March Madness

We’re in countdown to Spring Break mode here at IPF South. One week left to go and then a sweet, sweet break from teaching. This, of course, doesn’t mean a week off full stop as I have a pesky conference paper to write and ongoing revisions on my book. Plus, and this will particularly please A-Dubs, I’m dogsitting for a colleague most of the week so it’ll be a dog jamboree here. The mini-FR is beyond excited for all the bossing around he’ll get to do.
This week, my department is also hosting the first of two candidates for department head. This means a lot of long days filled with official socializing and serious talking with other colleagues. While this is all in the service of a larger good, it’s a bit exhausting at this point in the term (To be clear, it’s even more exhausting for the candidates!). This isn’t helped by the cloud of humid weather that has settled on us here, making the thought of putting fabric on one’s body an off-putting idea.
Nonetheless, I have perservered:
Jacket and Coral faux-wrap tank: Addition-Elle
Skirt: NY & Co.
Brown tights: Hue
Gold flats: Nine West
Necklace: LOFT Outlet
The mini-FR: Not actually hovering on some sort of non-Euclidean plane


I wore this last week before the humidity, trying to get in a final wear of this blazer before it really starts to heat up here. Between that outfit and today’s, I’m thinking I need to get another pair of neutral-ish flats. I love my colorful shoes but sometimes you need a neutral, and these gold ones are really my only option.


Striped turtleneck: Target
Skirt: Gap
Gold flats: Nine West
Silver cuff: F21
Inspired by SFE’s experiments with outdoor photography, I moved my photo session outside today (neighbors’ prying eyes, be damned — though I suspect most of them were at work. Ah, the glories of my non-traditional work schedule). Like SFE, I’m converted. And I think this will be even better on a sunny day, rather than today’s cloudy gloominess. I’m also pretty sure I’ve worn some version of this outfit on the blog before but I can’t be bothered today to check. Anyway, this is an outfit that I find supremely comfortable so why labor under the illusion that I never wear the same pairing more than once?
Any good neutral flats you can point me in the direction of? (I hereby enable your online shoe shopping, Style Nation. You’re welcome)

13 thoughts on “March Madness

  1. Deja Pseu: Thanks! Though that jacket is less aqua-y in person, I still love the combo of the coral and blue tones.A-Dubs: I don't love the tights and open toes just because my tights aren't opaque enough in the toe region so I think it looks a bit weird. That said, we're getting into bare leg weather here so the wedges will make an appearance soon (I actually wore them recently on a non-photo-taking day).Cynthia: It helps that I often take my pictures right after I get home from work when he's at his most excited to see me (apart from, you know, dinner time). Those oxfords are indeed awesome. I'm not sure if I can pull it off though — I should try some on though…LHdM: Yay for outdoor photos! The external head search isn't all that eyebrow-raising here really — my department isn't an exceptionally dysfunctional one. Our current head is stepping down and no one wants to step up plus the dean offered us this, senior hire or no hire at all. Luckily, it's not an instance where we need someone to come in from outside and play referee.Allison: I think your dogs might put the mini-FR in his place — they've got quite a bit of height on him! Though that might be an even more exciting challenge for him…IoBM: I agree that it feels like a spring color — too bad it's a little heavy to wear in the spring weather here.Anne: The dog jamboree should be fun — and probably a little exhausting for all concerned by the end of the week. I particularly love that second pair of flats with the bow — so cute!Charlotte: I think I need to keep you on a retainer to describe my outfits! You make this one sound so wonderful!K.Bean: Ooh… I should check out Born styles. Comfy would be lovely as most of my flats lack points in that area.

  2. Deja Pseu: Thanks! Though that jacket is less aqua-y in person, I still love the combo of the coral and blue tones.A-Dubs: I don't love the tights and open toes just because my tights aren't opaque enough in the toe region so I think it looks a bit weird. That said, we're getting into bare leg weather here so the wedges will make an appearance soon (I actually wore them recently on a non-photo-taking day).Cynthia: It helps that I often take my pictures right after I get home from work when he's at his most excited to see me (apart from, you know, dinner time). Those oxfords are indeed awesome. I'm not sure if I can pull it off though — I should try some on though…LHdM: Yay for outdoor photos! The external head search isn't all that eyebrow-raising here really — my department isn't an exceptionally dysfunctional one. Our current head is stepping down and no one wants to step up plus the dean offered us this, senior hire or no hire at all. Luckily, it's not an instance where we need someone to come in from outside and play referee.Allison: I think your dogs might put the mini-FR in his place — they've got quite a bit of height on him! Though that might be an even more exciting challenge for him…IoBM: I agree that it feels like a spring color — too bad it's a little heavy to wear in the spring weather here.Anne: The dog jamboree should be fun — and probably a little exhausting for all concerned by the end of the week. I particularly love that second pair of flats with the bow — so cute!Charlotte: I think I need to keep you on a retainer to describe my outfits! You make this one sound so wonderful!K.Bean: Ooh… I should check out Born styles. Comfy would be lovely as most of my flats lack points in that area.

  3. Wonderful color combinations! Perfectly seasonal and precisely on-trend. As for neutral flats, I recently got a pair of Born ones that are divinely comfy.

  4. I love that velvety blue blazer. It looks great paried with the coral top underneath. I'm glad that the mini-FR will have dogs to boss around/entertain over the coming days!

  5. Your department head interviewing outfit on top looks very sleek. Also, great use of mini-FR. My cats have gotten so bored with the whole outfit photo thing that I almost never get a cat in the picture anymore.Now for some virtual shoe-shopping! I tried on these foxy little perforated oxfords at Nordstrom the other day. Holy cute, batman! I can't decide whether to get the olive green or the soft pinky- brown but both of them would be perfect neutrals for summer. Also, check out these little chili-red Clarks with a funky embroidered toe. Or blue suede shoes with a bow!

  6. Dude, the pesevering-despite-the-weather ensemble is totally inspired. I, too, love the colour of that jacket against the coral. And the shiny-yet-neutral flats look great here. By way of another option, couldn't you wear your bronze wedges? How do you feel about tights and open-toed shoes (your wedges are open-toed, n'est-ce pas)?Also, you and SFE are right: outdoor photos are great. As is the second combo. In related news, I tried on one of these reversible skirts at Value Village last weekend. But it did not look even remotely as good on me as it does on you.

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