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Hi folks- sorry for the delay in posting. Last night was a bit of a crazy night. One of my colleagues passed away. It was a shock and made me take a bit of a pause to step back and really think about some things in life.

I’m not going to say too much about what I wore on Tuesday (this outfit is from a couple of days ago) other than to say that I wanted to wear funky shoes and so I wore a very neutral dress to go with them (sorry about the wrinkles).

What I wanted to talk about today was making a difference. One of the things that I really work hard to do is to help my students to not just learn the material for my classes but to also grow as people. I work hard at that goal but it isn’t something you ever really get any feedback about.

When this colleague passed away last night I thought about the difference professors are making each day in student’s lives. I thought about the impact that this professor had had on his students. I thought about how the students in his spring classes must be feeling and how the students who have had him in the past must be feeling. And then I thought about how my students would feel if something happened to me. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this loss reaffirmed for me how important it is to make a difference in any way I can. This faculty member made a difference in SO many students lives and I want to do my best to emulate that behavior in my own life.

I also want to encourage you all to tell the people who matter to you that they matter. It is easy to procrastinate about things like that (or to just never say anything at all) and you just don’t know when time will run out.

Prices:

Dress: Ann Taylor, can’t recall how much I paid but I KNOW it was on sale

Undershirt: Cynthia Rowley, on sale at TJMaxx for $4.50

Shoes: Pinky, purchased on Hautelook for $18

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Blue Mondays

This is one of my favorite dresses (in fact I own it in two colors). I love the cut of it and I especially love this color. I have blue eyes and so I like to wear blue as much as possible because I feel that it bring out my eyes.

I found both of these dresses (I also have it in purple) at Ross and I waited for them to go on clearance. Ross was initially selling them for $39.99 which I was NOT going to pay (I’m cheap). It is always a gamble to wait but in this case it worked out. I think this cut may be part of Anne Klein’s permanent collection because I have seen many variations (colors and patterns) of this dress over the last year. If I happen to catch it in green I can guarantee you I will be adding it to my collection!

Prices

Dress: Anne Klein, purchased on clearance at Ross for $27.99 (including the belt)

Shoes: Nine West, purchased on sale at Ross for $19.99

Earrings: gift

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Lilac Lady

I bought this dress a few weeks ago with “money” that I earned during my major Limited shopping trip. I was excited about it because of the color. As you all know, my college has a tradition of wearing purple on Fridays. Usually I wear bright bold purple on these days but I wanted to try something new- hence the lilac. I really love the color, but I am a bit uncomfortable in the dress overall. The material is very clingy and I have never particularly liked showing off my curves that much. However, I felt a bit more comfortable in it after adding a sweater.

I like the way the black and gold looks against the pastel. I almost wore my black heels with gold studs, but my feet were feeling a little sore so I opted for the flats instead. Much more comfortable!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter (or just a lovely Sunday is that isn’t a holiday that you celebrate)!

Prices:

Dress; The Limited, on sale (plus “bucks” I earned for earlier shopping) for $31.59

Sweater: Kenari, purchased at Marshalls for ~$19

Shoes: Tori Burch, purchased at a hospital nearly new sale for $25

Necklace: purchased from Hautelook.com for $20

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Mint Madame

After a rather lackluster ensemble on Wednesday I was inspired to wear something a bit more exciting and colorful. Voila! Behold my mint obsession!

My boyfriend likes to tease me about my love of the color mint. I am just drawn to this color. I recognize that literally everyone else is as well, but I just don’t care if it is “trendy.” I just really like it. I’ll like it after everyone else has moved on to radiant orchid or sapphire or some other shade!

The weather was a bit chilly on Thursday and this dress is actually quite thick and warm. The boots also helped to add some extra warmth and all in all I was very comfortable!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekends!

Prices:

Dress: H & M, $24.99

Shoes: Dakkeni, purchased from Hautelook for $21

Necklace: purchased from Jane.com for $9.99

Belt: purchased from the Limited, under $20

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Silver School

Wednesday I was not in the mood to get out of bed, function, or do anything! In other words, sock bun! This also meant that I was not feeling very creative about what to wear and so I simply grabbed staples from my closet- the black skirt, black cardigan, and black pumps. The only somewhat exciting part of this ensemble is the top. I really like this top (though a colleague said I looked Amish, he’s a delight :)). I like the color and sheen of it and the style. It sort of has a “tulip-like” shape on top which makes it spring inspired.

Still though, I recognize that this is not my most inspired look. Just wait for tomorrow! I really like what I wore on Thursday :)

Prices:

Shirt: The Limited, purchased at Gabriel Brothers for under $10 (years ago!)

Skirt: The Limited, purchased on sale plus 40% off $14.99

Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, purchased on sale at DSW for $50

Sweater: Target, on sale for $15

Necklace: can’t recall

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Kate Middleton is my Muse

I am not ashamed to admit that I am totally and unabashedly obsessed with Kate Middleton. She is perfect. At least in respect to fashion. If I had millions of dollars I would literally buy everything that she wears. I would even have my hair done the same way. I just think she is classy, sophisticated, and timeless.

While my fashion sense tends to be more eclectic than hers, I find myself continually being drawn to silhouettes that she wears. This dress is a perfect “Kate” dress. The lace is ladylike. The color understated but also not boring. The cut is flattering and demure. And the skirt spins. Seriously, who could ask for more!

I actually did not buy this dress at first because I thought, even on clearance, that it was kind of pricey. I know I am delusional, but I have this mindset that I shouldn’t spend more than about 20 bucks on a dress. Fortunately, after debating it in my mind for a few hours the dress was still in the store when I returned. And I am thoroughly happy that I caved and bought it :)

While shooting pictures of the outfit today the wind kicked up. It resulted in several Marilyn shots. I hope you enjoy some of the outtakes :)

Prices

Dress: Eliza J, purchased on clearance at Ross for $27.99 (originally retailed for $138)

Shoes: Guess, found at TJ Maxx for $32

Earrings: Tiffany’s, gift

Belt: Came on another dress (from H & M I think)

Love,

The Haute Professor

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It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday (because it was spring break)

So today was the first day back after Spring Break. I must admit I was not quite ready to go back. I ended up getting food poisoning over spring break so I felt a bit cheated of my time off. I also did not get as much planning done as I hoped to. However, I did get everything done for this week so at least I am not freaking out this week!

Given that I was not quite ready to say goodbye to spring break, I decided to channel spring in my ensemble. For that reason, I chose to wear a super spring-y (yes, this is a word I have now made up) skirt. This skirt is new (to me anyway). My mother brought it down during her visit last weekend. She found it at the nearly new hospital sale that she volunteers a lot of her time at. It certainly did its job! I felt very spring-like despite having to get back into my routine :)

It was very nice to see all of the students and I taught a topic that I really enjoy today. So no complaints here! Hope you all are well!

Prices:

Sweater: The Limited, on sale plus 40% off, $14

Skirt: Jones New York, purchased at a nearly new hospital rummage sale for ~$5

Shoes: Nine Wftest, purchased at Ross for $19.99

Necklace: Tiffany’s, gift

Earrings: Sundance catalogue, gift

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Spring Break

The Haute Professor is on Spring Break this week. I will be back next week with outfit updates! And I’ll attempt to take some pictures of my more casual ensembles. 

Love,

The Haute Professor

Spring Break

The Haute Professor is on Spring Break this week. I will be back next week with outfit updates! And I’ll attempt to take some pictures of my more casual ensembles.

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Paisley Professor

The weather here lately has just been PERFECT. I seriously can not get enough of the sun and fresh air. It has also made it possible for me to pull out some of my lighter spring dresses. I haven’t worn this dress in about 6 months and it was nice to pull it out of the closet again. I love the full skirt on this one. It just feels so free and easy!

The hair bun is a sign that despite looking somewhat put together I was actually exhausted (this is the semester that will kill me). I couldn’t get myself up early enough to wash my hair that morning and so I had to pull out the dry shampoo and the sock bun. Lazy hair day!

Hope you are all well!

Prices:

Dress; purchased at Ross for $13

Shoes: Guess, purchased at Ross for $19.99

Belt: purchased at Target, $10

SweaterBellini, purchased at TJMaxx for $10

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Spring Blues

Quick post before I get back to madly cleaning my house for the impending arrival of my lovely parents.

I wore this outfit yesterday. I had a faculty meeting in the morning and it was about 74 outside! Super nice!

This dress is the last from my conference shopping spree at The Limited. I just love the cut of this dress. I like how demure the neckline is and how swingy the skirt is. I bought this belt the same day and I think the two look great together- I like the navy with the gold/silver tone of the belt. I know I will get a lot of use out of this belt! The students really liked it as well!

Hope everyone is enjoying lovely weather wherever you are!

Dress: The Limited, on sale (50% off plus educators discount of 15%) for $42

Shoes: Can’t recall the brand but it has a crown on it, bought them at DSW years ago

Belt: The Limited (purchased on sale plus 15% off), about $13

Sweater: The Limited (purchased years ago and I can’t recall and I can’t find it in my records!)

Love,

The Haute Professor

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