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What NOT to wear on an interview

I’ve had to get dressed for my fair share of interviews. I work in a fairly creative field (communications and graphic design) so I’m able to break out of the “MUST WEAR PANTSUITS” model for interviews. I still tend to wear a blazer and either a dress, long pants or a skirt. I suppose I still have a uniform of sorts when going on interviews. I feel regardless of what type of job you’re interviewing for, there are some general rules you should follow about what to wear and what not to wear. Today I’m going to talk about what NOT to wear on an interview. Unless you don’t want the job, then, by all means.

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1. If it looks like something you’d wear to prom.

2. If it’s ripped, has holes, or is some kind of denim.

3. Anything short. If you can’t bend over without flashing your panties, save it.

4. General rule- if it’s shorter than an inch above your knees, don’t wear it. Some people are very conservative and that’s not OK in an office environment. (It’s always better to err on the side of caution/conservative until you learn the rules of a specific environment.)

5. Six-inch heels or heels you can’t walk in. Seriously. Just don’t.

6. A wedding dress. I know you want to wear it more than once, but unless you’re working at a wedding dress shop, not a good plan.

7. If it looks like you’re going clubbing or stayed up all night drinking, no.

8. Anything with sheer panels or cutouts. Save that for later.

9. Tops with words or phases on them. It’s great that you love unicorns. But you don’t need your potential employers to know that until you cover your desk with figurines.

10. Anything that resembles lingerie. Unless you’re working as a stripper or a lingerie shop. Then, by all means!

11. Sneakers or flip-flops. Or anything spiked.

Basically you don’t want to look like you’re going to the beach or a party or a wedding. You want to look professional and polished, and it’s possible to do that without sacrificing your own personal style. I usually pick something neutral, like a grey blazer, dark pants, or a black dress. Add something with flair and color, like a printed top or a statement necklace. You want to look comfortable in your outfit and you don’t want to give an interviewer a reason to not invite you back for a second interview. It’s always better to head off to an interview dressed more conservatively. My previous office was casual to the point where the CEO wore sweatpants, except when it came to interviews. If it was an interview day the CEO, directors and managers would dress in suits, dresses, etc. They knew they were presenting themselves as a potential place of employment and also needed to dress the part.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

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Meet Elisa from Styled by U

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Meet Elisa, from  Styled by U. I found her blog from a tweet Tieka sent out.

Basically, you suggest an outfit (or two) to Elisa; she photographed her entire wardrobe and listed it on the blog. Her goal is to have outfits styled by you, the reader. I suggested one to her, not knowing if it would even work, and it did!

Elisa joined me for a quick interview, to give you guys more information, so you can rush over and style an outfit for her!

Why did you decide to start this blog?
I decided to start the blog because I LOVE style blogs, and I can spend an inordinate amount of time scouring through them… so that eventually I decided I wanted to have my own.
However, I’m quite frugal and although I feel that I have a good sense of style (as in, I can pinpoint what looks good on others), I don’t think I have a very trendy closet. So I figured that if I wanted to showcase stylish outfits from a not-terribly-stylish closet without spending money on a whole wardrobe overhaul, I was going to have to put some very creative outfits together.

Problem is, I think I’m kind of conservative and think-inside-the-box a little too much when it comes to my outfits (I’m like the opposite of a creative remixer. I find myself in the same ol’ tried and true outfits ALL the time). So I came up with the idea of letting the creative geniuses that are found among all the style bloggers in the web contribute to my search for a more stylish version of me. So essentially it’ll the same girl, same clothes, new (fabulous) style.

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What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
I hope to accomplish a fresh take on the same boring clothing items that I find in my closet. I think that although the styles of the outfits will stem from other people’s visions, I will be able to identify with a lot of them and will be able to extract my individual style from among other people’s suggestions.

What happens if someone suggests a look that doesn’t really work? Will you change things?
Ideally, I’ll have several options to choose from on a daily basis… and if that’s the case, I’ll start selecting suggestions at random from the pool of suggestions that are placed in my comments. The good news is, I’m not easily embarrassed so hopefully that helps me rock every single outfit with confidence, even if it’s viewed as quirky to others 🙂 I want to make it that way so that I don’t select something that I would’ve thought of on my own, and get trapped in the same style rut I’m trying to get away from. So I hope to keep outfits exactly as they’re suggested, unless they’re not practical due to weather or an activity I’ll be doing that day…

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How often are you hoping to post outfits?
I’m aiming to post outfits a minimum of 3 times a week… hopefully I can keep that up.

If you buy something new/get rid of something, will you replace the photos of your stuff?
I will definitely update the pictures of things I add or remove from my closet in real life 🙂

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July featured blogger: EvaNadine

My featured blogger for July is EvaNadine of Stumble into Style!!

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I really admire EvaNadine and love her blog because she’s real. She’s a real woman, living a real life and showing us what she wears while doing it. But, rather than have me blather on about her for paragraphs, I’ll let her introduce herself!

1. Describe your blog in three words:
Attempts at fashion

2. What/who are your style inspirations?
I find inspiration from many places, mainly from the other bloggers I read. I also look at my friends and coworkers, and people on the street. Sometimes I am inspired by architecture or food, or even other “non-style related” things. I don’t really read any fashion magazines, but when I do, I sometimes pick up ideas from what I see in there.

Mainly, my style is inspired by everything and everyone around me.

3. What are your three favorite things in your closet?
I have never been the kind of person to tell you my favorite anything — as soon as I’m done making the list, the list has already changed!

In the spirit of playing along, here are three of the items I like the most:

(1) My Orange and White Zebra-Striped Cardi (seen here, here, here and here)
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I bought this cardi on a whim, and I have absolutely loved having it in my closet. Originally, I had envisioned wearing it with mostly-neutral outfits as a pop of color, but instead, I have found such joy in pairing it with other bright colors. I actually have to put effort into not bringing this puppy out on a more regular basis.

(2) My Green Anne Taylor Loft Dress (seen here and here)
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True, grass/kelly green is my favorite color, so I was thrilled when I snagged this dress on sale. I love the details of the gathering around the waistline and shoulders. While it has only been featured on the blog twice, I have actually worn this dress several times. I forsee pairing it with some great colors this summer, and I look forward to making it work for fall and winter.

(3) My Gray Vest (seen here, here, here and here)
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This is one of those purchases I never would have considered if I hadn’t discovered this world of fashion blogging, but I am so glad I did! I love that this vest both adds a touch of class and “funks” up an outfit a bit. I also love that it nips me in at just the right part of my waist. It’s such a go-to piece for me.

4. What outfit or piece of clothing would you buy if money was no object?
If I were a good little fashion blogger, I would say something like “Clearly I would buy a pair of Louboutins!” right? I have never been the kind of gal to be turned on by a name brand — instead, I prefer to appreciate the actual look and feel of a particular piece. I have no problem buying a knock-off that will save me several hundred dollars. I have found myself fairly attracted to the L.A.M.B. shoe aesthetic, so maybe a pair of those? These days, I would consider a pair of Steve Madden or Naughty Monkey shoes to be a splurge.

5. What are your top five favorite stores to shop at?
Marshalls/Ross/TJ Maxx: Basics and pleasant surprises
Goodwill: shoes and more pleasant surprises
New York and Company: Skirts and Pants
Laila Rowe: accessories
“Online”: when I am searching for something very specific and also want to compare prices

6. Who is your style icon and why?
Is it crazy to say that I don’t have one?
I have always considered myself to be a rather eclectic person, so it follows that I have a fairly eclectic sense of style. I can find things I like and don’t like in just about any style from preppy to goth to punk to hip hop to glam and beyond… It’s hard to pick a style icon, since I don’t think I have ever seen one person envelope so many styles. I am inspired by those who can truly be chameleons.

7. What has been your favorite blog post to write?
Honestly, I have yet to write my favorite blog post, the one that I can point to and say “There, that’s the best one I’ve written!”
One of the very early posts I wrote really had little to do with style, but it was one of the most fun days I have had in a while:
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This winter, we really got slammed with tons of snow. We had just moved into our new place (literally — we were carrying furniture as the snow was coming down on us and the beltway was at a standstill) and we ended up getting out of work for a week. We had nothing to do but unpack, and we started going a little stir-crazy.
I had ordered the fun knit dragon hat from an etsy seller as part of my Halloween costume (the hat came with matching gloves, all of which I wore with a cheap wedding dress — I was Bridezilla) and I was excited to have a chance to wear it as part of “normal wear.” My fiance and I walked to the grocery store a few blocks away, which was closed, and we proceeded to play bumper cars with shopping carts in the parking lot. The only store that WAS open was a beer store, which happened to sell both of our favorite beers (which are a little tougher to find).
All-in-all, it was a really fun day, and I think it is important to share that sort of personality on the blog. Sometimes I think I don’t do a great job of really nailing my true personality on the blog, so it is posts like this one that make me smile.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Married. Probably with a kid or two.
Hopefully not working in the same place.
I’d love to lose some weight, and hopefully I will be fabulously stylish. 😉

9. Why did you decide to start a blog?
This is a question I have asked myself a few times. There are so many wonderful blogs out there, and I quickly grew to feel like a part of this blogging community. I’m not sure that I really bring a new perspective or that I have anything new to say, but I felt like if I was going to read all of these other people’s blogs and leave comments for them, it only seemed fair that I share the same of myself.

I suppose that’s why I actually started my blog.
But I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I have already changed over the few months of keeping my blog. I have been able to see which pieces look good on me and which don’t. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with some of the combinations I have put together, and just as disappointed when something I thought would look great just didn’t.
So, while I started the blog to share with others, the blog really is just as much a mirror for myself.

10. Anything else you’d like to share?
I welcome feedback from my readers. What did you think about an outfit I wore? What would you like to see more or less of on my blog? I love being able to feel like I actually know my readers, so please, don’t be shy!

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Featured blogger for June: Kookulai

When trying to decide who I wanted to be my featured blogger for June, I decided on someone who found me through a comment I left on another blog, whose style, attitude and passion I truly admire.

I’m pleased to introduce Alya from Kookulai as my June featured blogger.
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She has fabulous style, great post titles and always infuses her personality into her posts. She’s always true to herself, which is something I really admire.

1. Describe your blog in three words. Much needed outlet.

2. What/who are your style inspirations? This is such a hard question! I never go for a person, whether it be someone famous or another blogger when answering this, because I seem to gather ideas more often from the positioning of my surroundings in a very simple, base way. An example being something like purple flowers against a red barn – that sort of image would make me realize that the two colors actually look good when paired together and strive to try it with clothing. The end result is far removed from the inspiration, of course, but that’s the fun of it, for me.

3. What are your three favorite things in your closet? First and foremost, my Jessica Simpson wedges, of course! I bought them for $10 so many years ago but wear them constantly.
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Second, I am in absolute love with the J Crew long, merino wool cardigans I bought last season. I wish I had one in every color. They’re so lightweight and the right length to pair with just about anything.
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I also quite like my high-waisted, pleated and cropped trousers though I was pretty adverse to pants before buying them. What a single item can do…
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4. What outfit would you buy if money was no object?
Obviously, any girl in her right mind will pick Louboutin shoes and I am no exception!
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Otherwise, even with an imaginary unlimited budget, I’m easy to please. I appreciate runway looks but don’t ever feel the urge to translate them for everyday wear. I like simplicity and neutrals – I’d love to put those sandals with a dress like this
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and some black accessories: A belt, long necklaces, big cocktail ring
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5. What are your top five stores to shop at?
Old Navy provides most the basics in my wardrobe while Forever 21 takes care of anything trendy, and their inability to make an appropriate length hem for someone of my height is perfect because I actively seek out borderline inappropriate mini skirts. I always find shoes for a good price in Marshall’s, love J Crew for investment pieces; I have to remind myself that the store is out of my normal price range, but I will spring for the things I really love like the cardigans mentioned above. And I think it goes without saying I love thrift stores! I always find the best belts and printed shirts to add what is lacking to my closet.

6. Favorite style icon?
Though it is not able to be duplicated by the masses, I adore Lady Gaga’s completely insane fashion choices. She does whatever she wants and whether is looks good or not I will defend every single outfit for that reason alone.

7. What was your favorite blog post to write?
The recent post where I finally got “real” was the most satisfying and therefore my favorite to write, because I feel like the blog up until that point was an inaccurate representation of me. Somewhat ironic perhaps since little of it pertained to the blog’s main point, what I’m wearing. I think most style/fashion bloggers infuse their social and personal lives with their outfit posts, but I think an overriding theme is leaving out unpleasant details. It is very unpleasant for me to admit to having problems with addiction and leading a self-destructive life, yet to withhold that information is tantamount to lying, at least in my mind. I think it turned many people off since bloggers are routinely referred to in these type of features as sweet, adorable, cute, etc. and I finally made it clear that despite what you see, the reality is much different. I am satisfied with my choice though it did not paint me in the best light, and feel a great sense of relief for my confession.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I plan to calm myself down considerably and have a teaching position, which is what I went to school for, though I will probably maintain a part-time position in a restaurant. I also am very interested in writing and would hope by then that I am successful with that as well. All my debauchery will make for quite a memoir, I believe.

9. Anything else you’d like to share?
Nobody has ever questioned the name of my blog, which I find odd. But otherwise, just that I am flattered to be chosen as a featured blogger, and I really enjoyed answering the questions. Thank you so much!

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Featured Blogger for May: Grit and Glamour!

I’m proud to announce my featured blogger for May,

V. from Grit and Glamour!

I was introduced to her blog through Cher. I have to say I’m very impressed with her outfits and her posts. I look at her fashion as a great inspiration to someone like me who’s trying to figure out how to mix stuff together and get out of their comfort zone.

She also writes other non-fashion posts, like her recent post “What You Didn’t Know About Your Hairdresser.” She’s a great writer, with great clothes. (I want to raid her closet!!)

1. Explain your blog in three words
According. To. V.

2. What/who are your style inspirations?
My style inspiration comes from bits and pieces I see in real life, as well as from online sources, magazines, and celebrity photos. I might build a look around a single piece, or a feeling I have—sometimes I’m feeling rebellious, other times I might feel old Hollywood, red-lipstick glam. In terms of style stalking, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass & Bide have epic, sick style. I worship at their feet. I also love today’s Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese, and Diane Kruger. And of course, the one-and-only Tom Ford.

3. What are your three favorite things in your closet?
Dolce Vita “Crystal” suede studded sandals, my black Witchery Mongolian lamb vest from Australia, and my leather-and-brass harness by Sass & Bide, also from Australia. Um, let’s make it four. Never was good at sticking to the rules. My Aldo thigh-high boots. Love those.


4. What outfit would you buy if money was no object?
I’d beg Tom Ford to make (again, just for me) the white dress and gold fur-trimmed sandals featured in the Gucci fall/winter 2004 ad campaign. Tom Ford’s best collections for Gucci were 2003 and 2004, and they absolutely haunt me to this very day. Then I’d beg Tom to let me into his world—in that dress—for one night. Martinis, swanning, and schmoozing with him as my date. That’s the fashion fantasy I’d use my money to buy.

5. What are your top five stores to shop at? (you can say for what pieces/ why)
1. BCBG for everything: shoes, dresses, accessories, separates.
2. Nordstrom mostly for shoes and accessories, but I also like the array of office-appropriate attire and the killer return policy.
3. Old Navy for basics like cargo pants, hoodies, tank tops, plain string bikinis.
4. David Jones at Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney, Australia. It has everything I love: the Foodhall (think Dean & Deluca, on steroids), Sass & Bide, Witchery, and other Aussie faves all under one roof.
5 Neiman Marcus for high-end designers and my can’t-live-without beauty cream, Creme de la Mer.

6. Do you have any advice for others looking to start writing their own blog?
I’ve been blogging for four years, and only last year did I figure out the direction I wanted to head in. So my advice to those looking to start a blog is just do it. Write, and write often. There are millions of blogs these days, so while I think wanting to be the next superstar blogger is a great goal, the best thing is to blog about what you love and do best.

Don’t go crazy on the ads. My biggest peeve is blogs that are riddled with all kinds of ads, especially animated ones. I have two. I may consider future offers from advertisers, but I have very rigid requirements. In fact, this is the first year I’ve included any sort of advertising.

Spellcheck and proofread. The occasional typo happens, but you cannot maintain credibility if posts are regularly full of grammar and spelling errors. And if you don’t know which platform to use, go for WordPress. I’ve tried almost all of them. It’s the smartest.

Finally, if you build it, and build it well, they will come.

7. What was your favorite blog post to write?
Curiously, it wasn’t even a fashion-related post. I had a blast recalling the conversation that prompted “Everything You Wanted to Know About Kanon’s Cohones But Were Afraid to Ask.” Sometimes truth really IS stranger than fiction!

8. Anything else you want to share?
For more grit, more glamour:
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Featured blogger: Shoe-a-day

I’ve decided to start a new feature here where I’ll feature one of my favorite bloggers, or a new blogger I’ve discovered each month.

For my first month I’ve decided to feature the blogger who got me started, encourage me through EVERYTHING and has been my biggest supporter.

Cher from Shoe-a-day.

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Obviously you had to know this was coming. Cher is my best friend, so I had to feature her first. She’s the reason I started this blog, after all.

To go along with my new feature, I’ve asked Cher a few questions so you guys can all get to know her too:

1. Explain your blog in three words

I. Love. Shoes.

2. What are your style inspirations?

Everything inspires me! The seasons, colors, posters, movies, books, expensive shoes, clothes, cats, pretty much everything.

3. What are your three favorite things in your closet?

I like my new muse dress, my Betsey Johnson shoes, and my fish earrings.

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4. What outfit would you buy if money was no object?
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5. What are your top five store to shop at?
Forever 21 for shoes and trendy clothes. H&M for clothes. Banana Republic and J.Crew for classic staples that will last for a long time and are worth the investment and Spring Shoes for, well, SHOES!!

6. Do you have any advice for other looking to start writing their own blog?
Just start doing it. Write about something you actually are interested in, like shoes. I don’t really care about clothes too much, but shoes I LOVE. Just start writing. Try to read everything else you can that is out there and comment on other blogs. Make friends!

7. What was your favorite blog post to write?
The Oscars shoe one, because it involved some serious sleuthing to find out who wore what shoes, especially since there were so few pictures of them with the shoes.

8. Anything else you want to share?
I like sparkles, LOL.

If you’d like to be considered to be my featured blogger of the month, drop me an email and let me know why at smooreink@gmail.com