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Gonna Getcha

bandana scarf outfit ootd whatiwore2day

The sleeves of this jacket are sewn into small folds. When worn, the ruching mimics the look of casually scrunched sleeves. When not worn, it looks like the jacket has been animated and is coming to get you.

Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Sweater, Moda International. Shirt, American Apparel. Skirt, consignment. Boots, Blondo. Scarf, DSW.

Three Mile Classroom

ootd whatiwore2day tweed coat dress leopard

I’m logging a good three miles a day inside the classroom. I pace the room all period to ensure the students are on task. No one wants to have a conversation about who likes whom when I’m standing between the participants. It’s hard to hide sneaky cell phone use when I’m quietly stalking the aisles. I confiscate food and redirect computer use. My new boots got a workout, today, over five periods of middle school computer science.

Shirt, INC (thrifted). Dress, Rugby Ralph Lauren (consignment). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Fergie. Earrings, Super Silver. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.


faux fur cardigan overall dress ootd whatiwore2day

One of the hazards of working with children is the surety of catching every cold and flu that is going around. I’ve noticed students sniffling since I started teaching two weeks ago. I thought I could withstand the onslaught, but the germs finally caught up with me. I’m taking a day to drink endless cups of lemon ginger tea with honey.

Sweater, G Ladies (consignment). Overall dress, Hydraulic (thrifted). Shirt, C9. Leggings, Mossimo. Boots, Mix No. 6.

Witness the tea carnage:

Fake Faux

cutoff denim shorts leggings star sweater leather jacket ootd whatiwore2day

I pulled on these boots for the last time, today. I thrifted them at Goodwill just over five years ago. I was hesitant to try this western shortie style, thinking it would make my legs look stumpy, but found them flattering instead. The heel is all rubber, giving me the bounce to walk at least a hundred miles. The pleather was impervious to water (and salt water) for years, so they doubled as stylish galoshes. Finally, though, that faux leather has cracked and the stitching has frayed and it’s time to let them go.

Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Sweater, Full Tilt (thrifted). Scarf, gift. Shorts, Free People (thrifted). Leggings, Allen B. Boots, Style & Co. Sunglasses, Target.

Real leather couldn’t have stood up to the punishment I put these shoes through, but, with care, it would have lasted longer. I can’t complain since I’m sure I didn’t pay more than $10 for the boots, real leather or not.

Turtleneck Night

romper leather jacket knee boots suede ootd whatiwore2day

For my nighttime turtleneck look, I took a conservative-on-top and scandalous-on-the-bottom approach. I’m wearing the turtleneck under a silk romper, paired with faux thigh-high stockings and tall suede boots.

Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Turtleneck, Mossimo. Romper, Charlie Jade (thrifted). Tights, Me Moi. Boots, Steve Madden. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.

Turtleneck Day

turtleneck denim jacket pattern mix ootd whatiwore2day

Today, I’m styling one striped turtleneck for day and night. This is day: layered under a sleeveless dress and denim jacket, paired with western boots.

Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Dress and Turtleneck, Mossimo. Leggings, We Love Colors. Boots, Ariat. Earrings, tourist shop. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.

Stay tuned for “night!” (If you follow me on snapchat, whatiwore2day, you already saw it!)

Rover One

gray navy blazer cowl neck sweater outfit ootd substitute teacher whatiwore2day

Today’s sub assignment was as a “roving teacher.” I had charge of four different classes, for 45 minutes each, as their teachers were in meetings or preparation time. By the end of the day, I’d walked four miles, worked with over 100 students, and attempted to learn as many names as possible.

Blazer, vintage. Sweater, Covington (thrifted). Pants, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Boots, Blondo. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo.

Attention Hog

border collie plaid skirt ootd whatiwore2day

Jackson has gone from a dog that actively disliked close contact (growled and snapped) to one that absolutely demands it. He jumps on the bed and stretches, full-length on top of me, belly to belly. He likes to “share” the armchair with me, each of us wedging our seats into a corner and then overlapping limbs. Jackson even likes it to cuddle together inside his kennel (although I prefer to do this in Jasper’s kennel because it is larger). When I got home school today he would not leave my side, even for outfit photos. (And, as I write this, he is at my side, whining and begging for attention.)

Sweater, Banana Republic (thrifted and gifted). Shirt, Jones New York (thrifted). Belt, Buckle. Skirt Hauber Sporting Life (thrifted). Booties, Vince Camuto (consignment).

Yeah, that dog gets plenty of attention. If you look closely, you might even see that the white on his face is covered in lipstick kisses.

Held Back

substitute teacher kindergarten ootd outfit whatiwore2day

Since I began substitute teaching, I’ve been “collecting” the different grades. So far, I’m only missing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! Today, I repeated kindergarten. Not a bad grade to do again.

Dress, Express. Tunic (worn underneath), Wet Seal. Belt, thrifted. Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi. Sunglasses, Girl Props. Pin, Disney. Jacket, Xhilaration (thrifted).


bandana neckerchief smokey the bear red denim jacket ootd whatiwore2day

I wore a bandana around my neck all summer, folded into a triangle to protect my nape from the high altitude sun. When I was hot, I would wet it in a stream or with my water bottle and use the magic of evaporation to cool me down. The Clothes Horse inspired me to wear it in a less utilitarian way, today. (It’s a Smokey the Bear bandana!)

Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Dress, Shein (consignment). Flannel, Salt Valley (consignment). Leggings, C9. Boots, Style & Co (thrifted). Bandana, Mono Lake Visitor Center. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Feather brooch, thrifted.

Here’s the neckerchief in action, this summer: