Monday’s Musings

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It has been over a month since I’ve blogged, and I have missed it SO much! It’s been a combination of a lot of things: weekend plans, weeknight meetings, a lack of ideas, a lack of time, and mostly, work. But! That is not necessarily a bad thing! As much as I’ve missed this little blog, I have been doing a lot of other things I love.

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I’ve known since I was in about the second grade that I love writing. In the past few years, that has turned into a love of blogging, which has taught me a lot about social media and its importance to branding and marketing, for both my personal brand and the organizations I work for. Recently, I have acquired a few extra responsibilities at work, including overseeing the blog and social media accounts. It has been keeping me so busy, even outside of 9-5, but I LOVE it. Having the opportunity to do even more of what I love has been so great, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. That being said, I would love to get back in the Sweet Cats! swing of things! With fall already here, I have a lot of things planned, so stay tuned for a lot more of what I love!

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Starting From the Bottom

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It has been quite a while since I’ve had a chance to blog, so I’m happy to be back! Even though I don’t have homework anymore, 9-5 every day is a lot more time consuming than I thought it was going to be, so a lot of evenings after I go to the gym (if I make it there) and cook dinner, it’s 8:30 and time for Bravo and then bed. And since I’m still making friends, I try to do something social on the weekends, like a normal person, so that’s cut out a lot of weekend blogging time as well. But I think we would all agree that real friends are more important than my blog, as fun as it is. I digress.

Speaking of the 9-5, I actually really enjoy the routine of going to work every day. Honestly, I’ve always really liked working. It makes me feel like a productive member of society, it gives me a sense of accomplishment, and I think it gives me a constant opportunity to learn something new, whether that’s about my industry, or about how to do better at my job.

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My first job ever was a summer nanny when I was in high school. That position taught me how to get to work on time and be a semi-responsible person, and led me to develop incredibly unhealthy spending habits, but that’s a story for another day.

The summer after my sophomore year in college, I interned at a law firm in my hometown. It started as two days of shadowing the attorneys, because at that time I wanted to go to law school, but then they told me to come back on the third day, and I just kept showing up until it was time for me to go back to school. That experience will probably always be my favorite, because I learned so much, everything was so interesting, and I loved the people I worked with. I could always tell that they wanted to help me be my best, so that’s what I always tried to do, and continue to try to do.

First of all, the experience of just being in a professional environment was incredibly valuable. Seeing how everyone interacted with each other, with clients, and with other professionals in the field taught me how to interact with those people as well. I observed that it was important to treat people with respect, but also that sometimes it’s necessary to let people know when you mean business. I believe that professionalism is an incredibly important skill to master, and something that should be exhibited in everything from a cover letter, interview, follow-up email, and every day you show up to work. Even on a Monday. This glimpse of the real world that I got from my internship was something that not only helped me get jobs, but it helped me understand what type of  environment I work best in. That being said, choosing a job is a bit like choosing a college- yes, they have to accept you, but first it’s important to do your research to make sure that it’s the place for you, and that your values line up with the company’s.

One other valuable lesson I learned at this job was never to say, “that’s not my job”. Well, I learned how valuable that kind of an attitude is in the workplace. My dad told me that many times growing up, but I never understood why a team-player attitude was so important until I started working in an office. About the second week, I was told to organize the supply closet. I was less than thrilled about this task, because it was across the hall from everyone else’s office, and at this point I still thought my role was practically a junior attorney (L O L). But I did it anyways. It took me about three days. I didn’t whine about it, I didn’t try to get out of it, and I only cried once when I fell off the stepladder and bruised myself in three places. I also didn’t do a crappy job just to get it over with. I have learned that if you work with excellence in even the smallest of tasks, people notice, and they’re more likely to give you larger, more important responsibilities. Also, one time the toilet overflowed in the bathroom, and I had to clean it up. At first I thought about trying to get out of it…that was definitely not my job. I mean, I had cleaned someone else’s toilet on a mission trip, but that was for Jesus. We had a cleaning crew for this. But then, I thought about how much damage it could do, and how clients would react to a closed women’s restroom. Not pretty. So, I cleaned it up, and then spent the next forty-five minutes with a towel trying to soak up the water that had leaked onto the carpet in the hall. Not exactly my favorite day at work, but definitely a memorable one. Through these and other experiences, I learned how important it is, especially in an entry-level position, to have a positive attitude no matter what is thrown at you, and to go into work with the idea that you’re there to help the company as a whole achieve a common goal. So if that means helping a co-worker when she’s overwhelmed, do it. If that means subbing in for the janitor, do it. Now, I’m not saying to let people take advantage of you. If you have too much on your plate, don’t feel like you have to do extra things. And obviously, don’t ever do anything unethical. But by viewing your position as a member of a team rather than an individual, you will show those around you that you take not only yourself seriously, but that you are a full supporter of the company and it’s purpose, and that will get you pretty far.

So if you’re starting from the bottom, the idea is to make sure your whole team gets here. At least that’s what Drake says.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your first job? Let me know!

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Monday’s Musings

 

 

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It’s Monday again! I hope everyone had a good weekend- I know I did! I had a pretty quiet Friday night, due to the flash flood that hit College Station right as my roommate and I were driving home from dinner. That gave me the perfect excuse to break out the yoga pants and long-sleeved tee and curl up with with a cup of tea and a few articles on family & health communication and media audiences. Yes, I did homework on Friday night, but it had to be done. Then on Saturday morning, I slept in and went shopping with my roommates before my parents came into town for the Rice game. It was a pretty good game, but it was a super late night! On Sunday we went to church, and my parents took me grocery shopping, which is always my favorite.

This week I decided to change the tune of Monday’s Musings. I feel like my last few have been more on the serious side, so I decided to have some fun. I came across this graphic on Pinterest, and I’m obsessed.

 

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First of all, I like this a lot better than Twerkin’ For a Birkin, because I would never be caught dead twerking, even for a Birkin. Although a Birkin isn’t quite on my Prioritized Purchase List (yes, that’s a real thing that I have), the sentiment is the same. As of right now, I only have Tory Burch Reva flats on that list, because I recently purchased the other items (Kendra Scott earrings & a “big girl” purse), but I’m sure I can find something to add to it. The point is, I love working because (among many other reasons) it allows me to invest in the things I want. It also makes me feel like a grown-up to know that I’m working for the things I want, which makes them much more of a treat- and much larger of a decision! Hopefully one day I’ll be workin’ for a Birkin, but for now I’ll just stick to things within my college-girl budget.

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Totes Perfect.

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As I may have mentioned, I’m getting a taste of “big city life” this summer, in the sense that I have a long walk and a bus ride to get to work every morning. At first, I dreaded the trek, but now it’s just part of my everyday routine. The only problem was carrying all of my possessions- my lunch, heels, water bottle, and everything else. It took me a long time to decide which tote bag I wanted, but once I finally did, it changed my life. Well, my commute at least.

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I chose the Essential Tote from Marley Lilly in navy with a gray monogram. It arrived about an hour before I left for the lake for July 4th, which was a good way to break it in! It’s a great size for a lake tote, which is a bonus since I bought it for work. Every day, I’ll fill it with my lunchbox, my heels (and flats after I change on the bus), my Camelbak, an umbrella if necessary, and as of late, my textbook, notebook, and pencil pouch so I can work on my class on the bus. There’s still room if I ever decide to pack extras, such as gym clothes and shoes, which is a plus.

It’s also incredibly durable. I’ve already spilled water in it (oops), and since it’s lined with plastic, I just wiped it right out! Also I got caught in a torrential downpour on Tuesday that left me completely soaked (still mad), and it held up very well- everything inside was dry, and it didn’t have water stains or become misshapen.

I’m really happy with my tote- not only does it do its job well, but it’s also adorable! If you’re looking for a practical yet personalized tote, head over to Marley Lilly and check out the Essential Tote and more!

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Trends I’m Loving- Printed Pants

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I tend to usually stick to solids- they’re classic, timeless, and they go with everything. However, small prints have been catching my eye lately, especially on pants. Here are a few of my favorites:

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First up are these Geo Print Drawstring Pant from JCrew. As if “drawstring” wasn’t enough of a selling point, I love the tiny geometric print on these pants. It’s interesting without being overbearing, which is perfect for people like me who have a dependency on solids. These casual pants would be cute with a solid black tee for daytime, or a navy blazer and wedges for a night out.

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Next are these Pixie Pants from Old Navy. I see these every time I drop in (which is like, once a week) and think about how cute they are, so I should probably just buy them. I love the tiny flower-like print, and the white stripe. Also, since these are more structured, they’re office-appropriate, which is my new favorite thing. Pair them with a flowy white top and nude heels and you’re ready for work!

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Last are these navy tribal print pants from Piperlime. I like the pattern, and again, they look super comfy. These would be great with a solid tee or a flowy tunic.

What do you think about printed pants? Let me know!

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Outfit of the Day- A Citrus Statement

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Friday was my last day at the law firm I’ve been interning at this summer. While I’m excited to get back to school, I was actually really sad when I left. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone in the office, and they’ve taught me so much! Usually on Fridays I dress more casual, but this time I wanted to wear business casual one last time, since I’ll soon revert to College Station Chic-Norts and a tee. I had on my white capris with this outfit (and it was SO cute), but as I was putting on my makeup, a terrible accident occurred. My foundation exploded, and Ivory 204 went everywhere-on the counter, on the walls, and, of course, my white pants. So I was forced to change into jeans instead. Luckily, I ended up liking this outfit just as much!

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{Top-Loft, (no longer available), Jeans-Levi’s, Sandals-Target, Watch-Michael Kors, Cable bracelet-Katie’s}

The reason I wore this outfit was to feature my new statement necklace and earrings from Benevolent Jewels. I received my order on Thursday (stay tuned to see it all-so fabulous!), and I just HAD to wear something! Since I was going to work, I kept it simple everywhere else with neutral tones and clean lines.

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Isn’t this necklace gorgeous? It’s called “Lemon-Lime Statement Necklace”, but I also think it looks like upside-down pineapples. I like the mix of colored stones with rhinestones. I also love the earrings- mostly because they were a surprise! I knew some of the statement necklaces came with earrings, but I didn’t think this one did! Unfortunately, this necklace has sold out since  I purchased it, but there are many more options, including a few new pieces! In case you don’t know, Benevolent Jewels is an online jewelry boutique that donates a percentage of their profits to a different charity quarterly. Beautiful baubles and helping others? Perfect! You should definitely check it out, and if you find something you like (you will), use the promo code “KCODE20” at checkout for 20% off of your purchase!

What’s your favorite way to wear a statement necklace to work?

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Outfit of the Day-Gray and Pink

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This morning I was having a mild wardrobe crisis while getting ready for work. It was one of those days where you just don’t feel like wearing any of the clothes appropriate for the occasion (and I KNOW everyone has those days). I tried dresses, pants, and multiple shirt and cardigan combos, but they ended up thrown on my bed in frustration (they’re actually still there as I type, in mountains on each side of me.). I felt like I’d recently worn everything in my closet and wanted something different. Some of the girls in my office have worn colored jeans to work, so I decided that I could do that too! I chose my fuchsia jeans from JCPenney (no longer available in this color), and paired it with my gray shell from Loft (similar) in order to make the outfit look slightly more professional and less trendy. I’m always afraid that I’ll wear something that screams “summer intern”, and even though that’s what I am, I don’t want it to be obvious! I added my Kendra Scott Neely necklace to give the top a little interest. I finished the look off with my trusty black sandals from Target! I recently bought these, and I honestly don’t know how I’ve gotten this far without black sandals-they go with literally everything! I got many compliments on this outfit, which is great since I threw it together 5 minutes before I left for work!

What’s your favorite way to wear pink and gray?

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Building a Work Wardrobe

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As you may know, I recently got a summer job at a law firm, doing everything from cleaning out storage closets to sitting in on meetings with clients. I’m learning new things every day, and while some days are more interesting than others, I absolutely love it! The office dress code is business casual, so I got really excited because when I wear “real people clothes” I feel like I really have my life together. However, aside from my one pair of black dress pants and all the cardigans I accumulated during my “dress like someone’s mom” phase in high school (not really as tragic as it sounds), I had nothing to wear to work. I wore my sister’s clothes for a few days, but then I realized that wasn’t going to work all summer. But I didn’t want to buy a closet full of work clothes when my job was only going to last for a little over a month. So I went out in search of a few pieces that would mix and match to give me an array of options. My first and only stop was Loft. I received an email saying that everything in the store was 50% off, so I practically drug my mother to the mall after dinner one night. And I hit the jackpot! For starters, I got the Marisa cropped pant in black, white, and khaki.

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I like these because they mix and match with everything! I also like the cropped length for summer- not as hot as long pants!

Next, I added tops. I got these shells from Loft as well, but I couldn’t find them on the website anymore (but check out this similar option. I love the coral!). I chose purple and gray. I wear the purple top with the black or white pants, and the gray with the white pants. Also, please excuse my closet-it’s such a mess!

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I also bought this white sheer long-sleeved top.

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First of all, it desperately needs to be ironed. But anyways, I like to wear this with my long black pants and heels on days when I want to really look like a pro. Also, I love this because I can wear it in life outside of work! It pairs well with dark skinnies (or colored jeans) and wedges for a great dinner look.

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I absolutely adore this paisley sweater. It’s very light, so it’s not too hot! I love the stripes on the sleeves, too! I wear this with my khaki pants or jeans on Friday. I wore it in real life with my JCrew khaki chino shorts at the beach-I’m all about double-duty!

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I also bought this flowy black top. It looked fabulous on, and was only $14! I wear it with my white and khaki pants and my turquoise Kendra Scott Elle earrings for a pop of color! Once again, I can pair this top with shorts or jeans for a cute after work look as well!

Everything I purchased was from Loft, and it was also WAY on sale! If you sign up for their emails, you will be notified whenever they have a sale, which is great because most of their really big sales last for just one day!

In addition, I mix in the cardigans from the above-stated mom phase, JCrew solid tees, and other dressy tops from my closet or my sister’s. I typically wear sandals or black flats or occasionally heels. It’s not a huge wardrobe, but it’s enough to get me started! My take-away must haves for a beginning work wardrobe are:

-Comfortable dress pants in black, white, and khaki

-Shells that match each pair of pants (2 or 3)

-One white sheer long-sleeve

-One black shell or tank

-One fun patterned top that matches each pair of pants

-Cardigans galore.

What are your workplace wardrobe staples?

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