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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