Saturday, August 2, 2008

Recommended Book

This weekend I am attending a Beth Moore conference with several thousand other women. If you are not familiar with Beth - she is a beautiful blonde, spunky, hillarious, convicted, gifted Christian speaker and president of Living Proof Ministries. Between our group and the ones watching from 715 other churches (including 4 countries) she was speaking to over 70,000 women. I am so thankful that I could get tickets ( I purchased them over a year ago) and it fit in my schedule and I am able to attend. It is a chance to get out of my office and think about my purpose, the journey I'm on and who I impact along the way.

I'm asked on a regular basis what books I'm currently reading, what books I recommend, what books I don't recommend. Those who know me know I have a collection of cookbooks and fashion/image books (women love food & fashion). I also love inspirational and motivational books. When it comes down to the best self help book - this weekend has reminded me that the all time best self help book you never finish reading, understanding, and finding all the right answers at the right time is my bible. It truly has all the answers we need for our inner and outer beauty. Sometimes it takes bible studies or individuals like Beth to help us understand but I guarantee it has all the answers we need. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who has a glow from knowing she is truly loved by our Lord and she spreads that love to those she comes in contact with.

I am heading out to experience the rest of my Beth Moore conference. I wish all of you a great weekend and happy reading from the best self help book ever written - the bible! Enjoy

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fall 2008-Winter 2009 Trends

I know it is almost 100 degrees outside but I can't help but get excited about the upcoming fall fashions. Summer is my favorite season but fall and winter clothing are my favorite to wear - if you saw my closet you would agree. Here are just a few of the trends for the upcoming season:
Purple - I was in Europe this summer and purple was in every window. Purple is my favorite color so I'm very excited about that.
Cobalt Blue - also seen a lot this fall. This is a good color for a lot of skin tones
Fabrics are plaid and there are even winter floral prints.
Jewel neck blouses, sheath dress, cocktail evening dress and a great statement coat.
You will see accessories with sequin or jeweled embellishments. Colored opaque hoisery and leggings. Patent leather, stiletto pumps, shoulder, clutch and handle bags. Marvelous hats, arm bracelets and a belted waist.
Just to name a few...
When you head outside today - don't sweat it - fall is just around the corner. Now is the time to get in your closet and evaluate what needs to be taken out and what needs to be put in. Have your fall wardrobe ready for that first chilly morning. I promise it will come. Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Power of Color in Business & Leadership Part 3

Isn't it amazing how color can affect our mood, personalities, and business interactions? Today I'm going to write about the affects of the colors red, black and white.

Red is the most emotionally intense color. Red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. Red for women says "I'm a powerful person". Red stimulates blood pressure, creates more brain activity and raises energy. When you wear red people cannot take their eyes off of you. The perfect time to wear red is when you want people to remember what you're saying. But don't speak too long - your audience will be exhausted from your red. Red is the color of love. While red gets you noticed it will also make the wearer appear heavier. Red is said to make people hungry (please don't wear it around me). Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Do you drive a red car? Be careful - red cars are popular targets for thieves. Red symbolizes passion, strength, energy, love, sex, excitement, speed, heat, arrogance, ambition, leadership and power.

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black suggests sophistication, elegance, wealth, mystery, rebellion and remorse. In a corporation, black is always reserved for the CEO. It says you are good at making decisions, your own decisions and delivering news with no arguments. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can be overpowering and make the wearer seem aloof. While black is great to look slimmer, wearing black close to your face will make the lines in your face more noticeable. You could possibly add a scarf that is in "your color" to soften the black. Black suggests power, formality, style and seriousness.

White reflects light and is considered a summer color yet we are seeing it more for winter. White implies reverence, purity, peace, innocence, cleasnliness, simplicity, winter, coldness, surrender and fearfulness. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral and goes with everything. It especially looks great teamed up with black.

I hope all of this "color talk" inspires you to experiment with color. Pay attention to how you feel when you wear certain colors. Notice the reaction you get from others when you wear different colors - especially the color everyone tells you is "your color".

Go out today and color your world not only by what you wear but also with a beautiful smile on your face. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Power of Color in Business & Leadership Part 2

Let's continue exploring the power of color.
Charcoal gray is a great color for business. It says you are accountable, dependable and trustworthy. It stands for elegance, wisdom, balance and respect.
Orange is a color you see used at a lot of fast food stores because organge reminds us of fun! Orange represents energy, balance, heat, fire, enthusiasm, and playfulness. Orange has less intensity or aggression than red and is calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange reminds us of the outdoors or the fashion industry. Don't wear orange in a meeting if you need to be taken seriously.
Purple is my favorite color, It is the color of royalty, it speaks luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. Purple shows up as creative, exaggerated and prideful. Purple reminds us of sensuality, spirituality, creativity, weath, royalty, mystery, wisdom, and flamboyance.
Yellow reminds us of sunlight, joy, happiness, optimism, intelligence, summer, femininity, and friendship. Yellow makes us feel happy and has been a very popular trendy color this spring and summer.
It is so interesting exploring the power of color. Tomorrow I'll finish up with the colors red, black and white. Go out today and put some color in your life and the lives of others. Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Power of Color in Business & Leadership

Much research has been done on color and the messages it sends out. Color can affect your mood and your energy levels, it affects us physically, mentally and emotionally - it also affects how others view you.
In high school I always loved the song by Chicago "Colour My World" (okay I'm showing my age). Color inspires our emotion and gives us the desire to silently communicate our wish to look great, feel great and proud of who we are.
Today I will tell you about the colors blue, brown, green, and pink. Tomorrow I will continue with gray, orange, purple, yellow, red, black and white.
Blue is America's favorite color - especially medium blue. Men and women respond differently to colors however they both respond positively to blue. Blue is peaceful, tranquil, it causes the body to produce calming chemicals - like taking endorphins - it makes you feel good. Blue is recommended to wear to a job interview because it synbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. In many diverse cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs, believed to keep the bad spirits away.
Brown is the color that says I am reliable and dependable. Here in Louisville when we think of brown it reminds us of UPS - an economic leader in our city. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to earth - a classical element. Have you heard the saying that someone is "down to earth"? Maybe you typically see them in brown. Brown can stimulate the appetite, it implies friendliness, wholesomeness, steadfastness and dependability. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.
Green is the color of grass and leaves, it conveys a sense of calm and reassurance. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. When you wear green you are saying that you are nuturing, friendly, kind, peaceful and helpful. Green is believed to be the luckiest of colors in some western countries including Britan, Ireland (where it is also a national color) and the US. You will want to wear green when people are looking to you for a new invigorating idea, plan or product. Hospital employees often wear green because it relaxes patients. Dark green is conservative and implies wealth. Green is the color of spring, youth, generosity, envy, balance, harmony and stability.
Pink reminds us of springl. It is feminine and reminds us of health and love. Pink also reminds us of gratitude and admiration but is not a strong color for someone in a leadership position needing to convey strength and power.
I love color - I love to wear color and experiment with color combinations. Check back tomorrow as I continue to explore the affects of color. Go out and color your world.