What you wear should depend on the work environment. Is your job business creative, corporate or business casual? This will set the tone for what style you go for and what should be in your closet.
2. What do you have going on today?
You should always know beforehand what you will be doing/accomplishing at work before you go in. Will you be at your desk? Leading a meeting or giving a presentation? Going to a function or grabbing drinks after work? These are all factors to consider when choosing your outfit for the day. When in doubt, I like to start with a cute white shirt this can be dressed up or down. Whether it’s with jeans, pants or a skirt you can always throw a blazer on with some jewelry and be set to rock the day!
3. Who are you meeting with?
Will you be meeting a new hire, intern, interviewing a future employee or going out to lunch with a professional? These are all things to consider when planning your outfit. You never know who you will run into or who may also be at a meeting.
4. Am I dressing for the job I want, or the one I have?
Always, dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Dress like a boss! Even if you hate your job, it’s worth it to put a little extra effort into your appearance – you never know who you may end up meeting.
5. Heels or flats?
Okay, I hate flats! But, it’s a staple piece every professional should have in her closet. I would go for a basic nude and black. If you don’t like flats like me, invest in a nice pair of sandals (Jack Rogers or Steve Madden). I also recommend a few nice pairs of heels or wedges.
*Tip: If you work in the city like I do, go to work in sneakers or flip flops and change into your shoes when you get to your desk. This will allow for less blisters and a comfortable walk to the office.
6. Are Jeans Okay?
If you work in a corporate or business casual environment jeans during the week are usually a no, unless it’s Friday. Some offices who offer Summer Friday’s allow employees to ware casual attire/ jeans on Thursday. (Check into your company’s office culture!).
Being from Florida I know some great places to go but I haven’t seen it all, so I like to explore and try new things each time I go. Here is my Florida in 48 hour guide to Tampa and Sarasota.
*Tip: Fly in on a Thursday night and get settled into your room and enjoy a late dinner and sunset or check out the newly painted Tampa sign.
Sarasota & St. Armand Circle: Growing up in the area I have a lot of experience with where to eat and the perfect time to head to the beach. Here is what you need to know!
Eating: Here is a list of my top places I recommend to try while in the area.
Owen’s Fish Camps
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
The Met: When I was little my mum always uses to go The Met for pedicures and manicures. With The Met being known for its luxury fashion and high end spa services I figured I would surprise my sister and take her for her 21st birthday. Not only does The Met offer luxury fashion, but also their high end spa services starting at $50. Each package includes snacks, fudge and mimosas (21+). Great for an afternoon relaxing, couple’s message or girl’s day at the spa.
* Tip: Be sure to book in advance as the services fill up fast.
Siesta Keys: A short 20 minute drive from the circle will bring you to Siesta Keys Beach ranked best beach in Florida in 2015, according to Orlando Sentinel and personally my favorite beach as my parents would take me there after school or for an evening to watch the sunset and grab ice cream.
This beach is like no other beach I’ve ever been too it maybe because it holds a special place in my heart or that the sand feels like baby powder and the water is crystal blue. On a busy day or peak season be sure to arrive early as the beach gets crowded. The parking is free and includes changing stations, grilling/picnic areas as well as a concession stand.
*Note looking to spend all day at the beach? Siesta Village is a short five minute drive where they have a variety of restaurants and bars allowing you to extending your beach day.
Evening in Tampa: After spending a full day in the Sarasota area you may be a little hungry. My recommendation would be to eat back in Tampa and explore what the city has to offer. The drive from Sarasota to Tampa is around an hour giving you plenty of time to decide what you want to do/eat. My recommendation would be to head over to International Mall located at 2223 N West Shore Blvd., here you have the option to try several dining options including: Bar Louie, Blue Martini, Brio Tuscan Grille, Capital Grille, The Pub and more.
*I recommend The Pub or Brio Tuscan Grille.
Breakfast in Tampa:
Oxford Exchange: My personal favorite Oxford Exchange is located at 420 W Kennedy Blvd., directly across from The University of Tampa. Oxford Exchange offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea with an extensive menu for each. The restaurant not only offers food, but a café, study rooms and a gift shop.
*Tip: Be sure to book ahead as tables fill up fast. This is a popular destination for locals and tourist. Be prepared to spend a little extra money as eating here comes at a price, but worth it!
*I recommend the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes (AMAZING!), also be sure to try one of the many teas on their extensive tea menu, which you can also get to-go.
First Watch: Located at 520 Tampa St., First Watch offers a variety of Breakfast and Lunch options for families, tourist and locals looking for a casual and affordable dining experience. First Watch is open from 7a.m. to 2:30p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
*I recommend the Avocado Toast or Fresh Fruit Crepes.
Bayshore Boulevard: Looking to unwind after breakfast? Bayshore Blvd. is the perfect place! Looking over the water Bayshore is the perfect place to rent a bike and ride along the water, go for a run or just admire the beautiful homes. Simply park downtown, rent a bike or walk over!
Lowry Park Zoo – Tampa: I first went to Lowry Park Zoo when I was in Kindergarten for a field trip and I have to say it’s one of my favorite zoos. I recommend the zoo for anyone looking for a nice relaxing day as the zoo is shaded and the park isn’t crowded like your typical parks in the area. The zoo offers shows throughout the day, a safari ride and the opportunity to feed stingrays and giraffes. Parking at the zoo is free and the cost to enter is $13 (very affordable).
Evening at Clearwater Beach: After a packed day what better way to unwind than watch the sunset. Make sure you leave early as parking fills up fast. When you arrive enjoy the sunset from the beach or one of the many restaurants located along Clearwater beach. Note be prepared to wait where ever you choose to eat. Typical wait for a table at any of the restaurants is around 45 minutes to an hour. *See below for recommendations.
My senior year of college I took an Advertising 101 class where our professor made us give 30-60 second pitches each class. It wasn’t until mid-semester when a girl stood up to pitch the class, “Why we should shop at Nasty Gal.” My first reaction was, “Ew, why would someone name a store that!” as I listened to her pitch I was like wow this brand seems kind of cool.
Fast forward a year and a half later and here I am just finished reading #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso author, founder and owner of Nasty Gal and possibly my newest inspiration. Why may you ask is she my new inspiration? Not because I like fashion or because the book was downright amazing. It’s because she has incredible work ethic and is a true girl boss.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is having doubts in their career or looking for a little inspiration, as Amoruso tells the story of her rebellious life and finding her way to owning a successful business and brand.
Throughout the book Amoruso seemed like the girl you may see walking down the street who looks like they just don’t care what they look like or about life. You may think to yourself as you walk by, “wow that person will never have a job “or “wow they need to get their life together” and somehow they prove you wrong. And that’s just what Amorous did!
At seventeen Amoruso rather be hitchhiking, dumpster diving and looking to hold a part-time job. After years of living what she thought to be “the cool life” she realized she had to get her life together and with that click she began her business on eBay. Amoruso shows readers that no matter where you are in life there is hope. Okay, lets be real, she teaches readers how to work hard, believe in themselves, and channel their passions into a career they are proud of.
Amoruso isn’t just an inspiration, but someone who shows us that life is really what you put into it and if you create your own path and work hard you can make your dreams happen.
Now you check it out! You can find a copy of #GIRLBOSS at your local Barns & Noble $16.00
In late April Victoria’s Secret announced they will no longer be selling swimwear. Making way for an extension of their active wear line. “So, now where do I shop for my swimwear?” Is the question women who favor their swimwear line are asking.
Now, no need to worry just yet. You can still pick up your favorite Victoria’s Secret swimwear style while they last, as the company will be selling all swim inventory through the end of the year. But, if you’re looking for something new for your summer vacation or weekend getaway take a look at my top picks for swimwear 2016.