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5 Tips to Score Big at Your Performance Review - Trish Barillas

Performance reviews can be a stressful time for employees. The tension from so many unanswered questions – Will my employer see all my hard work? Will I be promoted this year? Will I receive a raise or a bonus? Additionally, no one enjoys a sit-down conversation where they are scrutinized. Factor all this in and emotions can definitely run high during this time, but performance reviews don’t always have to be nerve-racking. This can actually be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your accomplishments and distinguish yourself. Showing your employer the value you bring to the company.

The best thing to do before a performance review is prepare to make sure you lock in that raise and get the bonus. Trish Barillas, the best-selling author of A Face of Anxiety is a life and career coach specializing in job advancements, organization, anxiety, relationships, and breakups. Here are her five tips for making sure you score big at your next performance review.

1) Be Engaged

Be prepared with questions on how to improve your performance in your weakness areas.

2) Show Interest in Additional Training

Ask if there are classes you could take that would be beneficial to your position. They may even offer to have the company pay for it.

3) Give Feedback

Do you have a solution to an existing problem you want to share and use it as goal setting for your upcoming fiscal year?

4) Show your Progress

If you have been at the company more than a year, bring your previous review to compare and ensure different goals for the upcoming year.

5) Talk Future Goals or Plans

This is an ample opportunity to show if you have an interest in other areas of the company. Express what direction you see yourself going in, every meeting is a chance to explore other options in order to place your name/interest at the forefront.

Apply these tips to your next performance review for a productive sit-down. Found these tips helpful? Want more career advice from life and career coach Trish Barillas?
www.barillascoaching.com

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

January 30, 2018 0 comment
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Meet Stylist Crystal C.

Our styling team is where all the magic happens. We love our stylists, and they love what they do. They answer your fashion questions and keep you ahead of the style trends, but have you ever wondered who the ladies behind the glamour are? We are lifting the curtain to give you a sneak peek into the hard-working women who curate your SuitableYou boxes. In this edition of Meet The Stylist, we sat down with Crystal C. to find out how life as a mom has changed her style and what her must-have items are.

What is the best part of your job as a stylist at SY?

The customer feedback. I love hearing how members fall in love with the pieces we send them, especially when it’s a piece they wouldn’t have considered when shopping for themselves. It’s also great learning that they find outfit inspiration from the style notes included in every box we send.

What is your personal style?

I love mixing different styles but I am a boho girl at heart. I love the carefree simple style. When the weather is warm, I gravitate toward maxi dresses and skirts.

As a new mom, my style has changed a bit. When I’m not working/styling, I’m running around chasing my twin babies, so I need clothes that are cozy yet stylish. Since I spend a lot of my time on the floor playing with the twins, my go-to’s are joggers pants with a cute cotton tee.

Where do you get style Inspiration?

I follow a lot of bloggers with different styles to get new ideas. I also love looking through fashion magazines for inspiration (who doesn’t?). With my favorite being InStyle magazine.

Any trends you are obsessing over right now?

Blush or pale pink is the must-have color. I incorporated this color into my wardrobe and even in my accessories and lip color.  

Do you have a favorite saying or style motto?

Wear what makes you feel good! Wear pieces that you love or have received compliments on.

What is the one article of clothing or accessory that everyone should have in their workwear closet?

A silver or gold long necklace. It’s an easy way to pull any outfit together. You can also wear a necklace with a little bit of color to make an outfit pop.

What advice would you give members to look and feel their best?

Be open to new styles and looks. Try on pieces you normally would not pick out because they could turn out to be your new favorite items.

What makeup item can’t you leave the house without?

I apply lip gloss probably 8 times a day – if not more. I have little time to put on makeup in the mornings, so I always make sure I have one of my favorite lip glosses in my purse.

3 Fun facts about you?

I‘m a mom to 9-month-old twins – a boy & girl.

I’m originally from California and love the hot weather.

I design and create my own jewelry.

Love the boho chic style too? Then request Crystal C. as your personal stylist. Become a SuitableYou member, sign-up today.

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

January 23, 2018 0 comment
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10 Life Lessons I Learned This Year - Gillian Brown at coffee shop

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I can’t help but take some time to catch my breath and think about the crazy whirlwind that this year has been. It seems like 2017 has flashed right before my eyes. Where has the time gone? We’re in the final weeks of November and then it’s December. Before you know it, the clock will strike midnight and it will be New Years. Running SuitableYou has definitely kept me busy this year and I’m extremely grateful for its success.

This has been the most life-changing year of my life, and I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come as a company and the 10 life lessons I’ve learned this year.

  1. Believe in yourself. Trust your gut and your vision! – Don’t let others influence you and talk you out of what you truly believe in. At the end of the day, YOU need to be happy with yourself and your vision.
  2. Don’t take yourself so seriously – This is something that took me a long time to understand and I am still learning how to laugh at myself.
  3. Change is a good thing  – I had a lot of BIG changes happen this year, not only with SuitableYou but with my personal life too. I turned 30 in August and got married in September. I am not always the best at dealing with big changes, but these were all good ones – embrace the change!
  4. Forgiveness is key – We all get upset and angry sometimes and might want to hold grudges, but I have learned that life is too short. It’s best to say “I’m sorry” and move on.
  5. If it doesn’t work the first time keep trying – Don’t give up! Running and managing a startup can be difficult, and sometimes things don’t work out the first time around. As much as I wanted to throw in the towel some days, I knew I had to keep going!
  6. Pursue your dreams- Life is too short so do what you love. Make time to do things you are passionate about and make you happy. Find time for yourself!
  7. Listen more- Nobody has all the answers, especially when you are starting your own company. Listening is the key. By listening to other people’s struggles and stories you will learn a lot about yourself.
  8. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will – If you don’t believe in yourself or think you are worthy, then others will see the same. I believe when you put out positive energy into the universe it reciprocates.
  9. Patience is a virtue – In order for things to happen, we need to have patience. This is coming from a person who has little patience and wants everything done in an instant. SuitableYou has taught me that patience is KEY!
  10. Embrace the unexpected – This year has been incredible every step of the way. From all of my achievements to my failures. It all happened, and I learned from every single opportunity that I experienced and I am beyond grateful for that.

With every year that passes, I learn new life lessons and continue to grow as a person. I know that that there are more lessons for me to learn especially with running and managing SuitableYou, but I can’t wait! It’s been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait for what’s to come. The key to it all is to take the time to reflect, learn your lessons and never take anything for granted.

What life lessons have you learned this year? Let us know in the comment section!
November 22, 2017 1 comment
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SuitableYou Gift Card

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? The holiday season can be an overwhelming time of the year and gift shopping doesn’t make things any easier. You have the overcrowded stores, long lines, hassles of online shopping and endless gift receipts stuffed in your purse.

It can also be nerve wrecking when trying to buy clothes for someone whose size and style you’re not sure of. We all have those people who are always difficult to shop for. It might be your sister-in-law or coworker, or the friend who already has everything. So before you hurry out to some crazy midnight sale, we’re going to make your life easier. We have the solution for you – a SuitableYou gift card.

 

6 Reasons Why She’ll Love a SuitableYou Gift Card

1. Our stylists give a personalized service and how-to outfit ideas.

2. Perfect style & sizing every time.

3. We help build wardrobes — we don’t just send pieces.

4. Office-appropriate outfits that go from 9 to 9.

5. Hassle-free. Only keep what you love.

6. Free shipping & free returns every time.

Doesn’t this sound like the perfect gift for any woman in your life that loves to look her best but has no time to shop? It can be your mom, sister, daughter, coworker or friend. A SY gift card will always be the perfect fit and style, and it’s a fun experience that your family and friends will enjoy. This is also a great and easy way to cross a couple names of your holiday shopping list without leaving the comfort of your home. Who wouldn’t want a personal stylist and a fabulous new outfit to start the new year?

Ready to spread some holiday cheer and give the gift of fashion with a SY gift card? It’s quite simple and stress-free, just choose the option that works best for you.

Styling Box Gift Card

2 Ways To Gift

1 – Email – Quick, easy, and paperless. Send a SuitableYou gift card to a recipient via email. You can send your gift right away or schedule a specific date and time for delivery.

2 – Print – Print the gift card from the comfort of your home and then you’re all set to deliver it in person. We’re digital, but still appreciate an old-fashioned, IRL gift (that’s in real life).

What about you? Now that you have crossed a couple names off your shopping list, are you ready for the upcoming holiday season?  If not, no need to stress. Leave the outfit prep to us. Request an SY holiday box filled with festive dresses, tops, skirts, pants, and jackets. Make sure to request SuitableYou gift cards this holiday season too!

SuitableYou makes holiday gift giving FUN. Get a FREE $10 bonus for every $50 you spend on SuitableYou gift cards (offer valid through 1/14/2018)!

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

November 17, 2017 0 comment
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Professional Gal: Ida Tin co-founder and CEO of Clue - Ida At Desk

Danish entrepreneur Ida Tin is the co-founder and CEO of Clue. Clue is an app that helps women track their menstrual and fertility cycles. Women can keep a detailed log of their period on their phones and even share cycle information with their partner.

Ida’s own desire to track her menstrual cycle gave her the idea for the app. In 2013, Clue went from being an idea to a company. Clue is currently rated the top free period tracker app by the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Let’s meet the woman behind Clue to hear what she has to say about being an entrepreneur and the setbacks she’s faced with her startup.

How would you describe yourself?

I would say that I am a driven individual who is passionate about making information and knowledge available to all those who seek it. Especially, when it comes to women’s health.

I am also a quantified self-person. (That is someone who incorporates technology and data analysis into their daily life.) Which explains why I was driven to create an app that allows me to do just that!

What tips would you give to yourself at the beginning of your career, given what you know now?

When you start, I think not knowing is a great gift. Not knowing that the mountain you are about to climb is 1,000 times higher than you thought. That what you believe might prove false. That others might see things you are not yet ready to see yourself.

Starting the journey is the single most important thing as an entrepreneur. Had I not been so determined to start, that would have been the best advice – just start!

What would you say is the most important aspect that goes into building a successful business or a brand?

Listening to the advice of those who are more experienced and trusting your instincts. It is essential to seek advice in certain situations. Especially in areas you may not be familiar with or feel that you could benefit from the advice of others. But overall, it is important to own responsibility for your business and make executive decisions when necessary.

How do you deal with setbacks that occur in running your business?

One of the earlier setbacks I encountered when running my business was in my role as a leader. I felt there were a lot of things I could take care of myself. Instead of learning how to assess my own limitations and delegate tasks (thus sharing the workload), I tried to do too much myself. I found that this left me scattered and prevented certain tasks from being completed or completed to the high standard I would expect. Now, I try to focus on the things that only I can do, taking a step back and allowing my team to take care of the rest.

As a result of delegating, the whole company has grown and can work at a much faster pace. This enables me to deliver on the things needed directly from me.

What do you do when you are unsure about a future business move?

The first thing I do is speak to my team. At Clue, we have meetings regularly and discuss any upcoming plans. As a leader, I will always listen to my team and address their concerns. We also listen to our users. For example, we launched our smart pill tracking technology in May 2017 because we were seeing a huge volume of help desk requests around the pill and what to do when one is missed. This sizeable update was a direct result of trying to address user requests with a technology we knew they could benefit from.

What would you tell a woman interested in making the leap to entrepreneurship?

I firmly believe it is essential for women to empower each other to get involved in the industry and continue breaking gender stereotypes, thus paving the way for others.

We need more women entrepreneurs to bring attention to women’s reproductive health around the world.

What book do you read when you need a productivity boost?

David Sibbet’s “Visual Leaders.” I am a visual person and using visual tools to stay organized and productive is key. This book is a great leadership resource. It’s a tool that spells out how to use visuals to increase group productivity.

Do you have a saying or motto you live by?

“Things will work out.” I believe that whatever happens in life, there will be a lesson learned and a way to move forward. Or to put it even more drastically, whatever happens, the only choice is to make the best of it. I remember the Dalai Lama’s words that sometimes not getting what you want is the greatest gift. It makes life kind of failure proof. There is no such thing as failure.

What is your go-to piece of professional workwear?

My statement blue glasses!

How do you achieve work-life balance?

One of the biggest obstacles to women in business is the idea that they can’t have a work-life balance. The views of the Berlin tech industry towards work-life balance are not that different from Silicon Valley’s. It takes a more conscious effort to maintain a work-life balance at startups. There is always so much to do and so many potential avenues to take. Every day is different, and finding that balance takes collective and individual work each day.

Who is your role model, and why?

Anais Nin. I am fascinated by her diaries, which, in my opinion, are the absolute core of her work. Her ability to dive deep into the minds, emotions, and desires of herself and others is just breathtaking. Her depth, sensuality, sexuality, and creativity are inspiring.

She was an entrepreneur (1930’s -1960’s) who fought to make her art her livelihood. Unfortunately, she was ignored because of her gender. Today we would say that she had an enormous amount of grit.

As an early adopter of psychoanalysis, she worked to develop herself from a timid girl into a strong woman. I think there are many parallels with Anais Nin and the journey you go through as a founder. You must continuously rise to the challenge of being a leader.

Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?

On a company level, I feel the immense potential of what Clue can do. I think about what a difference it will make in the world when people have a good understanding of how their body works, and are able to take good care of themselves. Access to technology will change the world. It already has. Clue’s ongoing goals are to continue advancing research in women’s health and to make basic reproductive health information more accessible.

A lover of technology and knowledge, Ida hopes to empower women by providing access to the information they need to make decisions for a healthy life and advancing scientific research. Now, please excuse me while I sign off to download Clue on my phone.

Want to learn more about Ida Tin and her period tracking and fertility app?
www.helloclue.com
https://store.helloclue.com/

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

November 8, 2017 0 comment
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SY GIRL: Crystal Berry of Obsessions Now - Sitting

Crystal Berry of Obsessions Now, is a New York-based fashion blogger, stylist, and creative writer. Obsessions Now is an online destination for those who seek a smart and stylish lifestyle through fashion, beauty, and travel. With her high/low styling approach, Crystal creates runway looks by mixing designer, splurge-worthy pieces with affordable, on-trend items.

Here is Crystal Berry’s story, what led her to create Obsessions Now and what is the best career advice she ever received.

Crystal Berry – Tell us about your career journey.

My career started in marketing and public relations in Miami, Florida. I quickly became the director of marketing for a hospitality conglomerate. I created campaigns for new location openings, loyalty programs, and large-scale events, yet something felt off.

As a child, I had watched how my mom found so much joy (and occasional frustration) in her business. I knew that I wanted to create a business for myself. I wanted to be an entrepreneur just like her.  So that’s what I did.

I started my own communications company and picked up a handful of clients that had been familiar with my work ethic and results. Life under the palm trees with my laptop was going great until the financial crisis of 2008 spilled into my client’s 2009 budgets. I was sent looking for a new job. At this point, I decided my smartest move would be to get agency experience under my belt. In 2009, I moved to New York City and went to work for a public relations agency.

Again, I quickly moved up the ladder and found myself as the lead on one of the agency’s largest accounts, Beats by Dr. Dre. It was then that I started working with fashion publications and becoming friends with the editors. I remember feeling on top of the world when I got my first major product placement in Vogue magazine. But all that came to an end when my then boyfriend (now husband) decided that he wanted to get his MBA at Stanford and asked me to move to Palo Alto, California with him.

In 2011, I started my career all over again for the second time. It wasn’t a smooth transition but ended up being a very rewarding one. I  landed a role at a well-known PR agency in San Francisco but ultimately turned it down. I had aced my PR skills already and wanted to try something new. After a little more searching, I took a Director of Marketing Programs and Communications role at a thought leadership organization (it seemed very fitting for the Silicon Valley version of me).

This was my first time writing a high-level analysis based on qualitative and qualitative data, and creating multi-channel distribution campaigns for content. The analytics side of me was geeking out, but the fashion side of me was having one long snooze.

This is when and why I started my blog. In 2013, we moved back to New York City, and I needed an outlet for sharing my real passion: fashion. I continued to write both the technical whitepapers and the occasional fashion blog articles for about two years until I made another jump back into entrepreneurship. This time, I jumped into a career as a full-time blogger, publishing consistent content on my blog and across social media platforms.

Best career advice you’ve ever received?

My favorite is “stay in your own lane.” It’s natural to want to look around and see what everyone else is doing (and important for market landscape analyses). But if you pay too much attention to what others are doing, it can damage your own success. When you compare, it can influence your creativity. This doesn’t just pertain to fashion, we live in a world where every day a new product or service is being introduced. People need to provide something original in order to differentiate, stand out, and rise to the top.

What inspires you to get up and go to work every morning?

I love to dream up new ways to tell stories, share, and inspire others, and every day I get the opportunity to do just that. I work with so many talented creatives, from designers to photographers to videographers. When we start vibing and crafting fresh ideas, it makes me feel alive.

Not to sound cliché, but the people who follow me and support me provide a ton of motivation. Receiving comments that someone never thought to put together items a certain way or were unsure of how to try a new style until I showed them a new approach, is rewarding. I want to be a resource for people so that every day I look forward to coming up with fresh ideas I can share.

Beyond fashion conversations, I wake up thinking about the community I’ve built. How are they doing? What are they up to? If they are going through hard times, I try to be there as a supportive friend. It’s a wild digital world we live in now. The beauty is that you can have hundreds of friends you’ve never even met in real life. It’s growing those deep relationships with people that has enriched my life and keeps me going.

How would you describe your work style – aka workwear?

Ha-ha. Since I like to rise and write while my mind is fresh, I mostly work in pajama pants, an inside-out tee, and mismatched socks. Basically, whatever I wore to bed the night before. But, in terms of fashion, I take a high/low approach to styling. I’ll splurge on designer pieces I feel I can get a lot of wears out of. Keeping the trendy pieces at an affordable price point.

Which celeb or on-screen character embodies your style? And why?

Hmm, this one is hard because I don’t watch a lot of television or movies. I don’t really have the time and when I do, it’s an episode of reality TV before I pass out. My style crushes come from the first generation of fashion bloggers like Olivia Palermo and Aimee Song

Your motto for living a stylish yet balanced life.

I wouldn’t call my life balanced. A work/life balance is definitely something that I’m working on.

What has been one of the best moments of your career so far? Any regrets?

Hmm, I’ve had a lot of great moments! To name a few, I’d say: landing my first Wall Street Journal article, experiencing the thrill of running a huge international press conference, having my first piece of fashion content regrammed by a brand, getting my first brand collaboration as a fashion blogger, being featured in Teen Vogue this year (this is funny because I am currently 36 years old!), attending New York Fashion Week, and those moments when I read a comment on my blog or Instagram where someone takes the time to tell me that I have inspired them.

As for regrets, when I was younger, I didn’t know how to assert my value and was bad at negotiating salary. At the beginning of my career, I would sell myself short thinking that my lack of experience outweighed my enthusiasm, determination to deliver, and drive.

She’s a go-getter, innovator, and risk-taker. Crystal Berry has had some bumps in her career over the years, but she has always managed to re-emerge stronger than before. As an entrepreneur, she’s making a splash in the blogging industry with her edgy, yet classy, fashion content.

Follow Crystal Berry for her latest on fashion, beauty, and travel.
www.obsessionsnow.com
IG: @obsessions_now
YouTube: ObsessionsNowbyCrystal

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

October 31, 2017 0 comment
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Member Testimonials: See What Our Members Say About Us - Women

Our relationship with our members means everything to us. Their complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal. That’s why feedback is of the utmost importance to us. We love hearing from our customers.

Here is what our SuitableYou members are saying about our workwear personal styling service.

 

Become a SuitableYou member. If you haven’t given us a try, sign up today.

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

October 25, 2017 0 comment
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At SuitableYou, we’re all about data. We have to be in order to understand each of our members’ style preferences for each workwear box we send them. All this information helps us improve and provide a better personal styling experience for the SuitableYou member. So we thought we’d share some highlights with you!

A year after launching our beta, we’re proud to have 36,744 SuitableYou outfits worn in one-years time! We’re also happy to see such a range of members. Dressing such a diverse group of women helps keep us on our toes. Our members live in 35 states, and Chicago is our number one city. While we dress women between ages 18-68 for their 9-to-5 jobs, the majority of SuitableYou members (64%) are young professionals, between the ages of 25-34.

We’d love to start dressing you. If you haven’t given us a try, sign up today using code OURTREAT (valid through 10/31/2017) to get $10 off your 1st box.

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

October 18, 2017 0 comment
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Meet the SuitableYou Team - Office

Meet the faces behind the passionate and dedicated team that helps run SuitableYou. We come from different backgrounds, have different areas of expertise and even live in different states. But we all have one thing in common, we love what we do and where we work. Our main goal is to provide SuitableYou members with the best experience with our online personal styling service. We also want to save you time by making the morning routine easier with our stylish hand-picked outfits. Meet the SuitableYou team, a company for women run by women.

Become a SuitableYou member and join our team. Sign-up today!

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

October 17, 2017 0 comment
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Q&A With Co-founder Gillian Brown Styling

After working in the fashion industry for five years, SuitableYou co-founder Gillian Brown realized how there was an ongoing issue with professional women and finding stylish attire for the work environment. Since soft-launching SuitableYou the fall of 2016, the company has grown at a steady pace. The women’s workwear, personal style box service has found success in styling women for their 9-5 jobs or 9-9 days. From lawyers, school teachers or college students interviewing for their first job, SuitableYou is there to provide stylish and affordable workwear outfits. Gillian has the vision to turn SuitableYou into the go-to place for all professional women for style, advice and career inspiration.

We sat down for a chat with our co-founder Gillian Brown and she gave us some insight into what it was like launching SuitableYou.

Since launching SuitableYou (a.k.a. SY), what has surprised you?

What has surprised me the most since launching SuitableYou is all the support I have received from other women. It is so amazing to see women, encouraging and supporting each other.

What has been the biggest challenge with SY?

One of the biggest challenges with SuitableYou is merging the fashion side with the technology side and making them work together. Technology is such a big part of our lives and it has changed how people shop.  I have always worked in the fashion industry and feel like I have a very good grasp on that side of the business. So my challenge is learning and understanding how to use technology to enhance our member’s experience.  Luckily, we have terrific people on our team that understand technology and know how to apply it to our business model.

What has been the most rewarding?

The most rewarding aspect of SuitableYou is when I see members posting pictures of themselves in their SuitableYou outfits. I love receiving comments and emails from all of our members telling me how they nailed their interview or feel amazing in their SuitableYou clothes. When I see that I know SuitableYou is accomplishing its mission. My main goal when launching SuitableYou was to make women feel great in their work clothes and empower them to go out and make their mark on the world.

How have you motivated your team?

I motivate my team by empowering them through the growth of the company. Most of the people on our team were with me when I first launched SuitableYou and they have seen firsthand how far SuitableYou has come in just a few months. That alone motivates them to want to work harder and empower other women through fashion and technology.

What’s your advice for entrepreneurial women getting started?

Set your goals high, but be realistic and always make sure you have a proper plan in place.  Don’t let the naysayers talk you down.  There will always be someone who will tell you all the reasons why your idea won’t work.  If you believe in yourself and your idea, then do everything you can to make it happen.  I would also suggest to stay focused – you can’t be everything to everyone.  Proper planning is essential – working smart saves time and money!

Ready to give our styling box a try? Sign-up today!

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

October 16, 2017 0 comment
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