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Final Countdown

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Trina Turk top and pants, BCBGMaxAzria belt, BCBGeneration sandals
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C by Bloomingdale’s cashmere cardigan, Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties

Nine days left of the 2018-2019 school year – I wonder what I will wear?

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Free People cardigan, Max Mara top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Marc Jacobs sandals
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Free People cardigan, Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs boots

The classroom will be messy until next Friday.  We are still painting.

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Banana Republic cardigan, Free People top, Alice = Olivia pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Michelle DaRin necklace, Free People tunic, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Marc Jacobs booties
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, top and skirt, Nine West booties
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Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration sandals
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Theory sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs boots
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Cinq a Sept silk top, French Connection leather skirt, Marc Jacobs booties
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Theory cardigan, Rachel Zoe dress, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, Marc Jacobs boots
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Theory Week

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Theory cashmere cardigan, Banana Republic T-shirt and pants, Marc Jacobs booties
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Theory cashmere sweater, Trina Turk skirt, BCBGeneration booties

I am currently obsessed with Theory cashmere sweaters.  I have five and wore them every day this week.  Love, love, LOVE!!! ❤ . I guess I also love that it is still chilly enough to wear them to work, lol  (it is May, after all).

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Theory cashmere sweater, Trina Turk skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

Love how you get one new thing and all of a sudden everything in your closet feels new too.

One more week until the school fair.  It is on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Chittenango High School.  On Monday, I will make final edits on what I will be bringing this year.  And after that, we will be on the tail end of the school year!

There is still a lot to do.  My Art-8 students are all making papier-mache sculptures or reductive floral foam sculptures.  Next week, 8th grade Studio in Art students are going to take a time-out from their still-life paintings to do a clay project and my Art-5 students are glazing clay sculptures.  We are very busy/very messy right now.  It is really fun!  I love my life!!!

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Theory cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Marc Jacobs booties
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Theory cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals

Retail as Art

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Pam and I ventured into Camillus, New York territory tonight to attend a Michelle DaRin Jewelry trunk show at Synple (70 Main Street, Camillus, New York 13031). Michelle’s new pieces are vibrantly bold yet feminine talismans.  Each piece is uniquely handmade.  I loved everything!!!

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This quaint village shoppe is the brainchild of fine artist, art therapist, stationery designer, mother and retailer Kelly Landau.  The merchandising is picture perfect.

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Synple is a comfortable nook in the heart of the village where you will find friendly people who are passionate about their merchandise – housewares, clothing (Free People is a mainstay), jewelry (including a selection of Michelle DaRin pieces), candles, soaps and all sorts of amazing gifts, treats and stationery.

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The Made in the Deep South items are currently 50% off until they are gone.  I want that beige cowhide bracelet with the crystal jewel!

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Hours of operation are Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Kelly is currently working on updating the store’s website.  For more information on merchandise and future events such as this one with Michelle, give their Facebook page a LIKE.  Here is the link. 

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Next up for Michelle – a show at The Finger Lakes Academy of Decorative Arts this Friday and Saturday.  Information is on their Facebook LIKE page here. ❤

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Marc Jacobs Boots

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Marc Jacobs booties

Here are my #ootd from Instagram for last week.

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Trina Turk top, Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs booties

I am wearing Marc Jacobs boots in every one of these shots.  They are perfection.  Although we had a minor snowy-storm thing-a-ma-gig on Friday, we are mostly finished with snow in Syracuse.  These shoes all have leather soles.  They are not for wearing on salted driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.

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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People jacket, Alice + Olivia top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Marc Jacobs boots

We also survived the ELA testing, glazing clay projects, and the end of the marking period.  Monday starts the final quarter of the school year!

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Theory cashmere cardigan, Lucky Brand top, French Connection leather skirt, Marc Jacobs booties

Sandal weather soon!!!  ❤

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Coach headband, Halston Heritage dress, Marc Jacobs boots

Prints + Texture = Artsy

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Cinq a Sept top, Trina Turk pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties

I have been playing with mixing patterns and textures in my #ootd.  And layering.  Putting sweaters under dresses and finding unexpected matches, like my amber necklace (I actually designed it myself!) is the same color as the Marc Jacobs patent leather booties in rust (pictured above).

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Rebecca Taylor top and pants, Alice + Olivia top, Calvin Klein booties
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Theory cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Calvin Klein booties

And a new cardigan pairs nicely with a four-year-old dress (above).

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Theory cashmere cardigan, Rachel Zoe dress, Via Spiga tights, Calvin Klein booties
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Trina Turk top and pants, Calvin Klein belt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Rachel Zoe dress, Sorel boots
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C by Bloomingdales cardigan, Banana Republic leather top, Free People leather skirt, Nine West boots
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Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria jacket and pants, BCBGeneration sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs sandals

It is now spring.  I have started to slowly reintroduce sandals.  The weather in Syracuse/Chittenango will just have to catch up.

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BCBGMaxAzria tops and pants, BCBGeneration booties

In other news, students are glazing textured clay projects, finishing up patterned paintings and some fashion drawings.  The quarter ends on April 5th, I believe.  Then we will be gearing into the homestretch with sculptures, more paintings and artsy mayhem (the good kind – there is no fartsy in the art room).

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Michelle DaRin jewelry ring, Coach crossbody bag, BCBGMaxAzria sweater and dress, Ralph Lauren boots

Secret Chamber

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I have always been drawn to the exquisite beauty of all that is Ancient Egypt.  I took an Egyptology course at University College while teaching at Bryant & Stratton back in the ’80s to answer a student who questioned why and how Egyptian fashion was selected as the first chapter in the costume history textbook.

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The answer lies in art, because all of our history to do with ancient cultures comes not from the written word, but from pictures – in this case hieroglyphics, tomb murals and, of course jewelry, as well as the remnants of clothing made of linen fiber.

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I learned that Napoleon’s French army invaded Egypt in 1798.  They rediscovered the antiquities and were the first archeologists to investigate the area.  It wasn’t the painstaking attention to delicate detail that it is today or even remotely a respectful handling of human remains.

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Many mummies were burned as fuel for steam engines, which is just so tragic.  Later on, in the following century, Egypt became an exotic vacation spot for wealthy Americans who enjoyed purchasing the baubles, scarab beetle decor, and mummies!

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They held mummy unveiling dinner parties back in the States, stuff like that.

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Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.  This significant find catapulted Egyptian archeology in terms of the level of importance, the regard for history and the sheer magic in attaining this priceless treasure.

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Somewhere in the middle, during the Victorian age, Cazenovia Public Library benefactor Robert James Hubbard and his son accumulated a collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts including an intricately wrapped-in-linen mummy for the purpose of creating a museum.

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And so, yes, there is a mummy in this library.

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Yesterday, Janine and I visited Cazenovia, New York; first stop, Cazenovia Artisans, second, Common Grounds and next, to the library to see this exhibit.  We ended up at Empire Farm Brewery for lunch.  Janine had never been to any of these spots nor had she an idea this breathtaking collection even existed.  So, my thought is that not many of you know about it.  You’re welcome!

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When I taught elementary art at Bridgeport Elementary School in our district, I decided to add a few lessons on Ancient Egypt culture to the third grade curriculum, because I had this knowledge I wanted to share.  I created a cat mummy sculpture lesson.  Naturally, no pets were harmed.  Students’ sculptures were made of an armature of plastic bottles and styrofoam balls.  They were void of remains, unlike the actual cat mummy at this museum.

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At Chittenango, it is the sixth graders who study the ancient civilizations in Social Studies.  They do take a field trip to Cazenovia Library, as the village is adjacent to our school district via Route 13.  I highly recommend a visit.  It is free and really quite extraordinary.

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The library is located at 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia, New York 13035.  It is open Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 pm.  They are closed on Sundays.  Call (315) 655-9322 for more information.

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The museum space is also home to a gallery for rotating local artist/art organization exhibitions, as well as a wonderful exhibit of birds and plumage in fashion.  They also have many interesting activities for children including puzzle clubs and such.  Yesterday they had a hot chocolate and cookie station available.  Set in a Victorian mansion, this is truly a quaint and lovely experience that really packs a secret chamber punch.  So special!  ❤

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Art Room Chic

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Rachel Zoe dress, Nine West booties
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Honora necklace, Lord & Taylor cardigan, Trina Turk top and skirt, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People cardigan and dress, Marc Jacobs booties

Here are my looks for January and February 2019.   I started with new students so we are easing into the mess.  Three students got paint on their clothes on Friday, lol, and one slapped her painting into her chin while attempting to place it on the drying rack.  Another got paint on the back of his forearm.  What is that about???  Of course, I made it through the week unscathed.  I am a professional, as you know.

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Free People cardigan, Ulla Johnson dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
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Free People cardigan, Rebecca Taylor dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

Disclaimer – I have a couple of repeats here.  I tried to change it up, but you will notice that I have those over-the-knee Karl Lagerfeld boots in two colors and about four or five similar Free People cardigans.  And – I just bought the Theory Malinka belted cashmere cardigan in three different colors!  I still want the black one too, if I can find it.

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Theory cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Calvin Klein booties
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Theory cardigan, Banana Republic dress, Sorel boots

I know what I like and when I find something that works, I want it any way I can get it.  My new desires include the Joe’s Jeans leather cropped pants in all three colors, more Theory sweaters and I have my eye on a white BCBGMaxAzria gown (for no particular reason) and a couple more Rachel Zoe things.  I also have 3.1 Phillip Lim on my radar and, of course, more silk Ulla Johnson dresses.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Akemi + Kim dress, Sorel boots
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Free People cardigan, Akemi + Kim dress, Karl Lagerfeld boots

I ❤ fashion!

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Theory cardigan, Rebecca Taylor top, Alice + Olivia pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt and leggings, Alice + Olivia top, Calvin Klein booties

#fashionintherealworld #fashioninreallife #fashionblogger #fashionista #fashioninrealtime #syracuseartist #arteacher #lovefashion

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Cinq A Sept dress, Calvin Klein booties
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Cinq a Sept top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Calvin Klein booties

Photo cred: Katy C.