First Day of a New Job

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Today is the first official day of my new job! I’ve worked so hard to get to where I’m at today and I can’t wait to see where this journey will take me. I’ll be rocking stilettos and red lip stick just in case any of you were wondering. I have a closet full of work-appropriate clothing that I’ve been dying to wear for the last few months and I’m thrilled that today I can start wearing them again. When it comes to first day outfits, I like to appear professional but feminine. I chose this pink blazer and navy pencil skirt because it embodies both of those things. Women tend to think that in order to be respected in the workplace they need to be just as “hardcore” as the men. I believe that we should embrace our femininity and use it to our advantage. It’s what make us beautiful and powerful!
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Mornings With Liz

Hello beauties! Yesterday was a long day that used up most of my energy, whence why I didn’t write anything to share with you. Today, is my recovery day so to speak. I slept like a baby last night and literally just woke up. I’ve determined that mornings should be done differently in this country. The waking up at the crack of dawn, barely choking down a bowl of cereal, and mad dash to work isn’t a healthy way to live each day. I propose a new kind of morning!

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Does this kind of a morning not look infinitely better than the kind you and I are used to? I’m all for #hustle as long as we can still enjoy our lives. It’s mind boggling to me that we have to live our personal lives around a 9-5 schedule. Why is that? Based on what I’ve noticed in my job search, more and more companies are realizing that this kind of work life isn’t conducive with how people live today. Many companies are starting to value flex hours (employees pick the times they work). As long as work is getting done, I think it’s a great idea!

The 9-5 schedule used to work for Americans. As years have gone by though, we are getting increasingly busy and have more on our plates than ever before. If you have kids, you know how true this is! Shuffling them from school to practices and to friend’s houses is just exhausting. Combine that with having to work around a strict schedule of business hours and you’ll be feeling defeated.

Our mornings should be beautiful. A good breakfast, hot coffee, the day’s paper, a nice workout, and happier drive to work with less road rage would be so lovely, don’t you think?

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Sharing a Blogging Secret

creme_de_la_cremeToday, I’m sharing with you a little secret I’ve had for a few months now. I didn’t want to share it at first because it felt kind of awesome having this knowledge and know-how for my blog, but I think you all should be aware of it too! It’s a fabulous little tool you’ve been unknowingly looking at for awhile if you’ve been following my blog. It’s called Pixlr and I use it in nearly every post of mine.

Pixlr is a website that allows you to upload images you’ve saved from your computer onto a blank canvas and edit them to create the effects you want. Black and white, sepia, whatever you fancy! Even better, it allows you to upload pictures of say your favorite Kate Spade bag and Chanel lipsticks and make them into a collage. Essentially, it works just like Polyvore, but you decide what things you want to include and you aren’t limited to what’s already uploaded on the site. I use it to create visuals that correspond with what I’m talking about on my blog.

Step by Step Tutorial

For starters, I use the Pixlr Editor web app and select “Create a new image” to have the blank canvas I need to make my collage.

After you’ve created your “new image”, the app will ask you how big the canvas should be. I usually go with 500×500 pixels. After this, you’ll go to ‘File’ and select ‘Open image’ and from this point forward you’ll select the image you want to put in your collage first. When you select it, the image will pop up over your blank canvas in a separate window and you will be able to edit the size.

For the sizing step, go to ‘Image’ and then select ‘Image size’ to decide the number of pixels you want it to be. When you have the size you want, go to ‘Edit’ and then click ‘Select all’. This will highlight the image with black and white dashes around the border. Copy and then paste the image to your canvas.

At this point, you’ve probably realized that you aren’t able to move the image on the canvas yet. You need to use the ‘Move tool’ on your tool bar to the left. Click and drag the image wherever you want it to be. Repeat these steps for each image you want on your canvas.

To save your collage, simply go to ‘File’ and then ‘Save’. The computer will prompt you for the rest of the saving process.

This amazing tool makes a blog so much more professional than simply using Polyvore. It also gives you unlimited images to work with since you can get whatever you need from Google images. I advise you to have a small photo credits section at the bottom of your post linking items in the image to the places you originally found them. Artists want credit for their work!

If you have any questions, leave them below and I’ll try to help!

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Making a Uniform Cute

hermes_knockoffClassing up a uniform is so hard to do. I took a part-time job a few months ago that requires we wear black pants and a white button down oxford with a black apron. Thankfully, I will only have to work retail until I graduate in December (as long as I can find a job where I can actually USE my degree). However, upon first putting on this uniform I was slightly appalled at its blandness. Really, white shirt and black pants? How original. Naturally, I had to class it up a bit and make it a little more fashion forward.

In keeping with the black pants I bought black skinny jeans at Lucky Brand for $30 on sale at their outlet store! My top is a light weight cotton blend from Banana Republic I found on clearance a few years ago. Since I wear a little apron, no one knows it isn’t a button down. My boots are from Etienne Aigner and I found them at Marshall’s for $45 and I’ve had them since 2012. Finally, my scarf I found at Ross for $6. The thing I love about scarves like these is that they’re similar to ones made by Heremes and Ralph Lauren without the price tag. Believe me, I’ve fooled many people with that scarf!

 

I’ve also learned to incorporate pretty earrings into the uniform as well as fabulous nail colors. I’ve also rocked a black pencil skirt on occasion. However you can accessorize, do it and own it!

jack_skellington_halloween On another note, when I got home from work today my sister, Becca, was carving a pumpkin in the shape of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas. She used a stencil for a little while until she got tired of it and then went on by herself! I’m debating what I should carve into my pumpkin. It will either be Tinker Bell or my own monogram just because it would be really cute! What will your jack-o-lantern look like?

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How to Interview for a Job: Take My Advice

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A previous internship I’ve been at

If you’re like me starting out, interviews were kind of a “wing it” event. You didn’t know what to do or how to prepare. I had to learn from experience. I have been the recipient of 7 different internships, selected as an ambassador for World Vision International, the foreman for a local junior jury, received two scholarships to attend a young leaders program in Santa Barbara, and was recently selected to be a crew representative for a boutique in Florida (more on that to come!) Needless to say, I have been through a lot of interviews! I want to share with you real information and tips on how to win big in your next interview.

The first thing I learned was that if you’re interview is over the phone (which many of mine have been) it is crucial that you maintain a positive voice and don’t make comments that could possibly be taken the wrong way. The interviewer can’t see your face and therefore cannot tell how you feel or whether something you say is meant to be taken as humor or not. In other words, don’t try to be funny. Be pleasurable and personable, but don’t try to be funny, because you never are when you have to try.

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My surprised and annoyed face!

The next thing I learned is to be prepared for the unexpected. Do you know how many questions I’ve been asked that I did not have a prepared answer for? Too many to count. I’ve been asked things such as “What United Stated economic policy was, in your opinion, the least effective?” My first thought was “Uh, what? Come on, who asks this stuff?” Well, because it was a think tank in Washington, D.C. they will always have questions to throw at you that weren’t expected. If you are interviewing for a position that you feel unsure of, then have someone else pretend to interview you and ask questions you aren’t prepared for.

A third thing I have come to expect is to be asked what my weaknesses are. For heaven’s sake if it’s punctuality don’t say that! I’ve learned that the safest answers are either worrying, perfectionism, or impatience.

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Group outing to Mt. Vernon!

Something else I have picked up on in the corporate world is that companies are putting new emphasis on team work and group cohesion. Group activities such as bowling or a cook out are becoming a very important part of building a team-centered atmosphere. If you’re hoping to get a new job, expect this to be part of the company culture and say so in your interview. Employers want to hear that you like working in teams but can also work alone. Both are important.

In your first interview, I do not advise that you talk salary or benefits unless they bring it up. Most companies will set up a series of interviews with you and the first one is typically where you go through your resume and explain everything in detail (make sure to have your resume with you) and they get to know you as a person. After that, the questions get much more specific. The second or third interview is when you might start talking about salary. Be sure not to make that your very first question.

Here’s my final piece of advice- ask questions! At the end of every interview an employer will ask if you have any questions for them. You better have some! This shows you are interested in their company and not just getting the job. Some of my favorites to ask are:

1. What’s a typical day like in the office?

2. What do you like most about working for the company?

3. Is the company active in the community (i.e. do they support any charities, do volunteer work etc.)?

You want them to think you’re interested in what your life will be like if you worked for them. It also shows that you have actually thought through why you would like to work for the company.

Go forward with all the confidence in the world! You can do this! As the saying goes, “Hold your head high gorgeous, there are people that would kill to see you fall.”

P.S. Wondering what to wear for an interview or even to work? Check out this helpful post! Signature