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Posts tagged ‘Spring Semester’

The weather this week has been in the mid-70’s and mild–just a few rain showers here and there.  It’s been wonderful to enjoy the Spring weather as I walk to my car in the morning on the way to work and have the sunshine streaming in the windows.  The birds chirping and the flowers blooming puts me in a “sunny disposition.”  On Monday I channeled that sunny disposition into my outfit with a yellow blouse.

Yellow isn’t a color that I wear very often and, truth be told, I have very few yellow items in my wardrobe.  I want to say that besides this yellow blouse, I have a sleeveless pale yellow tank top, a sparkly gold cardigan, a mustard-yellow boyfriend cardigan, and a browny/gold/puke colored open-front cardigan.  But, that’s about it for yellow.  I should really think about getting a few more yellow pieces.  One item that I would like to add to my closet is a true yellow cardigan.

Here are the ways that I’ve worn this yellow blouse:

As you can see, I’m not very creative with this particular piece of clothing.  In the first two photos, I’ve paired it with the same leopard print cardigan– one is a dressy version and one is a casual version.  One of the first times that I wore it, I went with my grey trousers and a black cardigan.  Also, I’ve tried my hand at replicating the pin that this outfit is based on before.  I had actually forgotten about it until I created this gallery.  LOL.

The two subtle differences between the first time that I replicated this pin and this time is that I am wearing a different black skirt and cardigan.  The first time I went with a sparkly gold cardigan.  This time, I went with an oatmeal colored cardigan.  I think that I like this outfit slightly than I did the first time that I wore it, but I still don’t love it.

Tuesday I took a light-blue button down and incorporated it into a casual and relaxed outfit for work.

My outfit started from the pin above, left, and then took a few twists and turns to the finished outfit.  First, I started with the blue dress shirt.  If you look really closely, I think that the shirt in the inspiration photo has stripes.  I have a blue striped shirt but it fits a lot closer to the body and that was not the vibe that I was trying to capture.  I added my red boyfriend cardigan.  I have another red cardigan that is shorter but I’ve worn it in a similar type of an outfit, here, so I wanted to mix it up and just like the other blue shirt it’s more fitted.  I have distressed boyfriend jeans that I could have cuffed to more closely resemble the original and ballet flats to pull in the animal print but I try to wear my distressed jeans to work very sparingly.  Also, I just wore my leopard print ballet flats the day before and so I went in a different direction with my pants and shoes.  I wore my medium wash bootcut jeans and knock-off Sperry deck shoes.  I added my oversized gold watch but otherwise kept the accessories to a minimum.  I have printed bandanas that I could have worn around my neck and my popped my collar but I decided to skip it.  It didn’t seem quite appropriate for my work place.

I did really enjoy this outfit and I think it’s a great testament to how your traditional “dressy work clothes” can be integrated in to your everyday outfits– especially if you’ve worked in a corporate environment and then find yourself in a more casual role.

Thanks for reading,

Carla

 

Pin-Spired

Wednesday was a beautiful day!  I was excited to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt and a skirt.  This outfit is modeled after this pin, here.  The models skirt is more of a mottled grey and slightly longer, but I think that I still captured the gist of the outfit.  I am wearing my round toe pumps that match the color of the belt.  This outfit is out of the realm of normal for me for a few reasons.

First, it’s not often that I wear a t-shirt to teach.  Second, I can count on one hand the number of times in 5 years that I’ve worn a skirt without tights or pantyhose!  But, it was such a nice day and the outfit was a bit more on the casual side so it just seemed appropriate.  I really like the way that this outfit pairs 3 different neutrals together in one outfit.  I took along a black cardigan just in case I got chilly but I didn’t end up needing it.

Thursday I went with another outfit comprised of a basic t-shirt and based on a pin.  I think that this outfit looks put-together and just slightly above basic, but also casual and comfortable.

 

My burgundy t-shirt is scoop neck as opposed to v-neck and fits closer to the body than in the pin-spiration.  I paired it with my distressed boyfriend jeans, a cognac belt, my tan/suede booties, and gold and purple pendant necklace.  I liked this outfit, too, and felt that it was a great choice for the weather of the day and the occasion.

On Friday I went with a slightly dressier outfit but on Saturday I was back to my t-shirt and jeans.  Check back for those two outfits.

-Carla

Prints Galore

Easter Sunday was a lovely day of family, food, fun, and candy!  As I mentioned in my last post my husband and I hosted our parents.  There were 7 of us all together.  We made the ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, and apple pie.  I bought a cheese ball and crackers and a lemon layer cake.  My parents brought potato salad and a cherry cheesecake.  My sister-in-law brought Hawaiian salad and my monther-in-law brought ribbon jello.

After some deliberation, I finally decided on an outfit.  I wanted to dress up but not so much that I would look out-of-place.   A frilly and lacy dress might have been appropriate when I was younger, but not so much anymore.  Instead, I opted to go with my flowered print pants– which were a big hit!

I paired them with my blush colored blouse and sparkly gold ballet flats.  My husband changed his shirt from the Spring green t-shirt to a sky blue polo shirt.  We took a group photo and it turned out great– everyone had on bright and Springy colors and we looked like a bunch of Easter eggs!!

Here is the last time that I wore these pants and blouse:

I focused on the blues and teal in the pants the first time around and went with black ballet flats.  For the blouse, I went with dark wash skinny jeans, a sparkly gold cardigan, and gold ballet flats.  Above, I am wearing it untucked.  But, with the flowered pants I opted to do a front-tuck.  I think that the proportions worked in my favor– my mother-in-law said that I looked skinny in my pants, so I’m going to wear them every chance I get! LoL.

Looking back through my gallery, I noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses to class.  I didn’t really realize it, though,  If you had asked me I would have thought that I’ve worn pants the most– but the tally is dresses 9, pants 6, and skirts 5.  So, I created two outfits featuring skirts for this week to even out those numbers some.  Here is the first one that I wore Monday evening:

My outfit is based on the pin, above.  I paired my brown skirt with a leopard print top, red blazer, and pointy-toed brown ballet flats.  I really liked how this outfit came together.  I didn’t add nearly as many accessories as the inspiration photo– my blouse has a keyhole opening with a bow so I skipped a necklace and bracelets can tend to rattle around and be noisy when I am lecturing so I just went with gold hoops and my gold watch.

I’m really glad that my blouse has sleeves and I was able to take off my blazer because about half-way through class I did get warm.  Usually I don’t like to pair red and leopard print together because I think that it comes across as a bit too sexy, but in this instance I didn’t get that vibe at all!  I think that it might have to do with the very demure and almost sweet cut of the blouse and the blazer is very professional and business-like.  Is that just a weird thing that I think?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

-Carla