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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.

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This weekend it was absolutely gorgeous weather!  And, even continuing on through today.  I probably should have worn a skirt or a dress because the temperatures would have definitely made it pleasant, but I didn’t.  In keeping with my “schedule” today was to be a pants day.

I spent some time over the weekend picking out outfits, but not as much as I usually do.  My husband and I went to two different parks on Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday I tried to fly a kite but there wasn’t enough wind to keep it up for long.  I was able to get it up in the air 3 different times, but I never even used all of the string before it fluttered down to the ground.

I had decided that I wanted to wear my navy blue trousers since I haven’t worn them yet this semester on a Monday or Wednesday.  I wore them last about 8 weeks ago on a Thursday.  Of course, I went to Pinterest to look for idea’s.  I have a board of outfits for a navy skirt, but I clicked on it anyway and  stumbled on to this pin, here.  Now, this is going to be one of those head scratchers where you look at my outfit and the photo I’ve linked and go, Huh? 

April 18, 2016 M (m)

In the photo, she is wearing a navy skirt with a khaki blazer.  I am wearing navy pants with a khaki blazer.  She is wearing a red printed blouse and a strand of pearls.  My printed blouse has some red in it and I am also wearing pearls.  I guess that’s about where the similarities end, though.  This outfit makes me think of vacation or resort wear.  It’s the print on the top.  I guess in my mind that’s the sort of thing that people wear to those places.  The background on the top is black and I had some reservations about wearing it with navy pants, but there is navy and royal blue in the print.  Once I added the red-orange belt I felt like it tied everything together.  I put the blazer on and I liked how it picked up the khaki in the print.  I added two new pairs of shoes in to my edited collection about a week or two ago and I have really been wanting to wear them!

Today was the day!  These wedges were purchased for the intent of being a casual, but professional shoe to wear in the Spring and Summer.  I wanted something that I could wear with skirts and dresses, especially maxi dresses, and something that I could wear with shorts.  These closed-toe espadrille style wedge fit the bill!  I also like that the toe part is a black fabric, but the heel strap is a light khaki leather and the ankle strap is a tan leather.  These shoes make it easy to wear them with outfits that have black and brown because they have both colors in them!  Also, I particularly like how the jute-wrapped wedge went with the khaki blazer and the khaki in the top.

I threw on my long strand of pearls and doubled it, added red-orange earrings, and a swipe of matte red lipstick and I was on my way.