D o you ever look back at life and find it fascinating how one event truly impacted your life and where you are today? For me, this moment was a simple act of kindness and support — an opportunity when I needed it most.
Over 10 years ago I was an unemployed, newly single mom looking to get back into the workforce. I had taken 6 years off from my career as an interior designer to be a stay at home mom. After separating from my daughters’ father, I found myself needing to get back to work FAST. Unfortunately, getting back into the interior design industry was not as easy as I had hoped. Instead I found myself struggling both personally and professionally.
Desperate to provide for my family financially, I took an entry level position at Clay Lacy Aviation. It wasn’t my dream job but I worked hard and it ultimately paid off. With no aviation experience and little money to invest in career training, my boss at Clay Lacy Aviation saw something in me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did she pay for my flight attendant training but she also purchased my first business suits. I can truly say that if it weren’t for this kind gesture, I wouldn’t be where I am today working in my dream job as a private flight attendant for Magic Johnson Enterprises.
I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing it is to have someone who believes in you and is willing to invest in you. That’s why I’m beyond proud to partner with Talbots & O, The Oprah Magazine to promote their annual Dress for Success campaign.
What is Dress for Success?
Dress for Success is non-profit organization that is all about providing life changing acts of kindness to empower women in circumstances like mine to achieve economic independence. This amazing organization provides “a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”
Dress for Success x Talbots & O, The Oprah Magazine
For the last 5 years, Talbots and O Magazine have partnered to design a special capsule collection to benefit Dress for Success. 30% of the net proceeds from the limited edition collection go directly to Dress for Success to help women succeed. This year’s collection consists of 5 super comfortable pieces designed by Oprah Magazine’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman. When I say super comfortable, that actually might be an understatement. I could live in the luxuriously soft “Tee”. The best part is these pieces are designed to keep you looking stylish on-the-go. As I always say, there’s no such thing as a frumpy look for me; I love looking put together and fabulous no matter what I’m doing and this collection was designed with that in mind.
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With the help of customers like you, Talbots and O Magazine have made a positive impact in the lives of over 100,000 women with this annual campaign. Isn’t that AMAZING?! There truly is nothing more powerful than women helping women. Let’s work together to help even more women this year!
Here’s how you can help support Dress for Success:
- Purchase any item for the Talbots and O capsule collection. It’s guilt free shopping – you help women and look great. Shop the Collection!
- Donate gently used / like-new professional attire February 28 – March 3. Find a store to drop off donations.
- Donate money in-stores and online to Dress for Success now through March 31st. Talbots will graciously match monetary donations up to $250,000!!! Donate to Dress for Success!
I hope you’ll join me darlings in supporting this amazing cause!