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Then & Now

This weekend was a relaxing weekend.  My husband and I have settled in to my schedule for this semester nicely.  This is one of the first times where I’ve had a “traditional” schedule of working in the day and having evenings and weekends off.  Previously, I’ve had classes two nights a week and/or worked in retail or food service on the other evenings and weekends.

I like to spread out my chores and “must-do’s” throughout the week so that each day I only have to spend an hour or two doing “not fun things” like laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, grading papers, etc.  I find that this is much better than letting it all pile up and finding yourself doing a laundry marathon.  I’d much rather do a Criminal Minds marathon, myself.

I would say that the one drawback is not having clearly defined “couples” time.  There are times when I want my husband’s undivided attention during dinner and while watching our evening TV shows.  But, sometimes he doesn’t know that and he wants to pursue his own interests—reading Reddit or checking Facebook.  And, the reverse is true.  Sometimes he wants my undivided attention and I don’t realize it and I am watching makeup videos on YouTube, reading a magazine, or talking on the phone to my sister.  I’m wary that with being able to see each other so often we might take the other’s presence for granted.  Honestly though he is always asking to take me out to dinner and I’m usually saying No, I’ll cook dinner for us.

February 15, 2016 M (m)

I picked this outfit out on Sunday afternoon to wear on Monday.  Even though it was President’s Day I had class.  My college observes President’s Day on Tuesday so that the classes that meet on Monday and Wednesday have the same amount of instructional time as those that meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  The Monday/Wednesday classes have already lost a day of instruction to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day earlier in the month.

I’ve worn this outfit, or a variation of it, a few times before.  It was originally based on this pin.  This time around I started with a light khaki pencil skirt.  Then, I added a long-sleeved button-up in magenta.  Over top of that I added a scoop neck cardigan with a pink and magenta flower print.  I went with nude hose, nude pumps, subtle gold earrings, and my daisy ring.  Below are other variations that I’ve done of this same outfit:

In all 4 versions I am wearing the exact same cardigan, and in 3 of the 4 I am wearing the same magenta button-up underneath.  In the top row I have paired the cardigan and button-up combination with trousers: grey on the left and denim colored trousers on the right.  In both of these variations I have belted at my natural waist with a skinny belt– brown on the right and hot pink on the left.

In the bottom row variations I have gone with skirts and flat brown boots.  On the left, I’ve chosen a lighter colored khaki skirt and on the left a darker version of khaki– almost a tan.  On the left I’ve belted this outfit with a skinny tan belt and on the right I have not.  On the right I have also tucked under the top of the cardigan to fake that it is a v-neck cardigan instead of a scoop-neck.  I thought that I had done this outfit with a thick brown belt, but I didn’t have a photo, so maybe not?!?

I think out of the 5 variations my favorite might be the top left with grey trousers and silver shoes.  How about you?  Do you have a favorite variation?  Please let me know in the comments below.

-Carla

My outfit today is my version of this one on the left.  I’ve had this pinned for what feels like forever– it is in the 5th row of my board!  I don’t know why I’ve never done this outfit before, but I haven’t.  The elements of the outfit are ones that I think most women have in their closets: khaki skirt, collared button down, v-neck sweater, nude pumps.  In actuality, your button-up and sweater combination could be any color.  I went with a purple v-neck sweater and a purple pinstriped button-up.  I could have went with a pink one, but I haven’t worn this purple shirt in a while.  Also, I opted to go with my darker khaki skirt instead of my lighter one.  Lastly, I did take my outfit photo’s with my nude pumps, but when I looked outside and saw the snow covering the ground I switched to my flat cognac brown riding boots.  I didn’t snag a picture before I left for class.  I’m glad that I wore my darker khaki skirt because I think that it looked better with the boots that I wore.

February 10, 2016 W (m)

I REALLY like this outfit and I hope that you like it, too.  Everything just feels so cohesive and pulled together.  And, I like how my hair and makeup turned out today, too.  That always makes a big difference in how I feel about my outfits.

Thanks for reading!

-Carla

 

January 25, 2016 M (m)

Monday is my “easy” day.  Well, as far as days that I have to work go.  I guess if you wanted to be really technical, you would say that Friday is my easiest day because I am off and my husband works.  Ahhhhhh.  But, on Monday’s I don’t have to get up too early (8 am) and I only have one class to teach.  But, today I did get up earlier than 8am because I did not pack my bag the night before and I had a few things that I wanted to do before class.

I updated and printed the quiz for my class and updated my budget for the next 3 months.  Then, I went to work.  After class I graded my student’s quizzes and responded to e-mails.  On the way home I stopped at the tailors to drop off my suit.  I’ve never had anything professionally altered before– I’ve always just done simple items like pant legs myself.  But, this time I wanted to make sure that it was done properly.  Plus, I was relying on them to tell me the best length for the sleeves and pant legs of a professional suit.  It will be ready in a few days.  I’m excited and nervous.  A Facebook friend mentioned that she used this place and her husband’s pants were too short.  But, another Facebook friend said that she used them without incident.  I will let you know!

After the tailor’s, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some hair gel for my husband, some chalky Brach’s conversation hearts, butter, and milk.  Also, I wanted to get some new dry erase markers for school.  Once I was done with Wal-Mart I filled up my car with gas and went through the car wash.  But, the fun didn’t end there.  Once I arrived home I went to the gym and did cardio and weights.  Plus, I loaded our laundry card.  Whew!  It has been a very productive day.

Oh, my outfit.  This outfit was inspired by this pin.  I don’t have a white skirt but this one is such a light khaki color that I think it almost looks white.  I did a version of this outfit with a grey skirt and light purple turtleneck a few weeks back.  This is one of the reasons why I wore it on Monday– I don’t see those same students.  I received a compliment on my outfit from one of the office workers at school today, too.

And the sun was shining and it was unseasonably warm for the end of January– almost 40 degrees F.

🙂

-Carla