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Minding My Own Business

I rub the sleep from my eyes and roll out of bed. Voilà! I’m at work. While it is tempting to stay in my I-HEART-NY t-shirt all day, the longer I’m in this writing biz, I find there are definite triggers to the creative side of my brain.  So, regardless of my mood, the deadlines that are pressing or the comfort of my pj’s, I get dressed as part of minding my business.

I have an office in my home, but one of the great things about working at home is the choice to sit on my porch with my laptop, join a colleague in her home office, or… yes, I’ve been guilty of going to bed with my Mac. On this Fashion Friday, with the help of my friend and colleague Donna Jackson, we are offering a look into the “flash” that drives our creativity and keeps us on task during the day. Here are a few tips:

Desktop Whether on a laptop or not, we have a designated place to work.

Break Time

Dress comfortably, and take breaks to feed your creativity. You read about this shirt along with her hubby’s whitie tighties last week in Getting Out Alive.

Tossing Walnuts

Enjoy your work! And… toss at least 5 walnuts a day to nourish the brain cells.

Water break

While you may miss the grapevine around the water cooler, clocking out is more like twisting a bottle cap when you are minding your own business.


Getting the light right, is serious business. Our home office attire is not. The relaxed fit of Eileen Fisher helps keep everything flexible.

All Smiles

Laughing and having fun with co-workers is a definite perk of working from home.

Yoga Pants

Being able to run a quick errand in your yoga pants rates right up there with getting a pay raise! (Donna found these yoga pants at Dollar General for $3)

It’s not about the name in the collar or the price on the receipt. It’s about finding your personal style and sticking to it. Donna is a woman who is also a model. She’s worn most labels and looks great in all of them because of who SHE is and not because of who she is WEARING.

We have had a blast working together on these last two posts. She worked really hard trying to teach me how to walk for pictures this week. It obviously uses a different side of the brain than I am accustomed to using. (Stay tuned to see my lessons next week!) She has her work cut out for her. It’s a good thing that training me isn’t her only line of work.

Mycra Pac Umbrella

Rain or shine, left side of the brain or right, you will find her “minding her own business” as well. She is a realtor who will take the business of finding or selling your home or property very seriously. But, I can also guarantee that you’ll have fun while you search!

Bellator Real Estate CardLast week Donna shared her belief that, “southern fashion can be summed up in three words. Gaudy, excessive and too colorful!”  This week she tell us what she would love to see fashion in the south become,  “I would love to see it more unconstructed, natural and French.”  Donna’s oxford shirt reminds me of Yves Saint Laurent’s 1966 tuxedo jacket for women. Unexpected, something you can dress up or down and assuredly something you’d see a French woman wear.

And tomorrow morning when I roll out of bed, I’ll think about this, “The French don’t tell you “to mind your own business”…they tell you “to deal with your own onions” (Occupe-toi de tes oignons). Getting out of my pj’s for a day of work at home is just that… dealing with my own onions.

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