Posts by Allison Adams

#ScandalThursday: Scandal Style To Steal For Spring

Thanks to a team of wardrobe wizards, Scandal is now synonymous with style. Olivia’s pantsuits and trench coats have sparked a movement in women’s work wear, resulting in the creation of the ultra popular Scandal Collection at The Limited. While we love Olivia’s big white coats and cozy sweaters, they’re not exactly suitable for spring. So we’ve searched the archives and found eight gorgeous styles to make your own this season. 1) Unique Necklines Break away from the typical v-neck and scoop cuts and try something new. Olivia rocked this ivory tank with a black cowl collar in season three. The beauty of a piece like this is it’s versatility; it’s work-ready with a pencil skirt or slacks and wonderful for the weekend when paired with jeans.   2) Bright + Bold Dresses Mellie is a fearless fashionista, so it’s no wonder that the First Lady is almost always caught wearing bold colors. Ditch your black and gray standbys and opt for

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Chasing Dreams With Free Your Heart Apparel

Amanda Guevara is giving a new meaning to “wear your heart on your sleeve.” Amanda began dreaming of starting her own clothing line in high school, but never believed it was an option. It wasn’t until her husband caught her sketching on their honeymoon that the dream became a reality. As soon as they returned home, Free Your Heart Apparel was born. Since the company’s launch in 2012, Amanda’s designs have caught the eye of thousands of women, including reality star Jessie James Decker and country music singer Sara Evans. “Just the feeling of knowing that we did this and seeing girls in our clothes is the most rewarding,” says Amanda. “It’s the reason that we keep this company going.” Every piece is 100% handmade in Los Angeles with the softest fabrics available to create an impeccable fit and beautiful silhouette. The line embraces Southern charm and irresistible sweetness with

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How To Handle Situations Like Olivia Pope

Working at Olivia Pope & Associates is nothing short of stressful. Each day presents new murder mysteries, sex scandals, and DC disgraces. While most of us will never have to deal with these dramas, we’re all dealt our fair share of dilemmas in our own lives. No matter how big or small, here’s how to handle them like Olivia Pope. Keep cool No situation will ever be resolved by a raised voice and a scowl. Getting upset and visibly frustrated is the easy thing to do, but Gladiators never take the easy way out. The best conflict managers are cool under pressure and never let anyone see them sweat. Take a deep breath and stay calm, collected, and level-headed. Approach the situation with an open mind and be ready to put in the long hours it may take to find a solution. Be honest Olivia is infamous for her brutal

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Own Your Fire & Change The World With #fireworkpeople

The Internet is full of critics, cynics and complainers. We’ve all seen nasty tweets from trash talkers and have that one Facebook friend who feeds off of fights. It’s a rarity to log in after a long day and find anything other than a negative newsfeed. But not for the ladies of #fireworkpeople. #fireworkpeople is a sisterhood of dreamers, hustlers, and change-makers. It’s a space for women with fire in their hearts and a passion to leave the world better than they found it. What began as a Tuesday night Twitter party exploded into something much bigger than founder and visionary Ashley Beaudin ever imagined. “We found that we struck a chord among women who want to use their life to make a difference and to really truly design a life they love and are hungry for.” In under a year, the community has grown to be a home of

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Kutula Kiss Weaves Together Fashion And Peace

The jewelry that we wear tells a story. Charm bracelets show what we cherish, rings can represent our relationship status, and lockets keep our loved ones close. But Kutula Kiss stands out among the rest by choosing to make jewelry that ignites hope, empowerment, and peace – in the heart of the consumer and in the life of the artist who made it. Kutula Kiss was formed when founders Cindy Berg and Kathy Pettigrew took a trip to Colombia and fell in love with the country’s people, culture, and beauty. The fine craftsmanship of Colombian artisans inspired the duo to bring quality goods from South America to North America, while ensuring that the women who made them were supported, empowered, and paid fairly. Many of these women now have a dependable income that allows them to take care of their families and dream bigger than before. “We have been fortunate

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#ScandalThursday: Life Lessons From Olivia Pope

Olivia Pope is known for inspiring a generation of powerful women in business. We look to her for inspiration in our own careers and hope to handle situations with as much style as she does. But behind the career, confidence, and fabulous trench coats, Olivia is still a woman worth aspiring to. Apply these lessons to your personal life to round out the Olivia Pope effect. Put Yourself First Olivia relies on no one but herself for happiness and fulfillment. Sure, she dreams about Vermont with Fitz and standing in the sun with Jake, but at the end of the day, she finds her value from within. Olivia never hesitates to stand up for herself and fight for what she deserves. It’s not about being selfish, it’s about knowing your self-worth. Indulge A Little It’s important to treat yourself after a long day of strategizing and handling sticky situations. Olivia

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Stay Beautifully Empowered With Vienna Victoria

Let’s face it: some situations just don’t call for a bag or a clutch. You shouldn’t have to worry about holding your purse at that music festival or baseball game just to touch up your lipstick during intermission or the seventh inning stretch. Jewelry designer Satin Van Cleef is on a mission to make sure that every woman stays gorgeously empowered all day long. That’s why she created Vienna Victoria, a fashion forward line of jewelry that conceals the make-up must-have that every woman wants the most: lipstick. “It is like handing over a jar of confidence,” she says. “A woman with lipstick is unstoppable.” Named after Satin’s daughters, every Vienna Victoria piece is made with Swarovski Elements and holds a hidden compact mirror with a fabulous lip color. “It’s no surprise that Vienna and Victoria are my inspiration, but I must say traveling with them gives me inspiration I could

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Why Cinderella Is No Longer Needed: The New Generation Of Storybooks

Ask almost any young girl what she wants to be when she grows up and she’ll cheerfully respond “a princess.” It’s a natural reply given the amount of royalty-related role models girls see in movies, books, and television. But these beauty-obsessed damsels-in-distress aren’t doing daughters any favors. It’s no secret that girls need more strong, confident, and healthy role models. They need to see women working hard to achieve their goals in order to develop the self-belief and bravery to go after their own. That’s why SisuGirls exists. Created in 2014 by Chloe Chick, SisuGirls is a Singapore-based organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring girls to step into themselves and fully understand their enormous capabilities. “If we want a world where women have the confidence and the will to lead, we need girls to build their foundations of confidence and self-belief at a much earlier age,” says Chloe. Sisu is

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