Sponsored: The Best #CareerChat Moments!

secret twitter partyDisclosure: This post and the chat are sponsored by Secret Deodorant (but written by your regular blogger Kat Griffin).

Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for the Twitter party #CareerChat yesterday — we had some great discussions with Secret’s Career Confidence Coach Nicole Williams.  Nicole gave us insightful advice on the topic of personal branding, how to get your LinkedIn profile noticed, what to wear to client dinners, how guys can show personality in a suit, whether perfume is ok at the office, and more. Additionally, four lucky participants won a Secret “#BeFearless in ’14 prize pack” — congratulations, ladies!

Some of my favorite discussions from the hour-long conversation are below…

Nicole had a great take on how NYFW differs from office style:

nyfw office style

I did not know that your LinkedIn profile is 11x more likely to be looked at if there’s a photo — perhaps we should revisit the post on corporate headshots? Readers, do you have a photo on your profile?  (For more career confidence advice and inspiration, visit Secret’s LinkedIn page: http://bit.ly/1fawdZQ.)  [Read more...]

Sponsored: #CareerChat Tomorrow With Kat and Career Expert Nicole Williams!

Join us for a #CareerChat with @Corporette and career expert Nicole Williams!As I mentioned in our news roundup, tomorrow is our first Twitter Party!  Sponsored by Secret Deodorant, career expert Nicole Williams and I will be sitting down and having a #CareerChat about how to #BeFearless in your career.  How does your personal appearance affect your career — and your confidence?  Come to us with your questions about workwear, personal branding, growing your skillsets, switching career paths, getting that promotion, or juggling work/life commitments.  Join us tomorrow from 12PM – 1PM Eastern for the #careerchat!

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Sponsored Post: Take Care of Your Vision with DAILIES ® AquaComfort Plus ® Contact Lenses

3D_DACP_30ctDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Alcon DAILIES ® AquaComfort Plus ® Contact Lenses and Style Coalition.

I’ve written before about how I’m a big fan of single-use contact lenses.   I think they’re great! I don’t have to remember how many weeks I’ve been wearing the contacts, I don’t have to worry about when the lens care solution expires, and, especially for someone like me who only occasionally wears contacts, opening a new packet every time just feels fresher.   So I was thrilled when   DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus ® Contact Lenses asked me to round up a few more of my tips… [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Winter Getaways, with Sunglass Hut

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sunglass Hut, in collaboration with Style Coalition.

I firmly believe that a glamorous, gorgeous pair of sunglasses is an absolute necessity — in addition to protecting your eyes, a great pair elevates every outfit, making even the schlubbiest looks a bit more put together. Sunglass Hut asked me to dream about which winter getaway destination I would want to visit, and which outfits I’d want to bring with me, if I were taking this gorgeous pair of sunglasses with me:  the Kristina glasses, by Coach.  They’re available in a number of colors — gold, grey, silver, blue, white, but I love me a pair of red sunglasses — they just bring so much life to your face. [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Go Desk to Dinner with Ann Taylor

With Thanksgiving out of the way, it is officially holiday party season — which means that it’s time to perfect your desk-to-dinner shuffle, if you haven’t already. For me, separates have always been the way to go — that way you don’t have to change your entire wardrobe before you go out after work, and you only need to carry one or two additional pieces with you to the office.  Maybe it’s just me, but separates always feel more “true” to me — more like a “dressed up, sparkly version of me” and less like “Kat’s pretending to be a glamorous jet-setting party-goer!” [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Back to School with Macy’s

This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Macy’s and Style Coalition. Pictured: My son Jack and me dressed in clothes from Macy’s. On me: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Ansford Three-Button Wool Blazer, Jones New York Collection houndstooth dress (no longer available online), Charter Club necklace (no longer available online). On Jack: Levi’s Baby Overalls and Carter’s Baby Bodysuit.)

For a long while now, “back to school” to me has meant OCI week — interviews! Interview suits! Interview etiquette, from lunch etiquette and thank-you notes! — for all the law students, MBA students, and even college students doing on campus interviews. But now that I’m a mother I’m starting to notice the collective deep sigh of relief that seems evident on the mommy blogs I read (and even among my Facebook friends) for mothers as their kids go back to school, because a return to routine can be a great thing, even if it means everyone’s a bit busier. (Or then there’s this, being shared by multiple single friends on FB…) I’m starting to remember all that excitement I felt as a child to go back to school — to buy new clothes, to pick out the outfit for your first day of school, to pick out new school supplies, to review your schedule and wonder what great stuff lies in wait throughout the school year.

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