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Wake Up! How to Get Over the Mid-Afternoon Slump

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Posted on July 1, 2014 by

You can feel it coming over you – that tempting urge to shut your eyes and slip into what could possibly be the best nap ever. Unfortunately, you’re at work and it’s only 3 p.m., so laying your head down on your desk for a quick power nap isn’t quite acceptable. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, it happens to the best of us. It’s actually quite scientific in terms of our body’s biological clock that insists on claiming the hours between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. as prime sleep time. If only all bosses saw it that way!

Boredom makes us sleepy; switch up your workload to prevent those eyelids from getting too heavy to fight back. Find something to do that will keep you engaged long enough to get over the tiredness and take you into the last part of your work day. To combat the afternoon sleepies, try these tips that will help you power through your afternoon and maintain an acceptable level of productivity.

Play with the dogs! We’ve got an office full of dogs, so there’s always a furry friend around to help perk up our day. Dogs are proven to have a positive effect on humans. Rylee and Beatrix (see above) do a great job of keeping us entertained at all hours of the day! No dogs at work? Take a YouTube break and search for cute puppies, cute kittens, or cute anything, for that matter. We guarantee you’ll find something to lift your spirits. Just don’t get carried away – five to ten minutes should suffice. (more…)

This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today

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Posted on June 30, 2014 by

Account Executive, Department Stores

Category: Account Executive Location/City: NY – New York Apply

Contemporary women’s collection is seeking a full time Account Executive for department stores in NYC.

Planning & Forecasting Assistant

Category: Planning Location/City: NY – New York Apply

Seeking Assistant Planner for luxury RTW, intimates, and swim brand in NYC.

Store Director

Category: Retail Location/City: CA – Santa Barbara Apply

Iconic Luxury Brand seeks Store Director for their Santa Barbara Boutique.

Women’s Technical Designer

Category: Technical Design Location/City: NY – New York Apply

High-level women’s technical designer needed for a elevated contemporary brand.  Will manage fit, construction and all aspects of garments from development to production.

Store Manager

Category: Retail Location/City: NY – New York Apply

Contribute to the successful financial growth of the company by ensuring customer service exceeds beyond expectations.

Visit the JBCStyle job portal for a complete list of opportunities.

3 Networking Events Where You Can Really Network

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Posted on June 12, 2014 by

Network. Network. Network. The term is drilled into our brains from the moment we’re old enough to judge whether or not it’s okay to talk to strangers. Still, we all know how awkward networking can be when it feels forced or when intentions don’t seem genuine. Most people don’t want to meet strangers who seek them out for specific reasons. To be successful at networking, one must master the art of approaching a stranger without an obvious end game or motive behind your friendly conversation (don’t be needy). Any savvy professional will see right through your attempts to connect and your emails and calls will go unanswered.

Networking with like-minded individuals is a great place to start as you have common interests and a conversation won’t feel forced. If you’re a networking newbie, don’t be afraid to jump in and start building your list of industry contacts by attending events that focus on your field or industry. Arrive with a plan and be sure to bring copies of your resume, business cards, and anything else that will help to make you more memorable post-event.

We selected the events below because they cater to job seekers and offer opportunities to connect with industry professionals who know why you are in attendance. (more…)

What’s New and Fun in the Wearable Tech World

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Posted on June 3, 2014 by

All this talk about wearable tech can become chaotic and too much to consume at times, but every now and then we come across a product that piques our interest. Today, two items caught our attention as we prowled our news feeds – mostly because we’re suckers for a good collaboration and we’re equally obsessed with photography.

As wearable technology persistently searches for its place in mainstream fashion, attempts are often foiled by the lack of connection between style and function. Customers are lured in by the novelty of what wearables are capable of; but they are put off by bulky, obvious and unattractive hardware that they refuse to wear in public. Talk about not getting your cost per wear, Google Glass comes with a $1,700 price tag!

The industry is getting closer to identifying market needs as they learn from the mistakes of fellow innovators as well as their own. In our two examples, Lulu Guinness incorporated her signature design aesthetic with the functions of a camera and Google has the money in the bank to once again partner with Diane von Furstenberg to add some style to Glass.

A look from the Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2015 collection featuring DVF Made for Glass

A look from the Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2015 collection featuring DVF Made for Glass

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Top 10 Best Bottomless Brunches In NYC – 2014

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Posted on May 21, 2014 by

The summer is quickly approaching and rooftop bars and weekend brunches beckon us to soak in the sun (and a few drinks) until winter is just a distant memory. Due to the popularity of our brunch spots from 2012 post, we’ve decided to update the list for 2014 with some new boozy destinations. A few of our tried and true favorites made the list again for their consistency in providing New Yorkers with a place to call their own on the weekends (if only for an hour and a half). Make the most of the warm weather, enjoy endless drinks and good food with great company, and let us know what you think of our list!

Photo via Poco NYC

Photo via Poco NYC

Read on to see who made the list… (more…)

New Graduates: March Off That Stage and Into the Proverbial Door

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Posted on May 16, 2014 by

For college seniors, the month of May usually symbolizes liberation from the papers, reports, projects and deadlines that consume the life of a student. After graduation, college life will come to an end, and for many, the job search will begin (or continue for those who got an early start). Of all the life lessons one can learn as an undergrad, how to navigate the job market as an entry-level candidate isn’t usually one of them.

Now that higher education is checked off the list, many eager graduates enter the process of job searching with the expectation that results will be immediate. This includes reaching out to your network, completing internships, and crafting a stellar resume. Still, many will find it difficult to get accustomed to the full-time job that applying can become.

Getting your foot in the door will take time and a commitment to doing everything in your power to make your talents known. Go the extra mile and be confident that you’ve taken every action possible (without being a stalker) to land your dream job.

Read below for some helpful information and let us know how it goes!

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Take a Crash Course: Get Trained in 30 Days or Less

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Posted on May 9, 2014 by

If you’re in the market for a new job, you may find you’re lacking some of the ‘hard skills’ required. As defined by Investopedia, hard skills are “Specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured. By contrast, soft skills are less tangible and harder to quantify.” A combination of both hard and soft skills can help you land your dream job.

Lacking the required software knowledge or the ability to speak a second language may be the deciding factor on whether or not you get called in for an interview [or if you should even apply]. For the truly ambitious and dedicated job seeker, prepare for your career goals by conditioning your mind to learn new skills.

The programs listed below all offer some sort of trial period allowing you to take self-taught crash courses to learn résumé-building skills. The more you know the better; and even if you aren’t in the job market at the moment, it’s never too late to learn something new. True statement: Knowledge is power! Spend your lifetime learning and you will remain relevant throughout your career.

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Met Gala 2014 – White Tie Dress Code Optional

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Posted on May 6, 2014 by

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art throws a party, you go [if you're invited, of course]. The annual Costume Institute gala was the place to be Monday night for the entire fashion industry and an impressive list of celebrities. This year, the gala took place in honor of British-born designer Charles James and celebrated the unveiling of the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

In sharp contrast to the previous year’s punk theme, Met Ball 2014 guests were asked to dress in white tie for the event. Many followed the one rule of the evening, but it wouldn’t be a fashionable affair if a few rebels didn’t arrive out of dress code. It’s not easy to get a man to wear tails these days and some women just have to rock a crop top.

Below, some of our favorite…

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

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