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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

If this blog was a child it would be starting school this year– most likely kindergarten since it’s juuuuust turning 6.  I haven’t taught during the Summer since 2012 and so the Summer is usually a time off from the blog and dressing professionally.  It seems that I wait, wait, wait for the end of August and then I forget to “celebrate” the birthday of the blog.  But, not this year!  I actually remembered to acknowledge the milestone of the start of another year of blogging.  When I first began this blog I said that I would do it as long as it was fun and enjoyable and I still find it to be a great creative outlet.

Yesterday, was the first day of Fall 2017.  I am teaching 3 sections of Effective Speaking on Monday and Wednesday.  My first two sections are back-to-back in the afternoon and then I have a 4.5 hour break until my last section in the evening.  Luckily the satellite campus that I teach at is only 10 minutes away from the apartment and 5 minutes away from the new house so travel time is not a factor.

Last week I went through my closet and created several outfits for teaching.  They are kind of formulaic– a dress topped with a cardigan or blazer but that’s o.k.  Most of my dresses can work for several weeks with tights or hose and then I’ll have to switch to leggings since they aren’t maternity and they get hiked up in front from the baby belly.  This semester is going to be all about dresses since none of my skirts will work and right now I only have a few pairs of dress pants that I can make work.

Monday I wore this teal sleeveless dress topped with a short-sleeved long brown cardigan.  My brown ballet flats, gold watch, gold earrings, and 3 turquoise beaded bracelets finished off the look.  This cardigan is a hard piece to style.  I’ve had it for several years but never really made good use of it.  However, I found that it was the perfect companion to this dress.  It’s still warm out but the building where I work is air-conditioned and a sleeveless dress isn’t appropriate.  This added the right amount of coverage and warmth.  But, sadly one of the 3 buttons did fall off.  I can sew it back on, no problem, but not at the moment since practically all of my belongings are packed in boxes ready to move.

This is another outfit where it’s hard to tell that I am pregnant.  I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.  I’d rather people be aware that I am pregnant than just thinking that I am bloated or gaining weight.  I didn’t address it with my students but I think that maybe in week 2 or 3 once everyone is a tad more comfortable with each other I will wear something that showcases the baby belly and announce that I am pregnant.  I think a good time would be once I’ve learned everyone’s name.  What do you think?

Please leave your comments below and feel free to send me a birthday present for the blog.  I like candy and white cake with whipped cream frosting. 🙂

-Carla

Whelp, here we are again– on the precipice of Fall 2017.  This week is what my college calls Start-Up Week.  I’ve talked about it before but essentially it is a week full of meetings, lectures, and preparation for the upcoming semester.  Bright and early on Monday morning the president of our college addresses the faculty and staff that attend.  Sometimes there are mini-presentations from the provost and/or deans of departments, but not always.  It’s a great way to give everyone an update of where we are on important objectives and goals for the upcoming semester and ease everyone back in to the swing of things.  I would say about 80% of people are off for the Summer.  I always try to attend the Start-Up meeting, division meeting, and department meetings if they align with my schedule.  This year, I am only able to attend the Start-Up meeting since this is a busy week for me in other arena’s.

This year I went with this floral faux-wrap dress.  I thought that it would work really well with the growing baby bump, be professional, and comfortable.  I was right about some of those things!  It did accommodate the bump and it is professional but I’m not sure that I would agree with comfortable.  I layered a purple sleeveless top underneath and accessorized with purple bead earrings, an oversized gold watch, and dark purple ballet flats.  It’s crazy to me that I don’t think that I look pregnant in this dress.  I was a tad self-conscious because I felt that I looked like I had spent the Summer eating one too many bon-bons as opposed to looking radiantly pregnant with my first child.  Oh well.  Them’s the breaks, kid.

Here are other ways that I’ve worn this same dress in the past:

In the top row: I’ve added my royal blue blazer a few times, a burgundy cardigan and grey sweater tights.  In the middle row: A black cardigan or blazer twice, once with purple tights and twice with grey boots.  The last row: Twice I’ve gone simple with a colored cami underneath, nude hose and silver/grey shoes.  Surprisingly, I’ve either never worn this with a grey cardigan or blazer or I just don’t have pictures to prove it.  Also, I could totally throw a jean jacket over top of this dress and wear it with short tan booties or brown riding boots.  With so many colors in the print this dress has lots of remix possibilities and will be in heavy rotation this Fall.

Yesterday, to work I wore another flowered dress.  Sadly, I didn’t do a great job at focusing the camera and the pictures aren’t as crisp and sharp as I’d like them to be, but I still wanted to share the outfit with you.

I wore this flowered maxi-dress.  This time around, I highlighted the pinks with a hot pink/magenta cardigan and then to add some additional interest and appeal I went with gold sparkly ballet flats, gold watch, and gold earrings even though silver feels like the most natural choice to me with the greys in the pattern.  Here are a few other ways I’ve worn this dress in the past:

I feel like I’ve worn this dress a ton more, but there were no other pictures!  As you can see, I frequently accent my waist by adding a belt to this dress– in the top row I’ve done a skinny silver belt, a wide cognac belt, and a grey belt.  I’ve also tried lots of different shoes– black espadrilles, nude pumps, blue pumps, and brown ballet flats.  Because the dress is sleeveless, to make it work-appropriate I have to add something over top and I’ve gone with a denim jacket, grey cardigan, and pink sweater.  I know for a fact that I’ve also worn my short-sleeved royal blue cardigan over this dress, too.

Thanks for reading,

-Carla