tu-anh Boutique, A Goddess Sanctuary


Nini managing the team.

So it’s official! My dream and vision is turning into reality. Our tu-anh boutique will be opening this October in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. This will be a place for the special woman who appreciates all things feminine, unique, and luxurious, but extremely inviting and appealing to men at the same time. It will feel good, look good, smell good, and also be very inspirational with pretty music playing. It will cater to all your senses, including your sixth sense!

The decor will be white for cleanliness, purity, divinity, and freshness. The reason behind this is that I want to feel like I am on one of the Greek Islands at all times, especially during the cold winter months, my least favorite season!

You have no idea how excited I am to open this boutique! Stay tuned and I will share more.

Watch the funny video below of Nini, our office pet, nodding her approval as my team works on getting ready for the boutique.

Can Selfies Hurt Your Professional Image?


Professional headshot by Charles Martin

In today’s world where everyone has an online profile (even my chubby chihuahua has one), selfies seem to be everywhere-Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. You will even find me taking them myself when I am out and about with friends, in my garden, working out, or with my voluptuous chihuahua Nini. Selfies are a great way to capture your daily activities and candid snapshots that bring out your personality.

Selfies, however, should not replace professional photos when representing your personal brand.  Just as a recent New York Times article discussed, many smart individuals are opting to invest in high-quality glamour photos to replace the standard iphone selfies seen on most social media profiles. If you cannot afford professional photos, just make sure you screen all your photos out before posting them, especially when other people tag you in photos that do not do you justice.

Let me give you an example: when screening out candidates for our company or for our clients, once the person has made the cut with their resume and telephone screening, I go onto their social media pages and check them out.  If they make pass that one, they then will get an in-person interview. Believe me, I have seen some very distasteful Facebook and Instagram pages.

The other day, I was on Linkedin working on a project for a client and I was appalled at the amount of poor quality photos many high level executives and professionals currently have on their profile. If you are a president, CEO, or business owner, then look like one! Your online professional image should be sharp, business-like, powerful, yet, approachable. When it comes to your personal online profile, keep it clean, quality, and lighthearted. Don’t post anything you will regret later.  It wastes a lot of time having to go back and delete.

When was the last time you had some professional headshots done for your social media or website? Let me polish and upgrade you to have a 5-star image to go with the 5-star quality work that you do.

Below is a collection of selfies with friends and family that I have used on my personal social media pages, but definitely not for work. I also threw in a few professional ones so you can see what I mean.

Introducing Audrey Graziano, Our New Associate

You have already met Leigh and Ryann from the Polished by tu-anh team in my earlier posts. So today, I want you to meet our newest Associate, Audrey Graziano!  Audrey’s experience as a super mom, supportive wife, and a part-time actress is perfect for what she will be doing at our agency. She is smart, quick on her feet, entertaining, highly organized, disciplined, focused, talented, driven, stylish, creative, a great team player and most importantly, an excellent communicator who is not afraid of confronting and driving people to get things done, a rare trait for a creative person.

In fact, she is so good that I actually hired her to be my accountability partner and personal trainer, too!  I have worked with quite a few trainers in the past, but they eventually gave in and let me have my way, even when it was not to my benefit. (probably because they were men…lol) But with Audrey, there is no excuses and whining or sweet talking with her, it does not work. So for the past 4 weeks, she has been getting me up Monday-Friday at 6AM to go run and lift weights, the two activities I dislike the most! But it has all been great! Believe it or not, I look forward to our time together each morning because she motivates, entertains, and challenges me to do my best and not give up. I think I am ready for a 5k now! (smiles)

Read more about Audrey below this gorgeous family photo.


Audrey with her beautiful family.

Audrey takes her top priority job as a wife and mother very seriously.  She is a great chef, a nurse, a personal assistant, a chauffeur, a sports fanatic, a health coach, a therapist, a secretary, whatever you name, she is it! And she does all of this wrapped up in a beautiful package. She is the ultimate cheerleader for her family, friends, and now…MOI! Her philosophy in life is to experience the life you have always wanted. Why not?

Over the years, she has been featured on various business and motivational podcasts, TV shows, and also hosted online health videos for top-of-the-line organizations.

Along with her zest for living a healthy and fulfilling life, Audrey is a philanthropist to the core, and loves to give back to the community and be of service to others. She is also a very spiritual and drama-free person. What a perfect fit for our team! Please welcome Audrey as you will be seeing her around with me often.