Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments and support in my decision to return to a “9-5.” I am beyond humbled and thankful to have so many amazing readers. I’m really excited about this new chapter in my life and I’m happy to hear you guys are, too!
I sort of giggled when a handful of you asked for a few “office fashion” posts. The office I worked in when I lived in Orlando was very casual. Actually, you can look back at a few of my old office-related posts HERE to see what I’m talking about. We focused on software development so there were a lot of jeans, shorts, and flip flops. It was actually pretty awesome.
When I transitioned to working from home, the little bit of an office wardrobe I did have faded to the very back of my closet and slowly went out of style (honestly, I’m not even sure how “in” the clothes were to begin with). I tried to wear “real” clothes during the day while self employed, but the truth is I mainly lived in yoga pants and comfy clothes. Nothing in my closet required dry cleaning and buttons and zippers became a thing of the past.
When I landed my first job interview last month, I grabbed Mary and made a beeline to the mall for a suitable interview outfit.
That’s where this outfit came from:
Pants: The Loft, Shirt: Target, Blazer: Target, Shoes: Kelly & Katie from DSW
I’ve never owned a patterned pair of heels in my life, but when I saw these on the sales rack (for $22!) I knew I had to have them. Live a little, right?
Of course, now I’m totally obsessed. They’re officially my new power shoes! I wore them to the office yesterday, but quickly realized EVERYONE had on really cute flats. Not a high heel in sight! Noted. Must get cute flats. 😉
Anyway, when I was officially offered the position I totally panicked about my lack of an office wardrobe. In the ten days I had to prep before starting the job, I spent three of them at the mall (or online shopping) trying to piece a new wardrobe together. I did okay finding some shirts I love, but I’m still lacking in the pants department. My muscular thighs are not digging this new skinny pants trend that seems to be everywhere, nor does my short body work with the wide legged pants either (wide pants make me look about 5 inches shorter than what I already am). Oddly enough, I’m a fan of the new high water trend (or whatever the technical term is?).
The Loft and I seem to get along most of the time, so a lot of my new clothes came from there. I also have had some success with Gap and Old Navy. I know everyone raves about great finds at TJ Maxx or Ross for the office, but I’ve never had any success there. Unless I’m looking for something ultra specific, those types of stores overwhelm me.
When I went to my closet to get dressed yesterday, it felt like the first day of school all over again trying to pick the perfect “first day” outfit to wear. I’ll admit it was fun dressing up in “real” clothes, rather than just pulling on a pair of questionable leggings off the floor.
Here’s what I came up with.
Pants: The Loft (yes, the same ones from my interview and I love them to pieces), Shirt: The Loft, Cardigan: American Eagle, Necklace: Bama + Ry (my good luck charm 😉 ).
I felt sophisticated and ready to take on the world. Now I just need to keep that feeling going with my outfit selections for the rest of the week. 😉
The first day on the job was great yesterday. I spent the first half going over paperwork with HR and getting set up on a laptop. Business cards with my new name and title on them had already been printed and were waiting for me on my desk. It’s the first business card I’ve had with Anderson-Russell on it and seeing my full name like that made me smile.
I had lunch with my new team at a local restaurant and ordered a chopped chicken salad, which was perfect. I was tempted to get a heavier dish, but I knew I would feel heavy and weighted down the rest of the day. The chopped salad was light, refreshing, and exactly what I was craving.
Now that I have my bearings down, I’m going to start stocking my desk with snacks and other food essentials to get through the day. I’m brining my first packed lunch today (totally picked everything out last night before I went to bed 😉 ).
I still have a lot to figure out in my new role, but so far I’m enjoying the learning process. I know it’s going to be hard to keep my job a secret for long (especially when I start traveling), but I wanted to keep it private for the time being. Honestly, I think you guys will love learning about my new position as much as I do, but I need to figure it out for myself first. Patience. 🙂
Oh, and last night’s dinner was the ultimate lazy meal. Derek had a business dinner so I was on my own and didn’t have the slightest desire to cook. However, I did try a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Hummus recipe I’d been dying to try (does pulling the food processor out count as cooking?)
I really hate to say it, but I wasn’t impressed with the cookie dough hummus. It was okay the first few bites, but I think the huge glob I put on my plate was too much. It’s definitely better in smaller servings. I’ll remember that if I’m ever tempted to make it again.
Alright, time to get dressed and start a brand new day. I’ve already knocked out 5 miles worth of intervals (I’m going to have to get used to running in the dark again) and am about to prep dinner in the crock pot. Life is good. 🙂