working girl

November 10, 2011 § 5 Comments

i have news! happy, newly employed news. come the monday after thanksgiving, i’ll be starting as a junior copywriter at a home decor/gift store here in san francisco. let’s just say there was a lot of jumping around involved after i received the offer and i may have let out a pretty sizable squeak… but honestly, after too many months of marinating in pajamas peppered by too few freelance gigs, it’s all rose-colored contacts and giggles over here.

then i looked in my closet, and a minor freak-out ensued.

you see, i’ve never actually had to “dress” for a job. four years (give or take) of working for various fashion and retail-focused start-ups has left me with lots of wiggle room, wardrobe-wise… which is totally fine until you end up with a job where styles err on the side of corporate.

in a nutshell, my closet is a place where flirty dresses, v-neck tees and boyfriend jeans hang out (heh) with enough little, medium and big brown bags to make my credit cards shudder in their worn leather sleeves. my trusty theory suit cowers in a corner, outnumbered by an army of casual attire. basically, i’m starting from scratch here. i went to zara yesterday, tried on as much of the store as i could fit into one of their teensy dressing rooms… and walked out with a skirt. one skirt.

question: what are your work outfit essentials? do you like to have fun with work outfits? any help/inspiration is much appreciated!

(photo from the devil wears prada – i couldn’t resist :))

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a zara find

November 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

…or something like that.

i wouldn’t exactly call myself a handbag person – sure, the occasional carryall might capture my attention for a moment but my gaze is usually deflected to the nearest pair of shoes or sparkly object. what can i say. then i saw this bag at zara, and it seemed to stick in my mind for longer than usual. something about the randomly placed neon pink elastic called out to me, which is completely and admittedly weird but makes enough sense in my head. it arrived today (free shipping, so dangerous!) and the quality is surprisingly good for a $26 clutch. it’s soft, slightly slouchy and can be carried with or without the adjustable strap, and the pop of pink provides a satisfying contrast. in other words, i’m impressed.

and now… i really need to clean off my nightstand.

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