The office style guide: Interview Ready

So I feel like my blog has kind of gotten away from my original view for it; to provide everyday looks for a casual office setting. In an effort to try and get back to office-styling, I’m sharing some styling tips for an interview outfit!

The biggest piece of advice I get is to not wear purple or red to an interview, not sure why but those colors are shown to make people angry or unhappy. So stay away! I tend to lean towards a neutral palette with some great accessories as accents. I have been complemented on my necklace or shoes at an interview and I think that gives them a lasting memory of you in their mind.

As I’ve been shopping I’ve seen great pieces from J. Crew and Anne Taylor that would be stylish while still looking professional.

I love these shoes I actually was going to get them in the spring but the velvet is gorgeous! And they are a great way to add a touch of style to your interview outfit.

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Velvet Tied-Up Heels

This would be great for an interview at a more edgy company where you can really show your personal style!

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A-Line Skirt

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A dress for me is always the easiest outfit for a interview. You can do a fabulous heel with it and look super classy. I love the bell sleeves on this one and the flattering silhouette.

Flutter Sleeve Dress

These are some statement accessories that will get you noticed but at the same time don’t look over the top with a professional outfit.

Druzy Drops // Star Tassel Necklace // Double Layer Chain Necklace

blouse

Just purchased this and I adore it! So flattering.

Silk Blouse

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THIS blazer! For me blazers are tough, I find they make me look way to boxy and don’t flatter my body type. This one reminds me of the classic Chanel tweed. It would also add flare to a plain skirt or pants bottom.

Fringe Trim Blazer

tie-neck-blouse

I just bought this recently and love it’s versatility. It’s very office appropriate and I love the bow.

Piped Tie Neck Blouse

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These, while boring, are amazing pants. I love the stretchy fabric of J. Crew’s pants and these are the ultimate work pants.

Campbell Trouser

printed-pants

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, a printed trouser is a great addition to your work wear. These ones are so cute and I love the cropped style.

Floral Pants

I hope this has given you all some office style inspiration. No one needs to be wearing the boring old black suit-white shirt anymore! Now you’re ready to take on any interview!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gifts

To be Honest, I pride myself on giving a good gift.  I started searching in September for something for my loved ones. Living in the city and having to buy on a strict budget, I want to save up while also finding something that the person really likes or wants.

This year I’m buying for my mom and dad, brother and boyfriend, here’s some great ideas for gifts for the loved ones in your life.

Bose Speaker

SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II ($180) :I got this last year and have used it to death, it’s great quality and gets so loud for how small it is. It’s also easy to take with you on trips.

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J Crew Men’s Cashmere Scarf ($118) :My dad and brother are looking for a great warm scarf this year. I picked this one up at J crew and it is so soft and snuggly.

LL Bean slippers

Men or Women LL Bean Slippers ($70) : I personally have these slippers, so do most people I know. So if you know someone who doesn’t have them yet, you can’t loose giving these as a present. With LL bean’s lifetime guarantee, you’re basically getting them amazing slippers for the rest of their life!

Laura Mercier Set

Laura Mercier Coconut Almond Bath Collection ($75): You may think this is a lot for bath products but I’ve used these and they’re really luxurious. The body wash leaves your skin super soft and the scent lingers all day. Perfect for those spa lovers.

Wall Art

Beer Cap Wall Art ($35) : This one is a great one for a guy who you have no idea what to get…aka my brother. It’s great because it is  wall decor as well as a collectors item. I got this for him last year and it’s been a great way to see what cool beers he has tried.

I hope this gives you all some ideas for your gifts!

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

5 Stylish Work Pieces

These days if I’m not thinking about my outfit in advance, I’ll be sure to come into work looking like I rolled out of bed. Having stylish essentials in your wardrobe, that can make you look chic instantly, are perfect for those late mornings.

Here’s 5 pieces that you can mix and match into your own wardrobe and rock with your own personal accessories.

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  1. Black turtleneck – Jcrew//Cashmere// $228.00//Perfect for tucking into a skirt or pairing with sleek trousers and heels.
  2. Trendy Top – Zara//$29.90//Always a plus if you can incorporate some fun pieces at work – loving the bell sleeves trend lately.
  3. Suede Booties – Steve Madden// $129.00//Very chic while at the same time can look totally professional with a pant suit.
  4. Ripped Jeans – Asos//Miss Selfridge//40 Pounds//There are super comfy and stretchy to keep you happy all day.
  5. Fur Vest – Nordstrom//BB Dakota// $98//A cozy vibe making a very chic/subtle statement.

I do want to make note that I work at a tech company and the dress code is non existent, therefore making ripped jeans appropriate.

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

Colder Times Ahead

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Now that the cold weather has officially rolled into New York City, it’s officially time to start really thinking before I leave the house for my commute. First things first, you need some comfy coats that can withstand the bite of the autumn air. This was something that took me a while to master. I always see a cute coat in H&M or Zara and I get suckered into it thinking “Oh, this is thick enough, I’ll be fine,” only to be shivering through the whole season. Pro Tip: Don’t let the trendy polyester coats pull you in.

I always go for a wool coat with a good collar for the wind. Make sure it’s lined so that the wool is not itchy on your skin –  been there, done that.

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This one is from J Crew Factory – it’s a wool/ poly blend and has a GREAT collar, also your paying less at the factory store!

The other three items I can’t leave the house without? Gloves, A blanket scarf and a hot mug of tea/coffee.

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I just picked up this blanket scarf from Zara and oh my gosh it’s so soft and warm. A blanket scarf is essential for me because the train rides can be cold and sometimes you really need to wrap yourself up.

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Gloves are investment piece for sure. I got these leather Ugg ones last Christmas and my hands have never been happier. They are also smart gloves so no removal for texting needed. And they really work too trust me.

Now, if you know me, you know I take my travel mugs/ water bottles very seriously. Of course I’d recommend a Swell for keeping your liquids hot and cold, but for ease of access, this Yeti one has become my new favorite. The company makes AMAZING coolers and this travel mug does not disappoint.

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I hope this can keep you a little warmer as the temperature continues to drop!

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

Casual Vibes

Casual Vibes

Plaid coat
genuine-people.com

Superga tennis shoes
$69 – office.co.uk

Fedora hat
$17 – newlook.com

Current Obsessions

Current Obsessions

J Crew a line coat
$485 – jcrew.com

Sam Edelman gray shoes
$215 – farfetch.com

Warehouse pointed toe ankle boots
$130 – warehouse.co.uk

Snake jewelry
stylemoi.nu

Lancôme dark eye shadow
net-a-porter.com

Ilia lipstick
ahalife.com

Kate Spade porcelain tray
nordstromrack.com

J Crew Goodies 😍

J Crew Goodies 😍

J Crew long sleeve top
$105 – jcrew.com

J Crew j crew jacket
$200 – jcrew.com

J Crew lightweight vest
$185 – jcrew.com

J.Crew slim fit pants
$160 – jcrew.com

J Crew pleated skirt
$170 – jcrew.com

J.Crew suede booties
$230 – theoutnet.com

J Crew crystal necklace
factory.jcrew.com

Vests and Boots Galore ❤️

Vests and Boots Galore ❤️

J crew vest
$185 – jcrew.com

Topshop jacket
topshop.com

Reneeze wedge booties
shoecenter.com