How to Settle Into a New City

Thank God it’s Friday! It’s been a little over a week since I’ve moved to Dallas and I think I’m settling in well. I love exploring a new city and finding where all the hidden gems are. For example, I got lost driving around the other day and stumbled upon a Carlos’ Bakery! One of the best things about moving to a new city is the chance to start over. Dallas, I believe will be the perfect place to do that. Starting fresh however, and really enjoying a new lifestyle is challenging in an unfamiliar place. Here are a few tips and tricks to help a new city dweller settle in!

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Every time I’ve moved to a new place for an internship, my boss would send all of the interns on a scavenger hunt so we could get to know the city. Trust me, it helped! If I’m correct, Geocaching is very similar and doesn’t require you going into an obscure restaurant to grab a napkin proving you went there. Try it out in your new city here’s a link to a website for it.

Talk to the Front Office Staff

At any apartment complex I’ve lived in, I’ve made sure to make friends with the front office staff. They can tell you everything that’s going on in the city and give you great recommendations for places to eat or hang out. Plus, they might be fun people to share an afternoon cocktail with!

Take a Class or Join a League

I’m not one for taking a crazy boxing class or doing hours of Zumba, but I would take a yoga class to help me relax and maybe even make a friend or two! If a class isn’t your thing, maybe join a baseball league or if you play your cards right, consider joining the Junior League. My cousin is a member and I was close to joining until I unfortunately had to move.

Leave me a comment with your suggestions too!

Liz

Dressing Up a White Tee 

Yay for hump day and the weekend in sight! During the summers I just can’t help but count down the days until the weekend comes. I’m pretty sure that makes me a bad employee but let’s be honest here, I’m not the only one who does this. Summertime is when we get to live for the memories, BBQs, and inevitable country music infatuation we develop for a few months.

One thing I don’t look forward to is the intense heat though. With my move to Dallas coming up, I’ve been looking at the weather trends this time of year and I’m mentally preparing for the intense heat that comes with living in Texas. Being the clever, stylish girl I am, I wanted to find a way to make a simple tee look professional for the office. T shirts are just so much more generous when it comes to keeping you cool than a button up blouse might be. With that being said, here’s my office uniform for the rest of the summer!

t shirt in workplace  Summer office clothes

I think the key to dressing up a plain white tee (pun intended) is to use bold yet professional accessories that draw the eye away from the simplicity of the outfit. This gold braided necklace I’m wearing was a steal from New York & Co for only $4! The necklace is simple and spices up my tee and navy pencil skirt. Would I wear this for an important meeting with an executive? No. But for a regular day sitting in your cubicle picking the day’s Pandora station, I’d say it’s perfectly acceptable.

elegant jewelry

Leave me a comment with your go-to summer office outfit!

-Liz

Adding Color to a Professional Wardrobe

 Summer style for office

Hello loves! I hope you had a great long weekend and enjoyed some outdoor time. There’s nothing like a day spent in the sun, it rejuvenates your spirit I think.  Memorial Day for me was spent with the windows open and some family time, also good for your spirit! Yesterday, when I went into work I felt really confident in my outfit and had to share it with you today! Since summer is unofficially starting, I wanted to wear something that was colorful and reminded me of this wonderful season. And voila! Here it is!

Basic girl style

This cute little outfit is composed of old and new items in my closet. The top is from Old Navy and the skirt is from C. Wonder (since closed). My necklace was a beautiful gift from my boyfriend and my sunnies are a gift from his mom! I did a post on the studded sandals a few weeks ago that you can read here.

c wonder out of business
colorful professional style

Bold color combos like this are easy to wear if you accessorize them correctly to distract from the bright colors. If you can find a great necklace or belt to wear, it breaks up the outfit into separate pieces and allows the eye to examine each one individually instead of as a whole. Similar to the color blocking trend. Plus, it just looks cute! I’ve linked similar pieces below for you to browse! Enjoy!

How to Spot a Scam

blogger scams

Happy Friday, y’all! Earlier this week I got an interesting email from a particularly famous brand asking me if I would be interested in doing a collaboration with them. As a blogger, I’m always on the look out for brand partnerships. However, I exercise caution for a very good reason. Once I expressed interest in the collaboration, the brand representative that had contacted me fired back an email outlining the project and what it entailed. Just by the description I knew that it was nothing more than free publicity for the brand. Here’s how I knew:

  1. Key Phrases: The buzzwords that companies love to use to indirectly say that you will get nothing out of this “collaboration.” One of the most common is that they need you to help “spread the word” or give “tips to your readership” about what they can do with said product.
  2. Lack of Marketing Budget: The first thing I ask is what the budget is for the project. When there isn’t one, they really can’t tell you anything else beyond “well we don’t have one, we simply wanted to generate some buzz about…” Boom. Sorry, but you won’t be “generating buzz” on my blog. That’s when you know this is for their benefit and not yours. Move on.
  3. They Immediately Provide Links: While this isn’t always a bad thing, it can be a red flag. How do they already have links that will credit you with whatever referrals you give them? Oh wait- you don’t get credit for referrals. The brand is literally giving you a link to lead your followers a way from your blog and to the product. It would be one thing if you actually made a commission off of it, but in this case you won’t be.
  4. Flattering Words: The brand rep called me a “guru” in the particular product category she was marketing. I had written a few things on topics similar but in no way was I a “guru.” Flattery will get you nowhere darling. Unless you plan on paying me, then it will get you somewhere!

I wrote this post specifically for the newbie bloggers out there. When I first started, I participated in a few of these “collaborations” and got nothing out of it. Many promised that the best posts would be shared on their social media pages. That never happened. Don’t fall prey to these scams. Instead, keep your head up and know that your blog is worth more than free publicity.

-Liz (follow me on Bloglovin’!)

 

Spring Wardrobe Must-Have

Classic jcrew button downHello pretty friends! Since spring is coming so fast and many of us work in office settings, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about cute clothing options you might want to have in your closet. Since the weather changes hourly (at least in Kansas City) I never know how to dress. Having a few versatile options has always gotten me through the awkward days of transition weather.

The one staple item everyone should have for spring weather is a good, light weight classic button down. The one I’m wearing in the photo above is from J Crew. It was on the clearance rack for $15 a few years ago and I’ve been wearing it ever since. Spring is the perfect time to wear this kind of top because it’s long-sleeve but sheer in terms of weight. Plus, it’s easy to tuck into your pencil skirt for the office! I’ve also worn it casually with white shorts and gladiator sandals, which was a great trendy twist on this classic.

I’m linking a similar (even cuter) one for you! J Crew Factory is also having some great sales right now! Let me know what color you get if you decide to buy one! Enjoy your Thursday and relax, it’s almost Friday.

witty n pretty