Job Interview Style: Loving Leota Dresses

6 Jun

As I was preparing for my first and second job interview, I did that thing where I basically tried on everything in my closet and threw it on the floor.

Nothing seemed right.

I wanted something where I felt professional and attractive and FUN. But I wanted to stay away from looking too girly or immature or casual. I wanted to look like ME and not me dressed in a job interview costume.

I needed a magic dress.

I’m not a suit person, so I knew going into it that I wanted a dress and would top it with a blazer and add a pair of flats.

I ended up finding my magic dress at Nordstrom Rack.

V-neck not too low: check! Knee-length skirt: check! Fun pattern: CHECK!!!

I love the Leota brand because their dresses are made out of a soft jersey material that doesn’t wrinkle. They tend to have super flattering wrap waistbands and lots of fun patterns. They do have shorter versions, but I love the knee-length options!

Since I’ve been obsessed with my Leota dresses for a year or so now, I thought I’d do some internet stalking to find some favorites to share.

They have a ton of options on the Leota website, as well as Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. Their dresses typically range from $125 – $150 though so I thought it would be more fun to hunt out the sale options for you all:

Nordstrom Rack




Leota Website


Also, don’t forget to check Poshmark by searching for the Leota brand name in your size. I’ve recently scooped up some amazing dresses for just $20 each with the original tags still on.

And no, this post isn’t sponsored by Leota… I just love the brand!

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The 2019 Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k

4 Jun

We did it again! Well, mostly. Kind of.

Over the weekend, my friend Lindsey and I did the Wayfarer’s 10k in Annapolis. We ran it last year (read it here) and had a great time, so when it came up this year we immediately signed up.

Last year the race premium was a backpack and this year it was… FANNY PACKS!


How adorable is that?!

Our 2018 Wayfarer’s 10k was our fastest of the year, but this year we didn’t do as well.

I mean, we had the same amount of FUN — maybe even more — but health wise I wasn’t feeling great. I had two more moles removed a couple days before (the dermatologist flagged them as potentially being melanoma) and one of them was in that sensitive area where the back of your leg meets your butt. I didn’t even know that one was coming off, so it wasn’t until afterwards where I had the thought that this might make a 6.5 mile run uncomfortable. Add on top of that some lady cramps, and I was NOT feeling the run.

No biggie though, Lindsey and I decided to power-walk it and maybe jog a little if the police pacer car at the end got a little too close.

Yeah, that pacer car was STRESSING US OUT! We were just trying to chat and walk darn it! Unlike the Across the Bay 10k, the Wayfarer’s 10k had a faster pace. So, we decided to take a little shortcut through an Annapolis side street.

We ended up cutting off about ½ mile and it was just enough that we could power-walk the rest of the race without the pace car annoying us.  

My stitches were a bit sore for the rest of the day, but they felt much better than if I had powered through and ran the whole race. As it was, we had a super fun, fantastic time!

Afterwards we went and ate an amazingly delicious (and unhealthy) breakfast and did some consignment shopping. You can see a sneak peak of what I bought here:

I think we will definitely sign up for the Wayfarer’s 10k again next year. It’s a fun course and the premiums and medals are great. I’ll be sure to schedule any surgeries AFTER the run though!

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I’m Super Excited for a New Opportunity

30 May

Earlier this year, my entire work life was upended when my department went through a reorganization. I didn’t talk about it much online, but the stress leaked out a bit on my blog and Instagram posts (here’s one). I swear, I wasn’t trying to vague-book or get attention… I was just trying to share what was going on in my life without putting it out on the internet that I was absolutely miserable.

Because sharing that you are miserable in a job that pays the bills is kind of a bad idea.

Anyways, I knew going into the reorganization that it was going to be a bit painful. I didn’t know that the scope and focus of my job (which I am damn good at) would change. I went from working with an absolutely amazing boss who supported me and made me laugh, to a something that made me hate going to work every day.

So, I dusted off the old resume, spruced up my LinkedIn profile, and reached out to a few friends and a recruiter. I was super picky about positions, so I only ended up applying for a few jobs that I knew I would really enjoy. I figured, even if it took 6 months or more I’d be patient and find something that I truly loved.

Then, I had one of those days at work that totally wrecks you. I didn’t think I could bear another minute of it and even took the next day off as a mental health day so I could re-calibrate.

That day, I applied for an interesting job and reached out to my recruiter to see if she knew anyone at the company. She didn’t, but reaching out to her sparked an idea that I might be a good fit for a position she was currently working to place.

I had an interview with that company the following week. It went so well, they called me back in for second interview with a larger group of decision makers the very next week and I had a job offer that afternoon.

I put in my notice at my current job that Monday and left for Hawaii two days later.

To say that I’m thrilled is an understatement. The stress immediately lifted off my shoulders and I am downright giddy about this new opportunity! Sure, there will be challenges in my new position. I’m sure there will even be difficult people to work with (there always are). But, this new position is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. I’m able to use my 20 years of marketing and communications experience, as well as my shiny new Master’s Degree.

My last day at my current job is on Monday and then I have off the rest of the week. I start my new job on Monday, June 10th and I am so excited and thrilled and happy and I can’t wait to dig in!

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May Thrift Haul: Dressing Room Styling Session

29 May

I actually wasn’t planning to post a thrift haul this month, because I didn’t have a chance to thrift and wasn’t anticipating any free time until June! But then last Friday I made a 20 minute stop to a crappy thrift store by me that usually doesn’t have anything good… I found 2 dresses and also 2 pieces that would work with the dresses, so I decided to have an impromptu dressing room styling session.

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Outfit 1 and 2:

This thrift store had all dresses marked at $7 and sweaters at $6, so the whole outfit on the right cost a total of $13! The dress is just a simple black dress with a flattering gathered waist. The cardigan was from Talbots and a little too big, so I pushed up the sleeves and gave it a little shape with a hand-on-hip pose. I actually kind of love it paired with my fun bright yellow sandals! I ended up buying the black dress because it fits me well and I have a few fun sweaters/blazers that will pair well with it for work.

Outfit 3 and 4:

Here’s another dress and topper combo, this time I went with a faux wrap dress ($7) and zip up jean jacket ($9). This dress is actually a size too big, but you can really only tell in the length. I’m going to chop it a few inches and hem it right above my knees. I think it looks cute as heck with the jean jacket and those fabulous sandals! I liked that this jean jacket had zipper in the front rather than buttons, but I was a bit too busty to zip it up comfortably. I bought this dress for the $7 and will be pairing it with a similar jean jacket that I already own.

So, for a total of $14 I ended up adding two more easy dresses to my wardrobe!

Do you think I made the right choices? What are your thoughts on my quickie dressing room styling session?

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