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Packing Solutions for Large Boobs

I hit the road this month for meetings, and to attend SheEO’s Purple Carpet event celebrating the final five funded ventures.

Work travel with an event thrown in is a challenge for any woman. When you’re a #fullbust IMG_1403#womeninbiz it can be harrowing. What happens if you lose your luggage (because of course you pack your PERFECT BRA!!) or spill something? Its not like we can just hit the mall and replace it!

Here’s a photo of me in the best (of the worst) white blouse from 15+ tried on the mall. I would feel very self-conscious wearing this to meetings! (& can someone please explain WTF those pockets are for??)

Here’s what I packed to make sure I’m covered for this trip:PackingPicFramed
1. Packable Puffer
2. Black Peplum Top – comfy as a sweatshirt with way more polish.
3. White Silk Utility Shirt – dress it up or down
4. Patterned Sheath Dress – zip up & go!
5. Dark Denim
6. Dark Trousers
7. Pencil Skirt
+ 3 pairs of great shoes
= at least 7 different outfits for casual, corporate and cocktails in a carry-on. Accessories give even more looks.
I wore my long coat on the plane to reduce bulk & keep warm on the usually freezing plane.

I use these awesome GoToob refillable bottles for my liquids. They’re silicone, come in different sizes, are TSA-approved and have never leaked.

What do you pack? Share your work travel essentials with us on Facebook or Twitter.

PS The patterned sheath dress is still on sale but only til Feb 29th. Get yours here!

To your success,
Melanie & Front Room HQ

Dreaming of a Perfect Holiday?

Dreaming of a Perfect HOliday

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is easy to get sucked into the quicksand of “perfect” at this time of year. As a recovering perfectionist I have to be vigilant about superwoman syndrome* at the holidays.

Whether it is the near-constant media pressure to pick out the perfect gift, have the picture-perfect family holiday or setting our intentions for a flawless 2016, expectations of ourselves and others are high.

We also compare ourselves to our past and to others while taking stock of the year. This process can degrade from constructive evaluation to beating ourselves up pretty quickly, increasing the pressure to up our game.

It is easy to get derailed in doing more and more to quell the fears that we’re falling short or worse, failing entirely.

Here’s how I get a grip:

Stop. Comparing. It is a well-documented fact that happiness is relative – we’re happy with what we have until we see that somebody has more, then somehow we’re less happy. One of the best cures is gratitude. When I get nitty-gritty about gratitude and my stress melts like snowflakes on my tongue.

Play by my own rules, not what society dictates I “should” do. Come back to your core priorities, the ways you want to feel most of the time (great tool : the Desire Map workbook by Danielle LaPorte, free in December). If what you’re stressing about acing isn’t one of those 3-5 things and doesn’t serve you in getting there, ditch it. If you can’t bail, do it justice and move on.

Practice the art of saying no, politely and with integrity (no white lies). Thanks to Marie Forleo for this gem from Bob Burg who dishes on how NOT to say no, along with his script for declining with class.

I hope you can pause during the holidays to gently redirect, recharge and fully absorb how much you accomplished this year.

All the best for a wonderful holiday, whatever your wonderful is.
To your success,
Melanie
Founder & CEO
Front Room

*You know… the superwoman who can do it all without breaking a sweat! Make the from-scratch allergy-free** four-course meal plus allergy-free cookies, treats and snacks; evaluate the business and get the upcoming years’ strategic plan done; find the just-right hostess gifts to go to the parties with the great hair, makeup, manicure, outfit and shoes; remember my networking tips because at heart I’m an introvert and homebody; make sure the wrapping paper doesn’t clash with the tree décor because I’m a bit neurotic that way; read  and apply all those books I’ve been meaning to read to grow my business… on and on.

** I’m trying to figure out if I have food allergies or possibly an auto-immune condition.  I am allergic to corn for sure and currently avoiding gluten and nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc.)  Turns out corn is in pretty much everything, including gluten-free foods (corn is gluten free) and baked goods (most baking powder has cornstarch in it).

Power and hanging in

Ever had those times when you wanted to pull your hair out in frustration?  Me too.

Been having them a lot lately as the production of this first season has been going much more s-l-o-w-l-y than it was supposed to.

I am really disappointed that I haven’t been able to deliver the product to you in April as planned.

The first two styles will be done tomorrow (a mere six weeks late – GAH!) and I pray to all that is holy that the completed garments measure up to our specifications.

The other four are all being sewn on the factory floor right now so there is progress… The Vancouver factory tells me that the rest will be done within two to three weeks (but they’ve said that before).  Sigh.

Kind of makes you wonder why the hell I signed up for this anyways??

There is so much power in being able to look comfortable in a conference room.”
– Ilana Glazer (actress on Broad City)

Preach it sister.  There is power in looking comfortable, even more so when you feel comfortable.

I founded Front Room so you can march into that boardroom and close like a boss, without worrying about the boobage wreaking havoc on your wardrobe.

As soon as humanly possible, Front Room HQ will get product photography done and the online storefront up.  Rest assured we are scouting other North American options for future production.

Thanks for your support, truly.  It means the world to me that you believe in this crazy idea of mine.

To hanging in there,
Melanie
CEO & Founder
Front Room

Getting nitty-gritty about gratitude

In honour of US Thanksgiving, I am trying out a new gratitude practise today (via Marie Forleo).  Turns out the more specific and detailed we are about what we are grateful for, the more impact it has on us and contributes to our well-being.

I am truly grateful for all of the people who put themselves and their experiences out there so the rest of us can learn from them.  It could be in any field: health, emotional well-being, success… whatever.  They overcame their personal hurdles and told us about it so we wouldn’t have to feel alone or figure out the same stuff all by ourselves.

In fact, that is exactly why I write about success on my website – not because I know it all, it is because majority of success comes from the six inches or so between our ears.

“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”
-Yogi Berra, American baseball legend

Despite my book-smart big brain, I have had a LOT of beliefs and behaviours that were not serving my quest to be successful, to make a difference in this world.  I had to get the frick out of my own way (many, many times).

I share my journey so that if you’re stuck where I’ve been stuck, you can unequivocally say to yourself “if she can do it, I can do it!”.  So that if you’ve been there and got the t-shirt, you’ve got company.

Specifically, here are a few of the teachers I am grateful to (and for):

T. Harv Eker.  I am grateful to him (and his team) for really opening my eyes and having such a direct, in your face approach.  It was what I needed to wake up and start understanding the meaning of self-responsibility (as in I create my life, life doesn’t happen to me).  I still use many of the tools he teaches in his free seminar the Millionaire Mind.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Marie Forleo.  Marie really supports and encourages entrepreneurs in her B-school program and her free videos on YouTube.  While the course is fantastic and definitely helped me, I love quotes and she gives a few doozies in B-school that really had some immediate shifts for me.  This one by Martha Graham rocked my world and helped me deal with my terror of putting myself out there as a clothing designer.

Jack Canfield. I thought of myself as a big thinker until I read his book The Aladdin Factor and undertook the task of writing 101 wishes of the things I wanted to be, to do and to have.  The first time around it was hard to get past twenty!  It was absolutely the antidote for thinking small.

Tim Ferriss.  I laughed my way through the Four Hour Work Week.  He presents such great tools and ways of reframing what is possible in all of his books.  I am so grateful for the clarity I got around my hidden desire to be full-out and engaged in projects and then take mini-retirements, instead of toiling away for someday.  I love how he is all about results, and getting results fast.  My impatient self is very appreciative.

My grandfather.  While he didn’t always practise what he taught, there isn’t very much that I’ve put into practise that he didn’t tell me about first.  He definitely primed the pump so I was ready for all of my later teachers and tried to give me the foundation to fulfill the greatness he saw inside me.

Do you have a favorite person, book or course that really shaped your path to success or helped you overcome a personal issue?  I’d be honoured if you’d share in the comments below.

To your success,
Melanie
CEO & Founder, Front Room
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