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The Well Dressed Man – National Etiquette Week

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Mr. Aaron W. Jackson – Scarlet Instructor

On this very first day of National Etiquette Week 2016, what better way to kick off than by highlighting the well-dressed man? We are continually thankful for the male leadership that we have at Scarlet Communications, and also very thankful that they dress so exquisitely.

About a week  or so ago, my older cousin attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Either he was trying to taunt me (since I wasn’t going) or he really needed and wanted my input about his attire. Since we’re pretty much siblings, I’m gonna say that it was a mix of both.

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Mr. Justin Kimpson    –  Scarlet Instructor

We exchanged a number of texts back and forth about attire choices, which are minimal compared to what women have, especially for a Black Tie Event. Time and time again, we kept arriving back at a classic black tuxedo with a traditional black bow tie  and a vest. For some reason, this situation  stuck with me. I kept thinking about the fashion disparity among genders, and decided to dig in to see how disadvantaged men really were in the formal attire category.

After a bit of research, I’m still convinced that women have a lot more options, but men definitely have a great pool of options to choose from. From switching up the collars and cuffs to ensuring the detail of the cufflinks is considered, men have more options than you’d think. The question is, are these options known and more importantly, are men taking advantage?

From choices in suspenders, to bow ties,  to of course the fit itself, men really do have plenty to consider. From white tie to black tie optional, to pocket square choices to lapel options, there are tons of clothing options and accessories to compliment a man’s personal style.

Scarlet Says...  While women may seemingly have more attire options when it comes to formal wear, it isn’t the quantity of the items that should be considered, but instead the attention to detail of the items selected. There is certainly something magical about the simple, uncomplicated and effortless attire of a well-dressed man.

Until Next Time,

SC

Scarlet

 


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It’s The End of March – Are You Mad?

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I hate to break the news to you, but we’ve already seen 1/4th of this year pass us by! It is the absolutely last day of March and some of you may be wondering, when am I going to find the time to do all of those amazing things that I had on my list of resolutions?!?!

Well, just like we recycle and remix music, past fashion trends, movies and TV shows, we have the pleasure of doing the same thing as it relates to our personal growth and goals.

In January, we placed a strong focus on Goal Setting and in February, we followed it up with Staying Focused. If you’ve found yourself struggling to determine where your time went, what you’ve truly accomplished this year or what your next steps should be, don’t look too far or too hard because the help that you need is just a few lines up highlighted in blue and conveniently underlined.

We spend so much time trying to figure things out or work on ourselves that often times, the answers are right in front of us. If you are trying to focus on professional development for yourself, you have an arsenal of information at your fingertips via the internet. You probably also have a slew of books on your book shelf that you’ve been meaning to visit (or revisit) at some point in your life. You also likely have a network of friends, family acquaintances who are skilled in something that you want to be proficient in…(READ MORE)


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Round and Round We Go!

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LaundromatContrary to what movies and music videos would like for us to believe, there is very little that is sexy or provocative about a laundromat. There are countless videos and movies that show attractive and often very scantily clad people prancing around the laundromat as if it’s a runway show.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that for some crazy reason I really do (or did) like going to the laundromat. Granted, there really are very few reasons why I need to go there, but I do very vividly recall when I used to frequent in college and in my first home, I very much enjoyed going there. I don’t know if it’s the great cleanly-like smells in the air or perhaps just the feel of people being busy and productive and getting things done, but for some reason, I enjoyed it. Recently, I had to rekindle my awkward flame with the laundromat. We have an oversized comforter that needed to be cleaned, so I located my local laundromat and took it there. Everything that I recall about the last time I was there probably close to five years ago was exactly the same. People were hustling and bustling with baskets of clothes, bottles of laundry detergent and other items to ensure that their loads were clean. As an added, bonus, there ave been some major changes to the laundromat experience.

Unlike the ongoing jingling pockets of coins that used to filled the air, now it appears that laundromats have stepped into the new age (at this particular facility) and instead mandate people to utilize credit-like cards to load money onto, which is then used to access the washer and dryers.

While there have been some changes, much of the protocol and general rules of thumb in the laundromat have stayed the same.

While many of you may not fathom the day that you’ll need to patronize the laundromat, you can’t predict when your washer or dryer may break or when you’ll get a large comforter or item that won’t fit in your home units. Better safe than sorry, so here are a few items to remember when visiting the laundromat:

1: This is shared space. Leave your space in the condition or better than how you found it, remembering to throw out used dryer sheets, empty detergent bottles or even worn or holey socks that need to visit the garment graveyard. There is no housekeeper on duty at the laundromat.

2: Promptly remove your belongings from the washer and dryer. If you’re like me, you like to multi task. You may put your clothes in a unit and think, “man, I could go pick up a few things from the grocery store in the next 30 minutes” and maybe you can. But, if you think that your add-on errand is going to last longer than 5-10 minutes after your load is complete, rethink your plan. There are only so many units there and like you, other people have other things to do, so be mindful of leaving your items idle for too long.

3: Have you ever been in a grocery store and felt like you were instead engaged in a no holds barred go cart race? I’m talking about unruly carts everywhere with no order, grazing and side swiping people and items. Well, the laundromat has the potential for this type of behavior as well, if people aren’t mindful amd careful. The laundrat has wide open carts for transporting clothing in, out and around the facility. Because they are so wide, it’s easy to mistakenly sideswipe people or things. So, be careful of this when you’re walking around.

Scarlet Says…Some people use the laundromat for a life time and some use it as needed throughout life. Whether once or many times, visits to the laundromat should be pleasant orderly and in a manner that doesn’t make one cringe at the thought of returning. Let’s all do our part to ensure that the experience at the laundromat is a pleasant one.

Until Next Time,

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Scarlet


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You & Me Baby Ain’t Nothing But Mammals!

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I noticed that there was a plethora of really cute animals hitting the streets with their owners this past weekend. While animals might enjoy the same things that humans do, remember that animals are not humans! This means that animals can not go to all of the places and do all of the things that you do, even if they are super cute!

Putting their cuteness aside, before you head out this summer with your animal in tow, ask yourself a few questions:

– Is this really a place that my animal belongs?
– Will kids (and adults) be terrified at this event because of my animals presence?
– Does a dear friend have deathly allergies and will be forced to leave the event because my animal is there?
– Will my animal terrorize the BBQ picnic that I’m going to?
– Did I ask the event host if bringing my animal is OK?

Animals can be adorable and they certainly have their place at certain events. But, be mindful of others around you and If their attendance at the event you’re going to is really appropriate.

Until Next Time,

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Celebrating Without Disrespecting

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Our year is full of celebrations and festivities in honor of us! There are hundreds of different holidays that celebrate hundreds of different cultures that we have all over the world. Naturally, since we are exposed to different cultures by way of friendships, business relationships or family connections, it’s only natural that we want to join in, in the festivities when they occur.

But should we? If I’m not Mexican, should I really be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? If I don’t even have 1/32nd of Irish in me, should I really be taking part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Well, Scarlet Says… Why not? It’s great to celebrate and recognize others, but, to avoid being condescending and deemed a mocker of the cultural and religious holidays of others, there are two simple guidelines that Scarlet ask you to should consider:

  • Costumes: Choose your costumes wisely! Everybody loves dressing up, but sometimes your innocent dressing up could easily be misconstrued into mocking a person or a belief.
  • What Are You Celebrating?: Have you ever been celebrating something and thought, what the heck is this celebration even about? Ok…maybe you haven’t, because we know that it’s real easy to get lost in the celebration sauce. But, the next time you are invited out to celebrate something, be aware of what you’re celebrating. It would be a little bit of a bummer to realize that all these year’s, you’ve been celebrating something that stands for something that you are completely and morally against.

Celebrate and have fun, but always respectfully and responsibly!

 


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Destressing By Picking The Right Clothes

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Guest Blogger: Tiara Nicole Robinson of RuthEllen

The Business

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So, it seems that along with growth, both professionally and personally, comes more responsibility.  As the gained responsibility increases, so does the need for more time and for some reason, time seems to quickly and quietly just…slip away.   (*Gasp* “Is it 8 o’clock AREADY!!?”)  On top of that, throw in the variable of stress to the equation.  Basically, this is what grown life is.  I am learning (as  a long-term pupil of this subject) how to focus and how to best take advantage of the 24 hours each day that we are all dealt with.

With that said, for some of us it is easy to lose ourselves in our day-to-day activities and we could care less about what we’re looking like, as long as it’s presentable.  Now, don’t get me wrong, presentable is OK.  But, did you know that you can look presentable with a twist of FAB almost any day?

For this post, let’s talk about The Business – The Business of looking good professionally.  This doesn’t have to be complicated, especially now since the minimalist look is definitely in and it works well for the office.  By learning and honing in on the business style that works for you, you can build a focused wardrobe that will have you looking like THAT DEAL when you step into the board room.  Let me share some tips…

WOMEN:

We all know that a good tailored suit is always a win.  But what about when you want to break away from the usual but you don’t want to look like your 3rd grade daughter’s latest art project?  There’s a focused, fabulous, minimalist look just for you.

Try this—a pencil skirt in a shade of gray, tan or olive color with a neutral color blocked blouse.  A color blocked top in perhaps white/black (which is SO in) will add the interest and the pencil skirt safely accentuates the femininity and speaks power.  Pair this outfit with a low to medium height heel and a low-key statement jewelry piece or a classic string of pearls.  Remember to keep a fresh natural palette on the face as well.  A toned down red lip would be okay though.   Walk into that boardroom then WORK (and WERK)!

MEN:

Some men struggle with trying to fashionably stand out in the office without looking like they are going to a Saturday night cabaret.  Men should steer VERY clear of cotton candy colored suits and shoes.  Classic navy, grey, brown and blacks are basically the way to go when it comes to a suit or slacks.  For men, it’s the minimal details that are the classiest.  If you’re not already on it, try French cuff shirts and express your individualism with a good pair of cuff links.  As a matter of fact, start a cuff link collection!  They can range from dressy blinged-out links to #1 Dad links to your favorite NFL team.   Have you got a few bow ties?  Pair one with a vest over the French cuff shirt with the slacks if you are bored with wearing a suit coat.  Or, add the sports jacket as an extra layer.  A clean face and perhaps a classic hat (for outdoors only) are nice added touches.

ALL:

When out shopping, to upgrade your existing wardrobe, purchase pieces separately yet complimentary.  By that, I mean feel free to purchase that black and tan checked blouse or tie if black and tan are colors that you are attracted to and you’re comfortable in.  Don’t think so much at the time of purchase what you will wear it with.  If you are feeling it, then most likely in the past, you were feeling something complimentary to it.  Then when you get home, “shop” your closet for items that will piece well with the new purchase.   Work towards enhancing your business wardrobe with a sense of style, focus and power and watch your swag increase tenfold as you step into your next business venture.

TNR for RuthEllen 

Connect with Tiara and RuthEllen HERE!


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How’s the pressure?

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Regardless of if you are male or female, there is nothing more heavenly than a real good thorough shampoo job.

Most of us have encountered that one person who is an excellent shampoo assistant at the salon. But, what do you do when they finish?

Do you just proceed to your stylist and not even consider tipping them? Perhaps you are unaware that tipping them is appropriate and quite frankly the right thing to do. Well, when you know better, you do better.

So, YES, you should tip your shampoo person. The going rate to tip for a shampoo assistant is $2.00-$5.00.

Now of course if your stylist does the whole jobs from beginning to end, you would tip them for their entire work, which should range from 15% to 20%.

Scarlet could go for a good shampoo right now…

Until next time…

— SC


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