Dressing for work in the corporate world can be a tricky thing to do, depending on your out of work style. If your personal style is a quite creative or colourful out of work, you may feel restricted and uninspired in the sea of grey and black suit wear.
No one wants to contribute to landfills, poison the air, or threaten natural resources. Here are some ideas to help you protect the environment and ease your conscience, while still enjoying your fashion and style.
The saying tells us you should never judge a book by its cover. But we do, it is human nature. Packaging has a huge impact on how we perceive products and the quality within them and our clothes are just that: our packaging.
To save you having to carry your handbag, work bag, sometimes a laptop bag, and a gym kit it’s definitely worth investing in a smart looking work backpack.
It’s an item I am always on the look out for myself, for my clients, and it’s the most common item my business friends ask me for recommendations on, as they are often working from a different location every day, and need to carry their office in a good looking bag.
Here are my current favourite 3 of the Best Work Backpacks.
Whilst a ‘new you’ is a very fluid concept, and annual reinvention is not necessary to move forward in life, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the first step in my book Look Like The Leader You Are. Reflect.
I have learnt over the years that this step is an important ‘pause’ that helps to understand your current situation and what is needed get to where you want to be.
The longest journeys begin with the smallest step and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to overhauling your image. How you present yourself is a never ending project of discovery, planning and maintenance but you might be surprised it starts nowhere near your wardrobe at all.
Overhauling your image is a mammoth task and one that needs your full attention. The only way to approach such a project is by quite literally starting from the inside out. This process starts with YOU.
Finding the time to get a manicure and polish might seem like unnecessary pampering during your very busy week, but presentable nails are a must. To find the time, and for them to then only last a few days, can be frustrating. Gel polish is the answer, and my favourite is Shellac.
Helping women to look and feel good is not about ‘style over substance’. What you wear affects how you feel, how you perform, how you behave, and how other people perceive you, which is why clothes are such an important weapon in your arsenal for career success.
What is it about a classic trench coat that has seen it survive through decades of fashion changes? Loved by stylish people across generations, and available from high street to luxury brands, the classic trench is an ultimate timeless classic through and through.
While the overall relaxation of dress codes have given women the opportunity to show more of their personality in what they wear, it is also a minefield and an extra job. What to wear has become another thing to add to the ever-growing list of pressures on working women, a pressure that only increases the higher they climb.
With the seasons changing you never know if you need a big warm jacket or a lightweight waterproof and luckily UNIQLO have the answer with their fantastic range of cold weather solutions ready for you to layer up, pack away or get cosy in.
My book launch was so much fun! It was a great way to celebrate with clients, business associates, and friends. Book sales profits of £618.29 were donated to Smartworks Charity. Ella Dodd, the West London Manager, came along to say a few words about the brilliant work that Smartworks does to help women back into work. Here are some photos of the evening.
Long gone are the days when, if you were at all price conscious, you would have to head to the busy high street optician to buy your glasses. The last few years has seen an explosion of independent eyewear brands offering modern, chic styles, that do not cost the earth.
Vince is one of my favourite luxury brands, with uncomplicated yet refined pieces that approach dressing with a sense of ease. They offer simple, understated, yet beautifully cut clothing in quality fabrics. I especially love their silk tops!
The main intention of writing my new book was to highlight that your image, and how it affects your career progression, needs to be considered separately to fashion and shopping. Being aware of latest trends is always a benefit, but fashion and clothes is not actually the core theme of the book - even though it’s a style strategy!
COS is probably my favourite high street store. I love the simple designs and clean lines. It is also the place to go for loose shapes, and for the use of cotton in a lot of the collection, which is perfect for this heatwave we are currently experiencing.
WOW! About last night… Not only was it an epic, nail-biting night for English football, but it was also the party to celebrate the launch of my new book Look Like The Leader You Are; A 7 Step Strategy For Ambitious Women. I am so thrilled that both were such a success!