All posts by Rachael Mary

Day 354: Barbie Hairstyle Game

Thanks to my little sister, I just spent the last two hours of my life YouTubing my favorite computer games I played with I was little. It all started with the Barbie Magic Hair Styler video. I remember playing this when I was little – our only family computer was kept down in the basement, a dingy room that my dad used as his office space for his excavation company.

We would play this game for HOURS even though there isn’t really a purpose or an end game. Not to mention the irony – my sister and I would both run screaming if my mom came near us with a hair brush. After watching the YouTube video above, I quickly spiraled into video tutorials of all of my favorite childhood games: Mary King’s Riding Star, Equestriad, Barbie Riding Academy, Barbie Pet Rescue, KidPix….. as you can see it devolved rather quickly.

Today I wore this awesome t-shirt dress. It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but it actually has a feather pattern. I matched my white flats to the white feathers and loved the final result. As an added bonus, it was actually quite comfortable too!

Sound off: what’s your favorite childhood computer game?

Outfit Details
Dress: LeTote (OCTAVIA Feather Printed Dress) retails for $32 (similar, similar)
Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased recently for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 353: Best Advice

I’m usually a pretty high-strung person – just ask anyone in my family. Lately,  the stress of some family issues compounded with our department’s reorg, I’ve been a ball of nerves. Luckily today I worked from home and was able to spend some time reflecting on some of the great advice I’ve been given so far in my professional career to help me start breathing again!

    • Assume everyone comes from a positive place. When I first heard this advice, it revolutionized how I look at every professional interaction. I have to admit: I was the most defensive co-worker ever. I was the youngest in my role by about ten years and I knew it. I felt every plan or suggestion I offer was immediately gunned down. It was frustrating, but after hearing this advice, I realized, everyone just wants to do a good job. They weren’t attacking my ideas, they were trying to make sure that our company was putting its best foot forward. I realized my team saw me as a non-collaborative millennial who didn’t respect other’s experience – in reality, I just didn’t want to get run over! Now, I’ve finally hit a happy balance.
    • When you feel like you can’t do anything else, take care of yourself. As I mentioned, these past few weeks have been tough. The other day, I met with a friend who works in HR to talk about how run-down I feel. She asked me if I’ve been getting 8 hours of sleep or working out? Have I been doing the things I love to do? When I realized I wasn’t, I made a serious effort to eat health and go back to barre every morning. It’s amazing how good self-care seeps into the rest of my life.
    • You have a lot going for you at the workplace, but you have even more going for you at home. I am so incredible determined to be the BEST at my job – I can survive off of pure determination. Sometimes I need to remind myself that the best part of my day is cooking with L or drinking with my friends on the porch. In times when my job life is not going as planned, at least I have the personal part running.
    • “You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here. I’d hold you up to say to your mother, ‘This kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.’ And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watchin’ you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started lookin’ for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’sabout how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself,you ain’t gonna have a life.” There was one day, I was having a super tough time at work. I reached out to one of my mentors and good friends to complain. In response, he sent me a video from Rocky. I still have the quote on display above my desk at home! It’s reminded me that I’M in control of my future, not my circumstances.

    Sound off: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

    Outfit Details
    Top: LeTote (THREE DOTS Bell Sleeve Top) retails for $60 (similar, similar)
    Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
    Shoes: zulily (BCBG) purchased one month ago for $28 (similar, similar)

Day 352: Quarterly Meetings

Today is my favorite day of the quarter the division meeting day! In this meetings (which I wrote about here and here), we meet up with our counterparts from the other divisions and talk direct marketing strategy. Usually we get a night to hang out and catch up, but this time we headed straight back on a flight to Atlanta. We didn’t get in until almost midnight Atlanta time – I’m so happy I get to work from home (and sleep in a little!) tomorrow!

Usually, hotels are great for taking photos – not this one! The lighting was terrible! Oh well – today we have all day meetings and then am hopping on a late night flight, so I wanted to be comfortable!

Outfit Details
Shirt: Autumn Olive Boutique purchased one year ago for $38 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased one year ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 351: Flying to Denver

Travel day! I’m so excited – I’ve never been to Denver, Colorado and today I’m headed there! This is for our quarterly team meeting and it’s one of my favorite summits. I take a lot of pride in what I do and I love the opportunity to share. Plus it’s always nice to sleep in a hotel and grab a beer with some of my favorite colleagues who work in other cities!

I originally purchased for a business conference when I was in high school! It’s still one of my favorite skirts in my closet because it’s so comfortable and stretchy. I pair it with this loose fit, black top. Whenever I travel, I try to take the fewest amount of clothes as possible!

Sound off: where’s your favorite place you’ve traveled for work?

Outfit Details
Top: LeTote (1 STATE Grommet Top) retails for $49 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (Halogen) purchased eight years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased one year ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 350: Pre-work Travel

This week I’m traveling for work, so today is my prep day. Unfortunately mid-day I found out that my trip will be a little shorter than expected – originally we were going to stay in Denver for two days, but now we’ll be there less than 24 hours. Definitely not ideal, but I’ll make it work. Plus now I have an excuse to go back (and bring L!).

I haven’t worn this skirt in a while, so today I built my entire outfit around it! Per usual, my office is an ice box, despite it being super nice outside, so I definitely needed a cardigan.

Outfit Details
Cardigan: Old Navy purchased one month ago for $4.98 (similar, similar)
Top: Fabletics purchased three years ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Skirt: ThredUp (J. Crew Factory) purchased two years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased one year ago for $50 (similar, similar)

 

Day 349: Breakfast and Puppies

I’m still recovering from a crazy past few days! This morning, a big group of us headed out for breakfast. Unfortunately, we are probably the toughest group to find a place to eat! We have vegans, vegetarians, and crazy allergies – so it took a while! After breakfast, we hit the road so we could stop by L’s parents on the way home.

Before we started driving, I did take a super quick nap with my friend’s 8 week old puppy! Now, I have puppy fever something fierce. L is staying strong that we don’t need another puppy, but I hope I’m starting to wear him down!

Today it was freezing – I don’t know what’s up with me and being a terrible packer lately. From here on out, I need to start checking out the weather beforehand! I did end up kidnapping L’s sweatshirt for most of the day!

Sound off: any crazy allergies?

Outfit Details
Top: Marshall’s purchased two years ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Shorts: Vineyard Vines given to me recently (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Birkenstock) purchased two years ago for $55 (similar, similar)

Day 348: Tarheel Ten Miler

I’m a little further behind on my running training than I’d like to admit – the last double-digit run I did was at my half marathon. Ever since I scraped my hands up, I haven’t run more than once a week. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous going into this Tarheel Ten Miler – especially after L’s horror stories of the hills! When we were lining up for the race bright and early this morning, I legitimately had no expectations (I also forgot my running watch and iPod, but that’s a different story). I was even mentally prepared if I needed to walk from mile 8 onwards. But I ended up running really strong. Around mile 9, I started to feel a little tired, but the idea of finishing outweighed my burning legs, so I went for it!

To be honest, not a lot of thought went into my race outfit – I just picked things that were clean and short for the race!

Sound off: are you training for anything?

Outfit Details
Top: From this road race
Bottoms: Nike stolen from LB (similar, similar)
Shoes: Asics purchased four months ago for $80 (similar, similar)