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Paralegal Career Dressing: Candy Striper

Paralegal Career Dressing: Candy Striper

This morning I just could not get it together, so I went for my safety net outfit: trouser jeans and a tee-shirt. I also decided to see if my $6 clearance rack no returns jacket was as stupid a purchase as it looked like when I got home. I bought it last year and have never worn it.


Because I decided it was too pink and white candy striper looking, or maybe a bit like candy that rots our tots’ teeth.  Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with candy stripers (the politically correct term now is hospital volunteers), or candy with good brushing –  except in my vast experience over the years staying with The Teen on the pediatric ward (for those of you new to my blog, all is explained here), they do tend to wake you up just as soon as you’ve fallen asleep for the first time in three days. Their intentions are awesome, but no parent wants ice chips when she hasn’t slept in three days. A martini perhaps, or a real pillow, but not ice chips…

I got a lot of compliments on the jacket from total strangers today, so maybe it’s crisp and fresh-looking like I hoped, and an easy way to upgrade jeans for the office, and not like something that someone would wear to wake you up after three days with no sleep.

Sorry ’bout the meh pics. Dear Hubby was sleepin’ in, the inside light was too low, and I was in a rush. (I wanted pictures outside in front of the neighbors’ pink azaleas and pink dogwood tree, you know, to go with the pinkish jacket, but that would have required me to jump on top of their cars parked in front of them.) The low light shots did inspire me to 1960s myself with the new features on the recent Picasa upgrade. Not that I need software assistance to be vintage 60s…

Katherine seersucker jacket ($6 Steinmart); Loft trouser jeans ($11 thrifted); V-neck tee (so old forgot); Breva pumps (John Fluevog); Twin brooches (a great aunt’s); Gemstone pendant (Target); 1928 triple locket pendant (20 years old at least)

1963 was a very good year for me ๐Ÿ™‚

I like the youthful glow of the 1960s effect ๐Ÿ˜€

For years, I had long hair, and only got it cut once or twice a year. I miss it, but I also look at pictures and have to admit the shorter hair is more professional looking. But I keep forgetting to schedule the necessary haircuts to maintain it. That’s another benefit of taking your own outfit pics, even if you don’t publish them on the Internet. They will remind you that you need your hair did yesterday, no more excuses, you lazy wench.

Trying to give y’all a better look at the fabric and accessories, not my wrinkles ๐Ÿ˜›
I love all my old family costume jewelry, like these twin leaf brooches.

Does anyone else forget to schedule haircuts?

7 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Candy Striper

  1. I think the jacket is very cute! And spring fresh. I think it'll have limited wear-use to warmer weather, but there's nothing wrong with that for $6.

    I definitely forget to get haircuts (not schedule, I'm too cheap and use walk-in places)… I also tend to just put it off as long as possible. I hate getting hair cuts, hate the maintenance. I'm probably going back to long hair just because I don't have to cut it as often to keep it looking nice. Haha, but I always do try to keep my dye touched up!

  2. @Megan Mae ~ Thanks for the positive feedback. I think I liked it for the fit and the piping, but when I got it home, I couldn't figure out what to wear it with. I'm going to be bolder next time.

    I like the pampering, but not the cost and the maintenance. I just saw Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and really want the long front pieces like Lizbeth's (Rooney Mara). I wish I could do the super short bangs, too, but not with the giant cowlicks at my hairline ๐Ÿ™

  3. It was so nice to learn about your daughter. Since I'm such a new reader of your blog, I had not known! She sounds like a real inspiration, in spite of those moments in the hospital.

    I love seersucker jackets and I can understand the compliments you received. I had a similar one in coral stripe I wore last spring & summer.

    As for the haircuts, that is one reason I've let mine grow. And I can probably only get away with it, because I'm an academic.

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