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Yesterday I used the above image as the inspiration for my outfit.  I liked the way that the blush blazer slightly dressed up the flower print pants even though she’s wearing it with a basic white blouse and flat sandals.  I felt like I could accomplish a similar look and feel with my flowered pants.

Although the color palette of my pants is quite different from the inspiration I still think that I created a similar outfit.  I went with a khaki blazer and brown ballet flats, however.  I waffled between going with the color of the blazer in the original photo–blush pink or with the structure of a blazer.  In the end, because the blush colored cardigan that I have is a thick and fuzzy sweater material I opted for the blazer.  I was going to try for my cognac heels but I just couldn’t talk myself into it even though I thought they looked awesome.  A gold watch and bronze feather earrings finished out the look.

I liked this look and I received 2 compliments on the flowered pants.  But, I thought that it looked better in person than it photographed.  I was a little sad reviewing the photo’s for this post.  Also, at some point during the day– perhaps while I was taking my afternoon nap, the seam below the zipper came un-sewed.  I’d say split but that sounds so dramatic.  It’s bad enough that I use the belly band to conceal that the fly of my pants is completely open and the waistband is folded down under my belly.  So, I had no choice but to change my pants for my evening class.  This is probably the last wearing of the flowered pants for the rest of my pregnancy and maybe ever.

-Carla

Monday was D-Day for my students.  They delivered their first speech to introduce a classmate.  I used this assignment last Fall to add a 4th formal speech in to the semester and I thought that it worked well.  First of all, they work with a partner through the preparation phases and then they have someone to stand up at the front of the classroom with them for “moral support.”  I always tell them that the first one is the most difficult because it is the first one but I do also feel bad because it comes so early that there’s a lot of things we can’t discuss and I often feel as if I’m throwing them in the deep end of the pool.  But, I do provide them with as many life preservers as possible!

I get a reputation as a “strict” teacher because they learn right off the bat that I don’t take no crap.  They can try the, “I didn’t know xyz!“. But I’ll call them on it every time because all of the expectations are clearly identified on their online learning management system that they can access at any time AND I provide them examples and all of the grading sheets ahead of time to prepare them.  It’s always the ones who miss class or who don’t use the “life preservers” provided to them that struggle in the deep end.

For my outfit I went with this blue floral maxi-dress.  I feel like I’ve worn this dress a lot during my pregnancy but then when I look back I really haven’t.  Lately, I am feeling as if I don’t have many options with my clothing.  On this day I wore a shirt-sleeved royal blue cardigan over the dress.  Because of the grey in the print I am always drawn to pairing it with silver accessories and/or jewelry so I made a conscious decision to wear my oversized gold watch and a gold beaded necklace.  I went with gold earrings that have accents of turquoise and pink in them.  I wanted to wear heels since I knew that I would basically be sitting and evaluating speeches during my whole work day but in the end I didn’t.  I went with my brown ballet flats even though I didn’t love the way they looked.

This outfit came out O.K. But I can’t say that I loved it.  I went with a strong eye look of navy shadow and lots of black mascara, hot pink blush on my cheeks, and a soft and shiny pinky-nude lipstick/gloss.

Tuesday I wore my version of this outfit:

I didn’t take any pictures because I was running late to work and then by the time I got home I was not feeling photogenic.  I don’t have a sweater like hers so I went with my leopard print cardigan worn open over a black t-shirt.  I did manage to use my belly band and make my lighter wash distressed jeans work.  I went with simple silver hoop earrings, a silver watch, and black ballet flats with a silver medallion embellishment.  When I came downstairs my husband complimented my outfit and that made me smile.  It felt good to like my outfit and feel composed and put-together.  But, as soon as I got to work I was warm and so the cardigan came off and hung on the back of my chair all day.  Oh well, I tried.

-Carla

Growing Pains

Last Tuesday the heat and humidity disappeared for a few days and we had temps. in the 70’s.  It felt quite cool compared to normal Summer weather.  It’s funny how going from 90 to 70 feels super cold but when it jumps from 50 to 70 it feels so warm and people practically break out their bathing suits!

I started this day out feeling pretty good and things went downhill from there.  I got up, got ready, and went to work.  And then, while sitting at my desk preparing to start the day I felt sharp pains in my belly.  That in and of itself isn’t a big deal but when your pregnant it takes on a whole new meaning.  Eventually, I left work and came home to research these pains and put in a call to my Dr.  Luckily, because I wasn’t having any other symptoms or issues she explained that it was most likely growing pains.  Literally.  My body growing and stretching to accommodate Baby.  Technically they are called round ligament pain and are nothing to be too concerned about.  That was great news– but it was still scary!

My outfit is composed of my dark wash skinny maternity jeans, a long-sleeved navy t-shirt, and a maternity navy and blush colored flowered kimono from Stitch Fix.  I went with brown ballet flats to keep the outfit more neutral/natural and focus on the soft, earthy colors.  I feel like I must have just eaten breakfast before I took this photo because the baby bump is poppin’!  I am 17 weeks pregnant, here.

Now that I am firmly in the 2nd trimester I am starting to experience more minor discomforts.  It’s nothing major but pregnancy does sort of wreak havoc on your body.  In addition to the round ligament pain, I have started experiencing heartburn after eating (nothing so serious that I have taken any medication), and lower back aches.  Also, I feel like sometimes my ankles are puffy/swollen and on most days I definitely feel bloated and my boobs and belly often feel uncomfortable in my clothes (yes, even my maternity clothes).  It’s nice when people tell me that I look good or that I have the pregnancy glow even though I don’t feel like it most of the time and I’d rather be wearing my pajamas and eating ice cream on the couch while reading or preparing the nursery.

-Carla