of today for less demanding chores like drycleaning, laundry, household chores, returning calls to friends, etc…  I do have stressful obligations on my plate, however, for the next three hours, I choose to “responsibly ignore” them as a proactive and conscious form of self-preservation.  The objective is to shut down stress by being around inspiring people..or intellectually stimulating ideas…or existing in an environment filled with “things I love” (i.e. the outdoors, the stationery store, indoors watching movies with gorgeous imagery, museums, gardens, etc…) to bring me back to center.  When time’s up, I’m back to focused work, appointments, stress, bills, etc…
    Do you set aside time to do the things you enjoy and be around friends (not associated with your job and/or goal to “network”) who are supportive and trustworthy?  
    Existing in a “non-threatening” space where you can have your guard down and be as carefree as a child (read:  without being judged) is healthy and promotes “good” behavior in adults.  A recent research by Sreedhari Desai and Francesca Gino published by the Harvard Business Review found that an environment reminiscent of childhood encouraged adults to behave more ethically (link to article:  Adults Behave Better When Teddy Bears are in the Room). 

    Have a lovely week.

    3P


    related articles:
    “Scheduling Distraction-Free time” by Connectedlife.com
    10 ways to make more time for yourself” by chronicbabe.com
    “Nice girl = Bad Networker” (Thanks to Connected Life)
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