Summer’s Last Hurrah

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Walk by any store display at the mall, and you’re bound to see something that could be categorized as “bohemian.”  That’s why now is the best time to find yourself a boho dress – it will see you through these last few hot summer weeks, and come autumn, you can style it up with tights […]

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Five Steps for Handling Professional Criticism

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[Photo credit: carlaaston.com] Taking criticisms, even when purely constructive, is difficult for everyone, let alone an ambitious professional.  Here are five tips for how to better handle the process: Step 1:  Change your mentality.  In the same way you’d rather know right away when you have something stuck in your teeth, think about professional feedback as […]

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Fashion Shaming?

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[Photo credit (L to R): A Spoonful of Style; What Would Gwyneth Do?; Glam Radar; College Fashion; You Queen] Kate brought this article about attire for women in the workplace to my attention and I thought it was a great read.  And a great starting point for a discussion that we would love to engage our […]

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Fall’s Trending Hue

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There might be scorching hot temperatures outside, but we’re already planning what we want to add to our fall wardrobes.  At the top of our list?  Burgundy colored accessories.  This color is already popping up on fashion blogs and in stores, so now is the perfect time to see if burgundy is in your future! By […]

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Style Guide – Professional Cocktail Party

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[Photo credit weddingpartyapp] If you read our 5 Steps to Becoming a Better Professional, hopefully you took the opportunity to join at least one professional organization.  (If you are still looking for a professional association and are an Illinois resident, consider joining the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.  If you want more info, email Kate […]

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Style Lessons From Cities Around the World

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[Photo credit: Everything For Best Traveling] My mother is from Rome and my father is from New York. Growing up, I spent a good amount of time in both cities. More recently, I have lived – or stayed long term! – in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Chicago. And now, as I write, I am looking […]

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5 Ways to Style a White Blazer

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Summer time and warmer temperatures call for alternatives to the traditional black and navy blazers.  This is where the white blazer comes in — it’s the perfect finishing touch for any outfit!  Here is how we’re styling our white blazers: LOOK 1: Wear it with a patterned, colorful midi skirt Lightweight Blazer I Theory I $395.00 […]

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Attention Young Professionals: How To Make Yourself Look More Mature

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A lovely reader recently wrote in requesting a post on how to use dress in order to appear older than you are.  For any professional, looking the part – which includes looking the appropriate age as compared to your clients, colleagues, students, etc. – is essential.  And of course, wardrobe, hair, make-up and overall appearance […]

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Love That, Buy This!

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[Photo credit: The Row] Like everyone, we too are obsessed with The Row.  No question.  Still, if we’re being honest, we don’t totally get it.  As someone asked recently, “does anyone actually wear The Row?”  Hard to say.  Still, we love it in theory and we love finding similar pieces for less even more! In this […]

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Steal This Look from Vogue for Less

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We don’t know about you, but sometimes, we get so used to wearing our office wardrobe every day that when its time to dress up for a special occasion — whether it’s a summer wedding or a girls weekend away — we turn to old favorites instead of trying something new.  Nonetheless, summer is the perfect […]

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