Monday, December 13, 2010

Sleep the clock around

How was your weekend? Mine was- I'm pleased to say- glorious!
Cape: AA
Scarf: Vintage thrift ($3)
Belt: AA
Top c/o ModCloth
Skirt: Cali Select /AA
Tights: AA Super opaque in "Truffle"
Shoes: Vintage thrift ($3)
Necklace: UO (gift)
Some of you may have already read this on Twitter or Facebook, but on Wednesday I quit my job. I have never done this before, left a job without immediate back up, or at least a plan. Mainly because I have never needed to, but the past few months have been so stressful, stressful actually is not accurate enough a word, I'm not sure there is one. I've watched myself become a shell of what I was before, unhappy, with no energy. All I did was complain about work, and that's literally all I had to talk about in real life conversations, or how tired I was. Because that's all I did, I was either working, or sleeping to recover from work. The job was just not the right fit for me. So I left.

I've spent the past four days making up for very lost time: I got together with friends, went out on a date with Chris, cleaned my apartment (I can't even described what it looked like), and went to Boston for fun. Oh, and I also went on a job interview and got a new job! This is what I wore to my interview on Friday, I wanted something professional but still me. I've made the mistake in the past year of wearing clothes to interviews that don't exactly represent my personal style, it's important to look professional, but if you're not comfortable with what you're wearing it'll effect your interview skills. Luckily I think I chose pretty well, a little Miu Miu inspired: a vintage inspired top from ModCloth, which had been strangely forgotten in the depths of my closet was pretty but conservative (I wore a cardigan over it, not pictured), and a camel skirt. As a jacket I wore the camel cape I bought before I left my last job, it's not the warmest thing in the world, but by slipping a belt through the arm holes and cinching it close, I'm able to warm it up considerably.
So today I start my part time sales gig with J. ____, and I'm so excited! Most of you know (if it isn't already evident) that I love J.____, the quality of the fabric and colors is fantastic and I feel like it meshes with my personal taste and style much more. Plus it's 20 minutes away from home, not an hour. I go in for training at 6, wish me luck!

How was your weekend? Did you have fun? Get snow? See friends?

47 comments:

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Congrats on the new job! I quit my job at a communications firm in September, & I've been unemployed ever since; I think it's time for me to start looking into retail. I'm going stir crazy not having anything to do!

Sara said...

Sorry to hear that AA job didn't work out, but hey you never know until you give it a try! Congrats on getting another job quickly! :)

Charlotte said...

i'm so happy for you for a) quitting your job and b) getting another one so quickly!!
i love this outfit. i think it's really important to dress like yourself for job interviews. I never feel me in smart trousers and a white shirt!!

Charlotte xxx

archives said...

yay! SO glad you're at jcrew! i dont have first hand experience, but ive heard that AA is a pretty crappy place to work. glad it worked out!!! :D

Gina said...

The skirt & shirt & NECKLACE are all very lovely! As always, i think you have the bestest ;) hair in the blog world!

Enjoy your Monday.

<3 lilmissfina

Debbie said...

congrats on the new endeavor and having the audacity to leave the old one in order to get your life back! I've done that before and gotten a job two days later as well!! As they say, sometimes you have to jump and get your wings on the way down (or something like that...)

The Village Idiot said...

so glad you didn't wear a lame suit or somthing equally cheesey to your interview!
love this look! that cape is amazing!

Chaucee said...

Congrats on all the new life changes! That is so exciting! Even though we get a small glimpse of your life here on the blog, it did seem like you were overly stressed and exhausted this past month, so I'm gad you've moved on and found something better. And yay for Boston!

Ps - I love this outfit and the colors in it.

Nicole said...

Congrats on quitting your old job and getting a new one so quickly! I completely understand why you did that... I came close a few years ago at my previous job because I was exactly like you were: a shell of a human being with zero positive thoughts. You have to do what's right for you, and clearly leaving AA has worked out for the best! Good luck with JCrew!! (totally jealous of your discount ;)

~Nicole
http://employedpanache.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

I quit my job too! I haven't been as lucky to find a new one yet, but I am very hopeful.

I'm glad you already feel much better already!

Shallow Mallow said...

Congrats on taking such a difficult decision and on finding a new job so unbelievably quickly (!)

That top is to die for! :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

huge congrats on the new job!! i have to confess, i'm a little jealous you're working at j. crew--i too love their stuff (we have somewhat similar body types and i think they just fit super well).
i hope the new job is everything the old one wasn't! xo

Rose said...

Ooooh, such lovely cozy colors. That cape makes me think of caramel apple cider by the fire. I'd totally hire you in this outfit.

I'm glad to hear you were able to walk away from your bad boyfriend job and into something that will make you happier! I did the same thing a few years ago, and even though I was taking a big pay cut and sacrificing a certain degree of job security, it was totally worth it! Best of luck...

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

I love the neutrals in this outfit, you're very good at the neutrals thing. I just can't pull it off.

Congrats on the new job!! That takes guts to quit a job with nothing lined up to take its place. It sounds like it worked out perfectly for you!

Maybe I'll see you in JCrew! (I live near you, and go to the JCrew I'm pretty sure you're talking about all the time!)

xx, Katrina
http://sparkleisacolor.blogspot.com

Future Lint said...

I love the sophisticated color palette of this outfit! It's great that you were able to see that the job wasn't worth it and walk away. And yay for a new job and new possibilities!

Sarah said...

Congratulations - I had to quit my first job for the same reasons. "Turned into a shell of myself" exactly describes how I felt. It takes guts to do that and you should be really proud of yourself!!

Wild Goose Chase said...

Your outfit is just gorgeous! The necklace is top of my wishlist!

Keep the great posts a'comin'!

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punky said...

more time for snowboarding with friends!!
yaya!

Rebecca said...

Congrats! Well done for having the courage to get out of a job that wasn't working, and for finding a new one so fast. Your wintery outfits are really inspiring too.

A Little Brighter said...

Oh wow! I admire you even more! I always have the opinion that if you are not happy then do exactly what you did! I am so glad it all worked out and you got a new job too! Congratulations! This outfit is amazing and the colours are perfect!

Ayesha x

April, Everyday Forgotten said...

Congrats on getting the new job! I love this outfit! I always love your mix of colours - especially the tights :)

amanda said...

congratulations! so glad you are now able to do something that you really enjoy. that makes all the difference. and you look gorgeous. you are a huge fashion inspiration for me, just wanted you to know :)

Flora said...

This is really cute but still professional, I love specially the top, too bad Modcloth don't have it anymore...

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

Good work doing what needed to be done. It's always scary leaving jobs but I've definitely been in the place where it's necessary for your sanity and overall goodness-as-a-human-being factor.

Stellar outfit by the way!

BlueVanilla said...

You look awesome! good for you on finding a new job and doing what makes you happy!
xx
http://www.hotpinkday.blogspot.com/

northwest is best said...

Wow, that was brave of you! But evidentally the best decision. Good luck with your new job! You look fab.

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

Congratulations on the new job!! I think it's so great that you stood up for yourself and quit a job that made you miserable. I should have done that a year into my last job, instead of being there for three years until I finally got laid off. I'm jealous of your shorter commute though, and I guess now I don't have to try and work up the nerve to say hi to you on the commuter rail anymore!

Angie D said...

Congratulations on being true to yourself!! And, for finding another job so quickly! That is so awesome :)

You look FAB.

Becca [Free Honey] said...

You are preaching to the choir over here. Apparently, I quit my job a week before you. I'm hopefully onto greener pastures out in San Francisco. I suppose you could say I'm moving cross-country on a whim (at least it's a whim with a tiny bit of planning behind it). So I'll be off three weeks from today to enjoy the great unknown. I'm so encouraged when I hear people like you who say, "this isn't making me happy" and then have the strength to walk away. I love when that story has a happy ending and you find something you love. You just needed to clean out the space in your life to make room for it. I'm hoping the same happens for me, although not as a sales associate at J.Crew, because then I would spend my entire paycheck before I could bat an eyelash. Best of luck at your new job, I'm sure you'll do great!

briannelee said...

Congrats on your new job! I had a similar work experience this year. There is no reason to be miserable for work. Good luck w/ J Crew!

sayablack said...

I love your cape!!!
Great color and silhouette.

*sayablack from TOKYO*

tory said...

well done having the bravery to do this twice in a pretty short period of time; you spend so much time at your job, it's nothing short of necessary to enjoy the work you do, the environment you're in, and the people you're with.

bravo, Godspeed, and i hope the Christmas rush isn't too overwhelming!

[& as always, you look fantastic!]

Jessica said...

congrats on your new job! how exciting that you quit your old one and found a new one so quickly! <3 i hope this one is wonderful and that you feel like yourself again.

TrophyBoutique said...

Hooray for quitting a job you didn't love! I did the same thing and I feel unbelievably better. I don't even care that I'm making less money because feeling happy and like I don't have to do something I hate every day is worth. Good for you!
xo
Laurel

Linda W said...

Congrats on being bold enough to leave a job when you weren't happy. Many people wish they could do just that!
And, of course, congrats on the new position with J.Crew. Maybe we will reap the benefits with J.Crew giveaways?
The Auspicious Life

upatreecupatea said...

Working for J.Crew is amazing!
You should be a Personal Shopper. You'd be wonderful!

I've worked for them off and on for the past two years. I start up again in April and I'm very excited.

I love this outfit, so understated and lovely :)

Rosie said...

Wowee wow wow. Congrats on an amazing outfit and some amazing positive life changes!

A La Mode et Plus! said...

I adore your cape! And that lace top is perfection.

New follower.

cat-i-ushka said...

Congrats and good luck in the new job!

You made right decision with your old one (I think that "toxic" is good word).

I love your style.

la vie en broke said...

congrats on the new job, that will be a lot of fun!

great interview outfit too, i agree that you have to look like yourself and then you'll feel more comfortable!

--la vie en BROKE--

Shanna said...

Congrats! I used to work for J.Crew and they are a fantastic company to work for. hope it works out well!

Lori said...

It sounds like you were really unhappy at your last job. I'm glad you found something that meshes more with you. (Honestly, I think the AA guy is a creep). JCrew sounds much better.

amber said...

congrats on the new job!! I hope everything goes well. I know first hand what it is like to me miserable and consumed by a job, so I am glad you are no longer in that situation! and great choice for yout interview outfit :)

my weekend was blah, i am sick...no fun! but i did get to have a date night in with the hubby :)

Kennedy said...

so glad you quit AA, and speaking of that, we probably need to talk. i bet we have a few mutual grievances to discuss haha <3

Little Ocean Annie said...

Man, I only lasted about 5 months at my last merchandising job. It's a lot of physical work (at UO it involves moving/painting furniture, building walls, etc), and super long hours! I'm glad to hear that you quit to have a better quality of life! Nothing is as valueable as your happiness and rest! Good luck on your part time job, beauty! :)

Ancia said...

Hey you look lovely - as always!
And hey its good you quit your job. Cause it sounds like it was more like surviving hell, then working.
Wish you luck - so you can find a better job!

www.overdivity-fashion.blogspot.com

Heather - Inner cupcake said...

Congratulations on both getting out of a bad situation and finding your way into a new and better one. I've heard and read things that weren't necessarily the best about AA, so I think you're well rid of it. Good luck with J. Crew- I agree that it should totally work with your style better.

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