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Location #ootd part II: with friends and family

Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts and sandals, Coach crossbody
Trina Turk top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Joie sandals, Coach crossbody
BCBGMaxAzria romper, BCBGeneration sandals, Marc Jacobs sunglasses
Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria belt, Banana Republic shorts, BCBGeneration sandals, Coach clutch


Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts and sandals, Fossil bracelets


Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria skirt and sandals, Coach crossbody, Marc Jacob sunglasses


In Class

Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Marc Jacobs booties
BCBGMaxAzria jacket and pants, Cinq a Sept top, Calvin Klein booties

My Marc Jacobs boots have gotten a lot of air play so far this year.  I am crazy about them, especially the rust colored booties that at first I didn’t think would actually go with anything.  Love them!  Patent leather rocks.

Michelle DaRin jewelry bracelets, Talitha top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Marc Jacobs boots
Akemi + Kim for Anthropologie dress, Marc Jacobs booties
Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

The past two months really flew by at work.  The annual peace poster contest is in full swing.  The Lions Club will send three judges to select a winner from the eighteen entries on November 1, 2018 and my Studio in Art students have really nailed the theme.  It is “Kindness Matters”.  They are an amazing group of people.  Kind, without a doubt and so, so talented.  Cannot wait to share what they are doing.  I gave them each a brand new tin of 72 colored pencils to use and they are taking such good care of them.  So responsible!  I just love them all.

Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs booties
Max Mara top, Banana Republic pants, Marc Jacobs sandals

All of the Art-8 students have finished their clay projects.  We are glazing them as well as working on finishing up some paintings.  I double up on smocks during that activity but I still manage to keep DeWitt Cleaners in business.  Most of my clothes are dry clean only because they are all pretty much silk and cashmere.

BCBGMaxAzria dress, Calvin Klein booties
Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria wrap top, shell and pants, Calvin Klein booties

I don’t always take my #ootd pic.  Sometimes I am in a re-run.  I try to style myself so that I am not wearing the same shoes with a dress or the same pants with a top but sometimes I just feel like repeating a great outfit.  I admit I have a lot of clothes.  I just love fashion.  There is always a new designer to discover or something new from the ones I already know.  New – new – new.  I love new.  Getting dressed to go to work is just fun.  It is easy – effortless.  And anything that makes you feel this good is a good thing. ❤

Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs booties
Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration booties
Free People cardigan, Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs sandals
BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Calvin Klein booties
Talitha top, Hudson jeans, BCBGeneration booties
Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties
Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs boots
Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs boots

Black Mourning

Ulla Johnson dress, BCBGeneration sandals

I wore all black this week because I am in mourning for my summer vacation – and because I just love wearing black.  I think I have, like, six black skirts and about a dozen different pairs of black pants.  I don’t know how many tops.  I could potentially extend my mourning period through the month of September just for the challenge of it.  But I don’t think I will.

Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria belt and sandals
BCBGMaxAzria sweater and sandals, Trina Turk skirt, Michelle DaRin jewelry

My grandmother used to hate seeing the old widows at church all dressed in black.  She was a pearls, pink crochet cardigan, and pastel floral dress kind of girl, so I know she wouldn’t approve.  In 1996, I was hired as a long term substitute.  At the end of that first school year, I had to go through the interview process all over again when the other teacher decided to retire.  I wore red and black (the school colors) every day to work until it was confirmed that I had gotten the job.  Fashion themes are fun!  Go Bears!

Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria top, Rebecca Taylor pants, BCBGeneration sandals


Banana Republic cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Trina Turk pants, BCBGeneration sandals

If you search Instagram for the hashtag #fashionintherealworld, you will find all of my posts.  I invented it and #fashioninrealtime, and #fashioninreallife.  I just checked them; I think there are only two or three posts on them from random fashionistas.  The rest is all me.

Coach hat and jacket, Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
Free People cardigan and top, Calvin Klein jeans, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Banana Republic skirt, Ralph Lauren boots

Here are my outfits of the day from the last two weeks.  The landscape of my background keeps changing as I shift student work around the room.  All of my clay projects are complete.  The last batch went into the kiln today.  The 5th graders are currently working on a three-dimensional wood sculpture, my Studio in Art students are learning watercolor techniques and the rest of the 8th graders are immersed in the various SLO test projects:  Statue of Liberty paintings, “under the sea” landscapes with fish (mixed-media lesson), Japanese fan project (also mixed-media) and abstract paintings with realistic horses thrown in.  So four additional different lessons for the six classes.

Banana Republic suit and leather shell, BCBGeneration sandals
Free People cardigan, BCBGeneration dress, Nine West booties

There is a lot going on, which will culminate in the School Fair set for May 12, 2017.  I will have my hands full preparing for that exhibition and hopefully even with the upcoming state math tests looming, we will get everything accomplished.

Jcrew cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West boots

But first – Spring Break!!!  I will be working on the business of making art as soon as tomorrow.  Can’t wait.  Watching students make art is clearly a fun job, but nothing beats the guilty pleasure of creating my own artwork – even though it is super messy and therefore cannot be done in designer clothes.  So…I will be sacrificing fashion for my art.  I did buy a new dress for Easter though.  It is Halston Heritage. ❤ OMG, I love it!

Michelle DaRin Jewelry ring, Banana Republic top and Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Guess sandals


Playing Catch Up

BCBGMaxAzria romper and belt, Ralph Lauren boots
Banana Republic top and skirt, Hue tights, Nine West booties
Lord & Taylor cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, Nine West booties

We had a snow day today, so… I’m playing catch up on blogging.  Here are my most recent outfits of the day.  I got paint on my new Free People tunic top and on something else – spent the day doing laundry and tidying/organizing my closet.  A lot of re-runs this post.  I went heavy on the leggings in order to go hiking right after school before it got too dark.  Along with this snowmegeddon thing, the time change screwed with my perfect world.  But then again, I only have to work one day this week – tomorrow.  That is, if this snow actually lets up.  Crazy!  What am I gonna wear?  Lol, decisions, decisions.

Michelle DaRin jewelry, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Hue tights, NIne West booties
BCBGMaxAzria dress, Steve Madden boots
BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
Michelle DaRin jewelryFree People tunic top, INC pants, Nine West sandals
Michelle DaRin jewelry,Free People dress, BCBGeneration sandals
Michelle DaRin jewelry, Banana Republic dress, Nine West boots
BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, Nine West booties
Free People cardigan, Warner Bros. Harry Potter/Gryffindor T-shirt, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West booties
BCBGMaxAzria top and belt, Banana Republic leather shell, Trina Turk skirt, Hue tights, Coach booties
Trina Turk dress, Hue tights, Nine West booties
Bailey 44 top, Calvin Klein jeans, BCBGeneration sandals
BCBGMaxAzria tops, Banana Republic pants, BCBGeneration booties
BCBGMaxAzria cardigan, tops, and pants, BCBGeneration booties
JCrew blazer, Bailey 44 top, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Nine West booties
JCrew cardigan, Rachel Roy top, Champion leggings, Nine West booties
Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration booties
Michelle DaRin jewelry, Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Nine West booties
BCBGMaxAzria dress and leggings, Nine West booties
Vintage necklace, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West boots
Michelle DaRin jewelry, Trina Turk dress, Nine West booties
Banana Republic suit, Calvin Klein belt, JCrew tissue T-shirt, BCBGeneration sandals
Free People tunic top, BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, Nine West booties


Dress Week

Trina Turk dress, BCBG Generation sadals
Trina Turk dress, BCBG Generation sadals

Okay- fashion blogging is so much fun.  It feels amazing to receive so many compliments.  I was really having a Kim Kardashian moment this week.  Call me Karen Kar-tash-ian!  So funny.

Berkley Cashmere cardigan, Babana Republic dress, BCBG Geeration sandals
Berkley Cashmere cardigan, Babana Republic dress, BCBG Geeration sandals
Banana Republic dress, BCBG Generation sandals
Banana Republic dress, BCBG Generation sandals

We had record breaking warm weather in Syracuse this week, which I doubt people who know us as the snowiest city in the state/maybe the country (won the trophy again this year) can believe.  But yes.  It got to 90 degrees on Friday and without air-conditioning in the school, it can be a little sticky.  So thank you, to Trina Turk, Banana Republic, and BCBG Max Azria for keeping me cool in their fabulous dresses.

Trina Turk dress, BCBG Generation sandals
Trina Turk dress, BCBG Generation sandals

Not sure what theme I’m planning for next week.  There are still a lot of clothes in my closet that have not seen the light of day in three weeks.  I usually wear things in a heavy rotation until I get bored with them but now I feel an obligation – a responsibility to my fashion followers to change it up.  Sounds like I’m taking this seriously, lol!

Trina Turk dress, Calvin Klein wedge sandals
Trina Turk dress, Calvin Klein wedge sandals
BCBG Max Azria dress, Guess sandals
BCBG Max Azria dress, Guess sandals

BB & Hold the Banana

Banana Republic cardigan, BCBG Max Azria top, INC pants, BCBG Generations booties
Banana Republic cardigan, BCBG Max Azria top, INC pants, BCBG Generations booties

This week I did a lot of black on the bottom (BB).  So far, I have not done a single repeat in clothing or shoes.  I like the idea of planning what I’m going to wear for people to see because it’s kind of a fun way to look forward to going to work, so thank you to all of the people who liked my Instagram #ootd (outfit of the day) posts.

BCBG Max Azria sweater, Trina Turk leather skirt, Etienne Aigner oots
BCBG Max Azria sweater, Trina Turk leather skirt, Etienne Aigner oots

I went to a funeral this week.  My great aunt died.  I know how some of you don’t like being morbid, but I can’t help trying to see a big picture to life when someone I cared about leaves us for good.  I know, and I don’t even think about dying at all.  I think more about all the living I need to do and the existential quest of what I am supposed to be accomplishing, as though I had a plan before I was born.  I am supposed to find something or someone in a search for happiness, as if I had a bet with someone up there in the ether that even within the parameters of the life I was given, I’ve been challenged to still find it.  Whatever that may be.

Banana Republic blouse, Champion tank underneath, Banana Republic pants, Coach booties
Banana Republic blouse, Champion tank underneath, Banana Republic pants, Coach booties

It reminds me of the famous Robert Rauschenberg story of the Erased DeKooning piece.  In the video made at the time of the 1997 Guggenheim retrospective, Rauschenberg talked about how he had been doing a series of white paintings and he had conceived the notion of erasing a work making it white again (the paper).  The idea of the process backwards, you see?  It is such a cerebral notion for a guy who spent a lifetime laughing.

He decided he wanted to erase someone else’s piece since erasing your own would have this feeling that you already knew how it was made, so it would be a lot easier to erase your own work.  You know how much pressure you had placed on the pencil and how much elbow grease it would require to get rid of those marks.  That makes sense, right?

So he went over to DeKooning’s, a formidable guy even sober.  He knocked – the artist didn’t answer at first and he thought, okay so the idea has now died.  I tried and knocked and …nothing.  Done and done.

erased dekooning

But DeKooning answered, let him in, closed the door behind him and stood in front of it so that Rauschenberg couldn’t escape after announcing his query – in the back of his mind he thought for sure that DeKooning would beat the crap out of him.

But instead, DeKooning said something like. “Okay, I understand what you’re asking.  I’m going to give you something hard to erase.” He handed Rauschenberg a drawing made with charcoal and paint and other materials, and Rauschenberg spent months trying to erase it.

Banana Republic blazer, Bailey 44 top, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West boots
Banana Republic blazer, Bailey 44 top, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West boots

It was a challenge, and that made the idea more fun.  And as much as non-artists scrunch up their noses and think that’s not art with an Emperor’s New Clothes mentality, you really have to admit that it took loads of time and a lot of work to erase that art.  So in essence, it was and is artwork.

Art history scholars tend to relay it as a message delineating the changing of the guard from Abstract Expressionism to the new Pop Art establishment, but Rauschenberg himself insisted that was not his intent.

Bailey 44 top, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West boots
Bailey 44 top, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West boots

No matter what we do, people will put their own spin on things.  Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez are Instagramming like clockwork, and they take the good and take the bad along with it, the negative-nellies who voice their harassment of the selfie variety, and can be very harsh in doing so.

I won’t let that stop me from continuing my journey.  I am having fun with the fashion stuff, which was heavy on the Banana (Republic) this week.

In light of the death, my parents were talking about buying their plots this week.  Preparing for the inevitable in a way to reduce our stress when the time comes.  My great-grandfather bought one extra plot a long time ago and Mom and Dad were thinking of trading it in for their two – but that spot is like my perfect spot.  It is a short walk from my great aunt and uncle’s graves, overlooking  the Comstock Art facility, which is next to Manley Field House at Syracuse University.  I kind of want to keep it for myself.  It seemed familiar, like a part of the puzzle that made sense but didn’t….


It really is surreal to think of ending up there.  Like, what?  That’s all this was?  Me, dead, with a view of my art school, along with a giant oak tree and a huge gravestone marked MILLER?  What is that supposed to mean?  I mean, I know.