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Leather & Leopard

Sweater: c/o Rose Wholesale   Leggings: thrifted   Chambray: Walmart   Boots: Just Fab
Remember when I said leopard print seemed like too much? Well, perhaps this new sweater from Rose Wholesale changed my mind. The white and black colors make it a more crisp neutral that was easily mixed with my leather leggings and chambray button down. Plus, did you see how it has pockets?? Anything with pockets is instantly made 10x better just because of that!

I'm wearing my cut out boots again, because honestly, I can't get enough of them. They're my new favorite pair! I'll have to show you how I've worn them with my skirts and dresses eventually. As the days warm up, I have to look at my collection of black boots and sigh sadly over their impending farewell. Once summer hits, it's going to be all about the sandals and open toe shoes! Better enjoy your boots while you can ladies. I don't know about where you live, but my feet get all gross and sweaty if I try to keep them confined in boots during summer months.

Aaaanyway, enough about foot sweat.

If you're curious what it's like working at a coffee shop, let me tell you.
It. Is. Insane.
Seriously, if you're waiting in a drive-thru line and you peer through the window, you'd see baristas whizzing through multiple drink orders, taking orders through their headsets, and simultaneously dealing with customers inside. I don't know how my coworkers do it so effortlessly! I've been put on the headset finally and am now helping take orders and run the drive-thru register, but I'm still learning what goes in drinks or how to ring up certain ones. More often than not I just feel like dead weight as everyone else whizzes about in a flurry of espresso beans. It's frustrating to say the least. There is SO MUCH TO LEARN!

Whenever someone pulls up to the drive through, I almost hold my breath as I wait for their order. Will it be a complicated list of five drinks, all different with varying levels of extra espresso, skim milk, sugar free syrups, and extra whip? Or will it be an easy "Just a medium Milkee Way please"? Whenever I get those simple orders, I honestly feel like sending them a kiss through the speaker.

While everyone has been incredibly patient, there's one girl in particular at work who has been super helpful and sympathetic, since she remembers more clearly how much of a struggle it is to get started there. When it was slow and we only had one or two drink orders she had me help in measuring syrups and make a few shots of espresso, so at least I got experience doing that! It's definitely a job that'll take a lot of time to adjust to, but I'm not too discouraged. I just know that I can learn this, and once I do, it'll be an amazing job! Besides...as many free coffees as I want during my shift, can you beat that?

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
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30 comments

Kati said...

Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
You are so gorgeous and your outfit so absolutely cool! There's nothing better than a good leopard shirt. Also loving your hair!

Have the best day ever,
-Kati

Tanya Minxy said...

I am not big fan of leopard print, too, but you made it so punk and cool. Great job girl!
BTW I love reading your posts, they are so honest and I feel like I know you the best of all bloggers out there <3

Marlen said...

gah if i could get as many free coffees as i want i'd probably get super cracked out haha- TOO MANY. also, i can only imagine how stressful it is to learn all of those crazy drinks, it's great you found a friend that will help you :) and you styled that leopard so chicly- i LOVE it with those leggings.

xo marlen
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Jessi said...

LOVE those buckle booties! SO cute! And as always, you're amazing at pulling off edgy looks :) My baby sister has been a barista for over a year now and had a hard time getting it all down at first too. But no worries, in no time you'll be pro!

Jessi
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Midwest Muse said...

Your hair looks awesome in a pony tail and I love the details of all the elements of this look!

Peet said...

Good, you shouldn't be discouraged. You'll learn, faster then you think! I remember when I was a waitress and how hard it was for me at the beginning, learning all the drinks and getting familiar with everybody. But then you eventually learn everything. It's not rocket science after all.:) Although I'm pretty sure you'd master that too.;)

P.S.: I love the tippy toes pose! And the boots too, of course.:)

Galaxia @ Hopeful Kiss | A Pink Lipstick Life! said...

Yes, MA'AM at this entire outfit!! I didn't know I'd like leopard + leather so much until I saw this. It always seems "over the top" but this is really nice on you.

I remember steering clear of jobs that had drive thru because I was so nervous about handling that LOL But I lovvved being a waitress and juggling all the tables/regulars/new customers/everything. I was good at it and the tips were yummy! I look forward to the day I read that you've become a pro ;)

I'm following your blog ♥

Galaxia @ Hopeful Kiss | A Pink Lipstick Life! said...

Oh yeah, and I love that verse at the end! Thanks for sharing it :)

Sheila said...

Love the chambray and leather combo. :)


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Ozden Ozdogan said...

i love your boots :) they look good! and your leather leggings <3


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Elle said...

Love this letter perfect outfit, it loos so great on you. I love leopard prints on you, and think, also. What one can do with a bit of espresso and your creativity!!
XX. Elle
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Toks said...

Great black and white combo and the cut out booties are really cool.
xoxoxo

Ali Hval said...

I can only imagine how crazy it is to work at a coffee shop, so I respect you like mad for being able to keep up with it, dude! But I'm glad you're at least getting into it--don't stress out, because a smart girl like you will have everything down in no time. YOU'VE GOT THIS, LINDA! :D

Ughmsdifsdfksd THIS OUTFIT! You are lookin' like a total babe here, Linda, if I may say. I really love your hair up in a ponytail like that, and your accessories are super trendy, especially dem snazzy little earrings.

Anywho, I hope that you're having a good start to your week! It's gonna be another busy one for the both of us. :D

Kim Alston said...

Linda, I can imagine! It's probably like studying for a course. HAHAHA There are so many variations to drinks. You use to be able to order just one thing, but now people want it tailored to them. I'm one of those simple people that order. HAHAHAHA Love your outfit. Love the denim with it.
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Sonia De Macedo said...

Let me just say that I know how crazy it is working in the hospitality industry. I've never worked at a cafe but worked in a pizza place and fast food chain when I was a teenager and now refuse to ever step foot in one of those places hahaha! Crazy is an understatement!

SDMxx
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Bernadette Czle said...

love the pants! xx

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Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle said...

Personally I like leopard. And I love the way you toned it down in this outfit. Great mix. Wow. the coffee world sounds incredibly complicated. I just use a Keurig. IT's a lifesaver.
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katie said...

Sweet boots! I have a similar cutout style and I just love them to bits. You always style your stuff in such cute ways but I love this laid back look with the leggings. (And where did all of your snow go? Do you want some more? I have plenty that I'd be happy to send over. ^_^)

Maiken said...

sounds like a tough job! but at the same time when you learn something new it feels very good afterwards so good luck, Linda, and be patient ;)
when it comes to your leopard sweatshirt I definitely like it. and like you said, it's not too much! but open toe shoes here where I live? maybe after a couple of months, haha. though I'm itching to wear flats or loafers for the first time after the snow and bigger cold.

Maiken,
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Sam said...

Hi Linda, thanks for inspiring me with a new way to wear my denim shirt, love the leopard top. Working at the coffee place sounds so hectic, but interesting too. Now I kind of feel bad for not thinking of the baristas when placing complicated orders. We sadly don't even have drive through places like that here in SA, I think it would be so useful.I appreciate that you always find the time to stop by :)

Sandra Leiva said...

Great sweater, and I love your booties!

xx

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Alexa said...

love those pants! leather additions are amazing

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xo

Alexa said...

love those pants! leather additions are amazing

www.alifeinthefashionlane.com

xo

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

You know what? I had a white with black leopard top I wore in the summer and I decided to give it back to Savers, but the other day I was sorting that stuff and decided to keep it after all. So your ensemble would / could be replicated asap. oh oh.

lol

Hey thanks for loving my 'nerdy?' top. Nerdy is good, right?

lol

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

aw! although I have not personally worked as a barista...I have worked for a juice bar. They were not as complex as coffee orders can be but they can feel overwhelming with orders if so many people come through! I recall those hectic times and I admire your strength to get through this challenge! In time, you will be a master of this as much as your co-workers are. =D
xo,
nancy

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SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

omg that sweater is so cute! i love snow leopards hehehe
and you did a great job styling it too, you look fabulous!

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Mica T said...

That is such a nice leopard print top! :)

I'm glad you're having fun learning at work even if it is busy! :)

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Danielle Styles said...

Nice sweater! Like it in combination with your pants :)

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Kym said...

Oh, I love you hair like that! It looks so modern and just...cool :) Wow, it sounds like working in a coffee shop is no joke. It sounds like you're giving your very best effort, and I know you'll be whipping up non-fat, low-foam soy milk lattes in no time!
xo
Kym
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