I have made a challenge for myself, and although I’m only on day 9, I’ve already faltered a little bit. However, I spend a few moments every day thinking about what I can change for the next day, and I do my best every step of the way.
This week I am on travel for work, which I absolutely love. I love being able to travel, even if I do not get to see much of the city I am in. I get excited anytime I get to meet new people or see another way of life. Plus, there is always delicious foods! It does get in the way of keeping up with a routine, however, so I am trying to take everything as it comes and not stress too much over what I haven’t been able to do. Focusing on this current experience and what I can do is so much more rewarding.
This week, one of my personal challenges was to have an outfit for every day. I am horrible with packing, so I wait until the last minute and then just throw twenty-five different things into a suitcase and hope for the best. This sometimes leads to me having 8 pairs of bathing suit bottoms and no pants… not the best look. However, I was luckier this time. Plus, I was focusing enough to make sure I had pants – this time. I dressed for the first day of work before I got on the plane, but I have assembled the rest of the outfits from what I managed to pack. This left me a little frantic when thinking about what I would wear for the next few days. So I decided to throw everything on the bed, and plan all my outfits. Now, every morning, I already know that I have something dashing to wear. And let me be clear, I am not some fashion-obsessed gal. Sometimes, blue jeans and an old t-shirt are the best that’s going to happen in terms of fashionable. So, I really tried hard to make the pieces I have work with what I brought.
I don’t believe that clothing makes or breaks a person or their personality or their job performance. However, I am new to my position, and I am not clueless. In this society, people first judge you by your appearance, and sometimes it does not matter how you perform, that’s all someone might see. So when it comes to work, and especially when it comes to traveling for work and meeting potential partners or connections, I want to look my best. If I look clean and polished, then people are more likely to take me seriously than if I dressed as if I forgot what a mirror was. So I skim over Pinterest (and when I say skim, I really mean refresh and click through for an embarrassing amount of time) and get some inspiration. Then, I do my best to make an outfit that fits both my body type and what I am doing that day. For full disclosure, this posts serves 3 purposes.
1. to document for future reference cute outfits that I have put together so that I can recreate them in the future when I am less inspired.
2. to help me actually save time and plan my outfits for the next few days
3. to possibly serve as inspiration or a starting off point for anyone else who is feeling stuck or uninspired.
(Quick disclaimer: I am not a photographer in this life or the next, so I am still figuring out the best way to take pictures of my outfits. I do my best, hopefully they’ll get better with time. But, for now, this serves its purpose 🙂 )
As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of Charlotte Russe for shoes, Target, Kohl’s, and The Limited (when they have their 40% sale). If anyone has any favorite stores for affordable work outfits, I’d love to hear!