Valentine’s Day Planning pt. 2: The Outfit

So you have your Valentine’s Day meal all planned out, now the question is what to wear. I have to say,  I’ve been having a lot of fun finding the perfect V-Day wear.

Here are some ideas. I hope you like them!

If you are wanting to see more of my V-day picks check out my Valentine’s Day Pins.

xoxo,

Katie

Collar-lovin’

On my shopping trip I also picked up a pair of jeans and a white button-up shirt.  Like a lot of people, I have fallen in love with the buttoned-up collared shirt. A lot of designers were loving this look, here are just a few examples from Spring Ready to Wear collections:

Jonathan Saunders did it.

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Miu Miu

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Valentino, too.

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More Valentino

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I have been really interested in finding an antique  big necklace, perhaps done in the art deco style to pair with my new shirt.  Here are some options:

I found both of these vintage lovelies on eBay.. Which is the best do you think?

I hope your Monday is going well… Is it weird that I’m at home, blogging, and applying for jobs, wearing red lipstick? I needed a pick-me-up I guess..

xoxo,

Katie

Emerald City: less purse space, more organization

Hello again,

As promised, here is my loot from my last shopping trip.  When I locked eyes on this delightful little purse I knew I had to have it. It’s such a great shade of green, and I have a lot of things in my wardrobe that could definitely go with it, so, I got it!

I picked this bad boy up at Forever 21

Normally I carry a rather large bag, that has unfortunately become a catch-all for bits of trash, random things, paperback novels, my kindle (why do I need both, you ask? Because.), and a buh-jillion other things.  I noticed a week or so ago that when I carried it at whole day without putting it down that my shoulder hurt.. Like my back used to hurt when I carried textbooks in my backpack.  Crazy, right?

After looking in to this bit, I found that I was not the only who had a heavy purse problem. I read that  women’s handbags are an average of 5 lbs!

Well, I hate to admit it, but mine weighed  8 lbs. Yikes!

Here’s what was in it:

lipstick, much?

Clearly I have a handbag problem. I decided to do something drastic.. And very painful: I went shopping a smaller handbag.. I know, I’m a martyr for all pack-rats to look up to.

So now I have Deirdre… Is it strange that I named her? Ah well. Here’s what I carry now:

much better

So there you have it.  I am now a much more organized gal.. And my purse only weighs  3 lbs now!

xoxo,

Katie

Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Happy friday, my readers… all three of you.. Sorry Mom, you don’t count- you’re my mother, and you have to read this.

Anywho, it’s almost the weekend.  Do you have anything fun planned for le weekend? It’s still undecided what we will be doing, but we might be going to our local Thrift Village to pick up some end tables for our living room.  We saw some really lovely tables when we were there last time but couldn’t decide if we wanted them, or some Ikea ones.  I kind of like the idea of buying thrifted furniture on the cheap and refinishing it like we did with our coffee table.

These are pretty close to our colors, minus the first blue color, and the last sandy color:

I picked this up off of this wonderful website called Design Seeds, go there for brilliant color palette combinations- she has an excellent eye for color.

I was thinking if we got thrifted tables I would paint them grey- most likely the darker shade.  Eventually I think I would move them upstairs into our guest bedroom, that will (hopefully) look something like this:

One of our goals in furnishing our house to buy things that we can re-purpose later.  For example: we are currently using our coffee table as our tv stand… which was a major upgrade from the moving boxes we were using before (awesome, right?).

Eventually, I’m going to take you on a house tour so that I can track our decorating progress over time.  That will be fun.

Alright my three readers, I hope  you have a wonderful weekend, full of fun and productivity.

xoxo,

Katie

Come Away With Me

At the end of next month my good friend Stephanie is coming out to Jersey to SEE ME (pause for happy dance)!!! We are planning on going to Philly, since I live so close, and also to New York. I haven’t been before (this kills me because we live SO CLOSE), so I don’t know what is good to see aside from the obvious things.  For those of you who have been there, or live there, what should we do? Where is the good shopping? What about good restaurants?

Help!

I hope to hear from you soon..

xoxo,

Katie

Finding My Dream Job

As I’ve been searching for a job, I have found that  it can be extremely daunting to find employment when you’re not sure of what you should be doing.  About a month ago I got a Monster.com account, and had no troubles filling out my profile information until it asked me what job I would  like to apply for… Yikes! What should I be doing? There are SO many things on that list, dang it.  I could definitely count out anything math-related, or engineering jobs, but what else can I take off the list?

So I got to thinking, maybe I should make a list of things I like to do.  If I made a list of things I find enjoyable, could help me come to some conclusions about what I should be doing.  So, without further ado, here is my list.

Things I like:

  1. Reading
  2. Surfing the interwebs
  3. Baking
  4. Cooking
  5. Making up recipes for desserts
  6. Travel
  7. Shopping
  8. Interior decorating
  9. Writing
  10. Fashion
  11. Film
  12. Television
  13. Pinterest (follow me here)

Hmmm..Okay, so what does it mean?

Maybe I should get more specific… Because being web-surfing baker of original cakes/fashion writer and home decor maven sounds delightful, but maybe not entirely practical..

How about a list of things I was particularly good at during my last job (a secretary of sorts), to see if they can cross reference the things that I like to come up with a good job for me.

  1. Excellent organizational skills
  2. Good with people
  3. Multi-tasker
  4. Filing whiz

So clearly I made it out of my last job with clerical skills, and to be honest, I’ve been applying to a lot of administrative assistant jobs, and I know that I could do that proficiently, but goodness, where is the joy?  I loved my last job because of the friends that I made there, not because I was fulfilled by the work. So where does this leave me?

My desire for shoes is strong, and I would love to be able to tell people I have a job when they ask me what I’ve been up to.  I think that seeing people who I haven’t seen in a long time is the worst, now that I have no job, and am basically a housewife.   It makes it harder because my husband’s family are all very successful, very intelligent lovely, kind and wonderful folks… It makes it difficult to paste a smile on my face and say,  “I’m still looking for something.”

After a month of settling for a job that I definitely can do, but find no joy in, I have decided to look for something closer to following my dreams, rather than following a paycheck.

So, I made a new list: What I don’t like about my last job

  1. Cubicles: I can’t stand feeling boxed in
  2. No real challenge
  3. Being looked down on by the people I worked for (I worked at a University, and in academic culture it’s the norm to classify people based on how much education they have had…But PhDs can been particularly snoody about it…I.e. if you don’t have your PhD, you are not as good as them.. Of course, that is not everyone- I am married to the most unassuming, sweet, brilliant man and he has his doctorate, but he is rare).
  4. Office politics- you can’t avoid them, but they seem particularly bad  in a university setting
  5. Bureaucracy- OH MY GOD, the amount of time it takes to get anything done is kind of astounding.

The conclusion:

I can see that working in an office setting is not the best option for me. I’m thinking I need a job where I get to be social, creative, and see the sunshine instead of three sides of a cubicle.

Did you make a list? What does yours say? Share with me! I would love to know what you guys are thinking.

Tune in next time for details on my first trip to Washington D.C.!!

xoxo,

Katie