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Monday, May 29, 2017

Spreading the Word

I recently spoke with a group of executive assistants about the importance of presenting a consistent professional and polished image in the workplace. This presentation was called, "Dress Like a Boss, Even if You're Not the Boss." Each time I talk to women about this topic, I wonder if this information is valuable and necessary, and after each presentation, that question is answered with a resounding "YES!" I typically get follow up and feedback that lets me know the importance of sharing this message. I think we all, at an intellectual level, understand the benefits of looking the part, dressing for success, and putting your best foot forward. But I also think that if style and fashion are not at the top of the list of a woman's priorities, they may not get the attention they deserve.

Executive assistants are the veins and arteries of their organizations. They hold a tremendous amount of power and interact with people at the highest levels inside and outside of their companies. Executive assistants are a direct reflection of the leaders they support, whether they're communicating over the phone or electronic means, face-to-face meetings, organizing events, etc. Each interaction, and each method of communicating, including their style of dress is sending a message. And f
or those executive assistants who are looking to eventually move up and explore other career opportunities, people will have a hard time seeing them in an elevated role if they're not showing up that way.

And it's not just about dressing the part for an important meeting or event - it's about consistently dressing in such a way that reinforces the brand of professionalism and polish.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Coach or First Class?

Coach recently announced their plans to acquire Kate Spade. What an interesting marriage! Coach has been one of my favorite handbag brands for many years because of its “accessible luxury” factor. They produce quality leather goods, with the essence of a luxury brand, at an accessible price point .

I’m really more of a shoe gal, and although I like a nice handbag, I only own a handful in a few neutral and statement colors. Because of the high cost of a good handbag, I have the expectation that they last for several years.  I’ve owned Gucci bags, Cole Haan, Elie Saab, Micheal Kors, Kate Spade, etc., but Coach leather bags have served me very well. I absolutely LOVE the quality of the leather, and the bags last for years and years. I’m not talking about the Coach outlet bags, I’m talking about bags from the full-priced stores – that I only purchase when I can catch them on sale. Since I am a longtime Coach customer, I’m on their mailing list, and receive coupons a few times a year. I also wait for department store sales, such as the Macy’s “Friends and Family” event, that extends their 25% discount to brands that don’t frequently go on sale.