Friday Finds: Pumps for Work

Following an excellent suggestion from a reader, we decided to start posting some hot finds on Fridays, in case you have been “working for the weekend” and are in the mood for some post work-week shopping.

This week, Nordstrom marked down some amazing pumps in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles. Not only do they have some classics, but they have adorable “stand out” shoes as I call them. We’ve linked a few of our favorites below.

Louise et Cie



Steve Madden


Kristin Cavallari (Chinese Laundry)


Marc Fisher LTD



If you work in healthcare, you know the struggle of finding the perfect pair of shoes for work. They have to be closed toed, ideally no higher than 3″ heels, and made with some nice workable/comfortable leather. Enter Jessica Simpson. The girl knows what she is doing with a pair of shoes. These are on sale NOW, and let’s just say, one of the LEAFs is going to have them on repeat next week!





What are your favorite shoes for work? Leave us a comment below!


The 8-Step Skincare Routine

Leaf1 has had acne/rosacea since she was a teenager. She has seen multiple dermatologists and has used numerous products and creams (both over the counter products (can be purchased at department stores, beauty stores, or CVS/Walgreens) and prescription products (such as doxycycline, Retin-A creams, etc..)). Therefore, she’s always on the quest to improve her skin!

Everyone is talking about the 10-step skincare routine right now! Naturally, Leaf1 decided to give it a shot and has been doing this since December, 2016. And guess what, she’s sticking to this skincare routine..forever! Here are some tips!

First, lets get rid of some misconceptions:

  1. You don’t have to complete all 10 steps every single day! Leaf1 completes 7-8 steps on most days, and 9-10 steps once or twice weekly.
  2. The commitment is not bad (and that’s coming from a very busy girl). Incorporate these steps into your morning and night routines. For example: Wake up, complete step 1 and step 2; make your morning coffee; complete step 3; pick-out your work wardrobe; complete step 4; etc…
  3. These products are not expensive!

Now, lets get down to the Nitty-Gritty!

Night (8 steps on most days, 9-10 steps twice weekly):

  1. Oil Cleanser
  2. Water Cleanser
  3. Exfoliant (once or twice weekly)
  4. Skin Softener/Refresher/Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Serums, Boosters, Ampules
  7. Sheet Masks (once weekly)
  8. Eye Cream
  9. Retin-A (Rx only)
  10. Moisturizer


  1. Water Cleanser
  2. Skin Softener/Refresher/Toner
  3. Essence
  4. Serums/Boosters/Ampules
  5. Eye Cream
  6. Moisturizer
  7. Sun Protection

Oil Cleanser: Most girls and women like to wear make-up. The oil cleanser removes makeup and any other oil-based product like sunscreen. It will also remove dirt and pollution particles. Leaf1 has been using Banila Clean it Zero ($25)- this is the perfect first-step in the double-cleanse regimen (step 1 + step 2).  It’s a hypoallergenic oil cleanser that appears as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin. Perfection!


Water or Foam Cleanser: Believe or not, your face still has nasty stuff left over even after one cleanser. Water/foam cleanser will help remove more pollutants like sweat and dirt. Admittedly, Leaf1 just recently combined step 2 to step 1 (double cleansing) and have really enjoyed it so far. Leaf1 uses Cerave Facial Cleanser ($8). This removes surface impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells. It’s non-irritating and non-comedogenic. Another product that Leaf1 loves is the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser ($6). This cleanser gently cleanses and softens even dry, sensitive skin. It can reduce redness and irritation. What more do we want?!


Exfoliation: If you have sensitive skin like Leaf1, only try this step once weekly or once every other week. Apparently, exfoliating is a crucial step to get rid of dead skin cells and debris. Leaf1 recently purchased the Naked Earth Exfoliants: Dead Sea Salt + Lavendar by True Formulation ($12.50). This product is made for the body to remove dead skin and impurities with natural granules. Leaf1 uses the product once weekly on her face (warning: it feels like you’re dipping your face in the ocean due to the sea salt – so use sparingly!).Product_-_square_-_exfoliants_2_grande.jpg

Toner/Skin Softener/Refresher: Skin softener and toner can prep the skin to absorb the following treatments better. Pick a non-alcohol based skin softener and toner to avoid irritation. Leaf1’s all time favorite is the 3 seconds starter hyaluronic acid ($19.50). This is a light weight serum that’s recommended to be used right before the toner. After using the skin softener, Leaf1 uses the Rose Elixir Toner by True Formulation ($19.50). This does not contain any alcohol (Yay!) or artificial fragrance (double Yay!). This toner is soothing and will leave the skin clean, soft, and supple.IMG_5086.JPG


Essence:  This step is a MUST! Essence can hydrate and help repair the skin. Leaf1 uses MISSHA Time Revolution the first treatment essence ($49, can’t believe that it is now available at Target!). This product is worth every penny!! It is highly concentrated and can improve fine lines and skin tone while hydrating. 49167517.jpg

Serums/Boosters/Ampules: Buy the serum that’s best suited for your age and what you want to achieve (fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, etc..). If you’re not (almost) in your 30s, you can probably skip this step. Leaf1 is currently using the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum ($105). NOT WORTH THE PENNY!! But she will continue to use it until it’s done and over! Leaf1 is looking for a different serum if you have any recommendation!

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Sheet masks: Who doesn’t love sheet masks!? They are so fun, especially when you’re sitting around while watching Scandal on Hulu (once weekly on Hulu – so rule #23546, give yourself a treat with a sheet mask once weekly)! These masks are extra soothing to give skin that boosted-nourishment! You can purchase these masks anywhere for cheap! Don’t spend more than $10.00 per sheet. Currently, Leaf1 buys random sheet masks at Korean grocery stores ($2/sheet), but you can get yours here.



Eye Cream: Yes, we are not  in our 60s, but the best treatment is PREVENTION! Use any eye-cream you can afford. Don’t spend too much. Get something that doesn’t irritate the delicate skin around your eyes and use your finger to gently tap the cream/gel around your eyes. Leaf1 uses Olay Eyes Pro Retinol Eye Treatment for Wrinkles ($26.99) and it’s OK. Currently looking for a different eye cream if you have any recommendation!



Retin-A (prescription): If you can’t get the prescription version, Differin gel ($11.99) is a similar product (just less potent). Differin is available anywhere (Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart). Leaf1 strongly believes that all women approaching 30s or in their 30s should use Retin-A routinely. It clears and prevents acne (and they have clinical trials to support the claim!). The only bad thing is that it can be extremely irritating, initially. So make sure to only use this product at night. Leaf1 uses Retin-A 0.025% every other night to avoid the irritation.

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Moisturizer: Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Buy a moisturizer that works best for you and your skin (dry skin? oily skin? combination skin?). They do come in many different forms such as emulsion, lotion, gel, or cream. Personally, Leaf1 likes to use cream at night and gel in the daytime (easier to apply make-up). Right now, Leaf1 uses Cerave moisturizer ($10) at night, and Clinique moisturizing gel ($27) in the day to moisturize her skin. The Cerave moisturizer can be generously applied to the body as well. It’s non-comedogenic and has ceramides to moisturize and soften the skin! The Clinique gel is lightweight and fast-absorbing: great for when you need to apply make-up in the morning! These moisturizers are AMAZING and so affordable!

Sun Protection:  Do this everyday (Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall). Applying sunscreen is the best thing anyone can do to PREVENT aging. Leaf1’s all time favorite is La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Suncreen Fluid ($29.99). This product is fast-absorbing, lightweight, and water resistant! It creates a matte-finish and it is absolutely perfect for sensitive skin.


That’s it! We would love to hear your recommendations!! 

What to do when you don’t get the job?

There is no doubt about it, after going through the application and interview process, not getting an offer for the job you wanted can be disheartening. It’s OK to feel upset for a short time, but we did a little research on other things to do to make the best of a disappointing situation.

Thank the interviewers: While you may not have gotten the job, interviewing means that you were considered in the final group of applicants. Interviews take a lot of time to plan and effort to execute completely, so taking the time to thank those involved is a nice way to maintain a connection. Additionally, if you want to be considered for future positions within the company or department, say so. If your dream company or department is hiring again, they may consider you for a position that is a better fit. You never know what may happen in the future, so don’t burn any bridges and maintain an open communication. Do what you can to nurture the connections you made on your interview, and you will be remembered for your gracious response. If it is professionally appropriate, consider reaching out to these connections for future collaboration.

Boho Spirit Thank you Cards: Here; Potpourri Thank you Cards: Here; Chalkboard Thank you Cards: Here

Self-Reflection: This is so important! We have noticed on occasion, that someone may ask for feedback on why they were not selected. According to this article from , that is not a recommendable practice, as it puts the company on the defensive regarding their decision. However, it would be appropriate to self-reflect and reach out to a trusted mentor to ask for advice on what else you can do to expand your CV or resume, or perhaps improve your interviewing and communication skills. One of our favorite books is StrengthsFinder 2.0. This book is designed to help you uncover your strengths an talents so that you can “sell” yourself better.

Find the Silver Lining: Sometimes we get knocked down a time or two before we get to what has been waiting for us. Leaf 1 and Leaf 2 have had our fair share of hardships in life. Regardless of what you believe, it helps to try and think of the positive in any situation. Perhaps this opened the door to a new idea that you can implement to improve your current job, or your resume. Maybe another position is about to open up that is even better. Give yourself a little time to get over the initial shock, but then move on because dwelling on the past won’t change the future.

Perfect Time to Buy Sweaters

We’ve rounded up some good deals for you. These sweaters are our absolute favs! Enjoy!!!

Under $10

Khaki Drop Shoulder Cut Out Loose Sweater: Here; Dark Pink Mock Neck Bell Sleeve Jersey Sweater: Here


Stitchy  Boatneck Sweater: Here; Buffalo Check Pullover Sweater: Here;  Brown White Long Sleeve Color Block Sweater: Here


Cat Sweater: Here; Ruffle Yoke Sweater: Here; Grey Marled Knit Cardigan With Embroidered Tape and Fringe: Here; Wool Cashmere Lace up Sweater: Here;


Striped Laceup Back Sweater: Here; Fringe Sweater: Here; Fringe Sweatshirt: Here; Topshop Sweater Tunic: Here; Ribbed Trim Sweater: Here; Madewell Helena Pullover: Here

How to Prepare for An Interview

This morning was “Match-Day”! So it is only fitting that we tackle a big career topic today – How to Prepare for a Job Interview. While different jobs have slightly different key points for preparation, the concepts are the same. We will give you some tips on making sure that you are ready to make a great first impression, and shine during your interview!

1-Research the company, and the position

The internet is a powerful tool, and has changed the landscape of job interviewing. If you have secured an interview at a company or business, check out their website in advance. Familiarize yourself with their Mission Statement and Vision, and be able to speak to how this matches with your own beliefs and professional goals. 

2-Research your interviewers

Often, you will be interviewing with more than one person. A good rule of thumb is that if you have a one on one interview with a person during the day, you should look them up. If nothing else, look up the hiring manager. If you are interviewing for any job in health care, be sure to check PubMed for any article they may have authored recently. This can tell you a lot about the direction of the institution, the interviewer’s professional viewpoints, and potentially give you some insight into the specifics of the program for which you are interviewing. For example, many institutions publish papers regarding major services they have implemented to improve patient care, and it would speak volumes if you have familiarized yourself with what the institution has done to change the landscape of your field. If you don’t have a membership to PubMed, check Google Scholar for peer reviewed articles. 

3-Self Reflect

Sit down with a list of common, traditional job interview questions (like those linked here) and reflect on some scenarios in your professional life that exemplify the type of employee you are. Over the past 10 years, behavioral interviewing has become much more common, particularly in hospital interviews. Behavioral interviewing is a strategy for asking questions about past experiences to predict future behaviors. If you have ever been asked to “describe a time/scenario/situation when..” you are being asked about your previous experiences, and thus engaging in behavioral interviewing. Ensuring that you address the question, and provide a resolution to the problem or scenario presented is the key to a well-rounded answer. For a list of common behavioral interview questions, follow this link here.

4-Bring Copies of your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) and business cards or contact information

If you have a resume or CV, it is nice to come prepared with additional copies in the event that the interviewers don’t have it or would like an extra copy. Business cards may seem outdated, but some people (like Leaf 2) hang on to every business card they ever receive, and sometimes reach out at a later date. You never know when you may come across the perfect opportunity to reach out to someone you’ve met along the way!

5-Enter the day with an open mind

Be well prepared and be confident! It is natural to get nervous during an interview, but spending some time preparing in advance will help make the day go as smoothly as possible.

6-Strive for professional appearance

See our previous blog on “What to Wear to Interviews”.

Below are some items from Ann Taylor since they have amazing deals going on right now. Be sure to check them out Here!

V-Neck Shirt: Here

One Button Jacket: Here

Trim Blazor: Here

Flare Pants: Here

On a lighter note, it’s FRIDAY and you can find Leaf1 wearing this sweater at the moment! This sweater is 40% off right now. The bell sleeves partially open so it makes this piece extra unique! Get the same sweater here! Size Small (as shown below)

Faux Leather Skirt, Work Appropriate?

So one day, Leaf 1 was in a meeting and this lady walked into the meeting wearing leather skirt. Leaf 1 gasped because 1) She was looking fierce and foxy (at work?) and 2) She was looking good! Apparently,  they did a survey on this topic four years ago! 76 participants voted YES (work appropriate) and 67 participants voted NO.

Both Leaf 1 and Leaf 2 love anything that can be worn for multiple occasions, and that includes leather skirts! Leather skirts can be worn to a happy hour, to a bachelorette party (guilty!), to a special date, and to a girls’ night out! Leaf 1 purchased the leather skirt a few months ago, and she has put it to good use! But what about wearing the faux leather skirt to work? If you’re interested in giving this look a try, here are some tips:

  1. A-line vs. Pencil Leather Skirts: If you’ve never worn a leather skirt to work before, then try the A-line leather skirt first. The A-line shape will create the casual and feminine look, rather than the tough/sleek feel of the leather. Once you’re comfortable strutting the A-line leather skirt around the office, then move on to the pencil leather skirt. Whether A-line and/or pencil leather skirts, make sure the length is appropriate for work!

    Asos: Here ; SheIn: Here

  2. Picking the right top to go with the leather skirt is probably the key to balance the sleek look. Pair the skirt with a top that is feminine without it being racy or raunchy. A button-up shirt is a great option! Denim button-up shirt will make the look so chic and polished.IMG_1705
  3. Complete the look with a flowy /moderately oversized cardigan or blazer. If the look (skirt + top) is simple and clean, pair it with a fun cardigan/blazer. In this case, Leaf 1 paired her outfit with a bomber jacket to welcome Spring. Adding the cardigan/blazer will complete the look at work. You can easily take the cardigan/blazer off once you’re at a happy hour (after work) with your co-workers.

Skirt: Here

Bomber Jacket (Similar above)

Deals of the month – up to 60% off (link below!) Enjoy!!

 Enjoy up to 60% off for daring and edgy clothing: classy dresses, chic tops, essential outwears, sexy swimwear, trendy pants, etc.

Transitioning Your Work Wardrobe for Spring


Spring Daydreaming

It’s March! Birds are chirping, yesterday it was 70 degrees, and you’re all ready to bust out your short sleeves and floral patterns…but today it’s snowing sideways and under 20 degrees. That’s right, it’s Spring, and it seems to be the most difficult season to dress for when you wake up and there is still frost on the ground, but by the time you leave work, it is sweltering. Being that we have lived and worked in a multitude of climates, we have picked up a few tips for dressing for this quandary.

Workable layers: Many times LEAF 2 has been guilty of saving a shirt or two that can only be worn with something over it. You know the one I’m talking about-it looks good in the front, but there is a stain on the back, or it has an open back which would definitely not be acceptable in the workplace. In Spring when the weather is variable, you need every layer to work independently. We love this long sleeved, unique lace top for when your heating up in the afternoon. Lightweight and decorative scarves are also a good idea to get you to work in the morning, but easy to shed once you warm up.


Top: H&M       Similar: Nordstrom

Lightweight blazers or jackets: Blazers can literally be worn for almost any scenario, but your medium and lightweight blazers can be useful in the Spring. In the morning, they add an extra layer of warmth, but they don’t stifle you when the 70 degree day sneaks up on you. This blush blazer is so fun for the season! And you can dress it up with a floral shirt, or chunky accessories.



Blazer: LOFT          Similar: Asos

Heavier pants: When its still pretty chilly outside, but you are desperately yearning for spring, wool pants in a light color can be a great wardrobe piece. LEAF 2 wears this pair year round, but is particularly fond of them when channeling Spring vibes.


Pants: Loft       Similar: Nordstrom

What are some of your favorite Spring transition pieces or tips! Leave us a comment below.