I hope you are all well and ready for Thanksgiving! I will be heading to New Jersey as my family is gathering at my aunt's house up there this year. I actually haven't seen my extended family in four years so it's going to be a pretty exciting week! I'm probably going to wear this outfit - colors are lady-like and family friendly while the a-line skirt offers comfort for all the food I'm going to eat!
I love sweater season! I wore this dress a few times earlier in the fall because of its lovely burgundy color and the cute and whimsical bows. Now that the weather has gotten cooler, I love wearing this dress with my warm, cropped sweater! I actually wore this outfit out people thought this dress was a skirt. I've done something similar on the blog before, wearing a dress as a top or as bottoms so again, I insist that if you want to get more mileage out of your closet, repurpose your dresses!
Thanks for reading!
Dress: Forever 21 (work as a skirt) (similar here)
I liked the responses I got from my last "Mile in My Shoes" post. I talked about how I spent a weekend day but this time I wanted to share with you guys what a typical work day looks like for me. To be honest, my work days aren't usually too interesting. Unless you find US politics and policy fascinating like I do, a typical weekday in my shoes won't be terribly fun. I cut out some of the 'boring' stuff and came up with this little schedule:
5:00am - Wake up and start the day with a quick trip to the gym. On nice days in the Spring and Summer I run outside but since the weather is colder and it's quite dark at this hour, I've been taking advantage of the treadmill in my building.
6:00am - Shower, get dressed, and figure out my hair and makeup situation. This is usually dependent on the weather. The forecast called for a sunny but cool afternoon so I dressed accordingly with my Forever 21 sweater and my recent acquisition, a LOFT sweater skirt that I got on sale. As for makeup, just going to go for the usual routine (I will do a post on this soon).
6:45am - Clean up my room/make my bed - I love coming back to a clean home so I try to get it out of the way in the morning
7:00am - Breakfast and news briefs. I catch up on some of my emails and figure out what's going on in the world today. A huge part of my job involves knowing what's happening in the political scene so I like starting my days prepared. I also took some marinated chicken I froze the night before and dumped it into my slow cooker. I'm planning a post on the recipe soon, but is that something you guys would like to see?
8:30am to 5:00 pm - work, work, work! I work in the political scene so my day at the office gets intense sometimes. I'll spare you guys the details though :]
5:00pm - Happy hour with my coworkers and friends! This particular evening I went to Fiola's on Pennsylvania Ave
6:30pm - Trek home
6:45pm - Cook dinner, answer some emails and write a few blog posts. For dinner I ate the chicken I had in my slow cooker. Yum!
8:30pm - Catch up on my TV shows while I write even more blog posts (you guys are constantly on my mind). Right now I've been really into Brooklyn Nine-Nine. If you guys liked Parks and Recreation, you would like this show because it's by the same creators, I believe. I highly recommend this to you.
9:45pm - I brush my teeth and wash my face and go through my evening beauty routine. How cute is this TonyMoly face lotion packaging?? It smells like real bananas too!
10:00pm - I pick out an outfit to wear tomorrow. I find that it's quite comforting knowing you have one less thing to worry about in the morning when your past self already picked out a fab outfit for your future self :)
10:15pm - crawl into bed with my book. I'm currently reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, which is the pen-name of JK Rowling. It's the sequel to A Cuckoo's Calling and it's been pretty good so far. I think I'll do a review on this as well!
I bought this shirt back in July. I LOVE popover shirts because they seem so much less stiff and more casual that crisp button-downs while still having an element of professionalism about them. I like the stripes on them as they give the shirt a more classic feel while the knots are a nautical and whimsical detail that I just adore. This shirt has been my wardrobe workhorse as of late!
If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that navy is my favorite color to wear and around a formal office, I think that navy is perfect if you want to go for a more approachable look. I tend to avoid wearing all black because I think it makes me look like I'm going for a job interview everyday and grays tend to wash me out. I like navy because it's a bit more relaxed and gives a more inviting feel.
Tell me about some of your work wardrobe pieces? What's your favorite office-friendly color?
Also, I want to touch a bit on the tragedies happening in the world right now. I mentioned the attacks in Paris this past weekend but violence is all around us and people are hurting. With this in mind, I don't want to appear insensitive by touting around an OOTD and monetizing on tragedy so I am not going to do affiliate links for this post. I hope you guys can understand.
Accessories: Tory Burch bag, H&M bracelet, Maybelline nail polish in "Gilded Rose" over Milani nail polish in "Lady-Like" Shoes: Michael Kors
As some of you may remember, I left my old job I was with in August to start working somewhere that was more up my alley. One of the questions that came up during the interviewing process was "If you already have a job, why are you applying for this position?" It's a good question, and at the very least it's a fair question. I linked above to a post back in September detailing that I was quite unhappy in my previous position and was experiencing burnout. I want to state for the record that the association I was working at is a very fine place to work and I loved all my co-workers and my former boss (I'm still in touch with them, in fact! We text each other often even now!). I had to leave, however, because of a conversation I couldn't stop thinking of: On my first day of work at my old job, my boss told me that she had been at that association for 30 years and that that place "was her calling." The longer I stayed, the more I felt that that place wasn't my calling and I wanted to be somewhere that was my calling.
I'm hoping there are some of you guys out there that can relate to my experiences and I want to share with you some tips on how to go about looking for a job when you already have a (seemingly) perfectly good one already.
Network, network, network!: This seems pretty obvious but it's actually more underrated than people realize. It isn't always about going to networking events, it's about forming real relationships with people who can potentially help you and that won't always happen at a formal event with thousands of people who are desperate for jobs. I actually was encouraged to apply for my current job through an informal Sunday brunch with a friend. There's always someone somewhere who's hiring and for the most part, people will want to help you if they can. Check the company's LinkedIn page and see if you have any first or second degree connections with any of their employees. If there's an opening at a place your friend works at, ask if they can refer you!
Interview during your own time: When I managed to snag an interview with a prospective employer, I made sure to use the vacation time I had. Interviewing and searching for jobs on your current employer's dime is just bad form and as tempting it is to google search "jobs," it's just not worth the potential disaster that may occur if you get caught. Just don't do it. Try not to use sick leave either (because that would be lying, which again, is just bad form). If possible, try to schedule interviews and even phone interviews during your lunch break.
Stay mum on social media: Do not, I repeat, do not advertise on social media that you're looking for a job - especially if you're friends with your boss or your coworkers on these platforms! It's tempting to complain and rant. It's tempting to ask your friends on social media to help with the job search. Don't do it. Trust me, word gets around and it's only going to be uncomfortable if you can't find a new job quickly.
Treat it like dating: The best advice I got about looking for jobs is to treat it like dating and know your worth. If you have a job already, you are absolutely in one of the best positions to be picky! Don't just take the first job that comes around just because you want to leave where you are. You wouldn't commit to the first guy or girl that asks you out without figuring out if it will be the best fit for you, would you? Same thing with jobs! You can afford to be selective so make sure you use that to your advantage.
Have any of you been in a similar position? What are some of your tips
As much as I'm trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, I always go back to the basic colors - black and white (and sometimes navy). Part of it is due to the fact that I work in an office with a somewhat conservative dress code and DC in general tends to gravitate towards neutral and muted colors so I can't help but try and fit in. Still, I think the interest is all in the details. Take this skirt for example - it's got a mesh overlay and is midi-length. It even has pockets! Thank goodness for pockets!
Good Tuesday afternoon everyone! As an avid reader and a hard-working millennial, I am always on the hunt for a good book to read during my downtime, and I know many of you guys out there are as well! In the spirit of this month's career-related theme, here are a few books my friend Jen (also a brilliant woman with a fantastic career) and I absolutely recommend for all young women who are currently in (or about to enter) the workforce. #Hustle girls!
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg:Filled with anecdotes about women in the workforce, this book inspired me to not be afraid to ask for what I want and work efficiently. Sandberg is someone I greatly admire and seeing her insight was incredibly eye-opening. I can't recommend this book enough to all of you smart ladies out there!
The Little Black Book of Success - Laws of Leadership for Women by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haywood, Angela Burt-Murray, Rhonda Joy McLean: This book follows three successful black female executives and discusses their strategies, wisdom, and how they deal with stereotypes. As a young white woman at the start of my career, I found their advice and tips to be universal, interesting, and good conversation pieces with coworkers. Leadership comes in many different shapes, sizes, and directions – I recommend this book because it is important to have perspective and diverse sources of mentorship.
The Good Girls Revolt - How the Women of Newsweek Sues their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich:This book looks at Newsweek between the 1940’s to the 1950’s, in which a large cultural shift led a group of apolitical women to take a stand for their own civil rights. This book discusses feminism, discrimination, and many other difficult topics with respect, humor, and perspective. This was a wonderful book to read and I recommend it to everyone.
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office - Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers by Lois Frankel:This is not my favorite book about women in workplace, but I recommend it for the valuable self-examination it promotes regarding professionalism and confidence. I recommend this book, because it explain how women can learn “to play the game,” how to act professionally and with confidence, how to brand and market yourself, how to speak with clearly and with confidence, and how to respond to people and difficult situations. We could talk about feminism until we are blue in the face, but at the end of the day we all still want careers and make it to the point in those careers where we can affect change; this book will get you there.
Woman Up! - Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success by Aimee Cohen: This book provides a fantastic outlook about certain behaviors women are more statistically likely to do and how they can harmful to ourselves. Cohen gives real world examples uses shared experiences to provide context to advice and tips for women who want to take control of their careers. This book isn’t asking its reader’s to change to win at a man’s game; rather Cohen asks us to see ourselves as we are and how our actions are effecting our outcomes as players.
The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg: This book is all about how the science of personal habits and how to understanding personal habits is the key to success. Duhigg uses CEOs, cultural leaders, and communities as case studies providing example routine, reward, change, success, and failure. For women in business I suggest this book because as we aim to be successful it is important to understand the science and habits that will either help facilitate or disrupt either or personal or professional success.
Creative Confidence - Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley: Creativity isn’t just for artists, hipsters, or young people. Creative people make effective and innovative leaders. For woman, statistically we are more creative than men, so I suggest this book as way to optimize our statistical advantages…. plus its just a great read for everyone!