I’ve had this white dress for over a year and today was only the second time I’ve worn it. It’s been living unworn in my closet this whole time. I stare at it every once in a while, but that was about it until I saw this post by Cheetah is the New Black. I was inspired to pull it out and try something similar. I love the dress, but it’s white. That means I’m just asking for a big red stain. Which was exactly what happened today at lunch. I grabbed a sponge that is normally used for dissecting kits and trays, splashed some soap on it and managed to scrub the heck out of the stain. Semi success, enough to keep it still looking like a ‘nurse dress’ (Thanks, kid in 6th period, for that comment. Nothing wrong with looking like a nurse!)
Teachers have outside lives too that we have to remember to nurture. So this evening was pizza catch up night with Zhaoeezy (Ann). She was my photog and my comic relief for the night. Not to mention friend and pizza chef. Thanks Ann!
scarf: gift from Aimee, F21 – cardigan: hella old from Therapy in SF – belt and tights: J. Crew – dress and raincoat: Anthropoligie – boots: steve madden -tote: gift from my sis, Marc by Marc Jacobs
First thing in the morning: Teen – “Ms. Schenck, do you have brownies for us today?” Me – “Uhhh, no, why?” Teen – “Because you look like one! Hahahaha”
Kids. They think they are so funny. Today was the start of our Mental Health unit in Health class. I usually start it off with a 5 min interview where the class can ask me any question they want with the caveat that I can abstain from answering anything I want. 2nd period just wanted to know if I’ve done drugs and/or smoke weed (abstained). 4th period wanted to know about my sex life (abstained) and if I would date Mr. Won (we’re both taken). 6th period wanted to know how I was in high school (awkward and unsure of myself). All periods asked me if I wanted to get married eventually and have kids. Two best questions I got today was, “What do you like about teaching science?” and “Who inspires you?” I like seeing how science can empower people to make better choices for themselves and I love seeing students make sense of their own experiences using principles they learned in science class. My students inspire me, as well as a large assortment of people both in and out of education. Brownies inspire me, and there were brownies waiting for me at home this evening, baked by my neighbor. =)
glasses: Warby Parker – necklace: Flea Market Girl – cardigan: J.Crew – Dress: UO – belt: H&M – leggings: Target – boots: ZiGiny – classroom: Ms. Hsu’s
It was freezing today by SF standards. 48 degrees! B and I decided to take a sunday stroll so we walked 7.73 miles today. We walked from his apartment to the Marina and back, stopping for shopping at Lululemon (B bought lounge pants that are actually long enough for his
gangly manly legs), Urban Outfitters (still going with the 30% off sales!) and dinner at Umami Burger. I’ve been dying to try this place ever since they opened up here in SF (there is one in LA too I think). Look at the brown sugar on the sweet potato fries!!!
B and I had fun playing with new found features on my camera while we waited for food.
beanie and sunnies: F21 – sweater: UO men’s dept. – puffy vest and bag: J.Crew – jeans: Uniqlo – shoes: minetonka via UO
One thing I dislike about being a responsible adult is scheduling. It evolved slowly. double bookings here and there, missed deadlines occasionally. Then it started snowballing and I realized I had to start scheduling everything. What’s even harder than maintaining my own schedule is trying to match it with two other schedules, Devon’s and Marisa’s. We manage to do it though, averaging one chick date a month.
This month, our chick date was for afternoon tea at Crown and Crumpet. Super cute, super girlie and just the thing to revive me from last night’s Glass Candy show. Tea, scones, crumpets, and sandwiches with no crusts really does wonders. We got temporary tattoos with our tea. =)
I lucked out and scored a Jason Wu for Target dress last week. It must have been a return because the day it debuted, both SF area Targets sold out. I saw it randomly when I stopped in for nail polish and promptly snatched it up. This also meant I had to give myself a matching manicure. The pink dress was perfect for tea and a sunny brisk SF day.
the chicks, Devon and Marisa.
<– weird stretched arm self shot trying to get in my earrings.
dress: Jason Wu for Target – cardigan, bag and tights: J.Crew – booties: Steve Madden – earrings: gift from B’s mum – sunnies: old Anthropologie
My friend Ann Zhao (and my former Bio teacher in crime) linked to this video today on FB. I watched it and am blown away. It’s been 20 min and my mind is still currently blown. This talk puts words to how I feel about teaching urban youth. It’s grounding.
Valentine’s Day nails: Pink ombre inspired by A Lovely Escape.
Boarding in tahoe with the boys. We take beer breaks to help loosen our old muscles.
pimp car seen by my house, pic by B. Reminds me of the Addam’s Family car.
A super foggy day for a dog walk in San Francisco.
My self control function is broken. So now I have a broken shopping ban. I tried! I really did! I just know B will say, “try harder” and shake his head in disappointment when I see him later this evening. I just came home from Downtown SF, where I planned on just browsing (mistake #1) and checking out the new trends (mistake #2). I broke the ban.
I’ve been on a shopping ban since the beginning of January and I’ve been obsessively monitoring my mint.com for the past few months. It’s working….sporting goods (beanie and snowboard socks) don’t count right??? And since beauty products aren’t technically clothing, they don’t count either right??? I mean, I could put those purchases in the ‘health and wellness’ category on mint.com right??? Right. I’ve been good, no shopping till the end of February!
The bonus of this shopping ban is that I’ve been revising a bunch of older items in my closet and creating new combos. And I’ve been able to really appreciate (obsess over) the new beauty products I’ve picked up!
Poppy King is a lipstick genius. I usually keep lipstick to the weekends, and I’ve only recently (in the past year) started buying and wearing lipstick. I blame j.crew catalog models for piquing my interest in bright lips. Is there a point to nude colored lipstick? I lucked out and found a Poppy King for J.Crew lipstick randomly at a J.Crew store one day (back then it was sold out everywhere and unavailable online) and snatched it up. I had seen it all over the interwebs and a store manager had told me that it would look amazing on me so when presented with the chance, it was a no brainer. Then I become obsessed with Poppy King. She makes THE BEST lipstick ever. her lipsticks will kick the pants off of any drugstore brand (I’ve tried revlon and cover girl – gross chunkies and old lady smells) and rivals Nars. So when I went to Target yesterday and saw that they actually had a couple Poppy King for Boots lipsticks on the shelf, I pounced like a cute fuzzy snow leopard. Awesome texture, sheer color, even coverage, no old lady smell, no clumps of color/stuff when you layer it on. not to mention suuuper cute and compact packaging.
Mid January I was down in LA hanging with my sister Kris. We spend most of our time together shopping or talking about beauty products. Very deep meaningful conversation, I tell you. We went shopping at the Beverly Center Sephora, where this Charlotte Ronson set was on sale for $13. $13!!!!! She pointed out that she almost picked it up for me for Christmas, and I snatched it up. Lipsticks have a similar texture, color coverage and consistency as the Poppy King lipsticks, so I’m happy with them (especially the darker one). The eye shadow quad is cool. Nice colors, but too sparkly for me. Again, suuuper cute packaging (I’m a sucker) and a little makeup bag.
Lastly, I picked up a few (pricey) goodies from Beauty.com when they were having one of those free bag of samples if you send over $150 deals. So I got a Clairsonic (squeaky clean over exfoliated skin) and a Fresh Umbrian Clay Bar (sucks all the oil out of your skin). The Algenist was one of the samples that I now love and use every night (and made in SF!).
The past couple week’s worth of nail art. Teachers have nail polish lives too, you know.
I call these my ‘wannabe ikat print’ nails. I tried to follow the refinery29 tutorial on ikat nails, but I failed. I couldn’t create a discernable pattern with my thick nail art brush. next time will be better.
Today’s outfit was fern crazy. Surprised by kids again today — no comments on the fancy tights. huh. go figure. I suspect it’s because I made them sing group written songs about nutrition to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star. It’s really great when kids can laugh at themselves. I genuinely feel like it helps kids learn how to cope with being on the spot in an embarrassing situation. Especially when they have a built-in support structure in the form of group members who are also in the same situation. The group support and the entire class also signing silly embarrassing songs takes away most if not all of the horrifying embarrassment. I wish you could have all seen it. It was amazing!
My example song that I had to sing by myself to three different health classes today:
vegies vegies oh so green, hope I eat enough of you. So much better for my health, than a package of Cheetos….vegies vegies oh so green. hope I eat enough of you. Huzzah!!
I love these tights. They remind me of sporophytes running up the backs of fern fronds. or just the leaves. I didn’t get all OCD this morning with the lines like I usually do. Oh well.
glasses: warby parker – cardigan and tights: j. crew – tank: target – vest and necklace: f21 – pencil skirt: banana republic – booties: nine west