Looking the Part: Internship Attire

Hello, World. 

As you know, I’m currently doing an internship at a law office in my hometown. Something I realized when I got the internship is that it meant I would need to wear business casual four days a week. This soon proved challenging considering I only really had two business casual outfits and one or two dresses that could pass for the look. Previously, I only needed business casual attire when I went to interviews on campus or department dinners. When I was a Weekend of Welcome leader at my college the dress code was “smart casual,” whatever that means. I got my business casual clothes for that position, I’ve recently been adding to my business-esque wardrobe because now that I have an internship and will be a resident advisor in the fall, oh and now that I’m turning 20 next week, I feel like it’s time I get more business clothes. Anyway, an important part of having an internship, in my opinion, is looking the part. Professionalism comes in many forms, one of them being through your attire. How you present yourself is super important, especially in unpaid internships. You want to look polished and serious because you should be when it comes to your internship. So, here are three go-to office appropriate outfits: 

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Classic, tailored, clean outfits are best for an office setting, in my opinion. When I shop for business casual attire, I always look for staple colors, with a few pops of brightness here and there. Office settings can be bland, and if you dress too monotone you’ll fade into the background. Try adding small pops of color to your tailored look to add a little flavor, and set yourself apart.
 
Dresses are great for summer internships, especially if you live somewhere really warm. Dresses are also easy because you don’t dirty as many pieces of clothing as you do if you wear a full piece suit or pants/blouse combo. I always feel super girly and professional and dressy in dresses.  There’s just something about dresses that make me feel like quite the professional woman, which I completely understand is a cliche and silly, but alas, it is true. 
 
The Minnie Pant from J. Crew are the perfect office pant. They’re not too dressy, but they’re still professional and cute. I also LOVE the Halogen suiting pant from Nordstrom. If you’re on a budget, I would suggest New York & Company or Kohl’s for blouses to go with higher end dress pants. Dress pants are the investment you want to make. Well, the pants and the shoes. Think of business attire as investment clothing. You want business attire, like most clothing, to last as long as possible. Make sure you have an amazing, great fitting pant and a solid pair of shoes at the foundation of your business wardrobe! 
 
When wearing a pencil skirt, I’d suggest either a super simple blouse or a floral blouse. If the weather permits, I’d also suggest a gingham button down because they’re basically everything I love about a good top. If you didn’t already know, one of my MAJOR fashion idols is Audrey Hepburn, and something about my business casual attire tends to channel her. She was so fond of clean lines, tailored pieces, and beautiful colors, and she always looked stunning. So, when I think of my business look, I think Audrey. Who do you think of? Don’t know? Well, give it some thought, and go over to Pinterest, and start pinning some inspiration so that the next time you shop for business attire you’re not just buying whatever is there, but you’re supplementing your professional being. 
 
Oddly enough, I feel that I am converted. I now love wearing my professional clothing, and I feel more grown up when I wear it. I feel like I could take on the world. I plan to leave my mark, so I guess looking the part is an important step. 
 
What jobs or intern opportunities have you received this summer?
 
Truly, 
Callie leigh 

To-Do List: Summer Edition

Hello, World.

As I’ve alluded to many times on this blog, last summer was awful. It was probably one of the worst summers I’ve ever had, and in part it is because of things that were out of my control. I started this blog, which was awesome and put my time to effective use, but I also was far away from many people, my dad was in and out of the hospital, and I really missed being at school. This summer, however, I’m taking my life back, and I’m making things happen. I’m not letting anything or anyone get in the way of what I want to do this summer. I want to actually look back on summer come August, and feel like I did something other than wait around for nothing. So, I’ve complied a summer to-do list and I thought I’d share because I make too many lists, but I was hoping that maybe some of you have summer lists as well.

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I didn’t want to make a list that was way too long, and impossible to get through, but I wanted to set enough goals that I felt challenged throughout summer. So here we go:

1) Redesign blog, post consistently, and make friends in the blog community! Also, complete the Blog Life e-course by Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess.
2) Go to the beach as much as possible, which includes swimming, tanning (if I can?), and playing beach volleyball.
3) Get an internship, and learn as much as I can from it.
4) Read 13 novels (originally 12, but I have to read one for my job in the fall).
5) Write the novel I’ve been talking about for a year.
6) Go on a walk or run every day. Being fit makes almost everyone feel better.
7) Go on Barnes and Noble/ T. Bar dates with my mom.
8) Hangout with friends more. I have the tendency to spend a lot of time with my family during the summer because I miss them so much during the school year, but I want to start hanging out with my friends from home more!
9) Visit my friends from school! (Especially because my best friend, Holly, is studying abroad in the fall).
10) Complete on creative project a month. First up? My sophomore year scrapbook.
11) Learn more about photography, and improve my skills.
12) Try something completely outside my comfort zone.
13) Help my sister finish her first house’s remodel project. Also, once finished go there once a week to hangout with her, her boyfriend, and their animals.
14) Write handwritten letters to my friends. I feel like this is a lost art that I would like to pick back up. I love receiving handwritten letters, but during the school year I am horrible at responding to them because I get so busy.
15) Have no regrets. This one is probably the biggest goal for summer 2014 since summer 2013 is riddled with them.

What are you hoping to accomplish this summer?

Truly,
Callie Leigh