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Should You Be Friends with Your Co-Workers?

Working a 9 to 5 can be tough, especially when struggling to balance work and social life.  Careers in Corporate America seem to give less time to see your closest friends and that opens the door for getting to know your co workers more. The transition can be tough, but conversing with your co workers can make your day fly by, and make adulting not so bad in a work environment. Although it can have its perks, you should be careful in crossing the line of professional and personal relationships.

Getting to know people in a professional atmosphere can be scary at times. When trying to keep your work relationships in check, there are a few things you should  consider before overstepping boundaries at work. For instance, You could be invited out to happy hour after work, just to vibe and get to know each other on a more personal level. After hanging out a few times each week, your co workers try to make it a consistent routine. Now here is where your dilemma starts. Fast forward into another week, Your co worker Renee ask you out for drinks once again, and you’re hesitant to politely decline or accept. You start to wonder what you’re getting yourself into and if you consider her a friend outside of work. One may prefer to keep their work and personal lives separate and aren’t as open to befriending their coworkers. When trying to build these relationships, it’s important to remember to never let efforts to become friends to ruin your professional connections. that needs to remain a top priority. If hanging out doesn’t happen naturally, Don’t force it! Always stay within your comfort level.

Becoming besties with your colleagues in certain settings may not be wise, but you don’t have to avoid office relationships completely either. A major key when forming relationships at work is to remember it’s all networking. Success in any field depends on the relationships we develop. The people you cross paths with when working, become apart of your network. Getting a mentor can also help excel in your career. Becoming close with a boss or manager in a higher department can be a excellent way to receive recommendations towards your future. Seeking mentorship with someone  can be beneficial and a good experience. Focus your relationship on learning professionally. Talk to him or her about your goals for your career and what you plan to build and excel in your field. Ask for advice on the types of jobs you wish to pursue and if you would be interested in a similar position. If you follow these steps and develop this relationship well, and this ultimately help you throughout your career!

There should always be fine line between professionalism and friendship. Always remember to consider boundaries and the proper protocol to follow in the workplace. I hope this was helpful to readers and help guide you on the right path. Well, Until next time!

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5 Events to Celebrate Women’s History Month

U-N-I-T-Y! Happy National Women’s History Month!

Women across the country are speaking out and standing up  for gender equality, including the ladies at DCWKLY.  Feminism has become an ongoing and vital part of our nation, thanks to Women’s Movements held across the country. It’s about having the freedom to express yourself and making choices what is right for you. Numerous of high profile celebrities such as Beyonce, Amber Rose, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna have been strong advocates in proclaiming that women have a voice and should be able to use it at all times. 

In honor of celebrating the major roles women play in society, here are several events held in the metropolitan area you can attend to celebrate and support the spirit of Women’s History Month

 

Women’s Day at Lord and Taylor
March 18th

 

Lord and Taylor wants women feel appreciated and are inviting us to join together and celebrate with a day filled with tender love and care. The event will feature a fashion show, showcasing popular women designers, live entertainment, facials and complimentary makeovers. Guests will have the chance to meet and greet with well renowned entrepreneurs and women authors. The author of “The Beauty Diary”, Bailey Semmons, will also be featured at the event.

BeYOUtiful Women’s Networking Brunch
March 19th


The BeYOUtiful Women’s Brunch celebrates women who are working together and helping shape our future. The networking event will feature speakers that will share their stories of success and give wisdom on coming into self worth and self discovery.

Writing Women Into History
March 22

The District of Columbia of Young Democrats invites women clubs throughout the DMV and the public to attend a reception to converse with light refreshments. Guest speakers will feature Tina L. Fletcher, Akilah R. Ensley, and Renee Johnson. The event will discuss how to help women expand their political views and make plans to move into the future.

She Rocks
March 24th

She Rocks is back! It is hosting its fifth annual weekend event dedicated to women in business and arts. SheROCKS was established in 2013 by the Love Life Media firm, which thrive to help women in the entertainment and business field who didn’t have a voice. It is one of the fastest growing networking events for emerging women entrepreneurs. The event also honors women whose  have paved the way for the success of other connoisseurs of the arts and in business.

Brunch Fit For A Queen
April 1st


The Lead girl foundation is excited to announce its second annual Brunch fit for a queen. Its mission is to make women throughout the metropolitan area to feel empowered.  A brunch want to come together to share our experiences, hopes, and doubts fears to accelerate steps towards equality.

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Black Pyramid, Virle Cole, and Christopher Schafer Stand Out at Crystal Couture 2017

It was a scene of eclectic fashion, unique designs and good vibes: Crystal Couture 2017, was a three day event, open and free to the public for fashion lovers to participate in. The combined fashion show and pop up shop experience invited shopaholics and fashion mavens alike to enjoy professional choreographed runway models, generously discounted boutique items, and stylist consultations.

The pop up shop featured a complimentary open bar with a lounge vibe, allowing shoppers to converse and sip drinks while browsing and purchasing the featured brands.  The fashion show  showcased the bold and fun fashion of upcoming designers. Featuring over 18 designers, Chris Brown’s “Black Pyramid” line, Virle Cole, and Christopher Schafer Clothier were standouts.

Athleisure is a timeless trend that will never die and Black Pyramid is ahead of the game. The Black Pyramid presentation took us into Brown’s creative mind. It truly combines fashion, art, music, and sports. The singer’s unisex label embodied a genuine extension of Chris Brown’s personal style communicated through quality streetwear pieces, featuring unique hand stitched detailed tops, bottoms, outerwear, tees, and accessories.

 

Virle Cole thrives to inspire the present to look to at fashion’s past. Featuring vintage thrift pieces remastered, the line showcased modernized retro looks from the 60s and 70s. Merging  innovative patterns with colorful imagery, each item runway piece appeared to be hand selected for its tailoring, fabric,color and print to satisfy all fashion lovers’ senses.

 

Christopher Schafer Clothier , a Baltimore based tailor specializing in custom men’s attire and accessories commanded the runway. Combining classic fabrics, modern patterns and clean lines, the suits modeled by dapper gentleman exuded sex appeal, confidence and power.

 

Crystal Couture was also a great experience to witness upcoming designers’ work first hand. I look forward to attending next year and encourage all DCWKLY readers and lovers of fashion to do the same! 

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