Archive | March, 2012

No spring chicken

30 Mar

As any public school parent in the area knows, we are currently in the eye of the standardized testing storm.  Basically, what this means for me is I haven’t slept in a week, have been injecting coffee directly into my veins, and my classroom jokes have gotten all the more punny (notice, NOT funny).

So as I was walking around the room yesterday, doing approximately the 16 millionth review activity, I heard from across the room, “Miss B, you should totally be a fashion designer for the elderly.”  Expecting to see a face cracking up,  instead I saw a dead-serious, well-meaning, sweetheart of a smile.  As the rest of my 22 kids fell into a frenzy of laughter, I began mentally editing the number of scarves on my daily rotation.

Because if a few grey hairs is enough to give me a heart attack, being mistaken as a fashion designer for the elderly…?

We’re talking full-on melt down, people.

{4-way animal print tank: thrifted}  {green pants: TJ Maxx} {cobalt kitten heels: thrifted} {jeweled owl necklace: gift from student} {rose gold watch: Michael Kors}

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The birthday skirt

27 Mar

I’ve given this cowboys and Indians skirt a nickname.

The Birthday Skirt

Pretty unique, huh?  Not.

You see, I wore it to ring in my big day, and then to my nieces scorcher of a birthday party last weekend.   And lemme tell ya, I learned my lesson, folks!

Apparently, mini skirts and carnival-themed-birthdays full of 6 year olds aren’t a match made in heaven.

Apparently, mini skirts pair much better with 25-year-old birthdays and duck gnocchi.

Who knew?

[Pssst: Notice the change of background between the top and bottom photos?  Let’s just say there was a rabid attack dog on the other side of this fence, and he didn’t take kindly to me being in his territory.]

{floral tank: Pac Sun} {suede button-up skirt: F21} {golden heart necklace: Urban Outfitters} {rose gold watch: Michael Kors} {wooden bracelets: gift from gran} {rings: family heirlooms}

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My favorite kind of therapy

26 Mar

And we’re BACK!

I’m fairly certain I spent the entirety of last week either traveling, in yoga pants, or knee deep in tortilla chips.  It was one fabulous spring break, but alas, it’s back to the grind and the pencil skirt.

After a long, and rather draining week, I decided I was in dire need of a lil’ good ol’ fashioned pick-me-up. Naturally, I unabashedly indulged in some deliciously necessary retail therapy.

And it all started by raiding the aisles of Barnes and Noble.

I meticulously scoured shelves, read countless quips, and judged many books by their covers.  Eventually, I walked away with this and this, feeling slightly emotionally redeemed.

Unfortunately, the massive amounts of spring break chips and salsa had me feeling rather high-blood-pressured, so I rounded out the shopping trip with a $20 shopping spree in Aldi’s produce department.

Do you know how much produce you can get from Aldi for 2 Hamiltons?  Um, let’s just say A LOT.

Juggling my boxes of bell peppers and avacados, topped high with novels the size of infants, I made my way, feeling slightly better, back to my humble abode.

Some girls may prefer the finer therapies in life, but I’ll take navel oranges and novels any day.

{orange pattered tank: Gap} {vintage purple suede pencil skirt: Thrifted} {denim wedges: Payless} {gold skinny belt: thrifted} {rose gold watch: Michael Kors} {wooden bracelets: gift from gran}{rings: family heirlooms}

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19 Mar

Last night, I received 2 text messages, one phone call, and one voice mail from my brother, all in under 30 minutes.

Keep in mind, this is the brother who’s the king of 15 second phone conversations and texts under 5 words long.  So, needless to say, I assumed the worst.

I frantically called him back, mentally going through all the horrific reasons WHY someone would contact me THREE times in a row.  After a few brief seconds of hemming and hawing, he finally extended an invite to take a brief jaunt up to my very favorite U.S. city.


It took me 0.76 seconds to respond with a yelping, “Yes!”.  So, in lieu of my usual outfit post today, I’ll eat a piece of pizza in memory of us, and soak up some sun on the greasy streets of Chi-town.


Spring has sprung

16 Mar

It’s official, Kansas City, spring is here!

Don’t believe me?  Just take 2 steps inside my classroom of fifth graders and take a whiff, post-recess.

It’ll make a believer out anyone.

{little fish top: thrifted} {green pants: TJ Maxx} {denim wedges: Payless} {woven belt: Banana Republic Outlet} {rose gold watch: Michael Kors} {rings: family heirlooms}

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Thank you for bein’ a friend

14 Mar

Recently, I’ve been making frequent trips to the local gas station, stocking up on refined goodies (i.e., bribery tools) for my students.  But, I’m pretty sure at this point, the gas station attendant thinks I’m pregnant.

Oh well, wouldn’t be the first time, right?

Each time I go into his gas station, the same attendant is always working, and he has begun to feed me daily compliments.  Last week he shouted as I walked in, “Oh my, I love that mustard color on you.  How great with your hair!”  I think I blushed and mumbled out a “…thanks!” followed by an awkward, “…it’s my favorite!”

But yesterday’s compliment was the winner.  After counting out $1.18 in change for my overly-processed fake chocolate, he looked across the counter and whispered, “Ooooh, I am loving all the bronze accessories!”

Either my new friend is a fashionista at heart, or just trying to build up the confidence of an assumably pregnant woman.

No matter the reason, keep ’em coming, friend!

Oh, and P.S.  This is my 100th post, which is just a little surreal!  Thank you all so much for sticking by me, even through the admittedly sometimes crappy fashion.  You all make my days so bright, and I would buy you all cupcakes if I could.  Love you, friends!

{polka-dot dress: Target} {golden yellow cardigan: Target} {golden heels: Aldo} {metallic belt: thrifted} {golden necklace: gift} {bronze owl bracelets: gift from gran}  

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Yoga chic

12 Mar

Today’s post is a horse of a different color…

…because I thought I’d share with you what I wear when I’m not teaching, dating, or celebrating.

At first I debated showing this ensemble, but when the adorable waitress at one of my favorite breakfast nooks complimented it, I couldn’t resist!

I am woman of habit, and the weekends are no different.  Saturdays I wake up, head to yoga, and then eat back all my burned-off calories with my mom at one of our many breakfast haunts.  I hate bringing a change of clothes, so I try to wear something that looks semi-put-together.  Simply toss on a cute tank, leopard flats, and a bright cardigan, and you go from sweaty to chic in under 30 seconds!

{pink and grey tank: TJ Maxx} {golden cardigan: NY&CO} {black leggings: Target} {black tank: F21} {leopard flats: thrifted} {tortoiseshell frames: F21}