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This week has been a short work week with Thanksgiving on Thursday.  I was off my normal Wednesday which was great for getting things ready for the holiday.  I had the pleasure of hosting my first Thanksgiving for my parents, my husband’s parents and sister, and my grandma.  There were 8 of us in total.

Here are some pictures of the table, appetizers and munchies, and of course the turkey!  I used Alton Brown’s method and brined it the night before cooking it.  It turned out very well–beautiful browned skin, great flavor, and juicy and moist meat.

My husband asked me what I thought he should wear and I had already decided on my outfit (duh!) so I picked out something that would complement mine.  He didn’t realize it at first but he should have known better.  We took this photo before everyone arrived to eat and it may very well become our Christmas card photo.  I also made sure to get a photo of all 8 of us before everyone fell asleep or left for the day.

Thanksgiving 2016 (9)

My husband and I both had to work on Friday after the holiday and I wore the very same outfit to work.  When my husband got out of the shower and saw my outfit he said, “Repeat!!”  I just laughed.

My outfit for Friday was my recreation of this pin, here.  I think I nailed it: plaid collared shirt, white cable knit sweater, distressed jeans, and tan booties.

Now that we have celebrated and enjoyed Thanksgiving I am in full-on Christmas mode.  I have been chomping at the bit to get my totes out of storage and see what I have for this year’s theme (blue and silver) and what I need to complete my Winter Wonderland.  I was also thinking about printing out my pictures for my Christmas cards and get a start on addressing those.  It usually takes me a few days to get them all done and get the addresses from a few family members that may have moved or I neglected to write down.

What about you?  Do you celebrate Christmas?  When do you start decorating?  Sound off in the comments below.



If my blog were a kid it would be entering kindergarten this fall.  Can you believe that I’ve been writing this little blog o’ mine since August 2011?  That’s crazy to me!  Let’s take a look down memory lane back at my first day outfits.

August 2011


This was my debut outfit on this blog!  I went with a very conservative black and white dress, three-fourth sleeved black cardigan, and basic black pumps.  I accessorized with a red belt, red earrings, and a black and red macadamia nut bracelet.  Oh, and I’m sorry about the not-so-good photo, but that’s what I was working with back in the day.

August 2012


For my second year of teaching, I conducted a poll with 4 outfit options and wore the one that earned the most votes.  I think my poll received 12 votes in total!  Lol.  This outfit pairs a dark khaki skirt with a jersey knit ruffled tank top.  I added a short-sleeve royal blue cardigan, blue and gold earrings, a shiny shell bracelet, gold watch, and nude pumps.  I liked this outfit, but I can’t say that it was my favorite.

August 2013

August 26, 2013 M (3)

Year number three I went with a pair of cropped red/burgundy ankle pants.  A loose and flowy striped tank top is comfortable and professional when topped off with a black cardigan.  A silver watch, silver and magenta bracelet, and black open-toed wedges complete the look.

August 2014

August 25, 2014 M (3)

Two years ago, I wore a blue ruffled shift dress for the first day.  I added a flowered cardigan that I no longer own but loved dearly while it was in my wardrobe!  I added a purple and gold bubble necklace, gold hoop earrings, a gold bracelet, gold watch, and navy blue pumps.  I enjoyed how much color and personality was in this look.

August 2015

August 25, 2015 T (2)

Last year I went with a grey jersey dress.  I paired it with silver mary jane shoes and topped off the sleeveless dress with a red short-sleeve cardigan.  Red is a bold color, but it also makes me feel confident so it’s often a good choice for me.  Silver hoop earrings and a long silver necklace with a cluster of pendants completed the look.

You can see that my default is to go with a dress, cardigan, pumps, and some jewelry!  The Fall semester starts two weeks from tomorrow for the students, but as I’ve mentioned before I am taking a semester off.  I am not returning to the classroom this Fall.  I am returning to work tomorrow, though.  I posted about the Pinterest outfit recreations that I plan to wear for the first week, but we will see what I actually wear.  I’ve purchased a new pair of jeans and a new blouse since then.

The first post was published on 8/27/2011, but the first outfit post was published on 8/28/2011.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed this look down memory lane as I gear up to say Happy 5th Birthday to


In preparation for starting back to work in just over a week, I took some time to plan outfits for the first week back.  I was feeling inspired by Pinterest and re-created several looks with items currently in my closet.  I have no idea if I will wear these outfits as planned, but we shall see!  I think that some of them work better than others, but I’d be happy to hear your opinions.


Although I know that I am permitted to wear jeans, I want to dress up on the first day.  I want to start out on the right foot and I’m thinking that I might need to have a photo badge or some such stuff done and I want to look nice and professional.  I also want to have the opportunity to see what my peers wear and maybe get the employee manual detailing all of the dress code details.  But, for Day 1 I thought I would play it pretty safe with these navy trousers and silky blouse.  I like that this blouse is high-neck and modest but still has personality and style.  It’s also very comfortable and I feel will allow me to radiate confidence.  I am wearing it here with a grey cardigan because it is sleeveless and I am assuming that the office where I will be working will be air-conditioned to the max.  (Plus, I get cold easily.)

For Tuesday I thought that I would go more casual but still holding off on wearing jeans.  Here, I am re-creating this pin with green khaki’s and a blue gingham shirt.  In the left hand photo she is more dressed up with a skinny pant and heels, but I took it more casual with my boat shoes.  I didn’t notice it at the time, but I see that the shirt is gaping a bit across my chest.  I’ll have to be certain to wear different undergarments if I wear this outfit.  I might also consider having these pants tailored because the fit is just a bit off.

By Wednesday I am hoping to have a good sense of the type of outfits that are appropriate and that I am comfortable wearing in this new environment. I plan to wear jeans at the mid-way point of the week, but I am going conservative and wearing a dark wash bootcut jean which is arguably my dressiest pair. I’ve paired it a cap-sleeved yellow blouse and topped that with a leopard print cardigan.  I like this outfit, but I don’t love it.  The last time that I paired this cardigan with a yellow top I liked it a lot better.  I’m thinking that I might swap in that top if I do wear this outfit.  Lastly, I am wearing my black espadrille wedges.

Thursday’s outfit is inspired by this pin, but I made some adjustments.  First, I chose a pair of medium wash skinny jeans that I have cuffed.  Also, I opted to forgo a belt and instead incorporate a touch of leopard print with ballet flats instead of flip-flops.  Again– I’m not quite sure what all the rules are going to be, but I don’t want to look like I am going to the beach or a luau!  I’m still topping this striped t-shirt with a cardigan in case I work in a frigid air-conditioned environment and if I don’t I can leave it out!

The big goal by Friday is to have a strong grasp of the dress code and to see what everyone else wears. I don’t know if distressed jeans will be allowed or considered unprofessional. I’ve planned this outfit with distressed jeans, but I can easily substitute another pair of jeans if they aren’t O.K. But, otherwise I’ve duplicated this outfit pretty closely.  I’m wearing a sleeveless red shell with a red boyfriend cardigan over top.  I’ve cuffed my boyfriend jeans just like in the left photo and am wearing my tan booties.  Lastly, I’ve added this long gold tassel necklace.  But, I’m not 100% in love with this outfit.  I don’t like that the shades of red on the shirts don’t match.  I tried this with a red button-up shirt and liked it a little more.  Also, as much as I love the shoes in the left hand photo I don’t like the way that mine look on me.  Am I crazy?  Or do you think they miss the mark, too?  And, I think that cuffing my jeans that way makes me look short and stumpy– not exactly what I want!  I want to look long and lean.

Let me know what you think of these outfit options in the comments below.