As a result of my previously-acknowledged punking out on the No Repeats challenge, I’ve made an executive decision to (a) extend my participation in No Repeats, and (b) extend it only until the end of this week. I’ve made this decision because it is the dark month of January, I only teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ve very few meetings this month, and I thus anticipate that I’ll want to repeat a LOT on non-teaching days.
In other news, I was recently reminded that way back in September, I agreed to participate in a New Faculty Speakers Series. This means that in addition to getting my next research project off the ground, putting the final touches on The Project That Will Not End, submitting yet another grant proposal, hosting my very own set of guest speakers, and teaching this term, I also have to prep and deliver a 40-minute talk on my research for a (probably very small) group of faculty. Let the crazy begin.
But enough griping about work. Here are some outfit shots from the last week or so:
1. This is last week’s casual Monday outfit in which I introduce the second pair of boots I picked up for a song at Shoe Heaven in December. The boots are low-heeled, warm, and comfortable enough for my regular hikes across campus on teaching days. Plus, they’re Frye-reminiscent, or so I choose to believe.
Tunic/Dress: Chapter One (via Winners, usually I wear it as a beach cover)
Long-sleeve gray T: H&M
Ribbon & faux-pearl necklace: came attached to a summer t-shirt (Winners)
Leggings: Groggy (remixed)
Lined leather boots: Rieker (via Shoe Heaven)
2. This is another non-teaching ensemble from last week, worn on a day when a colleague and I had a brief morning meeting with a group of students we jointly supervise. Like Anne, I’m trying to use colour to improve my mood. However, my camera’s refusal to capture the real shade of coral in the top and cardigan is sabotaging the whole mood-elevation initiative.
Coral cardigan: M.A.K. (remixed, gifted from D-Med)
Silk knit coral shell: Anne Klein (? – I’ll check & confirm) (via The Bay)
Silver necklace: January sale (The Bay)
Trouser jeans: Joe Fresh (remixed)
Socks: (I forget. Do we care?)
Shoes: (Fugitive de Franceso Rossi, remixed)
3. I wore this dress, the colour and style of which make me miss my maternal grandmother even more, to teach last week. Morning photos confirmed what the mirror made me suspect: the dressmaker who shortened the skirt and sleeves of this wool knit dress last summer did so unevenly. Clearly I need to find a better tailoring service.
Dress: Ports International (thrifted)
Necklace: August sale (The Bay)
Cream & silver metallic bangle: awesome end-of-summer gift-in-the-mail from Kelly Bean
Boots: Rieker (as above)
4. I hate this suit because it’s boring, makes me look like a long black rectangle, and I can never think what to pair with it. But I had to appear before a Parliamentary Committee, a setting I think calls for more formal business attire than I generally wear. When I wore this suit for an interview a couple of years ago, I added a long silvery-black necklace and wore the jacket open. I learned then that the necklace bangs on tables when I lean forward while sitting, so it didn’t make the cut this time. Also, it was cold in the meeting room, so the jacket stayed closed.
Poly-blend knit suit: Mexx
Silk shell: (I forget-I’ll update later) (via Winners)
Necessary winter boots: Feet First (remixed)
I actually like this silk shell when it’s mixed with other things. However, I think it looked better on me when I had dark auburn-ish hair. Either way, it’s my go-to piece with this suit right now. But I’m taking suggestions.