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5 Favorite Things

July 25, 2012

In the first year of my blog, I often wrote “Five Lessons Learned, Five Favorite Things” which was a blog series that I borrowed from Amelia Pontes. In the last few months, I’ve gotten increasingly narrow in the type of posts I write, so hopefully I will start opening it up more and sharing things that are inspiring me and/or enjoying rather than just outfit posts.

So here’s my five favorite things in the past couple of weeks 🙂

1. The Glee Project! So here’s my dork flag flying, last summer I watched The Glee Project and absolutely fell in love with the show. Something about watching really talented young people try new things and work towards a dream job gets me excited, and I always like watching shows about people who have skills I do not possess (like singing and ballet shows!). Here’s one of my favorite performances this season from Nellie, who unfortunately is no longer on the show 😦

2. Stumbling upon a really good sale. I don’t normally visit because usually everything I want is WAY out of my price range, but for some reason I headed over there yesterday and found some great handbags. I’m glad I acted fast because both styles are already sold out. Here’s what I picked up:

Stone messenger handbag for $20!

Floral handbag for $10!

3. Planning a “professional” wardrobe. Now that I’ve got a “big girl” job, I’ve been having fun pinning items that I’d love to wear to teach in. I think it’s kind of a difficult line to hold when you’re going into teaching adults at age 24. I want to show my youth and yet not be defined by my youth. Something to keep in mind is that I never felt like I had a “fashion identity” (or even wanted to create one) until 2 years ago, so how will the changes in my life change that identity? I’m interested in exploring that 🙂

4. Margarita Mondays with my coworkers. Over the summer I’ve been working at my family’s business writing instructional manuals (fun, fun ;)). I’ve worked there on and off since I was 14, and many of the people working there have been there since I was a baby! Sometimes working there can make me feel like an outsider. I’m a coworker, but I’m also the boss’ daughter. They know I’m temporary, so I’m often not pulled in to long term plans they are making, etc. This past week, I was invited out to celebrate a coworker’s birthday with a round of margaritas. I had a lot of fun getting to know these people I’ve known for years outside of the office, and it reminded me that I needed to be more active in showing that I want relationships with them.

5. Lots of wonderful blog posts from interesting, smart, creative women. I’ve been lucky to find blogs and bloggers that I really enjoy getting to know and reading. Here are a few of my favorite posts from the last couple of weeks:

Dani at DIY Fatshion and her colorful purse

Natalie at Extra Large as Life and her closing doors and opening up new ones

Georgette at Grown and Curvy Woman looking gorgeous in a peplum top and animal print

Valerie at Blog to Be Alive channeling the sun

and my absolute favorite:

Sarah at Return To Sender writing about preserves, her muu muu for eating, and sinks (hil-ar-ious!)

What have you been enjoying this week?


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Denisa Dellinger permalink
    July 25, 2012 10:59 pm

    Lu uv the white handbag you got and the floral one is great as well. So you are teaching adults. I teach little children. Big difference. Keep it interesting and relevant. Bring in things that are happening in the world and make it relevant to your subject, I think you will be a great teacher and inspiring. Bring up your blog and your fashion. People like what makes you you. And don’t forget to include things that adults are facing today and their own experiences. You will be great. I think writing instruction manuals is very interesting. Lots of thought and analysis and detail. Writing is something I got interested in later on in life but the grammar part tripped me up and the form. Research papers changed greatly from when I first went to undergraduate school to grad school to going back and getting my teacher certification. Scary. Too long or too short or too many sources or footnotes. well… Things are really exciting for you and I look forward to hearing all about it.

  2. July 26, 2012 8:17 am

    Thank you SO much for including me in this wonderful post! I think you are a phenomenal woman and a kick ass writer! Your soon to be students are so lucky to have such an intelligent and talented person teaching them. I cant wait to see how your professional wardrobe develops and the evolution of your blog! 🙂

  3. July 27, 2012 5:19 pm

    I know what you mean about the professional wardrobe. I work in an office and I have to keep the dress code in mind when shopping. The rules can get overwhelming sometimes: no cropped pants, no capris, no shoes with straps between the toes, no strapless tops, no sheer, no denim, no low-cut necklines… they’re just no fun. I push the limits sometimes but I’m a good girl by nature so I always try to follow the rules and stay out of HR. I think you’ll do great with both the teaching and planning your wardrobe! And my door is always open if you want to talk to someone about taking on a new job… I know I was terrified when I was younger and starting out in the corporate world. 🙂

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