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Midterm

Believe it or not, this past week was week #8 of a 15 week semester.  It seems like this semester seems to be going much faster than past semesters.  I can’t believe that we are already half-way through.  My students have delivered 2 of 4 formal speeches and they just completed their essay exam Midterm (which I should be grading as we speak).  Right now, time is definitely something that is on my mind.  It’s important that I know what week of the semester that I am in so I can make sure my students are meeting certain benchmarks.  Also, time is playing a huge role in my personal life for much the same reason– it’s important for me to be cognizant of what week I am at of my pregnancy so that I can make sure I am doing all the things I need to (check-ups, vaccines, tests, baby class, pre-registering, packing a hospital bag, etc.)

I am super excited that my sister and her husband are coming in to town at the end of this week.  We are hosting my baby shower at our new home so we’ve made it a combined baby shower and housewarming party.  My husband and I aren’t too traditional so we’ve made it co-ed and family friendly and I can’t wait to celebrate my blessings with everyone.  In fact, I may or may not have already put up some decorations just to see what we have and might still need.  And, that reminds me– I still need to share pictures of the new house.  I haven’t done much decorating.  I may have mentioned it before but I am basically skipping over Halloween and Fall decorations and getting geared up for Christmas.  With the party I didn’t want to put up a bunch of Fall decorations and then have to take them down or decorate around them.  Plus, our house is so new to us that I don’t want to go putting a bunch of nail holes in the walls quite yet.  The only decorations that I have hung up have used existing nail/screw holes.  I already have my Christmas theme picked out and I would go through my Christmas totes to take inventory of what we have that will work with the theme and what we need to buy if it weren’t for the impending party.  LoL.  After the party, it’s game on!

I digress.  On Wednesday the weather was more Fall-like and I was able to pull out my brown riding boots.  I am actually excited for the cooler temps because I have almost outgrown all of my non-maternity dress pants and skirts.  Many of my dresses can still work with leggings or tights layered underneath– but it’s been too warm lately for layering.  I swear I’ve done this outfit before, pre-pregnancy, but when I looked through my media gallery I couldn’t find a picture.  So, maybe I didn’t?!?

This outfit begins with my black faux-wrap dress.  I’ve kept the fabric belt on it but I’ve wrapped it around the front of my waist and tied it in the back.  Then, I added nude colored tights and my flat brown riding boots.  To further pull in the warm brown tones I’ve gone with my oversized gold watch and gold earrings that have small accents of turquoise and peach.  The statement necklace is a multi-strand turquoise beaded necklace and a dark denim jacket with bronze snaps completes the look.  I’m torn on this outfit.  On one hand I like how I’ve mixed brown and tan but then on the other hand I think that black riding boots would look better.  What do you think?  Black boots or brown boots?

-Carla

Worth a Try

The other day I combed my Pinterest board for some outfit inspirations and I am glad that I did.  This outfit caught my eye because it looks pulled together and professional but it is so unusual!  First, I would almost never think to combine dark brown and grey on my own.  Nor would I necessarily go for this silhouette– fitted on top and wide-legged on the bottom, but there is something about the color combination and the proportions that I really liked.  And that inspired me to give it a go.  I don’t know that I love my version as much, but hey– it was worth a try, right?

I started off with these Classic fit wide-legged Calvin Klein grey suit pants.  I remember once upon a time when these didn’t fit very well and I replaced them with the Modern Fit in the same color for my suit.  Luckily, that extra room of the classic fit was exactly what my pregnant belly needed.  Believe it or not these pants are zipped, but they are not buttoned– instead they are safety-pinned closed at the top.  Thankfully, the leopard blouse it juuuuust long enough to cover the waist band without having to pull in the Belly Band.  I had a few options for the topper but the one that I thought most resembled the fit and color of the Pinspiration was this medium brown, chunky cardigan.  Lastly, I was so pumped to wear these brown Oxford shoes.  They have a heel so they worked well with the length of these pants but they aren’t heels so they were pretty comfortable.  Plus, they have a rubber sole so that helps.

What do you think?  Would you try to unusual combination yourself?

-Carla

Over the weekend the temperatures dropped to more Fall-like temperatures for Northeast Ohio and they are expected to stay that way for the first part of this week, at least.  This morning when I went to class the temperature was around 70 degrees.  I like living somewhere where there are seasons and different temperatures but I am most definitely of the mid-range– not too hot and not too cold.  For this reason, Spring is my favorite season followed closely by Fall, then Summer and lastly Winter.  Winter would be great if it only lasted for December and January and then it was over!  Anyway.

For this Fall-like weather I copied the above image from Pinterest with a few tweaks to put my own spin on it.  First, I started with my chambray shirt dress and basic black leggings.  Then, I added my boyfriend cardigan in mustard and my oversized gold watch.  This is where the similarities end.  I very well could have gone with my black riding boots but I chose to go with my cognac brown ones, instead.  I thought that the golden-brown color worked well with the color of the cardigan.  Plus, I tend to associate brown more with Fall than I do black.  I am not always a fan of mixing black and tan but I think in the right situation it can be done.  I can’t see the hair and makeup of the inspiration so I was on my own and I went with my large gold leaf earrings, bronzey brown eye makeup, and an orange-y lip color to complete my Fall look.  And, for the first time I wore my hair slightly wavy/disheveled to class.  If I had a little more time I would have used the flat-iron to accentuate the waves but I didn’t.

I really liked this outfit and how I was able to so closely copy from the Pinterest photo.  I also liked that this shirt dress and legging combination is easy to wear and comfortable at my current status of 26 weeks pregnant.  What do you think?

-Carla