For work, I decided to go back to basic – black, grey, and white. I’ve been having a hard time finding work clothes to wear during summer, because it’s hot outside and cold inside the office. On this particular day, it was cloudy and gloomy in Southern California (72 degrees), so I wore a collar crop top (not really a crop top on me), and high-waisted capri dress pants. Because I’m wearing all black, grey, and white, I used my pink Samantha Vega bag. Overall, this outfit is very simple and cute with a hint of color.
Top: Zara – size XS | Bottom: H&M – size 2 | Shoes: Steve Madden – size 5
Work has been crazy. It’s that time of the year where everyone in the office is stressed out. I decided to buy a few of my co-workers coffee from Starbucks, and when I gave it to them they had the biggest smile on their faces. It made them feel a bit more motivated and happy to continue their work.
Today, I got my vanilla latte with soy. But that mood was suddenly ruined because I had to clean up after another co-workers’ mess in the break-room. What was ironic about this situation was that we recently signed an acknowledgement form to keep our break-room clean – basically clean-up after ourselves. I sent out an email to the company (hoping to find the culprit haha), and my moody self literally gave an aura stating, “do not talk to me.” It was amusing hearing some of my co-workers yell out “it wasn’t me!”
About 10 minutes after I sent out that email, my mood suddenly changed after a co-worker walked into the office and handed me a mango tart from 85 Degrees Bakery (my co-workers really likes to spoil me with food). It’s amazing how food can really brighten up your day, and make you feel more positive. So for breakfast, I had a vanilla latte and a mango tart which made me very hyper from all the sugar haha.
For this work outfit, I wore my blue strip collar one-piece top from Yesstyle. I bought it for days when I’m feeling lazy, or days where I have no idea what to wear to work. My co-workers actually thought it was a two-piece blouse. The fabric material is light-weight, and you wouldn’t have to worry much about layering. It is long-sleeve, which is perfect for the chilly office environment but still light enough to wear outdoors. The back of the shirt is slightly longer than the front, and there is a zipper. I like to wear this with the sleeves rolled-up for a more casual look, black pants, and heels/flats.
Recently my iPhone 7 died, and I have to go back to using my iPhone 5 again. After not using this phone in over 3 years, I thought why not test the video quality on my iPhone 5 by making a short video about my daily morning routine before work.
Since it’s summer, I wanted to wear something light and comfy than the normal dress pants and fitted pencil skirts. I was looking through my closet and found this striped navy blue tank dress that I bought last spring from Loft. It’s not really work appropriate (Business Casual) if worn with a collar white shirt or t-shirt underneath (see image below). After staring at this dress for about 1-2 minute, I thought it might be a good idea to layer a shirt on top instead. My closet became a mess and I tried to find something to match it.
I tried many different shirts but because the dress was already boxy and loose, it was hard to find something that would work with it. In the end, (with the help of my sister) I decided to wear this dress with my lace crop top that I bought from Romwe (see image below). I also wore this top in my previous outfit post with a high-waisted black midi skirt, see here. After trying on this dress with this crop top, the dress ended up looking like a skirt. This outfit is perfect as a business casual summer attire in the office. We also had a company luncheon, so this outfit is loose and comfy enough for all the food that I ate haha.
Dress: Loft – 00P (I had to altered it because it was still too big on me)
Top: One-size – Shoulder length: 16 inches or 40 cm | Shirt length: 18 inches or 46 cm
Shoes: Michael Kors navy pointed toe flats – size 5
Dealing with constructive criticism at work: If someone gives you feedback, take it as a new learning opportunity. If someone tells you you’re wrong, ask why? If someone tells you that you’ve made a mistake, fix it. If someone tells you that your work needs improvement, they know you have the ability to improve your work to another level. Don’t take criticism negatively, take it as a form of self-improvement.