So, really nothing in this post is new. In fact, I’ve had this dress for years. The faux-wrap, empire waist silhouette, and the black and white pattern, make it what I’d like to think is a timeless piece, while the white pumps make it a little more current. I tend to bring this dress out quite a bit in the summer time, because it’s sleeveless (good for the Arkansas summer heat) and easy to throw on. I love the shape of these pumps, too. I think they look more expensive than they were when I bought them.
I’ve been thinking about it, and I probably won’t have a bunch of new stuff every time I write a post. While it would be awesome to have THAT many clothes and shoes and purses and jewelry, realistically I just don’t have an unlimited budget. (You know, like most people). Plus, my style formula is definitely not about having the most trendy pieces every second. For one thing, it’s exhausting to keep up with every single trend. Also, chasing of-the-moment items isn’t really style. It’s good to focus on finding what works for you. Over the years, I think I’ve definitely been able to hone in on what I like and what works for my body shape. Most of the time I also find that I’m fairly practical when I go shopping. I try to keep two rules in mind: 1.) I have to love the item (or else why buy it?), and 2.) I have to be able to get my money’s worth out of it (to me that generally means at least 1 wear per $1 spent). These rules pretty much eliminate items that are super trendy, and the latest fads don’t always lend themselves to be easily worn to the office.
A striped skirt has pretty much been on my shopping list for years, so I’m super excited that it was finally in the cards for me to own one! Plus it was on sale! And the midi length is on-trend. I also LOVE it in dress form, here. Right now the skirt is an extra 40% off and the dress is 30% off with the code GOSHOPPING. It doesn’t get any better than that. Also, if you’re looking for a way to feel cool in the summer time without bearing your arms, I highly recommend a light-weight blousy top like this one. Mine is old from the Loft, but here are some similar styles:
This week’s to do list is jam-packed for me. I’ve got a number of projects in the works and I’m gearing up to start law school in the fall. It’s shaping up to be quite the busy summer! I’ve been thinking about creating a summer bucket list to make sure I’m finding ways to take full advantage of my summer “break” while it lasts. I definitely want to go hiking, visit the pool a few times, read some more books, and go to a baseball game. One thing I was able to cross off my (yet-to-be-written) list, is seeing the new Jurassic World movie. If you liked any of the first three movies, I would definitely go check it out. It was AWESOME! What things would you put on a summer bucket list?
Hope you had a great weekend and that your work week is off to a great start!
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Another long shirt! I was doing some online shopping last weekend, and J.Crew was having a great sale. I found this shirt, and I HAD to have it. I really enjoy leaving it untucked, but no matter if you don’t. The beauty of its length is that you can wear it with anything – tucked or untucked – including all sorts of skirts and pants.
This week I’ll be working on some new grant projects and planning for a couple of trips coming up this summer. Meanwhile, I’ll be daydreaming of being outside because it’s been gorgeous and very hot. I LOVE the summer time.
Hope you are enjoying the weather where you are, too!
Today I had a meeting and a lunch celebrating a dear friend who is a professor and just received tenure. I wanted something that looked nice but was also easy to throw on. Let me just say, it doesn’t get any easier than an LBD that essentially has a built-in statement necklace. The look seems kind of dressy for day, perhaps, but a. who cares and b. I think I mitigated the dressiness by wearing flats.
The dress I’m wearing is old from Banana Republic, but here are some other options available right now:
I love the shape, pattern, and length of this skirt. I already wore it once for the blog, which you can see here. I love how versatile it can be in terms of what color or style of top you can wear with it. It basically functions like a neutral.
By the way, I was thinking the other day, reflecting on a job I used to have. It was my first job right out of college. It wasn’t a place I had expected to work, but it was the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. I graduated on a Saturday and started working the following Monday. The type of work I was doing also seemed to fit perfectly with my interests. I knew all along I’d wanted to pursue a graduate degree and I’d thought that I was just getting the job temporarily until I was ready to go back to school.
When I actually got the job, however, I decided to open myself up to the idea that it might actually be a place where I could develop a career. Eventually though, I realized that I didn’t enjoy working there and that I did want to go back to school.
Which is pretty much a short way of describing how I ended up where I am today, working on a concurrent Masters in Public Administration and Juris Doctorate all while interning at a local municipality. What I did wrong at that previous job, however, was not doing my best while I was there. Looking back at my experience there now, I wish I had done a better job learning new skills such as working with social media and blogging, and honing others, like writing press releases and other types of news stories. Ultimately, what I would advise other people to do is, if you find yourself at a job that you don’t plan on staying at forever, you should still try to find ways to make the most of your experience. Learn everything you can and make sure that when you look back, even if you didn’t love the job, you can still say you gave it your best.