Bows and Business

Dress c/o El Vintage | Blazer: TJ Maxx {similar} | Shoes: Sam & Libby {similar} | Necklace: Forever 21 | Bracelet c/o Conversation Pieces | Phone Bow Charm c/o Javo Edge (take 15% off your Javo Edge purchase with code SANDY15) | Belt from another dress

So I have to admit, I own a ton of blazers, but always have trouble styling them.  I feel like they’d work interchangeably with a cardigan, which I have no problem styling, but for some reason I struggle with blazers.  However, whenever I do put on a blazer, I feel like I should be going to a business meeting or leading a client event.  But one of my favorite blazers is this striped one with lace on the back.  I love how the boldness of it contrasts with the beautiful and bold vintage purple dress (isn’t the color just stunning?).

Whip out my phone and it suddenly makes me look like those super busy all important business travelers on the go in an airport.  Yea, that was TOTALLY me back when I traveled almost every other week.  Except the phone that you are seeing here is my “fun” phone.  I literally just use it to take pictures to load to Instagram (and for some other fun iPhone apps)  Yea, I’m the crazy person that paid a whole bunch of money to use a free app.  But at least my phone is cute-ified and won’t be confused with everyone else’s iPhone with a bow in the phone jack.  Want one of your own?  Take 15% off your Javo Edge purchase with code SANDY15!  My work (and only other) phone is an Android phone that isn’t compatible with Instagram, boo.

Here’s where I stop for a second and have a little “get to know me” session.  I don’t like to mix business (my full-time job) with pleasure (the rest of my life + my blog) too much but for those of you that are curious… my 8-5 job is being a Consultant for a Healthcare IT company.  I help hospitals automate their Laboratory workflow, manage 5 people, and mentor a lot of new people who have just joined my team.  I used to travel all over the country and the world about 75% of my time, but since I’ve had A, I don’t travel anymore (yay!).  I could say a lot more but I don’t want to bore you.  😉

What is your full-time job?

And if it’s blogging, lucky you!


  1. August 20, 2012 / 10:19 am

    You look so lovely in this color, Sandy!! I wish my full time job was blogging – that would be a dream come true!

  2. August 20, 2012 / 10:23 am

    Wow, your job actually sounds really interesting! I’m so obsessed with this blazer. . .the lace back is so unexpected and pretty!!! LOVE how you can see the purple peeking through. I agree, I find blazers and cardigans to be interchangeable, but I always feel more business-like in a blazer, and have a bit of a harder time styling them.

    xo Jenny

  3. August 20, 2012 / 10:28 am

    I wish I was a full time blogger! I’m still looking for full time work but serving is getting me through till then.

  4. August 20, 2012 / 10:36 am

    such a fun outfit! 🙂 my full time job is being a girlfriend 🙂 and bracelet making is starting to become another full time thing too! your job sounds fun! i’d love to travel for work (i wanted to be a flight attendant and applied but i’m too short LOL), but totally better that you don’t now that you have your son!

  5. August 20, 2012 / 10:57 am

    I really love your dress! I love how you layered your dress with the blazer! The bow belt really ties it together. 🙂

  6. August 20, 2012 / 11:00 am

    Love this outfit! That blazer is so cute with that fun back detail! Love the purple dress on you. And how cute is your iphone case.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. August 20, 2012 / 11:33 am

    so classy, but so modern at the same time.
    love it!


  8. August 20, 2012 / 11:46 am

    I am a blogger full time!

    haha but not for me…

    I work in marketing at and part of my job is writing their blog. 🙂

  9. August 20, 2012 / 11:58 am

    This is such a fun outfit, Sandy! I love the girly bow belt with the dress!

    I’d loooove to just have blogging as my job! I’m a social worker for seniors and I work part time (32 hours/week).

    The Tiny Heart
    Enter my group giveaway!

  10. August 20, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    This is a great blazer paired with your awesome purple dress. The bow belt is perfect.

    I wish I was a full time blogger, but unfortunately I work in accounting full time during the day and help run the family business of environmental consulting evenings and weekends. Heather

  11. August 20, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    You look cute and I just love your lip color. I work as an engineer full time and own the Avon business as you know. Plus my blog. Don’t know how you, I and other blogger momma’s working full time do it!

    k at

  12. August 20, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Great outfit! The bow on your phone is so cute! I am a radiologist, so I definitely appreciate a good IT team!

  13. August 20, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    Sandy, I LOVE this outfit!! The purple dress looks gorgeous with that striped blazer (and I love the lacy back by the way!). As you know, I’m in that fun (haha) transitional phase where I’m trying to find a job.

  14. August 20, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Love this color on you and the blazer is adorable!
    I don’t work full time anymore (left in October of last year) but when I did, I worked as a sales manager in telecommunications supporting the likes of Best Buy and Apple.

  15. August 20, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    i love the headphone jack things! i want a hello kitty one. and your case is so bright and fun. and yeah, i spent money on my phone too – but SO worth it. instrgramming and talking on it makes me happy, and thats all that matters.

    oh! and i LOVE that blazer too! it’s so cute on you and it’s just downright perfect with this dress.

    i’m also upset because i’m cleaning up my reader (i had blogs that havent been updated since 2009 in there) and i realized yours wasn’t in it! ugh! adding you in so i for sure don’t miss things now.

    <3 katherineof corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

  16. August 20, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    You look freaking amazing Sandy! I love how you style this El Vintage tunic! Seriously, it looks amazing paired with such a fun blazer! I’ve been seeing so many striped blazer around the blogosphere lately. I think I need one! I’m always interested finding out what dayjobs bloggers hold! I am still just a student!

  17. August 20, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    You are so cute! Love how you styled the blazer… and your phone! ha.

  18. August 20, 2012 / 6:38 pm

    Love purple on you! I feel so blessed to be able to blog and write as my job!

  19. August 20, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    P.S. You look amazing. I wish I could say the same for myself…

  20. August 20, 2012 / 6:43 pm

    I’m sort of addicted to blazers, my closet is accumulating a bunch with price tags on them because I have the same problem! Love how you styled this one though, you look great!


  21. August 20, 2012 / 6:43 pm

    I really like that blazer. You styled it perfectly! One of my favourite blazers has lace on it too.

    I work with preschool kids at an early learning centre.

  22. August 20, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    That purple is fantastic, love the colour! And cute bows, I’m obsessed with them.

    <3 Cambria

  23. August 20, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    Love this! That is such a pretty shade of purple!

  24. August 20, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    I love that blazer, it’s so unique and stylish! Right now, I’m still in college, so that takes up most of my time!

  25. August 20, 2012 / 11:54 pm

    I love this outfit. Striped and laces = pretty combination. I work for a private non-profit university in the international education field.

  26. August 21, 2012 / 2:02 am

    Though I’m a full time student now, I will be joining you in the work force in a year!

  27. Van
    August 21, 2012 / 8:36 am

    Have you tried the dress down the blazer with jeans and plain t-shirt?

  28. August 21, 2012 / 11:30 am

    I’m loving that color on you! 🙂 And I almost got that blazer in cream/white. It’s so cute!

    I was a first grade teacher this year, but if I ever hear back from HR, I will be a kindergarten teacher’s aide for this year. I can’t wait!

  29. Jennifer P
    August 21, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    LOVE this outfit combination! And love your blog!

  30. August 21, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Wow! Love that surprise back!

  31. jalimisi
    August 22, 2012 / 7:38 pm

    I love this outfit of yours. You look so sweet in it.

  32. Such a cute outfit! I love the lace peek-a-boo detailing on the back. I have trouble styling blazers too sometimes. I always end up pairing them with something ultra-feminine so I don’t feel to business-meeting ready.

    As for my real job – marketing strategy and consulting! Lots of creativity, but not as fun blog writing 🙂

    xo Elisabeth

  33. September 1, 2012 / 1:22 pm

    The purples match! How cool! And the back of the blazer is so fun and unexpected! What a cute phone, definitely not office appropriate unless you want to seem like a tween. Anyways, what an important job you have managing and training people. So glad you don’t have to travel anymore!!!! I work full time as a researcher in indoor air quality issues in commercial buildings. We contribute to writing standards which are adopted as building code.

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