Friday, July 27, 2018

Boss Moves Only: Decoding Business Casual...

In honor of yesterday being National Intern Day and completion of my 8-week internship in New Orleans, here's a Brains & Burberry take on business casual. After 2 months of dressing women who were searching for jobs, I've become a self-proclaimed master at the art of looking professional. However, prior to working this summer, I absolutely dreaded the business casual look and frequently wore a dress with a black blazer as a safe, reliable cop out. Once I figured out where to shop for business casual clothing and how to customize the dress code to fit my style needs, I never looked back. Rather than sticking to a conventional, restrictive button down shirt, I typically opt for loose, flowy tops and bottoms with a fun print that I can color-code with. This is just one look, but if you'd like to see more of what I wore while at work, check out my "N O L A" Instagram highlight. Hope y'all enjoy reading this and if you have any questions, ask away in the comments below!

"Endorse me on LinkedIn so I know it's real...."

always such a fun time shooting with the talented Britt Smith!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Date Night

Hey y'all! Happy Friday! Since this does mark the start of the weekend, I decided to create a simple, but classy look if you're headed out for a semi-formal "night on the town", dinner, or even a date. A little black dress is a closet staple, but this one from Nordstrom puts a nice spin on the basic LBD with its off-the-shoulder cut and ruffled neckline. While it's arguably plain, I've found it to be very useful during my stay in NOLA; it can be dressed up or down, so it's up to you to accessorize accordingly. All items and where to buy them can be found at the bottom of this article (follow me on ShopStyle for more...). I hope you like this outfit! 

impatiently waiting for an Uber to come...

 in love with this lineup!

photographed by Britt Smith
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~ Ruth 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Touring In New Orleans

Hey y'all! While it has taken me some time to get used to life in New Orleans, I will say that the fact that I'm only here for the summer prompted me to be deliberate in my clothing choices. I brought a few of my favorite, most versatile pieces to wear for two months, and have managed to curate my own style apart from UNC. Let's hope that I can keep this up when I return to campus in August...

Whether you're sightseeing in the French Quarter or heading to Audubon Park, here's a look I put together (photographed by Britt Smith) for when you're out and about in The Big Easy!

In love with this loose top and these chambray bottoms!

comfortable converse for the win

vintage moonstone ring from Magpie and the usual suspects
The exact top was recently sold on Poshmark and my original sunglasses are sold out at Nordstrom, but similar styles can be found here. Thanks for reading! Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Letter to the Past Six Months

Because of how busy life has been since January, I’ve struggled to carve out time to write. From juggling a student body president campaign to organizing a campus-wide fashion show while changing my major (not once, but twice) AND taking on more leadership roles, my second semester at UNC consisted of me simply trying to survive and advance. While those were some of the more notable highlights of part two of freshman year, there were definitely some trying times in between (I'm looking at you, BIOL101 and MATH 231...). Ultimately, the past 6 months have been full of growth in so many aspects of my life — and for that, I’m immeasurably grateful. I’ll always cherish the priceless experiences I've had thus far,  like watching my Tar Heels triumph over the Blue Devils LIVE in the Dean Dome, seeing my work published in the campus fashion magazine, listening to activist Angela Davis speak in the Duke Chapel, making it through my first LDOC (last day of classes), etc. 

As a wise friend once told me though, “Now is the present and it’s asking for your attention.” This summer, my focus is on public service, and I’m currently interning at the nonprofit organization Dress for Success New Orleans. Today officially marks the halfway point of my time here (only 30 days left until I’m headed home!) and whew, The Big Easy is…something else. I’ve run into two celebrities so far (Viola Davis and Brik Allen), eaten my way all over the city, celebrated my 19th birthday here, and have probably ruined my precious tires in the process because the roads in NOLA are horrific. Regardless, I’ve learned a lot about navigating the workplace, advocating for myself in a professional setting being the sole black woman in the office, and investigating what ethical service in action looks like. After a month of moving boxes around, I’m hopefully going to see how fashion can positively impact the lives of diverse women and leave long-lasting, concrete effects. Admittedly, work has dominated so much of my life this summer that at some point, I felt like I had to abandon my personal goals. 

But I refuse. 

So to the last 6 months: thank you. Here’s to the next 6 being full of consistent growth, peace, and time wisely spent getting back to the things I love.