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I did it!  Well, at least 2/3 of the way– I wore heels to my 2 morning classes.  But, for my evening class I went with ballet flats.  At least I tried, right?  I have always really liked this blouse and for a while it disappeared and I just assumed that I had purged it because the neckline does have a tendency to gape open.  When we moved I found that it had fallen out of the dresser drawer and been living scrunched up in the bottom of my dresser.  I was super excited to have found it.  After a trip through the washing machine its as good as new.

I didn’t have an outfit pre-planned for Wednesday and since I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses lately I decided to go with pants.  I was going to wear one of my two kimono tops with olive-green leggings but I just couldn’t get the look that I wanted.  I didn’t have a top long enough in the right color to pull the look off and even the one that I thought about wearing seemed too casual.  That may be an outfit better suited to work, instead.  Then, I thought about pairing this top with my maternity khaki’s but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I have no idea where they are– I know that I recently washed them but they weren’t hanging up in the closet and I didn’t have all day to search for them.  Instead, I opted for these cropped khaki’s.  Luckily, they used to fit a little loose so I was still able to make them work with the use of my belly band to disguise that they are not fully zipped or buttoned.  Also, I used to pin the neckline of the blouse at a higher point so the v-neck wasn’t so deep and wear a camisole underneath of it.  This time, I actually unfolded the edge of the and pinned that together creating an entirely new shape to the neckline– it’s basically a sweetheart neckline.  The simple thing made me extremely happy.

I’ve never really highlighted the red in this print so that’s what I went for this time.  I would have worn my red short-sleeved cardigan because it was another 85+ degree Fall day but I wanted to cover my butt and so I went with my red long-sleeved boyfriend cardigan and just pushed the sleeves up.  I accessorized with red drop earrings and my silver watch.  I was originally going to wear my red ballet flats but I forced myself to go with my navy blue pumps.  They have a low heel and lots of cushioning on the footbed.  They are probably one of the most comfortable pair of pumps that I have.  I really enjoyed this outfit but I do have to say that the shirt and pants were both feeling a little stretched to capacity so I’m not sure that either of these items are going to work going forward in my pregnancy.

Here are some ways that I’ve styled this top in the past– mind you most of these photo’s are from quite awhile ago since this top has been lost.  The most recent photo is from Feb. 2016:

I’ve paired this top with just about every color blazer I could– navy, burgundy, black, royal blue, and teal and twice with a magenta cardigan.  I usually go with a neutral bottom half–khaki skirt, khaki pants, or grey trousers.  But, once I did go with burgundy trousers.  This last time I did consider my navy blue trousers but I didn’t even try them with the top because I know that they don’t accommodate the bump.  I would also like to pair this top with my mustard colored cardigan for a very Fall look.

-Carla

Well-Heeled

Monday morning the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to take advantage of it.  I picked a faux wrap-dress that I had styled with a royal blue blazer.  Because the weather was in the upper 80’s I knew I didn’t need the blazer.  I thought about wearing red ballet flats for a pop of color but I’ve done that before and I wanted to try something different.  In the end, I let my layering tank dictate my shoe choice.  I needed something under the dress to keep it professional and modest.  I decided to go with a burgundy layering cami because it is a great Fall color.  That led me to choose my burgundy peep toe heels.  I almost never go without pantyhose but on such a warm day I did opt to skip them.

I went with my oversized gold watch and reddish colored statement earrings.  For my makeup I chose a bronze eye look and a matte burgundy lip color.  I thought that the outfit was simple but effective.  In the end, I just couldn’t bring myself to wear the heels and I went with black ballet flats, instead.  I didn’t even mind that the silver medallion didn’t match my gold-toned jewelry.

We are in week 5 of classes and things are starting to ramp up for me and my students.  I am sad to say that I don’t think some of them were ready for the acceleration.  Additionally, I am in week 25 of my pregnancy.  My students are starting to figure out that I am in fact pregnant and ask questions about when I’m due and what I’m having.  Hopefully once we get over this hump it will be a fun semester.

-Carla

Sunday my husband and I went furniture shopping. . .  again.  We both thought that we were going furniture buying but it didn’t turn out that way.  We had a pretty good sense of exactly what we want for the living room and bedroom furniture.  We’ve gone and browsed the 3 or 4 local furniture stores by us and looked online at options.  Armed with the knowledge of what we wanted we set out to buy it.

The first furniture store had several bedroom sets that both my husband and I could agree upon but it was the living room that was giving us trouble.  I wanted a sectional that is L shaped with the long side of the L being 3 or 4 cushions in length– or approximately 9-10 foot.  Then, the short side of the L I wanted a chaise type section that would be right facing.  This configuration would suit our space very well– it is longer than it is wide.  And, we wanted this in a medium to dark color with an upholstery type of fabric.  But, that is exactly what we could not find.  However, the salesman did discuss the option of special order but that would take upwards of 2 months and we were hoping to have our furniture purchased and delivered by the middle of October.

Furniture store number 2 didn’t treat us much better.  Again, we found one or two bedroom sets that we liked but none that we liked or for a comparable price as furniture store number one.  And, it was the same story with the couch– we were not able to find the configuration that we wanted in the color.  Everything that they had was light to medium value.  I will say that the salesman did a great job of selling the protection plan, but it’s not just for the cat and the kid what we wanted the darker color it is also for the aesthetics.

But, it was a blessing in disguise that we couldn’t find what we wanted because when we got home and started measuring for a special order we discovered that what we wanted wasn’t going to be as great as we had thought.  The size of the part that we wanted for the long part of the “L” was spot on– the room is plenty long enough.  What we failed to consider is how far out into the living room the chaise part would come and after measuring it out we came to the realization that it would close off the living room way too much and make entering the living room difficult since you would have to walk all the way around the chaise.  So, in a sense we were saved from not buying something that wouldn’t have satisfied us.  Now, we are looking at a more traditional set-up with a couch, love seat, and chair.  Luckily, this should be easier to find in a fabric/style that we want without the need to special order.

For our day out of furniture shopping I went with my blue and white striped maternity top and navy blue khaki shorts.  It is supposedly Fall, but it seems like Summer wants a few more days to herself– we’ve had temps. in the upper 80’s/low 90’s the last 4 days.  I went casual with my footwear since I knew that we would be meandering around a big warehouse and trying out couches and what not.  It’s not some sort of earth-shattering outfit but I do try to make sure that I get dressed and do my hair and makeup for my husband, too, and not just work.

-Carla