It’s Hip To Be Square

I bought this little shift dress probably 2 years ago from TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack or one of those for what I remember to be a killer price.  I intended to wear it as a hot weather school dress – I like how the extended shoulder looks like they could pass for “sleeves” – but black, thick, lined fabric is not exactly conducive with zero air conditioning.

With the slightly warmer temperatures (like, in the 40s) we saw, I was on the hunt for a skirt in my closet. I rediscovered this dress towards the back of my closet and decided to give it a new life as a layering piece. I originally tried it on with my J. Crew Snowcat blouse (AGAIN. I know.), but the sleeves were a little too voluminous. This pink top has much slimmer sleeves for a sleeker look. I added sheer stockings and my favorite wedges, and figured the beading was all the jewelry I needed (plus some small geometric earrings you can’t even see).

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  • Blouse Limited (similar)
  • Dress old Kenneth Cole (similar without beading)
  • Tights  L’eggs (buy)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

Can’t Hardly Wait

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Here are the results from my first school picture not as a student. It came out pretty well, if you ignore the weird general Stepfordness. I ripped the above tiny picture off of the cd they gave us to make IDs for the kids. Below is a fuzzier, but more complete version (a crop of the cell phone pic I texted my mom!).

I wanted to go for something pretty classic, so I reached for my standard white blouse and black sweater vest. I couldn’t be bothered to dry my hair straight, and my waves are not what I’d call super professional, so I went for a low bun to keep things neat. Finally, I threw in the yellow bubble necklace for a little personality, but mostly because I had recently gotten it and was obsessed! A shorter necklace would’ve fit the frame of the picture better: lesson learned for next year.

If you are curious what I wore on my bottom half (you probably aren’t), it was these teal pants and, I think, black flats.

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  • Blouse Limited (buy)
  • Vest Brooks Brothers (buy)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace J. Crew Bubble Necklace knockoff via Ebay (buy) (original)

*Fun fact: The guts of the yearbook my celeb twin, Melissa Joan Hart, tries to get everyone to sign in Can’t Hardly Wait, is my high school’s yearbook (with a different cover)! I wasn’t a senior that year, but I wonder if she flipped through it when she was bored and thought, “Hey, that girl kind of looks like me!” (Spoiler alert: she totally did not.)

Gilded Age

So, for starters, my hair is in a messy side bun that, apparently, got EXTRA messy as the day went on. Also, this photo shoot was fairly traumatic (kicked out of our usual spot, whistled at by creepers in the new spot, and freezing wind). At least we got some nice sunshine.

These are gold jeans, which have been surprisingly versatile, but they just look like chinos unless they are in the right light (as you can tell in the photos). Our students’ uniform is tan chinos, black shoes, and they can wear a plain black sweater over their school polo (among a few other shoe/top options). From behind, I was mistaken several times for a student; once even getting yelled at for entering the Teacher’s Lounge! But I suppose there are worse insults than being able to pass for a teenager.

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Pony Up

Yes, this is a hilarious pony sweater. Yes, I wore a (faux) leather skirt to school. Yes, ANOTHER bubble necklace. And yes, naked legs in December! I am a ridiculous human being and the 66 degree weather on Monday was (almost) equally ridiculous.

A Bizarro Preppy look for a bizarre day.

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Tickled Pink

I wore this for Report Card Pickup Day. I feel like when I’m trying to look super professional, I tend to err on the side of BOOORING. I immediately grabbed this white blouse and the black sweater vest (just like I did for Picture Day – still waiting to see how those came out…) but decided to add some serious color to make the look less, well, serious.

Browsing through This Time Tomorrow‘s shopping site, her Alaia’s reminded me that I still had these cute little maryjanes. I only lasted about 15 minutes in those heels before changing into my Tieks – the heels aren’t particularly uncomfortable but after walking up and down our super long hallway 3 times, I realized it just wasn’t happening.

I did, however, get A LOT of compliments on my necklace. Meanwhile, you can’t even see most of it! It has 7 different flowers in a variety of colors, but only 3 peek out of my collar. That’s okay, I’ll save the big reveal for another day.

  • Coat: old J. Crew (similar here and here)
  • Sunnies: Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Shirt: Limited (buy here)
  • Sweater vest: Brooks Brothers (buy here)
  • Pants: Mossimo via Target (buy here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Ring: gift from my Mister – one of very few ‘real’ jewelry I own (similar here, here, and here)
  • Shoes: old Fioni via Payless (similar here and here)
  • Nail polish: Essie something from the salon – it was much more purple in the bottle

Alas, Poor Yorick!

Since I will be in costume at school on Halloween, I thought I’d bust out some of my fun “spooky” goods to wear the day before. Here’s one of my standbys: the skull shirt (more about it here).  I originally paired it with a black jacket, but the outfit desperately needed a pop of color.  None of my colorful jewelry was speaking to me, so I dug this purpley-blueish cardigan out of retirement.

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, it was windy and cold here in Chicago (though, I guess we can’t exactly complain…), but I braved the elements and took off my coat for photos!

*Side note: my cami is pulled down way too low over my hips, it should’ve been hiked up like 4 inches to just peek out under the blouse. But I was too cold to think about it!

I DO NOT know what’s happening here, but it’s a good shot of the rouching on the sweater and the hi-lo hem on the blouse. Below is another awkward shot, but I’m very proud of myself for venturing into darker eye shadows instead of my usual shimmery pink or peach.

  • Coat: old Tahari (similar here)
  • Cardigan: super old Limited (similar here and here)
  • Blouse: No Rest For Bridget (buy it here or in black here)
  • Tank: old Poof! (similar here and here)
  • Pants: old Cynthia Rowley (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Dr Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
  • Bracelets: Double Skulls from Ebay (buy it here or here in Black), Movie Monsters were a gift (similar here and here)
  • Nail Polish: OPI in I Only Date Werewolves and He’s My Boo (buy here or buy 2012 version here)