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Hi loves! I hope you are all having an amazing week. As some of you may know, Target has a new line called  A New Day and it is absolutely wonderful! My job requires me to dress professionally on a day to day basis (with a few casual days in between).  As such, there are some guidelines that I have to follow at work. Here are some things to keep in mind when you need to dress professionally:

Avoid sleeveless shirts unless..

Sleeveless shirts are great for s casual look but when in a place of business (at least not without a cardigan or blazers). Sleeveless shirts are perfect for layering, so dress them up with a cozy cardigan or blazers. Blazers are my go-to piece with sleeveless tops as they provided a professional and polished look.

SLEEVLESS  TOPS, CARDIGANS & BLAZERS

Be selective with your skirts/dresses

Ladies, staying classy is very important in a professional setting. As such, make sure that you are wearing skirts that are appropriate for you. Mini skirts are great for a night out or club but not for work. Stick with flattering pencil or midi skirts. They will make you look polished and add just the right amount femininity. When it comes to dresses you want to make sure that they are polished and professional. Avoid bodycon dresses and dresses with low v necklines.

SKIRTS AND DRESSES 

Spice up your look with with professional work pants

Don’t feel like wearing a skirt? Throw on a pair of some business casual work pants! I love getting a pair of business pants with fun patterns. If you want to stay classic, opt for a pair of pants with a neutral color like black or gray.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL PANTS

I hope this post helps you dress professionally with ease. In my opinion, you can dress for any occasion when you go to Target 😉 In addition to details on my look, you can also see an Glance video review of my favorite pod backpack. Have an amazing day!

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Top: A New Day // Skirt: A New Day // Backpack: SR Squared // Shoes: TOMS (OLD) similar here 

 

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I LOVE autumn. It’s the one time of year where I can wear layers and don’t get make fun it for it (I am not kidding, I am always cold lol). As such, if you are ever in NJ & NY, you have to take some time to apple and pumpkin picking. I have a list of some of my favorite places to go to for you to explore.

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery: There is more to this winery that its wine tasting. If you are looking to do some apple or pear picking, the orchards will keep you occupied. I love coming this up because it doesn’t get too crowded. I am not much of a wine drinker but if you are, you can always do some wine tasting after 😉

Tranquility Farms: This is the perfect farm for a family outing! This is a farm that truly offers everything. You can take a hayride to the pumpkin patches or if you are not able to, pick one from their market stand. There is also a corn maze, a massive jump pillow and cow train for kids to enjoy.

Melrick’s Town Farm: A hidden gem in northern New Jersey that offers several orchards of apples for you to pick. On your way to the orchards, you can enjoy a hayride by beautiful horses and charming wooden baskets to put in your sweet fruit. Their farm stand offers you a chance to purchase local wine, cheese and honey. This is a great farm to go to if you want to avoid a crowded farm.

Alstede Farms: Another great farm in northern New Jersey that offers everything. There are dozens of apple orchards to pick from. Additionally, you can also pick pumpkins from their pumpkin field and take a stroll through their sunflower maze. I recommend getting to the farm early. This is a farm well-known in the area and it can get busy!  

Have you had a chance to visit any of these farms? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Sweater: Good American // Jeans: Paige // Shoes: TOMS //

 

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Confession: I am OBSESSED with Target. Yep, I am that girl who goes into Target to get toilet paper to then later leave with a cart full of things I probably don’t need (lol). Target’s latest line A New Day and it is absolutely wonderful! The collection featured timeless cuts and silhouettes, from pieces like my red ruffle dress to work pants and skirts.

This red ruffle dress is by far one of my favorite pieces that I have purchased this year for fall. This dress does run true to size. Generally, I am a size 2 in dress. I purchased this one in S. In addition to this dress, I have also linked pieces from this collection that I have fallen in love with. I also love that this collection offer plus sizes as well!

A NEW DAY DRESSES 

A NEW DAY TOPS 

A NEW DAY SKIRTS 

Have you had a chance to check out this collection at Target? Let’s chat! Feel free to leave me a comment.

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Dress: A New Day // Cuff: Alex and Ani // Boots: Kendall & Kylie

 

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Now before I begin, I just want to say that this post is not sponsored by any means lol. I simply want to take the time to show all my fellow short ladies that a petite woman can wear a midi skirt. Often, petite women avoid midi skirts for fear that they will make our frames look smaller. Not to worry though, as long as you style a midi skirt properly (like this Eliza J midi skirt) you will be sure to look elegant and fabulous.

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While this midi skirt is in petite sizing, I chose to wear it as a high waisted piece so I did not compromise my height. The halter top that I am wearing is old, so I have linked similar piece below. When wearing a midi skirt, don’t forget to add your favorite pair of heels to give you some height. Since we are having an indian summer this fall, I am not putting away my wedge sandals away anytime soon!

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Skirt: Eliza J // Top: OLD; similar here // Shoes: OLD ; similar here

 

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Hi loves! If there is one thing I am passionate about it is helping others. While I love talking about fashion and beauty, I also feel it is important for me to discuss ways to help make a difference. With the recent natural disasters that are taking place in the world, it is easy to feel helpless. A certainly have felt that way this past week. Part of me wants to drop everything, volunteer for UNICEF or the American Red Cross to do what ever I can to help those in need. Right now, I can only help financially and to me, that is a great start.

I started this blog last year as a creative outlet to talk about my passion for fashion and beauty. I have had many tell me that I need to focus just on fashion and beauty to grow a following. But I feel not talking about promoting positivity or making a difference is not fair to me as a person. This is MY creative outlet. And while I do take into consideration what others have to say, I want to be true to who I am. Being able to express myself on my blog is an absolute joy. The fact that I am growing a following is an added plus. I am grateful that all of you allow me to be myself and discuss topics that matter to me. Especially because I know these topics matter to others as well.

With Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean facing unprecedented natural disasters, it is up to us to take action how ever we can. I feel that we as a first world county has a social responsibility to help those who are not a fortunate. The Huffington Post released an article today on the multiple ways to help our brothers and sisters in Mexico. You can donate to UNICEF Mexico, and Mexican American Red Cross. There are also several ways to help our brothers and sisters who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can see my post about it here.

I have also found a list of additional ways to help victims in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean thanks to the darling Naty Michele. You can check out her original post here. As I find more resources, I will be adding to this post. While it is easy to seem helpless during times of crisis, you can take action every day to promote positivity. Be kind. Stay humble. Take the time every single day to be grateful. This world is full of some many grumps. Don’t be like everyone else! Kill people with kindness not words or hate or resentment. Your words have power. Use them wisely.

Love you all so freaking much!

 

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