Want to talk about three things that are on my mind this morning?
1. Office attire. Until three months ago my wardrobe was not equipped for working in an office. Things have since changed. However, I am still a minimalist, so I have remedied my clothing deficiency by purchasing a few key pieces in solids that can be mixed, matched, worn 2-3 times in the same week, etc.
Here are some of the most versatile items in my work wardrobe (I know very little about fashion, so take this with a grain of salt!):
Minnie pant from J.Crew. I have these in black and red and I wear them probably 3 times a week. They are an office pant in a stretchy and comfortable fabric with skinny-pant silhouette. Basically they are the best things ever.
Crewneck sweaters from Urban Outfitters. I don’t believe you have to spend a ton for a great crewneck sweater, and honestly I have been dissappointed with the quality and poor fit at some “high-end” retailers. These sweaters from UO fit well, keep their shape, and come in pretty colors. I have the above black/white and a purple one.
Scarves, from anywhere. I think scarves are the secret to not spending a lot of money when building a work wardrobe. I can wear the same outfit (literally, the same outfit) two days in a given week, but with a different scarf it becomes a completely different ensemble! I have been a scarf fan for a long time, so I haven’t bought many new ones, but I love the ones on Nordstrom’s site. Maybe when they get marked down in a few months I can snag one!
I hope that gives you a picture of how I have tackled the ohsh!twhatdoIweartotheofficenightmare that many of us face daily. My trick has been to buy a few basic, good quality pieces and wear the crap out of them. Working ladies – what is your “strategy” for a working wardrobe?
Moving on to #2 on our “agenda”…
2. Spaghetti squash. I tried my very first spaghetti squash this weekend. I followed some internet instructions and roasted it in the oven with Earth Balance. I was very underwhelmed. I had to add a lot more Earth Balance, salt, pepper, and garam masala to give it some kind of flavor.
I get that it’s cool you can eat a whole squash versus eating a whole box of pasta, but the satisfaction was so low for me that I ate this an hour later…
…so what does that really say?
3. I am doing another diet reboot. It’s a bit different from my previous one, but the goal of feeling better is still the same.
For the past few months, I’ve mentioned that vegetable consumption has been lacking. Honestly, I think I still eat a pretty darn healthy diet, but I know that getting my green on a bit more would certainly improve things. The problem is that I haven’t been planning my meals for the week and that means I don’t buy vegetables when I go shopping because I worry that they will go bad before I use them. At the end of the work day I am a slave to convenience, and for some reason my messed up brain thinks that vegetables are just too much of an effort (yet I have time to roast beef). Obviously this is false.
So there are two rules for the next week (the appointed time for my diet reboot):
A. Eat at least 4-5 servings of fruit/vegetables each day.
B. No cereal for 3 days.
The last rule requires some explanation. Cereal has been my crutch for the last couple of months when it comes to easy meals. Cereal for dinner can be a wonderful thing (especially when it is this variety), but not when it happens four times a week. So no more for three days. The reason for the abbreviated ban is that I think there is a line between self-preservation and deprivation, and a whole week is just too long!
Keep your fingers crossed that I can get some creativity and enthusiasm working in the kitchen this week!
Wow, that was a long post! And I now feel incredibly ego-centric. Thanks for reading my random thoughts and have a happy Monday!
Jam of the day: Glen Hansard “This Gift”
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