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I can’t believe I almost turned down this dress while shopping with my mom before Christmas at the new Clarksburg Premium Outlets.We were in Ralph Lauren, and I’d actually wanted to try on another dress that they didn’t have in my size when my mom pulled this stunner off a rack. I tried it on and wanted to cry- I felt huge. I felt like my arms were gigantic and I had stubby legs. But my mom told me it was actually a slimming cut for me and, after seeing these pictures, I’m going to have to agree. Why is it that sometimes it takes someone else to tell us we look good to believe it? I’m short and I’m curvy but I take care of myself and dammit if I’m not feeling great right now.

And something about leather- I felt like a total bad-ass when I wore this outfit to work. I wore the jacket like a blazer- it was light enough to wear under my winter coat + keep me comfy in the office AC. Because of the length of the dress, OTK boots kind of cut off my legs, which just gave me an excuse to rock a pair of heels, something I’ve been trying to do more. The necklace was just a treat to myself because I’ve been eyeing blue statement necklaces and this one happened to be half off. Unfortunately, the sale is over, but T+J Designs is constantly having sales, so I’m sure it’ll come back around.

I think the sparkle/ leather/ polished look worked for me. I’m finding that the more polished I am for work, the better I feel. Fitted and professional wear just makes me feel good. What do you wear to feel confident at work?

Outfit details:
Dress: Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store||BB DAKOTA Faux Leather Jacket: Zappos||Alanna Pump: Cole Haan Outlet||Blue Crystal Choker Necklace: T+J Designs||Ted Baker tote: Nordstrom
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I think a few of you know this but my main photog is a very sweet coworker. I just send her an email request for a meeting and we take a little break in the afternoon to go shoot. It works out really well because I work right near City Center and it’s perfect for pics. It also gives Alex and I a time to chat, maybe vent, and get some fresh air. Win, win right? As we were walking across the street to our favorite picture spot, I was telling Alex that my outfit made me feel so ladylike and I had this song stuck in my head. Even when I’m feeling ladylike it’s like POP PUNK FOREVER.

I talked a little bit before about how I was going to really showcase some of my older pieces because I love them and I wear them. When I first started at the firm, a male, fashion-forward paralegal and I were discussing my style. He kind of pinpointed it as business casual Zooey Deschanel- feminine and a little quirky. This bow sweater was one of my first purchases for work once I got a hang of dressing for my office. I wear it pretty constantly in the fall/ winter. It goes with everything and honestly if you want to add a bit of personality to your sweater collection a bow is a great place to start. This one is like 3 years old, so I linked some other adorable bow sweaters below!

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ALEX EARRING: Kendra Scott||Similar blanket scarf||Bow sweater: Loft||Skirt: Ann Taylor||Ted Baker tote: Nordstrom||Similar booties

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Ok, so you know how I was on the hunt for burgundy booties? I had ordered several pairs to try- open-toed, close-toed, suede, leather, etc. Nothing worked! I ended up returning them all. I don’t know if it was my high arches or my narrow but long feet but everything felt off. I gave up and figured, “ok. I’ll order this pair from Amazon. They’re cheap and if they don’t fit, whatever I’ll return them.” Lo and behold, I finally found my match! Even though my booties are under $50, I’m really impressed with the quality. They are super comfy as well, and I love the different textures.

The grey t shirt dress is actually from the Loft Factory Store in Mississippi. I love Loft stores because I can walk in, spot what I like, grab it in my size and go. I actually got three dresses that day… and two of them were grey t shirt dresses because I have a thing. It’s so easy for work. Now that it’s getting just a we bit cooler (again, FINALLY!) I can rock my super soft denim jacket, and I am thrilled. Fall is coming together, and so are those effortless fall outfits.

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Jacket: Target||Dress: Loft Factory||Booties: Amazon||Tote: Nordstrom [sold out in black. Last seen here.]||Necklace: Kendra Scott

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When in doubt- margaritas. Sarah and I had a meeting with Amanda from Whistle & Wild a couple weeks ago but Amanda had to reschedule. No problem. Since Sarah and I had already blocked off the evening, cute outfits and all, we decided to happy hour anyway.

We went to one of my favorite HH spots in the city. Mission DuPont has some of the best margs I’ve ever had, and I could eat their chorizo quesadillas every damn day. I actually got there a literal minute before HH ended, and the bartender was the absolute sweetest about it. A pitcher of margs later, we decided it would be such a good idea to go to another bar for one last drink. Why? Because we’re young with not a whole lot of responsibilities and why not keep sipping on a random Monday?

Seriously, even though I’ve only known the Bubbles + Bloggers girls a few months, I’m not sure what I did without them before. It’s so nice to reach into my pocket and know I have a whole little crew available if I want a buddy for an event, a photo shoot, or even just a happy hour on a work night. If you find your tribe, you better love them hard, because it’s kind of an ugly and competitive world out there. I found that having them around has given me a lot of confidence, especially since some of my closest friends have moved away.

In summation- get a great gal-pal or a few, get dolled up, and go to that second bar.

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Dress: Cop.copine||Belt: Target||Bag: Nordstrom||Shoes: TJ MAXX

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