Your personal image conveys more about you than your business card.

25 Apr

Most cultures, place a premium on appearance, and it is also true for the boardroom.

You want to project confidence, power and intelligence. While your business card and resume reveal your work experience, your level of professionalism and respect will be transmitted immediately by your appearance. Your attire is a visual representation of the message that you are trying to project and they should mirror the confidence and professionalism seen in your attitude.

Think about what you want your clothes to say about YOU. Do you want them to say that you are flashy and sexy or that you are a serious professional with capability to handle tough situations in a respectable manner.

All of this focus on the minutiae of your appearance for the first impression may seem trivial when the real focus should be on your skills and ideas, but we live in a very judgmental world. Like it or not, we are often critiqued based on our appearance so it is important to think carefully about the physical and psychological image that we project when walking into a boardroom.

“Dressing appropriately” Should be presenting yourself with style, class and professional polish and is a winning strategy for every business women of today.

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You want to project confidence, power and intelligence. While your business card and resume reveal your work experience, your level of professionalism and respect will be transmitted immediately by your appearance. Your attire is a visual representation of the message that you are trying to project and they should mirror the confidence and professionalism seen in your attitude.

Think about what you want your clothes to say about YOU. Do you want them to say that you are flashy and sexy or that you are a serious professional with capability to handle tough situations in a respectable manner.

All of this focus on the minutiae of your appearance for the first impression may seem trivial when the real focus should be on your skills and ideas, but we live in a very judgmental world. Like it or not, we are often critiqued based on our appearance so it is important to think carefully about the physical and psychological image that we project when walking into a boardroom.

“Dressing appropriately” Should be presenting yourself with style, class and professional polish and is a winning strategy for every business women of today.

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Valentines Week with Style and Grace

15 Feb

Valentines week with William Shakespeare

14 Feb

William Shakespeare,

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Love Sonnet’s

If I should think of love I'd think of you, your arms uplifted, 
Tying your hair in plaits above, The lyre shape of your arms
 and shoulders, The soft curve of your winding head. 
No melody is sweeter, nor could Orpheus So have bewitched. 
I think of this, And all my universe becomes perfection. 
But were you in my arms, dear love, The happiness would 
take my breath away, No thought could match that ecstasy, 
No song encompass it, no other worlds
If I should think of love, I'd think of you. 

Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all; 
What hast thou then more than thou hadst before? 
No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call; 
All mine was thine before thou hadst this more. 
Then if for my love thou my love receivest, 
I cannot blame thee for my love thou usest; 
But yet be blamed, if thou thyself deceivest 
By wilful taste of what thyself refusest. 
I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief, 
Although thou steal thee all my poverty; 
And yet, love knows, it is a greater grief 
To bear love's wrong than hate's known injury. 
Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows, 
Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.

Love William z07411npsnu 

With Style & Grace week of Love
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Valentine’s Week with Style and Grace

13 Feb

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Valentine’s Week with Style and Grace

12 Feb

Love in Poems this Valentine Week, With Love, Style & Grace

12 Feb

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Renaissance poets were especially fond of expressing love in sonnets, most notably Shakespeare who famously compared his love to a rose, a summer’s day, Perfume, snow, and various species of birds. Romantic era love poems have become some of the most enduring, and oft-repeated, poems ever written in English. Consider this Elizabeth Barret Browning Poem, one of my favorites of which has become as well-known as to be considered the classic love poem cliché:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height.
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s.
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old grief’s, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

How better to express one’s feelings of love and passion than through reading and sharing a poem? Countless suitors have used verse to woo a love interest, expressing feelings of desire and longing. Which will you chose this Valentine’s Day.  Here are a few more to enjoy With Style & Grace

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How to Succeed on that Job Interview- Tips on dressing for an interview.

23 Jan

Grace Gallo New York Brand objective is to inspire women and honor all women in the work force by providing them guidance on how to dress for the boardroom.

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I could not agree more – with Edith Head.

In this tough job market your wardrobe can be a powerful tool. We spend so much time and energy and passion engaged in our careers so why shouldn’t we get all the help we can and use fashion to our best advantage.

Yes, women have advanced a great deal in the business world.   But a woman’s appearance is way more under the radar than a man’s. Let’s not deny it – how female’s looks are held to a much higher level of scrutiny than a man’s.  A man can pull any one of his two or three suits out of a closet and throw it on top of the same shirt he wore the previous day. Women in the workplace do need to spend more hours putting themselves together. So you never want to give anyone a reason to say “no” based on your appearance.

Now if you want that job you’re interviewing for. I believe dressing the part is vital factor in attaining success. You need to toe a very conservative line, avoiding flashy make-up, plunging necklines, too-short or too-tight skirts, if you don’t look the part of a leader, you’re not likely to be given the role. Go with something ladylike and quietly elegant.

Suits & Jackets – Typically, safe bet for job interview.  I would avoid loud colors, my Angela Jacket below, even though it is a well tailored appropriate jacket for the office, I would not wear it to a job interview. To bright in color and will detract from your interview.  I think solid colors work best and typically the better choice for that important interview. My Angela jacket was inspired by casual Fridays and what I call my Happy Friday Jacket.

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With Tailored Jackets you can never go wrong in a job interview.  Dress too sexy or distracting and you become easy to dismiss.

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Your total overall appearance, not just a suit or jacket, it’s also about your overall look, as one package, hence your accessories are very important too, Jewelry, pocket book, shoes and briefcase.

Your shoes – heels are always preferred in business/corporate world, and I have to say they add and make an outfit look more polished and professional.  But if you cannot withstand all that is involved in wearing high heels, a low heel shoe is fine and solid color leather always looks more professional.

Pocket book/Briefcases – again as in shoes, it is always best to invest in leather accessories and try to stick to solid colors. If you’re going to carry a pocket book as well as a briefcase, then you need to make sure that your pocket book is significantly smaller than your briefcase.

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Jewelry – your choice in jewelry is a direct reflection of who you are as a person. For me the classic pearl necklace is a statement of style and class. You can never go wrong with pearls. Definitely avoid those long dangling earrings not advised for business setting nor are giant hooped earrings or anything else that may seem gaudy. Remember that simple is always better.

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DO’S:

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And of course, let’s not forget clean and tidy which you would think is essential. I once had a young girl come in for an interview in flip flops, very short denim skirt and t-shirt. Besides not dressed appropriate for a job interview, she looked like she just got out of bed! Let’s just say she did not get the job. And I knew the minute she walked in the door.

Remember, you can dress in a negative way where your attire is the only message people remember, or you can dress in a way that takes nothing away from the message of your value for yourself you will present to them.

Stylish Shirt with pearl necklace      +

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 Add pencil skirt      +

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   Stylish briefcase

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Double breasted long Jacket/Coat Perfect for interview

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Both of these ensembles are also perfect interview combination. Solid colors, pencil skirts

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Add the Briefcases to these two outfits and you have the perfect interview combination, you have the complete look I describe.

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