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Work Load

December 3rd, 2010

These photos are really grainy, and I’m sorry! It was so dark outside when I took these! Earlier this week, I wore this outfit (with plain black tights) to a meeting in Virginia. My testosterone-dominated team and I were just awarded a contract to build an electronic document management system for a county government. I think that this will be my biggest contract yet. I’m quite excited for the reward but also extremely nervous just because I know a lot of my successes have been due to sheer luck and possibly a bit of charm! I think one ruffled-up female in her early 20s draws more attention than a sea of middle-aged Birkenstock-wearing men—which I humbly think might have been why I luckily landed this huge job. I am no expert or even a college graduate (just a year short of graduating). The tech world has been much too generous to me. I get to work at home and be a house wife all at the same time. I really do enjoy what I do despite all the headaches involved! Since middle school, I have been convinced that the computer screen was one of the culprits behind teenagers’ zits. They may not have been directly caused by the computer, but I have this notion somehow that the longer you stayed behind the computer concentrating heavily on something that sucks you right in (like a complex game or programming software), the more you forget about your surroundings, get stressed, and the more your facial pores get oily. The more this happens, the more likely you are to rub your face and stuff your mouth with grab-and-go junk like chocolate. I guess this same scenario could happen with people reading books for an extended period of time during the day, but I feel like something tangible like a book brings you closer to reality than computers. What I learned from experience is to take breaks away from the computer and drink lots of water, so you don’t feel like you’re hungry all the time. Reward yourself with accomplished tasks by taking breaks, because it really does help with your concentration. This could very well mean napping, too!
What I wore: Shirt- vintage | Cardigan- George | Necklace- Ebay | Skirt- Talbots | Tights- Soho | Shoes- Delicious

Here are a few screen caps of some of the websites I have designed:


Now, for the best part of my day—I just got two pairs of shoes in the mail today—left shoe is from Qupid, and the right is from Bonnibel, which is what I am wearing with my bridesmaid dress next weekend!

If you haven’t entered the giveaway for a cameo necklace, do so soon! It ends this Monday!

36 Responses to “Work Load”

  1. sweet

    oh you look someone from a Victorian movie or something….and I am jealous with your shoes…so beautiful…those are one of my wishes this christmas…

    you are really good with those designs…I hope one day you will do more of these…and do blogging as well…you are really talented…

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

  2. Reybel

    cool tights!

  3. alexis

    i love those shoes. i liek your theory on the computer screen contributing to acne. i think it might be since they might replace being outside (sunlight) to the screen.

  4. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    I still should have you tweek a sweet layout for rubyeyedokapi using css for the layout I have but still haven’t emailed you about prices or if you could do that even.

    I love this outfit a lot. it is really pretty.

    I think it is a lie about the zits haha. I didn’t get zits until I was nearly 18 and I sat for HOURS on end behind a computer between ages 14 up. hehehe. I think Rob gave me zits with all the hormones I was going wild in having!!!

  5. Claudia

    gorgeous. this has a very victorian-vintage vibe to it- so elegant. i love your hair, too.

  6. Lynn

    very classy love the collar on the white sweater and the sleeves on the black one gives it a very nice shape

  7. Natasha Atkerson

    Very cute, as usual! Sorry you had to be in the last age bracket…LOL! :) Thanks for taking it! COMPUTERS CAUSE ZITS?!?!?!? UHOH! I gotta get off here! Ha!Ha!Ha!
    Yeah, a few months back I nearly gave myself a heartattack trying to get my blog fixed. Someone had asked if they could re-do it, and messed it all up! So I’ve learned from my lesson, don’t let amatures touch your blog! :)
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    http://www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

  8. Aisha

    your look is fantastic!

  9. Angie

    love the tights, skirt and cardigan!!

  10. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    yeah. and I got tons of zits when I was 18 and 19. My skin was perfect at 13-16 and I loved it. :( and yes I have a lot of scars on my one cheek especially but I usually edit them well enough in most photos to not notice. . .so I live a partial lie in that sense. I’ve been diminishing on the editing for that though lately because of conviction. they are mainly on my left (your right) cheek.

    No birth control for me. . . I used to use a basal thermometer to know my ovulation schedule. My husband and I didn’t even use condoms until after having Leto (because you can get pregnant soooo easily otherwise. . .which the one night Rob didn’t feel like using one is when i got pregnant with Micah, and I was still nursing Leto at that time! haha. . so we used condoms/a couple times spermicide with it for a total of 13 months). I know a lot of ladies that do use pill birth control though but i think it gives too much negative over positive effects so I never wanted to use the pill. acne or not. Now we don’t even need any birth control (rob got “fixed”) so no way do i want to start taking it even to fix acne. I just really don’t like the side effects it gives :: shrugs :: but I don’t care if other people take it or not (depending on the issue honestly). . I just don’t like it for me (just want to assure you of that in case you take it – that’s fine. Most of my friends are on the pill!. . .3 got pregnant while on it too. haha.

    If anything these days I get zits from stress, not washing my face a night by accident, and eating loads of chocolate at once.

  11. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    So interesting to see what bloggers do as their day job, website designer is pretty impressive! Love your new shoes too, the black wedge boots in particular :)

  12. YAF

    Very nice ensemble! Quite elegant and chic :)

  13. Laura Connell

    The lacy tights are my favourite part of this outfit. I agree about the computer work causing sking problem…at my age it’s wrinkles rather than oily pores…I also relate to the grab and go mentality-too many chocolate bars at the subway kiosk!

  14. MISSY S

    your cardigan is gorgeous!!! puffy sleeves! :) yey!

    and wow qupid shoes is beautiful! you lucky girl! <3

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  16. SHey

    You look great, and congrats on that job, the shoes are amazing, I love those black booties, take pictures when you wear them okay? =D

  17. jemina

    You are so creative and talented, and I LOVE your outfit, as for the shoes, they are the BOMBS dear

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend

    Kisses
    Jemina
    xoxo

  18. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    Just came across your site and LOVE it! Those shoes for the wedding are fabulous. Glad to see someone wearing some stylish to a wedding. Keep up the great work!

  19. Lyddiegal

    Congrats on the contract, and those tights — amazing!!

    I never thought my computer was the reason I breakout. I always just blame my oily skin.

    and those shoes? super fab.

  20. marie

    Wow congrats on getting that contract.. you must be thrilled! :) Those tights are GORGEOUS. :) I’ve been on the look out for some patterned tights lately and I love these so much.

    I have also noticed that the more time I spend on the computer I tend to break out! Its true.. I lean my face on my hands more and rub my face more so I think it just makes my skin more oily!

  21. Heidi

    Love those shoes! And your outfit is quite cute!

  22. Kristina Clemens

    I love this look…so chic and stylish!
    Kristina J.

  23. cherie

    hi there, you look absolutely stunning in your outfit! i love how your stockings completed the whole look :) and congratulations on landing the contract, you must be so excited!

  24. KANI

    ahhhh!!
    those
    shoes.

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    !
    !

  25. Krystal/Village

    uhoh, now whenever i have a website question I’m going to want to ask you! ha!

    and yes, very neat about knowing danielson, it is rare! i remember seeing danielson and sufjan at a music panel type thing when I was in college (so like 2003 maybe) – I think around then they were still on the same level and sufjan was playing little coffee shops around grand rapids where i went to college. crazy.

  26. Kayla

    wow this look is so chic !!! and u look really pretty :D

  27. Jay

    cute!

  28. Violet Revolution

    The mixed patterns are awesome! Love the patterned tights with the plaid skirt! Check out our website for some other great fashion finds!

  29. Anthea

    I love your outfit! I am sure you turned some heads at that meeting. Congrats on landing the big project! Also, thanks for the tip, I must remember to take some breaks as I sit in front of a computer all day!

  30. Giovanna

    I love your outfit!
    xoxo
    Boho Market

  31. Cheryl

    Wow, congratulations on the new contract, Rach!

    I think you got that contract not because of sheer luck but because you´re also a hardworking person.

    Loving your look with the tights! :)

  32. Louise

    You look just amazing! And those SHOES. My goodness, girl.

  33. Little Miss Curious

    The outfit is so smart! :)
    And I love your web designs!

    xx
    lmc

  34. Elaine

    You look beautiful! Love the Victorian feel of the outfit.

  35. Manx

    You look so pretty. Love love your tights!

  36. Mafalda C.

    I love how lively and interesting you make a monochrome outfit look :) all the different cuts and textures come together in a beautiful way <3

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