Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First Week Outfits

Last Friday, I celebrated my first full week at my new job.  (If you've been reading for a while, you might remember hearing about my postdoc search success, but if not, you can read about it here.)  I've been excited and anxious to start this new chapter, particularly because there is a new level of independence and distinction that comes with my new initials.  And so far, the job is not disappointing.  A great university, some great coworkers, and most importantly, some really incredible students.  I can't wait to see what the next year holds, as well as the special way my life will be touched by the work that I do.

But enough of the sentimental...on to my outfits :)  Normally, when I start a new job, I have a bit of a "warming up" period in terms of my wardrobe.  I start fairly classic and simple, then slowly start sneaking pits of leopard, bling, and fuchsia into the picture, until I'm in full blown Allison mode.  But this year, I decided to be different.  I decided to be me, right from the get go.  Bright colored blazers, girly skirts, pops of leopard, and layered arm candy.  Instead of being seen as smart then sassy, I decided to show people that you can be smart and sassy.

IMG 0896Blazer: thrifted
Black and white shell: Banana Republic
Ankle pants: LOFT
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Earrings: birthday gift from my parents
Ring: David Yurman 

IMG 0898(from left to right): thrifted bracelet, bracelet from JOE Naperville, Nordstrom watch (in gold; available here)

A quick bit about this watch...I have been thinking about investing in a watch for a while now, but because I'm pretty glued to my phone, I rarely need a watch.  However, I decided to detach from my phone a bit and go old school with my time telling, (though I was only interested in a watch if it was oversized, gold, and easy to layer with other jewelry).  So when I stumbled upon this beauty in the Nordstrom junior's department, I was sold.  Big, gold, and easy to stack with other bracelets.  And the cherry on top?  It was only $18!  

IMG 0899Blouse: thrifted
Pleated chiffon skirt: Nordstrom
Necklace: Ann Taylor

IMG 0902Patterned skirt: thrifted
Sweater: Banana Republic
Belt: Ann Taylor
Necklace: thrifted
Watch: Nordstrom
Ring: David Yurman 

IMG 0907Leopard button-up: Ann Taylor
Pants: Gap (on sale here)
Earrings: gifted from my mom (last seen here)
Bracelet stack: same as day 1

You may notice that I'm one day short on these outfits, and that is because I could not find my keys on day 3, which resulted in me running crazy late and sprinting to catch my bus.  I literally wore the exact same thing as the last outift in this post.  Which yes, that means I was literally sprinting a quarter of a mile in a green pencil skirt, a blazer, and a noisy-while-running vintage brooch.  Oh how I wish you all could have seen me.  No doubt, it would have given you a good laugh :)

So those are my first week outfits!  I tried hard to be authentic with my personality and my style, and overall, I'm pretty pleased.  What do you think?  Do yall ever struggle to balance your style in a new environment?

6 comments:

Alissa said...

I love all of your outfits but the first and second are my favorite from this post!

Kim said...

I LOVE IT! If you walked through the door as my professor wearing those super cute outfits, I would think you were just adorable.

Molly said...

I was pretty smitten with that watch - but it became a full blown love affair when I saw that killer price tag!

Congrats, again, on the new job. Surely you impressed with your killer style.

Nadia said...

I am sure you blew them all away with your brains and style!!

Anonymous said...

Love the short hair. Would love to see a hair tutorial on how you create your daily look, it looks fab!

Belle said...

Ok a *random* question but... with the curls in your hair... how do you do that?

Do you use a curler starting half way down your hair so your bangs flip over the front?

And do you just do it with the hair on top of do ringlets with all of your hair (eg top of head, side of head + underneath)?

And, last of all, how far back around your head do your curls go?

Your hair always looks AMAZING!