After a few rough days last week I really wanted to start fresh on Monday morning. Alas, that didn’t exactly happen. Instead, all of the tension that had been steadily mounting erupted into an overflow. This resulted in a student speaking with the department chair about her frustrations and later that same day, myself going and speaking to my department chair about the situation. And that is really all that I want to say about that!
We’ve had a break in the weather since last weeks unbearable temps of 95+ and have returned to our normal summer temperatures of mid-80’s. And I am thankful. Although those 90 degree days can be nice if you have nothing better to do than go hang out at the pool, they make trying to accomplish anything else–even sleep!– all but impossible. And, I can’t deny that the decrease in heat and humidity is much better for my hair– I was having a great hair day on Monday which made me super-duper excited.
I decided to wear this aztec-y jersey printed tank top that I purchased a while back from Target. I knew when I bought it that it was going to have lots of remix possibilities. I’ve worn it several times and each time I’ve managed to wear it just a little bit differently. (See here.) I love the color palette, the cut and style, and the fabric– it’s like wearing a super soft t-shirt. Plus, I can dress it up for school, or just throw it on with denim shorts for a perfect summer look. If I had to pick one piece that I think defines my Summer style it would be between this shirt and my printed khaki shorts from Old Navy.
This time around, instead of bringing out the yellow-gold hues, I played up the pinks and peaches. I paired it with my blush colored trousers and salmon-y cardigan. (For other ways that I’ve worn these trousers see here and here.) I went with brown shoes and silver-toned jewelry instead of gold. I also added my wooden bead-bauble-y necklace. I was a little unsure about the necklace with the ruffle detail of the shirt, so I photographed it both with and without the necklace and (just like last time) I liked it better with the necklace. It just feels like a more finished product.
Savvy readers will also notice that I have layered my necklaces, again. This time I am wearing a silver rope chain in addition to the orangish wooden necklace. This is a styling detail that I am really in love with right now.
After class I spent some time talking to a faculty member about my class and then headed towards the main campus to speak with my department chair. After a mentally exhausting day I needed to decompress. For me, this meant stopping at J.C. Penney on my way home to do a bit of shopping. I did pick up two new items, a sleeveless gold cowl-neck top and a silver cuff bracelet. While shopping, I remembered that it was a co-worker’s last day at my other job. I quickly texted another co-worker to see if she wanted to meet up and say a quick good-bye.
She was just leaving work for the day and agreed to meet me in about 30 minutes. I made a quick stop to Wal-Mart to pick up a card and then met my friend at work. Sadly, our co-worker had already left for the day. But, it worked out fine in the end because my friend and I got to spend some QT together have a cocktail and an appetizer on the patio.
Since we have to wear uniforms to work, this was (possibly) the first time that my co-workers had seen me in dress up clothes. It was fun to see their reaction. I got a lot of compliments on my outfit, necklace, and shoes. I would be lying if I didn’t say that it made me feel great–especially since I wasn’t really trying to go there dressed to the nines. It just so happened that I was having a good hair day and looked polished and put together.
It’s times like these that make me happy that I put in the time and effort to pick out outfits and that I share them with you through this blog. The idea that the way we dress does, indeed, make a difference is constantly reinforced.
How many times do you run in to an ex, old boss, or former acquaintance and say “Darn, I wish I didn’t look so put together and polished right now?” NEVER, right? It’s usually more like, “Darn, I wish I wouldn’t have ran out of the house looking like this!”
- DIY Chic: Layered Statement Necklace (collegefashion.net)
- Transitioning From Work Clothes to Date-Ready Chic (meetmoi.com)