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Olive You

I can’t believe that we are in week 9 of the semester!  I have 3 courses this semester and other than using a different text and online learning management system I have kept most things the same.  But, this semester feels different.  I don’t feel that I have reached the same level of relationship with these classes at week 9 that I have in the past with classes.  With my evening class we are pretty close.  Everyone has settled in and gotten used to each other.  But, I am struggling with my other two classes and I don’t know how to fix it.  It’s really bumming me out.

On Monday I went with Fall shades of olive-green and khaki.  I started with the maternity khaki pants and then built the outfit from there.  I was hoping that this sleeveless button-up blouse could still work and for the most part, it did.  It had enough give at the bottom to accommodate the bump without getting hiked up and showing my belly.  Plus, it’s longer in the back so it gave me some coverage on the boot-ay as well.  But, if I’m being honest it doesn’t really work in the bust area.  If the blouse sits just right it’s fine, but otherwise the second button is straining and gaping.  I did wear a white tank top underneath but that gave little help.  I went with an olive-green boyfriend cardigan over top, brown Oxford style shoes with a slight heel, green and silver statement earrings, and my silver watch.  This is about as good as it gets for a Monday afternoon at 29 weeks pregnant.

-Carla

 

One of the things that I try to do is wear my clothing items differently.  That isn’t something that is necessarily intuitive but having this blog helps to challenge me.  Not to mention that having the photographic evidence how I wore a certain dress or blouse or skirt makes it easy to see what I’ve done before and push myself towards something different.

Take this collared polka dot dress, for instance.  Here are several ways that I have styled it in the past:

I’ve done a magenta sweater over the dress and a magenta cardigan worn open.  I’ve done it with a black blazer and black tights, a dark wash denim jacket and black riding boots, and I’ve also worn it without any topper– once by accenting with a skinny magenta belt and once with a purple belt.  I’ve styled it other ways before, too, but this is just a sampling.  This time around I went with a burgundy cardigan, the fabric belt it came with, a long pendant necklace, gold watch, and black ballet flats.

I would have loved to have worn my burgundy peep toe pumps but with being 5.5 months pregnant I’m just not that worried about picking the cutest shoes and sacrificing comfort.  Today was the first day that one of my students dared to ask if I am pregnant.  They don’t know me very well but I am not easily offended.

-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