Wear to Work Favorites

Building Up a Professional Wardrobe

As an intern and student, I came to the capital of suits and ties having a small wardrobe appropriate for the office. Washington D.C. is all about the professional look. New York City values creativity and chic outfits. Los Angeles likes a laid back, professional wardrobe. I’m here to combine a touch of each in our wear-to-work wardrobe!

cdaa3f89982963c19f1cf0610e2b0d2a1. The Pencil Skirt– A staple in any woman’s wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be boring though! Have fun with the shape, pattern, and material of this classic piece.

2. Toga Dress– Simply put, this piece can be dressed up or down and is low maintenance. Not necessarily a 445dcbc632ed4b8bdf3b44b11d13170eclassic, but you must have a dress that fits almost any occasion.

3. A Button Up– Oxford button up shirts are pretty standard to anyone’s closet. Gone are the days eb3d3d657da4bd9f69790c0834afc7a5of boring white and blue though. Exciting patterns give this old style a face lift! If you fear color and pattern, find a neutral navy or red to experiment with first.

4. Blazers– These are really nice for adding something to any outfit. Be creative9d0ab2c19522129341f7d938a4685889 though! Black and navy go with almost anything, but a pop of color adds a little something extra. Try several on to adjust for size, length, and material.

5. Ballet Flats– A shoe that won’t kill your feet in the office or 2135ae71612728245122afeeaad2a536around town. Find exciting colors and textures! Python print is fun to wear with almost anything. Hot pink adds a little skip in your step. Some of my favorites have come from Old Navy. Of course Tory Burch has her line of iconic shoes but let’s be honest, who can really afford them?

6. Shift Dress– I love wearing these on days where I want to feel comfy. They’re classy and among the bestOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA wear-to-work options we have! Accessorizing them with a nice scarf or belt really ties the outfit together.

 

What would you add to this list? Comment below with your ideas!

~Liz

A Country Wedding: My Friends’ Big Day

I went to my friend’s wedding this weekend in central Virginia. The venue was held on a beautiful, historical farm in the countryside. It was a wonderful afternoon with superb weather and even better company. The bride and groom met each other at an internship we were all doing in Arlington, VA. It wasn’t until the last few weeks of it that they started dating though. Against all odds, they made it through a year of long distance and ended up moving to the same town to begin working. A year later, they got engaged at Christmas! It was such a pleasure to be there with them as they started their lives together. It was the first wedding I have been to that didn’t make me want to elope! Here are a few photos from the day!

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Kelly and her dad!
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Champagne toast!
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Their first kiss as a married couple!
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Candid moment
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The beautiful horses

Exploring Culture: Going Persian!

More Than Expensive Rugs and Cats!

1185977_10201989214797850_1318163599_nSince I started dating my boyfriend last year I’ve had my little world opened to a whole new world and culture. The only thing I knew about Persians before meeting him was that they made incredible rugs and bread the cutest kitties. Needless to say learning about where he’s from was an eye opening experience for me.

Before launching into the little things I’ve learned about Iran, there are a few things I have to clarify. First Iranians are not Arabs, they are Persians. I confused that in the beginning and many other people in western cultures tend to do the same thing. Second, my boyfriend does live in the United States but was born and raised in his home country. We are in a long distance relationship but not cross-continental long distance! Finally, he’s bilingual and I’m not. But I’m trying to pick up some of the Persian/Farsi language.

One of the most fun experiences I had when I started dating Amir is trying new food! In the picture is chicken kabob and 1469858_10202710740075531_654018668_nsaffron rice with grilled tomatoes. I absolutely love this dish because the chicken is marinated in a yogurt sauce with tons of seasoning so its bursting with flavor. So yummy! We usually order/make with this tahdig, which is basically the browned part of the rice on the bottom of the pot. Its really crispy and tasty to eat!

Another fun cultural thing I got to experience is the yearly Nowruz celebration. It symbolizes the beginning of the New Year for Persians. It is celebrated at the beginning of spring because it is the beginning of new life after winter.

1966185_10203687907064095_1744256137_oI went to a gala for this event in Daytona Beach with my boyfriend and our two other friends, Shayan and Christina. Christina and I were two of the few Americans there to partake in this annual celebration and learned a lot throughout the evening. Granted most things were said in Farsi, she and I could get the general idea.

Finally, I’ve really enjoyed trying to pick up the language. There have been quite a few laughs that have resulted in me trying to pronounce certain words and phrases. So far I’ve learned a few things. ‘Salam‘ means ‘hello’ and ‘che toori‘ means ‘how are you.’ Another cute little thing I’ve picked up is the word ‘azizam’ meaning ‘sweetheart’ or ‘dear friend.’ Depending on the person you are speaking to will determine the meaning of the word. I’ve learned other words and phrases but none of which I can accurately spell for you!

What cultures have you immersed yourself in? Comment and share! 

~Liz

 

Summer Bucket List

 

What to do During the Summer

ca2f149dec9237f79b5ab54281bcc8f7Every year when our final classes are over and all of our finals have been taken we create a list of things we want to do over the summer. Relax, read a book, get a tan, have a summer romance, reconnect with high school friends just to name a few. Days and weeks go by and we tell ourselves that we’ll start checking things off our list tomorrow. Before we know it summer is over and we go back to our regular routine. Well this year I’m committing to my summer bucket list this year and so should you! Here’s 8 things I’m doing this season:

1. Learn at least 10 phrases in Persian

2. Study for GRE and identify 3 graduate schools I would consider attending

3. Get 500 followers on my blog (help me out guys!)

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5. Get 7 children sponsored through my World Vision ambassadorship

6. Identify 5 employers I would consider working for in Florida (my favorite state!)

7. Volunteer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

And last but not least,

8. Lay in the sun and get my tan back

What’s on your summer bucket list? Comment and share!

~Liz 

 

Travel Edition: Daytona Beach!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling around and seeing Florida’s beaches. Last weekend I visited Daytona Beach for the first time. I wasn’t expecting too much given that I’m a Gulf Coast snob and prefer their beaches. However, Daytona surprised me in a good way! The beach was much nicer than what I was expecting.

What is there to do in Daytona Beach?

Daytona_BeachMy first comment/suggestion is to partake in some of the unique restaurants in the area. We ate at one called Crabby Joes and had a really nice lunch. While the food is pretty much what you would get at a TGI Fridays or anywhere that serves seafood, the view is spectacular. It sits on a pier and you can literally see the waves crashing beneath you through the small spaces between the floor boards. If you sit at a high top table you’ll be able to feel the pier move slightly.

Second, the beach is a little different than what I have experienced at other beaches. People park their cars on the beach. Convenient if you left something behind however, not so environmentally friendly or people friendly for that matter. Cars are driving by as you lay on the beach. Possibly dangerous if you have kids that just like to take off for some random place on the beach and you can’t chase them down fast enough. It makes for great people watching though!

Third, the water was a nice temperature and color. We had a nice time wading in the water and acting like idiots. Not quite the Gulf Coast, but a nice compromise for Daytona_Beachthose who live closer to the Atlantic side. There’s decent surfing and great waves for the inevitable boogie board loving kid. If only TSA would have let me bring mine!

For those who are looking to go where the crowds aren’t, don’t head to the beach until mid afternoon when people start to leave. The sun is still out and strong you just won’t have all the people.

Fourth, while we didn’t do any water sports there were plenty of places to go and do them if you wanted to. Go in any tourist place and there will be brochures and coupons galore! Jet skiing and parasailing are big hits down there.

Finally, if you’re looking for a place that has a fun atmosphere where anything goes and the only thing you have to do is enjoy yourself, then this beach is for you. Generally, people are pretty friendly and are actively seeking the relaxed, fun lifestyle that most of Florida revolves around. My first trip to this tropical state was at age 12 and since then I haven’t been able to get my mind off it. Seriously, take some time and come enjoy this state. It has so much to offer!

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Me and my friends Emma and Christina!

Is there anything in Daytona I missed out on? Any other beaches I should check out? Comment below and share with friends!

~Liz