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

Ann Taylor Friends and Family Wishlist
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!

Operating Solo in Stitchfix

Context of the day:  I am the only person in my department present in the office today.  My office is completely isolated from the rest of campus.  I am going off campus for lunch.  I do not have any meetings.  I am strictly doing desk work today.  I opted to go super duper uber casual cause, well…why not?!

These are basically leggings.  But they look like jeans (from the back, there are pockets).  They feel like leggings.  They have an elastic waistband, but from a distance, you would not know.  And remember yesterday when I was like “Dang, I am having the best hair day ever?”  Then I went to Bikram last night, sweated so much, I walked out looking like I just got out of the shower.  This is bed head.  (I showered with my hair all pinned up in a few too many duck bill clips this morning…)  Here’s hoping tomorrow’s hair will be good…

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Shirt: Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Scarf:  Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Jeans: Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals: DSW (similar, similar, similar)

This weekend I shall be prancing around town, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  What do you have planned?!

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

Happy Fashion Item Friday to you

Passion for Fashion // Casual  Friday Link Up 

Favorite Fashion Friday

Fab Favorites Link Up…with Style Elixir

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Covering Up the Sleepy

Today, I am going to be vein.  I am having a great hair day.  How often does that really happen?!  But seriously.  How often does someone have a good hair day?  And, this is 3rd day hair.  (meaning I haven’t washed it…) Can we imagine how 4th day hair is going to look?  Don’t imagine it.  I’m going to hot yoga tonight, so I’ll just ruin the good hair day by sweating like I just took a shower….so much for 4th day hair.  Dang.

Every time I wear this dress, everyone compliments on “Oh Clare, you look so put together!”  Ha!  If only they knew- I’m still exhausted from traveling, there is too much concealer under my eyes, and well, I’m a little panicky because in two weeks from today, the kids are back.  The panic has begun, so the outfits must be effortless to ensure comfort and relaxation.  The last thing you need when panicking is to be fidgeting because a skirt is all twisted, a shirt hem keeps coming untucked, and well, 3rd day hair wouldn’t be happening…

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Told you.  Good hair.  Good dress.  Good makeup.  Good day.  Regardless of how exhausted I really am, I think I look somewhat pulled together…

Dress: Ann Taylor (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals:  DSW (similar, similar, similar)

Metro Inspiration

But really, I got the inspiration for today’s wear by an advertisement on the train.  I stared at the girl in the picture for the entire 14 minute train ride…I think there may have been someone worried that I was going crazy by how intently close I was really eyeing the picture.  I was checking out the outfit and the hair.  I got lost in a train of thought that went something like this:

“Wow, they finally opened the silver line.  Wow, they are advertising that kids with masters degrees aren’t getting jobs…wait, she looks good.  A blue pinstriped shirt…I think I have that…do I have something similar?  Is that the shirt in the dry cleaning bin?  Wait, did the hubs go to the dry cleaners this week?  Hey, I have a black pencil skirt…where is it?  Do I need to wash it?  Is it already cleaned?  If it is, was it before or after the allergy outbreak of Tide Pods?  My brother’s laundry detergent smelled good, I wonder what that was….Wait, can I recreate this outfit?….”

Yes, my mind goes all over the place.  Tell me that you can somewhat follow along.  So thank you, to the sign on the metro, of the young overqualified girl who can’t find a job, but now can possibly commute out to new territories, with new jobs… Here’s what I attempted to do…

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Thankfully for me, the next question in that train of thought was “Oh my goodness, will this outfit be too hot for the weather?  Eh, I’ll risk it.”  And of course, it will be 90 and hot and humid with chance of storms (perfect, cause I was so excited to finally get back on the softball field tonight- I’ve missed the team!), but hey, why not?  I think it works.  And on this Wednesday, anything will work.

 

Shirt:  Ann Taylor Factory Outlet (similar, similar, similar)

Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals:  DSW (similar, similar, similar)

Earrings:  Ann Taylor Factory Outlet (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