• Tess Victoria

1 Plaid Blazer, 3 Outfits. 1 Powerful Female Role Model, 3 of her best Quotes.

I found this plaid blazer on the sale rack of The LOFT factory store and it has quickly become a staple. Plaid blazers are great for Spring, Fall, and Winter and are easy to create many looks with. I have added pictures of some of my favorite looks below. I also love wearing it with blue jeans and flats for work! I've linked three websites with affordable plaid blazers below too!

Before getting to the outfits I wanted to mention that posting solely for outfit recommendations and inspo is somewhat unfulfilling. So..since I have been re reading Lean In, by by Sheryl Sandburg, I have decided to add some of my favorite quotes from her. She is the ultimate female inspiration after all! Also, if you haven't read her iconic book then I highly recommend. It was first introduced to me by a female friend in college and then again by a male mentor in the beginning of my career. It's a must read for men and women in my opinion. If you enjoy the quotes you see then you'll enjoy the book. I hope her quotes resonate as much with you as they do with me...they're applicable to success in life, career, and finding a partner. ;)

1. "I used to think smarts reigned until I watched smart people flame out. Then I thought it was only about connections. That too, had serious limits. So does luck. When you get right down to it, success in life is about resilience. Every life well-lived is full of failures, both major and minor. What matters most is how we respond to setback, to challenge, to stress and strain."

2. "When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the committment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and trust me, over time, nothing is sexier."

3. "It is the the hard days- the days that challenge you to your very core- that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive."

Honorable Mention: "Women need to shift from thinking 'I'm not ready to do that' to thinking - 'I want to do that - and I'll learn by doing it.'" All quotes are from the GOAT... Sheryl Sandberg of course :)

I've found affordable plaid blazers at asos.com, boohoo.com, and express, but there's honestly so many options... just find the pattern you think works best for you and makes you feel the most like Sheryl Sandberg for the day! Hope you enjoy the three ways I've styled one below.

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Tess