Monday, February 24, 2014

Lets Get Down to Business

Hey there Fashionholics,

I hope your Valentine's Day was delicious, sweet, and romantic. This week, I'm going to get a little off topic, but don't worry, next week we will get right back on track with our fashion confessions.

This week at Saint Leo University, there was an International Business Conference that we had. The session I attended had to deal with innovation in the workplace. David Harmon, who is Director and Chief Human Capital Officer of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors was the speaker and the first sentence he said was, "You have to be open to change in the business world." That is exactly what the workplace does, it changes, and you have to be able to adapt and work with changes.

Photo of David Harmon

He talked about how companies focus on trends such as, globalization, understanding diversity, and that technology and social media are extremely important. When looking to get a job, you want to get a job that makes you feel valued and respected, sponsor advancement, genuinely invest in growth and development, and also, exposure to people of influence.
 Example of globalization

It is also very important to understand demographics in the workplace like telework (which means working from home, the library, the beach, etc.), technology, feedback, and support. Feedback was my favorite demographic because I’m a communication major and this deals with being in constant communication with a supervisor on your performance, whether it is good or bad.
Example of telework

He also went on to talk about how it is important to embrace social media and that innovation is all about technology. Technology helps you find resources through different websites, applications, and many more. One statistic that he shared with us was that, "40 percent of the United State’s population uses tablet devices." These devices are becoming more and more resourceful in the workplace, whether that is using applications through work, or collaborating with a co-worker on a smartphone.

Needless to say, I learned a lot from David Harmon at the International Business Conference. I learned that innovation, adapting, and learning about resources are all good qualities to have in the workplace and that technology in the workplace is only going to keep growing.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Love Is In the Air

We meet again fashionholics,

I hope you nailed your interview and you got the job! I have no doubt in my mind that you wowed them with your interview outfit. Now that the stress is over and you can relax, let's talk about love. Yup, that's right, Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it's time to get beautified for that special someone. Ladies out there who are single on this lovely holiday (get it..lovely) don't you fret. I've got an outfit for you to wear even if you're going out and hanging out with friends. 

I've got two different outfits for you today and it's up to you if you want to rock them. The first outfit is mainly for a nice dinner date to a somewhat formal dinner. You are going to look classy, sleek  and oh so sexy.

Valentine's Day Outfit #1
This is a great look for Valentine's Day. It's simple, yet just enough to make people look at you as you walk by. A simple white dress, white, red, or pink shoes, and a matching clutch to be your partner in crime. Simple gold jewelry like bracelets, earrings, and a couple rings will finish this clean, sexy look. P.S. the umbrella was just for show. Please do not bring an umbrella on your date unless it is raining. 

Valentine's Day Hair #1
This hair style will go great with the outfit above. Use 1-2 day old hair because the curls will hold better. Curl with a curling iron or wand and then hair spray. Take a chunk of hair from the front on both sides, twist the hair, and pull back around the crown on your head. Secure with bobby pins and spray again with hairspray. 

Valentine's Day Makeup #1

For this holiday, don't be afraid to go bold. Use a light/burnt pink for eyeshadow and sheer blush for the balls of your cheek. Also, use bright pink or red lipstick to make your lips pop. This is flirty and sexy and your date won't be able to take his eyes off you.

Valentine's Day Outfit #2

This look is for all you single ladies out there who still want to look cute for Valentine's Day. Ripped, dark wash, capri jeans, a white lace top, red tote, and red shoes will show the world that even though you're single it doesn't mean you're bitter, it mean you're ready to mingle. This is fun, comfortable, and oh so cute.

Valentine's Day Hair #2
So, for this look you want some natural beach waves to keep the relaxed, chill look to the outfit. Above shows you how to get this look without using heat and it only takes a few steps to complete. Try to use somewhat damp hair, put some styling cream in there, and then begin to twist the sections on hair. Wrap the sections of hair around your head and pin with clips (make sure you put enough clips in to secure it.) Sleep with your hair like this overnight and in the morning you will have fabulous beach waves in your hair.

Valentine's Day Makeup #2
To keep that relax look, you don't want to wear bold red or pink lipstick, so keep it sheer. Wear pink eye shadow with mascara and eye liner, plus a rosy glow to your cheeks, and pretty pink lipgloss to add to your lips and BAM! You're ready for a night out with friends and you're lookin' good.

I hope you have a wonderful night out with your date/friends on Valentine's Day! Remember to always have your confidence in your back pocket, you're beautiful, don't you ever forget it.


Monday, February 10, 2014

It's Interview Time

Welcome back fashionholics,

I bet after last week's blog, you guys wore your all-star converse with confidence! That's what I like to see! This week, I wanted to give you all advice on how to dress to an interview. What you wear to an interview is extremely important because just by the way you dress, can either seal the deal or break the deal. 

First off, congratulations on getting a job interview! You're just that much closer to whatever your dreams and aspirations are. When getting ready for an interview, you want to remember the rules for attire, accessories, hair, and makeup. No worries if you don't remember what the rules are. I have them ready for you right here...

Just follow these rules and you are on the fast track to nailing this interview! Alright, enough about rules, now for the exciting If you don't want to wear a suit, that is totally fine; however, you need to make sure that if you wear a skirt to an interview, it is just above the knee in length. Anything higher, is too scandalous for a job interview. Let me show you that just because you're wearing a knee length skirt, doesn't mean you're going to look like a grandma.

See, I was right, wasn't I? A pencil skirt, a polka dot camisole, and a black blazer is very classy and will show the interviewers that you are professional and know how to dress well. Also, don't wear heals that will make you as tall as Shaquille O'Neal. Wear modest black shoes that you will be comfortable in and not falling on your face. That would not leave a very good first impression. To accessorize, you should wear pearl earrings and to add a pop of color, use a red handbag (or whatever color you choose).

Don't forget to match your hair to your outfit. You want to make sure your hair is brushed, straightened, put up (oh Lord, just do something with it). You don't want to look like you just rolled out of bed. A simple french twist will look super classy with this outfit. Here's a quick step by step...

Also, a great makeup tip for an interview is to make it appear as if you're not wearing any makeup. Keep it modest, sheer, and light. Here's an example of what your makeup should look like..

Alright fashionholics, it's time to let the baby bird out of the nest and let them fly on their own. Good luck at your job interview. You're going to do great. Remember to always have your confidence in your back pocket and that you're beautiful no matter what, don't you ever forget it.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Hey Now You're An All-star

Good evening fashionholics,

I hope your first date was successful and everything you dreamed it would be. I bet you knocked the sox off your date when he saw you! A girl never kisses and tells, but I bet your kiss good night was absolutely breath taking.

Now that you are on cloud nine and thinking you have to look good for the rest of eternity because now you have someone to impress... Just kidding, but no, really. Some people have asked me how to wear white all-star converse. I told them to just put the shoes on their feet, tie the shoelaces, and call it a day, but they needed advice on what to wear them with. This can be a tricky one. All-star converse are definitely coming back into style. So, let's take a trip into the 70's, but put a 21st century fashion twist on it.

All-Star Look #1
This is mainly for comfy, laid back days. Grab some dark skinnys, an oversized grey t-shirt, black leather jacket, black scarf, and of course your white all-star converse. This could be a look for school, shopping, hanging with friends, etc. Make it your own style!

Hair: A messy bun will do the trick for such a laid back look. If you need help with this look, then check out the link!

Makeup: Keep it natural. Don't make it look like you just rolled out of bed. Put some effort into it. For a simple tutorial on natural eye makeup, check out the link.

All-Star Look #2
This look is also pretty chill. You can wear this to a football game, shopping, going to a bonfire, etc. Get a pair of high wasted shorts, a white/black crop top, one size too big flannel shirt, and your all-star converse. If you're not comfortable with high wasted shorts, then an old, rigged pair will do the job as well. 

Hair: You could either do a high pony tail or leave your hair down, but french braid your bangs. For both these looks, check below.

French braided bangs

High pony tail 

Well, that's all that I've got this week, you fashionholics, you. Stay tuned in for next week's advice and remember to always have your confidence in your back pocket. You are beautiful and don't you ever forget it.