Monday, May 9, 2011

Proper Professional: A Day in the Life Too

The Proper Professional feature was birthed out my desire to spread the blogging love while also gaining some insight into professional and business attire in various situations. My goal is to feature bloggers from all different professions, whether stay-at-home moms, mega-corporation executive assistants, work-from-home employees, small office staff, business owners or more, to view different perspectives and opinions on what is appropriate, acceptable, and professional. Hopefully you'll be inspired and introduced to some great new blogs, too! To catch up on previous interviews, click here.

This week's feature is Brittney from A Day in the Life Too!

Tell us a little about yourself and your blog.
I am: a stay-at-home mom of three (ages 2, 5, and 6), madly in love with my husband, a sucker for all things Jane Austen, 5'8", a runner, and someone who doesn't floss. I'm really really hoping my dentist doesn't read this blog, because I'm also borderline addicted to pnut m&ms.

 How did you come up with your blog name?
I have a personal blog called "A Day in the Life," and then I started my style blog, "A Day in the Life Too," to keep things consistent. Clapped for myself at the clever double-meaning. Done and done.

 Do you work from home or outside the home, and what do you do?
I work at home as a stay-at-home mom. I also do freelance grantwriting for school districts and nonprofit organizations...mostly during naptime or after bedtime. It's a good life and makes me feel like my college degree was worthwhile.

 Do you have a dress code by which you need to abide (either corporate or self-imposed)? If so, what is it and how do your co-workers (if applicable) approach the dress code?
Yes and no. Self-imposed code: I have to be able to do stuff like mop up spilled milk (at least weekly...but always spontaneous, so I have to be prepared) and play Barbies or Transformers and go to soccer games and cook meals and do dishes and read stories and do laundry and scrub toilets. If I can do all that, then consider the Code adhered to.

 Do you choose your outfits in advance or in the morning, and how long does it take you to get ready in the mornings?
In the morning. I have to keep my get-ready time to a maximum of 30 minutes, which, coincidentally, is the same timeframe covered by an episode of WordWorld or Sid the Science Kid (translation: I let the TV babysit while I get ready). Booyah.

 If you were commissioned to rewrite the dress code, what would you change (if anything)?
I'd rewrite it to say, explicitly, that since scrubbing toilets is no longer part of my job description, my clothing choices need not take that particular task into consideration.


 Do you think companies should take into account the potential cost for certain dress codes to be achieved and if so, should they be concerned about the cost being equal for both men and women?
I'm afraid a cheeky answer from a stay-at-home mom doesn't cut it for this one. I guess people should do all they can to dress appropriately and professionally, whether male or female...but I've never thought about cost differentiation in the sexes to adhere to a dress code. Hmmm. I just don't know.

 What is your definition of professional attire and would this vary if the business is a small business compared to a larger corporation?
Professional attire is any clothing that allows one to: (a) do his/her job effectively, (b) maintain an environment of competence at the workplace, and (c) encourage others' confidence in and appropriate focus on the task at hand, whatever that may be.

What are some pieces that every woman should have available in their professional arsenal?
Depends on the profession, really. For me? Jeans, layers (to hide accidental spills and goobery mishaps), skirts (can be worn in any and all seasons), and lots and lots of Tide.

 What pieces are never professionally appropriate regardless of the situation?
Low necklines, spaghetti straps/strapless, too-short skirts or shorts.

 Describe an outfit you'd wear in each of the following settings (feel free to include a picture for any/all of them if you have photos!): 1. A typical day at work. 2. A formal business meeting. 3. An informal meeting with co-workers. 4. A business dinner with co-workers and superiors.
Oh, man...I think my "professional" circumstances don't quite fit into these categories, so I'll take the liberty of modifying them. See the coordinating photo.

(1) Typical day at home.

(2) Day with somewhere specific to go.

(3) Day with informal requirements (e.g., laundry, tending other children, etc.).

(4) Girls night out.

Are there any questions you wish I'd asked or is there anything else you'd like to mention regarding this topic?
This was an extremely thorough interview, Melissa. Thanks for having me! And my apologies, in advance, to those of your readers seeking "real-life" professional (as in, 9-to-5) style. But this is me, and this is my job. :)
Thanks Brittney! I really enjoy reading responses from everyone in all different professions and I fully believe a stay-at-home-mom is a profession in itself. For more from Brittney, check out her blog, A Day in the Life Too!


  1. I always enjoy Brittney's style. She's an inspiration to get dressed up even if I don't have anywhere special to go that day...

  2. I have been a stay-at-home mom and I think it is DEFINITELY a profession within itself. I also think it's great that you consider your job a job. :) It totally is. I loved reading your responses. And your pictorial at the end, when redone to meet your demands, was INCREDIBLE!!!

  3. I love the diversity of jobs (because being a sahm is totally a job) that you've been featuring, Melissa! I'm really enjoying this feature.

  4. thanks for interviewing her...I liked getting to know more about her as I love her style

  5. Thanks again for the interview, Melissa! This is such a great feature--I'm loving the diversity of perspectives. Seriously. It was fun and thought-provoking for me to answer the questions, that's for sure. You're adorable, lady!
    p.s. NOT that it matters, really and truly, and I'm sure it's because I sent them to you wrong (and then didn't specify when you asked me), but pics #2 and #3 are backwards. Heh. I'm awesome like that.

  6. Love the interview. It's great that just because we are moms, we can still be stylish. I am not a SAHM, but I know being a mom is one of the toughest jobs out there!

  7. Super Cute! I just love Brittney and it's super fun when she answers questions for other bloggers! :)

  8. I fixed the order of the photos so they're in the right place now! Sorry about that! :)

  9. I follow Brittney- I love her photo layouts and her zest for life- great interview Melissa!

  10. Great post Brittney I frequent her blog because of her darling style and fun personality you can see in each post!

  11. Brittney is always fabulously dressed. I love her happy photos so much.

  12. Lovely post! Always nice to spread the blog love hehe!

    Girl about Town XxX

  13. You sure are looking super glam simply doing laundry! I love this post, there's really something for everyone :D It's amazing that with 3 little ones you still manage to stay on top of everything and look creatively chic while doing it...Major Khuudos! Can't wait to see what else you come up with for the blog! Happy Monday and hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  14. These outfits are great! They all have wonderful style.

  15. Such a great feature! I love all the outfits, and especially the bright pops of color. I'm kind of obsessed with color, haha.

    Find me at Just Take a Bow.

  16. This is a great interview, Melissa. I especially like Brittney's answer to "what is the definition of professional attire." Her insight really works for every workplace, whether in the home or out!

  17. Great interview! I think it's awesome that you're seeing how different people with different professions and dress codes deal with their looks. It's been a hot topic on your blog for quite some time, so this new feature is definitely fitting!

    I love how fun Brittney's outfits are, and her solutions to covering up "goobery" spills and whatnot, haha! I can't wait to read the next one!

  18. okay, Brittney is so cute and i love her style! such great outfits! thanks for sharing, Melissa!

  19. Good interview mel. I love this part of your blog. And Brittney you have a great job. Any mom could tell you it's not as easy as it looks but you do it very fashionably.


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