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Bell Sleeves

Anyone else in the process of adding new pieces to their closet for fall?

I don’t have a ton of disposable income, and really like to save what I can for travel, so these days, clothing that I can wear both to work and on the weekends gets a major thumbs up in my book since. When I saw this bell sleeved shirt at the LOFT Factory Store—similar in both look and price here—on a recent trip to the outlet mall near me, I knew it fit the bill perfectly. Paired with one of my favorite pencil skirts here for work or ripped black jeans and leopard flats for a causal weekend wine tasting, it’s no one-trick pony. I also envision this top being great for holiday parties over the next few months, especially paired with a more festive red or deep green. I’m sure you’ll be seeing those looks soon! ;]

In particular, I was drawn to this  bell-sleeved shirt as the sleeves weren’t too large. I’d like to be able to eat lunch at my desk without having to worry about whether or not my sleeves are accidentally being dipped into  my sweetgreen dressing of the day—you know? This one takes the concept of bell sleeves, but tones it down just a bit—on-trend, but not over-the top.

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On a more substantive note, how is work going for y’all? I know this isn’t a wear-to-work post so to speak, but now that we’ve briefly alluded to the 9-5, I’d love to check in. It’s long been on my to-do list to integrate some more career posts here on TOT since everyone seems very receptive to those, especially this one I did. But frankly, I started my blog as an escape from work since it was creative endeavor that I could completely control as I would not be subject to others edits and thoughts. Selfish, maybe—but it’s been a great outlet for the past two and a half years, and I love having it to work on when I’m not at work. So sometimes, sitting down to write about career-related topics makes it feel too much like work, which has been a tad all-consuming lately. (It is just me, or is this starting to sound like “they don’t know that we know that they know we know?”)

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Now don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not working investment-banker hours. And I am lucky enough to only have to do work on rare weekends. But, it seems like I am on a treadmill and someone keeps turning up the pace and I just need to get off and take five. I think I’ve been feeling the pressure even more lately since I also have my grad school capstone project due in December (I know, I know, I won’t shut up about it) , which is one of those assignments that is constantly hanging over your head because there is always something you could be working on. And, of everything I have going on, my blog is definitely the thing I want to work on the most, but ultimately have to work on the least.

You know what they say: if you want something done, give it to a busy person.

But, in an effort to become less busy, I have been cancelling more of my social plans and really carving out “me” time. I’ve gone to the gym several times a week for the first time in months. And while I used to have a really hard time saying no to things if someone invited me, now I really make an effort to stay home at least two nights a week after work and not have activities going on both nights of the weekend. I like sleep too much to sacrifice it for something I am not super jazzed about, and penciling in time for me to do the things I want to do is just as important.

Now that summer is over and work is probably back in full swing, how are y’all managing that ever-elusive work/life balance? (I’ve shared some of my thoughts before here.)

how to wear the bell sleeves trend

how to wear the bell sleeves trend

*** SHOP THIS POST ***
LOFT Outlet Bell Sleeve Top—similar here and here
J Crew Factory Basketweave Pencil Skirt—similar here
J Crew Factory Patent High Heel Sandals
Michael Kors Chronograph Watch
Vera Bradley Natalie Satchel c/o—similar here
Kendra Scott Necklace—similar here
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Apoline

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Photos by Monica

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23 Comments

  1. Gentry wrote:

    I totally feel you on the struggle to balance it all! It’s so important to carve out time for “you” and all those things we need to keep us sane (gym, running errands, blogging). Loving your outfit today- it is perfect for my office! Have a great rest of your week!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Completely agree about finding ways to take “you” time! Have a great week!

      Published 10.3.16
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  2. I give you so much credit for working full time, being in grad school and blogging! I don’t know how you do it, girl!! Work has been better for me now that I don’t have the urge to always go out for walks in the summer and enjoy the hot weather hah am I the only one that happens to? Summer ADD I call it lol. Love these bell sleeves!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks lady! I completely agree about wanting to be outside during the summer :] It is much easier to just relax at be at work when the weather is gross outside!

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  3. Monica wrote:

    Such a cute top, especially since it’ll work equally well with pants for work! And YAY for the grad school countdown because you’ll be done so soon but in the meantime, sounds like you have a great attitude about it. Cheers to downtime!!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much Monica! Cheers to downtime! xoxo

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  4. Kristyn wrote:

    Loving this work wear post Katie!! Too funny we both did similar style posts today :)) always interesting to hear how others deal with the work/life balance, and just finding time for yourself. It’s so, so important!

    Thanks for sharing! Loving that top by the way! Xo

    Kristyn
    Primp and Proper

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Kristyn! SO funny that we did – great minds think alike :] xoxo

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  5. Bree wrote:

    Love this look so much! And YES! I could not agree more with the treadmill analogy. It’s been brutal the last couple of months and I am in serious need of a reprieve even if only for a couple minutes ha!

    xo Bree
    http://bree-west.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Yes — you have been super super busy! Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

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  6. Caroline wrote:

    I have felt SO drained recently. I find myself invited to more blog/ networking events and just wanting to turn everything down. I think that has more to do with just moving in with Kendall and wanting us to be settled. Either way all I want to do is hang out with him and a few friends right now.

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    • Katie wrote:

      Completely agree – I have been turning down SO many events lately just because I want to maintain some semblance of normalcy in my life :] xoxo

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  7. Jillian wrote:

    So cute! I love the bell sleeve trend for fall! You mastered it!
    XO, Jillian
    http://rhymeandreason-jillian.com/

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much, lady!

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  8. Maddy wrote:

    loving the top paired with that polka dot skirt. I have a short sleeve tee from LOFT with same type of sleeve and I love the extra detail on an otherwise plain tee.

    xo, Maddy
    http://cassidylou.com/

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much! Love adding something fun to an otherwise plain shirt :]

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  9. I love that bell sleeve top! I’m interested to see how it looks untucked. Cute look girl!

    Xx Taylor
    http://lightscameracatwalk.com

    Published 9.29.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much girl! I will let you know when it’s up!

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  10. Edye wrote:

    Love the polka dots! So adorable!!

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much, lady! xoxo

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  11. Sarah wrote:

    I totally feel you! I don’t have terribly long hours either, but I have early mornings and it makes it difficult to get together with friends during the week. Rather than experiencing “FOMO,” I’ve enjoyed using my after work time to do exercise classes, read, have “me time.” Good that you’re listening to yourself and prioritizing sleep and health first!

    xo,
    Sarah
    http://www.dctoat.com

    Published 10.2.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      Could not share your philosophy more, Sarah! Thanks for reading! xoxo

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  12. Rachel wrote:

    Balancing all the things has been tough for me too – esp the past couple months! I’m hoping for some kind of a slowdown soon! Hang in there, December will be here before we know it!

    Published 10.6.16
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