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Lauren Ralph Lauren Dress

I saw this dress on a mannequin at Macy's a couple of weeks ago and went in search of it in the store. After a few minutes of searching without finding it, I finally asked an employee where I could find it. It turns out that the one on the mannequin was the last one left in the store. So I asked if she could take it off of the mannequin for me and she obliged. The dress is sleeveless and versatile. I can dress it for a cocktail party, for a day at the office, or for hanging out with friends. I'm excited to wear it around!

Northwest Pearls: Lauren Ralph Lauren Dress

Northwest Pearls: Lauren Ralph Lauren Dress

Northwest Pearls: Lauren Ralph Lauren Dress

Tips for Working From Home

Northwest Pearls: Working From Home

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I've been fortunate this past week and a half to be able to work from home. It saves me a long commute and I get to sleep in a few hours. But working from home has its own annoyances; here are a few tips if you do, or are going to, work from home. Side note: these also apply to homework.

  • Keep your personal cell phone off and away. You (probably) don't look at it at work, so why have it within reach at home?
  • Shut the door to the room you're in. It keeps people and sound out (to an extent.)
  • Have a schedule. Set an alarm. Get up. Just because you're working at home, doesn't mean you should wake up at ten.
  • Tell your family to leave you alone. Seriously.
  • Use a program like Cold Turkey to keep you off of anything that can distract you.
  •  Eat meals away from your computer. This applies to both being at work and home. It allows for a change of scenery and position and it's not good for you to eat lunch at your desk.
  • When you're done, put work away and out of sight. That way you can relax.

Are there any tips you've found help you for working at home?

Taking the Bus

I've never taken the bus before this week. Since I've started my internship I have a long commute and I have to put a lot of miles on my car and pay for gas (thankfully my car is diesel and gets 45ish mpg.) But I decided to try the bus. I get nervous about new things. I was kinda afraid I'd miss it, though worst case scenario is I take the next one or drive myself to work.

So I looked up the schedule, made sure I had exact change, and got there 10-15 minutes early. I let someone else go first because I didn't know what I was doing and then we formed a line with me 2nd in it.

I had my money in my pocket, ready to take out so I didn't hold anyone up. Then I paid, asked if I was supposed to get a ticker, no I was not, and took a seat.

Then my stress was gone for most of the commute until the bus started to stop in the city. People pressed a button to request a stop. I wasn't sure when to press it, yes I knew my stop, but I was trying to figure it out so I asked the person in front of me who gladly helped. He then got off and the girl across from me volunteered some information. Someone else pressed the button for my stop so I was okay for then. Then I just had to walk 10-15 minutes to work.

During lunch I took a walk to where I would be getting on the bus, a different area than I had gotten off. I found it, timed my walk, and then later when I left work, got there super early because I had gotten to work early and I didn't want to miss my bus.

It was late, so I was a little worried I had missed it, even though I had gotten there probably 20-25 minutes early. But it came around, I had my money in my pocket for easy payment, and I got on. The man in front of me in line was the man who had sat in front of me in the bus on the way to work.

I was good until people started to press the button for the bus to stop. I thought that the stops were automatic and became worried about the button pushing, "should I press it next? What about next week? Should I press it if someone else doesn't?"

So I asked someone again and they helped me out. I wasn't wanting to talk to strangers but my route and the bus times for me line up with work commuters and they're not scary people, they're just people that have the same long commute as me because they live far from where they work.

I'll be taking the bus fairly often to work I think. It's nice to just sit back. And they have lights overhead in the bus so you can read! Next time I'll be taking my book.

Have you done anything new lately?

Creating a Portfolio

As I'm searching for that elusive job, I've realized (okay, I've known for a while now) that I need an online portfolio. (One outside of LinkedIn). So I finally bought a web address (through Wordpress) chose a theme (Editor) and launched it. The first page you see when you open it is the "About Me" and easily accessible through a sidebar menu are my resume, writing samples, design samples, and online media samples. I uploaded a picture of myself, edited a few things, and then added it to a few job applications. Hopefully having this available will help me to get a job. At the very least, because my profession requires a portfolio, this is a good thing to have. Have you created an online portfolio for yourself?

Dressing for Work

I've slowly been accumulating the dressy work clothes needed for an office. It took me a while to find a collared blouse that I liked, but I found the most amazing one at The Loft. (They have really great sales fairly often, so signing up for their email list is a good way to get info about those.) This shirt is amazing. I have it in three colors. I've worn it in numerous blog posts such as herehere, and here.

Plaid Skirt for Work

I'm such as fan of full skirts and midi skirts. They work for work, and they're comfortable! Here's a cute one that would be appropriate for work! I'm wearing a full midi skirt in the picture below.

Black and Grey

And trouser pants. Those are a must. Again, The Loft has quite a few pairs. Really quite a bit of my things come from The Loft.

And a blazer is a must have, even if you don't wear it everyday, you should have at least one in your closet, preferable two or three. I've got two from The Loft that I love. Here's a similar one to one of mine that you can see me wearing below.

Interview Time

Finally, a nice pair of comfortable, sensible shoes. Flats will usually work, nice boots will sometimes work, and a pair of black or nude heels will always work. I've been raving about this pair of heels for years. They're amazing. I don't even want to know how many times I've worn them. Here's a picture of me in them for Halloween last year.

What are some of your work essentials?