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Work Etiquette

There are a few different ways to approach behavior and the establishment of an office persona in the modern working world so read on for some of my top tips and suggestions for work etiquette to get you started.

[1.] “Casual dress promotes a casual attitude.”

This is, without a doubt, my go-to slogan at the office. Obviously fashion is something that I take seriously – Hello, fashion blogger here – But the office is one place where everyone should take fashion seriously. Or, at the very least, think about their style choices. I’m not saying that you need to channel The Devil Wears Prada on a daily basis, but you need to think about what you’re wearing and what those choices say about you, your goals, and your work ethic.

Read more about this topic in the following posts:

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[2.] Attitude is EVERYTHING

How you interact with your colleagues – From your administrative assistant to the coffee cart operator to your boss – Can impact your career in very real ways.

Be polite. Be courteous. Be gracious. And by all means, think before you speak. If you’re frustrated and swiftly reaching the point of no return, try getting out of the office for a quick walk, calling someone to hash things out, or putting in headphones and losing yourself in music that you love. Just don’t take it out on the people around you!

[3.] Police your personal space

Even though your desk, your office, is by definition yours, you need to consider it a public space. Keep it clean, keep it organized. We all know those people who seem to thrive in the chaos of disarray, but at the office you need to consider the people around you and what your space says about you.

Do you really want your boss stopping by to chat and noticing crumbled papers on the floor, old dishes on your desk, and dusty stacks of papers taking up your work space? Of course not. So do your best to stay on top of your piles!

Missed out on some of the previous etiquette posts? Check them out here: Salon Etiquette, Gym Etiquette, and Travel Etiquette.

 What’s YOUR top tip for the office?

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How To Stay Healthy At Work

Whether you’re running around after kids, stuck at a desk, or in and out of meetings all day, a hectic weekday schedule can wreak havoc on your healthy living goals. We get caught up and forget to eat. Or move. Or take any time for ourselves.

Here are some of the tips that have helped me make healthier choices on a daily basis.

[1.] Plan ahead

Having healthy snacks and meals ready and available will improve your chances of staying on track during the day. If you wait until you’re starving, you’re going to eat whatever you can find. Keeping trail mix, raw nuts, dried fruit {with no added sugar}, and energy bites in your desk, car, or handbag are great choices.

You can also bring in lunch to ensure healthy options – Whether it’s a giant salad, leftover Indian food, or even a healthy, nutrient-packed dessert.

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[2.] Stand Up

If you can swing it, a stand-up desk is a game changer.

Not only does it reduce pressure on your discs to lessen back pain, but it also helps strengthen muscles throughout your body and improves posture.

I’ve also found that it keeps me more alert throughout the work day.

[3.] Drink Up

The benefits of getting enough water throughout the day are never-ending – From helping your body maintain beneficial pH levels to improving your complexion to keeping you from snacking. Do you have trouble gulping down enough of the good stuff during the day? Try adding sliced fruit to your glass or bottle for an eye-catching reminder.

Do you drink juice or soda? Liquid calories can undo all your good work at the gym in no time, so try to limit yourself.

[4.] Move

Whether it’s going to the gym on your lunch break, biking to work, or talking a midday walk around the block, make an effort to move throughout the day. Don’t let your day begin and end at your desk.

I like to walk to and from my office, and I try to go to the gym every day at noon. I’ve found that if I set aside a block of time in my Outlook calendar for workout out, I’m pretty good about honoring that “me” time.

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[5.] Open Your Eyes

One of the unexpected side effects of being in an office building, surrounded by artificial lighting, is that it confuses our bodies. We have internal clocks that reset when they see sunlight – i.e. In the morning your body knows that its morning because it senses the sun. Try to go outside at some point during the day, even for a quick walk or to eat your lunch on a sunny bench, and you’ll be surprised how it changes your energy levels and sleep patterns.

Do YOU have any healthy work tips?

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MCLV Style: Workin’ That Tee

Last year I published a post called What NOT To Wear To Work where I discussed, among other things, whether or not a T-shirt could be considered appropriate office attire. Ultimately my conclusion was that while casual graphic and burn-out tees were out of the question unless you work in fashion-forward industries like fashion, music, or film, there were appropriate possibilities out there if you looked hard enough and styled them properly.


To make this type of look work you just need to keep the pieces clean and simple, and go for a thick, well-made shirt in an appropriate cut, color, and silhouette for the occasion.

In this case I went with a royal purple Zara Basics t-shirt with cap-sleeves paired with a basic black pencil skirt, round-toed pumps, and a vintage-inspired gold belt.

Tee – Zara Basics, Pencil Skirt – Zara, Pumps – Franco Sarto, Bracelets – JewelMint, Vintage, & Forever 21, Rings – Vintage, Multi-Strand Gold Necklace – Express, and Retro Gold Belt – BCBG

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

And believe me, I’m not the only one who enjoys a good tee. Mixing high and low, like adding a basic shirt into a work or night out look, is an art form practiced by many.

A loosely fitted highlighter colored t-shirt can keep a slouchy black suit from being boring or too business-like.

Old-school denim overalls are perfect for a hot summer day and a little white tee is the perfect finishing touch.

If you’re going to work a layering look nothing beats a basic t-shirt. It’s the perfect building block!

You can even roll up the sleeves of your basic t-shirt to give it a more unique and one-of-a-kind feeling.

What better than a basic white tee to pair with denim cut-offs and a vintage style leopard print coat for a walk on the streets of New York City.

Even high-end designers like Oscar de la Renta can’t help but enjoy a good striped tee.


Are you creative when it comes to building new and fun looks using your favorite tees? What do you think about wearing a T-shirt to work – ya or nay?

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