Monday, July 19, 2010

First day of work (with new outfit)

Well, I'm all caffeinated up, my hair's been styled, my makeup applied...and I'm ready for my first day of work.

I have to admit that after this last year and a half of waking up and simply strolling across the living room to my "office" (a small Ikea desk a kind neighbor left me before they moved out), actually waking up at a set time, putting on an ensemble diligently chosen the night before, and heading out (with second cup of coffee in hand, of course) to commute into the city till rush hour back feels foreign. I barely remember what it felt like before...then I remember, and all those feelings of resentment get dredged up toward CEO of the Year (this is what we're alluding to him as now) and trudging to "Hell" (what my ex-coworkers and I used to call our office) in 95 degree weather with 90% humidity and I start getting a knot of anxiety in the pit of my stomach that feels like I ate a bag of patio rocks from Home Depot because I hated, HATED commuting into the city half-asleep every morning with my face pressed against some man's armpit in a crowded, stinky metro train until I remind myself:

"Crystal. This is different. You will actually enjoy this job, unlike the last. Do not be anxious. You cannot continually compare every career experience going forward to Hell and its Commander. Doing so will only wear you down before you even start. Plus, news flash: Your job before Hell (your first job that kicked off your career) was fabulous and you had a great time at that for nearly two years. Remember this. Not all jobs are alike."

And then I breathe a sigh of relief (as I'm doing now) and realize I am right. It will not be like before. The news focus is different; the people in this newsroom are different. Best of all, no matter what time of day (or how hot it is) there's never really any humidity here so I don't have to worry about completely schvitzing in my new, dry-clean-only dress before I've even stepped foot into the office. More sighs of relief.

So here's what I'm wearing for my first day outfit (please forgive the horribly tacky MySpace-ness of these pictures, but I'm in a hurry and still putting on my makeup, which would explain why I'm also headless):

I think Joan Holloway would approve and yes, that is Moneypenny in the last picture, wondering what her deranged owner is doing up so early in three-inch heels. I think I'll add a skinny red belt to the mix and head out!

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Good luck on your first day! I bet you couldn't sleep last day. And if you were like me growing up it's very remniscent of the first day of school. Enjoy this new path in your career!

PS I <3 the dress! :)

No One Reads The Copy said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!!

And Joan Holloway AND Don Draper would totally approve. Though, Don I'm sure in a slightly different context. ;)

Congrats again on the new job!

megwrites said...

So cute and more power to you for wearing those heels for the commute! You might be my new hero. Good luck to you today!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

You look amazing! Are you going to lunch with a Kennedy? :-) You are totally hot and ready to knock 'em dead in a hipster modern day Lois Lane kind of way.

Best wishes to you. I hope you'll be very happy at this new phase in your career.

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

Oh - such a perfect first day of a new job dress! Knock 'em dead. :)

colfin said...

OMG! LOVE the dress and LOVE the shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck on your first day!

PS: Where did you get the dress?

Maritza said...

Very nice! Definitely dressed to impress. Hope your first day goes wonderfully!

besswess said...

Love the outfit! I can't wait to hear all about it!
My favorite part...seeing the wine bottle in the corner of the moneypenny photo. :)

lawschoolwife said...

What a cute dress! Also, love that your bathroom is hot pink! And lastly, your hair is so long!

Just remember that you've already been to Hell, even if this job isn't perfect, it cannot be as bad as the last!

legallymarried said...

So adorable! I mean...professional. Okay, both! Knock 'em dead today!

MPP said...

Good luck! You are dressed for success and I can't wait to hear how it goes!

Kirsten said...

Love the dress!

Lots of luck on your first day!

Carolyn said...

CUUUUUTE dress!!! Hope your first day of work was fab. xoxo

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