WIW 6/13: Putting on my armor (update: success!)

I have a very stressful meeting coming up tonight. They are going to try to roll right over us and it is going to involve a lot of negotiating. This is my version of a power suit. Red snakeskin, leather skirt, lots of studs. I'm putting on my armor to get ready for battle. But it was DS2's first day off of school for the summer and he did NOT want mommy to go to work. I was going to do a fierce "don't mess with me" pose, but instead you are getting the attached at the hip "mommy gives lots of huggies" pose.

Theory blazer
Le Shirt red snakeskin shirt
Halogen leather pencil skirt
F21 cuff
Alexis Bittar necklace
Sam Edelman Ollie pumps
Michael Kors purse

ETA: Success! We held our ground and stood up for ourselves. It took a LOT of negotiating (the meeting lasted two hours just on this one topic!) and both sides had to make concessions, but in the end we all agreed to a compromise solution that we felt everyone can live with. I'll be glad when this is all wrapped up so that the work atmosphere will be a lot less tense and we can move forward. Interestingly, another female partner who was on my side also wore a red dress to this meeting. So red is definitely a power color!

Fortunately I got home just in time to tuck the kids in bed. My little one was SO happy to see me, he kept hugging me over and over and saying "Mama Mama! I weewy weewy weewy missed you! I love you I like you!" I took some more pics so you could see how happy he was compared to his little sad face this morning! Worth it to come home to all those kisses and smiles!

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  • Jane replied 4 years ago

    GREAT look. Very appropriate I would think. Love that your hair has been coloured too. You do look like people would be unwise to challenge yo.

    I think your DS baby grow is so cute though!

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    You look fierce and poor DS.  It's hard to leave on those mornings.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Love your armor. I hope that the meeting goes well for you and that you are successful in your negotiations. Maybe DS misses his routine.

  • MTBGirl replied 4 years ago

    You look fab Natalie! I love that red snakeskin on you! Good luck in your meeting tonight, I like your attitude! Sending calm and supportive thoughts your way!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    I feel the same way sis. Put on that full ARMOUR. .....look as if your ready for battle. Did you know that some of the the fiercest African women Warriors went to battle t with Childern strapped to their backs. There is nothing a mother cannot do.

    You are a fashion slayer ready to do battle and come out victorious.

  • Jenava replied 4 years ago

    Love that red snakeskin!  And the baby!  (-:  So sweet.

  • Sterling replied 4 years ago

    I love these pictures.  So cute.  Oh, and you look fierce!!!!!!!!!!   I wouldn't mess with you. 

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    You look amazing and ready to take on all challengers.  Go girl! 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Natalie, that photo of you and DS2 is so adorable/ amazing! Oh, the ambivalence of being a working mom. But you look admirably girded for battle yet still feminine to the core. LOVE it!  Good luck and play hard. 

  • Sheila replied 4 years ago

    You go, girl! You definitely look ready for anything.

  • jill58 replied 4 years ago

    Great outfit--you look ready for whatever comes your way--those pumps are terrific! Your son is adorable. 

  • MsGreer replied 4 years ago

    LOVE IT!!! Great look. Best of success in the battle. I think your prepared :-)

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Fab look!  I could copy this from head to toe.  Hope the meeting goes well.

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    You look great! You look like you mean business for sure. Love pic #2, I think DS2 is trying to pose like mommy.

  • shedev replied 4 years ago

    Great outfit. I hope the negotiations go well.

  • UmmLila replied 4 years ago

    Looks great. Back when I did litigation, red was my favorite court color.

  • Elizabeth P replied 4 years ago

    How did it go?

  • Runcarla replied 4 years ago

    Superwoman armour at it's best. Trusting the good guys won.

  • AJ replied 4 years ago

    Fiercely dressed! I hope you were victorious.

  • Staysfit replied 4 years ago

    You look wonderfully fierce. I hope everything went well with your meeting and negotiations. It would be hard for anyone to bowl you over with your powerful outfit. I know all to well that dressing properly for the occasion goes a long way in projecting your competence and intention to succeed.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    You mean business. Nicely done. How did it go? 

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Hope it went well. You look ready to take a stand! Or your secret weapon DS could have melted them with one look.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Ooh, I like it. That'll give 'em pause!

    DS2 is a sweetie.

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    Fierce! You look like a smart woman who knows her business and will not be taken for a ride. How did it go?

    Your DS is just so cute. Poor baby!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Never underestimate the power of a woman. You look ready for whatever comes. Your power suit is so chic and gorgeous, and you look great in it. DS is adorable!

  • goldenpig replied 4 years ago

    Thank you all so much! Your support meant so much to me and kept me going all day. I think we were all able to come up with a good solution. See original post for update and pics!

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    I have a similar meeting tomorrow - if I could fit my leather skirt I would copycat, but I'm still swollen from surgery...

  • goldenpig replied 4 years ago

    Good luck Una! Sorry about the swelling but hopefully it'll come down soon. Good luck tomorrow! I know you can do it! Stay strong!

  • jenanded replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic outcomes on all accounts xx

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    Your son is adorable!

    You look most appropriate and well done on the outcome!

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    Glad it all went well!
    The outfit was fierce .
    Your son is adorable.. Love the last picture :-)

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    you have the best accessories! those smiles complement any outfit!
    glad the meeting went well….and a fab "i mean business/don't mess with me" outfit.

  • Tanya replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic and fierce outfit!  Glad it all turned out good.  Red is a power color for you for sure.

  • Jane replied 4 years ago

    So pleased to hear that all went well.

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for updating us!  I'm happy to hear it all turned out well, and that your son was there to give you a warm welcome home.  Perfect ending!

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    Powerful look and red is awesome on you. Glad the meeting went well and kudos to your son's "power of love". That is what keeps us going sometimes. 

  • Laurie replied 4 years ago

    What a great story - and it's so perfect with the battle image and the baby waiting at home!    Perfect outfit, and kudos to you on a good outcome.  Attitude can be the make or break element.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! And SOOOOO MUCH cuteness!! 

  • LACeleste replied 4 years ago

    Excellent outcome!  You really did look like a force in your outfit!  Such happy pics!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    that's great news, and the "after" photos are just too cute for words!

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    Great outfit! Cut kiddo pictures too. I'm glad to hear that the meeting went well and you still got home in time to put the kids to bed. Always a bonus!

  • Joyce B replied 4 years ago

    Your little one is super cute! I am glad things went well for you, your power suit looks great.

  • Echo replied 4 years ago

    Oh, I am so glad things worked out well. And your LO is just too unbelievably cute! In the pictures after you came home, he just radiates joy!

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    Glad you had success. Your outfit is super, and your hair came out great. You little guy is too cute!

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Singing that Pointer Sisters song:  "Sisters are doin' it for themselves.  Standing on their own two feet, and ringing their own bells...."

  • Karin L H replied 4 years ago

    Super cool outfit! And YAY for the success! And such adorable pics of your happy son!

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