Reminiscing on Changing Tastes

When I first started this blog about three years ago, I was really into Talbots and Chicos. Now I find myself buying more J. Crew, but I don't always love their styles either. One thing I do love is their liberty print shirts. I am rather fascinated by this new print, to the point that I actually ordered this Liberty Print Popover in Floral Eve so I could try it out for sizing. I'm a real sucker for botanicals.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I think over the summer I will just post on Sundays or on days where I actually do something besides muck around in the garden. I teach, so I have the summer off, and I won't be dressing up too much -- mostly jeans, shorts and t-shirts.
This necklace is one I just picked up from J. Crew Factory at its 50% off sale. I returned the crystal cupcake one (a prong fell off) and got this one in return. I think it was a pretty good trade.
Floral Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Tee, Talbots; Charming Cardigan in Daffodil, Talbots; Jewelry, J. Crew and Shopko.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today seemed like a good day to wear this bright outfit. It was the last day of instruction for me.
Turquoise Crops, Chicos; Liberty Print Shirt in Tresco Floral, J. Crew; Jewelry, Cancun, Gift from the DD.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 & Monday, May 20, 2013

You can tell it's the last week of school, and I'm getting a little frazzled. This is what I wore on Sunday to church and then again to school on Monday. One less thing to think about = good. This micro-tweed jacket is a new purchase, and I'm finding that I'm rather fond of it. It looks like a jacket but feels like a comfy sweater.
Paisley Skirt, Talbots; Micro-Tweed Jacket in Navy, J. Crew; Silk Button-up in Raspberry, Talbots; Jewelry, eBay; Pin, Chicos.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Being a teacher does have its days. As a yearbook class, we designed t-shirts, and today was the day we were supposed to wear them. The thing is, I'm short. This tee shirt is super long -- so long that it looked positively weird with pants. So, I decided to go crazy and wear it with a skirt. I kind of liked how it turned out (although I probably won't wear this again except for working in the garden and running). Each little meeple on the shirt represents a member of the yearbook staff. I'm the curly haired lady in the middle with a microphone and a book.
UCAS Yearbook Tee; Butterfly Skirt, Talbots; Patent Belt, Talbots; Jewelry, Designed by Denee.

Pining for Paisley

I've been looking for this particular skirt for a while. I saw one the other day that sold for $70, but frankly, I won't pay that much for a skirt on eBay. It's just not worth it to me. So...I saw this one and decided to bite on it, even though it is a 12 and I wear a 6. I figure I can spend an hour altering it, especially now that I'll have a lot of time over the summer.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I wore this today because we were planning on having a socratic seminar outside (which means sitting on the grass). Unfortunately, that plan was sidetracked when UVU began to mow the lawn just when we wanted to begin.
Elbow Stripe Tee in Neon Fuchsia, J. Crew; Fan Fringe Necklace in Fuchsia, J. Crew; Dockers Navy Capris, Costco.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I got this necklace in the mail the other day. I'd forgotten that I ordered it. It ended up going quite well with this shirt. I'm getting pretty casual here at the end of the year--school is winding down, and I am, too.
Wiltshire Floral Liberty Print Perfect Shirt, J. Crew; Stone and Crystal Flower Bib Necklace, J. Crew; Platinum Denim Jeans in Sand, Chicos.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today I used this inspiration photo from Shopping with M to create a very similar outfit. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture, and I'm too lazy to re-create it. Just image this (with 3/4 sleeve tee instead of sweater) on me.
Navy Tee, Coldwater Creek, Raj Paisley Pencil Skirt, J. Crew; Jewelry, Designed by Denee.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Today I went with this zebra-ish shirt and red pants. Unfortunately, I snagged this shirt a bit. I hope I can fix it!
Chevron Burnout Lanie II Top, Chicos; NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans, Nordstroms, Jewelry, Chicos.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today was Mothers Day. I kept it pretty quick and casual by going with this raj paisley pencil skirt and a denim shirt.
Raj Paisley Pencil Skirt, J. Crew, Denim Shirt, Chicos; Jewelry, eBay; Patent Stretch Belt, Talbots.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Today was another casual Friday, so I went REALLY casual with simple colored denim and an animal tee shirt.
Platinum Denim Jeans in Sand, Chicos; Animal Tee, Chicos.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I've always liked pink with green, so today I indulged myself and went with pink, green, stripes, and polka dots. I look a little rough here because my hair is still wet.
Trail Stripe Linen Skirt, Talbots; Pink Tank, Talbots; Green Polka Dot V-Neck Cardigan, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Today I went with my Michelle Obama skirt from Talbots, and a very old printed tee from Dress Barn. I mean really old, like around ten years old. I did like these two together though.
One funny thing. Today one of my students said, "Mrs. T. you look really good today. And I have to tell you, that when I first started in your class at the beginning of the year, I was reading The Hunger Games, and every time I saw you, I was reminded of Effie Trinket." Ha. I told him I wasn't sure that was a compliment, or what.
Linen Floral Embroidered Skirt in Teal, Talbots; Printed Embellished Tee, Dress Barn; Jewelry, Talbots.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This is the first time I've worn this sweater since picking it up on eBay. This was a very fun, Spring-ish outfit. I liked it so much that I wore it on Sunday to church and then again today to school.
Talbots Triomphe Jacquard Pencil Skirt; Silk Ruffle Tank in Ivory, Talbots; Floral Cardigan, Talbots; Belt, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots. Hey, even the shoes are Talbots.

Monday, May 6, 2013

This is a shirt I've had for quite a while, and I am still very fond of it. Who can resist a peacock? It went well with my cobalt jeans.
Peacock Top, Chicos; NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans in Cobalt; Jewelry, J. Crew Factory.

Flower Lattice on the Cheap

When I first saw this flower lattice necklace at J. Crew, I was smitten and really wanted one. I just couldn't justify the $228 dollar price tag, though.
Then, a few weeks ago I saw instructions on how to make your own replica.

I gathered up some pins, and purchased a few on the cheap. While I was waiting for them to show up from China, I played around with a few design ideas.

This is what I ended up with. I don't have the two little pins hanging off the bottom because I couldn't get them to look good. The layers were just getting too tricky, or maybe my pins were just too bulky. Anyway, I can't wait to wear it with something!!!!

To Flat or Not to Flat?

So I recently picked up three pairs of flats. Two are from the J. Crew Factory (the pink and green ones - I think the style is Anya?), and the blue one is the Cece from J. Crew. After wearing both styles, I have found that the factory one is much, much more comfortable. Who would have thought? Anyway, they were all pretty inexpensive, and I hope to get a good deal of use out of them.
(What is that in the far left shoe? Well, like many people, I have one leg that is about 1/4 inch longer than the other. It didn't bother me until I hit 40, but ever since then, I have worn a slight lift in my left shoe.)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Today I wore this mint stripe tee shirt with the mint skirt. I added the yellow jacket (which I love with the mint) but I didn't wear this at school -- too hot. I did wear this out to eat with the BHW at Christopher's tonight.
Bright Spearmint Pencil Skirt, J Crew Factory; Elbow Sleeve Stripe Tee in Mint, J. Crew; Jewelry, eBay.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Although the weather was actually rather chilly and blustery today, I thought I would go with this spring-ish combination. Today is the first day of three days of state testing, so I wanted to wear something upbeat.
NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans in Fuchsia, Nordstroms; Microfiber Tank in Hot Pink, Chicos; Floral Cardigan, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots. The shoes are new flats from J. Crew Factory -- they looked very cute with these pants.

April Purchases

The big budget busters were the two fan necklaces on the top. I figure I am going to get a lot of wear out of them, though.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today I went with this Talbots skirt and top from two summers ago.
Amelie Skirt in Blue, Talbots; Corsage Tee in Gray, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos.

Monday, April 29, 2013

What do you wear to go on a field trip with your students? A school shirt, of course. This shirt is not a favorite, but it fit the bill. This was a good outfit based on the large amount of walking I did today.
UCAS work shirt, Lands End; Platinum Denim Jeans in Khaki, Chicos; Jewelry, Coldwater Creek.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today was Stake Conference, so it felt like a good time to wear this fun little outfit. The wooden beads and flower pin kicked up the fun factor on the simple wool skirt and jacket combination.
Italian Wool Skirt in Red, Talbots; Ponte Jacket in Navy, Talbots; Stripe Floral Tee, J. Crew; Jewelry, USF and Chicos.

Friday, April 26, 2013

I actually had the day off from work today, but I wore this to run around and do errands. The neon pink looked pretty good with the navy, and of course the fan fringe goes with almost everything.
Cargo Crops in Navy, Chicos; Elbow-Sleeve Tee in Stripe in Neon Azalea Ivory; J. Crew; Jewelry, J. Crew.