Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back to School shopping [Guest Post]

Hi everyone! My name is Hope and I write the blog Hope and the Dress Code. I’m a school counselor and work in a district that with a dress code more like a corporation, less like a typical school.

Ok on to why I’m here: It’s almost time to go BACK TO SCHOOL shopping!! This is one of my favorite times of the year because it gives me free reign to go crazy-shopping with no guilt!! Totally kidding of course, I’m definitely working within a budget, but it does give me a set time of year to reevaluate pieces I need/want in my closet. Whether you work in education or not, this is a great time to add some new pieces to your work wardrobe.

My DREAM back to school shopping list is a mix of current trends and more classic pieces:

1. Mid-length skirt
I’m really digging this length, even for a shorty like me. There is nothing I’m more self-conscious about than my skirt lengths are work. The kids should not be subjected to the sight of my thigh when I sit down. Not-so-much appropriate. This mid calf skirt could solve that issue AND look current.


2. Colorful Cardigans
Ok ladies, can you ever have enough cardigans? I think not. I’m coming out of a bit of a neutral kick so I’d love to add bright, vibrant cardigans to my closet. I have read countless blogs with RAVING reviews of the Land’s End Heritage Cardigan. When I checked it out, I couldn’t help but to drool over the number of colors they offer. Since cardigans are such a staple in my work wardrobe and I’m always looking for the next best one.


3. Patterned Wrap dress
I’d love about a hundred “built-in” outfits like a simple wrap dress, though I might have to settle for just one or two. All it takes is a couple accessories (or cardigans, see #2) for me to change up the entire look.


4. Blazer
Ok probably a lot of you are thinking, “wow she’s a bit behind the times on this one” and to you I say: you’re so right! Being a bit heavy on top, I struggle to find jackets and blazers that are flattering. I’m not exaggerating when I say I do not have a single blazer in my closet that I can wear. I’m really looking for something with more of a casual feel, less “traditional” blazer.


5. Animal print heels
Since leopard print flats had been on my wish list for over a year now (just couldn’t find the right ones), I decided to amp it up and go for HEELS instead. They appear to be an “in” thing for this fall and I’m always looking for interesting shoes to keep my pencil skirts looking fun.


I hope you liked “shopping” with me and a big thanks to Angeline for having me today!

Hope rocks super-stylish and creative outfits all while keeping them within her school's restrictive dress code. Check her out at Hope and the Dress Code.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Clothing and budgets [Guest Post]

Hi! I'm Grace from Money Smart Fashion and I'm a shopaholic (Hi Grace). I'm filling in for Angeline while she picks up and moves cross country.

Clothing and budget. Two words I never like to hear in the same sentence. However, those two words became very real to me when I graduated college with $10,000 in credit card debt and a job that required professional attire. I suddenly felt like I was shopping for two people, "Work Grace" and "Weekend Grace" while trying to balance all the other things that came with my new found adulthood. All too often I was choosing clothing over food. Turns out when you live with your boyfriend, that's not really an option. Since then I've shed my credit card debt and my first job, but the lessons I learned about working within a clothing budget will last a lifetime.

Have a budget, and stick to it.

Seriously. I realize this may sound like a no-brainer, but it is unbelievably easy to tell yourself "I'll just spend less next month" and then not do it. It doesn't matter if it's an annual, monthly, or weekly budget--choose what works best for you and stick with it! Don't forget to check your progress to make sure you stay on track.

Don't know how much is appropriate for your new salary? I reccommend staying around 5-8% of your of take home pay if you are a fashion lover, less than 5% if outings and adventures are more your thing.

Look for items that can pull double duty

Again it sounds obvious, but it's really easy to slip into a work/weekend mindset with your clothes. For the longest time I would mentally organize my clothes into work or weekend, immediately doubling the amount of clothes I "needed" in my closet. Versatility is king (or queen) in a "New Professional's" closet.

Consider alternatives to mall stores

This is one I didn't learn until after I left my first job but it's definitely worth sharing. It's also great if you work clothes don't exactly fit into your weekend wardrobe. Goodwill and thrift stores are great places to find separates. My local goodwill is a hotbed for office dress-code appropriate a-line and pencil skirts, for $4.50 each! That is a price you can't beat. Just remember, as with any thrift store purchase, to give each item a through once over, and check the washing instructions.

If brand names are your thing... Wait for the Sale

Working in retail now only reinforces this tenet for me. There will always be a markdown, just wait for it.

Know your style

And by "know your style" I mean, know what is worth spending your money and what is not by how much you will wear it. Are you primarily a pants person, but wear skirts every once in a while (read: blue moon). Then you are better off getting those skirts at the aforementioned thrift store while spending a little more money on pants that fit great, and last through many washes and wears. I like to call it saving by spending.

I'm sure this list could go on, but I will keep it short and sweet.

Now you tell me, what is your best tip or trick for keeping your clothing budget in check?

Grace blogs on fashion and saving money over at Money Smart Fashion. Check her out!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spice up workplace outfits with color [Guest Post]

I'm Kileen from cute and little and I couldn't be happier to guest post for Angeline as she moves across the country {how exciting, right?}!  I love Angeline's blog and how she shows wearable work-appropriate fashion for all of us 9-to-5ers out there.  In keeping with her theme, I wanted to share some tips on how I spice up my everyday workplace outfits with some color.  Dressing for the office doesn't have to mean greys, blacks, and beiges anymore.
  • Add color with accessories! 
    Accessories are by far the best starting point to adding fun bits of color to your outfit without looking going over the top.  Add a bright yellow belt and you'll be amazed at how much punch you just added to your look.  I also really love how necklaces also make any look just a little dressier.  A trend I'm really loving for the summertime is a bright turquoise color.  It brings a chic summer vibe to every look and you can't go wrong with this versatile color. 

  • Have fun with patterns and prints!
    Once you're comfortable enough with accessories, you can start branching out and experimenting with fun patterns and prints to add to your look.  In the warmer summer months, there are lots of options out there for tops with colorful prints and patterns that pair beautifully to give a neutral outfit some life.  And for those cooler winter months, you can always choose to layer a fun printed top under a blazer to give a chic yet still polished look!

  • Color block
    No doubt you've heard this term before this season.  Try mixing multiple bright colors together in solid blocks to create an incredibly eye-catching look.  Personally, I love pairing multiple jewel toned items together as these colors have a way of enhancing each other when grouped together.  Not to mention the fact that everybody looks classy in jewel tones {trust me, it's true!}. 

Thank you so much Angeline for letting me guest post while you're away!  We all hope you're having a safe move and can't wait for your return!

Kileen shares her personal style, which as you can tell is majorly fun and colorful, over at Cute & Little. Check her out!

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to wear metallic shoes to work

It all started one fateful evening in May as we celebrated a successful wedding rehearsal and prepared for the next day's festivities. My friend C had a bag full of boxes for her girls, and we squealed as we opened them. I was hit immediately by the smell of quality leather and the shine of a metallic Kate Spade Carolina pump. Needless to say, I'm addicted (to that pair in specific, not actually buying Kate Spade shoes...I'm now unemployed, remember?).

The classic shape of the pump and the sophisticated hue made this a standout for the workplace as well. Which got me thinking...I know strappy party heels have no place in the office, but what about metallic shoes in classic shapes? If the metallic isn't too crazy (think lame gold or eye blinding silver), I think it works. In addition to my Kate Spade pumps, I also have a pair of well worn Nina shoes that have a bit of a sheen to them as well. Both get ample wear to the office.

Some tips on bringing the metallic shoe look into the office:
  • Cover up. Metallic hues already look a little more party-friendly, so keep the shape of the shoe demure. I would stick to closed-toe or peep-toe pumps...anything that shows more skin will look a little out of place.
  • Lower the heel. My general feel is that the flatter the shoe, the more leeway you have with the style. Bejeweled flats are darling, but on a heel they can look over-the-top. Metallic flats would be just perfect to spice up some office classics. Even just lowering the heel a little to a 1" or 2" would be a good step.
  • Back to basics. While any color can have a metallic sheen to it, for office wear, stick to more classic pewters, bronzes, and dark golds and silvers. Your feet shouldn't be mistaken for a disco ball.
  • Watch the shine. When looking for metallic colors, stay with something with a slight sheen and more matte finish. Metallic + patent is just too much for most offices.
  • Balance it out. If your shoes are shiny, keep the rest of your bling to a minimum. A metallic belt and simple jewelry would off-set metallic heels better than a mess of chains or sequined top.
Some of my favorite metallic shoe picks:

Do you wear metallic shoes to the office or do you steer clear?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Finding office style [Guest Post]

Getting dressed for work can be monotonous, tedious and even downright frustrating (trust me, I’ve been there!). But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be! With a little careful planning and some strategic budgeting, you can make your work wardrobe as exciting as your job. (Or add excitement to a job that you don’t love!) Here are my top tips for getting dressed for the office:
Plan ahead – a week’s worth of outfits
1. Plan ahead I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a morning person and I feel zero creativity when I’m in a rush to get ready for work. That’s why I think taking 20 minutes on the weekend to come up with some outfits can be really beneficial. I like to shut the door, put on some music and get in the zone for a little while. You will be surprised at what you can come up with if you just give yourself the space to get creative! Write down the outfits you come up with, create a few extras in case of weather changes, and then throughout the week you can consult your list to find an outfit that works for your day ahead. Can’t find anything on your list that you want to wear? Revert back to a favorite outfit you’ve worn a month or so ago. (It’s perfectly fine to repeat outfits at the office!) Planning ahead will save you time - think of the wasted minutes in the morning, trying on everything you own - and make you a better dresser!

Focus on the bottoms

2. Focus on bottoms
Have you just started a new job, or are entering the work force for the first time? It can be frustrating to know where to begin. My advice is to start with the bottom half. Invest in 5 solid colored bottoms (pants or skirts) and 2-3 pairs of neutral work shoes. You can wear these bottoms and shoes every single week and no one will notice. Once you have those, focus on buying some fun shirts, cardigans, and accessories. These are the less expensive items, and by switching them up with the different bottoms, you wardrobe will look much bigger than it actually is!

Create a uniform; cardigans and pencil skirts

3. Create a uniform
Simply your work wardrobe by focusing on a “uniform.” Your uniform might be dress pants and blouses, collared shirts and skirts, or full suits. Whatever you love and feel most comfortable in at work can be your uniform. My personal work uniform is pencil skirts and colorful cardigans. Pencil skirts work well for my body type, so I have a drawer full of them in all kinds of colors and prints. I also love the fun colors that cardigans come in, so by mixing and matching them, I have an easy work wardrobe that I love!

Have some fun

4. Have fun with it
Your employer wants you to be great at your job, but they also care about your work/life balance. Showing some personality and having fun with your wardrobe says that you still have time to care for yourself and your appearance! Not to mention that wearing something that you feel great in can boost your office self-esteem. Don’t be afraid to express yourself through your clothes (within reason) and wear some fun things to work.

Thanks to Angeline for having me on the blog today! Please check out my blog, J’s Everyday Fashion, for new fashion inspiration and how-to articles everyday! – Best, J.

Visit J, my fellow Floridian (well, almost Floridian for me) over at J's Everyday Fashion.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to survive a manic morning [Guest Post]

While Angeline is moving cross country, she asked several bloggers to put together a guest post.  I was honored and wanted to provide some tips about getting ready faster because every Monday I need to be at work at 5 a.m.  My department at the university sends a live financial broadcast to a local television station on the 6 a.m. news.  While I find the lack of sleep on Sunday nights a definite challenge, it's much harder to figure out what to wear.  Add to that, it's my only early day all week (normally I am here at 8:30 a.m.), and I need to be dressed for physical labor.

I started out just wearing jeans with t-shirts and sneakers.  Then, blogging and my desire to not look so much like one of the college students here on campus, pushed me to try something a little different.  Now, when I get up I usually have something comfortable, practical and easy for a 15 minute total routine.  That cuts my regular morning routine down by about 30-45 minutes.  Here's a list of what works for me:
  1. Shower the night before.  It's an understatement to say it's glorious to wake up clean, to not have to remember whether or not I already shampooed my hair, and to not wake up my husband by turning on the shower. 
  2. Go simple with your hair.  Sure having perfectly curled or straight hair is nice, but can you achieve that without making lots of noise or burning yourself with the curler?  I either air dry or blow dry and flat iron my hair Sunday night, so I can wear it down or go with a ponytail or bun Monday morning.
  3. Lay out your clothes the night before.  Scouring your closet for inspiration in the dark on four hours of sleep sucks.  I put my clothes, jewelry, shoes, perfume, hair accessories and undergarments in my guest bedroom so I can get up, dress and leave. 
  4. Give yourself options or Try it on.  I don't want to wake up and realize that my blouse doesn't tuck into my pants.  If I am in doubt about a combination, I often include an alternative blouse or pair of shoes I know will work.  Or, I try it on the night before.
  5. Pick accessories that are simple and practical.  I need to be able to move equipment and run around between two buildings.  While you may not have such physical demands, flats or low heels are easy when you are running on less than normal sleep.  (No one wants to twist an ankle in sky high heels.)  Simple jewelry feels put together and doesn't annoy you at every turn. 
  6. Choose simple and professional clothing.   Professional silhouettes with subtle patterns or details are a blessing for the bleary-eyed.  Stick with combinations that fit well and don't require lots of readjustments, like dress slacks, a printer blouse and blazer or a dress with a cardigan (my personal favorite because it requires only two pieces of clothing).  They are called closet workhorses for a reason, so reach out and grab them.
  7. Add something that makes you feel pretty.  It's early and that sucks, but you don't have to feel like a complete automaton.  Add your favorite perfume to that pile of stuff for the morning.  Grab a punchy yellow belt to zing up your trousers and button up.  Wear bright blue flats or your favorite striped cardigan. 
  8. Go with basic makeup or none at all.  I don't usually wear makeup, but if I do need to put some on, I wear basics like concealer, mascara, and lipstick.  You know what the simplest version of your routine is, so feel free to skip the extra eye shadow or blush.  Consider wearing no makeup if you're comfortable with it.
The key to streamlining your routine is to remove as much annoyance as possible.  I recommend trying to pare down to the smallest amount of effort you need to exert on early mornings.  Try these tips and keep in mind that everyone has different levels of morning perkiness.  Mine is zero by the way, possibly -5 when it's Monday.

Sarah is a video producer and online classroom system manager at a university in the South. She blogs about fashion, outfits, and healthy living at Destrehan's Daughter. Check her out!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Net-Working It [Guest Post]

Hello New Professional fans! This is Meredith and Lindsay of Cubicle Chic, and we are so honored and excited to be stepping in for a day while Angeline gallivants around the country. We hope that she has a fun and relaxing time, but we look forward to her return and are crossing our fingers for a few photos of her travels :)
We blog about dressing for the workplace with creativity and flair over at Cubicle Chic, so we thought that it would be fun to create a post on outfits that we love to wear for networking events: something that says "professional" as well as "interesting" (and "approachable" we hope!). What are our criteria? We like to wear unique pieces that are great conversation starters and could be memorable to the people we meet. The point is to make and keep connections, so the longer you remember us, the better! Each of us put together a favorite networking look to share with you - what do you think?
This is one of my favorite outfits to wear to networking events (so much so that I've actually had to refrain from wearing it to a few functions due to "same outfit, different event" photos that would inevitably be taken). The dress is comfortable and the cut makes me feel instantly put together, even if I'm feeling off. This is important for networking events because meeting new people and establishing relationships requires your utmost attention (read: feeling off is not an option), especially when you're trying to promote your business. To me, the cardigan is a multitasker: not only does it make a statement, but it also could be necessary at a conference or other event when the AC is pumping. I have also added a couple of chunky jewelry pieces because I love them and because they're great conversation starters. People love to hear that I purchased my funky necklace at H&M. Above all, the outfit is a reflection of my self expression, which is so important in the fashion and blogging industries.
I enjoy this outfit because it's comfortable and I feel confident in it. I know that I look professional and put together, and the patterned shirt and statement necklace provide the character. This is also an outfit that works in multiple settings: I could wear it to a more conservative business event, a creative blogger or fashion event, or a more casual tech event. In my mind, versatility is key, because I know that I can always grab these few items as I'm rushing to get ready in the morning no matter what the meet-up or event that night might be. As for the "interesting factor", the splash of color provided by the necklace is definitely a conversation starter, as is the rather retro cut and buttons of the shirt. We can start with a quick conversation about funky coral beads or shoulder pads in vintage shirts, and then we can move on to business!

Lindsay and Meredith blog about New York City and professional style at Cubicle Chic. My compadres in workwear fun.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wear and Wear Again | Wide-leg trousers

Although I've been gravitating more and more toward skirts and dresses lately, I am a pants girl at heart. So what better piece to showcase than the first pair of pants I ever wore on my blog? These Gap wide-leg trousers are so comfortable, and the wide leg balances out a fitted top.

Wide-leg trousers are best on straight figures (I think that's what I am) or those who are a little larger on top. They work best with a fitted top, or at least a belted one. The volume on bottom needs a little balance.

My trousers have seen me through every season:





More wide-leg trousers:

How would you style wide-leg pants?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Moving day!

It's moving day!

The movers will be arriving shortly to box up our stuff and load up their truck. Tonight will be spent cleaning the apartment so that we can turn in the keys tomorrow morning, drop off K's truck with a friend (to be picked up by car shippers in a few weeks), and hit the road for our trip! No post for tomorrow, but beginning Monday I'll have scheduled and guest posts for your enjoyment. Some of my favorite bloggers are stopping by, and I think you'll really like them.

Want to meet up? Here are the final dates for my Moving to Miami Tour 2011: Blog edition. Apparently I have more readers in the South than I do the West (outside of California, that is).
  • Saturday, July 23 - Dallas, TX
  • Thursday, July 28 - New Orleans, LA
  • Sunday, July 31 - Orlando, FL
Email me if you're interested and I can get you details.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The end of days: Preparing to leave your job

The most common reason that I've had for leaving a job is relocating. It all started when I was 18 and I had a Christmas break seasonal gig at the Gap near my parents house. I didn't have a car at the time and my college was 30 minutes away, so I left that job after 2 weeks (it took them almost 2 weeks to hire me in the first place when I got home from break). Not a "relocation" per se, but it was geographic. In the past five years, though, it's been OC to NYC to OC to Sac/Davis, and now to Miami.

Now, I understand that most people leave jobs for a variety of other reasons. Either way, the last days at a job can be stressful. Here are some tips for easing the transition.
  • Give appropriate notice. This might be two weeks or it might be more like two months. It depends on your office culture, how early you know you'll be leaving, and the type of preparation that needs to be done before you leave. For example, if you want to be around to train your replacement, give at least a month notice so your employer has time to recruit and hire.
  • Wind down and wrap up. About two weeks before you leave, you should stop taking on any new long-ish term projects. Sit down with your supervisor to plan out the transition and lay out what tasks you should finish before you leave and what tasks can be delegated to a coworker or replacement.
  • Keep a record. If your work produces materials or products, see if you can get some samples of your projects for your portfolio. It's always easier just to have them on hand than to try to hunt them down later if you want or need them. In my line of work, I just keep a running file...anytime we're done with a project I throw one of the finished pieces in my drawer.
  • Clean out. If you're anything like me with my crazy amount of files, it's a nice courtesy to go through the files and clean out the unnecessary ones so your replacement isn't swimming in useless papers. If you're as crazy as I am, you'll also leave a print out of what exactly those files contain.
  • Carry over your contacts. If you're staying in the same town or same industry, or even if you just really like your coworkers, go ahead and share your personal contact info with them if you'd like. I've had former coworkers do this to me in the past when they left, so I took a cue from them and did the same when I left.
  • Keep it professional. Avoid getting bitter or vengeful about your old job, even if you are leaving because you can't stand it. While you may want to give a few suggestions on how to improve things in your exit interview, I'd caution against all-out venting. My advice--if you bring up a problem or annoyance, come up with a solution as well. 
How do you prepare to leave a job? What advice do you have?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last hurrah [outfit]

sacramento office fashion blogger angeline evans the new professional mossimo dress target kate spade pumps jcrew belt
sacramento office fashion blogger angeline evans the new professional mossimo dress target kate spade pumps jcrew belt
sacramento office fashion blogger angeline evans the new professional mossimo dress target jcrew belt
Mossimo dress via Target - 2011 - $20 (similar) / J.Crew belt - 2011 - $10 (similar) / Kate Spade pumps - 2011 - gift (similar) / Premier Designs faux pearl strand - 2010 - free with purchase (similar

Outfit analysis: I love how the color gray can be paired with almost any color for a different feel. I love the softness of the pink and pearl, and the pumps keep it ladylike. I just love love love this dress, and hope to find a way to wear it even though I'm not in an office anymore. I wore this last Wednesday for my official farewell happy hour.

Goodbyes are hard. Did you know that? The past weekend has been so full of emotion, which is a weird feeling for me. This certainly isn't my first goodbye, but for some reason it's the hardest. Leaving college, I knew I'd be back in Orange County for holidays. I fell in love with New York, but wasn't all that close with any of my classmates so that wasn't so hard. Even our recent farewell trip down to Southern California wasn't too bad, since our families are there and we'll be back. But Davis and Sacramento? This is hard, and I wasn't prepared for this. I thought I'd be fine to keep blogging and packing and seeing friends until we actually get in the car and drive out of state on Friday, but I'm not so sure anymore. I've got some super guest bloggers that will be featured over the next few weeks, but please bear with me through this transition.

How do you deal with goodbyes?

Monday, July 11, 2011

In the moment

Things I'm loving right now...

Old Navy at ShopStyle
Old Navy Diva skinny jeans

Forever 21 at ShopStyle
Forever 21 canvas bow wedges

Painted Nail at ShopStyle
The Painted Nail Beware of You Green organic nail polish
(I haven't tried this brand, but I love this color!)

Abas at ShopStyle
Abas iPad folio case

What are you loving right now?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Executive Summary | Links for your weekend | 07.08.11

Four years worth of project files. Don't worry—I cleaned them up before I left.

Well, friends...this is it. My last day of work. I had planned to work work work up until the last minute, but when I took a quick visual inventory of my well-settled cubicle yesterday after lunch, I realized I should start tackling it right away. I made it only part way through these filing cabinets before 5 p.m. yesterday.

Today's to-do list:
  1. Clean out cubicle
  2. Compile a project status update for my boss
  3. Exit interview and turn in keys
It hasn't quite hit me yet. Or maybe I'm just less emotional over it than I expected to be. This was my first full-time job after graduate school, and I've been here for almost four years. I've seen and survived several waves of major staff turnover, seen programs and projects come on board and run their course. I've watched and learned as much as possible from my boss and others, and incorporated those lessons into my work. I've had opportunities to pitch new ideas, stretch limits, and change the way things work at work. I've been promoted and taken on new responsibilities. My tenure at this job has been almost as long as my marriage so far. Needless to say, this is going to be a huge change. But I think it will be a good change.

As always, I'm behind on my blog reading. But here are a few links for your reading pleasure.

Style and fashion
Career and office
After hours

What were your favorite reads this week?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Short day [outfit]

sacramento office fashion blogger angeline evans the new professional mossimo tee limited skirt franco sarto sandals kate spade necklace
sacramento office fashion blogger angeline evans the new professional mossimo tee limited skirt franco sarto sandals kate spade necklace
sacramento office fashion blogger angeline evans the new professional mossimo tee limited skirt franco sarto sandals kate spade necklace
Mossimo pocket v-neck via Target - 2011 - $8 on sale (available) / Mossimo white tank via Target - 2011 - $9 (available) / The Limited tulip skirt - 2009 - $20 on sale (similar) / Franco Sarto Hot sandals - 2011 - $45 on sale (available) / Vintage braided belt via Bows and Arrows - 2010 - $12 (similar) / Forever 21 leaf necklace - 2010 - $5 (similar) / Kate Spade doodles pen necklace - 2011 - gift (available) / BR Factory Store sunglasses - 2011 - $8 on sale

Outfit analysis: I could live in these tees for summer (I've bought two already), and I am a major sucker for color right now (In addition to my top and necklace, I have two more colors of toe nail polish on). Today was sweltering, so I knew I needed a skirt and sandals, and I was a little over my sleeveless top + black skirt combo addiction I had a few months back. So I switched it up with a tee (so different, I know). 

This was my outfit on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Just a week ago it was 60 degrees (the high) and raining. Tuesday (when I wore this outfit) it was 102 and humid. Turns out the A/C in our work building wasn't quite up to the challenge, and we were sent home at 10:30 a.m. due to "unhealthy work conditions" (aka 90+ degrees indoors on some of the top floors), which essentially left me with a three-day workweek, with Friday being my last day at my job. How the time flies by.

Thanks, friends, for your kind words and encouragement about the blog's future on Tuesday's post. I think I have a grasp on how it will evolve (in the near future anyway) and I hope you'll stick around as I feel my way through this transition. I'm also finalizing some dates for my Movin' to Miami Tour 2011: Blog Edition and hope to meet up with some of you along the way! Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, and Orlando—I'm lookin' at you! 

Have you ever been sent home early from work? For what reasons?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How to deal with annoying coworkers | Reader Advice

 [Mr Thinktank]
I've given my thoughts on how to deal with annoying coworkers. Now hear what readers had to say! Here is the question I posed last week:
Which type of coworker annoys you most and how do you deal with it?  Do you have any tried-and-true advice for dealing with difficult people?

I think its so funny how on each of the descriptions you added "What if you are..." I can say I am not the latebird. CHECK. Or the oddball. CHECK. BUT IF I had to be any of these I'd be the oddball. There is one type of co worker that totally distracts me, it's the one that BLOWS UP anything small and not so meaningful and makes it your nightmare. Distracts everyone from what they are doing and makes them focus on THAT they are trying to solve. I don't even know what to call it, it just does not make sense. —Lorena 
I am NO morning person and I am trying to do the best I can to get to work on time! I don't know what it is, ever since I was a kid it was just tough for me to get out of bed! I love how you profile these various work personalities! —B. Inspired
I detest those that commit to taking on a task, and then totally drop the ball. Then look at me like I have three heads when asked where the expected outcome is??!?!? —rskmom
I have had my fair share of oddballs at my workplace. They're not so bad once you realize they're just a little different. They make work more interesting! :) —Kileen
My biggest problem is with colleagues who want to socialize. I absolutely cannot get work done at the office because of this. I may need to cover the glass in my office door. —Terri

So what do you think? Do you have any advice to add?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Totally me [outfit]

Banana Republic suit blazer - $100ish on sale (similar) / J. Crew blouse - 2009 - $20 on sale (similar) / Rockabilly jeans via Renew Denim - $40 on sale (similar) / Calvin Klein pumps via Off Broadway - 2007 - $70 on sale (similar) / American Eagle outlet necklace - 2011 - $4 on sale (similar) / Mossimo tank via Target - 2011 - $9 (available)

Outfit analysis: This outfit just felt...right. It felt like "me." A nice jean, a crisp button-up in a not-too-girly color, an awesome blazer, heels, and sparkles. In this outfit, my step is just a little quicker, my chin held a little higher, and my smile a little brighter. This outfit is all about amazing fit...all of these pieces fit my body really well, and a good fit makes any body look great. It's also very covered, but because of the fit, you see my figure. Not such a big fan of the blazer closed, but overall, did I mention I love this outfit?

No, I'm not wearing fully covered and black clothes in July—this outfit was from June 1 and I just never posted it! I usually post within a week of taking a photo, but sometimes I do take photos of outfits I know I might not post for days like this (and for my Facebook exclusives album).

Speaking of outfit posts, I've been thinking and thinking and thinking about what direction to take this blog in once my office job ends this Friday. We're taking a two week road trip (I have some guest bloggers lined up for some fabulous posts for y'all) and then I'll be plunging right into my new life of being a freelance writer.

Things I want to keep:
  • Outfit photos. They just might not all be officewear.
  • Professional and career topics. Even freelancers have to develop professionally.

Some ideas I've tossed around for themes/topics:
  • I have a long-term goal of spicing up my casual wardrobe. My off-hours wear still consists mostly of tee-shirts, jeans, and flip flops. Now that there won't be as big of a distinction between off-duty and on-duty, I want to start dressing more interestingly even when I'm going casual. This could be a new theme to the blog.
  • More fashion trend-type stories (like I used to do clusters and wish lists).
  • More DIYs, now that I'll have time to learn some.
  • Adding more of my personal life into the blog.
Do any of these catch your fancy? What would you like on the blog as it evolves? Leave a comment below (or you can email me, too).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Go Chic or Go Home giveaway winner!

Happy 4th of July, my fellow Americans (and happy Monday to the rest). I'm sticking in out in the triple digit heat today painting faces at our city's celebration, but I did want to stop in and announce the winner of the $50 gift card from Go Chic or Go Home.

Congratulations to Pamela from The Watsons! You will be receiving an email from GCOGH this week to redeem your gift card.

What are your 4th of July plans?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight | June and July

I have my first blog sponsor! You've already heard all about Go Chic or Go Home in last week's giveaway post (winner TBD on Monday). GCOGH is a social site that combines a photo closet inventory and easy ensemble creation with friends and shopping. It's free to sign up, and it's fun to play around with. I'd love to connect with you all when you get there!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Executive Summary | Links for your weekend | 06.01.11

Detail on a fab new dress I got from the Citizen Rosebud at our blogger meet-up last night. I'm going to miss these ladies!

Happy Fourth of July weekend! I attended my last (::sniff sniff::) Sacramento fashion blogger meet-up last night at Thinkhouse Collective, and let's just say K sent me a text at 10 p.m. asking if I was okay (meet-up started at 6).

Truth is—I was more than okay. I was having a nice chat with Melody and Skylar while Nikki, Kari, Bella, Ann, Madeline, Kara, and Kerry hung out nearby. Vanessa and Sarah stopped by, too, but had left by that point. Bella sent me home with two dresses. She has a great supply of vintage in her space at Thinkhouse...I wish you all could see it. Colors and prints galore.

One of the biggest changes that blogging has had on my life is connecting me with new friends that start on the screen and end up face-to-face, like this group of ladies. I would never had met any of them if Bella hadn't emailed me randomly one day last fall. I've eaten, drank, shopped, crafted, and chatted with these gals time and again. Sure, it sounds a little cheesy, but I'm an introvert and making new friends can be intimidating. Remembering how quickly and easily these friendships started gives me hope for Miami, since I currently know exactly 0 people in South Florida (13 days until moving day). I know things will be great and that we'll meet people easily, but I'll admit this kind of stuff makes me anxious.

Anyhoo, here are your links. Linky link links.

Style and fashion
Career and office
After hours
Blogging bits
Shameless plugs
What were your favorite reads this week?