Dress: Calvin Klein;
How I've worn the dress before: here.
Here's another work outfit. Gosh, I feel powerful and really stylish in this one -- like I can conquer my day (and my sales goals, too).
A few of you have asked about how my new retail job is going. I'm working full-time in a department store, selling handbags and pretty much every accessory you can think of -- belts, hats, leggings, etc. I know way too much now about leather, hardware and comfortable straps than I ever thought I'd need to know. My sleep schedule is so screwed up -- some days I work 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and other days I work 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. I say the word "summer-y" so much now that I need to find a new adjective. I hand-sanitize a lot now (I've become a germaphobe being around so many people). There isn't a lot of mental stimulation so I bring a book and an iPod for my lunch breaks, which I take in the food court because I like people-watching. I also walk a lot. My Clarks are holding up fine.
There are pros and cons to every job I suppose -- for every not-so-nice coworker, there's one who has badass stories; for every horrible customer who throws bags on the floor and doesn't buy anything, there's another who made my day because I was able to find exactly what she wanted. I love talking to customers and I find it the easiest part of the job, though I would never consider myself an extrovert. Maybe an introvert who fakes it just enough.
I'm trying to take all of these changes in stride. I'm not really sure yet if I want to turn this into a career just yet, but it is just the first month. I still haven't given up hope of finding another full-time position in a field that coincides with my interests.
I'd be interested to know if any of you have any questions about retail -- things you'd like to know about sales associates, or handbags (now my pet expertise). Just let me know!