Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Versatility






Vest worn as dress: Ann Taylor (HERE)
Shoes: Alexander Wang (HERE)
Watch: Ice

When it comes to workwear, I value versatility above all. The fact that this vest has taken me from office meetings to dinner dates makes it a definite winner in my book. Check out another way to rock this vest here.

Happy Tuesday Loves! Make it a great one. 

-Jillian

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Matched Set








Blazer: Search for Sanity (HERE)
Shorts: Search for Sanity (HERE)
Shoes: Aldo (old)
Bag: Michael Kors (SIMILAR)
Sunglasses: Cole Haan (HERE)


Having last Monday off for Labor Day was so amazing that I decided to  recreate the magic and take this Monday off as well.  I spent the day eating, taking in the sights, and catching up with a childhood friend . Growing up we lived in coordinated sets - track suits, cross colours, you name it- if it came as a matching set we were all about it. As you can see not much has changed since then.

Jillian


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prints At Work









Dress: Calvin Klein (Dress)(Dress)(Dress)
Shoes: BCBG (HERE)
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (HERE)


For those of you who work in less formal or more artistic office settings, prints are a great way to add a little spice to your work-drobe and pretty easy to incorporate into your everyday working girl routine. However, for those of us who work in more formal settings – working in prints can be a little more challenging. So, here are a few rules that may make it a little easier for us corporate girls to get in on the printed fun. 
  1. Keep it basic – Wear printed items in commonly accepted, work appropriate, colors (i.e. blue, black, grey, red…..). Rightfully or wrongfully so, being the lone spot of hot pink florals, in a sea of grey and black, may make you appear less serious to your less fashion forward colleagues.
  2. Keep it casual – Wear your printed item on a day when you don’t expect any large meetings or conferences. During in-house or client meetings, conservative is key.
  3. Keep it traditional – Wear prints that have been around longer than you have, this means houndstooth, checked, gingham, stripes, etc. Some prints are gorgeous, but too confusing to the eye to ever work at work.
  4. Keep it demure – Wear printed pieces that aren’t too tight, too low cut, or too short. Mixing print with improper fit only amplifies the inappropriateness of an outfit.
Hope this helps.
-Jillian







Sunday, August 24, 2014

Week-end








Blouse: Forever 21 
Shorts: Rachel Roy
Shoes: BCBG 
Necklace: J.Crew 
Sunglasses: RayBan 

The weekend was filled with BBQ's, birthday bashes, and an insane amount of fun. Here's to a week that's equally amazing!

-Jillian


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Breeze

























Dress: Banana Republic (HERE); Clutch: DSW; Bangles: Nordstrom Rack; Shoes: Steve Madden; Sunglasses: Gucci




It's no secret that Miami is hotter than hot around this time of year. So, airy outfits like this are must haves to beat the summer's heat. This option from Banana Republic is currently on sale and a great option for brunch with girlfriends, a baby shower, a bridal shower, or a casual company get together. This little number is about to be in heavy rotation this summer.


Love,
Jillian


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Reasons You Were Passed Up For That Promotion


Our conversations about work usually center around what it takes to look great at work. But, I think it would be worthwhile to spend some time discussing what it takes to be great at work. Last night, I spent an hour discussing why a dear friend was passed up for a BIG promotion. After serving up the obligatory, “those guys are idiots” and the “you obviously deserved it”, we started to really dissect why she wasn’t chosen. We created a list of 5 mistakes that she made during her quest for a promotion and I thought I’d share just in case you've been passed up recently or are in the process of seeking your next big promotion.


5. You weren’t confident in your skills
Most guys have the innate ability to play up their skills of doing . . . well . . . just about anything. Whether by nature or nurture, I, and most of the ladies I know, tend to take a more modest tone – often downplaying the importance of some of our greatest accomplishments. But, ladies keep in mind, projecting an image of confidence in yourself, your statements, and your abilities is an important element in getting the attention that will get you promoted.

4. You didn’t look the part
Unfortunately, the world is a very superficial place. The harsh reality is you have to dress for the job you want. Otherwise, you’ll get lost in the crowd.


3. You let someone else take all the credit
When you are responsible for doing something great, say it. Not in the annoying, braggadocios way, but in a matter of fact “this is what I can do” kind of way. Letting someone else take ALL the credit for your work does not make you a team player.


2. You weren’t a team player
This seems completely contrary to the item above. But, it’s not – promise. Take the credit when you deserve it. But don’t go out of your way to claim every bit of credit for every piece of work you’ve completed. It's annoying and pretty much guarantees that you won’t make anyone’s short list for a promotion. It’s a delicate balance, but one that you should spend some time perfecting.



1. It just wasn’t your time
Sometimes there isn’t a glaring reason why it didn’t happen; it just wasn’t the right time or the right opportunity for you. Keep your head up and understand that sometimes bigger blessings await.


Go forth and be amazing loves!

-Jillian