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Reader Request: What I Wore my First Week of Work

What I Wore to Work collage

I remember when I was hired for my first full-time job. I was a freshman in college and home for the summer. I signed on as a marketing intern for one of the¬†fortune 500 companies in Kentucky. I was used to wearing leggings and sorority sweatshirts all day everyday and was in for a shock when I had to start dressing in business casual attire Monday through Friday. I thought that meant black pants, button downs and cardigans, so my mom and I headed to LOFT to overhaul my wardrobe. I’m pretty sure I bought the same “work trousers” in black, navy and brown. I still cringe when I think of my weekly wardrobe during those days (and for the record, my mom still buys me cardigans ūüėČ ).

Fortunately, I’ve become a little more creative in my work wear. Of all the occasions to dress for, I actually enjoy putting together a business casual look. I find that the majority of my¬†closet is tailored towards career clothes, which makes it easy to conceptualize an outfit every morning. Now, if you asked me to dress for a casual weekend brunch, I would end up in yoga pants and an oversized Patagonia. I just can’t get a handle on “weekend wear.”

While I am definitely not a fashion blogger, I do love nice clothes, style and shopping¬†as much as the next girl.¬†The catch is that I’m a bargain hunter.¬†If I want that $1,000 handbag, I¬†will wait for it to go on sale or track it down on eBay. Lately, I’ve been all about buying investment pieces, items that might be pricey, but that I will wear more than once per week, are highly versatile and will last me for years to come.

I recently received a message on Facebook from a¬†college friend (hi Katie!). She was interested in where I bought the clothing items from one of my recent posts.¬†This is an exciting moment for The Magic Tree, as today’s post is my first Reader Request!¬†(If there is something you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know!). Without further ado, a roundup of everything I wore to work during my first week.


Blue dress

Note: I ended up wearing the belt on the left.

Dress: Tahari via TJ Maxx | Blouse: Ann Taylor (old) | Belt: on left Talbots, on right LOFT (old) | Tights: Hue | Shoes: Franco Sarto | Bracelets: Betsy Pittard 


Black tunic outfit

Shirt: Joan Vass via TJ Maxx | Pants: Tahari via TJ Maxx | Shoes: Antonio Melani (very old) | Necklaces: Rose pendant (very old) & James Michelle nameplate


white blazer navy

Blouse: LOFT (old) | Shirt: unknown brand via consignment | Pants: Banana Republic | Blazer: Zara | Shoes: LK Bennett 



Blouse: Ann Taylor | Skirt: Ann Taylor via consignment | Tights: Hue | Shoes: Tory Burch via consignment | Necklaces: Pendant necklace is Coach via consignment & James Michelle | Bag: Kate Spade


Gray Sweater

Blouse: H&M | Sweater: Max Studio via TJ Maxx | Pants: Max Studio via TJ Maxx | Shoes: Madewell | Necklace: old via Groupon

What I Wore to Work collage

There’s been a little fashion talk on the blog before.¬†In case you missed it:




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What I Wore: Charity Event Edition

Hi friends. Hope your weekend has been equal parts fun and rest. Ours sure has been.

Today we’ve been recuperating from the festivities of last night. There’s been a lot of couch time, some Netflix, and at least one nap. Eats today have also been very random (and un-pictured) – handfuls of SkinnyPop, string cheese, frozen fruit, pretzels and a Quest bar. Since today included a lackluster performance in the meals and fitness departments, let’s move on.

One of the many reasons I started this little blog is to share my interest¬†in attainable¬†fashion, knack for “shopping” my own closet, and down right skill at finding a bargain. Therefore, I’m planning to start a series on¬†here called What I Wore, showcasing items that I (typically) already own, or at least can show you were to buy. We’ll start with last night’s look.


(Excuse the grainy iPhone quality on all of these. I’m heading to Best Buy tomorrow to pick up a new camera cord)!


My favorite part of my outfit was¬†this teal coat.¬†I bought it at consignment last spring, but hadn’t yet had a chance to wear it.


I wore a lip color that I was much darker in the tube, and I probably would have preferred darker, but it was still a nice contrast to the black and white.


I’m drawn towards gold jewels most of the year, but in winter I always bring out my silver. My shoes are hard to see, but I ended up going with the Dolce Vita sandals from yesterday’s post. Since they are suede and such a dark shade of black, they worked perfectly with my tights.


The whole venue looked gorgeous, but my favorite part were the tasting stations from some of Chicago’s top restaurants. It’s hard to snap pics while carry a drink + a clutch + a plate full of food (if someone has a trick for this, please let me know), but I nibbled on truffle mac-and-cheese and an eggroll.

photo 5

I wish I had a better photo of Kristin’s dress, but she looked beautiful in a dark green satin number and a¬†fab statement necklace!

photo 3

Such a great night!


  • Dress: ASOS
  • Shoes: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom (<–found them cheaper than the link I used in yesterday’s post)
  • Tights: Hue
  • Clutch: Aldo via consignment; similar
  • Coat: Banana Republic via consignment; similar; ¬†similar
  • Earrings: Charming Charlie
  • Rings: glass ring (via gifted) &¬†David Yurman (via gifted)
  • Bracelet: via borrowed from my mama












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How to Wear White in Winter

And…….we’re officially into the¬†weekend!

I promised you a fashion post and we’ll get to it in just a bit, but first, let’s cover lunch.


I packed ahead,¬†including leftover spaghetti squash¬†and a honeycrisp apple. Of course, I¬†nabbed a few of these for dessert. ūüôā


I also grabbed some random handfuls of crackers and chips throughout the afternoon in order to satisfy my carb-tooth. Now, on to the exciting part of this post.


As mentioned earlier, Bobby and I are attending my friend Kristin’s event tonight. She is on the junior board of a¬†children’s hospitals, and they’re throwing a cocktail party to benefit pediatric cancer research. I almost used my old standby,¬†Rent the Runway¬†(<–affiliate link), but decided to shop my own closet instead.

I wore this dress from ASOS for a “white party” at the end of summer.

white dress2

Clutch: Gigi New York; Shoes: Dolce Vita (via Nordstrom)

step n repeat

When I bought the dress, I had every intention¬†of wearing it¬†into¬†winter, and tonight seems like the perfect occasion. I haven’t decided my exact game plan in terms of “winterizing” it, but I have some ideas.

  • Swap bare legs for tights¬†– obviously a no brainer when the temps are in the low 30s, plus tights can dress up anything. I may go very dark black, but likely something a little more sheer.

black tights        VS.        sheer black

Source & Source

  • Add in a more substantial¬†black heel – ¬†Your shoes and tights should always fall into the same color palette to elongate your legs. In this case, black on black. I’m actually lacking in the black heel department (weird, right?), but would like to go for this look (minus a few inches on the heel).

lily collins


  • Use a darker bag¬†– when I first wore the white dress, I was trying to stay with the theme. But¬†since we’re bordering on the winter season (crying), a purse with a dark print¬†or interesting fabric will work best – think leopard, suede or metallic.



  • ¬†Make your lips and nails a darker¬†shade¬†– winter is THE time to play with makeup colors. When I wore this¬†white dress in September, I did a light pink lip and nude nails. This time around, I’ll probably wear¬†dark gray nails and a much darker lip.





If you have anything in your closet that you think could work for all seasons,¬†then I hope my tips help! As always, if you have any specific questions, I’m happy to answer them. I have about three hours to figure out what exactly I’m going to wear tonight, but stay tuned tomorrow for the end result.

Have a fabulous Friday night.




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