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Video No. 2

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As I mentioned in my last post, I had to work all weekend at my restaurant job tending bar.  It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen every once in awhile.  Since I worked late Friday night I didn’t do much on Saturday morning.  A quick trip to the grocery store was about all that I accomplished.  Then, it was off to work late on Saturday night.  Sunday morning I went into work for both the day shift and the early evening shift.  I worked from 9:30 am to about 9:30 pm.  I don’t know if it was working so much in such a short amount of time, but Monday morning I felt like ish.

I spent the whole day switching between the couch and the bed, lying around watching youtube videos, t.v. online, and scrolling through Pinterest.  It wasn’t until about 4 pm that I made myself get up and get moving.  I had a cup of coffee and started making dinner since my BF was expected home sometime after 5 pm from his first day at his new gig.  Once I started moving about and got some coffee into my system I felt infinitely better!  After dinner, we went to the pool but it was colder than I expected and I didn’t want to take the icy plunge.  We went to the hot tub but didn’t stay long because it was too cold, too.

Tuesday morning I had a lot on my agenda since Monday was basically a wash.  I got up early and filmed a video for my new you tube channel.  You can check it out here:

Then, I went to the gym and hemmed a new pair of jeans I bought a few weeks ago for work.  After my shower, I worked on editing my video and then got ready and went to work!  This morning I went for another training shift at my new volunteer gig.  This is my third training shift and I think that now I move into the next phase of training!  Fingers-crossed.

Please excuse the lack of outfit posts, but when you don’t go anywhere there are no outfits to showcase.  I did want to share my video with you in case you are interested in makeup and tutorials.

Cheers!

-Carla

 

Weekend of Work

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This week has flown by!  Most people spend the whole week wishing for the weekend, but I spend my whole weekend waiting for the weekdays.  I know it seems backwards, but its only because of my job.  Well, one of my jobs.  I’ve mentioned before that I am a bartender for a local restaurant.  That means that I work most every Friday and Saturday evening from about 4 pm- 1 am, give or take.  This rarely changes.  This week, I am also opening on Sunday and then working through the bulk of the evening, about 9 am- 9 pm.  Yep.

I’ll pretty much work my entire amount of hours (30ish) in the next three days.  I know it could always be worse, but I think it’s pretty bad as it is.  But, the actual work that I do is mostly fun and I enjoy meeting and talking with the guests.  Plus, by doing this for a few more years, I should be debt free before I’m 40! LOL.  (I detest student loans.)

I did manage to sneak in a training shift at my new volunteer gig, a business appointment with my dad, and dinner with my aunt and uncle to meet the kittens.  Hopefully, one of their three kittens will become our next pet.  They’re about 3 weeks old right now, but they are starting to crawl around and show their personalities.  One of them is already spoken for, so we are trying to decided between the remaining two.

Here are some of the outfits that I’ve worn this week:

Navy cardigan: Target. White short-sleeved button-up: JCP. Khaki trousers: (thrifted.) Brown ballet flats: Target.

Navy cardigan: Target. Earrings: JCP (?) White short-sleeved button-up: JCP. Khaki trousers: (thrifted.) Silver watch: Fossil. Brown ballet flats: Target.

Blue striped button-up: NY&Co. White camisole: Wal-Mart. Brown trousers: NY&Co. Brown belt: Wal-Mart. Silver watch: Fossil. Brown shoes: Mudd.

Blue striped button-up: NY&Co. White camisole: Wal-Mart. Brown trousers: NY&Co. Brown belt: Wal-Mart. Silver watch: Fossil. Brown shoes: Mudd.

The first outfit is the “uniform” of sorts that I am supposed to wear at my volunteer gig.  No one told me when I needed to start adhering to it, but I thought that I should since I fit in better that way.  The second outfit I wore to a business appointment with my dad.  Thursday was sort of overcast and I knew we would be indoors in the air conditioning for most of the morning, so I wasn’t worried about the long sleeves and pants.  I didn’t snap any pics of my outfit to go meet the kittens, but only because it was uber-casual.  I wore dark wash jeans with a black t-shirt from The Alton Brown show and a my old tennis shoes.  I knew that we would be outside running around playing with the dog and handling the kittens, so I didn’t want to wear anything too dressy.

 

There you have it!  Now, I am off to get ready for my weekend of work and maybe film a video for the youtube channel.

-Carla

Eighty-five Fifty

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Sunday, my BF and I traveled about an hour South to celebrate a myriad of things: his grandpa’s 85th, his uncle’s 50th, and his cousin’s wedding engagement.  For our festive fete, his mom and dad made homemade strawberry and vanilla ice cream.  There was also two birthday cakes—one white, one chocolate, an apple pie, some watermelon, chips and cheese dip, assorted snack foods, and caramel and chocolate toppings for the ice cream.

It can be tricky figuring out what to wear since his mom likes the air conditioning on full blast, but his grandpa gets cold easily.  This means that you could be freezing, sweating, or somewhere in between depending on who’s sitting closest to the thermostat.  Also, whether or not you are inside in the kitchen or outside making the ice cream, playing with the cat, or admiring the garden.

 

Khaki short-sleeved cardigan: Target. Coral ruffled tank top: Old Navy. Bubble necklace: E-bay. White jeans: (thrifted.) Sandals: Target. Gold watch: Wal-Mart. Earrings:

Khaki short-sleeved cardigan: Target. Coral ruffled tank top: Old Navy. Bubble necklace: E-bay. White jeans: (thrifted.) Sandals: Target. Gold watch: Wal-Mart. Earrings: JCP (?)

This outfit was based off of this pin here.  I re-discovered the outfit idea the other day when I was cleaning up my Pinterest boards and moving some pins to other boards where they belonged.  It was a little daring to where white jeans, but I thought that it would be a nice alternative to wearing blue jeans.  Also, since we were just having cake and ice cream and not a whole meal, I thought that I could do it.  And, I did.  I didn’t have any major mishaps with the white pants–just the normal to be expected smudges here and there.

The outfit was ok–the necklace might have been a tad much, but other than that it was good.  I enjoy wearing bright and cheery colors in the Summer time, don’t you?

Thanks for reading.  Feel free to leave me any comments, and if you missed the last post I announced my youtube channel that coincides with this blog.  Comment here or there about any possible video idea’s.

Thanks,

Carla

Surprise REVEALED!

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About 2 weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working on a surprise. Well, I am happy to announce that I finally worked out (most) of the kinks, and am ready to reveal my surprise to you. This blog now has a counterpart:

A YouTube Channel!

I have long been a follower and lover of several vloggers on YouTube and have been itching to try my hand at creating makeup tutorial videos.  This has been one of the items on the checklist for the DSLR camera that I want to purchase.  The goal is to upgrade the quality of the pictures that I provide on this blog and add video capabilities.  You can donate to my cause, here.

My current camera has video capability, but I wasn’t too sure if it was a good enough quality and all of the things that go along with it.  But, since I have a bit of extra time on my hands because I’m not teaching during the Summer, I plunged head first into the challenge.  My first video is a Get Ready with Me (GRWM) video and not a makeup tutorial.  The difference?  In a GRWM it’s just you walking the viewer through what you do and a little of how you do it.  A tutorial is 90% how you do what you do.  Make sense?  Also, as an extension of this blog I wanted to include some of the process of getting dressed.  There’s a lot that goes into picking out an outfit, putting it on, trying different shoes and accessories to complete the look, and then deciding on hair and makeup to help achieve the overall desired look.  I often talk a bit about this process in my posts and then discuss if the outfit worked well for the occasion.

So far, I’m not sure of the scope or direction of www.youtube.com/teachinstyle but I hope that over time I will decide how I want to utilize this additional platform.  I have also linked it to my Google+ profile, which was sort of a nightmare in and of itself.  Originally, I wanted to separate it from my personal Google+ account but couldn’t do it to my level of satisfaction.  Then, I tried to create a new Google+ account for this blog.  I couldn’t do it the way that I wanted to and by using this as a business, I created a page for the account.  Then, I ended up with a person named Teachin Style that I couldn’t create a youtube channel for and a business page that I couldn’t get the URL “teachinstyle” because I already had it linked to my personal page.  Eventually, I scrapped my personal Google+ page and turned it into my business page.  Thus, I have the URL that I wanted and so far it all seems to be in order.

I’m open to any advice that you may have for me in regards to vlogging, YouTube, video editing, or any general comments as I expand my horizons and dabble in this new arena.  Thank you so much for all the kind words and continues support.  It truly means a lot to me that there are people out there who read my little space on the internet.

-Carla

 

 

Summer 2014 Gallery

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This Gallery is unlike any of my other galleries because it is mostly casual/non-teaching outfits. However, there are a few office-appropriate looks in there! Enjoy.

Date Night: Picnic in the Park

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Two Thursday’s ago, my BF and I had a very traditional date night: dinner (Mexican) and a movie (Tammy). But, this week we really used our grey matter and came up with something that was out of the box and uber-fun! We went to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens to watch Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Before the show begins, you are encouraged to walk around the gardens on the estate and either buy or bring a picnic to enjoy before (or during) the show. We opted to bring our picnic, and I made a thin crust Margherita style pizza and strawberry hand pies to feast upon. We arrived early and had a bit of time to look around and picnic before the show. Upon arrival, we were given a ride down to the open air stage by the lagoon. We went down to see the seating arrangements and check out the stage before slowly making our way back up from where we came to the manor house.

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We walked through the Japanese garden and across the lawn towards the back of the house. Then, we went around the side and found some tables and chairs to enjoy our dinner. After we ate, we used the restroom and then stopped by the car to deposit our picnic supplies. Then, once more down the hill to the lagoon to claim our seats and watch the Greenshow. The Greenshow is the pre-show and consisted of song and dance. It was very amusing and quite entertaining.  Once the show began, I was wishing for more of the greenshow, but after a little while my ear became attune to the iambic pentameter and I was quite enjoying the performance. I was not familiar with the plot of Twelfth Night so I had to pay extra careful attention!

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Purple cardigan: Gift. Flowered sleeveless button-up: Target. Purple earrings: Gift. Skinny jeans: target. Gold watch: Wal-Mart. Gold bracelets: Versona. Bronze sandals: Wal-Mart.

Although it was quite warm when we arrived on the property, I knew that as the sun set the air would cool down. That cinched the decision for me of whether to wear shorts/skirt or pants. But, to make sure that I was comfortable while the sun was still out, I went with this lightweight silky (and sleeveless) blouse and sandals. I grabbed a purple cardigan for after the sun set and was quite comfortable for the duration of the evening. Towards the very end I was slightly chilled, but that is because we were near water.

-Carla

Follow Along

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Wednesday I did some more training for my volunteer position. Now that I am done with what they refer to as “room studies” I will be following along and observing how guides interpret the house. Each person has their own style and way of doing things. One person may focus on the astounding metalwork through the house, while another may gravitate towards the social customs of the time, and yet another on the people who inhabited the grounds. Any of those interpretations are acceptable so long as they are truthful.

By following along, I am expected to start internalizing the information and gaining confidence. Eventually, I will be guiding a tour in tandem with an experienced guide. Any number of ways have been suggested— alternating rooms, each person does a floor, one person goes first and the other adds any supplemental information, etc. From here on out, it seems as if the process will go as quickly as I want it to! On Wednesday, I followed the same guide for two back to back tours of the estate. I was hoping to follow someone else for the second, just to get a different interpretation, but it was not to be. After following along for the two tours, I feel confident that I will be able to give tours by myself very shortly. I just have a bit more information to memorize. But, in my mind I am already creating my presentation and interpretation of the house.
I think after a few more follows, two or three, I will be ready to start interpreting some of the rooms. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time!

Although there is a “uniform” of white or red top with khaki or navy skirt or pants and closed toe dress shoes or dress sandals, I don’t actually know at what point I will need to start following it. So, for my training on Wednesday, I wanted to look put-together and polished, but still be comfortable and trendy. I followed some of the dressing guidelines, but not all! I went with navy shorts, and closed toe shoes. Also, my top consisted of white and navy.

Striped boatneck t-shirt: Old Navy. Gold earrings: Target (?). Navy shorts: Old Navy. Tan belt: (thrifted.) Gold watch: Souvenir. Boat shoes: Wal-Mart.

Striped boatneck t-shirt: Old Navy. Gold earrings: Target (?). Navy shorts: Old Navy. Tan belt: (thrifted.) Gold watch: Souvenir. Boat shoes: Wal-Mart.

What do you think? Do you like this outfit? I certainly do! I love this t-shirt, but don’t wear it often because of the horizontal stripes. But, since I’ve been putting a lot of time and effort to working out I’ve enjoyed a lot more body confidence. My current goal is to be comfortable and proud to wear a bikini on my upcoming vacation in August. Fingers-crossed.

-Carla

Training Day, Part Deux

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On Monday, I returned to the museum where I will be volunteering for more training.  Since the museum is closed to the public on Mondays it makes for an ideal time to do activities as such.  This time, we learned about several more of the rooms and saw some behind the scenes stuff.  It didn’t take us as much time as the first day, so we ended in time for a late lunch.

I had planned to wear shorts and a t-shirt with comfortable shoes since the area is not air conditioned and I’ve heard it can get quite stuffy and warm.  But, when I woke up that morning to get ready the sun was hidden behind the clouds, there was a gentle breeze of about 10 mph, and the forecast called for rain!  Instead of shorts, I went with lightweight trousers!

Printed ruffled tank: Target. Coral short-sleeved cardigan: Target. EarringsL Tan trousers: NY&Co. Brown ballet flats: Target. Gold watch: Wal-Mart.

Printed ruffled tank: Target. Coral short-sleeved cardigan: Target. Earrings: Charlotte Russe. Tan trousers: NY&Co. Brown ballet flats: Target. Gold watch: Wal-Mart.

This turned out to be a great choice–I felt dressed up enough for a professional environment, but comfortable at the same time! Once I’m done with training and actually volunteering I will have to wear the uniform of white top and khaki skirt or pants. But, for now I can dress how I like!

Here are some other outfits that I have composed with this same easy to wear, jersey knit ruffled tank top:

You can see that I’ve got three professional outfits on the top row and two casual outfits on the bottom. I’ve paired this top with a khaki skirt and khaki pants—both times with a blue topper. Then, I went with brown pants and a coral cardigan— another version of the outfit above. Lastly, I’ve thrown it on with dark jeans for a casual date night look and jean shorts for a totally dressed down Spring time outfit.

-Carla