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  • January 26, 2015

    Gray Matters

    Gray has been my go-to neutral for years now.  It is sophisticated, calming while also being an extremely versatile color palette to mix with other colors.  Unlike black, gray has the wide spectrum of shades from almost-black gray to illuminating silky gray.  I dare to say it’s the best neutral of all.


    Add some gray-chicness to your workwear with a sleek blazer (use code 50SALE for extra 50% off!) and cool wrap watch.  Whether you are going to the office or a weekend night out, these ankle boots will elevate your style, literally.  Look extra chic paired with wide-leg pants.  By the way the Falabella tote by Stella McCartney is my dream bag of the moment.  The combination of pale fabric and the reflective hardware is subduedly beautiful.  And what’s better than gray shadows for smoky eyes?  Go for lighter gray shades for daytime wear and add a bit of drama in the evening by highlighting with darker hues.

    gray fashion trend

    January 24, 2015

    Look Great with a Pair of Wide-Leg Pants

    I call wide-leg pants my happy pants.  They are a stylish choice for a day at the office, right into the evening and you will still be utterly comfortable.  I’m always eager to share my fondness for wide-leg pants especially when I come across such chic wide-leg ensembles.  The outfit seen on Ellen Lubin-Sherman from The Essential of Fabulous is my latest fashion inspiration.  I adore her cool, eclectic vibe ~ from head scarf, open-toe booties and to perfectly loose trousers.  It’s clear to me that Ellen is confident with her style as she knows exactly what she wants & likes.  Love that don’t you!

    wide leg pants outfit

    January 19, 2015

    Look Polished in Long Sleeve Tees

    Comfortable and lightweight long sleeve tees are a wardrobe must.  They make for an easy layering piece without the bulk.  A solid color tee in a slim silhouette works really well for both casual and dressy workwear while feeling completely comfortable in it.  Jcrew’s Perfect-Fit Long Sleeve Tee (13 colors) will look sharp tucked in a pencil skirt or trousers.  If you prefer the luxe feel of cashmere, here are superbly soft tees in 21 color options.

    slim fit tees

    Style Pantry blogger Folake wore hers with a printed midi skirt.  What a great daytime look!  I would get several tees in various colors from neutrals to brights to enjoy year round.

    tee fashion

    My office-ready look would be ~ a solid tee + a pair of gray trousers + minimal watch + comfortable loafer pumps.  This Jewel Neck Long Sleeve Tee is another favorite of mine and it’s now only $19.50 on sale (use code STYLE)!

    women's work tops

    * Sale Alert ~ Extra 70% off sale styles plus, 40% off full-priced styles with code STYLE at Ann Taylor!

    Filed under: Basics,tops — Tags: , , , , , , — Sophie Wood @ 1:43 pm

    January 16, 2015

    How to be More Productive in 2015

    how to be more productive in 2015

    Did you set resolutions for the new year?  There is always room to improve and make changes as needed to reflect upon the past and how to best move forward.  Like many of you, I realize the precious value of time as each year passes by it becomes even more clear that time is truly a commodity you cannot get back.  One realization I’ve come to as part of holding myself accountable is that I should always look to get the most out of each day ~ not for the sake of being busy but rather managing time more effectively each day to actually get things done.  Here are 5 ways to help you —

    1. Set Specific and Achievable Goals with an Action Plan

    Being self-employed I know the importance of setting specific/achievable goals and plans.  Without plans there is no direction, kind of like driving without a destination in mind ~ you don’t know exactly where you are going to end up.  I set both short term and long term goals that are broken further down into yearly and monthly and sometimes weekly depending on the level of detail/structure needed.

    What I have learned is how important it is to plan each day out as well as you possibly can.  Daily planning is the key to achieving your ultimate goals.  You know exactly what and how you want to accomplish in a given day and those daily objectives lay the groundwork for the end goal in mind.

    I take 30 minutes each morning to quickly schedule my daily plan.  It’s a great way to remind yourself where you are headed. Make daily planning a habit and assuredly you will be more in tune with the direction you are moving in and the progress being made.  I love this quote by Aristotle ~ We are what we repeated to do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

    2. Create an Inspiring Working Environment

    Where you work matters.  Creating a motivating work environment is a must for optimal performance.  Personally, I prefer an uncluttered, quiet room with an outdoor view.  Nature inspires me to no end.  Working home alone is the best way for me personally to be at my most creative.  What inspires you is personal and your office environment should reflect that.

    While I find working out of my home office is ideal for me, some prefer a group environment surrounded by like-minded peers.  If you are in need of a personal workspace and/or are looking for opportunities to network then Made in NY Media Center by IFP is the place to check out especially for creative professionals.  Engage with others and get support in your creative field while you work.  A win, win situation for entrepreneurs that need those resources.  Right now there is a free month offered to those that join by 1/31/2015!

    3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

    As the saying goes ~ never half-ass two things, whole ass one thing.  A funny yet true statement.  Jumping from one thing to another to another is not the quickest or most efficient way to complete a task.  I’m guilty of that as well.  No one can truly focus on multiple things at once as research has repeatedly shown so you might as well give your undivided attention to one thing to get the best results instead of spreading yourself too thin.

    4. Stop Mindless Activities

    We all do it.  Frivolous activities eats up our precious time, and it’s gotten worse as technology has improved and become more invasive to our lives really.  Mindless browsing from social media to silly sites, these are all distractions.  If needed find an app or install software on your desktop (depending on where you need it) to notify you and track how much time you are actually spending on things that are dragging down your productivity.

    5. Take Breaks & Unplug

    To some this might seem counterproductive but trust me when I say it most certainly is not.  Being connected at all times and working for hours straight with no end can actually backfire to where burnout tends to take hold and creativity is stifled.   Stepping away for 15 minutes completely unplugged can actually give your mind a quick reset to be able to charge up again so to speak and afterwards your performance will more likely be sustained over a longer period when compared to going at it non-stop.

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Made in NY Media Center by IFP

    January 14, 2015

    Home Office Accessories

    I’m ready to turn one of my rooms into a home office before spring comes.  I usually go around to various spots in my home to work but this one room has been sitting idle for years without a specific use so I might as well turn it into a functional office.  I’m planning on creating one big desk area by putting 2 sizable desks together to really maximize the workspace.  Hopefully the rug that I own is large enough for the area as well.  We will see!  All I need now is two comfortable yet stylish chairs along with these few goodies to make my office even more enjoyable.

    home office decor

    Chair | Throw | Speaker | Lamp

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