Once More with Feeling

Happy End-of-term academics, and welcome, StyleNation, to the sweet buttery month of May, the lovely era that follows regularly upon The Watch That Ends the Night!

I really, really hope this is my last preggo post. As of tomorrow morning, I’ll be 41 weeks pregnant. That is more than enough, I think.

My maternity leave began May 1st, but I’m just going to work until the baby’s born – 3 papers done, 1 more to go! Also, my research team will keep working while I’m on leave, and I’ve got to supervise them until my research partner gets back from the other side of the world this June. In short, things are busy but this is good; I need the distraction from my extreme pregnancy-related discomfort.

And so, while it’s increasingly difficult to fit into professional(ish) clothing, I persevere.

#1. Worn for Student-run Event on Campus a Few Weeks Ago

Ha! This isn’t even a maternity dress; it’s a cheap super-stretchy jersey midi dress from H&M. I suspect its clinginess would render it inappropriate on its own in profesh settings when I’m no longer pregnant. But I like super-fitted preggo stylez. They highlight the bump without making me look more gigantic than I am.


Black jersey midi dress: H&M (new to blog); Leather and rhinestone rose cuff: mall anchor store in Florida (new to blog); Black plus-sized tights: Hue (via The Bay); Boots: Khrio (remixed)

In other news, my fellow model here is Foxy T, a friend of the Fuzzy Roommate and the Fuzzy Roommate’s Dog. She stayed with us for March and April while her people are away doing research.

#2. Worn for Off-campus Supervisory Meeting with Grad Students (Last Week)

The floral item here is technically a dress; on a long-body like me, and at this stage of my life, it’s most definitely a tunic. Foxy T kindly supervised the photo-taking, again. I miss her attentiveness and willingness to participate as she deems necessary. The FR and his dog are no longer into blogging with me.


Black floral maternity dress/tunic: New Look (new to blog); Black rayon knit twist-front sweater: Simons (new to blog, purchased with janey_em in Montreal in February; Black pleather and pointe knit maternity leggings: (remixed); Boots: Khrio (remixed)

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Silver Tiffany necklace: remixed; Bootage: (remixed)

What’s up with you, StyleNation?

Please send me contraction-centred thoughts this week!

Pencil Skirts, Northern Division

Having woken early to the dulcet tones of a dog puking, I’ve found a whole extra hour with which to blog. How’ve you been, StyleNation? Things here at IPF North have been verging on frantic at least in part because this is now my fourth year at my job and I’m no longer contractually protected from service work at the faculty and university levels. This means I’ve a whole new set of meetings to map onto existing research, teaching, and department-level meetings.

I’ve also discovered that prepping adequately for every meeting (i.e. thoroughly reading ALL attachments emailed prior) cuts into necessary sleep and having-at-least-a-little-life time. I am, therefore, developing a survival strategy. Unless I’m prepping for someone else’s tenure review, I’ll be skimming what appear to be the most important documents in the 10-15 minutes prior to the meeting/s in which they’re to be discussed. I just don’t see any other way to survive the landslide of text-based documents this fall.

In outfit-related news, I’ve been trying to try. This is me saying good-bye to bare legs. The crisp autumn season is now firmly upon this city; but we had one last push of sun and warm breeziness last week:

1. Needs bigger shoes

I’m trying to channel me some E-Jo. Her flats seem to balance her ensembles better than these tiny gold ones. I’ll keep trying!


Black flowered tunic/blouse: ?? (I removed the scratchy tag, remixed); Black sleeveless T: H&M (remixed a LOT); Rose gold leather belt: Smart Set (new to blog); Cream satin-finish cotton pencil skirt: Jacob (remixed); Gold faux-snakeskin embellished flats: David Dixon (remixed)


2. Blacks and blues

This was my first attempt at styling this skirt. I’ve got bigger plans for it, but this is a reasonable warm-up.


Sheer black silk button-up blouse: Equipment (via Winners, new to blog); Black sleeveless T: as above: Silver medallion necklace: The Bay; Navy and blue polka dot midi pencil skirt: Zara: Black suede flats: Browns

How’s fall treating you, StyleNation?

Also, for those of you with meeting-rich professional lives, how do you do it?

Switching Gears

It ended!
The Project That Will Not End (sort of, for now) has ended. 
It is (for the time being) on someone else’s desk!

In celebration, I’m committing myself in earnest to The New Project until my 7-day summer holiday begins this Wednesday. Such is the life and times of a (relatively) newly minted academic.

I am, however, scheduling time for some extended reading of the last month or two of your blogs, StyleNation. I cannot wait to see what you’ve been wearing!

In the mean time, here’s what I’ve worn since summer finally arrived in IPF North. (I am still in meetings of various kinds 3-5 times a week in pursuit of The New Project.)

#1. Green Skirt, Hot-Hot Day

I love this colour of green. Maybe you guessed this fact already, given that this is the colour of my wedding dress. I wore this ensemble (not the wedding one) for a meeting on the other side of campus late last week. The black turned out to be the right choice as it didn’t show my extreme sweatiness after that slog. The green was touch and go, embarrassing sweat-mark-wise. Fortunately, the slip I threw on before dashing out of my house that morning took the brunt of the load.

Anne Klein black embellished sleeveless T: new to blog (via Winners)
Kelly Green cotton twill skirt: new to blog (via Winners)
Black leather belt: Nine West
Eject white leather peep-toe slingbacks: new to blog (deeply discounted in last summer’s sales)

I talked myself out of this top two separate times before I finally picked it up. The feathery parts are a bit fru-fru and silly; but I’ve decided one can never have too many boat neck black sleeveless tops.  Because black is awesome (obviously), and because it’s nice not to worry about cleavage allowance during meetings.

#2. Matchy-matchy, Muggy Day

This is what I’ve got on today. It’s hot and sticky, but I had a meeting with a new research assistant, so I was going for floaty (read: air circulation under the clothes), not clingy, but still on the profesh side.

Forever Fashion embellished mauve sleeveless T: new (via Winners)
Esprit cotton drop-waist pleated flower skirt: remixed
Silver-link metal belt: thrifted, remixed
Nine West nude platform wedges: remixed

All this sweating is heightening my anticipation of cottage week. If all goes as planned, I will be cottage-bobbing with E-Jo, Rinty the Crusher, and another key player or two by late Wednesday afternoon. Probably we’ll look something like this (some faces obscured to protect the innocent;)

Sweet buckets of relief! I cannot wait to not be sweating alone in my office. 
We will think of you fondly, StyleNation.
What, if anything, are you doing for holidays this summer?

Back in black: summer meeting

I had my first lunch meeting as an official faculty member today, so I wanted to look the part. But it was lunch, and I wanted to minimize slop-related risks. In general, I average one major spill per day; when I am nervous, those numbers go up (way up). So white is really not my friend, especially when an outfit has to last me all day. Nonetheless, I took a risk and wore a white blazer. Really, dark colours and I are very friendly on meeting/interview days as they hide a multitude of sins/spills.
Also, despite the relative formality of the occasion, it’s summer and no one’s teaching; so I decided to go with bare legs and open-toed shoes. Because, as previously noted, I’m crazy that way. That’s right, I live way out on the edge.

White ¾ sleeve jacket: Olsen (via The Bay)
Black sleeveless top: Max Azria (via Winners)
Black cami: H&M
Black flower skirt: Point Zero
Silver circle necklace: gifted
Watch: grandpa’s Pulsar (remixed)
Pink t-strap platform/flats: Kenneth Cole (remixed)
And while we’re being all edgy, how do you like the placement of the big pink flower on this skirt? ‘Rather appropriately symbolic – in a second-wave sort of way – for a Women’s and Gender Studies person, don’t you think? (If you’re on the fence on this one, does it help if I tell you that my work centres on women’s sexuality?)

(This is the back.)
And here’s a bonus pic, because I’ve got it, of the top, purchased just last weekend. I’ve decided the ruffly layers mask potential rolls relatively effectively. In fact, I’m so sure of the roll-masking qualities of this top that I bought it in grey, too.

Anyway, open-toed shoes & bare legs in summer meetings: anyone care to discuss further?

Flower Garland Casual

My campus office is small and windowless, and my current computer runs Windows 97 (Arts faculties are sooooo well funded, right now). Nonetheless, it’s the only place I can get down to work these days. So I’ve been trying to go to campus for at least two hours a day.
The catch – because there’s always a catch – is that a number of my former students (who might be my students, again, next term) are taking courses right down the hall. I thus feel a leeeetle pressure to keep things sort of business casual. This is today’s effort.
I enjoy how this recently-acquired top creates a flower garland around my shoulders and neck. I think this means I don’t need a necklace.
(I don’t need a necklace, right?)

With this post, I welcome trouser jeans back into my wardrobe. My last ones got dated (too low slung) and worn at the heels (remember when all jeans had to be too long for our legs?). But these I found at the grocery store last week, and they seem good so far. . .
Also, I read somewhere reputable that wide-legged trousers should be worn with substantial shoes, not the pointy-toe pumps I’ve favoured to date. As it’s too cold for wedges today, I pressed these mannish foot-hugs into service, assuming that the flower garland would draw the eye up. It totally draws the eye up. . . . , right?

Mauve flower-garland top: Anthropologie
Green cardigan: H&M
Trouser jeans: Joe Fresh
Oxblood slip-ons: Dansko