Oxblood and Speeches: Fall

Well, Hello there, October.  Can I just say that I am glad that it is October?  For most of the month of September, I thought that it was October.  I kept seeing dates that were 10/whatever and I was thinking that I either had something coming up or had missed an important meeting or event.  And, not to mention that September is a hard word for me to type fast.  I misspell it, a lot.

Tuesday my students delivered their first set of speeches.  I was so excited and anxious to hear them– I really had some high hopes.  But, as soon as the first student started I was reminded that these are beginning speakers and this is their first time.  The mistakes were plentiful.  I wouldn’t be so upset by it if it wasn’t things that we had covered and discussed.  They have a time frame of 5-6 minutes and the first student talked for over 11 minutes.  I have never had that happen.  I had decided that at 15 minutes I was going to stop him.  Luckily, he stopped himself.  This, and their uncertainty about what to do as the speaker and how to fill out the evaluation forms quickly negated my excitement.

I have to remind myself of all the things that they did well and remember that it is their first time.  So, let’s take a positive approach.  First, all 5 of the speaker’s that went on Tuesday made it through their entire speech without fainting or having a heart attack.  Secondly, many of them voluntarily dressed up and used presentation aids– which wasn’t required, so technically they were going above and beyond.  Third, all of them had their note cards and revised outlines.

I know that the speeches that the remaining students deliver today will be much stronger because they got to see their peers go and they can learn from their mistakes.  Sometimes, I just have to remind myself that no one is perfect and the reason why they are taking this class is to become better public speakers.

Black cardigan: Target. Printed ruffled tank (black): Target. Sunglasses: unknown. Red earrings: unknown. Black and red bracelet: gift from sister. Pandora bracelet: gift(s). Red leather bracelet: souvenir from Niagara Falls. Oxblood cropped pants: J.C. Penney. Black pointy-toed shoes: Shoe Carnival. Silver watch: Fossil.

Plus, I am just feeling stressed out because I got behind on my schoolwork– grading, preparing handouts to go to the printer’s, and prepping for lectures.  And, one week from today I have the regional bartender flair competition that I will be competing in.  And, (of course) one of the full-time teachers in my department is coming to do my annual teaching evaluation next Tuesday.  So, I have a lot on my plate.

On Sunday, which was date night with the BF, we went on a short shopping trip.  Last week we washed laundry and some mysterious red substance ended up ruining several of our clothing items.  Some of them were saved after a $75 dry-cleaning bill, but others were not salvageable.  I felt bad that my BF lost two dress shirts, so I wanted to go to J.C. Penney to see what they had on sale.  I scored big time and we found two dress shirts for him–one with a tie, on clearance for a total of $15!  I also bought myself something while we were there.  I was telling my BF that I wanted a pair of cropped pants and I was blabbering about oxblood being the “it” color for Fall.   And then we came across these pants.  He was a little unsure of them, but I knew that they were winners.

I liked these pants and was excited to wear my new ruffled printed tank top that I purchased from Target a while back.  At the time I didn’t have burgundy pants so I had planned on wearing them with black pants and a royal blue cardigan or a magenta button-up shirt.  But, once I added these pants to my wardrobe I saw an entirely different option for this tank top.

What do you think? Do you find yourself following certain trends? Did you go crazy for orange this Spring/Summer because of Pantone?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.



Date Night: Wasabi Water

With the start of the Fall semester right around the corner– Aug. 27th for my college– my Thursday nights with my BF will come to an end.  Our date nights won’t end, hopefully, but our standing Thursday night will.  I will be teaching class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and another class on Friday mornings.  Therefore, my availability for my second job has now shifted.  Right now I work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights and Sunday morning– with a night off thrown in there somewhere.  But, because I am automatically not available on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, that most likely means that I will work the other 5 days of the week.

I do have morning availability, but it is not in my best interest to work mornings since the money is not as great.  But, that may be what I have to do in order to get to see my BF.  What we have decided, at least to start, is that we will have a rolling date night depending on which evening that I am off from work.  (Truth be told, I am a little nervous about this system because it doesn’t allow for much pre-planning.)

Anyway.  Back to the matter at hand: clothes!  I know that it has been quite a while since I’ve given you an actual outfit post, and today is your lucky day!  I wasn’t sure what my BF and I were going to do for date night, but I knew that I wanted to wear this new plaid shirt that I just recently purchased at Target.  I purchased it mostly with our October vacation in mind– it will be perfect for the temperatures that they will be having that time of year.  But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t wear it now!

I actually wore this shirt to the zoo with my dad earlier in the week, but it was a rainy gray day and I didn’t manage to get any outfit photo’s.  But, I did get this AMAZE-balls picture of the Sumatran Tiger:

I was able to get a lot of awesome photo’s of the animals that day.  We even got to see the 3-month snow leopard cubs out on display.  It was only their second day venturing out and they only allow them out in the public view for about 30 minutes a day.  Our zoo is holding a contest to name them.

Sorry about the webbing.  They are upgrading the glass at the zoo and I didn’t think to put my camera lens through the glass until after we saw the snow leopard cubs.  We tried to get back in line, but by that time it was too long and the cubs were only allowed out for another 10 minutes, or so.

Does that make up for my lack of outfit posts?  No?!  Well, I don’t know if this outfit can compete with the cuteness of the cubs, but here it is:

Plaid button-up: Target. V-neck t-shirt: Target. Belt: Wal-Mart. Jeans: Target. Earrings: Target. Watch: Fossil. Brown studded pumps: (thrifted.)

I didn’t realize that I am a walking Target ad, but that is what you get sometimes!  I didn’t even purchase any of these items at the same time.  When I wore this outfit to the zoo, I paired it with a purple tank-top, dark jeans, and  purple and white tennis shoes.  But, for date night I wanted to change it up a bit.  Plus, I already had on the pink t-shirt.  I am accustomed to wearing dark jeans, but I thought that the light colors in the plaid would pair well with a light wash denim.  I dressed it up a little more by adding the brown studded heels, but not too much since it’s a casual outfit to begin with.  I just got my hair trimmed for the new school-year so I just washed it and blow-dryed it with a round brush.

My BF and I went to dinner oat our local hibachi restaurant–you know, the ones where you sit in a large group around the cooktop and the Chef puts on a show while he cooks your food.  At ours they have this squeeze bottle full of some type of alcohol that they squeeze into the guests open mouths while they yell Wasabi Water!  Most of the people at our table took part, but my BF was by far the winner.  Usually, the guest will put their hand up to indicate to the Chef to stop, but the Chef actually stopped before my BF put his hand up!  We had a lot of fun and were even too full to get dessert– we had to get a box for our leftovers.

Don’t worry– I will be back to regular outfit posting within the next few weeks.  Until then, you’ll have to put up with my random animal pictures or organization projects.  Oh, Oh, Oh–my blog will be celebrating its 1 year birthday (anniversary?) in a few days and I have some exciting changes planned for Year 2!  (I hope the two’s aren’t terrible.)



Meet the President Shoes

Thursday night was date night for my BF and I.  Even though he had off some extra days in the beginning of the week for the 4th of July holiday, he spent most of his time off chillin’ out maxin’, relaxin’ all cool.  On Thursday we decided to go to dinner at our local Red Lobster.  For whatever reason, this is not a restaurant that we frequent so it kind of feels a little bit special when we do go there.

Also, President Obama was recently in town and staying at a hotel near our apartment.  We weren’t sure what time he was going to be rolling through town, but we wanted to stick close to home so we could see the motorcade.

We finished up dinner around 8 o’clock.  We thought that Obama would be through around 7:30, but we could see from the window of the restaurant that they had not put up the barricades, yet.  After dinner we left the restaurant and meandered outside.  We walked over to a grassy area and hung out, waiting to see the President drive by.  While we were waiting more and more people started to show up. Most people thought that there were fireworks or that something bad had happened when they saw the “do not cross” police tape.  Several people asked us what was going on and when we told them, they asked when?  But, no one really seemed to know.

Luckily, it wasn’t too terribly hot outside.  All-in-all we would end up waiting about two hours to see the President and his entourage drive down the road.  Sadly, it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be.  But, we had reached a certain point where we had invested so much time that there was no way that we were going to leave without seeing the spectacle.  And, because we couldn’t.  They closed the street when he got close.

I chose my outfit more for dinner than to see the President, but that doesn’t make for a very interesting title.  My BF talked me into getting these shoes two weeks ago and I have been trying to create an outfit around them.  I had a whole different outfit planned, but I got makeup on my white shirt and it had to be laundered.

White button-up: Old Navy. Gold necklaces: Target. Long gold necklace: J.C. Penney. Brown belt: Wal-Mart. Jeans: Old Navy. Gold shoes: Payless. Gold Watch: Wal-Mart. Gold earrings: Target.

I’m layering my necklaces, again.  But, I’m kind of cheating.  I bought this necklace and earring set at Target a few days ago.  Although it looks like two necklaces, it’s actually only one.  Necklace layering made easy! Not that it’s that hard.

Do you think that the President would have approved of my outfit?


Here are two casual (re:non-teaching) outfits that I wore the last week.  The first outfit I wore on Thursday Night Date Night: Errands.  Sometimes our date nights are not very exciting.  This happened to be one of those times.  My BF and I had to take care of a lot of business.  First, we went to J.C. Penney for a massive shopping spree.  Sadly, it was not for me.  It was for my BF.  He hates shopping and literally only shops for himself probably 3 times a year.  But, it just so happened that there were tons of Father’s Day sales and he needed some new summer clothes so I drug him to the store.

He got quite a bit of new clothes– several pairs of shorts, t-shirts to go with them, two pairs of sunglasses, a new pair of swimming trunks, two pair of dress pants for work, and a nice long-sleeve dress shirt.  For most of the trip he walked around acting like I was torturing him!  When we checked out the total was over $200– but this boy hoards gift cards like nobody’s business.  (I felt bad for the poor cashier who kept trying to get him to open a credit card).  After his hoard of gift cards was cashed in, he had to pay a measly $24.00 out of pocket!

But, I am super proud of myself.  I didn’t even go into the women’s section to browse.  I think I should be rewarded with a guilt-free shopping trip just for abstaining!

After clothes shopping we went to dinner at Chili’s.  We are both trying to get back into swimsuit shape, so we have been working out and watching what we eat.  However, we have the hardest time when we go out to eat at restaurants.  Besides plain grilled chicken or fish and vegetables, it seems like there is never anything truly healthy on the menu.

Our errand running continued after dinner with a stop at Target.  We have been on the look out for a small table for our balcony.  I had been at Target earlier that day and saw a few that I thought would be good, but was reticent to make a purchasing decision without the BF’s input.  So, we went to Target, I showed him the tables, he concurred that two of them would work, and then we left empty-handed.  Our last stop of the night was the grocery store.  We needed some staples–milk, bread, eggs, etc. and we had to get the ingredients for the dish we planned to take to a Father’s Day get-together.

My BF made what he likes to call Cherries and Cheese.  No, its not what it sounds like.  It is cherry tomatoes, mozarella cheese, shallots, salt & pepper, olive oil and thyme.  It’s a great summertime side dish– it’s seasonal, healthy, and delicious!

The second outfit is from the Father’s Day get-together at my BF’s parents.  Sunday was partly cloudy and a little drizzly so my original idea of a long maxi dress was scratched.  Because of the weather, I knew that I wanted to wear pants.  I’ve been to gatherings at their house before and I know from experience that the air conditioning is always cranked up.  I am what you call a freeze-baby– I am very susceptible to getting cold.  I would much rather be hot than cold.  That’s why you’ll always see me grabbing a cardigan or light jacket to throw over any outfit in case I get cold.  That’s another reason why I hardly wear shorts in the summertime.  I’m fine outside in the warmth, but once I go inside a restaurant or store and they’ve got the air cranked up I am cold and uncomfortable.

I paired my jeans with a short-sleeved burgundy silk top and a cream colored cami underneath.  This outfit was a little dressed up, but still casual enough for the occasion.  I paired it with gold and brown accessories.

Don’t worry, I saw my dad on Saturday and gave him his Father’s Day present.
What do you think? Are there certain places that you go where you know it will be hot or cold and you have to take that in to consideration when getting dressed? What factors do you take in to consideration when dressing up for certain events?

Date Night: Dinner, Parents, Bar

Every Thursday night my BF and I have “date night.”  For us, it’s the one night that we know we will get to see each other.  Although he works a typical 9-5 job, my hours have always been all over the place.  That’s the one caveat about working in restaurants and retail.  (Even my teaching days and times can be a little crazy, sometimes.)

So, we have date night.  Sometimes date night means grocery shopping and laundry, other times it means a night out on the town, sometimes it’s dinner and a movie, and sometimes we just sit on the couch in lounge wear and do nothing together.  Last night, date night took the form of dinner at a new Bone Fish Grill location, a quick visit to my parents, and a cocktail at a local bar.

Since we were going to be doing a few different things, I wanted to look a little dressed up, but still be casual.  It was very warm outside, but I knew that we were going to be spending most of the evening inside in air conditioning.  For me, this meant jeans and a t-shirt.  I paired my dark wash skinny jeans with a black short-sleeved shirt with a keyhole accent.  Just to give this look a little bump in the personality and style department, I added my red patent slingback wedges and red tear drop earrings.  This look achieved everything that I wanted it to.

Black blouse: Old Navy. Dark wash skinny jeans: Target. Red wedges: Old Navy. Red earrings: unknown. Silver watch: Fossil.

What do you think?  Do you have a specific “formula” that you stick to when getting dressed for certain events?  Or do you just put on whatever appeals to you at the time?



Dining Al Fresco

Last Thursday my BF and I went out for a date.  It was a beautiful day and after my troubling day in class some quality time with my BF was exactly what I needed.  I wanted to wear the outfit that I wore to school that morning, but it just didn’t work out.  Plus, we had planned to dine outside on the patio of our local mexican restaurant and drink margarita’s.

It was still sunny and hot around 5 o’clock but I knew that the sun would be setting and it would become a little colder, so I opted for my white jeans.  I paired it with a red sparkly tank top that I received for Christmas 2011 and a short-sleeved red cardigan.  Both of these are items that I had in my closet but had never worn.  To complete the look I put on my red patent leather wedges and some simple silver jewelry.  It was a perfectly put together look for dining outside.

Red tank top: gift from mom. Cardigan: Target. Silver earrings: Wal-Mart. Pandora bracelet: gift from mother-in-law. White jeans: (thrifted.) Red wedges: Old Navy. Silver watch: Fossil.

After dinner we went to Wal-Mart together, which is a rarity.  Most of my trips to Wal-Mart are solo.  Since it was late and we had each had a few margarita’s we were kind of running amok– we took our blood pressure, shopped for unnecessary cat supplies, looked at gardening and outdoors stuff, hid from each other throughout the craft department, forgot half the things we went for, and wasted an hour.  But, that’s the stuff that memories are made of!

What crazy things do you sometimes do on the spurr of the moment that become memorable?


For those of you who voted, this was the winning outfit worn last week to my BF’s company Christmas Party.  We had a blast and stayed for the entire time.

Black lace t-shirt: (thrifted.) Strapless black dress: unknown. Black pumps: Payless. Green and gold statement necklace: Body Central.

Black lace t-shirt: (thrifted.) Strapless black dress: unknown. Black pumps: Payless. Green and gold statement necklace: Body Central.

Black lace t-shirt: (thrifted.) Strapless black dress: unknown. Green and gold statement necklace: Body Central.

Thanks for voting!  Stay tuned for an end-of-semester review.