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a work uniform for busy spells

a work uniform for busy spells

I don't like being busy. It's one of the reasons why I've left several jobs in the past. It may sound like a luxury to be able to say that, but the truth is, I'd much rather put myself on a strict budget than make more money and be busy. It's a personal choice. (Speaking of managing money, my husband and I are OB-sessed with this guy) Having said that, I've learned that in certain businesses, like personal styling, the busy-ness comes in waves. Spring/fall=crazy.  Between the last month and appointments scheduled for May, I'll be working with SIXTEEN new clients - multiple sessions each! I know that it'll slow down for summer and I'm grateful
to be doing what I love.

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Odds are, if you're one of those clients, you've seen me in this outfit. When things are crazy, it helps to not have to think about what to wear. I feel professional, comfortable, and "me" in this look - it's simple and clean but has enough unique details to satisfy me. The silk blouse is the same one from this post. A friend actually handed down these pants to me. Normally, I think hand-me-downs are a terrible idea, because you often feel compelled to hang on to things you wouldn't normally buy and that aren't quite right. If that happens to you, politely accept the gift you're being offered and then promptly donate whatever you won't wear. Every so often, you get something perfect, like these pants. The shoes are a purchase from Marshall's a few years ago, and I love the metallic heel and ankle strap detail. The bag is great for containing notebooks, camera, and measuring tapes I use for appointments. You can barely see it, but I'm also wearing a brass plate necklace that I got last summer at Forever 21.

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What's your go-to professional look? Do you get good hand-me-downs? Do you thrive on busy-ness?


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trench coat weather

trench coat weather

Trench coat weather is my favorite weather. It's so easy, because I can wear something super simple underneath...

Good lord, look at that belly!

Good lord, look at that belly!

...and throw the jacket on top and feel completely put-together.

A little trick if you'd like to wear your trench coat open but still want a defined shape - gather it a little with the belt and tie it behind you:

Of course, tying in front always look good too.

I got this trench at Ann Taylor LOFT last season (worn here pre-pregnancy) and had to hunt it down since it was sold out online - I'm glad I did. I'm also wearing my trusty thrifted Indigo Blue maternity jeans, an H&M tee found at Avalon Exchange, and thrifted Old Navy flats. I carried the bag I've been carrying all winter, the Linea Pelle Dylan. It was my anniversary gift from my husband (don't worry, I used a promo code and got 20% off) and it's turned out to be pretty much perfect. It goes with everything, can be casual or worn to a fancy restaurant, and has room for all the crap I regularly stuff it with.

What's your favorite weather to dress for?

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weekend trip packing

weekend trip packing

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit both of my sisters in Atlanta. We had a great time, did lots of shopping, and ate so much good food. (If you're in Atlanta or planning to visit, we ate at Fritti, Leon's Full Service, and Two Urban Licks, and I would recommend them all) I always want to pack lightly, but especially didn't want to lug around a heavy suitcase in my current state. I traveled on a Friday morning and returned on Monday afternoon.

similar, but not all exact pieces I own

It was still chilly in both St. Louis and (less so in) Atlanta, so I took plenty of layering pieces. I would normally have taken a slightly sleeker boot, but I just wanted to be comfortable, so the Dankso booties were it (only available on eBay at this point).

What I packed:
1) lightweight cropped trench
2) draped black tee
3) leopard coat (worn on plane)
4) printed top (worn on plane, you can see the actual top I wore in this post)
5) drapey black cardigan (worn on plane)
6) white long sleeved tee
7) black leggings (worn on plane)
8) lightweight black scarf (worn on plane)
9) Converse
10) dark skinny jeans
11) Linea Pelle Dylan bag (carried on plane)
12) statement necklace (this one is Stella and Dot-no longer available, I just layered a few)
13) Dansko boots (worn on plane)

Since I wore 7 out of these 13 pieces on the plane (including the heavier pair of shoes), my bag was pretty light. Here's what I wore on the plane and to dinner out the first night:

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For a day of shopping and eating:


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That night, I changed my top and shoes and added a necklace for dinner out:

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A second day of walking around town, including, um, more shopping and eating....

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And on the flight back, I wore the exact same thing as my first travel day.

Some photos IRL:

how to pack for a weekend trip mindful closet
mindful closet - how to pack for a weekend trip
how to pack for a weekend trip

What makes this so easy is that I had two basic outfits that I could tweak a little bit for various occasions. I definitely don't think for a four day trip that you need more than that, and I felt like I could have easily gone a few more days without needing anything more. Essentially, those two outfits were a flowy top and leggings and jeans and a tee. For traveling I layered on a scarf, sweater, and coat to my top and leggings, but it also stood on its own for dinner the night I got in and activities the day I left. By just changing the top layer and my shoes, the jeans and tee worked for casual day activities and nights out as well.

What do you think - did I pack enough or too much?


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