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It’s Finally Spring!

It finally feels like spring here in Edmonton! Almost around 20 degrees, I took out my bicycle for the first time the other day and I don’t have an overwhelming urge to slap girls with bare legs. (If there is snow on the ground, take the extra 30 seconds to put on a pair of tights, you look stupid). 

So here is a nice, bright and colourful outfit to suit the beautiful weather!  Hopefully this is one of my last posts wearing tights, but unfortunately, it’s still pretty cool inside my school and even cooler inside my classroom.  It was a definite shock when I left at 4 today and it was about 5 degrees warmer outside than it was inside!

Dress, Old Navy, $20. similar here

Tights and shoes, Joe Fresh.

Cardigan, Jacob, similar here.

Belt, Zara, came with pants.

Sunday Confession: I Went Shopping

I had planned on not shopping until May, but last week, I caved.  Spring shopping is my very favourite; the colours, the floral prints, the flowy skirts and cute dresses *swoon* It was very hard to resist and I had started a list of things I really needed/wanted a few months ago.  After staying out of shopping malls and whittling down my list I finally caved when I got a substantial cheque refunding some money from my health insurance.  So I used the extra (after paying all my bills and putting some away in savings of course!) to get the most wanted things on my list.

Item #1: Blazer

I only have two blazers. The first is a navy Talula Exeter blazer from Aritzia, shown here in Charcoal.

The second is a more interesting, tailored piece from Urban Outfitters by Kimchi Blue, which actually looks strange on this too-skinny model and much better in person.

I had been enamoured with this bright pink tweed blazer that I had seen on Gossip Girl a while back, after trying on 14 pink blazers in various stores, I finally found one that fit which is more of a rose pink which I am very happy with.

Smythe Silk Embroidered blazer

~ originally  $695!!

 

 

 

Dynamite Pink Boyfriend blazer

$44.90 ~

 

 

This colour may be more trendy than a classic grey or black, but it will add some interest to my wardrobe and will make a great cover up for my lighter coloured dresses which just look strange layered with a starkly coloured blazer or cardigan.

 

#2: Something Mint Green

As is evident by my pinterest board, this is my new favourite colour this spring.

It’s a lovely not-quite-teal, not-quite-turquoise green reminiscent of Easter and pastel coloured mints.  I am also in desperate need of blouses so when I found my colour blouse in one of my favourite Whyte Avenue stores, Colourblind,  I went for it.

 

Here is the pink version from Modcloth ~

 

~ Picture C/O Shabby Apple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3: Lace shell

When I saw the Enchantment Lookbook from Ruche about a month ago I fell in love.  Not only because they manages to find the most beautiful model and clothing and location (as always) but because of one piece in particular.

I became obsessed with the possibilities of this sheer lace shell.  I could layer it under things or over!  I just loved how it was styled here, taking a sleeveless dress and making it a little more demure with almost no effort at all.  Think of how this could expand my school appropriate wardrobe!!  But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.  I was so adamant about not shopping that I missed out and now they no longer carry the item.  I did look around to find something similar but just couldn’t find the right look.  I may keep looking but I feel that I will ultimately be disappointed and so maybe I should just give up now.

So there you have it, my confession for this Sunday.  I broke the rules.  But now I feel satisfied to move my wardrobe into spring, at least for now.

Which is funny, because it snowed again today.

 

 

 

 

Hello world!

Hello fellow wanna-be fashionistas!

Because this is my first post and I don’t have an “about me” section, I’m going to start by telling you a little about myself.  I’m Char, I live in Edmonton, Alberta where it is winter almost half the year, which makes dressing nicely a real hassle sometimes. I live in a cute basement suite in a great part of town with my roommate J and my cat Evie.  I am also about half-way through my after degree in Education and about to embark on my first practicum!  This brings me to my inspiration for starting this blog:  How do I dress like a teacher?

When most people think about typical teacher “fashion”, it usually looks something like this:

The Funny-Fashion Teacher:  Wears clever t-shirts or school spirit gear.  Usually the one to come up with theme costume days or to wear a tie/shirt/scarf with a print that matches their lesson content for that day.

 

{photo C/O zazzle}

or this…

The I-have-no-style Teacher:  Tried and true staples A.K.A ill-fitting blouses and blazers and too-long skirts all from 15 years ago.  This type of fashion can be found in all jobs and professions.  If my mother had her way, I would fit into this category along with her (sorry mom).

 

{photo C/O this website}

 

or even this…

The over-the-top-hot Teacher:  Something you would (hopefully) NEVER see in a classroom but would definitely see on TV, in a movie or in a magazine every day.  This over sexed media version of teachers is the polar opposite of the norm, maybe that’s why it is so popular.

{photo C/O anna raccoon}

 

So with all these mixed messages, stereotypes and uninspiring fashion role models, what’s a girl to do?  I have learned so many valuable things in school about assessment and classroom management, how to ACT the part, but the one thing my professors don’t address is how to DRESS the part.  It’s also the one question my classmates and I think qualifies as a “stupid” question, even when there aren’t supposed to be any.  After I had decided that I had to figure this out on my own, I took to the internet to, um, figure it out on my own…with some help. I found a couple of helpful websites but the best one I found, academichic, stopped updating as of last summer 😦

So I am starting this blog to chronicle my adventures in teaching fashion and I am inviting you along for the ride!  In my first few posts I plan to: divide  my wardrobe into appropriate and inappropriate (for the classroom, obviously!); talk about fashion on a budget (meaning I am broke and NOT buying new clothes); and start my (weekly? monthly?) DIY cheap fashion rescue posts.

But before I do all that I have to write a paper.

~Char