Coach

standard April 8, 2015 12 responses

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My readers know me as Peggy or HAMR, but most people (my students) know me as Ms. K or Coach. Coaching and obviously teaching, is a big part of my life. Most people get to go home after work and do whatever they do, but two out of three seasons a school year I coach; cross country in the fall and track in the spring. I actually like coaching a lot; specifically, coaching hurdles.

It all began freshman year in high school. I was a very little freshman who had no clue about running hurdles. That first year on the team, I had a lot of fun with my friends even though I never really got coached, but I was hooked on hurdles. Sophomore year, we got a new coach and he saw something in me that I didn’t know existed. For the next three years, he pushed me to be the best athlete, hurdler and person I could be. I looked forward to track practice more than anything. I seriously became a different person on the track and built my self-confidence. I went into teaching because I was bilingual (moving to the Chicagoland area when I was four) and because of my track coach. He gave me my first coaching job freshman year in college and paid me out of his own pocket. I can’t thank him enough for influencing my life and shaping me into who I am today. To this day, I’m still good friends with Coach V (it’s hard to call him by his first name still) and adore him, his wife and their beautiful kids.

So as you can see, coaching is more than just coaching a sport. It’s about making those connections and lifelong memories. I hope I inspire my student athletes just as my track coach inspired me. And yes, I can still run the boys’ high hurdles.

Thanks V.

P.S. This is my off-duty coaching look. I promise to post what I actually wear to practice and meets. Especially, those fashionable instances when it’s freezing and I’m wearing a million layers and can’t feel my toes kind-of look.

Coach3Coach4Coach2Dress (old): Kensie (Poshmark closet) // Jacket (old): Gap (similar) // Shoes (old): BCBGeneration (want these) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Earrings: Kate Spade

Photography: Limani Designs

Urban Canvas

standard December 2, 2014 2 responses

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Happy December all! I hope everybody had a good holiday break and some time to relax. I had a super busy and fun weekend. The highlight would have to be becoming a Godmother to a sweet baby girl, Maria. I’ll be posting photos soon of her big day.

I feel like I haven’t posted a look in a while, but that’s because the temperatures have been all over the place. It was actually decent weather over Thanksgiving break, so I wore this jersey knit dress. It probably is the most comfortable dress in my closet currently. I love how the front zipper gives me options on how to wear the dress and I really like how the pockets sway as I walk.

When deciding on a dress to buy, I always look for those little details that would make a dress stand out from the others. This also plays into how to photograph an outfit look. The city of Chicago is my urban canvas. Little secret and random spots make for the best backdrops focusing attention onto the look. Roaming around to different neighborhoods also gives me inspiration; therefore, I couldn’t ask for a better city than Chicago.

Kensie: Dress (similar)
Calvin Klein: Boots (similar
Gap: Jacket (similar)
Kate Spade: Earrings

Photography: Limani Designs

Fall Maxi Florals

standard October 29, 2014 2 responses
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Transitioning into fall can sometimes be difficult. You don’t want to dwell into your winter wardrobe just yet, but you don’t want to let go of your summer wardrobe either. One way of not letting go of that summer wardrobe just yet is by transitioning your favorite article of clothing into a more fall appropriate look.

Take your favorite floral summer maxi dress and just add a leather jacket; right away you have transitioned that summer look into a fall floral look (try saying that three times fast). I love the bright pink florals of this maxi dress because they make me feel happy and definitely brighten my mood. How do you transition your favorite summer article of clothing?

Kensie: Maxi Dress (similar)
Gap: Moto Jacket (1, 2, 3)
Tesori: Heels (similar)
Marc by Marc Jacobs: Sunglasses (similar)
Coach: Bangle (similar)

Photography: Limani Designs