Winter is here!
It’s time to bust out those chunky sweaters and button downs cold temperatures are upon us. Every season I think of something new I want to incorporate into my look. After 7 years I have fallen back in love with eye wear. I’ve been an avid contact wearer since age 14 but I found myself missing my glasses.
A little Background.
What is Warby Parker?
Warby Parker is an online glasses shop that donates a pair of glasses for every pair that’s bought. They partner with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair sold one is given to someone in need.
I love how their winter collection has subtle hints of modern flair. A classic with a test. For example the set below features the Eastern bluebird fade I would pair this with a seemingly traditional outfit and then add a funky or edgy twist. As you can see below it can’t get more classic than a a line skirt and button down but the aztec print cardigan paired with the chunky boots adds edgy flair to the outfit.
His & Hers the set below features two more chic, professional, crisp looks and in my opinion the best winter essentials. A cute coat, a good watch, a darling pair of boots and eye wear to bring it all together. Glasses always have a way of making you look more astute.
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You’re sitting at a restaurant and the water pours water into your sprite glass. What do you do? Do you make a fuss? Do drink suck it up the watered down concoction? Most of the time I just use my awkward telepathy powers to try to convey my unhappiness to the waiter. In a lot of ways, I can be extremely passive. I’m not one to make a big fuss of something, or be an inconvenience. Yesterday I listened to the most ‘boss-like’ display of gumption. A coworker of mine was telling us about how she was handling a situation at hotel with poor customer service and it got resolved with free wine and free valet. In my head I was thinking “Wow, I could never do that”. I don’t think I’ve ever said to someone “This is a problem and what are you going to do to fix it?” Partially it’s a fear of looking like the crazy loud black lady but it’s mostly being socially awkward. I should not have a problem asking for what I want or letting other know when something is unacceptable. I don’t have to be rude or even loud;being passive solves absolutely nothing. I should have no problem ordering a freakishly specific drink at Starbucks because it’s exactly what I want and what I am paying for and that’s just fine. So in 2014 I’m going to make a definite attempt to speak up, be less passive and less timid!
I kept trying to figure out how I would describe 2013. What did it mean to me? What did I learn? I can honestly say it was probably the first time problems couldn’t be fixed by being a good student or a good person. I finally got a whopping spoonful of the cruel world. I think I probably cried this year than I have my whole life. Crying used to be a rare annual occurrence for me, and it became my new normal. It was quite the challenging year there were so many unexpected deaths, heart breaking disappointments and uncertainty. All of this happened and it forced me to grow so much. I feel like I’ve aged in the last 6 months and I’m really a 50 year old woman. I had some amazing moments of 2013, but the things that really stand out now or those moments “my life was over” and I “couldn’t go on” with whatever. It showed me who friends are, it made me look beyond the titles others had given me and made me define myself. Beyond a student leader, mentor, girlfriend and daughter. Who am I at the core and what do I stand for? Looking back at it I feel like I can do anything now and I can’t wait to take everything I’ve learned into 2014 and make it a fantastic year!
Cheers to growth!
Gone are the days of over-sized free t-shirts and Sperry’s. Now that I’m a “young professional” I have to think about what I’m going to wear each day to work. Most of my co-workers opt for the golf polo and black/khaki pants, but that’s not my style. I often see people saying they can’t find cute work wear within their budget so I thought I would share some of my findings. I went to JC Penny’s today and found some really cute bottoms for super cheap! Sadly, not all of the items on sale in store were online. I did find these and made them into WIWW (What I would wear). Don’t be afraid to be bold in the office! There’s no rule that you have to wear black, blue, and khaki every day!
If I can think of one word to describe this university it would be empowering. It’s rare that you’ll encounter a unfriendly face in this town. My four years have gone by too quickly and I had an amazing time recruiting new shining faces to the college this summer. I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things they’ll do in the future! I guess if I could think of 4 takeaways it would be these:
-Write out essays for scholarships even in they’re optional.
– Thank you notes matter! Take the time to say thanks to those who help you out!
-Know why you worth investing in and be able to explain that verbally and in written for interviews and scholarships.
-You pay for class, on campus events and resources use them. Bars and parties aren’t included in your fees.