Military Ball 2014 Part #2

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I left off Part #1 on Monday with Chris and I leaving the hotel room to pick up my brother’s girlfriend. (A lot of you have pestered me about not writing my part #2 sooner, which is really flattering. Blogmas has spoiled us all, but I’m back to my Mon-Wed-Fri schedule, with special posts in between.)

Now, why were we picking her up, and not him? See we ran into a small wardrobe malfunction on our way to the hotel.

The Military Ball 2014, Part #1 — Get Ready With Me

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Some of you may remember the Military Ball from last year. If you do, you’re my favorite.

In case you aren’t filled in, every year there is a Military Ball. My older brother is a merchant marine. Thus, he is invited to these military balls, providing us with the opportunity to spend a lot of money and join him. So we do.

Last year, it was just my brother and I. This year, we both had dates.

Ah yes, moving up in the world.

The Military Ball 2013

The Military Ball was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA. I had been there once before, when I stayed the night with my family after my Junior Prom 2012, which was held at the Performing Arts Centre just across the little square, behind the hotel.

My parents wanted to be as CLOSE to my prom as possible, so they could be there to pick me up the second they kicked us out at midnight.

Oh the memories.

Well, this event was even closer, being just downstairs in the hotel. And I was with my brother, so my family was very much asleep by the time we busted in at twelve in the morning. It was an experience though.

Interview Outfits

As you know from my website and blog “The Rebekah Koontz Site” (catchy title, huh?) I’m doing that horrible thing called looking for a job. (On a side-note, I’ll be writing about my adventures from yesterday’s resume dropping after I write this post, hopefully within the day or so, so be looking for that. =-))

When it comes to looking for jobs, I don’t know of anyone who has said “oh Internet application are THE way to get hired”.

No. Ha, keep dreaming little one.

I’m not here to mentor on how to get a job. *glance at empty wallet* I’m not exactly qualified. . I’m just here to talk about what to wear.

That’s what we’re all interested in anyway, isn’t it?
When it comes to interviews or resume dropping or anything where a potential employer is going to see you, my dad’s philosophy (I get all job advice from him) is “dress for the job”. 

Dress in a way that if they were to hire you on the spot. If they just started jumping up and down in joy, singing “halleluja!”, they’re so happy they found you, you wonderful employee you, that if they want you to start work right away, you’re ready. You’re on the job. You already know what you’re going to spend your first paycheck on.

When I interviewed at the bakery, I wore something similar to this.

Sorry I can’t just show you the exact picture. It got deleted somehow. But I wore the pants and the shoes and a white camisole under my green cardigan.

My hair’s always swept out of my face. My makeup’s “pretty”, nothing crazy. And I don’t really have an explanation for the hoop earrings you can barely see. I just like them.

This particular outfit I wore when I went to meet Cody’s manager for the first time. Actually, I’m not too proud of it. It’s pretty horrible. I wanted to wear my usual green cardigan – white camisole combo, but the cardigan was dirty. Sad day.

I love cardigans, though. Love them. If you ever want to buy me something: cardigans. Christmas is coming, just a reminder.

Cardigans add a kind of intellectual – without the glasses, cute – without the frills, and sophistication – yet not overdone, look to any outfit. I just think they’re a lot of fun.

And I’m usually cold. So it works.

So the first is an example of a casual-type job. Like the bakery, hardware store, etc. I’ve even interviewed for a position as a purple kangaroo with this kind of outfit at a kiddie jumper place. I guess they didn’t want me, though, I never got called back. Go figure.

But for an office-type job, there’s more class and sophistication involved.

I think a pencil skirt is a given. Who doesn’t think professional = pencil skirt? Watch the length though, and also how high any slits are. You know why.

The tank top you may remember from my five dollar outfit  earlier this year. I’m wearing a black cami under it and then my green cardigan over. Notice. Cardigan + pencil skirt + neutral black heels = looking good.

I finished the look with a braided black belt, a black folder for my resumes and my map of the offices in town, and I borrowed my mom’s classy little purse. I don’t know about you guys, but I wear my life on my shoulder in a huge leather brown messenger bag I love. But that wouldn’t do for this outing.

It was hard but I downsized to just my wallet, mirror, three or four lip glosses and tints, concealer, planner, notebook, pen, comb, and cell phone. Phew. If I was part of a limit-your-purse-contents support group, they’d be proud of me right now.

So I hope I’ve given someone out there some extra self esteem when it comes to looking for a job and what to wear. In the end I’ll leave the decision in your more than capable hands. And hopefully I get a job soon, too. =-) Here’s praying.