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!
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)
Ugh, work has not been fun lately. Lots of different things have been frustrating me, and it’s been compounding for months. I think everyone goes through the whole “you win some, you lose some” but lately work has been really hard and unrewarding. Plus the women I work with have been on their A-game in the being catty and rude department. I think I need a vacation, but with this wedding in the fall, L and I are being super stingy with our time!
Although my outfit feels vaguely “on point,” my little boxing gloves on my hands do look a little ridiculous! I’ve actually worn this dress a few times, but this bright cardigan revitalizes it!
Sound off: any tips for staying motivated at work?
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Dress: Banana Republic Outlet purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman purchased second-hand for $30 (similar, similar)
My day started incredibly early, so I guess it’s going to end pretty early as well! Today my plans for my Q3 marketing program were due – so my morning started at 3am. I don’t know why I’m so weird but I cannot stay up late to save my life; instead I always end up getting up super early instead. Anyways, my prep went great and my meetings went even better. Now I can’t wait to be lame and go to bed super early. The glorious life of a twenty-something.
Today comfort was paramount. I took advantage of casual Friday with my black jeans and paired it with a faux blazer that’s essentially a sweatshirt.
Sound off: Are you a night owl or early riser?
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Blazer: LeTote (NOIR Round Neck Jacket) retails for $78 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Adidas) purchased six months for $70 (similar, similar)
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?
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)
A tiny part of my hoped that work would be cancelled today – but all the ice has already melted and there’s nothing white left on Atlanta’s roads. Since I’m sure everyone else is getting sick and tired of hearing me talk about the weather, let’s move on.
Anyways, today was just what we call in my line of work BAU, or business as usual. Actually funny story, when I first started working, everyone kept saying “let’s just run with BAU” and “the BAU is fine.” Eventually through context clues I figured out they weren’t referencing Criminal Minds‘ behavioral analysis unit, but it still took me about four months to find out what BAU means!
These pants I bought over a year ago, but they were about two inches too long for me (even with heels!). A month ago I finally brought them to the tailors and I’m so glad I did. It’s like having a new pair of pants! I matched it with this wishbone necklace my mom got me for Christmas and kept the rest of the outfit super simple.
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased one year ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Gifted from my mom (similar, similar)
Pants:ThredUp (J. Crew) purchased one year ago for $25 (similar, similar)
Heels: J. Crew Factory purchased 3 years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
This month at work we’ve had some specialty days organized by our company’s social committee. There were lots that made sense – like our company mocha bar (never turn down free coffee) and the ugly holiday sweater day. I even understood the crazy holiday socks day. But today was scarf day. Which I participated in because apparently I’m a follower, but I still don’t understand. Are scarves festive? Are scarves even necessary when it’s 60 degrees out in Atlanta? Some one please shed some insight for me.
Despite my general confusion about the purpose of scarf day – I still had fun dressing up for it! The skirt is a nice thicker wool material, which is great as these temperatures start to creep down. I couldn’t resist pairing my new sneakers with this girly outfit to make it more comfortable. This whole athleisure trend is an A+ in my book.
Sound off: what’s the weirdest office tradition you have?
Top: Fabletics purchased one year ago for $14 (similar, similar)
Skirt: J. Crew purchased second-hand three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Adidas) purchased recently for $70 (similar, similar)
Scarf: Unknown – maybe stolen from my mom? (similar, similar)
Today I saw a quote from Malcolm Gladwell that said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master. Figuring a 40-hour average work week, that means it would take 4 years, 10 months, and 2 weeks to become a master at your profession. In a world where my friends from college are getting promotions left and right in cultures that don’t adhere to linear and structured career progression, I’m getting twitchy. As some of my older co-workers might say, this is my ‘millennial tendency.’ Which if you’ve followed my blog at all, I think that excuse is complete bulls****.
I think from a personal standpoint, I’ve always had trouble with the whole patience thing (just ask my finance L or my best friend LB). I’m always looking for ways to optimize and gain efficiencies. I get frustrated by superfluous structure that impedes growth and creativity. I love to look at new ways to do things, because no matter what industry you’re in, your customers are looking down new paths. I like predicting what’s coming next and I love engaging in a debate that challenges me to think of things differently.
When a workplace isn’t structured to make that four years, ten months, and two weeks a learning environment, it’s easy to get frustrated. But I still love the concept behind Gladwell’s quote. Although I think our workplace environment can be greatly improved, I can keep my education going. I can work towards my 10,000th hour, knowing that the journey will force me to learn about patience and my field.
From an outfit standpoint, I wanted something easy and breezy (side note: I totally have the new ANTM on my DVR. WOHOOO). This dress is super comfortable and easy to wear with anything! Since we were expecting a chilly day, I tossed on some tights. I added leopard flats for a fun print and viola! Perfect Tuesday-that-feels-like-a-Monday outfit!
Dress: LeTote purchased eight months ago for $14 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew purchased second-hand one year ago for $30 (similar, similar)