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Ranting and Raving: A Guide To Millenials in the Workplace

June 23, 2017

I recently stumbled upon a “diss site” where participants make snarky comments about a certain blogger. Most of it is in the name of entertainment, yet there is something a little disconcerting about devoting over 1900 pages to making fun of someone that you can simply not follow if you don’t like what they have to say.

The site in question had an employee to whom they gave a byline, and introduced to their readership. After about a year and a half of employment, where they all acted like BFFs, said employee was let go.
Fans flocked to her Instagram, where she long windily went on and on about how successful and happy she was post firing, and insinuated that the end of her employment was not pretty.

Fast forward to last week, when the former employee went off on a series of rants, literally trashing the blogger and her husband. She claims that she was let go for not staying in the office when her employers were away, and that her subordinate ratted her out. The rant has spanned over several days now, resulting in barrage of comments and support for her heroics, and the former subordinate having to take her own account private to avoid the hateful comments she was getting.

There are at least two sides to every story, and her former employers are remaining mum.

Fast forward to a few days into the rant, which is amazingly still going strong, and commenters are starting wonder if she is becoming a bit unhinged. A few sites have picked the story up, among them Jezebel, and it has only added fuel to her fire.

Perhaps it is because I am from another generation but it seems to me that she is acting out the typical negative millennial-in–the-workplace stereotype on steroids.

I would not hire this woman, no matter what her qualifications might be, under any circumstances, as I would fear that when, (not if) things didn’t go her way, my company would be the next victim of her social media vitriol.

Here are some of the most common (mis?) conceptions about millennial workers, how she is proving them right, and what you can do to dispel them.

PERCEPTION: “They have a sense of entitlement.”

This disgruntled ex- employee bristles when someone mentions entitlement. She talks about others being entitled, and how she got where she is on her own, thereby deserving more respect.

REALITY CHECK: Uh, no. Entitlement isn’t about family fortunes, or other’s helping you get a job. It is about your own inflated sense of what you are owed by society and your employers. Perhaps showing that you are a team player, respecting your employer’s wishes and paying your dues is a better approach. Age, title, and your own perception of your talent and contributions do not give you the right to do whatever you please, regardless of what your boss wants you to do, nor does it give you the right to publicly disparage them on social media. Show some respect for those around you with more experience and expertise, and you might just learn just something from them. 

PERCEPTION: “They expect a reward just for showing up.”

This is, in fact a generation that was praised and rewarded for every little thing, including getting a trophy for losing. This woman wanted the prize, but didn’t want to have to show up to get it.

REALITY CHECK: As managers, we need to recognize this phenomenon and offer frequent feedback, but as employees, they need to wake up to the fact that all of it may not be positive. That constructive feedback is what helps us learn, grow and become better at what we do. Welcome that information and use it, don’t rebel against it. Ironically, her former boss, only a couple of years her senior, is famous for scrubbing the comments section of her blog, keeping only the flattering ones, and deleting everything else. Our disgruntled ex-employee is not just deleting the less than encouraging feedback; she is publically lashing out against those who posted it.

PERCEPTION: “They expect special treatment and want to do everything their own way.”

The employee in question sees her firing as a direct result of disagreeing with her boss’ attendance policy, or as she so eloquently puts it, “ass-in-seat” requirements during business hours.
REALITY CHECK: Workplace flexibility to becoming more popular and allowing people to be assessed on the work they do, rather than their attendance is something managers should consider. That said, it is at the discretion of the manager, or the company’s policies, and many businesses need people on site to work as a part of a team, attend last minute meetings or be supervised to ensure that the work is being done as required. You don’t get to make those rules, your boss does.

PERCEPTION: “They are job hoppers and won’t be around for long.”

This woman has listed all of her jobs in her Instagram rant. At age 31, she has two full pages of jobs, indicating that she hasn’t stayed at many of them very long.REALITY CHECK: It is harder for a company to invest in someone whom they know is not likely stick around for very long. It is not your boss’ job to groom you for your next one. Show commitment to the company, the job and your manager, and they might be more willing to mentor you and offer you more exposure to next level opportunities.

PERCEPTION: “They are always on social media.”

Social media provided this woman with a voice and a platform to express herself. She didn’t use it to her best advantage.

REALTIY CHECK: Social media is not new, and it has far reaching benefits that older workers who eschew it might be missing out on. That said, what gets posted, regardless of whether or not it gets deleted, lives on forever, and can come back to bite you later. I have seen screen shots of this rant immortalized on other websites with large readerships. And frankly, she is starting to look like a lunatic. Where she may have begun as a hero and freedom fighter, even her most vehement supporters are starting to think she has gone too far. As one who mentioned ad nauseum, what a great and talented writer and content creator she is, her diatribe is repetitive, vindictive and rife with errors. She is not only burning bridges and setting a bad example on a very large platform where anyone and everyone might see it, she is not being the least bit articulate. Think before you post people! Would you want your perspective employer at your dream company to see this side of you? If she really wanted a public forum to express herself, wouldn’t a well-written essay, posted to a site like Medium, or even Facebook, be a better illustration of who you are and what you stand for, rather than a five days and counting, of an unfiltered and incoherent rant?

This outburst has gone from a little inappropriate venting, to a overwhelming barrage of negative thoughts. In an effort to assassinate the character of her former boss, she is now committing career suicide on her own. Although I have completely lost interest in anything she has left to say, I am interested in seeing how this plays out for her as she pursues other opportunities.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section, and tell us what your take is on millennials in the workplace, and what we can learn from them.

update: The “millennial in question’s” Instagram followers soared to 20k at the start of the rant, and almost a week later, she’s still at it, but with only 19.3k followers. It seems I am not the only one tiring of this tirade. It has however, earned her own spot on the diss site.

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The Long and Short of It

April 3, 2017

We are currently in a shirt cycle, with crisp, woven cotton shirts making a big statement for spring. This time around, the basics get an upgrade, with sleeve treatments and a play on proportion making the classic item look modern.

One of the more interesting trends in shirtings, is the long shirt worn over jeans. They sport uneven hemlines, and are often twisted or tucked in the front, and left flowing in the back. The look is edgy yet polished and can take you from the gloom of April showers all the way through the summer months.

This ankle skimming wrapped version adds a crisp twist to dark denim skinnies.

Asymmetric details update a classic bengal stripe shown here over cropped flares.

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A waterfall hemline accent the pretty in pink shirt with a gathered empire line, worn over distressed denim crops.

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Bold stripes get tucked into high waisted khakis, for a modern take on chinos.

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Fashion Activists

March 1, 2017
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Kelsey Fairhurst

The state of the States is a recurring theme worldwide, with designers taking a political stand in their collections being shown this month. With New York, London, and Milan under our belts, it seems that human rights are on everyone’s minds this fashion cycle.

Prabal Gurung created tee shirts inspired by the issues of the Women’s Marches, and hopes to be able to allow purchasers a choice of which charity the proceeds from their shirt will support. An immigrant himself, Gurung feels he owes it to the country that gave him so many opportunities, to use his voice to promote justice.

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via Forbes

Jonathan Simkhai made his views clear by wearing an activist tee shirt while taking his bows at his recent show.

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via Vogue.com

The tee is available for pre-sale on his website, and will cost $95, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

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Public School put their own tongue in cheek spin on things, with their red “Make America New York” caps.

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via Vogue.com

 

Meanwhile, across the pond, Donatella Versace incorporated impowering messages into her Versace runway collection:

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One of the most meaningful statements came from Missoni, who sent all of the models down the runway for the finale, wearing pink pussy hats, which were also the gift left on editors and buyers seats at the show. Designer Angela Missoni took a moment to address the crowd, stating. “There is a bond between us that will keep us strong and safe. The bond that unites all those who respect human rights. Let’s show the world that the fashion community is united and fearless!”

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via Glamour

This activism started last season, with Maria Grazia Chiuri notably showing a feminist statement tee shirt with an embellished skirt at Dior.

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We expect to see the trend continue to develop as Paris Fashion Week begins, and even more designers choose to use thier platforms to entice, as well as incite us to take action.

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#tiedtogether

February 13, 2017
photo via Business of Fashion

photo via Business of Fashion

Fashion insiders will be donning white bandanas this fashion week, in a quiet show of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness.
The movement, started by The Business of Fashion website, asks that designers and show attendees participate in the initiative.

To get involved, simply tie a white bandana around your wrist, neck, head or bag and upload a selfie to social media with the hashtag #tiedtogether.

 

photo via Business of Fashion

photo via Business of Fashion

Designers are being urged to include the bandanas as an accessory in their show, and to wear one when taking their final bows, to spread the message throughout the month of international fashion weeks.

Intended to be a positive statement, not a political one, the creators hope to show support to human issues worldwide.

 

photo via Business of Fashion

photo via Business of Fashion

Stay tuned to see some style statements that could be the start of a major fashion trend.

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Showing Their Stripes

January 30, 2017

The stars showed their stripes on the red carpet at last night’s SAG awards, brightening a landscape that featured more black gowns than ever before.

Michelle Dockery wore a striped Elie Saab gown with a thigh high slit and black piping.

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Michelle Williams opted for sequined stripes, by Louis Vuitton.

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Yara Shahidi’s stripes were a mix of sheer and opaque with a hint of sparkle.The rainbow of color was grounded by black from designer, Naaem Kahn.

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Mayim Bialik took a more modest approach, with her striped taffetta gown that had a high neckline and short sleeves.

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Fishnets

January 9, 2017

Everything old becomes new again, and one of the latest styling trends is no exception.

Fishnet stockings have been around for decades, taking on personas from sexy-sleazy (Fredericks of Hollywood) to grunge (Madonna’s Material Girl). This time around, the look is much cleaner, less overt, and in some cases downright sporty. No garter belt necessary here!

Pair them with old school sneakers and rolled up pants for casual take on the trend.

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Tennis anyone? All white adds a sense of purity to snekaers and fishnet ankle socks.

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Fishnet anklets add texture to a classic Gucci loafer and cropped jeans.

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Same look, larger scale.

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The Style Folder Tumblr

Fill in the blanks: Wear fishnet tights underneath torn denim to add texture, and a little coverage.

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The Sartorialist

Let a little net peek out of the top of your boot for a layered effect.

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Where to Get It

Victoria Tornegren

Victoria Tornegren

White fishnets accent gold metallic mules.

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Charme and More

It’s an inexpensive wardrobe update worth trying. Are you game?

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Everything Is Coming Up Rose Gold

October 24, 2016

Suddenly, rose gold is everywhere. It came into fashion for jewelry and hardware several seasons ago, when everyone including  Apple, Beats and Nike introduced it into their collections of technology. The color, which occurs when a small amount of copper is added to gold, giving it a pinkish tinge, lent a fashionable edge to smartphones and computors. Since pink is thought to inspire calm and peacefullness, the color couldn’t have hit it’s peak at a more crucial time.
Today, rose gold is showing up in clothing, technology, accessories and even hair color, as the trend reaches a fever pitch.

Apple offers it’s Macbooks and iPhones in rose gold.

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Beats makes wireless headphones in the tone.

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Rose gold tinged hair is fast replacing ombre as the “it” hair color trend.

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Michelle Obama SLAYED in a rose gold dress from Atelier Versace at the final State Dinner of the Obama Presidency.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to North Portico at the White House to greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini, for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The first lady is wearing a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed by Atelier Versace. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tiffany currently offers over 500 items in rose gold, including this Elsa Perretti bracelet, valued at $15,000.

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Neiman Marcus is offering a rose gold airplane in their Christmas catalogue, for a mere $1,500,000! You know you’ve made it when you can afford a trendy private plane that might look dated next season!

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Givenchy is just one of the designers using the hue for metallic leather handbags and shoes.

Givenchy at Saks

Givenchy at Saks

And yes, real guys do wear rose gold!

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via macrumors.com

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Think Pink

October 3, 2016

This has been a confusing fashion month. Between the “see now, buy now, wear now” concept, and all of the designer shake-ups, it’s hard to tell what season it is, and what house the collection is from. With all of the uncertainty, one message came through loud and clear from Paris this weekend: You’ve got to have a pink dress.

While I would hardly call pink the color of the season, it seems that it is de riguour for a dresses. And special ones at that.

At Celine, Phoebe Philo showed a dramatic pepto pink dress with a capelike effect coming from the draped hemline.

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For Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection at Valentino, pink played a major role. Here, a pleated dress gets a bright accent at the neckline.

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There were also 1920’s inspired shapes, layered over deeper tones.

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In contrast to all the retro fluidity, Piccioli added a shocking pink cape dress, in a more modern and structured cut.

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John Galliano went sheer, with this ladylike silhouette shown over matching pink lingerie.

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With new designer Gemna Gvasalia of Vetements at the helm, Balenciaga kept it bright with thier modestly cut pink dress, slit up the side and shown over purple spandex boot | pants.

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At Givenchy, Riccardo Tischi showed a simply cut hot pink satin dress layered over a sheer tank dress.

 

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Merch

September 26, 2016

Fashion is going through a phase right now, with business leaders trying to figure out when and how is the best time to release new products. As fashion month progresses, more and more designers are showing “see now, buy now, and wear now” collections. Department and specialty stores alike, are struggling with seasonality and mark downs, effectively taking place before anyone can even wear the product. While retailers struggle to find the next big thing to drive sales, there is one item that is having a major resurgence; the concert tee shirt. The category has become so strong, that it has been coined with it’s own name: merch.
Merch wasn’t intended to be fashion. It was created to mark an event, and show support for your favorite artist. Until now. Merch has taken on a life of it’s own, and old concert tees have become chic collectibles. Artists from Justin Bieber, to Kanye West, are selling lines of tour inspired merchandise in  pop up stores, (Saint Pablo tour) and boutiques. Bieber has placed his Purpose Tour items at Urban Outfitters, and had an exclusive collaboration with uber high-end retailer, Barneys New York. Even Zayn Malik got into the act, with a line of “Mind of Mine” merch available exclusively on zaynmalik.com, where a 21 piece collection of items “he would like to wear”, is on sale.
But don’t think you can toss any old concert tee on with just a pair of jeans and go. Merch has been elevated to a whole new level, with street style stars making the look their own. Below are a few of our favorites:

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@FILET instagram

Vetements

Vetements

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Gigi Hadid via Harper's Bazaar

Gigi Hadid via Harper’s Bazaar

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street style via Fashionista

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via Fashion Coolture

Coach Spring '17

Coach Spring ’17

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kanye west

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour

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Beauty Blender

September 14, 2016

I’m not a makeup expert, or a beauty blogger. In fact, there are many days where I don’t put any makeup on at all. Don’t even ask about my almost non-existant skincare ritual. But on other days, I want to look like an enhanced version of myself; one that is more polished and perfected without looking over-done.

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To achieve this look, my tools of choice were mostly my fingers. Smear it on, and smooth it out were my mottos. Every beauty blogger, Youtuber, and editor swears by the Beauty Blender, but until I read a post from it’s makeup artist | creator, I didn’t give it a second glance. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m a convert. If you’re looking for a finish that is natural and flawless (or as flawless as you can get given the face beneath the makeup) then this tool is a must have.

Shaped like a bright fucshia egg, the pointy end is able to get into those hard to reach spots around your nose, and at the inner corners of the eyes. The sides are perfect for blending broader areas, such as the cheeks and forehead. You simply get it wet, squeeze the excess water out, and pat it gently around your face to blend foundation, concealer, and even blush, for a seamless look.

The patting motion keeps the makeup from being rubbed off, but blurs the edges so that they are invisable. The dampness keeps the sponge supple and absorbs less product than a dry sponge. Once you are done, there is no obvious beginning and end to your makeup; just a smooth and natural finish that makes your skin look healthier and smoother than ever before. You can even skip using foundation all over your face, and use the tool to blend concealer with your own, bare skin for a more natural effect.

Tapping takes a moment longer than smearing, but the results are well worth the time.

Have you tried the Beauty Blender yet?

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