Driving this One Home: Golf Wear

Friday, September 22, 2017




Outfit:
Skirt: Lady Hagen(Simular)
Shirt: Callaway (Simular)
Watvh: Apple Watch (Same)
So you may have noticed that I have not been positing in a while. My site got hacked! So sad! It may appear that I am off playing golf all day but that has not been the case (except for the day I shot these photos, I was really off playing golf all day, lol). Until I can clear off these weird ads that keep popping up on my page I haven't been posting.  To keep connected to my Professionaista I have  been posting on instagram at shawnawalker_swwc.  If you have missed me as much as I miss you and want to catch up on what has been going on, following me on instagrashawnawalker_swwc and stay tuned, I promise I am still here and we we are working to drive this clean up home and get back to having fun with all of you!






Are You Ready SHRM-inators- 5 Tips for Your First Day at Conference

Sunday, June 18, 2017



Alright all you eager SHRM-inators, as you get ready for the conference today, here are few tips to get you off on the right track:

  • Dress for Success- New Orleans is smoking hot but the conference center is brutally cold and has multiple floors. It may warm up with over 15,000 people in attandance but just in case you get cold like I do, you may want to bring a sweater or a blazer. If possible wear your comfortable shoes, there will be a lot of walking and you don't want to get halfway through the day and need to throw in the towel because of your feet. Bring a back up pair of flats just incase.

  • Meet and Eat- Whether you sign up at the meet and eat booth with Lasenda Barrois and the team or your are catching some dinner after the conference. Get out and enjoy this beautiful city. SHRM strategically selects these cities so we can get out and connect with each other, so take a walk to Jackson square with a newly introduced peer, make a connection and get a beignet.


  • Don't be Caught Dead- Charge up your cell phones before you come, if possible. You don't want to pull out your phone right when the speaker says something transformative and your phone dies. So worst case your phone did die, then SHRM team placed a charging station behind the information desk.

  • Capture the Moment- There are plenty of photo props and backdrops at this conference for you to grab a new friend or strike an exciting pose and capture the moment. If you see me, lets totally take a selfie. I will even take a picture of you if you need one, just ask!




  • Energize Not Exhaust- With so many great options between seminars and podcasts, it is hard to choose. Remember that you are here to reenergize yourself with new ideas and creative tools, so try not to over exhaust yourself and then not be able to think clearly. Plan time in to relax and reflect so you can truly begin seeing how the information your receive will make a difference for you and those around you.


I hope to see you there, enjoy!

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Looking Forward to Being Sleep Deprived in #NOLA

Saturday, June 17, 2017




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I am so excited to have arrived here in #NOLA for the #Allin SHRM17! That is in New Orleans for the All In themed Society of Human Resource Management Conference in 2017 the non-hashtage professionistas of this world!

I lucked out! This was one of the busiest weeks of the year for me and after I successfully interviewed one of my last stakeholders I got the news that one of my fellow professionistas was unable to attend the biggest conference of the year.  So they offered up the opportunity for me to attend and I jumped at the chance!! 

By time the dust settled for me be able to go, I literally had to speed home, jump in the attic, pull down the luggage, pack a bag and jump on a plane the next morning before the sun came up.  Whew! I am tired but it was worth it because I am so excited to be here with over 15,000 of my fellow HR professionals.  These are my people!

I have never seen so many people so excited to read and attend seminars but this place is electric!  There are so many conferences and events I don't know when I will have time to sleep but that is alright because I am looking forward to being sleep deprived like Dave and thousands of other attending the conference. I am about to drop by the lounge and see them so I can sign up for a few classes and the meet and eat, where we dine together in the amazing cuisine of New Orleans! Stay tuned, I can't wait to share my experience and if you see me, make sure to stop me so we can take selfie and capture the moment on instagram! #swwc #soworkweekchic #swwchic




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Welcome to new url SoWorkWeekChic!



I am so excited that I finally figured out (with the help of Robert from GoDaddy) how to make my blog domain live.  Welcome to SoWorkWeekChic!  


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I’m too legit.. I’m too legit to quit, hey, hey!!  This is such a big deal!  Now when someone asks me for my blog address, I don’t have to say the blogspot or use a hyphen from my last site!  I can now say “check us out at soworkweekchic.com!”  I know it doesn't sound like much but I had purchased my domain ages ago but couldn’t figure out how to sync it with my blogger account.  That is one of the great things about being a small business owner; there are so many things out there to learn.  The best part is that you don’t have to know everything all at once to get started. 


Welcome to SoWorkWeekChic.com!

My fellow blogger from iamchiconthecheap, posted about this years ago here and totally made me feel o.k. about not knowing all the technical terms needs to get started.  I love the video that shows that I wasn’t the only person who didn’t know what a browser is?

Actually, even after the video (in 2011) I couldn’t honestly, 100% differentiate between a web browser and a search engine. So I referred to this post from Computer Geek to set me straight.

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I guessed correctly, but it is nice to know.  Well back to being awesome!! Thank you for joining me on this journey to becoming So Work Week Chic! I am so glad that I can make easier to connect with you!  Please update your bookmarks! What, I am not in your bookmarks?  No time like the present to fix that!

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The Women's March: This is What Democracy Looks Like

Sunday, January 22, 2017



The streets were filled with energy yesterday, as women from over the world flew in to unite and shared a unified message. The message, to me, although it was said in many different ways, is that we are America and we will be heard. Cites all over the country joined Washington DC in holding women's marches and speeding the message. It is hard believe that this all started from a 60 year old grandma, living in Hawaii, request for women everywhere to join up with her inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C. to share our frustrations. Who said one person doesn't make a difference. Yesterday, it truly proved the point that we are stronger together. There were people from all walks of life with strong opinions but chose to make the day about love and unity of purpose instead of hate!


Despite the gloomy, wet weather my family attended with me. Of course, I had to wear my high heeled tennis shoes because they were so obviously made for this cause!  We pulled on our sweaters and joined together as they too wanted to support something as important as a women's right to choose, equality and equal pay.  So we pilled in the car with great excitement and anticipation of joining in the march. We looked forward to being inspired by other women and their diverse experiences and perspectives.  The number of individuals that we encountered seemed like 5 times the 200,000 expected.  Everywhere you looked, on every available street, there were pink hats and strong women as far as the eye could see!  I hadn't been a part of a crowd like that since Obama's inauguration in 2008. We had so many participants attend, that at one point the news began saying it was no longer a march but a rally.  Just when we thought that we wouldn't be able to march because we literally had filled the marching route with hundreds of thousand of supporters, the organizers came over the microphone and announced the news had spoken incorrectly, We Will March!!  They had gotten the new route approved and we would still be able to join together to march!  The crowd roared! It was such an amazing experience having my children and husband beside me, along side hundreds of thousands of women to stand up for our rights. It was a powerful day for women everywhere! As we began to make our way Alicia Keys took the stage and sang "This Girl is on Fire," which energized the crowd. Women began chanting "our bodies our choice" and men replied "her body, her choice", over and over in a powerful, supportive tone! Then Maxwell's beautiful, melodic voice rang out with it's "A Women's World" and we were all physically moved in unison to non-violently continue marching together to surround the white house with love and purpose.

I can't explain how moving it was to see people of all races holding up signs that #Black Lives Matter and supporting causes other than their own, young teenagers with Tupac quotes pinned to their backs, Southern older women in pink, pussy cat hats chanting "immigrants are welcome here", Muslim women donned in purple and gold beside women of all nationalities and religions chanting "this is what democracy looks like!" It surely felt like we were part of something powerful yesterday. The signs were hilarious and meaningful.  They were so good that museums are collecting them for future display.  I only wish we had sold together before the election.  That time has gone, I respect President Donald Trump's authority, as our newly elected president and I hope that he has taken note.  I hope he got the chance to witness the power of this countries women today!  I pray he doesn't turn a deaf ear and take it lightly but begins to hear our prospectives and support the policies that are important to us as our elected leader.  I hope that women everywhere will stay organized and remember this day, as a successful show of love and unity.  I truly hope that we will continue to fight not let someone else tell us what to do with our bodies.  I look forward to future engagements and to continue to come together to keep our choices our-own!




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What Does a Person Wear to March on Washington?

Saturday, January 21, 2017


What do you wear when you are trying to stand for something? Suffragist wore white, women in business wear pant suits and feminist have been known to wear their politics on thier sleeve. Inspired by the suffragist on voting day I wore white, I wear pantsuits almost everyday because they make me feel powerful and I embrace my inner boss lady. I also love a good statement wether its from you mouth or on your shirt! So today, as I prepare to walk with hundreds of thousands of women and men in solidarity I am thankful for getting here.

One of the last times that my feet hit the pavement to march in Washington, DC was in 2008, to gather in unity, in support of President Obama's inauguration. We gathered by the thousands in peaceful assembly to visually witness the historic moment and share in the success of the "Yes We Can"movement.  We sang on the metro with complete strangers, walked down the mall side by side with celebrities, and despite the cold weather, we teared up together, as the first minority president was sworn in.  Everyone at the event, left feeling like, "Yes We Did!"

Today, as get ready for the event and the treck down to DC, I am filled with excitement and emotions, not knowing what to expect. 
A history of protesting is not required to share your voice in unison.  Any of us can become an influential activist! A grandmother in her 60's, out of frustration, started this rally cry to meet up in Washington during inauguration weekend in a Facebook post and within 24 hours 10,000 people agreed to join her there. Now hundreds of thousand will join together to make a statement. How will you make your statement today? If you haven't made up your mind, think about:

  • Feminist t-shirt- There are amazing shirts out there that share any type of message that you are trying to make without having to say a thing.



  • Suffragist white- Many women through out time, starting with the suffragist, wore white, feminine outfits to dress in unity for thier cause.

  • Put a cap on it- Wear it is a knitted hot pink hat to support women's rights, throw on a cap for nod to unisex fashion or sport a Love Trumps Hate ball cap like @jasminesig. Say what you want to say and give yourself a pat on the back for having functional clothing.


  • Stand for Something- On a big day like this, look for designers that stand for something.  I will be wearing my drama knit kimono from Marla Wynne, who believes that every women is unique and if you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun! Which I also totally believe.





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Couchtopia: Jane Wants a Boyfriend

Tuesday, January 3, 2017






Jane Wants a Boyfriend is a movie about Jane, an autistic young women that is trying to brake away from her sheltered life when her parents move away. Her over protective sister Bianca trys to keep her in a bubble.  Jane's journey to find love takes a turn when a sue chef takes notice and finds her quickness endearing. This romance story is slightly reminiscent of Benny and Joon and shows the relationship journey and challenges young women with disabilities face when finding their independance.

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Four Transitional Pieces You Need Right Now

Monday, January 2, 2017



When I was preparing to run out to my Ladies Lunch at Bollywood Bistro, I opened the the door to check the weather and what did I find? Rainy, windy weather!  I was never so glad to pull out the four transitional pieces that everyone should have this wintery season on hand:

  1. A Sweater Dress: Warm and cozy pieces like this can take you from the couch to a wine festival. Sweater dresses are chic, sexy and comfy. 
  2. A Sleeveless Sweater Vest: Living in layers becomes a necessity during the winter and this piece is unparalleled for the task.  Its sleekness nature allows for the styling beneath to pop while adding and bit of texture and coverage.
  3. Knee High Boots: The suede brings a bit of texture and the height goes great with varying hemlines lengths. 
  4. An Oversized Bag: This big and stylish oversized bag can hold just about anything from gifts, your makeup bag to a cape. To get us to Coffee De Clieu & Sandwiches I wore a cape so I didn't get my hair wet and then just popped in my oversized bag without a second thought. This bag comes in so handy!

These versatile pieces can be worn together or separately to get you from lunch to coffee to the grocery store and back to the couch.  What more can you ask?
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Get the Look:
Vest: Tahari  (similar)
Purse: L.A.M.B Kingston (similar)
Boots: Jeffrey Tyler (similar)
Sweater Dress: Stefani Rodgers (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors (similar)
Earring: Old Navy (similar)

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