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Tuesday’s are loooooong days for me.  But, on the upside I never have to worry about not meeting my step goal!  I have made that a HUGE priority over the past two weeks.  And, I am doing it!  Right now I am on a 12-day streak of hitting my goal.  My husband and I have been more active since the weather has been quite conducive to walks around the neighborhood, visits to the park, and outdoor shopping spaces.

Yesterday I had one outfit in mind but then decided to go in a totally different direction and I am glad that I did because I absolutely loved the end result!

April 21, 2015 T (m)

I knew that I wanted to wear skirts and dresses all this week to help balance out the ratio of skirts/dresses/pants.  But, I attended a training session on Monday afternoon so I didn’t spend my normal time creating outfits for the week.  It is crazy to me how quickly this outfit came together.

I started with the magenta dress since I’ve only worn it once this semester and I was wearing it as a “skirt” more than a dress.  Then, in an attempt to style it differently than I have in the past I pulled out this grey blazer from my closet.  I just recently purchased this silver skinny belt and that was the next item out of the closet.  Lastly, I added this silk scarf that I’ve had on my dresser for quite some time.  I had an Easter outfit in mind with it, but it never came to fruition.  Plus, it was an easy way to add more coverage and not be too revealing at the neckline.  The silver shoes were sort of a gimme, as was the new grey and diamond flower earrings that I recently bought.

Here are some other ways that I have worn this dress in the past:

Which is your favorite?


Monday morning started in a frenzy because I over-slept.  I accidentally turned off the ringer on my smartphone instead of putting it into night mode.  Even though I had my alarm set and it went off when scheduled, I didn’t hear it.  Thus, I didn’t get up at 7 am as anticipated, but rather at 7:45 when my husband came to kiss me goodbye for work.

I jolted out of bed, tore off my pajamas, and hopped into the shower.  I had 30 minutes to shower, eat, get dressed, and depart.  I signed up to learn an additional tour offering at the place where I volunteer and had to be there at 9 am.  Somehow, I managed to get out of the house on time.  Oh, and I didn’t get stuck behind any slow-moving vehicles, school buses, or long traffic lights.  This was all well and good, but I was disappointed when I arrived 10 minutes before everyone else with slightly damp hair.

Le sigh.

The training session was extremely informative and I am glad that I could attend.  It was a bummer that it rained off and on and part of our training took place outside on the grounds.  Since my hair was already a tad damp it didn’t much matter.  After the training I went home and spent some time doing this and that before getting ready for class.  A large part of time went into editing a video for YouTube.

To class I knew that I needed to wear a dress or a skirt and I opted for a dress.  I combined a windowpane printed black and white dress with a bright bolt of royal blue and sparks of gold.

April 20, 2015 M (m)

I’ve worn this dress several times and many times I add a color to accent it.  Red is an obvious choice, but I felt that royal blue was somewhat unexpected.  Don’t you agree?  I’ve added a braided leather belt with a gold buckle and a blazer.  I’ve scrunched the sleeves of the blazer to make it more casual and Spring-like.  Then, playing off of the gold buckle I added these blue and gold earrings and my new gold necklace.  Lastly, I could have gone with black pumps, but I thought that was too conventional.  I tried on my navy pumps and liked them well-enough, but in the end chose these nude pumps.  The nude really lengthened the leg line and seemed lighter and fresher.  Also, it highlighted more of the gold tones in the jewelry.

I really liked this outfit and am glad that I challenged myself to move away from convention and style it in a different way.



Suiting Up

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.

March 17, 2015 (3)

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?