Back to school and a first impression.
I started my doctoral graduate program this week. Huh? Yeah, no kidding. Kind of overwhelming, but it is all about perspective, right?!?! So, why not look cute and professional [bubbly], while I am stressed the eff out [grrrr] and running around like a chicken with its head cut off?
Selecting a first impression is a very careful process. On the first day of school, I was to meet all of my 29 classmates and professors. Striving for relaxed, yet professional, I still wanted to exhibit my personality. All summer I was looking out for pieces to do just that. The summer sales were calling my name...any sale, actually.
This was my thought process: I wanted to keep it light with neutral colors-just too damn hot in Los Angeles, right now! The inspiration was the menswear trend meets JCrew who had lunch with Ellen Degeneres. Her style is crisp! I really like the menswear trend. It is so bold, yet sexy and powerful. But, I have to be careful and make sure I add elements of femininity or else I look like a dude-a stylish dude, nonetheless!
Pants- Khaki ankle skimmers led the way. Ankles are so sexy now a days. I found these on sale, in store, at Club Monaco, for extra 50% off of the sale price-$50-so, I bought them in black, too. OMG! I love them so much. They are priced cheaper at the store than they are online, where they are found here.
Collared Shirt- My blue pinstriped shirt from the GAP was neatly tucked in and buttoned up to the top. Another sale item, of course.
Sunglasses- The ever so cool Ray-Bans.
Bag- This has been my school bag for the last few years. It is so versatile for every outfit and big enough for my computer and a couple of books. I found this L.A.M.B. beauty at Nordstrom Rack! It was totally love at first sight. It makes me smile.
Blazer- I scored this 'too cool for school,' linen blazer at the Zara summer sale for $39.99!! Knowing I had a long day ahead in air-conditioned classrooms, I knew I needed a light jacket/blazer. A sweater looked too matronly and like a grandfather all at the same time. This blazer fit the vision.
Shoes- And for the pièces de résistance, my ox blood, patent leather oxfords! A $40 buy from Urban Outfitters, found here, can you believe it?!? They had them in black, as well. I may go back to get the black pair... My other flats just looked so boring. Heels were out of the question, mainly because I need to get some non-platform, wedge-free, sans stiletto, professional heels. Hmm...any ideas?
Poodle- Introducing, the most amazing Toy Pooodle in the universe, Murphy. He is often addressed as Mr. Murphy because of his stately qualities and intellectual expressions.
Jewelry- A gold necklace with rhinestone detail from, where else, Forever 21, was just enough sparkle for school. I placed it on top of the shirt under the collar, where it hung right under the top button of the shirt. I have a lot of over the top necklaces with bigger baubles, shapes, and bright colors that would have been a bit over the top. I had to wear a watch, so I did not get caught looking at my phone in class. My ring is David Yurman, in Smoky Quartz, and my watch is Skagan, similar style here, both generous gifts I received for graduations from my very close family. Sappy as it may be, I had my family there with me on the first day of school...tear, sniff sniff.
Nail Polish- OPI 'Catherine The Great' & accented with the glittery 'Pink Yet Lavender.' Matching my nail polish to my shoes was an afterthought, I swear! But, I do pay a very sick amount of attention to detail. So much so, that I had to two people, whom I was interviewing for, say, "I could tell you pay a lot of attention to detail." Each chosen outfit can speak volumes.
Cheers to new endeavors!!
See you soon, I gotta run to class!