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The Art to Wearing a Trench Coat

black trench

Black is sexy, youthful and cutting edge

Whether scattered or torrential, April means rain. But fear not. Armed with the right wet weather essentials, even cats and dogs won’t rain on your parade.

Trench Coat Tips

Invest in a classic trench. After all, the only thing that can ruin the right look faster than rain is the wrong topper.

  • As with all items of clothing, fit is key. The proper length of the traditional trench is just above the knee. Trendier versions are shorter.
  • Both versions should allow enough room to accommodate a blazer or suit jacket comfortably. Careful here. Too much room and you’ll be sure to have a slovenly appearance.
  • The belt can be worn tied in the back or front. If you opt to wear the belt in the front, always tie; never buckle.
  • When considering color, the traditional beige is always a safe choice. Black or navy, while still classy, is youthful, sexier and more cutting edge.
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Holiday Office Party Dos and Don’ts



‘Tis the season for the annual holiday office party. According to Michigan-based Image Consulting Firm, P2Styles, play your cards right and you could end up closer to gaining that office with a view. Make a wrong move, and you could be facing career suicide. Here are nine basic survival tips to keep your career heading north.

1. Appearing is Mandatory. Don’t even think about NOT going to the office party. Skipping out on the annual party displays disrespect for your company, your supervisors and your colleagues. Unless you have a justifiable conflict, showing up is mandatory. More importantly, remaining at the event for at least an hour eliminates the risk of giving the impression that your appearance was merely obligatory.

2. Dress appropriately for the occasion. While dressing appropriately is critical at every rung on the professional ladder, it’s most important for midlevel professionals who have a shot at the coveted corner office. For women, the rule of thumb “more skin, less power”, still applies. Refrain from wearing ultra-tight fitting dresses, décolletage revealing necklines, micro-mini skirts or super snug pants. Men should avoid unbuttoning more than two buttons on their shirts and wearing overly fitted shirts or sweaters that show off their muscles.

3. Leave first dates for another occasion. Assuming dates are welcomed, bring someone who you know from previous experiences will present well with co-workers and superiors. The office party is not the time to learn that your date is fixated on leather and lace or possess over-indulgent drinking habits.

4. Conduct yourself professionally. What you say and do will resonate in the minds of your colleagues and managers. Inappropriate behavior can cause your career to be shorter than everyone else’s memory. In all of your interactions, be positive and conduct yourself with charm and savvy. This is not the time to express employee grumbles.

5. Be a good conversationalist. Avoid talking about yourself or your accomplishments all night. Instead, make others your focal point. Show that you are genuinely interested in each person within a group by asking open-ended questions and including everyone in the conversation with both questions and eye contact.

6. Eat, drink and be merry in moderation. The stories of people who have overindulged at company parties are legendary, and there’s always a price to be paid. Limit your alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water or seltzer between drinks. Also, keep in mind that the hors d’oeuvres table is not intended to be a five-course meal. Enjoy the spread, but leave some for the other guests.

7. Be prepared to schmooze. Take the time to network and schmooze with those individuals who can influence your career or who you may not see regularly. Holiday parties are great for building or strengthening business relationships.

8. Don’t assume everyone celebrates Christmas. In today’s multi-cultural workplace, not everyone celebrates the same holidays. Take the politically correct route by wishing those you encounter a “Safe and Happy Holiday Season”.

9. Exit gracefully. Make an appoint to say thank you and goodbye to the person or persons responsible for the planning and coordinating of the party. Sending a thank-you note to top management for hosting the party is sure to help you gain career advancement points.


Yesterday, as I was leaving the hair salon, a patron mentioned spring’s official arrival being less than two weeks away.  “Yeah right” I thought as I zipped up my boots, donned my winter coat, wrapped my scarf around my neck and covered my still damped locs with my fresh wool cap.  The idea seemed even more far fetched as I scraped the ice and snow off my car, and slipped and slid to Nordstrom to meet my afternoon client.  But leave it to Nordstrom to save the day with their beautiful displays of flirty frocks constructed from bold printed fabrics; high glossed color blocked gladiator sandals, vivid colored accessories and yes, those were birds chirping over the intercom.  Spring IS near and I can’t wait! 




Wondering whether or not you have style?  Chances are if you do you probably already know. Your look generates interest. You get compliments — on your clothes, shoes, hair, pretty much anything you wear.  You’re age-appropriate but still fresh and modern. You know your best colors. You regularly show off your best features. You’re able to forecast upcoming trends well before they hit the fashion magazines. Read More.


Michael Duffy at Target

Michael Duffy at Target

From October 14 through December 24, 2007, menswear at Target will get a boost with the latest collection from British-born musician-turned designer Keanan Duffty. Inspired by David Bowie, this collection will feature rocker must-haves such as button-down shirts with skinny ties, thermal T-shirts with musical decals and the ultra-hip skinny black jeans round out the collection.  Prices range from $14.99-$59.99.   Read More.

Stress Free Shopping

Stress Free Shopping

Stress Free Shopping

Just so you know, it’s official – LESS THAN 60 SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! – there are exactly 8 weekends left before one of the biggest gift-giving days celebrated on the entire planet. Read More

Gentlemenly Cool – Sophistication and the Bow Tie

Sophistication and the bow tie

Sophistication and the bow tie

A clip-on tie is social death for the man who wants to be super-smooth. Some believe that possessing bow tying skills indicate that a man cares about detail and probably have at his disposal an assortment of “man skills.” In layman (no pun intended) terms, a properly tied bow tie should win the girl. Read more.