Workplace Essentials Every Girl Needs

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I can’t tell you how many times I regretted not having a nail file before I finally brought one in to work with me. (I’m the kind of person who will sit there and mess with my nails ALL DAY LONG.) It honestly gets distracting when you don’t have everything you need on hand. All the essentials you’ll find yourself reaching for during various parts of your day can be found here. Be sure you stock up your workspace with all the miscellaneous items you don’t realize you need!


Nail Essentials – tweezer, mini scissor, nail file, nail clippers, current polish, hand lotion


Lady-business Essentials – pads/tampons, Advil, two bottles of wine, you know – just the essentials 😉


Makeup Essentials – mirror, touch up powder, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick/chap stick


Food/Drink Essentials – extra tea bags/instant coffee, gum/mints, artificial sweeteners, on-the-go snacks


Electronic Essentials – portable battery pack, chargers for all your devices, headphones

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you can’t live without during the day at work!
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Where I’ve Been

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I’ve missed you guys so much! This month has seriously been one of the most hectic rollercoasters to date. I haven’t been able to put as much time and effort towards blogging as I’d like to but I’m here to tell you that this break is coming to an end. I’ve got some upcoming posts that I’m excited for you guys to see! More to come later this week about that but for now, let’s recap what’s been going on in my life this month.


Work, work, work. (For those who don’t know, I do have a full time job as an interior designer.) Seriously been putting in those overtime hours. We have been getting more work than I thought we could handle! I’ve got a pretty great group of ladies I work with, thank goodness because I don’t know how we would handle all we’ve taken on without each and every one.


RIP. I lost my precious little cutie this month which put a bit of a damper on my mood. It wasn’t really something I wanted to be reflected in my posts and my creativity took a bit of a dive as well. It’s all for the best though and it’s all part of a bigger plan.

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Adulting. Something I’m not too great at but something that’s quite fun at the same time. My husband and I have been spending quite some time figuring out where we want to go after our lease ends. Turns out it’s more complicated than it sounds (who would’ve thought haha). We are now facing the tough decision of whether or not to buy a home at this point. If you have any advice, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.

I hope this caught you up to speed as to where I’ve been this month. I definitely want to say a big thank you to every single one of you who have stuck around and put up with my absence. You are all amazing! 🙂

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The Interview Outfit That Won’t Fail You


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You could have the greatest resume in the world and give the best answers during your interview but, you could be passed up for your appearance. As absolutely silly as that sounds, it is a very real thing that happens every day. Interviews are stressful enough, you shouldn’t have to worry about what you’re going to wear!

I always like to stick to the more dressy corporate attire for a job interview. Of course, you should gauge your attire by what the employees are wearing. Dressing more formal doesn’t hurt, it may even help your chances. Always stick to neutral colors and stray away from vivid colors and daring patterns. The point of the interview outfit is NOT to show your bold personality through fashion, it’s to be neutral and look mold-able into the kind of employee that company is after. The way you can let your personality peek through is by small details. Put on some of your favorite earrings, dress it up with a girly heel, wear a neutral floral pattern. I love the pairing of the classic business formal with a hint of feminine. If you’re staring at your closet wondering where to start, stick to these rules of thumb :

  • Stick to business formal attire
  • Pair your neutral pieces together
  • Add a feminine touch with accessories
  • Let your personality peek through in details

Leave a note below and tell me what your go-to interview outfit is!

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How To Judge If A Company Is The Right Fit

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Job searching is hard enough; however, by far the hardest part is after you’ve been offered the position (or multiple positions). You can accept any job you’re offered but the key to work space bliss is accepting the right job for you. It can be really difficult to determine what exactly your preferred work environment is but hopefully the following list will be a good guideline.

Ask yourself a series of questions and see what is important to you and what your feelings are :

  1. What is the size of the company?
  2. How many people do you interact with on a daily basis?
  3. Who is your superior?
  4. How do you envision your relationship with your superior?
  5. How do you envision your relationship with your coworkers?
  6. Is the environment fun? Stuffy? Corporate? Unique?
  7. Are you getting to do what you love in this new position?
  8. Do you see the possibility to grow and better your skills here?
  9. Does this company promote from within or do they outside hire?
  10. If this isn’t your dream job, will this job get you closer to where you want to be long term?

If you can answer those ten questions, you will have a very good grasp on whether or not you’ll enjoy working for a company. Don’t get discouraged if some of your answers don’t favor the company you’re considering. Odds are, you won’t find your 100% perfect company right away. That will take time and experimenting with different positions to settle on a job you really do enjoy, in an environment that you love.

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you considered any of these questions when accepting your current job. If not, would it have benefited?
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My Dream Home Office

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I hope you all are having a wonderful day! I’m back with the fifth installment of this working girls week. I wanted today to give you all some inspiration for your office, be it at the office or at home. I’m sharing with you today some of my dream office designs. All of these images came from a wonderful little obsession of mine (Pinterest). If you haven’t checked out my Pinterest, be sure and do so to check out what other neat ideas I’ve stumbled upon!


I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, another dark and dramatic space! How original! Didn’t see that coming.” But hey, I know what I like. I’m just here to share it with all of you. 🙂

Dark, dark, dark. For all the work I do at home, I’m hardly ever doing anything besides typing away on my laptop. There’s no need for a light and airy space since I’m just staring into a bright screen all day/night. I love the dark tones, bold pops of metals & colors, and striking patterns. I think built-in shelving adds a great wow factor and allows for lots of storage (or in my case, lots of shelves to accessorize). It’ll definitely be my little sanctuary and truly inspiring space to create in. A girl can dream right? 😉

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Job Search Tips & Tricks

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You didn’t think I would leave this topic out, did you? It’s not fun to talk about, let alone have to go through it. One of the most stressful tasks is finding and applying for a new job. It’s definitely not a fun task but I think this list will help ease the stress of job searching! I think all you graduates looking for your first job will benefit from some of these tips.

Trial & Error

The first cover letter or resume you make, will be far from your last. You’ll discover a constant cycle of doing and redoing these documents for every place you apply. Not every job you apply for will want, or require, the same set of skills or background so you’ll find yourself needing to constantly customize your documents. Spending the time to personalize your documents to the specific company you’re applying for will earn you major points. Showing them that you took the time to look into their company and you understand exactly what they are looking for is a great way to lock in an interview.

Organization

I have an Excel document from past job searches that I found EXTREMELY helpful. I would type in the company, person’s information in charge of hiring, the date I sent in my resume, a date to follow up with them, the interview dates, and a date to send thank you’s, etc. It was my life-line while job searching. I highly recommend going the extra mile to keep yourself organized. That way you make sure you don’t miss any steps along the way.

Thank you

This is a great way to lock in some extra points. Consider sending a thank you email immediately following your interview (because odds are, you are one of many interviews that day), mail a handwritten thank you, or even dropping of some thank you goodies. All are great options and will definitely help you to stand out from the rest of the applicants.

Persistence

This is key. Persistence shows dedication to their company and will keep you somewhat near the top of their inbox. This is why I make sure to keep some columns in my organizational chart to make sure I’m following up every week or two with potential employers. The difference between persistence and annoyance is often a fine line but when done successfully, will increase your odds.

Be Bold

If you receive the dreaded rejection email saying something basic like “we are going in another direction”, this opens the door to one last opportunity you have with that company. Be bold and ask them what you can do better for next time. Even if you aren’t going to apply for any more positions within that company, it’s great information to better yourself and help you lock down the next job!

Leave me a comment below and tell us if you use any of these tips yourself!
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TGIF Work Feelings

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8 AM – Okay I got this.

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9 AM – There’s no stopping me!

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10 AM – This is when I’d just be waking up tomorrow…

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11 AM – I wonder how much trouble I’d get in if I just left now?

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12 PM – Half way there!

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1 PM – Is this the longest day of the year?

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2 PM – How many people can I distract before my boss yells at me?

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3 PM – The wine in the company fridge is calling my name…

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4 PM – 3,600 seconds, 60 minutes, 1 hour left…

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5 PM – I’M FREE!

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