Category Archives: Professional Wear

Six Out of Seven

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I always laugh, in a slightly rude, smirking way, when bloggers talk about seasons. You know, like, “I’m in a season of my life where X_____”. It’s a phrase I just can’t take seriously. I mean, I get it though. Life changes and shifts and some segments of it are vastly different from others. I think it’s always the seriousness with which they approach the discussion of their season. I even feel serious starting this talk, although I’m laughing at myself at the same time.

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Right now I work six days out of the week. It’s good, and I’m living the life I wanted to when I quit my previous job and moved with David. My schedule, as daily as it is, builds in time for my art and writing. I’m getting more and more hands on with my life, which I really enjoy.

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Sweater: Target | Shirt: Fred Meyers | Tank: F21 | Pants: Kohls | Shoes: Thrifted | Scarf: Paris

None of this, to be clear, is a complaint. I’m not complaining–I’m really happy with how things are sorting themselves out. The only reason I bring it up is that I work six out of seven days of the week. Which means I’m dressed, more or less, in black and white for all but one day. It doesn’t make for very interesting fashion blog fodder and I’m not someone who just dresses up in an outfit for the sake of the blog. It’s always been about showing you guys what I wear, but now that’s about to get a lot more 1) boring and more importantly, 2) redundant.

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Guest Post: Something New, Something Blue

Time for our weekly guest post with Alicia! I have to tattle a  little bit on her–she sent me a text asking if I still wanted her guest post (I did) and then said Okay, I’ll have to figure out how to take my photos by myself” and I wanted to squeal and welcome her to the world of true fashion bloggers who have to figure out their cameras’ self timers! Congrats, darling!

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Newlywed here. I might still be a little preoccupied. But let’s get down to business.

This past weekend, I went down to visit my parents. We were shopping for Christmas presents for my grandmother and we happened upon this little jacket and blouse. My mom was going to get it for my grandmother, but I coveted it. I love the shade. And I convinced her to buy it by saying “Hey, if we find something better for Nan Nan, you can give me the blouse and jacket.” Score. We found something better for my grandma.
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The jacket is 100% cotton. The blouse is lace. My favorite part of the blouse, though, is the lining on the collar that perfectly matches the beautiful blue jacket. The skirt has this cute little pleat thing on one side. It is soooooo old, but it fits! The tights are super smooth and comfy. And I’ve introduced the boots before.

Alicia 12-18-12 2I do think the jacket looks a little bit mature for me, but I love the pop of color. I look forward to experimenting with it to make it look more youthful in the future. Once I find it, I’m excited to incorporate it into my casual wear, my work wardrobe, and maybe even as something dressy. I have commented before that I want to get more color, go a little outside my comfort zone, and I think this color is a great first start.
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Blouse and Jacket: Style&Co, Macy’s. Tights: Calvin Klein, Macy’s. Skirt: Wet Seal. Boots.

I welcome any ideas for youthfulness. For example, accessories? Different bottoms to wear with them? I have no idea.

Guest Post: Working in Winter

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m excited to share another guest post from the lovely Alicia. Remember, you can read her blog over at Break Out of the Bell Jar! Thanks for the post, Alicia, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

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This outfit is more or less what I wore to the interview for this job. Just replace the tights with nude pantyhose and the boots with modest nude-colored Kate Middleton-esque heels. I adore this dress. I ran into a teacher after school had ended while wearing this little number and he told me I looked “too professional and pretty” to work at my law firm. He was only kidding around. He’s a prosecutor and we’re a criminal defense firm. He and my bosses get along fabulously and he was by FAR my favorite teacher. His sense of humor is dry, a little morbid, and sarcastic. Just like me! Angel

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Dress: Fred Meyer | Tights: Calvin Klein | Jacket: American Rag, both from Macy’s | Boots: Overstock.com

That was supposed to be my “angry fake model” expression. It looks more like I wasn’t ready for the picture, but I still like the photo.

Now, these boots. I made an extra effort to get these boots into the picture. Not really my favorite. When I purchased them online, I thought they’d be sturdier and more attractive. But they make great winter boots anyway. My favorite part about them is that when I walk, they make a soft padding sound instead of a click-clack. I love the click-clack too, but sometimes a girl wants to be stealthy!

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As for this last photo. Well, I wanted to do a pose I hadn’t done before. Ever. But the point of the outfit is that it’s relatively warm in the winter. The tights are a little thin, but they protect against the wind. The jacket is also a little light, but helps seal in some heat. The dress is very, very thick and warm. Overall, the outfit is a little too black-and-grey for my taste. I feel comfortable and pretty in it, anyway. And I think it had the desired professional-looking effect I was looking for the first time I wore it. After all, I landed the job!

Sweaters Don’t Count

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Not in a no-pattern environment, that is. Somehow my manager gave an okay to this sweater, although she makes weird comments about how trippy it is every time I wear it. As such, I make sure to keep it to a minimum. Don’t want no privileges revoked, yo’

Also, because I’m still a sneaky rebel, I love wearing these socks. Tiny tiny pop of red, but it’s okay. Socks don’t count either. God are you guys just as super bored of my work outfit posts as I am? I might just play dress up tomorrow before my shift or something. It’s getting a little ridiculous.

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I got this book the other day and have read almost all of it. Now I’m itching to hit up a craft store and a thrift store and start making these as Christmas gifts.

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A view of the craft mess that covers my art room carpet right now. It’s all part of the festivities, folks.

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A Working Routine

Guys, here’s the thing. I’m so bored with my work wardrobe. So bored.

This was my attempt at indoor lighting. My mom donated a Sun Light to the Keep Marci From Going Insane project and it’s great on those gray days that plague this area of the country. Also, it’s really good for natural lit photos. Except I’m still working on that effort. I’ll figure something out.

Also, this is a corner of my art studio. I’m still not done decorating things, but I’ll probably get a tour ready for it when the time is right. It’s kind of exciting having a second bedroom that I can do what I want with. We have a spare bed in there as well, which means we let friends crash when they come over. It’s exciting.

Dress: Sojourner | Sweater: Kohls | Tights: Target | Boots: Clarks

And for those curious, the really awesome rug under my feet is actually a King+ size bedspread I found at Goodwill for like $5. It’s amazingly perfect, although sometimes I stare at it and am in awe at the size of the bed it must have covered. It’s enormous. Definitely a bed for epic orgies.

My First Day of Work

If you’re even a little surprised to see that I wore my black skinny jeans in this outfit post, then clearly you and I have differing opinions on what it means to be obsessed. Which is fine. But seriously don’t be surprised.

Sweater & Jeans: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Necklace: Gift | Shoes: Clarks

Like I said, don’t be surprised. Also, after my first day of work I found out the dress code was monochromatic black & white. Patternless black and white. Which is even more strict than the last time I had a job with a black and white dress code. So expect to see a hell of a lot more of these black skinny jeans.

David saw the first picture I posted and commented on how good I’m doing with the whole taking my own pictures thing. Of course, what he didn’t see in that picture is that it’s the closest thing to a full body shot. I failzored hardcore, friends. This was the best shoe shot I got. Also, I love these shoes. I don’t care how so not in fashion they are. I love them. Love love love.

I posted a photo on my other blog about my first day jitters. It’s not accurate, though. The photo above is way more accurate regarding how I looked on the first day. Can you see the difference? It’s subtle, I know.

Answer: no nose ring for work time. and this is how I feel about it.

Instant Fashion Blogging Costume

When I went to run errands on Halloween with my mom, I knew I’d feel like a total lame-o if I didn’t dress up at least a little. No offense to the non-costume types out there, it’s a personal choice. I dig.

 

 

This was my insta-celebrity. Just a dash of Aubrey Hepburn, coupled with a bit of sass. I know the real fashion bloggers of the world are probably shaking their head in the stark disapproval my lack of any designer anything while portraying a celebrity, but what can ya do? Me, I’ll stick to my boyfriend’s pea coat and my thrifted dress, thank you!

Coat: David’s | Dress: Thrifted | Vest: Nordstroms | Tights: Fred Meyer | Shoes: Mia | Sunglasses: F21

I actually can’t wait to get a real shot of me wearing this dress–I’m totally in love with it! My mom picked it out when we were thrifting a little bit ago. She knows me so well.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!