new year, new blogger.

so i log onto wordpress this morning, and what notification do i see but a ‘happy anniversary with wordpress’ post. i think to myself, “oh my gosh, how cute, can’t believe it’s been two years.” and then i click it….

you guys. it’s been FIVE YEARS. five years has come and gone and what do i have to show for it? a blog that i really love to write, but also a blog that i’m so inconsistent in doing so. a week will come and go and i’ll post a couple times, and yet i’ll let three weeks fly by and not post once. when i started sequins & sneakers i was [wishfully] thinking that it was going to be easy – posting, brainstorm, and writing about cool things – i mean, sounds easy, right? and boy was i wrong. when you don’t dedicate enough time or energy into something, (as hard as it may seem) it won’t just generate out of thin air. SHOCKER, I KNOW. so here i am, ranting about not doing something that i am perfectly capable of doing. i just have to commit and make time for the things i enjoy.

so here i am, feeling like it’s a ‘wordpress new year’. so, happy new year, folks. and as they say… new year, new blogger. with this ‘new year’, i’m going to make a few resolutions. there’s really nothing like airing all your resolutions out in the open for everyone to know because, guaranteed at least one person will ask you about them.

-make a space that’s mine to work in. i want it to feel light and airy, and full of inspiration. here are a few pinterest inspiration desks: this one originally found here. love the natural light from this one, originally found here. i’m obsessed with a crisp white peg board wall like this one, originally found here.

-be more intentional with my posts. start planning for them more – plan topics, plan outfit shoots, plan cocktail making [twist my arm…]. finding a ton of help and motivation from these bad a** babes.

-take better photos and tailor my instagram towards one “vibe” instead of hundreds. you all know what i’m talking about… can’t have ‘light and airy’ but also ‘dark and gloomy’ AND ‘bright and full of color’ in one. it’s like multiple personalities. and i currently have about 5. and i’m working on it, okay?

alright, i’m going to start there. because i could totally keep throwing out resolutions but i need something small and attainable to start with. so with those, i’m going to leave you. i’ll see you in the new year. 😀IMG_0598

how to prepare for a job interview

happy friday, everyone!

today i’m going to delve into the terrifying unknown of job interviews.

i recently interviewed for a new position  – it was only the second ‘real world’ job interview i’d ever had and i was terrified! i’d already had to completely re-do my resume and re-vamp my cover letter and then came time to prepare for the actual day.

prepare for the questions

this was actually the hardest part of the whole process for me. it required lots of time and energy (thanks, family for your assistance!) and i knew it was going to be the most important part. i started with my good ol’ friend, google. i honestly googled, “surgical ICU nurse interview questions” and boy did google come in big! there were plenty of sites that had helpful questions and tips. from these multiple sites i  generated a list of 15 or so questions that i wanted to be prepared for. after i found them, i turned back to the job posting to look at some of the adjectives that were used in the initial posting. once i knew what those were, i tailored my answers to use some of the same adjectives and phrases that the job posting had. instead of just reading through these things online, i had the questions written down along with some of the phrases and adjectives i wanted to focus on. and then i practiced. my parents, tiffany and ian were all rattling off questions for the 24 hours prior to. needless to say, they could probably interview to be a SICU nurse now. 😀

don’t forget to plan a question or two for the interviewers at the end! mine were about potential orientation and patient loads on the unit….

figure out the day of outfit

this was a little difficult for me because as a current RN i have one work outfit – scrubs. i don’t have to dress up or worry about what i’m wearing on a ‘casual friday’. lucky for me, it’s already picked out. i’ve got lots of dressy summer/fall clothes but finding an outfit in the dead of winter with a couple inches of snow on the ground was tough. i modeled a handful for tiffany and we decided that this one was our winner. it wasn’t stuffy, showed off some of my personality, kept me warm, and i wasn’t walking in with a summer dress on.


shoes from dolce vita [similar found here] // sweater from madewell [similar found here] // pants from jcrew [similar found here] // jacket from jcrew [it’s on sale today!] // sunnies from wyeth

 pack your bag

always bring a tote that you can slip  your resume into without getting wrinkled. sometimes you’ll know how many people are on the interview board, but sometimes you don’t. bring a couple of resumes that you can offer each interviewer. chances are, they won’t need it, but it makes you look prepared. don’t have too many things spilling out of your bag as you’ll look like a total nutcase when you go to pull out your resume but instead pull out your most recent W-2. clean that puppy out – even if you have to leave 90% of it sitting on your car seat while you’re inside – less is more in this case. this is the bag i chose to bring.

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at the interview

one of the most important parts… just be yourself! an interview can seem so official and intimidating but honestly, the more yourself you can be, the better. the people interviewing you don’t want to sit and chat with someone who’s spitting off google phrases and adjectives that are memorized – they want to see your real personality; if you strive to have a conversation with them it’ll be much easier – on the both of you!!

a few last minute pointers…

be yourself.

be confident. [even if you’re not, take a deep breath and just pretend.]

be awesome.

and yes… i was offered a position in the surgical ICU starting late april, yay!