Building Your Brand

Say Yes to the Dress: Wear-to-Work Styles

It may be hard to believe, but when I was growing up, I was a serious tomboy. I remember crying when my mother would dress my sister and me for school in matching dresses. I rejected all things girly and wanted to wear only pan...

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5 Tips for After Five Dressing

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”  I came across this saying on Pinterest this week and I really took it to heart.  Not only have I inadvertently been living by this motto ever since I can remember, but it a...

Is Lip Gloss a Feminist Issue?

Some women love it and others loathe it. For the former, it represents an adult candy land, a veritable potpourri of powder, paint, and perfume. For the latter, it represents a dreaded chore undertaken with gritted teeth and a ...


To Ink or Not to Ink: Tat is the Question

A few months ago, I took a quiz that was titled something like “How Millennial Are You?” One of the questions was “Do you have a tattoo?” For me, the answer is no. But in all truth, I love tattoos. I wat...

Cubicle to Cocktails

Happy Hour: From Cubicle to Cocktails

Happy Hours have been essential in my career, and not because I enjoy the occasional cocktail, but because they allow me to connect with co-workers or catch up with friends. It’s surprising how much you can learn about someon...

Flashback: 90210 in 2012 Fashion

I have a few “stuck in the 90’s” confessions to make before I begin this post: I’ve seen every episode of the original Beverly Hills 90210. I had (I believe it’s still in my parents’ basement...


3 Work looks Under $130

Shopping & Style Tips for the Budget-Savvy Fashionista

Have you ever been shopping and spotted a great pair of shoes, only to look at the price tag and realize that you would have to save for months in order to afford them?  Well it’s happened to me, and I’m realizing my eyes ...

Build Something That Lasts

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Margaret Stender, President and CEO of the Chicago Sky WNBA team. A true champion for women, Margaret inspired us all when she shared her six essential steps to building somethin...

It’s January! (Okay, not yet, but we’re closing in!) + Why You Need To Think About This Now

  How would it feel to be standing strong, full of accomplishment as you enter 2013? It never fails: Every January, I talk to amazing people who want nothing more than to feel the freshness of the new year. Instead, they f...


Body Language Can Help You Fake It ‘Til you Make It

Today, notice your body language when your emotions go up and down. When your boss annoys you, are you crossing your arms, slouching? When you’re excited, are you leaning forward in anticipation? Sure, we all know our bod...