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The Intern’s Closet

I recently got an internship at an office in Washington, D.C. As I was packing and preparing myself for my life as intern, I took a look at my closet to see what I had that could work for an intern’s closet. My internship has a “business casual” dress code, so I knew I already had some items in my closet that could fit the bill. I didn’t want to buy and entirely knew wardrobe but I wanted versatility, so I was looking to add a few pieces that I could dress up and dress down. I scoured the internet for clues on what most professionals considered business casual. I stumbled upon this photo: business casual photo Here are the recommendations from the post,:

Pants (solid colors are best), Skirts (length that lands at or above the knee), Tailored dress Tailored shirts, blouses, knits, sweaters and cardigans, Blazers and jackets, Both closed toed and open toed heels are appropriate, Jewelry and accessories (such as belts, scarves, watches) should be classic and conservative

One of my biggest problems with D.C. professionals is that they look great at work, but everywhere else they look a little…interesting. I often tuck my heels (if I wear any at all) into my bag and wear cute, sensible flats on the train. I think more brands in the DC area need to invest in comfortable flats, because the market out here is serious! There are women in beautiful skirt and blouse ensembles with neon Nike sneakers on and men in well cut suits with New Balances on. For me, comfort is paramount. I enjoy getting dressed for my internship and I also enjoy the fact that I can leave work and go meet up with friends without having to change. I am comfortable and I look put together. My office seemed to be pretty casual, which explains why my wardrobe leans more on the casual side. Here are a few of my outfits and some tips for the first few weeks at an internship with a business casual dress code.

Tip #1: Show some personality with some color.

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I find most traditional black boring so I opted for a pair of cobalt blue skinny pants from F21

Tip #2: Wear a sleeveless top and bring along a sweater or jacket to adjust for the weather.

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I used online shopping websites to introduce cute inexpensive tops to my closet.

Tip #3: Use statement necklaces to make your outfits a little more interesting

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Statement necklaces tend to dress up outfits and make them appear more thought out

Tip #4: Invest in a bag is both cute and functional

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This bag is sturdy and spacious to hold my work, heels, and my lunch kit.

Tip #5:  Pair solids with patterns to break up the monotony of an outfit

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My houndstooth skirt

Tip 6: Substitute uncomfortable slack for jeggings 

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I’ve worn these wine skinny pants into the office multiple times and no one has realized they’re jeggings!

My favorite tip is the last one. I never would have thought I’d be wearing jeggings to work, but after the first day I realized my desk job requires me sitting for hours! I realized, I might as well be comfortable while I sit and work. When I decided to wear jeggings, I made sure they were the type that actually looked like regular pants (with a zipper, button, back pocket, etc.). I also both them a size up, so they wouldn’t be inappropriately tight. There is a wide variety of jeggings online and most of them are inexpensive. I know that there will come a day when I have to become a real person and buy an entire wardrobe of designer pants, but for now I am just a humble intern who wears stylish jeggings to work.  Those are my tips for dressing to impress as an intern. Are there any other interns out there? What do you all wear to work?

WAYW: Flowers for Springtime

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WAYW

Purple sweater

Peter pan lace collar

Beige floral skirt

Braided tan belt

Lemon tights

Beige and grey fuzzy socks

Tan ankle boots

This outfit was for me. I had nowhere special to go and no one particularly important to see. I dressed like this to reflect how happy and content I am. I’m in a good place despite it being less than 20 degrees outside. My skirt has flowers on it to remind me that one day soon the flowers will bloom again. All things that were once dead will come back to life.

 

 

Style Inspiration: Mod Style

Everyone who knows me knows that I re-invent my style in some way. Recently, I’ve been digging the tv series Mad Men’s 50s-inspired style. I love the bold prints and patterns, the full skirts, the clean feminine lines of the clothing, and the classic pieces. From head to toe, this mod style is womanly and playful at the same time.

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His & Hers style glasses. His: Wayfarer; Hers: Cat eye. (from Coastal.com)

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Check out Mod Cloth’s full list of Work-Approriate Outfits (click link)

Pinterest also provided some great Mod style-inspired boards (click below to view the boards)

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Check out my “Dresses”- Pinterest Board

As I transition into graduate school, I will be revamping my style once again. My upcoming clothes swap will be my last one in Houston. This time I know exactly what I’m looking for in the swap. Thankfully, I’ve already thrifted a lot of full skirts, colored pants, bright tights and interesting flats into my wardrobe. Now I just need to introduce some printed tops and flirty dresses. Some new jewelry wouldn’t hurt.

All About The Color Purple (OOTD)

 

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Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 7.42.49 PMIt was all about the color purple today. A friend told me I was brave for this mono-chromatic outfit. I knew I was taking a risk combining my lilac Oxford blouse with my eggplant tights, but I think it turned out just fine.

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SXSW 2013

This Spring Break, my sisters and I decided to try out SXSW in Austin. It was fun hanging out with all the hipsters. We saw Kendrick Lamar perform live. My sister and friends went to Solange’s and Trinidad James’s concert. Here are my OOTDs. Enjoy!

 

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I have realized one thing: I need to get a better phone. My sister has a Samsung Galaxy SII and she took some pictures and recorded some great clips at the concerts.

Happy Birthday to My Big sister, Dee!

Today is my sister, Dee’s birthday!
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There are so many reasons why I love this woman, but here are my top 10:

1. She is beautiful

2. She is kind and giving

3. She’s a great big sister

4. She ages in reverse (look 17 even though she just turned 27)

5. She’s ambidextrous

6. She’s a great writer (check out her blog deekodeetales.com)

7. She not-so-secretly wants to be Korean

8. She hates going shopping but has great style

9. She is a ever-growing woman of God

10. She knows how to laugh at herself

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Isn’t she lovely!

And here’s my Sunday Best outfit:

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We didn’t plan the lemon grass color. It just happened. Both my pants and Dee’s are from Target. They were on sale for $8! I had to snag them.

 

Happy Birthday to my baby (big sis) Dee!

 

 

Thrift Haul #1

I’ve been really into vintage-looking styles lately. A few people have asked me why I dress like I’m from another decade. Honestly, I like reinventing myself. At this point in my style, I am into mini dresses paired with tights and peter pan collars.

I recently went thrifting. Everything was an additional 50% off. Nothing I bought was over $5, due to the sale!

Here are a few of my finds: