Thursday, January 26, 2017

Can't Rain on My Parade (Tatyana)


It's January - everyone's making resolutions/goals so I should too, right? YEAH RIGHT!



I am not about to start fitting in now, but as I put together Tuesday's post that included my favorite looks from 2016, I did start to think about 2017 and some of the things I want to accomplish. So, that being said, I will share something I decided to do recently (though I decided to do it prior to the holidays). I decided and enrolled to work toward getting my CTSM.


For those who don't know what that is (and I am aware that it's probably ALL of you), CTSM stands for Certified Trade Show Marketer. It's one of a few different certifications in my field that I can get to further my career and expand my knowledge of event planning.


Though I am not one of those career = life kind of gals and most of my goals are not focused on my job, I figured it was a good idea to do. It involves a portfolio and an exam at the end of the process but I am not going to worry about that much right now.


First, I have to take a bunch of courses. I am starting the journey in March at a conference - a tradeshow for tradeshow people?! - called Exhibitor Live and will continue to attend sessions and conferences that give me credit toward my CTSM throughout this year (potentially even next year depending how many I am able to attend this year).


It's a little overwhelming to think of all the work ahead of me (more so on the portfolio and exam part) but I know it's a good thing to do and I'll be REALLY proud of myself once I finish. It also helps that my company is paying for most of it. Attending the conference in March is considered training for my job so the show, the hotel, the flight is all on their dime. I am very fortunate - I know many don't have that benefit so I am very grateful.


That's my biggie goal for this year and probably next year. Cody and I have also started discussing working toward buying a home in the next 2 years so our goals are definitely shifting as a couple. It's going to mean a big change in how we spend money (bye bye new dresses!) but we think it's a logical goal for us so we plan to start saving money so that in the next 2 years, we can have a down payment for a condo or home.


So in the spirit of trying to save money and work toward my goals this year, I wanted to put together an outfit for this post that ISN'T new. I think 2017 is going to mean a lot of refreshing outfits or revamping older looks in order to put more money into my savings and less into new dresses. I will still buy new stuff here and there but it's time to pull back and focus on bigger things!


I decided to wear my Tatyana Rainy Day skirt to my college roommate's baby shower this past weekend (GET IT? Baby SHOWER - Rainy Day skirt???) and before hitting the road to attend together, Red snapped these pictures for me around her apartment complex. As you can see, she lives in a really cool building. She also did a kickass job with these photos, didn't she? Cody may be out of a job...


OK confession time - as I wrote this post, it occurred to me that I will be ATTENDING the conference in March for a change (aka not working the show floor) so I can wear whatever I want and not have to suffer in a boring booth uniform! THIS EXCITES ME VERY MUCH!


Hey, it's the little things...

13 comments:

  1. Loving the outfit! And matching lipstick to boot? Yes, please!

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  2. You look super cute - am loving your hair and of course all the matching :D not spending money on new dresses - I hear you, but they tell me these things are worth it in the end...

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  3. Love this skirt and how matched it was that purple top, belt and shoes! That building is so cool, such a great backdrop! :)

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    1. Thanks, Camilla! Isn't the building the coolest? Old mill buildings are SUCH awesome spots - they're made into apartments a lot where I live and they have so much character!!

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  4. This is so on point, I can hardly stand it! <3 I love the color scheme and that skirt is phenomenal!

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  5. Love love love this outfit! And the shoes are to die for!
    Spending less money on new dresses is a very good goal for me as well. ;-)

    xx
    Sandra

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  6. You've got this! I know you'll be the best CTSM the world has ever seen, and I hope the training and certification process flies by for you. I totally hear you on having different financial priorities, and luckily for me, all of the fallout from PUG's Chinese New Year thing is making it easier for me to save money ;).

    Also, this really is a fantastic photoset -- those shots in the stairwell are PERFECT and as always, your outfit game is strong. You make me want more purple in my life, and I'm in awe of your victory-roll skills! Also, you remind me of Helene in that sixth photo from the end!

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    1. I laugh at your comment about my hair - I am trying so hard to get decent at victory rolls. It's surprisingly hard with thick curly hair. I am getting better though. I need to get some teasing in and use more hairspray next time!

      Thanks for your kind words of encouragement!! And hell yeah, I want to be Helene when I grow up so that means a lot!! <3

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  7. That skirt is so adorable! LOVE it! Beautifully matched with the purple top!
    Not spending money on new dresses. Oh my.. That's quite a challenge!

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    1. RIGHT?? Ugh it's going to take a lot of will power but if I remind myself of my reasons, it shouldn't be too much of a challenge at all =)

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  8. Ahhh, so proud of you, girly! You're gonna kick butt! Not spending money on new clothes is always a struggle, but if you're saving for something worth while then it's makes it a bit easier.

    Your outfit is adorable, as usual, and your HAIR! Oh goodness, it looks so good!

    xo, Helene
    www.circleskirtsandpetticoats.wordpress.com

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  9. You are so gorgeous and what a perfect outfit! I want those heels so bad!!!!!!! x

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  10. I am so glad you are going for your CTSM, and although that might mean buying less clothes, you can always MAKE YOUR OWN. Yes, I will make sure that you sew a minimum of 3 garments this year. Get that old sewing machine, dust it off, and call me when you're ready. I'm no expert sewist/seamstress, but I'm sure I can teach you how to make simple skirts or dresses. :)

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