Monday, October 20, 2014

hocus pocus

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dress: Cotton On (similar) // boots: Chinese Laundry // long necklace: The Land of Salt // short necklace: Apricot Lane Boutique // purse: random shop in Thailand

Photos by Briley Noel

If this outfit looks familiar, it's because I wore it to day three of ACL Fest. As I walked home that night, Pearl Jam playing in the distance, the wind whipping my dress and hair around, I felt awfully witchy. For a moment, I was imagining myself in a Stevie Nicks music video. It was one of those moments of being alone that felt all romantic, like I was in a movie. I spent so much time searching for those moments in high school and college. Now I spend more of my time based in reality, but this was a nice, fleeting moment.

This abandoned church is actually less than a block away from my new office. I pass it every day going to and from work, and I told Briley we had to shoot there. The light in the marquee that hasn't been turned off, but has no inspirational psalm to offer; the out-of-place palm trees; the contrasting dark and light elements. With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to photograph my witchy outfit in an ominous setting.

We had so much fun shooting these photos, and I'm in love with how they came out. As a little almost-Halloween treat, I give you this:

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For more of this little guy, follow #salvadorshalloween14 on Instagram. Briley really is the Halloween master.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

9 // wish i were wearing

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top // jeans // watch // boots // purse

I've been so into darker color palettes lately! There was a time when you couldn't find black in my closet because I purged after years of working as a barista, but now I'm ready to add it all back in. Another trend I'm really into is the jeweled collar, and I love how this J.Crew Factory top has that boxy fit I like to wear and is the most gorgeous shade of burgundy. Finally, how can you say no to this precious cat purse? I don't ever buy little evening bags, but I think I would wear this one all the time. I mean, me-ow!


What do you wish you were wearing?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

first day

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sweater: Target // tee: Gap // jeans: Gap // scarf: My Decorated Life's Insta shop (brand is Totes) // shoes: LuLu*s

Photos by Briley Noel

After sharing my interview outfit yesterday, I wanted to show y'all what I wore to my first day of work! This is one of my favorite outfits I've worn in forever, and I can already tell I'll be re-wearing it a ton this season.

I think it's safe to say that I am officially obsessed with scarves. Whether it's in my hair or around my neck, I love silky fabrics and pretty prints to add something unique and colorful to my outfits. I followed this scarf on My Decorated Life's Instagram shop for weeks before pulling the trigger and buying it. I am enamored with the bright colors and the beautiful floral print. So far I've been mixing it with striped every time, but I'm excited to find new ways to wear it.

Another new addition to my closet are these flats. I'm so in love I bought them in two colors (the berry ones will be here soon!). I've worn them almost every day since I bought them because they go with everything and they're so comfy. Definitely recommend!

For these photos, I actually put out a call on Facebook to see if anyone knew where swings from The Red Swing Project were hanging in town. I remember them being hung all over the place back in 2008-2011, but then I never really heard about them again. Funny enough, there's one in my part of town that I'd never noticed before. The Red Swing Project was intended to "inspire playfulness," which is totally successful because we had to wait in line to use the swing behind giggling kiddos and adults alike! The last two photos are taken in front of Adlucent, an online marketing firm that always has cute messages on their cinema-style signs.

Are you into pretty scarves this season? What did you wear on your last first day?

Monday, October 13, 2014

what to wear: to a creative interview

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blazer: Forever 21 (similar) // top: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // jeans: Forever 21 // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar) // necklace: Apricot Lane Boutique

Photos by Briley Noel

Since a big part of this blog is about growing up, I wanted to share the interview outfit that helped me get my new job. I actually had three interviews for this position, but I wore outfits you've already seen for the first two (here and here). This final interview was with the owner of the company and our web traffic guru. Deciding what to wear to an interview for a creative position in a technological industry took some extra thinking on my part. Here's how I came up with the look.

First I knew I needed to have some traditional interview elements to my outfit, which in this case were a blazer and relying on a black color scheme for a sleek and professional look. The second piece of criteria was showing my personality in the outfit. The third aspect, and the one I hadn't had to dress to before, was nailing the vibe of the creative industry.

I did my research on the interviewers beforehand and found that they both worked in the tech field in Austin, which has a very specific look: blue jeans, plaid button downs, and converse. It's also worth noting that this was the only interview where I would be meeting with men. These techy men weren't going to be impressed by a pencil skirt and heels, mostly because that isn't how people dress in their world. It would have been out of character for the industry, which is not how I wanted to appear. It was most important to me that I looked like I could "hang," like I already belonged. For this reason, I decided on black jeans and a blazer.

If you've been keeping up with my 25 before 25 list, then you know that I do not own a black blazer. This one article of clothing has eluded me for as long as I've been dressing. The blazer I own and wear frequently is actually a hand-me-up from my younger brother, which he initially wore to his second grade consecration in our synagogue. This is to say that I haven't really grown up top, if you know what I mean, which makes blazer shopping especially difficult. Women's blazers expect you to be shaped like a certain kind of woman, and I've just never filled them out properly. Because of my experience and short time span to find a completer piece for my interview outfit, I started searching online for flat-front blazers with the tuxedo style lapels and no buttons. Blazers that are meant to be worn closed don't fit me right, so it seemed to me that an open blazer might be a better option.

I found myself in Forever 21 about 45 minutes to closing on a Wednesday evening with a handful of black blazers in various styles. The clear winner was a sleek black blazer with ruched, cropped sleeves, flat-front lapels, no buttons, and, to my surprise, no collar. I had never considered that the collar was an element I could lose in a blazer and still look professional, but I love how this particular blazer has less attention-drawing elements, keeping it from being bulky and making it easier to wear. Consider this goal from my 25 before 25 crossed off the list!

Because I try to avoid wearing black and white for interviews (all I see is cater waiter!), I went with my favorite black printed blouse under the blazer.

The last part of the outfit I needed to figure out was shoes! As I said before, heels weren't right for this interview. I usually wear flats to interviews, but I felt like I needed something to dress the outfit up a little. I decided on my booties for the added height and confidence, plus I love how they emphasize the creative take on an otherwise pretty normal outfit.

I felt incredibly comfortable and confident in this outfit, and it was probably the best I've ever done in an interview. I've said it a million times, but I absolutely believe in the power of the right outfit. Spending the extra time putting together the right pieces for the specific setting was worth it, and obviously paid off because I got the job!