Fashion Intervention

Category : LIFESTYLE





Every morning I have to decide what would to today. It has become a difficult challenge given that half of the time I am working from home. I still have to do the school drop off, run errands and then, back to school in the afternoon, and I keeping telling myself that I need to be comfortable to do those things. My closet screams sweats and t-shirts every day and most of the time I find my self a victim of the evil child. How do I break the habit? How do I motivate my fashion side to look past those very comfortable items of clothing and chose something more stylish? How do I break the “stay at home” mommy wardrobe cycle?


The fact that I have a degree in Fashion might make you wonder… how has she fallen into the “comfys” habit? Well, as a lot of you know, it’s fairly easy. First, you tell your self you have nowhere to go (so why waste your nice pants?). Second, working at home in front of a computer all day does not call for “office” attire and third, why get dressed if you know you’re going to workout at some point during the day (don’t experts say that you more likely to workout if you’re already dressed in proper attire?) before you head back to school for the kids.


So, in order to break the habit, I made my own “fashion intervention”. I will wear my sweats only when I go the gym or to clean the house. I will approach my new “work from home” status like any other job and will dress for success… even if I have nowhere to go. You know what they say… “when you look good, you feel good”. I promise that I will apply my favorite Lancôme tinted moisturizer (before it expires), mascara and lip gloss every morning… if a client decides to call on Skype my face will also look pretty. And, last but not least, I am committed to looking good for my husband when he gets home after working all day.


To achieve my fashion intervention, I will have the help of some of Raleigh’s hottest trunk shows. Yes, you heard it right; we have trunk shows, too. Some of the designers and brands that will help me will be Rachel Pally and her brilliant spring dresses, Beija Flor Jeans (sooo comfortable and love his jeans) and Jack Rogers with their hip and fashionable sandals and bags.  So, what are your “Work From Home” fashion challenges? Are you reading this post sitting in front of you computer in your COMFYS ?????


Attitude Adjustment…How Difficult Is It?


Attitude Adjustment

FACT: Being stuck in a rut is largely a brain thing. Bad things happen, but it’s how we internalize an experience in our minds that ultimately determines if and when we’ll move past it. To sum it up – how we feel impacts what we do. Which means, if you aren’t getting the results you want, YOUR attitude (ouch, I know we hate to hear the truth) is playing a role in your lack of success. In an effort to get frustrated professionals in better moods, we are reaching out to professional experts and asking, “What’s your favorite inspirational career/work/life quote?” We’ve posted those quotes below.

Now all you have to do is read and get inspired.  Who knows? We might help you find a new source of motivation, or at the very least, a new online networking connection. It’s time to take 10 minutes out of your day to ponder these and then go out and give yourself an instant attitude adjustment. And then, do some good for others and share this page with those who you know could use some inspiration too.

“Motivation is a fire within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” (Stephen R. Covey)

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” (Michael Jordan)

“The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.” (Brian Tracy)

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” (Coco Chanel)

“Always have a trip planned. Whether its a cross-country tour or an excursion to the park, work is no fun if it’s not followed by an unforgettable time off.” (Marc Aust)

“It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” (David McCullough)

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” (Albert Schweitzer)

“To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust.”(George Ross)

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” (Zig Ziglar)

“Creativity and innovation rises in the space between things.”(Unknown)

“Getting your ducks in a row is not nearly as powerful as actually doing something with your duck.” (Seth Godin)

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” (John Maxwel)

“When I die, I want to die empty. There should be no one that stares at my tombstone and wonders if I ever started that company, opened that restaurant, ran with that great idea, or took that job that I always talked about. I want to have really lived my life and died GIVING my dreams life.” (Les Brown)

“Vocation is where your greatest passion and the world’s greatest need overlap.” (Unknown)

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy during this time of social transition is not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” (Confucius)

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” (G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, 1893)

“Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.” (Satchel Paige)

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.” (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

“Relaxation is the key to control.” (Unknown)

“Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.” (Sir Thomas Brown)

“To accomplish great things, one must dream as well as act.” (Anatole France)

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather, to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW, What A Ride!” (Unknown)

“Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” (Tim Irwin, Organizational Psychologist)

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” (John Wooden)

“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.” (Unknown)

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” (Wayne Gretzky)

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” (Winston Churchill)

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” (Pearl Buck)