You Schmooze or You Lose





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*Heels, Dress*

This weekend I attended a conference for work. I've gotten used to working from home, and it's definitely much easier to sound professional and make corny jokes over the phone than it is in person. Acting like a real adult for 3 days was tiring!

My duty was basically 'professional schmoozer'. I met and chatted with lots of people who have more college degrees than I have shoes. While everyone carried on intelligent conversations, I carried away multiple glasses of wine from the bar.

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79 comments:

jugglingchic said...

Such a pretty dress! I saw those shoes at Goodwill but they weren't in my size, darn it!

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SimplyChic said...

wow, love that dress! the pattern is awesome and those colors look great on you! :)

Jill said...

And I'm sure you rocked it :)

Katha Strophe said...

I bet you were the best dressed one there!
The dress looks amazing on you.

Tara_St said...

Those heels look great with that dress. I love the pattern mixing.

Tara
Penniless Socialite

Daily Jenn said...

Wow, I love that dress! You look stunning :) Haha, it is so hard to schmooze and make small talk with random professionals. I wish networking weren't so important.

Ki said...

Ha ha! It can be boring to chit chat with people you don't really know! :P you look great in this dress though and I'm sure you looked smashing that day as well :)

two birds said...

A professional conference sounds like my worst nightmare! But free wine would definitely make it better. This dress is amazing on you! You look super fabulous!

EnterKelly said...

I love this dress on you! You look amazing!! And schmoozing is hard sometimes, eh? The wine probably made it all better though :)

Mel said...

And you looked great doing it! :)

Looks & Books said...

Really pretty and classic look. Those Missoni for Target heels are wonderful!

Dizzy Tea said...

You are absolutely lovely! Adorable dress x

Anita said...

oh this is such a beautiful dress!
what kind of conference was it? an scientific conference? these are always real "horror"-trips for me, I feel a bit "stupid" next to all these brilliant genious people... I with my little (one!) degree from university...
So I can totally understand why it was a bit tiring for you!
xxx Anita

Annie said...

Sounds like exactly what I would have done (with the wine) :) You look gorgeous in this dress - absolutely love the pattern!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Lindsey said...

ah so jealous you were able to snag some heels from the Missoni X Target collab. they look so chic paired with your printed dress!

caitlin said...

sounds terrifying! i HATEHATE schmoozing and do not possess the necessary skills to do it successfully. much wine would be needed indeed. at least you look lovely!

Keesha said...

LOL@ pro shmoozer :) Im loving your shoes!

grace kim said...

you look very professional but still fierce! hahaha hopefully the shoes were comfy (they look it)

Karin Howell said...

I love the dress!!! Very pretty!!

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Katelyn Rattray said...

I absolutely LOVE this outfit!

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- Katelyn

Rebecca said...

Great dress! Love the fit and the pattern. And I agree, schmoozing is definitely tiring!

Rebecca (hearts)...

Loren Cline said...

Love this dress on you!
But I completely disagree. I have such a terrible time communicating over the phone, in person is so much easier. I think the lack of body language makes it difficult for me. I'd love to work from home but I'm afraid my inept phone skills will make that impossible.

7TwentySomethings said...

I like!! That is such a cute dress! Perfect for an work event! :)

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Biser said...

really lovely!<3

CurrentlyCoveting said...

Sounds all too familiar, I used to have to travel around a ton for my old job with...ready for it?... Nuclear medicine doctors and technologists... Yeah about that wine.

You look great, especially love the shoesies!

XO,
Erin

Judith Parra said...

This dress has such a great print & is much more fun for a work event than the usual black pant outfit :)

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so anthro said...

What a perfect outfit! Love how you styled the heels too, have yet to wear mine with a dress!

Ginger Flair said...

Oh man, I generally despise work conferences. Its just a bunch of forced small talk and pretending to care. :P. At least there was wine! And you look great! Love that dress.

Mandy said...

Love this outfit! It is a great color on you. I regret not getting anything from the Missoni for Target collection!

Mandy
The Klury Report & Kini Style

Casey said...

You were one of those people who were awesome enough to get something from Target's Missoni collection!! Very cute and very shmoozy :) Okay now I think you should help me craft a plan to get some Jason Wu...you in or what!?

Salazar said...

Love the print on the dress - almost like camouflage but not quite so literal. And the colors look great too!

ShyScout said...

Haha. This outfit looks incredible on you. I love the pattern of the dress. I tried to buy those shoes the other day but they were out of my size :-/

Charity said...

aren't you classy! I'm loving those heels, very fun. perfect for schmoozin'!

Rhoda said...

You look beautiful! Love the dress!

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Regie Yoshizato said...

thx megan!! i love ur style!!

IndieByHeart said...

Lovely dress! :) You look so beautiful.

xx Satu
Indie by Heart

Ria Michelle said...

This is a great dress and I love your heels.

Nicole Frankie hearts fashion said...

That dress is fab! xo

Audrey said...

You look so lady-like, Megan! This look suits you well. Ah, work events, don't you just love 'em? (not really)... www.casualglamorous.com

contrary kiwi said...

That sounds like a difficult job. Better you than me, that's for sure! I love how your dress is camo xDD

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Now, now...who needs college degrees when you've got shoes!

Alyssa said...

The green looks lovely with your hair color...so pretty ;)

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Tara said...

Very pretty dress...love the pattern and colors of it!

Hsboschke30 said...

haha - well done! I think you are much smarter than all those folks with degrees anywho :) Lovely dress by the way :)

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Susie Mae said...

Perfect outfit for schmoozing! I'm the opposite--I clam up and get nervous on the phone but feel much more comfortable in meetings face-to-face, as long as those meeting with think I'm as charming as I do (kidding!).
Also, perfect redhead colors, bravo!

tourist in my town said...

haha i love how you describe them having more degrees than your shoe collection. i agree- sometimes it's hard to be all adult. love the dress!

Brenda @ The Funky Junkie said...

Love the dress and totally love your description of life as a working woman....yep, sounds about right.

Brenda @ The Funky Junkie said...

Love the dress and totally love your description of life as a working woman....yep, sounds about right.

Elanor said...

that's quite a pretty dress, girl! business-y enough but classy and cute.
xx

Katie said...

I wanted this to be called you schmooze, you booze... but you went for the classy route. That's cool! Love good finds at Ross and TJ Maxx! And I LOVED the last line in this post. Perfect sentiment!

Melissa said...

Sounds like you made the most of it! Love the way you've styled the Missoni pumps - the colors are so pretty!

Wisegurl543 said...

Wow, I love your dress and heels! You look gorgeous :)
Haha, professional schmoozer huh? xD
I'm a new follower now! ;)

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Kelly (Fashion Fuel) said...

Such a chic outfit! These shoes are one of my favorites from the Missoni for Target line, but sadly I missed out on them :(

Katie said...

Oh geez, that sounds super stressful! I commend you for it! Large groups of people make me hide! You look fabulous, though!
-Katie

Lizzie said...

Oh man, what a great way to spend 3 days of your life haha. I would have made a permanent home at the bar if I were in that situation as well.

Nice dress! Such a unique and lovely print....and those heels are pretty much perfection.

xo
Lizzie
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Grace Wainwright said...

Haha I don't blame you! That's a super awkward situation. Your outfit is cute though (which is all that matters, right? right.) I love the print on your dress. And this is probably creepy I noticed, but I really like your nail polish. I tend to stick to nude or light pink nail polishes because they chip after I kid you not two hours. Oh and the fact that when I paint my nails it looks like a four year old coloring out of the lines.

A Southern Drawl

Hannah, the braided bandit said...

Haha l LOVE the last part, so funny! I totally do that too when forced to act like an adult! Good job at looking professional, yet still cute and un-stuffy :)

Lauren said...

Your posts always crack me up. Bonus, you look great! :)

Ashleigh Hutchinson said...

Pretty dress!

xo Ashleigh

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Kate, Perpetual Student's Wife said...

Lovely, lovely. Isn't playing nicey nice exhausting? This dress was such a great choice- flattering fit, color and the right balance of spunk and professionalism.

April said...

I'm sure that dress made you look really professional! It's super cute.

-april.

Natalie said...

You look gorgeous! Great dress!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

Sarah said...

Love the print on your dress! Thanks for your comment hun x

Thelifeafter said...

exhausting 3 days... behaving as an adult!! Lovely dress!

The Life After

Januarysublime said...

Haha we are NOT looking forward to the day we have to start acting like adults. That would be after this summer! Great blog!

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Mica said...

That is an amazing dress! Love the shape and the print, it looks fantastic on you :)


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TheChicTeach said...

Yeah...this definitely describes me at my Christmas work party this year! It's my first year, so all the inside joke shenanigans were just so much to take it. Well played, well played!

Feathers & Freckles said...

Yes, a scientific conference. It was very intimidating, and my measly one degree did not stand a chance against their 20 :D

Feathers & Freckles said...

Haha, not creepy at all! Yeah, lately I've been drawn to light pinks. This is just a cheap Revlon color. I hear ya, my nails are always chipping RIGHT after I paint them... ugh!

Kristina Gulino said...

You and me both. At my last job, I had to attend networking events on behalf of my boss cause she was too busy, and boy, was it draining! That dress is the perfect length on you. I'm sure you were darling all 3 days!

Lauren Rice said...

I love shopping for dresses at Ross. Especially Calvin Klein! They fit super well. I'm actually wearing a Calvin Klein dress from Ross as we speak :)

Linda Z said...

You remind my of "The Help" here. LOVE that movie.

I have no abilities to schmooze. None.

Samizdatik said...

Me two nights ago, I had lots of wine - not much help. Dress/Shoes? Awesome finds!

Kim A. said...

And I know you looked fab while doing it! What a great dress! :D

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Caitlin said...

i might be slightly obsessed with your hair. so sweet!

Zlittle said...

That dress is really cute Megan. I love the design. Add a jacket, tights and a pair of glasses, your job as a "professional schmoozer" will be even better (hahah)
ROSS!! is my favorite store too.

Suzana
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Violets and Cardamom said...

Love your look here!

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