Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The Next 5 Days (Days 11-16): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 12 (August 12): It’s the weekend!

Day 13 (August 13): Happy Monday all! I had a late night last night as I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Insecure season premiere! But, it was well worth the bags I currently have under my eyes.

Reaching for my work uniform, today I decided to pair it with a solid black vest, 3 tassels tier necklace and matching studs. Monday’s are pretty quiet around the office considering many people telework  on this day and are just collectively tired AF.

Day 14 (August 14): It was a chilly morning outside …and in the office (as usual) so I decided to layer on my waffle texture cotton sweater over my uniform. I was comfy and might I add chic all in one go.

Keeping with rotating 2 shirts throughout the week, I again took a combination of lemon juice and water and dabbed the armpits to release bacteria buildup and let them air dry for about an hour. I decided to hand dry them in the shower since it was very muggy after a summer’s rain outside.

Day 15 (August 15):  Today I paired  my uniform with a grey tweed Brooks Brother’s blazer that I scored at the thrift store for $7! I got several compliments on the color and cut of the blazer as it accentuated my curves and gave amnesty to my tall figure by sitting just perfectly at my waist.

Day 16 (August 16): I loved how my Brooks Brother’s blazer felt, I decided to wear it again today! 🙂

Day 17 (August 17): Another comfy telework day from my apartment. Now, to get ahead on laundry in preparation for week 3 of this challenge.

 

Now with 2 weeks down, and 2 to go I have gotten into a rhythm of wearing my work uniform, and realizing that August has 5 weeks in it (he he). And while at this point I thought that I would be bored and just simply over the outfit, I’m surprised at just how very comfortable I feel. As someone who regularly changes their hairstyle every 2 weeks (just to switch it up) I thought those same feelings would translate into this wardrobe challenge; I must say with a couple of weeks to go I am feeling content, and for me that is surprising!

Waking up and having the relief from searching what to wear that day is an experience I’ve been missing out on lol. There’s so much to do within a day that worrying about getting dressed, shouldn’t be at the top of that list.

See you next week with with another update!

 

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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Turning a Profit

What You Need to Do When Your Side Hustle Runs out of Steam (Tips to get back on top!)

While I am in love with being a content creator (blogger and aspiring vlogger) the truth is, your girl is not getting rich off either of these hobbies at the moment. I hold a full-time 9-5 throughout the week that is my primary source of income and leave the content creation for after work and on the weekends. Now, to supplement that, I have dabbled in the art of reselling women’s apparel on popular sites such as Poshmark and eBay.

I began my journey as a part-time seller in October 2017 and haven’t looked back since. The first item I sold was a pair of maroon textured riding boots from Target, new in box for $18. Looking back on that now, I definitely could have squeezed a little more given the condition and season they were sold in— but it was exhilarating! I wanted to do it again and again, cause who doesn’t want to earn a bit of cash for the things they don’t want?

And so it began. I began to post more online and shortly was gaining a following! Fast forward to present day, summer 2018 and I’ve expanded on my brand and my closet by bringing it to life online through photo and video.

But, there’s one problem, while I am gaining followers (about 100 a day) my sales aren’t reflecting that. In the retail world some would call it the “summer slowdown” and it’s perfectly normal. Summer is a time where customers are buying flights and vacation packages and not spending that much time buying clothing. So what am I left to do…? My side gig is looking like a choke sammich over there and I HAVE BEACHES TO BE ON! Where oh where has my disposable cash gone?!

 

Instead of getting down on myself, I decided to do some reflection on my closet. What can I do to revamp what I have already without going to the thrift store and buying more clothing? I took a step out of the box and came up with these tips to help refocus my store in preparation for the uptick in sales that I am anticipating for the fall season:

 

Enjoy the summer! Take advantage of the summer slowdown and bring your brand to life on social media. Post pictures of your beautiful flat lays, include a few pictures of yourself at work behind the scenes, and wear your clothing in your posts; be sure to tag relevant people/brands to snag their attention! It’s a great way to gain a new following on other platforms that will most likely follow you over to Posh for a sale!

 

Review your closet! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Take a look at what you have in your closet for sale. Could you make your photos more attractive? What about styling your pieces together so customers can purchase multiple items from your store? Is this item on trend and in demand?

All questions to ask yourself before running out to buy.

 

Use your hiatus as a method to build anticipation! You ever wonder why Nike Jordan shoes always have lines out the door just before they drop a new release? Well, for one… they’re Nike, but they didn’t always have that reputation. Coupling quality products that customers want with limited product stock can actually build anticipation.

Read that last sentence again…

If customers are constantly returning to your store to buy from you, take note and make it work to your advantage. Try promoting bi-weekly releases of curated styles based on previous sales.

I believe this is a great marketing technique and have a few ideas on how I would like to manage it for myself!

 

Come back stronger than ever! Bored with your store’s appearance? Change it— Bored with the brands your selling? —Source new ones. If you’ve experienced the summer slowdown like I have, make some extra time to work behind the scenes to make your store work for you so when you are ready you’ll not only impress your returning customers, but may also attract a new following! Soon enough you’ll be back on track.

For me, I have one more beach trip to squeeze in before summer is over.

I hope these ideas inspire you. Good Luck

 

xo,

Danielle

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

Why Creating a Signature Work Uniform Can Increase Your Self Esteem (August Challenge

If you were ever part of a club or team for your extracurricular activities while growing up than you might remember the importance of unity in the sense of working together. The idea of community taught us the importance of caring for humankind as well as the basics of tying a spider knot into a piece of rope. For a good chunk of my childhood, I was in Girl Scouts. From what I remember of that time is that community was represented through small acts of compassion that was the metaphorical glue that held our society together; and that was represented all the way down to the green vest & hat I wore.

Thinking back on that as an adult, has me questioning if those silly uniforms actually carried a cognitive benefit in the effort to build confidence by placing less importance on what I looked like on the outside versus who I illustrated myself to be. This made me think- should I consider creating a work uniform as an effort to improve my performance at the office? Is it really possible to remain confident in oneself by wearing the same outfit every day, week after  week? A bit of background, I work as a government contractor as an data analysts, so my work involves a lot of data mining while in the setting of a cube farm (think beige color walls and floors).

The challenge I am creating for myself during the month of August is to create a personal work uniform to wear to the office for the full 31 days. Now, let me tell you, there is no greater fear than looking at your closet and saying, “Why can’t I find anything to wear?” Or preparing your outfits the night before just to change it completely the next morning. So I am excited to leave that worry behind.

My choice in styling the uniform will be versatile enough that it will fit the office’s business casual environment, while also providing me warmth throughout the day (the office can be an ice box). The pieces will be transitional in case special occasions after work arise where I need to attend that I can quickly pair with a few accessories. My goal is to eliminate the daily (routine) anxiety of pulling something to wear and wondering “does this match?” Choosing a style that flatters me will ease any other doubts in my head that people might notice my outfits and think that I’m lazy, but if you think about it; creating a work uniform will put me in the ranks of some of the most successful people including, Barack Obama, Mark Zutherburg, and Steve Jobs!

With that in mind, I hopped over to my favorite store, Old Navy  where I was sure to find items that fit my tall physic and would get me an incredible sale. What I found was a lightweight popover cotton striped tunic and my favorite skinny leg Pixie pants. This challenge is only lasting for the month, one pair of pants and 4 tops would do the trick since I am technically in the office Monday-Thursday (I tel-work from home on Friday’s). As you can see from image below, I am already off to a good start with my wardrobe with a savings of $72.03 dollars! That’s about an average of $2.30 per day over the span of 31 days for my work attire. I plan to wear my favorite black loafers from Crown Vintage and a simple black blazer from my closet to keep me warm.

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Might I add, that I will still have the benefit of retaining the rest of my wardrobe and allowing creative expression on the weekends, because a girl’s gotta show off her ass-sets!

“The whole idea of uniformity is adopting a uniform for yourself, as it keeps things very simple”, said Thom Browne, Fashion Designer. I am excited to adventure to a new level of self-confidence and truly owning my sense of style and project that image to those around me by shifting the focus on what I’m saying and not what I’m wearing. Following the steps of a local DC women in my area, Renata Briggman who effortlessly wore the same blazer, slacks, top, shoes every.single.day for an entire year, I think this should be an exciting month!

I will be sure to document this series for you all during the month of August and will do a recap post in September!

What would your summer work uniform look like? Comment below your thoughts and if you’re willing to join me this month for the challenge!

xoxo,

Danielle

 

 

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Fashion, Lifestyle

How I Effortlessly Shopped Luxury Brand Names by Supporting Small Businesses (Your Wallet Will Thank You)

I visited Fia’s Fabulous Finds, a local boutique in Washington, D.C. last weekend and picked up some amazing goodies! She was holding her annual Fill-A-Bag sale which allowed you to get as many items that could fit into a takeaway bag for ONLY $35.

I shared the below video as a try on haul on my Instagram stories and decided why not compile them into one video and show you guys what I got- Enjoy!

I highly recommend you check out Fia’s if you are in the DC area!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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