Lovelies! How are you? I’m checking in from Austin, Texas where I’m working in 75 degree bliss for the week. We’re only a few hours into the morning and I’ve checked 7 different email accounts, had calls with 4 different time zones, grabbed a dozen unhealthy goods from my favorite kind of donut shops (the ones that literally just say “Donuts”) and now I’m here because I’ve missed this space a little too much. Over the past few months I’ve learned so much about myself, what I need, who I need, how I work, etc. I’ve done so much living in so little time, it’s unbelievable. I spent the month of February 30,000 feet in the air and collecting unforgettable memories. From my first NYFW, a week in LA recruiting talented people, a 6 hour stop in San Francisco to attend a #BlackGirlMagic dinner hosted by Twitter with 15 other women I completely fan-girl over, to spending 4 days in Lake Tahoe, CA with unbelievable and accomplished strangers turned friends who constantly leave me speechless. One of the biggest points I realized about myself in all of this is that I’m the best version of myself when I’m super busy. I’m so good at being on top of everything when I have a lot on my plate. My first couple of months in Seattle, I found myself with so much idle time. Plenty of free time seems like the perfect opportunity to get things done, but that’s not how it played out. It wasn’t until I started “burying” myself in work that I started to be hyper-productive – hence my crazy morning. And to be honest, I live for mornings like this, especially when the sun is shining through the blinds and I’m working on things I love. This makes my goals feel so attainable, especially after those months of idle-ness where I doubted if I had it in me to make it.
On a side note, sharing this outfit post makes me so happy because in the past I’ve struggled with expressing my personal style while working in tech. I felt the need to downplay my femininity, having that problematic internal conversation about wanting to be taken seriously as an engineer and fitting in to the “bro-grammer” culture… and fashion. Somedays you may find me in a startup t-shirt (that I probably got for free), jeans and my trusty white converse, but other days, I’m wearing this. In my pumps and peplum, I’m still the same engineer.
Coat – Club Monaco | Leather Peplum Top – H&M | Black Jeans – Urban Outfitters | Shoes – Sigerson Morrison | Accessories – H&M
Have a fantastic week!