Aug 31, 2011

What's Your Style ID?

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In a little over a week, designers, editors, stylists and models will be all hands on deck to present a preview of fashion trends for Spring 2012.  These styles will be showcased by the world's most formidable designers. 

New York Fashion Week used to be one of the most exciting times of the year for me!  Not because I was directly involved, but because I LOVE FASHION!  By this time, I would have picked up at least two September issues of my favorite fashion magazines.  By now, they would all be fully reviewed, trends studied and I would have already determined how to translate the latest designs into my Style ID (bohemian-classic). 

For the everyday woman who is hustling and handling business, some of the designs we see presented by world famous designers are unreasonable for our lifestyles, not to mention unaffordable.  With all of that said, I believe we owe it to ourselves to take time to discover our Style ID.  Your Style ID can be one that is easily identified by familiar terms such as preppy or classic, but present Style IDs can be whatever you desire (glam-rocker, classic-rocker, laid back-luxury).  As it should, your Style ID should represent not only who you are at the present, but also a little reaching towards who or where you want to be.  Most of all, it should be something you feel comfortable with.  With that said, I challenge you this weekend to invest in at least one September issue of a fashion magazine.  Generally all of them have HUGE September issues because all of the new designs for fall are showcased.  It is a good opportunity bring yourself up to date with today's fashion trends.  Then when an opportunity comes to shop (which is rare for me), you will have a better grip on the direction you want to take.  Don't be afraid to translate runway fashion into everyday fashion.  The benefit is you'll end up looking great!

P.S.  Fall looks from runway will featured in an upcoming post!  Stay tuned!

Aug 28, 2011

The RSVP Not

The very first issue I need to tackle on my road to fulfilling my Diva Plan is a very sticky one.  As of late, I have been struggling with fulfilling my social obligations.  Simply said, I have been a no-show at several parties I've been invited to and the guilt of my current no show existence is not sitting well with the woman I want to be.  However, my no-show status never goes without the proper reasons.

For one, I am a single mother with a chronic illness who works a full-time job plus mandatory overtime.  Needless to say tired is my middle name.  Additionally, I own a home that never seems to be clean; therefore, something is always lacking on the home front (i.e. laundry, general cleaning, picking up the tree branches that have been in the yard since spring).  My daughter absolutely hates when I work on the weekend and desires to have all of my time from the time I get in from work Saturday afternoon until Sunday night.  I feel her on that issue. 

The bottom line is, I must find a solution to my no-show problem and since most of my values are old school, I researched the old school aficionado on manners, Miss Manners.

According to Miss Manners, specific excuses are not necessary when turning down an invitation, but it should be done promptly.  However, if the host requests an explanation, it should be honest as to not get caught up in a lie later.  She also says an invitation should not be considered as a summons and one should not feel guilty about declining.

Now, I do not want to totally banish my social life, but I have been considering ways to not immediately commit myself to showing my face at every event I'm invited to.  As a result, I've decided the following:

  • For verbal invitations, my cookie-cutter response will be, "I'll let you know by blah blah day." 
  • For written invitations, I will consult my Blackberry calendar (which is a great tool) and take a dose of honesty to determine if the event is something I can truly commit myself to before I officially RSVP. 
Well Divas, there you have it!  I'll keep you posted on this dilemma and tell you my score after the final exam has been taken!

*Image courtesy of laetitiaguilbaud.org

Aug 23, 2011

Pulling It All Back Together

Welcome to The Diva Plan!  The purpose of the The Diva Plan for my life has never been about becoming a fabulous woman who everyone wants to know and be.  Nor has its purpose been to provide displays of an unreachable lifestyle.  With this blog, I plan to put all of my flaws (well maybe not all of them) on front street.  I am putting myself on the spot so I will have no choice, but to improve my quality of life.  The Diva Plan is about empowering each woman to begin taking the steps necessary to fulfill some of her dreams, improve neglected areas of her life and not be afraid to look good while tackling a hectic lifestyle. 

It is my sincere desire to provide an information on an array of products, websites and fashion trends to keep all of my Divas' plans on track.  I am excited about this journey and the experiences and relationships that will develop.  Check back soon!