Baby It’s Cold Outside….

Category : CAREER, CULTURE, Fashion Headlines

It’s still cold out but spring is right around the corner…literally!!! Today I am going to write about trends for spring 2014 in the workplace and how women in their 40’s can pull off this look—hey, if you are in your 20’s or 30’s there is no law that says you can’t follow these trends yourself—just sayin.

Trends add excitement to your wardrobe so don’t ignore all of them. Designers work hard to come up with these fashions and trends.   Pastels are still out in full force and with white can look very sophisticated.  Classic button downs resembling a man’s shirt paired with a great pair of jeans or wide trouser is very chic right now.  Knee length skirts are back—don’t even think about hemming yours and if you did let it out…at least for now.  Some designers are making skirts even longer than just knee length which can give us plenty of mix and match options!  Floral patterns are trending right now.  While I am not a fan of florals, they should be worn separately or you may look like you got dressed with one eye open and you may get a few glares at the office.  Why be the center of distraction?  I found a great article to give you all a head start on some fashion work trends for spring!  While I do not really follow all trends, what works for one may not work for others….i drum to my own beat!!!! 




BLUNDERS At The Workplace?


 It’s really NOT that bad!!!

We have all made blunders at work.  Today I want to write about Smartphone blunders.  We all have one in this day and age.  Smartphone blunders can be easily avoided by remembering even though they can perform all functions of a laptop, it is not a laptop.  Although very convenient and portable, makes one tempted to use for work anytime, anywhere.  They provide the link to the office while you are out and gives access to information as and when needed. Smartphones are perceived as the ideal business device that eases communication. They should not substitute as a laptop when typing official letters, presentations, or documents, and really should just be left for short and quick communicative messages.  Trying to use a smartphone for this very purpose can lead to more than one “blunder”—even a major one or mistake.  It shows lack of professionalism required on all documents.  If you do make “blunders” in the workplace, of any kind, you should immediately tell your boss.  Don’t try and hide it.  They eventually find out.  Besides, if someone else were to discover your secret, you will look terrible.  Take the initiative and present your boss your thoughts for correcting this error, and insuring it never happens again.  Don’t point fingers or blame anyone else (this will not win you any friends).  Instead, speak to possibly anyone else involved and let them follow your lead and confess.  Once you have apologized move on.  There is no upside to harping on the past and nobody wants to hear your story time and again. I read an article in Forbes Magazine that I really liked  Enjoy the article and tell us your blunders!!!! I want to hear- just don’t go on and on… spill it!!!


Working Moms Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Following Their Career Dreams


By, Leah Arnold-Smeets, PayScale
The decision to give up your career to raise kids or return to work is a daunting one that seems to be a lose-lose situation for women nowadays. We’ll take a look at why women shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to return to work.




The idea of staying home with the kids instead of working full-time is very appealing — pajamas all day, no makeup, and no morning commute — who wouldn’t want that life, right? Well, if the reality of that scenario was as dreamy as it sounded, then maybe more women would willingly quit their 9-to-5s and happily live in their yoga pants until their dying days.

The reality is, most career-driven women find more balance in their lives when they are pursuing their careers rather than staying at home with the kids, making them better mothers and partners in the end. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that the “labor force participation rate — the percent of the population working or looking for work — for all mothers with children under age 18 was 70.5 percent in 2012,” which means there are far more women nowadays seeking out employment than choosing to stay at home. So why is there such a stigma behind mothers wanting to pursue their careers rather than stay at home with the kids?

It’s easy to hear only the critical voices, and disregard praise. Stay-at-home-moms (SAHM) get labeled as lazy or selfish for not wanting to work, while working mothers get chastised for leaving their children in the hands of others to selfishly pursue a career. It is stereotypes like these that cause women to find themselves guilt-ridden no matter what path they choose.

For Instance, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer had the media in a frenzy when she announced her pregnancy announcement shortly after signing on with the tech conglomerate. Everyone wondered how she was going to run the company after giving birth. The business world was chomping at the bit to see whether Yahoo! could survive postpartum. Not only did Mayer return back to work shortly after having her child, it’s reported that she has almost doubled Yahoo’s stock since taking a seat on her throne. If more women followed Mayer’s suit and ignored the critics, then there would be a whole heck of a lot more empowered working mothers sitting in corner offices.

It’s also true that not enough credit is given to stay-at-home moms for dealing with the realities of a screaming, needy child on a daily basis. Christine Ryan Jyoti, a SAHM who quit her job to raise her two kids, hits the nail on the head in her post for Forbes as she explains how “mom guilt” affects her on a daily basis:

“Despite my ranting, I understand that I’m lucky — many women would love to be in my shoes. But it’s hard to be grateful when you’re cleaning up yet another stinky diaper, dragging two screaming kids around or slugging through daily domestic drudgery. It can be challenging to think up interesting things to discuss with my husband after a day of mind-numbing activity. I frequently struggle to stomp down the negativity that bubbles to the surface when I finally have an adult to talk to. I just don’t get paid enough for this.”

The likes of Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer are gleaming examples of women who are proving that motherhood does not have to dictate your professional life — women can excel at both, if they choose. Ultimately, mothers should be encouraged to make the decision that is best for their families, while also not compromising their own life-long dreams, because regret is a terrible thing to face.

Tell Us What You Think

Are you a SAHM who gave up her career to stay at home with the kids? If so, share your perspective and any lessons learned.

Revolutionizing The Way Men Shop For Clothing And Making Money

Category : CAREER


Mary Murphy,
J Hilburn Managing Partner


Did you ever contemplate starting your own biz…but then got bogged down with all the details of building a website, crafting products, marketing your biz, ordering biz cards and designing a logo, just to name a few? It is a lot of work to start a business, not to mention a lot of money.


But what if you could start a business with a corporate brand, daily personal support, , and a luxurious line of clothing? What if you didn’t have to come up with the logo, pay for office/retail space, hire employees, shell out for marketing… yet the products were items a majority of the population wears and wants today? Believe it or not, these opportunities exist.


 I am a 3 time entrepreneur/small biz owner. I have studied many business models and have operated a brick and mortar biz for years. I have looked into women’s, kids, and fitness lines, but  find the J Hiburn biz model was so appealing to me. No heat, no rent, no employees, no products to dream up, yet I sell Black label custom clothing for men who need to buy it somewhere, will get a better fit with J Hilburn, hate to shop anyway and appreciate the help. I can offer a unique shopping experience to my clients from my car to their office with just  a small bag of fabric samples + measure tapes and a desire to help men dress well. J Hilburn is anything but another direct sales company. It is the way men will shop in the future. Every man wants to dress like a gentleman and deserves a personal shopper.


 I am a Top 10 Seller and Recruiter for J Hilburn nationwide. I have built a strong business and team across the US in under 2 years for a reason. I know how to help people build a successful business and my former kindergarten teacher and entrepreneur background helps! Every woman has experience that is valuable.


If you are  interested in earning a solid income on your own work schedule,  I would love to connect with you. Come join my team or just exchange stories.

 Your Partner in Style,