Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Addams does San Francisco

I realize it's been awhile, a looooong while- since I've done a post about a work outfit. So, last week while I was in San Francisco at a Regional Corporate Conference, I decided that it was time to end that drought and take some pics of what I wear during my 8-5.

Problem: I forgot that I really didn't have anyone to take any pictures of me- no willing boyfriend or spiteful Brother... I had me & coworkers and I certainly wasn't going to request any form of photography from the latter. So... like any good Blogger with a goal- I opted for the dreaded mirror picture of what I wore.

{^ this actually was taken by my coworker but while we were sight-seeing here, not for outfit purposes}

FURTHER PROBLEM: Unless I'm sending it to my Boyfriend or my Mom and could give two craps about how I look, I am the most awkward mirror picture taker (is that a thing?) EVER. First off, I always seem too concerned with the image being taken to take my eyes off the screen. Second "off" (?), I fidget and look weird and Third "off" (...), I NEVER SMILE. I don't know what it is, but I don't. Even though I'm usually in a good mood, happy and not trying to emo out. I just get awkward taking pictures in the mirror.
Oh well, I guess in this case it was par for the course. That is of course because at Corporate events- I tend to be Wednesday Addams- hold the rocks, no twist- just Wednesday Addams: straight up.

The industry I work in is one of those "financial must haves" but "oh so boring". In a vague description: my company embodies its Fortune 100 status- they're super stable and amazing but at the same time serious, firm and no frills. And when I go to meet people outside my day-to-day office in the name of work, I dress the exact same way: Serious, firm & with no frills.

Now normally with business events, I wear 1 of the 2 expensive suits I own for events just like this. However, they specifically requested business "casual" for this conference so I had to change course and tone it down a bit by adding a dress/skirt. I also forgo bling or anything of the sort... as it doesn't really serve you well when you're rat racing.

Day 1 of the Conference (above^) was pure Wednesday: black, white and gothic. I wore my favorite black dress in the world but instead of letting the sleek neckline do its thang, I layered a sleeveless white button-up under it and paired it with a thick belt to tone down its 5:01 PM - 7:59AM potential. And the most Wednesday of it all: my long, black BCBG sweater to really hone in on that all dark theme. Pair that with my prescription Warby Parker glasses and I was good to go.

Day 2 of the Conference (above^) was a bit more normal: black, knee-length skirt, same belt (I carried on for gosh sakes!), a puffy, conservative blouse and my DKNY suit jacket. I felt covered, professional and appropriate for the agenda.

And of course, San Francisco was a wonderful Hostess...

{^Drink with the team at The Slanted Door in the Ferry Building after a successful conference }

{^The ceiling of the spectacular Ferry Building }

{^Beer on the Bay, doesn't get better than that- at The Slanted Door }

{^Me and the Bay Bridge }

I really need to come back here on my own time, so much to see and do! I also wish I could show you some more pictures but they are of my coworkers and I don't feel right putting them online on a site they don't know about.

So TPS Reports aside, it was a great conference. Even though I have my days like everyone else where going to work sounds less delightful than contracting the bloody plague, I still love it and I adore my team, my line of work and the amount of knowledge I've acquired regarding my specific industry.

After all, girl's gotta eat and I'm happy to put food on the table myself.



| C AND C | Sarmin said...

First of all, I love Christina Ricci/Wednesday Addams, so outfit #1, love! Its mostly all black, I live in black. Black is the new Black...Love the red lips.
I work alone, I go w/o any makeup on, I go in my blue sweats or gray sweats & a baseball hat...I would dress like this for work, but I am not trying to get my "pretty" clothes dirty...& I totally work at a dirty place. I use to be so good at taking the "Myspace mirror pictures" but now they just all come out bad, I blame it on my fat face. Grrr!


Jelisaveta Đukanović said...

Beautiful! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm awful at taking mirror pictures. San Francisco is on the list of potential vacations - I've never been and am dying to see it.

Anonymous said...

I'm awful at taking mirror pictures. San Francisco is on the list of potential vacations - I've never been and am dying to see it.

Charlotte said...

You totally rock that Wednesday Addams look, I tend to go all Wednesday myself at serious work events (but not everyday, agency work means wearing whatever the hell you want!)

It made me smile to read the last part about a girl having to eat and being happy to put the food on the table yourself, I feel the exact same way :)

Hanz, Fashionista Era Design said...

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Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

I probably have you beat on the awkwardness of mirror pictures. I can never seem to get it right. I'm much better at self portraits where I can extend my Go Go Gadget arms and get an entire group in the picture. :) The Ferry Building looks like such an amazing place. Might have to check that out one day.

erika sorocco said...

Do you know that I thought I was Wednesday Addams for a good three years of my life? I would even dress in all black. This, of course, began when I was in second grade. Still, I will forever love her - and you do her style justice!

P.S. The reason why I cut off my head in all mirror shots? I have the exact same problem with facial expressions. Regardless, you look gorg - as per usual! :)

Jax said...

I never wear dresses or skirts to work. I realize this needs to change. My go to outfit is a pair of slacks, a bright colored shirt, and then a dull sweater to wear over. And of course, REALLY high peep toe pumps.

I agree with you for not wanting to put your co-workers online. I won't post pictures up without people's permission either. It doesn't seem right.

Tina said...

Ya know, you pull off a nice fancy wednesday addams! You look better than her lol and dont look goth so i love the look. And i just love SF so much! I havent been there since 2007 but Im DYING to go back. every year i want to and this makes me want to all over again. all your photos are so pretty [and so are you!]

Unknown said...

You look great in all these photos! You have such a lovely style for work, super motivating to see!

The Urban Umbrella

Jelena Zivanovic said...

Originality wins!!:) Love this post, the last pretty picture is my favorite!:)


Kathy said...

I like your office look, and I very much love Wednesday Addams! xoxo

Melissa Blake said...

Awww! I've always wanted to go to San Fran! Thanks for the e-tour!

Ashleigh said...

Wednesday whaaat? You still look hawt. P.S. Are you watching C.Ricci in PanAm?? (Can't get enough)

Glad you got to get out and have a cocktail by the bay, all work and no play is just no good for anyone!

P.S. Thanks for your condolences on my pup - means a lot!

Alexa said...

Such great photos of! Love SF!

Panty Buns said...

Your makeup looks beautiful and your work outfit looks conservative but attractive (trying to put aside those CFNM thoughts). Yes, a mirror picture taker is a thing - and you're way better at it than I. The pics of San Francisco are nice - I've always wanted to visit there someday but have no idea where I'd start or what I'd do there. I guess I'll just wait until you do an off-duty visit and read your post about it. P.S.: Thank you for watching Twitpic videos and tweeting to me.

drollgirl said...

TPS reports aside?!?! ok, that made me laugh!

and you look beautiful!

Bravoe Runway said...

I think you did an awesome job taking these photos out of town! And just like you, I run all the photos and every outfit by my mom!

Bonnie said...

I love your DKNY jacket. I really need to invest in a nice one like this for when I start my own race racing. I have a grey Rebecca Taylor blazer right now, but I want a black jacket, too. Gah. Fashion girl problems, right?
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Val said...

Love these images and SF is the most beautiful city!

Rick said...

First off, :)
you need to come to New York for a conference. you'd never have to worry about finding someone to take pictures. I'd take pictures of you in a heartbeat and then brag about all the amazingly sophisticated friends I have (of which, I am so honored that you are one! :)

Second off...(smile) hope you have an amazing weekend! thank you always for your kind words. they always put the biggest smile on my face! :) and as you can see, your updates make me smile too!


QT said...

Cute pictures!

Elle Sees said...

i have just me to take pics of myself, with a camera phone no less, and i hate taking pics in front of the mirror. i feel ya pain, but you're gorgeous.

Unknown said...

Amazing post and pics! Oh, how I would love to visit San Francisco! Anyway you look amazing!! love your classy outfit:)


Anonymous said...

Missed you! :)

Ya, we gotta love the all-black outfits since that's what we kinda are forced to wear, huh? I'm getting used to it, but I try for a Caitlin-esque look w/ cool makeup and cute accessories!

naghmeh said...

The title of this blog is just so lolz! haha. love it. I love that you have to have two totally different styles in your life but I think that keeps things fun and interesting :)
and SanFrancisco is so beautiful it's one of the many places I want to see soon!

Raven said...

you should have taken me with you. I LOVE SF.

and you make one hell of a sexy girl with glasses :)