Today’s BIG goal…

To walk confidently, albeit humbly…





…in fancy high-heeled shoes.


Sincerely,
Meg

How Do You Visualize Your Success? (@Pinterest)

What does your dream home look like? How do YOU envision success?

One way I keep myself inspired  is with Pinterest’s visual pin boards.

I find that seeing images and images of possibilities that could result from my hard work helps get my motivation back. See for yourself!


Quote of the day #Judgement

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


(Love to Bridget for sharing this with me.)

Pink Ponies Pins! (Pinterest)

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Let’s play dress up on Pinterest!!!
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Career-Chic Sophisticate – A Visual Inspiration List…

Here’s a peak at some items on my list of my career style inspiration:
red tights with red pumps
classic trousers + blouse
nude nails
Black + grey pumps

What inspires your career wardrobe style?

For more images from my ever-growing list…visit PinkPoniesPins on Pinterest.

More on professional wear: Harper Bazaar’s How to Dress for Success article

HOME OFFICE vs. CORPORATE OFFICE – What’s your style???

CORPORATE OFFICE:

My office at home is different from my office at the workplace.
In the workplace, my goal was to maintain an efficient space with all the things I use on a regular basis close at hand.
I took care to create an efficient system that made it easy for me to reach for files, writing tools and other items I used several times/day.

I took care to make sure the items on my desk absolutely needed:  Cordless keypad, mouse, notebook, phone and lamp.  I also had one ceramic bud vase for the occasional flower I’d bring to the office with me to remind me of my balcony garden.

I also kept one of several piggy [mouse] banks on my desk for loose change.  A “savings account” for daily treats to the vending machine.

The space was efficient and allowed for quick storage, shredding completed tasks, quick-access to relevant information and sufficient lighting.

I kept a nice, firm flannel pillow on an ergonomic chair to support my lower back…

Overall, my work-space was devoid of my outside-of-work personality – which is quite different from my office at home.

OFFICE AT HOME:

Although I tote around my macbook and work anywhere and in every coffeeshop in the city, my office at home is mainly for thoughtful hand-written notes and a space to read…

(vases for sale on etsy)

golds, ambers, warm colors…
a beautiful and comfortable chair is essential.  

antique pencils, modern lighting, notebook, mirror (of course)…

…piggy bank, make up brush, pens, postage, clock…

box of stationery, golden ginko-leaf letter opener, Graphic Image notebook…

sentimental items of significance

…cuban cigar box filled with drawing supplies (charcoal pencils, erasers, leather notebook)…

…colored pens for highlighting…

Rebecca Minkoff leather kindle case…

moleskin-like dodocase (for kindle)…

I’m curious about your workspace…What do you keep on your desk at the office?  What does it say about you?  Is it similar to your office space at work?

– Meg  (“meg dot email”)

We Ponder: What Shoes Would A Very Hip Etiquette Expert Wear??? (Images)

@prettypinkpro What kind of heels would you recommend
to a hip etiquette expert?
(Asked by @etiquetteexpertJacqueline Whitmore) Continue reading

"…She wore it like she meant it." (a little background)

My taste for fashion and professional clothing is greatly
influenced by my mother.
Each morning, I watched her leave the house to run her
medium-sized print ad company, VIRGO INC.


Always tailored; always ladylike.
My mother wore knee-length pencil skirts without the subtle
twist of irony my generation feels compelled to add when they wear classic styles today…subtly mocking
a previous generation known for dainty manners and strings of white pearls. 

#Chanel
My mother cultivated a taste for classic feminine
silhouettes and she wore it like she meant it…
because she did.

 

Without a word, she entered a room and suddenly all were
aware that they were in the presence of a lady. And, to those who knew of her
her self-made success, it was understood that she ran her company with the
graceful strength of a savvy woman.
My own aesthetic often seems to reference my mother’s style
– pencil skirts, gold bangles, diamond studs and fancy high-heeled shoes. I
adore tailored sheath dresses, A-line skirts and silk blouses. The similarities
between my office style and my mother’s professional wear wasn’t apparent to me
until very recently when I discovered a dusty old photograph from childhood –
there I was in my Catholic school uniform walking on stage to receive an
academic award of some sort wearing bangles too big for my tiny forearms. In
the background was my mom in a classic yet angular A-line dress with geometric
patterns proudly walking with me…When I returned back to the
“present”, I realized that I own and wear a dress with the same
patterns, the same color, a similar silhouette in my own fancy shoes. I
continue to discover as I continue to find old photographs that I wear exactly
the same styles my mother used to wear when she was a young mother and business
woman in her early 20s.

=)

P.S.
The outdoors-y and playful and sometimes scruffy pieces of clothing you’d find in my closets are my own addition. My mother would never risk getting scars on her legs to climb trees.
  

MONEY: Our Generation & Debt (Youtube vid)

Fantastic message by Rachel Cruze. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelCruze
#GenY #Leadership #FinancialGoals #Money #Prettypinkponies #RachelCruze

Closet Essentials – Intro. + links

Our closets reflect our identity, our desired identity and the rites of passage we’ve crossed.  They know who we truly are, who we’ve been, and who we desire to become.  Looking in a person’s closet can tell a lot about how much a person has grown and how they’ve developed in a span of time.




With that in mind, our closets often times store items we no longer need, items others will benefit more from, yet lack essential items of dress which are essential to our current lives…

There have been many theories on “what every girl’s closet should have”…from Rachel Zoe, to Nina Garcia. 

The series of posts in this category, “fashion – closet essentials” will help identify what items of wear are essential based on Maslow’s theory of basic human needs (please google this if unfamiliar).  Read on.





“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist








“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist

Retrospectives: Gen.Y Rants on Relationships… (no pictures)

Let me be the first to tell you that I’m far from perfect. (This is an understatement)

I’ve screwed up simple situations that most of you would’ve probably handled with more maturity, tact and foresight.  

*enter growing pains + embarrassing realizations

I take time to wax introspective on my behavior, my thinking, my values, et cetera…to understand how I managed to make silly mistakes that my friends claim they wouldn’t have made. I mull this over until I’m satisfied and have come to grips with how I screwed up or inadvertently created a negative impression on others. (Please don’t ask why I spend too much time reflecting)

That being said, I’m certain all failing results I’ve been part of aren’t always caused primarily by my deficiencies. Deciding whom to blame is not a productive activity; it’s a waste of time.

OBJECTIVE:
However, I’m hoping my insight and reflection will provide perspective that will help others who like to mull things over.

CONCLUSION: 
I’ve decided that a lot of times, errors are combinations of misinterpreted facts, emotionally-charged mis-judgements and unnecessary conclusions people make about others.

The problem is, often times we tend to think our abilities to decipher and decode human behavior are a gazillion times better than they actually are. Sadly, we are only wasting our time when we sit and analyze others’ actions to try and determine WHY they behave the way they do.

Fact is, people’s motivations change all the time. Even if you pinpoint another’s motives and intentions, they aren’t helpful. For instance, if you’re someone’s boss, then your role requires you reduce risk by assessing others’ behaviors to predict their future behaviors – not judge your direct’s value as an individual.

Again, motivations will probably change. Behavioral tendencies will less likely change that much. 



CHALLENGES:

A. Needless to say, a person who believes he/she has the natural Freudian acumen and capacity (and time) to analyze enough behavioral data to comprehend others’ intentions is ineffective.

Again, ineffective. Why?

  1. you’re not Freud.
  2. you’re not smart enough to make those conclusions.
  3. you don’t know the person’s background (even if you do dig and waste time and resources to find background information about a person)
  4. you’re not in the person’s head.
  5. Your conclusions don’t matter and will probably won’t contribute to your overall purpose.
B. Many people attach their emotional response to others’ behaviors and consider it in their analysis of the individual. This leads to inaccurate assessments and relationship problems.
For example, some people (ahem) tend to be more assertive than others. This is fact. We all have different behavioral tendencies.
For instance, some may talk more quickly, occasionally interrupt you while your speaking, etc… However, these behaviors are not done to offend or hurt others’ feelings. They are merely tendencies that are emotionally neutral (most of the time in a professional environment). The person speaking often does not consider it an affront to behave more assertively than you. It is merely part of their behavioral inclinations as an individual.
*enter behavioral diversity What a concept!
C. As you can see, this could be a big problem at the workplace. 
For example, if a “boss” takes offense to his/her direct’s behavioral tendencies then decides said person is “rude”, “disrespectful”, etc… it will create a culture that shuts out good ideas and good people. 
A person who decides another is “disrespectful” vs. considering that the person’s behavior is “different” from what is familiar to themselves is focused on judgement and is not separating fact from emotion. Attaching these labels on people is not productive, correct, professional or a good technique for effective collaboration.
CLOSING THOUGHT:
Why not create less conflict by understanding that people each have their own behavioral tendencies and spend less time figuring out why the person who offended you is less ____________ than you? 
That way, you can productively help improve others’ behaviors to achieve the outcomes you mutually desire without creating discomfort between one another? What do you think?

…more rants

"Fallen Princesses" by Dina Goldstein – a favorite post

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

Hello, 2012!!! I Resolve To Become A Better Leader!

HBR’s John Coleman and Bill George provides us young ‘uns some important considerations when setting goals for ourselves this year.

1. Find a trustworthy mentor.
2. Join a leadership group.
3. Volunteer.
4. Work in/Travel in a new country.

…so far, I’ve accomplished all four in the last 20+ years.

For further details and the rest of the article, visit Meg.Email’s blog.

Carpe Diem!!!

Link to Meg Dot Email blog

Do You Rank People According To Their Net Worth???

…Then, you’re probably no friend of mine.
Source: waveavenue.com via Tim on Pinterest