I am, to put it mildly, not a morning person! by the time I’ve dragged myself out of bed (mumbling crankily and bleary-eyed), I’m usually running late! so I’ll have about ten minutes to get dressed and made up every morning. the secret, really, is to have an ultra easy makeup routine (I line eyes and apply mascara and a tinted balm) and to have a general idea of what you want to wear or the one piece you want to build your outfit around (a pair of shoes, a certain skirt, etc) before you go to sleep. which means that I fall asleep dreaming of my closet most nights—not such a bad thing, in all fairness!
not just sometimes—quite often! the difficulty these days is juggling nine hundred trillion things: for me, editing, writing, assigning articles, beauty market work, strategy meetings, teenvogue.com, twitter, tumblr, and—oh yes—my day to day personal life too! but the common thread that snakes throughout all of what I do is a genuine love of what I do. if I didn’t love what I did, I wouldn’t stretch myself so thin. I think that’s a good guidepost for the working world: if you love what you do, you constantly want to do more and learn more.
ah, shoe memories! the first pair of designer shoes I ever bought all by myself was a pair of Miu Miu kitten heels at Barneys. I remember that my hand was practically shaking as I put down my debit card! sadly, those shoes were consumed by my dog when he was a puppy (Otto… grrr) but obviously have been replaced by many, many, and many other Miu Mius. and to answer your fashion closet question: yes and no and sometimes! but it’s not quite as capricious as they make it seem!
well, it really varies from industry to industry. the best thing to do is to err on the side of conservative until you get the lay of the land, by observing your coworkers. and a little black dress will go over well anywhere! but a few tips apply to all industries, in my opinion: no bandage items (dresses! skirts) during the day, unless you’re a waitress or work at Tao; no flip-flops (that slap, slap, slap sound as you walk—not so professional); no belly shirts with low-slung/hipster jeans (unless you’re a model); no booty shorts. if you wonder to yourself “is this appropriate?” it’s probably not!