Dress Well: Two Weeks Notice

J. Crew dress (old), Ivanka Trump heels, Anthropologie necklace (old), J. Crew bangles, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Coach sunglasses

Yes, friends, you read that correctly - this past Friday I handed in my two weeks notice at Bank of America, where I've worked for the past year and nine months.  Last week I was offered a job at Shopkick, a mobile shopping startup here in the Bay Area. Although I absolutely love my coworkers at Bank of America and am so appreciative of the comfortable life my job has enabled me to live here in San Francisco, I cannot wait to embark on this new journey with Shopkick. Every time I think about how I will now get to spend all day working with retailers in pursuit of making the shopping experience better for everyone, I get a thrill of excitement - I don't really know what it's like to love your job, but I think I'm about to find out!

If I had handed in my two weeks notice on a non-Friday weekday, this is the dress I would have worn (last seen here). However, since it was a Friday, I actually wore this. BUT you can bet your last dollar that I will spend the next two weeks getting as much wear out of my business casual clothing as possible before I transfer over into the casual startup environment, where my work clothes will consist of jeans, jeans, and more jeans! What's not to love about that?

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Dress Well: Weekend Blues

J. Crew vest (old), Madewell shirt, Paige jeans (similar), Rocket Dog boots, J. Crew necklace (similar), J. Crew bangle, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses

This outfit is pretty much my weekend uniform - my favorite jeans, a loose-fitting shirt, a puffer vest to keep me warm, and shoes that I can slip on and off easily when I'm driving around, running errands (am I the only one who can't stand driving with shoes on? Possibly...). Just looking at this outfit is making me wish it was the weekend again...DSC_3999

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Did you guys have a good weekend? Mine was good, albeit short. We had the macaroni & cheese at Citizen's Band on Friday night (only 98 more items to go on the 100 Things to Eat in SF Before You Die list!), got in a workout and a beautiful walk across the city on Saturday morning, had dinner with friends on Saturday night, and headed up to Napa yesterday for a fancy pizza party (more on that tomorrow!). Although I was sad to see the weekend end, I'm also excited for the next few days to pass - on Thursday evening I will be heading to Texas for a Rice reunion event and my mom's birthday. I know next weekend will be filled with good food, good friends, and bare legs (God bless Houston in March), so naturally I'm counting down the days! Have a great Monday!

Dress Well: This Is My Hipster Outfit

J. Crew cardigan (old; similar), J. Crew tee, Anthropologie skirt (old; similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bracelet (similar), J. Crew bangles, Old necklace, Rocket Dog boots, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses

This past Saturday I had to take a trip down to the Mission for a volunteer orientation at 826 Valencia. For those of you who don't live in San Francisco, the Mission is probably just like the most recently-gentrified neighborhood in your town. The Mission is where you can find the best food, the oddest crowd, and, of course, the biggest group of hipsters. At 826 Valencia, you can multiply the Mission's hipster effect by about 4 - it's a nonprofit tutoring center run by writers, so you know the people there love their thrift-shop accessories and baggy sweaters. All of this is to say that the last time I went to 826 Valencia I was wearing business casual, and I felt like the world's biggest sore thumb. So I decided I should step up the hipster-ness for this second visit. Clearly, I failed.

For me, the most hipster thing I could muster from my 75% J. Crew closet was throwing on boots with a skirt. Oh, and a long cardigan. Yes, I know, so daring. Luckily, the crowd ended up being not too hipster-y, so I think I blended in okay.

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DSC_1783To be honest, I debated for awhile on whether or not this outfit was blog-worthy. There isn't really anything edgy (or even printed) to it, so I thought it might just be too boring. But then I realized: this is how I dress. I probably wore this shirt and skirt together at least once a week every week for the last two years I lived in Houston. And now that I'm in San Francisco, I whip this outfit back out any time that it gets above 65 degrees. If I want to stay honest with you guys (and I do!) then this outfit deserves a spot on this blog. I hope y'all agree.

Have a great Presidents' Day!

Dress Well: Pattern and Spray Paint

Anthropologie blouse, Citizens for All Humanity jeans, Tory Burch bag (similar), Sam Edelman booties, Coach sunglasses

I think that every printed item in my closet has been given to me by a family member for Christmas or my birthday. This blouse is no exception. I am awful at forcing myself to buy patterned items, and thus 90% of my closet is filled with solid shirts, skirts, and pants. When my mother-in-law gave me this beautiful blouse for my birthday, I instantly loved it - I got to add a printed item to my closet without having to shop for it! Win-win. Paired with black pants, black boots, and a messy bun, it was the perfect outfit for a Sunday evening date.

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DSC_7974Despite being under the weather all day yesterday with an unpleasant stomach bug, I still managed to make time around my naps for some quality time with my husband, siblings, and the numerous family friends that come traipsing through our house on any given day. The holidays are truly the best time of the year.

Here's hoping that tomorrow is a healthier day! Enjoy your Tuesday.