Friday, December 13, 2013

the gift

Tommy Hilfiger chambray shirtdress, Macy's
belt, Old Navy
Cejon scarf, Ross

     I wore this outfit on Monday. I happened to walk by the vice principal in the hallway, and she said, "I appreciate that you are always dressed so professionally." I mentioned that being dressed a certain way helps me to feel more confident in the classroom, and she agreed.
    It's hard to find words for how pleased I was to hear this! I am a quiet and rather awkwardly shy person (explains the online verbosity, right? ;)). Over the past few years, I've experienced the satisfaction of starting to create and purposefully wield a personal style that can give people a hint of who I am and the pride I take in my profession. I'm still basking in this comment, and it was a potent reminder of what a powerful gift we can give to others when we take a moment to notice something about them - and to express our appreciation.

     Another gift I received recently is that, thanks to a comment on Gracey's giveaway post, Blue Nile asked whether I'd be interested in doing a holiday giveaway. I hope to get the giveaway up and running next week! Next week will be a crazy one at school, though ... as my colleague so aptly puts it, the kids will be "googly-eyed" with holiday excitement and last-week-of-school-before-winter-break giddiness. Time to break out the pile of read-alouds, fun activities, and learning games and shelve the two-column notes and introduction of any new concepts ... 


  1. I absolutely love this look on you. The scarf & bits of plaid are perfect. You look professional, but not severe. And how fabulous that you'll be hosting a Blue Nile giveaway of your own!

  2. Aya in CouturgatoryDecember 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Woo hoo! Compliments like that are the best. I love that you always look put together but not, as Gracey said, severe. You have your care and personality absolutely injected into how you dress.

  3. That's a wonderful compliment. And I like your funny description of your next week.

  4. The first picture is very flattering on you :) I love the scarf and the whole outfit :)

  5. I just love this whole look!

  6. Thank you, Brett! I think this is my new favorite way to wear this dress. :)

  7. Thanks, Kat! It's tricky to pull off a scarf in a warm climate like mine, but I do like the color and pattern that a (very light) scarf can add to an outfit. :)

  8. Thank you, Ally! Giving sincere compliments is an art. :)


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