Sunday, October 7, 2012

How I wore it: home from work, work from home

Greetings from the second day of my first 4-day weekend of the year [at least six more to go]! I might be miserably unfulfilled in my work life, but DAMN, do I love the schedule. Anyway, the first five-week unit of the year has ended, which means that the students get four days off and the teachers get four days off - to grade and write comments. Well, at least we get to do it from the comfort of our own homes.

Anyways, Friday was a beautiful day, warmer and sunnier than it had been for a while, thus amping up the feeling of celebration felt by all the teachers and students. I decided to try to look classy:

Well, hello! That's fun, right? My workhorse red skirt with my beloved red wedges, my new favorite tank top and a cardigan my mom bought me last year which I've been wearing constantly, but never featured here. I was inordinately pleased with this ensemble and even got a few compliments (one from a stranger!) on the cardigan. The funny thing is that on the train to work, a sociable and garrulous man pegged me immediately as a schoolteacher. I guess I have that look, no? 

Since I pick up the baby from daycare, after taking photographs, I immediately change into comfy clothes for logical reasons. I had my favorite newish pants ready to go:

I kept the tank on

I ordered these awesome Indian saffron "harem" pants on Etsy, from this vendor. The cloth seems to be really from India, as it has the same exact smell as some cloth that I bought in Pune in 2004. The pattern on it is legit Sanskrit too, singing praises to Krsna and Radha. Both the waist and the legs are elasticized, and the overall impression is that of a dhoti (which is, of course, a masculine garment). Anyway, these pants are perfect for home wear and have even taken over my Athenian Nepalese pants with regard to their place in my heart.

So that's what it's been like chez moi. I've already written the comments for my good class and tonight and tomorrow I'll be working on the comments for the, um, other class. I only have nine students in that one, though, so it shouldn't take too long... 

Why, how do you spend YOUR days off?

Work outfit:
Striped cardigan: Ralph Lauren, gift from my mother
Grey tank: H&M (Athens), remixed
Red skirt: Dickie's brand, bought in a store called Guacamole in Philadelphia many years ago, remixed
Red wedges: CL by Laundry, by way of DSW, remixed

Home outfit:
Grey tank: same as above
Saffron "harem" pants: bought from BellyBeads store from

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How I wore it: tones

I'll be honest. I thought about today's outfit for a while in advance and had a certain idea in my head as to how it would look. As usual, the execution was pretty different from the intent, but I still liked what happened and - most importantly - it worked well with today's weather. Most of my footwear  choices are based on weather, as I have to walk short - yet significant - distances on the days that I pick up Baby Boots from daycare:

Grainy! But without major photo adjustment, it's all a dark blur...

As I was saying, as it was raining, I knew I wanted to wear my awesome rain boots. Which automatically meant either jeggings/leggings (not for work) or a skirt/dress. Since the dress I wanted to wear was black and my boots are navy, I decided to go with teal stockings. The green/teal infinity scarf and green corduroy blazer just seemed like obvious choices. 

So apart from the black dress, all my other colors were in different tones of blue and/or green - there was a lot of clashing, but I think it all worked together in a symbiotic whole .What do you think?


Although the dream look was a touch more soigné than the actual execution, I ended up liking this. I felt collegiate and snuggly. A perfect combo.

It's late. Good night!

Black dress: Old Navy (online)
Teal tights: Gap, remixed
Navy boots: Steve Madden, remixed
Green blazer: Gap, remixed
Green scarf: Old Navy (online)

Monday, October 1, 2012

How I wore it: the Mondays

Right. I'm going to try to write this in, like, two minutes flat. It's about an hour later than I like to go to bed and I'm exhausted.

... But I really liked today's outfit:

I'm pretty sure I look like a black block with a blue-ish cardigan, but that top? Is really a nursing top that's a flutter cardigan and "tank top" beneath all in one. Super convenient. Note, also, my enormous necklace - not in the mood for a scarf! 

Here's another angle:

How's everyone's school year going so far? I have a decent class and a crappy class and both are on my last nerve today. I'm, in fact, seriously thinking of moving in another direction with my life. We'll see...

Nursing top (black tank and teal cardigan): Japanese Weekend
Black pants: Ralph Lauren (stolen from my mother), remixed
Black flats: Me Too, by way of DSW, remixed