Style Series Part I: Workwear

HELLO sweater weather! Oh, how I’ve missed you. I’ll probably be singing a different song in a month, but for now I’m very much enjoying the cooler temps. I’m starting something new around here, something that I’m uncleverly calling, Style Series. Y’all know by now how much I adore sweaters, so for the next 4 weeks, I’m putting together a few ways to style your sweaters for all sorts of activities. To kick-off this series, we’ll start with the place that affords me to purchase all these cute, cozy sweaters—the office.

Around the office

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Where I work, the ladies take their style very seriously. In my first week, I knew I had to step my game up, but honestly, sometimes minimal effort is the way to go. Queue the casual cardigan look. I love this look because it makes me feel like a creative nerd. I mean how hipster is this look? But I love it—it’s like Harry Potter meets millennial graphic designer. And I probably just lost all of my 3 readers, but if you continue I promise I won’t toss in nearly as much cheese as I just did. Another reason I love this look is because of the versatility. You can pair it with graphic tees, solid tanks, and even prints if you’re feeling frisky. Not to mention, this outfit works with sneakers, booties, slides, boots, birks, sandals, etc. Versatility folks.

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Blanket scarves have really been saving the day around the office. We have a green building which depends on sunlight for heating, and since we’ve had so many cloudy days over the last several weeks, it’s been an icebox in the office. I love the body and shape blanket scarves can add. I usually pair mine with a crew neck fitted sweater, however, I’ve been playing with over-sized sweaters and wearing the scarves as a wrap or a shawl. 

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This is one of my favorite finds this year. I have been loving and wearing this Target sweater almost every week. It’s SO soft and I adore this color. I’ve been wearing this top with a French tuckbut untucked is fine, as well. I like to pair this top with high-waisted black denims and booties, but you can also wear with jeans. 

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This style I’ve been playing with and I’m not 100% confident with it, but my policy is—as long as everyone believes you’re confident, you’re as good as gold. I would love to adapt this style with other dresses, however, my dress selection is pretty limited at the moment. If I were to redo this fit, I would definitely opt for OTK boots and a slightly longer dress. Here are some stylings that I think are slightly better executions. 

So that’s just some ways I style sweaters around the office. Next up, athleisure/what I live in outside of the office. 🙂 Please share if you like styling your sweaters in certain ways, or if you’re just tossing them on for the functionality (I feel ya, there). I hope this series will inspire you to achieve looks that are both fashionable and functional! Until next week! ✌️

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Confessions from a content creator.

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Sometimes life (always) gets the best of us (me), and we don’t make the time we need to do the things we love. It’s almost funny how often I come back here with a plan and end up falling short. But trust me, I’m really trying to breathe some life into this.

Content creation is my full-time job, and surprisingly or unsurprisingly, a very time-consuming one. Most people probably think I’m just scrolling on Instagram all day, but most days I’m looking at and/or plugging-in data, and planning. Planning takes a lot of work, especially when you’re dealing with seasons that are several months in advance. But every day I’m learning, and planning, and searching, and I’m inspired, energized, and excited to do more with my own personal account, while also balancing time with my puppy, Josh, friends, family, taking care of my garden, taking care of my body (still handicapped 😞), and cooking meals. It’s a lot to maintain, but I can’t give up.

Right now, I am “challenging” myself to work with what I have. Within my means, and attempting to discipline myself to be more creative. I don’t have a super awesome camera so my phone will have to do for now. And let’s just state the obvious, I don’t need to go shopping anytime soon, despite Instagram’s relentless effort to get me to purchase more clothes. Ugh, they’re so cute though, and fall is my favorite season!!! In the meantime, I will plan, learn more about photography, editing, and styling, while I save up for a dope ass camera.

I have a lot of ideas that I look forward to sharing with you. Until next time.

Ciao!

Life Update

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Apologies for the not-so-clever headline, I just mean to say it like it is. I think it’s probably a good time to share what’s been going on at la casa d’Ayres—and if you’re thinking that was neither Spanish nor French, you would be correct, but I digress. First of all, I’m undergoing a content makeover, so expect to see more content, and a lot of polls as I start to incorporate new schtuff. And please—your feedback is more than welcomed and very much appreciated.

Second, I’ve been dormant (again) due to all of the changes in my life. Most significantly, I’ve accepted a new position managing social media for a company that sells fashionable medical uniforms and equipment. Random, I know, but that’s sort of been the normal throughout my professional career. What I’m most excited about is that this new position will be more “my speed” and give me much more time to focus on things I want to do outside of work, like for example, this here blog.

At the very least, I can solely focus on one brand, which will enable me to do social media right, opposed to juggling multiple brands, products, and industries, and only being able to focus on specific tasks.

Albeit the category of clothing, this position does lend itself to “styling” and thoughtfully putting content together, because these are fashionable scrubs, after all. Plus, I will be very involved in styling shoots which will totally benefit me in this arena.

Outside of work and this blog—like literally outside—I’ve been working on my garden. Super, super stoked about that. I’m creating a pollinator-friendly garden this year, starting from seed. Much of my last couple of weekends have been spent working on that, in addition to wrapping things up at G/L. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how all of these wonderful things start to flourish, and I’ll be sure share all the details along the way. 🙂