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When Life Calls For A Party . . .

Heed the Call and Celebrate Stylishly!

Colleen Mullaney, a.k.a. The Cocktail Diva, lives by this credo.  Her latest book on libations, The Stylish Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Cocktails, is the perfect accompaniment to any celebration whether you’re throwing a swanky soiree, having a “girl’s night in” or hosting an intimate dinner party.  With over 80 recipes, you’ll never be at a loss for what to serve when and to whom. Each chapter focuses on a different spirit; Colleen likens different spirits and their unique characteristics to different articles of clothing and their distinctive personalities. The evening gown of the cocktail world? Champagne. A great pair of jeans that will never let you down? Wine.

Now I must admit, I love a good cocktail.  I am definitely a cocktail girl through and through.  And just like Carrie, my cocktail adventure began with the advent of the Cosmopolitan. Over the course of time, my palate has changed a bit . . . Today my poison of choice is bourbon, but I’m a self-proclaimed mixologist and I swear, I can mix up just about anything your heart desires, including a mean mocktail! Even so, Colleen’s cocktail book has some amazing recipes that I will definitely be adding to my repertoire.

Believe it or not, the first known publication of a cocktail guide was in 1862. Almost 150 years later, The Stylish Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Cocktails carries on the tradition superbly.  It’s a must-have for any hostess with the mostess!

So, although it’s Monday morning, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Here’s to you – I’m raising my virtual Mint Julep – and all of those wonderful life moments you’ll be celebrating stylishly.

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In Fashion News This Week . . .

In Fashion News This Week  . . . is a new post that will appear weekly on Possess Your STYLE to help keep you in the loop on the latest and greatest in the fashion world.  Let me know what you think of it – I love to read your comments.  And if you read an article that you think others should know about, please be sure to let me know and I’ll add it in my weekly round-up!

  • The Cut reports that a Fashion Caucus was created on Capitol Hill to stifle the knock-off industry.  They’re working on a copyright protection bill that has the potential to affect stores like Forever21 and H&M.  Hmm . . .  If it passes, the WSJ reports that hot new young designers who are setting the trends that stores like H&M knock-off will be afforded some measure of protection from “The Problem of With Being a Trendsetter.”
  • Takashimaya, the venerable Japanese department store on 5th Avenue, is closing its doors in June.  The closeout sale began on May 3rd; diehard devotees began lining up at 6 am.  Racked NY
  • Kobe Bryant did a fashion shoot for The LA Times, have you seen it? AverageBro had some thoughts on it and so do Kobe’s teammates. Definitely, something to make you go, “Hmmmm ….”
  • If my post on Consignment Shops made you re-evaluate your relationship with some of your handbags, check out this WSJ article titled “Where to Go for Help After a Handbag Fling.”

The Little Black Book of Success

Have you ever wished that you had a mentor available 24/7?  Kind of like a lifeline . . .  You know, someone with advice and words of wisdom perfectly appropriate for whatever workplace situation you happen to find yourself in at any given moment? Well, The Little Black Book of Success just might be the next best thing.   Together the authors have almost 100 years of experience navigating the corporate world successfully.  While the book is aimed at African-American women, it’s actually a book that will resonate with all women working in the corporate world seeking leadership and success. So, whether you’re in an entry level or more senior job, whether you’re in the public or private sector, the authors hope their book will help you achieve ultimate success. Possessing Your STYLE is about more than dressing stylishly; it’s also about being confident and competent in your chosen profession.  The Little Black Book of Success is a great tool to help you Possess Your STYLE. The authors wrote the book to share their collective years of experience and knowledge so that those of us still in the trenches might benefit and then pass the torch to  future generations of leaders. Ultimately, their goal is to help women maximize their leadership potential — and possibly even exceed the expectations you have of yourself.

I’m soooo glad my friend Jennifer invited me to go to this book signing last night.  I met the authors and got to hear about their experiences and their motivation for The Little Black Book of Success. This book is a gem; it’s chockfull of wisdom that I wish I’d had when I graduated from law school.  Go ahead, check it out and fully Possess Your STYLE!