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We’re a growing network of career development nonprofits that provide business attire for women and men seeking work, empowering them to economic independence.





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Smart & Sexy Day 2018

Ariela Balk, CEO & Founder, Smart & Sexy


Guest Blogger

Ariela Balk, CEO and Founder, Smart & Sexy 

Support means so many things to me. As a company, we make beautiful bras that support women and help them achieve their idealized physical shape. As a woman, one of my most rewarding responsibilities is supporting other women as they grow their careers and businesses, both financially and through mentoring. Helping shape the future, with more successful women, and women owned businesses is one of the most fulfilling ways to spend my time.

We take pride in supporting women all year round, but in March we get special the opportunity to witness our direct impact first hand. March 13th is officially Smart & Sexy Day and every March (Women’s Month), we team up with The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits to host Smart & Sexy Day events in cities throughout the country. Smart & Sexy Day Events help give women the tools they need to enter, or re-enter, the work force. There’s more to being successful then just building an impressive resume, it’s about building confidence. Bras aren’t going to change the world, but the confident women who wear them will. Smart & Sexy Day events will inspire women - boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident, and most of all, employable.

Women who attend Smart & Sexy Day at a participating ACDN location will receive Smart & Sexy foundation garments from Smart & Sexy as well as job seeking skills training from leading local industry professionals and dedicated volunteers. Attendees will also be taught how to shop and build a professional wardrobe on a budget. This year’s events will be taking place at the following locations:

  • Desert Best Friend’s Closet (Palm Desert, CA) – March 9
  • Madelt Foundation (Baltimore, MD) – March 10
  • Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 13
  • Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 17
  • Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – March 17
  • Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 20
  • Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (Detroit, MI) – March 21
  • Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield Career Closet (Cranford, NJ) – March 20
  • WHW (Santa Ana, CA) – March 23
  • Shining Success (Claremont, NH) – March 24
  • Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) - March 26
  • Tailored for Success (Malden, MA) – March 27

As Smart & Sexy day Marches on, we ask that you take the time to help empower women around you, starting with yourself.

CEO & Founder of Smart & Sexy


What does support mean to you? Tell us in the comments below!

Developing a Professional Mindset + Personal Branding

Jenny Bailey, AICI, Your Vivid Style, Image and Wardrobe Consultant

Back in 2006, when it was time to trade in my corporate business suits for business casual attire, I looked no further than Image for Success, now Bloom, to bring my donation. 

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Marching On - Smart & Sexy Day

Smart & Sexy Social Club

March marks Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and Smart & Sexy day! That’s right, we have our own national holiday, and when we say “we” that includes you. Smart & Sexy Day, is a day to celebrate the many wonderful sides of every woman.

We teamed up with The Women's Alliance (The Women’s Alliance is becoming Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits) to host Smart & Sexy day events throughout the country to help inspire & empower women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable. “In today’s slow rebounding economy, it continues to be difficult for those who have been out of the job market to find employment. Combine that with not having the appropriate clothing to make an excellent first impression at an interview, it can create impossible barriers for some disadvantaged women,” says Jeanne Flint, Fund Development Chair of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits. “Our community-based, volunteer driven member organizations serve over 60,000 women each and every year, day in and day out assuring low-income women seeking self-sufficiency have an equal chance! Smart & Sexy Day brings awareness to this important work and the impact our members are having on thousands of women’s lives in your community.” Our events include accurate fittings and free foundational garments from yours truly and will be held in the following cities in the month of March:

   Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 24

   Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) - March 26

   Desert Best Friend’s Closet (Palm Desert, CA) - March 27

   Dreams to Reality (Jefferson City, MO) – March 31

   Image for Success (San Rafael, CA) - March 26

   Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 7

   Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 26

   Suit Yourself, Inc. (Painesville, OH) – March 27

   Tailored for Success (Malden, MA) – March 27

   Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – March 21

   WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) – Santa Ana, CA – March 27

We believe all women are, and have the potential to be both SMART and SEXY, everyday. Smart in the choices you make, with your friends, families and in your careers and in your communities. Sexy is self-confidence. Sexy is your walk, your talk and that can easily be improved with something as simple as a new outfit or bra.

As we continue into March, we ask that you take time to help empower women around you, starting with yourself. To paraphrase Helen Reddy, you are strong, you are invincible, you are woman. We wish every woman a wonderful Smart & Sexy Day, on March 13th and every day!

How do you lift up women around you? Tell us in the comments below!

Reposted with permission from Ariela & Associates International.  The original blog was posted on March 10, 2015 at