Pretty Professional Pumps! (slideshow)

Are you in the market for a pair of everyday office shoes?

For the smart, professional, chic woman who can’t live life without style, below are examples of office-appropriate footwear to inspire confidence as you march into the boardroom to present your brilliant ideas to colleagues.  (No one will know the secret to your spectacular presentation!) Go get ’em!

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Here are some other things to keep in mind when shopping for shoes:

Shoe anatomy
How to wear tall boots without looking (post-Halloween)
The rest of your wardrobe: The Fundamentals – “Closet Essentials” post

Professional Wardrobe: Creative vs. Traditional fields (images)

This post hopes to de-mystify dress codes in Creative Industries vs. Traditionally-run organizations by providing very broad and simplistic descriptions of each.  Obviously, while professionalism is tantamount in all organizations, there are differences in acceptable office wear depending on the organization.**


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What defines a “creative industry”
Generally, “creative” companies in various sectors create ‘widgets’ that are unique and based on intellectual inspiration.  Creative fields include: advertising, architecture, publishing, software, art, design, fashion, film, music, games, TV, video games, etc….

“Judging from her fashion, I would imagine that Kelly sees design as the proper combination of key pieces. Take a look at these more casual ensembles, for example. Each is a much simpler silhouette with a more every day aesthetic, but there is an eye catching quality to each.” 


Since innovation is key, creative workplaces value and reward individuals who can think “outside-the-box” and create inspiration.  Usually, employees work within small teams on specific projects.  The teams are focused on successfully finishing projects in a profitable and timely fashion. 

Have you seen anything like this on the market?
Where one might find status symbols of wealth and success in traditional corporations expressed in styles that boast of heritage and a craftsmanship, (i.e. Mont Blanc pens, heirloom jewelry, Rolex watches, cuff links, boarding school affiliated insignia, Hermes scarves, Louis Vuitton luggage, etc…), in fields where human intellect and originality affect products and profit, the more esoteric the referenced aesthetic, the more value the individual is deemed to add.  Professionals dress in ways that differentiate themselves to signify their individual brand of creativity.

Interaction among team members and the exchange of ideas are encouraged. As a result, professional dress in these fields often serve as opportunities by which to display creativity, intellect and imagination (image 1).  Having a well-defined personal aesthetic becomes shorthand for brilliance and originality.  What new idea can this person bring to the group?  


The creative individual’s personal “brand” is the value they add to their organization, thus, they wear their brand proudly on their sleeve.


Uzo of Nars Cosmetics dictating her own brand of professional-wear.  She is a recognized for the originality she contributes to her field.  She is paid to think outside the box.  Her individuality and creative discoveries inspire others in her field.

Established business models:
Traditional corporate environments emphasize the organization’s vision, and each employee’s objective is to execute orders given from the top of the chain.  There is less importance placed on a person’s uniqueness. If you’re not in position to command orders, you’re not being paid to come up with ideas.  Ideas and best practices are provided to you. 

In other words, each group or functional division operates as one unit (read: everyone dresses alike) carrying out tasks outlined by the head of their departments.  A blueprint for how things are done most effectively is in place and provides guidelines for the most efficient way tasks should be carried out.

The focus is on the organization as a whole and the objective is to carry-out processes vital for the organization’s life.  Innovative ideas are provided by the organization’s leaders whose experience and expertise provide the group with the best direction to take.  Leadership in these organizations are paid to figure things out and make decisions;
others are paid to carry them out.  


“Separately, we are organized, results-driven and efficient.  Together, we are a well-functioning machine that will ensure your day-to-day operations are run effectively.”
These environments function well when individuals are consistent, predictable and view themselves as part of the whole. In other words, bold and “outside-the-box” thinking and clothing distract and disrupt the efficiency of a functioning streamlined process.  Imagine how disruptive it would be if we introduced a blood cell with fabulously glittered fuschia hotpants and the latest chloe jacket to a group of uniformly efficient red blood cells delivering blood to an organism’s heart.  In other words, shocking your team with your originality may debilitate the team’s ability to function and affect the livelihood of the organization as a whole.

“Our business unit has a process in place that can produce those widgets in half the time.  We, as a unit, are important to the organization’s bottom line.”
Each individual piece must fit well and operate under the same cadence to make the machine run smoothly.


“Hi, everyone.  I look just like my teammates in my collared, button-up shirt, and neutral-colored palette.  Also, this practical handbag carries useful tools making me a productive member of the organization.”


The corporate palette is simple:  grays, black and navy suits.  From topical view, groups are seen as one.  Again, the culture emphasizes efficiency, order and respect for an established blueprint.  There is a defined uniform.


“Give me an assignment, and you can consider it done.  I have a Navy Seals background and my goal is to help carry our team forward.”

While I make broad generalizations to illustrate my points, each office has its own culture and a smart job candidate will observe his/her surroundings to gain an understanding of culture.  Until then, prevent being a distraction by erring on the traditional side and observe people to understand what is generally acceptable in your new office environment.

Any healthy and productive organization will incorporate elements of each “type” in varying degrees depending on short-term and long-term goals.


CONCLUSION:

Whether and how individuality is expressed will depend on your field, company and immediate team.  Some professional environments invite individual taste to encourage exchange of ideas between team-members.  More established companies with operations in place will demand new employees to work according to their guidelines.  In both cases, the goal is to be professional, respectful and appropriately dressed.  Observation of one’s surroundings is the best way to tell what is considered acceptable in your new environment.

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(**note: representations of “styles” in the above images are in sterile and generic form to illustrate points more clearly.  We understand this is not necessarily an accurate representation of groups as wholes.  Again, images are for demonstrative purposes only. Thanks.)

Source(s):
Imaginization:  The Art of Creative Management (business models)
Kelly Wearstler article by the NY Post

Harper Bazaar’s How to Dress for Success article

 

 

 

Closet Essentials – what do you wear when you work from home? (images)


I.  BEING PUT-TOGETHER AT HOME


I miss writing about office-wear.  


I miss wearing office-wear.


If this is your first visit to 3P, I’ll prepare you for what some have called my “vain” side.  I’m into wardrobe, shopping and trying to look my best (call me a “girl”).  That said, even when I’m at home, I’m somehow more productive when I’ve taken the time to “put myself together.  Continuing to “dress for the day” helps keep my priorities in a professional context.  Being dressed for business tasks makes sure the television, web, and phone calls don’t distract me from what I need to do that day.


 Since my current priorities mostly involve conversations between recruiters and HR people online and by phone, I have to feel comfortable and at ease, without feeling so relaxed I lose my professional sensibility.  In other words, bunny slippers are not part of my working-from-home wardrobe.  Do you feel like a superstar right when you roll out of bed?


II.  STAYING INDOORS

If truly staying indoors, I love wearing soft cotton shirts and pants with that fit well (not just your ol’ one-size-fits all sweatshirt).  Monrow brand makes fabulous vintage sweatpants and soft cotton tees that are tailored to fit a young woman’s frame properly.  J.Crew is another good place to buy basics (during sales, of course).  Although the silhouettes I describe are loose-fitting or relaxed-fitting, they are lounge-wear and not sleep-wear.  Pajamas all day are not allowed off-campus past sophomore year.

Soft, light cotton henleys, tees, tanks are definite ‘musts’.  The weather in L.A. quickly changes from scorching hot, to rain, to fog in a matter of minutes.  Lighter pieces are ideal here because they can be layered easily without adding bulk to your figure.
Dresses are also great for their ease of wear.  Dresses allow for efficient ‘wardrobe-styling’.  If you have a comfy jersey dress, it cuts your outfit-hunting time in half!
III.  RUNNING ERRANDS
When I have to run errands, I like to dress comfortably but, slightly more dressed up than what I consider lounge-wear.  I prefer the casual version (or “weekend version“) of office-wear (you never know if you’ll run into your future boss).  What I mean is, I wear less tailored versions of button-up dress shirts, or loose-fitting cardigans with denim.  I still wear loafers (mocs) and not flip-flops if I can help it.
What I described is a good balance between being put-together, comfortable, and mature (professional).  If I run into potential employers, former colleagues or anyone in my professional network, I’d feel confident that I have represented myself in good form even outside of a business setting.  At the same time, if I run into my friends, I could join them for lunch without having to change out of the  khaki/polo combo or any other outfits that are not appropriate for my age and personality…
CONCLUSION:  PREPARATION IS KEY!
It’s important to be put-together if you want to be productive.  There’s something about looking mature that makes one behave more responsibly (for most people).  If your goal isn’t to sit around like a vegetable on the couch and if you’d like to prevent yourself from falling into a lazy unproductive lull, mentally prepare yourself by dressing, then behaving like the energetic and responsible go-getter that you are!!!  Even Kobe has to warm up before games…
What do you wear on the weekends?  Do you present yourself as a mature and capable individual?

(the other “closet essentials” post)…

Interview Suit (image)

Interview Suit

simple.  classic.  no loud jewelry.  don’t forget your stockings.

Interview Suit by prettypinkponies featuring mary jane high heels

Tall Boots 2011 (37 photos)

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

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

People Profile: Faiza Seth (images)

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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

. . .

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!!!

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:

Your Seat @ NY Fashion Week! (videos)

As you may already know, NY Fashion Week begins this Wednesday, Sept. 7th.  What will you wear???

If you’d like some refreshing inspiration for your own Fall 2011 wardrobe, it’d be a good idea to watch the big-name designers’ shows.  However,  if you’re much too busy to make it to NYC to watch in person, below are the links and schedules of individual shows which will be available for you to view on YOUTUBE:


Thursday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. ET



Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. ET



Thursday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. ET



Thursday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET



Thursday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m. ET



Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. ET


Friday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m. ET



Friday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m. ET



Friday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. ET



Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. ET



Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. ET



Saturday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m. ET



Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. ET



Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. ET



Sunday, Sept. 11, 12 p.m. ET



Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. ET



Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. ET



Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m. ET



Sunday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. ET



Sunday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m. ET



Monday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. ET



Monday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m. ET



Monday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. ET



Monday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m. ET



Monday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. ET



Monday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. ET



Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. ET



Tuesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. ET



Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m. ET



Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. ET



Tuesday, Sept.13, 7 p.m. ET



Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m. ET



Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. ET



Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m. ET



Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. ET



Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. ET



Thursday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. ET

VIP seats for yourself and anyone else you can fit on your couch.  Cheers!

Sepia Smiles (images)

One of the best things about blogging is meeting people with similar interests.  Roseanna, owner of Sepia Smiles, is one of those people whose interests and styles we find inspiring.  We’re lucky to have met her through our blogging adventures.

Roseanna’s aesthetic is simple, clean, restrained femininity.  Her pastel color schemes and collection of vintage household items is an elegant interpretation of Anthropologie’s “country chic”.

The Sepia Smiles “look” is apparent in Roseanna’s interior designs, home decor, hand-made stationery and even her website layout


As you know, we, too, love making stationery, lots of white-space in our design layout, vintage items, and many other things Sepia Smiles finds ‘pretty’…

We look forward to offering Sepia Smiles products on the Pretty Pink Ponies site soon.
Nice job, Roseanna!!!
(**all photos courtesy of Sepia Smiles)

hairstyle GUIdelines (images + interview)



Gui: Make yourself comfortable. I’m just gonna call my sister back .


Would you like some champagne or white wine?


PPP: No thanks, honey. So, you’ve been busy styling Harris Pilton. Anything interesting you’d like to talk about?


G: I love Harris Pilton. She’s a sweetheart and very private. I’m not at liberty to divulge much else.


3P: Fair enough. What we really want to know are some tips to looking fabulous. You’ve done hair for celebrities, TV show projects, music videos and as well as being the primary personal hair stylist for musicians on tour…For the everyday corporate rockstar who can’t wear a fabulous pink Afro-puff to the office, what are some tips to always looking chic without looking out of place?



GUI SAYS:
1. Get haircuts regularly – Fresh haircuts and color make as big of an impact as a facelift. Think about it. Your hair frames your face. When dark conservative suits create uniformity in the workplace, one’s haircut can subtly convey your own professional brand and individuality.


2. Communicate clearly with your stylist – bring magazine clippings with images of women whose hairstyles you like…it’s important that the model’s face shape, skin tone and hair texture are similar to yours. Don’t expect a stylist to turn your mullet into Slash’s Rockin’ ‘do.


3. Consider your lifestyle when choosing a style – If your daily life involves wearing a construction hat, it’s not practical to ask for a bleached and overly-coiffed ‘do (a la Gwen Stefani) especially if you can’t maintain weekly root touch ups.


3P: Great tips, Gui. Thank you for your expert advice. Xoxoxoxo.


**note: Gui’s statements were communicated with a sexy Brazilian accent. Can’t forget that**

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry



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


Guest Blogger: RubyRedRockstar (images)



Apparently, some topics on our site are…hmmm..what some would consider “not as fun as could be”.  

We agree.



We asked our professional make-up artist friend, Miss RubyRedRockstar (aka Farah) for her help.

What a pro.  She’s the best.

RubyRedRockstar (“3R”) is fun, gorgeous and is an award-nominated hair and make-up pro.  She is second-generation film and TV industry talent and has years of professional experience as Depratment Head Make Up Artist for prime-time television shows (read: she knows what she’s talking about).

(*P.S. Farah is also a great mediator/peace-keeper for misunderstandings among friends.  Thanks for adding levity to our lives, Farah.)



Anyhoo, Farah writes to you, readers, with tips on how to get a pretty sun-kissed So Cal glow.


– 3P
_____

FROM FARAH (below):

Hello sexy ladies!


In the olden days it wasn’t considered attractive to have tan skin [insert source here].
Today no man wants to see your “paste-y” ass [replace “ass” with a rated-PG term] in a bikini. But a free ticket to the skin cancer clinic isn’t the only way to be a bronzed goddess — you can achieve the same St. Tropez-vacation glow with self tanners!!!


The latest self-tanners are flawless. Technological and scientific advancement don’t just benefit boring industries like farming and the energy sector — they also benefit the gorgeous!!!

(Farah in glasses = very smart.  Notice her thinking as she looks to the camera during a soliloquy)

Lindsay Lohan may like her self tanner so orange it matches her fire crotch, but YOU don’t have to. (Nor do you have to have to be the smelly kid no one wants to sit next to).



My favorite self tanner, Kate Sommerville’s tan towels, are available at Sephora. (Spoiler: They are not cheap). 



Although there are cheaper options available, the benefits from these KS tan towels make the additional cost worth it.  One, they have no odor.  Second, their result is a natural and pretty sun-kissed color.  And, last, the tan lasts at least five days!!!

Bronzed babes (Farah on the right)

Here’s some pointers on how to apply the product to produce picture-perfect-pretty results:

1. lather your body with an emollient moisturizer paying special attention to your knees, hands, and feet.

2. apply the self-tanner using your “tan towel”to your chest, then your neck. 
(Note:  you can use it on your moisturized face and the tan is subtle and beautiful)
 **The trick with any self tanner is rubbing the same places over and over ad nauseam to prevent streaking. 
3.  Apply the product around your neck and ears (avoiding your hairline)
4. When you get to your hands, either stop at wrists or make a tight fist and just do the top of the hands before the knuckles.

5. Apply the same principle above to apply the self-tanner around the feet, stoping before you reach your toes. 
6.  Apply product to your knees rubbing vigorously over and over (make sure your knees are bent).

**Try to reserve different sections of the tan towel for certain areas. This will guarantee one towel tans the whole body.**

7. Continue to apply the solution to the same spots. Lift your arms and make sure you get the underside of your forearms and upper arms.



The Kate Sommerville Tan Towels dry quickly so you can dress almost immediately. 


 Be SURE to wash the palms of your hands really well after. 


Good luck!


-RubyRedRock-super-star


Sent from my iPad

Turn out like an Oompa-Loompa?  Questions? Comments?
Thank you, Miss Farah.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

What’s on your desk? (images)

” “

I was “escorted out” of the building without given time to collect my belongings.  The opportunity didn’t allow for a dramatic Jerry Maguire-style exit.  It was a non-eventful and unemotional scene that would’ve been cut out of the movie Office Space had it mistakenly been allowed to waste ten minutes of the audience’s time…

Although no one really misses work, I actually do miss my office work-space.  I took care to create an efficient system that made it easy for me to reach for files, writing tools and other items relevant during the 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…
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”)

Rock them boots, gurrrl! (slideshow)

Darlings, Below are fantastic ways to wear tall boots without looking like a walking parody of a dominatrix.

Tall boots need not be synonymous with “night life”…Observe the refreshing take on the tall boot below.

https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

Taste.  Make yours good.

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:

Louboutin may lose Red Sole Trademark!?! (article)

Wow.

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junk in my trunk (images)

I have junk in my trunk.

I have junk in my living room, in storage, in boxes, in my closet, in other people’s homes, …(I’ll stop here as this list could take me a while to write).

A lot of the “junk” are neatly packed inside boxes as a result of having to move out of my apartment unexpectedly and without a plan.  I never wanted to go through the ordeal of packing and moving out/moving in ever again after that experience. And, for almost a year, I left a lot of my belongings packed away inside neatly-labled boxes stacked  on one another like a Tetris game.

This past weekend, my new roommate and I curiously unpacked one of the boxes labeled “decor”.  Since I hadn’t seen the items inside the box in a while, I decided they’re obviously of no significance. Afterall, I’ve been living my life without needing to access these “insignificant” things immediately.

We opened the box…

vintage clock

I’ve been living a “gypsy lifestyle” since I moved out of my Hancock Park apartment last Fall.

This means, I tow around most items I need or think I need at all times in a shopping cart (just kidding).  I have my library and closet and vanity in tow scattered about in the backseat of my car, in my monogramed Longchamp bag, in vintage LV bags, in Paper Source shopping bags, in beautifully-printed Stephanie Johnson toiletry bags, and other seemingly useful containers that are no match for the gypsy lifesyle.

Kate Spade pouches and The Container Store can only do so much!

That said, I naturally feel stressed out when I think about all the other “stuff” I possess that I don’t keep with me on a daily basis.  The experience of packing and unpacking then packing and unpacking then repeating those steps every couple of years stresses me out.  Thinking about sitting in the hot sun trying to convince pedestrians to buy my brand new Frye boots for ten dollars ($10!) at a yard sale (then, failing and sending them to Goodwill instead) stresses me out.
There was a point where I would’ve paid others to haul my things away.  Nevermind, the experiences associated with each special flea-market find, or the huge discount I got from the Barney’s Sale at the Santa Monica Hangar ten years ago, or the flattering dress with all the sentimental value associated with it.
I wanted everything gone.


So, seeing a huge white box marked “decor” with a thick Sharpie marker just seemed like a huge ordeal I could do without.  “Extraneous”, I decided.  And, I’m so over being over-the-top.

My next thought: sell these flea-market antiques on etsy (etsy.com/shop/pinkponiesshop).

glazed green vase



“I’m gonna live a simple and Spartan life!  
I’m gonna be organized and efficient!  
I’m gonna do without the unnecessary!”
…screamed my brain-washed conscience.




1 of 2 glazed turquoise bud vases

But, as I sat there with my big ambition carefully unpacking each delicate item after delicate item, I started to remember why I kept these items instead of my Frye boots and all the other expensive things I threw away when I moved out…

…I fell in love with each piece and each piece made it a pleasure to come home…




…each piece made my home more…


…poetic.


minature antique bicycle, lacquered stationery box, little clock.

These items aren’t “extraneous” at all.  They’re special and that’s exactly why I’ve kept them instead of the five purses I sold for $5 bucks a piece.  There’s something fantastic about being in your own space surrounded by a collection of items that make you smile.


Somehow, these small reminders of who you are – outside of your crafted self-image and social “armor” or facade – helps the loooooong day melt away.  Sure, I could get a massage or do yoga, but having a room’s ambience to one’s exact specifications can do wonders for the soul.

It reminds you of who you are when no one’s there to judge you.
I filled each of these vases with flowers I grew on my balcony garden/personal yoga studio…
antique container, 2 blue bud vases, ceramic postage stamp box.

Each item was hand-picked and carefully considered.  Sometimes visiting the store more than twice before making the purchase.  These weren’t impulse buys…

I remember scheduling the Mortise & Tenon sale and looking forward to the great treasures I knew I ‘d find.  (Read:  I purposely and thoughtfully made time to look for these items). 
red container with feet + gold gingo leaf letter-opener

Actually, finding each piece at different times, then putting them together in the same space one by one, and somehow making them all connect and contribute to creating just the right “mood”, was an adventure in itself.  

Ever walk into a room or space and surprisingly find your mood elevated?  It was literally that feeling every single time I entered my bedroom or sat to read a book in our living room.
But, alas, our lives evolve and nothing stays the same.  So, now that my current state doesn’t allow much space for “frivolous” items of emotional luxury, should I get rid of these things???

princess diary: blogging & whining (images)

Finding and expressing one’s “voice” succintly is tough enough.  It becomes even more difficult when expressing your voice on a new medium… while learning how to communicate using said medium.

” waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!! ”

(this rant continues…)
I’m not just sharpening my pencil and erasing words…I’ve personally spent day and night researching other sites, reading pounds and pounds of books about HTML, CSS, blogging, design, art, etc…, interviewing programmers and bloggers, and updating pre-formatted templates by learning how to read CSS and HTML codes (not my native language).

Before this project, I had no idea what “user experience” technically meant.  Let’s just say I have much more respect for programmers and what they do to make sites “legible” and “pretty” to a wide range of people.

With all that whining (and hard work), I now consider myself ‘princess of blogging’, and her majesty needs new outfits for her new role.

option 1 (fantasy):  royal blue long gown

actual princess
option 1 (real-life):  royal blue sheath dress

 

Office-appropriate version (Reiss)


The royal blue sheath dress above is a beautiful option for running
around town during the workday.  We recently discovered the line “Reiss”, an actual favorite of Princess Kate Middleton’s.  The tailored cut makes this dress flattering and feminine preventing that I’m-desperately-trying-to-look-older-and-more-professional “look” that I used to rock ten years ago (good bye, ugly suits!).

This dress works [pun unintended] at the office (+ blazer), after work get-togethers, or (if he’s lucky) during your date this weekend (- pumps; + strappy sandals).

option 2 (wishful-thinking):  black formal gown
Princess Letzia of Spain & Co.

option 2 (real-life):  all-purpose black dress

 
image:  Reiss

The
cliched “Little Black Dress” is a cliche because it is undeniably a “must-have”  piece that belongs in every woman’s closet.  A flattering black dress,
or as pop-cultural fashion-themed shows call it, “the LBD” [enter Heidi
Klum], is the Swiss-army knife of your dress repertoire.  Its “look” can
vary greatly just by updating the key accessories one wears with it: 
shoes, handbag, jewelry, date, etc…If dresses are the solution to rushing out of the house with no time to pair separates, the  “LBD” is the optimal solution for busy go-getters.  Why do you think busy New Yorkers like to wear black?  Efficiency.


What
jet-setting princess wouldn’t want to add an element of efficiency to
her dressing ritual for the [unlikely] days she’s running [a tad bit] late?

option 3 (fantasy):  date with a prince
option 3 (real-life):  dinner date
 
Another
essential item for socializing princesses (whether imaginary or
legendary) is a classic cocktail dress.  The dress above is another design by Reiss
which can be worn to a dinner date or dinner-party.  The classic A-line
is a feminine and traditional choice creating a ladylike image (a la
our favorite Spanish princess).  It’s feminine, elegant, flattering and efficient
(see “option 2” above).

In conclusion, during those moments when you want to reflect regal elegance, stay towards the less ostentatious side of the frilly / not-frilly continuum.

Fallen Princesses Exhibition

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!!


Closet NON-essentials (images)

I’m making a list of items to include on my “Vision Board” (Popularized by ‘The Secret’  via Oprah Winfrey). 

Do I believe in the law of attraction?  I don’t know.  I did this exercise not to elevate my spiritual practice but, rather, to motivate myself to “success”.  Here’s a link about the connection between visualization and success.  (Also, there are just tons of really neat gadgets and cute accessories out in the market currently.  It’s hard to save for an iPad when Oliver People’s continues to design the cutest sunglasses.)

I didn’t let “reality” get in the way of my list.  I listed everything I wish to have without the limitations of only having “three wishes”, “a million dollars”, or any other annoying things to consider.  I’m not negotiating with a genie here, I’m trying to motivate myself!

Here are some awesome things that are on my visualization board/wish list (this month):

1.  A new MacBook


image by apple.com/macbookpro
2.  Donna Karan Wrap Dress (Spring 2011)





Donna Karan.com

3.  Michele Jelly Bean Watches




4.  Boots




perfect for the office during Fall/Winter
5.  
to be continued…(obviously)

Kisses,
meg@myprettypinkponies.com

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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

Closet Essentials – Part II. (images)

(…continues from Closet Essentials – Part I.)

Part II.  Safety Needs per Maslow




Let’s put “safety needs” in a more accessible context.  Who protects us, provides us with law and order, and decides what we can and can’t do in society if we don’t want to be imprisoned (“limits”)?  Yes…the state.  What does this governing body expect in return?  Responsible citizenship.  What does that mean?  It means we have to hold jobs and pay taxes.  
Now, how do we hold a job?  In other words, what will we wear to work from 9-5 in a typical entry-level position within a corporation?  “Part II.” provides insight to a category is referred to as “business casual” (note:  this is for a hypothetical setting in a generic corporation — yes, I understand creative fields, etc…have different dress codes).

Part II.  The Professional
Objective:  fit into the company’s culture without offending one’s boss and being seen as a professional.  That’s the only image we need at the office:  a professional.  Your goal is to impress your boss with the great job you’re doing.  Anything other motivations are irrelevant and will have to be dropped.

Tools:  company uniform, closed-toe shoes, nothing distracting and nothing that invites attention that delineates us from our job duty.

I know this doesn’t sound like the glamorous vision we had in mind as freshmen in college and we all thought we would wear fancy couture to the office everyday a la “Devil Wears Prada”, however, there are plenty other occasions where you can wear your sexy and flashy outfits.  And, if your priority is to keep your job (vs. become the office homecoming queen), then we must observe and follow guidelines.  (Read:  you are not Carrie Bradshaw and there are no paparazzi in the office for whom you need wear your vintage Halston dress.

You might also like the following links:
1)  “Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist
2)  How to wear tall boots

Closet Essentials – Part I. Checklist (images)

Checklist/tools: (retail refers to this as “basics”) shirt, casual bottoms, flats, bags, etc…

“The Shirt”:
Tees, knits, button-ups, etc..










I’m not at all trying to dissuade you from justifying wearing your ten-year-old concert shirt/free-when-you-sign-up-for-a-credit-card-shirt/inappropriate-cartoon-you-got-as-a-gift-shirt/raggedy juicy couture sweats/etc… with the old excuse of being “economical”/making use of all your resources effectively…My point simply is that irrespective of your preferences and style — whether you’re miss hot-to-trot super-duper-model or too-deep-to-follow-fashion’s “rules” — have a ‘basic shirt’ as a default when having to be seen in public. 

Bottoms:
skirt, khakis, denim, cargo, etc… 
There are no rules.  However, there are guidelines.  From most relevant to least, when taking care of business around town, some things to consider when choosing bottoms:  
  • Are they clean?
  • Do they fit me well?
  • Are they comfortable?
  • Are they washable/easy to maintain?
  • Will they coordinate with > 75% of my tops?

Let this be a guideline from which to deviate your outfits.  Show respect for the people with whom you’ll interact while demonstrating maturity by being well ‘put-togeter’ (whatever this looks like according to your perosnal style).  If you run into your clients, employer, colleagues, highschool sweetheart, next weekend’s date…would you be embarrassed in what you’re in? 

(to be continued…)
“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist

Closet Essentials – Part I. (img)


Part I.  Basic Needs (per Maslow)





In current vernacular, “basic needs” means things we have no option to say ‘no’ to (i.e. paying utility bills, rent/mortgage, visiting the bank, feeding our children, buying cat litter & doggie treats, post office, grocery store, et cetera…).  So to tie this tenuously with fashion, “Part I.” discusses what to wear when ‘out and about running errands’. 


Part I.  Running Errands
Objective:  get things done comfortably, without getting bothered by unnecessary attention, altercations, or other time-wasters…
Tools:  basic inoffensive clothing, flat shoes, container for documents, phone, car keys, etc…
(I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly find running errands the highlight of my week.  While looking good is essential, looking like you’re desperate for a date or like you just rolled out of bed yesterday and are new to society’s basic expectations of decent public decorum will probably take you off track to getting things done as quickly as possible and getting home to get ready for an actual date.)

(continues in “Part I. checklist)

Closet Essentials – Intro (images)

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