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Suiting Up

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Thursday my students were finally delivering their group speeches.  And you know what?  They were great!  I was actually blown away and impressed by their performances.  I was nervous on their behalf going into it because I knew how much they had struggled.  But!  For just about each one of my students it was their best speech yet.  Overall, they appeared much more confident and had very few verbal fillers!

During my break I felt like a nomad.  The two computers in the faculty office were both in use, so I went to one of the unused classrooms.  But, it wasn’t long before there was a class starting in that room and I had to re-locate.  I went back to the faculty office but the computers were still in use, albeit one of them was b a different person.  Eventually, I decided to drive over to the other satellite campus.  There, I was able to use the computer but the faculty office was absolutely freezing.

Thursday’s are normally date night with my husband, but he had a dentist appointment that afternoon and knew that he wouldn’t be feeling quite himself.  Instead of going out for dinner, I opted to bake a turkey breast and make corn.  A bit later I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and we watched Scandal.

My outfit was more on the professional side than some of my recent outfits.  I was lecturing about what is and is not professional attire and I find it easier for me to dress in true professional clothes.  That means conservative blouses, knee-length skirts, closed toe shoes, etc.  My husband actually picked this outfit out from the pins on my board.

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Short of wearing a suit, this outfit is the epitome of “professional” attire in my opinion.  It is a lot of black, though.  The skirt is pinstriped, but from a distance you can barely tell.  To offset some of the black, I rolled the sleeves up on the blouse.  Also, I went with nude hose instead of black.  Showing a bit of skin helped, and I also went with a shoe that is more than a basic pump.  This shoe combines a black patent with a dark charcoal grey.   It’s important when you are working with one color to have different textures and finishes.  Besides pulling in the patent black with the shoes I am echoing that with a skinny black patent belt at my waist.  The jewelry for this outfit is very simple and understated– just a pair of medium grey and faux diamond flower studs.

I like my version of the inspiration photo and it’s another way to use the pieces from my suit that I have sort of retired.  It is not truly as professional as it needs to be.  I am currently on the hunt for an uber-professional suit.  I am thinking charcoal grey.  What do you think?


A Great Day

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Wednesdays are days that I dread, but usually turn out o.k.  Do you have days or events like that?  I’ve mentioned before that I volunteer for a non-profit organization giving tours of a historic home.  I absolutely love doing it, but sometimes it seems as if my donation of time is unnecessary and unneeded.  This puts me in a difficult predicament because my time is in high demand.  I have two paying jobs, this blog, a YouTube channel, a cat and a husband.  I don’t have time to waste!  I wish there was a way to know if I was needed for the volunteer shift or if I was going to be extraneous and could stay home and focus on other things.  I do miss sleeping in on Wednesday’s.

BUT!  Yesterday was an awesome day.  The sun was shining and it wasn’t raining when I drove to the historic home.  Since I wasn’t utilized the past two weeks I was promised the first tour of the day.  While we were having out morning meeting and everyone was chatting I met a new woman.  She had been away for a while because her husband recently passed away.  I know her by reputation, only, but it was nice to put a face to the name.  And I did get the first tour of the day.  I was able to escort a family of 3 through the house and tell them about the owner’s.  They were very inquisitive and asked smart questions.  At the end of the tour I was given a $20 tip.  I was overjoyed!  Tips from the guests are neither encouraged or discouraged.  They are however turned in on the honor system and then used for small renovation projects for the property.  I felt vindicated in my ability for receiving such a large tip on my first tour of the season.  I secretly hope that it is the first tip of the season and remains the largest for quite sometime.  The other guides were teasing me about giving nearly a 2 hour tour, but my guests were very interested and happy to stroll through slowly.  Normally, the tour lasts about 75-90 minutes.

Still on my high from the late morning, I was lifted up even more by a text from my husband that my wedding band had arrived.  But, it turned out that it was the wrong size and had to be sent back.  After all of that, I went home and prepared for class that evening.

My outfit utilized much of what I wore to my volunteer shift and made it easy to switch gears from one event to the next.


This outfit is sooooo comfortable!  All except the shoes which started to cut into my ankle.  They’ve never done that before and it caught me off-guard, but a small band-aid fixed the problem.  I kept to the inspiration but made it more weather appropriate.  I didn’t need the extra warmth from an infinity scarf so I replace that with a reddish-orange wooden bead necklace and matching earrings.  I also went with a navy braided belt instead of a tan one.  My shoes are red ballet flats in exchange for the burgundy pumps, but I think that the vibe is still captured.