Later this week I am meeting up with my IPF and other grad school colleagues to attend the wedding of Dr. Rinty the Crusher and The Librarian. I will be trying not to look too awesome so as not to upstage the bride (impossible due to her loveliness) but it is going to be difficult because I will be wearing this:
This is not a photograph of me but of the brilliant hat designer and builder, who has the most amazing Etsy shop, but she and I have the same hair so you get the idea. I’m planning to look at least as kicky and alluring as she though I’m going to need someone to help me with my eyeliner. I considered doing a trial run with my new topper when I gave my final exams recently–you know, call it a thinking cap–and I think many of my students would have loved the gesture but I work at a fairly small university and the likelihood of running into the Dean, who I’m pretty sure thinks I’m a little too quirky, is high so I resisted.
I regret that decision.
Man, does it ever feel like November here (apart from the fact that I still can’t completely turn off the air-conditioning): I spent the weekend grading, it’s gray and blustery today, and I just want to stay in my pjs all day. While I work out some way to dress today that’s basically pajamas but still teaching acceptable, here’s a couple of things I was wearing last week.
|Black faux-wrap shirt: Joe
Black tank: Target
Jeggings: Old Navy
Gold flats: Nine West
Feather print scarf: France
Here’s an outfit built around the scarf I bought in France (detail shot below). It’s silk and gorgeous, and subtly the colors of the tricolore. The rest of the outfit didn’t photography well here but it’s really beside the point: it’s merely a background for feathery goodness.
|Dress: Old Navy
Gold flats: Nine West
Purple tights: Target
I love this dress. It’s the perfect piece for showing off things like scarfs or bright blue cardigans. This is also my first foray into the colorful tights arena. I love a dark purple so this seemed well within my comfort zone.
What up, StyleNation? I had planned a whole big thing on conference ensembles today, but time got away from me. So I’m doing/wearing this instead with the boots around which I will be building all of this weekend’s conference ensembles:
This skirt became MUCH more wearable after I sewed the button placard shut starting at the last button at the knee and continuing to just around the crotchal region. Prior to this point, it gaped. Also, I’m not usually a fan of the high-neck t-shirt, but this one called out to me and promised not to make my boobs look massive. It appears, thus far, to be honourable and trustworthy. Well, except for the part where it creates the illusion of flatness.
In other news, here’s a tiny glimpse of what’s going on headsuit-wise of late. Except for the single, just-visible triangle of bleach blond on one side, it’s all a darker brown that, in my humble opinion, looks better than the previous goldish blond against my occasionally too-red face. But you’ll have to take my word on this point:
Conference travel brings with it the challenge of the capsule semi-professional wardrobe. I’ve also recently determined that my conference wardrobes must also be comfortable. Like, REALLY comfortable, not just teaching-ensemble comfortable. I’ll let you know how this pans out this time.
I’m hoping to bring ONLY these boots this weekend because big suitcases SUCK to haul all over the damn place, and the conference I’m attending requires this attendee to travel by plane, bus, and train just to get to the hotel. That said, I may also bring a wee pair of flats just in case. I’ve yet to find a pair of flats that walks me around in comfort for days on end, however. (But I’m taking suggestions – as I believe Cynthia was doing earlier this week over at Be Fabulous Daily. Maybe I’ll just pop over and see what she learned. . . Feel free to ring in here if you didn’t get a chance to suggest things to Cynthia.
‘Morning, StyleNation, from IPF Northern Division where the countdown to term’s end continues. But we’re not talking about term today; instead, we’re live from The Great White North with ridiculous headsuit photos and a non-presentation-day conference ensemble. First, in response to inexplicable popular demand (see the comments sections), the curled up version of my new(ish) headsuit:
Hair Today, (Pi)goon Tomorrow*
It’s perhaps difficult to see here, but my favourite part of this haircut is the longer dangly wisps by my chin on each side of my face. I also enjoy that only the top layers are highlighted while the bottom and back are dyed a few shades darker than my natural colour.
Now that winter is here in earnest (it snowed ALL weekend, and snow continues to dump down today), the smoother version of this ‘do will probably be a better choice. Because then I can wear hats, not hoods. Hoods create static and fuzz.
* so titled in honour of the author featured at the event for which this ‘do was styled last night
Conference Outfit, Not Presenting
I wore this outfit to a conference in October the day after I delivered my paper. When I present, I dress more formally. On days when I’m just attending others’ panels, I dress more casually but avoid jeans. To my mind, I’m still too junior a scholar to relax entirely at professional conferences.
Poly-blend Dress: Chapter One (via Winners)
Cardigan: Nygard (remixed)
Jersey scarf: Gap (old; it came with a matching tunic that I rarely wear)
Leggings: (label’s rubbed off)
OTK boots: (via Shoe Heaven, remixed)
Wine: key element of conference evenings
Comfortable footwear is often key to good conference experience, don’t you think? It can be a bit of a hike between panel venues, or to the restaurant/pub for dinner, or from your hotel to the conference.
The conference I attended was in my home city, so I came home for cocktails with the A-Dubs-Hubs before heading out for an evening book launch/pub-based hobnobbing thingy.
I’ll remix the dress, again, soon. For now, you’ll have to trust me when I tell you that it’s best under this kind of sweater.
I’m off to meet with panicked students and to power through a pile of papers that MUST be returned tomorrow. Everything seems soooo dire at this time of the term.
So today is the final weekday before the term starts. Both yesterday and today have been jampacked with errands in an attempt to get ahead of the term a little bit. Yesterday I went for coffee with one of the new hires in my department which went really well and met friends for $2 beers. Today, I got my headsuit altered, my car got its safety inspection, later the mini-FR gets to audition for doggie daycare, and tonight is the department meet n’ greet–an event that feels SIGNIFICANTLY less stressful now that I’m no longer one of the newbies.