The last few weeks have been a blur.
I've been going for the odd interview with a recruitment agency I've been signed up with since March... Always been unsuccessful, but with positive feedback - so I'd just been telling myself that they obviously weren't meant to be. And then the other week I went for an interview on the Tuesday... and started the very next day!
The nursery have been fantastic and done everything they could to accommodate Tilly and Jasper - and they are settling into their full days quite nicely. There have been a few difficult nights - and they have caught their first bug... but we are all loving the new routine. It feels so good to be finally putting my brain to use again!
The only problem I'm having is trying to make the most of the few work clothes that I have that still fit - one pair of trousers and two tops that just about pass as smart. Hmmmm. So I've been pinning away, trying to put together a capsule wardrobe that doesn't break the budget, and all works together.
It's lovely having to think about buying smart clothes again... I'd been getting bored of jeans and boots.
I even strayed from my standard wide-leg trousers to include a pair of straight-leg chinos... I must be getting adventurous in my old age! But I think all of the pieces work together nicely... and you can add pops of colour with little cardies.
All you need to finish it off are a selection of opaque and knitted tights, and of course the foundation of all outfits is decent underwear... but let's not go there... in the current economic climate, lingerie has not been a priority and I may still be wearing my maternity bras... ahem... they are just so comfortable! My underwear drawer is bursting with pretty matching sets that no longer fit... and I'd love to get back into my bridal underwear again.
So now it's a question of budgeting and getting the best deals for my capsule wardrobe.
I've already ordered the skirt and cream blouse from the Wallis sale... too good an opportunity to miss, and they only had my size left in the blouse so it was obviously destiny ;)
It's also good to check around the web for voucher deals. The charcoal Boden dress is at the top end of my budget at £59, but MyVoucherCodes currently have a Boden discount for 10% off and free delivery... a saving of £9.90... not to be sniffed at.
For other things like the little cardies I am happy to look to the supermarkets - you could easily get 3 or 4 for the price of the Hobbs cardigan... but it's nice to splash out occasionally :)
Where do you shop for your work clothes? Any great sites for deals that you'd care to share? All comments welcome below :)
Disclosure: I was sent the Boden Emma tunic dress in return for this post.