THE PERFECT OFFICE PARTY DRESS

If your office happens to have an annual Christmas party this can be a very fun event to dress up for. But it’s not always easy to decide on what to wear and how formal you’re supposed to be. You don’t want to come off as a bore, or too over the top. In the end dress how you feel comfortable, but here is a very stylish dress that can be office appropriate for a party, or even anytime of the year!

Dress & Dupe / Purse & Dupe

Pumps & Similar / Tights / Earrings / Similar Jacket

Lipgloss – Color is Bae in Red Chili

If wondering what to discuss to avoid awkward silences, when forced to make conversation with that person in a different department you barely have spoken two words to, here is a list of some topics to aid you:

  • the weather
  • themselves, people love to talk about themselves 😉
  • how cold it is outside
  • how cold it is inside
  • this weather though…

Ha, look at that, your a pro at holiday party conversation!!

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FINANCIAL TIP

The final holidays are fast approaching, and it can be tough to make time to organize all your finances. Though it seems like the easiest solution to simply push off your financial planning until next year and lump it all together with your other New Year’s resolutions, there are a few financial moves you can contemplate before year end.

Max out your retirement plan. Most people’s income is from their W-2 job. Many people receive an annual bonus in December. In order to minimize your tax liability and maintain that retirement money, you can put that bonus towards your company 401(k) plan—and the max for 2016 is $18,000. This is something you can update anytime throughout the year, not just during open enrollment.

Review health insurance and your HSA. If after maxing out your 401(k) plan you have income left you still want to reduce, then why not max out your HSA to minimize your tax liability. You would need to meet with your health insurance agent during annual enrollment to review the health insurance plan.

Check your FSA balance. This one I haven’t been the best at this year and today, since I am off work early, I plan on running to the eye doctor and purchasing contacts with the rest of mine. With a flexible spending account (FSA) you are not allowed to carry over a balance into 2017 and you don’t want to lose any of your money. Therefore, make sure to check your balance and purchase any medical items that you can use it on, or pay towards child care for the dependent care side of it.

Be charitable and give! There are some great tax benefits of gifting cash, or other assets, to charity. Therefore, why not give donations in peoples names as Christmas gifts!? Or, do you have any items that you need to drop off at Goodwill? You may want to hurry up and get that done, in order to help minimize taxes.

Start thinking about next year now. If you have a financial planner schedule a meeting to start thinking about 2017. Figure out what your financial goals are for the year and think about how you want to achieve that month to month. Also, why not set up a new budget for the next year while you are at it, which will help you meet any goals you have.

Do you have any office party outfit tips you would like to share? Or, any financial goals already for 2017? I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with warmth and joy!

Happy Friday!!

Xoxo

TRANSITION WORKWEAR TO EVENING WITH 6 STEPS

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Weekdays are always a challenge for me. I am so tired in the mornings and I really don’t want to get up early. The less I have to do in the morning the better. I feel like I’m moving a million miles a minute, get up and jog, get beautified, go to work, meet up with friends, go to social engagements, or go play tennis, figure out dinner in-between, and still get to bed on time in order to get my minimum 7 hours of sleep. Then repeat!!! I am also not the best at remembering to a pill, and when I do remember its normally when I’m not exactly sitting down to eat something with a glass of water. When I found Centrum MultiGummies, I was in luck, because they contain B-vitamins to help support daily energy needs.* I also don’t need food, or water and can just chew it up wherever I am. Centrum® MultiGummies® makes it easy for me to support my health while enjoying my busy lifestyle.

One of the best life hacks for me is keeping a few items in my car, or purse that help me transition from work to an evening out. If you are a #GIRLBOSS-type female who often puts in extra hours or have an agonizingly far commute, there isn’t always enough time to go home and change into something more relaxed. When the clock strikes 5 here are my 6 steps to simply transition from office appropriate to stylish night attire.

1. Swap out those flats for heels – During the work day I like to wear flats to be comfortable walking between meetings and in case I get stuck taking the stairs. During the evening to dress it up more I switched to a pair of nude pumps to elongate my legs, plus adding high heels can instantly transform any outfit.

2. Try on a leather jacket – Another way to switch your office attire into evening attire is to switch your blazer for a chic jacket or coat. Blazers look professional and structured and are great for the office but why not switch it out for something with a little more flair. Leather jackets are perfect for nights out.

3. Put on a bold lip – I always wear a light basic makeup look for the office with either a nude lipstick, or a bit of gloss. A nice way to give your makeup a boost for the evening is to just swap out the day lipstick for a bold bright color.

4. Size down to a clutch – A big handbag will fit it all of your essentials for the day including your Centrum MultiGummies vitamins. However, I certainly don’t want to be lugging around my 5lb tote all night. A cute dressy clutch is the perfect addition to your evening look where you can slip your ID, phone and keys into for the evening.

5. Give it a pop of color – I normally keep my jewelry conservative for the office with some studs and a watch. It’s very simple to dress up a monochromatic look by adding a chunky necklace with a bright color to spice it up.

6. Let down your hair and show off that smile – Wearing your hair up always looks more conservative, elegant, and buttoned up so to speak. Letting your hair down is care free and a bit more wild, so simply letting down those locks and shaking it out a bit definitely takes a look from office to evening. And don’t be shy smile; you are off work maybe meeting up with your girlfriends like I was recently and as Marilyn Monroe said, “A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.”



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Do you have a favorite outfit that transitions easily from work to a night out? Or, do you have any extra suggestions for managing a busy work and social life? I would love to hear from you!!

Happy Monday, Xoxo!

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HOW TO WEAR A MINI SKIRT TO THE OFFICE

Mini skirts are back in style and I am reminded of when they were very popular growing up.  The schools I went to starting from middle school all had a dress code regarding skirts and shorts.  They couldn’t be any shorter than where our fingertips hit when our arms were at our sides.  I always thought these rules were ridiculous, who cares how much leg is showing.  However, now, at 28  years old, and an accounting professional, I can’t imagine wearing a skirt shorter than that now.

One could also say that the return of mini skirts means the return of a well prospering economy, since history seems to show us that when skirt lengths shorten the economy improves.  Be this myth or not, I would like to hope this is the case. For right now, let’s explore wearing mini skirts to the office, since, no matter where you are employed, whether it’s casual or a bit more buttoned up, I think that all ladies should observe certain guidelines about wearing this trend.

Jacquard Mini Skirt / Turtleneck

Boots / Purse / Necklace / Earrings

Lipstick – YSL #003 Ultimate Beige

Nails – Broadway Impress in Red

Mini skirts are certainly fine for the office if they are styled in ways that make them work appropriately.  Here are a few options to consider:

  • Cover your legs- Now that we are into fall/winter it has gotten colder, and less of us will really want to leave the house without some sort of leg coverage.  I think opaque tights are probably your best bet when wearing mini skirts to work.  Tights will not only create an appropriate level of workplace modesty, but they will make it easier to bend, move and stretch without worry.
  • Keep your shoes on the flatter side- You have to watch heels with mini skirts, particularly for work.  Heels can be fine, but chunky, stacked heels would be more appropriate than spiked stilettos, especially with bare legs.  Usually the only profession where stilettos and mini skirts work is along the street, and ain’t nobody got time for being mistaken for that.
  • Buy mini skirts that are age appropriate- What is considered a mini skirt to someone in their early 20’s is undoubtedly shorter than what a woman over 40 would consider to be mini.  With so many different designers and manufacturers out there putting mini skirts onto the selling floor, I suggest choosing a brand that caters to your age group.  The last thing I would want you to do is consider wearing a mini skirt and then buy one from a brand that is too young for you just to think that this isn’t your trend.  If you decide to order online, look at the length of the mini skirt within the description.  Anything that’s shorter than 17″ is most likely too short for the workplace at any age.

Yes, mini skirts may initially seem like they come with all these limitations, however, there are actually a lot of freedoms that you can take advantage of, mostly due to the proportion of this skirt style.  Here are a couple:

  • They look great with flat shoes- As I said earlier, flat shoes, or chunky heels, look best with mini skirts.  If you are someone who veers towards flats over heels, mini skirts work really well with them.  Sometimes a longer pencil skirt looks awkward with flats, whereas, proportionately, flats with mini skirts look great.
  • You can wear relaxed tops and tunics- Another benefit that mini skirts have over longer skirts is that relaxed sweaters and tunic tops work well with mini skirts.  Again, it’s all about proportion and what is created when you wear a longer top.  A longer, relaxed top can look awkward with longer skirts, but tend to look perfect with shorter ones.


As long as you style the skirts properly, wear the appropriate lengths, and go for something modest over something shocking, mini skirts can be perfect additions to your work wardrobe.  Of course, it definitely depends on your work environment.  Be sure to know what your office dress code is before strolling into work wearing a mini.  My guess is that your boss won’t look too fondly on, “The Fashionable Accountant said it was okay”, as an excuse.

FINANICAL TIP OF THE WEEK

Fridays are payday for most people and I know I definitely look forward to payday. There are many reasons we look forward to this day, whether our bank account is getting low, we have bills we need to pay, or something we want to buy. However, I feel like a lot of people don’t think about how much money from their paycheck they are going to put away into savings. Most of us obviously have to live on a budget, so what you are able to save will vary per person. We really need to make saving a priority though. I am not the best saver, but I am working hard on being one by making it a game. Every payday I have a designated amount that I put directly into my savings account. Then I make goals for different time frames of what I have hoped to have saved because sometimes there are obstacles that cause us to have to break into our nest egg and we need to be realistic. Other times we may have extra money leftover at the end of the month that we can add into our savings. A lot of checking accounts have the option where you can set up an automated savings plan where every paycheck, or every month and certain amount goes directly into your savings. This makes it easier to force yourself to put something away for a rainy day. Beware, don’t become a hoarder because you got so addicted to saving. You should splurge on yourself every so often because you do deserve it for all your hard work.  😉

Happy Friday!

Xoxo