An accountant with fashion sense

By Corene Brisendine

When Kelsey Hemmy earned a degree in apparel marketing at K-State in 2008, she was drawn to the bright lights of Houston. But after working for Macy’s for a short time, she found that big city life wasn’t for her. So she returned to K-State to earn a second degree in accounting, and has since settled down here.

“Even though I am from Salina, Manhattan feels more like home to me,” she said.

During her last week of school in May, she interviewed for a position in the finance department at City Hall, and was hired in June as assistant accountant.

“Houston is so big,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to go to Wal-Mart and it only takes 30 minutes, unlike there, where it takes an hour or more.”

Hemmy is also a big K-State athletics fan. She loves going to a variety of events, including football and basketball games. She said this will be her first year being able to actually sit down in the stadium with her season passes, unlike her previous years of cheering on the football team in the student section, where standing during the entire game is a requirement.

“It’s going to be an adjustment going from the crazy student section to sitting down,” she said.

Although Hemmy is not married, she has had a steady boyfriend for the last two years, and hopes to settle down some time in the future. In the meantime, her best companion is her dog, Bear, a Maltese. She said she enjoys playing with the pooch and taking it for walks. She also considers her furry companion her baby.

Hemmy also enjoys hanging out with friends and frequently visits Aggieville. Recently, she has tried her hand at golf. She said her boyfriend got her into playing, but she is no Tiger Woods.

“I’m pretty good at putting, but I can’t drive it very far,” she said.

She said she probably doesn’t have the strength to drive the ball consistently long distances, but she has fun and plans to continue working on her game.

With her background in apparel, she has received several compliments from her coworkers, and her friends joked that she will be “the best dressed accountant in Manhattan.”

Although not a professional fashionista, Hemmy does have suggestions for those interested in being stylish.

1. Always try on the outfit. Often if it looks good on the hanger, but it might not look good on you, or vice versa.

2. Consider how much effort goes into taking care of the fabric. Hemmy said clothes that need to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed might be something to avoid for those who don’t have the time or money to take proper care of the outfit.

3. Dress for your body type. Hemmy said the most important thing to learn about yourself is what body type you are. That way, you can identify outfits that will make you look great. She said what looks best on your friend, neighbor or coworker, might not be the best outfit for you.

4. Be willing to add a little color for work. Whether it’s a “pop” of color with shoes and accessories or a colorful outfit, color in the workplace can be fun.

5. Keep accessories to a minimum at work. If you choose to wear a big chunky necklace, wear small earrings. If you want to wear those large danglers, opt for no necklace at all.

Hemmy has family in Salina, and her parents and a younger sister still in high school visit her often. Even though she could travel to Salina, her family opts to travel to Manhattan rather than having her drive to Salina for a visit.

“I think they are just bored in Salina,” she said.

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