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Interview Style

As a recent graduate, I’ve had a lot of practice going on interviews. As usual, one of the most difficult aspects of preparation for me is picking out my outfit. Though this will never be an easy task, I have come up with a few solid guidelines that help make the process a little bit easier. Check them out:

  1. Always dress to project professionalism. Even if the company you are interviewing with prefers a more laid back look, they don’t want you to adapt your style until you’ve gotten the job. For an interview, you actually want to look even a little bit better than you would normally dress for the actual job you are trying to get.
  2. No matter the weather, keep your jacket on. The jacket is a symbol of respect and professionalism. If you are extremely hot, you may ask if they mind if you take it off once you have been seated and introduced.
  3. Wear something you feel great in too. Confidence is key. If your family and friends swear you should wear one thing, but you feel more like yourself in the other, choose the other.
  4. Break in your heels. Especially if you live in a big city. There have been a few times that I bought new shoes for an interview and have ended up in pain because I didn’t realize how far I would have to walk from the parking garage to the building, etc.
  5. Accessories matter. For an interview, jewelry takes a back seat to your outfit. This time, under-do it. Wear studs instead of dangles, limit yourself to two rings, and choose between a modest necklace or bracelet. You don’t want your jewelry to distract from who you are and what you’re saying.

Here are some pieces of interview attire that I love!

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Express

topshop, blouse, interview, professional,

Topshop

Alice and Olivia, blouse, interview, professional

Alice & Olivia

vince camuto, interview, skirt, professional

Vince Camuto

Slacks, Trousers, interview, professional

W Concept

slacks, trousers, interview, professional

W Concept

Blazer, topshop, professional, interview

Topshop

express, blazer, interview, professional

Express

blazer, everlane, professional, interview

Everlane

Cole Haan, heels, professional, interview

Cole Haan

heels, target, professional, interview

A New Day

 

clarks, interview, loafers, professional

Clarks

Talbots, heels, professional, interview

Talbots

etsy, jewelry, necklace, professional, interview

Etsy

Jewelry, necklace, 7 for all mankind, interview, professional

7 For All Mankind

jewelry, bracelete, interview, professional

Need Supply Co.

Urban, jewelry, bracelet, interview, professional

Urban

ring, professional, interview, jewelry

W Concept

jewelry, ring, professional, interview

Jennifer Meyer

Loft, earrings, studs, jewelry, interview, professional

Loft

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Rainy Day Adventures

Hunter Rain Boots, Winter, Rain, Fashion

Rainy season has finally started here in Northern California, and I couldn’t be more ready for a much needed change in my natural world.

Hunter Rain Boots, Winter, Rain, Fashion

The timing is also perfect because Joel surprised me with Hunter rain boots for Christmas! They had been on my wishlist for a long time, and I am so pleased.

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The classic yet versatile style and look is unbeatable, and of course, they do a great job of keeping me dry. Now I just need to buy thick, wool socks so I can wear them in the snow. 

Hunter Rain Boots, Winter, Rain, Fashion

Meanwhile, I love pairing them with my beloved Lands’ End rain coat. The coat is long and the boots are tall, so I am practically fully covered. Still, the glimpse of color poking through the gap adds a touch of personality to the outfit that makes it not only functional, but really fun. 

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Joel and I always go for a long drive on the backroads after a heavy rainfall. All of the trees and grass look fresh and renewed….It’s a great way to start off the new year. 

Hunter Rain Boots, Winter, Rain, Fashion

I’m so excited for all of the roads I will travel in my new boots and can’t wait to continue sharing the journey. 

Hunter Rain Boots, Winter, Rain, Fashion

“They way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” -Dolly Parton

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year, New Years Eve, 2018, Resolutions, January, New Year, NYE, Winter

2017 is finally over…thank Goodness. I’m beyond ready for a fresh start. 2018 marks the beginning of my adult life. I’m graduated from college and looking for the right career path—wish me luck! Most years I don’t make any legitimate resolutions, but this time I feel inclined to start. Join me in stepping into the New Year on the right foot, with realistic goals to work toward that will improve my quality of life in one way or another. Some are geared towards self-confidence; others focus on the big picture; and a few are small, personal goals I’m passionate about. I’ve come up with 10 resolutions that will make me very happy, even if just one of them comes true.

1.       Eat something green every day.

2.       Wear my natural hair at least every two weeks.

3.       Live in the moment.

4.       Travel somewhere new at every opportunity.

5.       Take better care of my skin.

6.       Finish a minimum of one new book each month.

7.       Cook a meal more than once a week.

8.       Work on my video editing skills.

9.       Find a job I (hopefully) enjoy.

10.   Workout twice a week.

I’m excited to check in this time next year and see what I’ve accomplished. Happy New Year!!!

Winter Beauty Products

I find myself craving moisture more than ever when the weather is cold. My skin is dry, hair is full of static, and lips are cracked. Over the past few years I’ve learned about a few products that always make this time of year more bearable; check them out:

Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer: My mom has been using this since I was a kid, and I understand why it’s lasted all these years. She has incredibly dry skin year-round, but this stuff is thick and powerful. After putting this on, my rough and dry patches are less noticeable; plus my makeup goes on smoothly and lasts all day.

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Tarte Maracuja Oil: I haven’t done a skin care post without mentioning this holy grail product! It’s magic. I love soaking my face and neck in it before bed and waking up with rejuvenated skin. As someone with combination skin, I suffer from breakouts and dry patches at the same time, but this stuff remedies it better than any other combination of products. It contains maracuja fruit nutrients, like vitamin C and essential fatty acids, that my skin craves.

face oil, winter, skin care

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque: I have always been a big fan of Aveda’s plant based hair care products and was recently introduced to their masque. Prior to using it, the static in my hair was unmanageable. Now, both my hair and scalp are hydrated and frizz-free. If you’re suffering from dry hair like I was (most curly hair types have a tendency to be dry), I recommend using a moisturizing masque once a week.

winter hair care, beauty products, hair masque

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: If I was stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one beauty product, this would be it. I love putting this on after I shave my legs, or on my hands before bed. It’s also great on wet or dry hair and for healing acne scars…the list could go on forever. I haven’t found a body lotion that can compete with simple, natural, inexpensive coconut oil, and I don’t think I ever will.

coconut oil, trader joe's, winter skin care

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm: This product has been in every purse I’ve owned since high school. I love the fruity smell, the variety of lip tints, the SPF 20, but most importantly, the long lasting moisturizing effects. It’s an easy, every day step up from regular Chapstick that I never leave the house without.

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Winter Loungewear

December in NorCal, where I live, is quite crisp and chilly. By the start of Winter, I’m usually found either in loungewear or various other outfits that could double as pajamas. This is the time for thick leggings and joggers, fuzzy socks, warm UGG boots, and either a cardigan, flannel, or comfy pullover sweater. Check out my favorite Winter pieces below:

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Express

winter loungewear, sweats

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, leggings

Madewell

winter loungewear, joggers

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, fuzzy socks

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, fuzzy socks

Lucky Brand

winter loungewear, UGGs

UGG

winter loungewear, UGGs

UGG

winter loungewear, Uggs

UGG

winter loungewear, sweater

Madewell

winter loungewear, sweater

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, flannel

American Eagle

winter loungewear, sweater

Free People

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” -Ben Aaronovitch

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part Two

Part Two of my Holiday Gift Guide focuses on the women in your life—your mom, sister, girlfriend, or best friend. Whether they’re a homebody, self-care enthusiast, girly girl, or an active, outdoors lover, you’re covered.  Now’s the time to splurge on the ones you love…happy shopping!

marc jacobs sunglasses, xmas shopping

Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Leather backpack, christmas shopping

Cuyana Leather Backpack

Chanel Lipstick, Holiday Shopping, gifts

Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Colour

dyson hair dryer, holiday gifts

Dyson Supersonic

Aesop lotion, christmas shopping

Aesop Hand Balm

Kendra Scott Bracelet, christmas shopping

Kendra Scott Cuff Bracelet

ClassPass, Christmas gift

ClassPass

Ugg Slippers, Holiday shopping

UGG Slippers

Patagonia, winter, shopping, christmas

Patagonia Jacket

Nikes, running, christmas shopping

Nike’s Running Shoe

“Christmas isn’t a season—it’s a feeling” – Edna Ferber

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part One

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to start shopping! No matter which holidays you celebrate, gifts are usually a big part of the ritual. The Holiday Season is the perfect excuse to spoil the ones you love. Part One of my Gift Guide is for the men in your life—in my case, the most difficult to shop for. Hopefully this can provide some help. Cheers!

Jeans

Selvedge Denim

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Carhartt Beanie

Vests, winter, Christmas

Patagonia Reversible Down Vest

Cast Iron Skillet, Winter, Christmas shopping

Cast Iron Skillet

cooler, camping, Christmas shopping

Yeti Cooler

Fishing Round Float Tube

Fishing Float Tube

Shell cordovan Watch strap

Shell Cordovan Watch Strap

Boat Shoes, Summer, Shopping

Sperry Boat Shoes

Climbing Shoes, Hiking, Outdoors

Evolv Climbing Shoes

Mad Men sunglasses, aviators

“Mad Men” Aviators

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” -Johnny Carson

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Holiday Long Sleeve Dresses

The Holidays are under way! Figuring out what to wear can be difficult. I love dressing up, but I never own a dress that’s warm enough, and yet still elegant. Most of my dresses are meant to be worn in the summer, usually sleeveless, short sleeve, or even strapless. I realized an easy fix to my problem—invest in some long sleeve dresses! There are a few styles I gravitate towards in particular. Check them out below.

The LBD

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Shopbop

holiday, dresses, little black dress

Shoptiques

holiday, dresses, little black dress

Nordstrom

Bell Sleeve

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Shopbop

holiday, dresses, bell sleeve

Nordstrom

holiday, dresses, bell sleeve

Shoptiques

Over the Knee

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Neiman Marcus

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Revolve

 

holiday, dresses, over the knee

Revolve

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 
― Coco Chanel

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Winter Outerwear Checklist

With Winter just a few weeks away, it’s time to make sure you have the essentials in the outerwear department. I recommend having something for rain or snow (depending on where you live), a fancy and an everyday option, and a cozy, indoor piece.  With just a handful of coats, you should be set for numerous scenarios during the coldest months of the year.

Trench/Rain Coat

raint coat

Shoptiques

trench coat

Kate Spade

trench coat

Kate Spade

Snow Coat

snow coat

Volcom 

snow coat

Canada Goose

snow coat

The North Face

Pea Coat

pea coat

Zulily

Pea coat

Topshop

pea coat

ASOS

Car Coat

car coat

Patagonia

car coat

Patagonia

car coat

Patagonia

House Coat

house coat

Urban Outfitters

house coat

Nordstrom

house coat

Anthropologie

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
― John Steinbeck

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Holiday Hair

The holidays are creeping up on us, and I couldn’t be more ready. One of my favorite aspects of the season are the many fun excuses to get all dolled up! It’s no secret that experimenting with hair and makeup is one of my most beloved past times, and Thanksgiving is a great chance to debut a new style! As I’ve blogged about before, Kristin Ess is one of the most Instagram worthy hairstylists out there—she’s constantly inspiring me to try something new. I love her effortless, chic looks. They feel ethereal and timeless, and usually aren’t that difficult to recreate. I especially love when she adds a simple accessory to her up-dos—something that would fit well on an extra special occasion during the Winter months. Take a peek at some of my favorite looks that she has created; I also gathered up some pretty accessories that will elevate any hairstyle this season. Happy styling!

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

 

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

holiday hair accessories

Anthroplogie

 

holiday hair accessories

Madewell

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” —Michael Kors

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