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Day job: a world language teacher Hobbies: style, fashion,gardening, food, travel and music.

fun business casual outfit

Fun business casual outfit

Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit

After working in the corporate world for more than 10 years, I was so tired of serious business suits. When I became a teacher, I was so happy that I didn’t need to deal with that type of clothes everyday anymore. I know some schools’ teachers can wear whatever they like but our school requires us to wear business casual. I always like to add a little bit of fun to my working wardrobe. For this outfit, I could choose a straight leg white pants, a button down shirt and a traditional jacket. But I would rather use a graphic tee to bring a little bit of youth out of me. And the orange red color just suits my mood. The flared bottom suits my body type. And the white skinny, if I can still show off my figure, why should I cover it up, right? What is your fun business casual look? Show us some of your favorite picture on the comment area below! I would love to see yours!

Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit

My driving story continues below…

Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit

Would you like sausage with that?

So there we were, at my in-law’s home in northern Michigan. My husband had to get a balloon put into his nose and inflated to stop a pretty serious nosebleed. It was all under control now but it was looking like I would be driving the car on the way home. The doctor at the local hospital thought it was a good idea if my husband just took it easy for a couple days. The thing that made me nervous was how long the drive was. Mom and Dad lived over 200 miles away. On a good day it took us about three and a half hours for the trip. Usually, my husband would do the driving and I would look at scenery or sometimes take a nap during the drive. I had never been behind the wheel for that long of a drive! Oh, well, this trip was full of firsts and it didn’t seem to be over yet! We still had the rest of Saturday and that night to get through before we would head back south towards our home so that gave me a bit of time to get used to the idea. My husband said he could probably drive but I had heard the doctor when he suggested it would be better to take a break for a day or two. So I had already made up my mind that I would be doing the driving!

Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit

My poor husband looked like someone had beat him up! Because of the balloon in his nose he wasn’t able to clean around it very well. There was still some dried blood that he couldn’t get off. And he was pretty uncomfortable. The balloon wasn’t really that huge but he said it felt like there was a large sausage stuck up his nose! He did do a bit of running around with his Dad for the rest of the day on Saturday but we mostly just took it easy for the day. On Sunday we had another one of Dad’s weekend breakfasts and we got ready to begin our drive. We did a quick load of laundry, made our bed and packed the car. The weather was clear and dry so that was good. I drove through some snow on our way to their home on Friday and I wasn’t looking forward to driving in that kind of weather anytime soon. To get to the freeway we had to drive on some state highways and side roads. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the Interstate. We were going to stop to fill up our car with gas so that put it closer to an hour before I would be going crazy fast again. Even though I had been on this trip many times in the past I guess I never really noticed several things. When you don’t have to worry about where you’re going and letting someone else do the driving all the time it’s easy to not pay much attention.

Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit

Like for instance I had never noticed before that at this freeway entrance you didn’t actually turn to go on the highway. One minute you were driving through the town and before you knew it you were on the freeway and picking up speed! Usually you see signs and have to make sure which direction you wanted to go and make the turn to get there. It seemed like you were in charge of making that decision. At this entrance you didn’t have any of that. No turns, no signs, no directions. Just sort of “oh, by the way, you better be going 70mph now because SURPRISE! YOU’RE ON THE FREEWAY!” I kind of felt like I was cheated somehow! My husband told me we could take country roads all the way home but they were much slower and went through a lot of small towns so it would probably take twice as long to get there. I wanted to get through it as quickly as possible so told him that I would rather be on the freeway, even though it was faster than I was comfortable driving! We did sort of compromise by taking a different route. This one was maybe a little bit longer but was much better for traffic. It didn’t go through as many large cities and was a nicer drive. So that was our plan. Of course, this weekend I was learning that making plans and keeping plans weren’t always the same thing! See how this one went next time!

Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit
Fun business casual outfit

SHOP MY LOOK:
Orange red jacket @BeBe
Graphic tee @Banana Republic
White skinny jeans @Guess
Nude pumps @DSW
Yellow bag @old from China
Sunglasses @Chloe

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fringe fashion trend 2015—real life version

Fringe fashion trend 2015—Real life version

Fringe fashion trend 2015---Real life version
Fringe fashion trend 2015—Real life version

Trends come and go. This year the 70s looks are right on point. I am not sure I am going to wear giant flare pants. I had some embarrassing memories about them since I fell a few times after I stepped on my own pants. 😉 But I am willing to try other 70s looks. One of the 70s vibes that I always set my heart on is fringes. Today’s look is a fringe on fringe outfit. Let me know how you wear fringes!

Fringe fashion trend 2015---Real life version
Fringe fashion trend 2015—Real life version

Like my driving stories? Here it continues…

Fringe fashion trend 2015---Real life version
Fringe fashion trend 2015—Real life version

I don’t think it’s supposed to do that!

Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style

After that long drive to get to my in-law’s house in northern Michigan I was ready for a nice relaxing weekend. My husband’s mother was a typical mom. She always fed us a lot! That was ok with me, her cooking was pretty delicious. We had arrived on Friday evening. I drove the last hour and 20 minutes or so of the 4 hour drive and got to experience a whole list of different types of driving. I was on the freeway for my first time so was going faster than I ever did behind the wheel. I also got to drive for my first time in a snow storm. All in all, I had had enough for this trip and told my husband/driving teacher that he was in control of the car for the rest of the weekend. We had a nice home cooked dinner and spent a couple hours visiting with Mom and Dad. It was getting late by then so we all went to bed. The next morning we had another nice meal. On weekends Dad usually took over the breakfast cooking duties. His specialty was often pancakes and that was on the menu for this day. We tried to visit my in-laws at least once a month or so but didn’t always stick to the schedule. We would go up north and help them get ready for the different seasons. In spring we would help plant the flats of bright colored flowers that Dad would always get, and take out the outside furniture and get it ready for the summer. In summer usually there would be some weeds to pull or maybe some bushes to trim. In autumn the outdoor furniture went back into the garage for the winter and things would get wrapped up. In winter usually we’d help out inside the house if they needed something worked on.

Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style

On this trip we were sort of in between the big work weekends. It was just the beginning of winter so the lawn furniture had already been put away. We didn’t have much to do, so planned to just chill and relax a bit. We had our breakfast then, went to get ready for the day. In my in-law’s house we pretty much had one end to ourselves when we visited and had our own bedroom and bathroom. That’s where we were after breakfast. I was working on my makeup and my husband was washing his face and shaving. During the cold weather the houses in this part of the country often get pretty dried out. It’s because of the hot air from the furnace. Most of the water in the air is taken out by heating it so unless you have a humidifier in your house it can get pretty dry. Sometimes you will even get a small electric shock when you touch some metal in the house because of this. My husband has a bit of trouble this time of year with an occasional bloody nose. The dry air also dries out your skin and even your nose. It’s never very serious and after a minute or two with some tissue paper put in place it stops. Well, I should have said almost never. We were just about to experience the exception.

Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style

He grabbed a tissue and blew his nose. Then he grabbed another tissue, and another. Then he said that something wasn’t right and this time there was a lot of blood. That’s when I took a look and saw that there wasn’t just a lot of blood. There was a LOT of blood! And it didn’t seem to be stopping. He didn’t want to get blood on his clothes or Mom’s towels so I went out to let Mom and Dad know what was going on. Dad came to investigate and also brought some older towels to use. It was pretty clear that the bloody nose wasn’t going to stop on its own like usual so we started talking about plan “B”. The town my in-laws lived in was quite small but it did have a hospital. And that’s where Dad thought we should go. So Mom stayed home while Dad, my husband and I got into Dad’s car and drove the several blocks to the hospital. My husband was trying not to bleed all over the car so held his nose tightly to stop it leaking. But the blood was coming with so much pressure that it started coming out other areas! Our faces have all kinds of passages connecting your nose to your mouth and to your eyes and after these sinus openings filled up there was even some blood coming out of my husband’s eyes! It was a bit scary. I remember Dad taking a look and telling him it looked fine. My husband was a grown middle aged man and his Dad was still trying to make sure he wasn’t scared! I guess you never stop being a parent! Anyway, we got to the hospital shortly and a doctor was able to take a look. It was just as we thought; he had broken a blood vein. In order to stop the bleeding the doctor put a special balloon inside my husband’s nose and blew it up. This put pressure exactly where the leak was coming from and stopped it from bleeding. He suggested that my husband see his own doctor in a couple days when we went back home but for now everything was under control. There was one other thing; the doctor suggested that my husband shouldn’t drive for a day or two. Wait. What? But that means I would have to drive all the way home! Now all of a sudden I didn’t feel too well!

Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style
Fringe fashion trend 2015 street style

SHOP MY LOOK:
Sunglasses @Coach
Necklace @The Shopping Bag
White jacket @The Limited
Light pink fringe crop top @Nordstrom Rack
Grey shorts @Nordstrom Rack
Teal fringe sandals @Just Fab
Light pink bag @Express
Flower bracelet @My Arm Charms

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