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Imposter

Do you ever feel like an imposter?
 
For instance, I was chatting it up with some late 20-something design agency folks on Saturday and we were talking about roles of the creative director, art director, producer, etc. and who does what at an agency. And the fact that I’ve worked in and around the agency world for more than 30 years (yes, well before they were born), I felt like I didn’t have all the answers. I felt like they knew more than I.
 
I felt like an imposter.
 
Do you know what I mean? Like you’re afraid that someone is going to lift the veil and find out that you are a fake…at any given time.
 
I remember the two summers that I lived in NYC – in 2014 and 2016 – and I was surrounded by highly accomplished, smart, powerful women who were saving the world.  Seriously, some of these women were setting up sustainable businesses for women in Rwanda, running start-ups, securing venture capital, sitting on high-level boards, curating art for one of the most famous museums in the world, and gracing the cover of Ad Age.
 
Um, yeah. Then there’s me. Talk about intimidating.
 
I said to my dear NYC friend Susan McPherson (who happens to be the co-founder of Becoming, and is also amazingly accomplished), “I feel like such an imposter.” And she laughed and said, “Yeah, so does every single brilliant woman sitting in this room.”
 
“Really?”
 
“Yes, really.”
 
And you know what, as I got to know many of these women, I found out they were just people. They were approachable. They were interested. They were real humans who probably had dirty dishes sitting at home in their sink like the rest of us. 
 

Sigh of relief. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t have to have superpowers to be successful. And we can all measure our success in our own way. 
 
How freeing is that?!
 
However…today, I truly am an imposter. And I’ll be the first to admit it.
 
Susie is at the Nordstrom sale selling her heart out and I’m pitch-hitting for the “So, Susie…” column (see below). So bear with me while I act as an imaginary fashion editor and give you my unique perspective of an outsider looking into the fashion world.
 
I must say, being this kind of imposter is the best kind. There are no expectations, and I get to play dress up.

xx, Jen

 

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SO, SUSIE...
 
Where are you? Who's going to tell us what to buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

 

 
 
 
...OF THE WEEK

Store...

Modern Citizen. Oh my gosh. Their clothes are pure eye candy. And the prices are fantastic. I haven't bought anything yet, but I plan to order a few things when I'm pulling my fall wardrobe together. Alert to those of you who live in the Bay Area, they're doing a pop-up on Fillmore starting this Friday!
 
Tip...

Wouldn't it be nice to always have a clean bathroom? Especially between "the big clean" (what I call it) or cleaning service visits. Apartment Therapy has easy tips and tricks to keep "the little girls' room" up to snuff 24/7.

Decor...

I'm a little partial here because I love blue and white. But even if you don't, I think you'll love this table styling -- it can be modified for any color scheme and occasions.

Want...

Or should I say "wants"? I did a little window shopping at Modern Citizen (see Store...) and here are my initial picks: This blouse (I love the button detail down the back), these pants (I love the high waist), this jumpsuit (which I can throw a blazer over -- see the So, Susie column for my thinking here), and these pumps -- so perfect. 
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