Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Sometimes you just feel like wearing a tie. Why the hell not? I have never been one to let gender dictate what type of garments or accessories I wear. It would be foolish to let social norms restrict me from some of the fabulous bow ties and suspenders I manage to find.

Blue is my absolute favorite color so when I found this snazzy blue tie, I couldn't resist. The outfit overall is perfect for chilly SoFlo days like today. A black cardigan is worn over a white button down shirt with black trim detail around the collar and is cinched at the waist by a thin waist belt. Funky textured pantyhose round out the menswear-inspired winterish look.

  • Shirt: ASOS, White Button Down with Black trim
  • Cardigan: Merona (Target), Black Cotton Cardigan
  • Tie: Perry Ellis, Blue Paisley Tie
  • Skirt: Zara, Black Pencil Skirt
  • Tights: H&M, Patterned tights
  • Shoes: Nine West, Nubuck Peep Toe Heels

 

Charity dinner decor event Borgne Haiti

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a charity dinner held by the St. Charles Borromeo Club of Florida, Inc., an organization, which my father helps chair. The dinner takes place annually and proceeds are appropriated to the development of Borgne, Haiti and overall support of the town’s residents. Proceeds from this and other events help fund the groups annual medical mission trip to Borne in July. The trip brings nurses, doctors and other medical professionals to the town and allows hundreds of residents and visitors from nearby towns to receive medical care. The group also provides book bags and other school supplies for school children as well as lends efforts towards beautification of the town.

The St. Charles Borromeo Club of Florida, Inc., has made tremendous strides in improving the quality of life for the people of Borgne and by the looks of it will continue to do. I’m proud of my Father and his colleagues for their continued commitment to this cause and applaud the work they are doing for Borgne and its people. Here are a few pictures from the dinner.

 

Dinner guests.
Dinner guests.
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Event decor/table setting.
Charity dinner performance event Borgne Haiti
Performances of the the American and Haitian national Anthem.

Charity dinner performance praise dance event Borgne Haiti

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Dance troop performs a special praise dance.
Charity dinner skit perforamnce event Borgne Haiti
Children perform a skit for the dinner guests.
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The committee receiving special recognition for their service.

If you’d like to learn more about the organization or how you can help, contact the St. Charles Borromeo Club of Florida at 954-431-3600 or email Father Jadot at jadot27@hotmail.com

 

chic animal print theme outfit inspriation

If you’re not afraid to be a little bold, you can definitely have a little fun with animal patterns. There’s so much you can do with these fun patterns without making the unfortunate mistake of looking like a Jersey Shore reject. I paired snakeskin and what looks to be some sort of cheetah print with an eye catching two tone bag. The result is fun, chic fashion that’s a little bit on the wild side without going completely into the jungle.

staying positive at work woman meditating at work

Even if you love your job and it's the best job in the world, there are probably some days where you want to hurl a stapler, sharp metal object, or whatever your projectile of choice is at someone. Maybe it's not one person in particular that's killing your mood; maybe it's a particular situation. Perhaps it’s a sudden increase of workload, juggling of deadlines, change in policy, red tape or whatever it maybe.  For me there are a couple of things that have me letting out the deep sighs several times a day but I’ll spare you the particulars.  What I wanted to discuss was how to keep stress and negativity from becoming the spirit killers that they can be.

With a looming cloud of negativity positioned over my head, I decided to find a couple of ways to help me remain positive while I ride out this wave of stress.  Being the research junkie that I am, I did some research and a little bit of thinking and this is what I came up with:

 

(1.) Smile.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well it is. Here’s where you play a little trickery on your mind. You’ve heard the saying "Fake it ‘til you make it".  Well now’s the time to fake that smile ‘til that smile makes you feel better. When you’re pissed off, stressed out and your blood pressure is on the rise remember this:  Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine and Serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance.  Smiling also produces a measurable reduction in blood pressure.  While you don’t have to go around smiling like an idiot all day, making a concerted effort to smile a little bit more, may serve you well.

(2.) Find something to laugh at.

Along the same lines as smiling, laughter can be one of your best weapons in this war of negativity. Search out things that you know will give you a good laugh. Have a conversation with someone you know who usually amuses you. Stream some audio from one of your favorite standup comedians. Look for something entertaining on YouTube. Whatever it is, make sure you’re able to have a good hearty laugh to counter act some of the day’s stresses.

(3.) Say “F it”.

Whoa. Did I just say that? I totally just did. Don’t take me too literally though. It’s just that sometimes in certain situations you just have to learn when to accept defeat. You can only do what you can do. There's no point in stressing or putting out negative energy that comes with complaints or negative comments over a situation you don't have the power to control. If you’ve gone through all of your options, if there’s nothing you can do about it, just leave it alone. Stop stressing it.  Which leads me to my next tactic.

(4.) Ask Jesus to fix it.

staying positive at work woman praying at work

Yes, I know I just told you to cuss. Don’t judge me.  I’ll talk to God about that later. Anyway, we've all seen the memes that pop up when you enter #fixitJesus on any social media network. (Side note: if you haven't done this please go to Instagram now and type it in. You won't be disappointed. ) All jokes aside, if you're actually a religious or spiritual person it might be beneficial for you to take a five or ten minute breather every day to just fall back and reconnect and try and gain some strength and perspective about what's important by reconnecting with your higher power. I’m Christian so sometimes I find that releasing my problems to God and letting it be makes all the difference.

(5.) Stop trying to Solve for Y.

Z + X = Y Many times we find ourselves in conundrums and our focus zero’s in on trying to figure out why. Not why we’re in the situation but why we can’t get out of the situation. Stop focusing on the excuses that create the reason why you can't, and start focusing on how you will.  The why’s are just excuses disguised as reasoning.

(6.) Build a home away from home.

We spend so many hours at work that our place of business is literally like a second home.  There is a certain amount of comfort and warmth we get when we finally walk through the doors of our homes at the end of a long day or a long trip. Why not take some time to furnish your workspace with some of the comforts of home. Of course we learned from Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office not to go over board and over decorate our work spaces but adding a few key comfort pieces may be just what you need to give you the warm and fuzzies while at work.

(7.) Be your own biggest cheerleader

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Take the time to reward yourself for your accomplishments. You don’t have to wait for someone else to recognize you for a job well done.  If you rock and you know you rock, reward yourself.  Even if the reward is small, it will help to brighten up your mood. Have that $5.00 late you’ve been craving, add a pair of dangly earrings to your costume jewelry collection. Or better yet place something on your desk that will serve as a reminder of how awesome you are.

(8.) Watch what you say

There is power in your words. Speaking certain words gives those words power.  Say something often enough and you’ll soon begin to believe it. Saying negative things breeds feelings of negativity. Stop saying things like "I can't stand this job.” “I hate my job”. If you’re truly over it, instead try replacing those words with more positive ones like "I'm ready for the next opportunity.” and back that statement up with actions and actually start looking for the next opportunity.  However, if your disdain for your work is temporary, reassure yourself that “this is only temporary” and you “can and will make it through.”

 

That’s all folks. I hope you can use some of these tactics to help you make it through those stressful days.

 

Thanks for reading.  Now… “Let the power moves continue.”

Bad Ass Business black and white work look with purple

Some times you just feel a little badass. For instances like those, you need a look that reflects that mood. I don’t do dark colors to often but when I’m feeling especially fierce, a look like this is right up my ally.  I would probably add in a touch of purple for just a bit color but nothing too attention grabing. How could you not be ready to kick ass and take names in an ensemble like this?

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Halloween is always a fun time at my office. Luckily my past 3 jobs have always made it a fun day for the employees.  This year I decided to tap into the news headlines and capitalize on what’s going on in pop culture. With the recent leaks of celebrity pictures, I thought it would be a great idea if I could be the iCloud.  I gathered my supplies (a hoodie, two pillows and some funny pictures) and went to work.  Here’s the final outcome as well as a glimpse of some the day’s fun.

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