Eclectic

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When I first opened the shop, I was really excited about the idea of not being tied to a corporate dress code. I could wear whatever I wanted to wear now because I was the boss. The only thing stopping me from dressing how I wanted was my moral duty to society to cover certain parts of my body and the police who enforce such moral codes. (See also neighbors.) 

I always envisioned a shop owner as someone who dressed a bit more eclectic, a bit more crazy because she could. Her job now was to be a well-dressed bad ass. (This description is probably written in one of my junior high journals buried some place where it should be.) When I think of someone’s job, I always think of the uniform that comes with it. Perhaps it’s because I was raised with Barbie dolls — with the change of an outfit and backdrop my Barbie (and myself) could be anything we wanted to be. Heels included, skills not; but that didn’t matter because if we weren’t good at one job we could just change clothes. 

It’s funny because I rarely find myself wearing clothes now that I couldn’t before at the office. (With the exception of many jean days in a row and a few short dresses. Not saying I didn’t wear short dresses before, I just hunched over more and wore flats. Optical illusions, people. They work.) But for some reason I find more freedom to be more eclectic because of my job title. I’m still appropriate, but just a little bit more free. 

To that I say to 23-year old Kendi who thought she had to dress the part of the administrative assistant she was: you dress however you’d like. Maybe not in scrubs because people would judge you for not being a nurse, but other than that do what you want and don’t worry about the rest. 

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Top: bloom

Pants: Dagg & Stacey // Similar-ish

Bag: Target

Shoes: ShoeMint “Hellin

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  1. Amanda says:

    LOVE this look, those pants are gorgeous!

    Xo, Amanda

    theamandakathryn.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  2. Lindsay says:

    Love this! And love the motivation to dress however you want πŸ™‚ I’m in that administrative position now!!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  3. Love your shoes! Such a fun color!

    xoxo,
    Andrea

    05.08.13 · Reply
  4. I love the collar detail on this top! Its gorgeous xo

    http://www.dashofkate.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  5. Tiffany Dechaine says:

    You’re amazing!! It’s not only your looks that I love but the wit and charm you exude through your writing, which always seems to hit home with me….this post is exactly what I needed today xo

    05.08.13 · Reply
  6. That bag is from Target?! No wayyyyy, it’s amazing. And so are your pants. And your shoes. And this entire outfit.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  7. kendall says:

    love the busy pants!! X
    dipped in yellow

    05.08.13 · Reply
  8. Megan Maddison says:

    Great outfit! Love the pants and the bag! I am lucky to work in a office that doesn’t require full business attire. I seem to get a way with my trendy looks – which I am thrilled about.

    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

    05.08.13 · Reply
  9. Natali says:

    Great post! Love your style πŸ™‚

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  10. Hi Hottie..!! I am drooling over that peplum blouse and the shoes.. GORGEOUS!

    risingcolors.blogspot.in

    05.08.13 · Reply
  11. Rachelle says:

    lol it must be so great to be your own boss, you look great.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  12. Jennifer says:

    My reaction went like this: That shirt! Those pants! Those shoes! lol So pretty!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  13. Sammy Casey says:

    Um, this outfit!

    And I know exactly where you are coming from when it comes to “dressing the part”. I’m currently a 24 year old Admin Assistant in the TV/Radio Business and I feel a lot of pressure to dress VERY professionally. For me, though, dressing this way makes me take my job much more serious. If I could wear jeans, a sweater, and flats every day than I might find myself… slacking. But when I’m walking into the building in a tailored suit and heels than I feel important… even if I’m just a little ol’ assistant.

    05.08.13 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      Absolutely! It’s like you have to figure out what works for your job. I remember feeling freaked out and not knowing what to wear and so I felt the need to dress like a 60 year old woman in scary flats. I say rock those heels and suits, girl!

      05.08.13 · Reply
  14. Elena says:

    I happen to currently be a 23-year old Executive Assistant and over the past year or two have been inspired by your blog to dress more creatively at work. Thanks!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  15. that peplum is banging! And I am loving your hair this length with the subtle ombre (intentional?)

    xx

    Here&Now

    05.08.13 · Reply
  16. Ashley says:

    This whole eclectic thing is perfect on you and I wish you dressed like this all the time! Its so much fun πŸ™‚ Love the pants

    xo Ashley

    thetiniestfirecracker.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  17. Hope Howland says:

    Haha.. yeah.. be free… Love the peplum top!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  18. Love these printed pants on you, they are so fun! And that is like the perfect peplum top. Super cute shoes too!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    05.08.13 · Reply
  19. Sara says:

    I really really love that top. It has just the right amount of sparkle. Plus, it looks great paired with those louder pants.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  20. rachel.weldrick says:

    Loving that peplum top! xox

    rachelsloves.blogspot.ca

    05.08.13 · Reply
  21. Karen L says:

    This is gorgeous!! You reminded me I have a white peplum top that I need to wear and post a pic of πŸ™‚ You definitely look the part of a well-dressed bad-ass shop owner!!
    ~Karen
    sewstitchincute.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  22. I. Grace says:

    Your 23-year old self would probably not believe the boss in you that you had all along and now unleashing in full force — outfitwise and beyond!

    Grace
    vitaMinnStyle.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  23. ektasheoran says:

    You are looking so beautiful..amazing pants!!

    Love form India
    http://unityinfashion.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  24. melissa rosenkilde says:

    Such a cute outfit! Seriously want those pants! And shoes!

    http://www.topitoff-mel.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  25. Love the “dress the part” of office work comment. I just retired and believe me, out went EVERY pair of black pants.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  26. Anna D Kart says:

    Those pants are so so so pretty! I would love a pair of those! Seriously! they don’t sell them online?
    And I agree with the dress code. When I’m teaching, I dress like a teacher all the time. It makes me feel (and look) more authoritative.

    happymedley.blogspot.com
    J.Crew GIveaway on the blog!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  27. Corporate Catwalk says:

    Love the peplum white top! It’s still my favorite shirt right now.

    http://thecorporatecatwalk.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  28. Code Overdressed says:

    So effortless chic! Love the fit of the pants, and the top makes the look so polished! That’s exactly how I envision store owners and I love how you’re style has changed since you opened the store, you make me want to go and splurge at your store!

    Cee. β™₯
    Code Overdressed

    05.08.13 · Reply
  29. Mariel says:

    You are so beautiful lady! So definitely smitten with your look. Seriously.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  30. FabEllis says:

    I love this look! The pants are perfect.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  31. The Adored Life says:

    Kendi, you are amazing. I admire your spirit, wit and honesty.

    http://www.theadoredlife.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  32. Smart Dresser says:

    Amazing look!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  33. Fashion Koketi says:

    Loving these pants!!!! You look great!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  34. carlibee says:

    Such a cute write up! So true!!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  35. Kimberly says:

    Loving these slouchy printed pants and the way the fitted peplum contrasts against them…such a cute look!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  36. I love your bloom peplum top!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  37. this has to be one of my favorite outfits you’ve done. perfection.

    hannah

    05.08.13 · Reply
  38. Nikell says:

    Love the pants…I agree…wear what you want (scrubs excluded (^_^))

    05.08.13 · Reply
  39. Steph says:

    I keep wanting to love peplum, but I just can’t! It looks so great on you and other bloggers, but I try it on and just feel like my hips are ALREADY peplum without a shirt drawing attention to it. πŸ™‚

    05.08.13 · Reply
  40. Kacie's Kloset says:

    I really love how the orange accessories bring out the orange in your pants!

    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  41. Gena says:

    Those shoes are perfect! Love your style

    xo

    Blush & Blossoms

    05.08.13 · Reply
  42. Amanda Massie says:

    LOVE this look, those pants are gorgeous!

    Xo, Amanda

    theamandakathryn.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  43. Lindsay says:

    Love this! And love the motivation to dress however you want πŸ™‚ I'm in that administrative position now!!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  44. Andrea Jaramillo says:

    Love your shoes! Such a fun color!

    xoxo,
    Andrea

    05.08.13 · Reply
  45. Kate Co says:

    I love the collar detail on this top! Its gorgeous xo

    http://www.dashofkate.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  46. Tiffany Dechaine says:

    You're amazing!! It's not only your looks that I love but the wit and charm you exude through your writing, which always seems to hit home with me….this post is exactly what I needed today xo

    05.08.13 · Reply
  47. That bag is from Target?! No wayyyyy, it's amazing. And so are your pants. And your shoes. And this entire outfit.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  48. love the busy pants!! X
    dipped in yellow

    05.08.13 · Reply
  49. Megan Maddison says:

    Great outfit! Love the pants and the bag! I am lucky to work in a office that doesn't require full business attire. I seem to get a way with my trendy looks – which I am thrilled about.

    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

    05.08.13 · Reply
  50. Natali says:

    Great post! Love your style πŸ™‚

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  51. Hi Hottie..!! I am drooling over that peplum blouse and the shoes.. GORGEOUS!

    risingcolors.blogspot.in

    05.08.13 · Reply
  52. Rachelle says:

    lol it must be so great to be your own boss, you look great.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  53. Jennifer says:

    My reaction went like this: That shirt! Those pants! Those shoes! lol So pretty!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  54. ashleigh says:

    LOVE those heels! I wish i could wear what I like to work. All black is all blah!
    -Ash
    http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  55. Sammy Casey says:

    Um, this outfit!

    And I know exactly where you are coming from when it comes to "dressing the part". I'm currently a 24 year old Admin Assistant in the TV/Radio Business and I feel a lot of pressure to dress VERY professionally. For me, though, dressing this way makes me take my job much more serious. If I could wear jeans, a sweater, and flats every day than I might find myself… slacking. But when I'm walking into the building in a tailored suit and heels than I feel important… even if I'm just a little ol' assistant.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  56. Kelly says:

    The color of that bag is divine, as is the print of your pants. You are totally right, don’t dress to what is thought of as the uniform. Dress like you want.

    XO
    http://secondhandspring.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  57. Elena says:

    I happen to currently be a 23-year old Executive Assistant and over the past year or two have been inspired by your blog to dress more creatively at work. Thanks!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  58. that peplum is banging! And I am loving your hair this length with the subtle ombre (intentional?)

    xx

    Here&Now

    05.08.13 · Reply
  59. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    i really adore these fun pants and the peplum! the shoes are awesome

    kw ladies in navy

    05.08.13 · Reply
  60. Ashley says:

    This whole eclectic thing is perfect on you and I wish you dressed like this all the time! Its so much fun πŸ™‚ Love the pants

    xo Ashley

    thetiniestfirecracker.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  61. Haha.. yeah.. be free… Love the peplum top!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  62. Love these printed pants on you, they are so fun! And that is like the perfect peplum top. Super cute shoes too!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    05.08.13 · Reply
  63. Sara says:

    I really really love that top. It has just the right amount of sparkle. Plus, it looks great paired with those louder pants.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  64. rachel.weldrick says:

    Loving that peplum top! xox

    rachelsloves.blogspot.ca

    05.08.13 · Reply
  65. Karen L says:

    This is gorgeous!! You reminded me I have a white peplum top that I need to wear and post a pic of πŸ™‚ You definitely look the part of a well-dressed bad-ass shop owner!!
    ~Karen
    sewstitchincute.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  66. Kendi Lea says:

    Absolutely! It's like you have to figure out what works for your job. I remember feeling freaked out and not knowing what to wear and so I felt the need to dress like a 60 year old woman in scary flats. I say rock those heels and suits, girl!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  67. I. Grace says:

    Your 23-year old self would probably not believe the boss in you that you had all along and now unleashing in full force — outfitwise and beyond!

    Grace
    vitaMinnStyle.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  68. ektasheoran says:

    You are looking so beautiful..amazing pants!!

    Love form India
    http://unityinfashion.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  69. melissa rosenkilde says:

    Such a cute outfit! Seriously want those pants! And shoes!

    http://www.topitoff-mel.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  70. Love the "dress the part" of office work comment. I just retired and believe me, out went EVERY pair of black pants.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  71. Lovely look! Great post and love your shoes πŸ™‚ x

    http://pslilyboutique.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  72. Anna D Kart says:

    Those pants are so so so pretty! I would love a pair of those! Seriously! they don't sell them online?
    And I agree with the dress code. When I'm teaching, I dress like a teacher all the time. It makes me feel (and look) more authoritative.

    happymedley.blogspot.com
    J.Crew GIveaway on the blog!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  73. Olivia J says:

    Love the peplum white top! It's still my favorite shirt right now.

    http://thecorporatecatwalk.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  74. So effortless chic! Love the fit of the pants, and the top makes the look so polished! That's exactly how I envision store owners and I love how you're style has changed since you opened the store, you make me want to go and splurge at your store!

    Cee. β™₯
    Code Overdressed

    05.08.13 · Reply
  75. Mariel Torres says:

    You are so beautiful lady! So definitely smitten with your look. Seriously.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  76. Love the print of those pants! And the jewels on the peplum top!

    ~Jessica

    Jeans and a Teacup

    05.08.13 · Reply
  77. FabEllis says:

    I love this look! The pants are perfect.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  78. Alissa Futhey says:

    Kendi, you are amazing. I admire your spirit, wit and honesty.

    http://www.theadoredlife.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  79. Maren Murphy says:

    Love your post! I definitely know where you are coming from. Just because one works in office doesn’t mean one has to pull out the pencil skirts and high heels every day of the week. I’m a young professional and I want to look like one! I do agree though, that I can’t get away with jeans as often as you can now that you are the boss, but even then, I still look more professional and put together in my jeans than many other people at my work. Sloppy slacks still look sloppy! The key is just looking put together and work appropriate. Glad you highlighted this. πŸ™‚

    05.08.13 · Reply
  80. Rosely Carrasco says:

    You have a lovely style. Its fun when you have the freedom to dress however you like.

    05.08.13 · Reply
  81. Loving these slouchy printed pants and the way the fitted peplum contrasts against them…such a cute look!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  82. I love your bloom peplum top!

    05.08.13 · Reply
  83. this has to be one of my favorite outfits you've done. perfection.

    hannah

    05.08.13 · Reply
  84. Nikell says:

    Love the pants…I agree…wear what you want (scrubs excluded (^_^))

    05.08.13 · Reply
  85. Stephanie Beyer says:

    I keep wanting to love peplum, but I just can't! It looks so great on you and other bloggers, but I try it on and just feel like my hips are ALREADY peplum without a shirt drawing attention to it. πŸ™‚

    05.08.13 · Reply
  86. Shaun says:

    Kendi–what size top did you get in the peplum top?? I usually follow the size guide on the side when it says what you wear and it usually works out πŸ™‚ Love this!!

    05.08.13 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      Hi Shaun! I am wearing a medium πŸ™‚ The peplum hits right at your natural waist, so it’s pretty high but once I got used to it, I liked it!

      05.09.13 · Reply
  87. Kacie Ellis says:

    I really love how the orange accessories bring out the orange in your pants!

    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  88. Jacqueline Avila says:

    I need those pants in my life! Also, loving your advice to 23-year-old Kendi πŸ™‚ Right now, my dress code at work is khakis, company shirt, and sneakers. But sometimes (outside of work) the trends intimidate me, and 23-year-old me starts to think, “Am I told old for that?” But you are so right. If it looks good (and decent haha) and I like it, then why should I care what anyone else thinks?

    05.08.13 · Reply
  89. Gena Palmieri says:

    Those shoes are perfect! Love your style

    xo

    Blush & Blossoms

    05.08.13 · Reply
  90. ashleigh says:

    LOVE those heels! I wish i could wear what I like to work. All black is all blah!
    -Ash
    http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  91. Kelly Westra says:

    The color of that bag is divine, as is the print of your pants. You are totally right, don't dress to what is thought of as the uniform. Dress like you want.

    XO
    http://secondhandspring.blogspot.com

    05.08.13 · Reply
  92. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    i really adore these fun pants and the peplum! the shoes are awesome

    kw ladies in navy

    05.08.13 · Reply
  93. Kati Nickl says:

    I am convinced you can pull off any look. Gorgeous! XO!

    Kati
    Glitz & Gold

    05.08.13 · Reply
  94. I am 23 AND a nurse… and I dream of wearing beautiful outfits like this to work! (but people would judge me for other reasons)

    05.08.13 · Reply
  95. Roanna Fernandes says:

    TRUTH! Amen, sistah! { http://www.jupiterskye.com }

    05.08.13 · Reply
  96. Lovely look! Great post and love your shoes πŸ™‚ x

    http://pslilyboutique.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  97. Patrice Mason says:

    This is quite possibly one of your best outfits this season (not that they all aren’t amazing) in my opinion. When I copy this look I promise to give you credit but I may not link this page… I don’t want my attempt to be judged to harshly. I’m just saying, a girl does have to protect her self-esteem and you honey are just far too fabulous πŸ™‚

    05.08.13 · Reply
  98. Love the print of those pants! And the jewels on the peplum top!

    ~Jessica

    Jeans and a Teacup

    05.09.13 · Reply
  99. oh I will definitely need to get a peplum blouse like that. Just got a pair of patterned trousers! Loving this spring look!

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  100. Love your post! I definitely know where you are coming from. I work a professional 9-5 job in an office, and still find the ability to dress how I want in an appropriate way more often than not. Just because one works in office doesn't mean one has to pull out the pencil skirts and high heels every day of the week. I'm a young professional and I want to look like one! I do agree though, that I can't get away with jeans as often as you can now that you are the boss, but even then, I still look more professional and put together in my jeans than many other people at my work. Sloppy slacks still look sloppy! The key is just looking put together and work appropriate. Glad you highlighted this. πŸ™‚

    05.09.13 · Reply
  101. Rosely Carrasco says:

    You have a lovely style. Its fun when you have the freedom to dress however you like.

    05.09.13 · Reply
  102. Jackie says:

    I’m a 23 year old administrative assistant, and I salute you.

    05.09.13 · Reply
  103. Shaun says:

    Kendi–what size top did you get in the peplum top?? I usually follow the size guide on the side when it says what you wear and it usually works out πŸ™‚ Love this!!

    05.09.13 · Reply
  104. Mica says:

    Such a lovely peplum top! I really like the embellished neckline! πŸ™‚

    Away From Blue

    05.09.13 · Reply
  105. I need those pants in my life! Also, loving your advice to 23-year-old Kendi πŸ™‚ Right now, my dress code at work is khakis, company shirt, and sneakers. But sometimes (outside of work) the trends intimidate me, and 23-year-old me starts to think, "Am I told old for that?" But you are so right. If it looks good (and decent haha) and I like it, then why should I care what anyone else thinks?

    05.09.13 · Reply
  106. Wilma says:

    I am a Software Developer and most of the time, i think my job doesn’t give me an excuse to dress nicely. But little by little, I learned to dress the way I want but complying to the standards of our office and appropriate to my job. You have a very good outfit dear. πŸ™‚

    xo, Wilma
    http://ohsopetite.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  107. ee epink says:

    Dear Kendi,
    Thank you for being YOU! I love the way you dress, and the way you write. You`re a continous inspiration.
    My best best wishes!
    Eri

    05.09.13 · Reply
  108. Kati Nickl says:

    I am convinced you can pull off any look. Gorgeous! XO!

    Kati
    Glitz & Gold

    05.09.13 · Reply
  109. Stephanie Janiak says:

    I am 23 AND a nurse… and I dream of wearing beautiful outfits like this to work! (but people would judge me for other reasons)

    05.09.13 · Reply
  110. Roanna Fernandes says:

    TRUTH! Amen, sistah! { http://www.jupiterskye.com }

    05.09.13 · Reply
  111. I love the peplum top! And the pants too. So glad you take a few risks with your wardrobe. I need to do the same!

    I just started my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out!

    http://mollycurley.blogspot.com

    xo Molly

    05.09.13 · Reply
  112. Supal says:

    oh I will definitely need to get a peplum blouse like that. Just got a pair of patterned trousers! Loving this spring look!

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  113. Jackie says:

    I'm a 23 year old administrative assistant, and I salute you.

    05.09.13 · Reply
  114. Mica says:

    Such a lovely peplum top! I really like the embellished neckline! πŸ™‚

    Away From Blue

    05.09.13 · Reply
  115. the pants and shoes…perfection!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

    05.09.13 · Reply
  116. Steffy says:

    I know how you feel. In the past, I have always had jobs that had … dress codes, or uniforms, or … things I knew I couldn’t wear. I now have a great job that pretty much doesn’t care what I wear (you know, so long as it’s appropriate.) So from day to day, it’s always fun. Dress up, dress down, just being myself. Now, THAT’S the life!

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  117. Wilma says:

    I am a Software Developer and most of the time, i think my job doesn't give me an excuse to dress nicely. But little by little, I learned to dress the way I want but complying to the standards of our office and appropriate to my job. You have a very good outfit dear. πŸ™‚

    xo, Wilma
    http://ohsopetite.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  118. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    I couldn’t agree more – I always dress for myself because that’s what makes me feel good! Love how “peplummy” that peplum top is! You always look work/life/fun appropriate!

    -Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://ceislin.com/

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  119. Agi says:

    I love this peplum top. Do you ship to Canada? I agree, i dress for myself. Funny you mention scrubs and being a nurse. I am a nurse but I still won’t wear my scrubs to work. I dress up to go to work and then I change into my scrubs when i get there. I dress for myself and I want to feel pretty for myself and for my son. He is quickly becoming quite the vocal fashionista. He loves my style and when I dress up. Great post Kendi.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  120. ee epink says:

    Dear Kendi,
    Thank you for being YOU! I love the way you dress, and the way you write. You`re a continous inspiration.
    My best best wishes!
    Eri

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  121. Carmen says:

    Love the peplum top and that bag!!

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  122. anca.lb90 says:

    The top is stunning and it looks great with your figure, it makes your legs stand out so much and the heels elongate your legs.
    β™₯ http://www.101FashionStreet.com β™₯

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  123. Sincerely Sammie says:

    The shoes and pants are killing me! You look so adorable with that little peplum top, too!

    http://www.sincerelysammie.com/

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  124. I love the peplum top! And the pants too. So glad you take a few risks with your wardrobe. I need to do the same!

    I just started my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out!

    http://mollycurley.blogspot.com

    xo Molly

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  125. Haha, you are too funny. I love to read your posts.

    It’s so nice to be a boss and wear whatever you like. I work from a home studio so I really can wear whatever I want ;). I always dress up, but if I want a pajama day, I’ll have that pajama day!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

    ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

    http://luciafloresdesigndiary.blogspot.com

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  126. scunningham says:

    A few years ago, I had a similar moment where I wrote down what I’d tell 23-year-old civil engineer me about workplace fashion.

    “Just because everyone else around you wears golf shirts and reverse-fit double pleated khakis, or button-down shirts and reverse fit double-pleated khakis, or scuffed brown leather Doc Martens and wrinkled reverse fit double-pleated khakis does not mean YOU have to follow suit. Dress cute, for pete’s sake. When you feel cute, you’ll be confident. And confidence is way more important for your career than blending in, or wasting hours ironing your damn khakis. (You’ll never get those hours back, and besides, do you really want to be remembered as The Girl with the Impeccably Pressed Pants? I didn’t think so.)”

    Older, wiser me boils it down to “Dress to respect, not to conform. Unless you need a big favor. In that case, wear a miniskirt and bring donuts to the office that day.”

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  127. This is great advice Kendi. As a stay-at-home mommy/ blogger I have the freedom of dressing however I want but find myself more confident and productive when I dress a little snappier. I think you’ve mastered the eclectic shop owner/badass look. I love the embellished peplum and those funky patterned pants!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  128. Nchanel says:

    Your writing is always so inspirational and funny! I think most boring offices have boring dress codes, but you have that freedom to wear fun clothes not just on your blog but also life…. that’s awesome.

    http://www.chanelwears.com

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  129. I was also raised on Barbie dolls – I think that’s why I always kind of wanted to be a flight attendant – they always had the coolest outfits! Except, if the Christian Louboutin exclusives were available back then… wow, I wonder what my career aspirations would’ve been.
    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

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  130. Molly Masters-Selten says:

    the pants and shoes…perfection!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

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  131. Steffy says:

    I know how you feel. In the past, I have always had jobs that had … dress codes, or uniforms, or … things I knew I couldn't wear. I now have a great job that pretty much doesn't care what I wear (you know, so long as it's appropriate.) So from day to day, it's always fun. Dress up, dress down, just being myself. Now, THAT'S the life!

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  132. Nina B. says:

    So freakin’ adorable. Also: insightful. One of my favorite outfits and posts from you!

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  133. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    I couldn't agree more – I always dress for myself because that's what makes me feel good! Love how "peplummy" that peplum top is! You always look work/life/fun appropriate!

    -Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://ceislin.com/

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  134. Sree says:

    Love the top …

    Check out my latest post at
    http://ithinkiloveit2.blogspot.com/

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  135. Carmen says:

    Love the peplum top and that bag!!

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  136. Sincerely Sammie says:

    The shoes and pants are killing me! You look so adorable with that little peplum top, too!

    http://www.sincerelysammie.com/

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  137. CJ says:

    As a woman entering into the very conservative world of college professorship, I find this post extremely relevant! I’m totally gonna rock a skirt and maybe even some color at my upcoming job interviews. (gasp!) Thanks for your many outfit ideas that help me in the business-but-not-frumpy category.

    05.09.13 · Reply
  138. Haha, you are too funny. I love to read your posts.

    It's so nice to be a boss and wear whatever you like. I work from a home studio so I really can wear whatever I want ;). I always dress up, but if I want a pajama day, I'll have that pajama day!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

    ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

    http://luciafloresdesigndiary.blogspot.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  139. scunningham says:

    A few years ago, I had a similar moment where I wrote down what I'd tell 23-year-old civil engineer me about workplace fashion.

    "Just because everyone else around you wears golf shirts and reverse-fit double pleated khakis, or button-down shirts and reverse fit double-pleated khakis, or scuffed brown leather Doc Martens and wrinkled reverse fit double-pleated khakis does not mean YOU have to follow suit. Dress cute, for pete's sake. When you feel cute, you'll be confident. And confidence is way more important for your career than blending in, or wasting hours ironing your damn khakis. (You'll never get those hours back, and besides, do you really want to be remembered as The Girl with the Impeccably Pressed Pants? I didn't think so.)"

    Older, wiser me boils it down to "Dress to respect, not to conform. Unless you need a big favor. In that case, wear a miniskirt and bring donuts to the office that day."

    05.09.13 · Reply
  140. Chelsea Tubbs says:

    This is great advice Kendi. As a stay-at-home mommy/ blogger I have the freedom of dressing however I want but find myself more confident and productive when I dress a little snappier. I think you've mastered the eclectic shop owner/badass look. I love the embellished peplum and those funky patterned pants!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

    05.09.13 · Reply
  141. Your writing is always so inspirational and funny! I think most boring offices have boring dress codes, but you have that freedom to wear fun clothes not just on your blog but also life…. that's awesome.

    http://www.chanelwears.com

    05.09.13 · Reply
  142. Caroline L. says:

    I was also raised on Barbie dolls – I think that's why I always kind of wanted to be a flight attendant – they always had the coolest outfits! Except, if the Christian Louboutin exclusives were available back then… wow, I wonder what my career aspirations would've been.
    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

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  143. Olivia Muenter says:

    OBSESSED.

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  144. Alina says:

    This is hands-down my favorite outfit you’ve ever done. Keep up the eclectic vibe!

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  145. Nina B. says:

    So freakin' adorable. Also: insightful. One of my favorite outfits and posts from you!

    05.09.13 · Reply
  146. Sree says:

    Love the top …

    Check out my latest post at
    http://ithinkiloveit2.blogspot.com/

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  147. Kendi Lea says:

    Hi Shaun! I am wearing a medium πŸ™‚ The peplum hits right at your natural waist, so it's pretty high but once I got used to it, I liked it!

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  148. Myrna says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes. If I wasn’t so clumsy I would definitely snatch those right up.
    XX-Myrna
    Mybeatboutique.blogspot.com

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  149. Nia .A says:

    Love this outfit and your words made me laugh which is always nice. =)

    XO

    Nia

    My Most Recent Outfit Post

    My Bloglovin account

    Inch2ThePoint.blogspot.co.uk

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  150. Nathy F. says:

    I currently work at the counseling center at my university. At first I thought I should tone my style down, since it’s a more serious setting and the kind of work I do with the students demands that they take me seriously. Hard for them to do, since I look their age (I am).

    Little by little, though, I couldn’t help myself and my true clothing personality would come out. Turns out the counselors really like my true “working girl” style and the students do too. I will look their age regardless of how I dress, so why not give it my all, right?

    Loved this eclectic look on you. The bag is incredible! Can’t believe it’s from Target. Actually, I can, because I heart Target. Love the embellished peplum top too. πŸ™‚

    xo,
    -Nathy
    Earnestyle

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  151. CJ says:

    As a woman entering into the very conservative world of college professorship, I find this post extremely relevant! I'm totally gonna rock a skirt and maybe even some color at my upcoming job interviews. (gasp!) Thanks for your many outfit ideas that help me in the business-but-not-frumpy category.

    05.09.13 · Reply
  152. Candice says:

    Hands down one of your funniest (and truthful) blog postings–I can TOTALLY relate:)! Glad you love what you do!

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  153. Love the chunky heels!
    xx Allie

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  154. the egg says:

    amen sister!

    xo the egg out west.

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  155. Alina says:

    This is hands-down my favorite outfit you've ever done. Keep up the eclectic vibe!

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  156. Love how youve pinned your hair back today and the outfit too!

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  157. Myrna says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes. If I wasn't so clumsy I would definitely snatch those right up.
    XX-Myrna
    Mybeatboutique.blogspot.com

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  158. Nia .A says:

    Love this outfit and your words made me laugh which is always nice. =)

    XO

    Nia

    My Most Recent Outfit Post

    My Bloglovin account

    Inch2ThePoint.blogspot.co.uk

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  159. nathyness says:

    I currently work at the counseling center at my university. At first I thought I should tone my style down, since it's a more serious setting and the kind of work I do with the students demands that they take me seriously. Hard for them to do, since I look their age (I am).

    Little by little, though, I couldn't help myself and my true clothing personality would come out. Turns out the counselors really like my true "working girl" style and the students do too. I will look their age regardless of how I dress, so why not give it my all, right?

    Loved this eclectic look on you. The bag is incredible! Can't believe it's from Target. Actually, I can, because I heart Target. Love the embellished peplum top too. πŸ™‚

    xo,
    -Nathy
    Earnestyle

    05.10.13 · Reply
  160. Candice says:

    Hands down one of your funniest (and truthful) blog postings–I can TOTALLY relate:)! Glad you love what you do!

    05.10.13 · Reply
  161. Love the chunky heels!
    xx Allie

    05.10.13 · Reply
  162. the egg says:

    amen sister!

    xo the egg out west.

    05.10.13 · Reply
  163. dinavanessamercado says:

    Great post! Hope to see you in my blog real soon! I’m your follower!

    Kisses from VV!
    http://www.voguelyvan.com

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  164. Love how youve pinned your hair back today and the outfit too!

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  165. Dina Karivalis says:

    Love that peplum top. I need to order from your shop! (and not I didnt mean for that to rhyme) lol

    xxo Dina

    Sweetest Somethings

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  166. dinavanessamercado says:

    Great post! Hope to see you in my blog real soon! I'm your follower!

    Kisses from VV!

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  167. Caroline says:

    I like how you paired this outfit together! Well done!

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  168. Adorable!

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  169. Love that peplum top. I need to order from your shop! (and not I didnt mean for that to rhyme) lol

    xxo Dina

    Sweetest Somethings

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  170. Caroline says:

    I like how you paired this outfit together! Well done!

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  171. Adorable!

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  172. Deusapps says:

    Oh my goodness that leather is simply so stylish….:)

    iPad developer wanted

    05.11.13 · Reply
  173. Oh my goodness that leather is simply so stylish….:)

    iPad developer wanted

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  174. Saddy says:

    The shoes are wonderful!!

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  175. Saddy says:

    The shoes are wonderful!!

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  176. vannyall says:

    Loved your looks! πŸ˜‰

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  177. vannyall says:

    Loved your looks! πŸ˜‰

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  178. I love the background behind your outfit post – I definitely agree with not letting corporate culture squash your style. Love the peplum top against the wild patterned pants!

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  179. Hey you looked so magnetic:)

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  180. Hey you looked so magnetic:)

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  181. Debora @ Expression Thru Style says:

    This top looks beautiful on you. So flattering.

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  182. Debora @ Expression Thru Style says:

    This top looks beautiful on you. So flattering.

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