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Wrath of Tash

Trina Turk dress, Steve Madden boots
Trina Turk dress, Steve Madden boots

Here are my #ootd (outfits of the day) from the last couple weeks.  Am dying to buy something new, but, I know, I know…I should be grateful for what I have and for being able to figure out a way to wear what I have in different ways – mixing designers, changing up the shoes, etc.

My classroom is weirdly one of the warmest rooms in the school, so I am always wearing a cardigan or blazer thinking it will be a lot colder than it is only to end up flinging it on my desk chair as soon as I get to class.

BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Banana Republic pants, BCBGGeneration booties
BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Banana Republic pants, BCBGGeneration booties
Lord & Taylor cashmere beanie, Black Brown 1826 cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt (underneath) and leggings, Eitienne Aigner boots
Lord & Taylor cashmere beanie, Black Brown 1826 cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt (underneath) and leggings, Eitienne Aigner boots

I almost always toss on an apron too.  Students are painting in two classes, clay in one and colored pencil in the others, so it’s not that messy yet.

JCrew cashmere hoodie, BCBGMaxAazria top and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots
JCrew cashmere hoodie, BCBGMaxAazria top and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots

But still – the minute I get paint or marker on the sleeve of something, I get so frustrated.  The lure of on-line shopping rears its pretty little head and I’m like, please let me have new stuff!!!!!  I want, I want!

Lord& Taylor cashmere cardigan, Banana Republic cashmere dress, BCBGGeneration booties
Lord& Taylor cashmere cardigan, Banana Republic cashmere dress, BCBGGeneration booties

The joke is that you haven’t really lived until you have experienced the wrath of Tash.  Usually I’m just angry with myself but…if someone is behaving inappropriately, I’ve been known to turn green. Steam comes out of my ears and I say, “Tash mad.” (lol)  I am always laughing at my own jokes, sorry.  I guess you have to be there.

Bailey 44 top, INC pants, BCBGGeneration sandals
Bailey 44 top, INC pants, BCBGGeneration sandals

This kid in the hall told me he’s going to be all cammo for Halloween so I said, “No one will see you.  You’re gonna end up with no candy.”  I laughed and laughed at that one.  I’m telling you – camouflage jokes just never get old.

Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, Trina Turk skirt, BCBGGeneration booties
Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, Trina Turk skirt, BCBGGeneration booties
Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Honora necklace, BCBGGeneration booties
Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Honora necklace, BCBGGeneration booties

Another thing that never gets old – finding money on the ground.  I love when this happens.  It’s like the universe is saying – see, you can manifest cash anytime you want.  In the US, the streets are lined in gold…sort of.

Target, Fayetteville, NY
Target, Fayetteville, NY

Nickels, dimes and mostly copper pennies!  And we all know those are really worth two cents because that’s how much, apparently, it costs to make a penny these days.

Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru, Eastwood (Syracuse, NY)
Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru, Eastwood (Syracuse, NY)
Dunn Tire parking lot, Dewitt, NY
Dunn Tire parking lot, Dewitt, NY
Greenwood Winery, East Syracuse, NY
Greenwood Winery, East Syracuse, NY
Greenwood Winery, East Syracuse, NY
Greenwood Winery, East Syracuse, NY
BCBGMaxAzria sweater (reversible!), Banana Republic skirt, Ralph Lauren boots
BCBGMaxAzria sweater (reversible!), Banana Republic skirt, Ralph Lauren boots
JCrew blazer, BCBGMaxAzria top, Banana Republic pants, BCBGGeneration booties
JCrew blazer, BCBGMaxAzria top, Banana Republic pants, BCBGGeneration booties

It’s a fun game to see how much you can find in a year.  Whoever wins gets to brag and then all the money is given away.

Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGGeneration sandals
Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGGeneration sandals

You can’t really hunt for it.  Money usually just finds you.  You just have to believe.

Free People cardigan, Banana Republic (leather!) top and pants, Coach booties
Free People cardigan, Banana Republic (leather!) top and pants, Coach booties
Banana Republic sweater, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West boots
Banana Republic sweater, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West boots
BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots
BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots
BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt and pants, BCBGGeneration sandals
BCBGMaxAzria T-shirt and pants, BCBGGeneration sandals

 

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Tashionista at Work

The school year is winding down quickly.  I started working here nineteen years ago.  It’s basically the longest relationship I’ve ever had discounting the ones I have with my immediate family members. It doesn’t seem like so much time has passed.

BCBG Max Azria dress, BCBG Generation sandals
BCBG Max Azria dress, BCBG Generation sandals

There is history and yet I feel like a time traveller in a way.  Working with 8th graders tends to take me back to my own middle school years.  It was 1976.  I remember having a crush on someone because he resembled Shaun Cassidy or was it Leif Garrrett? (the kid didn’t like me at all).  Having a faux Dorothy Hamill haircut that took years to grow out (not showing you a picture of that!).  Getting a 96 on the Algebra regents – I’m still angry with myself that I made the same subtraction mistake twice, which caused me to lose the two points on each mistake.

Whatever I had, I purchased with my paper route money – clothes, art supplies and eventually a 150-watt stereo for my bedroom so I could listen to Casey Kasum do the American Top Forty after delivering the Sunday morning paper.

I honestly can’t remember where I bought clothes then. Department stores?  I remember that there was a Levi Strauss store in Shoppingtown Mall where we bought colored corduroy jeans.  Our shoes came from Thom McAn.

Banana Republic suit with cropped pants, Rachel Roy top
Banana Republic suit with cropped pants, Rachel Roy top

It was a completely different time.  I always had to be responsible at such a young age, but instead of teaching me to save money and build a future, I think what I learned is that I will always know how to work then buy stuff with the money I earn.  I will eventually retire from my job, but I will never retire from being an artist or a writer.  I will never abandon creativity.  In that respect, I may not be rich but I will always have riches.

Bailey 44 top, Banana Republic pants, BCBG Generation sandals
Bailey 44 top, Banana Republic pants, BCBG Generation sandals

What else have I learned in thirty-nine years?  I still have a tendency to crush on men who break my heart, lol.  So I haven’t learned anything there.  Yeah – no wisdom there.

Trina Turk blouse and leather skirt, Champion tank and shorts (underneath), BCBG Generation sandals
Trina Turk blouse and leather skirt, Champion tank and shorts (underneath), BCBG Generation sandals

My fan-love for Dorothy Hamill though – my sister met her at an event last year and in conversation, Dorothy said, “Send your sister my best regards” !!!!!!

My sister with Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill
My sister with Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill

And Algebra is probably my favorite subject to work on with students in my study hall.  I love a good Greek theorem.  Math is eternal even though the way it’s taught these days is in a wonky new math style.  My way still works.  I want to say it’s because of the teacher I had in 8th grade, but to tell you the truth, I can’t remember anything about the teacher.  Man or woman?  IDK!

Banana Republic T-shirt and skirt, BCBG Generation sandals
Banana Republic T-shirt and skirt, BCBG Generation sandals

I guess I would prefer my students to remember what they learned in art rather than simply remembering me and my silly antics.  At the very least, my hope is that they have fond memories of the middle school experience – like in my own life, a lot more comedy to drown out the drama.

BCBG Max Azria top and pants, BCBG Generation sandals
BCBG Max Azria top and pants, BCBG Generation sandals

As for clothes?  I shop on-line mostly.   Banana Republic, BCBG, and Lord & Taylor dot coms are my favorite.  And when I review my purchases, which I kind of do reluctantly because I kind of don’t want to see myself coming and going (fashion should be about individuality so encouraging people to copy you via a stellar review seems a little bit defeating) – I call myself Tashionista.

Dare I say that this year was the best ever?  Don’t want to hurt the feelings of students who came before, because it’s not because my students were better.  Okay, don’t want to do the same to my current students. The truth is that after all these years I had a paradigm shift.  I changed my outlook about love, life, art…pretty much started realizing that life can be seen through rose-colored lenses without needing glasses at all.  And even though I am nearly forty years older than my 8th grade self, I still have 20-20 vision.