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Dress to Celebrate Success

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Today was my first day teaching a university course! In my doctoral program (and I’m sure this is the same for most), second year students are allowed to teach courses (given that they have taken all of the pre-reqs and such). I am beyond excited and nervous to start gaining experience in the classroom. It’s just another step and milestone closer to accomplishing my goal of getting my Ph.D. and starting my professional career. So, what better was to celebrate than by dressing up for the occasion?

Shop my outfit here.
Tote: Kate Spade | Cashmere Sweater: Macy’s | Shirt: Express | Skirt: Express | Shoes: J. Crew Factory | Pearl Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren | Pearl Earrings: Lauren Ralph Lauren | Bangle: Kate Spade

Everyone knows the saying, “dress for success” or “dress to impress”, but I think we should also dress to celebrate success! Achieving professional goals and milestones is such a rewarding feeling, and we should allow ourselves to be proud of our progress and accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Celebrating surface milestones–the goals that others can see–makes all of hard work and perseverance that others don’t see worthwhile. And just to make the day even better, Mike had a bouquet of lilies, champagne, and dinner waiting for me when I got home to celebrate this small marker in my career.

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When deciding on the outfit that I was going to wear my first day of teaching, there were a few factors that influenced my decision. My outfit needed to:

  • Be classy
  • Give me confidence
  • Be comfortable
  • Appropriate for the setting
  • Give a great first impression

So, I went with a classic look by layering a poplin button-up shirt underneath a crew neck sweater and pairing it with a high-waist pencil skirt. In my opinion, no outfit is complete without pearls–they’re the “pearl”fect touch of class!–and they really did help to bring my outfit together.

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I also feel that your outfit should have some sort of “pop”–an item that stands out. Kate Spade is by far my favorite designer because she always has a great selection of colors and designs for all of her products, while maintaining a classic-modern-chic style. This tote was the perfect “pop” for my outfit!

Most importantly, I had to save my best outfit for the second day of class. Mike always tells me that growing up he would save his best outfit for the second day of school. This makes a lot of sense! So, stay tuned for my day two outfit!

What is your go-to outfit for celebrating success or your first day at work? What is your “closet staple” that always completes an outfit? I’d really like to know your thoughts and opinions!

Cheers!

Kelly

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Vineyard Vines Whale of a Sale

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year, but I must say that after Christmas is a close second because of all of the after-Christmas sales! My absolute FAVORITE sale and store is Vineyard Vines’ Whale of a Sale–Use the Code: WHALE17

Right now it’s 30% off all sale items, but if you wait it out, it goes up to 50%! However, the scary part about waiting is that the items you want may be sold out or not in your size, so you have to be the best judge of when to pull the trigger!

Nevertheless, it’s still an amazing sale! Every year we always try to snag a Santa Whale shirt (it has kind of become a tradition). I’m (fortunately) small enough to fit into boys and girls XL, and this is great because the kids’ sizes are nearly half the price of the adults!

Girls Jolly Plaid Shep Shirt • Vineyard Vines • $44.99
Boys Long Sleeve Santa Whale Pocket T-Shirt • Vineyard Vines • $19.99
Boys Long-Sleeve Lights Logo Box Pocket T-Shirt • Vineyard Vines • $19.99
Boys Long-Sleeve Gingerbread Whale Pocket T-Shirt • Vineyard Vines • $19.99
Men’s Vineyard Vines Mr. Claus Whale Graphic Pocket T-Shirt • Vineyard Vines • $32.16

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Distressed Wood Shelf Tutorial

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We needed a shelf over the TV for decor so I went to Hobby Lobby and found a plain wooden shelf for about $15. The shelf I bought looked too plani for my liking so I decided to give it a distressed look. Here is how I did it.

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