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Mama's Got a Brand New Bag #WordfulWednesday

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

If we are friends on Facebook then you probably saw that I am employed again as of last Friday! It's truly a dream job. The work is meaningful, plus the hours a flexible. I'm not saying that being a working mom is going to be a breeze just because my job is part-time. 

These first few days taught me that there is no way to compartmentalize the roles of mommy and employee. I already missed bath and bedtime once this week to attend an after hours work function. And there are going to be times that I have to miss work to care for a sick child. The lines are really blurred.

It's going to be a crazy, but fun, journey! One of the things I am most looking forward to is rebuilding my wardrobe. I have been rocking the over-sized tees and workout sweats for way too long. The office dress code is business casual which is good because I will be able to mix casual pieces I already own with the career clothes I plan to purchase.

My first shopping trip was, um...a trip. I went to Marshalls to buy something to wear to the work event and wound up spending two hours going through the racks and trying on clothes! I am so out of practice, but I think I put together a nice outfit.  

Tell me what you think (I need to buy some make up, I know):
working mom fashion

What I bought: 
Max Studio Printed Blouse: $24.99-Marshalls 
Counterparts Light Grey Pants: $16.99-Marshalls 
Poppy Handbag: Franco Sarto $29.99-Marshalls 

What already owned: 
Earrings: Stella & Dot 
Bracelet: Vintage lapis 
Shoes: Naturalizer
 

19 comments:

DaenelT said...

Cute! Loving that bag.

Finding a balance is hard, take it easy on yourself and know that you will survive. My kids are teens and I still have to remember that it's about balance.

pinktopieces said...

Congratulations on the new job! Cute work outfit! I love that purse and nope, you don't need any makeup :-)

Jenna Wood said...

I love shopping at Marshall's, $30 is a steal for that handbag!

mail4rosey said...

I think you look great. Congrats on the job!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

You have a fantastic outfit! I love the white and blue, and your bag really brings it all together nicely!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Congratulations! You look great!

SavingsInSeconds said...

You look beautiful! I love the bright colors, they are perfect for you. Congratulations on the new job!

Jade Samson - Diva Fabulosa said...

Congrats on the new job! And I love your new bag too!! :)

xoxo,
Jade of
Diva Fabulosa Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

Ellen said...

Very cute & a great summer color.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I like everything about your look but the shoes are the MOST FAB!!! I am a huge Franco Sarto fan so I always want to know what's up with his designs. Hope you will keep letting us see the wardrobe

Kalley C said...

You go girl! You look so cute! I love the shoes, the bag, the pants, the shirt, I'm loving it! Congrats on getting the job!

Maureen Sklaroff said...

Congrats again on the job! I'm jealous of your Marshall's! When I lived in CA, I shopped there all the time. Here, the Marshall's is in a nice enough area, but it is gross. Ross is somewhat better, though they are always way understaffed, so the lines are long. Nordstrom's Rack is just a shopping nightmare, it's always over crowded and hot. Our TJ Maxx has no clothes to speak of, I don't know how it even stays in business. So if I actually dare to go on a real shopping trip, as opposed to a virtual online one, I usually hit the outlet mall.

keyalus said...

I love this! I never stayed at home for any significant amount of time, but having worked I know that the adjustment is huge. You will definitely hit points where you feel like you suck at both - employee and mother. We do our best and we do what makes us happiest. I don't think anyone is alwys happy in either situation so stay where you feel the most comfortable. :)

I'm not a fashionista, but I think you look very easy breezy yet office appropriate! Am I the only person who hates shipping for clothing at Marshall's/TJ Maxx?!? It is way overwhelming. Too many clothes. Too many brands. Great deals but I can't handle it!

Krissy said...

congrats on the new gig. You'll find your rhythm soon enough. You look great BTW! No need for make up!

septembermom said...

You look so cute and I love Marshalls! You are going to be amazing at your new job and everything will start to go smoothly before you know it. And I agree with Krissy...You don't need makeup at all...you're gorgeous!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I missed this post. You look great. I'm not a makeup girl. I say stay natural.

Christa aka The BabbyMama said...

I think clothes are my favorite part of working outside the house so I envy your need to update your wardrobe!

Kim said...

That's a great outfit and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! I'm so thrilled for you. I know all too well the transition back to work is not easy. Once you start getting the real hang of it though, you'll find a new kind of balance - the good enough mom balance. You'll start realizing that maybe they don't need a bath every night. Maybe reading to them at least three times a week is okay. You'll realize what a luxury eating with other adults on your lunch break can be. And I am so with you on the wardrobe. I love putting together my work outfits - we're business casual too. I mix in a lot of thrifted items. I've found so many great, in good shape, high end brand names at Goodwill and Value Village. And don't even get me started on shoes! I love shoes!!!!! xoxo Big hugs my friend.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

Thanks for linking this up last week on the Verizon Voices Fashionista Style Hop. Head on over this week and link up here: http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2013/08/plymouth-style-verizon-voices-fashionista-style-hop/ We'd love have more of your style, so sign up for our weekly reminders too (if you haven’t!)

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