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Outfit for Work – Kate Spade, YSL and a Princess Leia bouffant bun

Here is what I wore to work yesterday. Kate Spade dress and the trusty Karolina heels. The scarf is old J.Crew. In the past I wear the dress with several long, J.Crew outlet pearl and gold necklaces and some Kate Spade sparkles studs. I like the dress. It’s basic but has a bit of pop. I felt the crazy, cinnamon roll hair was ok because it wasn’t on top of my head like a satellite. It was in a more normal spot on my head but not wound up tight like a librarian. Then I was carrying my YSL animal print bag from Christmas. It’s been so cold and my regular coat won’t do. I was wearing my knee-length North Face coat outside. It’s just like wearing a sleeping bag and I love it.

Front red

side red

I sometimes, no, a lot of the time struggle with what to wear and what is appropriate. I think it’s because of my age and where I’m at in life. I work in a conservative environment. But essentially, I’m the “creative”. People would rather see me looking pretty but appropriate. People find these pops of color approachable. They like to see a fun bag. But nothing in their face. The YSL is a touch loud but animal print in moderation is appropriate in my opinion. It’s not like it’s a dress. Since owning that bag I’ve felt a bit like a pregnant person who complains about strangers touching their belly. Strangers come up to me and want to PET MY BAG. It’s frightening and creepy.

As I’ve said before I don’t wear pants to often and I certainly don’t wear pant suits. So unapproachable. So boring. My thoughts about work clothes and age appropriate clothes are vast. I could write a thesis about this topic. Maybe I put to much effort into the process? But I think its more about a whole package when you do what I do. I’ve found that these pops of color open the door to the knowledge and the relationship building I bring to the table. Human nature is a funny thing.

The last couple of days have been a big mountain to climb with some success at the end yesterday. Maybe it’s all just in my mind but when I feel good about the outfit I’m wearing I feel more prepared to get the job done. As a person who loves fashion and clothes it’s just always something I think about. The issue is almost, how to be memorable, but not. The clothes don’t wear you, you wear the clothes.

I don’t think I’m totally getting my point across, but I am trying to open up a bit of discussion. What makes you feel good when you go to work? What is your favorite outfit for presentations? What do you think is appropriate? And by that I mean the look, the price, the brand. And even though I’m not a parent, how do you balance your work wardrobe with your mom wardrobe if that is an issue for you. My mom was always dressed up when we were kids so there was no issue.

Twitter might have been a better forum, but I’m trying people! Deep thoughts about clothes over here. :)

Day to Day Living – Cleaning and Coats

My life is half work and half cleaning lately. The cleaning thing isn’t exactly new to me. I grew up in a house if the CDC sent in a hazmat team they would have found nothing, zero, nada. My parents were obsessed with a clean house. And there wasn’t a housekeeper. We did it. Ugh, it was so annoying. But as an adult I had a cleaning service for many years because of my work/travel schedule. Currently, we aren’t using a housekeeper. I’m doing it.

It’s been a re-learning experience for me because all I’ve had to take care of as an adult has been cracker jack box sized condos and apartments. I feel all over place when cleaning this house. Schizophrenic, ADD, distracted, I would rather be on the internet, I still have to take phone calls from work while trying to get it done. All of this is very firstworldproblems and very white girl of me to talk about. But its been overwhelming and sometimes I’ve felt like I just can’t win. I’m a better employee than stay-at-home-person.

But as with work practice makes perfect. This house is a project when it comes to cleaning and to keep it at the standard that B expects. Because I’m not exactly good at this, here is what I’ve used to help me deal with a 6,000 sq. ft. house. I went to my favorite place, the internet. Turns out its very helpful. There are obsessive cleaners like my mother with their own websites and cleaning lists to help people like me out.

First, I consulted Martha Stewart. Her weekly and monthly lists are great.

I liked this deep cleaning list as well. It’s kind of intense, but so is B and this is what the job requires.

FlyLady’s commandments are good. But that site is a little over the top for me.

Meh, who am I? I even googled the best way to clean base boards. Might as well do it right.

A couple of other things I’ve learned.

The off brand weed killer is just as good as the super expensive RoundUp. I think the person at Home Depot was a little shocked when I was standing there saying “It’s not Prada. It’s weed killer. That price is ridiculous. What else is there?” It’s funny to me how branding and pricing and people’s stupidity happens in weed killer brands just like handbags.

Here is the $8 (on sale) off brand that has almost the same ingredients as the $75 bottle of RoundUp.

weed killer

I’ve talked before about my obsession with clean bathrooms. I might forget to dust the lampshades but I’m obsessed with clean grout.

Here are my recommendations.

shower supplies

The hard bristled brush works better than a toothbrush.

And since we can’t forget that I have a job/get dressed up most days and my love of fuchsia is immense here is a full-length of the J.Crew Bow Coat that I’m currently obsessed with. It was a Christmas present from my mom. It’s been a great addition to my fuchsia collection. I’ve received so many compliments. I really like fuchsia and statement coats over my relatively boring black & gray dresses, black opaque tights and black patent heels I live in.

bow coat

For me, trying to find a balance and doing these things well has been hard. But the lists are helping me stay focused and not forget little things. Some of this seems a little bit silly, but its part of my day to day life now. As a perfectionist in my work life I figured I might as well get good at this housekeeping project as well. No reason not too.

Now for a bit of blog housekeeping. I’m going through all of my old posts that go back to 2007 and making them public again. I was a very different person and looked very different back then. If you have any questions about the past please feel free to ask. I don’t mind. I’ve changed a lot and the past is just the past at this point. I really don’t care and have nothing to hide about it. But gah, I looked terrible.