New Beginnings

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chambray top + striped skirt

Hello!!!!!!!!! – I know it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? And I know I say this way too often, but I apologize for being absent. I seriously miss blogging so much when I’m away from it, yet I need to take breaks every once in a while, and at least this time around I have a good reason for it – my new job! I started two weeks ago and it has been everything I thought it would be – and more!

What I’m Wearing

Top, Thrifted (Similar here, here and here)

Skirt, Marshall’s (Similar here, here and here)

Watch, c/o Jord

Wedges, Steve Madden (Similar here and here)

Hat, J.Crew (Sadly sold out, but similar here and here)

chambray short-sleeve top + maxi striped skirt

Jord Dark Wood Watch

striped skirt, wedges and wood watch

summer style hat, chambray and striped skirt

Wood watch from Jord

chambray top, striped skirt, wood watch

I have actually left work happy multiple times over the past couple weeks – I haven’t been able to say that in a long time. More on this topic another day – I won’t bore you with my blah blah career life lessons today 

Instead, let’s talk more about what I’m wearing, shall we? I’m in love with this wood watch – yes a wood watch! It is from Jord and I absolutely adore it. It is sturdy, extremely stylish and well goes with anything you can imagine. I am even wearing it with *GASP* black – yes people you can mix black and brown together! I think it is going to be my new go-to office watch (sorry goldie). I wore this outfit to work last Wednesday with closed-toe black wedges and without the hat, but switched to these Steve Madden wedges and J.Crew hat for a summery date-night look. I mean this hat is pretty ridiculous – ridiculously good – I’ve been wanting the perfect over-sized summer hat and this is IT! It is my summer equivalent to my beloved fall/winter felt fedora. Normally I don’t spend more than $20 on a hat since I can’t really wear them during the work week, but this hat was so worth it (sadly it is sold out now – but this is VERY similar).

On another note, my new office environment is a complete 180° in many ways, but one thing I’m getting used to is being able to wear jeans every day, or what I want every day. Seriously – I could show up in my work out gear and it would be acceptable. A huge difference from business casual – that was really more business professional because my boss wore dress pants, dress shirts and ties almost every day. You would think it would be easy to switch from business casual to casual, but it’s not as easy as you think. Mostly because my go-to has been a nice dress + blazer or pencil skirt + blouse + cardigan – and I feel like that may be too dressy on a regular basis? Anyway, I guess it will just take me a little bit of time to see what works for me with this new dress code!

Top, Thrifted (Similar here, here and here)

Skirt, Marshall’s (Similar here, here and here)

Watch, c/o Jord

Wedges, Steve Madden (Similar here and here)

Hat, J.Crew (Sadly sold out, but similar here and here)

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    Jess Zimlich
    June 16, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Woo, congrats on your new job!! That’s so exciting and the fact that you’re leaving work happy? Priceless 🙂

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    June 16, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Congratulations on the new job! You spend so many hours a day there, so it’s awesome that you are actually enjoying it. Love this skirt on you too!

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    June 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Congrats on the new job! It is great to have a fresh start sometimes!

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    June 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I am SO happy the new job is going well Rachel! I have been lucky to be able to dress casual at work, it can be very hard transitioning, but this outfit looks great and now you will shop for more denim than business attire! Love the watch, very cool in all wood.

    XO Chelsea

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    June 16, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Congrats on your new job

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    Baubles to Bubbles
    June 16, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Congrats on the new job! It sounds like being in a happy work environment is going to pay off!

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    June 16, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Congrats on the new job! Loving this stripe skirt on you!

    Edwige |

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    June 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    So cool to work in a more laid back environment, you look gorgeous Rach. And congrats on the new gig.


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    Lamiita D
    June 17, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    i love very much

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    June 17, 2015 at 3:29 AM

    Ahhh…congrats on the job doll!! That is marvellous. I hope you continue to enjoy it. You look wonderful xx

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    June 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Lovely look, I adore the maxi skirt and of course the wood watch ! 🙂 Looks amazing!

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    June 17, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Congrats on the new job! Its hard to get used to a new dress code, but I know you will rock at incorporating your more business stuff into a more casual outfit. That could be a fun series….take a “business” outfit and break it out into 1-3 casual looks? 🙂

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      June 18, 2015 at 7:55 AM

      AJ – you are genius! Love this idea and it would totally be fun!

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    June 17, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    I have a jord watch on the way and now after reading your review I can’t wait to receive it. Oh and congrats on the new job! Glad you’re enjoying it.

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    June 17, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    This maxi skirt is so pretty!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    June 17, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Congrats on the new job! Glad to hear it’s going well.
    Sometimes you really do need a break from the blog. I know I’m long overdue myself.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    June 18, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    congrats on the new job!! you look so happy in these photos! and I love the outfit!

    xo Lauren

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    Happiness at Mid-Life
    June 19, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Congrats on your new job! What a pretty skirt and I liked how you wore it with chambray.


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

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    Color Me Courtney
    June 19, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    You look amazing! I’m loving how you styled this skirt, perfect look for summer! 🙂

    XO Courtney

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    June 23, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Yay congrats on the new job Rachel!

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      June 25, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Thank you Rachel! 🙂

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    June 25, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    You look stunning Rachel and I can’t wait to try JORD watches for myself 🙂
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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