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A Week in the Life. . .

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As I mentioned in my last brief post, this week has been chock full of meetings.  It’s called Start-Up week and they scheduled all of the semester updates, division and department meetings, training sessions, so on and so forth.  It’s nice in one way to start easing yourself back into getting up and getting dressed.  Also, it makes is convenient for dropping the syllabus and first day class materials off at the copy center.  They need about a 3-day lead time for most jobs, but it can take a little longer during peak times.

Of course since I live in the northeast U.S. the weather would have to start being a jerk this week.  The past 3 weeks that I didn’t have classes we didn’t have any major snow storms or wind chill factors to deal with, but the week that I have to start going back we get one nearly every day!  So is the life, I guess.

Here are my outfits for the week:

Monday 1/5/15 I wore this to my meeting on Monday at 8 a.m.  Let me just tell you that it was quite rough waking up that early!  And not to mention that it was very cold and snowy outside.

This outfit is on the verge of business casual, but the rules are pretty lax during Start-Up week.  We are actually allowed to wear jeans and tennis shoes, so I was dressed heads and tails above many other people!

This white sweater and thick trouser pants helped to keep me warm.  I also opted for a shoe that covers most of my foot and can be worn with thick and fuzzy socks!  This isn’t the most glamorous look by any means.


Tuesday 1/6/15 Tuesday’s training session was in the afternoon which made it a bit more palatable.  But, it was still cold and snowy outside.  I don’t usually wear khaki pants but they are part of the required uniform where I volunteer, so I figured I might as well get some use out of them.

Before I put on the navy v-neck sweater I was feeling really unsure about this outfit.  I looked like a lumber jack with the bright red plaid button up—and not in a good way.  But, when I put on the sweater and just the collar and cuffs of the shirt were peeking out it was much better.

Again, I went with a practical shoe choice!  I wore my knee-length tan riding boots, but I wore them under my pant leg.  This outfit isn’t a typical outfit for me, but it was good enough for the Title IX training seminar.

Wednesday 1/7/15 I guess you could call this a week of atypical outfits for me!  I’ve never really done the long sweater/tunic shirt with leggings to school before.  I just don’t think that it is professional enough.  I know that many people would argue that as long as your behind is covered by the top you are A.O.K, but it’s just not a look for me.

Also, this type of look doesn’t flatter my body very well.  But, my mom bought me this outfit for Christmas and my boyfriend liked it, so I gave it a whirl.  It wasn’t the worst thing ever, but it wasn’t my favorite outfit either.

Sorry for the blurry picture, by the way!  I took this with my iPhone and not my camera.

Thursday 1/8/15 One of the things that I do like about going to meetings is getting to see what other people wear.  I really do look to the “higher-ups” for a cue on what’s appropriate.  During some of my meetings earlier in the week, I noticed that a big trend seemed to be a patterned blazer paired with a solid color pair of trousers.

Going along these lines, I wore a grid-patterned brown blazer and dark brown pants.  There are thin stripes of navy and burgundy in the pattern of the jacket, so I went with a navy button-up shirt underneath.  I liked this look and felt very professional at my meeting.

The last meeting of the week was one of the most important because it was my Division and Department meeting.  This meant that I was going to be face to face with my full time mentor, department coordinator, department chair, dean, provost and lots of other “higher-ups.”  I am glad that I went with this outfit because while I was getting coffee the Dean of my Division said “hello” and addressed me by first name.  It was very exciting in terms of professional development that he knows my name!!

There you have it!  Those are the 4 looks that I wore this week to the different trainings and meetings that I had to attend.  Classes begin on Monday and I will be teaching one section on Monday and Wednesday evenings and two sections on Tuesdays and Thursdays– one in the morning on one campus and another in the afternoon on a different campus, but all through my parent school.

I will attempt to post outfits on the next day, so Monday’s on Tuesday and Tuesday’s on Wednesday, so on and so forth.  But, you never know how it will actually work out.

Thanks for reading, you mean the world to me.


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