Saturday, October 9, 2010

Day 15, Dress 105: Fall Colors Professionalized

As you are most likely well aware of, I have a very relaxed office and for the most part am able to wear whatever I like. But when I interact with folks who aren't my work family I take pains to present myself professionally. It's the still the world of non-profit so it's not as if I have to wear a suit, but when I go out to the rest of the world it's important to me to show-up on time, cover up a bit more than I do normally and slightly restrain myself pattern wise. Sometimes when I do that I end up feeling a bit fake and un-bloomie, but not this iteration. I think part of that is because I really liked the color palette, which was inspired by the first hint of fall we were having that day.

The base of my outfit is a purple dress that I picked up at Loehmann's last year. It's exactly the sort of thing I did not need to add to my wardrobe - a fairly simple, straightforward dress that I have several of. But it was purple and I had a birthday discount, so I found it a bit hard to resist. Here's a taste of the dress sans jacket. There's some interesting ruffles below the scarf.

To professionalize the outfit a bit I put on a cropped jacket that comes from Target that I got in a Friday fats sale. I was just at another conference the last few days and noticed how almost every woman had on a blazer or jacket of some sort. Is that the secret to professionalizing an outfit - a jacket. What say you?

I wore my new Minnetonka moccasins that I can't seem to get enough of, and as you can see in the photo above my black Luvees are peeking out a bit.

For the accessories I grabbed a scarf that my friend Mirka got for me on a trip to India and I've paired it with some earrings that I picked up in the old city in Jerusalem on a trip to visit my sister. Is it completely narcissistic to tell you that I really like this photo below?

Photo credit goes to my co-worker Selene. And after we took pictures we went and got cookies at my second favorite cookie bakery in New York City. I have to work hard to maintain my girlish figure.


  1. I like it! It's an unexpected iteration of fall colors. Most people probably think rust, gold, brown when they thin fall, but of course a lot of leaves turn purple, too!

  2. Oh, and yeah, adding a blazer totally spells "professionalized".

  3. Purple with blue ... no, even on you I'm not a fan:/ I do completely love the earrings, though! And you're not at all narcissistic when you like that photo, just perceptive, you look very pretty in it!

  4. I am going to start a new blog. I am calling it Bloomie = photogenic.

    I LOVE that last photo too!

  5. Yeah I find it amusing how a blazer just makes everything professional.

    You don't like purple and blue? I basically like anything with purple so my opinion on that matter shouldn't be trusted.

    Jamie, that'd be kinda hysterical.

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