Dress Well: Back to Business

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J. Crew dress (very similar), J. Crew heels, J. Crew necklace (no longer available), Michael Kors watch (old), Tory Burch bag (updated version), Tory Burch sunglasses (old)

This blog post title has layers, man!

It's a Tuesday after a long weekend, so this morning I am {begrudgingly} back to business. However, I must admit that my re-entry to the working world after an extended weekend is not so bad--I'm working from home today because I have a client meeting here in San Francisco this afternoon. I will then be going to a work dinner at my favorite restaurant, so really this workday is as close to a weekend day as a workday could possibly get.

Speaking of being back to business, my business meeting in Dallas last week gave me the opportunity to pull out this old J. Crew dress, heralding my {brief} return to business casual. While I miss wearing pencil skirts, tailored dresses, and button-down blouses to work exactly zero percent, I will say that slipping into business casual clothing every once in awhile makes you feel powerful. I've also decided that that I no longer aspire to "look like a million bucks" when getting dressed up for work events. Instead, my aim from here on out will be to dress like someone to whom you would feel comfortable giving a million bucks. In my estimation, this dress is one of those outfits. (Although here in Silicon Valley the million-dollar outfit generally consists of cargo shorts and flip-flops. Maybe I should try that.)

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DSC_7859Back later this week with more outfits and my take on this year's Best Picture nominees!

Dress Well: The Puffy Shirt

J. Crew blouse (old), J, Crew pencil skirt, Ivanka Trump heels (similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bracelet (similar), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Tory Burch sunglasses

Wednesday was predestined to be a good day. First off, it was warm in San Francisco (THIS NEVER HAPPENS). Secondly, I had a very fun little meeting to go to (check back on Monday for details about that!), and third, I had a cocktail reception to attend for my favorite charity. So I busted out the puffy shirt. My mom bought this shirt for me back in 2010 for our family's Christmas card photo shoot, and I've loved it ever since. While the sight of this shirt often terrifies my dry cleaner (so many ruffles!) and the ruffles look a bit different after every wash, I never tire of it. If you have to wear professional clothing, I feel like a puffy, ruffly shirt is really the way to go. Of course, I spilled red salsa down my right side at lunch on Wednesday, thus shattering the "I'm a professional!" illusion, but oh well. I don't think I own a single piece of clothing that doesn't have food stains on it.

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DSC_6551I have such an exciting Friday in front of me - I hope the same is true for you as well. Enjoy your Friday, enjoy your weekend, and I will see you back here on Monday!

Dress Well: Bibbed for Business

If you've seen this blouse before, it's because you read Cupcakes & Cashmere and saw this post, which inspired in me an almost instant obsession. I went to Club Monaco's website every day for a couple of weeks after reading that post just to look at this shirt and try to figure out whether or not I should buy it. {True story. Pathetic, I know.} One day, it disappeared from their online store {and I went into a deep mourning}. A few weeks later, one of my good friends was in the store, saw it, called me {she recognized it because I had talked about it multiple times - can this story get sadder?}, and then bought it for me - we couldn't let it get away!

After the saga of actually obtaining the shirt {are you bored yet?} I had to decide where it should make its debut. I settled on a big portfolio review meeting that my team at work had with some higher-ups in the bank. I'm the only girl in my group, so I wanted to wear something feminine, stylish, yet professional {a surprisingly difficult balance to strike!}. I think this shirt ended up being the perfect fit. This outfit made me feel like I was radiating confidence - the perfect feeling to have in an important meeting!

Another integral part of this outfit: my Ivanka Trump heels. {I enjoyed the ode to them over at Adorn Yourself Accordingly.} I feel less self-conscious about being the only woman in the group at work if I can put myself at eye level with the guys. I'm 5'6", so these shoes put me at a solid 5'10". I'd just rather not have anyone looking down at me at work, either physically or metaphorically, you know? I bet you do. Enjoy your Thursday.