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GC: Fashion for working women can help ease busy schedule

By Jessica Rodrigo
Sept. 30, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.


What is VPEN?

According to Victoria Professional Express Network's Facebook page, its mission is to "To bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition."

WHAT: Victoria Professional Express Network monthly luncheon

WHERE: Victoria Country Club, 14 Spring Creek Road

WHEN: Third Wednesday of every month. Next meeting is Aug. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: facebook.com/VictoriaProfessionalExpressNetwork or abwavpen.org

Things to do today:

Get ready for work.

Check.

Attend 9 o'clock monthly meeting with boss and

executive director of the Acme account.

Check.

Have power lunch at Huvar's with work colleagues.

Check.

Return to work.

Check.

Get off work and pick up kids from soccer practice.

Check.

Get changed for family dinner with in-laws.

No time.

It's already 5:30 and dinner's at 6 o'clock.

It seems to be that there are so many things to do in a day, but yet, the same 24 hours to do it all.

Hopefully, the wardrobes at Foster Creek Station and Pidder Patter can lend a helpful hand.

Corri Urban, 28, of Victoria, owner of Pidder Patter and mother of a 2 ½-year-old daughter, knows how important it is to have a wardrobe that has its place in the closet of the working woman and that of a mom.

"Especially if you're juggling a family, you don't have time to change," said Urban. "Nowadays, time is precious."

Both retail stores, which specialize in women's fashions, were sponsors at this year's fourth annual Showcase of Fashions event, hosted by Victoria Professional Express Network, alongwith J.C. Penney and Dillard's from the Victoria Mall.

Michele Rohde, a working mom, president of VPEN and a financial adviser with Edward Jones, modeled clothing at the fashion show, which displayed a wardrobe designed with versatility in mind.

Rohde, who strutted down the runway with her daughter, Lexi, in tow, wore a casual outfit complete with black capri pants from Pidder Patter, suitable for work during the day and playtime with the kids.

"We have a little bit of casual maternity for the workplace and evening maternity," said Urban of the selection from her store. "It's all transitional from work time to playtime."

Urban said clothes that offer a multipurpose is ideal for parents and working women.

Foster Creek Station salesperson, Mary Ann Vontur, 49, agreed with Urban.

"(Our selection) includes pants that you can mix and match, so you can coordinate different outfits and ensembles," said the 11-year sales veteran.

The store's theme at the fashion show included the clothes for the workplace and jewelry from Brighton.

"We have different jewelry that you can accessorize with to give you a more formal or causal look, to take it to the workplace or the evening," Vontur said. "With Brighton jewelry, you can mix and match their stuff, too, because it all goes together."

Accessories can add to any outfit from the different styles of waist and chain belts, to the shoes and purses to match with outfits, she said.

"Colored pants and tops are versatile because you can decide to wear a printed top or bottoms with your solids to give you a totally different look," she added. "You can layer pieces with slacks, dressy jeans or regular jeans, too."

The fashion show was part of VPEN's monthly luncheon that serves as a networking opportunity for the Crossroads' working women.

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