I think I can define myself somehow as a "work-at-home", though what I'm currently doing is more like an extended vacation where I do things that make me happy and channel my creativity: finishing up my very first novel, and blogging. In any case, as I've said it before, I've caught quite the cabin fever and spend most of my time at home (add to it that Canada is, uh, cold), baking, taking pictures, preparing articles for this blog and the ever-famous novel writing sessions where I blast opera (Richard Wagner, more than ever... Ah, he's a genius <3), make a huge pot of tea (or open up some wine), and type away. However, after an awkward incident where my flatmate returned early to find me in a shapeless nightgown with - gasp - unshaven legs, the fashionista in me made it a point to dress up nicely every day, no matter what my plans are. So I came up with a few tips to make this whole ordeal less painful and complicated:
1) Keep it comfortable: I like to stick to basic black leggings or opaque stockings, which are stylish, build a nice foundation for any outfit, and are nevertheless comfortable for someone like me, who switches positions every five seconds (moving from the desk, to the sofa, to folding my legs to extending them, etc.)
2) Keep it headache-free: Maybe this is a bit of a marginal thought, but most of the time, I prefer to keep the super-fragile cashmere sweater that must be hand-washed for actual outings where I'll be able to show it off. Most of the time, that is.
3) Consider the temperature: One of the biggest advantages to working from home is that you can be in a light summer dress indoors while it's -15 degrees C outside and snowing. It does depend how high your heating is and how your body reacts to temperature, but you need to adjust to the climate that's inside your home. There's no need to be sweating bullets in a jumper just because it's winter.
4) Pamper yourself: Put on make-up, nail polish, perfume, whatever makes you feel pampered, happy, and comfortable. Don't let the fact that you work at home put a lid on your femininity.
5) Try something unexpected: I see myself in the mirror very often (ha! ha!), so I get to test a new hairstyle or make-up (like a new shade of lipstick) and see how it looks on me and how it evolves along the day (as opposed to when you try something new in front of the mirror and look at it just then).
6) Wear what channels your creativity: I have professed more than once my love for red (it channels love, magnetism, my creativity, and luck, I believe), so I surround myself with it: red shirt, red shoes, red nails, at the very least.
7) Be ready to go out within five minutes: You never know when you'll have to go out; whether it is to join your friends for an impromptu get together, or because you feel like taking a walk around the neighbourhood. I find that being ready to go out at all times makes me feel much better than if I have to drag myself to the shower, select clothes, put on make-up, do my hair, etc.