June 29, 2015

White & Flannel

Ok so I know that a flannel shirt in the middle of summer probably seems odd, but I was going to dinner in a cold restaurant in this outfit, so I was dressing for the air conditioning. Ann Taylor was having a great 50% off everything sale this weekend, and I was on a mission to get some flats for work, so I stopped in to check out the shoe selection and was lucky to find these interesting d'orsay flats in a versatile camel/beige color for - get this - only $20 after the sale. SCORE. 
Shirt: J. Crew (similar)
Jeans: Paige
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Michael Kors (similar), unknown (similar)

June 24, 2015

A Day in the Life

I've been doing the blog thing for over 4 years now (wow, I can't even believe it!) and I've been lucky enough to get some great emails from readers asking me for advice or requesting that I do a certain type of post. I have to be honest and say that while I have answered every reader email asking for advice I have never done a single post request purely because I haven't had the time or forethought to plan it out. I really just take pics of the things that I wear - I don't usually think ahead. 
I think the beauty of being a lawyer is how flexible my schedule is and how no day is exactly the same (at least this has been my personal experience in the areas of law I've practiced for the past 3 years). Some days are spent entirely at my desk, preparing for hearings, depositions, answering discovery, or writing motions. Some days are spent entirely out of the office at trials, hearings, depositions, or mediations. When I was practicing criminal law, sometimes entire days would be spent meeting with clients at the jails. 
In the morning, I dress depending on what I have to do for the day. If I'm going to court, I wear a suit or a jacket with a dress. If I'm going to a deposition, I might wear a fun pencil skirt that wouldn't be appropriate for a hearing. If I'm staying in the office all day, I'll wear something like the outfit in this post. At my firm, which is (in general) a plaintiff's civil litigation firm, on average, I spend a few hours out of the office each day, whether in the morning or afternoon, and a few hours at my desk. It's refreshing to do different things and not to have to sit inside all day. I might start out the morning by going to court for some hearings, and then coming back to the office afterward. Or, I might go to the office in the morning, go to an afternoon deposition, and then come back again. Some days we have to stay "late" to prepare for hearings/depositions that will take place the next morning, and some days I'm out the door at 6:01 PM.  The great thing about my firm is that they allow the younger attorneys to participate in hearings and depositions that other firms might reserve for more senior people. 
It can be redundant talking about law firms and how different they all are - but my advice is to find one that fits you and your professional needs. For me, I value constantly learning (it keeps the law from being boring), gaining courtroom experience, and having a congenial atmosphere with my coworkers. I know this post was super vague (like I said, it's really hard to explain a typical day because one day is never the same) but if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments or email me at professionallypetite@gmail.com. 
Jacket: Loft
Shirt: Loft (similar)
Jeans: Paige
Rings: David Yurman & Macys (the real deal)
Shoes: Pour la Victoire (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

June 22, 2015

Turquoise Dress & Black Turtle Apparel

Hello everyone! I was recently contacted by the founder of Black Turtle Apparel, a new clothing company specializing in office-friendly styles for petite women - obviously, right up my alley. They created a quiz to help you figure out whether you should try petite sizes or not. I played around with it by answering different ways and I think it's pretty accurate - as long as you are honest about how your clothes fit you! 
I'm 5'3", which is at the taller end of the "petite spectrum," so sometimes I buy standard sized clothing. This dress, for example, is a standard size from Ann Taylor. I kept it because I liked the longer length. Just because you are "petite" according to the charts doesn't mean you have to always buy petite sizes, of course. That's the beauty of retailers like J Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Loft, etc etc (and also department stores with multiple departments) - you can try both petite, regular, and plus sizes and see what fits you best. 
Anyway, take the quiz above and let me know what you think! Also be sure to keep tabs on Black Turtle Apparel and what designs they release next. 
Jacket: Zara (similar)
Dress: Ann Taylor (very similar w/ faux wrap front) (love this tropical print)
Shoes: Corso Como (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Michael Kors (similar and on sale)
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Bag: Dooney & Bourke (similar)

June 10, 2015

Cornflower & Blue Tweed

Here's the most recent way I wore my new Ann Taylor suit. I like the blue tweed because it's something different and I have nothing like it, despite whatever matronly vibe it may give off. But I only wear the jacket in court anyway,  I paired it with my new-ish favorite cornflower blue blouse from H&M. I went with my usual size for the jacket of the suit, but I took the regular (instead of petite) size in the skirt for a little extra room and longer length. 
Jacket: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Blouse: H&M (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21, Ann Taylor (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Sunglasses: Ray Ban 

June 7, 2015

Day to Night

I picked up this French Connection dress from Ross a few months ago with no actual purpose in mind. I remembered it a few days ago when I decided to wear it to work and then out for date night afterward. I bought a size up from my usual size to make it more work appropriate. In life recently... I was in a wedding in Memphis a few weekends ago, was a social butterfly for a few weekends going to various BBQs (love this summer BBQ season), this weekend I went to a bar association event, and next weekend I'm going to visit some of my best friends from college! 
Dress: French Connection (similar, similar)
Jacket: Loft (similar, similar)
Shoes: Pour la Victoire (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklaces: Forever 21, Ann Taylor (layered) (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban