Halloween Costume Throwback

Happy Halloween!! My mother always made our costumes growing up, so the sky was the limit for creativity. From being a poodle to a worker bee, we always had original costumes. Mom would also dress up with us in matching costumes, I think she secretly loved the holiday more than us.

Here are a few of my costume throwbacks:

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An Apple

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My brother dressed as Tiger and myself as a poodle.

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Probably my all time favorite! My mother dressed as the queen bee (she was 7 months pregnant with my brother) and myself as the worker bee.

*Sorry for the terrible photography, cameras have improved significantly since the ’90’s!

Fall in Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer has been a staple in my wardrobe for years. Wearing Lilly in the fall can be challenging, but who doesn’t love to add a little color to their fall style? I have several of these Elsa tops in solids and patterns, they are very versatile and can be worn year round with shorts, jeans, or skirts. For those unseasonably warm fall days, this is the perfect outfit.

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Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top | Lilly Pulitzer Skirt (old) | Lilly Pulitzer Gold Wedges | Kate Spade Handbag | J.Crew Pave Link Bracelet | Kate Spade Watch | Ray Ban Wayfarers

Inspired by Gold

I have always been smitten with gold accessories. I wear my trusty Kate Spade Gold Watch and J.Crew Pave Bracelet on a daily basis, it has become a staple in my jewelry. Even in my home, I love gold touches to add some unexpected glam. With the seasons changing, I have been inspired by gold lately. I cannot wait to throw a sparkly gold new year’s eve party. Here are some pieces that have been on my radar lately.

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Waiting on Martha Champagne Glasses | Gold Tory Burch Flats | Jonathan Adler Zebra Tray 

Kate Spade Gold Dot Agenda | Loren Hope Bow Studs | Tory Burch Gold Handbag

Needle & Thread Gold Dress | C.Wonder Gold Leopard Coasters | J.Crew Factory Cheers Sweater

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

How did Halloween sneak up on us so quickly? It seems like it was just labor day. I love Halloween, any holiday where you get to dress up is a favorite. I typically try to find clever costumes that are not hard to put together and budget friendly. With my apartment decorated for the holiday and a festive cocktail in the works, all I am missing is a costume. I am hoping for some crisp fall air for fun Halloween festivities this weekend.

Here are a few last minute costume ideas:

1. Strawberry Costume from Studio DIY

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2. Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz by Lucky Magazine

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3. Cupcake Costume from Mommy Testers 

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4. Bandits Couples Costume from Say Yes

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5. Donut Costume from Studio DIY

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I am feeling the Dorothy costume since I already have a fabulous pair of red heels! What is your go to last minute Halloween Costume?

How to Succeed at a Networking Event

You walk into a happy hour networking event armed with business cards, now what? Networking events are similar to sorority recruitment, speaking with people you do not know gets easier with practice. When I first moved to Nashville, I did not know anyone. I attended networking events a few nights a week to make connections and friends, there were several times these connections came in handy.2010-10-30 18.25.25 copy

Here are a few tips to help you succeed:

1. At first it may be awkward, but have a few go to topics if the conversation is not flowing. I suggest bringing up new construction going up in your city “Are we really putting in a new condo building on 12th?”, discussing the location the networking event is at “Have you ever eaten here, what is good?”, or asking for advice “As a recruiter, do I really need this on my resume?”.

2. Watch the news before coming to a networking event, you never know if a big executive will ask you about a recent news story.

3. Practice your “elevator pitch” just as a start up would have a 10 second pitch you should have one as a personal brand. Make sure this is not too practiced, just have a few bullet points ready.

4. Everyone likes to be complimented. I once found myself in a 30 minute conversation with the Speaker of the House for Tennessee, because I complimented her Tory Burch shoes.

5. If you find yourself in an awkward situation or speaking with a competitor who is asking too many questions about your company, excuse yourself with a phone call.

6. No need to sweat it, remember everyone is attending the event for the same reason, everyone is nervous. Break the ice and let your personality shine.

7. Anywhere can turn into a networking event, not just organized ones. Make sure you always look presentable even when grocery shopping. You never know who you will run into. This does not mean you need to wear a suit all the time, but make sure you put some effort into your appearance.

After the event do not forgot to send out emails to the people you met. Remind them where you met and ask any follow up questions. If you really hit it off, ask to meet for lunch or drinks. Do not forget the power of LinkedIn, add your connections to your network, my best friend and I actually met on LinkedIn.

Friday Favorites

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1. Blake Lively’s Autumn Baby Shower Ever since the days of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively has been on my radar. Her baby shower is nothing short of picture perfect!

2. Untapping the Voting Power of Gen-Y Women  The importance of voting has always been stressed to me even as a young child. This Fortune article describes why it is so important for millennials especially women to vote. You may not think your one little vote counts, but as a generation we can change the future.

3. Mark and Graham Thanksgiving Home Gifts Looking for a hostess gift for Thanksgiving? Mark and Graham have several personalized items perfect for the holidays. I am swooning over the copper tray and mugs!

4. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls  This recipe looks delicious and easy to make, perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast.

5. The New Classic Nylon Kate Spade Handbags Kate Spade is going back to their roots with these classic nylon bags. I love the embellished weekender!

Fall DIY Projects

I love a little DIY especially during fall. I probably got this trait from my mother who loves decorating and crafting. There is something about looking at a finished project and knowing you made it. Most of these projects are easy and will take minimal time, who doesn’t love a little weekend DIY? These projects can really dress up your home for the season change. Here are a few of my favorite DIY projects for fall.

1. Owl Pumpkins by Better Homes & Gardens

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2. Gold Leaf Pumpkins from Coastal Bride

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3. String Skull By A Beautiful Mess

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4. Sweater Wine Bottle Wrap By Creme de la Craft

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5. Fall Wreath from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

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