On this blog I try to cover all aspects fashion and now that I am moving into a new direction professionally I need to take my style up another notch. So for this new feature I will focus mainly on professional attire for those who work in fields that are a little more restricting when it comes to fashion. Although I am a teacher and in public schools there is no dress code, I think some people are a little too relaxed. I even make my students dress up for presentations to get them ready for interviews, college fairs, and the professional world in general. I am in professional attire Monday-Thursday and Friday is my casual day. So I would dress up a pair of my jeans.

This year I have been revamping my professional attire and one of the first places that I went to transform my wardrobe was New York and Company. I would shop at NY and Company occasionally, but I am in there quite frequently now. They also give teachers discounts, which is totally amazing. I’m thinking of putting together a lookbook of all of my pieces from the store, because I own quite a few. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, here are a few pieces that I have had my eye on to continue to build my professional wardrobe. These pieces are from their NY @ Work Collection. Although many of their pieces can be worn in the work place I figured I start with this collection. Check them out

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Herringbone Two-In-One Dress

Description: Polished from top to bottom, this two-in-one dress features a soft button-front top and contrast herringbone-print skirt; a faux patent belt completes the sleek look.

Wavy Knit Self Tie Dress

Description: We love the wavy-knit design on this boatneck sheath dress for a stylish dose of texture; a faux-leather belt adds a polished accent.

Sleeveless Banded Collar Blouse

Description: This effortlessly stylish, sleeveless banded-collar blouse is accentuated with a curved, high-low hem and silvertone button detail at the shoulder and front placket. (Perfect for wearing under a blazer or cardigan)

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7th Avenue Suiting Collection Jacket in Navy Pinstripe

Description: Known for its superior styling, this two-button jacket is updated for the season in a sophisticated pinstripe; two front flap pockets and princess seams give a hint of structure.

7th Avenue Suiting Collection One Button Jacket in Plum

Description: Highlight your figure and sophisticated style in this one-button jacket, featuring front and back seaming detail and two front flap pockets.

This is the first of many New York and Company posts. I love the quality of the clothes and the affordable prices.

This series will focus on specific stores, brands, work wear dilemmas, personal style outfits, and lots more.

What do you think about this new feature?

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When I think of spring I think of all the amazing flirty and feminine dresses that I can wear. I love showing off my legs and as soon as the weather is consistently warm, I will be back in my dresses and skirts. Until then I will just dream about adding these pieces to my wardrobe. I also have a floral print shift dress for sale so check that out as well (www.shophergoodybag.com)

I will be returning to work in a few weeks *insert sad face :( * and I have been looking for inspiration to take my professional look up a notch. I love wearing skirts but I’ve always kept it safe with some of my work attire. We do not have a strict dress code, so I can wear pretty much anything I want (of course it will be work appropriate) but I want to go beyond my black, navy, and tweed pencil skirts. So Keke Palmer’s look is exactly what I need.

I love the pop of color with the skirt and I also love the fact that she didn’t play it safe with a solid color shirt. The print takes this look to a new level of sophistication. It was paired perfectly with nude pumps as well. Kudos to Keke and her stylist they nailed this look!

You can get a similar look with the items below.