Catching Up

Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil Skirt   While I haven’t had much time to work on the writing part of this blog, I’ve kept collecting outfit pictures. The last month (or two I guess) have gone by in a flash. Most of it was a big blur of working and being tired. I don’t think I realized how exhausting it is to balance two different work schedules, and I am in such awe of those who can, or have to, do this regularly. I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and am hoping to move full time at my office job in the next few months.

These photos are from a couple months ago when Boise was just starting to get cold. My fingers just froze while I was out shooting these. I rarely spend time downtown but it was neat to  head to the top of a parking garage and just check out all the new things popping up in my city. If you’re a Boisean, the most notable is the transformation of “The Hole” into what i’m calling “The Tower.” After 25 years it’s pretty great to see a shiny new building all ready to start welcoming customers. Maybe one day I’ll get to work in this tiny little center hub. And maybe by then it won’t be so tiny!Boise Tower

The challenge to dress up to an office standard has been one of the more fun aspects of these last few busy months. The biggest challenge I’ve run into is that I AM NOT a morning person. I tend to wake up barely 30 minutes before I need to be in the car and on my way and it just feels like high school all over again. Back then I had perfected the 10 minute wake and run out the door routine. Nowadays I’m at about 10 – 15 minutes to get dressed and my hair/make-up done. While I do wish I was better about waking up and actually had some real time to get ready I have discovered a few tricks to speed up my morning.Sugared Rush 4

Create a Mix-N-Match Wardrobe

Since I’m just beginning to build my work wardrobe I’ve been keeping it simple. Most of my clothes are black, blue, or pink so that I can easily mix and match all of my work pieces together.

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This may just be me, but I tend to over analyze myself if I spend too much time in front of the mirror. I know my closet pretty well and have learned to just trust my sense of style. If I think that a pair of pants and top would go well together, then I just trust that they will and I wear them. That extra minute or two spent microscoping over every detail of your outfit can be just enough to make you late in the morning, so why deal with it. (Now, this doesn’t apply to getting my hair and make-up done. Mirrors are pretty necessary for that 🙂 )Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil Skirt

Keep It Simple

This is one of those tips that is so easy to say, yet hard to actually practice. The way I go about it is to just think about only doing one thing. For my hair, I just turn on my straightener, because that one device can curl or straighten any annoying kinks I may have. Since it’s also the only thing I use on my rushed mornings, I also know how long it takes to heat up, and to touch up my hair. With  my make-up I decide on just one feature to play up. If my skins being annoying I’ll focus on getting a good foundation on, or if I’m feeling fun I’ll spend time doing my eye make-up. For the rest, I just grab the quickest, simplest thing to complete my look – a brush of tinted chapstick or a quick layer of mocha eyeshadow.

Outfit Details: [Blazer: Thrifted] [Top: Old] [Skirt: JCP] [Necklace: Claires] [Shoes: DSW] Boise Capital

Are you a morning person? What are your tricks to getting ready quickly?

xx Amy

Olive: Cause I’ll Live

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For the first time in a while, I am super excited that tomorrow is Friday, because finally Friday means the end of my epicly long work streak. Saturday will be my first full day off in a month! A WHOLE MONTH of constantly working. I’m pretty glad I’ve finally made it through this transition period, and I feel pretty good about it. In the last month I still worked out, went out with my boyfriend, saw friends, and blogged! Now I’m starting to think more on my long to-do lists that have gotten pushed aside in favor of more necessary items. Near the top of that list is a new blog design. Over the last week I’ve really been thinking about how I want to move forward with this blog, and overall I know I want to work on it being a better reflection of myself, not just one facet. Down the road I’d love to get more into the photography side, since that’s where my real passion lies. I’d also like to start including more book discussions, and game reviews, and craft projects, and pretty much everything that interests me. I know that’s a lot; need to remind myself about baby steps. So I’ll start with some more white space, some more space to think, and see where it all heads.

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[Top: JCP] [Skirt: JCP] [Sweater: Estate Sale] [Shoes: Target] [Purse: Target]

Game of the Moment: Pokemon Sapphire on my iPhone

I just got lightroom for editing, not sure what I think of it yet. Are these too much? I’m always striving to get the best photo in-camera so I’m still on the fence about this all.

How do you feel about editing photos?

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Pink Pants: Office Style

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I am 100% down with pink pants. As I’m writing this I just happen to also be wearing a pair of pink jeggings that I thrifted this past weekend. These pants were my best deal of the day on my epic work clothes hunt. I found them in the clearance section of JCP for two dollars. Yep, $2!! I was, and am still, so jazzed about finding them and I know it was just meant to be. They reason they were on such clearance is because they are from the summer collection and are meant to be cropped. This just makes me laugh so much because they fit me perfectly full length. For once, a shopping perk for being short.

My biggest conundrum when thinking work attire was how to add in my creativity. These trousers hit that nail on its head. The soft pink color is unexpected in the work world and I can’t wait to style these pants through fall and winter. For my first time wearing them I went with a very basic neutral look. The sweater (and the Jacket) I also got on my work shopping spree and it was kinda a splurge, being less than 50% off (but still on sale) but I just love it! I’ve worn it a few times since then and you can’t tell but it has the cutest little button detailing on the shoulder by the neckline.  The jacket just makes me feel like a rock star. Don’t you just love pieces like that! My roommate said I need to dress up as Elvis and wear it.

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Oh yea, and I upgraded my phone. I had the hardest time getting the focus right for these photos, who knows why, so my outtakes folder is filled with a bunch of fuzzy funny photos of me posing with my new yellow tech baby.

Top: JCP

Jacket: JCP

Pants: JCP (Similar)

Necklace: Plato’s

Shoes: DSW (Previously styled here!)

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Olive Blazers: Work Style

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I’m pretty excited to share with you my first attempt at work-style. This was all pulled together from clothing that I just happened to have already in my wardrobe, but I’ve actually worn it once before to my sorority’s founder’s day brunch. I found this blazer while thrifting and it is such a great quality, It’s a bit of an older fit, but it makes me feel so classic. My ideal way to wear the blazer would be open over skinny jeans, big heels, and a relaxed shirt, but that isn’t very work friendly.

I mentioned back in my Drinking Skirt post about how much I loved this Target top, and I barely managed to tuck the crop top into this skirt. I’m not the biggest fan of the wide black band on the skirt, so the couple other times I’ve worn it I’ve tucked it inwards. Before now, I’ve felt that this skirt is a little longer than I would like, so tucking in the band also helped shorten it. In an office environment I figured it would be better to err on the longer side. The skirt turned out to be perfect for sitting at my desk, being productive and such. I’m a little odd but my favorite way to sit in a chair is criss-cross-applesauce. Something about pulling my legs under me just helps straighten me out (Weird, I know). I just suddenly have better posture and overall feel much more energized, at least until I have to move again, then major knee pain.  So far I’ve found some difficulties with this sitting position and work clothes, so that makes this flowy skirt pretty much my dream sitting skirt.

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[Top: Target] [Blazer: Thrifted] [Skirt: Target] [Heels: DSW]

It got a little too cold while taking these pictures. By the end my fingers felt pretty close to numb.

How does your work style change from summer to winter?

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