A couple weeks ago I talked about my favorite places to shop affordably in this post. Having go-to pieces from those places to wear to work quickly became a necessity to me. It was also necessary that these items all worked together to make getting dresses easy. So here we go, here are my five go-to work items.
There are exactly two cities I have visited and instantly felt like this is a place I could realistically call home. The first is Seattle (shocking, I know) and the second is Boston. Much like Seattle, I don’t know what it is specifically about Boston that I fell in love with. Maybe it’s the history. Maybe it’s the pride residents have in their city. Maybe it’s the endless food choices. But most likely it’s a combination of a bunch of little things. I am by no means a Boston expert, but I can still share my awesome experiences with y’all!
Eating Well is one of my favorite cooking magazines and websites to find recipes in/on. The recipes are fairly healthy and easy to adapt to fit your needs and tastes. Being from California tacos and fajitas are one favorite foods and they can be quick and easy to make. One of my recent favorites is an adaptation of this Eating Well recipe. Plus the recipe is dairy, egg, nut and gluten free!
One of my favorite parts of my job is that I am able to travel so much. Whenever I go somewhere I have never been before and am able to, I will try to spend a little extra time in the city. As a result, I have been able to visit some pretty cool places. Recently, I visited Pittsburgh for the first time.
One of the biggest transitions for me when I started my new job was getting dressed every day. Now I know that probably sounds silly, but I am being 110% serious. In college my uniform was leggings, a tee-shirt and a ball cap. Then I got my first post-grad job on a college campus and mastered what I call casual-cute (basically I could still wear jeans every day). So I went from that, to having to dress business-casual (a.k.a. no jeans and a tee-shirt) every day. Big change.
Actually having to put thought into what I wore was a much bigger adjustment than I ever thought it would be, both mentally and financially. Luckily, I was able to find a few basics (that didn’t cost me a fortune) that allow me to get dressed, feel confident and not think too much. Most of my shopping is done at three stores: Old Navy, Express and J.Crew Factory. Before I moved to Memphis, Nordstrom was also a staple. Unfortunately, the closest Nordstrom is now three hours from me which made it drop off the list.
Fast and affordable fashion. I hate spending a lot of money on items that I feel like won’t be in style in a year. This is where Old Navy (and a couple other places) come in. While Old Navy is by no means the trendiest store, it does have good pieces that will last you a year or two. Most recently, I am obsessed with their Pintuck Swing Dresses. I think I own this dress in five different patterns. I also love their pixie pants and fashion tops.
Professional, simple basics. This is where I go when I need basic items for work, but want them to have a bit of a twist. Because I do not have to wear a suit to work, I stay away from stiff collared shirts and slacks. Express has great blouses that look professional, but are more stylish than the traditional collared shirt. A couple of my favorites are here and here.
J. Crew Factory
Higher quality and simple basics. I love J. Crew Factory because it offers the same style as J. Crew, but at a fraction of the cost. The pieces are good quality and last a long time. I love their classic pieces that never go out of style. They have great suiting pieces like this, this and this, that can be used as a suit or mixed with other, more casual, pieces. I also love their skirts; they have a great selection at a great price.
Next week I am going to talk more about my five go to pieces (four of which are from the above stores) that I wear to work. Until next time… CB
If you couldn’t already tell, I am a little obsessed with the city of Seattle. I laid out some of my favorite things about the city in my last post, which you can fine here. I figured this week I could get a little more specific and give you my guide to a long weekend in Seattle. Lastly, I strongly recommend getting the Seattle City Pass if this is your first time going to the city and plan to follow this guide. It saves you a ton of money and gives you admission to some great activities!
Seattle. The Emerald City. Queen City. Rain City. The Jet City. And my favorite city. I will admit I was a Seattle hater before I visited for the first time. I didn’t understand why people were so in love with a city where it constantly rained and didn’t have a beach. I didn’t know about the rich culture and history. I didn’t know about the industry and the hub of innovation. I didn’t know about the endless food options and unique nightlife. Everything changed about two years ago when I visited for the first time.