Thursday, November 6, 2014

11 Work Wardrobe Essentials

Hello all,

Here's a quick post on work wardrobe essentials. I've found through my (short) years in the workforce that I really don't need to put together an expensive wardrobe, just a few essentials. 11 essentials, to be exact:

11 Work Wardrobe Essentials

  • 2 white shirts: These can be as stiff or loose as you want. Just make sure they're comfortable! I find stiffer shirts have a more corporate feel while looser shirts are more casual. Regardless, they're a very versatile and classic piece for any style of wardrobe!
  • 2 or more trousers: My favorite style of trousers tend to be more form-fitting in a twill material as I find them most flattering on my body type. Find a cut and material that flatters you (bootcut, skinny, flare, etc). I always make sure to have a black pair and a navy pair as these two colors are most flattering and versatile. 
  • 2-3 pencil skirts: I think having a black, gray, or navy pencil skirt is great but it's also fun to have at least one colorful one. You know, to show off your personality
  • 2-3 shift dresses: Shift dresses are some of the most versatile wardrobe pieces ever! Find a color most flattering on you in a comfortable material (I'm starting to sound redundant, aren't I?)
  • 1 pair of mid-heel pumps: I would like to take this time to say that a comfortable pair of heels is absolutely essential! I find that since black goes with everything it's a great place to start. Make sure the heel of your shoes aren't too high - I think about 2-3 inches should be fine. 
  • 2 pairs of colorful flats: I'm on my feet a lot at work so flats are necessary. Colorful or printed ones are fun and, much like the colorful pencil skirt, can showcase your personality. I'm on the shorter side so when it comes to shoes, I like pointed-toes as they make my legs look longer. Play around with shoe shapes to find one that you like!
  • 2-3 hose: I'm gonna be a bit more conservative regarding this one - go for black or nude, no colored tights. Now, this is pretty dependent on what kind of office environment you work in but to be on the safe side, colored hose may be too much for many offices. 
  • Pearl studs: This is a classic. I'm convinced this needs no explanation :]
  • 3-4 blazers: I think at least two blazers should be in neutral colors but it's fun to have a blazer or two in a fun color for casual Fridays! 
  • A 'goes-with-everything' structured bag: I think having a perfect structured back is a life essential, not to mention a work essential. Find one that's big enough to fit the things you use ever day, like a laptop or an iPad, but will look chic with everything.
  • 3-4 cardigans: I think that cardigans are the time to go crazy and have some fun in terms of color, print, material, etc. Maybe keep a neutral colored one or two but get as many as you want in any color that makes you happy!
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Prints | Sketch Floral Skirt and Black Blazer

Worldly Wednesday, lovelies!

When I first started working, I was hesitant to wear anything bright and anything patterned. I think I was afraid to draw too much attention to myself so I avoided anything that would make me stand out. Now that I'm older and have more experience working in office settings, I like finding ways to set myself apart from the sea of neutrals. I love this skirt - the print is so different from anything I've ever seen and I honestly don't have anything else in my closet that's the same color. It certainly is a stand-out piece.

What's your favorite print to wear to work or school?

Top: Forever 21 blouse (gorgeous here), H&M blazer
Bottoms: Forever 21 pencil skirt (gorgeous here)
Accessories: Prada bag (similar here)
Shoes: Zara pumps (similar from H&M)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Six Cublicle Essentials

I think most of us spend most of our weeks at a work setting of some sort (or a school setting if you're not working). This got me thinking of some of the things I find necessary for me to be on hand at my desk. As someone who as been gainfully employed in various office settings for the past three years, I've put together a list of six essential items that is sure to be helpful for many women in the workforce:

Cublicle Essentials

  • Box of tissues: Now that the weather has gotten colder, the heat has gone up in the building and the temperature differences has got my nose running! I find myself reaching for my Kleenex box quite often throughout the day and I think it's just a handy thing to have period. 
  • Small bag of toiletries: I keep a small bag locked in the back of my desk where I keep items such as tampons, flossers, Tylenol, blotting sheets, bobby pins, and hair ties. You never know when you're going to need small items like this throughout the day so it's great to have a bag that will cover your bases.
  • Ceramic mug: At around 2 pm, my food coma starts to hit and i start becoming aware of how much I ate for lunch and how sleepy I am. That's how I know it's coffee time. While the office I work at offers plastic disposable cups, I prefer going the reusable route and inject some personality to my cubicle with my fun "Keep Calm and Carry On" mug. 
  • Extra pair of shoes: Running around in the office is pretty much part of my work day but wearing heels while doing so is painful. I keep a pair of mid-heel black pumps that i can switch into for meetings with the boss or the stray "VIP" that shows up. Love these Jenn D'Orsay pumps from Sole Society - very chic and goes with everything!
  • Light snacks: I have anemia so if I get even a bit hungry, my body starts shaking and I get kinda weird. I keep a tin of candy and a bag of chips for those exact moments.
  • Hand sanitizer: I work in government relations so that means a lot of handshaking. I think it's only polite to keep my hands clean. I like these scented ones from Bath and Body Works!

Do you work in an office setting? If so, what are some of your essentials?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Playing with Colors | Burgundy Sweater and Navy Trousers

So I think I'm going to start an annual tradition on the blog - Professional Outfits Month, where I wear business/business casual outfits. I think a lot of my readers are young professionals or about to enter the workforce and I think dressing for the job can be a bit tricky. Luckily I have experience dressing for various office settings. From the formal Capitol Hill office to the casual campaign office, every business setting has different dress codes and clothing culture and I want to help you guys navigate through the masses of black and white. So first up on the chopping block is an outfit featuring one of my favorite Autumn color combinations - burgundy and navy. 

I think this is a great outfit for more relaxed business settings. I currently work in the government relations department at a trade association and this is the kind of thing you would see me wearing on any given week. Our dress code is business casual. Take note, young ladies - "business casual" does not necessarily mean jeans are okay. Relaxed trousers like the ones I'm wearing now, however, are just as comfortable as jeans but not as controversial. 

So what do you think of this series? What kind of environment do you work in (formal, casual, etc)?

Top: Forever 21 sweater (also cute here), H&M shirt 
Bottoms: Lilly Pulitzer pants
Accessories: LongChamp LePliage tote, vintage pearl earrings
Shoes: Nine West wedges (similar here)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October According to Instagram

Hello everyone!

As you are reading this, I am making my way to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a business trip! It's my very first business trip ever and I'm excited to travel for my company! I will certainly try to take as many pictures as I can (though looking at my schedule for the week, it doesn't seem like I'll have much time to do much sight-seeing). I've also scheduled a few posts for the week - November will mark the return of my "work-outfits" series! I'm pretty excited for this as I've been planning these looks for the past year!

Here is what Instagram says my October looked like:


  • My best friend got me this Audrey Hepburn book for my birthday and I finally got around to reading it and finishing it. She truly knows the way to my heart - I guess that's what besties are for, right? :)
  • I made a collage of my post of my Hair Growth Journey. This may sound funny but as soon as I posted that entry I wanted to go out and cut my hair again! 
  • I've been really into green matcha milk tea lately - It's sweet, thick and creamy. Highly recommend for those experiencing cooler temperatures.
  • And of course, a few outfit posts made it this month.
Thanks for reading! And if there is anyone out there familiar with the Michigan Ann Arbor area, let me know of any great spots!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Zed's Dead | Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans

Wondrous Wednesday gorgeous readers!

When I first bought this moto jacket it reminded me of Butch from Pulp Fiction. Played by Bruce Willis, Butch goes through a lot of trials to escape his debt from a Los Angeles gangster. If you haven't seen the film I don't want to spoil it for you, but his very last scene is a conversation with his girlfriend, Fabienne, on the back of his chopper. With a carefree look on his bloodied face, Butch tells Fabienne, "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."

Have you seen Pulp Fiction? Who's your favorite character? Mine is obviously the fabulous Mia Wallace :]

Top: H&M jacket. Forever 21 tee
Bottoms: American Eagle jeans
Accessories: Vintage aviators (similar here), 
H&M clutch (similar here)
Shoes: Forever 21 pumps (similar here)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jewel Tone | Turquoise Midi Skirt and Lace Flats

Miraculous Monday beauties!

When I was a teenager I stayed far away from bold colors as I could. I don't know why - I guess I just wasn't a fan of standing out from the crowd. Now, I fully embrace colors like this beautiful deep turquoise skirt! I love the silhouette of it

Thanks for reading!

Top: J Crew tank (similar here),  H&M cardigan
Bottoms: Forever 21 skirt (similar here)
Accessories: Prada bag (also gorgeous here), Forever 21 headband (also cute here)
Shoes: Forever 21 flats
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