On Wednesday, my last day of teaching before break, the day was extra stressful because I also had my teaching observation. It's not that being observed has ever been a negative experience (last semester was really positive!). But there's something stressful about the co-existence of your desire for observer to get a sense of a "typical" day in the classroom and your knowledge that there will always be so many factors contributing to the classroom dynamic that remain outside of your control! I was especially worried about what the vibe in my classroom would feel like in terms of having discussion on a day when the midterm was due. But we had a really lively and interesting conversation about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, so I couldn't have been happier.
All of these stressful "unknown" factors that can play into an observation usually make me obsess about the things I can control, like my outfit. But this week was so busy that I hadn't had much time to plan ahead. When I walked Griffin before just before leaving, I realized that I was FREEZING in the shirt I'd chosen, and I'd need to change fast. I threw on this shirt & cozy blazer without really knowing if it would work and texted Fuchsia for a quick second opinion. She approved of the blue/black combo as well as the tweed/polka one—and so I raced to the subway. Thanks for your help, Fuchsia! I think this was a good look for the occasion.
Blazer: thrifted (winter 2013)
Shirt: Gap Factory (fall 2012)
Jeans: BDG high rise cigarette
Necklace: queens metal: bold jewelry for fearless women
Boots: thrifted (fashionista vintage & variety)