17. Switching It Up

 
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Photo by Tembela Bohle from Pexels

 

Happy Friday friends - we made it to the weekend!

This week I stood in my closet, looked at everything in my section, and declared that I have nothing to wear. Of course that isn’t literally true, but it feels that way. During this long winter I’ve worn the pieces over…and over…and over. I don’t even want to look at another sweater again! The chances of any more snow storms are low (knock on wood) so I’m going to switch over my closet this week. BTW, is that not a thing that people do? I mentioned I was going to do this on Twitter, and someone asked me what it meant! Unfortunately we don’t have the space for my entire wardrobe to live in my closet all-year round, so I have to switch things out based on the season.

I also need to pick up some new items and I’m approaching it thoughtfully this time around. Normally I’ll just go to the mall/browse websites and order whatever is on sale and cute (cause we don’t do full price ever). Last year I read Rachel Miller’s awesome Buzzfeed piece about how she gave herself a dress code, and it immediately struck me as a genius move. When I thought about my own closet, I realized that I actually wear a lot of the same stuff over and over, and some things in my closet are never touched. So as I switch over my closet and incorporate some new pieces, I’m doing it thoughtfully based on what items I actually need (either a staple piece or replacing something I wear regularly) and my personal style/what I enjoy wearing.

My preferred style is classic, almost borderline preppy. I don’t do a lot of prints but I love stripes. For spring and summer, I plan to wear lots of dresses, skirts and slim ankle pants with cute tops and maybe a cardigan as needed (cause yall know I stay freezing). For my shoe collection, invested in a pair of Rothy’s because everyone has raved about how awesome they are, and I picked up some cute flat sandals from J Crew. To round out my wardrobe I’m on the hunt for cute, delicate jewelry, and my look will be complete.

As I pack away my winter stuff I’ll donate my winter things that I didn’t wear this winter, so that I don’t make the same mistake next year.

Things I read this week:

A Troll's Alleged Attempt to Purge Porn Performers from Instagram (Jezebel)

Inside The World Of Stay-At-Home Moms Who Blog For Profit (Buzzfeed News)

Ancestry.com romanticizes slavery to sell you a DNA kit (MPR News)

The Mystery of Business Casual (The Atlantic)

How A Popular Women's Website Became A Pay-To-Play Nightmare (Buzzfeed News)

This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird. (Gizmodo)

Is This the Millennial Parent Book? (The Cut)

Earth Day Conundrums (Design Mom)

Oh Uh-Huh, You Need To Wash Your Makeup Brushes. Here's How. (Jezebel)

Abigail Disney Scorches Wage Inequality at Disney: “Reward All of Your Workers Fairly” (Vanity Fair)

I Spent $17K to Freeze My Eggs—and I Regret Every Penny (Glamour)

What Does Being Basic Look Like in 2019? (Man Repeller)

You Can Opt Out of Facial Recognition Screening at an Airport (Lifehacker)

Reply All’s Brilliant Roman Mars Episode Messes With the Podcasting Industry (Vulture)

How airport scanners discriminate against passengers of color (Vox)

The Disciplines Where No Black People Earn Ph.D.s (The Atlantic)

In Defense of Hating Popular Things (MEL Magazine)

Amazon created the expectation of 2-day shipping. Now it needs to scale back. (Vox)

Your Debt Isn't a Personal Failure (Jezebel)

How Did Megan Thee Stallion Become the Next Hottest Rapper Out of Houston? (Vulture)

Other Stuff:

As this post publishes, I’ll be seeing Avengers: Endgame - I truly hope it’s as good as everyone says it will be! I’m actually seeing it twice on Friday so I hope it’s worth sitting through twice in one day.

I’m also volunteering for a few hours at the Yarnover, which is a conference hosted by the MN Knitters Guild. I recently joined and I thought this would be a good way to get involved with the Guild. I also expected to do some shopping but I realized that I have too projects on my to-do list, so I’m going to try to refrain from buying more yarn (but no guarantees!)

Need something to watch on Netflix? I really enjoyed Love Death & Robots.

I’m currently taking clients for both Career Mentoring as well as Ace the Interview Prep Sessions!

Enjoy your weekend!

9. Rescue Me

Remember when Snowmageddon was a thing? Well Minnesota is living through it’s own version of that right now and I AM OVER IT. February saw record snowfall, the snow banks are now taller than me, and if I had one more terrible commute cause idiots don’t slow down on the snow, I will lose it. I already took a warm weather vacation, which I greatly needed, so I need to figure out another way to deal with this never-ended winter. Maybe a staycation?

In the meantime, I’m knitting and working on a few things. Earlier in February, I sat on a career panel at work, and it went really well - so well, that multiple people have told me that I should be a speaker! It definitely has the wheels turning my head but as always, my imposter syndrome and fear is creeping in, but I want to explore it.

Things I read this week:

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up (The Atlantic)

12 Of The Oldest Pictures From Black History In America (Buzzfeed)

employer requires women to wear perfect makeup — and writes them up if it’s smudged (Ask A Manager)

The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists (The New Yorker)

The Documentary Highlighting the Real Green Book (The Atlantic)

This Female Twitter Comic Was Actually a Man Pretending to Be His Own Wife (The Cut)

Another Gerber baby makes history!  (Motherly)

When Will Sex Work Finally Be Decriminalized? (Jezebel)

The Problem With a Fight Against Toxic Masculinity (The Atlantic)

Why One Dad Decided to Live on Expired Food for a Year — Food News (The Kitchn)

Sarah Cooper’s Non-Threatening Leadership Skills for Women! (The New Yorker)

Black Women in the Labor Movement Have Long Defended American Workers (Teen Vogue)

The Best Joke at This Year’s Oscars Was a Hidden One (Vulture)

An Open Letter To The American Left: Don’t Make The Mistakes We Did In Britain (Buzzfeed)

Why white school districts have so much more money (NPR)

The knitting community is reckoning with racism (Vox)

“I’m Afraid You’re Going To Die Because You’re Fat” (Fat Girl Flow)

What Happened When We Started a Feminism Club at Our Catholic Boys School (The Cut)

How Black Women Made GIFs Into a Language of Self-Expression (Broadly)

Things I loved this week:

This week I attended a Fireside chat with Melissa Butler, founder of The Lip Bar, presented by The Activate Network. It was a wonderful event and I picked up a lot of great gems from Melissa’s talk. I also got a chance to see some friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile.

For my Target run this week, I used their Drive Up service, which is incredibly clutch for anyone who has a small child. You use the Target app to order items, and select the “Drive Up” option when you check out. Then you just pull up and they bring it all out to your car! Also you can use Cartwheel deals for Order Pickup or Drive Up orders, which is a great bonus.

Have you seen the new Showtime show Black Monday? Its about the 1987 Wall St crash and tells the story of the year leading up to the crash from the perspective of one firm. I started watching because Don Cheadle is the lead, and I’d watch him act out paint drying, I love him so much. He’s great, as always, but I’m also really loving Regina Hall in the show as his righthand man/former GF. If you like Don Cheadle’s show House of Lies, you’ll love Black Monday.

Have a great week everyone!