Dress Well: New Blue

Madewell dress, Old tights, Rag & Bone booties, Old necklace, Anthropologie bag (old), Ray Ban sunglasses

New haircut (albeit a super-subtle one), new favorite dress. Heck, I'm celebrating the fact that I'm wearing something that isn't jeans - are you guys sick of my sweaters + jeans + booties combinations yet?

Isn't it amazing how perfect cobalt blue and orange are suited to each other? Either they're a natural pair or all the University of Florida grads in my husband's family are starting to get to me. That could be it.

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DSC_6890Something tells me your life is much like mine these days - your day consists of school or work and your night consists of hours of watching the Olympics, with very little in between. Did I nail it? I knew it.

Have a great Wednesday!

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: Cobalt and Camel

J. Crew turtleneck, J. Crew skirt, Ivanka Trump heels, J. Crew necklace (old; love this one), Michael Kors watch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Coach sunglasses

Since joining the 9-5 (or 9-6, or 9-7...) working world, I feel that I've discovered the truth behind "look good, feel good, play good." There's nothing that gets me through a Monday morning (or Tuesday morning, or Wednesday morning...) quite like throwing on an outfit I feel great in. My brain might not want to be at work, but if my clothes say I want to be there, then I can usually convince myself that I want to be there after all.

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DSC_2897I bought this skirt and an identical black version for 60% off from J. Crew. Even though the skirt was only available two sizes larger than what I usually wear, it was so cheap that it was worth it to order it on sale and then have it tailored down to my size. I couldn't be happier with my decision to do that - there's no way this skirt would fit me as well if I had bought my normal size. My only mistake? Going to the tailor to get it fitted right after being sick. Nothing quite like getting your clothes tailored to a skinnier version of yourself to get you to skip that after-lunch cookie!

Have a great day!

Dress Well: Cobalt Campaign

J. Crew dress (similar shape), J. Crew necklace, J. Crew bracelet (love this one), Tory Burch bag, Ivanka Trump heels (very similar)

This is the kind of outfit that makes me want to write this blog. There's just something about this dress that makes me feel like I am emanating intelligence and capability. I would wear this dress to campaign events if I were running for president. I would wear it to a job interview. I would wear it to meet new people. I think everyone feels just that much more confident in clothes that fit beautifully, and I think it's important to harness that in your life, especially in decisive moments where the judgment of others has direct bearing on your future. Read just about any psychology study ever done on appearance and you will find that judges will pick the most attractive, best-dressed of the candidates presented to them almost every time. It might not be fair, but it's the way the world works and there is no reason why opportunities should pass you by because you were too afraid to turn that bias in your favor.

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This dress has one other beautiful detail, an exposed zipper, which was visible in the picture from yesterday's post. Just one more reason to love this outfit.

Is winter over yet? I'm currently bundled up on my couch in layers of blankets because I feel like my feet haven't been warm in years. Yes, this is the most blog-worthy thing happening in my life right now. Welcome to the enthralling existence of Natalie Ashcroft!