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Spirit Week

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Sometime last week, or the week before, I was shopping at Wal-Mart and I was browsing the clothing. I’m telling you, if you are the type of person to stick your nose in the air and think, clothes at Wal-Mart?!? you should think again. I’ve found cute things for reasonable prices time and time again. No, not everything is a winner, but you have to look for the gems hidden in amongst the mom jeans and elastic-waist pants.

The pants that I found were on a clearance rack. They had other colors that were still full-priced, but when I saw these pants for $9 I couldn’t really pass them up. There were two pairs in two different sizes. I knew based on how the pants were made that I might need to size up so that they would be work appropriate. But, I didn’t feel like going into the dressing room that day. So, I put them both in my cart and went about my business. Wal-Mart is so close and convenient that if one pair, or the other, didn’t work out I could easily return them.

In my mind, I remembered an outfit that Jessica Quirk, one of the first fashion bloggers that I started following, had created with a very similar pair of pants. So, once I tried on the pants and deemed both pairs a keeper (yes, even though they are different sizes), I set about creating an outfit with them for Thursday morning.

I couldn’t find the outfit that I was looking for right away, so I scrolled through her galleries and was able to locate all of the ways that she had styled her khaki ankle-length trousers. And, the one that I used for inspiration wasn’t the original one that I was looking for!

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This is the original image that I was looking for.  I’ve always loved the simple sophistication of this look.  Even though the pants are J. Crew, I think she looks like she could step out of the pages of an advertisement for Ann Taylor or Banana Republic.  This is the ideal that I strive for when dressing for work.  And, I love those shoes!  I was hoping that my tan suede booties would work in a similar fashion, but they didn’t.  Also, I decided to go in a different direction after another outfit that she created with these pants caught my eye:

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This outfit uses the same pants, but different shoes.  In the above photo she is wearing ballet flats.  But, the other elements are simple: denim jacket, sparkly shirt, faux fur collar, and gold jewelry.  I have all of those items in my own closet.  (Although I do have a faux fur wrap, I didn’t opt to wear it.)

Jean jacket: Wal-Mart. Silver sequin shirt: JCP. Khaki ankle-length pants: Wal-Mart.

Jean jacket: Wal-Mart. Silver sequins shirt: JCP. Khaki ankle-length pants: Wal-Mart. Feather earrings: Charlotte Russe. Gold link bracelet: Versona. Red leather bracelet: Souvenir. Gold starfish bracelet: Versona. Brown and gold watch: Festival Flea Market. Brown pumps: (thrifted.)

I tried on a few different pairs of shoes, but ultimately that I liked the contrast of the dark brown best. Also, the shape of the shoe worked well. I was a little unsure about them because I am mixing gold elements with silver, but I think it worked well because the two major elements in the outfit (silver shirt and tan pants) are mixing those two colors. At least that’s what I’m telling myself! I loved this outfit and I hope you do, too.

On Friday, I wanted to wear something that was green and black because it was spirit week at the high school where I teach my Early College High School students. But, the first outfit that I had created used the same kelly green cardigan that I wore on Wednesday. Had I worn the cardigan on Tuesday or Thursday, I would have been o.k. with it. But, I had to veto that idea. Also, I was going to wear black colored skinny-khaki’s until my BF asked if I thought they were work appropriate and made me doubt myself. So, I did a complete overhaul of my outfit and came up with a green v-neck sweater, black trousers, and black ballet flats. I don’t like this outfit at all, but I did have a student comment that he liked that I participated in their spirit week, so that made it a little better.

April 11, 2014 F (g)

I’m still feeling a little under the weather, but I don’t think that I have been sick all this time.  I think that I have developed allergies.  I took some generic Benadryl on Saturday afternoon and it made me feel a little better.  Later that evening when it wore off someone gave me an Allegra to try and after it kicked-in, I felt the best that I’ve felt in the last week and a half.  Yesterday, I bought Claritin-D 12 hour on the recommendation of a friend.  Fingers crossed that it helps me to finally feel better.  I’m tired of being “sick.”


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