Friday, December 2, 2011

Business Dress vs. Business Casual

This is the email I received this morning from my company on "The Dress Code". I have  changed the names to protect the privacy of the company. However, I wanted you to know that the dress code is still relevant in the workplace.

Good Morning,

On Tuesday, December 6th our new CEO, will be in the office.  Jack is requesting that we all go with business dress that day as opposed to business casual.

If time allows at some point Jack would like to do a  walk around with Jill so she can say hello to some of the folks in the office.


Fashion T says:  On days that I can't wear business casual,  which consists of a blouse, dress pants, and no jacket, I opt for a suit or dress with a jacket (blazer).  The difference between the two is a blazer for women and suit/ tie for men in short term. On Tuesday I will post a picture of my business dress attire.

So this is what I wore to work today, I had started to undress until I remembered to take a picture for the blog. My apologies for the sloppiness, but I had a long day and could not wait to take off those peep toes stilettos that are partially hidden, because of my long pants. I usually wear my jackets open I don't like to button my jackets that is why one button is buttoned :)  Don't ask why that's just my personality on suits... By the way, I couldn't find my suit pants that I planned to wear, so I had to throw together this outfit.  I hope you like...

I will post an article on the difference between the two dress codes later on.. Does your corporation have a dress code and, if so what do you wear on those days when business casual is not an option?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Dresses


Maya- Love, this dress for a holiday party.

Have you picked out your holiday party dress? I haven't yet, but I did see one that I am watching..

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shoes for the (LBD) Little Black Dress

Betsey Johnson Shoes, Baamm Platform PumpsGucci - Sofia Metallic Python Slingback Platform PumpsBadgley Mischka Shoes, Lissa Evening PumpsB Brian Atwood - Consort Metallic Leather Asymmetrical Platform SandalsBrian Atwood - Maniac Metallic Leather Platform PumpsGUESS Women's Shoes, Kadi Platform PumpsBetsey Johnson Shoes, Iconn-R Platform PumpsB Brian Atwood - Metallic Leather and Feather-Embellished SandalsB Brian Atwood - Fredrique Glitter-Coated Cork Pumps

Little Black Dress Event

Workplace lunch dilemmas: Who pays!?

Check out this article from CNN.

( -- There always seems to be some awkward confusion when having a meal with co-workers or managers. No one is certain what's happening when the bill arrives and the awkward faux-shuffling for wallets and pocketbooks occurs. Everyone is secretly hoping that the top dog at the table is just going to foot the bill. But if that company card isn't whipped out, that upper-lip sweat begins to form at the thought of splitting that check nine ways.
I asked Vicky Oliver, author of such books as "301 Smart Answers to Tough Questions: Business Etiquette Questions" and "The Millionaire's Handbook," about business lunch faux pas. What should folks do during these situations and others where it's uncertain who's picking up the tab? When do you need to just step up and pay?
So let's take a stroll through the scenarios you may find yourself in...
Co-worker lunches:
"If you're out with five co-workers and you're the sixth person, just take the full amount of the lunch total, add a 20 percent gratuity, and divide by six," Oliver says. "This will prevent all sorts of nickel and diming and help keep group morale high." So despite the fact you had a $6 salad and your co-worker had a $15 pulled-pork po'boy, just grin and bear it — eventually you'll be ordering the high- ticket item, and it will all even out over time. It's not worth the drama between your co-workers and the hassle for the server to split the tab unevenly.
She also suggests that if group lunches are becoming too costly, just pack your lunch and opt out. But realize that it's a good opportunity to socialize, network and bond with your team members.
Usually the person with the higher title or position will pay; essentially, "Protocol dictates that the person higher up on the proverbial 'food chain' treats his or her co-workers to lunch," says Oliver.
Job-opportunity/intel-gathering lunch:
Let's say you want to take a co-worker out to either learn more about what's going on in his or her department or chat about how your team can help alleviate the workload for his or her team. Typically, because you're offering up the lunch and initiating the convo, you're expected to pay. If you're truly using this as a business discussion, Oliver suggests that you check in with your boss to see if the lunch can be reimbursed. Be sure to spell out how the lunch will benefit you, your boss and your entire team by finding out more of what's going on in another department or area.
However, if the purpose is gossip only, it's basically up to you to decide if you're splitting or paying on your own, without any company help.
The boss's treat lunch:
It's safe to assume that if your boss is taking you out for lunch, he or she is footing the bill. It's still polite to offer up splitting the check, but don't become too combative. Just express your appreciation and gratitude for the meal.
Show your appreciation lunch:
"If you are thanking the other person for a job well done, but you don't always want to treat the person, you might explain by saying: 'Unfortunately, corporate won't cover this lunch today. But I am so personally grateful for all of your hard work and late nights. I want to thank you by taking you out for a celebratory lunch. Next time we'll split it, but today it's on me,'" Oliver suggests.
The mentor/reference lunch:
When offering (or in some cases asking) to meet a mentor or potential reference out for lunch or coffee, the expectation is that you'll pay. Oliver explains that as the one with more to gain from such a meeting, this is your token of appreciation. But if you both have an equal amount of opportunity to gain from this meeting, splitting the tab seems appropriate.
The exception that proves the rule:
"If there is a gigantic discrepancy in age or income of the two parties, the person who has more income — or a steadier income — should treat," Oliver says. "Similarly, if there is a huge difference in age between the two people, the younger person should generally treat — unless it's a new grad or someone who's unemployed."
No matter what, say "Thank you":
No matter who ends up paying or buying, everyone should say "Thank you." If you are buying, chances are you offered because you wanted to learn more or get information or expertise from someone and are showing your appreciation. If your lunch was bought for you, say thanks for the free meal and the opportunity to give your opinion in a setting where you know someone's really listening.
"Expressing thanks is a lost art. Master it and you will stand out in this competitive world," Oliver says. And she's right. No matter if you send an appreciative email or even a handwritten note, taking the extra time to be appreciative will go a long way for you, not only professionally, but personally as well.

Fashion T says: I concur, always try to budget to have a little extra cash when dinning with coworkers or management.  Sometimes the boss might forget the "wallet" and you may have to fit the bill. It is always better to be prepared then unprepared, and fitting the bill might come in handy during review time or when that promotion is on the table.  (Sidebar - It always helps if your dress accordingly at work because sometimes these luncheons can come at a blink of an eye, and nothing feels worst then being under or over dress.)

Look of The Week....


Mr. Trey Songz-  This suit is perfect, I really love the fit, it looks like it is tailored.

But should he have trimmed up those eyebrows? 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Continuing with the theme of Leopard

 Kimora Lee Simmons- I love the suttleness of the leggings its not too much animal print, just enough! Might have to search these out!!

Hello Cyber Monday....

Happy Cyber Monday...Hope everyone had a glorious holiday weekend because I did.

So, there are many sells online today, but you have to act fast, so here are a few tips;

  • Have your credit card on deck and ready to go. If you have a log in created get logged on first to avoid any interruptions.
  • Don't spend too much time deciding to purchase an item. If you like it buy it you don't want someone to pull your items out your basket.
  • Search the circulars online prior to shopping, that way it will save you time.
Lastly, come back here and tell me what you purchase. I bought a few items over the weekend, which I will share later on.  Lets go Shopping!!

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