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MOB Conference Speaker and Dressing in Defense

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This week's podcast was all about my speaking engagement at the MOB NW conference for the first quarter of 2018. It was so fantastic. The setting was a large bed and breakfast on a vineyard (what?!) and the attendees were even more beautiful than the scenery. All 100+ women in attendence were mother's with businesses, there to up level their mindset, strategy, and business while getting support from other mom bosses. Cause who knows better the challenges of raising a business and babies better than another mom boss, right?

My colorful and authentic speak got down to the heart of how I believe we should be dressing: like ourselves, but 5-years from now and very successful. However that version of yourself dresses, ladies, that's how you should be dressing now. Like, now! Go! ;)

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I also spoke about dressing in defense in my podcast this week, which is when someone deliberately dresses in a way that deters others from seeing them or getting close to them. Some gals don't realize they are doing this and are more likely to be the sort to try to disappear. If you dress in an extreme (everything from scary goth to ultra femme glam) it better be with intention, an understanding of why you choose to do this, and a full understanding of the ramifications of who you could be turning away from your light.

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If you find that you could be dressing in defense the first step is to outline the pros and cons of this action. Why do you think you do it? Are you a disappearing dresser or one who is actively keeping people at a distance? What have you gained from dressing like this? What have you lost out on because of this. Which side of the list out ways the other?

I truly believe we all have something to bring to whatever table we want to sit at, but dressing in defense can keep us in the shadows. Step out, lady!

Photos by the talented Jessie Photo Doula!

Capsule Closets for Beginners

So, loads of people talk about capsule closets, but do you know what they are? It's a way to build a smaller wardrobe, or a bunch of mini wardrobes for different areas of your life. It promotes a faster getting ready time and less spending (and using less resources), but you have to be pretty strict with yourself and it's not for everyone. I, myself, love variety and spicing it up a bit to much. Ha! But maybe it's your jam! There are many great reads on capsule closets, my favorite being The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

The whole point is to get as many pieces that go with each other as possible. We're avoiding those tops that only go with one pair of slacks and those dresses you can only wear with one specific kind of shoe. Versatility is the key! 

Here's my biggest tip, whether you're trying to build a capsule closet or just trying to streamline your oversized beauty of a closet: 80% of your closet should be high quality, neutral basics AND 20% of your closet should be trendier pieces in colors that look great on you and that go with all your neutrals.

Below is an example primary and secondary neutrals (colors that go with everything and colors that go with almost everything):

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Below is an example of two capsule closets, one for someone with a more cool undertone and one for someone with a warmer one.

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Tune in next week to learn how to find the best pops of color for your undertones!