White is the new black

Admittedly, I was hesitant to follow the white shoe fashion trend. Mainly because growing up my mom would make me wear puffy dresses, white shoes and ruffled socks every Sunday to church. Once I was a pre-teen I was elated to never wear white shoes again – well I thought wrong. Now I’m obsessed with pairing every outfit with a hint of white. Not only is it super chic but it lets your shoe standout as a statement piece.

They can be styled with boyfriend jeans, wide leg pants or a midi dress. In the past white shoes were a thing of the summer. But unless you’ve been living under a rock – you know its a street style trend worth trying all year round.

Outfit details:

Boots

Blazer

Jeans

Top

Sincerely,

Ookaykaren

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New year new me .. well not really

As the year comes to a close I can’t help but to reflect on 2017. Without a doubt it was TOUGH AF – well unless you were Cardi B. From the Trump election to the gun violence, terrorist attacks and natural disasters – it was a roller coaster ride. To be honest, love, God and having tons of faith got me through this year.

On a professional note this year brought a lot of growth. I focused on building my network and it really paid off. I now have what I call “my front row” which consist of senior managers that are supportive of my career. These are my go-to people that I can turn to for professional advice.

It’s such a relief to close this chapter and start the year fresh. I look forward to making new memories, crossing things off my bucket list and remaining true to myself. Admittedly, I dislike new year resolutions. During this time of year most people make unrealistic resolutions without putting in the work. It takes more than one year to completely change your life. Of course you will see gradual change but don’t place hard expectations on yourself. Enjoy the journey but keep your eyes on the destination.

Shop the look:

Turtleneck

Oversized biker jacket

Pants

You can’t avoid a Brand its yours by default or design.. 

People will always remember you by what you represent – I learned that early. We all know what a brand is, but do we really take time to invest in our own? Often times people think that branding is only for those that own a business. However, your brand is what ultimately sets you apart from your peers.


My brand has evolved throughout the years but a couple of things have remained constant: professional developement, wellness   and family values. Below are a few tips on branding:

Branding tips 

Be visible.. don’t just show up, make your presence be known.  

Readiness.. have your elevator speech ready. (60 seconds to say who you are, what you can do and what you’re hoping to do next)

Add value.. what are you working on and how does that add value to your organization/business.

Network.. make your brand known through building strategic relationships. Your network should know your skills, strength and career interest.

Develop and manage your image.. what messages are you sending? Are they messages that will send you in the right direction?

Self promotion..bring yourself to the representation of others without misrepresentation, hype or false promise.


Outfit details:

Top: Zara

Jeans: Zara

Boots: Christian Louboutin

Weekend Warrior

As a working professional in corporate America, I try to get as much things done as possible on the weekends. I like to wake up early organize, run errands and squeeze in a yoga class. In my opinion it’s imperative to have interest and hobbies outside of work. Find your passion, serve others by volunteering in the community or become a mentor. A lot of people quit their full time job to follow their “dreams” because of lack of fulfillment or happiness. And thats totally fine (and brave).

Essentially no job or career will bring you pure hapiness. At some point you may experience stress. But, its your responsibility to DECIDE to be happy. Create a work – life balance that fits you best.

Outfit details:
Jacket: H&M

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Steve Madden

Purse: Saint Laurent

Body Suit: H&M