Thanks for all the great comments, bloggy buddies! I am frankly happy that anyone reads my little thoughts on style in cyberspace, and always flattered. Blokey has happily agreed to joint custody of the vest. I noticed that it is a simple design and I am thinking about trying to make different versions, one for spring/summer as well (the corduroy was a bit warm yesterday).
I slept only a couple hours after a day of teaching because I have to catch a cab soon, to catch a plane to Chicago (again), so I can actively participate in one of the biggest professional conferences in our discipline (but not THE conference). Americans tend to dress up more formally at conferences than Europeans (I was the most overdressed person at a conference in London once), so I take a "European approach" to dressing for conferences. As in, I'll probably replace the sweater with a blazer, add taller shoes and call it "conference ready." I'm not there to get a job, and I'm confident enough in my abilities that I don't think I need to look like some kind of Washington bureaucrat to be taken seriously (although there are differing opinions on this. Some have counselled me to be formal at conferences because of my age/gender, but I usually still do my own Rad thing. I went uber conservative for the job interview, but since I do unconventional research, so why not?)
Oh, and by the way, the evaluation of my teaching went swimmingly. But then again, my colleague is very supportive and nice (he was my first year mentor). His only critique was that I talked too fast. I am aware of this. I am trying to slow it down.
Tunic/dress: H&M (2008)
Belt: Not Just Vintage