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 matinée 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.