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#BestYearEver: Step Up Your Career Game

Office advice and outfit ideas to help you kill it at work

We could all benefit from a little boost at work, and we’re not talking about coffee. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new job, hoping for a promotion or just want to make a great impression at work, find out how to improve your career game with our tips and outfit ideas below.

Get organized. Find a system that works for you. Buy a planner and write down everything in it, so you’ll always have something to reference if you forget about an important meeting or to-do. Or, if you prefer digital, sync your computer calendar with your phone’s so you’ll always know what’s going on.

Think ahead. Don’t put off something just because you have the time to do so. Deadlines are in place for a reason, and even if you’re constantly getting things done in the nick of time, you will always feel a little behind.

Be proactive. If you’ve been at your current job for a while, it’s easy to get comfortable with your daily routine. Pretend like you’re a new hire and impress your boss and coworkers with your go-getter attitude.

Offer your opinion. Whether it’s a technical issue that needs solving or an unprompted design idea that you came up with, your colleagues will appreciate your eagerness to help. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Dress to impress. You’ve heard it before because it’s true - dress for the job you want. You don’t have to spend a fortune on new work clothes, but finding pieces that show your style and professionalism makes all the difference.

Office-Friendly Outfits

The Fashion Girl

Unstructured long jacket

ASOS Long Sleeve Deep V Neck Blouse

COPE Cropped Modern Trouser Pant

Crossover Sandals With Metallic Heel

Soleil Small Bucket Drawstring Bag

The Creative Girl

Denver Coat

Fitted boyfriend chambray shirt

Frida floral-print pencil skirt

Dolce Vita Wendi Heeled Sandal

Double Body City Bag

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Why does one negative comment destroy several positive ones?

I’m going to give what I believe is the answer. It’s very simple.

You step out in a new outfit and many people tell you how awesome you look. Then one stops and says it’s the most hideous thing they’ve ever seen.

Here’s what happens.

"You look cute!"

"Wow, gorgeous."

"That’s a really nice outfit!"

"Great color, you make it pop!"

"That’s so pretty."

"What an ugly shirt!"

"I love that color on you."

"That’s nice! Where’d you get it?"

"I love it!"

Your day might be wrecked by that comment. Why?

Perhaps it’s because that person told you what they really think, and that makes our brain jump through hoops and conclude everyone else must really think that too and they are just too polite to say something. So this outfit must really be that hideous.

What we need to do is reverse that thinking. Sure, one person might have hated the outfit. That doesn’t mean everyone will hate it.

The reason I’m saying this is I used to go through this line of thinking with my fanfiction. I used to think it had to be so perfect that nobody would have anything negative to say, and when someone inevitably did say something negative I would get so angry about it. I’m not talking about negative concrit where someone is trying to help me improve, I’m talking about people who just say, “This fic is awful and you should quit!”

Even today, I struggle with the notion that everything I write secretly sucks and people are just being nice. I’m not fishing for compliments, I’m stating it like it is. Keep reading before you start typing. When I start thinking I’m sucky at writing, I remember it’s my own negativity trying to fight me and now I fight back with positivity. I tell myself I’m a pretty decent (fanfic) writer and I don’t let fear hold me back from running with wild ideas.

I treat my fics like they’re a food, let’s say bananas. There are always people in the world don’t like bananas and some will be outspoken in voicing their dislike. That doesn’t mean bananas suck as a fruit, and it doesn’t mean my writing sucks either.

So reverse your thinking the next time someone comes out of the throng with a negative comment when you’ve been getting several that are positive. It’s one person who doesn’t like something— that doesn’t mean everyone hates it too.

If there is someone in your life who makes it a mission to meanly point out only your flaws, realize it might be them reflecting their own insecurities onto you.

Secondly, if you have an outfit that makes you feel fricken AMAZING and YOU think you look great, wear it and own it. Confidence can turn practically anything you put on into awesomeness! 

Here, I’ll prove it.

The bullied, self-hating high school version of me wouldn’t dream of posting the “nerdy” pic. Now, if people want to say the outfit looks stupid and I’m an idiot for wearing it, they can go right ahead. I’m comfortable in it, I LIKE that it waves my nerd flag and I love my Godzilla slippers more than someone else’s opinion of them! Likewise, if someone wanted to tell me my sophisticated outfit is ugly, let them. Let ‘em yell that my big earrings are gross and that I should cover my toothpick legs. I LIKE big, dangly earrings and I love how I look in heels. Also, infinity scarves are da bomb! 

Confidence and positivity are the key, and I KNOW you have it in you! So go out there and be the wonderful, awesome, cool person you are!

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would protect LGBT people from getting fired or discriminated against on the job, has been left off the 2015 defense spending bill in a 7-3 vote in a House committee. Translated: it’s the end of the road for this workplace equality bill in particular, but not for the fight for workplace equality overall.

According to research by the Center for American Progress, 1 in 10 LGB workers have been fired for their sexual orientation, and as many as 47% of trans people have been fired, not hired or denied a promotion for being trans. The report also stated that “In 14 states, individuals can legally marry their same-sex partner on Sunday and then legally be fired from their jobs on Monday simply for exercising that right.”

Now that ENDA’s dead, there’s been a push to start the legislation process again with a better bill and a better strategy. This past Wednesday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) held an event that featured keynote speaker Sen. Jeff Merkley, who was the main champion of ENDA in the Senate. In his address, Merkley pledged to introduce a new, more comprehensive bill, which he called the “Equality Act of 2015.” Unlike ENDA, the Equality Act would aim to provide nondiscrimination protections in areas beyond employment, including “public accommodations, housing, jury service, and financial transactions for LGBT Americans.” In a statement to TIME, Merkeley said, “It can’t be right that people are thrown out of their rental housing because of their LGBT status or can be denied entry to a movie theater or to a restaurant. That simply is wrong and we need to take on this broader agenda.” As far as religious exemptions, the Equality Act intends to use the narrow religious exemptions that are already in place for categories like race, instead of the broad exemptions that made it into the final versions of ENDA.

Just one little bump. This fight isn’t over.