Category Archives: Skirts

Day 317: Not Okay

Recently I read an article in Glamour called I Didn’t Realize I Was Depressed Until I Quit My Job to “Grow Out My Eyebrows”.  When I was reading one section reverberated from my head to my heart.

There was a pressure in my gut to succeed, and I felt physical pain when I failed. Every closed door at the office meant my imminent firing was being discussed. Every time a supervisor asked if a project was completed and it wasn’t, I experienced an all-consuming feeling that I was a failure. Doing well at work became an addiction; I needed success to survive.

Reading that paragraph was my “oh sh*t” moment. Even as a pseudo-blogger, I struggle with what is the best way, the most relatable way to portray myself over the interwebs. Do I write about my professional success, managing an $80 million marketing budget? Or maybe I should tell the story about how at Christmas I had a full blown panic attack at my mom’s because I couldn’t deal with her golden retriever’s hair everywhere? Maybe I should try and strike a balance and write about how I struggle through and hide the weaker parts of me and I “handle it.”

Right now as a society, we’re obsessed with extremes. It’s okay to be vulnerable but real women are powerhouses. I’m lost, trying to find the acceptable balance to command respect, showcase my accomplishments, and still be a human being. I flash to the Olivia Pope character, always figuring it out and never dealing with or addressing the key issues. Then I think of every “love yourself” article I’ve seen floating around Facebook. Both sentiments seem trendy and right, but only in its extreme form.

So which side is more relevant – my perfect life or my dark holes? More important? Why do we feel like we have to pick a side? I’m teetering between being strong and being real. So as my commitment to any of my readers (hi mom!), I promise to show both sides. I believe it’s okay to feel what you feel – after all, there’s nothing wrong with being as well dressed as Olivia Pope while eating ice cream and guzzling wine on a tough day. You do you.

Outfit Details
Top: ThredUp purchased recently using credits (similar, similar)
Skirt: Halogen purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Heels: Nordstrom Rack (Ralph Lauren) purchased two years ago for $90 (similar, similar)

Day 296: Lunch with Friends

Today I grabbed lunch with one of my first friends at my job. She was in a rotational program, so she’s been in New York City for the past six months, but now she’s back in Atlanta! Even though we work in completely different departments, it’s always so much fun to catch up with someone who went through the same Atlanta trials and tribulations with me. 

Stripes are my favorite thing after sushi and sleep, so I love finding new ways to wear them! I’ve had this skirt for a long time, but I decided to mix it up with a belt!

Sound off: how did you make new friends in your city?

Outfit Details
Top: Gap purchased second-hand two years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom (Halogen) purchased six years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: American Eagle gifted for Christmas ten years ago (similar, similar)

Day 295: HOA Board

Remember when I decided to be on the HOA board was a good idea? Yeah, one month in and I’m starting to realize how much work it is! Tonight we had our first official meeting at our HOA board president’s house. I never realized how much goes into running these types of things. We kicked off the meeting with a long-winded discussion of the previous board, which hurt my little efficient heart. Anyways, I was voted Secretary (something about marketing people being good at writing?) and we talked about all the things we needed to do to keep the integrity of our complex. It was actually kinda scary and I’m glad that I’m not a full-blown homeowner yet because there’s a lot to consider.

Today I was feeling like layering. This skirt is one of my favorites, but its helm was messed up for a while and I finally got it fixed! I’m excited to start rotating it back into my rotation.

Outfit Details
Cardigan: J. Crew purchased second-hand two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: ThredUp (J. Crew Factory) purchased second-hand one year ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Skirt: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Marshall’s (Aerosoles) purchased four months ago for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 288: Girls Night with Lexie

Some days you just need a girls’ night. Today we had all day meetings with some of our corporate team. Let’s just put it this way: all of the coffee was gone before the meeting was half-way over. It was a long day. On the way home from work, I stopped at LB’s – which turned into an impromptu girl’s night. It was much needed – we haven’t caught up or vented in so long. All I can say is thank goodness I have LB!

Since our corporate team was here, I wanted to look presentable! I bought this skirt a while ago (ironically while shopping with LB) but I haven’t worn it in a while. It used to be a little on the tighter end, but I guess those 5:30am barre classes are helping!

Sound off: what’s your favorite girl’s night activity?

Outfit Details
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased one year ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Skirt: LOFT purchased two years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 287: President’s Day

I swear I’m the only one working today. I know that’s completely inaccurate, but this morning I left for work when L was still sleeping. Basically I’m just insanely jealous. Granted, he’s going to study all day for his actuarial exam, so maybe I shouldn’t be too jealous. Anyways, this week I’m back into the swing of things with no travel, which is partly relieving and partly nerve-racking. For the first time since I’ve been at my company, my marketing hasn’t produced the way I was expecting – so we’re in a mad scramble. I’ve been skipping lunch and working late – it’s completely not sustainable.

Today I had a few meetings with some important folks, so I wanted to wear a skirt! I haven’t worn this skirt in a long time – my mom actually got it for me for Christmas to celebrate me getting an internship in college. Something about the subdue colors remind me of New York City – although my heels are about 5 inches too short to be NYC-approved!

Sound off: did you get today off from work?

Outfit Details
Top: LOFT purchased second-hand three years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Macy’s (Ralph  Lauren) gifted for Christmas six years ago (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 282: Treadmill Hogs

Waking up in a quiet hotel is one of the best feelings! Today I woke up bright and early to workout in the hotel gym to prep for my half marathon. I was shocked that at 6am the gym was popping. Even more unfortunate – there was a couple of chatty Cathy’s on the only two treadmills who were talking and walking slower than my grandma with one lung does. So after being relegated to the stationary bike, I still had the pleasure of hearing the two ladies talk through my headphones. Oh well.

Today I spend the entire day in meetings, but it was great to hang out with my counterparts from our other divisions. Not going to lie, I can’t wait to get home to my handsome fiancé!

Outfit Details
Top: LOFT gifted for my birthday (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom (Halogen) purchased six years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom (Halogen) purchased six years ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 276: Tarheels

Tonight is the Carolina vs. Duke game! I don’t actually care too much, but part of the agreement when you date a Tarheel is at least pretending to care. We had a few friends over for the game (and more importantly, we had pizza over for dinner). Unfortunately the game didn’t go well – maybe our new TV is bad luck? Even though I needed to wrap up a few things for work during the game, it was great to be surrounded by good friends and a nice cold Blue Moon didn’t hurt.

Looking back at this outfit, I’m realizing I looked a little like Peter Pan, but whatever. This shirt was stolen from my mom when I moved down to Atlanta and I totally forgot about it! We’re in a cold snap down here, so I grabbed a pair of tights (miraculously one without a run).

Outfit Details
Top: J. Crew Factory stolen from my mom three years ago (similar, similar)
Skirt: J. Crew purchased second-hand three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Boots: Franco Sarto gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)