Thursday, February 27, 2014

Learning the Layering Formula

This makes my eighth winter living here in Florida after relocating when I graduated from college. Before that, I had lived and endured 22 Pennsylvanian winters and I was pretty good at dressing warm. But living in the south, you get used to the hot summers and cold becomes a thing of the past. Except that like most other places, Florida has seen a colder winter than usual this year. So I think I'm finally learning the layering formula that fits Florida's winters, at least for me.
Long sleeve button down shirt + long sleeve cardigan + statement necklace + straight leg chinos + ballet flats = comfortable, stylish, and warm teacher outfit
That's a long one! But in all honesty, this formula has really made picking out outfits much easier for me lately. I especially love the way this one turned out because the inside of the cuffs of the button down are plaid and cuffing the sleeves shows that off in a super cute way.

petite pink long sleeve button down - Kohl's
charcoal cardigan - Papaya
jet ellipse necklace - Kohl's
petite black straight leg chinos - Walmart
pewter bow flats - G.H. Bass Outlet

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Skirt!

I took this picture at the end of another looong day of work so forgive me if I look exhausted... I am. I've been stressing and worrying about our upcoming standardized test in April and I haven't slept much the past 2 weeks. Mostly I fall asleep fine but I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. I just worry and worry about how some of my struggling students will ever be able to understand subtracting unlike fractions with regrouping, or dividing by 2 digits, or read on grade level...blah. The life of a teacher. Anyway, I wore a cute outfit today and it was the first time I've worn a skirt in months, so I thought I would share it.

Pink striped button down: Goodwill (NY&Co brand)
Black pencil skirt: Target
Black opaque tights: Target
Black bow flats: GH Bass Outlet
Black faux patent leather belt: Charlotte Russe (I think, it's been awhile)
Gray faceted teardrop necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Forgotten Outfit

petite chambray camp shirt from Kohl's [exact]
petite straight leg burnt olive chinos from Walmart [exact, but not petite]
gray faceted teardrop necklace from Ann Taylor Outlet [similar]
leopard print flats from Papaya [lots of similar options]

I had this picture saved for awhile and forgot about it.  I wore this to work... um, maybe two weeks ago?  I don't even remember!  But it was a simple and cute outfit that I liked and I still wanted to share it.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

From Makeup Tutorials to Math Tutorials

I have been so busy lately but in the most pleasant way!  My students have all received their iPads and we are now officially a 1:1 iPad classroom.  It is awesome!  I am absolutely in love with my job right now, as it currently consists of two of my favorite things: teaching and technology.  Combining the two has been a perfect match for me.  Needless to say, I've easily transitioned from making makeup tutorials to math tutorials!  I've been spending lots of time coming up with fun activities for the kids that include some short videos of me reteaching some concepts that my kids struggled with and I just died laughing inside when the first student said, "Watching you on a video is way better than you teaching us!".  They are so easily fooled.

Changing everything I do into digital lessons is really time consuming right now but I feel a passion for my work that I haven't felt in many years and it's extremely rewarding when I see my students laughing, engaged, and working hard on something that I prepared for them.  I'm just in a very happy place right now and while I really don't have time for makeup tutorials these days, I'm so happy I have that experience.  It was really easy to get back in front of the camera and it only felt awkward to be teaching an empty room for a few moments before I got back into the swing of it.  But I'm off again... those science digital lessons don't make themselves!   :-D

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday Outfit

I saw this cardigan on a mannequin in Papaya and thought it was a fun unique color that would look really good with my olive chinos.  But then I was stumped on how I could style it with anything else and then I was really wishing I had taken a photo of that mannequin!  I figured I was always safe with an outfit of all neutrals and this mocha cardigan was far enough from black that they would work together.  I did end up wearing a different white shirt underneath though.  This one is just too wide and was making me look a little bulky so I went with a 3/4 one that was more slim instead.

white button down [similar]
mocha cardigan from Papaya [exact]
petite black chinos from Walmart [exact but not petite size]
black bow flats from G.H. Bass Outlet [similar]
black and silver flower necklace from Papaya [similar] [similar] [similar]

Monday, February 3, 2014

Best Laid Plans

I knew going into this week that it was going to be an extremely busy one so I selected (and tried on and photographed) all of my outfits in advance and even made our lunches for several days at a time.  I felt like I had my game face on to start this week.  Then I woke up today and didn't feel like wearing the skirt I had picked out. Then I got to work and saw that Friday was wear red day at work and that if you wear red Friday, then you can wear jeans on Thursday. Then at the end of the day, we got the email saying our students will be getting their iPads tomorrow and we were requested to wear our team shirts and jeans. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, right? It's okay though, since I get to wear jeans three times this week. :)  And if I don't end up wearing some of the outfits, then I'll be more prepared for next week.  *Optimism*

On to the outfit! I've had trouble in the past styling this shirt.  It's a classic shape but the color is sort of a weird shade of grayish green and I never really knew what bottom to wear it with before.  When I held it up next to these navy chinos in my closet, I knew it was meant to be.  I definitely see this shirt getting more love in the near future.  I definitely want to pair it with my navy polka dot pencil skirt.

petite bracken fern 3/4 button down from Banana Republic Factory
petite navy chinos from Walmart
mixed neutrals necklace from Payless
honey bow ballet flats from G.H. Bass Outlet

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Attempt at Layers

 This outfit is something I wore last week (notice the still long hair in a sad, hot mess of a ponytail?).  This winter has been especially cold here in Florida as well as much of the United States and I really have forgotten how to dress warm enough for temperatures under 60* Fahrenheit.  After looking at blogs of all those smart people living in colder climates, I came to the conclusion that thin layers are the way to go.  They are on to something because I was nice and toasty this day.  I wore a long sleeve black button down under my burnt olive 3/4 sweater.  I guess the key to not looking lumpy is wearing a tank top in between because that did the trick to smooth the buttons on the shirt.  I paired it with a mixed neutral necklace and I really liked the way this outfit looked but I was uncomfortable with the spandex tank top in between layers, as it kept bunching up.  Next time, different tank.