· I’m a tax procrastinator ·
· This kimono makes every outfit better ·
· I'm a hippie at heart ·
I hesitated to wear my denim jacket to school – not because it’s too casual, but I’m afraid it’s too political with the “no harm” button and safety pin. I took a risk and only got positive comments.
Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Dress, Donna Morgan (consignment). Boots, Ariat. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Feather brooch, thrifted.
· And the plague ·
When I scouted this mural on Sunday, I wondered at the client who would want their photo taken in front of a rat emerging from the mouth of a skull. It turns out, that client is myself. The ambience seemed just right for my para-military outfit and the way I felt a few hours into the latest plague. Apocalypse now!
Sweater, Banana Republic (consignment). Pants, Da Nang (consignment). Boots, Blondo. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Necklace, consignment. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Belt, thrifted.
· Unexpected inspiration ·
I used to have an aversion to gray and brown, together. (I was also prejudiced against black and navy and black and brown.) I was sure that they just looked “off,” like I’d dressed in the dark. Then, I noticed how well gray and brown went together in nature: feathers, fur, trees, rocks. No one would say those clash. Here’s another example of gray and brown pairing well together: bricks and mortar. You can’t build a wall without both!
Sweater, Covington (thrifted). Skirt, Madewell. Tights, Target. Shoes, ASOS. Necklace, Rennaisance Faire.
There’s still one color combo I can’t stomach: red and brown. Someone once said that the pairing reminded them of a scab and it’s forever tainted in my mind.
· Indoor recess is not recess at all ·
When recess is cancelled in elementary school, the class stays in your room and you make your own recess. This means that you don’t get a break and the kids don’t expend their excess energy. Rainy days make for long days at the primary level. Thankfully, today was sunny for third grade.
Blazer, J Crew (consignment). Dress, Equipment. Leggings, Express. Boots, Vince Camuto (consignment). Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Cuffs. Scarf, Canvas Boutique. Bag, Melie Bianco.
· I was an "A" student ·
No matter the title, I always felt like it was a “cheat” that we got to read books for school. It was like eating candy for dinner. Of course, I’d read the entire book on the first day and then be totally bored when we were given reading time in class. Then, I’d have to sneak my non-educational material into class to read, instead.
Jacket, Mossimo. Sweater, Express (consignment). Skirt, Carole Little (thrifted). Boots, Blondo. Brooch, vintage. Bag, Melie Blanco.
· I bet you don't know what it is, either ·
A few weeks ago, I was a “roving teacher” and today I was a “resource specialist.” I’ll be honest, I accepted the job thinking this was a librarian. I was stoked to spend the day with hundreds of books. After accepting, I thought to Google the term and discovered that it is a teacher in special education. I was okay with that, too. I was looking forward to working with individual and small groups of students for the day. When I got to the elementary school, I found out that the job was filling in for the Physical Education/Computers teacher. Thank goodness there was no P.E. in the day’s schedule because I certainly wasn’t dressed appropriately. Every day is full of surprises as a substitute teacher!
Dress, Gap. Shirt, Forever 21. Belt, Hadley Pollet (consignment). Booties, Vionic.
· I'm not in beauty salons anymore ·
I think I’ve finally figured out my get-out-the-door routine when I work as a substitute teacher. Unfortunately, it includes prepping my lunch and bags the night before and then getting up no later than 4:15 a.m. to run the dogs, get myself ready, and drive to the school. I was spoiled with my last job’s schedule. I’d begin with 2 to 3 hours of work from my home office each morning and that made the day’s start so much calmer.
Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Dress (worn as a blouse), Parker (consignment). Skirt, thrifted, shortened, and embellished. Boots, Fergie. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Clark’s.
I’m also figuring out appropriate dress for working in schools. I’ve got to be more modest in my choices than when I was in beauty sales. I must choose very comfortable shoes for elementary school because I’m expected to walk the children everywhere. I can be a bit more frivolous in my shoe choices when I work in high schools. At first, I was terrified to wear my silk items, thinking that they’d get dirty, but I haven’t had to mediate a food or paint fight, yet.
I wear way less makeup to teach than I did to sell. I don’t have the time for a 30-minute face and my beauty salon look is a bit overdone for schools. One morning, I had a bit of extra time, due to a late start, and did a full-on smokey eye, only to feel like a clown once I got to the elementary school. I may have scared a few children.