Happy Creativity Thursday: Celebrating My Author Creative Style

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Today’s blog post discusses my creative style as an author. Earlier this year, I started collecting pictures from fashion magazines that illustrated what I wanted to look like as an author during my fall and winter Digital Sisterhood book events. I fell in love with gold jewelry, knit dresses with lots of zippers, leather wedge boots, colorful trench coats, and purses with funky side stitching.

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The black knit dress with zippers was a hard one to find. I started looking at my usual spots — Ann Taylor Loft, Macy’s, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx, but had no luck. While I was walking home earlier this week, my inner fashion goddess who lives inside my head whispered, “Drop by Dress Barn to see about the black knit dress.” So I listened (my inner fashion goddess is never wrong!) and found a petite black knit dress with gold zippers for $42. Yes, I said $42!

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My Tahari black leather wedge boots were easy to find. I just had to look in my closet and find my boot container with boots I purchased two and three years ago. I had the heels fixed during the summer.

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Looking for a trench coat has been a two-year challenge. I finally found one that fit my author creative style requirements (colorful), body size, and budget from Marshalls on a Sunday morning after church. It was love at first sight. Thank goodness Jones New York makes cinnamon double-breasted petite trench  coats that end up in Marshalls for $60!

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My black leather purse with funky silver side stitching is an oldie but goodie purchase I made at Violet Boutique (one of my favorite places to shop in D.C. — especially for jewelry, purses, coats, and jackets) in 2011.

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The piece de resistance of my author creative style is my red tiger glasses by Oliver Goldsmith (OG), a London-based family run business that is synonymous with fashion and style. OG has been in business for the past 80 years. Fashion designers Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Vidal Sassoon, and actors Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers, and Michael Caine embraced OG eyewear early in their careers.

Photo Credit: OliverGoldsmith.com
Photo Credit: OliverGoldsmith.com

I discovered my red tiger glasses during one of my summer visits to Dupont Optical, the place that has helped me select signature eyewear for over 20 years. Dupont Optical owner and optician Ben Herman recommended my red tiger glasses and another very cool pair of casual glasses I can wear as sunshades.

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What are you wearing this fall to express your creativity?

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You can purchase Digital Sisterhood on Amazon.com.

If you are in Washington, D.C. on October 19, please plan to attend my  author talk and book reading from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street, NW (three blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green Line Metro Station). Click here to register for the event. See you on October 19th!

Listen to Ananda’s interview w/ Faith Dow, founder of Acts of Faith blog, about her use of social media to support her books & biz

Happy Saturday!

My social media sistalove Faith Dow, founder of Acts of Faith blog, interviewed me this morning via Skype and Cinchcast.  We talked about how I use social media to support my books That Which Awakens Me and Love’s Troubadours, and business. Faith also asked me about my writing process and career transition from attory to author.  She gave me a new title to marinate on: lifestyle guru.  I like the sound of it. What do you think? To learn more, click on the Cinchcast audio blog below. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow Faith on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/actsoffaithblog. She is an amazing lady who serves as an editor, media critic, social justice advocate, and creative professional who uses technology and social media to empower women and children.

Have a great weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for social media sisterhood connections,

Ananda