Work Week: feelin’ a little blue

By dusanabotswana On April 27th, 2011

Here is what I wore I guess two weeks ago since today I just threw on the first thing I could find after gloriously being in a swimsuit for over a week on vacation last week! I don’t always only wear my favorite handmade shirts, but I tried to at least integrate something handmade by this hand woven bracelet, and I how it contrasts with all the blue.

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outfit confession: I didn’t wear to bow in my hair to work. I already get stared at enough, but I think the outfit is so much more “me” with it and after looking at these pictures I don’t really like the outfit that much without it.


I’d been looking for shoes like this in lighter brown forever so I finally decided to snag these on a Target sale day. $15 including shipping seemed worth it. I’m still tempted to give them a lighter shoe-shiner makeover/likely disaster, but I’ll test the bottoms to not ruin all of them!

Despite a few disastrous encounters with my coffee mug, this one-dollar thrifted bag is still holding strong!



Outfit details: dress folded in as skirt (F21 sale awhile ago, $5); blouse (Ross, gift for my new in Venezuela last year); Liz Claiborne bag (thrifted $1 tag sale); hair bow (random tiny shop in Mexico $2); shoes (Target sale $15); bracelet (handwoven, Oaxaca, Mexico)

As hard as going back to work after a long break is, I don’t know what I would do without vacations. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m back in the US and get a “real” job with only a few days off every year. I just Googled and found something that said the average paid vacation time for first-year jobs in the US is 14 days. I guess it could be worse, but to think we work 38 weeks, or every single week but two out of the entire year is just depressing. Mexico actually legally requires companies to give even less vacation days, but then again, most people aren’t crazy enough to work Christmas Eve or go in the day after either. Not to say that anyone would want to do that in the US, but sadly, family time isn’t valued enough, by companies, but probably by us individuals as well for not being more outspoken on getting time off to spend with our loved ones. I guess people don’t speak up because they’re afraid they could get fired or later laid off, but this whole work system just gets me down. I know I have way more vacation time right now in Mexico than most people, but still the daily grind of working 8 hour days really gets to me. The hour commute to and from also adds up, and it makes me sad that I don’t get time to experience a city in a foreign country more during the week. I usually get home from work exhausted, just from sitting at a computer screen. While I know my next job will be in an office, I really hope that I’ll have more interpersonal interactions during the day and move around more. Just sitting gets me so lethargic. I know I’m not the only one, and everyone always complains about this, so I won’t go on too much about it, but I do think that life is too short to wake up every morning and give up 8 or more hours of the day to something we don’t love. (And I hope to someday experience a work day fly by because I love what I’m doing).

But anyway, I got myself into this and hopefully getting good at business Spanish won’t be for nothing in the future. I guess getting started in a career you enjoy and care about is always tough and I just need to keep looking more and be more persistent. Sure wish I could just travel around and blog about it all for a job though! So, thank you all my dear friends who give me support from afar. It’s really challenging for me to feel motivated without you around, and it’s been disappointing not connecting with other students here as I’d hoped, so the fact that you’re here from me virtually means a ton. Can’t wait to you all soon! And sorry for such a downer post. I’ve been trying to not complain about things too much on her because I don’t want my blog to be a depressing read, but sometimes you just need to get it out. On a positive note, I have been feeling much more positive about things in general since I’ve been blogging and working on the shop, although there is still a ton more work to do on both.



Later gaters,



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8 Responses to “Work Week: feelin’ a little blue”

  1. annebeth Says: April 28th, 2011 at 4:41 am

    your outfit is absolutely lovely, and I adore the bow even though you didn’t wear it out! :D I can really recognize myself in your post too, I always get depressed when I think about how much time we spend doing things against our will (work) and how little time there is left to just enjoy life. Oh well, I guess it improves if you have a job you love?

  2. Meg Says: April 28th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    You put this outfit together so well Dus! I love every little detail, and i’m going to steal your bad when you get home! I love the shoes. Have fun in CA!! Let me know if you need any help at all with the shipping, really!!

  3. dusanabotswana Says: April 28th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    aww thanks a lot! you can’t steal the bag though or what would I spill coffee on every day at work? and thank you so much, hopefully I will actually have to take you up on the offer.

  4. dusanabotswana Says: April 28th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you Annebeth! I did wear it walking around at least : ) And I’m sure glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks about this.

  5. Marie Says: April 30th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    those shoes are adorable. i cant believe you got them so cheap! i like them dark too, everyone has the lighter colored shoes that are similar to that style. you should keep them the way they are. Oh and I like the bow! you should wear it to work and own it! And I know that youll find a job youre happy in. youre too determined to get stuck in a crappy career

  6. dusanabotswana Says: May 1st, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Thanks Marie! I I hadn’t thought of that about the lighter color since they’re not so big here in Mexico. The more I wear them actually the more I like them though so I won’t tinker with them for now! I imagine wearing the bow to work when I’m back home, but sometimes I get the funniest looks as it is walking around the office here. Thanks a lot too about the career stuff, it really means a lot.

  7. Irina Says: May 17th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    hahahaha, yeah you do complain a lot in this post… but unfortunately this is a reality working too much w/less and less time to give to your family and loved ones…

    Girl, I LOVE your pics, and the outfit does match every little piece… HOWEVER, I would love to see more smiles on your cute thin face!!! You being serious on each pic IS NOT YOU!!! I want my Dusy back!!!

    Miss you!!!

  8. dusanabotswana Says: May 17th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Aww Irina I miss you too!! haha well, the truth is I do find myself smiling less here without my good friends like you around to make me laugh and laugh at my dumb jokes! Jonny is just too kind and puts up with grumpy me.

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