OOTD: Navy Suit

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Remember all those job good wishes I asked for? They worked! Last week I had an interview on Monday that went really well. Tuesday I had a second interview and Wednesday they offered me the contract. Then I started on Thursday – ha!

I was so lucky to have multiple options once I sent my resume around, with several successful interviews. I know a lot of people struggle to find a job and its a lucky time to be an Instructional Systems Designer – there definitely seem to be more jobs than applicants. That changes all the time, as training is often the first thing that companies cut when they need to save money, but it does make me grateful that things worked out for me when I needed it the most.

My new contract is actually pretty exciting. I started Thursday and found out I had exactly one week to ramp up on learning a course before traveling to facilitate a week long pilot (or test run of the course). I’ve always wanted to travel for work, and while this will be the longest I’ve been away from Guinevere, I’m very excited for the opportunity.

I’m currently beefing up my work wardrobe. Three years of working from home, plus three years before that at a company that let you wear jean shorts and sneakers has made for a limited option. So the suits that I purchased back in 2006 for first job interviews either don’t fit properly (shocker, I’m a different size than I was 8 years ago) or are seriously dated.

I’m also on a budget, so I knew I’d need to make some alterations. I found this navy suit at Target and the skirt fit well. The blazer also was pretty close in the shoulders and torso, but the arms are a bit too long and need to be narrowed. I wore it to work on Monday anyway, since I needed something to wear, but am attempting alterations tonight. On my own. So that will be interesting. Or terrible.

I also took these pictures at 7pm, so you’ll need to take my word for it that when I walked into the office at 8am, my suit was neatly pressed, my hair was perfectly bouncy, and my make up was fresh. I also was almost optimistic about my pantyhose. That fondness faded every hour I was trapped in them, particularly when I kept visiting the ladies room thanks to cases of caffeine and had to wrestle out of them (why did I buy the extra high spanx version?!) and then back into them. I went and bought some cheapy Leggs brand the next day – MUCH better. I think pantyhose are pretty outdated in most corporate environments, but many of my client meetings involve older men that are retired military, Republican, and very conservative, so I find its better to err on the conservative end as well.

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Blazer | Skirt | Tank | Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim x Target (similar) | Heels: TJ Maxx (similar) | Necklace c/o via LuckyFabb swag

In non-corporate news, we recently met some friends at a local winery, The Winery at Bull Run, when I noticed a Fashion Show listed on their calendar of events. A little sleuthing led me to track down the site of the organizer. Tickets were too pricey for me, so I figured I’d risk emailing her to see if I could get a “press pass” and come and watch the show, in exchange for promoting on social media and the blog. I was thrilled when she agreed, so this is where I will be on Friday night! I felt silly reaching out, but I’m so glad I did – it should be great fun! If any locals are interested, would LOVE to see you there! Otherwise, make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram for some sneak peeks ;)

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Trendy Tot Tuesday: Easter

This week has been CRAZY – more on that tomorrow ;) But we were so blessed to have a quiet Easter Sunday with our family!

Guinevere was thrilled about her basket of goodies (the Peeps were her favorite!) and then we quickly got dressed and headed to a local spot called Ticonderoga Farms. They were doing Easter Egg hunts and the Easter Bunny was there, plus they have chickens, playgrounds, slides, tractor rides, and SO much more. We invited my next door neighbors (and goddaughters!) to join us, and those little girls had the BEST time.

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These two are a riot. They were playing some weird game where Abby would ask Guinevere to act something out. Right after I snapped this shot, Abby goes, “Show me how a crocodile eats children!” And Guinevere held her arms out in front like a snout and snapped them together. It was hilarious – and a little disturbing. But at least they’ll have each other if they have no other friends for being the weird kids ;)

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THAT HAIR. I would kill for this little girl’s hair.

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We had to leave after a picnic lunch of PB&J to get a nap in for Guinevere before dinner at my parents’ house. Tyler and I napped too, and we all woke up at 4pm – late like always. My parents did a casual backyard barbeque – perfect for a lazy day. My mom set up an adorable egg hunt for Guinevere, who had a ball searching for eggs again – and scarfing all the candy that she could find.

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It was a beautiful day :)

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Won’t you please join us?!

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  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)
  • This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself, Lindsay and Megan) – we are in spots 1-3.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
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Trendy Tot Tuesday: Meeting the Easter Bunny

When Guinevere was 9 months old, she LOVED the Easter Bunny. She could not wiggle over to him fast enough and kept laughing and petting him. Last year, she LOVED the Easter Bunny. This year, she couldn’t stop talking about how excited she was to go see the Easter Bunny. We told her last week we’d be going on Sunday and it was so hard for her to be patient. On Sunday morning she exploded into our room “hurry up, let’s go, we need to see the Easter Bunny!” She kept having little mini tantrums because she was SO.EXCITED and Tyler and I were just not getting dressed/eating breakfast/loading up the car fast enough.

We are finally on our way to the mall and she is chattering away about seeing the bunny and sitting on his lap and telling him the present she wants. We get out of the mall and she is dragging us behind her, sprinting as fast as she can with the two of us firmly holding a hand. We finally arrive to the Easter garden woodland area in the mall, and she is dashing to the front of the line for her turn. We walk in and she waves at him…then steps a bit closer and looks at him…and turns to us and announces that bunnies do NOT wear glasses.

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All that anticipation, all that joy – my child thought this guy was a ridiculous fraud. She wanted to go see the real Easter Bunny, the one that doesn’t wear silly glasses. She didn’t really have a huge meltdown – just firmly declared “NO FANKS” when we urged her to go sit on his lap and take a picture. Tyler tried to get her to watch the other kids interact with him, but she was already done with the whole thing.

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Although, she was really bummed she didn’t get a lollipop.

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I sort of wish I had thought about forcing her, to at least have a crying picture since I have one from the last two years, but I was so shocked by her dismissal of him so quickly that I was all “Alright then, lets go home.” Thank god for Photoshop.

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I guess in her defense, the other bunnies definitely weren’t wearing glasses.

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Won’t you please join us?!

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  • Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)
  • This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself, Lindsay and Megan) – we are in spots 1-3.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
  • Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
  • Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!


April 30×30: Days 1-6

I tried hard to take daily pictures, and I did on days 1-3. But I really hated how they looked – the lighting was weird and I didn’t like my face or my hair and so I gave up and am doing mannequin shots this round. Which actually is surprisingly easy – I lay out my outfit the night before and snap it first thing in the morning before getting dressed, when the light is best here.

Not wowed by any of these, but lets be honest – I’m a stress monster right now. Very actively interviewing, scrambling to pull together a fake portfolio (most of my work is either classified or belongs to the client and I wouldn’t feel comfortably ethically showcasing – so I’m creating “fake” eLearning courses to show my skillset. SO.MUCH.WORK.) And so I lack any additional creative brain cells for dressing myself.

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Maybe next round I’ll pose again…but I gotta say, this was a lot easier ;)

Now, go check out the other AWESOME ladies doing this challenge!!


April 30×30

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I’ve mentioned the 30×30 challenge before (and have a whole tab here about it!) but my blog friends are so incredible at sparking interest in this challenge and I’m excited that we are doing it again this month!

This is a weird month for me. I’m actively interviewing for a new job, so I have no idea if I’ll end up still working from home or driving daily to a corporate office. Therefore, I picked pieces that made sense for my current lifestyle, and if I do have a life change then I’ll treat this as more of a styling challenge than an actual “what I wore” challenge. We’ll see how it goes, but job dust and good thoughts would be appreciated!

I tried to get outfit pictures of my actual items but the light in here is terrible and they turned out terrible. So here are collages of actual items wherever possible – and if it just looks similar, I note that underneath. Let the challenge begin!

Dress

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Tops

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Red blouse: Francesca’s (similar) | White and yellow lace peplum: Forever21 (similar) | Gray jacket: Target (similar) | White blazer: H&M (similar) | Jacket

Doors tee | Navy and white striped top: JCrewFactory (similar) | Denim tunic | Tiger Tee: Forever21 (similar) | Teal tunic

Yellow tank: Target (similar) | Navy tank

Bottoms

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Leather pants: TJMaxx (similar) | White jeans | Dark jeans | Orange skirt | Leather skirt: H&M (similar) | Denim shorts: Forever21 (similar) | White shorts

Shoes

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Nude heels | White sandals: Target (similar) | Black loafers | Navy boat shoes

Black sandals | Pink bow flats: BCBG (similar) | Converse | Leopard heels: NineWest (similar) | Taupe heels: TJMaxx (similar)

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I’ll be posting the first six outfits next week! Now, go check out the pieces my fellow 30×30 challengers have selected. There are nine of us and we’re slowly getting these first posts up today and tomorrow so check back again to see all of the links ;)