Monthly Archives: February 2015

Favorite looks top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

 

Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/2016 came to an end last week. My apologies, I would have reported sooner but sometimes life throws monkey wrenches in your plans and sometimes those monkey wrenches come in the form of an adorable 3 year old, walking contagion/petri dish. But “one (flu) don’t stop no show.” Anyway in this case I guess I’m just fashionably late and better late than never. Lets get down to what I loved.

Herve Leger top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

Hervé Léger by Max Azria

I wanted to contact someone. Get someone on the phone and get me these outfits immediately. Who’s my contact at Leger? Huh… I don’t have a contact at Leger? All right fine but if I did and also had an obscene amount of cash to spend, I would totally be on the phone with someone working on getting these looks into my closet. This was my favorite collection by far. Each look came sashaying down the runway like abstract art. These brilliantly crafted pieces completely stole my heart. I want it all.

View the entire collection here

Cushnie et Ochs top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

Cushnie et  Ochs

My second fave was Cushnie et Ochs. All of these looks were made to compliment a woman’s body. I love designs that focus on femininity and highlight a woman’s beautiful curves. Everything in this collection was near perfection also.

Derrick Lam top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

Derrick Lam

Derrick Lam played to my inner Olivia Pope with a wonderful assortment of coats and winter-chic looks. I almost want to book a ticket to somewhere cold just so I can have a reason to sport some of the looks showcased in his collection; almost.

Oscar De La Renta top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

Oscar de la Renta

One should expect nothing less than sheer elegance and class when you deal with Oscar and this showing was no exception. I’m partial to the white ensembles that came prancing down the runway but the collection offered up lots of beautiful, classic looks. This collection was superb but of course you already knew that.

 

I should also mention:

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This jacket from The Row by designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen was a standout piece amongst everything that stood out to me at fashion week on the whole. I didn’t care much for the collection overall but this unusual piece merits special recognition. It’s bold, and edgy but can still be worn conservatively. I Love. That is all.

Carolina Herrera Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2015 in New York

This look from Carolina Herrera was also a standout to me. I didn’t get Carolina’s collection this year. I just… I didn’t get it. The oversized boxy collection just did not resonate with me.  To add insult to injury they wore flats the entire first half of the show. This look however, made a great impression. Add it to my cart please. Yes.

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Trends

Let’s talk about the trends we noticed on the runways. The jacket/cape not jacket has officially become a thing.  I don’t know who to fully attribute this to. Probably fashion bloggers (myself included) who wear their jackets over their shoulders because it’s the thing to do or Olivia Pope (because it all comes back to Olivia Pope) and her famous capes. I first noticed it at the BCBG Max Azria show. I usually love BCBG Max Azria but this year’s Aztec/grandmas throw vibe threw me off. I did take note of this weird creation where it looked like a normal jacket worn in a caped fashion with additional holes for the arms. Turns out that would not be the last I would see of this novel idea.

 

Other trends:

  • There were tons fur stoles and fur elements.
  • Designers tapped into their love for the 70’s. Flared pants, tweed and hues of brown were in abundance
  • Fringe details were all the rage.
  • ...and yes crop tops and culottes are still in.

 

That’s my round up. Looking forward to having a powerfully stylish fall and winter.

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

 

 

Look at you. You're a mess. Get yourself together.
Look at you. You're a mess. Get yourself together.

Some people are worriers and are simply panic-prone by nature. Some people jump to the worst possible conclusion first and ask questions later (Hi mom). I'm pretty much the complete opposite. I'm a thinker so I tend to absorb information and take my time to process the situation before reacting. I'll get around to worst possible conclusions whenever I get to them. There are very few things that unnerve me but some things do come close. I recently received some unsettling news at work and like most of my colleagues I couldn't help but be upset. Although I didn't go into full-on panic, I definitely lost focus for the rest of the day and didn't quite make it fully back on track until I had some time to really sit down and think.

 Let our advance working become advance thinking and planning."

- Winston Churchill

I’m a visual thinker so when I’m thinking about too many things at once, all of these images are scrabbled in my head like some sort of moving collage. What I need to have, for my own sanity’s sake, is a view that is more like individual, static, vignettes that logically connect with one another. When I got some quality time alone to gather my thoughts I knew my end result would be neat and orderly and… I who am I kidding? I knew I would end up with a spreadsheet and that’s exactly what happened.

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

– Mike Tyson

You may recall me writing about 2015 goals earlier this year. My year was neatly spelled out with clearly defined goals and objectives and the roadmap for achieving those goals was set firmly in place. What I know to be true is that sometimes plans get screwed up. Hell, plans get screwed up all the damn time. I’m logical. I know this, but still manage to be deeply annoyed when I can’t see out my plans exactly as I’ve envisioned them but I digress. Cut to my punch in the face. I grabbed a sheet of paper and began sketching out possible scenarios.

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.

-       Denis Waitley

By the time I was done my thinking and sketching I had six different scenarios outlined of what could happen, color-coded, arranged by optimal outcome and documented by length of time in an Excel spreadsheet. I printed it out, stuck it up on my wall of productivity, looked at it and breathed a sigh of relief.  “I’m going to be alright.”  I was calm and all was right in the world.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

- Winston Churchill

Now, I’m not telling you to be as anal retentive as I am but this is just some food for thought.  Worrying never helps. Never. Well maybe… nah it never helps. It’s not productive and just makes you feel like crap. Do you want to feel like crap? Well then, don’t. The next time you’re met with a difficult situation and aren’t quite sure what you’re going to do or how it will play out, take a second to sit back and organize your thoughts. Come up with a plan (Or six. I don’t know). Knowing what your options are will make a world of difference in greatly helping to relieve that stress. “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” flirty winky face emoji

Happy planning!

 

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

 

 

J. Daniel

Go ahead. Stick your tongue out at them.
Go ahead. Stick your tongue out at them.

Isn't it a great feeling when you accomplish something your doubters said you couldn't accomplish? Move with confidence. Remain determined. Use it as fuel to your ambitions fire and keep making those power moves (With your tongue out. If that's what you want to do).

 tagul word cloud4

So I recently read up on a little trick for updating my resume. If you’ve ever been curious about how recruiters view your resume and want to know what they see when they scan it, dropping the contents of your resume into a word cloud app can be extremely helpful.

A word cloud, (AKA text cloud or tag cloud) if you’re not familiar, is basically an infographic, which provides a visual representation of word frequency within a body of text. Simply put, use a word a lot and it will appear larger. Use a word infrequently and it will appear smaller or not at all. Needless to say, you want the most important words and the words most relevant to the type of position you're seeking to be larger than others.

When I plugged my resume into Tag Crowd I discovered that the word “including” was ginormous.  I had used it twelve times, while one of may favorite buzzwords about myself, “creative” was all but lost in the sea of  words. Now that’s just ridiculous. Poppycock, I say. This exercise definitely provided clarity.  I need to make sure my resume is far more indicative of my strongest skills.  Words like “marketing”, “content” and “manage” are in a good place but it was clear that I needed to sharpen things up a bit.

Recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds on your resume.

In my discovery of what recruiters were looking for, I also happened upon this fun fact: Recruiters spend an average of six seconds on your resume 1. In this six seconds their eyes scan your name, current position and company, start and end date, previous position and dates, and education information.

Couple this 6-second rule with the large possibility that you’re resume may not even be screened by a human being, and you know you have your work cut out for you. If you’re applying to a larger company (1,000 employees or more) there’s a really good chance your resume will be screened by some sort of filtering software; software that doesn’t like fancy serif fonts, tiny or large fonts, tiny or large margins, lines that run from margin to margin, or any other non-text design elements. What the software will like though is lots of keywords relevant to the open position so go ahead and use that word cloud to your advantage. It’s time for you to make good use of some big words and be seen.


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Some helpful word cloud tools: Wordle, TagxedoTag Crowd & Tagul

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

 

1 Study conducted by The Ladders.

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Photo credit: Sharaz Allahar

My work place isn’t super stuffy so I can take certain liberties with my ensembles that I might not be able to take, say if I worked at a law firm.  I get to have a little more fun with my outfit choices and how I accessorize but what if… what if I worked in a super creative atmosphere like an edgy ad agency or high-fashion office? What if I worked at Vogue?  Gasp. Oh the outfits I would stroll in wearing. I can only imagine how glorious it would be.  Let’s not even talk about the access to fashion I would have at my disposal on a daily basis.

In honor of that dream scenario I put together this little number. It’s the kind of brow raiser that you wouldn’t typically see in an office environment but totally work appropriate if you work in an office full of creative types who appreciate a little risk taking.

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vogue outfit platform vs pump collage
Platforms or pumps?

What do you think? Switch out the ultra-high, funky platform heel for a somewhat more conservative red pump. This shiny, patent-leather pump is still a little spicy but more of a tamer option if you're trying to get away with the look at work.

vogue outfit red pumps heels collage

 

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BMW i3 Super Bowl Cmmercial What is Internet

 

Super Bowl Sunday has always been about the Ads for me.  My inner advertising geek has been hooked since my college days where my marketing professors would assign projects based on ads that ran during the Super Bowl. I’m always curious to  see who pushes the envelope.  Check out some of my favorites below:

 

1. BMW i3: Newfangled Idea

I thought this BMW commercial with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric was pretty brilliant. Footage from 21 years ago shows the anchors trying to figure out the enigma that was the Internet. We catch them asking “What is Internet anyway?”

 

2. Budweiser:  Lost Dog

Budwisers always goes for the heartstrings. I’m pretty sure this story of a lost-then-found pup gave me all the doses of cute I'll be needing for the year.

 

3. Fiat 500X: The Blue Pill

This cheeky little ad was all about innuendo. When this senior fellow loses his little blue pill right before it’s time to get intimate, he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. Oh and when they ended with the line “Bigger, more powerful and ready for action.” All I could do is smile. Oh behave.

 

4. Bud Light: Real Life PacMan

When Bud Light puts a grown man inside a real life PacMan game and asks him if he’s down for whatever, a good time will probably be had.

 

5. Dove Men + Care

I’m a little confused by the message. What makes men stronger? Showing that he cares. Dove Care makes men stronger. Ehh? Whatever the commercial’s just so darn touching, it was destined to be one of my favorites.

 

Some honorable mentions go to:

Microsoft: Braylon O'Neill

This ad featured a voice over from one of my favorite rappers, Common narrating the story about Braylon O'Neill, an inspiring child with prosthetics.

 

Sprint: Sprint’s Super Apology

First Sprint apologized for calling Verizon and AT&T goats and then they proceeded to call them jackasses. Ha Ha. They’re cutting the competitions bills in half for their new customers. They are so wrong for that but also so right.

 

Nomore.org: Pledge to say NO MORE

The message was somber but so well done that I forgive them for putting a damper on the mood. It was a great way to bring light to an issue like domestic violence.

 

Nationwide: Invisible Mindy Kaling

While Nationwide missed with the "dead little boy" ad they hit the nail on the head with this one. I love Mindy Kaling. No one should ever make her feel invisible.

Overall, there were some great commercials.  Nothing absolutely floored me but I appreciate the creativity. One observation I made is almost all of these commercials had a designated hashtag. The ad guys really had social media top of mind this year. You can see the effort put forth in hopes of sparking conversation and creating something that would be a viral success. Good job. Until this time next year.