One Swainky Couple: August 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Work Dress that Feels Like Pajamas

K: Happy Wednesday everyone! Today we are continuing on with our "Back to School" segment here on the blog. Even if you aren't truly going back to school, the work environment tends to change in August (as we talked about in Monday's post here) and it's always nice to have a few new pieces for this time of year. 

As I get older, I'm finding that I want more items in my work wear closet that look sophisticated, yet feel like pajamas. Anyone else with me on this? For those early mornings when you really just want to stay in bed, this is the type of dress you should put on. I love this dress because it's so well made. It's not t-shirt material as far as the thinness goes; however, it feels soft and is actually a heavier knit than you would expect. Because of its weight, I can already picture it with tights, boots, and a cute coat in the fall. For now, I'll stick to minimal layers though, thanks to the Texas heat. 

K: I think that women often times grow fearful of dressing for work. I'm a firm believer that your work style and your personal style shouldn't be worlds apart. Even if you have to dress more formal than the look shown here, a black blazer over any dress in your style can be perfect for any office. Here, I added a little pop of "me" with the leopard shoes and silver jewelry. Don't be afraid to mix patterns for work or add a little bit of pizzaz. If you're a fan of dresses for the office (or the classroom in my case), I've linked my current favorites here, all under $150: 

On Katherine: Banana Republic dress, Steve Madden pumps (almost exact here), Prada tote, silver monogram necklace, Kendra Scott earrings, Michele watch 

On a separate note, you may have missed our Facebook Live that we did on Monday night! If so, we wanted to give you the opportunity to watch the replay here! Brandon and I are discussing our careers and work wear fashion. Please let us know if you enjoyed it or if you have feedback for a future video! Also, if anyone knows how to switch a video from "portrait" to "landscape", we would love to know! As Facebook newbies, we are still learning :)


Monday, August 21, 2017

A Typical Work Outfit for Us

K: It's that time of year again! In just one week, I will have a classroom full of 12th graders and school will be back in session. For many of you, I know that this doesn't fully affect your schedules; but even if you aren't going "back to school" in the true sense, this time of year brings upon change for everyone. Traffic increases and it seems as if those in the working world become a little more serious and "back to business" as we wave goodbye to the long days of summer. Is it just me? Or does "back to school" bring about the feeling of fall and change? 

If you're agreeing, that's why we've put together this two-week series on the blog. This is your back to school hub and what we really mean by that is a time for you to reset your goals, get back in the swing of work, and create a fresh start for fall. For me, it's back to the classroom and we'll be sharing more on that later, along with some pictures of my room. We've got you covered with everything from work wear fashion and inspiration, all the way to healthy lunch ideas. If you'd like to know the schedule for our posts, you can subscribe here

B: Once school season starts, traffic grows to monstrous proportions overnight. I plan for this occurrence every school season by leaving earlier in the mornings, and managing to arrive at work around the same time I do every other day of the year. Numerous others at the office however, arrive much later each day, much to my appease. I am able to accomplish a significant amount in just a short period of time before others arrive because there are no distractions. Those same individuals usually leave before me in the day due to their children having some activity after school, which is fine by me because the office is once again quiet and I can accomplish things uninterrupted. Moral of the story: school season has its drawbacks, but also benefits of its own.

K: To start us out with our back to school series, we wanted to share a real life example of what we wear to work. A pet peeve of mine is when a blogger shows a cute outfit, claiming it to be "work friendly", when in fact, her top is too low, she's wearing outrageous shoes, and the hemline of her skirt is far too short for any work environment. Keeping that in mind, when I put this outfit together, I felt so confident that it was "real", that I'm probably going to be wearing it in my first week back. The pants are comfortable, the heels don't hurt, my hair is out of my face, and I love the fun pop of color that the outfit has. Overall, this is such a typical work outfit for me, even down to my "teacher tote" that I really do carry with me every day to school. 

On a separate note, Brandon and I thought it would be fun to do our first ever Facebook Live! We're going to be talking more about work outfits and our own careers. If you have any questions about my teaching career or Brandon's role as a geologist, this is where we will answer them! Be sure and like us on Facebook here if you aren't already. The Facebook Live will be tonight at 7:15 CST. Can't wait to see you all there! 

B: Working in a causal-dress based office has been a slight challenge for me. In my working past, I have worn suits all day long, and have also worn flame-retardant coveralls doused in oil-based mud all day long. I was comfortable in both, and at the time, the dress code fit me perfectly. On the first day of my current career, my employer and mentor told me that "I could wear whatever I wanted." I certainly do just that. I range between jeans with cowboy boots, rainbow colored khakis with boat shoes, and skinny slacks with oxfords and a plethora of shirt colors, patterns, and designs. Do I wear this clothing variety to fit within the office look, or wear them to stand out? No, and no. Rather, I wear what I do because it makes me feel comfortable, confident, and true to myself. Through my journeys, I have realized and found it important to wear what you want for the reasons you want. Stand out in your performance, work drive, or personable skills, not by the color of your pants, or label on your shirt. But by all means, dress to your hearts desire and push the boundaries of your style, just keep in mind to stay within reasons of appropriate attire no matter your location of work, or out and about in public.

K: We want to take a quick second to remind you about the Back to School Challenge that we're currently doing and today marks Day One! You can read all about it here, but overall, we wanted to find a way to give back and support schools in San Antonio. For the next two weeks, anything that Brandon and I make in commission or through a sale on the blog, we'll give back 25% of that in school supplies. For example, if you like my pants and decide to buy them, we'll donate 25% of that sale to a San Antonio school in need of school supplies for their little ones. We're also encouraging that you take a few materials and supplies to your neighborhood school, even if you don't live in San Antonio. The need for supplies is huge and this need is all around America. For me, it's a subject especially close to my heart and even if you go out and spend ten dollars at Wal Mart, you're making a huge difference for a child. 

On Katherine: Similar topLoft pants, similar shoes here and here, Kendra Scott earrings, Jon Hart bag, Michele watch

On Brandon: Ted Baker shirt, J. Crew pants, Aldo shoes (on sale), Shinola belt,

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Best Memories of Our Summer

K: It's hard to believe that summer is over! Teacher in-service week starts on Monday and then students will be in my classroom on the 28th! On Monday, we're kicking off our Back to School two-week segment on the blog (you can read about it here) and we have some amazing content prepared for you guys! In the meantime, I thought it'd be appropriate to share an ode to summer with some of the best photos and memories rounded up. What was your favorite memory of summer?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All White A-Line

K: Last week, I posted this blue lace dress from Cuddy Studios and explained how I was still getting wear out of my summer items. A few of you left a comment stating that it was refreshing to see a true summer outfit, rather than something for fall. It got me thinking about how the blogging world always has to be one step ahead. We're in boots before October, shooting Christmas looks in October or early November, and constantly striving to be one step ahead. The last few weeks, I've been doing the opposite. I'm savoring every last day of summer before my school year gears back up and I have to shift my perspective back to teaching. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited; however, I've come to appreciate each day for what it is instead of always looking ahead. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back to School Community Challenge

K: As many of you know, I'm a high school teacher and I LOVE my job. This summer has been amazing because I had time to devote to the blog and it's been so much fun for Brandon and I to watch it grow. We feel blessed (and sometimes shocked) that so many of you come back, day after day, to our small little corner of the internet to read what we've written and see our adventures. Brandon and I have always talked about how we want to use this platform for the good of God's glory and to consistently find ways to help others. We've been thinking long and hard about a way to give back to the community and I think that this Back to School Challenge is the perfect answer.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Our Quirks

4 Quirks for Each of Us: 

We all have quirks. Brandon and I are the first to admit that we're sometimes weird...doesn't everybody think that at one point or another? Now that I'm older, I embrace weirdness, instead of running from it. We even joke about how we're going to have to tone it down once kids come along. We thought it'd be funny to share our little oddities today, knowing that it's the small things that truly make a person who they are. Brandon is writing on my quirks and I'm writing about his so that you can hear our perspectives on the other person's strange habits. Of course, we'd love to know what weird habit you have as well so leave a comment at the end! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blue Lace with Cuddy Studios

K: Can you believe that August is upon us? While most of the world may be expecting fall to roll in sometime soon, you can count on San Antonio to keep the 100 degree days coming, much to our dismay. There's no hope in bringing out the cardigans and boots until October hits; so in the meantime, you can find me getting a little more wear out of my timeless summer pieces, like this blue lace dress from Cuddy Studios

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Benefits of Traveling Together

K: If you can't tell by now, we love to travel. In fact, one of the main reasons we started this blog was to keep a document of our travels (we've got big things planned). When we were dating, Brandon and I both decided that we wanted travel to be a priority for us. We knew that we wanted to save money so that we could take the trips we want to, before children come along. The downside to travel is that it is expensive, which means that you really have to prioritize it in order to make it happen. Here are six reasons why we believe that you should invest in travel and include it in your relationship: 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Two-Piece Set + The Best Cross Body Bag

K: I haven't always gravitated towards matching two-piece sets; but I have to say, as a fashion concept, they're quite appealing. I love the idea of a printed set that matches and this one shows just the right amount of skin. The bow-back detail has me swooning and the lilac color is perfectly on trend. I had trouble finding this exact set online but managed to find some others that are just as cute and I've linked them here. For an easy outfit, throw something like this on, especially with the temperatures still scorching.