Celebrated across the country in March, Women’s History Month is the time when women’s contributions to history, art, society are recognized. Did you know Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week? After a group of women lobbied for national recognition, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation in February 1980 designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week:
“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”https://lwv-va.org/2018/02/23/president-jimmy-carters-message-to-the-nation-designating-march-2-8-1980-as-national-womens-history-week/
For over 24 years, presidents have issued a yearly proclamation designating March as Women’s History month. And, in the final installment of our series, (even though they’re not national rock stars, they’re Stage rock stars), we give the spotlight to 6 associates who embody poise, grace, STYLE and dedication to the jobs they do every day here at Stage. We went Behind the Scenes and took a moment to find out who and what inspires them daily, their personal look and why looking good every day is important to them. Let’s dive in!
The “face” of our Human Resources Department, Jacqueline is most instrumental in the orientation process of our new hires. Daily she welcomes new faces to the Stage family in an absolutely fabulous way. She believes fashion is important to her because it’s her passion! “I love clothes and they way they make me feel.”
We asked Jacqueline for her advice on finding deals & how she prefers to shop: It’s not how much you pay for clothes, but the “quality” of the clothes. It’s not where you shop, but what matters the most is being able to purchase the best quality style clothes from your place or choice. Be it online, in the store or via a catalog.
“The manner of style reflects ‘my person.’ As an individual, my style represents my personality, attitude & professional demeanor…”Jacqueline
Our Handbags & Small Leather Goods Buying Extraordinaire, Leslie really has a handle on what’s new & current in the bag game. When she’s not at Market scoping out the new styles of the season, she says, “I am able to individualize myself through accessories. Accessories can make or break an outfit, and can be a window into one’s personality.”
We asked her to tell us about her L-O-V-E for Iris Apfel: At 97 years old, she continues to be an American Fashion Icon. She believes “More is More” when it comes to accessories. She speaks to the world through her style and doesn’t take herself too seriously. She is able to effortlessly mix High and Low- wearing Haute Couture mixed with vintage, flea market finds.
“I may be dressed in all black but have on a statement necklace,
gold bangles and a great bag.”Leslie
Leslie believes that feeling comfortable in clothing is important and advises that in the current fashion climate, the idea of mixing high & low couture has totally revolutionized fashion. She suggests saving on trends (like this Woobie cardigan) and investing in classic pieces (like a Louis Vuitton bag) for your closet. She loves finding great deals when she shops at Stage and is an avid coupon user when she runs in to grab clothes for her family and beauty must-haves for herself!
As a Digital Marketing Coordinator, Maricela’s desk is typically busy as she organizes all sales, brand and awareness ads for Stage shown on Facebook, in digital newspapers, and other media-bought space. She loves to liven up her outfits with jewelry accessories and is known to don a fun hat with just about every look! Along with learning something new & incredible every day, Maricela also loves the amazing deals she’s able to find by shopping at Stage (and her employee discount doesn’t hurt)! “Stage also has everything you need!”
We asked her who her style icon is and here’s what she had to say: Rachel Zoe, I love the way she dresses and admire her style. I describe her style as very classic, glamorous, timeless, and effortless with a hint of the sixties & seventies.
“I always want to make sure that what I wear makes me feel comfortable and stylish no matter where I go.” -Maricela
Stay tuned for Pt. 2 tomorrow, as we continue with 3 more amazing ladies from Stage. We also hope you’ve had a chance to read and enjoy our prior tributes during Women’s History Month. Don’t worry if you missed them, you can read our prior weekly posts tributes on Betsey Johnson, Estée Lauder, and Elizabeth Arden. Plus, find out what’s new this spring at your local store!