My favorite thing about this mauve crepe blouse is its versatility. I’m showing you two ways to wear it on the blog today; taking it from work to play!
For work, you can wear it with a pencil skirt or slacks, either tucked in or tucked out. I suggest wearing a camisole or bandeau underneath as my particular one (Lush brand from Nordstrom) is a tad sheer. To transition this top to a nighttime look, I switched out the skirt for leather leggings and OTK boots. Now I’m ready for anything from date night, to dinner with friends, etc. I’ve also worn this top with jeans and TB sandals or booties to visit my grandma at her assisted living facility. Like I said, SUPER versatile.
A couple PSAs– my top is on sale for $25!!! But sizes are going fast, so I linked several other similar ones. Also, my Michael Kors work heels (favorite of all time) are on sale for under $60 which literally never happens. They’re comfy and come in 3 colors, I highly suggest them for work!
Today’s Work Wear Wednesday topic keeps this thread of transitioning from work to fun—discussing my thoughts about keeping a “healthy” work-life balance. I’ve struggled with this over time, and have been ‘accused’ of being a workaholic (I’m writing this blog post on the plane rather than sleeping.. case and point). Working remotely has exacerbated this issue because my home is my work space and my work space is my home. But even if you do go into an office or a work place every day, it’s very easy to leave your job and be glued to your email on your phone or pick up your laptop after dinner and continue working. This is a direct result of the digital age we live in. Below are my personal thoughts, and I would take these with a grain of salt as my ambitions and career/life goals may be very different than yours.
Do you think that successful people such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Meg Whitman, etc. just worked from 8-5 each day and then went out for happy hour, cooked dinner, and went to bed? NO!!! These people are hustlers! There are always going to be sacrifices to make. And as long as you are enjoying your work and feel that you are being fulfilled, contributing to society or your company, but still giving the relationships in your life the time they deserve, that’s what matters.
My dad has cancer so something I prioritize is having lunch with him every day! I schedule meetings and calls around this time block to give him my undivided attention. Of course sometimes I don’t have complete control over this, but I do my best. Or if my boyfriend is in town (which doesn’t happen very often), I try to write my blog posts in advance and finish up my work before he drives in to soak up all the quality time I can with him. But sticking to an obscure idea of what society says is a “proper” work-life balance is just not me. Society has a funny way of always telling us what we “should” or “shouldn’t” do.
No, I’m not creating the next iPhone or building the next big computer or anything like that!! But I still have large goals and ambitions for myself that might not always fit in an 8-5 time frame, and I would be silly to guilt myself into fitting that standard. I’ve been very lucky with the flexibility of a remote career where I control my schedule rather than letting it control me. I hope you find a balance that fits your own aspirations as well!
So here’s to you, out there grinding away on your job, your small business, your blog, your schoolwork, or whatever it may be and managing your time and relationships! If you have any tips about how you compartmentalize your life, I would love for you to share in the comments section below.
Photos: Madison Katlin Photography
Mauve Crepe Blouse- Nordstrom (similar here, here, and here); Pencil Skirt- Express; Heels- Michael Kors; Watch- Michael Kors; Laptop Bag- similar here; Leather Leggings- Spanx; Boots- Catherine by Catherine Malandrino; Bag- H&M (similar here); Earrings- Kinsley Armelle (Discount Code ‘DWTO15’); Lipstick- Chanel 446 Etienne