Let’s Define Business Casual

What is business casual considered?

What is business casual considered?

What is business casual considered?

What is business casual considered?

What is business casual considered?

What is business casual considered?

Top: Abercrombie ($11) | Pants: Brandy Melville | Shoes: Calvin Klein

Photography by: Ban Avenue

Hi friends! It’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted a Work Wear Wednesday look so I apologize! Since quitting my full time job, traveling the world and having major hip surgery it’s been hard to shoot looks for you but don’t worry there are lots of Fall/Winter looks and office inspiration coming to the blog soon.

A question that comes up a lot is always “what is considered business casual?”. I can guarantee that every person and company will define it a bit different. Handy dandy Google defines it as such: “relating to or denoting a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression”. In my opinion this is still pretty darn vague. The obvious answer is that it is somewhere between business professional (think suits, button downs, the whole shebang) and casual (jeans and a tee shirt).

The great thing about business casual being that it is somewhere in the middle of the two is that you can buy pieces that could either be dressed up or dressed down. For instance, my top that I am wearing in today’s post is just a “fancy” cotton tee that I wear on the reg with jeans or leggings. It actually comes in 5 colors and is only $11 right now so if you are needing a few basic tees I would highly suggest stocking up! Then take these pants for instance. While I did dress them up with a pair of heels, they could easily be worn on the weekend with a pair of slides or even dressed up to a bit more professional with the help of a blazer.

If you are still stuck on ideas for business casual I urge to check out some of my other Work Wear Wednesday posts as almost all of them would be considered business casual. I would also encourage you to always err on the overdressed side if unsure. After all it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. And as a last resort here are a few quick tips if you are still questioning business casual.

  1. No jeans or leggings– While I do know a few companies that allow jeans at the office, technically jeans are not considered business casual. Nope, not even if they are colored. There are so many options out there that are actually more comfortable than jeans anyway if you just search. My hands down favorite pair of work pants are these stretchy ones from Gap.
  2. Cover your shoulders– Wear a top or dress that has sleeves. Showing your shoulders in the office is considered unprofessional. That being said I almost always wear a sleeveless top but throw on a cardigan or blazer on top of it. This way you can ditch some clothing if need be when you escape the office.
  3. Length does matter– If you are questioning if it’s too short, it most definitely is. Even if you think you can get away with it, leave it for another occasion because chances are once you are sitting at your desk or in a meeting, you are going to be even more self conscious and uncomfortable than when you were debating wearing it in the first place.
  4. When in doubt, thrown on a blazer- Time after time blazers have come to every girl’s rescue. If you aren’t feeling your outfit or think it might be just a tad too casual, throw on a blazer. It will instantly bring your outfit up a few professional points. Trust me on this one 🙂

Since work wear is my most requested topic, I would love to hear topic ideas that you are specifically wanting to hear about. Feel free to leave a comment, message or email me with your suggestions.

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Hip, Hip, Hooray! It’s Surgery Day!

Festival wear

Festival wear

Festival wear

Festival wear

Festival wear

Top: American Eagle | Skirt: American Eagle | Hat: Similar | Shoes: Topshop

Well today is the day! I am headed to the hospital for my second hip surgery. For those that do not know, I had this same procedure done on my left hip six months ago and today I will have my right one operated on. I have had several people ask me as well as those close to me if I am scared. Jokes aside, I am oddly at peace.

Yes, I’d much rather be waking up and have the biggest worry of my day be what to have for breakfast. Yes, I know that the next two months are going to be hard. Yes, I’m aware that there could be pain. But what I’m also holding onto is that I know better days are coming that won’t be as painful. I will have the love and support of so many family, friends and dear followers. And what I am most excited about is that I won’t have to make excuses for my hips because of some deformity.

For those of you that would like to read more about the hip surgery that I am having to correct my hip dysplasia, you can read more about my first procedure here. I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers, well wishes, texts, calls, messages, etc. It has meant the absolute world to me and I feel blessed to have such a strong support system on my side. I will update all of you just as soon as I am able! Also, I found this picture below and had to share:)

Hip Meme

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10 International Flight Essentials

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If you saw yesterday’s post, then you know that I am currently on a flight home. A 10 hour international flight to be exact! I thought it only fitting to share with you some of the items that I cannot travel without. While a few of these are specific to long, international flights, the majority are items that I take with me every single flight I go on, whether it is 30 minutes or 30 hours. If I leave anything important or helpful off, please let me know!

Comfortable Clothing // While some girls like to get dressed up for the airport, I do not and I think the general public would agree that comfort beats cute when it comes to airport fashion. My go to for a flight is always a good pair of leggings, joggers or sweatpants paired with a cotton tee, cardigan, and tennis shoes. Keep in mind that layers are your best friend when traveling so even if it’s hot outside, I suggest packing a sweater in your carry on for those freezing flights.

Backup Battery // Whether you plan on playing solitaire, rewatching SATC or listening to music, chances are you are going to run down your battery at some point. Having a portable charger is never a bad idea! It will also come in handy throughout your travels. This one is my tried and true favorite.

Empty Water Bottle // This is another good item to bring with you not only for flights, but also for your international travels. Isn’t it crazy to think that water is more expensive than beer in some countries?! Having a refillable water bottle with you will help you save money and keep you hydrated! I am loving this marble cased one that also keeps your water nice and cold.

Good Luggage // It might seem like such an adult thing to spend your money on (and maybe it is!), but it is well worth the money to have a set of luggage that will roll with ease throughout the airport. If you still have a luggage set that does not roll on four wheels, it’s probably time for a new set! Your arms and back will thank you. I purchased the below DVF luggage set over the past year and get compliments on it every single time that I travel.

Warm Socks // There is nothing worse than a case of cold toesies on an airplane! I always pack a pair of fuzzy socks. The best $2 that I have ever spent. If you want to splurge on a pair of “airplane socks” these are the best!

Passport Holder // While yes it makes for cute Instagram photos, it’s actually insanely helpful as it makes it easy to spot in your purse or carry on.

Fresh Face/Breath // I am not sure why but airplanes always make me feel so greasy and gross! I always pack my must have toiletries and make up in my carry on for this very purpose and also because if my luggage doesn’t make it to my final destination for some reason, at least I will have a little piece of sanity. TULA makes the best travel sized toiletries. I use their cleanser, moisturizer and exfloiating mask religiously. Get their discovery kit for 20% off with code ITSALLCHIC. I am also listing some of my favorite travel sized beauty items below.

A Good Book // If you need something to pass the time or if you are like me and an airplane is somehow the only place that you can find the time to read, make sure to pack a good book. I brought along the book Present over Perfect and highly suggest it for any other girlbosses out there.

A few other things that you might want to pack in your carry on is an extra change of clothes, hand sanitizer, face wipes, facial masks, a neck pillow, laptop, camera, phone charger, laptop charger, plug converter, headache medicine, and snacks. If I have missed anything else that you consider to be a carry on must have, please let me know in the comments below!

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Instagram Round-up: Travel Outfits

BOSTON/NANTUCKET

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

COPENHAGEN

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

 

PRAGUE

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

ITALY

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel outfits

Travel Outfits

Since my travels are sadly coming to an end tomorrow (yes, I am headed back to the states), I wanted to give you all a chance to shop my travel outfits before I dive into my city recaps. These last 3 weeks have flown by and I am so grateful to have experienced this once in a lifetime trip. I have tons to share with you guys as soon as I get home, sleep off this jet lag and start to adjust to normal (aka no 9-5 life), If you have anything specific of things you would like me to cover from my time in Boston, Nantucket, Copenhagen, Prague, Vienna, Milan or Cinque Terre, please let me know! Tomorrow on the blog I will have my international travel must haves since I will be headed home bright and early. Stay tuned next week for travel recaps!

 

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NYFW Blog Takeover + Best Photo Spots in NYC

The best places to take pictures in NYC and Brooklyn

The best places to take pictures in NYC and Brooklyn

Best photo spots in NYC

The best places to take pictures in NYC and Brooklyn

The best places to take pictures in NYC and Brooklyn

The best places to take pictures in NYC and Brooklyn

Best photo spots in NYC

Shelbi’s Outfit // Skirt: Similar | Top: Similar | Shoes: Dillard’s | Bag: Celine

Kylee’s Outfit // Top: Club Monaco | Skirt: Club Monaco | Shoes: Target | Bag: Saint Laurent

Kylee here, taking over one of my favorite blogger babes Shelbi’s blog today while she is busy traveling the world! Umm.. can we switch spots?! Kidding! I hope you are having the best time ever experiencing life!

I have to say I had the joy to travel a short trip with Shelbi to NYFW (while we waited for our other girls, co blogger Kelly and Brittany, with hello honey) to join us! While we rushed around the city, drank A LOT of champagne , and managed to get ready for a photoshoot at 6am –  you can read more about that here. I would not have had it any other way. We decided that it would be fun to give a fresh take on things and take over each others blog. One of our favorite memories while in New York was our photoshoot on The Brooklyn Bridge. New York does not lack Instagram worthy spots to take pictures for fashion bloggers. You can pretty much guarantee every corner you turn there is some building, park, street art on walls, and if you’re a roof top bar junkie like we are the views are to die for! Everyone takes pictures at central park, The Plaza, but where are the places that you don’t think of – don’t worry y’all Ive got you covered!

Brooklyn Bridge

This is just a shot that you just can’t miss. The Brooklyn Bridge is a practically a symbol of New York. For our photoshoot with Banavenue we met on the Brooklyn side. You can’t help but to turn around and just be in awe of the city.

Top of the Rock 

Still so bummed that I left on Sunday and missed the Houston blogger photoshoot here. The Top of the Rockefeller Tower offers the best view of NYC, guaranteed. Just check out these photos from Shelbi’s photoshoot.

The Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo

AKA “Dumbo” if you’re looking for an instagram spot that is unique. The brick buildings, which make the perfect frame for New York City’s Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. It’s just one of those you have to do – trust me!

Mr. Purple 

Remember when I was telling y’all that I was obsessed with roof top bars – this is a must! Not only is the food instagram worthy, the view is too! It’s completely eye catching. To be honest, ALL the rooftop bars a must! Grab a cocktail and hold that drink up to the sky!

Love Wall

Lower East Side is filled with great spots to take photos. Throughout the Lower East Side you can find the #LoveWall and it’s such a fun backdrop for outfits shots.

Soho

Hello shopping meca! Cobble stone streets are a must for a fabulous photo! We also highly suggest hopping in front of a cab for an obligatory yellow car photo!

These are just some of our favorites! Like we said New York is full of great spots for a photoshoot!  A huge thanks to Shelbi for letting me take over her blog. You can check out her tips on how to get ready for a photoshoot here!

XO,

k + k

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