July 2014

Interview Attire & Beauty Tips From Nicole Williams

Looking for a new job in 2012? Nicole Williams, Connection Director at LinkedIn, Author of Girl On Top, Owner of Works By Nicole Williams and regular contributor for ABC’s Primetime, Good Morning America, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Fox News and CNN, shares her tips on looking the part and standing out (not just on paper).

Common Mistakes:
Some of the most common mistakes when it comes to interviewing is in the attire. “The biggest mistakes people make are skirts that are too short or tight, too much cleavage, scuffed shoes, excessive perfume, Lady Gaga makeup, or looking like you walked off the set of Working Girl circa 1985,” Williams says. “The most important thing you bring to an interview is confidence. What you wear and how you wear it helps convey that. If you aren’t comfortable in your outfit – that will come across in an interview.”

Chic Attire:
If you think interview attire needs to be frumpy, think again. “You don’t need to wear a two piece black suit for a job interview. You need to wear your “power outfit.” Have a favorite skirt that always makes you feel great when you wear it? Why not pair that with a blazer? The days of interview uniforms are over. It’s Ok to show off your personality through your clothes – as long as you aren’t wearing a lime green mini skirt. Stick to business professional looks,” Williams says.

Beauty:
When it comes to beauty- stick to what you know and what looks good. “The day of a job interview is not the time to start experimenting with smoky eye makeup. Keep it simple and understated. Make sure your nails are filed and your manicure doesn’t have any chips,” Williams says.  Try a OPI Gel Manicure; it lasts up to two weeks with no chipping, smudging or cracking. When it comes to perfume, don’t over-power. “Keep your perfume to a minimum – two spritz is all you need,” Williams says. Want to add a little extra drama to your look? Williams recommends the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler $19, available at Nordstrom.

For hair, Williams recommends splurging. “Keep your hairstyle tasteful and polished. If you need extra confidence, why not spend $40 on a blowout? They are my guilty pleasure. People don’t necessarily notice when you are put together but they 100% notice when you aren’t,” she says. Check out Drybar (various locations) for a picture perfect blowout (in fun names like Manhattan and Straight Up) for $40, including the wash.

Be on the Cutting Edge of Style with Cool Cuffs, Bangles and Rings

I love to accessorize my outfits with cuffs, bangles and rings. Here are my favorite picks that will surely add some serious style and edge to your look:

Eddie Borgo Bear Trap Bangles, BUY NOW, $490
The set of three silver-plated brass bracelets are a perfect balance of rebellion and luxury. I love their versatility and they can be worn interlocked as one piece or reversed for added edge. The Eddie Borgo collection began with a request from designer Phillip Lim to create jewelry for his runway show and has since boomed. The collection retails in over 90 stores worldwide and has a huge cult following including celebs such as Blake Lively and Katy Perry.

Alexander McQueen Snakeskin and Brass Wrap Bracelet, BUY NOW, $315
I am a fan all things McQueen including the fab jewelry line with his signature skull detail. This midnight blue and black snakeskin wrap bracelet make it perfect for pairing with other gold accessories and really stands out against neutral palettes. The Swarovski crystal skull charm adds a pop of rock and roll.

Alexis Bittar Sugar Dust Bangle, BUY NOW, $295
These hand sculpted and hand painted Sugar Dust Bangles are gorgeous and have just the right amount of sparkle to dress up any look, day or night. Bittar got his start by selling antique jewelry and vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan and is now collaborating with Burberry, Michael Kors and stylist Patricia Field. He also recently custom designed a lucite mask for Lady Gaga. No wonder he won the prestigious CFDA’s Accessory Designer of the Year award in 2010!

Kara Ross Pyramid Ring, BUY NOW, $290
From the Pyramid collection, this Sterling Silver ring boasts a geometric style with sleek lines and smooth detail that reflects light with every move. They are also made with a variety of gemstones (I personally love the Mother of Pearl version). Kara Ross is an expert jewelry designer, certified gemologist and has recently added wood crafter to her impressive resume; having been asked to create exclusive gifts for President Obama and First Lady made out of Magnolia wood that originated from the White House lawn! A pyramid ring by Kara Ross was recently worn by Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange, and other celeb fans include Hilary Swank, Anne Hathaway and Oprah.

Real Housewives of New York Reveal their Favorite Things

By Melissa Meyers, Founding Editor

Alex McCord Photo: Ed Garou

One of my biggest guilty pleasures is watching reality TV. My favorite one by far is premiering tonight—The Real Housewives of New York! Some of the gal pals/frenemies shared their favorite things with us.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE . . .

Type of Jeans
Ramona Singer (RS): Jeggings by A & F.
Sonja Morgan (SM): HELLO Skinny Jeans.
Countess Luann Delesseps (CLD): Dark and skinny, Seven for All Mankind, extra long!
Alex McCord (AM): Dark skinny.
Cindy Barshop (CB): AG.

Accessory
RS: True Faith Diamonds by the Yard.
SM: Hats and gloves.
CLD: Pucci scarf (I tie my hair back with this on bad hair days).
AM: Vintage snake bracelet from antique store in Providence, RI.
CB: Oversized gold hoop earrings from Bergdorf’s.

Designer
RS: Tie between Rebecca Taylor and David Meister.
SM: Lavin.
CLD: Magaschoni and Teri Jon.
AM: Rolando Santana.
CB: Rick Owens.

Store
RS: Bergdorf Goodman.
SM: Bloomies.
CLD: Bloomingdales.
AM: Boutiques in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
CB: Intermix or Oak (stores near Completely Bare locations).

Workout
RS: Lunges.
SM: Spin, yoga, urban rebound (small trampoline).
CLD: Pilates at Bridgehampton Pilates and Yoga. Running.
AM: Running 2 miles in 20 minutes on the treadmill every other day, free weights.
CB: 495 on Broadway (with a Brazilian trainer), Soul Cycle.

Travel Destination
RS: Capri, Italy.
SM: Italy, France, England.
CLD: St. Tropez (I love the Côte d’Azur).
AM: Hotel Manapany, St. Barts.
CB: St Barts.

Restaurant
RS: The Standard Grill.
SM: Cipriani.
CLD: La Maison, NYC and Chez Josephine, NYC.
AM: Verde Restaurant in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
CB: Nobu.

Night Spot
RS: Too many to pick from in NYC!
SM: Boom Boom Room.
CLD: La Pomme, NYC.
AM: Our living room or the Clover Club on Smith St. in Brooklyn.
CB: My bed!

Book
RS: Tai-Pan, James Clavellis.
SM: Anything from Dominic Dunne or Candance Bushnell.
CLD: Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra.
AM: Time and Again, Jack Finney (and all historical fiction).
CB: Touchpoints, T. Berry Brazelton, MD.

Song
RS: “Firework” by Katy Perry.
SM: “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga.
CLD: “Rolling In the Deep” by Adele.
AM: “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin.
CB: Anything Beyoncé.

Biggest Splurge
RS: Fendi sequined purse.
SM: Weekly facial with Satoko at home.
CLD: $5,000 long silk Gucci dress to wear to a United Nations function.
AM: Simon’s new crocodile belt from Laurent Effel in St. Barts.
CB: Rick Owens suede jacket.

Best Bargain
RS: Express black sleeveless top.
SM: Woodbury Commons.
CLD: CARGO Bronzer.
AM: Whatever is on special at the supermarket.
CB: Gilt Groupe (Gilt.com).

Can’t Live Without This Beauty Item
RS: Tru Renewal’s Telomere Cream.
SM: Caudalie Crème Premier.
CLD: Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel.
AM: MAC Blot Powder, Dermalogica skincare products.
CB: T. LeClerc Paris foundation.

Guilty Pleasure
RS: Ramona Pinot Grigio.
SM: Endangered Species Chocolate.
CLD: Eating an entire bag of Pirate’s Booty.
AM: Sleep.
CB: Naps.

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