Friday, September 30, 2016

#girlboss(es) 12 - Jeanne Alusik

Happy Friday!! I have to say that I am so thrilled that not only do my friends and family want to participate in my #girlboss(es) Fabulous Female Friday posts, but their friends and family are willing to participate too! This week, I am featuring one of my best friend's moms! Kate herself, will  be featured in a post later, but for now you get to read about her impressive mom, Jeanne!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit: The dress alternative

Hi again!

I apologize for not having a style post in a little while! Life has been a little hectic, but I think it's starting to settle.

I have been working with a lot of clients lately who have been looking to purchase outfits for special events. My female clients are always looking for dresses. If it's business casual or fancier, they want a dress. There's nothing wrong with that, trust me, I LOVE dresses! However, ladies, you do have another option!

A few weeks ago, I went shopping at the King of Prussia Mall with my mom, and we went to Club Monaco. The clothes there are impeccably made with fabrics that feel exquisite. You will encounter a somewhat higher price tag as a result, but if you're looking for something special and classic, this should be your destination.

I got a few pieces when we went shopping, but my absolute favorite is the Lenera jumpsuit. I think it's now my favorite piece in my wardrobe (aside from my wedding dress). I decided to pair it with my new Michael Kors heels, that I featured in this post. Aside from my gold cuff, I didn't wear any other jewelry, because the jumpsuit is a beautiful statement on its own. This jumpsuit can easily be worn at any occasion or event where you would normally opt for a dress. Dresses are great, but sometimes a stunning jumpsuit can create a bigger impact. Just something to think about!

I am also wearing my brand new Styles for Miles sunnies that we picked out at MAGIC! They are so glam and fabulous. I plan on wearing them with basically everything.

cold shoulder jumpsuit

cold shoulder jumpsuit

cold shoulder jumpsuit

Susan Padron, personal stylist

cold shoulder jumpsuit

Stay tuned, because my photographer, Nater and I are going to be published!! More on that later!
Friday, September 23, 2016

#girlboss(es) 11 - Mrs. Maria Hahn

Happy Fabulous Female Friday, everyone! This week's #girlboss post features someone who I am honored to be related to! She's my mom's older sister, my Aunt Maria! Both my mom (who you will hopefully be reading about soon!) and my Aunt Maria have been and continue to be such great strong role models. I am thankful that they share their experiences with me, and encourage me push myself!

Friday, September 16, 2016

#girlboss(es) 10 - Mrs. Marielle Wolf

Happy Fabulous Female Friday!! We are at fabulous #10! Our 10th #girlboss is someone that I met over 10 years ago (13 or 14 years ago, I think?)! Her name is Marielle Wolf, although most people call her Melle! 

I met Melle at my very first job, which was at a spa! I had been working at the spa for a few months, before Melle joined me, working at the front desk. I remember being intimidated by Melle at first, because she was a little bit older than me, and came to a similar job to me but with much more experience. That feeling maybe lasted the first day that we worked together, and ended by the second day, because I remember being good friends with her pretty early on. 

I am very thankful for Melle, and her patience with me. I was 17 when I was working at that job, and everyone at the spa called me, "Baby Girl", because compared to all of the adult women that worked there, I was. She always treated me as an equal, and with a tremendous amount of respect, and I'm not quite sure I really deserved that. Melle was also one of the first adults, outside of my family, to acknowledge my appreciation for style, and she allowed me to take her shopping! So, I think it's safe to say that Melle was actually one of my first clients! 

Mrs. Marielle Wolf, Director of Sales 

My official title is Director of Sales at the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn. I do all the sales for the Riverside Ballroom which can accomodate up to 200 guests. I have been with the company for 9 years.  I plan and coordinate any social event on property between 75 - 200 guests.  The majority of my clientele is weddings but I also coordinate other events such as rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers, enagaement parties and corporate banquets to name a few. I work with a maitre d' who executes the coordinated plan the day of the wedding and a full staff that takes care of the guests once the big day arrives. 

I started out when the ballroom only held 150 guests. I have been through a few construction changes at the Inn in my 9 years.  The last one being the ballroom expansion that added a new open air ceremony space and a cocktail hour room that sits right on the banks of the Delaware River, but, the most impressive addition is the new Riverview Suite (bridal suite) that is where the couple retires for the evening, the only hotel room on property that overlooks the Delaware River. 

1.   What would you list as your best quality?  
I like to try and understand what my client is looking for as the big picture and help them obtain that through their theme.  I just like working with people from all walks of life and coming up with new and creative ideas for them to help bring their ideas to life. Thinking outside of the box.

2.   When do you feel your strongest? 
When the stars align!! I honestly don't think there is one thing that makes me feel stronger, but seeing a bride in her wedding dress smiling and crying when she sees everything put together and I had a hand in that, that is a great feeling.

3.     On your most difficult days, what keeps you going? 
Besides coffee, knowing it can all be done if I just take a breath and step back and look at it from another point of view and then start at the beginning and push through, i know it is all going to get done.

4.     What do you value the most in yourself and your family? 
My family comes first, my 2 boys are the light of my life.  Being able to still be a soocer mom and a full time planner is a balance I am still working on perfecting, but its fun.  I appreciate my kids more after a long day at work or a busy day, I value my work ethic as well. I am a firm believer that if you put your mind to it you can do anything, and there are no excuses, do the job you are supposed to do, do it as best you can and keep learning something new every day. And when you are home, be home, be the mom, be the one they look up and see on the sidelines routing them on.  I do get work calls at home from time to time but knowing that is always possible, gives me more of a reason to focus on them (the boys) when I am home and focus on work when I am at work.

5.     So far, what have been your greatest accomplishment(s) in your career? 
Not messing up the math on contracts and final bills!!! LOL. In all seriousness, my greatest accomplishment is just being in the position I am in.  It is not an easy field to land in to so the fact that I am actually doing something I have wanted to do since I was 9 years old is a dream come true and my greatest accomplishment.

6.     What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Don't hold back, be fun and wild and crazy, don't be afraid of crowds and speaking in front of other people, go with your creative side, be friendly and outgoing and confident in who you are, don't be afraid of what others think or say, just be you.

7.   What do you look forward to the most? 
Sleep, seeing the bride in her dress, seeing the couple when they come out of the ceremony, or when they are just about to leave to go to the ceremony.  I look forward to the planning time I have with the couple as well and just getting to know them as a couple. There isnt just one thing I look forward to obviously.  Seeing the dress, the flowers, the rings, its all so exciting every week something new.

8.  What has been your biggest failure, and how have you overcome it? I have had many that I have learned from. I was and am still very sensitive when it comes to my work, I gave grown a thicker skin a bit, but any mistake whether the couple sees it or its just something in the background, I take personally and try and learn and strengthen myself from it, I am the face that everyone sees and deals with so if anything goes wrong, its me they come to to complain, that is never easy hearing someone was disappointed on their big day.

Friday, September 9, 2016

#girlboss(es) 9 - Mrs. Crystle Skinner

Happy Friday, everyone! We did it! We made it to the weekend! This week's #girlboss features someone who is technically my boss, Crystle Skinner! I am so honored that Crystle approached me to work as a stylist and style consultant for her new business, Styles for Miles, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us! She is kind, strong, driven, and funny, so obviously, everyone loves her, because how can you not? When Crystle and I talk business, we both get excited about how things are going to progress, and I think that's just one of the many qualities that make her a great boss.

Styles for Miles (and Crystle) will also be at the Lavallette Founders Day, TOMORROW, September 10th from 11am-5pm! This is a great way to check out her clothes and accessories in person!

Crystle wrote her own great introduction of how we met, so I'll let her words do the rest of the talking!
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Shoes for Fall 2016

Oh my goodness, Fall and Winter colors are here, and they are GORGEOUS! I went shoe shopping (a couple of times) in the past week, and I had to control myself from buying every pair of beautiful shoes in plum or gray. There are just so many options now!

The best part? There are options in leather and suede!!
I died. I literally died. (hopefully you said that in your best Rachel Zoe voice)

Peep toe, cut out, black suede booties with the cutest bows I've ever seen on the back. They are Michael Kors
Michael Kors, suede, peep toe booties

Michael Kors, suede, peep toe booties

My next new addition is a little different for me. I don't always love an ankle strap, but the heel, color, and details with this pair made them another "must have". Again, they are Michael Kors.
Michael Kors, suede, ankle strap

I mean, just look at that gold detailing above the heel. Just gorgeous.

Michael Kors, suede, ankle strap

Michael Kors, suede, ankle strap

And because I love the color so much, I got these too (I also got them in black, because they're beautiful and comfortable! Definitely perfect for work!)

Michael Kors, purple, pointed toe pumps

Michael Kors, purple, pointed toe pumps

These Marc Fisher flats come in the BEST colors! I will be wearing these like crazy all Fall!

grey, suede, pointed toe flats

grey, suede, pointed toe flats

These Kelly&Katie peep toe booties are such a nice way to make that transition from summer to fall that much better. The faux suede with the wooden stacked heel is like an iced pumpkin spiced latte - comforting but still refreshing.

peep toe, sling back

peep toe, sling back

peep toe, sling back

Ok, so in non shoe related news, I have to share with you two exciting things! 
First - I am officially registered for an online course through FIT! I cannot wait!! Since, I am still working full time, and I want to be able to spend time with my little man and my husband, I only registered for one class, but I am really looking forward to learning even more about image consulting! 
Second - STACY LONDON LIKED MY FACEBOOK POST!!!! AHHHHH!! Ok, if we're friends on Facebook, you heard about that already, but still STACY LONDON  LIKED MY FACEBOOK POST!! I know that doesn't mean much, but what it does mean is that before I tagged her in my post, in which I shared her latest article through refinery29 (you should read it!), she had no idea that I existed, and since she liked my post, she now knows that there is a "Susan Padron, Personal Stylist" out there and that I have a lot of respect for her!
Friday, September 2, 2016

#girlboss(es) 8 - Ms. Emily Knauss

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm sure that you have lots of fun plans for the long weekend, and hopefully this tropical storm won't affect them! This week's #girlboss features Emily Knauss, as our Fabulous Female Friday! 

Emily (Em) is the younger sister of one of my best friends (and my photographer), Nate (Nater) Knauss! In the Knauss family, Emily is the only girl with five brothers, with our Nater being the oldest of the siblings. Emily has always been close with Nate, so when I met Nate shortly after meeting my now husband (12 years ago), I quickly got to know Emily too! Em is such a kind, thoughtful, caring person, and I love having her (and her fiancĂ©) in our lives!