Sunday, July 19, 2015

Outfit & Life Update

I've planned to write this post for awhile now but I wanted to wait until it was official. It will also provide you with an update on my life and what I've been doing in my absence from blogging. I don't even know where to start but let's just say my life has completely transformed and I'm such a different person now in the best possible way. After almost two years of being a contractor at work I've finally been offered a permanent position as a Contract Specialist. It's been my dream since I started there to be taken on permanently but I never thought it would be in a position such as this. It's a job I never thought I'd ever be able to achieve. The associated benefits literally blow my mind; I never thought I'd be so lucky even when I was much older than in my mid twenties. It's life changing because it feels like I've entered a new world; I can save up to achieve dreams which I never used to think were realistic.

I cannot possibly put into words how much work has already changed my life already in the past two years.  I actually become really emotional thinking about it and piecing together the parts of my journey which led me to where I am today. I am left completely and utterly speechless that something so good could happen to me. A large part of the reason why it's so significant for me is because of this journey. I've hated my life for most of the last ten years (or more) and have been deeply unhappy. I've been at absolute rock bottom and even felt like living itself wasn't even worth it. The years of major anxiety I experienced and the deep feelings of depression consumed my life for as long as I can remember. I think about to two years ago when I literally lied in bed and cried every day for months on end. The feelings of worthlessness, failure and self hatred that defeated me for almost my entire life. I also hated every second of university and was so miserable there; for the first time ever all those years finally feel worth it. I feel like I've been through a lot to get to where I am and that makes my current successes even more of an achievement. 

It's incredible to think about how every single aspect of my life has been changed because of work. I'm so much more positive about everything. I am so grateful for the opportunity I've been provided with and I know every single day how lucky I am. I've been pushed out of my comfort zone in so many respects that I rarely suffer from anxiety these days (two years ago I would have had a panic attack at the mere thought of running meetings, making phone calls or engaging in my current level of social interaction). I can start a conversation with anyone now and I don't think I'm shy anymore. The self worth I've developed is life changing; being told I've done a good job or I'm experienced at a certain task has such a profound impact on me. It's also the first time I've ever felt like I fit in. I feel like a valued member of the team that I'm well liked. These are all such new experiences for me. I've met the most incredible people. There are a few in particular that are responsible for providing me with the opportunity for this job to turn into what it has today and who I admire more than I could explain. I love being around positive and educated people all day who care about self improvement and push me to be better. It shocks me every single day that I fit in in a world like this.

I'm really proud of myself (and I never say that). I've put everything I have into work and made it my whole life. I've never tried so hard at anything before and it's incredible to see the hard work pay off. I had nothing to lose when I started and I knew that it was the way out of everything I hate about my life. It's been the best thing that's ever happened to me and I couldn't be happier. I can't wait until tomorrow as it's the official start date.

Now onto my outfit.  I love this coat from Kitten D'Amour because it's pink and fluffy! I adore the structured design and the longer length (very practical for those early mornings traveling to work). It's so glam, classy and vintage in style. I couldn't put it down when I saw it in the store. I'm so glad I bought it because it's actually a very practical purchase; it's so warm and I get much use from it. This is also my very first pair of Kurt Geiger heels! (I've since bought them in hot pink also). I adore this brand of shoes and am admiring so many pairs at the moment. However, Kurt Geiger is usually out of my price range. But the sales have been pretty amazing lately and I scored these for 65% off the original retail price. Speaking of good discounts, my dress is another amazing sales find. It's been awhile since I acquired a new Review dress and I've missed them (while I've been cheating on Review with Kitten D'Amour). I adore the different colour combinations for this dress; the options are completely endless.








Kitten D'Amour Bella Senora Coat
Review Como Rose Dress
Victoria's Secret Handbag
Review Cardigan
Kurt Geiger London Anja Heels


Adam said...

looks good

Kezzie said...

I'm so glad for you Imogen! You deserve success!!! You should ve proud of yourself!!!x



Jamie Rose D. said...

Yay! I'm so so happy life has turned around for you and you got a full time position. It's great to hear you sounding so positive!

Also this whole outfit is amazingly cute. I love the red and pink mixed together and I think I need that coat. It's perfect!

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Estelle Watson said...

Such a pretty floral dress!! I really love your Victoria's Secret bag... it's a jewel!


Lilu's voyage said...

Lovely :)


laura said...

Congratulations lovely one, you deserve this so much! And I'm proud of you and acknowledging you are proud of yourself too! xx

Beauty Unearthly said...

You look so classy. Love the coat and bag! Have a great week!

Snoskred said...

I'm deeply happy to read this update. You deserve all the good things and congrats to you for putting yourself out there to try and get them. :)

Self confidence is not an easy thing to learn but once you have it, you will go places you never even thought possible. When you combine that with a high level of personal style and presentation like you have, doors will open for you as a surprise to yourself.

Massive props to you, and much love and many virtual hugs for you. :)

ChocolateFashionCoffee said...

such a lovely bag, dear :)

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Borka said...

You Inspire me! Loved stoping by <3
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Launna said...

Imogen... the coat is lovely, it looks so good on you xox

As far as how wonderful you sound, I am thrilled for you... you deserve this, you have worked so hard for it and I am so happy to read that you are feeling much better... This is exciting and I look forward to hearing more about it in the coming months. You are amazing xox

Sonya Thaniya said...

awww that coat so pretty yet cool :)


Nerline Germain said...

Hi Tia! I'm that emotional person who cries even while watching PRETTY WOMAN for the hundredth time. You had me tearing up, girl!! I'm so happy and proud of you at the same time. I remember when you told us how depressed you were last year. Now that you have a chance at happiness, make sure you make the best of it. Self-confidence is not an easy thing to achieve. But once you have, nobody can take it away from you.

Now on to the outfit, you look effortless chic.

Flora Fascinata said...

Imogen!!! I am just so proud of you! You are such a positive role model for young women!! Just keep doing whatever ever you need to do to make yourself feel confident and capable! I wonder if the actual copious amounts of studying were a trigger for your anxieties. Dear, I wouldn't be surprised, as your tertiary studies are so complex. Stay beautiful inside and out. Xxxx

Jackie Harrison said...

Looking fabulous in the coat and love the color.

Caramella said...

Congratulations Imogen, you should indeed be proud! You look lovely in that color and I love your hair!

Denise Sabs said...

Dear Imogen, congratulations for the permanent position, uou deserved it! I remember when I read your blog and you talked about being unemployed and so on, and then one day you got the job and you started blossoming again! You seem to me such a sweet soul, such a sweet and hard working girl, understanding - that's what I see through your posts! - and I always wrote and thought "keep going, you will have all you want!" By all you want I mean the job, not necessarily what people say "boats, mansions, so on". So congratulations again and I am very glad you overcame the phase of bed/crying. It happens. But it also happened that you overcame it, you are so correct in being proud of yourself! Now, you look adorable as usual! I loooved this coat and the color, and the cardigan too, so sweet! I am very happy for you, honestly!


That is very nice to hear Imogen, I'm so happy for you and glad that you are more positive. You look great! xx <3/Madison
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Elle said...

Imogen, congrats on your promotion,, love your bright pink coat. I also love your floral dress and gorgeous cardigan sweater. Have a wonderful week!
Kisses, Elle

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Cvetina Cekova said...

Aw such a cute look! Your pink coat is wonderful! I love how styled all of these colors, just perfect!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That coat is beautiful, and congrats on your job!

Red Rose Alley said...

That pink coat is fabulous, Imogen! What a pretty dress with all the different colored roses. You really do look wonderful. And your smile makes the outfit. :~)

love, ~Sheri

Sarah Albertson said...

I'm so happy for you!! That's wonderful news about your new position, and that's awesome you are feeling confident and happy in your life. :) I used to be a lot shyer too but have also been getting more confident.

Emmylou MW said...

(((hugs)))) So so happy for you, Imogen:) Thank you for updating us on this very important event in your life. Here's to your continued success at work:)

Ivana Split said...

I'm so happy to read all these good news and to hear you are in a great place in your life now...you deserve it all and more!

Wonderful dress and I really like that pink coat!

Silver Cat Tea Party said...

Congratulations on the new permanent position! Such great news! :D

Lux G. said...

Congrats on your job.
I like your dress and coat so much.

Good to see an update from you.

Mica T said...

Congratulations on the job, that is an amazing (and well deserved!) accomplishment! So happy for you! :) It is always good when hard work pays off :)

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Natasha Hill said...

I am so, so happy for you Imogen - this is such amazing news and I am so glad that you're happy. You look amazing as always and to read that you've found your calling is the best thing, it sounds like you have exciting things on the horizon for you! - Tasha

Caro * said...

Your coat is wonderful ! Lovely outfit :)

Heather said...

This look is so beautifully retro modern! Love!


Kizzy Von Doll said...

That is fantastic doll, be very proud of yourself!! Congratulations!! You look marvellous, love this jacket!! xx

Busola Coutts said...

You made it!! Yes, yes and yes! Congrats on fighting hard and strong to be alive, well and successful. I am wishing you many more continued success. Your coat is glamorously beautiful and you look fantastic!


Style For Mankind said...

I am so loving this. Happy Monday dear! :)

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Ania Zarzycka said...

Wow! you look gorgeous <33 Amazing outfit :)
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Laura Mitbrodt said...

This look is so cute, I love everything including your floral dress and pink coat

TBN Blog said...

Such a stunning coat! x

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Ivana Split said...

just stopping by to thank you for the comment you left on my blog...have a lovely day, Imogen!

mariyah gaspacho said...

love it...
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AVY said...

Congrats, you're right to be proud <3

/ Avy

Tanya W. said...

Beautiful in pink:). Love the Pink's shade!


Natassia said...

Read the whole text.. and wow.. what a journey! Congratulations on your new position! I can totally imagine how this gives you so much satisfaction! :)

Looking gorgeous in this outfit! Love the dress and those red high heels! :)

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