Working From Home Has Its Perks; ditching office attire is one of the best

So I was just charged the annual fee for keeping this blog going and feel as though I’d better start writing to get my $s worth. As many of you lovely readers are aware, I’ve been working from home for quite some time (even before the pandemic). And I am very fortunate to have the option to continue to work from home.

Ludo and Cow working with me on the back porch. + Birks for work (:

As I’ve probably also mentioned before, I hate office attire; even office casual, but suits most of all. I hate dry cleaning, trying to avoid getting items tailored (I’ve resorted to stapling in the past), and the general discomfort that comes with nearly all work clothes. I also hate spending my hard-earned money on clothes I never really wanted in the first place, but I think might make a good impression—plus worrying about the impression my appearance makes is never pleasant. Even though my office is lovely and laid back (although still quite professional) I have personal hang-ups about keeping up appearances in a work environment.

Cosy Doen quilt coat I wore today.

This isn’t to say that I enjoy dressing in sweats, tracksuits, or pyjamas during the workday (sick days aside); quite the contrary: I enjoy being able to comfortably express myself whilst working from home. This could mean jeans, shorts, flowy dresses, or bulky knits. It could even mean something I’ve made myself! Getting ready for the day helps to put me in a productive frame of mind, and although I sometimes skip makeup, I rarely fail to put some kind of outfit together (even if that means some worn-in denim and a favorite tee). Having options is what it’s all about when it comes to work-from-home attire.

Lately, I’ve been living in a past season’s light-weight quilted jackets, paired with a good pair of jeans or short summer dress. I’ve also been taking advantage of this (much cooler in my area) August to break in a stubborn pair of boots I hope to be sporting pretty much constantly this fall.

A bit disorganized but comfortable; one of many indoor workspaces (and yes, I do have an actual home office). Ludo supplied the toys, but he didn’t feel like eating treats this morning.

On a much more somber note, my little Ludo has been having stomach problems again for the past 2 days (in addition to allergies this summer). I’m so grateful I don’t have to go into the office (or worry about what to wear to work) at times like this. The vet is well aware of his issues and we’ve started medication again (which I hope will work fast), but the ability to be home with him while he heals is valuable beyond measure. It also helps to have another pair of trainers handy when he throws up on the ones I’m wearing (which happened yesterday). When Ludo is sick, I am a ball of nerves (which probably doesn’t help him, but I hate feeling so powerless). I cling to any modicum of comfort at these times, another reason it’s nice to be able to wear comfortable clothes.

Feeling a bit better as we work outside. 🐾 Unfortunately my upstairs porch is not catproofed so felines must stay indoors.

So far he was able to keep a small breakfast and his lunch down, so hopefully he is on the mend!

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Busy professional and parent (to 1 human, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and a Shih Tzu. I enjoy blogging about this and that, generally in the wee hours of morning. I’m also a ballet dancer, competitive roller figure skater, and portrait artist. Current obsessions include: horror films, shopping for things vintage and handmade, experimenting with essential oils, and slowly restoring our big old house by the beach.

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