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Women Who Can – When Self-Doubt is the Odd One Out

We live in a world of so much self doubt. Whether it’s career, personal life or the generic decision making, the intelligent, curious and more than able ‘you’ easily falls into the trap of asking the ‘what if’ questions. Often your inquisitive nature turns into an even stronger critic of its own – questioning abilities, ambitions, goals, when all is needed is that little extra self belief. That’s why we found refreshing to have the opportunity to feature an exciting campaign, focusing on that essential empowering element that can boost your resilience – discover the Women Who Can campaign. 

As we try to be true advocates for the very able, strong, independent women we really want to be, we are pleased to give our own perspective on the Women Who Can campaign.

  1. Who is your Woman Who Can?

    I’m very lucky to be surrounded by amazing women who all fall within the Women Who Can category. Whether they run their own side projects, exceed in their careers, manage to sustain a fantastic social life, have healthy personal lives, travel the world, inspire others and share knowledge – the collective character certainly has some common traits. They are bold, fearless, emotionally intelligent, curious and always eager to learn.

  2. I could not succeeded without…

    The self belief that I can do better. I certainly wasn’t an overachiever at school nor at university, I wouldn’t say I’m one now too. But I have always had that sometimes bold self belief that if I really want to achieve something and dedicate time and effort into it, I can make it possible. I got the best student job I can imagine simply because I applied to it without too much self-doubt. I also got accepted in a number of top-tier universities requiring immaculate academic performance – places which I didn’t even dream being part of but thought they were exactly what I needed for the boost of my career opportunities. And I just changed jobs, ‘upgrading’ into a boutique asset and wealth management consulting firm after spending a few years in a large consulting firm. It’s all possible if you want to make it a priority.

  3. What advice would you give your younger self?

    Don’t try to have all the answers and be comfortable with that. We all have dynamic lives with so much surrounding ambiguity that getting content with the idea you wouldn’t always know what’s next from a young age, can only be beneficial for your resilience. I have chosen a career that requires a full spectrum of skills – from the ‘soft’ people side of dealing with demanding clients, often changing teams and locations to the pretty ‘hard’ technical side of quick 0-100 learning, late night presentation preparations, tight deadlines and often pretty complex problems to be resolved. It’s certainly challenging to have a clear vision of what you’d like you life to be from a young age but focus on skills and develop your curiosity – everything else will follow.

  4. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

    Perhaps the first big brave thing I did was moving to study and live abroad but that was just a catalyst. Saying ‘no’ in a couple of critical moments in my life is something I’m genuinely proud of. Still at university and actively looking for graduate jobs with a number of rejections behind me, I was offered work opportunities which were fantastic but they were in strong contrast with the location I really desired at the time. It meant I had to say no to security,  but I couldn’t have taken a better decision.

  5. If I had a mathematical work style formula, it would read:

    Work smart (not just hard) + have fun along the way = Take a step back to enjoy the results

  6. Success is…

    Your happiness. Your ability to step back and feel satisfied with what you have achieved.  Being content with the direction you’re going. Realising you’re failing and taking an action.

7. My choice for ‘take on the world’ Karen Millen outfit – The Pencil Dresswomen who can

  1. What’s your motivational mantra?

    ‘If something feels too difficult, you’re doing it the wrong way’. It’s easy to fall into the trap of discouragement when you don’t see immediate results. Nothing should feel like lifting mountains by yourself – be creative and persistent until you find the right angle – whether it’s your approach, your support group or your attitude.

And as we know, a blog post isn’t complete without the opportunity to win a competition! As part of the Women Who Can campaign, Karen Millen and the Step Up Club are giving you the chance to win £2000 for an upgraded wardrobe and a career coaching session with the experts from the Step Up Club.

Now put that strong critic of yours aside and get yourself writing down the next big goal.

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This is a sponsored post by Karen Millen and this affects in no way how we feel about confidence, self belief or motivation – now stay true to yourself and be your best version at any given time.

 

Hello Karen Millen Holiday Season – Island Hopping Unleashed

Corporate warriors, entrepreneurial wizards, social enterprise adventurists  – we know you have had enough. You have been craving sunshine, light fabrics, heat, cold drinks, late dinners and we wouldn’t blame you. That’s why we partnered up yet again with one of our favorite brands to deliver for you the Karen Millen Holiday Season (and unleash that island hopper you have always been hiding).

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The Holiday Destination

Whether you’re a city lover, countryside fan, seaside enthusiast or enjoy the perfect balance, picking that summer destination is an escape worth planning for. In the last couple of years, we have been fortunate enough to explore various locations and discover our adventurous side through:

  • Thailand island snorkeling
  • Croatia boat sailing
  • Italian Riviera browsing
  • Greek islands hopping
  • Hong Kong rooftops exploring
  • Avignon hills climbing
  • Bulgarian coast wakeboarding
  • Cambodia tuk-tuk riding
  • Even Newquay scone hunting

So in case your busy minds are still requiring any help with picking this summer’s getaway destination, you can count on us.

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Not everyone has officially opened the sea, sand and sun season,  but Karen Millen has and it is running a #HolidayCompetition for a three night stay for two at a luxury hotel in Mykonos,  plus another treat: your Karen Millen Holiday wardrobe sorted with a £500 gift card (which you can enter here).

So hidden adventurers, your time has come.

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karen millen holiday

 

The Holiday Outfit

As time is precious and planning holiday outfits may not be on your priority list, we put together our favorite looks from Karen Millen’s latest collection – the Holiday Shop.

#1: The White Dress

Nothing says holiday like a Midi white dress with a ladylike cut and a beautiful texture ( On sale and yours for £120!)

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#2: The Lace Dress

Think late nights, warm summer evenings, strong wine and a stunning  embroidered lace – Yours for £225.

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This is a sponsored post by Karen Millen and this affects in no way how we feel about holidays, long summer evenings, lace dresses or island hopping. Now explore your inner adventurer with the Holiday Shop

 

Fashion & Photography: Win Olympus Camera & Karen Millen Shopping Spree

Let’s reveal you a little secret. Our love&passion for fashion may have been quite prominent – we have suits in our brand after all. But our feelings for quality photography have never been stronger.

1. The Fashion

You may (and should) have already read our review of the AW16 Karen Millen’s collection featuring 3 strong and prominent characters which we decided to call Fierce, Flamboyant and Eclectic.

We remember very prominently the first time coming across a Karen Millen store 4 years ago in a quaint English town where sharp suit blazers or pen skirts were most often a mirage glare from the busy London commuters passing by.  In those student times, much before Suits and Books was born, we only had the occasional internship interview in a tall shiny building near a City location, which was requiring our moderately average business wear.

16 dresses and suits jackets later, our wardrobes and us can only be grateful that we did enough to land several City jobs and be at a relative ease with our fashion choices. Thankfully, we have a Karen Millen just around the corner too.

2. The Photography

We were very fortunate to get our hands on our first DSLR Canon 450D, aged 18, giving us enough time to understand the difference between aperture, shutter speed and iso. Before the selfie era even begun, we managed to snap thousands of blurry photos (we used to call them self-portraits: how dandy!), understand the beauty of natural light and appreciate a good steady hand. And while you wouldn’t see a photograph taken by us on Suits and Books (we rely heavily on professionals such as Gratisography), we still try to capture every piece of beauty in our regular non-blogging days.

Almost a decade later in which iPhone cameras and sleekly designed point&shoot cameras overtook our lives (and steady hands), fashion and photography haven’t been closer. Amazing fashion icons were born through blogging platforms: just look at Kayture.  And fashion brands are in ever more fierce competition for the newest&brightest YouTube/ Instagram/ Self-hosted WordPress stars.

3. Why is this super exciting?

Karen Millen Fashions LimitedOur very favourite Karen Millen is running a competition, part of its AW16: In Focus campaign where you can win £750 and the iconic Olympus E-PL8 and you have until 31st October to enter.

Don’t go through your ‘self-portrait journey’ unaided: the fashion blogosphere needs you and potentially, a new shnazzy camera.

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