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Over the weekend the temperatures dropped to more Fall-like temperatures for Northeast Ohio and they are expected to stay that way for the first part of this week, at least.  This morning when I went to class the temperature was around 70 degrees.  I like living somewhere where there are seasons and different temperatures but I am most definitely of the mid-range– not too hot and not too cold.  For this reason, Spring is my favorite season followed closely by Fall, then Summer and lastly Winter.  Winter would be great if it only lasted for December and January and then it was over!  Anyway.

For this Fall-like weather I copied the above image from Pinterest with a few tweaks to put my own spin on it.  First, I started with my chambray shirt dress and basic black leggings.  Then, I added my boyfriend cardigan in mustard and my oversized gold watch.  This is where the similarities end.  I very well could have gone with my black riding boots but I chose to go with my cognac brown ones, instead.  I thought that the golden-brown color worked well with the color of the cardigan.  Plus, I tend to associate brown more with Fall than I do black.  I am not always a fan of mixing black and tan but I think in the right situation it can be done.  I can’t see the hair and makeup of the inspiration so I was on my own and I went with my large gold leaf earrings, bronzey brown eye makeup, and an orange-y lip color to complete my Fall look.  And, for the first time I wore my hair slightly wavy/disheveled to class.  If I had a little more time I would have used the flat-iron to accentuate the waves but I didn’t.

I really liked this outfit and how I was able to so closely copy from the Pinterest photo.  I also liked that this shirt dress and legging combination is easy to wear and comfortable at my current status of 26 weeks pregnant.  What do you think?

-Carla

I did it!  Well, at least 2/3 of the way– I wore heels to my 2 morning classes.  But, for my evening class I went with ballet flats.  At least I tried, right?  I have always really liked this blouse and for a while it disappeared and I just assumed that I had purged it because the neckline does have a tendency to gape open.  When we moved I found that it had fallen out of the dresser drawer and been living scrunched up in the bottom of my dresser.  I was super excited to have found it.  After a trip through the washing machine its as good as new.

I didn’t have an outfit pre-planned for Wednesday and since I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses lately I decided to go with pants.  I was going to wear one of my two kimono tops with olive-green leggings but I just couldn’t get the look that I wanted.  I didn’t have a top long enough in the right color to pull the look off and even the one that I thought about wearing seemed too casual.  That may be an outfit better suited to work, instead.  Then, I thought about pairing this top with my maternity khaki’s but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I have no idea where they are– I know that I recently washed them but they weren’t hanging up in the closet and I didn’t have all day to search for them.  Instead, I opted for these cropped khaki’s.  Luckily, they used to fit a little loose so I was still able to make them work with the use of my belly band to disguise that they are not fully zipped or buttoned.  Also, I used to pin the neckline of the blouse at a higher point so the v-neck wasn’t so deep and wear a camisole underneath of it.  This time, I actually unfolded the edge of the and pinned that together creating an entirely new shape to the neckline– it’s basically a sweetheart neckline.  The simple thing made me extremely happy.

I’ve never really highlighted the red in this print so that’s what I went for this time.  I would have worn my red short-sleeved cardigan because it was another 85+ degree Fall day but I wanted to cover my butt and so I went with my red long-sleeved boyfriend cardigan and just pushed the sleeves up.  I accessorized with red drop earrings and my silver watch.  I was originally going to wear my red ballet flats but I forced myself to go with my navy blue pumps.  They have a low heel and lots of cushioning on the footbed.  They are probably one of the most comfortable pair of pumps that I have.  I really enjoyed this outfit but I do have to say that the shirt and pants were both feeling a little stretched to capacity so I’m not sure that either of these items are going to work going forward in my pregnancy.

Here are some ways that I’ve styled this top in the past– mind you most of these photo’s are from quite awhile ago since this top has been lost.  The most recent photo is from Feb. 2016:

I’ve paired this top with just about every color blazer I could– navy, burgundy, black, royal blue, and teal and twice with a magenta cardigan.  I usually go with a neutral bottom half–khaki skirt, khaki pants, or grey trousers.  But, once I did go with burgundy trousers.  This last time I did consider my navy blue trousers but I didn’t even try them with the top because I know that they don’t accommodate the bump.  I would also like to pair this top with my mustard colored cardigan for a very Fall look.

-Carla

Well-Heeled

Monday morning the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to take advantage of it.  I picked a faux wrap-dress that I had styled with a royal blue blazer.  Because the weather was in the upper 80’s I knew I didn’t need the blazer.  I thought about wearing red ballet flats for a pop of color but I’ve done that before and I wanted to try something different.  In the end, I let my layering tank dictate my shoe choice.  I needed something under the dress to keep it professional and modest.  I decided to go with a burgundy layering cami because it is a great Fall color.  That led me to choose my burgundy peep toe heels.  I almost never go without pantyhose but on such a warm day I did opt to skip them.

I went with my oversized gold watch and reddish colored statement earrings.  For my makeup I chose a bronze eye look and a matte burgundy lip color.  I thought that the outfit was simple but effective.  In the end, I just couldn’t bring myself to wear the heels and I went with black ballet flats, instead.  I didn’t even mind that the silver medallion didn’t match my gold-toned jewelry.

We are in week 5 of classes and things are starting to ramp up for me and my students.  I am sad to say that I don’t think some of them were ready for the acceleration.  Additionally, I am in week 25 of my pregnancy.  My students are starting to figure out that I am in fact pregnant and ask questions about when I’m due and what I’m having.  Hopefully once we get over this hump it will be a fun semester.

-Carla