Neutral Reset

Whenever it rains, it pours.  Watching the weather forecast, I had prepared a head of time.  I planned on wearing my hair up, I planned on my rain shoes.  The outfit was just the rest to fall into place.  So here I was, knowing it was going to rain all day, and wondered, staring at my closet “What would work on a gray day like this?”  I reached for my gray sweater dress, but remembered it was too humid and warm to wear my favorite winter dress.  It’s the middle of October here!  Come on, Clare, THINK!

So I went for a neutral reset.  I’ve been dying lately, coming up with outfits, and coming up with new ways to pair them all.  So I figured, take the rest of this short work week to reset myself.  Reset my thinking, get myself ready for the change in temps.  I’ve been really excited to welcome the cooler, chillier temps, and can’t wait to break out all my scarves, but in the awkward in between times, I don’t know what the heck I am doing!

Boring, but at the same time, isn’t a reset boring?  What else do you do when you have to reboot your computer at work?  You fill your time with boring mundane tasks.  (Or if you are me, you clorox wipe your desk, phone, office door handle and keyboard down.) Right?  Tell me you are with me.


Sweater:  Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar, similar)
Tee:  Ann Taylor (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes:  Hunters (similar, similar, similar)

By the way, thanks to one of my students/blogger buddies.  She sent me this long list of Thursday link ups.  We promised each other that we would link up to everyone this week.  Personally, I think it’s a little much, but she reminded me of our future projects, and I thought, “Ugh, I hate when she is right.  I really should link up.”

What I Wore To Work @ Mix & Match Fashion  //   Working Girl With Style @ Simply Just Lovely  //  Let Your Light Shine @ I’m Perfectly Human  //   Spotlight Weekly @ Living in Color Style  //   Style Confessions @ Sequins & Style  //  Throw Back Thursday @ Happiness At Mid-Life  //    WIWT @ The Red Closet Diary  //  Three-fer Thursday @ Perfectly Coutured  //  Thursday Favorite @ Sincerely Jenna Marie  

“Looking Fresh, Clare”

Yes, that was the theme of the day.  At least, a few too many students who saw me hurriedly rushing around campus thought so.  I honestly wasn’t thinking.  And, well, I had to try out my new Stitchfix piece.  Let me tell you, me and Lizzy, we are style bffs, for sure.  She knows me all too well.  Thankfully, I was smart enough to make the connection to style this dress the way that the style cards suggested.  (Okay, it suggested booties, but while I am still on the hunt for said booties, these tall boots will suffice.)  And BAM!  I’m looking “Fresh.”  Now, I don’t know if “fresh” still means “good/stylish/pretty/insert your adjective here” like it did when I was in college, or if “fresh” is meaning something different these days, but I had to put throw it all out there.


Speaking of being fresh, today I’m celebrating my 4 year wedding anniversary.  Me and the Mr. got married on October 10, 2010.  Notice the trend?  10.10.10.  Pretty awesome day if you ask me.  I see a ton of my friends on Facebook are also getting married a year from today.  What a great day to get married. *selfish*  So back in the stitchfix note, I told Lizzy that because the fix was coming a week before the anniv and my birthday (yeah, the poor Mr., two days later is my birthday), I’d need a dress for our dinner date.  She knew, based on my style, and the fact that 10.10.14 is a Friday, exactly what to send.  I am telling you people, if you don’t do Stitchfix, you are missing out.



Dress: Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Denim Jacket: my mother’s (similar, similar, similar)

Boots: JustFab (similar, similar, similar)


Oh and life update:  I’m picking up yet another hobby.  I may not be good at this, but in time, just like anything else, I need practice.  My students and I wanted a new challenge.  We’ve decided to pick up and teach ourselves how to crochet.  Youtube has become so helpful.  And I currently have a skein of gray yarn and a crochet hook on my desk, and it’s beginning to scare me.  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.  Wanna see the picture of what my messy test practice crochet looks like?  Check out the “Instaupdate” on my sidebar!


Happy Friday.  Enjoy the zillions of link ups I am now participating in.* (see side note)


Side note:  I am a “mentor blogger” to one of my students.  She started blogging, and would ask me zillions of questions.  Now that she’s taken off, and become a huge name out there, I’m kinda slacking off.  She keeps me posting, and even reminds me to post.  So good for her to keep me accountable.  Yet, when she emailed me a blog post of ALL THE LINK UPS, I was a little overwhelmed.  But I think that’s a good thing.  We keep pushing each other to become more accountable, and better bloggers.  For now, we are currently working on bringing our blogs up to speed, but we hope that one day, we too can co-host a link up.  And maybe not on a Friday, cause there are already 6 that we participate in :)


I’ve Missed You!

Oh how I’ve missed blogging.  It’s been too long.  Someone slap me next time I disappear for over two weeks.  There’s so much that goes on in the span of two weeks, I begin to forget.  And, apparently I’ve been “on point” with my outfits/shopping, that, well, I am wasting good days! I mean, I’ve been so cute lately, that I look in the mirror and say to myself “Self, you look incredible!” And the day comes, and the day goes, and I forget to snap pics.

I knew I was slacking when the Mr. said “Hey, there hasn’t been any UC updates in my inbox lately.  What’s going on?”  And that’s when it hit me.  “Aw snap, here’s a man, who really has no idea what the heck I am doing this for, and was asking about posts.”  I also think he reads just to see what I sarcastically write about him…but that’s besides the point.

So with recent temperature roller coasters, I’ve been battling the weather.  I am refusing to let summer go.  I wore this to try to trick myself.  But I had to resort to throwing on the cardigan that I have hanging off my chair…I guess I had no choice.  It is FREEZER-ING up in here…



Dang it feels good to be back.  I missed you all.  And my closet has missed being on display.  What can I say?  Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.  Right?

Dress:  Stitchfix

Belt: from another dress

Shoes: Nine West

Saying Goodbye to Summer

I have to admit to myself that summer is over. I don’t want to let it go. (I’m not a pumpkin spice latte girl *gasp*).  I don’t want to be cold, I don’t want to have the flu.  I wear scarves year round, so that’s not exciting. Layering is not always flattering on me…(I tend to look more bulky than I actually am) and well, I don’t do flannel at all.   I don’t want to deal with gray skies and possible snow. Does anyone?

I am clinging on to every last shred of summer.  I refuse to start wearing boots, booties, stockings, tights, undershirts (to me, those long sleeve tees) and other warm clothes.  I love a chunky fisherman’s sweater just as much as the next girl, but come on.  I don’t want to let it go.

My mom is coming to town this weekend.  She’s been in chunky sweaters and warm flannel pajama pants for weeks now, and asked “What clothes should I bring for the weekend?”  Well, Mama’s gonna have to be bringing some sundresses for this 80 degree and sunny weekend.  Poor woman, she just put all those clothes away in the back of her closet…

As for today’s outfit.  I wanted to wear this skirt so bad to say goodbye to my all time favorite season.  But I have to realize that I should start slowly transitioning into fall.  Yet when I was planning it out on a hanger last night (tell me you do that too!), I panicked.  So I picked up the trusty pink phone and snapped a pic, sent it to my fashionista student over at From Farm To Fab.  She approved/disapproved.  Gave me suggestions based on what she knows I own, and told me two possible transition outfits with this skirt.  Today’s outfit is option one.  Option two will be in a few weeks- got to cycle the skirt out, let people forget about it, then bring it back.

I get so many compliments on this skirt.  And to be completely honest with you, I don’t know if I am quite sold on it.  Am I crazy?  The water color design is pretty darn awesome, I will admit that much…

Had to chop out the head- sorry.  I’m battling a cold before it starts – that burning, watery, itchy eye syndrome that starts before a sneeze?  Yeah, I’m dealing with that all day.  Not a pretty sight.  Oh and I have glitter all over my face- I don’t know where the glitter came from, it just appeared.



Jacket:  can’t remember (similar, similar, similar)

Shirt:  Ann Taylor (similar, similar, similar)

Skirt:  LOFT (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals: DSW (similar, similar, similar)

Happy Tuesday.  See you all tomorrow for Happy Wednesday!

What I Wore Wednesday: Revival


This has to be one of my all time favorite maxi dresses.  Super flattering, extra soft/comfy, perfect for the days where I want to look put together but with little effort.

I am refusing to admit to myself that fall is coming.  When I saw on Instagram that someone posted their first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season back in August, my denial started to set in.  I was miserable since that picture.  Granted, I’ve been sunburnt in 90 degree weather last week, but today’s morning low of 57 degrees was not sitting pretty with me.  Is it really time to admit that fall is coming?  My closet is not ready!  I am no where near ready for fall.  I better change my “note” on Stitchfix to let Lizzy know that I need fall stuff!  Yikes!

Happy Wednesday to you.  Enjoy today.  Enjoy your pumpkin spice latte as I drink my iced vanilla latte because I refuse to admit that the low 70s in the DC metro is considered fall.  Too cold for me.  Must. Go. To. The. Tropics.  (oh wait, that’s happening in January!)

Dress: Marshalls (similarsimilarsimilar)

Necklace: J. Crew  (similarsimilarsimilar)

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


I finally have figured out a schedule.  Took me four weeks into the semester and countless times of me muttering “It is seamless and easier for the students, but definitely harder for me on the back end of things…” but I have figured out a feasible schedule.  Thank goodness. Between my actual job, teaching a study skills improvement class and well overall life, I’ve been a little swamped and MIA.  But I’m trying to get on a blogging schedule again, as I’ve been missing you all!

I’m being serious, I’ve missed logging on and checking out what you’ve all been up to.  The outfits you wear give me further inspiration to revive my closet, or try something different.  Because of you, I’ve been introduced to all the box subscriptions out there, daily bible study devotions, Duolingo (I’m teaching myself italian!), and much more.  I cannot be more thankful for the blogging community.

I will share, I’ve become a Jamberry Independent consultant.  I’ve gotten many a question about my nails, and I figured, why not join a team that supports my favorite Sunday night activity?!  (My most recent Insta picture is a “Manicure” of wraps.  I’ve fallen in love.)  So that’s been occupying my time outside of work…And, let me tell you, I’ve been wearing some really cool outfits.  Like reviving my closet, and stretching my closet til it can’t stretch anymore.  And everytime I say to myself “Self, take a picture today, you look really good…”  Self says back: “Yeah, when you have a free minute, take a picture.”  And then no free minutes come, and no free minutes go…and bummer, there goes the day, and here come the sweatpants…



…yes.  I wear sweatpants.  I’m bringing them back.  Yoga pants were so two years ago. (Remember, I do hot yoga, why wear pants? I’d rather wear my track shorts!)

Scarf: Gift (similar, similar, similar)

Sweater: LOFT (similar, similar, similar)

Skirt (actually a dress!): White House Black Market (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals: DSW (similar, similar, similar)

What I Wore Wednesday: Remember to Breathe

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just need to remind yourself to breathe?  Like life has gotten so crazy busy, that you just can’t keep it all straight?  I keep hearing the words
“Breathe.  Just breathe.”  over and over on repeat, but for some reason, those words are not sinking in.  It’s been a whirl wind these days.  Like crazy fast, super busy.  Ever have those days? What do you do when life gets like that?

Thank goodness for this Style Me Pretty Challenge. I don’t have to think anymore when putting my outfits together.  Every night at 8pm, I get an email with tomorrow’s outfit.  I throw it all together on a hanger (all pieces) at night and then BAM!  I’m dressed in 5 minutes tomorrow morning.  I am so grateful for this.  If only everyday was a challenge day!  I think I may cry when I don’t have the nightly e-mails.  Today’s outfit called for a printed bottom with a solid top, statement necklace and bright flats.  Okay… I reversed it.  And I wore sandals.  But oh well.


This was a quick pic, after a long day of rushing, and reminding myself “Self, don’t forget to take a picture!”  And I did.  I apologize for the frazzle, the wrinkle and the overall sarcastic cheesy grin. Oh who am I kidding- that’s who I am normally.

Shirt:  Ann Taylor

Skirt: Banana Republic

Sandals: DSW (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