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Reader Request: What I Wore my First Week of Work

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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.

MONDAY

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 

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

white blazer navy

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

THURSDAY

burgandy

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

FRIDAY

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:

xo,

Lizzie

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New Job Anxiety

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Last night Bobby brought it to my attention that I haven’t talked a whole lot about my new job on here. I included a few details in a Favorite Finds post¬†a few weeks ago, but other than that, my mentions of it have been sparse.¬†Funny, because all I’ve been thinking about lately¬†is¬†my new 9-5.

Well guess what? Next Monday,¬†I start a job that I’ve been dreaming about for three years!¬†I’ll be a staff therapist for a small private practice that specializes in treating eating disorders.

I didn’t know what an eating disorder was as a kid. Weight was never a topic of conversation in my family,¬†and my mom purposefully¬†kept “fashion” magazines out of our house. She didn’t want me to¬†develop a negative body image, for which I will always¬†be grateful. I¬†danced ballet into my teen years and watched friend after friend¬†go to¬†“dance¬†camp” for the¬†summers. In reality, as I would find out later, they were in rehab for an eating disorder. While I never developed eating issues of my own (thank God), I became passionate as to¬†why someone develops a compulsion about¬†food and what the health consequences can be. In my late teens into early twenties, I read so many memoirs and fiction novels about women with eating disorders. I couldn’t learn enough. I enrolled in graduate school two years ago with the sole goal of working as an eating disorders therapist. At the risk of sounding too trite,¬†I feel like it’s the reason I was put on earth.

There is literally nothing else I would rather be doing with my life. 

Even though I (will be) making a living by listening to others,¬†I have a hard time opening up about myself. Yes,¬†I write a blog that’s about my life, but my primary goal is to inspire others to live a balanced life.¬†I guess my fear in talking too much about my career would take the focus off the “healthy living” genre that is this blog. I thought that emphasizing how happy I am that I’ve found my dream job and how proud I feel would be too “me, me, me!” I figured that expressing my anxieties about starting anew and not being a good enough therapist would seem too negative Nancy. I worried¬†that you come here for overall¬†health inspiration, not details about my working life.

But what am I so afraid of? This is my blog; my corner of the world where I can write about whatever the heck I please. This new chapter in my life is what makes me me. My life is not consumed by health and fitness. I am so much more than that. I vow to be more open with you moving forward, my friends.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! ‚̧

xo,
Lizzie

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Looking Forward to 2015

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I sit here on this last day of 2014 with a reflective and optimist outlook. There is nothing like the start of a new year. It gives us a profound sense of shiny newness, the inspiration to set goals and a renewed sense of optimism. If days of the month were colors, January 1st would be so bright and shiny that it would blind us like the sun. Instead of recapping 2014, which had both its peaks and valleys, I want to look ahead to the new year and highlight what I am most looking forward to.

  • My week-long trip to Florida in January. In less than a week, I’ll be soaking up the sun with my favorite women – my mom, aunt, cousin and sister-in-law – without a care in the world. If that’s not the best way to ring in 2015, I don’t know what is.

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  • Passing the Licensed Social Worker exam. Like the boards for nursing, I need the LSW to be considered a social worker. I will likely take it in early February and can’t wait to have that weight off my shoulder.

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  • Growing¬†in my career as a therapist.¬†Step one is finding the right job. Step two is working my butt off, affecting the lives of others and developing my skills. This will be the year of the career for me!
  • Making money again.¬†I haven’t worked a paid full-time job in over two years. I am more than ready to grow a savings account, have spending money and enjoy little luxuries that make me happy – like regular pedicures. ūüôā
  • Becoming more involved in my sorority alumnae association.¬†I sit on the board of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Chicago Loop Group, but actually haven’t done a whole lot since joining last May.
  • Celebrating two years with Bobby.¬†It feels like we’ve been together for a lifetime, but it will only be two years in April. He brings a heck of a lot of joy into my life and this anniversary¬†will be an exciting milestone.

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  • Developing and growing The Magic Tree. I have¬†so many goals for the blog that sometimes it feels overwhelming. Must narrow them down.
  • Becoming a morning exerciser. When working full-time in the past, I discovered that hitting the gym¬†first thing in the morning was key to my productivity and sense of accomplishment all day. When I find a job, 6 a.m. workouts will happen, no matter how long it takes to get in the habit!
  • Possibly, maybe, if all goes as planned, getting a dog.¬†We¬†are both animal lovers and would love to add to our fur family in 2015. I haven’t poled Baxter yet to see how he feels about a new sister or brother.

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  • Taking one or two mini-trips.¬†In almost two years as a couple, Bobby and I have never taken a vacation together. We’ve been to Louisville a handful of times and Colorado to visit family, but nothing¬†that’s just the two of us.

So cheers to 2015! May it bring to us all a sense of accomplishment, joy and peace. I look forward to sharing the next year with you. 

Have a happy and safe New Years Eve. ‚̧

xo,
Lizzie

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