Friday, January 23, 2015

Timeless Essentials for New Fashion Stylists

As fashion stylists, we all hear about seasonal trends, fads and of course timeless fashion essentials. But there are other timeless essentials that are a must in any stylist's A-game arsenal. A lot is riding on your shoulders since you are an intern, assistant or newly appointed head stylist or freelancer. No matter what stage you're in, you're no doubt trying to build a long, successful career. Here are 5 timeless must-haves that will never go out of style and you should never be without.

1. Juice: And I'm not talking the kind in bottles! I'm talking about the portable battery recharging kind because you never want to have a dead phone, tablet or laptop. When duty and opportunities call you want to be able to rock and roll at a moment's notice.

2. Giving a Damn: A lot of people these days especially in the fashion industry have blasay attitudes about everything-- life, work, relationships, you name it. But having a care-less attitude gets noticed in the worse way possible. Be mindful, be on the ball, have your attitude right, your head on straight, be open to feedback and GIVE A DAMN!

3. Communication Skills: It's so important to express yourself well verbally, non-verbally and in writing in a timely fashion. Listening is also a super important communication skill. Learn and consistently practice all of these things and you'll be golden.

4. Personal Responsibility: No excuses, no whining, no lateness, no BS! Just own your actions, mistakes and missteps. They are all part of the journey and learning. Celebrate your triumphs, growth and lessons learned.

5. Business Acumen: YOU are your business and brand. Protect that with crafting the right professional persona. Professional behavior is an essential component of having good business acumen. Far too many people get sloppy and too comfy letting their mess hang out where it needs to be shored up and tidy. It's not like you have to be a pious saint but being an unprofessional jerk is no good either. There's a middle ground. Be fun, positive, keep things light, be receptive to and learn to exude good energy.

I've learned to come correct with a lot of these or just learned to do better as a rule. But we can ALL do better. I always include and remind myself that we are all works in progress as my mentor has pointed out for years.

What are some of your favorite personal development essentials? Anything that wasn't listed here? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, take care.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mind Right Monday #3

Another short and sweet Mind Right Monday. Let's get to it now!

Grateful For:

1. Having warm cozy winter gear!

2. Iced vanilla lattes at Dunkin Doughnuts.

3. January clearance sales.


1. To keep forging ahead in my progress and endeavors.

2. To get the new header image up with a week or two.

3. To print up some more biz cards.

Be sure to check out the fabulous blogs of the Mind Right Monday hostesses.

Let me know what you're grateful for and your goals for next week in the comments below.

That's all folks, thanks for reading. Take care.


Friday, January 16, 2015

What Content Will Matter Most in 2015?

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! For 2015 I want to get an idea of what content matters most to you as up-and-coming fashion stylists?
Here is a list of the types of content I already post:
- Media Monday: Various online/media related content.
- Fashion Friday: Various fashion related content.
- Mind Right Monday- Sharing what I'm grateful for and my goals.
- How-to's
- Pro Spotlight: Q & A
- Event Recaps
- Personal Career Essays: What I'm learning in the styling biz
- Essential Resources
- New Designer Feature
- Indie Designer Feature
Of these topics, which would you personally like to see more of? Is there anything you'd like to see that's not listed here? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, take care.

Monday, January 12, 2015

StyleWerkshop Link-Up: Scarves

This week Bloggers Like Me (BLM) is doing a #StyleWerkshop link up with the scarf theme. Scarves are one of my favorite accessories, so I wanted to jump in and join this one.
In the photo I'm wearing a really old super fave scarf and new winter headband from H & M, jacket, turtleneck and legging pants from Uniqlo.

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Mind Right Monday #2

Hello, welcome to Mind Right Monday! I am still recuperating from a severe bout of food poisoning that I got last Thursday, a day after I few back to NYC. It has zapped my energy A LOT and I'm still not feeling great. A terrible way to start out the new year.
With that said, I'll jump right in with what I'm grateful for and my goals for the week. This time it's going to be super short and sweet.
1. To be back in NYC.
2. To have a chance to rest and recoup before I get back to work.
1. To feel totally better by the end of next week.
2. To have my blog back in full swing by the end of next week.
So that's it for now...
What you are you grateful for and what are your goals this week? Let me know in the comments below.
As always check out the hostesses of Mind Right Monday:
Thank you for reading, take care.

Friday, January 9, 2015

What to Do When You Outgrow People

This is tough topic, so let's just tackle it head-on! In our personal and professional lives we will always be faced with outgrowing people aka exploring new horizons and going in new directions. It's a natural part of life and shouldn't be feared.

The first time I realized that I'd outgrown certain people was a few years ago. I was really stressed out and sad because I thought "oh no, now what?" The realization was accompanied by a whole range of emotions that go with change and moving on from people you shared good times with. But change is necessary for growth, variety and ultimately becoming who you want to be.

If you find that you've outgrown people and want to explore new horizons here's what to do.

1. Keep calm, carry on: Yes, cliche...I know, I know but it's helpful to be calm about it and just keep it moving like normal. Don't lose sleep over it because life and more great people are abundant in this world. You just have to look for the abundance.

2. Have Gratitude for the Good Times: Tell the person what you've appreciated about them and thank them.

3. Do Not Burn Bridges: Just because you're moving on doesn't mean you need to burn bridges, keep it classy and mature. In fact, the person doesn't even need to know you've moving on without them. You're simply not putting any new energy into interacting with them, that's all.

4. If They Say Anything, Be Honest: Yes, be honest just say something like, "I've been putting a lot of energy into activities that are fulfilling to me." That's all you have to say. It's about your own choices and owning what you do with your time. You're keeping it positive. Or you can say anything that fits your situation without making the other person feel bad.

5. Enjoy Your New Horizons: Now that you've moved on, enjoy it to the fullest!! Remember that life's full of possibilities and sometimes you just have to do some relationship housecleaning to make way for the new.

Have you ever outgrown people and didn't know what to do? Or you were blindsided by someone outgrowing you? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, take care.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mind Right Monday: First One of 2015!

Wow, I can't believe this is the first Mind Right Monday of 2015!! Last year just seemed to go by so fast and now we're into a new year. It's been a long time since I've done a Mind Right Monday post, mainly because my Android died last year and I lost my blogging momentum. Especially since my phone is my only internet connection right now and it took a while to find the right new phone. But now that I have a great new phone I'm back and better than ever. With that said, I'll jump right in and list what I'm grateful for and my goals.

Grateful for:

1. All the career enhancing opportunities that I received this year. 
2. Being able to come home for Christmas vacation for a month!
3. Getting a much needed new phone with great technologically advanced features to increase my productivity.
4. Getting through JFK airport without suffering poor treatment and the resulting stress and inconvenience at the hands of rogue employees for the first time ever! I guess Delta Airlines is stepping up its customer service game, woohoo!!
5. Smiles and hugs from family.

Goals for 2015:

1. Connect with a clientele that can afford my rates!
2. Meet great new, positive-energy, like minded people such as clientele, friends and business associates.
3. Build an amazing clientele that value my work and send referrals my way.
4. Start eating healthy again.
5. Begin an exercise regimen.

As always head over to the hostesses of Mind Right Monday:

What are your goals and what are you grateful for? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading! And Happy New Year.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Career Goals 2015

It's a new year, ripe with possibilities! Hurray for 2015, y'all! It's time for goal setting. Here's my top five for the year.

1. Knowing My Worth & Stop Doing Free Work: My Fall internship was enough. I already know I'm excellent at what I do so I'm stopping the free for all madness! Unless I'd be interning for a prestigious company.

2. Building a High Paying Clientele: Individuals and business to business clients.

3. Assist other established stylists.

4. Continue to network and cultivate relationships with industry peers.

5. Continue to make learning and honing my craft a priority.

What are your fashion styling career goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, take care.