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)

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:

Linked In? (podcast)

Are you “linked in” with your professional network?

Listen to this podcast by Mignon Fogarty, Inc.’s “Money Girl” for basic tips on how to best utilize LinkedIn (free) as a professional resource.

Related posts:

“Nice girl = Bad Networker”

2 ways to deal with job-loss

There are a few ways young women might deal with recent job-loss.  Two of those ways are expressed in the links below:

A)  This articles discusses productive steps to take to make yourself relevant and competitive in the job market.

B)  This insightful article discusses the links between young women, job-loss and depression.

There’s no right or wrong way to feel about losing your job.  However, if your depression persists and debilitates your ability to find employment opportunities, please find some support and seek guidance from a counselor, therapist or other professionally-trained person who can provide you with helpful solutions.

3P

Another link you might like:  “There are no such things as good or bad days.”

Careerwear: pre-Fall ’11 (images)

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:

3 gestures that foster friendship

(Note:  If you are not interested in being likeable, please stop reading)

Forget about eye-contact and firm handshakes, here are three ways to make a lasting impression…

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

Adding to Basics (images)

i was running an errand at my favorite stationery store and had to park my car around the corner.  i was drawn to the interesting aesthetic of a particular store window i hadn’t seen before, and decided to stop in…
although the style seemed familiar (think:  American Apparel), the style of the brand was a bit edgier…more chic.  the store was filled with soft cotton basics in solid colors albeit cut in trendier styles.

while the pieces looked like items one can find in other stores in L.A., the interesting interior design and paintings on the shelves made me curious.  i was greeted by the boutique’s lovely host, miss ashley.  ashley gave me the low-down on the store’s genesis and eventually introduced me to the owner and his family (thanks, ash).


i write about this to point out how easily one can create various “looks” starting with “basic pieces”.  coming straight from a corporate setting, i walked into the store wearing:  a silk cami + sweater, black slacks, pearls, and a pair of black pumps.  by updating my top (read:  throwing something over my cami), i created various styles…with just one piece.
+ classic shirt in navy
+ striped sweater
+ fine cotton hoodie
+ classic shirt + hat
+ light cotton tank
+ kate moss screenprint tank



1.  basics + classic shirt in navy
2.  basics + striped sweater
3.  basics + fine cotton hoodie
4.  basics + classic shirt + hat
5.  basics + light cotton tank

6.  basics + kate moss screenprint tank


thank you jessy, mariam, joy and ashley!!!  this is one of our favorite new stores!!


stores that offer alterations:

Save time by considering the option of getting your new slacks hemmed by the store from which they were purchased.  Usually, having your slacks hemmed by the store will cost you less money and time than taking them to a tailor…

Ranges between 7 to 15 dollars:

J.Crew
Banana Republic
Nordstrom
Club Monaco

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Are you "web savvy"?

to our gen-x readers:  you follow blogs…you have a facebook page…heck, you even text instead of make 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

Closet Essentials – Part II. Checklist (images)

 Checklist/tools: 
(retail and corporations refer to this as “business casual”) shirt, casual bottoms, flats, bag
“Business Casual”:
What a ‘worker’ wears in an office setting and other professional environments – vs. workers at a construction site – when formality isn’t required etc..
1.  basic white button up + closed toe pumps 2.  the sheath dress 3.  khakis + dark closed-to pumps 4. blouse + pencil skirt 5. separates  6. basic white shirt + solid black A-Line skirt
Your boss might appreciate your new Bottega Veneta bag, however, he/she cares more about how well you do your job and whether or not you can identify and respect office culture.  While some might have the luxury of expressing their unique individuality (including taking their pets to the office) at their workplace, many people start at an entry-level position in a large, secure company for health benefits, a steady stream of income, mobility and other smart reasons.  I can’t speak for all offices around the world, however, there’s a universal guideline to what is considered an “appropriate” and professional wardrobe.  Again, it would be prudent to start with basics and observe your particular company and office culture and deviate from the basics once you’ve learned what is ‘acceptable’ at your particular office.  Once you’ve got the basics down and earned a stripe or two, then perhaps you can add some “flair”.  When you’re at the top, you can wear and make people wear whatever you want.

Here are some common sense considerations that A LOT of professionals are too smart/busy/ lazy to think about:
  • fit, proportion, fabric, color(s)
  • clean?
  • stains?
  • wrinkled?
  • distracting?
  • comfortable?
  • appropriate undergarments?
represent your maturity, respect and professionalism at the office.  dressing like like you know your industry will set the tone for yourself as well as those around you.  carpe diem!
(to be continued…)
“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist

women & teamwork…

“…All of the women entrepreneurs I’ve studied
embrace teamwork and absolutely depend on it to run their
organizations. But more importantly, they know that in order to ignite
the creative spark that gets teams to produce value, they must build a
culture and value system that treats the individual with respect.

This means not blindly applying rules to all in an equal, unbending
and algorithmic fashion. It means focusing on removing barriers to
effective communication. It means recognizing people have lives outside
of work and allowing them the flexibility to manage both worlds – often
one in the context of the other. It means expecting each person to
produce results above and beyond what he or she thinks is possible. It
means creating an organization that respects and celebrates differences
in people and leveraging those differences to achieve a superior product
or service. It means hiring primarily for “cultural fit” rather than
skills, which can be trained. And it means being the humble, emotionally intelligent leader who is not afraid to get her or his hands dirty in the trenches….”

A recent Forbes.com article presents the ways in which men and women view teamwork vs. individual stardom.  The article also highlights the differences between the value added by one stellar individual vs. an effective, albeit, mediocre team…

Digital LA Event (tweets)



It’s important to understand how technology (“digitization”) – rapidly – shapes our immediate future, the way we obtain information as well as the way we — as users/consumers — are considered in how content is created, distributed and accessed.

It’s important to understand how technology (“digitization”) – rapidly – shapes our immediate future, the way we obtain information as well as the way we — as users/consumers — are considered in how content is created, distributed and accessed.

We listen to leaders in publishing and creative arts discuss how technology affects their specific roles and industries at a Digital LA event (Thanks, Kevin Winston!). 

Visit our tweets to follow and watch the event:  @prpinkponies (#digitallacomics)
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Just another day in Corporate LA


Happy Monday, everybody!!!
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Toughing it out..(image)

Headline:

@meltdowncomics @prpinkponies @digitalLA



Headline: Blogging researcher faces puppies, children, child-like adults, comic books, artists, toys, creative and interesting people in the coolest industries in L.A. … Surprisingly, she survived the ‘ordeal’ (but, only barely).

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Friends & Family discount

Stylish sheath and summer dresses (Donna Ricco)
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3 hobbies to develop your skillset


Embrace the robocalypse!
While you may not associate the activities below with traditional business-folk-type of activities (read:  Jack Welch doesn’t “do” web design), there are important correlations between the skills in employees employers find valuable and these not-so-typical hobbies…



1.Web Design: What competitive company doesn’t have or want an amazing website?  Online sites are the medium of communication of the future  yesterday. 
2.Blogging and Journaling: Aside from the obvious health benefits of writing in a journal (stress reducer), writing and blogging only helps improve your writing and thinking.  If you recognize the importance  of being an effective communicator and having “voice flexibility” (business format, web format, stage format, et cetera…), you would certainly find writing exercises one way to help with this…how do I know?  From my own improvement:  I already write better now than I did at 4:45am today.
3.Reading:  Specifically, our blog… (Do I need to justify this?)


essie@myprettypinkponies.com





prettypinkponies: pleased w/ paltrow’s prim & proper ‘pepper potts’ (images)

Rewatched Iron Man 2 this evening…One of my favorite movies
ever.  I love Tony Stark’s
over-the-top personality, cool toys, his business savvy, sexy lifestyle and
most of all…his trusted companion, Pepper Potts.

Potts has been a misunderstood character according to many
write-ups.  Some see Potts’ old
school prim & proper style, professional background as Stark Industries’
head administrative assistant and poise demeanor as the antithesis to the empowered
‘go-getter’ modern-day women aspire to be.  However, Potts’ delicate, prissy “sorority-girl” image is
misleading.  Though her reserved
and polished style is a contrast to Tony Stark’s irreverent bravado, Stark eventually chooses her to run Stark Industries as CEO.  Why?  Because she’s trustworthy, discreet, professional, loyal and
smart.  What Potts leaves unsaid
speaks to her experience and ability to remain composed.  She is more knowledgeable and capable than what one sees at first glance.  Potts exemplifies how one need not be
in pantsuits and possess such an intimidating or masculine persona to be effective…So how does one take cue from Potts and dress professional,
ladylike, and smart? 
Let’s examine Miss Virginia “Pepper” Potts’ wardrobe, shall we? 
structured dresses:
 tailored and simple pantsuits in neutral colors

high-collar sheath dresses
trousers with long, clean lines:

 ladylike silhouettes in understated tones
With her killer Pilates-legs, subtle but snide comments and longevity at Stark Industries, it’d be hard to imaging Pepper Potts without the guile and brawn necessary to keep Tony in line.  With her wardrobe’s clean lines, tailored cuts, traditional monochromatic palette (a la Theory) and platform-heeled pumps (red soles), Potts hints at  understated capabilities..Perhaps, there’s a sense of strength she doesn’t feel necessary to wear on her sleeve.  In any case, she clearly demonstrates professionalism 101: an awareness of what image her role requires when seen by the public.  Very nice brand-management, Miss Potts!

Other link(s):
How to wear tall boots without looking like you’re dressed for Halloween

The Future of Gen Y

Predictions on the Future of Gen Y
Here are three predictions:
1. We will expand and lengthen the definition of “entry-level.” 
Because Gen Ys are extending the onset of adulthood into the mid-twenties or even age 30, I think companies will follow suit. I believe we will see expanded internship programs (perhaps lasting several years beyond college), more alumni career resources being offered by universities and longer rotational programs — perhaps moving from two years to three or four.
2. Titles and career paths will become more customizable.  
According to MTV’s 2010 Millennial Edge survey, 81 percent of Millennials agree with the statement, “I am always expressing myself in different ways.” We’ve already seen this attitude in the workplace with Gen Ys seeking careers they are passionate about and not hesitating to leave jobs that don’t feel fulfilling. Over the next decade, I predict that companies will respond with more customizable titles, rotational programs, work schedules and other opportunities for employees to express themselves at work.
3. “Standard” business communication will evolve.
We’ve already seen business become much more casual. When was the last time you called a colleague or client “Mr.” or “Ms.” or wrote a formal business letter? While I firmly believe that good grammar and face-to-face interaction should never go away, it’s clear we are headed for more text message speak (“LOL” was just added to the Oxford English Dictionary, after all) and more virtual communication. Because human interaction is still incredibly important, my belief is that the technology will improve so that even virtual communications feel personal, such as better video chatting software and meeting technology such as Cisco telepresence.
What predictions do you have for the way Gen Y will affect the workplace? Please share!
(by L. Pollack/ThinPinkLine)

Fw: Google Alert – prettypinkponies

Two days ago, we posted a tip on how to manage your reputation online using free tools from Google.

Below is the actual email notice we received today as soon as our comment on Forbes.com was published.

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one blazer; 3 cities

Closet Essentials – "business casual" (images)

 Checklist/tools: 
(retail and corporations refer to this as “business casual”) shirt, casual bottoms, flats, bag
“Business Casual”:
What a ‘worker’ wears in an office setting and other professional environments – vs. workers at a construction site – when formality isn’t required etc..
1.  basic white button up + closed toe pumps 2.  the sheath dress 3.  khakis + dark closed-to pumps 4. blouse + pencil skirt 5. separates  6. basic white shirt + solid black A-Line skirt
Your boss might appreciate your new Bottega Veneta bag, however, he/she cares more about how well you do your job and whether or not you can identify and respect office culture.  While some might have the luxury of expressing their unique individuality (including taking their pets to the office) at their workplace, many people start at an entry-level position in a large, secure company for health benefits, a steady stream of income, mobility and other smart reasons.  I can’t speak for all offices around the world, however, there’s a universal guideline to what is considered an “appropriate” and professional wardrobe.  Again, it would be prudent to start with basics and observe your particular company and office culture and deviate from the basics once you’ve learned what is ‘acceptable’ at your particular office.  Once you’ve got the basics down and earned a stripe or two, then perhaps you can add some “flair”.  When you’re at the top, you can wear and make people wear whatever you want.  Here are some common sense considerations that A LOT of professionals are too smart/busy/ lazy to think about:
  • fit, proportion, fabric, color(s)
  • clean?
  • stains?
  • wrinkled?
  • distracting?
  • comfortable?
  • appropriate undergarments?
represent your maturity, respect and professionalism at the office.  dressing like like you know your industry will set the tone for yourself as well as those around you.  carpe diem!
(to be continued…)
“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist

Jimmy Choo at a discount: £550 million (article)

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Labelux to Buy Jimmy Choo 


Upscale shoe-maker Jimmy Choo is being sold to German luxury-goods company Labelux, the latest deal in a flurry of luxury-goods acquisitions as the industry rebounds from the economic crisis.
Labelux, a small holding company that already owns the Swiss shoe brand Bally, said it is buying the iconic stiletto label from TowerBrook Capital. Financial details weren’t disclosed, but earlier reports suggested Jimmy Choo was valued at £400 million to £550 million ($650 million to $895 million).
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Friday Outfit (img)

What she wore on Friday…

Friday

Friday by prettypinkponies featuring short sleeve dresses

Thursday (img)

Thursday’s outfit

Thursday

Thursday by prettypinkponies featuring a pencil skirt

Tuesday Outfit (img)

Perfect suit separates to wear late summer/early fall

Tuesday

Tuesday by prettypinkponies featuring suede heels

People profile: Faiza Seth, successfully fashionable (img)

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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)

What to wear while Congress Passes Stopgap Bill…

…please send your thoughts.

($151 -$400) Ann TaylorJ. Crew.  Brooks Brothers, Talbots

(> $401) SaksiconHugo Boss Boss Black, Theory, Armani, et al…
…I suggest looking in one’s own closet after a major re-vamp.  “New outfits” magically appear after some time cleaning and organizing. 

Appropriately dressed…

…Will knowing what to where and when help get you to the top?