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Find Your Perfect Bra Fit

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture vintage bombshell inspiration
Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture
It’s a typical Monday morning. You walk into the office, briefcase in one hand, latte in the other. Your heels are clicking on the newly shined floors as you move from the elevator to your office. You have a 9am meeting and it’s already 8:45am, which means you barely have time to slip off your coat and do your initial check of emails before heading to the conference room. As you walk in, you feel confident and prepared to make your presentation at the meeting. 

Now is not the time to be concerned with the bra you are wearing. 
Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture vintage bombshell inspiration

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture vintage bombshell inspiration
No matter how great your blouse or sweater looks, the layers you wear beneath them matter just as much, if not more so in some cases. 
Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture vintage bombshell inspiration

"Without proper foundations, there can be no fashion."
-Christian Dior

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture vintage bombshell inspiration
Undergarments help form the foundation of what we wear, with the bra being the key piece in providing support, shape and comfort. You can choose from a range of styles like halters, strapless, push-up, wireless, unlined, etc. But no matter the style you choose, the perfect fit should remain a priority. 

Queen of Rococo

Marie Antoinette blue gown at Versailles
Marie Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst  and directed by Sophia Coppola in 2006
Versailles. A place of luxury, dreams, politics and romance. The palace served as the heart of the French court for over 100 years during the 17th and 18th centuries. 
Marie Antoinette on chaise lounge let them eat cake
Marie Antoinette
It was within the palace’s shimmering walls that Marie Antoinette made her home as the Dauphine and then the Queen of France. Ruling the cultural and political scene in the years before the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette became a fashion icon. 
Marie Antoinette walking in the gardens of Versailles
Marie Antoinette
During the Rococo era, Marie Antoinette embodied the stylistic notions of the movement by embracing the romantic details, ornamentation and light hearted spirit in her fashion choices. Rococo fashion often included pastel shades, ribbons, bows and an air of frivolity. 

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
If Marie Antoinette was still alive and reigning from the palace of Versailles, she would surely be dressed in Thom Browne’s Spring 2020 collection. The designs were dripping in romance and whimsy. 

Embrace Ambition

Designer Tory Burch in pant power suit
“Am-bi-tion,” noun: A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. 

Ambition has long been treated as a taboo or dirty word in relation to women. Though men can make goals, seek promotions and reach for new heights of success, the same actions in women are often viewed in a negative light. And it’s not only men that look down on ambitious women. Other women are just as guilty of making judgments and harboring this gender bias. 
Tory Burch in her office
Research has shown that men and women can have the same credentials and produce the same results, yet be perceived differently. A study was conducted at a university where students were given the same case study, but some received a case about Heidi and others about Howard. Though both cases showcased the character as a successful Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Heidi was perceived to be less likable and less likely to be hired, by both female and male students.  

Negative perceptions of women in power and leadership persist like those from the case study, as well as more tangible disadvantages such as lack of mentors and access to key networks. Knowing this, Tory Burch has stepped in to help close the “ambition gap.” 

Disco Diva in the Office

Green velvet suit with turban
It might be a new decade, but that doesn’t mean that fashion doesn’t still look to history for a bit of inspiration. 1970s flair made an evident appearance in the Kate Spade Fall 2019 collection. Velvet suits, flowing shirt dresses, snappy patchwork and cozy faux fur and shearling’s enough to make “Saturday Night Fever” era John Travolta proud. 
Brocade suit

Lavender velvet suit
The power suit got a vintage reboot with luxe velvet fabrics and shimmering brocades. The silhouettes featured wide leg pants, not too different from bell bottoms worn by hippies and disco divas of the 1970s.  

Girl, Make Your Move

Rachel Hollis Girl Stop Apologizing
Rachel Hollis via The Hollis Co.
“It’s time to stop apologizing for who you are. 
It’s time to become who you were made to be.” 

These are the final words of Rachel Hollis in “Girl, Stop Apologizing.” Though used as a conclusion, they also serve as the perfect start to the journey she takes you on in the book. 
Jenna Kutcher desk and office photography
Photo by Jenna Kutcher
Rachel speaks to the reader as a friend, sister and mentor. The words are at once open and honest, as she lays out key mindsets, actions and skills that are needed to help you reach your full potential. Whether you dream of becoming a CEO, a hairdresser, an event planner or mom of the year, the book is full of insights ready to help you soar. 

“I believe deeply in what you’re capable of. I think you can achieve anything you set your mind to, but you’ve got to set your mind to it. You’ve got to be relentless in your pursuit and flexible in your methods.”