Dressed for: Ease

Already Pretty outfit featuring retro teal dress, Tieks flats, navy blue leather handbag, bib necklace

Dress – eShaktihere in black (if link doesn’t work it’s called Vintage style jersey knit dress)
Necklace – Fab.comsimilar
Flats – courtesy Tieks
Earrings – Noir via Ideeli
Bracelet – thrifted – similar look
Bag – eBaysimilar

This necklace and dress were bought more than a year apart, but I’ve worn them together about four times in the past month. Such a perfect pairing. I’ve tried the dress with and without a belt and feel like it’s got enough going on up top without adding any contrast at the fairly high waist. It’s an easy comfortable piece that quickly became a go-to. And it also is a natural match for these snappy Tieks flats, which are of the foldable/packable variety. A great invention for those of us who start the day optimistically in heels, and need relief by mid-afternoon. Not that I’d know anything about that. Hem hem …

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Dressed for: Spring Jewels

Already Pretty outfit featuring burgundy blazer, radiant orchid dress, leopard pumps, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, Zara rhinestone necklace

Blazer – thrifted – similar
Dress – Land’s End
Belt – Amazon – similar color
Shoes – Anne Klein (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Mid-City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Necklace – Zara via eBaysimilar
Earrings – CJ Rose Boutique
Bracelet – thrifted – similar

I wore this mix of jewel tones to the recent Unlikely Entrepreneurs event, where the talented and visionary Nancy Rosenbaum interviewed me about my circuitous and odd career path. We taped the event and I hope to have some video to post in a few weeks once I’m back from my San Francisco trip and a little less overwhelmed. It was fascinating to have someone walk me through my various jobs chronologically, talk about my choices, and see exactly how unplanned most of my working life has been. Seems like every time I cook up a concrete plan, the Universe throws me a major curveball and I have to scrap it. Works for me. I feel like one of my major life lessons has been “Learn to roll with it,” and I am.

Anyone else feel like career planning never works but hard work and trust pull you through? Or do you rely on a far-reaching vision for your career goals and stick to it?

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Dressed for: The Jackpot

Already Pretty outfit featuring cognac leather jacket, high-low hem dress, brown suede boots, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, chunky chain necklace

Jacket – eBaysimilar – budget
Dress – courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available) – similar shapesimilar colors
Tights – Spanx
Boots – Envy Footwear Katima (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Mid-City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Necklace – Sash – similar
Earrings – Urban Outfitters (no longer available) – similar

Once, I had a cognac leather moto and it fit me really strangely. Since I’d spent some bucks on it, I kept it for several years before finally accepting that the long arms and odd shoulders were always going to bug me, and that tailoring was going to be costly and risky. So I put it on consignment. And then this fall happened and about a dozen outfits came to mind that would’ve looked perfect with a cognac leather jacket, so I began the search for a replacement. But it took me until very recently to find and nab this one on eBay. It’s from Victoria’s Secret originally (who knew?) and is just the color I wanted – that surprisingly hard to find ruddy reddy brown. Also love that it’s somewhere between a blazer and a jacket, so ideal for indoor wintry wear. Jackpot.

Anyone else willing to spend months looking for the absolute perfect item before pouncing?

P.S. I know this dress looks absolutely paper thin in these photos, but it’s really not! The hem is single-layer, but everywhere else is doubled and actually quite cozy. Just couldn’t resist the shots showing the wintry breeze in my hem.

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