Denim Blue + Olive Green

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The strangest thing happened this weekend. It was 70 degrees in February in Ohio! I won’t get too excited because I live in the Midwest and the weather can change in the blink of an eye. I didn’t want to be presumptuous and think that I had this weather for longer than a day at most.  Rather than pulling out my spring wardrobe, I decided to wear a pair of olive peep toe booties that I planned to save for spring.

I actually fell in love with a pair of Lucky Brand booties that look exactly like this at Nordstrom that was at a much higher price point. I found these booties at Just Fab for under $40.

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In transitional weather, I always try to find unexpected ways to play with color. Blue is going to play a major role in spring fashion especially; wearing multiple tones of blue. I thought this marbled sweater dress from SimplyBe was perfect for the warm weather and to bring in more olive I added this lightweight anorak jacket.

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Be a Girl Boss with No Apologies

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Lately, I have been a workaholic and I have felt the need to constantly apologize. The fact that I have prioritized growing my business over recreational fun has made me feel like I need to explain myself every time I decline a request. The reality is I can’t be everything and I can’t be everywhere. No, is a complete sentence! (Easier said than done, I know)

I know so many women who are starting new business endeavors and every Girl Boss needs a pep talk to keep going. Hard work is often isolating because when you want to do something well it consumes your thoughts and spare time. I think as women we question the efforts of working towards our goals more than we would question our pursuit of true love or the need for a family. We’re always caught up in the reward of working because we need to show that our work validates us.Work is as work does and in order to do it well, we have to be unapologetic in our quest to be leaders in our chosen fields.

I Ain’t Sorry

I can’t feel sorry for working hard. It’s in my DNA. For so long I didn’t want to be “The Boss”. To much whom is given much is required and I got to witness it first hand with my dad being a small business owner himself. I saw him work tirelessly it was like he could never give his full attention to anything outside of work. I always thought “Man this sucks.  Who would want to do this?” On the flip side, being expected to work relentlessly for the greater good of someone else also sucks. Life requires hard work.  At some point, you will have to choose who you will work for.I choose to work to build my legacy and strengthen others who want to be a boss.

Get In Line Girl Boss

The quest for equality is real and you are not the first woman to discover that you are in a unique position being a woman in business. You are going to feel the urge to get emotional because well anything you pour your heart into draws a connection to your spirit. I have noticed that women fear being direct but will give into to emotional outburst. I have found that in business people tend to respond less to emotional breakdowns. Go ahead and speak your mind, share that idea, or shoot down that proposal because that will be received much better than emotion. Be prepared to rework your plan so that you can achieve your overall goal. It’s ok to be attached to your goals but the path may change. The journey is just beginning.  Get in line girl boss, we all want to be great and there is room for you at the top.

Don’t Be Afraid to Break

Work from rest. I have heard this saying time and time again but I have a hard to applying into my actual work ethic. Recently I realized that I had overworked myself. I couldn’t get a grip on my own thoughts and nothing was being accomplished. I eventually had to take a break from social media and all of my projects. Spinning out is inevitable when you work yourself too hard. You can’t produce good work when you’re in a fog. Focus on quality of work and not quantity. Maybe you should push that project back. Taking a break can rejuvenate your thought process.  You will return to work with focus and joy. Even the boss needs a break. Don’t be afraid to delegate because the best bosses are leaders as well. Pass that task off to someone who is capable of fulfilling your expectations of a job well done.

Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

The reality is that not everyone is going to understand your hustle and you can’t expect them to. Your business is your vision but that doesn’t undercut you because others don’t see the value in what you do. You will find that people find your creative talents useful for their own personal needs but will not want to attach a monetary value to what you do. Don’t be offended just don’t be afraid to exercise that complete sentence “No”. Withdraw from over sharing your excitement on certain topics on business because they just don’t get it and they never will unless someone misuses their talent.  It’s just not relevant to them. Misunderstandings will lead you down a path of resentfulness because you just won’t understand why people don’t respect your hard work.  But keep your eyes on your own paper figuratively and literally.

I was inspired by Chya of No Apologies. I love her t-shirt line and what it represents. As women, we are constantly striving to meet the ever-pressing expectations of others. Instead of apologizing for failing to meet others definition of perfection, live life with NO APOLOGIES. Her mission is to uplift, support, and encourage the women around her. I needed this shirt because it perfectly represents how I am playing both roles of being the beauty and the boss!

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Just Another Girl in a LRD (little red dress)

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The powerful dynamic of the LBD (little black dress) plays a major role in fashion, but we often forget about the equally powerful LRD (little red dress). It’s like a secret weapon that you pull out when you want to reach optimum sexiness. Red has such an emotionally intense presence that it can make even a classically cut a-line a show stopper.  With it being Valentine’s Day, I’m sure we all want as much positive attention as we can possibly get.

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The thing that I love about the classic dress is that you can play with accessories more. I love pairing this very “New York street style” handbag with a more mature look. Have a little fun with your style and accessorize by using details that remind you of your adolescence.  It’s a way to add youthful energy to your look without overpowering your whole outfit.

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Dress: Fashion to Figure (Sold Out), Bralette: Torrid, Shoes: Payless (, Purse Charming Charlie (similar)

Looking for LRD: Torrid  Fashion to Figure  Rebdolls Boohoo

Quirky Purses: JustFab Charlotte Russe  Aldo

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