Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I am giving myself until the end of next week to really learn my students' names (I have about 90 so that's no small feat). Blokey has about 65, and he knows them already. How? He takes his time when he calls roll (we are legally supposed to take attendance). I tend to rush through, but he makes mental notes about students names during that time. Why is he so smart?
Also, for your viewing pleasure, what Buster likes to do on my lap in the mornings (when Blokey isn't there because he's teaching):
Shirt: Rodarte for Target
Cardigan: Jcrew (thrifted)
Shoes: Aerosoles (thrifted)
Bag: Brooklyn Industries
Folder: Office Max
(posters from Northern Sun)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Do I look a stormy myself? Sorry, I tried to be less grey and cloudy, but I'm a bit annoyed at the moment, as I received a pretty irresponsible email from one of my M.A. students. But I shan't let it ruin my Monday. Today will be a good day, and I'm inaugurating tights season, as the high will not go above 70 degrees today.
Upon inspecting this outfit, I've decided that I'm looking awkward. But that's what the office blazer is for! I may upload another photo later on the day.
Hope your Monday is more sunshiney and cheerful than mine.
Edit: Office Blazer: Esprit
Crankier, earlier photo (note Buster's paws under the door)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It's 66 right now, but it will be 85 degrees later (not that I'll be outside much during the day), so I thought today might be one of the last days for linen, seeing that it is also the last day of summer (officially). Looking at the photos now makes me think, "Hmm... perhaps when my GAAD year is over, I should consider some slightly higher waisted pants."
My neck felt naked without a scarf, but this scarf is made of a stiff nylon, so I had to twist about to get a picture without the ends sticking straight up, like Snoopy's Red Baron chasing Ace pilot. But since I like Snoopy's Ace, I thought it would work OK anyway.
Happy last day of summer (bring on the cool weather, please! The hottest summer in recorded NYC history has to end someday, right?)
Pants and belt: H&M
Monday, September 20, 2010
Happy Monday, Stylenation! Only 3 days until Autumn starts! I thought I'd dress in denial with this green A line skirt. It's very "Spring" colored, but I don't pay attention to season appropriateness anymore. The point of GAAD is to wear everything, right? Today, I'll be teaching my heavy load (3 classes, including a 2 hour grad seminar) so I thought I'd go with the stretchy, comfy cardigan on top. I've been thinking about my work uniform, and the skirt-cardigan-shirt (usually belt, but the waist on this skirt doesn't quite work with a belt) is pretty standard. This would also work with the office blazer, but that's in Manhattan right now (where I will soon be bound).
Blokey and I had a great time on our minibreak in Asbury Park. Yep, minibreaks mean true love. I really like visiting AP, but it's such a strange place. Like, if the town is 75% African American, how come I only saw white folks on the public boardwalk and beach? Also, the lifeguards whistled me out of the water. Evidently, hurricane season means bad rip tides.
Yes, Greetings from Asbury Park!
Legendary Wonder Bar (and not so legendary big cars)
(Blokey wanted me to take a picture of the towny part of AP, which is not thriving)
cardigan: Loft (thrifted)
skirt: Tulle via Presence (Chicago)
shoes: 9 West (ages ago)
t shirt: H&M
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Blokey and I have plans for a little mini-break to the Jersey shore this weekend. We may or may not overnight. But we've wanted to go for a while, before the semester got to crazy, and the sun went away for good. I'll try to post boardwalk pictures!
If you're not familiar with David Mitchell, British funnyman and occasional Liberal political commentator, I highly recommend him. I also recommend this recent video of him explaining why he wore the same red shirt on his Soap Box series on the Guardian.co.uk.
While I can quite commit to becoming "Homer Simpson" or "Charlie Brown" in my embrace of a signature uniform, I have been thinking about "uniforms" lately. I want to organize how I dress for school into various "uniforms" so I'm not stuck by my closet, wondering what to wear (the in between seasons weather has not been helping). Jesse.anne.o's post on her experiences with a sustainable fashion workshop during Fashion's Night Out got me nodding. I too want a cool uniform style wardrobe. A jacket, shirt, skirt, and boots are a favorite fall casual uniform. But yet I am reluctant to donate my thrifted prairie dresses...
Ah, what's a conflicted, stuffed closet, eco-wannabe clothing consumer to do?
Also, Stylenation: Can I buy staples to replace the things I've worn out on the GAAD? I need like 1-2 black and white T-shirts, for layering. I have the discipline to traipse in somewhere, buy them and get out (or on Amazon.com, or whatever eretailer I fancy).
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Today, I'm looking a bit worse for the wear. I woke up at 4AM with itchy, watery eyes (thanks fall weather!) and I may look a bit like someone with a recreational drug habit today. And my hair won't go out of "modified Carol Brady" lately, but that's OK. Buster still likes me.
I tried to incorporate your great thoughts about wearing a jeans based outfit in the classroom. Today, my students are watching a film so and having a discussion (we learn about the Spanish American war as a case study, and then we use that "historical data" to analyze theories of war. Since many have woeful memories of high school history, this serves as a catch up). Since I'll be sitting most of the day, I thought the 3" oxford, inspired by Ephemera, would be appropriate.
Some folks asked really great questions about how I may be perceived by fellow faculty members, and E-Jo made a great comment about how junior faculty do cutting edge research, and likewise can probably get away with pushing boundaries in the classroom. I like that idea a lot. While I won't be showing up in anything inappropriate, skin wise, I think that clothing norms at both my school and my department are very broad and diverse (like our students!). And I have very high regard of my fellow department members and I believe them to be fair, open-minded and nonjudgmental. I mean, my research is quite non-mainstream but they liked it.
Edit: I belted it and took a quick picture. Which is better: loose or belted?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
After popping in to Target on Saturday, my fella and I had lunch with friends at our neighborhood Kyrgyzstani restaurant, and on the walk back to our apartment ended up buying all new furniture. It's pretty exciting, given that we'd both been using mostly hand-me-down furniture and cheap post-college purchases. But this means that my clothes-shopping habit will be on a mandatory and much-needed break. This comes at a good time, given how tempted I always seem to get by new fall clothes. Plus, this will give me a chance to wear and remix everything that's been hiding in my closet, with the help of versatile pieces such as a bright-colored cardigan or neutral dress.
What piece(s) do you own that seem to go with everything?
Dress & Cardigan: Target
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Watch: Anne Klein, gift
Edited to add: Jude Monday photo-crash
Today, I've been inspired by the brilliant professional pants-wearing of La Historidora de Moda, A-Dubs, and Anne. These are my best "professional pants" and they cost me like $20 in 2001. Somehow (probably not wearing them that often), they've remained in decent shape, and look slightly better than a decade old pair of cheapo trousers. Ah, the magic of artificial fibers.
Before I started reading style blogs, I wore black and grey, black and white, and black tops with jeans. As a wink to my slight style evolution, I've added a magenta/aquamarine scarf and burgundy shoes. They're like types of red, and they go together, right?
Like Anne, I want it to go below 70s before I pull out the old tights for class. There is a school event this week that I should attend on a non-teaching day- so maybe I'll go leggings/jeggings as my pants alternative?
Hope you have a lovely Monday. I'm off to educate the youth, Stylenation!
Pants: Very old Old Navy
Friday, September 10, 2010
Inspired by D-Med's awesome first day of class ensemble yesterday, I wanted to float this by the readers. I am not teaching today (or until Monday), but while it's still "transitioning" weather outside, could this (or something similar) work in a classroom? The jeans give it a casual vibe, but the jacket, from my "interview suit" (which I dislike, as suits are just not my thing), formals (yep, using it as a verb) it up a notch). Or maybe it's too early for this kind of laid back wardrobe choice?
I'm working from home today, (the blazer will get ditched if Buster decides to use me a sa climbing pole, which begins around 10 AM), although we'd hoped it would be nice enough for the beach today. Maybe tomorrow. Other than that, we don't have many plans. I got some reviews for a different paper back yesterday, and while they were positive, they wanted significant changes. But one of the reviewers seemed agitated at my claims, which first annoyed me, but then Blokey and I had a good laugh. Sometimes, there's just no pleasing some people.
I guess there's this fashion thing going on somewhere in Manhattan. I guess some bloggers are having their own events? That's cool and I'll read some bloggers (but not many) talk about this. I have nerdy research, writing, and class prep to do. The nice thing about being very geeky in NYC is that I generally don't care if I'm missing much. My manuscript is more pressing than, as Jezebel calls it, "rich men wanting to make money."
Are you interested in fashion week? Do you like reading blogger's coverage of it?
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I feel like the semester really begins after Labor Day. Usually it does, but since Rosh Hashanah starts today at sundown, we have a 1/2 day. All of our post 4 PM classes are cancelled, which means I only teach one class. That class isn't going to be too pleased about being there so we're keeping it light today.
I realize that I look bummed in this picture, but all my other photos made me look startled or annoyed. I'm trying to wear some of my "workhorse" pieces, as the ladies at Scholar Style Guide have declared it "Wardrobe Workhorse" week. I was too out of the loop to officially participate, but I love the idea. I got this shirt at the Gap with Anne in July, and though I've only worn it a few times, I plan to remix it a lot this fall. It's a little causal, but since we are mostly doing administrative stuff and review in class today, I'm OK with that. This skirt was part of my 6 pieces for some of August challenge, and this scarf is part of my growing collection. Scarves are my favorite accessory, since I often find jewelry to be fussy. Finally, these brown wedges are some of my favorite shoes. I wear them out, to teach, and they're pretty comfy for 3" wedge heels.
Hope you have an excellent Wednesday.
Belt: off a pair of H&M pants
Monday, September 6, 2010
|Camping chic, with the perfect accessory|
|Jude's camping girlfriend|