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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dressing for Work - Mid-Life Mom Style | What I Wore #ootd

Getting dressed in the morning can be hard, no matter how great your sense of style is or how extensive your closet. But keeping things simple can help. Choosing great classic pieces paired in an updated way, can keep you office-ready, but still stylish.

Dressing for work can be a real challenge. What they show in the magazines may not be appropriate for your office. Think short skirts, open-toes shoes and sleeveless tops. Unless you work in the most casual of businesses (or from home) those are generally not office approved. And even if some people wear them, what do the "bosses" think - the people that make the promotion decisions. As unfair as it seems, we don't always get ahead based on our skills alone.

I've done my share of hiring and interviewing in my former life. Your first-impression is important, so why not look your best? I remember in college, when everyone wore a dark blue suit to interviews. Not wanting to look like everyone else, I chose a lighter, dusty blue conservative dress (these were interviews with financial people). The dress was not too tight, nor was it too short. I paired it with some simple silver jewelry and basic pumps and I pulled my long hair back into a chignon. My accounting professor had a fit that I did not wear the "uniform" - she was sure I would never get hired. I did in fact get hired, but it wasn't with one of the more conservative accounting firms. Was it the dress? We may never know.

I recently attended a conference with a client of mine. We were both working, the conference attire was casual, but for us, that meant business casual. I always love the opportunity to dress up a little, since I work from home in jeans and yoga pants most days.

Leopard Heels paired with Polka-Dot Ankle-Length Pants

I took a few business casual liberties after researching the conference audience, and decided that leopard shoes and a shirt that hung below my jacket would be okay for this event. I could also wear my bracelet stacks,

Silver Bracelet Stack

None of those things would be appropriate for a job interview or a work environment was that business attire only. Perhaps the shoes, in a creative field with a black suit. PERHAPS. Here's how it ended up (sorry about the blurry picture - my 8 year old took it for me):

Business Casual Outift - Mid-Life Mom Style

Jacket - Ann Taylor - Fall steal from the sale rack
Top - Ann Taylor - Early Fall Collection
Pants - Ann Taylor - Early Fall Collection
Shoes - Target - a few seasons ago
Bag - Vintage Kate Spade
Bracelets - Tiffany, Alex and Ani

I even added a string of classic pearls after seeing a picture on Instagram. They added just the right touch.

Classic String of Pearls

Keep in mind, when dressing for work, unless you're a fashion model, there are expectations about how you "should" look. Right or wrong, it's the way the world and people work, so use that to your advantage. Keep the short skirts, strappy sandals and sleevless blouse for date night! It may seem old fashion, but many fashion "rules" are.

What's your work uniform?

catch you soon - 
This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On - check them out for outfit ideas and inspiration.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 2014 Week 44

It's been a busy Fall around here so far, and we're just getting started. This week's menu plan includes some easy recipes, some traditional recipes and even one new recipe to try.

Here's what we have on our meal plan this week:

Monday - Homemade Pizzas
Tuesday - Ravioli with Sausage and Spinach in a Light White Sauce
Wednesday - Citrus-Herb Marinated Chicken, Harvest Salad, Rice Pilaf
Thursday - Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Root Vegetables
Friday - Traditional Mummy Dogs and Big Batch Chili with Cornbread
Saturday and Sunday - TBD

Do you have a tradtional Halloween Night meal?

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This post is linked up to I'm An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday - check it out for even more ideas and inspiration.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spooky, No-Carve Pumpkin Idea

Spooky, No-Carve Pumpkin Idea

Sometimes carving pumpkins for Halloween can seem a bit over-whelming. For years now, besides our one carved pumpkin, The kids and I make a rat-infested pumpkin to display Halloween Night as well.

All you need is a great shaped pumpkin - you can make it big, small, oblong, round . . .whatever. You could even nest 2-3 together.

Pumpkins ready to decorate

You'll need a tool to punch or drill holes into the pumpkin. A Drill with a wide bit will work,  my carving kit came with a circle puncher, so I use that to punch out circle plugs of pumpkin (it works almost like a corer). I have to widen the holes a little bit so my rubber rats fit. I found rubber rats at the Party store. I wanted ones that looked realistic.

Then you just arrange it. Have some of the rats digging in, some coming out, leaning against it, on top - whatever suits your fancy. Our trick-or-treaters always comment on these no-carve pumpkins, no matter how fancy my carved pumpkin is!

No Carve Pumpkin Idea

Once Halloween is over, I pull out the rats for next year and leave the pumpkin for the squirrels to enjoy.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

We're All Scrapbookers at Heart

From Scrapbooking to Blogging

Ever wonder how a Blogger gets started in Blogging? I read a great post from Elsie Larson yesterday - I've been a fan of Elsie and A Beautiful Mess for YEARS. After reading it, I started thinking about how my scrapbooking hobby was really the driver for me switching from an auditing career to an online content creation and social media consulting career.

In fact, almost all of us here in the Blog World and on Social Media . . .are scrapbookers at heart. We are all trying to tell our story. Every day we share our lives and experiences in words and pictures with the rest of the world. Memory keeping. Scrpbooking.

Even if you have a Deal Blog, or a Company Blog . . .it's the stories that capture your audience. Stories evoke emotion from your readers, and when that happens, it's Blog Magic.

Also, these women in the Scrapbook industry? They are REAL entrepreneurs. They have developed products and systems and companies from what seems like some paper and scissors, but is really a lot of hard work and self-teaching. They have inspired me in many ways to preserve my family history, tell my own story, and grow as a business-woman as well.

Next week, I am embarking on Ali Edward's Week in the Life. I love this project, and just like so many things, I tend to Type-A it and perfectionist it to death. I am vowing here - before all you lovely readers, that I will TRY not to do that.

catch you soon -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Fashion - MidLife Mom Style | What I Wore #ootd

Welcome to another MidLife Mom What I Wore post. Getting dressed is hard, even on the best day, and when a fashionable woman (like you and me) turn a "certain age," great clothes can be a real challenge. We don't want to dress too young and we certainly don't want to dress too old.

So that's where this post series comes in. I share with you, my outfit choices and how you can adapt them for yourself, based on your own body, style and budget. I strongly suggest shopping your own closet to create fun new outfits.

This week I'm sharing two versions of my fall "uniform." Basically my favorite jeans and t-shirts, styled with cardis, jackets and scarves. Unless I'm heading to a work meeting or event, that's pretty much what I put on (if I take off my yoga pants).

In this first outfit, I'm wearing 2 of my favorite pieces: a cashmere swinging cardigan and my black booties. I have this same style cardigan in a dark grey and I wear it all the time. It's warm, fashionable and comfortable. Total win - right? And the black booties are perfect, so last year I had to get them resoled. I'm not one for the current buckles and "junk" on boots. I prefer classics.

MidLife Mom Style Cardi over Dark Jeans and a t-shirt.

Cardigan - Lord and Taylor (my favorite place to splurge on cashmere!)
T-shirt - Lord and Taylor
Jeans - Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Jeans
Scarf - Talbot's
 Boots -  Old - black booties

This second outfit, I picked out to be a little fallish for Pumpkin Math in second grade. I also didn't want to worry about getting pumpkin all over myself =). Again, simple pieces from my closet, thrown together for a cohesive look. The t-shirt has 3/4 length sleeves, which can be difficult to wear sometimes, but under a cardigan, it doesn't matter.

MidLife Mom Style - Orange Cardi with t-shirt, jeans and boots.

Cardigan - Lord and Taylor Cashmere (look for sales and coupons for the best deal!)
T-Shirt - Ralph Lauren
Jeans - Lee Jeans
Boots - very old brown booties
Necklace - Tiffany

So there you have it - a couple of basic fall outfits that will take you just about anywhere (no black tie or fancy dinner please!). Easy pieces that you probably have in your closet right now!

So, what are you wearing this week?

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This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On - both great sites for outfit ideas.