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: Sailing Towards the Weekend

Anthropologie blouse, J. Crew skirt, Ivanka Trump heels, J. Crew necklace, Michael Kors watch (old), J. Crew bracelet, TEXI Leather bag

Remember when I used to always wear business casual? Those were the days, right? WRONG. After four months of living in a business casual-free zone, my trip back to wearing office attire reminded me of just how uncomfortable it is. Now I remember why during my Bank of America days the first thing I did every day after work was put on sweatpants.

However, I am of the opinion that basically any blouse looks better paired with a pencil skirt than it does paired with jeans. For my business meeting on Wednesday I threw on my trusty sailboats blouse and dusted off my J. Crew pencil skirt. This actually wasn't my first outfit choice for the day - I was initially planning on wearing my favorite striped silk blouse, but a late-in-the-game stain discovery forced an eleventh hour outfit switcheroo. The boats ended up being a very comfy shirt to wear on the plane and in the 100-degree heat we encountered in L.A.

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Also, as you can see from these pictures, I was not kidding when I said that I carry my TEXI bag everywhere. In this purse I fit a laptop, an iPad, gifts for our business partners, a pair of flats, and all my normal purse items - wallet, keys, etc. Amazing.

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Is everyone excited for Labor Day weekend? I sure am. For some reason I've been looking forward to Labor Day like it's the first day of summer - I'm not sure that my brain has caught up with reality on the fact that this weekend will only be one day longer than a normal weekend. Regardless, my husband and I have already started putting together a list of all the fun things we want to do this weekend, including taking long walks every day, going out for an upscale dinner at Frances, playing some chess, sleeping in, baking (okay, that's mostly me), planning some upcoming trips, and tons of snuggling, of course.

I can only hope that you all have some really fun things in store as well - have a wonderful long weekend!

Dress Well: Matchy-Matchy

J. Crew shirt (similar), J. Crew skirt, Ivanka Trump heels (similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bangles, Tory Burch bag

This is about as non-matchy-matchy as it gets for me. Gingham with plaid?! I'm really going out on a limb here. However, donning this gingham shirt for work meant that me and one of my (male) coworkers accidentally matched all day...thus, the matchy-matchy outfit was born. I see it kind of like a team jersey - if you play sports in matching uniforms, why not work in matching clothes? Anything to enhance the team spirit, right?

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Last night was my going-away happy hour...I have the best coworkers in the world. More on that tomorrow. Have a great Thursday!

Dress Well: Professional Chambray

J. Crew shirt, J. Crew skirt, J. Crew belt, J. Crew cuff, Rag & Bone booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

This is what I wore to work yesterday. I've discovered that there's something about putting on a chambray shirt that makes heading into work on Monday morning just a little bit easier. I think it's a look that, when paired with a pencil skirt, says, "I'm ready to work, but I'm living for the weekend." In a totally appropriate an professional way, of course.

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DSC_7258There are so many silly, lighthearted things I wanted to write about today. I wanted to write about how the tan/burn line thing you can see going on with my ankles is the result of being like, "Yeah, reading on the roof in the bright sunlight in yoga crops with no sunscreen on my legs is totally a good idea." I wanted to write about how my husband adorably picked out this chambray shirt for me to wear to my first interview at Shopkick because he thought it was perfectly startup-appropriate. But all of that seems horribly, horribly inconsequential in light of the bombing attack on Boston yesterday. There has only been one other national tragedy of this scale during the six months I've been writing this blog, and it was the Newtown massacre. I refused to write anything about it the next day because I couldn't begin comprehend the depth of that tragedy. At that time I decided that this blog was an escape, and should stay that way, and dealt with the emotional fallout of that event by shutting myself in an office at work and sobbing for half an hour by myself. But this time, I want to write. I want to say that I still can't comprehend the depth of this kind of tragedy - what could possibly possess someone to target innocent victims at such a celebratory event goes beyond my powers of understanding. I want to say that I am truly, truly saddened by the fact that everyone in this country will feel a little less secure every time they are in a public place; that we will all now feel a small shudder of fear when we see strangers in our midst. And I want to say, like every other person in this world, that I want things like this to stop. Whatever caused this - extremism, mental illness, pure, unadulterated hatred - I want less of it in my world. I'm not sure how to go about that, but I feel like saying it is the first step.

I think it would be difficult to have a worse day today than we collectively had yesterday. I truly hope that, in the very least, that statement holds true. So have a better Tuesday. And tomorrow, we'll start getting back to normal. I promise.