Mens Fashion Capsule: Teacher Training

Alan started training/inservice last week like many other teachers! I’m so glad I have one more week before my training/inservice days!! It’s crunch time on my To Do List for summer (it was a ridiculous list that I regret, by the way).
Here’s what I’d buy for my Fall Capsule to wear for 3 months (I’m assuming you have jeans, t shirts, and other basics here…). Like my own style, I like things minimalistic, modern, and a little utilitarian. That jacket? REVERSIBLE. Infatuation.

3 shirts. 3 pants. 9 outfits (AT LEAST!).
Adding either a vest or the jacket (both sides) adds even more outfits to your list, but you get the idea by now, right? That means if you wear the vest/jacket and switch up the shoes strategically, you can squeeze 2 months worth of outfits out of these 10 items. (Wait, what? Yup! If you wore the first pair of shoes with interchanging the tops/pants, you’d have 9 outfits, right? Well change to the 2nd pair of shoes and interchange the tops/pants.. you get another 9 outfits! Throw in the vest? Another 18. The jacket instead? Another 18.)

Of course you wanna switch it up with the items you have in your closet already though! It gets pretty obvious when you wear the same pieces again and again, even if it’s a different “outfit”. Throw in jeans for casual Friday and T-shirs in 3 different colors for a little variety. (You’ll need to do laundry at some point, you know…)

Mens Fashion Capsule: Teacher Training

Teacher Capsule: Training & Inservice

It’s back to school almost, but first…  have you seen this? When I die, I hope it is at a faculty meeting or teacher inservice because the transition from life to death would be so subtle.
It made me laugh prettttty hard.That being said, teachers need to wear clothes that aren’t flip flops and shorts to work, even on training days. The weather is usually still hot in August in the Bay Area, but trainings occus indoors with A/C (usually). Part of back to school’s excitement comes in back to school shopping! Supplies and clothes are wallet suckers– TEACHERS INCLUDED.I’ve chosen to keep my wardrobe minimal, so I didn’t buy a ton of new outfits.  (Note: Some of these items are just for “show” and I do not own the ACTUAL brand/style. Polyvore doesn’t always have my exact item, so I choose according to similarity.)

All items were already in my closet with the exception of my newly bought items:
1) H&M polka dot cocoon coat (seen in this image. on clearance for $20)
2) Madewell vest ($70)
3) Nine West heels ($40)
4) Jcrew Grey Toothpick Jeans ($16 in credit from Plato’s Closet)

Teacher Capsule: Training & Inservice

Summer to Fall: The Striped Dress

Ahhhhh the little striped dress. A closet MVP in its versatility! These are items from my closet and every piece is a staple in my wardrobe! I’m sure if you start following my little blog, you will see these items time and time again. Summer to Fall: The Striped Dress
The general idea here is that in the summer, you have a lighter coat and sandals/flats with a smaller clutch/bag. The jean jacket helps in late summer with breezy days, chilly nights, and indoor A/C.

To transition into fall, grab a warmer, heavier coat with a collar preferably (or a scarf!). Swap those sandals and flats for ankle booties and a swap the clutch for a bright (and larger) crossbody bag.

Have any questions of whether or not an article of clothing would work with your striped dress? Comment and ask! 🙂

Travel To Do: Washington DC & Surrounding Areas

Every time I travel, I spend a few days doing the touristy bit and visit a good handful of the well known places in a city. The other days are spent trying to be more like a local, visiting and discovering the smaller nooks and crannies of a city. I like the mix of both and with companies like Yelp and Instagram, finding interesting places is so much easier!

Our biggest “local” task was to discover and utilize the Metro/Metrobus. We lived in a city that had NO METRO, so we had to bus about an hour to get to a larger city center. We were 20 minutes bus ride from Georgetown though, which was nice. We traded some quiet for distance. I LOVED that!

I try to keep my vacations just that. I don’t want to feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. You just have to make sure to plan adventure days as well as relaxation days.

Most of my picks ended up being coffee or food, but we definitely explored so much more than just these little tidbits. Think of this as little stops to make while exploring your bigger cities/places!

9 places to try

9 places to try

1. Georgetown Waterfront– in the heat/humidity of July in DC? You’ll want to come here to relax and maybe enjoy a dinner along the Potamac at sunset. Gorgeous. You can rent bikes, kayaks, etc here and enjoy the weather, but many families just let their kids run through these giant arches of waterfall from an outdoor play fountain!
2. Astro’s Chicken & Donuts– Alan loves both. We tried this place after an exhausting adventure day (the first day we arrived!) on the Big Bus Hop On/Offs after visiting Ford’s Theater and going to Madam Tussaud’s. I wouldn’t go again, but Alan loved the chicken! The passionfruit donut had great flavor, but wasn’t anything special. The creme brulee one was great! Custard filled and brulee’d!
3. Eastern Market Flea Market– a 1 mile walk from Union Station. Open on Sundays, it is a great way to adventure but enjoy the locals getting goods at the farmer’s market and getting food.
4. Georgetown– shopping & food, but also has an amazing trail C&O Canal
5. Luke’s Lobster– I think this is the chain over here because it was all over DC! Maybe it was just our tourist thing to try, but it was tasty! A little small in portion, but they give quite a bit of seafood on each half piece of toast.
6. Northside Social– our friend Jo took us here when we landed. I had a sweet and creamy iced vanilla latte, which was the perfect thing for someone who was tired and hot from the plane ride! They also have soft serve and GIANT pastries.
7. Baked & Wired– In Georgetown. A MUST GO. Coffee isn’t amazing, but the strawberry cupcake WAS. I will dream about that place until I get my hands on one again! Locals tipped us off to come here rather than Georgetown/DC Cupcakes, and I’m so glad we listened!
8. Caffe Aficionado, Rosslyn– Walkable from Georgetown (across the bridge). This cafe is smack in a business center, but it is a hidden gem. The coffee was smooth and strong. I got an iced latte.
9. M.E. Swing Coffee– a block from the White House. This place has a cool and easy vibe to it. Cool and relaxed with high tables and old school brewing gear. This had THE BEST iced vanilla latte I’ve ever had in my life. The sweetness of the vanilla syrup, the creaminess of the milk, and the sweet and fruity notes of the roasted coffee was SOOOOO GOOD. It was smooth, but had body. My personal preferences perfected in a cup!

Weekend Trip Capsule: Sacramento, CA

I lived in Elk Grove/Sacramento for a year after I graduated from college/grad school at UCDavis, so that area will always have a very special place in my heart. I love going back in the summer when it’s summer break.

Alan hails from Sac, so we visit his family as often as we can. They are crazy good at gardening and I am ALWAYS down to pick figs in the summer and persimmons in the fall. 🙂

Now Sac is HOT in the summer with heat that lingers late into the night. It also has tempermental spouts of cloudy days with a little sprinkling, even in the summer. Like DC… minus the humidity! I actually brought  pair of jeans, but didn’t really end up wearing it because it was still quite warm. Depending on the weather, I’d advise to always pack long pants just in case!. Jeans work with all the tops and accessories as well. Weekend Trip Capsule: Sacramento, CA

Travel Capsule: Washington D.C.

I’m back from our vacation to Washington D.C!

Alan and I travel light, so we shared one carry-on luggage and even then, we had plenty of room to share! We knew that it’d be hot and humid, but luckily for us, the weather wasn’t terribly humid! Guess we brought some Bay weather with us… 🙂

We knew that we’d spend a lot of time exploring and on buses/transportation but also in coffee shops, so our clothing choices had to be flexible in heat/AC and also comfortable, but polished.
I pretty much switched through the tanks with the shorts during the day and then wore jeans at night when it got a little cooler! On our more relaxed days (like spending a full day in Georgetown), I wore my striped dress!

Boring colors, but I let my textured scarf and striped dress pull some pattern for me. I also brought my Angela&Roi red crossbody and Longchamp berry tote, which brought a pop of color to my neutral colors!

Travel Capsule: Washington D.C.