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:

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

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

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  3. And I'm sure you rocked it :)

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

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

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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 :)

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  8. 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!

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

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  10. And you looked great doing it! :)

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

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  12. You are absolutely lovely! Adorable dress x

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  13. 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

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  14. 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

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  15. 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!

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  16. 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!

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  17. LOL@ pro shmoozer :) Im loving your shoes!

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

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  19. I love the dress!!! Very pretty!!

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  20. I absolutely LOVE this outfit!

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    - Katelyn

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

    Rebecca (hearts)...

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  22. 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.

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  23. 7TwentySomethingsJanuary 17, 2012 12:26 PM

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

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  24. CurrentlyCovetingJanuary 17, 2012 1:16 PM

    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

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  25. 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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  26. hey :) how pretty u r !

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

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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

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  31. 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!?

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

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  33. 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 :-/

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

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  35. You look beautiful! Love the dress!

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  36. thx megan!! i love ur style!!

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  37. Lovely dress! :) You look so beautiful.

    xx Satu
    Indie by Heart

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  38. This is a great dress and I love your heels.

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  39. 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

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

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

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

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

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

    XO
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  45. 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!

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  46. 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!

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

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

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

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  50. 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!

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

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

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

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  55. 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
    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  56. 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

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  57. 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 :)

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

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  59. Ashleigh HutchinsonJanuary 18, 2012 12:16 AM

    Pretty dress!

    xo Ashleigh

    www.thedaileigh.com

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  60. 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.

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

    -april.

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  62. You look gorgeous! Great dress!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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

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

    The Life After

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


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  67. 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!

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

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  69. 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!

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  70. 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!

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  71. 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 :)

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

    I have no abilities to schmooze. None.

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

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

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

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  76. 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
    http://www.zlitle.com/

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Thank you for your sweet comments! They really do brighten up my day :)