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I mentioned briefly that we were moving from our apartment to our first home.  Well, that happened!  Last Thursday was the big day with the movers.  I was extremely happy that everything was moved on Thursday.  But, that meant that the following several days were spent putting the house together and frequent trips to Wal-Mart and home improvement stores for odds and ends and organizational items.  I never thought that shopping for a kitchen junk drawer organizer could make me so happy.

Monday was Labor Day and we didn’t do much but hang about the house and rest and re-charge.  We went to visit my parents Saturday evening and celebrate my Dad’s birthday and pick up a rocking chair that my mom wanted to pass along to us.  On Sunday we went to my in-laws to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday with cake and ice cream.  But, Wednesday it was back to work!  I had a 22-week check-up appointment at my Dr.’s before class.  I’ve been wearing dresses but with my check-up I needed to wear a shirt and pants.  I felt like this was the first outfit where it was obvious that I was pregnant but none of my students mentioned it.  I guess there really is a strong stigma against asking a woman if she’s pregnant.

I wore this maternity flowered top with a cream-colored camisole underneath.  I paired it with one of my newest maternity items–khaki pants.  This time around I added a bronze colored belt, brown ballet flats, a gold watch, and gold earrings to finish off the outfit.  I’m sorry that these photo’s are a little blurry.  I took these pictures in my new dining room and I didn’t know that the focus wasn’t set correctly.  I thought about not sharing them but I decided to go ahead and share them, anyway since you can still see my outfit.

What do you think?

-Carla

 

Last Wednesday I wore this abstract printed dress for the second day of class.  I had thought about wearing my silver mary janes but since we are moving they were not easily accessible– my black ballet flats were, however.  In these photo’s I’m not wearing much in the way of jewelry– again, due to everything being packed away.  Luckily (weirdly) I had a pair of earrings in my car that I put on before class along with my silver watch.  I did something slightly different with the belt on this dress, too.  The front has a faux belt buckle with two leather flaps and a silver buckle.  I wrapped the fabric portion of the tie belt up and over the disguise the buckle and then instead of tying it in a bow, just knotted it and let the ends hang to provide a more vertical and slimming line.

Lol.  It’s strange to talk about things that might look slimming when you’re pregnant.  I don’t believe that my students know that I am 5 1/2 months pregnant.  In the two outfits that I’ve worn it’s been hard to tell and it hasn’t exactly come up in conversation, yet.  It’s not that I’m trying to keep it from them it’s just not time to tell them yet.  I’ll let us get to know each other better and then I’ll probably wear something that highlights the bump more and address it head on.

I did receive two compliments from students on this outfit.  One woman I passed in the hallway said “you look nice,” and one of my students commented to the same effect.  The compliment from my student may have just been for brownie points but I’m still counting it!

Here are a few other ways that I’ve styled this dress before:

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

-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