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Five tips for successful women:

1. Network Your Heart OutNetworking has many values. It provides you with perspective, expands the net of people you can potentially work with or learn from, and can be truly inspiring. Have you ever noticed that you’re more excited or productive when surrounded by people with that same enthusiasm? Well, you can use that feeling to push yourself further and meet incredible people along the way. This doesn’t mean you have to spend every second meeting people, but it does mean you should value the relationships you have and reach out to people with a call or email every once in awhile. You never know, someone you meet may help you land your dream job, or you might inspire another to follow their dreams as well.2. Don’t Always Say You’re SorryMany women are passive and don’t speak up for fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes that being vocal is not ‘feminine’ or being frowned upon by coworkers. Disregard what people think and be assertive. Present ideas you have, don’t second-guess yourself and don’t say you’re sorry WHEN you’ve done nothing wrong. Excessively saying you’re sorry shows weakness and detours peers from seeing you as a confident individual who doesn’t doubt their decisions. When you stand by your choices, it will help future decision-making go smoothly and give your an authoritative edge.3. Find a MentorLearning helps you grow, fuels your success and gives you new skills that undoubtably will help you along your journey. That’s why it’s important to have a mentor or someone you admire for their hard work and successful attributes. Whether it’s a teacher or a boss or even someone like Hilary Clinton or Andrea Jung, use their successes as models. If it’s someone you know and can frequently talk with, pick their brain and sometimes even follow their lead.4. Find an OutletWith success comes a need for balance. If you only did one thing over and over every day you would likely burn out within a few months. Instead, find an outlet – whether it be a creative escape that is completely different from your day-to-day work or using fitness as your ‘me’ time. It’s important to find ways to clear your mind, take care of your body, and more importantly, take care of your soul. I find sometimes if I step away from my work and do something else, it will spark ideas that in turn help me with my work. I’ve heard writers say this is a great way to rid writer’s block, and no one ever suffered from indulging in a little creative fun, time with family and friends or R&R.5. Believe in YourselfWhen it comes to succeeding, you are your worst enemy, but should also always be your biggest fan. When you believe in yourself and push yourself beyond limits you didn’t know you could reach, you’ll be more confident to move forward and be able to handle criticism in strides. Every successful woman has either had someone tell her she can’t achieve her goals or been exposed to criticism of work. The difference between them and others is their ability to let that criticism and doubt fuel their ambition. They believe in themselves and know no matter what they can make their dreams a reality, and you can too!
Five tips for successful women:

1. Network Your Heart Out

Networking has many values. It provides you with perspective, expands the net of people you can potentially work with or learn from, and can be truly inspiring. Have you ever noticed that you’re more excited or productive when surrounded by people with that same enthusiasm? Well, you can use that feeling to push yourself further and meet incredible people along the way. This doesn’t mean you have to spend every second meeting people, but it does mean you should value the relationships you have and reach out to people with a call or email every once in awhile. You never know, someone you meet may help you land your dream job, or you might inspire another to follow their dreams as well.

2. Don’t Always Say You’re Sorry

Many women are passive and don’t speak up for fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes that being vocal is not ‘feminine’ or being frowned upon by coworkers. Disregard what people think and be assertive. Present ideas you have, don’t second-guess yourself and don’t say you’re sorry WHEN you’ve done nothing wrong. Excessively saying you’re sorry shows weakness and detours peers from seeing you as a confident individual who doesn’t doubt their decisions. When you stand by your choices, it will help future decision-making go smoothly and give your an authoritative edge.

3. Find a Mentor

Learning helps you grow, fuels your success and gives you new skills that undoubtably will help you along your journey. That’s why it’s important to have a mentor or someone you admire for their hard work and successful attributes. Whether it’s a teacher or a boss or even someone like Hilary Clinton or Andrea Jung, use their successes as models. If it’s someone you know and can frequently talk with, pick their brain and sometimes even follow their lead.

4. Find an Outlet

With success comes a need for balance. If you only did one thing over and over every day you would likely burn out within a few months. Instead, find an outlet – whether it be a creative escape that is completely different from your day-to-day work or using fitness as your ‘me’ time. It’s important to find ways to clear your mind, take care of your body, and more importantly, take care of your soul. I find sometimes if I step away from my work and do something else, it will spark ideas that in turn help me with my work. I’ve heard writers say this is a great way to rid writer’s block, and no one ever suffered from indulging in a little creative fun, time with family and friends or R&R.

5. Believe in Yourself

When it comes to succeeding, you are your worst enemy, but should also always be your biggest fan. When you believe in yourself and push yourself beyond limits you didn’t know you could reach, you’ll be more confident to move forward and be able to handle criticism in strides. Every successful woman has either had someone tell her she can’t achieve her goals or been exposed to criticism of work. The difference between them and others is their ability to let that criticism and doubt fuel their ambition. They believe in themselves and know no matter what they can make their dreams a reality, and you can too!

Tips for Traveling while working a 9-5pm job: 
1) Utilize Holiday Time
This might feel like a given to you, but if you do plan to travel abroad, you need at least a week, and every “day off” counts! 
2) Take Advantage of Comp Time
This is a big source of finding extra days to travel. If you are in a position that requires some out of the office work, save up your days to use for a bigger trip!
3) Talk to your boss about taking unpaid time
Some employers allow you to take unpaid time off! If this is the case, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT *ahem* utilize it! Obviously, the down side is that you will not get paid for a few days, but the upside is that you will be having the time of your life exploring and making memories that last a life time!! HELLO! Not a bad trade off!! Remember, travel is all about priorities, so check with your employer to see if this is a possibility!
4) Ask about “working remotely”
Depending on your job, you may be able to work from a remote destination.
5) Find a job where you get to travel

6) Work part-time
One day off per week could equal some fun weekend getaways! 
Some awesome 2014 African print pieces found on zara.com!

Two big creatives worlds have officially collided; Artist, Damien Hirst and the California cool boys of Hoorsenbuhs. What do you think of these interesting jewelry pieces? A pill ring and pill rosary both feature rubies, white and black diamonds, set in 18K yellow and come stamped and numbered with each item limited to a 25 piece run. The rosary is such an interesting statement on today’s society, don’t you think? Has our culture formed societal praise to medical cures rather than natural ones?

Very cool Louis Vuitton campaign

Song of the week!

Same goes for relationships too! Opinions?
Same goes for relationships too! Opinions?

I am so tired of waiting,
Aren’t you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?

—Langston Hughes 

Peter Pilotto’s Fashion Studio. The interview with him and his partner Christopher De Vos: 
What do you love about this location?
Peter (right): “We moved to our new studio in July last year. It is three times bigger than our old studio, which is amazing. We were so lucky to find the space. We just happened to be walking past and we saw it when it was still just a shell. This meant we were able to work on the design of it with the architects Matheson and Whiteley right from the very beginning. We are incredibly happy with how it turned out.” 
How do you each mentally prepare yourself for the work day ahead?
Peter: “We take every day as it comes — it’s always very busy.”
Christopher: “As we are both the designers and the CEOs of the company, we have to have the ability to switch between business and creative, which can be difficult but we really enjoy it.” 
Tell us about your fall 2014 collection. What was your inspiration?
Peter: “We played with contrasts and extremes: the juxtaposition of incorporating sportswear into formal wear and summer elements into winter clothing. We explored intense colouring and the use of different fabrics, textures, and techniques. We find it interesting to use classical techniques such as embroidery in a modern, graphic way. We are always inspired by art, nature, and alternative ways of viewing something familiar.”
Your Target collaboration was such a huge success. Do you have any plans to do another commercial line in the future?
Christopher: “The Target collaboration was such an amazing experience for us. We really enjoyed the challenge of working within certain limitations. It forced us to think and design differently and this was something we really relished.”
Peter: “It was a fantastic journey, but we would really like to focus on our main line for now.”
Who best exemplifies the Peter Pilotto woman?
Peter: “We have always been told that we appeal to a wide range of woman. We have never designed with just one person in mind, but an amalgamation of people we love and admire. So, really, the Peter Pilotto woman could be a range of women.”
How and when do you work best?
Christopher: “It depends on what we are doing.”
Peter: “Ideally we like the studio to be tidy, but with so many people it is not easy to keep it that way!”
What is the best bit of business advice you’ve ever received?
Christopher: “We are always receiving valuable advice from the people around us, which we are very appreciative of.”
Peter: “Running a business is a constant learning curve.”
What’s your number-one rule for wearing prints?
Christopher: “It’s important to feel comfortable, whether you wear a full look or mix a printed piece with something simpler.”
What is your workplace style like?
Peter: “The space is very industrial and clean, which complements the bright, colourful, and graphic nature of our clothes.”

Do you have a dress code for yourself or your employees?
Christopher: “No, our staff are allowed to wear what they like. We enjoy seeing the different way they all dress.”
What is your work mantra?
Christopher: “We don’t like to look back — we always look forward to the next thing. We rarely reflect on what is past.”
How do you switch off from work?
Peter: “I don’t think we really do. There is always so much going on it’s very difficult not to think about the company and where it is going.”