It's Monday! (You can tell it's a Monday by the sloppy bag sitting on the bench in the background of this picture.) And today was one of the best teacher Mondays because we had a two-hour early release from school. As a teacher, there's something exhilarating about finding out during 2nd period that you just received two free hours! The students cheered when I told them.
But on to other things that make me happy! I knew today was going to be another cold day, and the weather gang is predicting that things are going to warm up this week, so I decided to take advantage of a cold day by wearing some of my favorite layers. My co-workers start to notice a trend around this time of year. I love any sweater with an animal on it. I know, I know. This totally makes me one of those teachers, but I'm okay with that. And today illustrates this love of animals. Lucky for you, if you want to join me in this habit, I have some cute options for you. Gap has several cute options. These are just three. They're all found here.
I'm also wearing my much-loved chambray shirt and a denim skirt that I'm not a huge fan of but wear anyway. I'll be honest and say that having a denim skirt around is really convenient, so I often have one hanging in my closet even if it isn't the perfect fit.
I couldn't find one like mine, but I did find a few options. This one from Old Navy is too short for work, I think, but it might be cute in the summer time. I can't get the picture to load on here, so you'll just have to check it out. And I found a couple of cute options from Nordstrom. I'm betting more will surface as spring comes around, so I'll keep looking and try to find more options. This one is a denim-ish material that I thought might look cute with a button-down shirt or something a bit dressier. As I looked closer at the second option, I realized the slit in the back was a bit ridiculous and they were marketing it as a "sexy" skirt, so I thought I'd share this Amazon find instead.
It wasn't a particularly bad job; I just smell the distinct smell of waffle cones and am instantly transported back to post-high-school Laurel any time I put on a pair of khaki pants. I can't. I just can't. I know it's dumb. Don't try to use logical on me. I just can't do it. Anyway. My survival trick was to have a denim skirt on hand.
They're saying that this week is going to warm up, so this will be my last cozy sweater day for a bit. Okay--I'm heading to bed...maybe partly dreaming of a delayed opening.
Today was our first day back with students, and it definitely felt like it. There are two kinds of "back to school" students: the ones that are super excited to be there, and the ones that couldn't fall asleep last night because they kept weird hours over break (and are now not so happy to be there). My classes were about half and half. There was definitely a "Bueller, Bueller" element to my witty banter today, and I'm sure it had nothing to do with my jokes.
I've been thinking that on Wednesdays it might be fun to post some pictures of women whose style I admire. And I'd love for this to be mainly people I know, but today being the first day back, I'm just going with someone that I wish existed. The last few days, I've been watching Madame Secretary. And I want to find my own Henry McCord and be besties with Elizabeth. I love everything about the show, and more than that, I love Tea Leoni's wardrobe. I love a pencil skirt and a button-down shirt. I just think it always looks so office-appropriate while still being rather feminine.
Just look at how awesome she looks. I would steal her wardrobe in a heartbeat. I think watching so many episodes over the last few days, I was inspired to jump back into school with a pencil skirt of my own.
I love the pencil skirts from J. Crew Factory. I'm sharing the link to the wool version, but they are mostly out of stock and the cotton versions are now available. They come out every season (in the appropriate fabric) and in new colors. They fit well and go with anything. I've had fun pairing this green one with different shirts and sweaters, and since today felt like it needed some whimsy, I paired it with a polka dot shirt.
I'm including the picture of the skirt because I like that the model is wearing my favorite combo and is even wearing my favorite jewelry option--multiple bracelets. It's my dream outfit!
I thought about wearing boots since it's so cold, but I ended up putting on some heels instead. These are really comfortable. At the end of the day, I actually stopped and thought, "My feet are pretty happy. How strange!" I'm sad to say that I couldn't find my exact pair because they are a few years old, but here are some cute alternatives:
Here's one option. And here's another.
And finally, here's the link to the shirt. The only downside of the shirt is that it's polyester so it gets a bit static-y this time of year. But I feel like this time of year, static is just part of the game. Which reminds me that I need to pick up some Static Guard! Here's hoping it either warms up or snows. As my students and I agree, there's no point in having cold weather if it's not going to snow! And snow on the weekend is just wrong. The only appropriate snow is week day, snow day snow.
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