Thursday, October 30, 2014

OOTWeekend: 10/17-10/18/14

Vest: Max Studio (sim) | Top: Banana Republic | Jeans: Joe's Jeans | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: Chocolat Blu

Sweater: Uniqlo | Top: J Crew Factory | Jeans: J Crew | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: Chocolat Blu | Necklace: J Crew Factory

Read this: If you are in the field of academics (or really, a working professional in any field) you may find this article an interesting read.  I struggle with finding a balance between what is professional,  what is comfortable/functional, and what is 'me' at work. I started my higher-ed teaching career at the tender age of 24. I was mistaken for a student often. And for many years my students were older than me (it's kind of depressing that that is happening less and less now).

Though there is no required dress code at the college where I teach, I felt pressure to "over-dress" in very conservative business wear for years. I was very concerned with both students and other faculty not taking me seriously. Most likely I was just being age/experience-sensitive because there have always been plenty of other faculty who show up for work in sloppy jeans, tees, and even sweatpants. When I first met Husband (he teaches psychology at the same college) he dressed in cargo shorts, Hawaiian shirts, and flip flops to teach. {In case you're horrified, I broke him of that habit real quick.}  

It's just been in the past few years (when I hit my 10-year teaching mark) that I've finally allowed myself to relax my personal dress-code. I still try to dress smartly and remain polished and put together, but now days there are less pencil skirts, dress shirts, and blazers and more casual pants and even a few pairs jeans. Maybe it's just the passing of time, or finally feeling comfortable and confident in my teaching, but it seems that unknown, invisible pressure of dressing to impress is no longer there. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

OOTW: 10/14/-10/15/14

Top: J Crew Factory (in silver) | Pants: LOFT Factory (reg. retail version) | Scarf: Uniqlo | Shoes: Pour La Victoire | Bag: Chocolat Blu

Top: Ann Taylor Factory | Skirt: J Crew | Shoes: Nine West (sim) | Necklace: Sam Edleman | Bag: Chocolat Blu

Bummed: that I'm sick first time this season. Though it's a miracle I made it all the way to the end of October healthy, so I'll be thankful for that. Between the germ fest that Child brings home from school every day, and the breeding ground of illness I'm exposed to daily at the campus I teach at, I'm amazed I'm not sick more often than I am. #hazardsofteaching

Excited for: furniture delivery! This weekend we went shopping for a new living-room set and it's due to arrive on Nov. 12th. Beyond excited! We've had the same ugly furniture for the past 7 years now, and it was sad and tired looking. And ugly. We bought it back when Child was a baby to replace the furniture I'd had since college. Knowing that life with a little boy wasn't going to be a stain-free one, we bought the cheapest thing in the store that would hide stains well. That equals ugly. Seven years of ugly. But Child has promised us he's a big boy now, and will be very careful not to spill on the new stuff. Now I just need to make the same promise.

Bracing myself for: pumpkin carving tonight. See, I have this phobia---a seed phobia. Seed clusters in any form absolutely make me want to hurl. The seeds in bell peppers, cantaloupe, pomegranate, even apples give me a case of the heeby-geebies and I literally throw-up in my mouth a little even thinking about them. I realize it is absolutely irrational, but I seriously just can't with seeds. And pumpkin carving? Makes me want to lose my lunch. But Child has a pumpkin carving party tonight with some of his friends, and I'm going to have to help with the activity. Deep breaths........give me strength........

Thursday, October 23, 2014

OOTW: 10/9-10/10/14

Top: Boden | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew Factory | Shorts: J Crew Factory | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: vintage LV

Buy this (cause it's on sale!): Uniqlo Ultra Light Down. Really guys--this is good stuff. Uniqlo is having a 2-year anniversary sale right now and is offering free shipping with no minimum, a $5 coupon when you spend $100, and right now there are tons of promotionally priced items including the Ultra Light Down. (not sure how long the free shipping will last though.....)

I bought the Quilted Down Jacket in navy: ($59.50 on sale)


and the Printed Down Vest: ($39.50 on sale)

This stuff is crazy light-weight, and I actually like the look/feel/wear of it better than the ever-popular J Crew Excursion vest. They pack down into these itty-bitty carrying bags, and take up no space in a bag or glove compartment. Obviously I'm not going to get a chance to wear any of it for awhile yet since temps are still in the 80's here, but I've learned to buy when I can at Uniqlo because colors and sizes often sell out fast. Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year?!

I've found I'm normally a sz. small at Uniqlo and I took a sz. small in the Ultra Light Down (I'm usually a sz. XS or sz. 2 at J Crew). And just like Boden, they list actual garment measurements for each and every item (click the 'fit guide' in the item page).

And if Down outerwear isn't your thing, Uniqlo's got some awesome the Flannel shirtsCashmere sweaters, or extra fine Merino Wool sweaters.

Buy it. Now! You'll thank me!

(no affiliate links used or compensation provided from Uniqlo. 
I just really love the brand!)

Monday, October 20, 2014

OOTW: 10/7-10/8/14 & a Sven Clogs Review

Top: J Crew | Skirt: Self-made | Belt: Lands End Canvas | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew (sim) | Pants: Banana Republic Factory | Belt: J Crew | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: vintage LV

Currently Obsessed: with my new clogs from Sven Clogs! It seems one is either a lover or a hater of clogs. Clearly, I'm a lover. Comfortable. Practical. Height without instability. Oddly cute in a quirky sort of way. And in the case of Sven clogs, hand-made to order in Minnesota (which is my beloved home state, so I may be a little biased there). Oh, and I can wear them for over 6 hours of non-stop standing on me feet. Um, yes please. 

I've shared my love for clogs, Sven clogs in particular, in the past. But most of my clogs belong in my summer shoe wardrobe, so one of the things on my fall Want List was a more "fall-ish" looking clog. I follow Sven's instagram, so when they introduced the peep-toe halter it went to the top of my list. 

It took me almost three days to settle on a leather and color because there were 78 colors/leather options to chose from, but I finally settled on the NuBuc in Cedar which is a warm, reddish brown.  I'm usually a sz. 8.5 in most brands of shoes, and the sz. 39 is what works best for me in clogs.

I'm not going to lie, Sven clogs aren't cheap. More than I'd normally spend on a pair of shoes. I planned and saved up eBay sales money for this purchase. But I've never regretted a purchase from Sven's. They're hand-made to your specifications, choosing heel-height, wood base color, and leather color. Plus, they're one of the friendliest most accommodating companies I've ever bought from (must be that "Minnesota nice" people always talk about).  

Which is why I immediately went back and ordered this same style in black leather.
What can I say, when I like something I really like it. 

(This is NOT a sponsored post. I just really like Sven clogs.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

OOTW: 9/30 - 10/2/14

Top, Pants, and Shoes: randoms via TJ Maxx (guess I'm a Maxxinista!) | Necklace: J Crew | Bag: vintage LV

Sweater: Ann Taylor Factory | Pants: J Crew | Shoes: Nine West | Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff | Bag: vintage LV

Top: J Crew Factory | Skirt: J Crew | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: vintage LV

Bummed that: I ended up having to return much of the Boden order I made a few weeks ago. Things were either too short or too wide for me. Bummer. Of course now prices have gone back up again, so I'll have to wait for another sale to make a re-order. {sigh}

On that note: I'm eagerly waiting the Columbus day sale orders I placed: from J Crew the Toothpick jeans, the Funnel sweatshirt and New Balance shoes , from J Crew Factory the puffer vest in black, and the navy contrast sweatshirt, from Uniqlo more flannel shirts and this beyond cute plaid puffer vest, and Onitsuka Tiger shoes from Amazon. They should all be at my doorstep any day now. Hurry Mr. Brown Shorts! (And now it makes me feel a little better that I'm returning most of my Boden order!)

Regretting: that Husband convinced me to watch the Conjuring with him. Right now. At this moment. And it's freaking the hell out of me. I hate scary movies.