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Pantone has announced that the 2018 color of the year is ultra-violet 18-3838.  Basically, a grape-y shade of purple.  Purple is probably my 2nd favorite color and I happen to have lots of it in my wardrobe.  There are many ways to take advantage of trends like the color of the year and I thought I would showcase some past outfits that feature purple.

Purple Blouse/Top

Purple Pants

Purple Cardigan

Purple Dresses

There you have it!  There are some outfit ideas with a grape-y shade of purple.  Enjoy!

-Carla

 

This week marks the last week of classes for Fall 2017.  It’s always a bittersweet time– I’m happy to be done, but also sad that it’s over, too.  Monday I didn’t grab any photo’s but my outfit merely consisted of my cream-colored maternity shirt with lace overlay and maternity khaki’s.  Not a very exciting outfit to say the least.  My outfit on Wednesday was slightly more exciting, but not by much.

I started with a purple maxi dress.  I had the idea to wear the polka dot khaki scarf and then my brown flat riding boots.  I had originally thought about an oatmeal colored cardigan but the one that I thought of didn’t look right.  It was too long and looked sloppy.  Instead, I opted to go more monochromatic and go with a purple cardigan.  The cardigan is a slightly darker shade of purple but I went with it anyway.  Instead of my brown riding boots I went with my tan suede-like booties.  They are a closer match to the color of the infinity scarf, too.  Lastly I added my oversized gold watch and gold dangle earrings and called it complete.

I don’t know what it was but that day I was feeling extra-large and pregnant.  I am currently at 35 weeks so I’ve got 5 more weeks until my actual due date.  But, I’ve talked with my daughter and told her that anytime after 37 weeks I’d be overjoyed to hold her in my arms.  (We’ll see what happens.)

-Carla

Replicating

Wednesday my students were delivering their 3rd formal speech of the semester– the demonstrative speech.  It takes us two days in each class to hear all of the speeches since my class sizes are 12, 13, and 17.  If all of my students arrive on time and ready to go, the first day we will hear 6-7 speeches and the second day we finish up with the other 7-9.  In addition to it being a speech day (my favorite), I was also able to go and visit my volunteer friends.

Because I have class at noon I am not currently able to volunteer but the shift begins at 10:30 a.m. so I am able to go and visit.  Most of the volunteers arrive between 10 and 10:30 to sit and talk, enjoy a cup of coffee (or 2), and munch on whatever sweet treat someone has inevitably brought in.  Then, around 10:30 the assignments are handed out for the day and then everyone is asked to be at their post to receive guests when the museum opens its doors at 11 am.  On Wednesday I provided a sweet treat of brownies and delivered a Thank You card to the group since they all contributed to our gift but only 3 of them were able to attend our baby shower/housewarming party.  I also took each of them that were unable to attend a packet of seeds– our take home favor from the party.

The weather is definitely sweater-weather but I have very few sweaters that are long enough to give complete coverage to the bump.  I have found that the easiest outfit for me is a dress layered with tights or leggings.  On this particular day, I opted to go with this black and purple dress.  One of my favorite ways that I’ve styled it was with grey tights, boots, and blazer.  Sadly, I don’t have the grey boots anymore but I replicated the rest of the outfit as best I could.  Here is how I styled it that time and earlier in the semester when I was only about 6 months pregnant:

This time around I went with my black riding boots, black and silver earrings, a silver watch, and I added a silver cat pin to the lapel of my blazer for a touch of whimsy.  I prefer the grey boots, but I did like the way that the black played off of the faux buckle belt of the dress.  Earlier in the semester I obscured the faux-buckle by pulling the strings of the belt around the to the front and looping them over.  This outfit worked well and most of the day I wore it without the blazer because I was a touch toasty and in somewhat restricted my movement.

Luckily, as I announced in class last week we only have 8 more class sessions plus the exam.  It’s always bittersweet when class ends but since I’ve been having such a challenge with getting dressed it’s nice to know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel– I think that I can pull out 8 more “professional” outfits.  At least I hope so.

-Carla