Pink Moto Jacket & Gray Ankle Boots: If Only For A Moment

Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish.

The official Webster’s definition of school is “an institution for the teaching of children”. That’s sounds like a big bag of fun doesn’t it? And it’s no secret that unfortunately school is currently all about teaching children to pass a government mandated test; which sounds about as exciting  as dry toast and water for breakfast every day for the rest of your life…

THE STORY

…So many aspects of the way the world operates nowadays sucks much of the joy out of childhood. The constant school testing, the banishment of birthday treats and holiday candy from classrooms, active shooter drills, online/social media bullying, the push to grow up too fast; it’s all just so much. Sometimes we need to remember to simply allow them to be kids…to goof off, to have fun, simply to laugh, to enjoy being a child if only for a moment.

Yesterday of course, was Halloween and that in and of itself is a big deal. The kids are permitted to wear their costumes all day and the vast majority of them go all out. At the end of the day there is a big costume contest which they love, and yesterday we added a pumpkin smashing competition where kids entered their names in a drawing and if they were picked they got the chance to compete against the teacher of their choice as well as the principal and the superintendent. All of that was a blast for the kids, but the real magic? That happened at lunch.

What’s so special about lunch on Halloween? Well, yesterday the principal decided to have music, loud danceable music, played over the speakers in the cafeteria. Since I have lunch duty I was lucky enough to witness it from beginning to end. As they came pouring into the cafeteria and heard the music their faces just lit up, they bopped through the line to get their food and were dancing in their seats while they ate.

The noise level was off the hook, but you know what? It was good noise. Happy noise. The kind of noise that does the heart good to hear once in awhile. As soon as they finished eating the dancing commenced; line dances, general flailing about like only twelve year old boys who think they have rhythm can do, and a giant conga line even snaked through the cafeteria. The cafeteria ladies even joined in on the fun…and any of you who work in a public school know what a coup that was.

Something that one little sixth grade boy said to the principal summed it all up. Yesterday was his very first day at our school as he had just moved to the district. He came up to her during the lunch dance party and said, “I was really nervous to come here, but you know what? I’m not scared anymore.” That my friends is what it’s all about. School needs to be more than a place where we educate children. It’s needs to be a place where they aren’t scared, where they can be happy, and where, if only for a moment…or a lunch period…they can be free to be a child.

THE OUTFIT

You guys know what day it is…okay, maybe you don’t…it’s the first Tuesday of the month so that means it’s time for the November edition of the Ageless Style Link Up. This month’s theme is all about “Comfortable Holiday Shopping Outfits”. Now, if I’m shopping strictly for myself I’ll typically wear something that is easy to try clothes on over top of i.e. a cami or tank top, leggings and slip on shoes. Yes, I’m that lazy. If I can avoid the fitting room, I do.

But since holiday shopping is about shopping for everyone else (and it’s often a marathon), comfort is key. There’s nothing I hate more than lugging around a heavy winter coat while in the mall so lighter layers are essential. The pink moto jacket, and lightweight scarf and sweater are perfect choices. There’s enough layering for warmth when dashing from the car to the doors, but not so much as to weigh me down while trawling the stores for the perfect gifts.

And since I’ve been sorta, kinda, a little bit obsessing over wearing pastels in the Fall and upcoming Winter, the pink moto jacket and pastel hued scarf were right on the money.  A low heeled boot or sneaker are also required for miles of indoor walking. The Vince Camuto gray ankle boots that I scored during the Nordstrom sale are just right for cardio shopping. Loose fitting boyfriend jeans are the final piece in the shopping comfort puzzle.

THE TIP

Today is a two-fer. First of all, light layers are key to comfortable holiday shopping. You’ll be warm enough to brave the parking lot wind tunnel, but not uncomfortably hot while surrounded by frenzied holiday shoppers all while still looking stylish and pulled together. Second, let’s start a color revolution…pastels are seasonless. Say it. Mean it. Believe it.

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Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish.Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish. Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish. Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish.Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish. Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish. Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish.Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish. Pink moto jacket, gray ankle boots and boyfriend jeans. Dressing comfortably while still looking stylish.

Jacket: Charlotte Russe (Similar);  Sweater: Walmart (Similar);  Boots: Nordstrom;  Jeans: GAP (Similar)

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19 Comments

  1. 11.1.2016 / 6:27 am

    The pink moto jacket is so pretty!

  2. 11.1.2016 / 7:47 am

    That sounds like a fun day all around – especially the fun dance party. I wouldn’t mind having those on the regular at work.

    Great color combination! I am seriously dying over those AmaZing booties. So much gorgeousness.
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  3. 11.1.2016 / 9:27 am

    Now that’s a great work environment—it does make it much better when there is fun involved!!
    As for the shopping—you got it all right!! Except when I’m shopping for clothing for me—then I try to remember to wear a button down shirt so I don’t have to take it over my head!!
    jodie
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  4. Naomi
    11.1.2016 / 11:22 am

    Once again darlin, ALL them feels! School SHOULD BE all about what the kids need (to feel safe, to have holiday dance parties, to play cuz they learn better that way!!) and it breaks me heart it isn’t like your post enough. Also, I got a black tulle skirt cuz of you, now I want a pink moto jacket to join my other moto jackets in my closet!
    Love your blog😍

  5. 11.1.2016 / 3:45 pm

    “School needs to be more than a place where we educate children. It’s needs to be a place where they aren’t scared, where they can be happy, and where, if only for a moment…or a lunch period…they can be free to be a child.” SO TRUE!

    I love your shopping outfit! The pink moto jacket is so pretty!
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  6. 11.1.2016 / 5:22 pm

    Seriously, Debbie, this is why I love you. You put into writing what I don’t even realise I feel. School HAS become an institution. And, more often than not, a symbol of success (or failure) which it should never be. It should be a symbol of fun, joy, and optimism, of hope, and friendship. There was a time (between the age of 10-12) that Eve dreaded going to school. Thank the lord we overcame that but that’s the last thing school should be. Something to scare and terrify and petrify. I wish she had someone like you in her school life xoxo

    • debbies
      11.1.2016 / 7:54 pm

      Sheela…I can’t even find words to express how much it means to me that you enjoy reading what I put out there. You are hands down one of my favorite writers to read. You always make me think and look at situations and the world from an entirely different perspective. Like you, more often than not, what I write means as much if not more than the pretty pictures.
      I’m so sorry that Eve went through that…middle school age is absolutely the worst. As much as I love middle school kids I have to say that is when they are at the apex of their cruelty. 11-13 has to be the toughest age range to survive, and when a child finds themselves in an unwelcoming or cold school environment that only magnifies a hundred fold. That’s one of the many reasons I feel so fortunate to work where I do and with the people that I do.

  7. 11.2.2016 / 7:27 am

    This is a very insightful read and heart warming in itself. I hate that school has changed so much since I even left high school. I have noticed less homework for my seven year old this year which has been nice and some school systems around here even did away with homework (minus studying for tests of course), which is neat. Like Sheela said above you put into words what I have been thinking or pondered before so thank you!
    Great outfit, the perfect holiday shopping comfortable outfit indeed.
    Rachel xo
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  8. 11.2.2016 / 9:28 am

    That leather jacket is awesome! I love this look! It is simple and cozy but at the same time very stylish. Ankle boots are the trend this season!

  9. 11.3.2016 / 12:35 pm

    Great booties, I have VC and love this style. I need to take out some of the pastels, and really love this jacket with grey on you Deb. I also love the pictures in the woods. I taught kindergarten and didnt agree with how academic it became, I thought kids should be kids more, and they should have more social time. ( and still can learn! )
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
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  10. 11.8.2016 / 8:13 pm

    Your post & words were so amazing to read Debbie! I don’t have children, but see my friends who are teachers become frustrated with the pressure of testing, children growing up too quickly & just not having more moments of silliness for no other reason than to just be silly, & most of all, a KID! I remember moments in school anticipating the “Cake Walk”, “Pilgrim Lunch on the Playground”, Halloween Parties with parents bringing in cookies, candy & an afternoon of games. The children must be blessed to have you as their teacher. What wonderful insight & what a great lunch in the cafeteria!!! Woohoo! Love your look , pastel jacket!!! I’m all about making sure color is a MUST for looks as we head into the colder weather…. GREAT READ!
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