Causal Friday: Stripes and Jeans

Always a perfect outfit.  Especially when your “uniform shirt” (okay, so on the nights where I have to work late) is to be worn, and you don’t want to really lug an entire change of clothes on the train and you are babbling a mile a minute…and this post may not make any sense, but trust me, something in my brain is working right, I wouldn’t have had the creativity to get dressed this morning!

BTW- I wore this sweater with a white dress (actually this dress, just in white) and got so many compliments on it, I had to wear the sweater again and again and again. I wish I took a picture  Thank you Lizzy over at Stitchfix!

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Cheers to a long weekend!  Thank the good heavens, I’m tired.  The students, although yes, I am excited they are back, I am exhausted.  I mean yeah, I am an introvert, and a lot of the day I am “on” so I have to break out of my comfort zone and talk talk talk talk talk, so it will be nice to be just QUIET all weekend long.  Cheers!

 

Sweater: Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Button-down:  Polo (similar, similar, similar)

Jeans: Macy’s (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals: DSW (similar, similar, similar)

And don’t forget to check out some friends this weekend!

Happy Fashion Item Friday to you //  SewSarahR

Passion for Fashion // Casual  Friday Link Up 

Favorite Fashion Friday // Sabby Style

Fab Favorites Link Up…with Style Elixir

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Pearls make it classy

I posted on my office’s Facebook page:  “Whoa!  We’ve been so busy, we forgot to wish you a happy first and second day of school!  Yikes!”  I think it accurately sums up just how crazy the first few days of school are.  But I am so super excited to be busy like this again.  I am reminded why I got into this field in the first place.  I’m also reminded of how much I really do enjoy my job.  The students give me the energy to go on.  (Especially since the Mr. decided we should cut back on our sugar intake – so sad, my 2:30 snack break is now grapes, not a mini snickers bar…) I am looking forward to the beginning of the school year again.  The theme?  “Make it classy.”  So bam, I got myself a dress that makes it classy.  The pearls are attached!

 

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For reals though, pearls make it classy, no matter what…

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Oh and let me just say, HOLY CANOLI BATMAN!  The other night, Ann Taylor was having a 70% off sale Flash Sale.  So excited, I threw away all caution and shopped away.  I am now anxiously awaiting the delivery. HURRY UP MAIL PEOPLE!  Mama wants her clothes!  But seriously.  One thing was white jeans, and apparently my office is debating that rule “Do you wear white pants after labor day?”  If the folks who are on the “no you cannot” are correct, then shoot, I have til Monday to wear these jeans….hurry up, mail!

Dress: TJ Maxx (similar, similar, similar)

Happy Wednesday.

Don’t forget to link up.

The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So

 Transatlantic Blonde  // Style Elixir

Get Your Pretty On

Shopping My Closet // My Girlish Whims

First Day of School!

I am a complete nerd.  I have been waiting for this day all summer.  I was so excited this morning that I forgot my glasses!  (I wear contacts for regular conversation and seeing, but I wear glasses for the computer and reading…tell me it’s normal…)  so there I was at work, all day, squinting and straining.  I got quite dizzy numerous times throughout the day, I wanted to cry.  Oh well.  Note to self:  pack your glasses!

To get myself psyched up, I chose the most perfect outfit ever, but went to put it on and felt “eh, this isn’t right.”  So I ended up with this.  Enjoy!

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And, I forgot, I added the hottest shoes ever to this outfit.  Cause I wasn’t cool enough….

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Shirt:  Ann Taylor (similar, similar, similar)

Skirt:  Banana Republic (similar, similar)

Shoes:  Nine West (similar, similar, similar)

 

Wait, they’re back?!

I guess the summer casual wardrobe has finally caught up with me.  When walking around campus, people stopped me asking “Why so fancy?”  Then an awkward smile/pause and bam!  “Wait, they’re back already?”  Yes, folks, my summer has ended, let us commence the 2014-2015 school year…yikes!  I’m excited though, considering most of my job is so student dependent, I’ve been kind of sitting pretty in my office all summer…

…speaking of which, I signed up for a 21 day closet challenge with Allison over at Get Your Pretty On.  A work-day challenge.  How perfect?!  The first day of the challenge coincides with the first day of the school year.  She couldn’t have timed this any better.  And since most of the pieces in the challenge are already in my closet, I figured “This couldn’t get any better.”  I consulted with my fashionista student, and bam!  We managed to make my closet work.  The fashionista told me too “You should devote only one side of your closet to this challenge.  Just move all the other clothes to the other side of the closet, and operate out of that.  Then Mr. UC will totally see that you’re doing the right thing…you’re not constantly adding things to carts online!”  Cheers to that.

In preparation for the challenge, I was cleaning my closet last night.  I found some print outs of pics that Belle at CapHillStyle posts, and I said to myself, “Self, you have that!  Wear it tomorrow!”  And so here we are…tomorrow.  I’m sure the original picture was more fancy, but hey, you make do with what you have.  Then post the pictures tomorrow.  Done. and Done.

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Sweater:  Gap (similar, similar, similar)

Dress:  TJ Maxx (similar, similar, similar)

Shoes: Nine West (similar, similar, similar)

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Cleaning and texting, Texting and Cleaning

I read an article recently that suggests that we overwork ourselves for “social cachet.”  I used to agree, but I guess this week for me is different.  Work has taken over my life this week and next.  (Granted, there are few weeks in the year that I work more than the typical 40-50 hours…these two are those few…)  I’ve been working a lot.  And when I’m not in the office, I’m reading/prepping for the class I’m teaching- it’s a lot, but this article really makes you think… check it out.  If the article doesn’t make you want to move to Paris or any country on the Mediterranean Sea, then, well, who are you?!

But last night, as I was on a manic cleaning episode, I started to organize my closet again.  (After weeks of neglect and disorganized “throwing it in” attitude, I was lost).  I found this little green number.  Brought back the memories of chasing down the street vendors on the streets of Rome, looking for the mate to the high-low hem gray dress just like this.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find a mate for the gray, but they had this makeshift maxi instead.  Neutral color.  Sold.  Now, a racerback tank dress probably isn’t casual Friday appro, so I hung the sweater around the hanger, sent it to my panel of Stitchfix consultants (my students who tell me what to keep/not to keep) and asked “Does this work?”

Response:  “Yes, with the rope sandals you’ve been wearing.”  Done and done.  Perfecto.  And back to work I go.  Cheers to another 10 hour day, but a 48 hour reprieve for the weekend!

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Oh, let’s all laugh.  I was moving my hands, like I was talking to the camera, and therefore, I have a very blurry right hand.  I win for life.  Seriously.  I win.  And, I think I need a haircut.  Actually, I know I need a haircut…

Sweater: Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar, similar)

Dress:  Street vendor (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals: DSW (similar, similar, similar)

And don’t forget to check out some friends this weekend!

Happy Fashion Item Friday to you //  SewSarahR

Passion for Fashion // Casual  Friday Link Up 

Favorite Fashion Friday // Sabby Style

Fab Favorites Link Up…with Style Elixir

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Rain shoes in neutral

The hours are numbered.  And the air pressure has changed, the storm front has come in.  I sensed yesterday something wasn’t right.  Didn’t know what it was til I got home and got word that the famed Robin Williams had passed away.  Tragic.  I was honestly really looking forward to the Mrs. Doubtfire the sequel after I saw it trending on Facebook a few weeks ago.  My thoughts and prayers are with he and his family at this time.  In addition, my sincere support and encouragement to those who are battling severe depression.  Help is available to you and you are worth it.

*sad face*  I’m really down right now.  It’s pouring rain.  I’m freezing (refer to the never ending battle with the humidity and my office and paperwork…)and I stepped in a puddle this morning.  Sad part was, I knew that there was going to be a puddle in that exact spot.  WHY CAN I NEVER EVER REMEMBER?!  I always remind myself, “Clare, there is a puddle coming up where the pavers buckle and meet the curb.  Avoid it!”  And guess what happens, I get distracted by the rain or trying to avoid other puddles and then THHUNKD, my entire left leg is soaked, and the lotion on my freshly shaved legs is now streaky.  #lovelife

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Total fail of a day.  I decided to just sit quietly in my office, keeping my head focused on my work.  The students are back in a week.  Clearly, I need to get my stuff together.  YIKES!  So again, today, I’ll be plugging away, getting an awesome presentation done.  (For those that were a student of mine, you know my presentation style is really fun and casual and laidback.  I’d be terrible in the business world.  GIFs aren’t fun in a presentation in the real world!)

Oh side note about this outift:  I texted one of my students at 9:45 the night before.  I panicked.  The messages went a little something like this:

Me:  Will my darker chambray go with a khaki pencil skirt?

Her:  With your red rain shoes, yes.

Me:  will the leopard print belt work too?

Her:  My family I nanny for had their baby!

…that would explain why I didn’t wear the belt…

Chambray:  Levi Outlet (similar, similar, similar)

Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar, similar)

Shoes: Hunters  (similar, similar, similar)

Happy Wednesday.

Don’t forget to link up.

The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So

 Transatlantic Blonde  // Style Elixir

Get Your Pretty On  // Light on a Hill Life

Shopping My Closet

Ann Taylor Friends and Family Wishlist

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How perfect?  It’s like AT knew it was time for me to update my closet and get ready for back to school.  How considerate.  Shop away friends, it’s 40% off all weekend long…  Enjoy the Ann Taylor sale!