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Burlington, VT
Advocating for respect, kindness and fabulous shoes
Interests: reading, writing, cooking, worrying, fashion, pop culture
Recent Activity
If you care to join me at my new blog site, go to Nothing against TypePad, I was just drawn to Tumblr. My latest post is on professional workwear for the curvy women. Fair the well, Professionalista! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at Professionalista
I assume this is a common blogger's delimma: Who's your audience? I woud guess that successful bloggers - and writers in general - know their audience and consistently write to them. (I know this because my lovely parents paid a lot of money for me to be an English major... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at Professionalista
Happy New Year! I have several mottos/credos/words of wisdom I live by. 1. Better late than never. (Note my Happy New Year! greeting.) 2. Let not the fear of the thorns keep you from the rose. (I first saw this spray painted on a cliff side near Saratoga, NY when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Professionalista
I usually write about workplace etiquette, relationships, personality quirks and fashion. I'm also interested in cooking. At some point (maybe when the kids were beyond fish sticks and apple sauce), I realized I actually enjoyed planning and creating meals. Honestly, I'm not into baking - especially bread making - but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Professionalista
Winding up the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Ate. Napped. Read. Shopped (a little). Now it's time to get crackin'. Back to work. But before I get there, thought I'd share a few websites and thoughts. How amazing would it be to buy vintage pieces of clothing, accessories, shoes for the chic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Professionalista
I've been comparing and contrasting e-readers. Which is most cost-effective? Which is most user friendly? Which has the best selection of e-books? Which has the most easy-to-use options/apps? And, ultimately, which is coolest? We all know anything Mac is going to be the ultimate is geek chic. The iPad is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Professionalista
I went shopping to support my friend, C. She wanted me to help her make a decision or two. I love helping my friends, acquaitances, random strangers make decisions about what clothing works for them. So off we went to a store I don't usually shop at. Be that as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at Professionalista
I am lucky and honored to have many great friends and friendly acquaintances. I probably have at least a handful of besties (I've never been one to have only one tight bond - 'cept with my dear hubby). And there are at least 25 people in my life whom I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at Professionalista
I'm fairly new the the fashion blogosphere. But from what I've stumbled upon so far it is, not surprisingly, dominated by women. I frequent a handful or two of these (The Pioneer Woman (she has a home and style page), Karla's Closet, The Coveted, ShoeGirl, Shoe Daydreams, Grit and Glamour).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Professionalista
I had a lot of fun in the '80s. Asymmetrical cuts, florescent Ts and leggings, tapered jeans and oversized shirts: I done did all those things. I also wore a lot of preppy turned-up collar shirts and Laura Ashley school-girl dresses (I was in a sorority, gosh darn it! It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at Professionalista
Professionalista recognizes Mondo Guerra, one of the most talented designers on Season 8 of Project Runway. Not only is Mondo a monster diva and creative force winning several challenges, but he has displayed amazing growth as a professional and a man. This week we learned that Mondo has been HIV... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Professionalista
Most of us working folk get up every morning, do what we need to do to start the day, get to the job, work (in theory), get back home, eat dinner, kick back (?), spend time with family, read, watch the tube, go to bed and then start over. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Professionalista
I think I need a pair of cropped black pants and a colorful scarf to go with my faux military jacket. I'm open to other suggestions (don't bother to mention camo). Oooh, and I could carry my faux leopard purse. I like where this is if I just had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Professionalista
I'm a lucky girl. I was born to older parents. By the time I came along, my bro and sis were around 17 and 18 years old. Before I was even aware that life existed beyond me (well, I'm still working on this concept...), my brother was in college and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Professionalista
via I gleen that a lot of stylists don't dig Victorian Beckham's clothes. As a common workin' girl, here's what I think: her line is often lady-like, tailored and refined. Her spring/summer 2010 line seems workable for many body types (petite, long-waisted, voluptuous, boy-hipped) and can be rocked by... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 12, 2010 at Professionalista
Please follow The Shoe Girl's blog. She is a shoe designer for Betsey Johnson and an all around fun girl. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Professionalista
I work in a dog-friendly business located in a dog-friendly building. The people who work there are dog friendly. There is no better friendlier work environment to bring a dog (unless you maybe work in a field or at the beach or some other place that is like dog heaven).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at Professionalista
Reblogged Sep 8, 2010 at Professionalista
Summer is coming to an end (well not really because the heat is still blazing) and I figured I might as well wear all of my pretty dresses before the windy, cool weather arrives. via I adore Karla of Karla's Closet. She loves to buy vintage clothes and alter... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 6, 2010 at Professionalista
All the best professionals do it. I'm sure your mom did it. A favorite teacher? He did it. Your most-respected supervisor ever? You know she did it. Let's do it! I am talking about complimenting; sharing of praise; thoughtful commenting. To say something positive about someone's work costs nothing. It's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at Professionalista
Newsweek did their annual "Emmy Roundtable" in the August 23 & 30, 2010 issue and three of my favorite TV actors are nominated: Matthew Fox (Jack!), Christina Hendricks (Joan!) and Chris Colfer (Kurt!). I think all three nominations are well deserved. The moment I saw the Glee actor/dancer/singer Colfer in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at Professionalista
Another sad blow to this professionalista: our last summer intern standing, M, had her last day today. She is now back to college to tackle a fifth year. Just like dear K, the intern who shared my office, M is smart, hard working, able and willing - not to mention... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Professionalista
I've blogged before on murses (man purses). Not a big fan. But this post on the Beyond Fabric blog highlights some good lookin' mags (man bags). [Note: Thanks to Shoe Daydreams for the link.] I'm all for a man carrying a sophisticated leather briefcase, a soft leather satchel or a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Professionalista
I went downtown with my daughter today to get her a pair of pants that she can wear to her part-time job at my hubby's - her father's - work. (She's doing a dang good job scanning documents.) Of course, we stopped in to Stella - a great shoe store... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Professionalista
OK. These aren't professional at all. They are fun. They are hot. They are Christian Louboutin. I am in love with them and would marry them if you could marry shoes. And I wasn't already married to a handsome, big man. Let me reminisce: I saw them first in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Professionalista