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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

We’re starting to get this camera thing figured out!  Yesterday my husband worked from home for part of the day because we were having the washer and dryer delivered (!!) and we weren’t sure if they would be here and have it installed before I had to go to class.  (Of course they were!). Luckily, it wasn’t a big deal for him to start the day from home.  Since he was home with me I asked him to help me, once again, with focusing the camera and getting it all set-up.  I’m excited because these pictures are much more crisp and in focus and I am happy to share them.  Plus, I am wearing this plaid maternity sweater for the first time.

I bought this sweater in my first purchase of maternity clothes in June and I picked this sweater because it was on clearance during the Summer and I thought that it would be perfect for Fall/Winter when my belly was bigger.  It’s not a super thick sweater but it is so soft and cozy and I really wish that I could wear it everyday.

For it’s debut I went with a simple and classic outfit and paired it with black maternity dress pants and red ballet flats.  I would love to dress this up for Christmas with a red skirt and black knee-high boots.  Or, I could see layering a collared button-up shirt underneath, topping it with my white frost-free vest, skinny jeans, and flat riding boots for a casual Fall outfit perfect for apple picking or a visit to the pumpkin patch.

In other news, we’re getting settled in to our new house and I hope to share pictures soon.  Right now the silliest little things make me extremely happy– like having the washer and dryer delivered and being able to do laundry.  Our next hurdle is getting the lawn mower and new vacuum cleaner and a little further down the list is new bedroom and living room furniture.  Then, we’ve got dining room table and last but not least– the nursery.  Let’s just say it’s a bit of a work in progress.

-Carla

Last Wednesday I wore this abstract printed dress for the second day of class.  I had thought about wearing my silver mary janes but since we are moving they were not easily accessible– my black ballet flats were, however.  In these photo’s I’m not wearing much in the way of jewelry– again, due to everything being packed away.  Luckily (weirdly) I had a pair of earrings in my car that I put on before class along with my silver watch.  I did something slightly different with the belt on this dress, too.  The front has a faux belt buckle with two leather flaps and a silver buckle.  I wrapped the fabric portion of the tie belt up and over the disguise the buckle and then instead of tying it in a bow, just knotted it and let the ends hang to provide a more vertical and slimming line.

Lol.  It’s strange to talk about things that might look slimming when you’re pregnant.  I don’t believe that my students know that I am 5 1/2 months pregnant.  In the two outfits that I’ve worn it’s been hard to tell and it hasn’t exactly come up in conversation, yet.  It’s not that I’m trying to keep it from them it’s just not time to tell them yet.  I’ll let us get to know each other better and then I’ll probably wear something that highlights the bump more and address it head on.

I did receive two compliments from students on this outfit.  One woman I passed in the hallway said “you look nice,” and one of my students commented to the same effect.  The compliment from my student may have just been for brownie points but I’m still counting it!

Here are a few other ways that I’ve styled this dress before:

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

-Carla