But before we delve fully into florals and pastel colors only, let's talk about a fail-safe outfit template that I've stumbled upon recently: comfy trousers with a sporty flare topped with a nude trench vest that's warm and versatile for the Spring weather.
If you don't know what "athleisure" means, it's a new word that's been created to mean the fusion of athletic wear and leisure wear. You can also think of it as styles that make your everyday wardrobe more sporty and athletic.
Now, this obviously doesn't apply to the lawyers and business executives out there and their everyday outfits. But for the rest of us in the creative industry, sales and marketing, or smaller office where dresscode is more casual than business, you might be able to get by with it!
First of all, thank you SO much for all of your responses to my last interview with Amanda from Poshmark. I love how some of you asked her more questions and we had more insightful conversation even after the article published. It’s such an incredible honor that I get to chat with these ambitious career women who are doing incredibly challenging but amazing things in their field. I hope to bring you more in the future!
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I’m launching an exciting new series called Career Girl Chat on Cubicle Chic (# CGCCC, possibly??), where I interview #GirlBoss who are passionate about their career and love what they do. Together, we’ll probe them with challenging questions and get them to spill the secret ingredient to their career success!
The truth is that most people have some form of fear of public speaking, We’ve all been there: dealing with the knot in our stomach, the sinking feeling of doom, and that the world is going to end when people find out about your deadly fear of speaking in front of a crowd. For those of us that want to become better speakers, we try to find articles on how to improve presentation skills, find resources to get practice like joining a Toastmaster group, or going through paid trainings like the Dale Carnegie programs. Here is my confession: I have tried them ALL. I’ve even seen therapists for my stage freight. My fear was THAT real.
For us career-oriented and ambitious types, talking about "how to think about taking vacation", at first glance, seems frivolous and superfluous.
But we all know burnouts are real, and that work-life balance requires true "time-off" from the constant hustling. Let's face it, it's hard enough to think about work even if you're away from your computer/cell phone/meetings, sometimes all of us just need conscious and intentional effort to create a space that allows our body and brain to re-charge.
There are the obvious benefits of having a mentor - someone who shows you the ropes, helps with career planning and guidance, is there to offer advice when you encounter problems. But...
But if this is all your mentor provides for you, you might have what I call a "basic mentor." Finding a basic mentor, or any mentor for that matter, is not an easy task. Finding a great mentor, though? Flat out difficult.
Here are some signs that your mentor is more than basic.
I recently received and accepted an offer from a new company. I will be starting a new job in a few weeks! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard about this news. But on Cubicle Chic today I want to share with you what I’m doing now that I am between two employment, and how I am preparing myself for the next phase of my career.
Experiences in the past have indicated something about my personality, and it’s that I may have a more serious demeanor, especially at work. I even had one person that told it to me directly, that I am an intense person to work with sometimes. Having been an outspoken person my whole life, I’ve taken comments like that as a compliment. That sentiment changed slightly in a recent incident. I had a 1:1 teleconference with someone I was trying to make a really strong impression with, and in the teleconference the video capacity was enabled. For the first time, I was watching myself as I spoke, in a way that I thought exuded confidence. I was mentally gasping at the image of myself on screen - I looked SO serious and definitely intense!
Imagine answering this question as your 5 year-old, 10 year-old, and 15 year-old self. The answer may not have been the same, but I bet the certainty about whatever you wanted to become, dwindled over time. And what DID we want to be? A writer, an animal shelter owner, maybe a coffee shop barista. For me, it certainly wasn't corporate marketing in the tech sector or even a lifestyle blogger.
But somewhere along the last 30 years, I gained more skills, learned more about myself, found out the possibilities of professions that exist out there. My options became plenty, but the certainty shrank in what I want to become when I grow up...
Ever since I went to PoshFest 2015 last year with no entourage and ended up making a bunch of lasting friendships. I feel like I've conquered networking, the fear of talking to successful, possibly intimidating, people doesn't deter me from making connections anymore. So when I saw that Career Contessa was having this "Interview Do's and Don'ts" net working event, I signed up without thinking twice.
think I was lucky. I didn't start my career in the corporate world until I was 26 because of grad school, so I think I got into the working world a little more matured, and a little more ready. More ready to become, shall we say, a #GirlBoss?
But thrown into the workplace without much experience, the learning curve was steep, and the growing pain was real. Like my manager told me on the day I started, "Be ready to drink from the fire hose." She was not exaggerating....
Have you stressed out about getting your professional photo taken? I have. And I’m pretty sure if there was ever a satisfaction survey done on how happy people are with their professional photos (business headshot or portrait) in general, the ratings would be pretty low. I mean, take out your company badge, ID cards, or even passport photos. Is there something you’d put it on your Facebook or LinkedIn profile? Probably not.
Traveling is one of the biggest perks that comes with people with jobs in sales and marketing. Some may argue that not all would consider needing to travel a "perk" per se, but it's a fact that you get to visit places you otherwise don't have a reason to visit, have your meals paid for, rack up mileage and hotel points, own the title of "a jet setter", and cultivate a global sense of the business world. It's just cool and totally glamorous.