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!
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)
Date night tonight! Like I mentioned yesterday, L’s parents are visiting this weekend. We decided to go to dinner and the movies. L’s parents are from a small-ish town in North Carolina, so we figured they would LOVE the AMC theater with the amazing recliners near our house.
This dress is actually the dress I wore to my high school graduation. I wish I could say that this is the only thing I own from high school, but I’m still holding onto a lot! I went to a regional high school that was known for our amazing girls’ basketball team (and a football scandal in the late 1990s).
I actually have a funny story about these shoes. About a year ago, I ordered these shoes from Nordstrom Rack. About a week later, I got these boots in the mail (in my size no less)! I contacted Nordstrom Rack, but they were out of the sandals I originally ordered, so they let me keep these boots. A $100+ deal I was extremely willing to make.
Any one still have some things from high school?
Chambray: J. Crew Factory purchased three years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Dress: Purchased from a boutique in Martha’s Vineyard six years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Boots: Nordstrom Rack (Diesel) sent accidentally one year ago (similar, similar)
Bag: Michael Kors gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)
Serious, TGIF! You know that one person at work that you’re weirdly competitive with and they’re not really the most pleasant to work with? That’s your work rival. Mine has been in full-force the past few days. Since I do want to keep my job, so I’m going to keep this positive – so here are a five ways to be a good co-worker:
- Eliminate the passive aggressive emails – seriously can we please ban the phrases “please advise” and “waiting on your response”. I get it, you have some stuff to do. Fun fact: we’re all busy (or else there would be no point in having both of us). Practice patience and stop making me re-evaluate every. single. email.
- Think – this one should be self-explanatory, but it’s amazing how many people struggle with this one. I’m guilty of it too sometimes, but just take thirty seconds to read an email before firing back a response. Have a goal or a reason for doing things. Know your audience. Just think.
- Say ‘thank you’ – this is huge. We all work way too hard to be treated like garbage in the ATL heat. If someone stayed late last night so something could be button-upped for you, say thank you. If someone brings in coffee or donuts, say thank you.
- Invite everyone – I learned this rule in fourth grade when my mom made me invite my then-rival to my birthday party against my will (we had the same name and I was bad at sharing). I totally get that Outlook invites sometimes get a little messed up, but don’t plan dinners after work with the whole crew minus one. It’s rude.
- Be helpful – yes, we all have a job description. But if we don’t help each other out (or as my boss loves to say “learn to swim in each other’s lanes”), we will not be efficient as a team. Maybe it’s just me, but inefficiencies legit hurt my soul. If you can help by slowing down for ten seconds to explain something to me, it can save an hour of my day. Let’s all stop running in circles like my pup Stormy trying to catch his stub tail.
Whew, I feel a lot better now. Let’s get onto my outfit! Today I’m tired, so I wanted to be comfy at work – usually I’d reserve this outfit for the weekend. This sweatshirt kinda looks like a shirt and these jeans are actually a touch too big – so I’m just gearing up for the weekend!
Shirt: Marshall’s purchased four months ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Jeans: LeTote (Levi’S 711 Skinny Plum Jean) retails for $44 (exact)
Shoes: Sperry purchased two years for $60 (similar, similar)
L and I haven’t been on a date night in forever. I genuinely cannot remember the last time just the two of us went out, so tonight we planned the most cliche date night combo: dinner and a movie. Plot twist: the movie didn’t start until 10:45 – yes we’re so young and hip going to a late night movie! (Disclaimer, I had to take a nap to prepare. I’m old).