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Replicating

Wednesday my students were delivering their 3rd formal speech of the semester– the demonstrative speech.  It takes us two days in each class to hear all of the speeches since my class sizes are 12, 13, and 17.  If all of my students arrive on time and ready to go, the first day we will hear 6-7 speeches and the second day we finish up with the other 7-9.  In addition to it being a speech day (my favorite), I was also able to go and visit my volunteer friends.

Because I have class at noon I am not currently able to volunteer but the shift begins at 10:30 a.m. so I am able to go and visit.  Most of the volunteers arrive between 10 and 10:30 to sit and talk, enjoy a cup of coffee (or 2), and munch on whatever sweet treat someone has inevitably brought in.  Then, around 10:30 the assignments are handed out for the day and then everyone is asked to be at their post to receive guests when the museum opens its doors at 11 am.  On Wednesday I provided a sweet treat of brownies and delivered a Thank You card to the group since they all contributed to our gift but only 3 of them were able to attend our baby shower/housewarming party.  I also took each of them that were unable to attend a packet of seeds– our take home favor from the party.

The weather is definitely sweater-weather but I have very few sweaters that are long enough to give complete coverage to the bump.  I have found that the easiest outfit for me is a dress layered with tights or leggings.  On this particular day, I opted to go with this black and purple dress.  One of my favorite ways that I’ve styled it was with grey tights, boots, and blazer.  Sadly, I don’t have the grey boots anymore but I replicated the rest of the outfit as best I could.  Here is how I styled it that time and earlier in the semester when I was only about 6 months pregnant:

This time around I went with my black riding boots, black and silver earrings, a silver watch, and I added a silver cat pin to the lapel of my blazer for a touch of whimsy.  I prefer the grey boots, but I did like the way that the black played off of the faux buckle belt of the dress.  Earlier in the semester I obscured the faux-buckle by pulling the strings of the belt around the to the front and looping them over.  This outfit worked well and most of the day I wore it without the blazer because I was a touch toasty and in somewhat restricted my movement.

Luckily, as I announced in class last week we only have 8 more class sessions plus the exam.  It’s always bittersweet when class ends but since I’ve been having such a challenge with getting dressed it’s nice to know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel– I think that I can pull out 8 more “professional” outfits.  At least I hope so.

-Carla

Fall Plaid

Monday was cooler for the temperature and I wanted something soft and cozy.  This sweater fits the bill perfectly.  I wanted to pair it with a skirt, but none of my skirts can accommodate my bump so I improvised and pulled this plaid sweater over a black faux wrap dress.  I tried it with my flat black riding boots but it didn’t look right so I opted to go with nude hose and black wedge flats.  I paired it with red and gold earrings and an oversized gold watch.  I really like this sweater– it’s maternity and it is so comfortable but it isn’t wearing well– I’ve washed it probably less than 5 times and it is already starting to pill.  Luckily, it didn’t cost a ton and it’s not a sweater that I will need to have in my wardrobe for years and years and years.  But, still.  The last time that I wore this sweater to teach in I paired it with black dress pants and red ballet flats.  I can’t say that I’ve really created very adventurous outfits but I don’t have too many options at this point, lol.

-Carla

 

Too Much Blue

Here’s an example of an outfit that I thought looked good at the time, but in looking back and editing the pictures I have to say that I don’t quite love it.  I wore this dress earlier in the semester and I thought it would be fun to style it again now that I’m in my 3rd trimester.  The weather is decidedly Fall-weather and so I went the layering route.  I selected a navy crew-neck t-shirt to wear under the dress and navy tights for a cohesive look.  Then, I added a dark denim jacket, suede-like booties, a silver watch, and silver and turquoise earrings.

There’s a few things that I don’t like about the outfit.  First, I actually don’t like the way that the shirt and tights match.  They seem too dark for the lighter background of the dress.  I think that one or the other would have been OK, but not both.  Also, I don’t like the booties with the outfit.  They don’t seem to match.  Lastly, I thought that my hair looked o.k. but in these pictures I think that it looks horrible and I’m not happy with my makeup.  I think that if I had done grey tights and a different hairstyle I could get behind this outfit.  But, I tried.

Now that I am nearly a month into my last trimester the little, everyday annoyances of pregnancy are starting to wear me down.  Honestly, when I look at these pictures that is what I see.  Perhaps a little pampering is in order.

-Carla