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At-Home Facial

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My favorite Sundays are about going no makeup, visiting farmer’s markets, enjoying a family dinner and getting ready for the workweek, both physically and mentally. Ideally, this preparation includes an at-home facial. I rarely splurge on a full spa facial treatment – though I’ll say if you come within even 100 miles of Spa Montage in … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: Mid-Heel Pump + Classic DVF

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High heels are amazing. Wearing them makes me feel tall, sleek and confident. As long as I can walk in them. There is nothing worse not being able to walk in your heels – it completely negates the benefits! How many times have you seen (or been!) a woman heading to lunch or walking to a … Continue Reading →

Travel Guide Hong Kong: What to Pack and Where to Go

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As I mentioned here and here, I travel periodically to Asia for work. When I was first assigned to this region as part of my role, I was excited for the opportunity but had no idea what to expect.  To my delight, the hospitality, food, culture and beauty in each place I visited was amazing. … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: MM Lafleur

Out and about in Palo Alto, Calif. Dress by MM Lafleur.

Working in finance, Sarah became so frustrated at the clothing options for women in the industry that she decided to start her own clothing company – MM Lafleur. My friend, an NYU grad student who recently heard Sarah speak, told me about the brand and I was instantly intrigued. I promptly visited the store online and purchased this dress. Sarah joined … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: Microclimates

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There are many microclimates around the Bay Area. It might be 90 degrees and sunny in Silicon Valley and 60 degrees and foggy in San Francisco just 30 minutes away. How to dress moving between the local weather is a topic of much discussion. Folks waiting for their buses to the big tech hubs shiver … Continue Reading →

The Style of Power

Clockwise from top left: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, of the International Monetary Fund, Indra Nooyi, of PepsiCo and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer. Credit Jessica Hill/Associated Press, Adam Berry/Getty Images, Paul Morigi/Getty Images For Fortune, Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Getting dressed in the morning is something we all do. And, like it or not, the choices we make send a message. As women in the workplace, there is an especially tricky dynamic. We often want to look and feel good, while also showing that we are serious about what we are there to do. Talking … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: Urban Camouflage

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I love watching women around me for ideas of how to put myself together better. In Hong Kong, women often wear fluid dresses (partly to cope with the heat!). Not too tight and with modest coverage, they conveyed sophistication and ease without sacrificing a bit of style or power. One of my favorite go-to looks for work is … Continue Reading →

Starting the Day Right: Power Breakfast

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Good food is central to my life. Eating well makes me feel  happy and healthy – which makes me feel confident and powerful and ready to face the work day. My friend Melissa is one of the most amazing foodies I know. She shares my passion for eating well and cooks wonderful meals each day for her … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: to an Interview

Formal interview ready: jacket and dress, Theory; heels, Christian Louboutin. For work, it's always "either Theory or Diane von Furstenberg," Jenn says. Visit outlet stores for great deals.

For the most part, the days are gone when interviewing called for a basic black suit. As I mentioned here, depending on your geographic region and industry, wearing that standard suit will actually look inappropriate for the position and show a lack of cultural understanding on your part. So what to wear to an interview? … Continue Reading →

My Mother the Entrepreneur

My mother, as featured in Sunset Magazine circa 1980 in her garden.

My mother worked outside the home in some capacity throughout my childhood. When my sister and I were small, she ran a floral and landscaping business from our home, using primarily flowers from her own beautiful garden. Even back when she was in college – before there were delivery options like Domino’s or late night snack … Continue Reading →