Dressed for: Spring Jewels

Already Pretty outfit featuring burgundy blazer, radiant orchid dress, leopard pumps, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, Zara rhinestone necklace

Blazer – thrifted – similar
Dress – Land’s End
Belt – Amazon – similar color
Shoes – Anne Klein (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Mid-City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Necklace – Zara via eBaysimilar
Earrings – CJ Rose Boutique
Bracelet – thrifted – similar

I wore this mix of jewel tones to the recent Unlikely Entrepreneurs event, where the talented and visionary Nancy Rosenbaum interviewed me about my circuitous and odd career path. We taped the event and I hope to have some video to post in a few weeks once I’m back from my San Francisco trip and a little less overwhelmed. It was fascinating to have someone walk me through my various jobs chronologically, talk about my choices, and see exactly how unplanned most of my working life has been. Seems like every time I cook up a concrete plan, the Universe throws me a major curveball and I have to scrap it. Works for me. I feel like one of my major life lessons has been “Learn to roll with it,” and I am.

Anyone else feel like career planning never works but hard work and trust pull you through? Or do you rely on a far-reaching vision for your career goals and stick to it?


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10 Responses to “Dressed for: Spring Jewels”

  1. Sue

    When I was younger i wanted to write or to travel and, through lack of journalistic opportunities where I lived, I ended up joining the Women’s Royal Naval Service and travelling – until I married. When my children were young and my husband was out of work, I applied for a civil service job as a programmer and was successful. I decided to apply because i had read that if you were good at crosswords, you would make a good programmer. Yes, seriously! My next career change was when I started work at a new public body and nobody knew what my role would be. I said I had designed HR systems when working in IT, so they made me the personnel officer! I worked in HR until I retired, though I also trained as a complementary therapist and did that part-time. Finally, we retired to Spain and I wrote a book about my experiences (Retiring the Olé Way) and I became a blogger. So as you can see I didn’t exactly have a career plan, even though I’m now doing what I hoped to do when I left school about 48 years ago!

  2. Natalia Lialina

    It’s never plans for me. Only dreams. 🙂 And then work, passion, dedication and all that. And then some dreams again. Always dreams. 🙂

    You look fantastic! Gorgeous colors, great fit, and what a beautiful smile you have!

  3. shayelea

    I went to interior design school and now work in TV research doing project management and data/statistical analysis. So…I’m definitely a “jump at that opportunity when you have the chance” type. 🙂

  4. YesGrrrl

    Wow Sue, love your story!

    This is a topic that is fascinating to me. I’m planning for the last half of my career (and beyond), and have been reading lots of books and other materials related to life-coaching and “what’s your life purpose” — but many of the artists, writers, or just plain INTERESTING PEOPLE often have life stories where opportunities just fell into their laps, or turns were taken that brought about unforeseen adventures. My life has been also going that way so far, BUT without any significant successes. 🙂

    The “experts” overwhelmingly advise that you need a specific plan and goals, or you will never get where you want to go. I’ve been recently convinced that I have screwed everything up by not planning anything in my life, but the evidence seems to prove that either way can be a valid route to eventual success (and I suspect that chance and circumstance are actually a bigger part of the Meticulous Planning Method than anyone would care to admit).

    Can’t wait to hear more about this from others who post comments. I also look forward to the video or audio version of your speaking engagement, Sally.

  5. Carol Norris

    Love this dress on you Sal. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the dresses from Land’s End this year and have just ordered my third one. For a good work dress that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is flattering as well, these have been a real go-to this year!

  6. Danae Rem

    I went to your presentation and LOVED IT! Your story was very uplifting – just what I needed to hear that night. I was grousing to my husband as I left that I would much rather sit on the couch with him. So glad I didn’t!

    I am stumbling into entrepreneurial-ship myself and that night was having an extreme attack of the “what the heck am I doing?! Go get a job!”

    I’ve done everything right for the past 20 years – climbed the corporate ladder and expected to for the next 20 years. But something happened when I turned 50 and hit my 20 year anniversary at work. I was so exhausted and angry and frustrated and unhappy. I just wanted more. I resigned with no clear plan, though I’ve always been both a planner and goal setter. I’m going on faith and trust that the right thing is going to shake out for me.

    I continue to post for jobs – fear still owns me some days – and projects keep falling out of the sky at the most opportune times. So, I’m not starving, I’m not fear-less but I’m coming to understand that that’s the nature of running solo. And as you said, I can always go get a job.

    BTW: You looked absolutely fabulous. I was very inspired by your short ‘do! As a native Twin Citian, I’m dying to know who does your hair! 🙂 To celebrate the new me last August, I cut my hip length hair to a chin length bob but saw you rockin’ the short hair and still looking pretty and feminine and was inspired! Thank you.

    • Sally McGraw

      Thank you SO much for coming, Danae! And kudos to you for taking such a brave leap! I hope it all works out for you. Sometimes it just takes a while to get your footing.

      And my stylist is Jaimie Juettner at TC2. She is THE BEST and has been cutting my hair for more than two years. I have her do my makeup, too, when I have fancy-pantsy photo shoots, and she’s dynamite. Tell her I sent ya!