Category: creativity

A Night in Tuscany

Filed under: company culture, creativity

Painting Lounge made a visit to our office for A Night in Tuscany. At the event, employees from each division of Solomon Page painted a beautiful landscape and enjoyed each other’s company. What a wonderful evening!

20 Halloween Costumes You Can Wear to Work in 2018

Filed under: company culture, creativity, Halloween, Holidays

It’s that time of year again.

While picking out a crazy costume for that late night weekend party may be your thing, what do you wear to that office party on Wednesday? Before you get too deep into a Google hole, TheStreet rounded up 20 easy, work-appropriate Halloween costumes that you can probably scrounge up from what you already own.

Dressing up for that office party doesn’t need to spook you – we’ve got you covered. Whether you prefer going as your favorite character from a TV show, or only have time for something basic, there are plenty of costume options that won’t scare your coworkers (and, that just might earn you some creativity points with your boss).

So, what are office-appropriate Halloween costumes anyway? Basically, the PG-version of what you might wear after-hours. Plus, being able to use some pieces from your regular work wardrobe means these costumes are super easy, so there isn’t an excuse to not dress up.

Impress your coworkers with these costumes for both men and women.

Costumes for Women

There are a lot of ways to transform a blouse or button-down. Or, if you’re feeling something more creative, going the extra mile will surely put you in the running for your office costume contest.

1. Joan Holloway From ‘Mad Men’

Surely nothing comes to mind quite like “Mad Men” when you think office costumes. With that classic ’60s flair, Joan Holloway is the perfect retro office costume to show off to your coworkers. While there are a variety of outfits you could pick to resemble the AMC character, try pairing a form-fitting sweater with a high-waisted pencil skirt, heels, and maybe a ginger wig. Add some red lips and, of course, be ready to saunter around the office.

2. Jackie O.

Nothing says classy Halloween costume quite like Jackie O. The effortless First Lady had a flair for style – and so can you. You can do a quick search on Amazon for a Jackie O costume (most will set you back around $20 to $30), or get creative with what you already have in the way of pencil skirts and chic blazers. Of course, make sure to include her signature sunglasses and pearls.

3. ‘The Shining’ Twins

Got a best friend in the office? It’s time to coordinate. Pick out a grey or blue dress, add a ribbon (and a little bit of ghoul-ish makeup) and go as the twins from “The Shining.” You’ll have your coworkers seeing double all day.

4. Mary Poppins

No better way to use that white blouse work blouse than going as everyone’s favorite nanny – Mary Poppins! Add a black or grey A-line or circle skirt, a blazer, hat and parasol and you’re ready to go. Or, if that sounds like too much work, just pick one up here. You’ll still have to work on that British accent though…

5. Monopoly Man

Shake it up and go as board games’ favorite gentleman, the Monopoly Man! Get your best power suit on and snag a mustache while you’re at it (and don’t forget to carry a bag of money and cane).

6. Holly Golightly

What better way to use that black work dress you have than dress it up, Audrey Hepburn style? Simply add a pair of heels, a pearl necklace, and do your hair up in a ’60s bun for the perfect Holly Golightly costume from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Feel free to accessorize with a croissant in case you get hungry at your desk.

7. Rosie the Riveter

Need a super easy costume fast? Don’t sweat it. If you’ve got a red bandanna and blue button-down handy, you’ve got a costume. Simply add a red lip and your best bicep flex and you’re magically Rosie the Riveter. Easy.

8. Pam from ‘The Office’

Not all of us are fans of dressing up for Halloween. So, if you want to get away with the bare minimum, going as Pam Beasley from “The Office” is the perfect easy costume that is sure to get a laugh from your coworkers. Simply dig out a plain grey pencil skirt, button-down sweater, and get your hair all frizzy, and voila! You’ve got a no-fuss costume from everyone’s favorite workplace comedy.

9. Witch

Why not go with a classic Halloween costume? Grab a witch hat and cape from Party City and you’re good to go.

10. Mia Wallace from ‘Pulp Fiction’

Be ready to dance like Uma Thurman if you dress up as Mia Wallace from “Pulp Fiction.” All you need is a white button-down blouse, some black slacks, and, of course, the signature black bob wig (maybe skip the blood for daytime in the office, but a little red lipstick or paint will do nicely for after-hours).

Costumes for Men

For the men in the office, there are a lot of ways to wear a suit as a Halloween costume. But, if you’re feeling a bit more creative, try out something a little more adventurous like Michael Jackson or Where’s Waldo. Regardless of what you’re feeling, here are some easy, office-appropriate costume ideas.

1. Dwight Schrute from ‘The Office’

Why not go as everyone’s favorite bears, beets and “Battlestar Galactica” fan? Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is a pretty easy task – just get a mustard or yellow short-sleeve button-down shirt, slacks, and some clear glasses and you’re good to go. Throw in a briefcase and maybe that old tie hiding in your closet and you’ll have your coworkers laughing all day.

2. Where’s Waldo?

Feel like hiding from your coworkers sometimes? Now you can, guilt-free. Simply pick up a “Where’s Waldo?” t-shirt has one for $14.99) and a hat (find one at Walmart for $8.99), and you’re good to go.

3. Superman

Got a Superman t-shirt lying around? If not, don’t stress – you can pick one up for $12.99 to magically transform into Superman under your go-to work outfit. Add a pair of square-rim glasses for that extra touch.

4. Patrick Bateman

If you work on Wall Street (or even if you don’t), nothing is scarier than a deranged businessman. Put on your best “American Psycho” persona and don a suit, a raincoat and an ax for the perfect Patrick Bateman costume. You can snag the raincoat on Amazon for only $10.99 – although you might want to leave the ax at home.

5. Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller’

Even though “Thriller” may get overplayed during the Halloween holiday season, your costume can still be original. If you’re in a DIY mood, try to get a red motorcycle jacket, some slacks, and a frizzy, black wig. But, if that’s too much of a hassle, opt for a Thriller costume. As a note: you might need to practice your best moves if you are planning on going as the King of Pop.

This article was originally published by TheStreet. You can read the rest of the article here. 

The Evolution of Adaptive Clothing: A Night with Solomon Page and Runway of Dreams

Filed under: Big Ideas & Innovation, creativity, innovation, Leadership, News, Persistence, Professional Women, Social Impact, Success

On June 25th Solomon Page hosted an event dedicated to the exploration of adaptive clothing. The evening included an intimate cocktail reception and featured guest speaker Mindy Scheier, founder of Runway of Dreams Foundation, an organization dedicated to a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities.

Lloyd Solomon, Managing Director for Solomon Page, interviewed Mindy following a brief video that introduced Runway of Dreams’ history and mission. He opened the discussion speaking to our philanthropic spirit as a company. Solomon Page felt a relationship with this organization was an organic fit—our main core values closely align with those of Runway of Dreams’.

As Mindy explained during the Q&A, the inspiration for the concept was her son, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy: though he wanted to wear jeans like his classmates, it was a struggle to take them on and off by himself. Thanks to patience and perseverance, Mindy was able to construct a pair he was able to slip in and out of without her help. As an audience member who also has a son with physical disabilities joked: “When my son wanted to wear nice clothes, I just got them tailored; I didn’t try to revolutionize the entire fashion industry.”

Realizing the desperate void to better accommodate people with disabilities, Mindy took it upon herself to address it. She explained that even though people with physical disabilities are a huge and underserved population–one in 20 people in the U.S. has a disability that affects their ability to dress themselves—mainstream brands were not actively selling in this market. But after some determination and research, Mindy partnered with Tommy Hilfiger in 2016 to build an adaptive clothing line, Tommy Adaptive.

As Mindy discussed, there were three main design factors to consider, that her son, and most people with physical disabilities, battled with: adjustability, closures, and alternative ways to put clothes on. The clothing is adaptable in a sense that it’s adjustable by size and length, mimicking an “internal hemming system” – she lamented that, during her research, she discovered people with disabilities can spend hundreds on tailoring. She also found that zippers, buttons, and hooks posed problems, so she added closures that were more user-friendly, such as magnets. Lastly, many people with physical disabilities, especially people in wheelchairs, are usually unable to stand up and pull clothes over their head, so she designed clothes that presented alternative ways to take on and off.

Many of the audience members resonated with Mindy’s vision, and her son’s personal struggles: people cited elderly parents who struggled to dress themselves in anything fashionable, or other family members who had disabilities. Mindy revealed that businesses are beginning to recognize that people with disabilities are a vastly untapped market: creating the ability to serve over one billion people globally, while presenting a potentially lucrative business opportunity for astute companies.

Click here to learn more information about Runway of Dreams.

Some photos from the event:

Mindy Scheier shows a short introductory video about Runway of Dreams before opening the floor to questions.

A menu of the speciality cocktails served during the event.

The charcuterie board served at the event.

The entrance to the event.

The bar during the event.

The crowd gathers in the main room for cocktails and appetizers.

10 Top Trends Driving The Future Of Marketing

Filed under: creativity, innovation, Marketing, trends

Marketers are constantly looking into the future, trying to predict the next big trend, be it for their brands or their clients. Naturally, marketers are preoccupied with questions like: What is the next big campaign? How can we turn our client into the “next big thing”? What is the next hot trend going to be in retail? Etc.  Everyone wants to the answers. Knowing this, what do some of the top minds in marketing predict for their own futures? A recent article by Jeff Beer on Fast Company Create collected 25 future trends that will change the marketing landscape five years from now based on top innovators in marketing and advertising. After reading this, I started to ponder what I saw as the top trends driving marketing.

Here are the 10 trends that I think are going to have the biggest impact on the future of marketing.

1. Mobile is going to become the center of marketing. From cell phones to smartphones, tablets to wearable gadgets, the evolution of mobile devices is one of the prime factors influencing the marketing world. As the focus is shifting to smaller screens, brands will be able to strike up a more personalized relationship with their customers by leveraging the power of mobile.

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5 Ways to Get Unstuck in the Face of Creative Burnout

Filed under: ambition, creativity, Insights, inspiration

We’ve all been there. You sit down at your desk, intending to be productive, but you just … can’t. You look over your to-do list, trying to find the motivation needed to get started, but taking the first step seems as insurmountable as climbing Mount Everest. There’s no getting around it — you’ve been hit with a massive case of creative burnout.

If you work in a creative field — or actually, any field, since all work requires some level of creativity — this story of burnout probably sounds familiar. Getting unstuck when you’re in a creative drought may seem daunting, but it can be done. The following are a few ideas to help you break through your burnout:

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If You Could Choose Your Title, What Would It Be?

Filed under: ambition, Branding, creativity, Your Career

Superman, Spiderman, Batman—they’re all superheroes but these three have one other great thing in common: they chose their own titles. These self-reflective titles give us insight on who they are—one is a teenager accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider, another is a grown man haunted by childhood traumas with a penchant for darkness, and the last combined a symbol from his own planet and Lois’ nickname for him to create his alternate identity. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could choose your own title too?

Beyond the sheer fun of coming up with a name like “King of Code” or “Mistress of Marketing”, a number of studies have shown there are several tangible benefits to choosing your own title.

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10 Ways Halloween Is Like Your Career

Filed under: creativity, Halloween, Holidays, Your Career

Halloween season is here! That means we all get a free pass to make fools of ourselves and eat enough sugar to kill a horse. As you think about good ideas for Halloween costumes and whether you want to wear a costume at all, think about how the 10 ways your career is like Halloween:

1) You can be anything you want to be.

It’s true! Watch our Career Videos to see how – we chat with real people about their jobs so you can learn right from the horse’s mouth what it’s like to be a teacher, a PR person, a video game tester, an interior designer, a football coach and more!

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Are You A Creative Thinker?

Filed under: creativity, Personality, Self Reflection, Strategy

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution– Bill Hicks

Think outside the box is a common phrase and one we are all familiar with. Often times it refers to “creative thinking” to solve difficult problems and it encourages you to move outside of your comfort zone. Moving outside of your comfort zone can be frightening because leaving the “familiar” to step into the “unknown” is risky and difficult. It is critical to recognize that forward progression is dependent on action.

Creative thinking fuels progress. Here are five ideas to help you think outside the box, be a creative thinker and boost productivity:

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