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Ever since cargo pants came down the Balenciaga runway a year ago, fashionable women have been spotted in cropped and fitted versions for day or night. Anh Duong dresses them up with skyscraper heels to “show some leg,” while Naomi Campbell was recently seen boarding a yacht in Venice in Dolce & Gabbana. And Shiva Rose finds those pockets perfect for storing her favorite lipstick along with the evening’s party i n vitati o n s. j . g . talking fashion 258
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How does a wife work with her husband? Carefully
When I tell people that I work with my husband, they usually ask, ‘What is that like?” expecting to hear tales of thrown crockery and marital mayhem. Sorry to disappoint, but like many couples who share an office as well as a bed, my husband and I manage to work together productively and peaceably. Among the numerous rewards: the bond of shared achievement and defeat, a deeper appreciation of each other’s talents and the convenience of an automatic stand-in if one partner can’t make an appointment at the last minute.
But there are definite downsides, including, in the worst-case scenario, divorce and dissolution of the business. It’s easy to see why: Combine the power issues inherent in every nine-to-five job with the unspoken assumptions, old resentments and role-playing that goes on in every marriage and you have enough emotional throw weight to blow apart even the strongest relationship. But many careers and marriages are enhanced by the collaboration that occurs when two work as one.
Whether you are currently teamed with your husband or thinking about taking the leap, here are some tips for better one-ca-reer couplehood:
GET WITH THE PROGRAM Naushad Mehta was happy as a journalist until her husband, recording engineer Rob Bengston, became smitten with the idea of owning a United Consumers Club (UCC) franchise, a membership organization allowing consumers to buy directly from manufacturers. Mehta took a year sabbatical to help launch the enterprise and in 1991 began working with him full-time but not until after some serious soul-searching. “You’ve got to be committed to be successful,” she says, “and I was just lukewarm. I thought of myself as a journalist playacting as a business partner. But I’m here to say that commitment can be developed.” What inspired her to overcome her reservations? The prospect of spending more time with her children.
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