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Wednesday morning I had to pick out a new outfit since I took the one I had planned for Wednesday and wore it on Tuesday.  As part of our training we went to another building to see a presentation from the president of our department.  With that in mind I wanted to dress more business and  less casual.

August 24, 2016 W (m)

I wasn’t that fond of this outfit while I was wearing it and I even questions whether or not the khaki pants looked OK with the blouse and if brown ballet flats were the right shoe choice.  But, when I uploaded these pictures I thought the outfit looked nice.  I think that black shoes would look better, but I needed the height of these brown shoes for the length of the pants.  That’s one thing that is going to be an issue— most of my pants are meant to be worn with heels.

I am wearing khaki pants with a sleeveless top and a purple cardigan over top.  I kept the jewelry to a minimum with silver hoop earrings and a silver watch.

On Thursday I went more casual with my outfit.  It’s an outfit that I pre-planned, but I made some changes.

August 25, 2016 Tr (m)

Originally, I had planned to pair this blue and white striped t-shirt with skinny jeans and leopard print ballet flats.  But, I went with these dark wash bootcut jeans and Sperry knock-off’s.  I kept the kelly green cardigan, gold necklace, and dark brown belt.  This was by far the most comfortable outfit of the entire week.  As a teacher I spent the majority of my time standing in front of my class.  In this new role I spend most of my time sitting in a chair.  Some of you might already know this, but some dress pants are not the most comfortable when you’re sitting.

I haven’t yet decided if I will post all 5 outfits from the week, or just pick and chose the ones that I think are blog worthy.  Additionally, I haven’t decided if I do share all 5 if I will try to do one post per outfit or group one or two of them.  Idea’s?  Please let me know your thoughts.


The dress code for my volunteer job is both strict and lenient at the same time.  In our manual it specifies khaki or navy pants, a white, red, or navy blouse with a navy blazer.  You will see volunteers in a white polo shirt and casual khaki pants to a starched white dress shirt, tie, navy blazer, and khaki colored dress trousers.

The females take more liberties with the dress code and many times default to wearing pretty much anything that is compromised of red, white, or blue.  I usually stay more true to the dress code and nearly always wear khaki pants with a white or red top.  But, lately I have been having a terrible time with white tops!

I dropped a tomato seed on one top, got face makeup on one, and who knows what on a third!  Yesterday I decided to take a sabbatical from wearing white and push the boundaries of the dress code.  I paired a silky high-neck sleeveless blouse with khaki pants.

August 3, 2016 W (m)

The blouse has the requisite colors: red, white, and blue.  When it is super hot and humid we get more leeway with the dress code.  On very hot and humid days we have to cancel tours of the manor house because the 3rd floor gets too uncomfortable.  The home was built between 1912-1915 and there is no air conditioning!  If there is a breeze you can open windows and get a nice cross wind, but if there’s no wind it’s very difficult.

Since the top is more on the dressy side, I went with pearl drop earrings and my silver watch.  I would have liked to have gone with a dressier shoe than my Sperry knock-off’s but my only other options were my brown or black ballet flats and my pants are too long for them!

What tricks are you using with getting dressed to stay comfortable during the Summer?  I always have problems because it’s hot outside but freezing inside when everyone jacks up the A.C.


Last week was Exam Week and this week is wrap-up week.  Grades were officially due by noon on Wednesday.  Luckily, my Exams were on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week so I was able to post grades for my students by Friday of last week and submit them to the college on Monday of this week.  I always like to let my students see their final grade before I submit them in case there are any discrepancies.   I usually get one or two e-mails from students who thought they were closer to a higher letter grade than they might have been.  Sometimes they underestimate how many points one percentage point equals.

In addition to posting grades we also have to submit attendance records and a copy of the course syllabus at the end of each semester.  Because my college strives to be environmentally friendly, everything can be done electronically.  It’s very convenient to just have to send an e-mail with a few attachments than physically having to go there and turn in a packet.

There were a few meetings and end-of-semester events this week.  None of them are mandatory as an adjunct, but I try to attend them if I don’t have any scheduling conflicts.  Tuesday was our annual Communication Workshop.  Our coordinator usually takes suggestion as to what we might want to discuss during this time.  The meeting kicked off with department updates from our department chair and some information about what to expect for Summer and Fall semesters.  Then, we heard from the faculty member that runs our Communication Club and the annual speech competition that is held in December.  We had a short break for lunch and then our coordinator shared with us GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) from the National Communication Association conference that she attended in April.  (This was the conference that I wanted to attend, but couldn’t make happen.)

We’re always pressed for time because we are Communication instructors and we all talk too much, so we had to decide if we wanted to watch and grade a persuasive speech and then discuss our individual grading rubrics OR if we wanted to discuss classroom concerns.  I didn’t vote because the classroom concerns were a list of items that I submitted to her based on student feedback.  The group picked classroom concerns and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was smiling inside.  Our coordinator turned it over to me to kick off the first item and begin discussion.

Mostly, it was “I do this, how do you do it?”  We have a list of guidelines that we must follow, but as long as we follow those 10 items we have creative license to run the class as we see fit.  Sometimes you do something one way because you don’t know of a different way.  Having these types of conversations is a great way to learn new ways to approach common problems.  We were able to discuss 3 of the 5 ideas that I put forth and I got some great ideas for next semester that I can’t wait to try out.  I always leave those types of meetings feeling energized and renewed.

teal cardigan, lavender t-shirt, scarf, khaki pants, brown ballet flats

Let’s talk about my outfit!  Because classes are over and I wasn’t meeting with any students or higher-ups I could have worn jeans and a t-shirt, but I almost never do that!  Anytime that I am in front of our scheduling coordinator, department chair, and full-time faculty is an opportunity to shape my personal brand.  I cannot squander that opportunity for the sake of comfort!

I chose to wear khaki pants because I think they are one step above jeans, but not too over the top for a casual meeting.  With those khaki pants I paired a lavender t-shirt.  Again, and item that is mostly characterized as casual.  Because I knew that the air conditioning would be on full blast I added my teal cardigan.  The outfit didn’t seem cohesive until I added this scarf that pulled everything together–the teal cardigan and the light purple shirt.  The scarf rendered the need for a necklace obsolete and I just went with minimal jewelry—earrings, watch, and wedding rings.  Lastly, I went with brown ballet flats to continue the casual but put-together theme of my outfit even though my nude pumps would have looked the best.

I liked this outfit and felt that it hit the perfect note!  Whenever I attend these types of functions I can’t help but notice what others are wearing.  There were three men at the meeting and they ranged from jeans, chucks, and a short-sleeved button-up to casual dress pants and a long-sleeved button up, to dressy dress pants and a long-sleeved button-up and tie.  The women also ran the gamut!  Two of the women are pregnant so they have special concerns.  I was surprised to see a lot of open-toed heeled sandals, though.

Thanks for reading!