Office wear – How to look effortlessly smart

Dear Ladies,

Ever since I have started my full time job, I have started to wake up everyday with the same dilemma:
What am I gonna wear?!

Owning some key pieces can make your life easier and these can be reused in various outfits. In my experience, when working in an office you need to a few basics such as:

  • A few dresses
  • Tailored pants
  • Pencil Skirt
  • A few shirts
  • Court Shoes
  • Watch
  • A handbag that goes with everything!

I drew up outfits for everyday of the week just to give you an idea… As you can see, with basic key pieces you can look smart everyday.

 

Monday

Monday is the hardest, isn’t it? Start the week with a simple outfit. Choose a non-iron dress the day before and you’re good to go. Court shoes make you smart but with that in mind, I would look for the most comfortable pair of shoes possible. I got a chunkier heel with an orthopedic sole and it was the best choice I ever made when it comes to shoes. One of the hairstyles can always be the bun – makes you look tidy and is a good solution when you are in between washes.

Office wear - Monday

 

Tuesday

Investing in a pair of tailored pants is vital. They are so smart and rather versatile. In summer, trousers also a good idea for those few days before you get waxed. As for earrings, I like to keep it simple and tidy and for this I think stud earrings are the best choice.

Office wear - Tuesday

Wednesday

The pencil skirt is another staple if you work in an office (see what I did there? :P). All the shirts/tops you wear with the tailored pants can be then reused in outfits with a pencil skirt. The look would be completely different and a skirt gives a more feminine touch.

Office wear - Wednesday

Thursday

Once again I chose the tailored pants as they are the most comfortable in my opinion. Stuck with the stud earrings but played it up a little with a detailed collar top. A little pop of colour when including blue.

 

Office wear - Thursday

 

Friday

There are some days when you opt for ultimate comfort and ballerina shoes come in play. As for hairstyles, it is a good idea to change from day to day, keeping it simple not to take too long to get ready. A bun, a pony tail, braids and loose hair with accent accessories is the way to go.

Office wear - Friday

 

As for handbags, I only use one – I managed to find a 3-tone bag which (in my opinion) goes with everything. I wouldn’t suggest changing your bag everyday… Let’s just say that I’m too lazy to do it – But if you’re not, go ahead!

When it comes to colours, I kept it simple as these are more or less the colours we are allowed to wear since I work in front office. Depending on your job, you can play it up and be more adventurous with colours and patters.

These outfits have nothing out of the ordinary and these pieces can be found from any store at average prices. Coming to think of it, it’s not all that hard to choose what to wear to the office once you have the right numbers.

That’s all from my side… I hope you found this helpful and do let me know if you have any more tricks to always look smart at the place of work!

Love,
M.

Oh, and I always wear a watch, but that’s just me  🙂

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Outfit Post – Sunday Lunch

Dearest Ladies,

As I said on my Facebook page (don’t forget to like), it will be difficult for me to post regularly especially in the next 6 weeks since I am on a work placement. But here is something simple which didn’t take a lot of my time…

Today I will share with you an outfit post showing you what I wore yesterday to Sunday lunch with the family. I asked my mum to take my pictures but as you can note, we are still looking for a better spot to take photos for outfit posts. Truth is every spot in the house is full of stuff and the only nice clear wall is in an area with no light!

Here’s what I wore to her birthday lunch:

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Dress: Orsay
Belt: Kiabi
Snood: Pieces (through asos.com)
Bag: Parfois
Shoes: Random shop in Fgura 🙂

That’s all from my end. I hope you liked this outfit and I’d really love it if you suggested other ways I can make this look work 😉 Especially the bag… I find it hard to combine with outfits because of its shape!

Love,
M.

OOTD – Date Night + Handbag Tag

Dearest Ladies,

I have an OOTD for you today, but it’s also a tag post from the lovely “Mammu” 🙂 She tagged me forever ago, but it was still on my “blog-posts-to-write” list. I’m talking about the “What’s in my date night purse?” tag post. This is her original post.

Me and my boyfriend have rather busy lives. He has his band (see their photo-shoot here), his teaching job and a full-time job – I have my studies, my dissertation, my blog and a few other things. It is therefore important for us to make time for each other. So yesterday, we went to an Indian restaurant – it was our first time trying the cuisine. We loved the food and wine and it was a really perfect date night.

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I decided on the same bag that I wore in this ootd post, I got it from ASOS a while ago. I was going for the “New Look Clutch Bag 1”, shown in one of my first posts. But, while I love that bag, it is so small, it’s stressful – it’s too hard to fit all you really need in it. I borrowed one of my sister’s dresses (from New Look) and I wore it over sandals which I bought (and only wore) for a wedding.

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This is all the crap that managed to fit in my bag:

  • My Phone
  • Tissues
  • My Keys (with my sizable key chains)
  • A Camera
  • A Catrice Lipstick (mentioned in a favourite’s post)
  • A box of Daygum Chewing gum
  • My ID Card

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Yes, you might be wondering why I did not take my purse with me… For starters, it’s rather large, and secondly, this was my boyfriend’s treat. He saw me struggling to put it in the bag, and he reminded me that that was the deal from the beginning 🙂

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I hope you like this look! I will try to post more regularly but as I said, it’s been a hectic couple of months.

Love,
M.

Fashion Items in Unexpected Places – A Collaboration with SportsDirect.com PART 1

Dearest Ladies,

We live in a world where we get stuck in our ways. We shop at the same stores without realizing we are paying too much! Are we too afraid to look for fashion items elsewhere? I hope not! Why pay more when there are cheaper options for the same quality? How about surfing a site which gives you great deals all year round? I’m talking about Sports Direct.com. Granted, you might not think it’s your first choice for something fashionable, but if we search the website a little harder… We might realize, it can be!

(Every image in this post directs you to the item on Sports Direct.com. – Click the image to see sizes and prices!
It is best to open links in a new tab)

  1. Jeggings


    Where in the world will you find jeggings at this price? If you have an answer, other than sportsdirect.com, spill! Their prices are unbeatable and the quality is very good. Why pay more for the same quality? I’d rather get two of these pairs instead 😀 I have one of these already and they are so so great. They are the most realistically detailed jeggings I have ever seen. Everyone will be fooled into thinking that you are wearing actual skinny jeans and not jeggings! The picture on the website doesn’t do them any justice, so look out for a post which will feature these jeggings in a greater detail, NEXT WEEK!

  2. Boots

    Wow – (€12.81) for a pair of boots? That’s incredible. But do you know what is even more attractive than the price for me? The fact that they are PLAIN. Oh my, every time I look for boots, I always end up being disappointed. The ones which I do like have to have something which ruins them, a large buckle, glitter or fur… or well, something that makes them not perfect – unlike this one I’m showing you right here – which is in my opinion: the perfect wedged boot. Comfortable but Smart nonetheless.

    And if you like to go for something a bit more “girly-gone-military” what about something like this one here for the same price?

  3. Sunglasses

    You honestly cannot possibly find a better deal! Sunglasses (currently) at 3 euros – and they do NOT look cheap! Who cares if you manage scratch them after just one summer? You won’t need to feel too guilty, at least they do not cost a fortune!

  4. Hoodies

    Sure, hoodies are not your most fashionable item, but they are comfortable and you can actually do a lot with them if you choose to be creative. (click here to go to the hoodie section)

    My favourites are these one colour hoodies, which cost a bit more but are currently on sale, selling for below €6! Yes, the prices are unbelievable! There are so many colours to choose from. My first preference would be this coral red one (marked as red on the website):


    I like this one too… I can imagine it over a number of garments.

  5. Cardigans

    This green one is just gorgeous. These cardigans are very soft and there are so many colours to choose from. Without a doubt, SportsDirect is the best place for you to stock up with basics! At just (€6.99), you can have as many colours as you like. And well, a good cardigan is always a must. I can imagine this one with a pair of chinos and a mustard vest underneath – there are so many ways you can wear a cardigan!


    Apart from all the different colours, we obviously have the option of getting it in black. Don’t we all NEED a black cardi?

That concludes PART 1 of this collaboration, ladies. Stay tuned for 5 other items from this incredible website in PART 2! I really hope you find this post useful. I agree, sometimes looking up clothing items until you actually select the few you are buying, can be tiring… But here I did all the work for you, so you should have no excuses! 😉

Let me know what’s in your cart at the moment 😉

Love,
M.

London so far…

Hey Ladies!

So apparently I am a very light sleeper in London, I always wake up 1/2 hours before my alarm goes off and my friends are always still fast asleep. At least this gives me time to finally write a full post! Internet died on me this morning, so I am actually finishing it now, and it’s almost 7pm here.

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The trade show was great. All the educators did something we did NOT already know, be it glitter, body paint, runway. I feel that I have learned so many things and I am dying to try out new techniques and body paint and so much more. Good thing I got a photo-shoot coming up for which I am in charge of makeup! I did buy some stuff, but it was all stuff I either have been waiting to try for ages or stuff I needed, like a mineral foundation. Got some K CO, Real Techniques, the Beauty Blender, MAC, NYX, stencils for body paint and some other brands which I will later list down. Some great things, great shows/lectures and pretty good deals too.

The crowded hall!

Me, Matthew Ambrosio (Runway Dos and Donts) and Martina

Some amazing body paint on your ”average man” 😛

By the woman behind MIA brushes

The Company

Martina prepared me to face the underground with bravery when she leaves!

Considering how little I knew the girls before we flew to London, the company was brilliant! We clicked and we laughed really hard. We shopped till we dropped,  almost literally! It was great really and I cannot wait till we meet again and share the photos and memories over some cocktails.
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Martina, Marija, Violet and Me at an Italian restaurant!

Oh and Johnny Depp did the best he could…

Johnny was a bit skeptical about the whole IMATS thing…

The shops and the bank account

The shops are great, my bank account, not so much! I spent a lot but I knew this would happen. If you do not shop when in London, I don’t know when you do… I got a bunch of clothes for me and my baby sis today from Primark and H&M mainly. I got some comfy flat shoes which I needed. A great pair of chinos from Zara and a bikini top which I adored from Victoria’s secret, which by the way, have the cutest changing rooms, with sofas in the waiting area and all. So, I just cannot complain, except for the annoying formality of actually having to pay for all of it 😛 We also went to the M&Ms Store which is great and I know have a green M&M soft toy to share a bed with! We visited the Disney Store today which was every child’s dream world.

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New PJS! 🙂

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At Victoria’s Secret

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Some of my buys…

I’m off now ladies. Marija and Martina have already left for Heathrow Airport but I still have till Tue/Wed Morning here to look around and see some museums and art and maybe a musical!

Off to take a walk and maybe something to drink!

Love,
M