November 17, 2010
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Ena - Day Eight
Ena: I am very happy to report that I had a visit from the shoe fairy yesterday…ok, so it was just my mailman, but in this instance they were one and the same. I saw an adorable – and obscenely marked-down – pair of shoes on line, and now, through the magical power of the internet, they are on my feet. I love these shoes. They are beautiful and so buttery soft that I’m finding it difficult to keep my hands off of them, and, though I realized that I don’t have a thing to wear them with (yet), I was so excited by their arrival that despite my better judgment I wore them today.
I am glad that I wore them. And, I have learned two valuable lessons today; one, leather shoes truly are the greatest – and, as such, worth their price – and two, it is almost impossible to worry about looking foolish for wearing something when you are absolutely in love with it. Both of these lessons are at once very helpful and potentially dangerous depending on how I chose to apply them to my life, hmmm…I’ll have to be very careful. Oh, and note to self, obsessive touching of one’s shoes is neither normal nor well received in public. Another valuable lesson that I shall try to remember.
Bina - Day Eight
Bina: Apparently, I wake up at 6 now. That’s new. Next thing you know, I’ll be waking up at 6 and going running. Okay, that’s just plain crazy. All this picture-posting business does have me on the healthier track though. I’ve been working out more regularly (over the last month or so, not just the last week) and it does make me feel better. Yoga might actually be saving my life.
However, I feel more and more perplexed and frustrated by my closet each morning. Ena said it best when she likened herself to a depression-era housewife attempting to prepare a feast out of old cabbage and bouillon. We only have so much to work with. I attempted to glam up my look today by pulling my hair away from my face and throwing on various gold necklaces. Hopefully, I don’t look too much like I’m sporting a reject from the Mr. T collection. “I pity the fool who puts on my jewelry! I do! I do!” Yes, I LOVE Friends. I also love the shoes I’m wearing – which I acquired for $5 from a warehouse sale when I temped years ago at the Guess? Corporate office. What a steal.
November 17, 2010
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This is JP. He is another coworker who inspires us every day with his daring fashion choices, good attitude, and positive energy. JP has been known to come to work wearing velvet blazers, scarves, cardigans, and Lakers hats (we’ll forgive him that last one), and he never shies away from color, including those colors most men fear, like purple, teal, and bright orange. Before you even ask, no, he is heterosexual.
Not only does JP inspire us with his bold fashion choices, he rallies us to good deeds with his spirit of giving. This month he has decided to donate his face to raising awareness about cancers that affect men, committing to the growth of a moustache for the entire month of November as part of the Movember campaign. This cause is particularly meaningful to JP whose father battled – and survived – prostate cancer. If you’d like to help JP with this cause, click here and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account. The money raised will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others, through the world’s most promising prostate cancer research and LIVESTRONG’s programs that support young adults and their families battling and surviving cancer.
JP agreed to let us take his picture and told us what inspires his style and what dressing well means to him in the hopes that one of the 5 people who read this blog might contribute to his campaign. Thanks JP, for all the inspiration. It is truly a pleasure working with you, though it will be more of a pleasure when we don’t have to stare at your moustache. Good luck!
JP: I was going through a tough time personally which affected my attitude and appearance at work. I wasn’t happy with myself nor my career; consequently, I didn’t care about my appearance or my dress code. I grew out my hair/beard and wore shorts, sandals, and rock t-shirts every day to work. Sometimes I would have to interact with execs which made me feel very embarrassed, but because I didn’t care, I wouldn’t make a change.
This lasted about two years. One day, one of my co-workers told me, “JP you are a very smart guy – what are you still doing here working as an assistant? You have the potential for better opportunities, but let me make you aware that your appearance is not going to get you anywhere.” That’s when I realized that if I wanted to start feeling happy about myself and my career I needed it to start somewhere, and my appearance was the first thing. I started dressing in slacks, ties, and dressy shirts; I also cut my hair and shaved the beard off. Since then, my life has completely changed and I can say that I’m in a very happy place now.
It’s always important to be happy with ourselves in order to be successful in life whether it’s in regard to health, richness, or just simply being happy. Success is measured by our own personal standards/goals, but your appearance and the way you carry yourself will be the way people will distinguish you. Lastly, smiling (you notice I always smile) will release positive energy; you also never know who is falling in love with it.