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Hello!  Happy Easter.  Today is supposed to be warm but a little rainy.  My husband and I are hosting my parents and his for a mid-day Easter meal.  I haven’t decided what I’m going to wear yet, but here are some outfits that I wore the last week.

Wednesday was an absolutely gorgeous day!  I was off and it turned out to be a super-productive day for me.  That evening I finally put together an outfit with my newest dress.  I have to confess that I bought this dress to duplicate this outfit, here, but I don’t have a long-sleeved striped shirt in those colors.  And, we’re slowly moving away from the season of long-sleeved shirts and layering.  But, never fear– I adapted the idea into a season-appropriate outfit.

I paired my chambray shirt dress with a short-sleeved blue and white striped t-shirt.  I skipped the bandana around the neck even though I had one that could have worked well.  I kept the original fabric belt of the dress and instead of going with my short tan/suede booties I decided to go with my black and brown espadrille wedges.  I absolutely loved the look but I have to admit that I did feel a bit self-conscious over the length of the dress.  It’s by no means inappropriate but it is shorter than all of my other dresses so it felt a little awkward.

Since it was such a beautiful day and my husband was home and I had time before class we took a bunch of photo’s of this outfit– including these outside on our balcony.  Love, love, love.

Because I didn’t wear this outfit to work on Wednesday, just to class for a few hours in the evening I wore the striped shirt to work on Thursday.  My outfit was based on this idea, here.

It’s pretty basic: striped t-shirt, medium wash skinny jeans, brown ballet flats, and a turquoise bubble necklace.  I like the outfit for its simplicity and subtle style.  Also, I liked how my hair looked that day.  Friday I wore an olive-green t-shirt with an olive-green boyfriend cardigan over top, dark wash bootcut jeans, and my knock-off Sperry topsiders.  It wasn’t anything spectacular and I didn’t have time to snap a picture before work.

Saturday was all about comfort– I paired a graphic tee with light wash bootcut jeans and tennis shoes.  I threw a hoodie over top and called it complete.

There you have it.  I’m excited that the weather is slowly becoming more mild and warmer on a consistent basis so that I can start wearing my Spring and Summer clothes.




I’m not sure what Kermit the Frog was talking about when he said “it’s not easy being green” because I have found that it’s incredibly easy to wear green.  And, with my blonde hair it’s very flattering.  I have hazel eyes but when I wear green it tends to make them look more green than brown.  And, I can really make them look green when I wear green eye shadow.

Monday I wore a sleeveless kelly green blouse with a three-quarter sleeve gold cardigan.  I’ve paired these two items together last Fall in a casual outfit, here.  But, this time I went with my navy trousers.  I thought about wearing my tan pumps and a tan belt but it felt like I was starting to add too many elements to the mix.  Instead, I chose to keep the bottom half of the outfit monochromatic and streamlined and went with my navy pumps.  I did try to be a little outside of the box and go with gold toned jewelry even though the cardigan is a golden color.

Monday evening my students delivered their first speeches of the semester.  I thought that they add did very well and there were 4 A’s, 4 B’s, and then 6 C’s or lower.  They will be getting their grades back on Wednesday evening so they don’t know how they did yet.

Tuesday I went with an outfit that I had slated for Friday or Saturday because it’s more casual.  I had planned to wear a dress because it was calling for Spring-like temps on Tuesday but then I found out that it was going to be rainy and grey and I went the more casual route.

This shade of green is more of a drab or an olive green.  This has fast become one of my top three favorite colors– right behind red and purple!  At first I wasn’t sure about this top and how it mixes the lace shoulders with the casual nature of a hoodie with a kangaroo pocket.  But, it’s grown on me.  I even received two compliments– one on the outfit in general and one specifically on the color of the shirt.  I was feeling good!  I hadn’t worn my distressed jeans in a while and I felt like with the warmer temps it was a good day to pull them out.

So, there are two different “green” outfits for you in case you need some inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day next month.


This week is the start of Spring Semester 2017.  I am extremely happy to be back in the classroom.  But, I am also a little nervous.  I am going to be working full-time (40 hrs.) 8-5 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through Saturday.  I am off on Wednesday and Sunday.  The class that I am teaching is on Monday and Wednesday evening at 7:30-8:45.  The one great thing is that my junior college is expanding and has opened a satellite campus that is almost in my backyard– my commute time to school is now 10 minutes.

Wednesday was our first day of class since Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I may have mentioned this before but I am doing things totally different this semester.  Starting my new job back in August was beneficial to me because for the first 6 weeks I was back in the classroom.  I was reminded of what that environment is like and the struggles that you deal with as a student.  It caused me to re-think my approach to teaching and how I structure my course.  So, I did a total overhaul.  I want it to be less technical and focus more on giving the students lots of practice speaking in front of others– after all that is the main goal of the course.  I have taken out a good handful of chapters of assigned reading in favor of more hands-on type of activities.  And, those chapters will still be in the textbook for the students who want a deeper or broader knowledge base.  I’ll keep you posted and let you know how this new philosophy works out.

I went with what I consider to be a very “teacher” type of outfit— pencil skirt, cardigan, scarf, and round toe mary jane shoes.  My outfit was based on this pin here, albeit in a different color palette.  I liked the outfit well enough but I am not sure how flattering it is to my figure.  I think that the cardigan worn buttoned up like that looks boxy and a tad frumpy.  And, I thought that my hair looked better than I think it does in these photo’s.

Oh well, I guess.