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Labor Day

Most people have off on labor day BUT my college holds classes today. It doesn’t really bother me because I hate losing class days for just about any reason though. I was also happy to work today because I got to wear this new top that I bought a couple of weeks ago. As you all probably know, I love a fun print. I also love when simple pieces have extra added details to make them feel special. This top is a great print AND the design of the sleeve is interesting and adds a little something extra.

I paired the top with a new navy skirt I felt compelled to buy (I didn’t have any solid navy skirts so clearly it was necessary…. rationalization) and my tried and true red pumps that I adore. I should have added a fun necklace but couldn’t decide on which one. Next time I wear this ensemble I will add one though.

Hope you all had a wonderful labor day!

Prices

Top: Japna, from TJ Maxx for $12.99

Skirt: The Limited, 40% off plus virtual dollars from earlier shopping, $25.07

Shoes: Guess, purchased at Ross on clearance for $19.99

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Purple Flower Friday

As per usual I tried to find something purple to wear today. I found this dress a couple of months ago at Ross in the clearance section. It isn’t really my normal style but I liked the vibrant purple flowers. I spent a good ten minutes this morning trying to decide between my purple shoes and these green ones. I opted for the green because I wear the purple a lot and wanted to save them for a more special occasion.

As I’ve mentioned before the air conditioning in the buildings has everything pretty chilly so even though the outside temperatures are in the 90s, I still wanted a jacket or sweater to wear inside. I decided to wear this white blazer my mom found for me in the late spring at the hospital nearly new sale she volunteers at. I am sure it is going to come in handy throughout the year! 

I hope you all enjoy Annabelle’s little cameo. She really wanted to make an appearance after an absence of a month or so :)

Prices:

Dress: Connected, purchased on clearance at Ross for $13.99

Shoes: Target, purchased on clearance for $9.98

Jacket: Body by Victoria, purchased at a hospital nearly new sale for ~$6

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Elephants on Parade

I have had this top for two years now but have never gotten around to wearing it on the blog. It is very fitted around the waist and can actually be a bit uncomfortably tight depending on my weight at the time. As I have recently lost a bit of weight it currently fits rather well so I thought I would take the opportunity to wear it.

I ADORE the print on this top. It is just so charming and I love the juxtaposition of the whimsical print with the sophisticated shape. I think it looks quite nice with the fitted white pencil skirt and the ladylike heels.

I’m still trying to decide as I type whether or not to wear it out to a dinner with friends tonight. I love it but I imagine it might not be so comfortable with a full belly of sushi :)

Prices:

Top/Belt: Monteau, purchased at Marshalls for $14.99

Skirt: The Limited, purchased on sale plus virtual dollars for $24.97

Shoes: Anne Klein, purchased at DSW for under $30 (It was awhile ago, before I kept records)

Necklace: Tiffanys, gift from my parents

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Radiant Ribbons Dress

I purchased the Radiant Ribbons dress from modcloth during their end of the season sale a few weeks back. I actually hesitated at first because I thought, despite the steep discount, that it was still a bit pricey. I was also worried about the sizing (it was a S, M, L kind of situation). I went with the medium and I am pretty happy with that overall. The belt helps to cinch in any extra fabric and frankly I would much rather have something be slightly too big than slightly too small.

I’m also happy that I sprang for the dress. It is really a cool print. I love the multicolored stripes and the almost shiny look to the fabric. It really does look like a dress made up of small strips of ribbon. I also loved that it had a lavender stripe because I am constantly on the lookout for purple anything (remember purple Fridays?)!

I got lucky with the shoes. When I was home visiting my mom she mentioned that she had credits she need to get rid of on ideeli.com. She had been holding onto them for a very long time and wanted someone to use them. I was happy to help! When I saw these Vince Camuto’s on the site on the same day that they wanted to offer her a discount on top of her credits I sprang for them. They are perfect. I love the bows, I love the color, I love the height. They are comfortable (for the most part after the leather started to soften). Many thanks to my mom for sharing the love!

Prices:

Dress: Bea & Dot by Modcloth, purchased on the site during a super sale for $34.99

Belt: Came on another dress (a Jessica Simpson one) I bought at Ross

Shoes: Vince Camuto, purchased with leftover “credits” to the site that was my mom was trying to get rid of, I ended up paying about $2

Love,

The Haute Professor

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Peach Pencil

Today was my second full day of classes but in some respects it was also the first day. I teach one course on MWF and two courses on T/Th. Today I had an entirely different group of students. Yesterday I worked with the real newbies, the Freshman. Today, I met with my upper division classes, made up of a huge number of students (about 90%) who I have had in previous courses. I love classes like that because it is much less nerve wracking. You already know what to expect from them and they know what to expect from you.

For today’s outfit I paired a peach/tangerine skirt with a neutral cream top and cardigan. I decided to wear the cardigan at the last minute because, as is pretty much par for the course at most colleges, the air conditioning is going full blast right now. I was quite cold yesterday and was grateful to have the extra layer today.

I also wore one of my favorite pairs of shoes. These shoes are quite comfortable despite their high heel (they have a built in platform). However, despite their comfort I still opted to throw on my back up flats for a long trek across campus to the student center (they just put in a Starbucks and I am in heaven).

Last thing I wanted to mention- welcome to some of my new readers! Most of my friends did not know about this blog and I decided that  I had waited long enough (it had been a year after all!) and should finally tell them. I appreciate all the support they gave me yesterday and hope they enjoy the blog!

Prices:

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft, purchased at Gabriel Brothers a LONG time ago for under $10

Skirt: The Limited, purchased on sale and with additional virtual dollars for $23.14

Shirt: The Limited, purchased on sale and with additional virtual dollars for $11.99

Shoes: I can’t figure out the name of the maker but it has a crown on it, I bought them at DSW for between $20 and $30

Necklace: Gift :)

Love,

The Haute Professor

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The Third First Day of School

Today marked my third first day as a full time tenure track professor. It also marked the first year anniversary of this blog. It is hard to believe that I have been writing this blog for one year now. It has certainly been a fun experience and one that has been incredibly rewarding. Thanks for following me on this adventure!

As per usual on the first day of school I opted for an ensemble that was a bit more “grown-up” since I still regularly  get mistaken for a student (not complaining). I found this Tahari dress while I was visiting my family. It is not a silhouette that I would usually go for but I like it! I was also pretty pumped that I was able to get this dress which originally cost $248 for $29. I am a sucker for a bargain!

Class went well (I had my intro section today) and the students seemed engaged and excited about the course. I am looking forward to tomorrow because I will have both of my upper division sections. Those courses are full of students I have had before and it is always a joy to see them after a long summer break.

Happy start of the semester to you all!

Prices

Dress: Tahari, purchased at Marshalls on clearance for $29

Shoes: Kelly & Katie, purchased at DSW with a coupon for $15 off, ended up costing $30

Love,

The Haute Professor

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The Return of Purple Fridays

This week ended with a big event for the new freshmen at my college. Every year the students have dinner with a faculty member to get to know them a bit better. I decided to dress up for the occasion by embracing the purple Friday tradition that we are encouraged to do during the school year. That meant that I pulled out one of my trusty purple skirts (purple tweed actually). I knew I was also going to have to walk around the campus quite a bit so I opted for my new wedges rather than purple heels.

I spent much of the day meeting with students about some new research endeavors we are beginning this fall. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything that is coming up this term. There are so many things to do!

I’m still trying to decide what to wear for Monday. Its a bit of a challenge for me each year because I try really hard to wear something extra sophisticated. I’m still getting mistaken for a student (it happened yesterday actually) and while that is flattering and makes me glad that I’m aging well, it is also a bit uncomfortable. I want them to take me seriously and have respect for me. It is a delicate line to walk.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Love,

The Haute Professor

Prices

Top: Grace, purchased at TJ Maxx for $12.99

Skirt: Premise, purchased at Loehmann’s for $8 on super sale

Shoes: Bandolino, purchased at TJ Maxx for $29.99

Necklace: Jane.com, purchased for $7.99

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Casual Chic

I bought this dress in two colors while I was home visiting my family. We stopped by a Target looking for some shirts to dye and I spotted this on a clearance rack. I have tried to wear maxi dresses frequently since they became popular and I have found that for the most part they aren’t very flattering on me. This dress though makes me feel really good. I think it is very flattering AND it is also incredibly comfortable. I mean what could be better than wearing essentially a t-shirt all day!

I think with the addition of the shoes and the necklace it looked a bit more put together. I wore it to work today since I just had a couple of meetings and didn’t need to be too formal. I am looking forward to integrating both this and the other version (blue and white stripes) into my wardrobe!

Love,

The Haute Professor

Prices

Dress: Target, on clearance for $20.98

Shoes: Groove, purchased on Hautelook for $11

Necklace: purchased at a nearly new sale (gift from my mom)

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The Flower Shop

When I was visiting my family my mother took me to a really cool consignment shop. We spent a long time there and while looking through the racks I found this amazing dress. I was immediately attracted to the print. I love the beautiful images of the flowers and the script of the Latin names for them. I was equally excited when I realized that the dress was made by Moulinette Soeurs. This is a brand that is sold at Anthropologie (a place I would love to shop if I was not super cheap). As you can imagine this dress probably retails for a ridiculous amount of money. Finding it for under 20 bucks was pretty exciting!

I googled around a little bit and found that the dress is called the Tuileries dress and retailed originally for $158. Yay consignment!

I wore this outfit to a faculty meeting today and several people commented on how much they liked it. It is always nice when people like things that you like :) 

Love,

The Haute Professor

Prices:

Dress- Moulinette Soeurs, purchased at a consignment shop for $16.99

Belt- The Limited, purchased on sale for $15

Sweater- Premise, purchased on clearance at Marshalls for $12

Shoes- Nine West, purchased at the outlet store for $25

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First Dates


I went on a first date this weekend (he was nice but no spark) and wanted to wear something casual but feminine since we were just going out to lunch. I opted for this dress I purchased at the beginning of August from Ross. I am really into lace this summer. It fits with my overall style quite well (ladylike for lack of a better word) and the lace itself is SO soft. It just feels nice to run your hands along it.

Since my date was supposed (supposed being the operative word here) to be just a little taller than me I decided to not wear my usual heels or wedges. Also, we had discussed walking around a small town after lunch and I felt flats would be a better option. I went for these sandals thinking they would be a nice compromise- classy but comfy. Well, even with these sandals I ended up being taller than him (he added a couple of inches to his height)! I think it was more embarrassing for him than for me though. I don’t get why people lie about such obvious things! It’s silly!

All in all my foray back into the dating world after a VERY long absence from it (4+ years) was not unpleasant!

Love,

The Haute Professor

Prices:


Dress: A.U.W. purchased at Ross for $19.99 (the belt was attached)


Shoes: Kate Ann, purchased at a DSW a VERY long time ago, can’t recall the cost.

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