Do you have any suggestions for a bag that would work well for schlepping around DC & my Metro commute that would be cute for work as well?
For general schlepping I prefer a stiffer bag with a flat bottom. In my experience, it’s more professional looking, it helps protect tech goodies inside & it’s just all together easier.
I love dark nail polish but my office is really conservative & I’m not comfortable with a lot of color on my nails during the work day. What are my options?
In all honesty, it sounds like you’re stuck in the pink zone. This doesn’t have to be as awful as it sounds. There are a slew of fabulous light pinks that are appropriate & affordable. Deborah Lippmann Sarah Smile, Essie Ballet Slippers & Butter London Teddy Girl are a few of my favorites.
If your boss is out of town, you have no meetings, & you’re in the office on the Friday after Thanksgiving you could get a little wild with a light grey. Try Essie Master Plan or my favorite, Essie Chinchilly.
I commute to work on Metro & I always tend to overheat. By the time I get to the office my makeup is drippy or splotchy & I don’t always have to time for touch-ups. Can you recommend a reasonably priced primer?
I have nine words [& a hyphen] for you: Stila’s Stay All Day Prime and Anti-Shine Balm. Not to be melodramatic or anything…but this compact has literally changed my life.
I just got a new job with a law firm in DC after working in retail for two years. Their dress code is business casual, & I was wondering if you had any good tips and guidlines for that.
There are so many different interpretations as to what business casual entails. I always prefer to be more safe than sorry so I tend to over dress on casual Fridays. I’m never interested in being the slob on the floor.
While Lauren Conrad has a handful of great tips here & here, I disagree with her on the open-toed shoe situation. Never okay for the office. I get that you just got a pedicure in the pantone color of the year — that’s so delightful. But I don’t want to see it in our 9am meeting.
You should be golden keeping the following in mind & head over to my [business casual] Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Women can wear casual pants or skirts. Neither should be tight.
Your skirt should come at least to your knees while you are standing. While you are seated, your thighs should be covered.
In addition to tailored shirts or blouses, tailored knit sweaters and sweater sets are appropriate business casual choices for women.
Jewelry and scarf styles come and go. Keep your choices simple and leaning toward conservative.
Keep makeup conservative and natural looking. No winged liner. No dark lip.
Tights/Pantyhoes/Stockings/Etc: Not essential for business casual, but are recommended if your skirt is knee length and in more formal environments. Climate and weather can be a factor.
All your clothing choices say something about you & your judgement. If you want to be taken seriously, dress the part.
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