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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

 

Oh boy (girl).  It’s starting to get harder and harder to get dressed each week as my body grows and changes due to pregnancy.  I’ve made it into the 3rd trimester– I am at 28 weeks– woohooo– approximately 12 weeks to go.  But, at this point I pretty much can’t fit any of my skirts and I’m growing out of my dress pants.  I have 2 pairs of maternity dress pants– one in khaki and one in black.  I have about 16 days left to teach this semester so I’m going to have to make heavy use of those 2 pairs of maternity pants along with some of my dresses that can still stretch over the bump.

This outfit is based on this pin, here.  I’ve done a version of this outfit pre-pregnancy.  It’s basic and simple but with the accessories feels very preppy, pulled together, and polished.  I’ve started with my navy blue trousers, chambray button-up, and an oatmeal colored cardigan.  In the original photo, the outfit is finished with a choker length multi-string pearl necklace, an animal print tote bag, and camel colored leather driving shoes.  I went with my single strand pearl necklace that I doubled, pearl drop earrings, navy blue pumps, and my camel colored purse (not shown here).  I think that this outfit looks good but I cannot lie– I feel like a bloated hippo.  Oh well.

-Carla

Monday was D-Day for my students.  They delivered their first speech to introduce a classmate.  I used this assignment last Fall to add a 4th formal speech in to the semester and I thought that it worked well.  First of all, they work with a partner through the preparation phases and then they have someone to stand up at the front of the classroom with them for “moral support.”  I always tell them that the first one is the most difficult because it is the first one but I do also feel bad because it comes so early that there’s a lot of things we can’t discuss and I often feel as if I’m throwing them in the deep end of the pool.  But, I do provide them with as many life preservers as possible!

I get a reputation as a “strict” teacher because they learn right off the bat that I don’t take no crap.  They can try the, “I didn’t know xyz!“. But I’ll call them on it every time because all of the expectations are clearly identified on their online learning management system that they can access at any time AND I provide them examples and all of the grading sheets ahead of time to prepare them.  It’s always the ones who miss class or who don’t use the “life preservers” provided to them that struggle in the deep end.

For my outfit I went with this blue floral maxi-dress.  I feel like I’ve worn this dress a lot during my pregnancy but then when I look back I really haven’t.  Lately, I am feeling as if I don’t have many options with my clothing.  On this day I wore a shirt-sleeved royal blue cardigan over the dress.  Because of the grey in the print I am always drawn to pairing it with silver accessories and/or jewelry so I made a conscious decision to wear my oversized gold watch and a gold beaded necklace.  I went with gold earrings that have accents of turquoise and pink in them.  I wanted to wear heels since I knew that I would basically be sitting and evaluating speeches during my whole work day but in the end I didn’t.  I went with my brown ballet flats even though I didn’t love the way they looked.

This outfit came out O.K. But I can’t say that I loved it.  I went with a strong eye look of navy shadow and lots of black mascara, hot pink blush on my cheeks, and a soft and shiny pinky-nude lipstick/gloss.

Tuesday I wore my version of this outfit:

I didn’t take any pictures because I was running late to work and then by the time I got home I was not feeling photogenic.  I don’t have a sweater like hers so I went with my leopard print cardigan worn open over a black t-shirt.  I did manage to use my belly band and make my lighter wash distressed jeans work.  I went with simple silver hoop earrings, a silver watch, and black ballet flats with a silver medallion embellishment.  When I came downstairs my husband complimented my outfit and that made me smile.  It felt good to like my outfit and feel composed and put-together.  But, as soon as I got to work I was warm and so the cardigan came off and hung on the back of my chair all day.  Oh well, I tried.

-Carla