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Hello, Fall!

September 22, 2015 T (m)

Yesterday was the last day of Summer 2015.  However, I do believe that most people have already said goodbye to Summer.  I’ve said this before, but I believe that most people feel as if the kids returning back to school at the end of August OR Labor Day in early September is the (unofficial) end of Summer.  But, nope.  It was yesterday.  That means that today is the first day of Fall 2015.

I think that my outfit from yesterday is very Fall appropriate: green, tan, and brown.  Over the weekend I was feeling very inspired and creative and I composed several outfits to wear in the coming week(s).  This happens to be one of them.  It also happens to feature the 2nd new blouse that I purchased at JCP in late August.  I’ve paired this green sleeveless silky blouse with a dark brown skirt.  I love the pleats in this skirt– it reminds me of way back when I was a cheerleader.  This pleated skirt is much more professional, though.  I toyed around with the idea of an oatmeal or a brown cardigan but ultimately decided to go with the khaki blazer.  The sleeves of this blazer have a cream and tan striped lining, but I opted to unroll the sleeves completely for this look.  I also had a few different shoe options.

I tried my nude pumps to tie in the lighter colored blazer and I liked the look, but I didn’t love it.  I also tried my faux leopard printed pumps.  Those were my favorite but as I took a closer look I realized that it may be time to retire those shoes–they were looking shabby.  Then, I tried a darker shoe option for cohesiveness with the dark brown skirt.  I have already worn my brown round-toe pumps so I was trying not to go that direction.  I went with the pointy-toed brown pumps.  Later, I switched into leopard print flats.  (grin.)

Since I wore my hair flat-ironed straight, I opted to go with gold swirly earrings.  I also chose a long gold necklace.  I had also tried a shorter green necklace that looked great, but it wasn’t long enough.  I have several necklace extenders but I couldn’t find any of them and I was starting to run out of time to get ready in the morning so I had to go with what was easier.  I like the completed look, though.

I had a busy and rough day yesterday.  I started with my 9 am class and then met with a student for 15 minutes after class for one-on-one instruction.  I had to go directly from that location to a meeting at noon.  I arrived 20 minutes early and was hoping that I could meet with 1 of the 3 people who I needed to talk with during my visit, but no luck.  One was in a meeting, another was out to lunch, and the third one was out of the building.  After my meeting I came home and had lunch while I talked with my Dad and Sister, respectively. I also tore my house apart looking for a piece of important information that I had scrawled down back in August to no avail.

I spent much of the afternoon grading and prepping for my evening class.  It wasn’t long before it was time to get re-dressed, pack my dinner, and head to my evening class.  It doesn’t start until 7:30 but I like to be on-campus around 6 pm.  This gives me ample time to figure out what items I need to send to the copy center, prepare the next day lecture, grade papers, meet with students, etc.  After class, I met with several of my students to answer individual questions and spent about 20 minutes helping one student with their homework assignment.

I was exhausted.

On the drive home I called my husband to hear about his day– he attended a special training session off-site.  His phone battery was very low, so we weren’t able to talk for long.  Once I was home we traded stories about our days and then watched 2 seconds of TV before brushing teeth and collapsing in bed.

-Carla

With a Skirt

Lately I’ve been big in to making lists.  A list of things that I need to do,  a list of things that I want to do, a list of blog post ideas, a list of videos that need edited, a list of videos that I want to shoot, so on and so forth.  And last week I kept rolling over things from one day to the next.  It just seemed that there wasn’t enough time to get it all done!  I don’t always prioritize my lists when I write them so sometimes the reason why something ends up on “the next day” list is because it was low in priority.  Also, I try hard to balance work and fun which sometimes means writing down “catch up on blogs, read book, read magazine, watch YouTube videos” or the like.

Also, I have a tendency to take on more than I can handle.  It seems fine when I log it all in to iCalendar but in reality I am left feeling spread too thin and frazzled.  Currently, I am in the preparation stages of a new teaching assignment that I am taking on that starts October 5 and runs for 4 weeks.  I will meet with the students for 4 hours on Mondays, and 2 hours each on Tuesday and Thursday.  This is a new course for me and a new schedule so I am having a hard time getting my syllabus put together.  It takes a lot of time and effort.

I am also subbing now for 19 districts in my county.  (They are all linked together in one pool.)  I had my first assignment on Monday.  It started out as one assignment from 8-11 but blossomed into an all day affair with the addition of an afternoon shift from 1-3.  I was challenging because it is new.  I have another assignment scheduled in 2 weeks, but I might take some between now and then.

Here is what I wore to class this morning:

September 15, 2015 T (m)

I love this top and I usually wear it at least once during a semester.  I pinned the two sides together so that it forms a higher v-neck than it otherwise would.  Plus, I usually wear something under it to avoid being inappropriately dressed.  I’ve paired this with many different cardigans and blazers before.  This top is easy to remix because it has a lot of colors in the print to pull from.  Today I went with blue.  I’ve got a turquoise scoop neck tank top on underneath and a blue blazer over top.  I almost carried that through to my shoes, but opted to go a different route instead.

I am wearing this with a skirt because what I discovered when looking back through my archives was that I always wear it with pants.  And I was bummed because I originally envisioned this with my cropped khaki trousers.  Alas, I went with a dark khaki skirt.  I almost always go with gold jewelry when I wear this top, and specifically my royal blue and gold earrings.  I wanted to go with a pair of silver and turquoise earrings but I thought that with me new haircut they would be too “in your face.”  Not to mention that I chose my brown pumps with bronze/gold studs on them.

Here are some of the other ways that I’ve remixed this top in the past:

The top row are professional looks and the bottom row are casual looks.  Professionally, I’ve paired this with a magenta cardigan & tan trousers, a royal blue blazer & grey trousers, and a navy blazer & burgundy trousers.  For fun, I’ve paired this top with cuffed skinny jeans & sandals, bootcut jeans & burgundy cardigan, and jeans & flip flops.

I think that next I might try this with a navy blue pencil skirt and a mustard cardigan paired with knee high boots and a white chocolate mocha.  Doesn’t that sound fabulously Fall-like?

-Carla

Yesterday, before my dentist appointment, I selected some outfits for the next few school days.  I didn’t have a chance to try them on to see if they worked until later that evening, though.  By that time my husband was home from work and was concerned about the clothes all over the bed.  I explained that I was playing “outfits.”  He sat down on the bed while I proceeded to try on the 4 or 5 outfits that I had picked out and obsess over shoes and accessories.  He then confessed:

“I don’t really get it.  I mean, you know that the purple top fits.  And you know that the khaki skirt fits.  Khaki and purple go together, so that’s an outfit.”

I can’t really blame him.  To anyone else the whole process that I go through with looking for outfit inspiration and constantly challenging myself might seem like a waste of time.  But, to me it is a labor of love.  Just like building model airplanes or leveling a rogue to 100 might be for someone else.  I like the self-imposed challenge of wearing a dress or a top with different items than I have previously.  In fact, I thrive on the challenge and find it to be great fun.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t do it and I wouldn’t have this blog.

Is it worth it?  Yes, I think so.  Much of that satisfaction comes intrinsically, but every once in a while I receive validation in the form of a compliment– either in real life or from a virtual friend through this blog.  Today, I received 2 compliments IRL (in real life)!  One came from a student in my morning class and the other from a co-worker that I passed on the way out of school this afternoon.  Are they just being nice?  Maybe, but it was appreciated.

September 1, 2015 T (m)

This is the outfit that I picked for today.  When I tried it on yesterday I realized that I needed a camisole under the silk blouse to keep it from being risqué.  I went with a cream-colored one to keep the outfit feeling light/bright.  Looking back through my archives I’ve always paired this top with dark colors.  Plus, keeping in mind the 90 degree temperature anticipated I didn’t want to go full into Fall.  I paired this with a khaki pencil skirt.  Many times when I wear purple I pair it with gold jewelry because purple and gold feels so regal.  But, I didn’t want to repeat the same ‘ol, same ‘ol so I went with silver jewelry even though it would have been really easy to do gold since I chose a khaki skirt and nude pumps.  Lastly, I pulled my hair up unto a bun which I don’t normally do.  Usually, I wear it down and straight or down with bouncy curls to class.  But, that’s the name of the game– challenging convention.  Just because it’s what I always do doesn’t mean it’s the only way.

According to a color psychology chart that I came across on Pinterest, dark purple signifies that you are creative and unconventional.  I’ve absolutely no idea if it’s true, but creative and unconventional are two things that I wouldn’t mind being called.  That sentiment reminds me of the Sex and the City (SATC) episode where Steve (a Catholic) is persuading Miranda (an Atheist) into baptizing their child.  He basically says, What’s the harm?  If you believe, it’s important.  If you don’t, it’s just one less bath you have to give.  And I agree.  If color psychology is bunk then it’s no big deal.  But if it’s not, that’s cool, too.  I like purple and I like to be thought of as creative and unconventional.

-Carla