What I Keep at the Office

Rejoice pretty people, it’s Friday! We’ve all been working hard (or hardly working) this week and it’s time for a break. Living near Washington, D.C. means that we need it more than everyone else. We truly are the city that never sleeps. We’re also the city that knows way too much about happy hours and not enough about how important it is that our livers function properly. That’s another post though.

office_must_havesI mentioned in another post that I got my first “big girl” job. I started about two weeks ago and have been going through some introductory meetings several times a week with my new team members- all of whom are guys. I’m the only girl to be hired on for this project. Many of you might run away at the idea of this but trust me, that would be a mistake! There’s a lot of power I have because of my unique position. Ok, maybe not. However, there are some advantages such as playing a leadership role when no one else is sure who should. Or being the only female voice, thus automatically getting more attention. Like I said, it isn’t a bad position to be in!

With everything in life, you need to be a little prepared though. I have a few #bosslady necessities that you’ll always find me with at the office or in a meeting. Let’s start with my red lipstick because it’s becoming my persona. Nars Cruella lip pencil is something I don’t leave home without anymore. It’s dramatic and eye catching! In a city that’s all business, this beautiful red fits the bill of being a business savvy Washingtonian.

My next must-have are heels. Ballet flats don’t command the attention of anyone. Heels, on the other hand, are quite attention grabbing. I work with men whom are all taller than I am, the heels really level the playing field for me. Plus, my legs look great! #winning

I feel like this next one goes without saying, but my grande vanilla iced latte will always be near by. I need energy to keep up with my team members. They’re smart, witty, and have commutes that are far shorter than mine. The coffee stays with me to cling to in my most desperate hour, which usually comes around 2:30 when I’m ready for a siesta.

Being the grown-up I am I always carry with me an agenda/planner. Little things I need to remember for certain dates always seem to come up in discussions. With my hot pink pen, I write down the details of events, projects, and the occasional happy hour.

Finally, I rock my reading glasses. Ladies, never underestimate the visual power of such a tool. Glasses suggest so much about a person’s intellect. I’d wear them more often if they didn’t get in the way of my Audrey Hepburn-style sunglasses.

I’m always adding to and updating my must-have list. Aren’t we all? I’m always falling in love with something new. During the winter months, my must-have was a heating pad so I wouldn’t be cold. I may be keeping it on the list if this new office proves to be chilly!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Mason Jars: A Love-Hate Relationship

mason_jar_usesI have many pet peeves in life. From messy desk tops to my pants creating an unwanted muffin-top, my little dislikes range from normal to crazy. One pet peeve that I rarely am brave enough to mention because everyone is obsessed with them isย mason jars. You read that right. I can’t stand them… for the most part. There are a few times when I think they’re appropriate to use and about a million times when they’re just, dare I say, tacky.

What’s my least favorite use of these glass, Pinterest-y objects? Wedding decorations. Dear Lord, don’t get me started! At first, it was kind of cute, but then everyone thought so and all of the sudden every single wedding had mason jars. It is no longer clever to wrap twine around the tops of the jars to make bows and then put flowers inside. It’s also not unique to put lights inside and then hang the jars from the rafters of your barn/reception space. I’m not a hater, I’m just over this trend. Since I’m talking about trends I’m so over, I may as well mention my severe dislike of using chalkboards for anything at a wedding. It’s been done too many times.

Mason jars do have their purposes though, and these are a few of my favorite Pinterest-inspired uses.

  1. Portable Mason Jar Meals– I really like this idea for salads as a slightly prettier way to carry in lunch to work. Tupperware just isn’t as cute.
  2. Herb Garden– I don’t garden and never will but being able to grow herbs in my home for when I cook (if I cook) is really useful. Sit them in the sun and give them a watering everyday and you’ve got herbs!
  3. Kitchen Storage– I hate opening a bag of nuts or popcorn kernels and having them spill all over my drawers after a period of time. Putting food items like that in a clear, glass jar make it easy to see and super organized.
  4. Make Up Brush Storage– This is way cleaner than throwing it in a make up bin and you can actually find it without digging around for a few minutes.

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Kentucky Derby 2015 Style

kentucky_derby_outfitHappy hump day lovelies! I’m counting down days until the weekend when all of my fun can start! In the mean time, let’s focus on something important that will be here before we know it: the Kentucky Derby. One of the oldest sporting events in America, this year horse lovers, millionaires, and preppy college students will flock to the racetrack on May 2nd!

In a previous post, I talked about my trip to the Derby in 2013. While it was memorable, I won’t be going back until I can get in an executive club suite to wait for the races to start. For those of you who are going this year, I suggest wearing this new Lilly Pulitzer shift that just came out! Bright, flamboyant colors are very appropriate for this day as ladies (and a few gents) go big or go home for the event. If there’s no rain in the forecast, try wearing espadrille wedges in a muted color like these Jack Rogers. Accessories wise, you can never go wrong with Kendra Scott! These earrings bring out the green in the dress beautifully.

Here’s the most important part of the outfit: the hat. Women wear some pretty incredible hats as part of the Kentucky Derby tradition. As someone who spent more time hanging out with other college-aged girls under the Vineyard Vines tent in the infield, I can tell you that this age group stuck to their monogrammed, wide-brimmed floppy hats. Older age groups wore more eccentric hats. The hat I featured is from The Palm Gifts.

Let me know if you plan on going to the Derby this year! I’d love to know what you’re wearing!

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The Problems with Lilly for Target

lilly_for_target_lineI posted yesterday about my Lilly for Target finds and the adventure I had finding them. Today, I wanted to talk about the problems myself and others encountered with the coveted line. As much as I loved this collaboration and as great as the prints were, there were some things that could have been improved upon. It’s been dubbed the Preppy Girl’s Hunger Games for a reason!

The first thing that should have been better prepared for is the product demand. We were told before the store opened that there was only one dress per size and style available. For example, I’m a size 8 and I got the shift dress in “Upstream” print. I got the only size 8 in stock in that print. That’s insane. I’m not the only size 8 in line wanting a dress. Didn’t they perceive this as being a problem?

The second big issue was the website. It crashed around 3am Sunday morning from so many people trying to access it. The same thing happened in 2011 for their collaboration with Missoni. I totally understand that sometimes websites just crash. However, since Target has already dealt with this problem in the past shouldn’t they have prepared for this?

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Waiting in line!

The final major problem were the Ebayers. Target really can’t do too much about this except for limiting how much you can buy of a certain thing. There were quite a few people that I know were planning on hoarding whatever they could find (I see you lady with white knee socks and orthopedic shoes!) and then reselling it on Ebay for double or even triple the original price. It’s entrepreneurship at it’s finest, but it really sucks for the rest of us who just want to wear something colorful for the spring and summer months.

I’m still glad I was able to get my shift and maxi dress. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on the shift that I wore to work yesterday.

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Lilly for Target Haul

lilly_for_targetAs most of you know, yesterday, April 19th, was a mad dash to the nearest Target for Lilly lovers all over the United States. The colorful prints of Lilly Pulitzer came to Target for a seasonal collaboration and preppy girls everywhere went crazy. I, of course, was one of them!

Doors opened at 8am but my best friend Lindsey and I were smart enough to get there about an hour early to get in line. We were behind 3 other people and in about an hour another 50 had joined us. Stories circulated through the line about Targets in major cities having several hundred people waiting outside for hours. Suddenly, a lady from Target opened a door and peeped her head out, horrified at the line she saw. She gave careful instructions not to run and hurt anyone else. She also dropped a major bomb on lilly_pulitzer_maxi_dressus: there was only one of each size for every dress, top, and bottom they sold. The woman also made a snide remark about how she didn’t like or want any of the Lilly Pulitzer line but had to be here early to prepare for us. We quickly filed in and grabbed dresses and anything else we could find. It was gone within a minute. Then people made a made dash for accessories and home goods, both of which were gone in about 3 minutes. It was like Black Friday but crazier.

Anyway, after the mad dash was over I got in line to check out with the two items I was able to grab– a shift and a maxi dress. I overheard a lady ask a cashier what was going on this morning for there to be so many people at Target. When the cashier explained the lady said “I’ve never even heard of that brand. People are ridiculous.” Um no, we prefer ‘passionate’ thank you very much.ย I quickly bought my shift in Upstream and the strapless maxi dress in Nosie Posie then returned home to get ready for church. I’m still exhausted.ย 

 

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