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Style Me July: Week 3 (or the last week of fashion freedom before I have a fashion identity crisis)

Aug 22, 2012

Sooooooooo...I started writing this post almost a month ago, and I'm finally getting around to finishing it, exactly one month to the day that I started my new job.

Needless to say, the past month has been quite a transition and I'm LURVING it. Also, "Breaking Bad" is back on (and almost over for this year -- only two episodes left!), and so far the last five minutes of each episode have been collectively more disturbing than last season's finale, which may not sound like a huge feat, but I didn't think anything could beat an old man blowing off another guy's face via wheelchair bomb. "I want an empire," Walt says, effectively making me feel really good about being single and not being married to a tyrannical drug lord disguised as a mediocre white guy. Yay for positive life choices!

Anyway, here's the post that should have gone up in July.

My last week of work at the Pentagon was lovely, y'all, just lovely. I received a finer farewell than I could have imagined, and on my last day I cried three times. Was not expecting that. (Didn't I just tell y'all never to cry in the Pentagon?!)

I'm a little/lot late posting, but -- spoiler alert! -- I inadvertently quit the Style Me challenge this week when I began my new job at super hip PR firm, Edelman, and didn't know what to wear. Oh just next blog post will be about the worst outfit moment I've had since I went to New York and wore a gray cardigan with everything. (OMG...just realized there is an even stronger connection with the New York fashion disaster and this more recent one! If you follow me on Twitter you probs already know what I'm getting at here...)

Although I'm going through a bit of a fashion identity crisis since I moved over to K-Street-Corporate, I went out of the Pentagon with a bang (no not bangs...those will probably come soon though, as I'm getting really bored with my hair, as I do every time the season changes).

Day 16: Put a Bow on It

Bracelet: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: Eastern Market
Blazer: TJ Maxx
Dress: NY&Co.
Note: Can I just say that I hate it when people/magazines/whatever lists a garment that you can't see? But I'm doing it anyway because that's what you're supposed to do.

Day 17: Daydream Vacation

Dress: The Limited
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: The Limited
Shoes: The Limited
Note: Yes, The Limited has shoes now and they are my new favorite pair for work! They go with everything, weren't that expensive (just waited for a one-day sale) and they are super comfortable.

Day 18: Bangles

Bangles: Texas Saree Sapne (bought in Atlanta to go with a saree I wore at Ashmi's wedding)
Dress: Target
Blazer: Zara
Necklace: The Limited
Watch: Target ($15 y'all! Okay, so the "rose gold" has sort of rubbed off, but c'mon. $15.)
Note: Indian jewelry is super blingy and pretty inexpensive. If you haven't stopped by a saree shop for kicks or otherwise, you totally should.

Day 19: Black & White

Skirt: NY&Co.
Note: I can't speak to coworker Bob's purchases, but I was pretty excited that he agreed to join in the fashion fun on this day. (Aww, miss him!)

Day 20: Long Necklace

Dress: Target
Necklace: The Limited
Earrings (that you can't even see): Banana Republic
Margarita: Austin Grille
Note: This was my last day of work, and I got to spend it at a BBQ in Alexandria. It was such a lovely way to say good-bye. Also on this day, the Plans & Strategy String Band debuted, and I was recruited to be the female vocalist. If I get my act together and transfer/edit the video, you just might get to hear me sing. Which may not be a good thing. But at least we'll all get an awkward laugh, right?
A quick update...
At a company happy hour last week, someone came up to me and said, "You're Mary El!" and I said, "Yes I am!" feeling very celebreté, as you might imagine. Turns out she reads my blog and follows me on Twitter and she's been wondering when I'm going to pick up my fashion blogging again. Honesty check: I had severe fashion insecurities before and during my first week here, and I'm still battling a fashion identity crisis since everyone looks like they stepped out of the pages of Glamour PLUS we get free ice cream on Fridays and I don't know how to say no, so my weekly goal (since February) to lose 5 pounds is turning into not gaining 5 pounds.
That being said, I gave myself one month to settle in, and the deadline has arrived. Let me figure out the photographer situation (oh how I miss my former one) and I'll get back on this. I might even try nail art. Deal?

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