Friday, November 29, 2013

Gold and Bronze Tones for the Holidays

Our favorite gold and bronze tones for the Holidays! 

Fashion ideas while you venture out for a weekend of Shopping!

Life of the Party Favorites!
Glitter and Gold: there can never be enough for a party!

Gold and Bronze Holiday Tones - Party Style

René Caovilla strappy sandals

Anya Hindmarch clutch

SHOUROUK swarovski crystal jewelry
$995 -

CARAT gold jewelry
$980 -

Bar III ring

Casual Chic Favorites!
Have fun and play with these bronze tones while pairing with creams!

Gold and Bronze for the Holidays - Casual Chic

Peasant top

Fat Face jacket
$295 -

Wallis platform ankle bootie

Monsoon tech accessory

Ted Baker accessory
$47 -

Dress for Success Favorites!
Tone down the bronze and gold by complimenting with black!

Gold and Bronze for the Holidays - Work Appropriate

Bronze skirt

Bronze shoes
$190 -

The Sak tote bag

Military fashion

Dolce Gabbana eau de perfume
$95 -

Monday, November 25, 2013

Just Because... I Need to Look at a Real Man!

Helllllllllooooooo! Handsome man that can dance and smile perfectly!

Dance with ME!

Kiss my dreams!

What man doesn't look good in a leather jacket?

A dashing man smoking a cigar...enticing!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is Coming! Get Crafty!

Thanksgiving Craftiness!
My kids would scream!

Made it last year! Success!

Nutella and apples, I am not sharing!

Pumpkin Trifle!

Mini cornucopias!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A New Winter Bob or A New Winter Skirt, Why Not!

With the Holidays coming and the time for gift giving, it is time to maybe "get" a little gift too.
I think a new bob is order with a super cute new winter skirt!

I want this one!

I think the hairstyle frames her face perfectly!

Faux Fur skirt, winter warmness

Grey with a pop of plaid!

Girly it up!

Monday, November 18, 2013

How to Leave a Job Gracefully

Every person gets to a point in their lives when it is time to move on from a job into a different one. This transition can be intimidating, scary, awkward, stressful or overall you can make it down-right GRACEFUL! Leaving a job can be graceful? You bet! But in achieving this end result it is all up to you!

We have all heard the saying, "don't burn bridges". Well, there is truth in this statement and it can be applied to many areas in life, but especially to our professional careers. Whether we work in an office, a hospital, a bank, a grocery store, retail, or dinning services, it doesn't matter the job, professionalism is always a necessity. Whether you are moving to a different job for personal or professional reasons, there are always a few protocols which should be followed:

  • Always put in a two week notice. It doesn't matter if the company probably won't keep you on for the whole time, but it is a courteous to give them a heads up to either train a new employee or begin the hiring process.
  • While you finish out your two weeks, don't slack on the job. Your work ethic should remain in tact and it will follow you wherever you go.
  • Don't walk out in a huff. Your finances may require you to remain at a job until you have a second one secured. Don't make a rash decision!
  • When putting in your two week notice, it is not necessary for you to go into every aspect of the job you dislike or could use improvement. Keep your message short and sweet with little room for misinterpretation.
            "It has been such a pleasure working for you, but I have been offered an                 opportunity I cannot pass."

            "This job has been such a great experience and I would like to thank you                 for the opportunity to work for you, but I would like to move in a                           different direction with my career."

  • Keep your negative comments to yourself. Never speak ill about your boss or co-workers in public, to other co-workers and never, ever on any social media website. You never know who will hear or read those comments and they cannot be taken back. They will follow you forever!
  • If you have been fired or laid off, always keep an air of sophistication. Refrain from speaking ill of your previous employer and never gossip about work "problems". The more private you are about the circumstances, the more respect you will gain from others around you who may have connections that will help you find your next job.
  • Say good-bye to your co-workers. This doesn't mean a personal note to each person is required, but those you were close with deserve at least a "good-bye". 
  • Most importantly, always remain professional! In our fast-paced world, your actions, whether good or bad, will catch up with you quickly.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ground Floor Opportunities

Life is a whirlwind of opportunities. We enter into these "events" oftentimes not exactly knowing how we got to that point, or where it will lead us. As we look back to the original circumstances which led us to a specific place in our lives whether that is a relationship, marriage, college, a career or a friendship we can only be thankful for those unknown opportunities. A society that has become so fast-paced, even email appears slow to some of us, we no longer are able to value the virtue of patience and long, hard-working struggles. We are only take an idea, develop it, plan and expect it to become a success over-night, but in reality this is farther from the truth and I myself have unfortunately also become drawn into this backwards way of thinking at times. While brainstorming the other day about a few of our business ventures, I began to think about my floral design company and how only after 5 years have I been able to venture out to more clientele, my company's name is finally making a brand for itself and I feel I have hit a point of success. The funny thing about this company is that I never dreamed it would "take-off" overnight, I always had a realistic view that it was hard to break into any industry when you have no connections or backing, but I did it and have enjoyed the hard-work.

It is interesting however, that I am unable to take this philosophy or way of thinking into my other business ventures or aspects of life. I strive for personal success, but at times I don't feel it is moving fast enough. It is then that I must take a step back and re-examine myself and my motives. Am I becoming like the rest of society, or the rest of my generation, not wanting to wait? Truly, I am an impatient person which pretty much everyone can see from my choleric, A-Type personality, but that is no excuse for my constant drive to never let myself rest or to never accept the current position I am in. This past year has definitely been eye-opening for me as I have learned several of these lessons and work everyday to foster a bit more patience in my soul! As hard as that may be, I also don't expect this virtue to appear overnight or at an unrealistic rapid pace. This is just like everything else, it takes hard-work and time to develop, but believe me, it took me a long time to discover this within myself. The most important thing is that I have had to learn to be easier on myself. When I am too hard on myself and don't believe I am living up to my expectations or the expectations of those around me, I then become unsatisfied. This truly a fault of my own.

So, the lesson to be learned is to live life with a hard-working purpose, but to start with the ground floor opportunities. Because even though we never know their worth or the outcome of such circumstances, they are more beneficial in our lives than all the goals we set for ourselves but never accomplish. Or we become frustrated because they are not accomplished in the way we imagined. The funny thing is that when these goals are cultivated, in the way of divine providence, rather than to our own plan, it is actually more successful than we could have ever imagined. On the contrary, when we push something too hard and it is not the right timing, the sky falls, we feel like failures and we are forced to wait a bit longer for another ground floor opportunity.

Here are a few of the ground floor opportunities in our lives whether individual or as business partners:

The release of our first book, Provocative Manners: The Sauce of Life, in April 2013.

The start-up of DMH Custom Floral Designs in January 2008.

The development of Aircut.

The start-up of our company, Lady Lux Events, in 2012.