6 Best Songs to Get Ready To

May seem kind of biased, ¬†but I promise you’ll have fun. No matter the occasion.

  1. 1. Sexy back by Justin Timberlake

Just listen.

2. Darling Nikki by Prince

This song is so underrated. Relatively short and musically a bit subtle, but so much fun. And be sure to see Purple Rain.

3. Good Times Roll by The Cars

Sometimes you just need a classic, ya know?

4. Earned It by The Weeknd

Because it’s worth it. And you’ve earned it. ūüėČ

5. Grip by Tessa Thompson

I personally think this is one of the sexiest songs in existence. It’s slow, subtle, and gives a tremendously awesome beat.

6. Pony by Genuwine

It’s too good to leave out.

3 Basic Summer Work Outfits

  1. 1. The Shift

This is outfit is beyond perfect – a shift dress is loose, so it allows the body to breathe in those awfully hot summer months. Complete the outfit with a statement shoe, piece of jewelry, or cute bag and you’ll be good to go.

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2. The A-Line Skirt

A-lines are virtually flattering on everyone. They hit the smallest part of the leg (above the knee) and tend to be a bit high-waisted, which it’s the smallest part of the leg. Plus, the flow of the line allows room for any wider hips. Pair an a-line with a more fitted blouse and add a pop of color.

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3. The Loose Tank

This is guaranteed to be a go-to, no matter the season. Straight legged jeans are comfortable, flattering, and can be dressed up or down. If they’re not already a part of closet, start now. Given the slimmer fit through the hips and thighs, these jeans go perfect with a loose blouse. Wear with cute shoes (close-toed for work!) and some statement accessories.

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5 Questions to Ask in an Interview

Interviews are nervous-making and can be stressful. Are you wearing the right outfit? Are you being friendly and professional? Is the person interviewing you not warm? You probably need the job you’re interviewing for, which adds a layer of financial stress. But while they’re interviewing you to see if you’re a good fit for the company, you are also interviewing them to see if they’re a good fit for you. Here are five¬†important questions to ask at the end of the interview.

1. What qualities do you look for in an employee?

This is a fantastic way to have the employer state exactly what they’re looking for. They may also mention something about the position they didn’t cover beforehand.

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2. What have you enjoyed most about working here?

This allows you and the interviewer to connect on a more personal level while also providing insight on how satisfied people are with their jobs. If the interviewer finds it difficult to come up with an answer, it’s a warning sign.

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3. Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

I love this question as it’s straight-forward and brings any issues to the forefront of the conversation. It’s important to remain open to what may be an issue as it can be constructive criticism, rather than becoming defensive.

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4. Can you tell me about who I’ll be working with?

A question like this assumes you’ll receive the job, which subconsciously helps the interviewer see you in the position. Plus, it’ll tell you who you’ll be working with on a day-to-day basis.

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5. Why is this position open?

Possibly one of the most important questions, this will provide insight on whether the person before you moved up in the company, was fired, or quit. This information is important for how you see your future in this position.

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4 Must-Have Work Pieces

These flawless pieces will get you through any work interview, event, lunch, or meeting. Since these are workhorse pieces, it’s worth splurging a little for quantity.

1. Black Ankle Pants

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These are my favorite article of clothing in existence (beside my black skinny jeans). Black ankle pants are chic, slimming, and can be dressed up or down. I’ve worn mine with flats and heels, jackets and sweaters, tanks and turtlenecks. I’ve worn them to work and on dates. For starters, I found my first pair at my local Salvation Army, then moved to Gap, and now Ann Taylor (which are the best). You can have the leg be more tapered (skinny) or less tapered (cropped). Either way, make sure they are flattering and comfortable.

2. Pointed Toe Shoes

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Like the pants, these are probably my favorite pair of shoes in existence. I love heels, and these ones are the most comfortable pair I’ve ever owned. The D’Orsay style¬†(that¬†inner cut-out) is chic and adds a little something to a classic pointed toe. The flats are a nice alternative if you live in a metropolitan area, like New York City. Pointed toe shoes go fabulously with all sorts of outfits and will always be work appropriate. Make sure you have a little toe cleavage as that keeps the shoe (and your foot!) looking more youthful than matronly.

3. Fitted Blazer/Tuxedo Jacket

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A fitted blazer or tuxedo jacket is an absolute must. These automatically dress up any pant (jeans included), skirt, or dress and is incredibly flattering. The fitted structure highlights your waist and adds a level of class to any outfit. I found my fitted tuxedo jacket at Target about six years ago and it’s held up wonderfully, but it’s worth finding a higher quality option as it can be in your closet for years.

4. Black Structured Tote

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When work involves travel, it’s hard to have a bag that’s both functional and stylish. Slouchy totes are cute, but everything falls to the bottom. A structured tote is a perfect option as it’s size still holds everything, but the flat bottom allows it to stand upright on any surface and the square or rectangle shape keeps papers in order. After going through a million cheaper options where the handles broke and the lining ripped, I received a top-of-the-line Dooney &¬†Bourke¬†tote as a present. It’s on the expensive side, but I know I’ll never need another bag. It’s long shoulder handles make it the perfect length while the size holds my computer and all my little day to day items. It’s a timeless style and goes with everything,¬†and tying a small silky scarf to the handle will ad a pop of color.¬†I recommend this bag for every professional, no matter your age.