Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Gypsy's Junk

Hey all!  I know I have been M.I.A. for a bit, but I haven’t forgotten about this blog at all.  In fact, I am seriously counting the days until my graduate school program is over, so I can re-dedicate myself to this blog in a new, professional and consistent way.  Yes, I said it.  I aim to become a professional blogger.  Not sure exactly what that will entail, but I am interested in collaborating with more creative folk as I take Learning Style to the next level.  

Below are some photos I took as part of a Holiday shoot with LaMonica of “A Gypsy’s Junk.”

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that those circular, flat earrings are my new favorites!  And yup, that cloth-colored collar necklace is Gypsy's Junk piece as well, as are those funky, fun rings that I love to wear together.

I look forward to more collaborations with local artists, so feel free to send me a message if you know of someone looking to create.

Love to all,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Loving this Green

Happy Monday!

Here is an outfit I wore recently with a few of the latest additions to my wardrobe, including my new favorite pencil skirt.

I am loving this asymmetrical zip pencil skirt from J.Crew in heather evergreen.  The fit is perfect, the material is very sturdy and warm and the detailing is unique.  There is nothing fake about this zip; it works!  And the color, I can't believe this is the first major piece in my closet in this beautiful, deep green. 

As for the rest of the outfit, I'm wearing a cropped J.Crew sweatshirt in speckled grey over my favorite chambray shirt from Old Navy, Hue tights in opaque black, and Fyre Regina boots in black.

I like the "chill" aspect of a fitted (of course) sweatshirt over an otherwise structured outfit.

This skirt is so structured that I really did need to unzip it a bit to be able to move properly.

I ended up staying out all day and catching up with some colleagues and students to see an off-Broadway show.  This happened to be the coldest day ever, and thankfully, I was well dressed for it... except for my tights.  For true winter, which I didn't realize was in November, I usually wear knit tights at least, if not wool leggings.  Otherwise, my puffer coat and earmuffs did the trick.

My makeup is pretty neutral with powder for shine and my favorite red, Ruby Woo by M.A.C.

Until next time.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Middle School Versus High School

Three months into teaching high school after eight years of teaching middle school, and I can't say I've looked back much except to say: teaching high school is amazing!  Middle school made me who I am, and I am grateful for all the experience I had teaching sweet sixth graders, trying-to-figure-it-all-out seventh graders, and already-grown eighth graders.  I have moments when I share with colleagues that "I come from middle school," as I count down for quiet, teach the students how to give thumbs up/thumbs to the side/thumbs down as a formative assessment, or instruct the class on clapping it up to celebrate an otherwise overlooked success.

And there are times when I say "I had a middle school moment," as I flashback to the sunflower seeds  (see post here) that I found on the plush carpet of the Lincoln Center theater where my sixth graders had just finished viewing a Shakespeare play, or when I think of the time when my scrawny, 11 year-old runner ran off into the crowd outside of the Museum of Natural History.  In those moments, I have to remind myself that the trauma of middle school is over and the beautiful parts-- the handmade decorations with stickers, markers and glitter; the apology letter in the form of an essay with a quoted piece of text evidence from the Bible that I got after a minor incident; and the Holiday gift exchanges and luncheons complete with table clothes and chip appetizers that we used to have in my self-contained days--  will forever be part of me.

Already there have been, and I am sure there will continue to be, many times when my middle-school-teacher skill set will serve me well.  I guess it's time for me to revise my four-word teaching story from "self-contained, six years" to something that does my experience justice more so than "I survived middle school."  Until then, I'm happy to be with students who are past that stage of intense hormones and figuring out all the newness that translates into unpredictable, stressful-for-adults behavior.   And I'm realizing daily that high schoolers are just as playful and wanting to learn as middle schoolers.  They also still tell it like it is, though they may be a little less mean harsh.  Nonetheless, I am grateful to continue having the opportunity to learn as I teach and to witness academic and emotional growth of many.

Miss M

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shades of Blue

Happy Monday!

These weekends are flying by, but good thing are happening and more good is too come.  Here is any outfit I wore recently.  I pulled out my J.Crew denim pencil skirt from deep in my closet, paired it with bright teal tights and the rest is history. 

 Old Navy sweater, Uniqlo oxford shirt, J.Crew skirt, Hue tights, Frye boots and J.Crew Factor necklace.

I am working on my eyeliner hand, and let's just say: practice brings improvement.  Sephora liquid eyeliner, MAC blush in "Fever" and Sephora nude gloss.  Peal earrings from Express.

Until next time,

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Gift: Playing with Style

Happy Friday!

Here are some quick photos that I took afterwork recently in my effort to document an outfit that I really enjoyed.  My students enjoyed this one as well, and let me know it!  

Flannel button down from Target, Bow sweater from J.Crew Factory, tweed pencil skirt from J.Crew, polka dot tights from J.Crew Factory, brown leather pumps by Frye.

Accessories: Ruby Woo lipstick, Warby Parker glasses, Guess gold watch and side pony-tail.  Yup, hair style can definitely be an accessory.

What are your plans for the weekend?