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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Harper’s BAZAAR’s Work The Look Program Teaches MBA Candidates Boardroom Style

Harper's BAZAAR

Work the Look (Photo Credit: tumblr.com – Harper’s Bizaare)

Harper’s BAZAAR has been going across the country to show top MBA candidates how to go from the classroom to the boardroom with style in a program called Work the Look.” With help from experts in the fashion, beauty and skin care industries, the 145-year-old fashion magazine is teaching soon-to-be professional women how to elevate their look for the office with get-ahead ensembles, and the complementary beauty looks to match.

Celebrity stylist Annie Ladino is bringing her expertise to each school. Annie got her start in magazine editorial and now styles celebrities including Brooklyn Decker, Jaime King and America Ferrera. As part of her fashion presentation, Annie is pulling exclusive work wear looks straight from BAZAAR’s new e-commerce platform, ShopBAZAAR.com.

Interview with Annie Ladino:

Q: What are some of the exclusive looks for the office?
Powerful women really do wear the pants in all aspects of their lives. With that said, there has been a shift over the most recent fashion seasons from women wanting to dazzle with sparkles and frills to command an audience in sleek and polished looks. The new pantsuit is rearing its head from behind a sea of ruffled dresses to reveal a cool new take on a classic. Pinstripe options from Celine or Tory Burch have trickled down to the mass market at Zara and Ann Taylor.
Q:  How can one dress from work wear to going out after work to still look cute?
The overall idea of office attire tends to be minimal and boring, yet that doesn’t mean we can’t be modern and give it personality.   A trick to take your look from day to night is to change up your accessories and incorporate bold pops of color into your look. There are some chunky Alexis Bittar earrings on ShopBAZAAR.com that are perfect for the office, but more than enough for a night out. I always recommend keeping a pair of heels under your desk.  The pointy toe shoe is always a classic and there are plenty alternative to heights and styles to suite every fashionable woman including heels or wedges.  Statement jewelry pulls a look together especially modern architectural sculptural jewelry.
Q: Since city styles are so different, what is appropriate work wear in LA versus NYC? Are there any No No’s?
While dress codes tend to vary from industry to city, stick to this rule of thumb – the suit is, and has always been the staple for the office.  A full suit is the foundation to your work wardrobe and useful for not only the interview process, but the boardroom and meetings to come.  Look for a blazer and pant in a dark neutral such as black or navy, bonus points for a
matching pencil skirt.  It’s versatility also allows for several combinations or wear each piece separately to give your look a more casual feel.
Definite no-no’s to the office is anything you’d wear to the beach, to garden, or to the gym.
Celebrity stylist Annie Ladino

Celebrity stylist Annie Ladino (Photo Credit: pagedaily.com)

Throughout each “Work the Look” event, several activities occur simultaneously – women receive Clarisonic facials while learning the foundations of skin care and Lancôme make-up artists offer work-appropriate beauty tips all while the attendees enjoy specialty cocktails.

Past Dates:

Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania: October 2, 2012

Columbia Business School: October 5, 2012

Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University: November 5, 2012

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University: November 7, 2012

Upcoming Dates:

Ross School of Management at UCLA: November 15, 2012

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