I’ve been asked countless times why I wear a boa and tiara to conferences. I have an array of answers depending on my mood ranging from “it’s just my look” to “to stand out in a crowd.” There isn’t just one reason, and I discover new ones every day including “it is a great ice-breaker,” and “it makes people smile.”
I’ve been adding a tiara and boa to my outfit for a few years now and have worn it at Blissdom, BlogHer, Web 2.0 Expo, and many other events. I’ve had more smiles and surprised looks than scowls in reaction to my pink accessories – and yes, my tiaras and boas are always pink. And in case you are wondering, if I wear these things on the street, I do get “where’s the bachelorette party!”
In looking to infuse some fun into my work, I’m apparently creating a trademark look. But this isn’t meant to be only MY look. I hope more women adopt the tiara and boa – either literally or even figuratively – and give it their own twist, wearing it boldly – and without a hint of irony – when they are at events and public places. Be seen. Be noticed. Be unafraid.
But note that I did say not just literally, but figuratively, too. By this, I mean that I want to see more women simply being bold, unafraid to draw attention to themselves, and not hesitant to toot their own horns.
What do you do – or wear – that is So. Totally. You? How are YOU being bold?