No…not that season. I’m talking a season that probably only special education teachers and perhaps a few other observant educators are aware of…
…IEP season, as those in my neck of the woods not so lovingly refer to it. It’s kind of like deer season, but (hopefully) without the bloodshed. What’s an IEP you may (or not) be wondering? It is a binding legal document that each and every special education student has; the Individualized Education Program. As I said, each special needs student has one, and the special education teacher is responsible for writing every IEP for every child on her/his roster. That means that I personally am responsible for writing 15 such documents, the vast majority of which have due dates in October; hence IEP season. Each individual document ranges between 25 and 40 pages depending upon the particular needs of the student. Let’s see…that’s 15 students times an average of 32 pages…you do the math.
And why am I rambling on about IEP’s? That would be because as I type this I have another window open on my computer with my IEP writing program. I’m approximately 1/3 done on my fourth IEP. Ya…my fourth IEP. Which means I am literally buried under a terrifyingly deep pile of paperwork right now. Therefore, my only story today is that real life demands my attention and I’ll see ya on the other side…for now enjoy the outfit and enjoy the link up!
I was really excited about this month’s Ageless Style Link Up theme, “How to extend your wardrobe by wearing pieces in different ways”. A few months ago when I styled a kimono as a top, I had said I wanted to try styling a kimono as a dress and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a spin.
This floral number was at the top of the list when I thought of styling a kimono as a dress since it is substantially longer than my other kimonos. When I first wore it back in August, I also styled it with these same boots, but wore it more traditionally over shorts and a tee shirt. In my mind, the red ankle boots were the obvious choice, although red pumps would dress it up even more. On a side note, can you believe that I don’t own a pair of red pumps?! Obviously this time a few tweaks were involved since I was wearing it as my central piece as opposed to as a top layer as a kimono is intended.
Since it is sheer, I had to add a layer underneath and my lace dress extender like this one, was perfect for the job. I wrapped the kimono much like one would a wrap dress and then added a wide belt. The final touch was a few well placed safety pins to secure it closed and that was it…super easy! Styled this way, I think it looks like it actually is a wrap dress as opposed to a kimono.
Think outside of the box. Try coming up with a new and inventive way to style a piece in your closet. Just because a piece is meant for one purpose that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for another. No rules…remember? 🙂
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