Saturday, October 26, 2013

Week 9 Fall-Weather Friend

I like the fall season.  Or at least the idea of it.
Thus far, the climate here in Houston hasn't changed much, although there have been days where it was feasible to layer clothes without fearing that you would melt away on the sidewalk by the afternoon.  
Because of this, I try to not get too excited and go overboard with some of the fall (and winter) trends.  In my opinion, compared to most of the rest of the country, Houston should have its own set of seasons: really warm, hot, hot-as-hell, and could-be-cold-but-it-depends-on-the-hour.  So, rather than focusing solely on the changing of the season and the climate that is usually associated with that season, the usual determinants of my work wear will be my mood, the fluctuating temperature in my classroom (which should have its own entity, as well), and the details of what my day will entail. 
Fall this week, for me, was met with...
... a bright blazer...
Vince Camuto "Padara" booties


 ...a sleek skirt...

Vince Camuto "Kain" pumps

...pops and pops of color...

Guess peep-toe pumps


...mixed patterns and textures...

Gianni Bini wedges


...and Friday flat-wear.

Target leopard flats

Mixing together "fall" and "spring/summer" pieces makes it easy for me to not drive myself crazy everyday by dressing for the current season and the expected climate.  Now, if you want to talk about daily weather changes, that will be another conversation.
Until next week!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Week 8

The good thing about a three-day weekend is...well, that's pretty obvious.
The bad thing about a four-day work week's just as long as a five-day week.

Ralph Lauren heels


Vince Camuto "Harty" pumps


Nine West heels


Until next week (which will be a five day week...)!




Friday, October 11, 2013

Week 7 - Jeans n Tees

**disclaimer:  Although I teach reading and language arts, this post contains mathematical references and computations that may be beyond a rudimentary level.  Read and compute at your own risk. 
Our campus dress code policy is outlined as business plus casual.  It's a simple equation, yet I'm sure that there are a myriad of ways to arrive at its sum.  But for all intents and purposes, we're going to go with what this looks like on my middle school campus.
Out of a five-day work week, three of those days allow for teachers and staff to dress according the latter half of the aforementioned dress code equation.   If you're not great at a math, let me break this down for you: 
During one week of school, you (as a teacher) are really only required to dress business-casually for two days, while on the other three days, you may dress business-casually in a pair of jeans and the t-shirt designated for that day.  Even the most rudimentary mathematician knows that three is greater than two, which means that on any given week on our campus, you can wear jeans and a tee shirt...and probably tennis shoes, if you so choose. 
Personally, I feel that the equation is unevenly balanced, but it's okay if the way that I do math is different than another person's method.  (As I mentioned, business plus casual is a simple equation with a myriad of ways to arrive at its sum.)  So, when it comes to the doing the jeans-and-tee thing, I typically wait for ("casual") Friday.  However, this week, in the spirit of "spirit wear", I wore jeans and a tee for four-fifths of the week:
This day is reserved for AVID shirts (an awesome, I-can't-say-enough-wonderful-things-about-it college prep program).  The shirts are redesigned every year, and if a teacher chooses to purchase one for the year, then he/she also sponsors an AVID student by providing that child with a shirt as well. 

Guess heels

If you take half of two-fifths of business plus casual...then you arrive at Tuesdays. (Did I lose you?  Because I think I got lost myself...!)
Anyway, Tuesday is regularly not a jeans-and-spirit-tee day, but this week, we were given the opportunity to do so because of a pep rally that was planned.  And so, wearing this year's faculty spirit shirt, I decided to ride for the brand.  If you don't know what I mean by that, then just read my boobs shirt. 


 Oh, wait.  You can't tell what they it says?  Can you read them it now?
Ah, yes.  You read correctly. 
My boobs shirt says "Ride for the brand". 
Did I mention that I work at a middle school? 
ABS Allen Schwartz python print pumps

I'll leave you to your own thoughts on that one.

WEDNESDAY (alert: blurry pictures ahead!)
Wednesday's are a jeans-and-spirit-tee day, and since the pep rally was rescheduled for this day, I opted to sport last year's faculty spirit tee.

Target Mossimo sandals


Without getting all into that math verbiage again, Thursday is the other business plus casual day.  Nothing was going on to allow me to wear jeans-and-a-tee, so I just went with a "regular" outfit.

Vince Camuto Padara booties

Friday's are "casual"... of course!  ;) 
As I stated earlier, I typically reserve Friday's for my jeans-and-spirit-tee day. 
And that's because after a stressful week, all I can think of is that it's...

If you made it all the way through the computations and explanations, then thank you.  Secretly, I'm really not all that great at math.  I guess that's why this post turned out twice as long as I expected.  ;)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Week 6 - Revise and Edit

During the latter half of the week, one of my classes had to revise and edit one of their essays.  Now, if I had to revise and edit my own work (outfits), here's what I would do:
I wouldn't change a thing!  After owning the top and skirt for a couple of years now, the genius idea finally occurred to me to put them together!  My cute red pumps (that are "foot-friendly" for those of you out there who are concerned with wearing shoes with too high of a heel) were the perfect footnotes.

Apt. 9 pumps from Kohl's

Have you ever had it in your mind to wear a particular item of clothing, and you would stop at nothing in order to wear it?

Well, this outfit was a "throw-down".  And by "throw-down", I mean that I was literally throwing clothes down in my closet in an attempt to scramble and put something together with this skirt...while also trying making it to school early enough to get some extra work done.  I like the final pairing of the skirt and top, but I wish that I had either waited on this outfit or worn it with different shoes...maybe a strappy sandal in a lighter color.  Now that I'm typing this, I think I may have a pair that would have worked.....I wonder where they are?


Guess nude pumps

I think I'm okay with this one, although I remember trying on a few other pairs of shoes in an attempt to pick up the coral color in the necklace.  None of them worked.  So, when in doubt, go nude.  As in nude shoes.
Nine West nude pumps

For a long time, I have been on the lookout for the right kelly green pump...or kelly green sandal...or any type of heel with Kelly green in it.  It has definitely been a challenge, and I admit to not having worn outfits because I felt that I was missing the right color in the right pair of shoes (see: Tuesday).  I hope that doesn't sound weird.  Or obsessive.  Or crazy.  

Anyway, I went ahead with this look, but I think a pump or sandal with hints of green could have worked better here.  Or maybe blue pumps.  (Huh. I have some of those.)
And maybe some different earrings.
And maybe pushed up sleeves.
And maybe, to avoid sounding weird, obsessive, or crazy, I think that's it.

Guess nude pumps
Shoe Literature Pop Quiz:  What is the theme of this post?

a.  You should have the right shoe for every outfit. 
b.  Shoes are just as important as footnotes.
c.  Nude shoes can be a life (and outfit) saver.
d.  When in doubt, save the outfit and wait to wear it until you have the right shoes.
e.  All of the above.

Enjoy your weekend and week!

p.s. the correct answer was 'e' if you didn't know that already...