The Week in Style

Hot links to keep you in style.

Why You Need a Professional Portfolio – Now 

bizchair1_2275_645060564You don’t have to be a photographer, graphic designer or other creative professional for a portfolio to be valuable to your career. Portfolios are simply a visual documentation of your best work, and are an excellent way to toot your horn to a new job. “…You are a business of one,” writes Chrissy Scivicque for Daily Muse. “…By showcasing your skills, abilities, and achievements, your portfolio helps your customers (your employers) and prospects (your potential future employers) understand what services you provide and why they are special…” 

Make sure your portfolio is powerful enough to make the hiring manager forget the other candidates.

Juice Yourself and Your Phone

Image via Everpurse
Image via Everpurse

Who can resist a purse? And who can resist a purse that charges your iPhone? Head over to, to enter a (sponsored) giveaway to win a $250 gift card to Juice Press and an Everpurse iPhone charging clutch (check out their website to see how it works). Contest ends October 11.

America, In All Its Colorful Beauty

Breaking Barriers to Beauty: Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, with Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2013.
Breaking Barriers to Beauty: Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, with Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2013. (Image via Huffington Post)

Nina Davuluri made history when she became the first woman of Indian descent to become Miss America. Unfortunately, Miss Davuluri was met with nasty, racist taunts that she did not deserve the crown because she was not a “real American,” which is absurd considering she was born in New York. To the contrary, Davuluri and her historic win adds to the broader, and correct, definition of the real American woman – just as Vanessa Williams did when she became the first black woman to win Miss America in 1984. The powerful message Davuluri’s win sends is that a person’s race or color does not decide how authentic is one’s “Americanness.”

Shopping Charleston’s Finest (Blog of the Week)

Charleston Shop Curator

Charleston, SC, is a picturesque city filled with friendly people, good food, historical charm, and romantic beauty. Charleston resident and fashion stylist Andrea Serrano captures the city’s fashionable side in her style blog, Charleston Shop Curator. The blog highlights the city’s many boutiques, designers and creative talent with editorial-quality styling, photography and modeling (from Andrea herself). Andrea’s impeccable eye and talent provides a look into Charleston’s contemporary, independent flavor, in contrast to its more recognizable preppy, mainstream character.

Andrea Serrano
(Images via Charleston Shop Curator)

Andrea provides viewers with an insider’s view into Charleston’s fashion scene; after years in New York building an impressive fashion styling career, she, and her husband, Gustavo (who also works in fashion), moved to Charleston to open a clothing store on famed King Street. The store closed but Andrea continued styling (including working on the Charleston-based TV show “Army Wives”), and joined her talent and connections to launch Charleston Shop Curator in 2013.  If you’re in Charleston or are thinking of visiting, check out the city’s fashion story from the perspective of one of its most chic residents.

Enjoy your week ahead!


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