Category Archives: fashion

Summer Fashion

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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts, BCBGeneration sandals
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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria romper and clutch, Marc Jacobs booties

Summer 2018 has been amazing so far.  So many fun things to do during my staycation.  The weather’s great.  Syracuse, New York was blessed with Florida style weather – so wonderfully crazy!  Me-likey!

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, BCBGMaxAzria top and shorts, Ugg boots
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MichelleDaRin jewelry, Trina Turk top, Banana Republic shorts, BCBGMaxAzria sandals

Since I cannot wear them to work, shorts and off-shoulder tops are in heavy rotation right about now.  I have been frequenting live band venues –  a lot of dancing’s been added to my exercise regimen of yoga, hiking and pilates.

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Rachel Zoe dress, BCBGeneration sandals
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Max Mara top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts, Marc Jacobs sandals

As for art, the Happy Little Treehouse exhibit is moving to another location with a reception sometime next week, I think.  My paintings are still available and the proceeds from sales will be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital.  More to come on that front.  Stay tuned!

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MichelleDaRin jewelry, Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria romper, Joie sandals
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Trina Turk top and shorts, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Rachel Zoe dress, Nine West booties

No Air/No Problemo in Oz

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Trina Turk dress, BCBGeneration sandals

There is no air-conditioning in school.  We take my #ootd pics early in the morning and by the end of the day I am sometimes somewhat of a hot and sticky mess.  I am grateful to have two fans mounted on the walls in my classroom and I have been drinking tons of iced coffee, water and a Gatorade every day.

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vintage necklace, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, top and skirt, BCBGeneration booties

No complaints though, as Syracuse, New York weather feels like Florida right now and we are on the verge of summer vacation!

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Cinq a Sept dress, BCBGeneration sandals
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Rachel Zoe dress, Calvin Klein booties

Here are my most recent outfits.  My Rachel Zoe dress needs the dry-cleaner stat, as Friday was a particularly muggy day.  It is currently a silk version of what my hair looked like later that day – that frazzled ’80s rock star effect that we all discarded with the invention of flat irons.  Seriously cringe worthy, lol.  I wore boots that day because I was sure it was going to rain mid-day, but that rain did not appear until I was driving home from work.  It lasted all of fifteen minutes leaving us with perfect outdoor festivals weather for the weekend  – Ozstravaganza in Chittenango and Taste of Syracuse downtown.

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, pants and sandals, Bailey 44 top

 

Strike a Pose

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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs boots
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Cinq a Sept top, Banana Republic pants, BCBGeneration sandals

I love fashion!  I have enlisted pinch hit photographers for my outfit of the day pictures when Katy is unavailable.  The result is a bunch of different poses.  I am going all out Zoolander silly with the wispy look away thing – so funny!

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BCBGMaxAzria wrap top, pants and sandals, Free People top
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BCBGMaxAzria blazer, Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, BCBGeneration sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria top and belt, Trina Turk skirt, Nine West boots
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Michelle DaRin Jewelry bracelets, Lucky Brand top, Bloomingdales cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria skirt
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Cinq a Sept top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria tops, Trina Turk pants, BCBGeneration sandals

Retail Girl

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Trina Turk top and skirt, Marc Jacobs boots
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs boots

While I was off work, I did a lot of on-line shopping.  I found these Marc Jacobs boots for a ridiculously low price.  They are beyond fabulous.  I love them – worked them into several outfits in the past two weeks.  The Calvin Klein booties and the Joie velvet sandal booties are new as well.  The Joie shoes are phenomenal.  They are velvet with a pink leather lining.

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Cinq a Sept dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

Of course, it didn’t begin and end there.  I am on-line shopping every day.  I guess constantly is not an understatement! I put stuff into my virtual carts and go back to visit it all, watching for sales or special deals.  It is fun!  Like instant manifestations.  I desire something and somehow after a short time, I can afford to have it.  Lately, I cannot get enough silk.  The Cinq à Sept dresses and tops are all silk.  This is a hard brand to buy on-line because the sizing is not consistent.  The black dress is an XS.  It fits fine when I am wearing it, but I practically have to dislocate two shoulders to get it on and off, lol. I purchased it on a final sale.  I bought three tops in a size small; one had to go back because it was tight and had a snag, so I thought that was weird.  It is a new company – I am not sure what is going on there.

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Rachel Zoe top, Trina Turk pants, Joie booties

I am still not quite myself physically.  Up five pounds, which should get blasted this vacation week with any luck.  I go to Syracuse Yoga every morning.  It is my sister’s studio.  She has a special two-week unlimited package for $30 for new practitioners and an unlimited package for $105 if you use auto pay.  If you are local, you should totally check it out!  The instructors are amazing!

I am also hiking five miles a day and doing pilates when I can fit it in.  And no, I don’t wear heels when I take those walks.  I wear these awesome Brooks waterproof sneakers that I bought at Fleet Feet.  The service there is magical.  You tell the salesperson what you do – run, walk, other sports, etc. and they go in the back room and bring you exactly the shoe you need.  They are the best!

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Free People cardigan, JCrew T-shirt, Trina Turk skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

And while I am on the subject of plugging businesses, Amanda Losecco is my hairstylist at Miracles.  I am there every two weeks. I LOVE her! ❤ She has, seriously, single-handedly (she and her mad colorist and blow-drying skills) changed my life for the better.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, pants and sandals
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C by Bloomingdales cardigan, Rachel Roy top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

I was talking to someone the other day about my fashion obsession.  It was the salesgirl at the BCBGMaxAzria shop within Lord & Taylor at the Destiny Mall in Syracuse.  We decided that it was my hobby.  I have a passion for fashion.  I just love when I find something new that I consider to be so “me”.  I love the fabrics and colors, love when I buy something that works with something else in my closet.  It makes me sooo happy.  OMG, I love my life.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Joie booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Trina Turk skirt, Nine West booties

She’s Baaaaaaack!

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Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Joie sandals

One of the best parts of getting back to work has been reuniting with my favorite photographer/bestie/colleague/art teacher/partner-in-goofiness, Katy C.  We have resumed the #ootd.  Here are my latest outfits coupled with some from before my two month hiatus.

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BCBGMaxAzria tops and pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs booties

I have fallen in love with a new-to-me brand: Cinq à Sept (5 to 7).  I love every piece and am finding room in my closet for these silk confections – three dresses, two tops and counting!

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Cinq a Sept dress, Via Spiga hosiery, Calvin Klein booties
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

I am also such a fan of Marc Jacobs boots.  He and I are the same age.  Lol, he really gets me.  I feel like the lasts for these shoes were made from molds of my feet.  Cray-cray awesomeness!

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Honora necklace, Cynthia Rowley cashmere cardigan (bathrobe!), Trina Turk dress, Hue tights, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs boots

I love having somewhere to go every day.  People often tell me that they never had a teacher like me, alluding to my work fashion.  When I was growing up the teachers always made an effort – they wore mini shift dresses with high heels.  Had their hair done in the beehive coifs of the day.  Were prim and proper, and so, so smart.  Beautiful.  Miss Emerson, Miss Clancy, Miss Daniels, Miss Adsitt….  I loved going to school back then too.  Thank you, Tecumseh Elementary for a dream.  I guess I always aspired to be just like these amazing women.  Didn’t actually realize it until now – wow!

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Ralph Lauren boots

I love fashion.  Love to get dressed every morning for work.  Love feeling good about myself, happy, relaxed, confident and this feeling contributes to the dynamic of each day.

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Free People cardigan, Halston Heritage dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People dress, Marc Jacobs boots

We have so much fun.  Art is about imagination – imagining your dreams via learning how to draw, how to visualize solutions.  I am currently working on four or five different things with the students – clay sculptures and bas-reliefs in a couple classes, horse paintings in a couple….  The Studio in Art students are painting barn landscapes using Wolf Kahn’s color palette and my 5th graders are doing double duty – first an additive wood sculpture then an invention à la Da Vinci.  More to come in regards to that one.  I will tell you the story of my invention soon.  It’s hilarious, I promise. ❤

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Bloomingdale’s cashmere cardigan, Bebe top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Nine West booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and pants, Nine West booties
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Trina Turk top and pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Banana Republic cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria velvet leggings, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

 

Disguised

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OMG, I love, love, LOVE Halloween!  I dressed as a prom queen, a dark angel, a lion tamer, the Mona Lisa and Hermione Granger.  It started on October 20th – I chaperoned the school dance.  The following Wednesday there was a costume party at the Dinosaur BBQ in downtown Syracuse; Saturday it was a house karaoke party and on Halloween, I did a day and night thing – school then costuming at Notch 8 in Jamesville.  Why don’t we do this all year long?  Halloween is just the most creative holiday.  It is the best! So fun….

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Workin’ It

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BCBGMaxAzria dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Trina Turk top and pants, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, Bailey 44 top with BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration sandals

Catching up on blogging – there is a new feature on word press – maybe not so new; I only just discovered it – that I can program when the blog articles are posted.  So, now I can write a bunch on the weekends and post throughout the week, which is genius!

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Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Lord & Taylor cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants and sandals

It has been a whirlwind autumn – exercising, meditating, socializing, art business-ing, shopping, lol.  So much to do!  I have attended art shows that I did not post about due to their fleeting nature – those pop-up shows offer no opportunity to generate customers after the fact and I simply could not post in real time.  I am just not that organized, unfortunately.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Banana Republic skirt, BCBGeneration booties
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Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

I was invited to join a group holiday art show.  I will investigate that more today to see if I have anything that will fit the space.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Free People cardigan, Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

Here are my most recent outfits of the day at work.  You can see the progression of the plaster pig sculptures behind me.  They are finished bar three.  Students painted them, added details and finalized the last component, which had them finding a location and photographing the pig in a composition.  I will post those pictures soon!

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Screw blazer, Bailey 44 top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Nine West booties

All of my students bring the school I-Pads to class.  Some have taken to photographing or videoing their progress on art projects and it is really fun to see that progression.  We are always in the now and tend to forget the immediate past on the way to the journey.  This is such an amazing way to witness their own incremental learning.  I love it!  In the earlier #ootd pics you saw the beginning stages – how students wrapped bottles with paper towel and tape and they just looked like blobs.  A little leap of faith later and these sculptures became badges of honor.  I love it when students take pride in their work.  It is just the greatest gift a teacher can receive.

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Trina Turk dress, Karl Lagerfeld boots
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Michelle DaRin Jewelry ring, Trina Turk top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Nine West sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, Bebe top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration booties