Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Even Leaders Take a Moment to Rest
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Hi Friends!
It is hard to believe that we are winding down the month of July and heading into the dog days of August.  We have sported our red, white and blue and have hopefully spent a few days in the water whether at the ocean, pool or a beautiful lake.  Before we head into fall, back to school, football season, pumpkin picking and the holidays; take a moment to enjoy the moment.  It is so easy to be focused on work, kid's summer schedules and running from one meeting to the other that we forget the magic of summer.  Head to your favorite restaurant with a few friends or a date night with your special someone and sit on the patio to enjoy an evening out.  Watching our 3.5 year old catch fireflies on our deck is pure magic, as is seeing our teenagers head to the pool with friends to just be teenagers.   Can you remember that carefree feeling?  I am blessed I have them to remind me to slow down and enjoy the moment. 

"Making yourself available 24/7 does not create peak performance," says psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, an instructor at Harvard Medical School. "Recreating the boundaries that technology has eroded does."  (Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine; "Do Us A Favor, Take A Vacation")

Don't race into fall.  Take the time to enjoy family and friends before summer ends.  School's out for summer and the fashion should be easy, breezy and chic.  Here are a few ideas to help you through the remaining summer days…enjoy your kids, enjoy the sun and take a moment to remember the magical summer of your youth!  Whether you take a vacation or a few days off for a staycation, you need to unplug from everything to recharge your batteries.  Rest leads to greater productivity.  Here is a column with some great tips from Inc.com. CEO Secrets for a Worry-Free Vacation.  In the same Bloomberg column quoted above it stated, "Former NASA scientists, working on behalf of Air New Zealand and using testing tools normally reserved for astronauts, recently found that vacationers experienced an 82% increase in job performance post-trip."  Do yourself a favor and take a moment to unplug.  I often see a grouping of 'vacation clothes' in people's closets.  You don't have to be on vacation in order to wear some of your vacation clothes...

MODA Image Consulting has many exciting events planned for the coming months in multiple cities.  Please take a moment to like us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ModaImageCnsltg), if you haven't already so you don't miss out on any special moments or giveaways!  We have partnered with some of our favorite retailers to give away bags, shoes, shopping sprees and much more each time we reach a new milestone in likes.  We are blessed to have readers from all over the world and would love for you to forward our newsletters to your friends and encourage them to sign up as well!  We are so blessed to serve you.  Please contact us today with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation. 

Warmest,

Mila
President
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com


Have fun with your summer clothes!  Even if you are at your own pool or the club house pool, choose a cover-up that is chic!  Life is just too short for boring.  Hats and sunglasses are a great investment and an instant upgrade to a casual outfit. A maxi dress, gold or silver accents on shoes, embellishment or embroidery on easy day dresses and bright colors are always a good choice.  Click on the photos below for links to purchase any of the items you love!
4th of July   


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Posted on 07/24/2013 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
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Thursday, 4 July 2013
Happy 4th!
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Happy 4th!  A question I often get from my clients is how to look chic and comfortable on the 4th or in the summer in general.  I have a three year old who will be wearing a red summer dress, teenagers who will be in the pool most of the day and I will be in charge of the food…except the BBQing.  I leave that to the men in our family!  What to wear?  We live in an area we lovingly call Mayberry we have our own parade, our own swim team, houses that could be out of storybooks and friends who are like family.  This is a beautiful thing but it also means our day is full of activities and not much downtime.  Most of the day will be spent chasing around the three year old, near or in the pool, hanging with friends and making sure our teenagers are not playing with fireworks.  This can be exhausting and not to mention, HOT.  What does one wear to stay cool and look chic? 

My must haves:

1. Sunscreen

2. Hat

3. Festive earrings

4. One red OR one blue piece not both.  I don't count white because, well, white is white.

Turquoise is such a great option as an accent to red.  (See earrings below).  The Sam Edelman shoes in the first picture, (available Nordstrom and Dillard's) are one of my favorite sandals this season.  Dress them up or down and count on them to be comfortable.  An easy summer knit dress is a must-have.  It is lighter and easier than shorts for us moms, it is an easy way to look pulled together even when we don't feel it.  Flip flops should not be spongy.  Choose a leather flip flop and how about a pair with some accents? (See picture 3) Whatever you do, don't be boring and enjoy this incredible day! Rain or shine.

Each picture below has a link attached to it. Click on the picture to SHOP the clothes!



Mila Grigg is the President of MODA Image Consulting.  MODA is a Branding, Fashion and Image company that focuses on helping individuals and companies to discern and properly communicate their "Professional and Personal Brand."  We provide Image, Brand and Fashion services for individuals, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, personal service firms, executives, entertainers, universities and associations across the United States.  We do this through training sessions, seminars, events and one-on-one services.  We direct and help individuals to develop, discover and display their Personal and Professional Brand,' with the goal of improving the quality of their lives in every area.  This is done through fashion, style and anything that relates to their overall visual image, including but not limited to etiquette, non-verbal communication and executive presence. 


Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969



Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 07/04/2013 8:51 AM by Mila Grigg
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Monday, 1 July 2013
Older, Wiser and Employable
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During the last several months I have enjoyed working with different groups across the U.S. helping people to restart their careers, find new career paths and prepare for job changes and interviews.  I have seen one common thought of despair in the rooms filled with people who are recently out of work or laid off by downsizing companies.  I usually hear from men and women alike that they are older, feel unemployable and not as competitive as they used to be.

 

Personally, as a younger executive, business owner, speaker and entrepreneur, I have found that my greatest help has not come from someone that knows how to Google or text with both thumbs at lightning speed while altering their Facebook account.  My greatest source of information is from the established business men and women that I have surrounded myself with.  There is so much power in WISDOM.  Wisdom comes from God and from experience in life. 

Wisdom is the true diamond of any business.  It has been formed by extreme pressures, tough conditions and immense heat.  Where did this false thought originate that says old age is a negative for business?  How is it that today's young executives and business owners believe a person's older age is a deterrence to job performance?  I am so tired of hearing the arrogance of youth speak out and say "that someone was just out of touch with technology," or "they could not grasp the social media context of today's business," or "that their time has come and gone, and we need some young minds in here."  Social media and technology can be learned experience is only gained through the hills and valleys of life.

Mature and weathered business men and women have so much more to offer.  They have experience, they have lived life, they have been through multiple storms and they have developed core values that many of us younger people need to learn.  We all need some new training at times, but we can't teach TIME.  Some things have to be learned and experienced before they really have meaning in our lives, and many of today's older people have lived lives that warrant their experience in any business.  It is one thing to look at a fire and say, "Boy it looks hot in there," verses someone who has been through the fire who can say, "No, IT IS HOT IN THERE and here is how you get out."

I am a brand and image expert, and I understand the value of input from every area of a business, from all demographics in a customer base and most of all from people who are wise beyond their years.  If you are older, looking for a job, and have the fear that you are outdated, remember this - The best wine takes time, diamonds do not form overnight, treasures are worth digging for and real wealth is accumulated not just created. 

You have a strong BRAND because it was created over time and it has a solid foundation.  We may need to remodel the house, we may need to do a touch up here or there, we may need to polish the diamond to make it shine, but we do not need to hide you away.  America is at a business and moral cross road, and we need our older, wiser men and women pouring insight into our current and future leaders.  Age is not a negative, it is a plus.  A resume with some age on it is a resume that has a story.  The incredible technological advancements have made it possible for our brands to be viewed by the entire world, and that type of responsibility demands wisdom, experience and counsel.  Why wouldn't we turn to those who have had the greatest experience to guide us?

What does wisdom look like and how does it reflect itself in the image of a person?  That is one of the most important questions of one who is older must ask themselves as they re-establish a 'Personal and Professional Brand.'  I can assure you that the computer is not your brand, the smart phone is not your brand, Google is not your brand, nor is any social media site.  These are all tools for showing your wisdom and a means for sharing your brand with a world that needs your input.  If you need help in putting some polish on your wisdom, your diamond of value, then please enjoy my site, read our comments and call me if I can help.  There is a famous commercial slogan that used to say, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."  I agree with that more today than I did in the past.  Thank God for older wiser people who can help us all succeed in life.  Turn your wisdom into a visual and verbal statement and help someone or some business grow and become a success.

I would love to help you.  Please contact me with any questions about our services.

Warmest,
Mila

Mila@modaimageconsulting.com

 


MODA Image Consulting and USA TODAY
Click here to read the article featured in USA TODAY.  Mila Grigg quoted in a column about Personal Brand, Fashion and Image in the courtroom. Understanding your 'Personal and Professional Brand®' is the only thing that saves you from making mistakes at work.

NEWS CHANNEL 5 Segments
Mila Grigg interviewed by News Channel 5 in reaction to Judge's letter on fashion and image. Look for News Channel 5 segment and the WEB EXTRA: How to dress professionally tips. Click on link here.


Photo courtesy www.istockphoto.com


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info@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969

Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 07/01/2013 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
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