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August Progress Report

· Jet set summer ·

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August’s travel left little time for much besides speaking and outfit posts.

WhatIWore2Day
Posted every day.
Shared my 7-day Calirado Capsule with you.
Showed you how to dye a blue garment to olive.
Took you thrifting with me at a Denver arc store.


Photography
No action taken. It’s been hot as balls. As I do not have a studio, I take most of my photographs outdoors. No one wants their picture taken when it’s 100°.
Speaking
Led fifteen 1-day seminars on subjects including supervision, team-building, creativity, listening, mentorship, personal finances, communication, fitness, grammar, and business writing.

Writing
No action taken. I’ve got a list of ideas, though.

Acting/Modeling
No action taken

Styling
Submitted seven quotes
Completed my first closet consultation with a man. (It was a great experience!)

In September, I return to Alaska! I’ll also be doing a grand tour of the Pacific Northwest. I’m looking forward to wearing all the fall things while in cooler climes.

Upcoming Calirado Capsule

· Constraint breeds creativity ·

In my closet consultation session on Saturday, I created a capsule to help my client break out of his wardrobe ruts. I decided I needed a dose of the same medicine. I’m doing a 7-day capsule for the next week. I’ll wear the outfits in Northern California, Southern California, and Colorado. I’ve got one skirt, one pair of pants, one tank, one tee, one long-sleeved tee, one blazer, a denim jacket, and three pairs of shoes (boots, mules, and loafers). I’ll use accessories and varied pairings to create seven looks. Here’s a preview of the planned outfits:


I promise to iron this blazer, before actually wearing it!

July Progress Report

· Hot so hot ·

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I spent most of the month in the Sacramento area and was quite productive.

WhatIWore2Day
Posted every day.
Shared my obsession with olive pants.
Began a Slice of Life category with a post on paddleboarding with my dog, Jackson.
Attended my second Sacramento Bloggers meeting.
Showed you 3 ways to wear one dress over 3 days.
Answered reader mail on my laundry habits and my schedule.
Shared how to wear your entire closet.


Photography
Photographed my friend Leah in her Obon get-up.
Took Jaz’s senior portraits.


Speaking
Led one 3-day and six 1-day seminars on subjects including presentation skills, grammar and business writing, supervising, leadership, and strategic communication.
Gave a speech for our televised Toastmasters meeting.

Writing
Told you what it’s like to be named Kasmira.
Ranted about the MMLaFleur statement that “your clothes should be the least interesting thing about you.”

Acting/Modeling
Submitted three video auditions.
Auditioned in person for a short film.

Styling
Submitted four quotes but did not book any clients.

August heat is even more brutal than July’s. I’ll find some relief in Washington state, but I’m sure I’ll do some sweating in Arizona! (I’m also headed to Colorado, perhaps the state with the most unpredictable weather. Will it be snowing or blazing hot?)

June Progress Report

· The longest month ever ·

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I love that I do something different every week. I’m in different locations, working on different competencies. It takes an enormous amount of energy, though, to constantly be switching and changing. The mental and emotional drain makes for some long days (and a long month!)

WhatIWore2Day
Posted every day, except June 15. (I didn’t leave my home office, all day.)
Shared my tips on staying covered, yet cool, this summer: Hot Weather Modesty.
Took you shopping with me at St Vincent de Paul and the Assistance League of Sacramento.


Photography
Worked on getting my photo galleries created. It’s slow going!

Speaking
Led one 2-day and seven 1-day seminars on subjects including critical thinking, communication, team building, and workplace harassment.
Judged presentations at the California state 4-H Horse Classic.

Writing
No action taken.

Acting/Modeling
Submitted three video auditions
Auditioned in person for a short film.

Styling
Submitted quotes but did not book any clients.

July is an entire day longer than June, but I have less scheduled. Let’s see if I can use that extra day to my advantage and get some of my important, but not urgent, tasks done and round out the neglected portions of my portfolio.

May Progress Report

· I’ve been on the move! ·

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I made my money with my mouth this month, speaking to groups across the country – both with Skillpath and Learning Exchange.

WhatIWore2Day
Posted every day.
Shared a capsule wardrobe: Midwest May 4-Day.
Began a new X Days X Ways series with three stylings of my short kimono jacket over three days.
Shared the hidden cost of thrifted shoes.
Took you shopping with me at Family Tree Thrift Shoppe.

Photography
No photography clients, this month!

Speaking
Led a personal style workshop for the Learning Exchange: Work That Wardrobe.
Led two 2-day, five 1-day, and two 1-hour seminars on subjects including communication, time management, and WordPress.

Writing
No action taken.

Acting/Modeling
No auditions in May

Styling
No action taken.

Reviewing May, I see that I need to make an effort to consciously pursue the neglected parts of my portfolio. And speaking of portfolios, I should start with getting the portfolios built on my Photography page.

April Progress Report

· Come she will ·

Kasmira Kit April Progress Report


April was a month of travel and photography. I took full advantage of Spring Break to do a few photoshoots.

WhatIWore2Day
Posted every day but April 2.
Shared two capsule wardrobes: New York City 5-Day and Disneyland 3-Day.

Photography
Photographed Michea, June, the Mitoma family, Jerry, and Sharon’s family.


Speaking
Competed in the area contest for the International Speech Contest, but came in second.

Writing
No action taken.

Acting/Modeling
Auditioned for two short films in person and one via video.

Styling
Conducted a closet audit and shopped with a client.

In May, I’m busy speaking for Skillpath!

Work that Wardrobe

· Let's play in your closet! ·

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If you are in the Sacramento area, I hope you can join my Work That Wardrobe class at the Learning Exchange on two Monday evenings (May 8 and May 15, from 6-8 p.m.) You will learn how to shop your own closet for unique outfits, how to layer clothing for interest, how to combine colors and patterns for maximum impact, how to rescue closet “orphans,” and how to find and embrace your creativity. The class is $69 for four hours of interactive learning. I hope to see you there! You can register at the Learning Exchange website.

March Progress Report

· Long live spring! ·

KasmiraKit.com got a makeover in March! If you’re reading this post in an RSS feeder or on Facebook, pop over to the full site to take a look. Spring has sprung and I am welcoming new beginnings.

WhatIWore2Day
Posted daily.
Shared a 4-day (+ 2 travel days) business wardrobe capsule.
Took you shopping with me at Crossroads.

Photography
Photographed Marquita of Golden Glam Fairy


Speaking
Won my club’s selection for the International Speech Contest.
Passed certification for Skillpath and will begin giving seminars in May.
Work that Wardrobe is now available for registration with the Learning Exchange (May 8th and 15th).

Writing
No action taken.

Acting/Modeling
Auditioned for a short film.

Styling
Responded to requests with quotes, but no bookings.

In April, I have four photoshoots scheduled. I will also compete at the next level (Area) in the International Speech contest. Expect to see two more capsules as I have two trips planned this month. Aren’t makeovers great?

February Progress Report


February was a tough month due to the rain rain rain and the nasty cold/flu going around.

WhatIWore2Day
Posted almost daily (missed February 5th).
Began sharing “business casual” outfits again. But I’m wearing them to the classroom, instead of the office.

Photography
Cancelled my one scheduled gig due to the rain.
Began the process of becoming a volunteer photographer for a local animal shelter.

Speaking
Delivered a speech at Toastmasters.
Judged a speech contest for the AAUW.
Observed my second Skillpath seminar and began preparation to attend certification in March.
Confirmed dates for a personal style class with the Learning Exchange (May 8th and 15th).

Writing
No action taken.

Acting/Modeling
Submitted a video auditions for short film.
Auditioned in person for another short film.
Successfully used an improvisation game, “What Are You Doing,” in classrooms as a reward for good behavior.

Styling
My styling client for this month cancelled due to illness.

In March, I’ll attend my week-long Skillpath certification, compete in a speech contest, and take on a few styling and photography clients.

What Are You Doing

I’ve used the “What Are You Doing” improvisation game with classes of both adults and children. It engages the physical, emotional, and mental energies. Try it in your next class or seminar!

Ask participants to pair up. Choose a volunteer from the audience to help you demonstrate.

You: (begin an action, such as running in place)
Volunteer: What are you doing?
You: (continue running) I’m brushing my teeth (or any other activity you are NOT doing)
Volunteer: (begins miming brushing her teeth)
You: (still running) What are you doing?
Volunteer: (still brushing her teeth) I’m doing jumping jacks
You: (begin jumping jacks)
Volunteer: What are you doing?

This continues. Each activity cannot repeat the one before. The first to make a mistake, such as doing and saying the same thing or repeating an activity or hesitating too long, is “out.” Let the class begin the activity in their pairs.

The real fun in this is to make your partner do novel and horrible things like picking her nose or doing burpees. Children will choose something inappropriate, like peeing, but can only do it once per game (no repeating!), so the vulgarity is limited. I ask the participants not to do “boring” activities like sleeping or reading a book. This is usually more a problem with adults who don’t want to move.

The game can also be played in small groups. Two people in the group act and the first to mess up is replaced by one of the watchers. Finally, this can be played as a class with two teams. Each actor goes once, alternating lines (everyone wins) or the pairs go at lightning speed until someone messes up and is replaced by the next person in line (the last team standing wins).

The game can get pretty loud, but it’s a great energizer for adults and reward for children. So far, both 4th and 5th graders have understood and enjoyed the game.