Friday, May 29, 2015

My initial experience with wearing a "uniform".

To try a little something different and spice up my life, I've decided to wear a "uniform". I've chosen black skinny pants (though sometimes will wear black dress slacks, jeans, or shorts) and ultra light wash chambray shirts, that could almost pass as a dress shirt. This is something that I can wear every single day, and it makes me correctly dressed for 90% of my days. For the other 10%, a dress in in order, so I still have my four dresses. This pic is not the best, as I normally tuck this in, with a belt, and you can't see my boots down below either. Also, at work, I have a black suit jacket on with this. Maybe I'll try to do some #OOTD pics with different variations later on.

However, end of a work day = harried and haggard me. So untucked shirt, blazer off, hair not on point, you get the picture (pun intended).

 In college, I did a challenge where I wore the exact same outfit every single day for a month. I actually loved it, and look back on the challenge with fondness. This time around, I was inspired by this art director at Saatchi, Matilda Kahl, who wears a self-mandated uniform of her liking. I'm no art director, but I do create art in my spare time! And I think managing human resources can be an art, if you think about it the right way.

My reflections on wearing the same thing every day at work this week?
LOVE IT. I echo what Matilda reflects in her article linked above. #whatshesaid.





Monday, May 25, 2015

Time away....and any one else pondering their lives?

Hi all....sorry, I have been out from the interwebz for awhile. I deleted all my photos. I actually deleted this blog for a few days, but then I've had a change of heart. There are lots of things swirling around in my head. I'm having a crisis....more like an identity and "what do I want out of my life" crisis. It seems so trivial, because life is short. But then, because life is short, it seems so important.

I'm still minimalist. I'm still trying to streamline my life. But I want something more. Or different. As I try to find myself, teenager-style, I've made a few life changes that I think may help me out. I don't know how long I'll keep them up. I've started wearing a "uniform" of sorts. Instead of doing another edition of a capsule wardrobe for summer, I went for something totally different. I'm wearing nothing but black skinny pants and light wash chambray dress shirts. Black blazers for work. Various shoes, depending on the occasion. I'm also trying to do one to two meals a day "fully raw", for health. There are a few other life changes I'm hoping to make, but again, not sure how many I can handle at once.

All this to say, I can't pick up and move away (kids), I can't have an abrupt change of career (need to support my family), and I can't do those things that most people would do to put themselves in completely new environment...so I'm not sure what I'm doing, but let me continue to write here, and please read if you feel so inclined. Maybe I should retitle this blog "late twenties crisis - working mom with young kids is finding her purpose".