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September Eighth
September 9, 2010, 19:45
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shirt, pants, necklace: J. Crew
shoes: Kork-Ease

I really surprised that I ended up wearing pants on the second day of school. I think I maybe wore pants five times last year, emphasis on maybe. It’s quite possible that I’m overestimating! I go in waves; when I first started teaching I wore nothing but pants. And Birkenstocks. Seven pairs. And turtleneck sweaters. Are you cringing yet?! You’re going to have to trust me when I tell you that I lived in the mountains and while my wardrobe wasn’t even slightly fashionable, I fit in. And I was comfortable! After we moved I started to unconsciously gravitate towards more skirts and heels. The school I moved to (and am still at) is slightly dressier than the one I left so my wardrobe changes make sense. Looking forward, I’m hoping to strike a better balance this year between skirts/dresses and pants. They both have their place and it gives my looks more variety.

To be honest, I didn’t buy the pants because I wanted a well-rounded closet. That sounds good, but I bought them because the looked nice on and were $8.50. At J. Crew. Of course at that price I got a khaki pair too. So selecting these pants was less of a conscious decision and more of a happy accident. I’m going to enjoy them either way!


September Seventh
September 8, 2010, 14:14
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tank: Romeo & Juliet
sweater: J. Crew
skirt: J. Crew
belt: Target
shoes: J. Crew
(Obviously, I did some school shopping at J. Crew.)

I survived the first day of school! 180 more to go. Not that I’m counting or anything…

I felt comfortable/like me in this outfit (always important on the first day of school) and it came together quickly thankgoodness; I’ve been known to stand in front of my closet for hours the night before school starts with a blank look on my face. Actually, I’ve been known to do that on other occasions too. They’re not my finest moments. Lets move on.

And in reference to the wardrobe workhorses post from yesterday, I’m wearing all three: pencil skirt, cardigan, and belt. Very me. The belt kept slipping around though (no belt loops on the skirt) so I had to adjust it quite a bit during the day. I like the look but I’m not sure I’ll wear it again, maybe with double-sided tape…

May Twenty-Eighth
June 1, 2010, 10:32
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blazer: J. Crew
dress: Liz Claiborne
belt: Target
shoes: Old Navy

I’m a little late posting last Friday’s pictures but better late than never, or so I’ve heard. I love this blazer! It’s made out of sweatshirt material and is oh-so comfortable. I’m going to have to resist the urge to wear it every day, it’s that good. Every summer I end up with a jacket/cardigan/somethingwarm that’s my go-to item for any situation that involves air conditioning and I’m pretty sure that this blazer is my “it” piece.

Back later with a Memorial Day recap.

May Twenty-Sixth
May 26, 2010, 16:58
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dress: Nine West
jacket: Ralph Lauren
[invisible] shoes: Old Navy

Monday’s pictures were against a yellow background and today I’m wearing a yellow dress; I obviously have yellow on the brain. If you ask me what my favorite color is, I’ll usually say yellow. I’m not sure it really is my favorite color, but my miniature golf game is best when I play with a yellow ball so that’s what I go with. It’s sunny and fun and makes me smile. Sounds like a good reason to call it my fav.

Today’s dress is new. I love that it has a retro feel and I also love the price I paid: $10. It was on clearance at Ross (by far my favorite store, I worked there all through college). I’m ridiculously cheap so shopping for clothing anywhere other than a discount store just feels wrong. Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Rugged Wearhouse and Gabriel Brothers are my main haunts. I just can’t justify paying full price for most items of clothing. I’ve tried, oh how I’ve tried, but it just ends up making me feel guilty. I wish I was better at thrifting. I love thrifted furniture and books but don’t have much luck finding clothing. I’m slightly jealous of the bloggers who find amazing pieces. Not that I need any more clothing in my closet…

May Twenty-Fourth
May 24, 2010, 19:49
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shirt: Carole Little (from Marshalls)
dress: Calvin Klein
shoes: rsvp

These pictures don’t really do justice to the dress I’m wearing – either that or I think the dress looks better than it actually does. Unfortunately, I suppose either one is possible. It has multiple layers of black fabric which look cool (I think…) but don’t really photograph well. The shirt on the other hand, the shirt is awesome. It’s long, comfortable, and it has pockets. Pockets! It’s perfection. I’m pretty sure that it’s not trendy; Carole Little clothing from Marshalls tends to look pretty … frumpy? … but this shirt is great. I can see myself wearing it all summer long. It’ll work over dresses, with white pants, over my bathing suit, with a pair of jeans; I can’t think of many things in my closet that it won’t go with. I used to wear button-ups all the time in high school and college and somehow got away from it, I went with cardigans instead. There’s something really crisp and cool about cotton shirts though, they’re summery and light. I love it!

May Twentieth
May 21, 2010, 09:08
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tank top: Kenar
skirt: ABS Essentials
flip flops: Old Navy

One bad day for me + one bad day for my husband = going out for supper. At a restaurant an hour and 15 minutes away. Perhaps not the wisest thing we’ve ever done, but I think it cheered us up a little. We both needed it.

These pictures didn’t turn out so well. It was hard to find a location to take the pictures and the lighting wasn’t good so I look washed out but I’m posting them anyway. They definitely don’t do justice to the shirt I was wearing. The print is amazing (I think) and it has a metal zipper on the back. I’m a sucker for exposed zippers. I usually debate with myself quite a bit before buying something (I’m that cheap) but there was almost no debate over this. It went something like this:

I love those colors! And pattern! Oh, a zipper! Swoon.
How much is it?
Oh, that’s more than I usually spend on a tank top…
But it’s amazing! I love it!
Geez, get a room already. And put it in the cart.

True story.

May Nineteenth
May 19, 2010, 20:01
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jacket: from Marshalls
sweater: J. Crew
tank: Martin + Osa
skirt: Grace Elements
shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Another dreary day and my yellow sweater didn’t do a whole lot to perk me up today. Coffee would have helped but I was too lazy to make some. That’s just sad. The sun is supposed to come back out tomorrow, thankgoodness. I have a summery shirt I’ve been dying to wear but I need nice weather first. Besides, everything is better when the sun is out. I’m definitely solar-powered.

Now, I’m planning to spend my evening watching Northern Exposure. I’m only 20 years behind the times… I’m enjoying the show but I’m also using it as a distraction. My students start their end of course testing (aptly called the SOLs – who named these things?) tomorrow and I need to think about anything but that for a while. I’m worried for them; I have weak students this year and it’s been a struggle for all of us. Think good thoughts for them around 7:30 tomorrow morning, please. They’ll need it.