Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekend and Work

 Tank - Armani Exchange, altered
Jeans - Gap, thrifted
Shoes - Merrell, thrifted (NWT!)

Here's a little triple play! Our weather goes from one extreme to the other. Sunday was so hot, I wore this cami to show off my tattoos. It's rare I get to show them all off, but it was warm enough for me to! 

And long story short, it got cold. I had to go to work, I'm obsessed with purple, and I can't manage to get a post written to save my life right now.

So here's a very short, but picture heavy post to get me updated. Sorry about the lack of brands on the other two. I'm completely brain dead tonight.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Starting from scratch

 Shirt - Liz Clairbourne, thrifted
Skirt - thrifted
Socks - Sock Dreams
Shoes - Riker Anti-Stress

So ends my first full week at my new job. I love it. I really do. I'm doing something that helps people, that I'm capable of, that didn't require years of my life drained away with no experience. 

I really really love my new job. I'll probably say it a thousand more times, because I feel like I found where I need to be in my life right now.

However, I'm still struggling on one major front - clothes!! My current lifestyle calls for a very different need than I had two weeks ago. I had a crash-shop last weekend, picking up several new things from the thrift store, but unfortunately, the downside to shopping for BULK means I don't always find that RIGHT thing.

Example A: ---okay, example A was perfect. I loved this outfit. The skirt isn't the most flattering on me, but I love the shirt.

Example B: awesome trousers that I LOVED, had to take them in slightly at the waist - midday one of the seams popped at the edge. The shirt is alright. Not the best fit in the world, but comfortable.

Example C: Love the shirt. The skirt?? ATE MY SIDE UP. Omg, I came home red from the hook and eye closure. I'm going to try to fix it because I love the skirt, but it was literally painful to wear all day.

I've got a decent mix of clothes that will keep me going for a few weeks. I plan on rebuilding my closet (again) from nearly the ground up. I've culled a lot from my wardrobe, and have a lot more on the chopping block.

Would anyone be interested in a Shop My Closet before I sent off to goodwill? I'll have S/M sizes as well as 4/6/8.

Outfit 1: Shirt - Harvard Bernard, thrifted
Trousers - uuhh..?? thrifted
Shoes - Arche

Outfit 2: Shirt - thrifted
Skirt - Cato, thrifted
Socks - sock dreams
Shoes - Naot

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Color my world

Blouse - Dro-ri, thrifted
Cardigan - Simply Vera, thrifted
Trousers - Gap, thrifted
Shoes - Naot

Getting a job has literally changed my life. I'm loving every minute of my busy busy schedule. It's nice being challenged. I'm still learning so much, constantly asking questions, but I'm helping people every day and it makes me feel good.

My MIL took me out over the weekend to pick up some new things to wear to work as I'm still waitin' for  the new paycheck to start up. I needed more work appropriate pieces. 

Of course I could never be boring with my wardrobe. Bright colors! Drapey tops! Unique trousers. Comfortable knits.

I'm super sad that I found a significant snag in the above blouse. I thought I'd finally found a replacement for my old favorite All Saints navy shirt, but it looks like another in the rubbish.


Sweater - Ann Taylor, thrifted
Trousers - Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Boots - Frye, ebay

I've loved getting dressed lately, but sometimes the camera hasn't loved me. This particular outfit was raspberry and beige stripes with eggplant colored trousers. On my screen it's red and black. X_X

I think I'm going to attempt a dress soon and see how that works. I move a lot at my job, so trousers have been the norm, but if my office is as hot in summer as its been lately, I'll definitely want the dresses!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Home Office

Shirt - Amanda Smith, thrifted
Cardigan - Thakoon for target, gift from Lynne
Trousers - Eddie Bauer, thrifted
Sneakers - Arche, ebay
Necklace - gift

I survived! I had my first full day at my home office instead of the office I was being trained in. I was flying free on my training (and asking lots and lots of questions of my wonderful coworkers). But I survived.

I totally changed my outfit three times this morning. I'm trying very hard to maintain a certain level of professionalism, not dressing down too much in the office. Of course, I regretfully keep falling back onto my two pairs of black pants bought in preparation for my expected food service jobs. I'm hoping to change that soon and get some more interesting trousers/skirts into rotation. (Though this cream shirt? I'd love it in all the colors. Need moar of these.)

Arche shoes win again. For an office job, I'm on my feet A LOT. Which is great, in my opinion. I'm never bored or idle for long. But I do have fairly fussy feet. (Say that three times fast!) So I'm learning a lot about my current shoe collection based on which ones I can manage to wear. 

Naots, of course, are the most comfortable, but my Arche ones are good too. I'm hoping to bring my Fluevogs out for a spin next week. No matter what job it is, supportive shoes are a MUST.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Coord

 
Top - Lundstrom, thrifted
Skirt - uh.. loft?, thrifted (I forgot)
Shoes - Naot, ebay

So I announced the big news when I was officially signed on. I have a new position in an office job, which is a totally new world for me. I've been training for my new position and absolutely adore it. The work really suits me.

And so does the opportunity to GET DRESSED! It's exciting to actually have a reason to dress up and look nice. I wore the cotton skirt to my first day with this lovely l/s tee. It's apparently a Canadian brand (Made in Canada) and the pattern was right up my style alley.

I didn't love the socks with this look, but I am in dire need of a trip to Sock Dreams (name droppin' fo' love not profit). I'm actually in need of a whole new wardrobe infusion. We're allowed jeans on occasion, but in my opinion, I'd rather just stick with non-jeans based outfits and continue expanding my style that way.

Cardigan - Olivia moon, thrifted
Tank tunic - Kenneth Cole, thrifted
Skinnies - Joe's Jeans, thrifted
Oxford - Sperry, ebay

And speaking of style, nothin' says hello coworkers like some loud stripes. I wore a long tunic and long cardigan over a pair of skinnies. Not my favorite/most professional look ever, but I liked the end result. The shoes killed my feet though. I hope they break in, because so far, they're not looking like they'll stick around.

I love how my life has turned around. It's not without stress. It's a lot of new things to learn, very quickly, but I'm making lots of notes to study and working hard to get up to par asap. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Employed!

Shirt - Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Jeans - Chico's, thrifted
Oxfords - Sperry, ebay

Apologies for the radio silence over here on MMD, but I'm happy to say, I'm finally employed! I've been job hunting through a rough winter, but both the sun and hope have turned up at a great time. 

My favorite part (aside from working for a great company) is I have a reason to get dressed! Hopefully it will mean more blogging from me, more inspired dressing and some reflections on a learning curve of a first time job.

My first bit of advice to those on the job hunt: Don't give up. Apply everywhere, talk to everyone. It's frustrating, but getting your foot in the door is priority number one. The only places I heard back from were places I kept up with. As an applicant, be present. Remind them you exist.

And never forget to mention your life experience. I had very few paid jobs in my life, but I have been a volunteer for nearly a million different things, I've been a caregiver, a student, and I've been active in volunteering in places like animal shelters and libraries - two of my favorite passions. Don't neglect those important things! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

One Dollar Plaid Dress

Dress - Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted
Socks - sock dreams
flats - Naot
Bee Necklace - gift from Tamera

The thrifting gods were on my side. I took a couple of bucks into Goodwill, looking for some long sleeves (to cover my tattoos during interviewing, or possible work). I came across this super cute dress for $1. I have Issues with sleeves, as in I don't really like to wear them. I have longer arms than most shirts are cut for, wider shoulders too.

I liked the way it was cut, though, and the sleeves were plenty long! I called it a huge score and wore it happily. I also took along my bee necklace for a little extra luck. 

Working on one's life, improving it all around is hard, but I feel like I'm finally working out of the funk I got into this winter. I owe thanks to a lot of people for helping me through the rough time, but I'm seeing the literal and figurative sun on the horizon.


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