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Today was back to work for me after having Sunday and Monday off.  Although I am permitted to dress business casual I noticed that lately I have been skewing more towards casual and not making very good use of my dresses and skirts.  This week my goal was to change that!  And, I wanted to dress up today because I thought that I might meet my new supervisor, but I did not.

Also, I will be back in the classroom in a few weeks and I will need to dress more professional on those days.  Technically we are not permitted to wear jeans in the classroom at the community college where I teach (but that doesn’t mean people don’t do it).  My outfit today was another take on an inspiration photo that I found on Pinterest.  I originally did my take on this outfit in February of 2014–almost 3 years ago so I felt like it was O.K. to “repeat” this outfit.  I started with my magenta colored shift dress and added a black blazer.  My blazer doesn’t have contrasting cuffs so I didn’t fold them up or anything.  I went with a textured black tight and basic black pumps.  I meant to add a scarf to my look but I couldn’t find the magenta and pink flowered scarf that I had intended to wear.  I think in hindsight that I might have purged it during my last closet clean out.  Instead, I opted to add a magenta and gold statement necklace, gold ball earrings, and a gold watch.  For my makeup I went with a neutral eye, shimmery pink cheeks, and a bright magenta lipstick.  I still like the inspiration photo better than my look but I’ve always loved this dress and I am happy that I wore it today.


Tuesday was an exciting day because I spent two hours of my day observing someone doing the job that I am being trained to do.  It was great to be able to see how I am going to use all of the information that I am learning and to get some advice from someone who’s been there/done that.

Since I was going to be in a different environment and interacting with my future supervisor I wanted to dress more professional.

My outfit inspiration was based on this pin. I knew that my black and white trousers would work perfectly. They aren’t a houndstooth print but they are very similar. I don’t have a white blazer or a magenta shell so I reversed those two and went with a white button-down and a magenta cardigan. To amp up the black and white/graphic nature of my outfit I added a silver necklace with small black beads, silver and black drop earrings, a silver watch, and a black belt with a silver buckle. In keeping with the inspiration photograph I wore my black pointy toed heels. I really like this outfit! I also wore my hair up which is not something that I do very often.

September 13, 2016 T (m)

Wednesday was a whole different story!  The outfit that I had planned out didn’t exactly go as planned.

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This cute and preppy outfit was what I tried to duplicate.  I started off with my own grid print button-up shirt and blue blazer.  I paired it with a light khaki pencil skirt, a cognac colored belt with a bow, and had planned to wear my brown ballet flats.  But, my clothing did not want to cooperate.  My skirt was showing my undergarments and I was not happy about that!  I was also not in the mood for any Spanx or things of that nature.  I was fussing with my outfit and started to run late so I had to make some quick decisions.

September 14, 2016 W (m)

I kept the top half of the outfit and swapped the skirt for a pair of dark skinny jeans.  I don’t love the end result, though.  I think that the outfit is much too dark and the proportions are off– there are shoulder pads in the blazer and that bulked up my top half but the skinny jeans are very form fitting.  I don’t know.  I was just in a bit of a funk this morning.  And, I took the jeans that I was planning to wear on Thursday so now I have to re-think that outfit, too.


Work is starting to get more difficult.  It’s not overly difficult but it’s a lot of new information.  And, being new at any job is always crappy!  I hate not knowing what or how to do something.  But, I am still liking my new company and new role.


On Tuesday of this week my training class was not scheduled to have any meet & greets or presentations from senior faculty members and most everyone went more casual than business with their outfit!  Currently, I am in classroom style training with 18 others and one instructor.  Now that we are in week 2 our days are becoming more regular.  The day is spent between computer training and lecture and discussion of the material and procedures.

I didn’t wear jeans on Tuesday but I still went pretty casual with my outfit!  I call it Boyfriend Style.

August 30, 2016 T (m)

This is an outfit that I had pre-planned to wear during the first week of training but decided against.  So, I wore it during week 2.  Here I am pairing a boyfriend style gingham button-up from the Gap with a pair of olive-green khaki pants.  These pants aren’t just boyfriend style, they are men’s pants!  My husband has these exact pants from Old Navy (in his size) and I’ve always loved them.  I hunted for a suitable pair for me, but I couldn’t find any.  Mostly what I came across was either skinny leg styles and/or cargo styles— not what I was looking for.  One day I was at Old Navy and I always take a stroll through the men’s department to see if there is anything that I think my husband would like (and to ease my guilt when I buy clothes) and lo and behold, there they were hanging in the clearance rack.  I didn’t try them on because I was feeling lazy and it was the wrong call–the size that I bought originally was too small in the waist and too long in the length.  I returned them for the correct size a few days later.  This is the first time that I am wearing them and they were super comfortable!  They are quite loose and casual and I can’t lie and say that they are the most flattering because they are men’s and not women’s pants, but I really liked the look!

I originally chose my brown Sperry knock-off’s to go with the brown belt, but when I wore it Tuesday I opted to go with my white leather Converse sneakers.  This was shaping up to be a pretty manly outfit, so I added the silver statement necklace, silver watch, Pandora bracelet, and went with curly/wavy hair and strong makeup.

Wednesday I decided to try something new.  My husband gets up at 6am and his alarm wakes me up.  Sometimes I fall back asleep until my alarm goes off a 7am but most of the time I don’t.  Since I am currently working 10am-6:45pm it’s very difficult to have time to work out after work.  By the time I get home and eat dinner it’s nearly 8pm!  Wednesday I went and jogged on the treadmill at 6am.  It was OK.  It wasn’t my favorite thing, but it wasn’t the worst thing.  I have to admit, it did feel good to know that when my work day started I had already accomplished something.  I might do it again in the future.

I went with a different silhouette on Wednesday, too.  I chose my dark wash skinny jeans and a navy and white polka dot top that is a new purchase from Wal-Mart.

August 31, 2016 W (m)

To play up the white polka dots and lighten the outfit up I chose my white pearl necklace, drop pearl earrings, and silver watch.  I went with black ballet flats and to bring some color to the look bright pink lipstick.  I also wore a magenta cardigan later in the afternoon because our classroom was chilly.

I will be posting a month-end recap for August within the next day or two so stop back for that!