Category Archives: JBC Top Ten

JBCStyle | Top Ten | The Art of the Reference Check

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Posted on May 23, 2013 by

Here at JBC, we’ve mastered the process of checking references.  Probably because conducting a thorough reference check is essential to being a recruiter.  Below, ten things to keep in mind when choosing and sharing your references.

1. Don’t list the names of your references on your resumé.  There is no need to offer references to an employer until they are requested.  Instead of listing the names on your resumé, list them on a separate sheet of paper (matching your resumé) titled “References.”  Bring the list with you to job interviews.

2. Choose references who are relevant to the job in which you are applying.   For those who have taken the straight and narrow career path this shouldn’t be a problem.  However, for the career-hopping job seekers out there, references should be catered to the role.  For example, if you are applying for a retail job, your references should be able to speak to your retail experiences.  If you are applying for a role as a designer, your references should be able to speak to the skills you possess that would make you the right fit. (more…)

JBCStyle | Top Ten | Glove Love

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Posted on October 11, 2012 by

 

Flash back sixty or seventy so years, what wardrobe staples did you see?  Men in proper hats, women wearing slips beneath their dresses, pantyhose, garters…the works.

 

When you think about it, people dressed that way not only for looks, but for practicality.  One accessory that gets easily passed off in our fall and winter wardrobe is the glove.  This small, yet very important piece can give your cold weather wear so much attitude…and keep your digits warm all the while.

 

So in our attempt to keep practical garments in use, we went seeking some of the season’s most chic and sensible glove options.  Whether you want to channel MadMen or Drive…these finger slip-ons should come in quite handy:

 

 

JBCStyle | Top Ten | Blouses on a Budget

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Posted on September 6, 2012 by

A blouse is that item one can never own too many of. Whether it’s business casual, classic and refined, elegant chic or edgy; the options for this lovely article of clothing are truly endless.

Most of us are on budgets. Most of us can’t purchase that endless supply of blouses we so desire. However, lucky for everyone, the most beautiful blouses can be found in so many different places and for such great prices. Yes, it may be fun to splurge on this item of clothing every now and then, but it is not necessary if you look hard enough. Not only are these blouses on a budget perfectly fabulous, they are also all under $50!

the black and white color combination is timeless

1. Forever 21: $13.80

the lace detail adds just enough mystery

2. H&M: $24.95

pretty in peplum

3. Topshop: $48

a classic style in a bold color

4. Old Navy: $20

the sequin collar is an unexpected touch

5. ASOS: $37.94

the heart details sweeten up a simple chambray top

6. Nasty Gal: $48

polka-dots are a perfect pattern

7. LC Lauren Conrad: $33

a tie neck is effortlessly chic for the office

8. Piperlime: $39

great print on a basic silhouette

9. Forever 21: $15.80

the soft color palette looks great with dark pants and accessories

10. H&M: $29.95

JBCStyle | Top Ten | Mixtape

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Posted on August 6, 2012 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracklist:

1. “So Lucky” – Dana Buoy
2. “The Summer Is Done With Us” – Palms
3. “Runaway” – Mr. Little Jeans
4. “Morning Rush” – D’Austerlitz
5. “She’s the One (Brokenchord Edit)” – Caribou
6. “Doused” – DIIV
7. “I Want Something” – Torches
8. “Totally True” – Violens
9. “Last Off The Lake” – Carnivals
10. “Breathe (Telepopmusik Cover)” – New Navy

 

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JBCStyle | Top Ten | Fall Shoe Guide: The Embellished Heel Ankle Boot

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Posted on August 6, 2012 by

The trendy ankle boot is back for fall.  This season, take it up a notch with some heel attitude.  We’ve narrowed it down to a group of booties, most from JBCStyle clients, that were made to leave a lasting impression.

1. Zara, Studded Cowboy Ankle Boot, $129

 

2. Vince Camuto, Hariza Grey Combo, $149

3. Giuseppe Zanotti, Strass Suede Cowboy Bootie , $1,195

4. Jason Wu, Studded Bootie, $995

5. Rachel Roy, Suede & Glitter Bootie, $425 (Pre-order)

6. Jeffrey Campbell, Gimme Glint Bootie, &189.99

 

7. Ash, Nevada Boot Prune Suede, $295

8. Aldo, Cedrina Beige, $120

9. Joie, Jackson, $425

10. Yves Saint Laurent, Madge Laced-back Suede Wedge Ankle Boots, $1,295

Bonus: Alexander McQueen, Bow-Back Ankle Boot, $1,195

 

JBCStyle | Top 10 | Scarf Obsession

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Posted on August 2, 2012 by

If you think scarves are only meant to be worn when it’s cold, we’re about to prove you wrong!  Scarves are ideal for cool summer nights and perfect for transitioning a summer outfit into a look for fall.  Available in different weights, colors and fabrics, scarves have the ability to pull an entire outfit together.  Below, the scarves we love:

1. Sir Alistair Rai, Destination Hawaii Tie-Dye-Hibiscus, &110.00 $58

Popular with celebs such as Jessica Alba, this scarf is made to be layered in a variety of ways.  The fun tie-dye pattern can be paired with a plain shirt, a relaxed tunic, or a jean jacket on a chilly day.  Another plus – it’s large enough to be worn as a sarong for the beach!  Can’t beat a two-fer!

2. Alexander McQueen, Crystal Skull Print Silk Chiffon Scarf, $625

This edgy scarf has a polished rockstar appeal that pairs well with casual or dressy outfits.  Whether you pair it with a classic white dress or jeans and a tee, this scarf’s best quality is its versatility.

3. Forever 21, ZigZag Patchwork Scarf, $9.80

This Missoni inspired scarf won’t set you back a whole paycheck like the real thing and it’s just as stylish!  The fun patterns and colors will liven up those gloomy in-between summer and fall days.

4. Madewell, La La Land Map Scarf, $55

Nautical and airy, this handkerchief scarf features a map of Los Angeles printed behind the turquoise stripes.  Keep the west coast close to your heart while daydreaming of warm beaches and cool nights.

5. Free People, Lace Mix Scarf, $48

Classy and elegant, this scarf can be worn year-round.  Wear it with colored denim or pair it with a little black dress for a night out.  It’s just too pretty to be left in the closet!

6. J.Crew, Mini-Prints Scarf, $55

Going for a preppy look?  This J. Crew scarf is light enough to be worn during the last few hot days of summer.  Come fall, layer it over a basic tee or tie it around your favorite bag to add a pop of color.

7. Fraas, Leapord Loop Scarf, $48 $33.60

Unleash your wild side with an animal print infinity scarf – a staple for every wardrobe that will take your outfit from day to night.

8. Remi & Reid, Tassle Scarf, $28

This scarf not only comes in coral (shown below), but also fuchsia, grey, ivory, and teal.  You will want to get it in every color!

9. Karma Kreations Multi-Colored Striped Border Scarf, $28 $19.99

Get the mixed print look with this lightweight sheer scarf.  Bonus – it’s light enough that it can also be used as a headband or head-wrap!

10. Oscar de la Renta, Patchwork Border-Print Scarf, $720 Pre-order

Make a statement with this Oscar de la Renta beauty draped over your shoulders.  The earthy tones and elegant materials welcome the warm tones of fall.

 

JBCStyle | Top Ten | The Briefcase

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Posted on July 27, 2012 by

Congratulations, you’re hired!  Now that the interview process is over, it’s time to go shopping for a briefcase to carry your Monday through Friday essentials.

Think of a briefcase as your own personal assistant; it comes to work with you in the morning, sits by your side all day, leaves with you in the evening, and carries your most important belongings (both personal and professional).

Although a briefcase is used for work, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fashion forward.  Today’s options have evolved to offer the best of both worlds: style and function.

With the goal of outfitting stylish professionals everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of 10 designer briefcases to ensure you’re efficient day in and day out.

For tips on office style and more, check out JBCStyle’s Pinterest for inspiration with a professional twist.

Women’s Briefcases:

  1. Dooney & Bourke Bradley, $550
  2. Tumi Nivelle Business Case, $495
  3. Tumi Voyageur Cortina Boarding Tote, $395
  4. J. Crew Edie Attaché Bag, $288
  5. Salvatore Ferragamo Revival Briefcase, $1,900

 

Men’s Briefcases:

  1. J. Crew Montague Leather Satchel, $298
  2. Jack Spade Waxwear Swiss Brief with Flap, $425
  3. Tumi Beacon Hill Briefcase, $395
  4. Ralph Lauren Deerfield Vachetta Mailbag, $995
  5. Brooks Brothers Filson Twill Computer Briefcase Bag, $275

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of briefcases:

“A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.”  Don Henley of The Eagles

“The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go.  Life is too short to blend in.”  Paris Hilton

“While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence — which, I believe, does make the woman.”  Mary Kay Ash

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.  Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”   Coco Chanel

 

JBCStyle | Top Ten | Mixtape

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Posted on July 23, 2012 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracklist:

1. “Holiday” – Poor Moon
2. “Glazin” – Jacuzzi Boys
3. “Mirror In The Dark (Hidden track)” – Twin Shadow
4. “Own the Sun” – Sunrom
5. “We Should Be Swimming” – Zulu Winter
6. “Summertime Is Coming” – Paul Banks
7. “Summer In The City” – Freedom Fry
8. “Third Man” – Incan Abraham
9. “Brooklyn Sunburn (Lushlife Remix)” – Teen Daze
10. “The Sea and The Sun (feat Arrange)” – Germany Germany

 

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JBCStyle | Top Ten | Mixtape

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Posted on July 14, 2012 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracklist:

1. “Think/Feel (feat Chelsey Scheffe)” – Beat Connection
2. “Shadow” – Wild Nothing
3. “Wait4Me” – Ruddyp
4. “Memories” – Le Youth
5. “Hot Knife” – Fiona Apple
6. “Born To” – Jesca Hoop
7. “California Poppy” – David Douglas
8. “So American” – Portugal. The Man
9. “Siberia” – treasureseason
10. “Without You” – Rainbow Arabia

 

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JBCStyle | Top Ten | Waterproof Your Summer

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Posted on July 11, 2012 by

Summer is in full and utter swing now.  This is the time we all flock to the pool, the lake, the ocean, the river…anywhere we can splash in the sun.  But the water holes we find ourselves lapping in can be a tricky place for our digital devices and whatnot.  Discover these water-friendly products to keep you and your favorite things high and dry:

 

1. Lifeproof for iPhone

This nifty little iPhone accessory will save your phone’s life while you’re “getting thrown in.”  Also, you can take rad underwater shots with this bad boy!  Whatever the reason, this accessory is completely sealed to keep your lifeline happy and dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Tarte Rise & Shine Lipgloss

So what if you want a little lip stain on when you’re kicking it poolside?  With all of the retro suits on the market right now, it’s almost required.  This gloss by Tarte will last you the duration of your pool party and comes in four summer-friendly shades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Creative Sunwear Fully Decorated Swim Cap

Let’s keep this retro vibe going.  Olympic swimmers aren’t the only ones who don’t want to get their locks soaking wet when they take a dip.  We want to same effect sans the Speedo bald cap.  This floral one says synchronized doll babe all over it and comes in a black, white, or multicolored floral pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Marissa Collections Swims Shoe

Tired of flip flops?  Want something you can wear from sea to shore?  Then this men’s Swims Shoe is just right for you!  As a whole it looks like a handsome boat slip-on, is completely waterproof, has side ventilation, and a sturdy rubber sole that will grip to the slipperiest of boat decks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Panasonic Lumix TS3

If you are traveling this summer, taking a scuba dunk, or going on any underwater excursion…this is the camera for you.  With a wider lens than most of its competition, the Lumix TS3 captures clear and vivid shots up to 40 feet under the water.  Other features include multiple shutter speed and ISO settings, GPS tracking and tagging, as well as an image stabilizing capability for quick moving subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case

If you’re lounging but still need to get some work done or want to catch up on your reading, you typically don’t hesitate to bring your electronics along.  But what if that freak accident happened where the waitress comes up to you, scares you silly, and the iPad you’re holding flings up?  There goes your gadget, floating to the base of the deep end.  This waterproof case by TrendyDigital is for moments just like that…a sealed off case to hold your iPad, Kindle, or any other precious tablet and keep it away from the H2O.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Eco Terra Waterproof Speakers

When it comes to water sport speakers, Eco Terra products are the crème de la crème.  This portable speaker set and doc is not only waterproof, it’s fully submersible.  You could throw this in the lake and because of its design, it will rotate and float upwards, so your music can be heard no matter what.  The case holds your iPhone, iPod, mp3 player…whatever you want and keeps it 100% enclosed so no water seeps through.  Get this, head to the beach, and put on our mixtape!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock

Your face is one of the first places to get attacked by the sun; but who wants thick and uncomfortable sunscreen clogging up their pores?  Fortunately, Neutrogena makes an ultra sheer formula with SPF 45 that is waterproof, sweat-proof, PABA-free and non-comedogenic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Shiseido Sun Protection Skin Foundation

If you’re a surfer or into any water sport, you either already know or really need to know about this skin saver by Shiseido.  Their Sun Stick is a triple threat:  it goes on smooth and dry, doubles as makeup, and is so waterproof that it stays on all day through your sweat and swim.  Bonus: it’s recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV sunscreen!  That’s a hard fact your skin can get behind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Copco Sierra Cold Tumbler

Last, but certainly not least, a proper summer accessory is and ice cold drink in hand!  Whatever the beverage, it’s guaranteed that you don’t want salty pool water sloshing in your cup.  So having a spill proof, waterproof tumbler is what’s up!  Look to this Sierra Tumbler by Copco -  it holds 24 ounces, comes in five bright colors, and has a non-slip grip to boot.