Sunday, August 4, 2013

4 Years

Today is the 4 year anniversary of my first post for WWALD. At the time, I was a recent law school grad, had just finished the NY Bar exam, and was putting the final touches on my September 26 wedding. Since then, I have lived in 3 apartments, gotten married, had 3 jobs (1 terrible, 1 decent and one very good), bought a house, had a baby, watched the baby become a 2 year old mini person, gone back to practicing law, and found myself living the life of a working mom. 4 years is not even half a decade, yet I have lived half a life in these 4 years.

It feels like time to put WWALD on hiatus, while life intervenes, and getting dressed is just a hobby that lightens a dreary morning. Enjoy the moments you have each day, good and bad, teething toddlers, infant diaper changes, bad bosses, great bosses, J.Crew fall style guides, a cocktail with an old friend, lunch with a new friend, and everything in between.

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lean Back, But Dressed in Heels

I have not read the much discussed 'Lean In' by Sheryl Sandberg, I have not read any books in the past 2 years. Instead I have been busy working full time, raising a toddler, buying then maintaining a house, and trying to be a good wife. The aforementioned are nothing particularly exclusive for me, as millions do the same each day along side of me. But personally, I find it hard to do them simultaneously, as one always suffers at the expense of the success of another.

I have had 3 jobs in the last 4 years. Each had its own special set of challenges, and while I wouldn't say I 'leaned in' at any as much as maybe I liked to think I did at the time, I still went in each morning on time (well, early mostly because that's part of my neurosis) and rarely skipped a day. With a child at home, its hard to really crave that elusive level of professional success the same way you crave a new pair of shoes or a good nights sleep. Sure, it sounds great, seems very 21st century to chase up the ladder, wanting to break any glass ceiling, but in truth, its far easier to do a job well, and relish the reality of arriving home at 6 pm in time for dinner every night. So my advice to women is not to claw, climb and crush your way to the top, but rather do something that you can tolerate (because most of us must), and be happy there.

I guess its a little leaning back (or maybe no leaning at all, and rather standing up straight), but I do it in great shoes, dressed my best, and my little one knows when the garage door opens that I'm home for dinner each night. Some nights wine is for dinner (since even a job in law that allows punctual departure is a job in law after all).

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wine Tasting

A summer Sunday in eastern Long Island calls for something casual yet elevated, and comfort is a must for the car ride and bar stools.

Top and short: Loft
Shoes: Marc Fisher
Necklace: J.Crew

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Black and White

My very favorite combo, and with a print, even more fun. The closed-toe pump makes it client-friendly since on this particular day, there were many.

Skirt, blouse: Loft
Shoes: Prada
Necklace: Tiffany Key
Bracelets: David Yurman

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Its OK Thursday

Its OK...

To spend $300 on supplies for your 2 year old's first week at 'summer camp', only to realize you forgot to buy diapers

That scoring  new pair of shoes on sale at Bloomingdales is more exciting than anything else a Thursday lunch hour could possibly offer

To go to the gym at 7:00 and let your husband put your toddler to bed, because that is the only way to watch the Housewives on Bravo in peace

That Wednesday's recycling bin contained more empty beer and wine bottles than any other item (its summer!)

Monday, July 8, 2013