Late last Thursday my boss’ boss reached out to me and asked if I’d be okay with letting a college student shadow me for the day. I jumped at the opportunity. I’m actually a bit of a nerd when it comes to these types of things. Plus as much as work can be tough, I genuinely like what I do.
My shadow arrived bright and early and we kicked off our day meeting everyone in the office. I’m a social butterfly to being with, so it was great to have a legitimate reason to walk around and talk to people. From there we went on to discuss some of the ins and outs about what I do and how her schooling could contribute to an environment like our Fortune 50 company. A part of me already feels a bit jaded – I remember being in college and feeling like I knew EVERYTHING and couldn’t wait to contribute to every part of the business with my great ideas. Now that I’m in the work force, I realize that in order for the whole business machine to run smoothly, we have to specialize on particular functions.
Anyways, what a fun day! Today I wore my go-to white jeans (I don’t believe in no white after labor day!) along with a fun new top I got for my birthday!
Top: LOFT gifted for my birthday (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased ten months for $41 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (exact, similar)
I’m all discombobulated from the past four days – I genuinely have no idea what day of the week it is. All I do know is that I have a mountain of work that needs to get done. So I headed off to our office building to power through some stuff on this wonderful Sunday. Even though no one should have to consistently work Sundays after a five day week, I really didn’t mind being in the building all alone. I blasted some music and knocked out some expense reports. Overall a successful Sunday, although I know I’m going to miss this day off tomorrow.
I was banking on seeing no one at the office, so I stayed comfortable in my old college t-shirt, neon pink socks, and my comfy old Birkenstocks. It definitely was not a fashion statement by any means, but I sure was comfy!
Top: College Top purchased three years ago for $10
Jeans: Gap purchased four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Birkenstocks given as a given eight years ago (similar, similar)
The first day back from a vacation is always a bit of a whirlwind. Today was my “oh shoot, why do I have 200 emails? Do I need to answer all of these?” minor panic day. After having last week to walk around and wake up when I want, I was almost tempted to head for the hills. I say almost because I know (1) I would probably go crazy not working and (2) I actually do love my job.
While I was gone, there were also several organization changes, which always is a bit uncomfortable. It wasn’t in my department, but it still articulates how quickly a company can change.
Today I wasn’t ready to wear pants yet, so I tossed on this dress I got last spring in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I feel like the colors are perfect for fall, so I’ve been holding on to it since then!
Dress: LOFT purchased eight months ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased three months ago for $60 (similar, similar)
For the past few months, I have participated in a mentorship circle. We have two mentors who lead our group and then there’s about ten mentorees. It’s been my favorite meeting of the month (and it’s not just because they feed us!).
I’ve mentioned it before, but I am so incredibly determined to be successful. In our mentorship circle, we often tackle the questions that haunt business women:
You can’t be a good mom and a good business woman.
You are too aggressive.
You are too ambitious.
It’s completely crazy that in today’s day and age that this is even a discussion. In college, I remember going to a talk with a stay-at-home dad. He told us that even though he was responsible for the homestead, if the kids were running around naked in the yard, the neighbors would think poorly of their mother.
To change this culture, we have to be supportive of all employees. We need to accept that dad’s can take care of children just as well as women. Women can lead a board meeting with confidence (and not arrogance).
I love fit and flare dresses – they work for my body perfectly. Plus they’re comfortable. I paired the dress with my go-to nude pumps from J. Crew. These things match everything – I’m so glad that I got these back when I was in college.
So what business myth are you trying to bust?
Dress: LeTote retails for $86 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Etsy purchased two years ago for $25 (similar)
Heels: J. Crew Factory purchased 3 years ago for $50 (exact)
I really like having these baby weeks. I breezed through this Friday at work because I feel like I haven’t even been working lately (and the truth is I haven’t really). Today I spend 85% of my day just trying to stay afloat – between catching up on emails and way too many meetings, I was swamped.
Which leads me to why I am so incredibly lame. Even though I only spent two days at the office this week, I was still so tired from traveling. Plus our laundry basket was overflowing to the point that it was starting to become a focal point in our bathroom. So tonight I spent cleaning up around the house, watching reruns of Drop Dead Diva, and going to bed early. When I say early, I mean my grandparents were probably up later than me tonight.
Today I built my entire outfit around this top. I actually stole it from my mom when I went to college freshman year! Since it’s casual Friday, I took advantage by wearing some black skinny jeans. I rounded off the outfit with these tan flats, which gives the outfit a fall-ish safari feel.
So anyone out there have anything more exciting planned for the weekend?
Top: J. Crew stolen from my mama six years ago (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Marshall’s (Steve Madden) purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Here’s to my first full week at work. I do not think I’m going to like it. I’m just kidding, but I am happy that we’re working towards a long weekend!
Since I took three days off last week, I went into today know that it was going to be crazy – like 200+ emails crazy. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Today I’m back to wearing real clothes, so I decided to keep it loose and casual. This top is from J. Crew Factory and I have around six of these in various colors. What can I say – I’m a creature of habit (and convenience)! My mom gave me this necklace and there’s so many colors in it, so sometimes it can be hard to match.
Any fun combos you love to mix?
Top: Top purchased three years ago (exact, similar)
Pants: J. Crew purchased second-hand three years ago (similar, similar)
Shoes: Marshall’s (Steve Madden) purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
I’m not actually hungover, but I feel the same effects: slight discomfort from these florescent overhead lights, general unease from looking at a screen all day, fatigue and soreness in my body from water sports yesterday. Basically I’m making the decision that we all need a weekend recovery day to avoid this terrible ailment. Seriously, how great would it be to have an extra day to do laundry and watch television?
I guess that’s what yesterday in theory should be, but why do laundry while you can drink wine and paint with your best friend? Yesterday I had a slumber party with LB, my best friend in ATL, and we drank a sparking red wine from my favorite company Winc and watched Anastasia (yes, the animated one). Did anyone else know that Anastasia was found a few years ago? Or that the movie is being turned into a play? You should watch animated movies with your smart friend (every group has one) more often too.
Anyways, this morning LB and I were totally planning on getting up early to work out. At 5:30am, she woke me up and asked if I was ready to get up. When I said no, LB said “Good, me either,” and we went back to sleep. Classic post-long weekend morning.
Anyways, onto the fashion(ish) part. This outfit was actually something I wanted to wear last week, but it was jeans week so this outfit got put on the back burner. L says it makes me look like a 50’s housewife, but he also couldn’t tell the difference between yoga pants and leggings for two YEARS, so we can’t trust him anyway.
Are any of you experiencing the ‘workplace hangover?’
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased two months ago for $30 (exact, similar)
Skirt: LeTote (OCTAVIA Faux Suede Skirt) available for $78 (similar, similar)
Heels: Sam Edelman purchased one year ago for $80 (similar, similar)