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1. I write for the Corporate Rookie because I remember being there! There were so many other things to focus on being new in the corporate world — and yet how you look does affect your job and career, as well as etiquette and all those things that no one really talks about.
2. How do you balance style with being ‘business appropriate’? Has that evolved over the years? In the beginning, “business appropriate” pretty much meant “not jeans.” I remember wearing a pair of bright red Banana Republic chinos, a black boatneck sweater, and an opera-length necklace (which I’d made myself), slung once around my neck but otherwise left to hang. One of my male colleagues said something like, “Well, you always know how to be fashionable!” He meant it as a compliment but it made me rethink the outfit — if I was standing out so much that male coworkers were commenting on my clothes, maybe it wasn’t the best thing.
3. Confess! What’s your most embarrassing fashion moment? Egads, too many to count! Most involve arriving to some meeting and looking down at my new blouse or new dress and realizing, “hey, I can see almost my entire bra from here.” From this I adopted the rule: I always wear a camisole the first time I wear something new to the office!
4. What’s your favorite type of hosiery? I’m a tights girl — the more opaque the better.
5. What’s the best way to pair tights with your outfit whether its work or play? With work, tights should be dark, solid colors — a repeating pattern is ok so long as it’s all the same color, I think. There is this idea floating around out there, though, that opaque tights suddenly mean a miniskirt is acceptable for work — and that usually is not the case. Everyone should know their own office, but the default assumption in a conservative office should be that a only a knee-length skirt is acceptable. As for play — it depends on your personality and where you’re going. I’ve had fun with light blue tights or bright purple tights (with mini-skirts dresses!) on the weekends.
6. If you could invite any four women to dinner, historical, fictional or current day, who would they be? Tough call — there are so many women I admire and would love to meet, but I also believe you sort of have to shape a dinner party when you invite people — I’m not sure Oprah and Katherine the Great would hit it off so well. I think it would also depend what I wanted to talk about most — if it was success in a man’s world it would be a very different group discussing success as an entrepreneur or a group discussing how to juggle family and career. And I’d have to balance it with my own desires — for example, I never really knew my paternal grandmother — it would be so lovely to have dinner with her.
7. What is the best ‘reclaim your time’ tip you can give your readers? Honestly, I’m a huge fan of Leechblock. I tend to take far too many boondogles online — I’ll read my RSS feeds at lunch and look up an hour and a half later and wonder where the time went. At the end of the day, though, I find that if something is important to you, there is room in your schedule for it somewhere.
8. If you had a theme song what would it be? Yeesh — no idea. I tend to listen to either a) fairly dark stuff (I had Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” on repeat during much of my law school career) or b) fairly silly stuff (Lady Gaga, Britney). There’s a random Swedish song that I really like by Lisa Ekdahl (“Flyg vilda fogel”) that is just about the happiest thing I’ve ever heard, or perhaps a lovely little song from Lhasa de Sela (“Small Song”) — maybe one of those two would be my theme song.
9. What’s your guilty pleasure? I call it “brain candy” — books that are so well-written that they suck you in, but that have covers or titles that you’re a little bit embarassed to read in public. Julia Quinn’s romances, Charlaine Harris mysteries…
10. When I grow up I want to be… I would have said “writer” many years ago — and now I’m thrilled to be making my living from writing. I’d still like to write fiction at some point, I suppose, and I’d still like to tackle a really big entrepreneurial idea. I do love the idea that we’re not quite done “growing up” though — I suppose the truth is that I never want to “grow up” — I want to continue to grow and learn and reach for new things.
Check out the answers from my fellow “brand ambassadors”:
- “Corporate Vet” Natalie MacNeil from She Takes On the World, the woman entrepreneurship blog
- “Marathon Mom” Nichelle Pace from Style Mom
- “Uniform Diva” Sara Keagle from the flight attendant blog, The Flying Pinto
Readers, want to play along? Here are the 10 questions…