Pajama Day

9/19/12

It’s starting to get chilly in Nashville! Well, not really chilly per se, but we’re in that weird stage of fall weather where it might be hot! It might be cold! It might rain! You just don’t know! So I’m wearing a big old cardigan and boots with a skirt and bare legs.

I probably needed to dress more like an adult than wearing hobbit boots and a side ponytail, but I’ve pretty much given up on that. I just want to look decent, feel good in what I’m wearing, and be comfy. And this one fits all those requirements! So I’m happy.

Top: Aerie
Skirt: Forever 21
Cardigan: Thrfited
Boots: Blowfish via eBay

Nail Polish: OPI Burlesque Take the Stage
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Baby

Black and Pink

9/18/12

This outfit changed just a little bit- the black skirt I was going to wear was too big! Not that I mind that too much, but still. Couldn’t wear it. I ended up wearing the sweater over a black dress instead, and really liked it, especially with the collar peeking out. But the sweater was still really slouchy without being tucked in, so I belted it. And I think it turned out pretty cute after all!

I wore this for a very stressful day- I subbed for fifth grade, shelved books for a few hours, taught theatre arts (more voice and diction), and then had to do Narnia rehearsal and afterschool care at the same time. I WAS GOING TO DIE. So I went home and ate ice cream.

Dress: Modcloth Soda Fountain Dress in Cola
Sweater: Forever 21
Shoes: Skechers
Headband: Goody’s
Laptop Case: Betsey Johnson via Ross

Nail Polish: OPI Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Music

The Compliments Outfit

9/17/12

I don’t know if I was just around super nice people today or what, but I got a ton of compliments on this outfit! I was pretty excited. It’s not a typical outfit for me- I usually don’t do dresses with narrow skirts- but it was comfy and I felt cute and it was the perfect thing to cheer up a dreary rainy day- even if my belt and boots were different shades of brown. Oh, well. YOLO and whatnot.

I love the combination of navy and gold, and these mustard-y tights went really well with the dress, I thought. Although every time I wear them, my sister mistakes it for my actual skin color. She insists it’s because of the Great Legwarmer Tan of ’09.

I wore this for a long day of subbing for fifth grade, rummaging around my sad little library, teaching voice and diction in theatre arts (we did tongue twisters!), aftercare, and a Monday night church service. But I felt cute the whole time- even though my hair exploded in wild rain-curls and I had to pin it up for Emanate. It was still kind of cute!

Dress: Forever 21 via eBay
Belt: Forever 21
Tights: Hue via eBay
Boots: Rocketdog via eBay

Nail Polish: Sinful Colors All About Me layered over OPI Glee Sue vs. Schue
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Love

I went to Shakespeare in the Park with Erin, one of my favorite besties ever. We got dinner at Bread and Company to eat in the park, including delicious cake balls, and chatted a whole bunch, and watched a fantastic production of Much Ado About Nothing, which included braving a light rain and an actor almost falling on us! It was marvelous.

(the adorable shoes are the Modcloth Steps in a Stylish Direction Flats in Musical!)

Boots, Glorious Boots!

9/14/12
I have been searching for knee-high brown boots for forever! Like…two or three years! And now I have them!! Hurray!! I just had so much trouble finding boots that would fit over my massive cheerleader calves. These just baaaarely fit, so no thick tights for these, I think, but I love them so much.

This outfit is probably just a little too much on the autumnish side, but I don’t care! YOLO! And…so on and so forth. I’ve been going nuts on Pinterest with pumpkin-related things…although I realized I’ve never actually had a pumpkin spice latte. What’s up with that?

I wore this for the last day of nonverbal improv week, and rehearsal with my kiddos. This was my first day working with the kids playing the bad guys, and it was so much fun. They’re just awesome.

I also tried the waterfall braid in my hair again. The first time was an epic fail, but I think this one went better. Although I can’t get a good look at the back of my head, so I don’t know if it actually worked.

But yeah. This was a pretty comfy outfit, even though it kind of makes me look like I stuffed cantaloupes down my dress.

Dress: Forever 21 via eBay
Belt: stolen…I mean borrowed from my sister
Jeggings: Target
Boots: Rocketdog via eBay

Nail Polish: OPI Glee Sue vs. Schue
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Lil Angel

9/13/12

I decided to try something new with my hair It was pretty simple, just a sideways French braid with the ends pinned under, But…I don’t know. It didn’t seem terribly me. By the time rehearsal rolled around, I’d undone it and plopped it up in a frizzy ponytail. And somehow, sadly, that seemed to suit me better.

This outfit was mostly built around the shoes. Do you know how hard it can be to wear purple shoes? Surprisingly, with my wardrobe, it is. So I have to be crafty.

I wore this for another day of teaching nonverbal improv and rehearsing with my kiddos! Today I had them play a game I call Zombie Apocalypse. I moved all of the furniture to the sides of the room, blindfolded all of my students, and picked one to be the zombie. Then they had to shamble across the room, and when the zombie grabbed someone else, that person had to scream the most dramatic scream they could and try to infect someone else. The winner was the last person to not be infected. Needless to say, it was pretty awesome.

I also wore my Kurt necklace to celebrate the return of Glee! It’s such a crappy show but I can’t quit it. I love Kurt/Chris Colfer too much. And they don’t actually make much in the way of Kurt-related show merchandise (although I have a Dalton shirt, a Kurt shirt from Forever 21, a pink Glee shirt, and a messenger bag), so I had this made at one of those little kiosks in the mall. It’s super cute.

I just hope Glee doesn’t disappoint me!

Dress: Target
Tee: Old Navy
Cardigan: Express, thrifted
Shoes: Steve Madden via eBay
Necklace: little mall kiosk place

Nail Polish: NYC Big Apple Red Creme
Perfume of the Day: Vera Wang Glam Princess

Things I Love Thursday

  • Glee comes back on tonight! I’m so exited! The fourth season is probably going to be just as terrible as seasons 2 and 3…but as long as Chris Colfer is on, I’ll watch it.
  • I finally found a pair of knee-high brown boots that fit over my massive cheerleader calves! It’s only taken two years to find them (and in my price range). Now, for it to get cold enough…
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is coming up! I can’t go, but hopefully my sister and I can recreate some of the magic at home.
  • Swagbucks! It’s like Neopets for grown-ups, without the pet nagging at you to feed it and junk.
  • Jim and Nicks is officially my new favorite restaurant. It’s an amazing local barbecue place that makes everything fresh there. They don’t even have a freezer. I went there with my parents on Saturday night, and it was amazing. Especially the coconut cream pie. OMG PIE.
  • Having my own bubble to work in at school. I have the library all to myself, and a big amazing desk and a big Mac desktop, and no one ever bothers me, and because I’m only a part-time teacher with an elective, I’m not obligated to do lunch duty or traffic duty or anything like that. I love it.!

Grumpy Mime

9/12/12

If I looked pissed off in this picture, it’s because I was. I couldn’t find the production binder for the show I’m directing, even after tearing up the house for fifteen minutes before I left for work. Thankfully, I found it in my car right after this photo was taken. And then I felt dumb.

This dress makes me feel like a nautically inclined mime. It’s not the usual print I gravitate towards- I tend to avoid horizontal stripes like the plague- but this dress is so comfy and constructed just right. I added the cardigan since it’s getting a little nippyish in the mornings, although I had to take it off when I started reorganizing the library shelves because wow, my classroom got super hot. Also, it looks like I’m barefoot, bt I’m not. I’m wearing gold flats.

From the children’s department.

Oh, well.

I wore this for charades day! I had my students play charades for nonverbal improv, and it was awesome. I picked all movie and book characters, and it worked out that the girls kept getting the superheroes and the boys kept getting princesses. It was hilarious.

Dress: Forever 21 via eBay
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: Payless

Nail Polish: NYC Big Apple Red Creme
Perfume of the Day: Vera Wang Glam Princess

Wednesday Writing

I think I’ve finally hit upon a way to motivate myself to write more!

I sat down and wrote myself out a list of rewards. For every five pages I write, I give myself some kind of little prize. Most of them are inexpensive or free things- driving to the closest park to take a walk, taking a bubble bath, getting a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. But every so often I give myself a bigger prize, starting out with smaller ones like a new OPI polish and building up to getting a new dress from Forever 21 or Modcloth. When I finally finish my book, I want to celebrate by going on a weekend trip to Chattanooga!

I’m determined to finish this book! Maybe the reward system will motivate me to work harder.

And then I have to get ready for National Novel Writing Month in November.

Evelyn Carnahan

9/11/12
The best way I can describe this outfit: I look like the librarian from The Mummy. Or Indiana Jones’ kid sister.

In either case, I am the most awkward picture taker ever. I need to branch out with some new poses. I’m going to make this my goal. I’m going to do all the cliche fashion blogger poses just so I can get myself to stop posing with my hands on my hips.

Also, somehow I managed to stand in the only shaded part of the porch. Not only am I bad at taking pictures, I’m really good at being bad at taking pictures. I got mad skillz, yo.

This blouse isn’t my usual style- it’s sheer and kind of frou-frou-y and stuff- but I really like it. It has kind of a ’70s vibe, which isn’t really me, so I played around with it and ended up in this historical-adventurer sort of outfit. And I really liked it.

Even though the socks turned my feet violently red. Like, seriously. It was like I had stepped in tomatoes.

I wore this for the first day of Narnia rehearsals with my students! This is my first full-length play that I’ve directed all on my lonesome, but I’ve got a fantastic cast and crew of kids who are really dying to work hard and learn a lot. Today I worked just with the kids playing the Pevensies, and I’m so excited so far. this is going to be a fun show, I just know it.

I also started nonverbal improv with my theatre arts students. Today was all about communicating and reacting without saying anything, so we played two games- the floor is lava, and air traffic controller. For the first one, I picked two students to be the “movers”- they were immune to the lava and could move furniture around to help their classmates across (although on the second go-round, I told them they weren’t allowed to use any of the metal chairs, making them have to get creative). For air traffic controller, I blindfolded one student (the “airplane”) and assigned them a student to guide them (the “air traffic controller”). The other students rearranged the furniture and added themselves as obstacles, and the controller had to direct the airplane across the room. It was so much fun! Especially when I put a rule in place to keep them from talking. Each student has a labeled bag of M&Ms, and every time they talk, I get to eat an M&M. At the end of the week, when we’re done with nonverbal improv, they get whatever candy is left. It’s a win-win situation! They’re quiet, and I get chocolate!

And also, my hair did not last like that for very long. Before my theatre arts class even started I had braided it all back. Too hot for fluffy long hair!

Blouse: Cole Street Flat Blouse via Modcloth
Skirt:: Forever 21
Belt: Thrifted
Socks: We Love Colors via eBay
Boots: Xappeal via Rack Room Shoes

Nail Polish: NYC Big Apple Red Creme
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Music