Tag Archives: Business Casual

A Day in the Life

Oh boy, yesterday was quite the busy day (as are most days in the life of a full time worker and student, I’ve found) and in the chaos of everything I realized, I very rarely show you how many outfits I actually wear in a day. So I thought it might be fun to show what a day in my life looks like via the clothes I wear. Be prepared to see the good, the mediocre, and the not so pretty because I’m bringing it all. You’ve been warned.

Outfit #1: Work

Gotta get my Blue Steel on for this one! This is quite the usual Kels business casual look. I love wearing layers to work because perhaps all my coworkers are polar bears and I didn’t notice (admittedly unlikely because polar bears are SO CUTE, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt) but our office is constantly freezing. I’ve been super excited to wear this sweater in particular but, for whatever reason, I couldn’t figure out how to wear it until this morning. I don’t know what clicked but suddenly it made so much sense to wear it to the office over this super comfy H&M shirt. Moment of business casual genius perhaps?

Sweater:Ross//Shirt:H&M//Pants:Gap//Shoes: Target

Despite the fact that I’ve been having a hard time figuring out how to wear green shoes (I mean seriously, there’s some magic that goes into wearing colorful shoes that I’m not 100% sure I possess…maybe I should talk Marci into giving me color lessons), I was digging the pop of color this morning with my otherwise rather 50 shades of gray outfit. (Now get your minds out of the gutter! This is me we’re talking about…and I was at the office…and it’s me…)

Outfit #2: School

Because I’ve been SUPER busy and stressed with all the epic life changes going on in the last couple months, I’ve really been making a point to wear clothes I adore to class which is why I was delighted to pull out the jellyfish sweatshirt this morning! This gem, which I’m pretty sure was part of my first blog post ever, usually results in a smile being instantly plastered on my face when it makes its way out of my closet so it was an obvious choice for my quick change after work before I headed out to classes.

Sweatshirt:Farmers Market//Jeans:Gap//Shoes:Target

I also love getting to wear jeans so I have started making sure I pack a pair for class in the mornings before I make my way to the office. Theres something about it that just changes my mind set into that of a studious student. Maybe it’s because I wore jeans almost everyday to classes for the last 5 years so there is a sense of familiarity but it just feels so right slipping into them.

Outfit #3: (Only Because I Like You) Blogging

And this, my friends, is how I looked while I typed up this very post. Oh yes, my face has been scrubbed (though I did take off the ring of mascara I usually ignore around my eyes, just for you), hair is in a messy bun, sweat pants on, and a tshirt from a school activity. Yes, I dress exceedingly relaxed when I’m at home (though, don’t most people?). There’s just something so wonderful and relaxing about throwing on the sweat pants and pulling back your hair at the end of a long day.

Shirt:Sexual Awareness Center//Sweats:Pink by Victoria Secret//Earrings:Kohls

In case you were wondering…I ditched the green shoes for this look.

There you have it, a day in the life of Kels via the clothing on my back and the shoes (or lack there of) on my feet. And yes, you did just witness the posting baggy sweat pants on a fashion blog…that did just happen.

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Stripes: I Hate to Admit It, But I’m Not Superwoman

Ahh the last 5 years have been intense. I’ve learned how to multitask, keep lists, and rock projects for both work and school. How to prioritize. How to push my limits and do more things than I ever thought possible. I’ve also learned that sometimes I can’t do it all.

I was initially excited to blog about this outfit because it was the first themed Friday we had in my department and we did Fancy Friday. How fun is that? (the answer, jsyk, is way fun). But see that face? That’s an exhausted face after fighting an hour of traffic to make it home from the office after a full day at work. I’m exhausted. And I haven’t even started my paralegal program (which starts this week making me both a full-time worker and full-time student).

Seeing this photoshoot was the last straw for me (and you’re getting the least tired looking pictures in the bunch). All the photos showed just how tired I am: bags under my eyes and no color in my face despite the blush I layer on in the mornings and, suddenly, I realized I don’t think I can do it all. Especially once I add school in to the mix.

So I’m sad to say, starting this week, I am only going to be able to post twice a week until next summer once I’m back to only having one full time occupation. I’m so sorry. This is not a decision I am taking lightly, but I don’t want to post just to post nor do I believe the quality of my writing will be up to my usual level if I’m falling asleep while typing.

Dress&Black Tights: H&M//Blazer&Blue Tights:F21// Shoes:Lucky Brand via Macys

Despite the fact that I feel like I’m letting people down by doing this, I realize in order to not fully burn out, I need to take care of myself and my commitments. This is not easy for me to admit (what you’re not reading are the two paragraphs of excuses and attempts for me to legitimize this decision which were way more for me to help comfort my type-A mind than to help you understand me), but I want to produce quality posts for this blog and I’ve learned enough about my sleep deprived brain in the last 5 years it’s not going to happen if I’m posting 3-4 times a week while holding two full-time occupations.

Again, I do, fully, plan to come back to posting every other day once I’m done with the craziness that is going to be the next 9 months but until than, I’m going to have to accept that I’m not Superwoman and sometimes I just need to accept that I need rest in order to function (crazy, right? Who’da thunk?).

And on this note (kind of), any advice from people who have worked full time and gone to night school? Any tips about how to stay awake when you’re only getting 6ish hours of sleep every night? Any suggestions of how to not go absolutely crazy while juggling a lot? I’d LOVE (ok, let’s be real, I’d freaking love) to hear all about it in the comments!

Stripes: That Business Casual Thing

Hey guys, good news! I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole “business casual” thing. Whew boy, just when I was afraid I’d never fit into this new, big girl world I’m navigating, I’ve finally started feeling comfortable in my slacks and nice shirts. But trust me, this transition has been full of weird feelings about clothing and fashion.

It felt (ok, ok, still feels) like when I started fashion blogging: a sense of uncertainty, not really knowing what went together or how to make a “look”, not having much to work with, and still feeling out the rules. Yeah, fashion is a definitely a journey and this has been the maiden voyage of my fancy pants ship of business casual.

I did finally invest in some new work clothes so I have some exciting outfit posts planned for the near future! Get excited, folks, things are about to get epic up in here. Having more clothes to choose from definitely makes me feel much more confident in my outfit choices and I am really beginning to not only appreciate the art of accessorizing but also realizing just how much I need to work on my fear of wearing necklaces. I’m not sure what it is but I am horribly uncomfortable wearing any jewelry, especially necklaces. I’m for sure going to be working on this in the near future because who doesn’t love a well accessorized, professional lady?

Blazer:Charlotte Ruse//Top:TjMaxx//Pants:Gap//Shoes:Lucky Brand

Have I mentioned that working so much is exhausting? Ho.ly.cow. So I’m sorry if I’m rambling or not making sense to well rested brains, mine is on a planet of it’s own right now…I suppose you’re just getting some greater insight into the inner workings of my crazy mind. Yeah, it’s like a party up in here-a weird party filled with 2 parts wonderland, 3 parts business casual, and 1 part totally awesome. And there I go again with my rambles…

Anyone else feel like fashion is a crazy journey or share my fear of necklaces? What about imaging a puddle of awesome floating around in their brain (yeah, that’s probably just me)?

Stripes: The Big Time

Alrighty folks, I have a big announcement- this last week I landed my first big girl job. We’re talking a vacation day providing, health insurance giving, 9-5 big girl job. This is the start of a new era in Stripes-land and to commemorate the moment, here is a picture of what I wore while signing the new-hire paperwork.

Luckily, Sequins and I had a coffee date shortly after I signed the papers so we were able to catch my outfit (and have a total photoshoot reunion complete with the emailing of pictures…oh the things we took for granted in months past!). It was really fun catching up and pretending we still live in the same small town (despite the EPIC traffic I hit while making my way over to the Seattle coffeeshop where we were meeting). I miss Sequins a ton and I’m really excited for her to move down closer to me (albeit 45-70 mins away depending on traffic).

Shirt:Thrifted J Crew//Sweater:Old Navy//Pants:Gap//Belt:Charlotte Russe//Bag:Lucky Brand via TJMaxx

I’m also excited to transition into a new, professional wardrobe-lots of new clothing combos and a chance to really redefine my relationship with fashion. I’ve felt myself really evolve since moving away from my college town/bubble but that’s is really it’s own post…

What’s everyone else’s workplace essentials?! I’m sooo new to this business casual everyday stuff and I’d love to hear what you love!