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Prints Galore

Easter Sunday was a lovely day of family, food, fun, and candy!  As I mentioned in my last post my husband and I hosted our parents.  There were 7 of us all together.  We made the ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, and apple pie.  I bought a cheese ball and crackers and a lemon layer cake.  My parents brought potato salad and a cherry cheesecake.  My sister-in-law brought Hawaiian salad and my monther-in-law brought ribbon jello.

After some deliberation, I finally decided on an outfit.  I wanted to dress up but not so much that I would look out-of-place.   A frilly and lacy dress might have been appropriate when I was younger, but not so much anymore.  Instead, I opted to go with my flowered print pants– which were a big hit!

I paired them with my blush colored blouse and sparkly gold ballet flats.  My husband changed his shirt from the Spring green t-shirt to a sky blue polo shirt.  We took a group photo and it turned out great– everyone had on bright and Springy colors and we looked like a bunch of Easter eggs!!

Here is the last time that I wore these pants and blouse:

I focused on the blues and teal in the pants the first time around and went with black ballet flats.  For the blouse, I went with dark wash skinny jeans, a sparkly gold cardigan, and gold ballet flats.  Above, I am wearing it untucked.  But, with the flowered pants I opted to do a front-tuck.  I think that the proportions worked in my favor– my mother-in-law said that I looked skinny in my pants, so I’m going to wear them every chance I get! LoL.

Looking back through my gallery, I noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses to class.  I didn’t really realize it, though,  If you had asked me I would have thought that I’ve worn pants the most– but the tally is dresses 9, pants 6, and skirts 5.  So, I created two outfits featuring skirts for this week to even out those numbers some.  Here is the first one that I wore Monday evening:

My outfit is based on the pin, above.  I paired my brown skirt with a leopard print top, red blazer, and pointy-toed brown ballet flats.  I really liked how this outfit came together.  I didn’t add nearly as many accessories as the inspiration photo– my blouse has a keyhole opening with a bow so I skipped a necklace and bracelets can tend to rattle around and be noisy when I am lecturing so I just went with gold hoops and my gold watch.

I’m really glad that my blouse has sleeves and I was able to take off my blazer because about half-way through class I did get warm.  Usually I don’t like to pair red and leopard print together because I think that it comes across as a bit too sexy, but in this instance I didn’t get that vibe at all!  I think that it might have to do with the very demure and almost sweet cut of the blouse and the blazer is very professional and business-like.  Is that just a weird thing that I think?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

-Carla

I noticed last year that kimono shawls starting popping up in a big way.  I liked the look last year but didn’t pounce on it.  However, this year I decided that I wanted to get in the game.  I bought a kimono shawl a few weeks back but I struggled with creating an outfit with it.  I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and the looks that I liked the most were very basic with the shawl/scarf as the star of the show.

I went with a more casual outfit for the first part of my workday and paired the shawl with a white scoop neck t-shirt, dark wash skinny jeans, black espadrille shoes, a gold watch, and gold pendant necklace.  I liked the outfit but wasn’t too sure about it since it was somewhat out of my comfort zone.  But, my husband complimented me and a random stranger in the hallway at work said “nice scarf” as I passed by.

For the second part of my workday since I am not allowed to wear jeans I traded them out for a pair of burgundy trousers.  I also traded out the casual t-shirt for a crew neck sleeveless shell.  I went with peep-toe burgundy pumps and kept the rest of the outfit basically the same.  I do prefer the more casual option, though.  What about you?

-Carla

This week has been a mix-up, of sorts.  I am on Spring Break from teaching even though we have had the opposite of Spring-like weather this week.  Also, I swapped my Wednesday off for Thursday at my 40-hour a week job to help out.  But, here’s what I’ve been wearing this week:

Monday

I paired my darker wash bootcut jeans with a brown plaid blazer.  I don’t have a teal v-neck sweater so I substituted my crew neck cardigan and wore it buttoned-up over a white button-up.  I added my oversized gold watch and bauble bead gold necklace.  I chose not to go with brown flats because of the snowy weather and instead went with a brown oxford style shoe.

Tuesday

On Tuesday I wore my newest white sweater.  I have two others that I’ve worn on the blog quite often but this one I received for Christmas.  I’ve worn it a ton just not on the blog.  If you look closely it has specks of red and blue throughout.  My husband said that it reminded him of peppermint icecream.  I paired it with my skinny black pants and brown flat riding boots.  However, I went with a purple striped button-up underneath instead of a blue one.  I’ve worn both of my blue dress shirts recently and it’s been quite a while since I’ve worn this purple one.  Also, I skipped the necklace.  There’s no real reason other than I was going slightly more casual that day.

Wednesday

My outfit was supposed to be the one on the left but my red plaid shirt just didn’t work well with my red blazer or red cardigan.  So, I switched gears and instead put my spin on the outfit in the middle.  I wore my red plaid button-up, dark wash skinny jeans, flat brown riding boots, and topped it off with a grey boyfriend cardigan.

There you have it!  Tomorrow I will be wearing a green turtleneck sweater, but if you have yet to pick out your outfit here are my past St. Patrick’s Day outfits:

-Carla