BlackBlazer

3 Ways To Wear A Black Blazer

Like a little black dress, I have a little black blazer. (It’s not THAT little, but I’m trying to be poetic.) It’s one of those wardrobe staples that, I’d argue, every woman should have whether she’s a working woman or a homemaker. It’s versatile, neutral, and gives a touch of refinement to any outfit. Here are a few ways I like to wear my little black blazer:

The blazer to the right can be found here. AND All of the pieces in these looks are under $50. Mhhm. That’s right.

1. Dress It Down – If you go with a black blazer, get funky with a pair of colored skinnies! Throw on a fun patterned shirt underneath and your comfiest pair of gladiators. Funky, fresh and totally date appropriate.

 

 2. Can You Say Job Interview? – Blazers can be a great staple in a working lady’s wardrobe. Instead of a Hillary Clinton pantsuit, try pairing your blazer with a pencil skirt and some simple but personal accessories.

 

3. A Little Girly – I’m not totally a dress kinda girl. BUT, I do have a few super comfy floral dresses that I’m always trying to find ways to add some edge to. The floral is feminine, fun and maybe a little flirty. That black blazer will add just the right amount of edge and structure.

These are just a few ideas. Instagram or Tweet a picture of your best blazer get up. Hashtag #BBBBlazer.

THANKFUL

Stay Thankful

At the start of November through Thanksgiving Day, the Levo League hosted a blog series entitled Giving Gratitude where Gen Y men and women shared what they were thankful for.

This was incredibly refreshing to come by. Giving thanks and recognizing all we have to be grateful for shouldn’t be a one-day celebration; it should last all year. Sure, Thanksgiving has its place, but how many of us recognize what we are thankful for besides when asked at Thanksgiving dinner?

I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to this. In today’s world it’s easy to live our lives forgetting to recognize our daily blessings. Recently completing an undergraduate education, I’m especially thankful for the gift of higher education and the resources we have here to pursue it. I’m thankful for the experiences – good and bad – during those 3 years as they have shaped me into my post-grad self. I’m thankful for my college professors and friends who have equally helped me to grow.

At the bottom of one of the Giving Gratitude entries is the following quote: “Take the time to recognize who or what deserves your thanks each day.”

Who or what deserves your thanks?

Modcloth-33

4 Perfect Pairs of Flats

I am short. I didn’t hit 5 feet tall until my eighteenth birthday (True story). Although I am a member of the petite band of ladies, I have never been one of those small people who is constantly wearing massive heals to gain an extra inch or two. Just not how I roll. Also, I like when my feet don’t hate me at the end of the day. Shout out though, to those short, sassy ladies who can rock a three inch heel on a daily basis. I applaud you. But I will not join you.

Since I am not of the heel wearing persuasion, I have come to love, collect and appreciate a great pair of flats. I literally wear flats 90% of the week. And, because I am a collector, trust me, I have a pair for every outfit.

Here are a few things I look for when in the market for a pair of those dainty non-heeled shoes:

1. Price – Obviously. I’ll be the first one to admit that those gigantic bins of mass produced, multi-colored plastic flats at Forever 21 are tempting. I have given into that ten dollar temptation more times than I’d care to admit. But, if you want a great pair of flats that are going to last more than one season, you’re going to need to up your budget a little.

Not anything crazy, I’m talking $30 minimum. Now, if you really want to invest, there are flats around $60 to $100 dollars that, I hear, are far more comfortable and durable. I have a pair of cream colored Steve Madden’s that retail at $60 but I got them at TJ Maxx for $20. That’s. How I. Roll.

2. Practicality – When you’re trying a pair of flats on, ask yourself if you can see yourself wearing them everyday. Would they go with anything or just that one top you bought yesterday? If the answer is the second, walk away. I’m serious. Obviously this does force you to stick with neutral colors, but that’s not to say a great pop color flat won’t work with just as many outfits. (I have an awesome pair of bright red flats that are great with everything from my little black dress to dark wash jeans.)

3. Comfort – When you’re trying a potential pair on, if your first reaction is “Oh! These are so comfortable!” You’re golden. If your reaction is “Oh. They’re a little tight. But they’re SO cute!” Walk away. I’m serious.

Below are a few gems I’ve come across recently. Happy flat hunting!

Chicnova – $35

 

Forever 21- $17

 

Forever 21 – $25

Modcloth – $33

 

FREEWOMAN

The Importance of Being Earnest… About Independence

You’ve just graduated college – or nearly so – and you’re ready to start the next chapter. Your life starts NOW. It is your time for independence!

However, for those of us who haven’t snagged our One-and-Only (and by that I mean career, boyfriend, a perfect pair of boots…) you gulped when you read: INDEPENDENCE. Is your nervous anticipation warranted? Yes. It is unique to you? No. The Independent Woman is a growing trend in this modern world.

At a time when our education begins to take shape outside the classroom, we begin to notice a need to find our place in this world. What does this planet need, in whole or in part? More importantly, what can we offer? As one friend put it: “What’s your voice?”

A fair and privileged few will stand akin to Charlotte “Charlie” Matheson of NBC’s hit, Revolution, armed and ready to forge our trail with a goal in sight but no map other than a self-promise. A few late bloomers might continue to skirt the edge of the wake, blinking at the boat’s spray and flowing with the bumps. Most of us, however, will feel more like ants under a magnifying glass – a frenzied struggle to be free, with unseen forces blocking our path.

The solution: Independence. Independence from vices, independence from fears, independence from safety and unwarranted caution. Independence from picking out the same thing on the menu. Independence from buying the same colored clothes, season after season. Independence from that cheap shampoo that you hate… try a new one on this month’s budget! Independence from your addiction to coffee, shoes, purses, buying music, procrastinating, telling yourself you need to lose 10 pounds, thinking about that boy.  Independence from your imaginary better self who goes to volunteer while you wave and say, “I’ll come next time.” Independence from the career hole you’ve carved for yourself, even if you’ve spent a fortune on education.

Be INDEPENDENT! Choose your own path, and have a reason! If there were no purpose behind the choices we make, they wouldn’t really be choices. So dare to be risky. (Not risqué, mind you—the accent makes all the difference, and I don’t mean etymologically).

American architect, theorist, author, and inventor Buckminster Fuller (you’d have to be brilliant with that name, right?!) once commented, “There’s nothing about a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to become a butterfly.”

The scary truth is we don’t know what our journey holds. But I’ll wager we could ALL agree with Confucius: A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.