This weekend I left for a few days to attend a work conference.
I am going to get the doting mother quote aside right now. I adore my children, and I miss them so much when I am away from them!
Now that I have assured you that I am a loving mother and I and I adore my children, I will now say: I was SO excited to have a little time to myself. Time where I did not have to get someone a cup of milk, or walk around with my hair in a towel for over an hour after my shower because the kindle battery died, and someone MUST watch Cinderella or else she will DIE! Time where every conversation revolved around what I do for a living, and how I can grow and become more efficient and knowledgeable.
Time away also requires preparation. My husband took on the role of mom while I was gone. It’s not that I was worried … but there was the year he locked one of our kids in the car, while I was gone, and could not get into the house to get a spare set of keys. (This story is GREAT and one for another day … just another reason you should click the ‘follow button’ so you don’t miss it!!! I prefer Bloglovin’ for my blog reading preferences, if you would like a tutorial, let me know in the comments)
The preparation is key … meal prep, outfit decisions for the girls, setting our house up for minimal destruction while I am gone … all must happen before I can even THINK about preparing myself. I try to help my husband with the girls outfits, without him knowing it (he likes to be self-sufficient with the girls and I like to let him think he is). The girls looked AMAZING each day I was gone. Their sitter was very impressed with Jared. Little did she know, I know my husbands methods … grab the first thing on the top of the pile and pair with the first thing on top of the other pile – BAM – OOTD! To ensure the best outcome … I stacked the girls drawers so the first 4 or 5 shirt/pant combo would match. Worked like a charm!
For me … I really had to think about what I was wearing and how it would transfer to the different scenarios my conference offered. The first day included travel and then going directly into training’s. I am a representative of my employer, so I like to ensure I put as much ‘effort’ into looking nice, while staying comfortable during travel. This also means choosing items which do not wrinkle or stretch.
Jeggings for the win!! These jeggings were great, they are thicker than denim and totally mimic a dress pant fabric, but with a form fitting silhouette. Wrinkles were non-existent, and they did not stretch. Yes, you read that correctly … they … did … not … stretch … out!
If you followed the link … I know what you are probably thinking, “Uh, pretty sure your ‘About Me’ states, “Champagne tastes on a beer budget …” and this is the second pair of pants you have suggested over $100.” Well … I got really stinking lucky … I found these babies at a local boutique ON SALE for $35. I WISH they had an online store … it would be incredible!! However, after seeing how these babies performed this weekend … I would pay full price for them! I would buy them in EVERY color if they came in more of a variety!!
The next day I decided on a nice pull over dress. It packed well, and gave me a good balance of business casual and comfortable. While I cannot find the specific one I wore in stores anymore, here are a few similar ones and the same price point I found mine!