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Monday I decided to re-wear this teal dress from earlier in the semester.  Right now, I am basically going back through all of the stretchy dresses that I can still wear and re-wearing them in a more Fall-like manner.  And, as it turns out it was time to wear this teal sleeveless shift dress.  I combed through Pinterest, which is something that hasn’t been too useful to me lately, but this time it was!  I found 3 viable options for styling this dress that are different from how I’ve worn it in the past.

First, was to pair it with an equally saturated and jewel-toned royal blue blazer and brown accessories.  Second, was to go with a khaki blazer and more neutral accessories and third, was to pair it with a pastel yellow cardigan.  Obviously, you can see which option won.  The main reason that I opted for the cardigan was because my blazers don’t really fit very comfortably at this point in my pregnancy.  And, honestly I really liked pairing the pastel color with a deep and rich tone.  I thought that it seemed unexpected but pulled-together and polished.  I further pulled in the lighter colors with a gold and cream layered necklace, cream and white chevron circle earrings, a gold watch, and leopard print ballet flats.  I was originally going to go with brown but I thought that the animal print could bring one more fun element to the party without going overboard.

Here are some of the ways that I’ve styled this dress in the past (bottom row, L is earlier this semester when I was pregnant.)

-Carla

Sunday morning my husband and I needed to make a quick trip to Walk-Mart and then went grocery shopping.  I was pretty proud of this outfit that I put together.  However, he didn’t really comment on it which made me wonder if it looked O.K.  But, at this point in my pregnancy (8 months officially) I am done being over-conscious of how I look.  And, it’s not that I want to go out looking sloppy or unkempt, but when it comes to something like a super-duper fashionable outfit– I don’t have many options.  And, let’s not even talk about how I’ve been reduced to only a portion of my shoe options!

Anyway.  I was so proud of this outfit that I wore it again to work on Tuesday.  Shhh, don’t tell.  Later that night, I did ask my husband what he thought of it and he replied that, “it’s fine.  It’s just leggings and a t-shirt.”  And, he is right– but I did explain to him that “just leggings and a t-shirt” at 8 months pregnant is sort of monumental.

Replicating

Wednesday my students were delivering their 3rd formal speech of the semester– the demonstrative speech.  It takes us two days in each class to hear all of the speeches since my class sizes are 12, 13, and 17.  If all of my students arrive on time and ready to go, the first day we will hear 6-7 speeches and the second day we finish up with the other 7-9.  In addition to it being a speech day (my favorite), I was also able to go and visit my volunteer friends.

Because I have class at noon I am not currently able to volunteer but the shift begins at 10:30 a.m. so I am able to go and visit.  Most of the volunteers arrive between 10 and 10:30 to sit and talk, enjoy a cup of coffee (or 2), and munch on whatever sweet treat someone has inevitably brought in.  Then, around 10:30 the assignments are handed out for the day and then everyone is asked to be at their post to receive guests when the museum opens its doors at 11 am.  On Wednesday I provided a sweet treat of brownies and delivered a Thank You card to the group since they all contributed to our gift but only 3 of them were able to attend our baby shower/housewarming party.  I also took each of them that were unable to attend a packet of seeds– our take home favor from the party.

The weather is definitely sweater-weather but I have very few sweaters that are long enough to give complete coverage to the bump.  I have found that the easiest outfit for me is a dress layered with tights or leggings.  On this particular day, I opted to go with this black and purple dress.  One of my favorite ways that I’ve styled it was with grey tights, boots, and blazer.  Sadly, I don’t have the grey boots anymore but I replicated the rest of the outfit as best I could.  Here is how I styled it that time and earlier in the semester when I was only about 6 months pregnant:

This time around I went with my black riding boots, black and silver earrings, a silver watch, and I added a silver cat pin to the lapel of my blazer for a touch of whimsy.  I prefer the grey boots, but I did like the way that the black played off of the faux buckle belt of the dress.  Earlier in the semester I obscured the faux-buckle by pulling the strings of the belt around the to the front and looping them over.  This outfit worked well and most of the day I wore it without the blazer because I was a touch toasty and in somewhat restricted my movement.

Luckily, as I announced in class last week we only have 8 more class sessions plus the exam.  It’s always bittersweet when class ends but since I’ve been having such a challenge with getting dressed it’s nice to know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel– I think that I can pull out 8 more “professional” outfits.  At least I hope so.

-Carla