Plaid Blazer + My Anine Bing Obsession

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IMG_4767I have been on the hunt for a plaid blazer for months now.  I was longing for a boyfriend style with a bigger check, but not super boxy, so it was still feminine and appropriate for the office. My months of “hard work” finally paid off in the form of this little number from Anine Bing. The fit is perfect, and the fabric is a versatile medium weight with a hint of red. Tt looks great with jeans and a cami, or a simple dress and heels. I might wear this 2-3 times a week now, don’t judge me… Continue reading “Plaid Blazer + My Anine Bing Obsession”

Women with Fierce Jobs: Jenny, Healthcare

I’m gonna be honest, I don’t really understand what other people “do” for a living. When someone says, “I am a consultant” or “I work in technology”, I have no idea what that means – what do they do all day? What education do they have? What do they like about their job, and what could they do without? Would I like that field of work? Even in a world inundated with technology, there’s still no app to input, say, “data scientist”, and get a firsthand account of what that job is like. I’ve always felt that there has to be a better way to learn more about the different jobs available to us, especially BEFORE we graduate or go back for advanced education.

A few weeks ago, I looked around at a party and realized all my friends are successful at very interesting, diverse jobs. There’s doctors, marketers, pilates studio owners, and Googlers. I had a moment of inspiration: what if they could share their stories so other women interested in these same fields can learn more? Thus, I was inspired to start a new part of my blog called “Fierce Jobs”. I’ll feature successful women who work in a variety of jobs, and the details of their careers, so if you are just graduating or looking to change fields, you might be inspired by them too. Women sharing information with other women, it’s what we must do!

For our very first Fierce Jobs, we are talking to Jenny, who works in Healthcare. She currently lives in Minnesota, loves pop culture and moscato, and is getting married to the man of her dreams in a few short weeks! Jenny is known for her honesty, smarts, and hilarious stories. You’re gonna love her too, I just know it…

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Alaina: Hi, Jenny. Thanks for being one of my best friends. Let’s start with some fun stuff to warm up. You’ve travelled so much, where is your favorite place in the world? 

Jenny: The south of France. French wine, Italian food and a beach!  With best friends, obviously.

What is the one beauty product you would never give up?

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Masks. Continue reading “Women with Fierce Jobs: Jenny, Healthcare”

Menswear-Inspired Blazer + Tee For Work

IMG_8239.JPGJeans: Madewell // Blazer: Mural // Earrings: Elizabeth and James // Shoes: Old, Similar Here // T-Shirt: Korrupt Label // Lips: Nars

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We had such a busy weekend! Have you seen Book of Mormon yet? We saw it on Saturday again and it never gets old – literally the funniest broadway show I’ve ever seen. A good one to bring the boy if you usually have to drag them to shows – my husband LOVED it. After such a fun weekend with musicals and the Museum of Ice Cream it’s hard to go back to work. Lately when I’m lacking inspiration, I’ve been borrowing from the boys! Can’t get enough of menswear-inspired blazers with a tee shirt. The best thing about this look: it’s professional but you can still show a little personality. You can dress it up or down with different blazer/tee combos, so it’s appropriate for the formality level of your office.

Play with prints and colors! There are unlimited combos: Mixed prints, black and navy, stripes and polka dots, it all works. A plaid blazer and a striped t-shirt, or a solid blazer and a funky graphic tee? Done. My husband gave me this t-shirt because he thinks it makes me more “rock n’ roll”. Ha! What do you think? Paired with high-waisted pants and a red lip, it’s a me that’s fun, but ready to WERK. Did I mention it’s comfortable? I love the look of a loafer to complete the menswear vibe, but when I have client meetings, I go with pumps.

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How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints

Listen friends, we all wish we were independently wealthy, yeah? You know, hanging out in the French Alps not working the 9-5 grind. But that’s not our (or at least my,) reality. We’ve got to work our faces off Monday to Friday to afford those weekend trips to Napa and our lovely condos. And since we spend more time at work than at home (TRUEE!!!), I feel we must commit to being our best selves at the office too. One way to do that, is by actively trying to be the best co-worker, employee and manager possible.

I’m in a field that’s creative, corporate, and team-oriented so have managed a lot of different types of people. I’ve run teams of up to 14 people and also teams of just 2 people. I’ve worked with people who were “please don’t ever leave me, you’re the only person who can do this” and people who were simply “good”. However, in my years of experience, I have noticed that there are consistent behavior traits across my strongest team members, that I always look for now in new hires. Today I’m going to share my tips so you can be the girl everyone wants on their team (aka Office MVP). This list is not exhaustive, but a good start.

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BE HONEST: Boss ask you a question, but you don’t have the information? Don’t try to CYA and make up an answer. Just admit that you don’t know, then do your damnedest to find out quickly. No one expects you to have all the answers, but a half-baked response, or worse – an answer with incorrect information – can sometimes be more damaging to the job and the relationship (trust fail). You don’t have to know everything all the time – just be committed to finding answers when faced with an unresolved question. (Unless, of course, it is your singular job to know that singular thing he/she is asking you about, in which case, you better just know that thing. But that’s a different problem.)

In the same vein, if your manager asks you to complete a task and you don’t have the bandwidth to meet the given deadline, let him/her know. A simple: “I can’t do that by 5pm, but can deliver by tomorrow at 11am” or a “I can get it done by 5pm today, but will need to de-prioritze something else, what would you like me to move down the list?”, works brilliantly in bringing your manager into your world. Nine times out of ten, something can shift. If it can’t, put in the overtime or enlist more help. We allllls got to work late sometimes. Continue reading “How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints”