1: ready for anything

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For me, getting dressed every day is kind of a balancing act. It’s important that I wear things that are practical for running around the shop, lifting things, standing at a design table for hours on end, etc. But it’s equally important to look put-together and professional, so I’m ready for anything. Like a walk-in bridal consult, a meeting with a new client, or the rare occasion that I — like today — open my day planner and realize, @$#!,  I totally forgot about that speed-business-networking thing at the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. This is why I also keep a little stash of dress-up accessories in my desk at the shop, just in case. A crazy business woman style survival kit, if you will. It includes: a pair of nude Nine West pumps (which I’ll probably change into before heading to said networking thing later), a couple of neutral scarves in case I need to cover a bleach/tea/lunch stain from earlier in the day, a few cute statement pieces of costume jewelry, red lipstick, and dry shampoo. My momma taught me to always be prepared. And to always wear clean underwear; you just never know. 

Remix #1: Gap Always Skinny Jeans | New York & Company ruffle tee | LOFT jacket | Apt 9 colorblock scarf | Bucco riding boots via Hautelook ($38) | Nine West clutch (Macy’s clearance, $7.50)

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  1. What a great idea, to have those things on hand. I’m kind of the opposite, I need to have comfies on stash at work, just in case I decide to run errands after work and my dress and heels choice for that day just don’t quite work. So I keep a hoodie, sweats and tennis shoes in my drawer!

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    1. So funny, when I worked in a corporate job I did the exact same thing! I kept a little stash of flats and jeans in my car all the time, just in case something casual came up after work. I also loved those little roll-up flats that you can stash in a handbag!

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    2. My mum always makes sure we go to the toilet before leaving anywhere… Like you said… You never know!

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      1. Mom’s always know best! ;-)

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  2. Love love this!

    Yours Fashionably

    Raimi

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    1. Thank you! They’re my favorites this season, and were really affordable!

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  3. Much like you, I feel like I refer to my house as my second home. My little shop is open 7 days a week so out of what I feel is necessity, I’ve set up a survival closet in my office. Make-up, accessories and a few go-to wardrobe essentials, it has ALL saved me on numerous occasions, especially the days that I give “that” sweater one more shot.
    Love knowing I’m not alone. Fab advice!

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    1. “I refer to my house as my second home.” <– word.

      I checked out your shop on Facebook, and it looks lovely! :)

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  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. corinnelifeetc

    Great look! I can totally see you transforming it into an evening look with those things from your ‘survival kit’! Haha it always pays to be prepared :)

    life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

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  6. Oh you look stunning! I absolutely adore this look, Keira! xo

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  7. That is a great idea! I don’t really have the need for a stash like that at the moment, but I’m still impressed :)

    ~Sarah of the New and Improved Sarah’s Real Life

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  8. Love the simplicity of this outfit and that clutch. How did I miss it at Macys. Really nice

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  9. Hey love! Just discovered your wonderful blog and will definitely be visiting again. $7.50 for the clutch?!?! What a steal :)

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  10. This is such a great example of casual chic…with the high pony, silk scarf, and big glasses you look very Audrey! But the cozy boots and jeans keeps it comfy for a long day!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Ahhh, best compliment over! I’m always striving to look more Audrey ;-)

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  11. Very cute and comfortable! Also, LOVE the nailpolish color! Mind sharing?? :)

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    1. “Really Red” by Essie! I always finish my at-home manis with a topcoat of Essie’s “Good to Go,” which dries super quick and keeps them glassy for days after polishing :)

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  12. This is brilliant. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. You look gorgeous! Love your layers and stunning clutch.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  14. That’s a pretty brilliant idea. Hope your networking thing went well!

    http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

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  15. super cute outfit! functional too!

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  16. Look adorable! XO

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  17. you are so beautiful! Simple and beautiful.

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  18. The “crazy business woman style survival kit” is actually pretty clever!!

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  19. Reblogged this on theunseasonedhousewife and commented:
    Love this “go to” idea for working or non-working moms

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  20. i love the color of your purse, its flashy but not like a highway sign :) kidding, some gloves on the same color would look nice too. oooh and a cover for your phone or some earings, but thats just my opinion :)

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    1. I would love one of each! ;-)

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  21. This is a fabulous outfit – I love classy elegant looks. And the blazer + scarf combo is really pretty.

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  22. Maddie

    I can totally understand about having to be ready for anything… the weather now is always changing its like I don’t even know what to decided half the time! In college we have to walk everywhere and I just can’t find a cute “ready for anything” outfit that can handle both school and weather! I’m wishing I had a balance——- btw, I Love this blog! Very interesting & Fabulous!

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  23. debbiesue180

    Love the clutch. You are a great style.

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  24. awww, you are so sweet! i like your outfits from the other posts wery much! you seem to be a very kind and positive person! all the best!<3

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    1. This is so sweet of you to say! Thank you for sharing!

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  25. Such a pretty outfit. You’re so beautyful. :)

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