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H ello Monday!! I mean, who are we kidding? Secretively, we are all thinking (insert a word the starts with F), is it really Monday… already? Mondays mean a few things: hangovers from brunching with friends for Sunday Funday, running late for a job we probably hate, and wearing questionable ‘business professional attire’ because we forgot to finish our laundry over the weekend (sh*t). #AdultingIsHardAF…

Recently, I came across a quote stating 70% of Americans HATE their job, according to Forbes. 70 percent!! (Holy cow, that’s a ton). It really got me thinking. Why continue to pursue jobs we hate? It’s simple. We all have bills. Don’t you desire nice things and want to ‘make it rain’ every now and again just because you can? But, we live in a highly systematic world. We are required to graduate college, hurry to land a job, meet a man, get married… you know the rest. Then we hit our mid 20’s and all of a sudden we are having quarter life crisis. This title is funny because I’m not sure there is a real way to ‘combat’ the common cubical. You have to do what you have to do. What I do know is that balance is key.

 3 Ways To Combat The Common Cubical Curse…or at least try

  1. Travel: Travel and travel as often as you can. Have you explored sites like Groupon Getaways, Travelzoo and LivingSocial? These sites have fantastic travel deals! There really is something to be said about navigating places that are outside the norm. When you experience a way of life that differs from your own, it opens you up to new perspectives! A fantastic travel blogger that I love is Passport To Friday. If you’re looking for amazing destinations to add to your bucket list, follow her Instagram and blog! Not only is she a Travel Goddess, but she’s incredibly darling… oh and her name is Chelsea (that’s not why I like her though). 😉
  2. Challenge Yourself: What are you passionate about and what are you doing to educated yourself further? I’m telling you, I do not know how it happened, but after graduating college I feel like I stopped really learning. Do you? It wasn’t until we decided to launch our blog, Not Necessarily Blonde, that I started challenging myself to learn new things again. I’ve learned more in 5 months than I have in 5 years! One of my favorite bloggers that teaches tips and tricks on blogging dos and don’ts has to be Thrifts and Threads! Not only do I think she’s beautiful, but she really provides insight on how to get started, tools she uses and how she grew her social media. If you’re not following her, you should @ThriftsandThreads. Brittany is a fantastic resource.
  3. Don’t dress for where you are… dress for where you plan on going: There are tons of studies showing your confidence and how you dress correlate with one another. They basically state don’t forget to do your laundry all weekend and roll into work like a hot mess. Instead… PLAN out your hot mess! Kidding – but, really. We all need inspiration on what to wear both professionally and personally! I know I do.  Here are a few of my absolute favorite local fashion gurus that are amazing on all fronts!
    • If you want boho fun: You have to check out Upbeat Soles. Shannon is amazing and such a great person/friend. She has a great awareness for who she is and her style is reflective! From big brim hats and over-sized sunnies to flowing unique pieces, she’s a must follow!
    • Looking for girly and sophisticated: Diary of a Debutante. Stephanie is your southern bell and a delightfully dainty girl. She loves pearls and dress and is the epitome of elegant. Not to mention she’s a”retired” beauty queen!
    • Everyday and easy: J’s Everyday Fashion. Jeanette takes high-end pieces seen on celebrities and creates the look for less. It is smart and bridges the gap from designer closets to ours!
    • Wanting a little sassy mixed with classy: Melanie Pace. We’ve worked together before and Mel is seriously a ball of energy! You’ll see pops of unexpected colors mixed with prints that truly match her outgoing persona.
    • Last but not least, my personal fav…. simple style. Although sometimes her blog may be too high-end for me right now, I adore Damsel In Dior. Jacey is super funny and relatable! She’s someone you could grab a Starbucks coffee with and share a bottle of wine no matter what time of day is deemed socially acceptable!

Each of these seven bloggers can provide inspiration and information. They can ignite your passion and evoke personal style. These ladies are leaders in the fashion world and honestly great friends to follow! What other tips can you provide to help combat the common cubical curse? Also, who do you follow that makes you feel inspired? Leave a comment for us below!

Here is a look into my personal style choices:

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Until next time,

Chelsey