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Leopard print scarf: Wal-Mart. Navy blazer: (thrifrted.) Gold earrings: Wal-Mart. Brown ribbed turtleneck: Old Navy. Khaki trousers: (thrifted.) Rose gold watch: Target. Brown oxford shoes: unknown.

Leopard print scarf: Wal-Mart. Navy blazer: (thrifted.) Gold earrings: Wal-Mart. Brown ribbed turtleneck: Old Navy. Khaki trousers: (thrifted.) Rose gold watch: Target. Brown oxford shoes: unknown.

Monday was a strange day for me. Normally, I work Monday mornings at my bartending job, but I was able to give my shift to someone who had to call off a shift on Saturday. This switch helped us both out– I was able to postpone any grading on Sunday to Monday and spend the day hanging out with my BF worry free.

On Sunday, we went to see a matinĂ©e of Captain Phillip’s. We had a few minutes before the movie, so we stopped in to JC Penney to do a little window shopping. I was able to find a pair of dress slacks on the clearance rack for $5. When I reached the checkout, I was handed a scratch-off card and saved another 15%. Plus, I had a gift card for the purchase, anyway. I was beyond stoked with my $4 pants. I didn’t try them on until Monday afternoon, though. They fit well, I just need to give them a quick hem. After the movie, we came home and had root beer marinated pork tenderloin and shells and cheese. We ate dinner in front of a cozy fire in our living room while catching up on our t.v. shows and waiting for prime time to start. It was a wonderful day that I was able to spend with my BF and some much needed quality time.

Monday was packed full of grading! I spend most of the day grading outlines to return to my 9:00 class. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get both of my sections of outlines graded, so I focused on the 9:00 class. According to the syllabus, I was expected to return their graded outlines on Thursday, but I thought that they might welcome and appreciate the extra time. That also meant that I had a long, lazy sort of day.

I switched between grading outlines and painting my nails, grading outlines and reading blog posts, grading outlines and having lunch, grading outlines and talking to my family, etc. I find that after about 3 outlines I start to get kind of cranky and want to rush the process. Plus, I can become overly critical. But, if I do them 3 at a time it seems to work out a lot better—for me and my students.

I also had the luxury of spending a lot of time searching my Pinterest boards and trying to re-create outfits that I have pinned.  This outfit that I wore on Monday is my version of this pin.  I started with my navy blazer, a white t-shirt, the leopard print scarf, and a khaki skirt but it wasn’t working out.  The skirt needed ironed and even though I had time, I just didn’t feel like doing it.  Plus, I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to wear a skirt or a dress.  Also, I didn’t want to wear a white dress shirt because I thought that it felt too formal and stuffy.  I really would have liked to wear a cream-colored cami, but it wasn’t warm enough to just wear that under a blazer.  Eventually, I swapped the khaki skirt for my khaki trousers and the undershirt for a brown ribbed turtleneck.  To pull the brown in a little more I went with a dark brown shoe.

I like this outfit well enough, but I don’t think that it hits the same note of appeal as the inspiration photo does.  I would like to duplicate it in a more straightforward sense next time.  I don’t think that there is enough contrast between the dark brown turtleneck and the dark navy blazer.

What do you think?  Do you like my version more or less than the pin? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.
-Carla

Monday was a somewhat grey, gloomy, and chilly day. I suppose it’s called Fall. I like some aspects of Fall, but not all of them. When the mornings and evenings start out cool and crisp I just want to stay nestled in my bed or wear over-sized comfy sweaters and cardigans. But, then there is that middle part of the day where the sun comes out and we have high’s in the mid-60’s. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to dress for 20 degree shifts in the weather within the course of the day. Layering is pretty much my only answer to the problem.

Luckily for me, on Monday I only had to worry about dressing for the evening and not cold-warm-cold, again. Since it was a little brisk and chilly out, I decided to wear one of my comfy cardigans. Plus, it just went through the laundry and happened to be hanging up waiting to be put into the closet. Since it is Fall and the Trend Spin Fashion Linkup just so happens to be “Boots & Booties” I went with my tan riding boots from Old Navy. They are a few seasons old (3?) and I am looking for a replacement. For a $40 investment at the time, I can’t really complain about how long they’ve lasted.

Olive green cardigan: Target. Green and Yellow sleeveless silky blouse: Target. Green earrings: Versona. Khaki skirt: (thrifted.) Silver watch: Fossil. Tan riding boots: Old Navy.

Olive green cardigan: Target. Green and Yellow sleeveless silky blouse: Target. Green earrings: Versona. Khaki skirt: (thrifted.) Silver watch: Fossil. Tan riding boots: Old Navy.

I waffled back and forth on this outfit. One minute I liked it, the next minute I wasn’t sure that the greens matched enough. But, looking at the pictures, I really like it! As you can see, I kept the jewelry pretty much to a minimum since I was wearing “statement earrings.” They are pretty large and over-sized. And, maybe borderline not appropriate for teaching. But, my M/W class is on a satellite campus so they rules are a little less strict. (Not that we have a strict dress code to begin with.) Also, long-time readers may have noticed that I am wearing this skirt backwards. It has a single pleat in the front, but it can be easily turned around so that the single pleat just looks like a kick pleat. At least that’s what I hope it looks like and people aren’t pointing and whispering behind my back about my skirt being on backwards. I’ve only been daring enough to do this one other time with this skirt. Someone please tell me if it looks like I am mistakenly wearing my skirt backwards because I don’t know any better!

Here are a few of the other ways that I have styled this khaki skirt and the blouse:

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And, since this is a “Boots & Booties” linkup, I wanted to give you a reminder of some of the ways that I have worn boots or booties. I’ve got tan knee-high boots that I’ve worn with maxi-dresses, knee-length dresses and skirts, and skinny jeans. Then there’s my short brown boots, black rain boots, and black leather booties. And, I’ve got short black suede boots and knee-high grey boots. Enjoy this walk down memory lane.

That’s a lot of boots!
-Carla

Thursday was the end of the Informative Speeches for all 3 of my classes.  Except, this time I have a lot of stragglers.  This has never really happened before.  In my early T/TR class I have 3 students who didn’t give speeches unaccounted for, in my 2nd T/TR class I have a lot–like 6, and in my M/W class I have 7.  I have done my best to contact these students to find out what is going on, but most of them never communicate back.

This morning I am bummed because one of the unaccounted for students dropped the course.  Other’s who were unaccounted for have dropped, too, but this student was doing really well–in fact they had the highest grade in their class.  It breaks my heart when students who were doing really well drop the class without any communication or explanation. . . .

Thursday I wore a very Fall-like outfit.  It was actually an outfit that I had in mind to wear Tuesday for my evaluation, but since I neglected to pick out something else to wear for Thursday it became my outfit for the day.  It’s not a terrible thing though, because I think I have a different, better outfit in mind for my observation.  I may or may not have went shopping after class and purchased some work clothes.

Printed cowl neck top: Target. Red earrings: unknown. Khaki pants: NY&Co. (thrifted.) Brown oxford shoes: Payless. Gold watch: Target.

Printed cowl neck top: Target. Red earrings: unknown. Khaki pants: NY&Co. (thrifted.) Brown oxford shoes: Payless. Gold watch: Target. Gold bracelet: Versona.

 
I am sorry if I mis-attribute clothes or accessories to the wrong place of purchase. In my old age I am starting to forget where a lot of things are originally from. Some items, like the red earrings, I’ve had for so long that I have no idea where I purchased them. Newer items or items with a recognizable brand are a little easier. For instance, Merona is a Target brand. Sometimes, too I score awesome items at the thrift store or a discount clothing store. I try to be consistent and always list it as thrifted OR by the name brand and thrifted, but sometimes I don’t. Also, if you ever see a question mark after an attribution, it means that I’m not entirely sure if that’s where I purchased the item, but it’s my best guess.

A looooong time ago, I was working on an Excel spreadsheet that listed all the items in my wardrobe, their place of purchase, cost, when I bought them, and when I deleted them from my wardrobe. I thought that it would be extremely helpful for this blog. But, I’m not an Excel wizard, so I never finished it. I’m wishing now that I had.

Here are two other ways that I have styled this shirt:

The most recent, I went with a mustard-colored boyfriend cardigan and burgundy pants with brown shoes. I think that this outfit worked better in theory than in real life. I think the proportions were off. The first time I wore this shirt is very similar to this outfit–except with a skirt instead of pants and a belt to accent my waist.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite out of the 3 ways I’ve worn the printed cowl neck top? I think I know which one is my favorite.
Thanks for reading,
-Carla

I am so sorry that I am two days late with this post. I’ve been battling my way back from being sick and I still have a nagging sore throat, I was swamped with grading on Tuesday afternoon/Wednesday morning, and on Thursday I treated myself with splurging on a salon cut and color. And now here it is, it’s Friday!

Thursday’s after class are nice for me because I get a bit of a break until I have to work at my bartending gig on Friday night. My weeks are a little different from most people. I don’t have a so-called “weekend.” I work at the bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday mornings are filled with running errands, cleaning the house, or just sleeping in late and hanging out with my BF. I’m usually off on Sundays and my BF and I hang out and I do a little prep work for class–making sure that I’m ready for Monday and Tuesday’s lecture. I also like to pick out my outfits for Monday and Tuesday, as well. Monday mornings I work at my bar job, then I come home, make a quick dinner, change my clothes and depart for my evening class. I get home around 10:30 pm, decompress, and then it’s off to bed to get up at 5:00 am for Tuesday class.

After classes and office hours on Tuesday I have a bit of time before I have to go to work at my bar job. That’s usually when I try to do my outfit post from Monday night and usually try to take a nap. (This week I had to do lots of grading, though.) Wednesday mornings are one of my favorite days because I get to sleep in! I have the morning off to do errands and prep for evening class and Thursday morning class. That’s also when I like to pick out my outfits for Wednesday night and Thursday morning. It’s kind of an erratic schedule compared to most people.

Anyway.

I am happy to report that the atmosphere in my 2nd class on Tuesday was absolutely wonderful. I feel bad saying this, but many of the students who have negative attitudes and tend to bring the class down (the bad apples) were absent. We had a wonderful lecture. I didn’t feel like I was pulling teeth to get the students to respond to my questions and we were able to breeze through the lecture material. This is the first time that I have walked out of this class in such high spirits. I don’t know all the variables that caused the tension to disappear, but I really want to try to capitalize on it moving forward.

We are starting to experience more Fall-like weather here in Northeast Ohio. In the mornings when I leave for class, it is pretty crisp outside. Tuesday morning it was around 41 degrees while I was making my drive to work! It warmed up considerably as the day went on, when I left campus that afternoon it was in the mid-60’s. I looked rather silly walking out into the sunshine with my faux-leather jacket and lightweight scarf, but it was totally necessary that morning.

Tan and polka dot scarf: NY&Co. (gift from BF.) Coral sweater: NY&Co. (gift from BF.) Pearl earrings: ? 3 strand pearl bracelet: Elder Beerman. Tan pants: NY&Co. Penny lofers: Old Navy. Silver watch: Fossil.

Tan and polka dot scarf: NY&Co. (gift from BF.) Coral sweater: NY&Co. (gift from BF.) Pearl earrings: ? Pearl bracelet: Elder Beerman. Tan pants: NY&Co. Penny lofers: Old Navy. Silver watch: Fossil.

I thought that this outfit worked well for the weather. The 3/4 length sleeve on the sweater is great for the transition between seasons. Plus, it’s good for the 40-something degree’s of the morning and not too warm for the mid-60’s in the afternoon. The scarf helps with that, too. It’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t overwhelm me as the sun comes out, and I can always take it off if I get too warm. Even though the coral color of the sweater is a more Spring-y color, I thought warming it up with the tan trousers, penny loafers, and scarf made it seasonally appropriate.

Here are a few other ways that I’ve styled this sweater, scarf, and pair of pants in the past:

What do you think? Do you stray away from wearing certain colors in certain seasons or are you more “anything goes?” Sound off in the comments below.
-Carla

Monday was a bit of a whirlwind day for me.  Usually Sunday is a day half-filled with chores—grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the house, and lazing about.  My BF and I like to sleep in, hang out while drinking coffee, have our first meal around 11 am and just enjoy the day.  BUT!  This past Sunday was a little different.  We got up and went grocery shopping, but we were invited to a clam bake in the afternoon.

My BF and I weren’t planning on watching our local football team.  You see, I am from Ohio and The Cleveland Browns are our professional football team and most of the time they can be a big let down.  Especially after trading one of their better players for a first round draft pick next year.  I mean, who cares about this year, right?!  Anyway, my aunt and uncle are big fans, regardless.  So, we knew that going to their house meant we would have to watch the game.  But, they won!  They actually pulled it off and made my afternoon of watching the game worthwhile.  Although, truth be told, the family time would have made it worth it, win or lose.

After the game we ate clams, corn, crab legs, cornbread, potatoes, and just about everything else you could imagine.  Then, we lounged in front of the t.v. watching the 4 o’clock games and playing with their 7 month old puppy.  Eventually, the 8 o’clock games were starting and we knew that we needed to be heading home soon.  The trouble was that while we were playing with the dog and watching football she put a yummy peanut-buttery apple dessert in the oven.  So, we had to wait until it was done to enjoy some with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  It was worth the wait!

Once we got home, I had a little bit of time to read through the chapter and prepare my lecture notes for Tuesday, but not enough time to pick out my outfits for Monday and Tuesday.  This meant that after I got home from my bartending gig on Monday afternoon I would have to pick out my outfits.  Luckily, I keep my Pinterest boards stocked with inspiration!

The following outfit is a pretty literal translation of a pin that I added from The Perpetual Student’s Wife blog. I’ve just discovered it and so far (at first glance) I think it’s nifty.

As you can see, I’ve basically copied this outfit using my own near-matches– a mustard yellow v-neck dressy t-shirt that I just bought for $3 at Target last week, an oxblood cardigan, a light-colored khaki skirt and tan shoes. Lastly, I topped it off with a skinny teal belt.

Mustard t-shirt: Target. Oxblood cardigan: Target. Silver earrings: Target. Khaki skirt: (thrifted.) Teal belt: (thrifted.) Silver watch: Fossil. Tan penny loafers: Old Navy.

Mustard t-shirt: Target. Oxblood cardigan: Target. Silver earrings: Target. Khaki skirt: (thrifted.) Teal belt: (thrifted.) Silver watch: Fossil. Tan penny loafers: Old Navy.

Those of you who are very perceptible or look extremely close (which is kind of creepy) may notice that I have on nylons! Uggghh. It’s partly due to the colder Fall temps that we’re having and partly due to running out of time to shave my legs.

Our night in class was semi-productive. We talked about introductions and conclusions. I thought that we would have more time afterwards for them to work in groups on a worksheet, but it didn’t quite pan out how I had thought. That’s o.k though, you win some and you lose some.

What do you think– do you like this outfit? Is it too copy-cat for you? I liked the way the 3 colors work together–the mustard, maroon, and teal. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

-Carla

The past few days I have had a touch of the flu or a cold, who really knows which. But, needless to say, I have been fatigued, had body aches, cold and warm spells, nasal congestion, and headache. I have been trying to take it easy and rest, but it is not easy with two jobs, a boyfriend, and a cat. To help ease the burden of my responsibilities, I have started taking cold medicine to help me feel better and speed my recovery. Let me just tell you that the cold medicine has made me crazy! Here are just a few hilarious things that I have done or said while under the influence. . . . .

Monday morning while I was at my bartending gig my manager radioed the host and reminded him to tell her when the first guests were sat. She also added that “To Go’s count, too.” Only, I misheard her and thought that she said “ghosts count, too.” The conversation went on for a few minutes while I inquired about the so-called “ghosts” in the restaurant. Eventually, someone figured out that I misheard her and they all had a laugh at my expense.

Later that same day, I was talking to a guest at the bar and he rattled off some of the companies that he contracted for. What I thought he said was “Kaiser, AT&T, and Doogle.” I mentioned that I had heard of the first two, but not the third. He couldn’t believe that I had never heard of the third company. When he started going on and on about it, I figured out that he, in fact, said G-O-O-G-L-E. Yeah, I’ve heard of Google.

The next day, Tuesday, I left for school around 6:15 a.m. like I always do, but when I got to school and was getting my stuff out of the passenger seat I realized that I had left without my purse. Luckily, I had my phone and keys which were the 2 things I needed most. After class, I went immediately home knowing that I didn’t have any money, credit cards, or ID on my person.

After that, I pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to take the daytime cold medicine anymore. I took the night-time formula last night to help me sleep and kick this cold/flu. I slept like the dead, but I’m still not entirely over it. Luckily, today is an “easy” day so I have some time to rest and try to repair.

In other news, Tuesday’s class was much better than last week. My early class is a strong group of students and they were able to take to the group note card activity very well. They were the only section to get through all of the note cards in one class period. They did extremely well on the quiz and I am not too worried about them as a group.

My second class is the one that I have the most difficulty with. First, many of the students are regularly late or absent. This makes it difficult for them to keep on track— they miss important updates at the beginning of class, helpful tips and reminders, and frequently don’t turn in homework because of their absenteeism. Also, it is disruptive when someone seems to be constantly walking through the door 5, 10, 15 minutes after class has started. They had a lot of trouble understanding the group note card activity and executing the task. They were able to complete the least number of presentations out of all 3 sections. I worry about them a lot and I’m constantly looking for ways to help deliver the content and engage them more.

But, the classroom atmosphere was in a much better place on Tuesday than it was on Thursday. I am hoping that I can capitalize on that and run with it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Thursday will be positive and fruitful, also.

On Tuesday, I wanted to dress up. Last week I wore pants for all 4 of my class days and this week I wanted to get back to wearing skirts and dresses. Plus, I believe that if I feel yucky, at least I can look nice. I went to my Pinterest board and looked at the items that I have on my “outfit inspiration” board. There were a few pins that had me really inspired— this one and this one. You may notice that both of these outfits have similar pieces: a navy blazer and a khaki skirt. Regardless of whether you layer it over a green plaid button down or a crisp white one I think the look is stunning. Here is my take on these inspiration photographs:

Navy blazer: (thrifted.) Abstract print blouse: (thrifted.) Gold earrings: Target. Gold watch: Target. khaki skirt: Target. Nude pumps: Target. Gold chain necklace: Wal-Mart.

Navy blazer: (thrifted.) Abstract print blouse: (thrifted.) Gold earrings: Target. Gold watch: Target. Khaki skirt: Target. Nude pumps: Target. Gold chain necklace: Wal-Mart.

I had originally planned to tuck this shirt in and belt it with a tan belt, but it didn’t work out. Also, I discovered that this skirt is a twister. I don’t know what makes skirts and dresses do this, but as I wear it and move around it decides to twist around my body. So, the next thing I know, I am standing up in front of the class lecturing and I look down and my side pocket is in the center of my torso. This happened to me once before with a different pencil skirt from Target. Luckily, this skirt is loose enough that I could easily spin it back around, but this is something that I am going to have to look into. If these skirts are always going to twist around I am going to have to get rid of them. I don’t remember this skirt doing that other times that I’ve worn it.

Here are some other ways that I have styled this blouse:

And three ways that I’ve worn the navy blazer and one other styling of the khaki skirt:

Any favorites for the blouse, blazer, or skirt? Thanks for those of you who regularly read and comment on my posts. It’s really awesome to know that there are people out there reading. Are you a regular reader, but never commented? Go ahead, leave me a message!
-Carla

Lost Glove

I must admit– I, for one, am very glad that it is starting to get warmer. Especially because I discovered the other morning that I have lost a glove. I do not know where I lost my glove, but I did manage to keep both of them throughout two winters, so I’d say that is success.

My students were continuing with their group work on Thursday.  I am still wearing layers, but I am now able to start wearing some of my short-sleeved blouses.  This outfit is pretty simple, but that’s what I like about it.  It has a classic, clean elegance to it.

Navy cardigan: Old Navy. Printed blouse: (thrifted.) Khaki trousers: (thrifted.) Nude pumps: Target. Gold watch: Target.

Navy cardigan: Old Navy. Printed blouse: (thrifted.) Khaki trousers: (thrifted.) Nude pumps: Target. Gold watch: Target.

Although this blouse and trousers were both thrifted, they both happen to be Ann Taylor.  I think that’s part of what makes them work so well together.  I have worn this shirt before, here and here.  In the first example, I have paired it with a brown boyfriend cardigan and a pair of wide-legged khaki trousers.  I’ve belted the blouse to give it a peplum top look and then echoed the dark brown tone of the belt in the pointy-toed heels.  In the second version, I have played up the blue by pairing it with a navy skirt and belt.  I’ve kept the rest of the outfit very basic.  Sometimes, I believe that less is more and not over-accessorizing an outfit is just as much of a skill as accessorizing.  Plus, you must have really good basics in order to let them stand on their own.

My students will be delivering their group speeches next week. I know that most of them are meeting outside of class, which I knew that they would probably need to do. I tried to give them as much class time as I could manage– I gave them two full class periods, 2.5 hours. But, I had at least one group leave disband and leave early on Tuesday and I think that the same group, and maybe another, left early on Thursday. I am nervous for them– I hope that they are able to get everything done and have a cohesive group presentation. Time will tell.

What do you think? Do you like this outfit? How would you style it? Please sound off in the comments below.

-Carla

Tuesday after class during my office hours I got a start in on grading the student outlines.  I did three before leaving for the afternoon.  I had intended to grade more when I got home that afternoon, but I didn’t.  I ran errands, cooked dinner, etc.  Unfortunately, that meant that I had to grade all of the remaining outlines on Wednesday.  This can be a very daunting task!

It takes me about 30 minutes per outline and I had a total of 17 to grade, 14 minus the 3 I did during my office hours.  One thing that my students can attest to is that I write a lot on their papers!  First, I understand that grading is subjective– especially with the types of things that I am grading.  What a student selects as their attention grabber may bomb on me, but it could totally work on the students in the class—their audience.  I try to use my knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, along with the information in the textbook, to guide them into selecting the best choice.

But, I am often faced with the dilemma of having to decide how many points to take off.  For instance, an attention-grabber is worth 2 points.  But, if they have one that isn’t necessarily the best choice, do I take off points?  And if so, how many?  Generally, what I would do is take off 1 point and then be sure to give a lengthy explanation and some recommendations for how to improve.

The second difficulty is being able to give them recommendations for how to improve something without stifling their creativity.  The last thing that I want them to do is to just change things to what I recommended to get an A, rather than really taking the time to investigate what they think is best for their speech–topic, audience, occasion.

Lastly, I have to force myself to go back through their outlines and make sure that I write positive comments.  Because I have a tendency to point out lots of things that could be “tweaked, strengthened, improved, more creative,” etc. it is sometimes discouraging to students.  So, once I am done grading, I go back and make sure that I have pointed out the things that they did well and give encouraging comments like, “Yep!, Nailed it, Good Job, Great, Oooohhh–love this, catchy, very creative, nicely done, awesome,” etc.  This tip was given to me by my department chair during my first semester.  This way, if a student is upset about their grade, I am able to remind them of the things that they did well by pointing out the positive comments that I made.  At the end of the grading sheet, I usually write a paragraph summarizing the reasons why they received the grade they did.  In this summary, I make sure that I lead with something positive.  Then, I re-iterate the items that they most need to focus on for the revision and their speech, and lastly I try to end with another positive.  Even if it is simply, “Good Luck,” “I know you can do it,” or “I look forward to hearing your speech.”

It took me a very long time to grade their outlines.  I tried to break it up into doing 3 or 4 at a time, about an hours worth of work, and then switching gears to something else like Facebook or Pinterest.  At one point, I had the last 4 to go and I opted to clean the bathroom vanity, unpack my suitcase (finally), put all the dirty laundry in the hamper, hang up some of my dress clothes, and print off some papers for my taxes before finishing them!  Once I was done grading their outlines, I still had to spend another hour or so prepping for Thursday’s lecture.  When my BF came home from work I was just finishing up and I was kind of grumpy.

It didn’t help that when we went to the gym all of the cardio equipment was taken and I was forced to abandon my plan of doing my C25K workout and instead did some minor weight lifting and then minimal cardio when a stationary bike finally opened up.  I am so close to finishing the C25K program–expect a full disclosure on my New Year’s Resolutions early next week.  I can’t wait to share my progress with all of you.  I am keeping my finger’s crossed that I make my goal(s).

Anyway.

Thursday was a strange day because after I was done with class/office hours I didn’t have anything pressing or urgent that I had to do.  Coming off of preparing for a trip, going on vacation, and  getting back in the swing of things at work/school, it was a very strange feeling.  I indulged in my free time by taking a short nap and then, to assuage my guilt, I went to the gym.  I had the entire area to myself so I could get in my run.  Too bad it didn’t go as planned.  I was trying to do too much–I want to increase my 5k speed, so I started off by attempting to do intervals of 6.4mph and 5.5mph for 3 minutes and then 2 minutes.  But, I was only able to do that for 2 rotations before I wore myself out and ended up walking most of the time.  Instead of running 2.75 miles at a 5.7 pace, I went 1.75 miles at an average pace of 5.0.  Not exactly what I was intending to do.  Instead of counting it as my run, I just scrapped it and chalked it up to experience.

It was cold yesterday, which is what everyone seems to be complaining about.  It’s supposed to be Spring but here in northeastern Ohio we had a high of 28 degree’s, but the “feels like” temperature was somewhere around 15!  Earlier in the week I had selected an outfit that I had wanted to wear, but after looking at the weather I had to beef it up if I was going to wear it.

Khaki blazer: Wal-Mart. Gold hoop earrings: Target. Green and Blue polka dot dress: Old Navy. Tan belt" (thrifted.) Bangle: Versona. Gold Watch: Target. Cream knee socks: Dots. Brown boots: Old Navy.

Khaki blazer: Wal-Mart. Gold hoop earrings: Target. Green and Blue polka dot dress: Old Navy. Tan belt: (thrifted.) Bangle: Versona. Gold Watch: Target. Cream knee socks: Dots. Brown boots: Old Navy.

I started with this simple silky 3/4 sleeved dress.  Underneath of it, I layered a tank top and thick nude opaque tights.  Then, I belted it to give it some waist definition and topped it with my khaki blazer to play up the neutral/cream tones.  I thought about wearing an open front cream cardigan, but opted not to because the length of the cardigan made the dress seem much too short in comparison.  Next, I added cream knee socks to really play up the cream accents and then my brown boots for warmth.  Lastly, I accessorized with gold tone jewelry and a bangle that had colors of blue, green, and gold.

For being such a simple dress with only three colors: kelly green, navy, and cream I have made it feel/look different and appropriate for different occasions. I have worn this dress to teach and I have worn it on a date.

I had it in my mind that I had worn it with boots before and on our trip to Washington D.C., but it turns out that I was mistaken. So, what I thought was actually duplicating a styling turned out to be a first! I guess it just feels like I always wear this dress?!

What do you think? How would you style this dress? I can’t wait until the weather warms up and I can wear it without something over it, hose or bare legs, and nude pumps!

-Carla