Uninspired: Working From Home

Hello Lovelies! How is your week coming along? Great, I hope.  It’s been a bit crazy for me at work this week, but things are chugging along.  So, you may be wondering? Umm, Eboni, it’s Thursday and we haven’t seen an outfit post yet.  Sorry guys. I am feeling particularly uninspired this week.  It’s probably the dreary weather…actually, inspiration is a constant battle for me, but this week it is worse than usual.  If you are a fan of The Fashionista Next Door on Facebook, you may have seen the survey I posted on Monday.  In case you missed it, here is the question:

If you worked from home (or if you currently work from home), would you or do you “get dressed” every day like you’re going into the office, or would you wear lounge clothes most days?

Surprisingly, 77% of the responses were in favor of wearing lounge clothes.  I guess it is easy to see why the thought of wearing yoga pants 5 days a week might be appealing but after a year of working from home…quite frankly, I am over it! I think it may have been liberating for the first couple months but now it’s just sad. LOL.  In fact, I would say that the lack of inspiration that results from working from home is a major con (right after complete social isolation). If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the poll, leave a comment below telling me what you think…

On working from home in general — I have mentioned this conundrum several times here, but I’ve never gone into detail about my struggle with this… at least I don’t think I have.  I always hesitate to complain about working from home because there are so many unemployed people these days, and I am beyond blessed in that I moved to Atlanta a year ago with the ability to keep my job.  Not to mention all the moms out there that would absolutely LOVE the flexibility to work at home.  But the truth it is, it’s  just me and Fab here, and when he’s at the office… it’s just me.  I don’t have lunches to make, kids to pick up, or homework to help with… and I do laundry on the weekends, but only after it’s overflowing the hamper (don’t judge me!).   For me working from = Mild Cabin Fever.  I would be thrilled to go into an office even just a few days a week.  I always tell Fab, if it wasn’t for my blog, twitter, and facebook, I would definitely be in here talking to myself. LOL!

I stumbled on this cartoon when I googled “Working from home.”  Kinda hilarious LOL!

Okay, I'm not this bad... LOL

Image via The Oatmeal

Anyway, back to the issue at hand – the effect of working at home on personal style.  It seems very silly to get up and get all dolled up to walk across the hall and sit in front a computer in a room with nobody but myself; however, recently I have begun to rethink this notion.  Could it be that lounging around in yoga pants day in and day out could have a detrimental effect on personal style?  If you don’t use it, do you  lose it? Lately, I am beginning to feel a little out of practice when it comes to putting together an outfit on the fly.  I mean, I am a personal style blogger,  so I won’t make it seem like I have just totally lost all sense of style…but I will admit that putting together an outfit takes a lot more effort than it did before.  I mean I used to wake up at 7 am and be out the door by 7:30 (shower included), feeling cute and ready for the world.  Now, I need at least an hour and 3 outfits later, I might walk out the door only 15 minutes late…and felling quite flustered.  Fab even complains about how long it takes me to get dressed to go grocery shopping (what can I say? sometimes that’s all I got).  I hate to say this but sometimes, I get so flustered with trying to get dressed that I just give up and stay home.  I know… very sad! (and un-fashion blogger-like, too!).  I really think I am just out of practice.

I was also thinking that if what they say about personal style is true — that it reflects the person that you are as one of the many ways we express ourselves… one of the many ways we tell our story, then am I unintentionally stifling my own self-expression?  Does self expression require an audience?  I tend to think not, but what do you think?

I am sharing this with you guys for two reasons — 1) I know that many women struggle with finding inspiration for various reasons.  I just wanted you to know that even though I am clearly fashion obsessed, I also struggle in this area.  I don’t have any problem finding inspiration all around me, but I do have trouble applying it to my own lifestyle.  2) I am never one to just sit and mope about  something I don’t like… especially those things that are completely within my own realm of control.  I’ve decided that I am going to do something about it…and you guys will have to hold me accountable.

The Challenge

I thought I’d do a little experiment.  Beginning November 1, I will get up EVERY DAY (or at least Monday – Friday) and get dressed like I was going into the office for 30 days.  Mind you, my job has a casual dress code so jeans, sneakers, sandals, and even flips flops were okay as long as you didn’t look slovenly.  I venture to say my yoga pants and wife-beater would not have been acceptable.  After 30 days, I hope to gain some insight on the following:

  1. Does it take me less time to pick out my daily outfits if I am practicing every day?
  2. Is my overall state of mind more or less inspired?
  3. Do I feel more productive when I get dressed every day? (many people complain about a decline in productivity. I actually haven’t had this issue. This isn’t really an option in my line of work LOL)
  4. Am I more inclined to get out and do stuff after work or even on my lunch break?

So, Fridays will be easy because you guys will keep on styling me for Style Me Friday, right?  So that just leaves Monday – Thurs.  Some days will be more casual than others, and I am sure you’ll be seeing plenty of leggings in the rotation, but overall I think I’ll be flexing my personal style muscles again in no time! (Let’s hope!)  Honestly, just the excitement of getting up in the morning has got my wheels churning. I started jotting down outfit ideas from magazines using pieces from my closet.  By the way, I told Fab about this idea and he didn’t get it.  He said, “you’re gonna get dressed, in actual clothes? Every day? Why?”  I think in the end, he wrote it off as a woman thing. LOL!

 P.S. Next week is Reader Appreciation Week.  I’ve got a couple fun giveaways in the wings so be sure to check back!

P.P.S Big shout out to Ashley over at A Sassy Woman.  She gave me a Kreativ Blogger Award last week.  THANK YOU!!!! xoxo

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