How to Wear it to Work: Summer Nails

We LOVE all the trendy nail colors that come along throughout the year-but as often happens in our lives, we pondered how we can possibly get away with wearing them to work, while maintaining a professional image? With the exception of a few truly crazy styles, and jobs where you can’t wear nail polish for sanitary reasons, we believe many styles are possible. Below are a few tips we have on enjoying nail trends, while keeping it work appropriate for conservative employers.

1.) Keep your nails short, and rock a natural nail shape

We have all seen those long pointy (aka stiletto) nail trends lately, and if your employer/workplace is conservative, these are likely not appropriate for the work setting. However, many nail colors look appropriate when nails are kept short and have a more natural nail shape (oval, squoval, square, oval, almond).


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Stiletto nails are a bit to risky for conservative workplaces, and not functional in the health care setting.


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But a similar color looks appropriate with short, more natural nail shape.


2.) Keep your nails chip-free

I know this is a hard one, believe me. We’ve all spent an hour painting our nails, another hour not touching anything, and then chipped a nail two days later while catching a falling technological device, or admittedly doing something non-girlie like working in the yard. You’re thinking, “it took so long to do my nails, I’m just going to overlook it.” If it is the first small chip in a natural nail color that blends in, you may be able to get away with it for another day, but I’ve heard several female mentors say that chipped nail polish is more unprofessional than no nail polish at all. So don’t risk it. Some options for keeping your nails chip-free include: splurge on gel nail polish that won’t budge unless you grate them across concrete, remove the color and call it quits for the week, or check out this unique post on how to repair a chip. We may or may not be fans of settling in for the Bachelor/Bachelorette (or at this time of year, with some hefty school/work reading assignments) and dedicating that time to nails each week. We all know a little polish goes a long way to brighten your week!

3.) Avoid the glitzy/3D/nail jewelry

It is very hard to make nail piercings, 3 dimensional art, or rhinestones/glitter professional enough for work. Our general rule is not to do it. It’s also very hard to keep clean! But if you must, consider this adorable tiny metallic stripe on a nail for a little extra flare.

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Love the tiny gold stripe, but would limit to one nail (ring finger).

4.) Consider your colors

While following the rules above, many colors can be conservative enough for the workplace. However, if you are concerned about an electric blue, consider toning it down with a nice navy, or a more natural, very pale blue that won’t distract from all the wonderful things you are at work to do!



Any tips you have for work-appropriate nails? Feel free to share below!


Office Decor

Have you ever looked around your office and felt like it needed something to make it feel more homey and inviting? Ever wanted your office to inspire you to do great work? We have too (daily)…so we put together some of our favorite tips for decorating your office, no matter what size it is, so that you can do your best in your perfect work space!

  1. Add a plant…or ten!

Having a plant can improve your mood and even purify your air! There are lots of low-sunlight plants that do well indoors. Succulents and cacti are also easy plants to own because they take almost no water and can fit in any space, but come in such unique varieties that it’s like having a tropical oasis.


2. Inspirational Quotes

LEAF 2 has a quote on her wall that she loves even after a year of it hanging there in all of it’s black-and-white-office-printer-paper-glory. A great way to take it to the next level is to have your favorite quote framed in fancy print (a la Etsy). Or better yet, our friend @nutmegaroo makes beautiful inspirational art, if you’re in need of some ideas.

Though She Be But Little She Is Fierce, Girl Nursery Wall Art Floral Nursery Decor, Shakespeare Quote Printable Art Print Watercolor Flowers

Printastic Studio

3. Pretty Magnets

We love these cute magnets with (you guessed it) more inspirational quotes. You may be thinking, “but I don’t have a fridge in my office.” No problem- remember the side of your computer processor is metal and often the edges of a window, if you are so lucky as to have one!


4. Personal Lighting

Sometimes the fluorescence of the office place is enough to stifle your positive mood. In many offices, you can bring your own lamp(s) which makes a huge difference in your work space vibe.


Sunday Finds for Mother’s Day (next week!)

We delayed our Friday Finds to “Sunday Finds” in honor of Mother’s Day that is coming up in 7 days! We found some great deals and gifts that you can purchase for your Mother. It’s truly hard for Leaf1 to post this blog without being a little emotional because she lost her Mother in 2004. Regardless, all Mothers should be honored and recognized next week, and everyday. XOXO

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The Transport Leather Tote: Nordstrom
Rose Elixir Toner and other True Formulation’s products
Dear mom I love you Coffee Mug
Dear Mom, I love you , Coffee Mug: Nordstrom
Playful Print Pajamas and Eye Mask
Playful Print Pajamas: Nordstrom
Stretch Beaded Bracelet Set
Stretch Breaded Bracelet: Loft
Raffia Statement Necklace
Raffia Statement Necklace: Ann Taylor
Tulip Silk Little Scarf
Tulip Silk Little Scarf: Ann Taylor
Smashbox Try It Kit
Smashbox Try it Kit: Sephora
Chloe Coffret Gift set
Chloe Coffret Gift Set: Sephora

Wearing Hot Pink Clothes to Work?!

Sometimes, you just need to wear pink to work. While bright colors is not exactly “faux pas,” it can be difficult to wear a head to toe, hot pink/fuschia look to work.

A pop of color is safe, and a good way to work a little Spring or Summer into your wardrobe. This top was a great find! You can purchase one similar at Express or at Old Navy, and Leaf2 wears it all the time with black or gray (or green), and bright pink lips. It may be wrong, but just that pop of pink adds a great deal of confidence throughout the day.


This pink dress from StyleWe takes pink confidence to the next level! This dress is great for work because the material is great quality, the dress has solid structure through the shoulders and midsection, but isn’t too fitted. The unique neckline isn’t too revealing for work, and the dress is overall super comfortable. It is important to downplay your accessories for a formal work setting in a dress this powerful, but that makes it all the easier to throw on at the last minute.



Friday Finds

This week, we’ve found some amazing maxi dresses to wear this Summer! And some of these are 40% off! Enjoy!!

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Marigold off the shoulder maxi dress: Loft
Loft Beach Shimmer Stripe Drawstring Dress
Beach shimmer stripe drawstring dress: Loft
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Agnes dress: Revolve
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Gigi midi dress: Revolve
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Eyelet midi dress: Revolve
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Floral front tie maxidress: Shein
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Flower print off the shoulder maxi dress: Shein
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Backless print wrap maxi dress: Shein
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Eliza print maxidress: Nordstrom

Friday Finds

It’s FRIYAY!! We’ve found some great skirts and can’t wait to share the news with you! These are our top picks for the Spring/Summer. These skirts are great for work and for fun! Enjoy!

Floral Skirt - LOFT
Floral Skirt: Loft


Ruffle Skirt _Ann Taylor
Ruffled Pencil Skirt: Ann Taylor


Maxi Skirt in Dusty Rose
Maxi Skirt in Dusty Rose: Revolve
Button Midi Skirt_Top Shop
Button Midi Skirt: Top Shop
Jungle Flora Pencil Skirt_Ann Taylor
Jungle Floral Pencil Skirt: Ann Taylor
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Button Side Midi Skirt: Top Shop

Communication Tools in the Workplace

Communication may be the single most important skill we have as humans. While we have the ability to communicate with one another, some of us work our whole lives to become good at communicating in our work setting. More on specific communication skills at a later date, but today, we wanted to talk about avenues for communication in a health care setting-and how to use them.


Email is an easy and ever-accessible form of communication. It allows you to be more verbose than some electronic venues, and can allow for the most thorough written descriptions. For answering complex questions, or referring to literature, policies, or other documents, email gives us a platform to provide extensive information to anyone, anywhere around the world, at any time of day. It also allows for crafting a well-worded message, despite any emotional tensions that may be involved in a given scenario. However, email has a few downfalls. Although email etiquette varies with regard to expectations for response time, but in general, emails should not require an immediate response. Additionally, sometimes sensitive subjects, including those that could be taken the wrong way, really require a face-to-face conversation. There are many sources on email etiquette, we like this one.

Paging or Texting

Paging or texting a colleague is great for short messages or thoughts. These forms of communication typically elicit a faster response, but are even more limited in characters than emails. While emails typically have a plethora of etiquette articles and teachings, paging or texting has far less literature associated. This article posted on LinkedIn gives a few tips, but on the whole, texting in the workplace is not standardized. In fact, some workplaces ban use of cell phones in the workplace. The best thing to do to understand expectations with regard to texting is to establish them with your supervisor-if a work text is sent, how long do I have to respond? What is my obligation to respond after hours?

As a side note, it’s always safest to use proper grammar, and leave the emojis out of your work texts or pages.

Verbal conversations

While we have a number of electronic communication options, nothing can substitute for a face to face conversation. But a conference call, or video call can come close, can still connect a number of people, particularly when distance is an issue. Consider carefully the content of your message, and the urgency, when deciding whether to discuss verbally, or electronically. However, preparation for a verbal conversation that is sensitive should be just as thorough as a well thought out written response. One excellent resource is a book called “Crucial Conversations” by Patterson and Grenny. This is one of the few books that will truly be LIFE CHANGING. Available on Amazon here, this book is truly useful for every conversation you have at work or at home.

What are your favorite communication tips? What topics would you like us to delve further into? Leave us a message below!