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Hello!  I know I say this all the time, but I’m sorry that I ghosted for the last 2 weeks.  After the semester ended I took a break from composing outfits and just threw on whatever.  And, “whatever” doesn’t usually make for good blog material.  And then I got busy with getting ready to go on vacation.  Sunday of this week my husband and I returned from a lovely vacation in Santa Monica, California.

I had never been to California and it was wonderful.  A very laid back and carefree vacation.  We rented bikes for the week and spent a lot of time taking in the scenery of the beach and the pier from our bicycle.  Monday was Memorial Day and gave us a nice day to unpack, do some laundry, and pick up the house keys from my Mom who kept an eye on the apartment, got the mail, and fed the cat.  Tuesday was back to work.

I decided to pair this silky sleeveless blouse with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans.  Although the forecast was predicting high’s in the 70’s I work in an air-conditioned office so I needed a layer for warmth and modesty.  I had lots of choices for cardigans: red boyfriend, red normal, red short-sleeved, navy boyfriend, royal blue short-sleeved, grey, white short-sleeved, etc.  But, I kept it basic and went with a three-quarter length sleeve black cardigan.  I felt that this tied in the black ballet flats nicely.  Although I wouldn’t have minded going in a different direction with my jewelry I went simple and basic and wore my silver hoops and silver watch.  A basic brown eye and red lip sufficed for my makeup.  I wanted to wear a different red lipstick but I was starting to run out of time so I went with this glossy balm that’s a lot less fussy!

There you have it!  My back to work, back to blogging, back to reality outfit.

-Carla

 

Last Monday, May 8th, was the final exam for my class.  The official last day of the exam period was May 15th.  By noon on Wednesday the 17th final grades had to be turned in along with attendance records and the other end of semester paperwork.  Luckily, because I only had to proctor one exam on the first day of the week I was able to have ample time to get them graded and my final paperwork submitted Friday of last week.

This week I’ve just been taking it easy and enjoying the extra time that I have outside of the classroom and freed up since I don’t have to prepare for lecture or grade papers or any of that sort of thing.  But, I’ve also been taking a much-needed break from other things too— namely pre-selecting outfits and blogging.  I am going on vacation soon so a lot of my “favorite” and versatile pieces are set aside for vacation.  It’s not like I don’t have other clothes but I just haven’t been feeling very inspired and energized to create outfits.  I’ve sort of just been throwing on whatever suits my fancy in the morning.  Here are two outfits that I wore this week.

This outfit I wore on Monday.  I bought these jeans over the weekend from Old Navy.  They are a dark wash cropped boyfriend style jean.  I thought that they would be a good addition to my closet.  However, I thought that they would be a bit looser and more relaxed than they are.  I maybe should have gone up a size to get the look that I was going for.  I wore this collared henley tunic over a turquoise tank top and topped it with a teal blazer.  Lastly, I added in some silver and turquoise earrings and slipped on my black ballet flats.  This outfit was comfortable but felt pulled together.

Tuesday I went with a different silhouette.  I paired my medium wash skinny jeans with a t-shirt.  This t-shirt is pretty long so instead of tucking it in and blousing it I opted to wear it out.  It’s a small twist but I think it brings some interest to an outfit that’s otherwise just jeans and a t-shirt.  In keeping with the slightly more elevated feel of the outfit, I cuffed my jeans and went with gold sparkly ballet flats as opposed to tennis shoes or another casual type of shoe.  Silver earrings and a silver watch completed the outfit. That’s it so far– I didn’t snap any pictures of my outfit from Thursday and I’m not planning on taking any this morning, either.

Carla

Thursday I copied this outfit from Pinterest.  It’s another one of those outfits that consists of a lot of basic pieces that many women have in their closets— black skinny jeans, brown ballet flats, a grey t-shirt, brown belt, stud earrings, and a patterned scarf.  I love the casual nature of the outfit and the comfiness of the pieces but that it still looks pulled together.

As you can see, I duplicated it almost exactly.  My one departure was with the neck ware.  I have lots of scarves but not one that closely resembled the color or pattern of the inspiration photo.  I chose to skip the scarf and instead went with a long necklace with a locket watch in a bronze-gold color.  I thought that helped to tie in the cognac brown belt and brown ballet flats.  I went with silver cluster earrings that I thought paired well with the grey t-shirt and opted to go with my silver watch because it went nicely with the silver in the earrings, the grey of the t-shirt, and the silver belt buckle.  This outfit is a mash-up of different metals and neutrals but I still think that it looks cohesive.  What do you think?

-Carla