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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

WooHoo!

I mentioned in my last post that I had a goal of doing my hair, makeup, and wearing a cute outfit all on the same day.  So, last Friday I was selected to attend a quarterly round table meeting with my boss’ boss and represent my team.  So, naturally I wanted to look more polished and professional than I do on an everyday basis.  That’s sort of the great thing and the worst thing about working in a call center– no one see’s you so if your hair is sticking up in all directions and there’s toothpaste crusted on your shirt it can be your own secret.

I started with navy trousers and then added this printed blouse.  It’s new and I thought that it paired really well with these pants then to keep it more Summery I chose a yellow cardigan.  I added an oversized gold watch and navy pumps to complete the look.

-Carla

 

Wednesday was the last official class day of Spring Semester 2017.  It flew right by like I knew it would!  If you’ve followed the blog for a long time then you may be familiar that on one of the last class sessions I like to dress down in jeans and a t-shirt or something similar.  This is just that outfit.  It was a little chilly that day so I paired this wine colored sweater with my dark wash bootcut jeans, a brown belt, brown Oxford shoes, and a silver watch.

I always think that it’s important at the end of the semester for my students to view me as a peer and no longer as their “superior.”  Next Monday is their final exam period.  This is the first time that I am administering a written exam as opposed to making their final speeches their exam.  I’ve tried several different things this semester.  A few of them have worked and some of them haven’t.  But, that’s OK.

Thanks for reading,

Carla