Mens Fashion Capsule: Teacher Training

Alan started training/inservice last week like many other teachers! I’m so glad I have one more week before my training/inservice days!! It’s crunch time on my To Do List for summer (it was a ridiculous list that I regret, by the way).
Here’s what I’d buy for my Fall Capsule to wear for 3 months (I’m assuming you have jeans, t shirts, and other basics here…). Like my own style, I like things minimalistic, modern, and a little utilitarian. That jacket? REVERSIBLE. Infatuation.

3 shirts. 3 pants. 9 outfits (AT LEAST!).
Adding either a vest or the jacket (both sides) adds even more outfits to your list, but you get the idea by now, right? That means if you wear the vest/jacket and switch up the shoes strategically, you can squeeze 2 months worth of outfits out of these 10 items. (Wait, what? Yup! If you wore the first pair of shoes with interchanging the tops/pants, you’d have 9 outfits, right? Well change to the 2nd pair of shoes and interchange the tops/pants.. you get another 9 outfits! Throw in the vest? Another 18. The jacket instead? Another 18.)

Of course you wanna switch it up with the items you have in your closet already though! It gets pretty obvious when you wear the same pieces again and again, even if it’s a different “outfit”. Throw in jeans for casual Friday and T-shirs in 3 different colors for a little variety. (You’ll need to do laundry at some point, you know…)

Mens Fashion Capsule: Teacher Training

Teacher Capsule: Training & Inservice

It’s back to school almost, but first…  have you seen this? When I die, I hope it is at a faculty meeting or teacher inservice because the transition from life to death would be so subtle.
It made me laugh prettttty hard.That being said, teachers need to wear clothes that aren’t flip flops and shorts to work, even on training days. The weather is usually still hot in August in the Bay Area, but trainings occus indoors with A/C (usually). Part of back to school’s excitement comes in back to school shopping! Supplies and clothes are wallet suckers– TEACHERS INCLUDED.I’ve chosen to keep my wardrobe minimal, so I didn’t buy a ton of new outfits.  (Note: Some of these items are just for “show” and I do not own the ACTUAL brand/style. Polyvore doesn’t always have my exact item, so I choose according to similarity.)

All items were already in my closet with the exception of my newly bought items:
1) H&M polka dot cocoon coat (seen in this image. on clearance for $20)
2) Madewell vest ($70)
3) Nine West heels ($40)
4) Jcrew Grey Toothpick Jeans ($16 in credit from Plato’s Closet)

Teacher Capsule: Training & Inservice

Summer to Fall: The Striped Dress

Ahhhhh the little striped dress. A closet MVP in its versatility! These are items from my closet and every piece is a staple in my wardrobe! I’m sure if you start following my little blog, you will see these items time and time again. Summer to Fall: The Striped Dress
The general idea here is that in the summer, you have a lighter coat and sandals/flats with a smaller clutch/bag. The jean jacket helps in late summer with breezy days, chilly nights, and indoor A/C.

To transition into fall, grab a warmer, heavier coat with a collar preferably (or a scarf!). Swap those sandals and flats for ankle booties and a swap the clutch for a bright (and larger) crossbody bag.

Have any questions of whether or not an article of clothing would work with your striped dress? Comment and ask! 🙂

Weekend Trip Capsule: Sacramento, CA

I lived in Elk Grove/Sacramento for a year after I graduated from college/grad school at UCDavis, so that area will always have a very special place in my heart. I love going back in the summer when it’s summer break.

Alan hails from Sac, so we visit his family as often as we can. They are crazy good at gardening and I am ALWAYS down to pick figs in the summer and persimmons in the fall. 🙂

Now Sac is HOT in the summer with heat that lingers late into the night. It also has tempermental spouts of cloudy days with a little sprinkling, even in the summer. Like DC… minus the humidity! I actually brought  pair of jeans, but didn’t really end up wearing it because it was still quite warm. Depending on the weather, I’d advise to always pack long pants just in case!. Jeans work with all the tops and accessories as well. Weekend Trip Capsule: Sacramento, CA

Travel Capsule: Washington D.C.

I’m back from our vacation to Washington D.C!

Alan and I travel light, so we shared one carry-on luggage and even then, we had plenty of room to share! We knew that it’d be hot and humid, but luckily for us, the weather wasn’t terribly humid! Guess we brought some Bay weather with us… 🙂

We knew that we’d spend a lot of time exploring and on buses/transportation but also in coffee shops, so our clothing choices had to be flexible in heat/AC and also comfortable, but polished.
I pretty much switched through the tanks with the shorts during the day and then wore jeans at night when it got a little cooler! On our more relaxed days (like spending a full day in Georgetown), I wore my striped dress!

Boring colors, but I let my textured scarf and striped dress pull some pattern for me. I also brought my Angela&Roi red crossbody and Longchamp berry tote, which brought a pop of color to my neutral colors!

Travel Capsule: Washington D.C.

The Colorful Creative Capsule: 14 Pieces, 49+ Outfits

Summer has FINALLY arrived for me! I just enjoyed my first week off and I have been sleeping in and chilling out.
I taught summer bridge this year, which is teaching a smaller group (25 students) of Kinders who are coming into 1st grade. I was paired with a Kinder teacher and we team taught (I teach 1st)! It was a valuable experience for both grade level teachers because we could experience different teaching styles and an elevated form of collaboration.
There are mixed studies about colors in classrooms, but I definitely inject SOME color in my wardrobe! It’s a highly creative environment, but I still need to dress professionally. General rule of thumb is to have tank tops to the shoulder and no low cut tops. Dresses and skirts are fine, but I prefer pants because I find myself moving around from desk to carpet to whiteboard and so forth.
This would definitely work for any creative work environment. Lots of students do summer internships, so this would work for you all too! 🙂
Stay tuned for outfits by week! 🙂