OOTD: Chambray + Black Shorts

Well this week is the first week of training for my new job and it’s been such a change to work 8:45-5:15. Please excuse my lack of posts for the remained of the week. I will work out a schedule that works with my new job but for now, I’m going to spend my evenings relaxing with my adorable fur babies and wonderful husband.

Now, it’s been hot, hot, hot in Columbus over the last week or so but today and tomorrow are supposed to be more on the cool side. I definitely prefer long sleeves to short or sleeveless so I love that this look is summer friendly without the short sleeves. It’s a casual look that’s extremely versatile. My chambray button-down is one of my favorite pieces and since I try to avoid wearing it with denim bottoms (I just can’t quite accept that denim on denim look), pairing it with black shorts is perfection.

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1. Keeper Chambray Shirt, $68

2. AE Hi-Rise Festival Shortie, $34.99

3. Ray-Ban Folding Aviator, $205

4. Leather & Chain Wrap Bracelet Watch, $135

5. Erin Crossbody, $158

6. Sam Edelman Georgia, $79.99

Loft Haul

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Post-grad job hunting has been more difficult than I anticipated. You always hear people talking about the economy and unemployment rate but I thought, oh, I’ll graduate and get a job and start real life and it will all be fine. But that’s not always the case. I began applying everywhere and after some unsuccessful interviews I finally accepted a teller position at a bank. It’s close to home, more hours, stable, and professional. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to dress nice for work and the paid holidays off. The hours shouldn’t be too bad so I am very grateful. My selection of business-appropriate clothing items was slim so I did a little shopping to prepare for my first day. I already had two nice blazers and a grey and black skirt, but thought a couple more tops and bottoms would open up my options quite a bit. I fell in love the cotton eyelet pencil skirt and bow neck shell as soon as I saw them and decided to get them since they will be very versatile. As someone who is almost always cold, I’m sure I will almost always pair my tops with a cardigan or blazer so sleeveless isn’t too much of a concern. I needed an updated pair of black pants and you can never have too many neutral blouses. Just add some jewelry and cute flats and you’re good.

1. Bow Neck Shell, $44.50

2. Pintucked Placket Blouse, $59.50

3. Cotton Eyelet Pencil Skirt, $59.99

4. Doubleweave Cotton Fitted Straight Leg Pants in Zoe Fit, $54.99

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium + Heart of Africa Exhibit

We finally made a trip out to the Columbus Zoo this weekend to check out the new Heart of Africa exhibit. It was a cool, drizzly day but the zoo was still hopping. Upon arrival, we immediately made our way over to the Heart of Africa exhibit to check out the giraffes. Giraffes have always been one of my favorites and we had previously been without them at the zoo for eight years. We loved how close you can get to the giraffes even without paying and waiting in line to feed them. You can also catch a glimpse of zebras, lions, and cheetahs. I could have stayed and watched the giraffes for hours but we had many more animals on our list of must-sees.

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Some of my personal favorites at the zoo include the gorillas and bonobos, elephants, gibbons, brown bear, and kangaroos. We actually didn’t make it over to Asia but that’s ok, one of the perks of a membership is that I can go to the zoo whenever I want (for only $99 a family, it’s totally worth it). We were lucky that the animals were pretty active on Saturday and there were plenty of cute babies to see, which is always a treat.

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As a kid, I don’t think I ever truly appreciated that I lived so close to the best zoo in the country but now I’m so grateful that my parents have always had a membership and that I get to visit multiple times a year. I’m already looking forward to the Wildlights during the holiday season.

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I always enjoy visiting the kangaroos and during out visit a kangaroo decided to hang out on the path and get a closer look at all the humans.

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Thanks to Chris for dragging your camera along and taking these amazing photos.

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If you haven’t yet been out to check out the new Heart of Africa exhibit, you need to! It’s amazing getting close to such large, beautiful animals and no matter how many times I go, I always see something new and different.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

If you’re like me and don’t have a Nordstrom card, you had to wait until today to shop the Anniversary Sale. As soon as I woke up this morning I hopped on Nordstrom’s site to browse the sale and see if there’s anything I can’t live without. There are a lot of great deals (though still out of my price range) but I did find some great things. If you come across something that you just have to have, act fast! The items don’t stick around for long.nordsaledresstops

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*I would probably make the Sam Edelman booties mine if I wasn’t saving up for a nice pair of Chelsea boots

Some other great items worth noting: This great pencil skirt and these skinny jeans

Striped T-Shirt Dress

I’ve always loved stripes and have amassed quite a collection of striped tops. I have recently really gotten into dresses and now have two striped maxi dresses that I love. My only complaint with my current striped dresses is that they are tanks, which I do like to avoid when possible because I think they draw attention to my bony shoulders. However, I wasn’t looking for another striped dress until I saw a post from Kendie Everday on my Facebook news feed about her Old Navy Instagram posts. I saw the photo below and immediately fell for the red and white striped t-shirt dress. I tried to locate the dress on Old Navy’s site but couldn’t find it anywhere. I decided it was worth a trip to my local ON store to see if they still had it in stock… and they did! I tried it on, loved it, and bought it. For $25, how could I resist?

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If you’re not able to find Old Navy’s version in stores, there are plenty of options out there. I have gathered up some various alternatives (including the ON one in limited supply) that range from $13 to $258. I suggest setting your budget and picking a dress based off the length, fit, and fabric. I wanted a dress that wasn’t too short and that I didn’t need to wear a slip with. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it below:
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OOTD: Nautical Day Out

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I first came across this t-shirt dress while browsing Piperlime’s dress selection. I quickly fell in love with its simplicity and pattern but not its price. However, it inspired me to find a more affordable option in order to create an everyday outfit to wear when I’m out and about. I did eventually track down a suitable alternative but that’s for another post. I love that this look is completely wearable, put together and features layers (I LOVE layers). The clutch provides a pop of color while the neutral jewelry and sunglasses can be worn again and again and again. I’ve been eyeing a vest like this one for a while and came close to purchasing one at Old Navy several times but was never satisfied with the feel or fit of the vest. I love that a vest provides a way to layer during the warm months as well as the cold ones. The neutral color also makes it extremely versatile. Shop this whole look below:

1. Joie Courtina Striped-Jersey Short-Sleeve Dress, $148 (similar.similar)

2. Gorjana Nautical Midi Ring Set, $65

3. Seychelles Brand New, $49

4. Vince Camuto Four Pocket Vest, $139 (similar)

5. Ray-Ban Rb3513 Aviator Sunglasses, $226

6. Brooks Brothers Kiel James Patrick Walnut Leather Rope Bracelet, $58

7. Clare V Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch, sold out (similar)

Interview Apparel

If you’re like me, interviews are a stressful and sometimes scary event. I am so grateful that I took a job prep course during my senior year at OSU because I really believe it has helped prepare me for interviewing. Throughout my high school years I worked three jobs and three while in college. I’ve endured my fair share of job interviews but didn’t have my first “real” interview until the summer before I graduated from college. I find that the most helpful thing to calm my nerves and boost my confidence for an upcoming interview is to prepare, prepare, prepare. I like to research the company I’m interviewing for and come up with some questions to ask about the company, position, and culture. I also like to practice my answers to the dread behavior-based questions and, equally important, lay out my outfit. An interview is not just another day at the office. Interviews are a time to dress modestly. It’s not a time to don your trendiest outfit or show off your makeup application skills. It’s important to remember to dress for the job you want and not necessarily the job you’re interviewing for. Wear a modest, professional outfit is very important in making a good first impression and it makes it easier to get ready for your interview. Ladies, read on for some tips on putting together an appropriate interview outfit:

If you’re interviewing for a business-based position (bank, law office, etc), wear a white or neutral button-down with a black/grey skirt or pants with matching blazer. Wear flats or heels (smaller than 3″) and simple jewelry and makeup. Stay away from bright colors or revealing pieces. Carry a purse or briefcase but not both. I mean, who wants to try juggling two bags while shaking your interviewer’s hand? While we’re on the subject of hand shakes, always have a firm grip and maintain eye contact while smiling. Smiling can get you far. Here are some examples of appropriate outfits:

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If you’re interviewing for a creative position (photography studios, design studio, start-ups, etc), you can wear a slightly more relaxed outfit. You can get away with wearing a bit more color without a jacket. In some instances, a modest sweater may also be appropriate. I suggest sticking to the same color family and avoiding noisy materials or jewelry. Here are some examples:

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My favorite places to shop for interview and job clothes are:

Once you’ve surpassed the first interview, you can altar your outfits to align with the specific location and position. Now is the time to let your personality and style shine through. Best of luck in your future interviews!