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Last Wednesday I wore this abstract printed dress for the second day of class.  I had thought about wearing my silver mary janes but since we are moving they were not easily accessible– my black ballet flats were, however.  In these photo’s I’m not wearing much in the way of jewelry– again, due to everything being packed away.  Luckily (weirdly) I had a pair of earrings in my car that I put on before class along with my silver watch.  I did something slightly different with the belt on this dress, too.  The front has a faux belt buckle with two leather flaps and a silver buckle.  I wrapped the fabric portion of the tie belt up and over the disguise the buckle and then instead of tying it in a bow, just knotted it and let the ends hang to provide a more vertical and slimming line.

Lol.  It’s strange to talk about things that might look slimming when you’re pregnant.  I don’t believe that my students know that I am 5 1/2 months pregnant.  In the two outfits that I’ve worn it’s been hard to tell and it hasn’t exactly come up in conversation, yet.  It’s not that I’m trying to keep it from them it’s just not time to tell them yet.  I’ll let us get to know each other better and then I’ll probably wear something that highlights the bump more and address it head on.

I did receive two compliments from students on this outfit.  One woman I passed in the hallway said “you look nice,” and one of my students commented to the same effect.  The compliment from my student may have just been for brownie points but I’m still counting it!

Here are a few other ways that I’ve styled this dress before:

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

-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

The last 2 months have been quite challenging– there’s been a lot of things up in the air that have caused me anxiety.  First, finding out the gender of the baby.  Second, whether or not the deal on the house would go through, and third whether or not I could get my work schedule to fit my needs for work/life balance.  I knew that one way or the other everything would work out or we would take a detour towards a new path.  And now things are starting to fall in to place.

We did find out the gender of the baby, but more importantly the 20 week ultrasound showed that everything with our bundle of joy looks good– the ultrasound was very long and thorough and the technician measured the bones in each arm and leg, counted the fingers and toes, checked the tiny beating heart and blood flow, and the spine and brain.  Now that I am in the back half of my pregnancy it’s all about the baby getting bigger and ready to enter the world!  Also, my schedule finally did get worked out and that’s been a load of stress off my shoulders.  Not only that, but for the last two weeks since I’ve been working the reduced schedule my numbers have been good.  Lastly, the house.

We signed the papers on Thursday!  It was almost surreal with all of the hurdles that we had to jump through the last two months.  In a sense after all we’ve been through it almost seemed anti-climatic.  In a few short days we should get the keys and then the next big hurdle: moving.

This is the first time that I’ve worn this ivory/cream lace overlay shirt.  I bought it with the gift card that my sister sent me almost 3 months ago but it never fit quite right.  Now that my belly is a little bigger the shirt fits more like it’s meant to.  But, in a way I do think that it makes me look larger than I am.  That’s still a hard pill to swallow sometimes.  Just the same as seeing the new number on the scale!  I paired this voluminous top with dark wash skinny jeans to balance it out.  What do you think?

-Carla