I'm sure some people think I go overboard when it comes to dressing for work, but for me, the extra time I spend getting ready is worth it. It's a confidence booster!
I used to be an extremely shy person. My first years out of college, my face would turn bright red any time I had to speak out loud in a meeting or answer a question. I think I would be farther along in my career if I could have been more outspoken and confident early on.
But you live and learn.
I was an English major and journalism vet suddenly thrust into the business world. I didn't think I knew anything. I went to graduate school (finally) when I turned 28, and realized that I was actually smart and knowledgeable. Combine that with a new interest in fashion, and... here we are.
I dress nicely every day because it makes me feel good about myself. It's just a bonus that if a client happens to walk in the office unannounced... I'm prepared.
Dress: Shoshanna Lace Peplum Dress
Similar item (and on sale for under $100): Shoshanna Celeste Peplum Dress at Saks Off 5th.
Sandals: Jimmy Choo
On the lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
I get a kick out of the name, and the color will stay on your lips all day. I use it as both a lip liner and also to fill in my lips.