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Why didn't anyone tell me...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

...That dressing up for work was so much fun? I would have tried it sooner!

While we were on our vacation, I received a mysterious email from the Administrative Director of the massage school where I teach and supervise in the student clinic. He said they were creating a new full-time position that he thought I would "both excel at and enjoy." He did NOT say what it was, however, so I had to wait for a meeting the week we got back, to find out that the job was Student Liaison, and that I would, in fact, love it and be good at it.

So, I took it, gave the chiropractor my two weeks' notice, and have been logging as many free hours as possible in the meantime.

Oh, and shopping like someone who won the lottery and can't travel or drive, but has a month left to live, because I haven't not worn yoga pants or scrubs to work in 7 or 8 years.

What I wore on Day 2:

Black trousers; orange, black, and blue sleeveless blouse; cream 3/4-sleeve blazer; caramel mock-croc pointy-toe kitten heels; orange nails; tanzanite studs and pendant.

What do you think?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ERINLINDSAY83 10/16/2013 10:19AM

    Im a bit jealous. I would LOVE to wear business/business casual to work!!! I love dressing up! (as my blog shows, lol.) Alas, Im stuck in scrubs everyday. But perhaps that's why I enjoy dressing up so much on my days off....?

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SUEPERWOMAN 8/27/2013 6:14PM

Beautiful !!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/27/2013 11:12AM

    What do I think? I think you look fantastic and it sounds like this is indeed the perfect job for you! Congrats :-)

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XNANNY 8/21/2013 9:06PM

    Good work on the professional look. I have an interview tomorrow and need to dress nicely for it. If I get the job I will need new clothes for it.

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AWOLF24 8/20/2013 9:48AM

    Cute!!!! And congrats on the new job!

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DS9KIE 8/19/2013 9:49PM

    you look emoticon

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DOGSTARDADDY 8/19/2013 4:39PM

    Lookin' good!

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KNYAGENYA 8/19/2013 1:21PM

    Congrats! That is a really cute outfit.

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/19/2013 11:50AM

    o lovely and you look terrific...Good luck on your new job!!!

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JENSDAY1012 8/19/2013 8:32AM

    So cute! Congratulations on your new job!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2013 10:29PM

    Fabulous outfit!!
And I love your new profile pic :-)

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    You Look FANTASTIC! CONGRATULATIONS on the new job!


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JADED_CHICK19 8/18/2013 7:47PM

    Congrats on the new job and you look adorable! So fun to dress up! :)

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/18/2013 5:16PM

    Congrats!! You look great!

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ADARKARA 8/18/2013 4:31PM

    You look fantastic!

(And PS, yes I loved Biltmore! Thanks for checking out my pictures!)

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KIKKI-G 8/18/2013 4:17PM

    Love the outfit!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 8/18/2013 4:16PM

    Hottie. I wish I got to dress up for work!

Congrats too, on the job.

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QUEEN-EYDIE 8/18/2013 3:53PM

    Great look!

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GIANTMICROBE 8/18/2013 3:50PM

    I think you look AMAZING, and congrats on the job, it sounds really fun!

I was a student for so long, then unemployed for 8 months, then got a job, that, fortunately or unfortunately depending on your view, I can pretty much wear whatever I want to. This means I have never learned how to dress stylishly. You seemed to have picked it up in no time flat :)

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No Lulu for me

Sunday, August 18, 2013


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XNANNY 8/19/2013 12:50AM

    They cost too much for me!! emoticon emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 8/18/2013 7:34PM

    Yeah, I hear ya there.....

C'mon, folks.......it's only clothes! Sheesh! Get over yourself and

N O W.


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PJ2222 8/18/2013 12:09PM

    emoticon emoticon

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Dress shopping

Friday, July 05, 2013

I have almost exclusively athletic-type dresses (the kind Title Nine and Athleta carry) because I think regular pretty things look majorly mis-matched with my body. But I need something genuinely nice to wear to dinner on the cruise, so I left my self-judgment and ego at home and went to Marshalls.

It was actually not horrible. I came home with two green and two black dresses. This wasn't intentional, and I did try some in other colors. There was one coral Cynthia Rowley dress, in particular, that I loved, but they only had it in a 6.

Which was too big.

I gotta say, it's not a horrible problem to have (though I am thinking of checking at another Marshalls or TJMaxx to see if they have more!)

As for the "wins," they don't make me look like a drag queen, and that's pretty much what I was going for. Success!

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SONSHINESUE518 7/13/2013 8:49PM

I'm so glad that you changed your mind and opened up your world to the idea that "regular" dresses can look good on you. Enjoy!

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DEBADEAU 7/8/2013 8:23PM

    I love dresses!!! emoticon

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LETHA_ 7/6/2013 11:57AM

    Too funny. I've often felt like I was in drag when I tried to wear dresses, heels, and make-up. Glad to know you had a great dress buying experience.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/5/2013 10:43PM

    LOL...I also like the "don't look like a drag queen" part. I bet you look beautiful in them!! Have fun!

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UNSWEETMAMA 7/5/2013 10:27PM

    They don't make me look like a drag queen... emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/5/2013 9:09PM

    Sounds like you found some nice dresses! I assume this means we will be seeing pictures of them at some point?

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ROCKLAND2010 7/5/2013 5:59PM

    WooHoo! Score!

Share some pictures.


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NATPLUMMER 7/5/2013 4:28PM

    Not looking like a drag queen is a total win!!

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JR0124 7/5/2013 4:16PM

    Well where are the pictures?

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ADARKARA 7/5/2013 4:15PM

    woo hoo! I am all into buying skirts and dresses now. But I know what you mean about the drag queen thing...I always feel that way about shoes! (size 9 1/2 wide here)

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KNYAGENYA 7/5/2013 3:18PM

    That's great!

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/5/2013 3:14PM

    Wow now want to see photos of you in them..

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_VALEO_ 7/5/2013 3:13PM

    You could have asked me one of my dresses, and you would have ended up with two for the same price! I'm a size 12! emoticon
Good job on not freaking out in the dressing room and on finding 2 nice dresses below 6! emoticon

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AWOLF24 7/5/2013 2:42PM

    YEA!!! I bet they look great! I bet you didn't like them because you were trying the wrong sizes! emoticon Now that you know what to look for, I bet you'll be able to find more!

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Gratuitous mani blog

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Well, here's my over-the-top St. Patrick's Day/can't-wait-for-spring mani. Please excuse the ragged cuticles and abundant calluses. My hands take a beating and just never look nice.

(The prints are from the urban gardening article in the current Natural Awakenings.)

Also, requisite cat picture:

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SOULFISH80 5/3/2013 5:28PM

    Very cute!!

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AWOLF24 4/25/2013 1:13PM

    Super cute - I LOVE it!!!!

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TERRIEHICKS 3/19/2013 7:49PM

    Pretty nails! Love your cat!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/18/2013 10:57PM

    Fun! Love the green!

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DS9KIE 3/16/2013 8:54PM

    cool nails and cute cat

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BELEKWAL 3/16/2013 7:36PM

  Happy St Patrick's Day to all of you. I love seeing the spirit and the cat picture.

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GIANTMICROBE 3/16/2013 5:22PM

    Dude, you could have a Grumpy Cat! :)

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QUEEN-EYDIE 3/16/2013 3:31PM

    Really pretty!

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LAC936 3/16/2013 2:35PM

    Definitely says St. Pat's day. Cute kitty.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/16/2013 2:08PM

    Nice I wish I had that patience to do that.

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Healthy Q&A

Monday, January 28, 2013


1. What did you eat for breakfast?
The infamous Banana in a Snuggie: whole wheat tortilla, spread across with sunbutter, sprinkled with nutritional yeast, a banana laid across the schmear, folded over one end of the banana (so the good stuff doesn't get squeezed out!), and rolled up.

2. How much water do you drink a day?
At least 10 cups.

3. What is your current favorite workout?
Body Revolution, simply because it's my current (nevermind favorite) workout. Oh, and TurboKick, because I did it all day Saturday and have to practice teach while I wait to see if I passed the test.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?
Lots, but not "too many" since I'm not blowing up, lol.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Raw kale chips, Somersaults, and toast.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?
I don't mean that I don't eat lunch, I just don't have a usual. It's something different almost every day, because I am rarely not at home, so I don't have a lunch-packing routine.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Whatever feels like it hasn't gotten enough play lately.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Triceps with arms overhead. I have very strong tris from work, but also short lats, so I have an impossible time keeping my elbows close to my head, and I can't go as heavy as I need to feel challenged.

9. What are your �bad� food cravings?
Chocolate and jelly beans.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
As a vegan, I supplement B12, usually in the form of nutritional yeast, a Vega shake, or a bar like Clif or Luna. I rarely take it as a pill, though I have used a sublingual B12 before.

11. How often do you eat out?
Once a week or less.

12. Do you eat fast food?
No more than two or three times a year.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?
Aside from SparkFriends, my biggest fitness supporter is my mom, STLW27. Honorable mentions to my husband, Dave, and my dad, for going along with exercising even though they don't really like to. Maybe this doesn't really sound like "support," but seeing the people around me make an effort to improve their lifestyles (especially when it goes against their preferences) is better and more encouraging than any amount of cheerleading anyone could direct right at me.

14. Do you have a gym membership?
We just cancelled Planet Fitness because I almost always work out at home now.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
8-10. I love sleep.

16. Do you have a �cheat� day?
No, I just do what I want.

17. Do you drink alcohol?
1 or 2 glasses of wine a week. I stopped drinking altogether for several months because I always thought I might want to work out at night, but I think I hate exercising late now.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?
Sometimes Dave, and sometimes I go to the gym with Mom.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
Veggieful dinner: collards, chickpeas, green peas, and carrots, in roasted garlic pasta sauce, over a little barley. With a ton of red pepper flakes, of course.

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ABBEH23 3/12/2013 8:53AM

    I love that somersaults are one of your favorite snacks. :)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/22/2013 6:39AM

    Awesome post! THink I might snag it and give it go sometime.

Oh, and LOVE that breakfast idea!

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JULESRULES78 2/15/2013 10:12PM

    Really liked this. Under snacks you said somersaults. What are those?

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/29/2013 11:07PM

    Pretty fantastically healthy life that you are living! We have similar crave foods- chocolate and jelly beans. Love your attitude!

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LAILATN 1/29/2013 6:52PM

    I loved TurboKick when I did it before my son was born! One of my goals is to get in shape enough to start back again! It was a challenging and super-fun workout!

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2013 11:14AM

I'm doing Body Revolution right now, too :-)
ooohhh....chickpeas :-)

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REVIVED 1/29/2013 8:28AM

    How do you make garlic pasta sauce?

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GIANTMICROBE 1/29/2013 7:23AM

    Ahhhh, someone else who recognizes the importance of sleep. I am never not-confused by someone who claims they only sleep 4-5 hours a night.

I need to make it more of a priority. In college I got 9 hours, that was my sweet spot. I feel like my commute eats up so much of my time though. I want to do a little more each day than just work, workout, and sleep though :(

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LIBBYL1 1/29/2013 2:52AM

  love your dinner...

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/28/2013 11:27PM

    I've never tried sunbutter before, but I think I'll have to just because I love the name so much.

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