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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!

-Carla

House Hunting

My husband and I have seriously started the process of house hunting.  At first, I thought it seemed like fun.  But now?  I’m not so sure, anymore.

In May we went to an open house and met a realtor who took down our information.  She followed up with us as a lead and has become our realtor.  When we began this process we had a wide area that we were open to in terms of location, but over the past two months we have really narrowed that circle down considerably.  In addition, we have also more strongly settled in to our likes (colonial or ranch style) and dislikes (closed floor plans).  It has been a learning experience and somewhat of a roller coaster.

black shorts, greek sandals, 3 strand pearl bracelet, pearl necklace, silver watch, coral lips, wavy hair, faux wrap-shirt

I wore this outfit on Saturday to look at two houses. I paired these 5 inch black shorts with a faux-wrap top that is black with white polka dots.  The top can be quite risqué if you move the wrong way and it gapes open, so I layered it over a black camisole.  Lately, I have been accessorizing more to bring some interest to my otherwise simple summer outfits.  This particular day, I played off of the white dots of my blouse and added a 3-strand pearl bracelet and a pearl necklace.  I slipped on my silver watch and black flower earrings.  I had a few options with my shoes, but I went with my black grecian-style sandals.  It’s pretty much those or my three strap sandals for the Summer.

Of the two houses one of them was a solid contender and the other one was probably the strongest contender to date.  The first property was nice, but I was playing it cool for the second property.  When we got there, I felt like I was in heaven.  It had a nice kitchen and space for an eat-in table.  There was a good amount of open floor plan from the kitchen to the living room.  There were more bathrooms than we needed, the right amount of bedrooms, a finished basement, sizeable attached garage, beautiful landscaping and a fenced in back yard nestled near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Our realtor wanted to show us a third property that day and we obliged even though my heart belonged to house #2.  The first and third properties were nice and checked many of the boxes on our wish list, but house #2 was speaking to me!  My husband, however, was more reserved.

To make a long story short, we discovered a few days ago that the house of my dreams sits about 400 feet from a railroad track.

That’s not something that we want to deal with.  At first, we were thinking that it might be worth it, but then after researching it and talking with people we’ve heard the same thing over and over: stay away!  So, that’s been a real big bummer.

We have decided not to pursue that house and to look at other options.  If it is meant to be it will be.  At least that’s what I tell myself to ease the sadness of my crushed dreams.

-Carla

This weekend it was absolutely gorgeous weather!  And, even continuing on through today.  I probably should have worn a skirt or a dress because the temperatures would have definitely made it pleasant, but I didn’t.  In keeping with my “schedule” today was to be a pants day.

I spent some time over the weekend picking out outfits, but not as much as I usually do.  My husband and I went to two different parks on Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday I tried to fly a kite but there wasn’t enough wind to keep it up for long.  I was able to get it up in the air 3 different times, but I never even used all of the string before it fluttered down to the ground.

I had decided that I wanted to wear my navy blue trousers since I haven’t worn them yet this semester on a Monday or Wednesday.  I wore them last about 8 weeks ago on a Thursday.  Of course, I went to Pinterest to look for idea’s.  I have a board of outfits for a navy skirt, but I clicked on it anyway and  stumbled on to this pin, here.  Now, this is going to be one of those head scratchers where you look at my outfit and the photo I’ve linked and go, Huh? 

April 18, 2016 M (m)

In the photo, she is wearing a navy skirt with a khaki blazer.  I am wearing navy pants with a khaki blazer.  She is wearing a red printed blouse and a strand of pearls.  My printed blouse has some red in it and I am also wearing pearls.  I guess that’s about where the similarities end, though.  This outfit makes me think of vacation or resort wear.  It’s the print on the top.  I guess in my mind that’s the sort of thing that people wear to those places.  The background on the top is black and I had some reservations about wearing it with navy pants, but there is navy and royal blue in the print.  Once I added the red-orange belt I felt like it tied everything together.  I put the blazer on and I liked how it picked up the khaki in the print.  I added two new pairs of shoes in to my edited collection about a week or two ago and I have really been wanting to wear them!

Today was the day!  These wedges were purchased for the intent of being a casual, but professional shoe to wear in the Spring and Summer.  I wanted something that I could wear with skirts and dresses, especially maxi dresses, and something that I could wear with shorts.  These closed-toe espadrille style wedge fit the bill!  I also like that the toe part is a black fabric, but the heel strap is a light khaki leather and the ankle strap is a tan leather.  These shoes make it easy to wear them with outfits that have black and brown because they have both colors in them!  Also, I particularly like how the jute-wrapped wedge went with the khaki blazer and the khaki in the top.

I threw on my long strand of pearls and doubled it, added red-orange earrings, and a swipe of matte red lipstick and I was on my way.

-Carla