Guest Post: The Fab Factor

How do you know when you’re fab?

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You know, fab? As an fab-YOU-lous? We’re all fabulous because we define it but I believe it has some fundamentals.

My fab factor has four dimensions: Faith, Fitness, Friends, and Fashion.

FAITH

It first starts with sheer faith…faith in yourself and faith in someone/something bigger than you. I’m not going to preach what or whom but it’s the notion that you fundamentally believe you are worth it and that someone else is in charge of the bigger picture. When you ground yourself in faith…you have the foundation to build your own fab factor.

FITNESS

Fitness is not just about movement. Fitness is about what are you doing to take care of yourself. How do you eat? What do you eat? Are you sleeping enough? Are you managing the right pace? Are you fit to get up every day and do your best job? Emotional and physical fitness are very important to enable us to perform, period. If you are “inactive” in any of these areas, it’s time to get active. Do something. There was a day I couldn’t run a mile or even think about managing a global team in five geographies. But with consistency and a good regimen of nutrition, counseling and coaching, eating well, and exercise, I can and did move mountains (the physical and the emotional.) Meeting my needs meant I could be prepared for any career or personal opportunity, and so can you.

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FRIENDS

Friends also make up the fab factor. Let’s face it, you don’t get anywhere in this life without other people. Friends are those you choose to put in your village to support your journey. These can be family members, colleagues, people you read, follow online, or meet out in your normal course of work and life. Who are your friends? Who are the people who believe in you? Who is in your personal board of directors? How are you connecting to them? Why do they mean so much to you? What are you learning from them?

FASHION

Fashion is about style and presence. It’s not just about what you wear, but how you turn up. What do you say? How do you say it? What language do you use? How do you present yourself? What’s your platform and message? Oh sure, when we think of fashion, we think it’s for women. Nope…it’s for all of us. There was a time long ago when I weighed 275 pounds that I just wore black. It was my signature color. With time (and having lost nearly 150 lbs), I came to appreciate Hermes scarves and adding color to my presence. Now everyone knows me for my scarves. For some it is shoes, or for some of my male friends it’s ties. We all have something. What is your something? If you don’t have it, are you willing to discover it? Beyond the obvious, it’s also about how you move the room. Are you standing up tall? Are you smiling? Do you participate too much or not enough in a conversation? Do you ask good questions? Fashion is about the physical (what we see) and the emotional (what we don’t see) but how we feel around another person.

We all have the pieces we need to be FAB. We just have to find them. That’s why I’m kicking off something new…

It’s called the Fab Factor.

Like the remarkable series which features unique stories from people who are doing great things and learning about their work and life, I also want to bring in perspectives to help shape and form your definition of “fab”. Each week or every other I hope to have a Fab Factor piece. Next week I will feature style. It only seemed fitting because I’m headed to California which is a completely new space for me. I recently panicked too. What am I supposed to wear? California and Houston are not the same. This paradigm made me think…when we begin something new it’s important we bring elements of who we are with us and infuse those with our new space rather than trying to change our approach all together. It’s why I enlisted some help!

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So please give a warm welcome to my friend, Valerie Anderson.

An engineer brain child by day, Val is founder of the haute style blog, Style to Envy. After years of working in a male dominated industry and not expressing her authentic personal style at the work place, Valerie decided enough was enough. With a lifelong passion for fashion, she decided to jump into the blogosphere and started a personal style blog to satisfy her creative outlet. A faithful shopping date one afternoon provided to be a game changer and before you know it Style to Envy was born. What started as a blog quickly evolved and opportunities were endless. You might recognize her from ABC, LiveWell Network, Houstonia Magazine, HoustonPress, Houston Chronicle, and People StyleWatch Magazine.

I love Val’s philosophy, “Shop your own closet first, the options are usually endless and limitless”. She’s right. We all have so much within us to be fabulous, we just have to discover it.

Stay tuned for next week’s trip to the West Coast where I’ll be taking on the beaches and Silicon Valley with my own Fab-Factor, thanks to a little help from Val.

This article originally appeared on KatieMehnert.com
http://www.katiemehnert.com/2014/07/18/the-fab-factor/

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PopSugar Must Have Box Review

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Hola chicas  as cheers to the weekend and can you believe it’s almost JULY!  We are officially into Summer and I was lucky enough to get a June Must Have Box from my friends over at PopSugar. I’ve heard all about the Must Have Box but never tried one until now and let me just say I’m in love! From the Turkish beach towel, to the perfect beach reading material, discount on tech toys and so much more.  My absolute favorite item in the box is the SACHAJUAN citrus body lotion is light weight smells great and a perfect moisturizer on a warm summer day.

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I’ll be hitting the beach for the 4th and I’ll have some of these items in my bag for sure from the towel to the wipes, hair ties and of course the lotion the Must Have Box is full of summer essentials. There is still time to order one today and get a discount by using the details below:

Code: JUNESELECT10
Type: Save $10 on a 3-month subscription
Start Date: Today
End Date: 6/30/14

So what do you think of the PopSugar Must Have Box? If you have been waiting to try it order one today cause you won’t be disappointed!

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POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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Think Pink – #PinkPoliceHou

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Susan G. Komen Houston is gearing up for its annual Impact Awards Luncheon, happening Tuesday, June 17 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, from 11 am – 1:30 pm, and features a few fun new surprises.  While still celebrating and honoring Susan G. Komen Houston and its award winners’ achievements, Joan Rivers will be in attendance to speak about overcoming adversity and offer a healthy serving of comedic relief.  Get a little inspiration from my top picks of pink-inspired looks and let’s hope the “fashion police” approve!

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Shop the items below:

Dress – DVF
Playsuit – Shoptiques.com
Shoes – Sam Eldeman
Bag – DVF
Watch – Michael Kors
Necklace – Kendra Scott

Need more ‘pink-spiration’ check out these outfit ideas and see how to wear pink here.

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Guest Post – Summer School Fashion

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It’s almost June, but that doesn’t mean school is over. Many of you will be taking advantage of your break by attending summer school for the next two months. Along with
summer school many of you may have already snagged a nice summer job, therefore you’re sure to be busy. With the busy days and summer heat, you’ll for sure be looking for easy breezy summer trends to wear.   Check out a few options below.

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You can never go wrong with an all-purpose dress. Pairing your favorite casual fit and flare dress with fun flats and a blue jean jacket is a great way to achieve that simple summer look. Looks like this can take you from the classroom to your job or even just a fun day around the city after class.

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This cute and casual look is great for an early morning summer class. When class starts at 8 am who has time to put an outfit together? Pairing a graphic tank and boyfriend jeans with your favorite pair of Chuck Taylor’s is a great and easy way to be up and out the door with plenty of time to spare.

summer-guy-fashion-option Boys are more than likely not morning people, but when college credits are involved you really don’t have a choice. Cargo shorts are a casual and comfortable go to for an early morning class.  Pairing these shorts with a V-neck and a cool pair of Tom’s is a great way to stay comfortable while moving around campus.

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Maybe you’ve snagged a cool summer internship at an office that’s start right after class.  With no time to run home and change here’s a great way to go straight from class to work. Polo’s are sure to give off a professional looks so pair them with a nice pair of jeans and dressy sneakers for a cool corporate look.

With a busy summer schedule and so much on your plate, the last thing you want to worry about is what you’re going to wear. Keeping your outfits comfortable and casual helps to make your schedule a lot more flexible.  These summer school trends are a sure way to help your breeze right through those summer courses.

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Festival Fashion for Free Press Summer Fest

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Hola chicas….regular posts are coming soon again but for now I get in where I fit in ;)  Recently I had the honor of being featured in the Sunday edition of the Houston Chronicle in the style section for all things festival fashion and stylish.  In Houston, Free Press Summer Fest is right around the corner so get a little inspiration from my look and create your own music festival inspired look.  For my look it all started with basic high-waisted shorts and bandeau, I added this floral and fringe kimono for a little free spirit feel and hippy flare and finished the look with a scarf turban, layered necklaces, sunnies and booties.

Style tip – music festivals are a time to relax and the weather is usually very hot so keep clothes light and don’t be afraid to show a little skin!  Another great option for a music fest is a romper or maxi dress for easy effortless fashion.

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What I’m Wearing -

Bandeau & Shorts – Apricot Lane

Kimono, Necklaces and Scarf – Carrie Ann Boutique

Booties and Sunnies – Wish and Last Call by NM

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Are you going to FPSF?  Tag your looks on social media #StyleToEnvy and be sure to follow along on social media.

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