Styling Tricks to Help Boost your Self-Confidence – Huffington Post, Alison Vaughn – Contributor


Ladies, many us of don’t allow ourselves to fully immerse in the joy of enjoying our personal sense of style simply because we fear rejection and lack confidence. We are constantly waiting to achieve the perfect body so we can flaunt the trends we adore and the dresses we always hoard up but never muster the courage to flaunt.

It’s about time we gave up on that un-ending quest for the perfect body, and start flaunting what nature gave us with pride.

Understanding the Basic Etiquettes of Regifting an Unwanted Gift

Are you dealing with a sweater that refuses to fit, or perhaps, a bizarre cake mixer that you know for a fact that you’ll never put to use? One shouldn’t even hesitate while passing along unused and unwanted gifts to others in the community who might find a use for them. You know what they say, “One man’s trash in another man’s treasure”

However, gifting is a glorious tradition of kindness, and there are certain etiquettes involved with regifting so you can uphold the tradition with respect.

Here are all the regifting etiquettes you need to remember:

Play it Safe

Always make sure you regift an item in different social circles so that the person who originally gave you the gift never gets to know. For instance, if you received a gift from your aunt, don’t regift it in the family, instead, give it to one of your co-workers. Similarly, gifts received from friends should be regifted to far-off relatives who have no chance of ever running into your friends while using the gift.

Give it Time

Don’t give away an unwanted gift as soon as you receive it, for it’s always nice to give it some time just in case the original giver decides to ask you about it. If the items are perishable, you can always check the expiry date to make sure you regift it while it’s still fresh.

Don’t Regift Used Items

It’s extremely disrespectful to regift a used item, something that bear’s your or someone else’s initials, or something that you received for free. Unless the gift is a traditional heirloom or a priceless antique, it’s always better to regift something new.

Be Thoughtful

The idea of regifting is not an attempt to get rid of unwanted things thoughtlessly, it is in fact the art of regifting with a purpose. If you don’t like the sweater your uncle got you, give it to a friend who’s busted her pay check on rent and can’t afford to go shopping. If you certain you’ll never use the coffeemaker you got for Christmas, give it to someone who loves coffee.

New Packaging

Between the time you took to open the gift, handle it multiple times and toss it around your house to find the perfect place, the gift bag or wrapping paper must have undergone a great deal of wear and tear. So, before you regift it, be sure to pick out a fancy new gift bag and a lovely wrapping paper so it looks new and shiny.

Eliminate All Signs of a Regift

Even if the packaging is all new and shiny, there are several other signs that can give you away while regifting. If you want to avoid offending the sentiments of the recipient of the regift, be sure to eliminate all signs of leftover tape, wrapping paper, promotional material, and any cards or tags that might hint the name of the original giver. Be sure to remove all signs of personalisation, which could be your initials or a book inscription.

Happy Holidays!

Alison Vaughn



A Detailed Etiquette Guide for the Company Holiday Party from

Holiday season is a favorite for everyone, and why shouldn’t it be? It’s the perfect opportunity to let loose and enjoy expensive drinks without having to pay for them. However, when one is attending a company holiday party, letting lose isn’t quite much of an option because your behavior is still under scrutiny due to the presence of your bosses.

Now, if you’ve had a history of drinking too many cocktails and embarrassing yourself, here’s everything you need to know in order to keep a check on your happy-go-lucky party vibes:

Limit your Cocktails

The easiest and simplest solution to avoiding embarrassing situations is to keep a hold of yourself by limiting your number of cocktails. Now, we all understand that an open bar is the ultimate invitation to drown yourself in liquor, but the holiday season is only starting, and you can enjoy this liberty at several other occasions.

So, sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two without even entertaining the thought of having some shots. The trick is to take at least half an hour to finish one drink, that way, you can enjoy as many as you want without getting wasted.

Dress Appropriately

Ladies and gentlemen, even though the party isn’t taking place during your traditional work hours, do not take it as an invitation to dress like you’re ready to hit the nightclubs. Always remember to pick out clothing options that you know for a fact will NEVER embarrass you in front of your co-workers and bosses. Your attire needs to be suitable for business settings, so steer clear of overstated embellishments, horridly tight seams and incredibly short lengths.

Mingle Around

Being antisocial at a party is the worst thing you could do, especially if you’re a newbie and you want to make some friends. It doesn’t matter how many people you know, staying glued to your phone and staring at the dance floor in silent despair is not the answer. Take a minute to muster your confidence, scan the arena and spot the friendliest people you can mingle around with. Have a drink, loosen up and talk to people instead of aimlessly browsing through your Instagram feed.

Forget About Work

Office parties are the worst time to drone on about your work commitments, exciting projects and all the amazing achievements you’ve made this week. If you’re really enthusiastic about a project, it’s easy to keep talking without realizing how unbearably bored and annoyed your co-workers are. Make sure this party is the last place you’re caught talking about work.

Prepare your Better Half

If you’re taking your significant other or soon-to-be significant other to an office party, don’t forget to prepare them with all the essential need-to-knows. Remember, their behavior will be a direct reflection onto you, so guide them about the appropriate dress code and the right topics to converse with your friends, co-workers and your boss. Also, don’t forget to make sure they have a good time.

Happy Holidays!

Alison Vaughn


Alison Vaughn article on Huffpost: The Ultimate Guide to Dressing for Holiday Parties

Ladies, the holiday season is just around the corner, and if you’re gearing up to plan your outfits for a crazy round of holiday parties, you’re going to find this article loaded with inspiration. I’m going to help you create some of the easiest and simplest style statements that are guaranteed to be an instant hit at a holiday party.


Alison Vaughn speaking at 2017 Women Entrepreneurs Conference on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Alison Vaughn will be speaking at the upcoming 2017 Women Entrepreneurs Conference on Saturday, November 18, at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. She will be leading a session on the power of networking to increase your net worth, something every small business owner can benefit from.

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About WEConference 2017
Held during Global Entrepreneurship Week and honoring Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the 2017 Women Entrepreneurs Conference is a full-day business conference that brings together female entrepreneurs, business experts, media, investors, and community and government leaders to support and celebrate women in business. This year’s theme is Connect, Cultivate & Celebrate!

The 2017 Women Entrepreneurs Conference offers a unique opportunity to:

  • CONNECT with like-minded women entrepreneurs to share experiences and stories to help encourage and support other entrepreneurs
  • CULTIVATE new business relationships with business experts and organizations dedicated to strengthening and advancing women’s success in starting and scaling high-growth businesses.
  • CELEBRATE the contributions and impact of women entrepreneurs to Michigan’s economy.
During the event, attendees will be immersed in a high-impact program featuring informative keynote speakers who will share actionable strategies on how to build and grow a successful business!

The event will also feature an interactive panel discussion, the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” award presentation, and the opportunity to meet and network with inspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state.

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“The Splash” Exclusive Interview: Alison Vaughn

Splash Host Sheena Monnin sits down with West Bloomfield resident, Author, and Entrepreneur Alison Vaughn to discuss her strategies for successful job interviews, dressing the part, and her new book “Goal Digger: A CEO’s Guide to Goal Setting, Dressing the Part, and Having it ALL!”