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Around the World in 3 Days

Last week, I kinda went on an unintentional theme in my dressing.  I say unintentional because unlike sixth grade when I would plan out an entire week of different smiley-faced outfits (I’m still quite proud of myself for that), this theme just evolved.

It started on Monday, when I went in to work dressed as Robin Hood.  I work in a casual environment, but costumes are generally discouraged.  However, when you are late every day, sometimes you look in the mirror, say, “I look like a fairy tale character”, and decide to go with it anyway.  In this case, I started with the boots which are over-the-knee, but once I added the skirt, I realized they were too tall for the length of the skirt, so I folded them over.  And became a Merry Man.
1 - Robin HoodThe next day, I switched things up completely (sometimes I feel a little schizophrenic in my dressing, but that’s a topic for another day), and went with the very professional all black dress and pumps, adding a touch of color in my shoes and scarf.  My friend said I looked like I should be on Wall Street (which is why I left my glasses on for this picture – I thought it added to the pretense).  I laughed at the absurdity of dressing like Robin Hood one day and Wall Street the next, to which my friend said, “Well, Hollywood to New York…where will you go to next?”
1 - Wall StreetNever one to disappoint, I showed up on Wednesday ready for the streets of Paris. In theory, anyway.  When I think of Parisian fashion, I think slim-fitting, minimalist, and monochromatic, like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or almost every fashion designer, ever.  So, I tried my best, but other than the beret, I honestly don’t like very much about this outfit.  Maybe if my jeans weren’t so faded (who knew that my dark wash were no longer actually dark), I’d be a little happier.

Oh well.  C’est la vie.

1 - France, beretHow would you dress Hollywood, NYC, or Paris?  And more importantly, where would you go on a world-wide fashion tour?

80 Days of Summer: Embellished Sandals

I promised that I’d give you all my excuses for being a bad blogger lately.  Well, I really only have one legitimate excuse – I’ve been traveling for work a lot.  Like 3 out of the last 4 weeks a lot.  So, it’s about all I can do to even keep my clothes washed, much less photographed and blogged.

Excuses out of the way, I thought I’d give you an insight into how I dress for my work travels these days. We talked about this a little bit last fall, but since my job has changed, I thought the topic could stand to be revisited.

First of all, my shoes.  Not exciting, but cute, embellished sandals that I paid about $2.50 for because I had a $10 coupon at JCPenney and they were on sale for $12.50.

DSC_0207More relevantly, I tend to wear pretty basic outfits when I’m traveling for this job (I realize my definition of basic is a little different than many).  Here’s an example:

DSC_0212Yes, the skirt is a light blue, but that can really go with a lot of different things.  So, I’m calling it a neutral.

The reason I’m wearing something so basic is that my job when I’m traveling is to sell products, so I try to model as many of them as possible.  It’s really fun dressing (and redressing) myself every day!  Here is an example of the finished product:
1- Peach scarf blue skirtThe scarf, 3 bracelets, and a headband (not pictured) are all Rahab’s Rope items.  Everything we have is so pretty, so I like to wear neutrals so I can mix and match anything that strikes my fancy for the day.

You can model similar items yourself! Check out our website for all the pretty goodies and help end human trafficking in India at the same time.

How do you dress for work?  I’d love to see some of your looks!  Please send them my way so I can feature you in a future post!

Inspired Look: People who Pack Well

The last time I blogged…seems like ages ago.  Well, I guess Monday counts, but the last time I blogged about myself was 2 weeks, 4 states, 2 countries, and countless cities ago.  So, it seems like it’s been a really, really long time.

In that blog, I promised you a look at my attempt to be a good-packer for my 12 day marathon journey through the Northeast.   I couldn’t figure out the best way to show you my packing list, so I just took a picture of my screen.  If you click on it to make it bigger, you can kinda read it.

The point is, I outlined every single day and tried to mix and match as much as possible.  It’s probably the most organized I’ve ever been for a trip, at least in terms of my packing (I left all of my flight confirmations on my desk…)  Yes, this list took forever to make, but I managed to stay at the weight limit of my suitcase – no small feat (technically, it was 51.5 pounds, but the guy was nice).

Here are a few of the outfits that came from my mixing and matching.  There are not more because I was lazy and didn’t take more pictures.  But you get the idea.

Below is one of the two suits I brought – I wore the suit itself twice, and I wore the skirt another time or two.

Next you’ll see one of those times were my suit skirt did double-duty.  Apparently, I took this picture before I’d ironed.

Here, you see my gray cardigan again, combined with the skirt for my other suit (one which you’ll recognize from my grandmother’s closet.)

That skirt and suit also got worn at least two other times.  However, as you can tell, I’m still not very good at mixing and matching my shoes…but 4 pairs of dress shoes for a 12 day business trip seems pretty reasonable, don’t you think?

Perhaps not my most exciting outfits, but it got me through until I was safely reunited with my full wardrobe.

Do you have any good mix-and-match tips?

Suits

I thought it might be a good idea to show you one of the reasons why blogging from the road is difficult for me – I have to wear boring things.

The outfit below is a typical look from a recruiting trip (although since the background of the picture is recognizable, you can tell I wasn’t actually on a trip when I wore this).  My suit is cute, but it’s still a suit – not a whole lot you can do with it.  I tried to spice it up with some cute patterened shoes – a subtle print-mixing is about all that is appropriate professionally – and some colored jewelry.  But, really, that’s all I could do.

Now, I don’t have to wear a suit to every event I attend when I’m away, but I do often wear them, and in the interest of space saving, I wear the same one multiple times.  I also have to plan every outfit in advance in order to pack, which really inhibits my creativity (my outfits usually come together very spontaneously).  So, my suitcase ends up being a rather jumbled bunch of boring professional clothes.

This week, my goal is to wear as many blog-worthy looks as possible so that I have a reservoir for when I’m on the road.  But, if the next two weeks end up looking like a lot of the same black dress with different scarves, at least you will understand.

What to Wear: Travel Edition

In the fall, I travel quite a bit for work.  While I have not mastered the art of speedy or light packing – you just never know what you’ll need, and I have to plan for all possible events! – I have mastered the art of what to wear on an airplane.  And trust me, it’s come after much trial and error.

I always want to look cute when I’m traveling, because you never know when you’re going to run into Tim Tebow in the airport.  Looking cute for me often means wearing heels, but all it took was one face-plant in the Detroit airport for me to realize that was a bad idea.

Secondary to looking cute is being comfortable (yes, that’s always secondary).   Maxi dresses are comfortable and cute, but apparently, people hide weapons between their legs, as I was pulled aside for an extra pat-down the last time I did that.  No more maxis.

Planes are often cold, too.  My toes have been frozen one too many times for me not to wear closed-toe shoes, and a sweater is an absolute must when in the air.  Make sure, though, that it’s a sweater and not a jacket, because it can get real awkward when they make you take your jacket off in the security line and you’re just wearing a skimpy tank. 

Next, I always wear a watch when traveling.  I’m pretty much dependent on my phone for absolutely everything, but when you can’t have any technology turned on (say, after they’ve closed the door, but you’re stuck on the tarmac for another 45 minutes), an old-school time-keeper becomes an essential. 

Lastly, my headband.  A headband is not an essential part of my travel wardrobe, but wearing my hair flat is.  A couple years ago when the Snooki pouf was big, I wore my very minimalist version through security.  Apparently, you can hide weapons in those, too.  Who knew?

So, those are my travel dressing tips.  Any others that I’ve missed?  Have you had similar undressing experiences?

Cardigan: H&M
Jeans and Headband: Forever 21
Shoes: DSW

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