First Day Of…

Say hi to my sweet old man dog, Gouda!

school my new job!

SURPRISE! Since my last post, I accepted an offer on my house, packed the whole thing up, left my old job in St. Louis, hauled everything 550 miles north to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and started a new job!

A quick Q&A:

Q: But why Minnesota? Don’t you know it’s cold there?

A: Unfortunately, having lived there for 20 years prior to my move to St. Louis, I am intimately familiar with the weather patterns. Fortunately, having lived there for 20 years, I have a ton of family and friends there, so my husband and I decided it would be a good place to settle down for keeps.

Q: In a week, seriously?

A: Just about! And yes. I am exhausted. Hence the clearly visible bags under my eyes in these pics.

Q: Does this affect the blog at all?

A: NOPE. Not even a little bit.

Q: You didn’t mention anything about buying a new house…

A: Correct. My parents are generously letting us crash at their place for a little while until we get our sea legs and buy a new house.


SO ANYWAY, first days require first day outfits! I don’t know about you, but I have a few rules I like to follow for first day outfits:

  1. Must be slightly nicer than the dress code. You know what they say – dress for the job you want! Plus it’s always hard to tell in advance exactly what version of “business casual” a workplace adheres to.
  2. Must include layers. Because you never ever know whether you’re going to be in an ice box office or a furnace. So layer up, but make sure every layer is professional enough that you won’t be embarrassed when you strip off that cardigan/jacket/blazer/poncho.
  3. Must allow for walking. Your walk from the train to your office, across the office to the HR department, down the block to lunch, there’s no telling what the first day will hold, so be sure your shoes really are made for walking (but in a cute, professional way, of course).
  4. Must include pants. This might not be a must for you, but too often I’ve found myself sitting on the floor or crawling around under my new desk on my first day getting files or technology set up. And while I CAN do all that in a skirt… I prefer not to take that kind of chance on my first day, hah.
  5. Must make me feel like a freakin’ rockstar. Because I’m new, I don’t know what’s going on yet, and in those situations it is imperative that I look like I am way more competent than I might be feeling at the moment.

(PS – all wrinkles, creases, and exhausted eyes are the authentic result of working a full day and battling new rush hour patterns. You’re welcome :P)

Jess7 Jess6 Jess4 Jess3 Jess10 Jess2 Also, be sure you’re coming home to your crazy old man dog who you haven’t seen in weeks due to moving logistics. That makes EVERYTHING better.

So how did I do? What did you wear to your last first day?

Jess1Pants | Shirt (similar) | Blazer | Shoes | Necklace (similar) | Nail Polish

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