This Weekend…

There will be lots of doing this ^

And this ^

And eating of this ^

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

See the rest of my instagram adventures: @laurenhaber

Maintaining a Healthy Body as a Pearshape + Recipes i’m Loving

With Frankenstorm pushing its way through North Carolina, all I can think about is hunkering down in my apartment and cooking some yummy comfort food. As i’ve mentioned in past recipe posts, I try and eat as health consciously as possible, with an eye on carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. While I love my pearshaped figure, being healthy and maintaining a level body weight for my frame is important to me.

One of my absolute favorite recipe blogs to visit when i’m in need of a little foodie inspiration is Gina’s Skinnytaste.com. Her blog is so relatable, she has a wonderfully sarcastic tone (that I especially appreciate), and she breaks everything down for us kitchen noobs.

These are just a few things i’m hoping to cook this week: Escarole Soup w/ Turkey Meatballs, Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, and delicious Apple Spice Scones
*all images owned/via skinnytaste.com

Frankenstorm Style + Finally Found: Wide-Calf Hunter Boots

Dress: NY&C (old, similar), Scarf: Asos (old, similar), Belt: Nordstrom (similar), Boots: Hunter Huntress

Between Frankenstorm terrorizing North Carolina (thanks Mother Nature for that one), and our work schedules, the boyfriend and I are spending the week (and last weekend) apart. Which for us fashion bloggers means rain-centered outfits and indoor remote controlled photos. Allow me to apologize in advance for the awkward faces and strange locations. After an unfortunate incident that involved my camera crashing to the floor on a tripod, I haven’t quite braved taking self portraits outside just yet. In other news, i’m in love with Hunter boots and want to wear them every. single. day.

I have really, really wide calves. We are talking 17inch circumference here. So Hunter’s standard boots didn’t fit me, much like every other tall boot. After a bit of searching and digging, I found that Hunter does indeed make a boot for us wide-calved ladies: the Hunter Huntress! With an 18inch calf circumference and ever so slightly shorter shaft height, these boots are absolute perfection. While they don’t come in every crazy color that the standard ones do, I was perfectly happy with my Hunter green, admittedly inspired by the so-stylish mama of The Daybook.

P.S. Behold my new headshot below (jokes). I might not be able to take a decent outfit picture of myself but by gosh can I take a face shot.

Blogger Confession: Dressing Well + Work Culture

Photos From Posts: Top Row (1, 2, 3) Bottom Row (1, 2)

I know I can’t be the only one that thinks about these things, but recently I have been feeling very self conscious at work about the way that I dress. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I work as a consultant for a major technology company. What the means is that I travel to clients that deploy my particular technology, and work with them for extended periods of time to configure the product to their specifications. That is a long winded way of saying that I work in a male dominated, engineering oriented workplace. It is not fashion forward nor to people respect dressing well. As a matter of fact, lately, I have felt as though I stand out because of the way that I dress.

For years I have read blogs like 9to5Chic and ExtraPetite and have admired the way they put together outfits for work. Jean has often mentioned that she works in a conservative office but neither have spoken about how they feel about dressing fashionably at work, and being taken seriously while doing so. While my outfits are not too outlandish (in my opinion), in offices where khaki’s and white button down shirts are the norm, I am lightyears away from “fitting in” clothing wise. While I am good at what I do and am confident in my abilities, I often wonder if as the only woman in the room, does my sense of style prompt others to question my intelligence?

I am genuinely curious if other bloggers or ladies face the same issue. Are you also worried that if you walk into a room of men in neutral colored clothing, wearing a polka dott dress and high heels, your ability to do your job upon first impression might be questioned?

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