When you’re a kid, your life is changing all the time and there are segments with definitive starts and ends. As an adult, that only happens during the change of the seasons or if you’re starting a new job. For me, it’s both! I am really excited to share that I recently switched jobs, a welcome change as we start this winter season in Boston.
While I’m certainly excited about the job, I’m also looking forward to my new commute into the city! When I first moved to Boston, a lot of people asked me what the biggest difference was for me between Boston and SF, and honestly, the biggest difference was my day-to-day life. When I moved, I went from commuting to the Financial District by public transportation to commuting 40 minutes in traffic by car. It made it difficult to meet up with friends during the week (although it certainly was favorable to my waistline and wallet).
Nonetheless, I’m so thankful to be back to “city life” and my new career opportunity. To prepare, I did a little guilt-free shopping, picking up a few essentials for my new role:
The Perfect Jean
I understand that not everyone finds spending $$$ on jeans worth it, but since I wear them almost every day to work, the perfect jean is worth the money to me. The brand I’ve consistently found the most success with are Madewell’s jeans. These high rise, button-front, raw hem pair are the best jeans ever. I even got a compliment on them at my ten-year high school reunion so I consider that a huge win.
Backpack for #commuterlife
When I was a car commuter, I was also a straight up bag lady. I’d usually have my purse, my lunch bag, my gym bag while balancing a smoothie out the door. It was a LOT of stuff – so I had to get crafty as I made my way back to commuting. I decided to buy a new backpack – one with a good amount of space (could fit gym clothes and my lunch) but still looked cute. I ended up going with the Everlane Commuter Backpack and so far so good! I love the pockets and the multiple zippers. I used to use a navy Herschel backpack, but it only had one zipper across the top so you had to open the backpack completely to get anything inside! Major upgrade if you ask me.
Boots for Walking
In my new city commuter life, I have about a 12 minute walk to the T from my apartment and back every morning and evening. Sometimes I take the bus, but usually I like starting my day with a little brisk walk to wake me up. Because of this, comfortable but warm boots were necessary. I have some good ones already (these Steve Madden ones that are everywhere, and I love all boots from Crown Vintage at DSW) but decided to buy a neutral green pair to mix things up a bit. These have an easy-to-walk-in chunky heel, but still look professional and cute.