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.
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?”)
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.)
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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
Photos by Monica