THE SUMMER POWER SUIT
Who said that work wear had to be drab and boring? Fun fact, in my real life at my real job, I am project manager and team lead of a group of system engineers. No, I don’t know coding but I can manage some stuff and I’m good at what I do. I’m the youngest on the team and only black woman in the office. As I continue to navigate the corporate ladder this is standard social climate. Not a surprise, but wanted to set the scene. When working in a male dominate field with highly intuitive minds, fashion goes out the window. It’s just gone girl. The unspoken dress code for my office is khaki pants or jeans, new balance sneakers and some kind of polo shirt, hoodie or button up closest to your skin tone. Basically everyone looks naked or homeless at a quick glance. I hate it. There was a moment that I found myself not caring as much and just threw on whatever to come to work. That changes my mood and dampness my motivation to get to work on time or at all. So I stopped that immediately and went back to wearing my corporate casual wear and added some bright pieces like this. This is actually a top and capri pants that I snagged at Loft during their 50% off sale. Yes 5-0. From the bottom of my heart, leave forever21 and H&M alone and invest in some better quality work clothes for the low low at Loft. Just saying. Anyway, these pieces I picked are great because I can mix, match and remix this whole ensemble. I wore this whole outfit to work on the day most of my meetings are scheduled and I got so many compliments and I felt like a million bucks.
#BTS BEHIND THE SCENES
This shoot took place in the observatory in the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown, DC. Absolutely gorgeous in here. About 3 years ago I worked 2 blocks over at the Depart of Justice and would come here when I needed to get away. I hated that job. I was in the midst of a breakup with my then fiancé followed by a lawsuit, selling my first house and moving back home. I was beyond hurt and confused and was just hating life. I’ve had many of moments and thoughts in this place: some good, a lot bad. But here I am, posing on the spot where I have shed a tear or two. It’s amazing the journey life takes you. I’m certainly in a way better place. I have a great job and in a healthy relationship. Won’t he do it!