Skirt: Ann Taylor
Jacket: C. Luce
OK, honestly I created this whole look because I wanted to wear these new boots. Usually I don’t create outfits around a pair of shoes, I put together an outfit and then look at my closet to determine what shoes will work to help finish off the look. But these beauties were just too great to pass up.
I’ve wanted a pair of leopard print booties for a while now but I have to say that they are difficult to locate. Ok, not difficult in the sense that you can’t find them anywhere, but rather difficult in the sense that I have had a hard time finding a pair that look good, not too fake, that don’t make my size 11 feet look like a clown car, and have the right level of height. Admittedly these are a little taller than I was initially going for, but I was loving the little gold accent at the back of them and the little platform makes them a lot more comfortable than any other 4+ inch heel.
And on another note… several of my students have now volunteered to take my daily pictures. Hence the reason these are so awkward. I’m not use to having someone behind the camera lens. The timer and I have gotten along very well for many years. HA!
This is a product review post. I was sent items to try and then review on ModlyChic. All opinions are my own, obviously!
Admittedly, I would prefer to walk around barefoot all day than to have to put on socks and shoes. I’m also one of those people who tends to go as long as possible without slipping into socks when the weather starts to get cold. But when the days are only reaching the low 50s and my classroom is a frigid tundra most of the day, socks have quickly become a necessity.
Forget the usual socks that serve only one purpose – to cover your feet. Kushyfoot has come up with a whole range of what I’m calling suped-up socks. Last year I raved about the company’s AMAZING fleece-lined tights. This year I am still loving the whole line of fleece-covered footwear. The fleece-lined socks do a great job of keeping my feet warm in the thin ballet flats I’m not ready to give up yet. But Kushyfoot also has a line of trouser socks and knee-highs that include a padded sole in order to provide extra cushioning throughout the day. And since I’m that teacher who refuses to wear flats most days of the week, the little extra cushioning goes a long way when I am on my feet running around the front of a classroom for 5 hours a day. I wore these 4 1/2 in. heeled boots all day on Friday with a pair of the cushioning trouser socks and my feet felt amazing all day.
Plus, I’m a little (ok a lot) picky about the opaqueness of tights and socks. I want my tights and trouser socks to be dark. If I didn’t want them to be opaque I would buy nylons instead. Well these Kushyfoot socks and tights are dark, even when pulled all the way up.
What are your favorite types of socks to wear as the weather gets cold? Are you a fleece-lined tight lover like me?
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT outlet
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings: New York & Co.
Scanning through pictures from the last couple weekends I noticed a habit I didn’t realize I had formed – my black maxi skirt has become my go-to weekend outfit. It’s easy, comfortable and still chic. I can wear it to Church on Sunday morning and while making breakfast, grading papers or running errands. I can keep it on through the deplorable Bear’s games and while eating dinner with friends. It’s simple. It’s easy. And it has become my Sunday staple.
Do you have a kind-of uniform look that you fall back to on the weekends when you are away from work and the business-required attire? In truth, I could wear this to school. But I don’t tend to wear the black maxi skirt there. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it is the fact that it’s so comfortable I’m worries I’ll be too relaxed in class and not on my game. HA. Who knows? But it has certainly become weekend-wear.
It’s Fall and while pumpkin-flavored everything has basically taken over every major food retailer, it’s still the season for apples! And heck, it’s Friday so it must be 5 o’clock somewhere, right?! My mom and I got together a couple weeks ago and worked on perfecting two apple martini recipes. (It was a difficult job but someone had to do it.) From our hard work, filled with trial and error, we came up with these two beauties. Both have the sweetness and the apple flavor that make Fall great. But the Caramel Apple Martini tastes like the best caramel apple you’ve ever had, well infused with alcohol. The Cinnamon Apple Martini was my favorite – because, really, who can resist Fireball?
Caramel Apple Martini
- 2 oz Pinnacle Caramel Apple vodka
- 2 1/2 oz Fulton’s Harvest Apple Pie liqueur
- 1/2 oz of heavy cream
- Caramel sauce
- Cinnamon stick to garnish
- Cinnamon and Sugar combination to sprinkle over the top (I love the Trader Joe’s Cinnamon and Sugar grinder)
- Heat the caramel sauce so it is a liquid-consistency and then drizzle along the inside of the glass. Allow it to solidify and harden before pouring the drink in. (The caramel will not entirely come off as you drink from the glass, making it easy to refill at the party while still looking great.)
- Pour the rest of the ingredients in a martini shaker along with several ice-cubes. Shake.
- Pour the liquid out into the glass. Try to avoid getting ice in the glass. No one wants a watered-down drink.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and then the cinnamon and sugar powder.
- Serve. Drink. ENJOY!
Cinnamon Apple Martini
- 2oz Fireball whiskey
- 3 oz Fulton’s Harvest Apple Pie liqueur
- 1/2 heavy cream – optional (I liked it better without.)
- Cinnamon-flavored sprinkles
- Apple for garnish
- Dip edge of martini glass into plate with a thin layer of water to wet the rim. Then dip the rim into a plate sprinkled with the cinnamon-flavored sprinkles.
- Mix ingredients into martini shaker with ice. Shake.
- Pour the liquid out into the glass. Try to avoid getting ice in the glass.
- Shake additional cinnamon sprinkles into the liquid. They mostly sink to the bottom creating a fun visual effect for the glass.
- Garnish with an apple wedge that’s been dipped in the sprinkles.
- Serve. Drink. ENJOY!
Stay Tuned for a second round of perfected Martinis next Friday!
They will be perfect for those Halloween parties you’re planning or attending.
Dress: Monroe and Main
Tights: from Walgreens
Earrings: New York & Co.
This dress was nearly the cause of a fashion nightmare. At least three days of the week I workout before heading to school. This means I roll out of bed, throw on my workout clothes and pack my outfit for the day in my gym bag. Most days I’ve worn or tried on the outfit before packing it so I know everything will work well together. But this dress, which is a new addition to my closet, didn’t get that first-time wear. From trying it on when it arrived I remembered the skirt falling to my knee – perfect length for teaching, especially with the tall heels.
So after a cardio and weight-lifting session I showered and dressed for the day – slipped on the cami, the dress and the heels, leaving my legs bare since the weather was still warm enough for that. As I am about to walk out of the gym I take a look in the full-length mirror and do a double take. The dress is short. We’re talking, shorter than anything I wear and certainly too short for school. I panicked. I needed to be at school in 15 minutes, I live 30 minutes away in the opposite direction. My parents (and my sister’s wardrobe) were 20 minutes away. And it’s 7:45 in the morning – no retailer is open to deal with this crisis. I needed to think quick.
For a brief moment I thought about trying to rip the hem out of the dress, which would give me an extra half inch, but that would look so tacky. Not an option. I removed the belt that came with the dress. Yes, that left random belt loops without the corresponding belt, but with the dress un-cinched, I gained a little length. And then Eureka! I realized I could just grab black tights from Walgreens. I rushed over there only to find out it didn’t open until 8. NO! I then rushed over to the local grocery store hoping they might have something suitable. Not a chance! I had not option. Waiting for Walgreens to open was the only thing to do. The moment the clock struck 8, I jetted in grabbed these tights and rushed to school. I ignored my classroom went right to the bathroom and slipped these on. It’s amazing what a great job tights can do to give off the allusion of a little extra length.
Problem averted. Lesson learned. Trial run every outfit before giving myself no other option!
Skirt: Theory (from ShopBop)
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Heels: Christian Siriano
Clutch: Fredd and Basha
I picked this skirt up from Shopbop in the middle of the summer, but never got around to wearing it. So when the weather decided to break from the chill-cycle we’ve been in and grace us with one more warm day, I pulled it out of the closet and forced myself to create an outfit using this very classic feminine silhouette. The skirt is certainly longer than most of my skirts (maxi skirts excluded) but the length, which falls a couple inches below my knee, gives off an old-school Mad Man-esque kind of vibe. To wear something of this length and not look stubby, high heels are a must. They help elongated the legs and keep the very feminine look that the skirt created. I wanted to show off the waist and gathering details so tucking in the shirt in was a must. For in the classroom, where the temperature is always chilly, I added a simple patterned cardigan.
Now that I’ve worn and styled it once I have a dozen other ideas… leopard print heels and a black top… a studded vest to give it a more rocker-style appeal… Alas I am going to have to wait until the Spring now. Too bad.
It was also SO BRIGHT while I was taking these pics that I couldn’t look at the camera. Hence the squinty face and the downcast eyes. Oops.