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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

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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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Outfit Inspo: Knit Cape

Over the years, Pinterest has quickly¬†become¬†my main source of fashion inspiration. When I was in high school and college, I used to keep¬†binders full of magazine clippings featuring outfits that I wanted to recreate. I like to think I was ahead of the technology curve.¬†Today, I took a cue from some of the looks on my “Weekend Fashion” board (<– these looks don’t have to be worn on the weekend obvi, they just have a more relaxed vibe!), and decided to rock my knit cape.

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I first saw this identical cape + tee on Penny Pincher Fashion a few months ago and decided I needed to add them to my winter wardrobe.

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Has anyone noticed my affinity for skinny pants + loose sweaters yet? For F21, the cape feels thick and high quality, and is actually warm! I’m kind of in love. Sadly, the tee and cape are both sold out, but F21 has some other great options.

I was also inspired by these other cape/poncho looks, and plan to recreate some of them as well.

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Have you tried the cape trend yet?

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FYI – I saw on Twitter that Argo Tea is offering $5 off your purchase if you download their new app. I did so today, and enjoyed a new-to-me Earl Grey Vanilla Cream.¬†Take advantage, ya’ll!

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XO,

Lizzie

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Outfit Inspo: Olivia Palermo

Hi guys!

I hope it’s much warmer where you are today. We got our first taste of winter today with temps in the 30s and lots o’ wind. I never know how to dress during this transitional time of year, as evidenced by my choice of coat today.

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I am also a bag lady

I wore my trench that is meant for light rain, but actually needed a hat, gloves and wool coat instead. Oh well. For those of you that follow me on¬†Instagram, you saw that I based today’s¬†outfit off one of my style icons, Olivia Palermo.

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My look: 

  • Chambray shirt – Gap (old)
  • Sweater – Michael Kors (old via TJ Maxx)
  • Jeans – Paige Denim (old via consignment)
  • Shoes – Keds (via Nordstrom Rack; similar)
  • Bag – Gigi New York

I pinned Olivia’s outfit¬†to my “Weekend Fashion” board on Pinterest¬†because I love how it’s laid back, yet still put together. I already had everything in my closet, so this was easy to recreate.

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For an alternative, I’d like to switch out the jeans for¬†black skinny pants, the shoes for pointy-toe leopard flats, and the bag for a more structured tote to reflect an overall business-casual look.

BREAKFAST + LUNCH

I packed up my coffee and lunch bag, and headed to campus for a full day of classes.

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Sitting in classrooms from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. calls for lots of good snacks, so I always plan ahead. I ate my breakfast while waiting for class to start.

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This picture does not look too appetizing, but I promise it was. I bake a dozen of these egg white muffins every¬†Sunday for grab-and-go breakfasts/snacks throughout the week. They stay really well in the fridge; just nuke them in the microwave for 30 seconds and you’re good to go! I’ll post a full recipe in the next couple of days.

Halfway through my first class, I snacked on a bunch of mini pretzel¬†crisps. I should have known they wouldn’t tide me over for very long, because around 12:30 p.m., I dug into my lunch.

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I packed a pear, my SmartyPants multi-vitamins, and a salad I threw together consisting of romaine + carrots + 1/4 avocado + unsalted almonds/peanuts + reduced sugar craisins + Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch dressing.

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I love colorful salads!

I headed to Starbucks in between my afternoon classes because I needed a major pick-me-up in the form of an iced coffee with one pump pumpkin spice.

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I brought my own almond milk and truvia, and enjoyed my caffeine with a chocolate chip cherry torte Lara bar on the side (one of my fave flavors).

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In terms of exercise, today actually became an unplanned rest day (I’m all about resting my body, especially after an intense spin class like yesterday’s). Because I got home later then I’d planned this evening, we decided to order sushi and catch up on our DVR instead. Sounds like the perfect night to me.

I’m going to a spin class tomorrow morning, followed by babysitting during the day, then¬†we have plans to attend my friend Kristin’s charity event¬†in the evening. I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend, even though it’s supposed to snow. Say¬†what?!

Enjoy the rest of your night!

XO,

Lizzie

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A Jam-packed Monday

Hi there!

Today was quite the productive Monday full of paper writing, two meetings, a quick workout and a healthy dinner tag teamed by Bobby and yours truly. But first,

BREAKFAST

The past few mornings I’ve woken up with major carb cravings and I don’t know why. I’m not much of an oatmeal girl, so I usually resort to¬†cereal or a breakfast sammy (like yesterday’s). This morning, I poured a bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted cereal with 1/2 banana + unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I love Kashi for the natural ingredients, and this particular kind for the low sugar.

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After devouring breakfast, I spent some time – admittedly in my jammies – working on a paper that I have due this week and watching the Today Show. Meghan Trainor was on to¬†sing¬†All About That Bass.¬†I guess I’m new to that train, but what a great song! I felt myself smiling like a goober while actually listening to the lyrics.

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I’m all about that female empowerment!

I jumped in the shower to get ready for¬†my lunch meeting that was just a few blocks from our place. Since, I haven’t been working since my internship ended in October, I had fun putting together a business casual outfit. Ha!

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After lunch, I headed straight to the cutest little coffee shop where I had planned to meet a new mom for whom I might start babysitting. I was sitting there for a good ten minutes before I realized that I hadn’t changed my watch to reflect Daylight Savings, and was an hour early! I ordered a mango iced tea and scavenged in my purse for the chocolate I’d saved from lunch, and browsed Pinterest until our actual meeting time. It turned in to a nice like hour of relaxation.

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After my meeting, I spent a good ten minutes bobbing and weaving through¬†workmen around Michigan Avenue who were stringing Christmas tree lights. Is it¬†really that time of year already? Not that I’m complaining! I’ll probably tune my Pandora to the Holiday Pop station in the next few weeks ūüôā

WORKOUT

I quickly changed into workout clothes when I got home after briefly catching up with Bobby. Our weight room has been closed for construction, so I’ve been doing more cardio than usual lately if I’m not taking a Class Pass class. I used this workout that has been sitting on my Pinterest board for a while now. I¬†never¬†run at 6.5, so this was more challenging than I’d expected!

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Bobby and I threw together a speedy dinner – Amylu cheddar turkey burgers and side salads (chopped romaine + cucumber + carrot + craisins + almonds + Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch). I was so hungry that I completely forgot to snap a picture, but I did get capture evidence of my post-dinner handful of Garrett’s Popcorn ūüėČ

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The savory-sweet combo is SO addicting!

We’re currently watching¬†Girl Interrupted¬†and I have plans to make my favorite pumpkin mug cake for dessert. I’m hoping to get in some yoga before my school day starts tomorrow, even if it’s part of a DVD or YouTube video. Here’s to a just-as-productive-Tuesday!

XO,
Lizzie

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