Fashion, A Feast, And A Family Friendly Film That Left Me Feeling Full of “Wonder”

Fashion, A Feast, And A Family Friendly Film That Left Me Feeling Full of “Wonder”

It’s Day 193 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it’s Thanksgiving Day. For a woman who’s been too sick to leave the house this week, it was packed with fashion, a feast, and a family friendly film that left me feeling full of wonder. While my immediate blended family celebrated early Thanksgiving last Sunday, today was spent with my husband’s family. I slept until eleven AM to have enough stamina to make it through the day and boy did I need the rest to make it through all the festivities!

For a lady who loves an excuse to dress up, it was so much fun donning festive holiday attire to wear to our niece’s gorgeous home which was decorated beautifully for the occassion. My sisters-in-law are all great cooks, and one of our nieces’s makes a mean mac and cheese (I try to avoid lots of dairy and didn’t indulge in that). Since I’ve been out of commission, my hubby and I provided drinks and store bought desserts – but there were no complaints! With my stepsons and children with their other parent, for once we all fit around the table and enjoyed a fabulous feast catching up with family.

Me, Pink Collar Coach in Calvin Klein faux leather sheath dress and jacket. The rich eggplant color and green put a fresh spin on fall colors. Calvin Klein handbag and booties.
Sheath sans jacket. Have added some layers to my hair in the front. Getting used to the look.      As much as I take pictures for the blog, I tend to hide my post-hysterectomy body behind hair… So this is a stretch.

Because our niece and nephew have young children and he still had to make it to his family’s gathering (mom stayed in with the infant and toddler), the evening ended fairly early. Having been sick and shut in for so long, I wasn’t quite ready to call it a night. Reluctantly, my hubby agreed to go see the movie “Wonder” with me. I won’t do a review here since I covered “The Star” last night, but I will say my often reticent husband had plenty to say about this film which is based on a popular children’s novel. Though I could discuss any number of emotions the film evoked for me, wonder seems the most fitting today.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose mom who gave birth to my children never expecting we wouldn’t spend every holiday together, I’m in wonder that Lord is gracious and merciful enough toward me that I can still enjoy the children in my life and be thankful for them today. As a divorced wife of an abusive wasband, I’m in wonder that God answered my prayer for a godly husband in the form of my best friend, for whom I am eternally grateful. As a child whose earthly father was taken far too young and whose  family is so dysfunctional that I don’t have much to do with them, I’m in wonder that God has adopted me into His family and calls me His precious daughter. Considering all of this, it’s no wonder that I’m full of wonder this Thanksgiving.

What about you? What has you full of wonder this Thanksgiving?

Be savvy & chic,

  ~Pink collar Coach



Collaborating and Creating My Selling Style in Coral Calvin Klein

Collaborating and Creating My Selling Style in Coral Calvin Klein

Day 155 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project got off to a slow start. For the past few days I haven’t felt the greatest, so today I slept in until after 9:00. Once up, I was productive, however, and responded to a pleasantly surprising number of likes and comments on whether I should offer Mary Kay products as part of my image coaching. Thank you to everyone who weighed in! Next, I buckled down and located some of the passages in my novel that have been slated for revision. After procrastinating on this task for days, I got so engrossed in it that I had to rush when I realized it was time to get ready for an H7 Evolve meeting. That being the case, I grabbed an easy care shirt dress out of the dryer and rushed out for Coffee and Collaborate and “Create Your Selling Style” wearing coral Calvin Klein.

Coral shirt dress, gold lame cardigan, taupe sling backs and floral bag. All oldies. All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx. My photographer didn’t catch that my dress was gaping. Oops!

Brenda Aveyard, a speaker, trainer, and coach facilitated the meeting, which offered an opportunity to collaborate around a challenge being faced in our business. The other women in the group listened and suggested action steps, as well as providing some resources to complete them. Multiple perspectives were helpful in gaining clarity around goals for my coaching business and it felt great to support other likeminded entrepreneurs.

Following Coffee and Collaborate, Brenda presented a short workshop on “Creating Your Selling Style”. During the introduction, as she told the story of how she came to be a Sales Coach, I was thrilled to hear that she is a former top Sales Director for Mary Kay! That felt like confirmation. Then she went on to explain how she doesn’t coach on anything she hasn’t lived through, and I knew I was in the right place. For the last few weeks, ever since I started reading Christy Wright’s Business Boutique, I’ve been honing in on my target audience/market. Brenda called it my avatar client. Recently I realized it’s professional women who are facing the Ds, all of which I’ve lived through. More confirmation.

Brenda spent the remainder of the time providing valuable insight and information on how to deal with our internal barriers in order to get what we have to offer our prospective clients to them. I so needed to hear that! After all, my coaching services are no good if I don’t have coachees, so I need to get over myself and go coach! Brenda proceeded to give practical tips on how to do that. This will also help if I move forward and carry Mary Kay…I got so much from her presentation in such a short time that I’d like to share the info on an upcoming event below:


As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands the power of collaboration and multiple perspectives, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I can to learn and develop professionally and surround myself with women who are where I want to go. And I won’t lie. I’m loving it. Today, as I rushed from the above meeting to Zumba and was late due to horrendous traffic, I was thankful not to have the 45 minute to an hour commute I had before. In that moment, I was truly grateful to be living the professional life I am right now. Don’t get me wrong, starting a business and making a go of it is not all meetings where I get to dress up, meet at a nice venue and listen to a dynamic speaker. But when it is, life feels pretty sweet collaborating and creating my selling style – all while wearing coral Calvin Klein.

What about you? How could collaboration help you with your personal or professional challenges or goals? What about your selling style? You may not classify yourself as in sales, but if you work with people, you’re a salesperson!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach


Purposeful in Pink & Pondering Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Product

Purposeful in Pink & Pondering Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Product

Day 154 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project started early with a meeting to explore an idea I’ve toyed with on and off for a while. As a girly girl who loves pink and makeup, I’ve always been drawn to Mary Kay Cosmetics. That being the case, when I met a Mary Kay Sales Director at my Evolve networking event, I voiced my interest in learning more about how Mary Kay might work for my image coaching and we scheduled to meet this morning. I decided to be purposeful in pink to honor one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs and I’ve been pondering whether to offer Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic product ever since.

Pink Collar Coach, purposeful in pink. Calvin Klein fuchsia shirt dress, bone pumps and pink bag.

In graduate school, I researched Mary Kay Ash as part of my capstone project. My final paper was entitled: “Pink Collar Strategy to Shatter the Glass Ceiling: Entrepreneurialism as a Sledgehammer”. Mary Kay left the male dominated corporate world and founded the company as a way to help other women be successful. Its principles are God first, family second and career third. This so aligns with my values and the image coaching facet of my business. And the freedom and flexibility the company offers fit into my dream “portfolio career” where I’m doing all the things I love on my terms vs. working for others. While all of this is good for me, I believe it could be great for the women I coach, personally and professionally.

Thus far, when I’ve done image coaching sessions, I’ve taken clients to Sephora (and Target in a pinch because the request was added on to go with an out of town client’s new wardrobe!). It seems to make sense that I’d carry products so the image coaching sessions can take place in my home/office, the client’s home, or at the Mary Kay Studio here in town (I didn’t know that existed until today!). That would provide more opportunity for proper makeup application so the look can be replicated at home. And I’m hopeful that doing the demonstrations and providing the products in a more relaxed setting will put clients more at ease.

Really, I’m trying to be purposeful about what I now call, “The Swan Experience”. For those who request a stand alone cosmetics makeover or one to complement the wardrobe makeover, the transformation would simply include cosmetics I carry rather than clients purchasing products from a retailer and paying the marked up prices to cover their overhead expenses. In addition, I’d be able to offer complimentary products and services. It seems like a win win! And, surprisingly, my hubby volunteered that he’s on board should I decide to move forward.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is building her business to serve you,   I’d love your input. I’m not asking if you think I should “sell” Mary Kay. My question is more if if you were interested in an image coaching session, would you enjoy having the products on hand to try in a comfortable, private setting? I’m trying to be purposeful and provide your preferences, so I appreciate you helping me ponder whether to offer Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic product. Thank you!

P.S. If you weigh in and I move forward, there may be some giveaways!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Author Interview: Janet Kassalen, Author of Children’s Stories With A Grown Up Message – Part 2

Author Interview: Janet Kassalen, Author of Children’s Stories With A Grown Up Message – Part 2

Day 142 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been busy in the best way. I took care of some personal business that keeps me in a position to keep pursuing my business and received some wonderful feedback on the CD to accompany my book as well as on my professional growth from someone who was kind enough to share it. In addition to that, I got have lunch and with and plan my next workshop with Jenn-Quinn Wilson, the Wonderpreneur. It is tentatively set for all day Saturday, November 4th. Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and Wonder Diva will bring you: The Making Of A Pink Collar Diva: You! More on this head to toe image day soon!

Pink Collar Coach & The Wonderpreneur. Showing off her marketing following our lunch mtg. As a plus size model, she’s gorgeous in her cold shoulder dress and I’m in my Calvin Klein casual olive green jeggins, light green top and plaid shirt with comfy flats. 

And here’s the inspiring conclusion of my interview with Janet Kassalen, author of Flip Flap Try: A Cardinal’s Journey. Her children’s book has messages for any of us who has ever struggled to find our career fit or place in this world.

Rainier had to ask for help from others along his journey. Why do you think women are so afraid to admit when they need helps in their careers? How have other played a part in your journey?

You’re not expected to do everything yourself. It’s OK to ask for others’ input and help. Some ladies out there have done amazing things and written words of wisdom we can learn from. It’s important to encourage each other along the way to reaching our goals. I’m glad I went through the process of publishing. Asking for help was a good decision. Everyone was working with and pulling for me. Kay Fittes told me, “If you want something to happen, you have to make it happen. You have to oversee it.” And my author’s assistant let me make decisions, and it helped me grow. I couldn’t just sit back and let others make the decisions. My husband has also helped me. He says the conversation is never over or ended. If you’ve had problems or misunderstandings, there’s always a chance to straighten things out and move forward.

Rainer finds a job that he enjoys. It is meaningful to him and helps him to serve his purpose. How is becoming an author enabling you to serve yours?

I wanted to encourage people and give them hope in finding their dream job or mission. To let them know there’s always a new day to start over and try again. Just go from there.

The tagline on your beautiful website is: Children’s Stories With A Grown Up Message. What inspired you to use your children’s writing to inspire adults?

At first, it was intended more to help young adults struggling with their careers. My book coach thought it would work better as a children’s story. Adults can still learn from it. Reading didn’t come easy for me, but I could understant a children’s book. It was easier to understand, colorful and full of pictures but just as meaningful. And it doesn’t take half a year to read it!

A few years ago, I worked with you to redesign your office, which you call your “Communication Center”. How has having a work space that is beautiful, comfortable, and functional impacted your writing?

I’ve watched your personal and professional transformation. You’ve gone from “timid duckling” to savvy and chic swan. What encouragement do you have for women struggling to find themselves and their place in this world?

Never give up your hope. It’s OK to ask for help. Take vacations. On vacation I had the experience that started the cardinal story.  I also have a CD player with lots of CDs that I call my “To Do” list. It helps to put in the CDs and review to make sure I’m not missing something. Sometimes, I’m not ready to complete a task – if it’s not the right time. Other times, something just appears and it’s what you were looking for. It’s good to get the whole picture of what’s going on to set your priorities. Keep believing in yourself because everyone has the ability to help someone else.

A few years ago, I worked with Janet & her husband to redesign their shared office. They call the Communication Center. Handy hubby built the sunflower coatrack to go with the room’s theme.










Prepping to Kick Up Women’s Assertiveness Quotient to Maximize Their Success ( & Looking Professional Doing It)

Prepping to Kick Up Women’s Assertiveness Quotient to Maximize Their Success ( & Looking Professional Doing It)

It’s actually Day 138 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. I’d posted micro-posts on social media but realized I had the day wrong so am coming back to correct it. I also realized those who enjoy the posts about fashion would miss this if I’m not connected with them via FB or LinkedIn…The day was amazing: networking at H7 Connect, having a meeting with my book editor, and setting up at our venue for tomorrow’s all day event. We like to look professional while prepping to present.

Calvin Klein sheath dress & gray cardigan with suede patchwork elbows. Suede peep toes & bag. 
I came out of the cards and the heels during set up!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic chick with a full day ahead of me, I’m going to wrap up preparations. So excited and can’t wait to share about the day tomorrow.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Sense of Style Sense – Layer Your Summer Wardrobe to Look Savvy & Chic in Fall

Sense of Style Sense – Layer Your Summer Wardrobe to Look Savvy & Chic in Fall

Day 127 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one of those where you can feel the transition from summer to fall. Since I do Zumba early on Saturday mornings, the hot tub and then lunch, I knew I needed to dress in layers so I would be warm enough when I left the gym and in the air-conditioned restaurant. I’m shivering cold after working out because my temperature spikes when I’m dancing hard then it plummets immediately afterward.  And with the forecast predicting temps in the mid seventies, I wanted to be able to remove a layer when they reached their high. It makes good style sense to layer summer pieces for savvy and chic fall looks that keep you comfortable as well.

Savvy & Chic Summer Layering:

I. A summer maxi dress in a color that transitions well into fall (think shades of orange, yellow, green)

2. A short sleeve top in a complimentary tone worn over the maxi takes it into the next season vs. bare neck and shoulders

3. A lightweight flyaway cardigan (cardi) that marries the two pieces

4. A handbag and shoes that pull the colors together and add a deep fall tone like brown


Maxi dress is about four or five years old, cardi around same age, and the short sleeve top is from this season. The shoes (sun made them look white, but actually a creamy peach) and handbag are in the same color family but not match-matchy.                        Both, as well as sunglasses, have some deep brown which say “Fall”.                                    OPI nail polish same tint as shoes. $3 at TJ Maxx!
Layering allows you to lighten up when needed. All clothing and accessories Calvin Klein – TJMaxx or Marshall’s.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is still savoring summer over the next two weeks, I’m not quite ready to hang up my summer wardrobe. By layering it, I maximize the pieces I’m still enjoying by making them stretch into fall. As we continue heading toward autumn, I plan to post some pictures of other ways yo stretch your summer closet, and your budget, using lightweight sweaters, scarves, and ankle boots. These looks are great whether you’re on the homefront, in the workplace, or running back and forth between the two. I hope you’ll visit to get tips on how to layer your summer pieces to make savvy & chic fall looks.

 In the meantime, if you use any of these layering tips, please shoot me a picture. I’d love to feature you on my blog!

Kibby maximizing her summer finds. Suede boots. So savvy chic & stylish!

~Be savvy & chic,

~Pink  Collar Coach



Personal Makeover to Match Professional Metamorphosis

Personal Makeover to Match Professional Metamorphosis

Day 109 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Project has technically passed, but I’m so excited about how I spent it that I wanted to share. For years my comprehensive coaching agency, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, has partnered with High Heeled Success to present workshops for professional women. At the most recent, I met an early childhood center director and could relate to her struggles, having sat in that seat myself.  Like me, she was barely surviving in the role and took advantage of the opportunity to invest in her professional development when it was offered. Fast forward to today and she is now thriving. She’s undergone quite a professional transformation and I am thrilled to have conducted an complete image consultation to reflect her changes.

After this professional woman, who is the boss, initially reached out for the consultation, she experienced a case of cold feet and was understandably a little fearful. I assured her that I would do everything in my power to ensure she had a positive experience and that she’d come away from the image consultation, which I use as a coaching session, feeling encouraged and inspired.

And I’m so happy to say I delivered on my promise. Our day started at TJMaxx and when the first outfit I’d selected for her was PERFECT, it set the tone for the rest of the wardrobe shopping. Now this director who wears hats as a business woman, classroom assistant, tour guide, bus driver, cook, custodian, nurse and counselor to name only a few, has a selection of beautiful, comfortable, functional separates along with slide on flats that she can mix and match to build several outfits. All of these will enable her to step into any of her roles with ease and style.

Makeup was next on the agenda. Our trip to Sephora yielded an array of cosmetics that can be applied to bring out great skin and STUNNING, and I do mean STUNNING hazel eyes flecked with so much green. The ladies at Sephora couldn’t say enough about how pretty they are and I agreed. In fact, pretty was a common theme that ran through the clothing I selected for her. While she needs to look professional and like the leader of the program and for parents and stakeholders, pieces with details like embroidery, fresh patterns, feminine cuts, soft colors and those with a pop play up the pretty while remanning professional. Cosmetics with pinks, peaches, and purples complement her new wardrobe.

Finally, a salon visit that included color, eyebrow waxing, cut, and styling completed the new look. A pretty auburn shade mixed with a subtle gold tone is close to the natural hue buried beneath gray hair. As with her eyes, the stylists in the salon were effusive about how gorgeous my client’s thick, curly hair. To get a better shape than below, a bob cut with the back slightly stacked causes the front to fall forward a little and it will do more as it grows out. The bangs were left a little long, again for softness and to show off her brows. The color alone erased years and enhanced her beauty.



At the end of our time, the ladies at Sephora and the salon wanted to see the total transformation. Their enthusiasm was as much a boost for the my client’s self esteem as the new look. She indulged all of us and changed into one of her new outfits so we could take pictures of her transformation. The genuine, spontaneous reactions all around – from the stylists, receptionist and other customers – far exceeded any feedback I could have given. She did me so proud!



As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach who LOVES to bless women, I coached all day to not only dress my client but to address her issues. So you can imagine why my favorite part of the day was when I told her, “You got through the day with no tears.” Then she proceeded to cry – tears of joy. Rewarding Doesn’t. Begin. To. Describe. It.

~Pink Collar Coach

If you’d like to polish your professional packaging, I’d love to hear from you to discuss an image consultation.