I am captivated by how today’s modern woman has redefined our image of a workingwoman. She is a creator, an executive, a mother, a small business owner and an artist. She is dynamic. She does not have to fit the mold that once was. She has her own personal style. She can dare to be different, to be seen. She is noteworthy.

I learned very quickly, working in a corporate environment for almost ten years, that I did not have to sacrifice my own personal style to fit into the corporate culture. I could be true to myself yet appropriate for my environment. A unique piece of jewelry, an unexpected shoe or a statement bag transformed a classic suit or simple dress. I could be stylish, yet sophisticated.

Today my office looks very different. I can be more liberal in my choices but the same principals apply. In planning for the interviews for the launch of Noteworthy, I gravitated towards my staples. A great jean (a high-waisted for it’s mercy on this mother of two), a classic silk blouse, a well-loved skirt. Like most women, I felt an initial urgency to buy something new, but soon realized I could find my “new” by bringing my staples to life with a forgotten shoe or recently purchased necklace. I wanted my clients to see me and a style that is uniquely mine. I would choose my Converse high tops over heels any day.

Transform your outfit with a great piece of jewelry. 

Necklace, Lizzie Fortunato for Poole Shop (Charlotte, NC). 

Necklace, Lizzie Fortunato Double Take Necklace in Black from Hampden Clothing (Charleston, SC). 

Be unexpected. Pair new with old. 

Fancy Slipper by Marais USA

Converse high top sneaker; Madewell high riser skinny skinny jeans in dusty wash. 

A well-loved skirt by Tracy Reese from last season (ChezElle Charlotte, NC) paired with this season's cropped sweater from Madewell. 

Images by Candice Lanning, www.thebeautifulmess.com.