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Another day, another snow storm in NYC.  Can you see the snow in the window behind me?  With the messy weather outside, I wanted to wear something comfortable for commuting to and from work (and for sitting at my desk, of course).  I went with a chambray shirt paired with skinny dark green jeans, booties and an infinity scarf — it’s cold in the office too!  And don’t worry, I already booked an appointment with my hairdresser…highlights needed ASAP.  Scroll down for brand details.

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Top: Forever 21, Pants: Paige Denim, Booties: Steve Madden, Scarf: Ann Taylor, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: David Yurman and Baublebar

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When I think about flannel, I think about comfort. Things like hot chocolate, wood burning fires, and snow come to mind.  Maybe it’s all the snow and chilly temps we have been experiencing in NYC that inspired this outfit.  Booties, tights, a black skirt and a colorful necklace come together to make flannel a bit more office appropriate.  What do you guys think?  Scroll down for brand details.

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Top: Gap, Skirt: Local boutique, Tights: Nordstrom Rack, Booties: BCBG Paris (from DSW), Necklace: Baublebar

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I’m in need of some motivation today and wanted to share these inspirational quotes with you! Check out our Inspiration Board for more.

 

 

 

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A question we often receive from college students is, “When should I start applying to jobs?”

Answer: It depends.

Depending on your major and intended career field, your job application process may require you to start months ahead of time or weeks ahead of time.  For example, in the finance, IT and consulting fields, recruitment usually starts in the Fall of your graduation year — especially for development programs.  In the communications field and many other industries, recruitment doesn’t start until the Spring of your graduation year or even after graduation.  Many positions are immediate-fill so if you see the opening in March but you won’t be available until June, it’s unlikely that they would wait for you to start months later.

So, what should you do?

The best place to start is your college career center.  If the opportunity is available to you, go in and talk with a career counselor on campus.  They will have all sorts of information on your intended career field and can guide you in the right direction.  Additionally, they can help you build your resume and prepare for interviews and job fairs when the time comes.  If these resources are not available to you, talk with friends and professionals in your intended field.  Find out when they started their job search and application process and what they recommend.

If none of the above resources are available to you, contact us and we’ll help you prepare for your job search!

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Fall weather calls for fall-friendly nail colors.  No more pinks and pales, time to go dark!  Here are some of my favorite Essie colors for the season.

 

 

 

 

 

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How can you resist this weather?  Fall on the east coast, especially in New York City is by far the best time of year.  Perfect temperatures and sunshine draw me outdoors.  Here are three easy activities to do in NYC before this amazing weather disappears.

Walk the Brooklyn bridge!  I took the train over to Brooklyn to explore a little and then walked the bridge back into the city.

While in Brooklyn, I grabbed a bite to eat at this adorable cafe, Siggys.

Rent bikes and ride around central park!  It’s a bit cheaper if you reserve your bikes online ahead of time. I’ve been living in New York (ok, technically New Jersey) for 4 years now and this was the first time I rented bikes in the park.  Renting bikes is a common tourist activity, but it’s a great way for residents to see the park as well — and get some exercise.

Get tickets to a sports game.  Being born and raised in New Jersey, I’m a big NY Giants fan, but I enjoy going to any sports game.  It’s another great excuse to get outside and you can usually score affordable tickets — especially for baseball games.

What are you doing to get outdoors?

 

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Redoing my dresser has been on my to-do list for the longest time.  I haven’t done a project like this before and I must say, I am proud of my work!  I actually pulled this dresser out of the trash room at my last apartment building.  After inspection, it looked clean so I figured why not…it was FREE!

I scoured Pinterest for DIY paint how to’s and came across a few posts on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I liked the color options she offered, but more importantly it was a 2-step process.  There is no sanding or priming involved which sounded simple enough — the easier the better!

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I’ve seen a few trends in the office this summer that make me shake my head…you can’t wear that at work!  Shorts, strapless tops and cut out dresses are pieces that belong on our wear it out board and not our wear it to work board.  The styles below are some of my favorites, but they are inappropriate for the office.  All of these outfits show too much skin for a professional setting.  You know that saying, “dress for the position you want, not the position you have.”  Do you agree?

 

 

 

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This past weekend, I traveled to Chicago to visit my lovely co-blogger and best friend Steph!  Chicago was hosting Lollapalooza this weekend, but we did not have tickets.  Instead, we spent the weekend exploring Chicago and enjoying the company of friends.  Here is my weekend recap in photos:

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Work attire can get a little boring…especially if you work in a very corporate office.  A great way to dress up your work outfit is with a great statement necklace.  Here are a few of my favorites that I have been pinning to our wear it to work board:

 

 

 

 
 
Which one is your favorite?

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