Working Wardrobe Wednesday-The Weekend Hat Edition

I planned to have a Working Wardrobe post up  on Wednesday but it didn’t happen.

Style is constantly evolving and I am far from a fashionista but I do enjoy feeling confident in what I’m wearing.  For me, a great outfit can drastically improve my outlook for the day, which in turn improves my mood.  A positive mood definitely helps one to have a more positive day.

The hat in the featured image was something I wanted but I watched and waited for it to go on sale before purchasing (something I never would’ve done in the past).  Sometimes waiting is good because it eliminates the impulse buy.  I’ve waited and gone back to try something on only to find out I didn’t completely love it so if I go back and still want it I know it’s a piece I’ll love.

I’ve worn the hat a few times this week already, it’s love ❤

It’s something I might have liked a few years ago but wouldn’t have been confident enough to wear because I would worry it was too different 😕  Now I realize different isn’t always bad, wear what makes you happy 😀

FullSizeRender (56).jpgI bought this striped shirt a few months ago but it’s been sitting in the back of the closet.  I liked it when I bought it but I think it was so different from what I usually wear something in my mind thought it wouldn’t work.  I’ll have to get a picture without the sweater but it’s just a striped shirt and it works great with skinny jeans and boots.




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Another outfit with my beloved vest.  Some pieces you bring into your wardrobe and they are instantly worth the investment because you wear them everyday.  I pretty much live in this vest.  Getting ready to head to work that morning I felt very put together with the scarf and striped sweater.





The next outfit I might have to try another pic one day this week.  It’s basically a black lace t-shirt.  I remember trying it on when I was shopping with a friend and she hated it but I kind of loved it.  At the time I put it back then went back and bought it, should’ve just bought it when I first saw it but at the time I was a bit more influenced by what other people thought.

FullSizeRender (53)The lace makes it a little bit sexy but the collar is high enough I can wear it to work under a cardigan.  This week I paired it with a black cardigan and received several compliments from coworkers about the outfit.  It’s a good shirt for both going out or for work, which are the kind of pieces I want in my wardrobe.

I’m planning to go through my closet again this weekend because I think it’s time to let some things go.  As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, styles change so it’s good to go through the closet every so often and let go of some of the pieces from the past.

The last pic is just a fun one but it shows my favorite scarf.  After seeing “A Christmas Story” I saw this car outside a hotel, posed for a pic then sent it to my brother telling him it was my Christmas present from mom.FullSizeRender (55).jpg

He may deny it but I had him for a minute, lol.

I’m breaking out of my planned hermit mode this weekend and heading to a movie with a friend in Seattle.  We’re skipping the big movie of the weekend (you guys know the one) and most likely sitting in an empty theater to enjoy a movie that came out ages ago, Mockingjay, Part II.  I’m not looking forward to driving to Seattle the weekend before Christmas but I realize I need to continue to push myself out of my driving comfort zone and continue to learn to drive in the city.

Whatever your plans, whether it’s hibernating, wrapping presents, looking at lights, braving the crowds at the mall, binging on Netflix, or joining the hoards watching Hans and Chewy….hope y’all enjoy the weekend!




Working Wardrobe Wednesday

FullSizeRender (46)I don’t know why I look so scowly in this first picture but if I had to guess it was because I bought this super cute lace/crochet tank top for only $2 thinking it would be cute under a little cardigan but it wasn’t working for me.  Instead of trying out some things the night before I waited until I was getting ready for work in the morning 🙄

I have to say I loved this shirt when I tried it on in the store and especially loved it when it rang up at only $2.  I think it will be perfect for summer but I would like to get some use out of it this winter so I began to experiment.

First it was with a black tank top and black sweater but I think the neckline of the tank was weird with the neckline of the cardigan so I moved onto plan B.

I think I might try to find a tank with the same high neckline and see how that looks with it but in the mean time I’m using what I already have hanging around in my closet so I decided I needed to get closer to the color, which is a pale grey.

The look below worked but there was still something off about it.  I felt like everything matched and should have gone together but it still didn’t look right so I’m going to keep experimenting with this shirt.

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I had $15 super cash from Old Navy that I had been saving for the perfect vest and Ta-Dah!  FullSizeRender (45)I found it!  I tried on an XL but it was a bit snug and the point of the vest is to be able to layer it over other clothes so I wanted to go up a size but had to scour the store for about 10 minutes before finally finding my size.  Vest mission accomplished! 😀

It’s one of my favorite pieces now and I have to say I will wear it with practically anything.  This weekend it was a light pullover, yesterday at work it was a thermal, and a flannel.

It’s warm, comfortable, and already worth the money, which with the super cash was only about $15.  Yay!

This morning I found this sweater lurking in the back of my closet.  I love the fit but am still questioning why I bought a sweater with a jaguar on the chest.  I’ll probably wear it on the weekends but after some deliberation I decided it’s not going into my work wardrobe.  
oday I wanted to feel cute and girly.  Lately, I feel like I’ve been craving pink and cutesy the way people crave chocolate.  I think my job is in the masculine category so I find myself working to maintain my femininity without overdoing it.  I went simple, black cardigan, striped tee, and my favorite jeans….the cat shrug is a bit much so I took it off before I left for work XDIMG_0344

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!  It’s been good here but getting cold so my wardrobe is all about layers, so I’m working on finding ways to bundle without looking bulky.  I should have some new looks next week!

Working Wednesday….without the Wardrobe

New thought.  Don’t panic!  This is not becoming a clothing optional blog, ha ha 😉  Sometimes the post will be about clothes, sometimes about working.  This is Working Wednesday without the wardrobe……

I was at my other job so long I had sort of lost my ability to care or to feel truly excited about anything involving work.  I’d seen the company go through so many cycles and changes something new would roll out and I would just say “It won’t last”  I was jaded, extremely jaded.

I remember new associates coming in with bright spirits.  They were excited to learn everything and every day was a new adventure.  Some even had ideas about how to make changes, ways to improve processes or contests to inspire people.  They were enthusiastic and optimistic….and I hated it!

Anyone else remember this cartoon?  Chester, the little dog, running around Spike, the big dog, asking “What’re we gonna do today Spike? Huh?”

This cartoon illustrates (without the slapping of course) how it was with new associates.  It was so annoying, their smiles, their ideas, their belief that the company was great……I was Spike and new associates were Chester.  Well, the tables have been turned on me.  I am now Chester running around the office with optimism, enthusiasm, and most days ready to take on the world.

It’s funny because I’ve now been on both sides.  I’ve been the “hardened seen all aspects of the job” person and now I’m the “happy go lucky anything is possible” person.  I actually prefer the latter but in my past I wasn’t just jaded I was completely burnt out.  There’s a difference.  I think it’s impossible to not become slightly hardened or jaded when you’ve been in a position for a long time but when those feelings turn to hatred or burn out it’s time to go.

I’m not going to lie and say this job is all sunshine and rainbows because it’s definitely not.  I’ve never been more challenged on all levels in my entire life, emotionally, mentally, physically.  I’m dealing with situations I never would have imagined I would deal with in my entire life.  There’s day when I have more doubt and fear then I ever want to admit but each time I push myself through I get a little bit stronger.  I learn.  I grow.  I do my best not to make the same mistake twice.

I started this post this morning and when I went to work today someone told me I was a good candidate for a position because I’m upbeat, have a good attitude, easy to work with, show up on time everyday, and I do my job.  It made me feel good because I have an interview on Monday (let the nerves begin) for a position in the same department, different unit. I’m excited and if I get the position I’ll have a whole new set of people to annoy impress with my optimism! 😀