Friday, 13 August 2010
Sometimes it can be dressing 'smart' for work. Some of my colleagues don't always dress smart, but more 'smart casual', since our dress code only says no trainers or jeans. However, I really enjoy dressing smart because I am, after all, a qualified professional librarian. Librarian's sometimes have a reputation for dressing drab or not being bothered if their clothes are holey (maybe this has something to do with our low wages!). Anyway, not THIS librarian. The only reputation I am gaining is for having a love of the colour combination red, blue, black & white. One of the assistants always comments on it whenever she sees me and I keep saying I will wear yellow or green one day to surprise her! But I do really love red, blue, black & white. It's simple yet colourful and obviously remember-able.
This first dress is from Next, who are very good for work wear, especially their petite section for shorties like me. I wore this dress to my interview and it obviously makes a good impression! Plus it has pockets!! Pockets on dresses, anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know, I LOVE! I am always carrying things around with me like details of books to reorder, phone numbers, borrower numbers...anything really.
This skirt ALSO has pockets! Double whammy! This was a fab sale bargain from Reiss, reduced to £29 from £95. Normally I don't shop in Reiss except to admire the clothes from afar, but I could actually afford this. Unfortunately, I tried it on after a big meal and have also since lost some weight so it's sliiiightly too big for me. Should be more high waisted really.
Aside from wearing cute outfits for work, I do actually DO works. Lots of work. Many people think 'oh Librarians, they just stamp books all day. I probably only stamp a handful of books a day if I'm on the desk but otherwise I spend most of my time working on different projects and doing stock management. I have started a blog to document my professional development which will be useful for when I start to apply for new jobs and apply for chartership. It's good to have a record of everything you do day to day, because otherwise you forget. Anyway, I hope it offers a bit of insight into my job, you can read all about it here at Library Helen. I will also start updating it with book reviews and things to do with my current eBooks project soon so keep an eye on it! I'll still be blogging here though because it's good to keep work and play separate.