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Accessories Change an Outfit Part I

Shakespeare may have written "clothes make the man," but I am here to tell you that accessories make the outfit.  I have an amazingly versatile Gerard Darel suit that I have adapted for numerous occasions.  All I do is change out the shirt and accessories and, voila, new look. On this day, I had … [Read More...]

Curling Irons vs. Hot Rollers

Even in this age of tolerance, I have to admit that not all hair-curling tools are created equal.  Or at least that was the start of my rant when my boyfriend once again threw up his hands at the "redundant"  (his word, not mine) products and gadgets I have scattered about the bathroom.  I channeled … [Read More...]

20 Essential E-tailers

When I was a teenager, the big deal was meeting your friends at the mall.  Granted, we didn’t have lots of money to shop, but that wasn’t the point - we were there to socialize and saying we were going to the mall seemed safer than asking our parents to drop us off at the alley at the end of town. … [Read More...]

Be Fearless

With 20 years of ballet under my belt (or leotard and tights as it were) I have learned many life lessons from dance.  Among them was one from Mikhail Baryshnikov who joined class one day.  He was in the back with a bunch of the male dancers who were showing off for him and muttering to him about … [Read More...]

The Briefcase in 2014: Feminine Yet Functional

As a little girl, I was always fascinated by my father's brief case. There was something so grown-up and mysterious about it. It had locks on the outside, and inside it was so organized. There were so many files and papers to read! Who had the time (or interest, I thought) to read all those words on … [Read More...]

The New Monochromatic

I went through an all-encompassing minimalism phase years ago.  (Perhaps I had read too much Hemingway and Beckett in college.)  My apartment was basically barren. Anything that was there was pure white, and I proudly told people that I could fit all my belongings into my car if I ever needed to … [Read More...]

How to Sabotage Your Small Business

This article is Part of Business 101: The Career Crucials series. Whether or not you agree with Donald Trump's politics or hairstyle choice, there's no denying that the man is successful. This is a man who has learned how to avoid the traps that sabotage a business.  I look at some of his more … [Read More...]

Bridging the Button Down Gap

"Mind the gap" is now a running gag in my household ever since we went to London. The phrase is ubiquitous at the Tube stations – signs everywhere, audible warnings repeatedly blared overhead. All so that subway riders remember to notice the gap between the platform and the car when entering. … [Read More...]

5 Things You Must Do To Succeed

I've heard and read plenty about this concept of a key to success.  And yet I dare say, a lot of people haven't even located the lock to begin with. To me, the following five concepts are the doors that you need to locate before you can unlock success. I use this anagram to remind myself of … [Read More...]

A Twist on the Work-Shift

The shift dress term comes from the idea that it’s easy to "shift" in a shift-dress. It’s about ease of movement. I also suspect it’s derived from the idea that women need a comfortable dress they can move around in, in case they survive a full "shift" at work. Which is why I believe it's … [Read More...]

How to Network When You Feel Awkward

This article is Part of Business 101: The Career Crucials series. If there are people out there who say they love to walk into a room filled with strangers who they need to meet and impress in minutes, I don't believe them. However, I agree that for some, it can be uber-daunting. If you feel … [Read More...]

Stay Cool and Look Good at Work

It might be tempting to reach for your go-to black-wool suit every morning, but trust me - show up dressed like that during the summer months and even if your office AC is pumped up to arctic temperatures, you'll look as though you haven't checked a calendar in eons. Check out how cool (both … [Read More...]

The Tile App: No More FuTile Struggles to Find Things

The last time I got this excited about a new, small, square invention was when Post-its came out.  And all they do is find my place in a magazine.  Imagine my glee to discover the Tile - a new, tiny square gadget that you can adhere to any item and then locate that item later on using your iPhone, … [Read More...]

The Pencil Skirt

  You know that the tide has shifted when Kim K has started wearing the pencil skirt - which by the way,  was originally brought to the fashion forefront by Dior to counteract the full-skirted ‘New Look . And now any woman can add this to her closet. As with many fashion rules (as well as … [Read More...]

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