Guest Post: An Intentional Fall

12 Sep

I am honored to share a glimpse into the world of one of my dear friends today on Office Pretty. Guest blogger Brit Hanson is a creative soul who works as a freelance collaborator, consultant and convener out of Omaha, Nebraska. (She is a genius, I tell you. We’ll all be reading her books one day.) Her style vibe has come a l-o-n-g way since we met in college. As expected, this post is packed with great fashion and wisdom beyond her years. Dive in! xo Jill

Guest Blogger Brit Hanson

I made the leap into self-employment because I wanted more freedom and choice. As I celebrate my one-year freelancing birthday this month, I’m proud of and astonished by how much has changed for me in 365 days. It hasn’t happen passively — it is the sum of a hundred seemingly inconsequential choices plus a few of which I was terrifyingly aware were highly critical.

Because I’ve given up a few certainties (bi-weekly salary, employer sponsored health benefits, etc.) for the sake of complete freedom, I’ve had to get very clear about what I value; when a few tough days stack up, it’s certainty about my conscious choices that keeps me floating.

One of those seemingly inconsequential choices which has turned out to be very significant is a choice we all make every morning: what am I going to where today? I have a set of intentions through which most of my decisions flow, including this one.

I practice gratitude.

I travel lightly.

I honestly express.

I experience beauty.

I know: a weighty set of intentions to grapple with at seven in the morning… especially for me. (Some people whistle and sing while brewing the coffee; I swear like a sailor.) To make the mornings easier, I take a few hours as the seasons are changing to take stock of my wardrobe in the context of these intentions. Every day is different for me and I need a wardrobe that is as versatile as my work: meetings at city hall, Skype conference calls, coffee with a client, and co-working at Peerless Gallery and Worksite. I look into the closet and ask, What will serve me well this season, what has got to go, and where are the holes?

The fibers, textures and details I put on my body are the early morning (and mostly sub-conscious) preparations for another day full of choice: today I choose to feel at home in my own skin, to remember my brilliance, to ride my bike instead of drive, and to choose a 30 hour work week instead of taking on a new client.

These are the kinds of items that will fill my closet this season — the ones that will help me remain mindful in the mornings when I’m filling the swear jar with quarters:

Snappy Oxfords

Easy with jeans or cropped chinos | Jansen Leopard Oxford, $88

Playful Mid-Thigh Jacket

A punch of I have something to say color for my generally monochromatic wardrobe | Twill Coat by Talbots, $229

Fem Flow Blouse & Pants

Easy going don’t stress about that conference call look | Blythe blouse in silk by J.Crew, $98

Vintage Stuff Carrier

Throw it over your shoulder on-the-go bag | Spotted on From Paris to London

Short Hairs

The boldest intention statement I wear — an unpretentious, yet certain pixie cut.

If you’re on Pinterest, be sure to follow Brit’s “wearable” pinterest board where she keeps tabs on the latest stiles for her life.

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One Response to “Guest Post: An Intentional Fall”

  1. Anne Marie September 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    You never cease to inspire me, Brittany! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on why it matters what we wear. I’m trying to establish something of a morning routine right now (other than hitting snooze too long and then dashing out the door). Part of that routine includes putting more effort into what I wear to work. I do better work when my outfit helps me express beauty.

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