I made lots of new friends on Sunday night. Two of them were named Alli and Gator. Just kidding, I don’t know their names, but they were in fact baby alligators and I held one of them. My firm hosted a pretty stupendous (that’s an underused word, don’t you think?) party at this conference, and our big draws were the live band and the baby alligator photo op. Don’t worry, there were handlers there, and we are donating $500 to the Florida Everglades as a thank you to these cute little predators.
What do you wear when you know you’re going to a party with alligators? A cute cocktail dress that will make them feel right at home, obviously! It’s called “swamp chic” and it’s so hot right now. And yes, you will notice that I opted for flats and a crossbody bag instead of your typical heels and clutch. The latter set is just not practical for networking. If you’re looking for impractical outfit ideas, just let me know, and I can direct you to another blog or 2.
In addition to the alligators, I got to meet one of my lovely blog readers (hi Katrina!), and I busted a move with people from at least four different continents. All in all, a pretty successful night!
Remember that work trip I told you about? Well, I’m on it! After a brief travel hiccup, I made it to a very muggy Orlando on Friday night. Yesterday I checked into the conference, had what turned out to be a really fun coffee meeting with an attorney from Australia (he gave me a little stuffed kangaroo), and attended a session about cultural intelligence for trademark lawyers. Did you know that in China, Quaker Oats are labeled with Chinese characters that translate to Old Man Brand? That tickles me. Then there was an orientation and reception for first-time attendees, so I got some good advice (don’t drink too much, and make friends). I immediately put that advice to work, having one glass of wine and chatting with some other young attorneys from California, Arizona, and Tennessee.
I noticed most people were dressed more business casual (lots of suits), but I figured it was Saturday and I was in Florida so I would dress the part. I’ve found that the best thing to do when you’re dressed different than everyone else is not worry about it – and just tell yourself you’re dressed better than everyone else. 😉
*Ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
I leave for my first ever work trip in a couple days, and the most important part (outfit planning) has already begun! It’s a big international conference in Florida, so there are lots of factors to think about: I’ll be in CLE classes during the day (business casual), but at cocktail parties in the evenings (more fun); it’ll be 90 million degrees outside, but over-air-conditioned inside; I want to look nice and make a good impression, but I also want to be comfortable while I’m on my feet all day. In other words, there will be a lot of dresses with blazers, and lots of cute flats. In other other words, I’ll be checking a giant bag filled with like 10 outfits for 5 days. DON’T JUDGE ME. Those of you who are experienced business travelers – give me your best survival tips!
Meanwhile, I forgot to plan what I’m wearing to work tomorrow. Whoops. Anyway, here’s what I wore yesterday. This outfit came into existence because I happened to be wearing this skirt when this top came in the mail and I realized they looked good together. If only everything were that easy.
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I know you’ve already seen me wear these shoes, but I haven’t told you the story of when I bought them! It was the weekend the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was released, and we had a couple friends over for a marathon. I can only stare at a screen for so long before I need to stare at another screen (hey, I technically count as a “millennial”), so I got out my laptop and started perusing that day’s Ann Taylor sale.
I spotted these gingham pumps and showed them to my friend Damon who happens to be a huge Wizard of Oz fan. He encouraged me to buy them and wear them with a red dress – it would be a “reverse Dorothy”! We then realized “reverse Dorothy” sounded like a sex position and it didn’t seem appropriate to think of young Judy Garland like that, but still…here’s my reverse Dorothy outfit. Thanks for the inspiration, Damon!
I love the happy little pink pigeons hiding on this shirt. You do you, pink pigeons. I just got these hot pink drop earrings, and I almost never wear earrings when my hair is down, but I decided to wear them with this outfit with my hair tucked a little behind my ears. It just seemed appropriate to have pink earrings peeking out this [deceptively thick] mane of mine, to match the pink pigeons peeking out of my army jacket. I’m pretty sure this says something about my personality; I’m just not exactly sure what. Maybe that I like pink but that I want to make sure you know I don’t like pink because I’m supposed to. All the women who independent: throw your hands and pigeons up at me.
Why do bad things happen to…good TV shows? I’m watching the season finale of The Family, and they just announced this week that the show was cancelled! I’m so mad because this show is so good. It has almost Scandal-level intrigue. But apparently no one besides me was watching it. I would tell you to look it up on Hulu, but what kind of friend would I be to get you hooked on something and then take it away?
What is the point of living when everything ends?!?! These are the kinds of things I think about on a Sunday night. That, and: What am I going to wear to work tomorrow?
Please know that as I put this post together, Michael Jackson’s “It Don’t Matter if You’re Black or White” was playing on repeat in my head. I would appreciate it if you could start singing it to yourself now. Thank you.
Now that I’ve given you a soundtrack and a great outfit idea, you’re all set for the weekend! What’s everyone up to? Outdoorsy things? Errand running? Sleeping and drinking wine? If it’s the last one, we could be real-life friends. Speaking of real-life friends, I have plans on Sunday to hang with one of my fellow Indianapolis bloggers, Katie. If you’re a real person who wears clothes and you don’t read her blog, you’re missing out. There, now that I’ve given her a shout out, she can’t possibly stand me up for our cake date.
I really thought this dress looked better on me. Actually, I’m pretty sure it does look better on me, it just spent too much time suffocating under my trench coat before we took these photos. If I’m being honest (and whether you like it or not, I’m always being honest), it wasn’t really chambray dress weather the day I wore this. But it was Saturday and opening day of the Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market, and I felt very strongly that it should be chambray dress weather. So I wore my springy little outfit and bought a tomato to match my bag.
Anyway, in case you’re interested, this dress in on sale. I swear it’s cute.
I simply cannot be stopped with this caramel brown moto jacket (Exhibit A, Exhibit B). I might like it even more for spring than I did back in the fall! It just looks so great against bright colors, and there is no lack of bright colors in my world. Speaking of colorful parts of the world, I wore this outfit on Cinco de Mayo. It’s not often that I’m willing to wait an hour and a half for a table, but it’s also not often that there’s a calendar-sanctioned occasion for people over 21 to have queso and margaritas on a weeknight. Worth the wait!
I’m not one to put together an outfit full of “basics.” But every once in a while, I’m lazy and don’t feel like coming up with something original. And then I end up liking my basic, boring outfit more than a lot of my more unique combinations. Then I have a brief “what am I doing with my life?!” moment. And then I talk myself off the ledge by remembering that clothes (and blogging about clothes) are not worth stressing about. If the clothes make me feel good/happy/confident/comfortable, I should wear them. And if I happen to have the opportunity to get get photos of those clothes, then I might blog them. (I’m putting this in writing so I can refer back to my own advice next time I think I’m having a ridiculous personal crisis over what to wear.)
*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.