Although most nights after work you might prefer to head home, eat dinner and relax in front of the TV in your sweats, there are probably the occasional after-work events that you and your friends plan, like happy hour. The trick here is seamlessly transitioning your outfit from one extreme to the other: from work to happy hour.

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First, we start off with a colorful, basic dress like this green one. Adding a structured blazer, classic pearl earrings and patent black heels abide by the typical office dress code and offer a professional look. For drinks with friends after work, add on a fun statement necklace, a few extra coats of mascara and slip off the painful heels and slip into the super comfortable Fit in Clouds black bow tie flats. Since they easily fold up, you can slip them into your cute floral purse when not in use!

Rachel of Life Unsweetened

Today’s guest post comes from Rachel of Life Unsweetened, which is best described as a life and style blog- without the sugar coating. Rachel is a 20-something from New York who is a SEO Copywriter and freelance writer by day.You could also call her a social media nerd, non-crazy cat lady, chocoholic and sarcastic fireball (yes, people have referred to her as that before).

fit in clouds weekly roundup work world edition

Every Friday, we feature a roundup of interesting articles, posts, DIY tutorials, and more from across the web. This week, we’re focusing on all things related to your career, workplace, and professional development in our Work World Edition.

Careerealism is one of our favorite sites to browse for workplace inspiration. This week on Careerealism: 4 must-have networking tools and 4 ways to make Monday feel like Friday (hint: just say no!).

Anna of Classy Career Girl shows us how success women lead in her get ahead club interview.

Anyone else out there a huge fan of Laguna Beach and the Hills? We’re always gleaning career lessons from the ever-successful Lauren Conrad, who says you should always be trying to prove something in your career.

You had us at Pinterest! Come Recommended suggests 2 DIY projects to pin down your job search, Pinterest style on the Grindstone. Have you ever used Pinterest in your job search?

We’re firm believers that a stylish, organized desk makes us more productive throughout the week. Naturally, we’re dying to make this DIY glitter mousepad and pencil cup, which belongs to Sarah Dickerson of Chic Sprinkles and was featured on The Everygirl.

And speaking of stylish and organized: Angeline of The New Professional showcases several cute, affordable case options for your business cards. We love the Moo MiniCard Holder.

Simplify, simplify, simplify! We vow to use these 7 tips for simplifying your work life from Kristen Walker of Project20Something on Levo League.

And last, but not least, WorkChic, one of our favorite work style blogs, shows you more ways to wear jewelry to work. Bring on the bracelet layering, drop earrings, and statement necklaces!

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Today’s guest post is from Jaime Petkanics of The Prepary, a site devoted to sharing expert, reliable, honest job search advice. We love Jaime’s career advice and the simple word-based graphics that she pairs with each piece, so we are so excited that she was willing to share this post, which originally appeared on The Prepary, with the Fit in Clouds readers and fans! Take it away, Jaime!

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Most of the interview advice I give is about how to prepare for an interview (mentally).  I still think that preparation is going to be the thing that gets you across the finish line.  However, there are also actual things you might want to bring along to prepare you for your time in the office and with your interviewers. This post is about exactly that – what to bring with you to a job interview.

Most of these are “nice to haves” not “need to haves” but the more prepared you are for any situation the better you’ll feel.  So pack that bag for your interview with these 6 things!

  1. Copies of your resume and any other samples of your work: This is a need to have.  Bring a few extra copies of your resume on nice, thick, paper neatly tucked away in a folder.  Of course a wrinkle or two isn’t the end of the world, but handing over a nice, crisp resume is part of your “presentation”. Resumes should always be in hard copy but samples of your work can be brought digitally (such as on an iPad or tablet). However, make sure you have everything cued up and ready to go so you’re not browsing around your device as your interviewer waits.
  2. A notebook: Bring a notebook with you so you can take notes from your conversation, write down any contact information, etc.  Of course, you want to be focused on the conversation and not rigorously taking notes the whole time but it is good to have a notebook handy and jot things down when appropriate.
  3. Research and notes from your prep: Since we’ve already established that you’re bringing a notebook, use the one you used to do your research.  That way you can always flip back to notes on the company or points you want to hit.  It’s also a good idea to think of questions for your interviewer ahead of time and have them handy in case you draw a blank.
  4. A snack, and a mint: Okay, I know you’re going to think this is weird, but generally the days I’ve had interviews I was running around like a crazy person to fit them in.  That often means you’re rushing and have maybe even skipped lunch.  While I don’t advise eating during an interview (please, don’t!) you may need to quickly eat a few almonds or a granola bar on the go before you step into the lobby.  The last thing you want is a growling stomach during the interview so have a small snack on you just in case.  In terms of the mint, you may want to pop one in right before you go into the building.  It’s more of a safety net so you can feel confident and not self-conscious.
  5. A bottle of water: Bring a bottle of water with you and don’t worry about having it out during your interview. You may be nervous and your mouth may get dry.  It’s totally okay to have a few sips of water if that happens.  If you are going through multiple interviews in one day, you are definitely going to need that water!
  6. A change of footwear:  You’re probably going to want to put on your best pair of pumps for your interview (no matter how uncomfortable they are!) However, you don’t want to be stumbling in and out of your interview.  That never looks good or professional.  A great solution is to bring a pair of flats with you and now and now you have a super easy way to carry them along.  Fit in the Clouds creates amazing (and great looking) flats that can be easily carried in even a small handbag.  We love this snakeskin pair!

Keep these items in a clean and organized (professional-looking) bag for easy access.  You don’t want to be shuffling through all your crap (like I do for my keys every night) with your interviewer waiting.  Of course in addition to these 6 things, also bring your best outfit, a confident attitude, and your A game to your interview – you’ll have all of your bases covered!

six things to bring with you to an interview

What’s better than rollable ballet flats? Free rollable ballet flats, of course! We’ve teamed up with Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl to do a giveaway for one pair of Fit in Clouds rollable flats. We love Anna’s blog, which features advice geared towards young professional women and soon to be college grads on how to be classy as you climb the corporate ladder, and couldn’t be more pleased that we have a chance to partner with her!
classy career girl ballet flats giveaway

Enter over at Classy Career Girl!

Salvage Your Look: 5 Desktop Beauty Essentials

beauty essentials copper fit in clouds

This post originally appeared on Classy Career Girl. 

We’ve all been there before: you spend an hour perfecting your hair, makeup, and clothing for a polished professional look, but somehow, between your bathroom and your desk, the bottom drops out. Whether the culprit’s a particularly sweltering or rainy commute, frigid office temps, or just unforgiving lighting, having a few desk essentials on hand can seriously save the day.

1. Lipstick

A swipe of your favorite color instantly makes you feel more confident and look more polished. On those days when you look in the bathroom mirror and think, “Why do I look so tired???” grab that lipstick and give yourself a lift.

Bonus: Lipstick can double as blush. Just dab a bit on your cheekbones and blend, blend, blend! You’ll wake up your face and boost your confidence.

2. Foldable Flats

Ever tried to survive the day in the world’s most excruciating heels? Me too. And it’s the worst. Stash a pair of foldable flats in your desk and you’ll never be stuck with tortured toes. Fit in Clouds makes a great pair that are comfortable, stylish and come in a variety of neutral colors that will go with any outfit.

Bonus: They come with their own matching bag, so you don’t have to feel weird about stashing dirty shoes in your drawer. 

3. A Neutral Scarf

If you work in a reliably climate controlled environment, you are one lucky gal. For the rest of us tempted to bring our snuggies to work and hover over a candle for warmth, a great neutral scarf can come in handy. It doesn’t take up much room and can actually provide a lot of warmth.

Bonus: A scarf dresses up any outfit! Throw it on for happy hour, and you’re instantly styled.

beauty essentials thin headband

Photo: Cosmopolitan

4. A Thin Headband

Most of us keep a hair tie on hand for days when our hair has a mind of its own. Dress up that pony by twisting it up into a high bun instead, then, add a thin head band for instant polish. Crazy hair=tamed.

Bonus: The high bun + headband combo makes you look more awake. Late night out? What late night out?

5. Eye Drops

Nothing brightens tired eyes like drops. Keep an anti-red eye variety on hand to soothe dryness and inflammation. Redness, be gone!

Bonus: If you sit in front of a computer all day, you’ll be amazed at how refreshed your eyes feel after a drop or two.

Which beauty essentials do you keep in your desk?

This post is written by Melissa Woodson, the Community Manager for @WashULaw, one of the premier LLM programs offered through Washington University in St. Louis that allows foreign attorneys to earn their LLM degree online

You must have heard by now about Marissa Mayer’s appointment to the CEO role at Yahoo! Marissa is a Google veteran and she was brought in after Yahoo! went through a series of cheif’s in an attempt to get its act together. In the language of business …”Google had eaten up Yahoo’s lunch” and Yahoo wanted to save itself from starvation.

So why are we blogging about this? What does this have to do with portable flats for women? Was Marissa Mayer a strong supporter of Fit in Clouds? That is probably not the case, even though I am sure she could use from comfortable flats after wearing heels all day! This is important because it represents the third tech company with a women CEO! That is right, we are ruling the fashion runways as well as the corner offices, all while keeping our heels high!

Last year, HP announced Meg Whitman as its CEO, then IBM announced Ginny Rometty as its CEO, and now you have Yahoo announcing Marissa Mayer as its CEO! A proud for us ladies, that have come a long way from ruling the household kitchen, to ruling some the worlds largest and most complex organizations!

 

 

 

 

So what do Irene Rosenfeld, Indra Nooyi and Patricia Woertz have in in common? Nothing other than the fact that they are top 3 of the 50 most powerful women in Business according to Fortune’s annual ranking of leading business women! These women have taken control of the executive boardroom, generally dominated by men and have re-shaped the american business landscape!

As a women run enterprise, with products designed for women, we salute these women and draw our inspiration from their success. The fortune’s story also lists the top 10 women entrepreneurs, who have the passion, ambition and dare to dream big.

Fortune’s story on power women has a strong resonance with Fit In Clouds. As a company started by women entrepreneurs, we turned an everyday problem faced by thousands of women into an opportunity. We not only contributed to the economy, but also contributed to make women’s life easier. Many of our customers are corporate women, who wear heels all day and have loved our portable shoes because they can slip into comfortable flats during travel -whether its in a cab in the city, or at the airport, or in their own car. With a demanding, yet supportive community, we received the feedback we need to help us get to where we are. Reading the fortune list, we can say things are only looking up from here!

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