nine to five: me

This week's Nine to Five post is a bit special; it's me! Since both Shannon and I are also working ladies, we decided you all deserved to know a little more about ourselves as well. So this week, we're featuring my work style over on Shannon's blog, and my Q&A over here. Enjoy!
:: Describe your work environment from a style perspective (i.e. traditional business professional, stuffy corporate, laid back artsy, kid friendly, etc...). ::
I work at a small research firm, and we ascribe to the business casual mantra. Most days I wear skirts and dresses, especially now that it's super hot out, but some days I can get away with nice dark denim with light and airy blouses. I try to dress as professionally as possible because it honestly makes me work harder. 


:: What are your nine to five staples (go-to brands, or key items)? ::
Pencil skirts are a must-have for me, and J.Crew's No. 2 pencil skirts are a dream to me! I have one in purple, but ideally I'd like one in every color haha! I'm also obsessed with silk blouses; they look great when I need to look a little more professional and I pair them with said pencil skirts, but they also make my jeans look a little more polished. Oh, and ballet flats. I can never have enough :)

:: Does blogging make you a better employee at your day job? ::
I think blogging allows me to think more creatively. I think I've also become more open to people and ideas because of the varying amounts of people I've met in blogging. However, I do make a true effort to keep my blogging (slash personal) life and my work life pretty separate. I try not to blog while I'm at work, and I try not to do work while I'm at home. I like the balance, and it makes me feel a bit more organized.

:: Do you view blogging as a means of recording life, or as the start of an alternative career? ::
Blogging is a visual representation of my life right now. I don't know that I'd ever want it to turn into a career; I like having it as a yearbook or scrapbook of sorts. It also reminds me to be more exciting and to do different things, if only for the sake of blogging :)

:: Is blogging your main creative outlet, or do you also write novels, run marathons and knit all of your own sweaters? ::
I do not run marathons (yet), but I do run half marathons and a gamut of other distances. Just yesterday I ran another 5K! I also enjoy baking and photography, both of which I like to incorporate often on this blog.

:: How do you find time to do it all? When do you blog? ::
This is tough. I often blog the second I get home from work to schedule a post for the next morning. Ideally, I'd like to get at least two or three posts written and scheduled over the weekend, but most of the time that never happens. I cultivate lists of topics at the beginning of the week, however, to make sure I'm not struggling for ideas of things to write about. However, if I honestly don't have anything to say, I won't blog. But I like to talk, so generally I have something to blog about.

:: Finally, what have you been pinning lately? What are the items you are just dying to add to your work wardrobe? ::
I'm loving breezy tops with patterned shorts, cozy and no-fuss knits (I'm planning for fall people!), and maxis in deliciously rich colors. Obviously, I need all of this in my life. Immediately.

Would you like to be featured on our Nine to Five series? Shoot me an e-mail and let me know!

6 comments:

  1. Loving the maxis this summer. I just can't get enough.

    Also, I think being a blogger makes me get out and do more/be more exciting. But, I'm glad for it. I feel like I am really making the most of this life, and am happy to look back on all the things I have done since I started recording it all on my blog. I don't think it's all for the sake of blogging, but it definitely is motivation to do awesome things (or at least take the time to record the awesome things we do!).

    :)

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  2. Alex and Anna, I totally agree. I do more, make more of an effort, experiment with new recipes, take more photos of Behr all for the sake of blogging! Sometimes I put a bit too much pressure on myself, but better than being a total sloth (which is my natural tendency).

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  3. Blogging is such a great way to explore creativity. And I always love that Toby makes the posts.! :)

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  4. Yayy so glad you get to be featured yourself!! And love that you point out how dressing professionally makes you work harder-- totally agree here.

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  5. Hey, you forgot to talk about Toby;s style and accessories! His red harness looks great with his tan fur :P

    I love that you featured yourself, since you have grrreat styl!

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