Saturday, September 20, 2014

Missing

It appears there's no yellow in my top right?  There's is. #lookclosely I try not to put on random colors in fall months #wereallydonthaveFall and post to this here blog. LOLOL!!

This look actually came together well in person except for my undergarments. I had to wear a full slip. The one that isn't designed to be under a knit pencil skirt. In order to have a smooth look,  I had to do some serious rolling and tucking before I left home.

I love these pencil skirts. I now have 4 include the colors fuchsia, blue and burgundy. The burgundy one is linned. The others aren't. This color is the only one I felt I need extra coverage underneath to be certain others weren't seeing anything that wasn't suppose to be on display. #badbusiness

Y'all know I love dressing up. The irony of this is my new Principal has requested we only wear professional attire not to include jeans (As students don't wear jeans. So to enforce the rule, we are asked to set the example). Do you know how difficult it is for me to plan my Friday look? 

Not because I don't have anything to wear but because I don't have anything casual enough to wear on a Friday. I will be taking my gift card and Ebates check to Target for a pair of khakis.   #thatshouldsolvemyissue

If you know a Pinterest folder that has great pins for casual Friday inspiration, an IG account or blog. Leave the address below.

Have a wonderful weekend y'all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Word for Wednesday: The Plan

If you asked me 2 months ago if I wanted to still be teaching the answer would have been a matter of fact no with a 'tude! I was at my lowest dealing with lazy adults, students and leaders who tiptoed around the truth that African American students are at a major disadvantage when it comes to graduation rates, college readiness and transitioning into adulthood.

Now we know there are a number of factors so I won't even go there but what caused me to throw up my hands in exasperation and look for jobs doing work I performed when I graduated with my Bachelor's degree was {{inserts drumroll}} those who looked like the children they taught and were still doing the bare minimum. Yes the pay for educators suck. Yes the hours are long in Title 1 schools. Yes the paper work is intense! Often the kids need quite a bit of remeditation. This is common knowledge so why stay and just watch the kids fail?? #refocuses

I spent the summer declaring in a joking manner that all my shopping (thank you for the summer sale notifications CurveBeauty! #mybloggerboo) was for my new job. I wasn't praying about a move because I had lost faith.I didn't believe anymore there were new doors of opportunities waiting for me. It didn't matter what my test scores suggested I was over it. #packsupclassroom LOL!!

Today I'm working at a school site that stretching, pulling and challenging me to be a better educator, mentor and most importantly,  display Christ like characteristics daily. I care about my witness. I also NOW recognize that teaching is my God given gift even though I denied and fought it for so very long. Ha! I asked God once to anoint me to do something different. Can you imagine if David said no to the harp? Or if Joseph had lain with Poptiphar's wife? Both of these men went from mediocrity to being in charge.

Now I'm not trying to be in charge but I do believe God will bless (and I don't think it's only monetary compensation) me for my obedience to His purpose and plan for my life. Jeremiah 29:11 reassures me that God has a plan and the ultimate goal is to bring me to a successful end. 

Wherever you are tonight, get it in your mind that God's plan is the best plan, be willing to accept His will and follow through. Life will be so much sweeter. I know I awake each morning willing and ready to face the day including those not so pleasant or hardworking students but I do it with joy.

In His Love,  XoXo!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teacher Tale: RESPECT


If you missed my I’ve returned to work update, read it here.  I’m really enjoying high school and can’t wait to get plugged in more to assist with various activities. This move was just what I needed to get my teaching mojo back and baby have I got it! Remember how I use to share with you my teaching frustrations or successes (here, here and here)? Well I have a story already for you and we are only in week 4. Yep, already there’s one for the blog. Although this one is serious and I’d like your opinion especially if you are a male and you just happen to stop by to see what I’m wearing. Heck, ask your husbands and co workers to enlighten me.

Recently, I had two male students to lose their cool because they felt I was disrespecting them. Now I can be extremely bold and straight forward but I try not to provoke the kids for two reasons. The Bible admonishes me not to and they are so much bigger than me as well as different from the way we were with adults growing up. Now I’ve always been a firm believer that an adult is always right until another adult straightens the wrong adult. I also believe that children should be seen and not hear. I believe a lot of things. Lemme refocus. LOLOL!

Students today feel and will quickly display disapproval if they are given a directive and don’t like it. Am I the only one? Children of this era do not like rules and regulations for various reasons. I am of the opinion that it is mainly due to parents not setting any boundaries. By the time they arrive to me in the 8th grade (my former years) or are in high school, you can’t tell them nothing and they don’t’ want to hear it anyway. This statement has come from African American male students and really left be bewildered. I went home over the weekend questioning if I was being petty and not allowing a bit more freedom since I have older learners. NOTE: It was confirmed on Saturday that I am running my classes exactly as I should be. I prayed about it and was finally able to draw the following conclusion.

So many of our AA male students are misguided about what R.E.S.P.E.C.T. means. For them, respect means don’t step on my new sneakers, or bump me in the halls or ask me to pull my pants us for whatever absurd rationale is floating in their head. I attempted to explain to all my classes today that I am in no way attacking their manhood (which they technically don’t have yet) but there are mandated District and School rules that we must follow. I try to address any infraction politely. The reaction I get almost makes me wanna take it to the streets. So I spoke to my students about responding to certain situations in various settings. I explained that the street credibility isn’t what is given in an academic setting. None of them belong to the mafia so sit down and let me teach you. You do have a double block of reading. Sighs…


How can I help my students understand respect from the point of view that I am the teacher, adult in charge of the room who will not do anything that will embarrass, injury or insult any student? Sound off below. 



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

HOLY CHIC!

Wore this to church today. I saw this tee floating around Instagram but didn't mark it mentally to actually find it. Last weekend I took my niece to Old Navy for hanging out with me at the salon and there it was. Grabbed it but paid more than I wanted to for it. The day before it was $5. #anotheronebitesthedust I was unable to find an extra small and almost purchased the one that read "fabulous" instead.

My niece felt this tee represented me well and voted for this one to go home with me. So it did. I had to tuck it in the undergarments to keep it pulled tight but it worked. #tmi

I seriously can not get enough of the midi skirt trend! They are so feminine and can be dressed up or down. I'm thinking about doing a one skirt three ways challenge to show others how to stretch their wardrobe. Ha...to show me how to stretch my own wardrobe. #noshoppingfreezeAGAIN As long as the pieces are clean and fit well, wear them right? The First Lady of the United States does. #twosnaps #takeapagefromherstylebook


Tee|| Old Navy
Skirt|| ASOS
Shoes|| old Jessica Simpson

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Faked Fall

I mentioned in a previous post that my Canon is collecting dust. I need to purchase a new set of rechargeable batteries and get a tripod. My days are extremely long between settling into my new role as a high school teacher learning new teaching standards, my personal calendar and my son's schedule. KT is too tired after band practice to snap my photos. #needapersonalphotographer These aren't the best cell pics but..... #pretend

This dress was too cute not to post. A tad bit inappropriate for work because the back is really open as you can see but I screamed Fall. Usually I lose interest in fashion when Fall and Winter roll in. I live in Palm Beach and there's no reason for me to pull put the trenches and a layer but I do rock a deep plum or berry lip. 

These shoes are one of my favorite pair but I don't wear them often. Hunty, they are real calf hair and I need them to last as long as they can even though I scored them on sale. #winning

Happy tomorrow is Friday!  Busy weekend. Papers to grade. Workouts to get in. Living hard!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Word for Wednesday: Keep Walking, Running or Jogging

There was a time in my life when it seemed nothing was going right for me or working in my favor. My days were dark and I couldn't see a happy ending in sight. As I sit here typing and reflect on that time it seems like it was forever. Truthfully, it only lasted for a season. That season was dependent upon how long it took me to get the spiritual lesson God was teaching. #schoolisinsession

I am not suggesting I was being punished. I do know that there were ungodly things in my life that was and would prevent me from reaping Kingdom benefits. I would not have been able to live a blessed life, accomplish goals I'd set or see the manifestation of Christ's promises for my son and I if had held on to the identity and character that wasn't a reflection of a Godly woman.

That time was so dark, gloomy and depressing! The valley so low I couldn't see the mountaintop I once believed I would stand upon waving a flag of success!! But I survived, came out better, humbled, tougher in my faith walk and you will too and that person you are praying for. #exhale There wasn't a person around who could change my world during that difficult time. It was my Job experience to strengthen my relationship with our loving heavenly father. It did! #celebrationtime

Whatever place you or someone you know may find themselves today, I encourage you to keep moving. The Bible says in Psalm 34:18 God is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. You will look back, lift your hands and think with tears of joy streaming down your face how grateful you are that the struggle is over. Later down the road as you encourage someone else, you'll recognize you were once in the same place and the lessons learned will be shared.

Keep on walking....

In His love!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Aztec Fail



When I saw this outfit on social media, I vowed to own it. I didn't care how much it cost!! It had a few of my favorite things and I was bringing it home! So I logged on to hm.com and what do you know it was not available online. #gofigure We now have 3 locations in Palm Beach and I headed to the nearest store, vowing to visit all 3 to track down this beautiful printed crop top and full midi skirt. 

Lucky for me it was available at the first store. I was informed the Gardens location gets all the special collections. #wasthisfromaspecialcollection? There weren't many sizes to choose from and I almost didn't get the top. But y'all know I'm finally confident enough to crop it. So I did. Despite the blow to my summer funds, both pieces made their way into my closet. I can style them separately and stretch my wardrobe. #gettin'thebangforalotofbucks

I #LOVE everything about these pieces except the way I styled it yesterday. Too much red. And this DELTA girl loves the color red. My plan is to restyle it next week focusing on pulling out the yellow. Black is the other obvious choice or purple. I'm going to play around with it. Your thoughts?
  As I said in my first midi skirt posts, I plan to get my money's worth from this ladylike skirts, LOLOL. 

Hope your Monday was magnificent!