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.