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Whelp, here we are again– on the precipice of Fall 2017.  This week is what my college calls Start-Up Week.  I’ve talked about it before but essentially it is a week full of meetings, lectures, and preparation for the upcoming semester.  Bright and early on Monday morning the president of our college addresses the faculty and staff that attend.  Sometimes there are mini-presentations from the provost and/or deans of departments, but not always.  It’s a great way to give everyone an update of where we are on important objectives and goals for the upcoming semester and ease everyone back in to the swing of things.  I would say about 80% of people are off for the Summer.  I always try to attend the Start-Up meeting, division meeting, and department meetings if they align with my schedule.  This year, I am only able to attend the Start-Up meeting since this is a busy week for me in other arena’s.

This year I went with this floral faux-wrap dress.  I thought that it would work really well with the growing baby bump, be professional, and comfortable.  I was right about some of those things!  It did accommodate the bump and it is professional but I’m not sure that I would agree with comfortable.  I layered a purple sleeveless top underneath and accessorized with purple bead earrings, an oversized gold watch, and dark purple ballet flats.  It’s crazy to me that I don’t think that I look pregnant in this dress.  I was a tad self-conscious because I felt that I looked like I had spent the Summer eating one too many bon-bons as opposed to looking radiantly pregnant with my first child.  Oh well.  Them’s the breaks, kid.

Here are other ways that I’ve worn this same dress in the past:

In the top row: I’ve added my royal blue blazer a few times, a burgundy cardigan and grey sweater tights.  In the middle row: A black cardigan or blazer twice, once with purple tights and twice with grey boots.  The last row: Twice I’ve gone simple with a colored cami underneath, nude hose and silver/grey shoes.  Surprisingly, I’ve either never worn this with a grey cardigan or blazer or I just don’t have pictures to prove it.  Also, I could totally throw a jean jacket over top of this dress and wear it with short tan booties or brown riding boots.  With so many colors in the print this dress has lots of remix possibilities and will be in heavy rotation this Fall.

Yesterday, to work I wore another flowered dress.  Sadly, I didn’t do a great job at focusing the camera and the pictures aren’t as crisp and sharp as I’d like them to be, but I still wanted to share the outfit with you.

I wore this flowered maxi-dress.  This time around, I highlighted the pinks with a hot pink/magenta cardigan and then to add some additional interest and appeal I went with gold sparkly ballet flats, gold watch, and gold earrings even though silver feels like the most natural choice to me with the greys in the pattern.  Here are a few other ways I’ve worn this dress in the past:

I feel like I’ve worn this dress a ton more, but there were no other pictures!  As you can see, I frequently accent my waist by adding a belt to this dress– in the top row I’ve done a skinny silver belt, a wide cognac belt, and a grey belt.  I’ve also tried lots of different shoes– black espadrilles, nude pumps, blue pumps, and brown ballet flats.  Because the dress is sleeveless, to make it work-appropriate I have to add something over top and I’ve gone with a denim jacket, grey cardigan, and pink sweater.  I know for a fact that I’ve also worn my short-sleeved royal blue cardigan over this dress, too.

Thanks for reading,

-Carla

Grey and Gold

This super simple outfit is based on a pin from outfitposts.com but I cannot for the life of me seem to find it!  I spent about 15 minutes and then said to heck with it.  It was a bit chilly towards the end of last week with some rain and thunderstorms.  I paired this lightweight grey sweater with a pair of medium wash skinny jeans and brown ballet flats.  To further incorporate warm tones I went with an oversized gold watch and a long gold pendant/tassel necklace.  After putting all of my effort in to my outfit and makeup I didn’t have much time or energy left for my hair so I pulled it back into a low chignon and called it done!

-Carla

Thursday I copied this outfit from Pinterest.  It’s another one of those outfits that consists of a lot of basic pieces that many women have in their closets— black skinny jeans, brown ballet flats, a grey t-shirt, brown belt, stud earrings, and a patterned scarf.  I love the casual nature of the outfit and the comfiness of the pieces but that it still looks pulled together.

As you can see, I duplicated it almost exactly.  My one departure was with the neck ware.  I have lots of scarves but not one that closely resembled the color or pattern of the inspiration photo.  I chose to skip the scarf and instead went with a long necklace with a locket watch in a bronze-gold color.  I thought that helped to tie in the cognac brown belt and brown ballet flats.  I went with silver cluster earrings that I thought paired well with the grey t-shirt and opted to go with my silver watch because it went nicely with the silver in the earrings, the grey of the t-shirt, and the silver belt buckle.  This outfit is a mash-up of different metals and neutrals but I still think that it looks cohesive.  What do you think?

-Carla