Thursday, November 5, 2009

Out of my Zone

I have something to confess: I am one of those women who believe that image is a large part of success (not the only part, mind you), but in today’s world, how you look, smell and what you wear can really give one a competitive edge. But let’s be honest here, we all already knew this. My problem, and I’m sure I am not alone in this, is that looking my best has not always been a top priority for me. I look at those girls in my school who are so incredibly well dressed and well groomed and think “how do you have the time to do all that in the morning?!” Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a credit to their hard work and effort in order to present themselves like that in the mornings. I’m not one of those people who judge well maintained people differently, I actually have tremendous respect for those women (and men!) who believe in taking care of themselves so well everyday!
Anyways, on to the point of the story! The thing is, since university started, I tried to promise myself that I too would be one of these girls; well dressed, well groomed, on top of their game every day. And the first couple days of the semester look especially bright; I try, I really do. But then the sweatshirts and sneakers come out and it’s all downhill from there.
Not only that, but I have a deep confession to make; sometimes when I wear these clothes, I’m so afraid of looking like a fraud. I’ve been in my comfort zone of long sleeved tees and jeans for so long that anything else makes me feel very self-conscious and uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I’ve learned that what really counts and what makes a great overall impression is confidence in what you’re wearing and a true sense of style. Now these are harder to achieve than one might think. I’m going to try, and you’ll hear many more rants about this topic as the days go on! But onto the pictures and exciting things!
 These are the kinds of things that I am thinking of wearing for school, and for making a good impression to both my profs (who I need for reference letters always!) and for other students. I’ve learned that you’ve got to brand yourself right all the time if you want the kinds of opportunities you would like.
Later on, I’ll be posting pictures of the latest clothes / accessory finds that I’ve been getting to update my wardrobe from student to professional. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
out of my zone

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