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What do you think about tattoos and piercings?

A1006 I know sweaterIt’s been a while since I’ve written a post. Just taken a few weeks off to re-group and get ready for the new year.

I love helping women discover their own personal styles, especially when their eyes light up! People who are dramatics or artsy are thrilled to understand how to present themselves in a range of work and social settings.

What about individuality and conforming to societal norms? Can you be yourself and meet people’s expectations at the same time?

Some people choose to express themselves through tattoos and piercings, for example, which are becoming more mainstream. But, before getting something like this, it’s important to understand how it will affect you in a range of work and social settings.

You can have a pierced eyebrow, for example, but you may want to take the piercing out when you’re going to an important client meeting.

Tattoos are a great way to express your personality, but sometimes need to be covered so that they don’t distract from the occasion.

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Long sleeves cover this tattoo when needed

Before you get tattoos or piercings, take a moment to picture yourself in the following situations. You may reconsider placement to give you the greatest flexibility.

Picture yourself:

  • On your wedding day
  • In court (as a juror?)
  • Meeting your significant other’s parents
  • At a funeral
  • At a job interview

If you think that your tattoo or piercing may impact how people perceive you, you might want to think about where and what you get done. It’s about choosing what you share, with whom and when.

 

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A Christmas Wish

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As shoppers hurriedly race through the malls today, the rest of us can (somewhat smugly) gaze upon our wrapped presents under the tree with a sense of calm.

And, whilst you are gazing, take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and make your wishes for 2017. It sounds cliché but it’s good to slow down if even for just a few minutes to take stock.

The year that was…

Perhaps this was the year you not only read Marie Kondo’s books on tidying, but actually did something about it.

Maybe your subscription to Vogue has inspired you dress a little snappier each day because you want to.

Or, it’s possible you learned all the fashion rules just in time to discard them and do your own thing.

Whatever steps, big or small, that you took this year, you should be proud. Life is all about growing and changing. Learning something new keeps us young and vibrant.

The year to be…

What do you wish for 2017? For me, it’s peace… inner peace. I would love the sometimes-rocky seas to calm so I can be less stressed, and more active and connected.

For my wonderful husband, I wish for him to have more fun. We both work a lot and our vacations are short. I hope he can find more ways to have fun because life’s too short not to.

For my friends, my wish is for each to be more gentle with themselves. Lord knows there are enough hateful, nasty people in the world – you don’t need to beat yourself up, too. Care, compassion and a little tenderness couldn’t hurt.

What about you?

Merry Christmas and a Stylish Happy New Year!