My (low impact) Hiking Survival Pack

My (low impact) Hiking Survival Pack

I love this cross-body bag. It’s cloth, comfortable, versatile & inexpensive (Target). It has three sections; perfect to store the necessities while hiking in the LA Hills ($3 is for parking lot at Fryman Canyon. Free street parking is available, but you may have to drive around a bit).

After emptying hiking gear (lol), I keep my bag in the car. You never know when you might want to switch over from a bulky handbag to a cute, hands-free option (e.g. grocery shopping, vintage shopping, exploring the area, etc).

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Perfect Interview Ensemble

Perfect Interview Ensemble

Created in the Polyvore iPad app. http://www.polyvore.com/iPad

I should restate that for MY chosen career path it is perfect.

 

The goal is to present myself as visually neutral to the interview panel as possible. I want complete focus on my knowledge, experience & interpersonal skills. Any bright color or loud pattern may be too distracting. I want the POW effect I leave them with to be because of a flawless presentation, not the unusual pattern on my Versus by Versace top (total hypothetical, not really my style…or price range).

 

Hair pulled back for great eye contact. Also neutral makeup and nails. I want to give them an opportunity to get to know as much about the real me as possible in the short time we have. Wearing bright blue eyeshadow or showing up with fabulously intricate nail art might take away from the goal at hand (no pun).

 

Bottom line I will show up looking professional & well put together with no distracting colors, patterns, hairdo’s (or don’ts), etc. I want total attention on my inner strengths and what those will bring to the table. Eye contact…great eye contact. Genuineness & enthusiasm. Big smile. I think I’m ready. Take a deep breath, and…..go! (wish me luck tomorrow)

My Fall Basic Pieces

My Fall Basic Pieces
For me, it feels comfortable and (oh so) right to start off with a pretty, yet uncommitted dressing canvas (er goes, I’m a neutrals girl). Let’s be honest, our mood is the #1 influence on how we will present ourselves throughout the day. Starting out with basics, such as these, gives me the versatility to go in any fashion direction that feels right on any day!
Keeping accessories to a minimum (sunglasses & hat or sunglasses & scarf) will communicate a more serious & quiet tone, but not at the expense of sacrificing a polished finish. While, styling it up with some great gold hoops (yesssss!!! My friends say I am obsessed with em. Aren’t they the answer to any jewelry quandary? I’m Latina, after all), bangles, or other statement piece (ha! Hope it’s a good statement) gives me the extra shine to confidently attack the rest of my day!
All the pieces I posted are very affordable (ok ok, except for the 360 Sweater, but I couldn’t find another picture that resembled the one I found at Forever 21 better. Sorry) and can be purchased for even lower prices if you shop at the right time and under the right circumstances. For example, the black boots (Chaima $120 Aldo Shoes), I found a comparable pair at Shoe Dazzle (Maygan) for $45.95. But first time buyers get 50%, so I paid $25.04 TOTAL! I haven’t received them yet, so I don’t know how comfy they will be. But their return policy is great & if I’m not happy you can’t say I didn’t try =)
Same thing with the awesome Steve Madden Ramble boots. Original price was $150, on sale for $90. However, the SM website was offering 25% off. Ended up getting them for about 60% the original price ($60 total).
If you have any questions on this post or any other let me know! And keep coming back for more ideas AND bargain hunting tips =)

360 Sweater loose top
$470 – jades24.com

Ichi scarve
$41 – welikefashion.com

Leather hat
target.com

Cocktail Party Glam

Has possibilities, no?

Rouched top
nyandcompany.com

Primary clutch
shopbop.com

Shu uemura makeup
$25 – liberty.co.uk

Hair styling tool
hothair.co.uk