Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Sister's Closet: Workin' 9 to 5

Blouse: J. Crew Factory; Skirt: J. Crew; Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger via Marshalls; Necklace: Anthropologie; Watch: Michael Kors 
 (I'm Mike. Meg's older sister.)

I don't work in a conventional office setting. Photos of gorgeous dancers cover the walls, I share my desk with tutus and pointe shoes, and it's not uncommon to see my co-workers doing pliés at the printer or foam rolling on the office floor. Ah, the joys of working for Dance Spirit magazine! As you can probably guess, our dress code is pretty lax (It's tough to test a fitness step-by-step exercise in a pencil skirt—I've tried!). But strict dress code or not, I've found dressing professional at least a couple of days each week is a crucial part of me making my deadlines.  It all comes down to a simple equation:

cute skirt + heels + lipstick =  story edited, column assigned, photo shoot organized and to-do list DEMOLISHED.

Maybe I should join the mathletes.

p.s. I, too, am a J. Crew junkie. But I can barely afford more than a bottle of nail polish with a 40% off coupon in the regular store. My solution? SAMPLE SALES. If you're ever in NYC the first part of June or mid-November, you have to hit up the J. Crew sample sale. I save my pennies for months before each sale so I can really stock up. The prices are killer (the skirt I'm wearing above was only $20!) and it's the perfect time to snag some of the collection pieces for a fraction of the cost.


  1. love this outfit - so cute! I'll definitely have to check out that sample sale!

  2. Oh, how I wish I lived near a sample sale! That is TOO good to pass up!

  3. Cute post and great tips! I'm going to be in New York mid november and will definitely hit that sale up!! Thanks for sharing. PS love the outfit!!

  4. Great style runs in the family!

  5. The yellow is a lovely color and I love the stripes.

  6. How do you find out when and where the sample sales are???

  7. I love this outfit! Especially the skirt! It's so cute! I love JCrew but don't have many pieces cause it's so expensive. But the pieces I do have are my favorite out of my whole closet! I'd love to go to a sample sale, but I've never been to NY.

    I wanted to let you know about a giveaway I'm hosting right now with shabby apple! Hope you enter!

  8. love the skirt!
    and these sample sales sound amazing! the problem is i'm only ever in new york in december and may. maybe i'll have to change that :) how do you find out specifics?