Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Work Wear Wednesday | Blush Pink & Heather Gray

Hey y'all!  Just wanted to share a typical outfit I wore to work on last week.  I've briefly mentioned my daily occupation of being a school nurse.  I've been a Registered Nurse for over a decade now, with the majority of my career working on a Medical Surgical floor in a hospital setting.  I have "paid my dues", gained a plethora of experience and am confident in using my knowledge in helping others to heal physically, psychologically, holistically...in whatever way I can.




While working in the hospital I had strict policies of what comprised my work uniform.  Scrubs, Dansko shoes, lab coat, minimal jewelry and by the time I left the hospital environment we were no longer allowed to wear artificial nails.  I've never really been a fan of artificial nails anyway.  Just not my cup of tea.  I did however secretly loathe the fact that I couldn't showcase my personality through my choice of clothing.  And for good reason mind you.  I didn't want blood, vomit, or any other secretions on my wardrobe so scrubs it was for me.  


After many years in the hospital, I caught a bad case of what I call "burn-out syndrome".  This is when you feel you've done all you can (and then some) but it never seems to be enough.  And then life just happened.  I began a family and the long 12 hour shifts became burdensome.  I longed for time to read my kids a bed time story, tuck them in, kiss them good night.  While I did earn a larger salary than I do at present, I love having the peace of mind that I'm on the same schedule of my children.  Snow day? I'm off with the kiddos building snow men and making snow angels.  That would never happen when working at the hospital as it never closes.  There will always be someone in need of being nursed back to health.


So today, I cherish those moments I can spend the evening helping with homework, fixing dinner, bath time and story time.  My kids will only be young once and granted my income is modest, nothing compares to the tender and precious years that they need to be shaped and molded into young adults.  Do I feel I'm short changing my career potential as a nurse? Of course not.  I had a different plan to further my career and earn a master's degree.  But right now I owe my children, my family that much to help them become who they want to be.


Enough of my ramblings...lol.  I said all that to say this, I am sooooo happy to be able to wear all the lovely things hanging in my closet!  I absolutely love my job as a school nurse.  The children love me and I love them.  Some love me a little too much because I've noticed a trend and have encountered some "regular patients" throughout the school year.  Those are my babies too...lol.  They come in and say, "Nurse Heaggans I scraped my finger on the corner of my cubby."  I look and see nothing...lol.  I always happily bandage their "scraped finger" and send them on their way back to class with a smile.  I love that part of my job.  Being that I'm on a tighter budget than ever before, I shop a LOT of thrift and clearance items.  Both my blouse and slacks were purchased secondhand.  The pumps and handbag are new but were on clearance.

Blouse:  Cato Fashions via The Clothes Mentor $4
Slacks:  Thrifted from Goodwill $4
Kitten Heels:  Payless Shoes
Handbag:  Cato Fashions

And let's talk about this fabulous statement necklace!  I found this lucite neck piece from...wait for it...Wal-Mart!  Wal-Mart has really upped the ante with their jewelry line.  I love the pale pink stones in this piece, not too gaudy.  Just the right conversation starter annnnd it was marked down for just $3 *gasps*!  I couldn't believe it.  I snatched this one and a couple more.  You shall see those featured soon on the blog as well. Until next time....

Peace and love,
xo Kishina xo





22 comments:

  1. I love that necklace you are wearing! Also great post. I love learning a little more about you. Fashionable school nurse for sure.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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    1. Thanks, Ayana! I could not believe how pretty and inexpensive this necklace was! I HAD to have it...lol. I plan to incorporate little pieces of my life outside of just fashion as my readership grows. Stay tuned :)

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  2. I loved, loved, LOVED this post! I absolutely adore my local goodwill and look in there every week. I enjoy reading fashion blogs for inspiration, but seriously, who can afford to pay $150 for a pair of shoes? As someone who quit their job to stay with the kiddos, I admire you in your choice to change careers to be able to spend more time with them. Thank you for keeping it real!

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    1. Haha! Thanks Jessica! I'm happy to know you loved this post. Expect more fashion inspiration as I weave a little more of what makes Kishina tick throughout future posts. And I, for one, can NOT afford to spend $150 on one item. I have 4 children, one adult and three little ones. There is no way I can afford that. I opt for similar items at discount prices any day before I spend that amount of money on one item. Isn't it so rewarding to stay home with the kiddies? I feel society has gotten away from that, but truth is we can't allow our children to raise themselves. They need guidance and who better to do that than MOM of course...lol. Moms rock! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I always love how these two colors work together!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thank you Darcy! Well, ya know I was just playing around in my closet and then...this happened...lol. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. Such a pretty color on you! Blush pink is my favorite :)

    xo, elle | Living in Color Style.

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  5. I LOVE blush pink and great together! Beautiful outfit.

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  6. yes, spending time with the kids when they are young is the most important thing a mom can do...mine are now grown and I miss having little ones. #Thriftingdiva

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    1. I agree, Antionette. The kiddies are only young once and I have to sow into their future as a mom. I love being home with the kids more instead of working 12 hr shifts :)

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  7. You look beautiful Kishina in blush. My girlfriend was in the same situation and loves being a school nurse now. It really is the best of both worlds! Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thanks Alice! I absolutely love my job as a school nurse. The stress level has gone way down :)

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  8. Blush and heather together are perfect love this.Thanks for linking up and hope to see you back on Thursday

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  9. Nice necklace. I also like the combination of the blush top and the heather pants.Thanks for linking up at Who's Wearing What Wednesdays at Pastries, Pumps and Pi!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting the linky party. I'll be there on Wednesday...lol.

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  10. I have a confession: I'm a hater! I hate that I can't find such great clothing deals as you! :) Nothing is better than you having time with your children, because we cannot rewind time. Thanks for linking up at Who's Wearing What Wednesdays at Pastries, Pumps and Pi!

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    1. Haha! Tameka, I loooove the thrill of finding a great deal! And to be home with my kiddies as they're growing up is absolutely priceless. Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to the linky party this week as well :)

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