Day 361: Preparing!

It’s been a long week, so I’m excited to relax and prepare for our Kentucky Derby party! Today after work, L and I headed over to the grocery store to pick up some themed snacks (and booze!). We spent the rest of the night prepping food and cleaning. I love to clean and cook (insert domestic joke here), so it was a great night for me!

Sorry the picture quality is so bad! Our lighting was a little bit weird in the bedroom and Levi wasn’t home from work yet to help me out. Just take my word – I am actually wearing jeans and that cardigan is actually teal!

Sound off: do you have any sporting traditions?

Outfit Details
Top: J. Crew purchased second-hand two years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased second-hand three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased four years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased recently for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 360: How to Find a Professional Mentor

The number one piece of advice I always share with new hires is find a mentor! I’ve been super fortunately to be blessed with several formal and informal professional mentors. Most recently, these mentors have helped me navigate the turmoil after our team reorg – and I don’t know where I’d be without them! For those of you who are looking for a mentor, I have a few tips and tricks below:

  1. Keep in mind, your mentor doesn’t have to be in your industry, on your team, or part of your company! Look at people who you admire, whether it’s their organizational skills, their leadership skills, or their knowledge in your field/industry. You can learn from anyone. One of my mentors is in HR, while another is in production for a television network. Both have given awesome advice, especially since they’re removed from the situation.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask, but remember people are busy. There has to be something in it for them! I’ve reached out to folks in other departments with the intent of promoting synergies in our large company – and gaining an awesome mentor for me! Think about what you can offer your mentor, whether it’s a unique perspective or an opportunity to tap into a different demographic.
  3. Join different organizations! When I first moved to Atlanta, I joined WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications). Through the WICT organization, I’ve met so many people. As an added bonus for some of you more shy folks – lots of organizations host different events that help you network! What’s better than that?

While some of these may be a little self-explanatory, I hope they helped. I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing mentors!

Outfit Details
Dress: Gili purchased two years ago for $46 (similar, similar)
Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased recently for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 359: Indian Food and Work Life

After a crazy few weeks, tonight I headed off to my wubby‘s house to catch up and order Indian food. His department has been going through its own changes, so we had a lot to talk about! Part of me still can’t believe the incredible network L and I have created in Atlanta. I’m so grateful for my friends here (and for good take-out!).

I knew today was going to be a late day, so I wanted to be comfortable. These pants are like leggings and the top is super comfortable too…. except when the ties get into curry!

Sound off: how did you make friends in your first job out of college?

Outfit Details
Top: LOFT given to me for my birthday last year (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew Factory purchased second-hand three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto purchased one year ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 358: The Voice

I usually go for a run with my running partner in the morning, but I woke up feeling so sick I had to cancel. I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I ended up heading to the office to get through the heaps of things I have outstanding. It was another stressful, trying day, but at least The Voice is on tonight! I’m just trying to find the little things.

My mom got my this skirt a few years ago for my birthday. At first I didn’t love it and thought it was a little too long, but lately I’ve been really feeling it! It’s nice to have something for these ‘colder’ days – after all, it barely got above 70 degrees today here in Atlanta!

Outfit Details
Top: LOFT gifted for my birthday last year (similar, similar)
Skirt: J. Crew Factory gifted for my birthday last year (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 357: Sushi and Too Much Work

Today was a really tough day. I originally had signed up for a free TRX class at a new studio (side note: does anyone actually know what TRX even means) but ended up working too late to go. Did I mention the class was at 7:30pm at night? On top of being overworked, things at work have been super stressful and tough on a personal level. Thank goodness for L – he was waiting with a nice big glass of white wine and sushi already ordered. I genuinely don’t know what I’d do without him.

I originally picked this outfit because I didn’t want to wear pants. I pulled out one of my most flowy and comfortable skirts and worked my way up from there!

Outfit Details
Top: ThredUp (J. Crew Factory) purchased two years ago for $14 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: ThredUp (J. Crew) purchased two years ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Skirts: ThredUp (Banana Republic) purchased eleven months ago for $18 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)

Day 356: Atlanta United

For Valentine’s Day, I got L tickets to our new favorite sports team: Atlanta United! Back when L was still in college, he used to drag me to UNC soccer games and I hated it! Now a few years later, I’m really getting into these MLS games. As a transplant, I still consider myself a Red Sox fan (and a forced Panthers fan), but don’t have any MLS affiliations. It’s fun to be able to cheer whole-heartedly for an Atlanta team! It was a great game to watch – the weather was awesome and at least Atlanta United scored the first goal…

I wore my shirt that L bought me for our last Atlanta United game. Since it’s definitely toasty, I paired it with some denim jeans and some sneakers – there’s lots of walking and standing involved with these games!

Sound off: do you cheer for your hometown teams or your new city teams?

Outfit Details
Top: Dicks’ Sporting Goods L bought for me as a present recently (similar, similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Adidas purchased three months ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 355: Date Night

Today was a busy day! LB is moving, which is super depressing. Thankfully, for now, she’s only moving an extra ten miles away, but I’m still going to miss her! We spent the morning loading her stuff up into the U-Haul. From there, L and I grabbed a quick (and cheap) bite at bartaco before heading home to walk a friend’s dog. In the afternoon, I stopped by a friend’s house who was having a Stella and Dot party. I ended up buying a cute little arrow necklace and eating way too much bacon – so really just my normal afternoon. When I got home, I had just enough time to take a quick nap before L and I had a date night at Cinebistro. It’s been way too long since we’ve gone out just the two of us and it was such a treat!

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s been a while since L and I went on a date, so I dressed for the occasion! I actually bought this dress at an H&M in Spain when L and I were studying abroad. It was one of my few outfits I wore when we went out to the Spanish bars! Such good memories!

Outfit Detail
Dress: H&M purchased (in Spain!) four years ago for €12 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: H&M purchased (in Spain!) four years ago for €8 (similar, similar)

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