Isabella DeMarco Jacket:
Stein Mart
Travelers Blouse & Necklace:
Jones of NY Trousers:
Leopard Flats: Goodwill!

Some may recall that there are days in my teaching job that I want to look a bit more professional than usual. They might include a meeting with parents, students, or administrators or might be a special visitor in my class. Whatever the reason, on those days I want a “powerhouse look” communicating “I am in charge.”

Bracelet: Avenue

Monday was one of those days! My classes welcomed special speaker Colonel Ken Allard. Many of you would recognize his face from ten years served on NBC and MSNBC as the military analyst. His longest day on the air was September 11, 2001 after hearing an airplane “off the landing pattern” fly low over his home in Washington D.C. straight into the Pentagon. For hours, he told my students stories about Soledad O’Brien, David Bloom, Tom Brokaw, and Tim Russert.

Colonel Ken Allard

 He recounted moments in history from controversies over a story covered by The New York Times in 2008 alleging all network military analysts during the time of the Iraq War were compensated by the Pentagon. This story Colonel Allard calls an outright lie, later proven in court, but only after the Times reporter received a Pulitzer Prize. He told them how history is one of the most important classes to take in school …then gave examples as to why.

One note: This jacket is linen and I
and am not a big fan of linen unless it
is on top.  Pants, dresses, and skirts of
linen just wrinkle too much during
the day and kill a true professional
appearance. This jacket
held up very well, though it did wrinkle
at the elbow… 

It was a fascinating day full of interesting behind-the-scenes tales and it was worth bringing my “A” game for professional dress! I know it is devoid of color, but many times a neutral focus can lead to understated confidence!

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