Monday Morning Memo – It’s Nobody’s Job But Yours

monday-morning-memo NEW it's no one else's job to see you; to honor you; to care for you; to prioritize you;
to provide for you;
to care for your great, big, beautiful, tender heart.
no one else's job ... but yours.
see yourself
honor you
care for yourself
provide for you
prioritize you
care for your own great, big, beautiful, tender heart!
be for you that which you need
and if you've been waiting for someone to fill that need,
realize you are who you've been waiting for!


Today's Monday Morning Memo is an original piece by my friend, Judy Ford of Sunrise Consulting. I was fortunate enough to meet Judy at a retreat sponsored by Rosetta Thurman of Happy Black Woman fame. Since that time, Judy's consultancy has blossomed to incorporate not only career and leadership coaching, but health and wellness services, including yoga instruction. When I saw this little gem on her timeline, I knew I had to get her permission to share with you all. Do yourself a favor and "like" her on Facebook for more pearls of wisdom.

Be about your job this week, ladies!

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Event Alert – Plus-Size Shopping Event in Silver Spring! (11.8.14)

Ladies of the DC metropolitan area, make sure to reserve Saturday, November 8 on your calendar. Some of the most popular plus-size bloggers in the local area are joining forces to present an afternoon of shopping, socializing, and fun! Save the Date More details - and ticket sales - coming soon! If you're a local plus-size fashion/style blogger who is interested in participating, please contact me today!

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What Would a Plus-Size Olivia Pope Wear?

HELLOIn honor of the fact Scandal is BACK tonight in the USA (and, to make up for the fact that the new Scandal-inspired collection from The Limited does NOT include apparel over size 16 *grumble*) I thought I would update my original Olivia Pope - Get the Look! post to include a few more current pieces for the Gladiators among us. Retailer Modcloth particularly nails the essence of Miss Pope with many of their pieces.



First up, this jacket from Eloquii!
The Studio Drama Peplum Jacket from Eloquii. A little darker than what Olivia would typically wear, but that ruffle is everything!

The Studio Drama Peplum Jacket from Eloquii. A little darker than what Olivia would typically wear, but that ruffle is everything!



The Portside Greeting Cardigan in White from Modcloth. Perfect for a quick jog to the National Mall, dodging reporters who want to know about your torrid affair with Fitz.

The Portside Greeting Cardigan in White from Modcloth. Perfect for a quick jog to the National Mall, dodging reporters who want to know about your torrid affair with Fitz.



The Inkwell Done Coat in Camel from Modcloth. Because it gets cold in Washington while trying to protect legislators and ambassadors from their own misdeeds.

The Inkwell Done Coat in Camel from Modcloth. Because it gets cold in Washington while trying to protect legislators and ambassadors from their own misdeeds.



The Creative Consultant Coat from Modcloth. (Coming soon!) Because sometimes you just want to look girly when getting buzzed into the White House and dreaming of Vermont Jam.

The Creative Consultant Coat from Modcloth. (Coming soon!) Because sometimes you just want to look girly when getting buzzed into the White House and dreaming of Vermont Jam.



What did you think of these picks? Personally, I have already signed up to get notified when the Creative Consultant coat becomes available for purchase.

Are you a Gladiator? Will you be watching tonight's season premiere? Let me know in the comments section, or on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

CBC Week 2014: Where to Go, What to Wear, & What to Say

Capitol seen from Pennsylvania Avenue
Well, it's that time of year - the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference has arrived! Washington, DC will be abuzz with panels, workshops, and luncheons focusing on the hard-hitting public policy issues of the day as well as numerous cocktail parties, receptions, galas, and other social gatherings to allow African-American legislators, congressional staffers, advocates, and others to engage in networking opportunities. If you are unsure of where to go, what to wear, or what to do, this post is for you!

WHERE TO GO: Once again, The Fab Empire has you covered with their annual Insider's Guide to CBC Week. This 28-page guide features a vast array of events - from free receptions that require only an RSVP to invitation-only, exclusive parties for Washington's most elite. Most events fall somewhere in between - where a reasonably priced ticket purchased in advance will gain you access to several events across the area. You need to act fast, however, as events tend to sell out quickly. To view the guide online, visit http://issuu.com/thefabempire/docs/cbc_14/3?e=1349956/9321171.

WHAT TO WEAR: Once your agenda for the week is set, you will need the perfect wardrobe to carry you from business events during the day to social events during the evening. Check out this post - From Office Hours to Happy Hours - for ideas about how to craft looks that will take you seamlessly from the Convention Center to the club.

WHAT TO DO: So, you know where you're going and what you're going to wear. But how to behave once you hit the scene? If networking is not your strong suit, here are a few posts to help set you out on the right path.

  • How NOT to Network
  • Quick Fixes to Your Most Common Networking Dilemmas


  • Well, there you have it! I hope that this provides you with some help as you prepare for CBC Week. Will I see you there??

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    It’s the Falling in Love

    Cool points for anyone who can identify the inspiration for today's post title.

    I absolutely love the fall. It's my FAVORITE season! After months of extreme heat, the fall is truly a welcome breath of fresh air...it's as if a fever has broken and we can all finally breathe easy again. I know it can be a sad time for some, what with the end of the beach getaways, cookouts, sandals, and sundresses. However, there is a LOT to look forward to as well. Here are some of my top reasons for being in love with the fall!

    fall in love (For details and shopping information, click here.)
    • You can finally light up fragrant candles without anybody giving you the stink eye.
    • It's chilly outside. What better way to battle that cool fall air than with a sensational hat or scarf - faux fur completely optional.
    • You can wear a leather jacket without having to be on a motorcycle. #FTW
    • Can you say SWEATERDRESS?!?!?!?
    • You can finally save a few bucks on those weekly pedicures and instead invest in some great hosiery (and you know I love my hosiery).
    • Boots and booties, need I say more?
    • Fall always means the return of rich, lavish cosmetics in hues like burgundy, plum, chocolate, and sapphire. *swoon*
    • PUMPKIN. SPICE. LATTES.. Nuff said.What about you, dear readers? What are some of your favorite things about fall?Oh, and were you able to guess the inspiration for the title of today's post? To find the answer, click here!

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