Red and Blue Polka Dots

Time for another update on the life of Sian as a teacher. I’ll try not to make it as long this time, I promise! Well, there are no floods to recount this time, so we should be okay =D
So, of course I’ve had yet another busy week, that’s all you’ll ever hear from me nowadays, at least until my holidays! Although it is starting to calm down a little now that I’ve got into the routine of the school and got into the habit of planning lessons and evaluating them. I have an assignment for university due next week too, so quite a lot to do on that, but it’s only a subject knowledge audit, so doesn’t require a massive amount of brainpower!
But I have had a couple of other ‘extras’ this week, including a Wednesday with work that started at 8am and finished at 10.15pm! Did I mention it’s a boarding school?! Some of you might remember that I went to a boarding school although I didn’t board (apart from the occasional times I might stay over), so I’m very familiar with the concept of them, but it’s weird being on the other end of it! I had my tea at school, then had to do roll call in the house, then supervise Prep (homework time) for all the boarders in Years 7-9 (ages 11 to 14) for 2 hours (you try keeping a classroom of 11 to 14 year olds completely silent for 2 hours on an evening after a long day of school, that’s hard work!), then final roll call in the house, then supervision in the house, and finally putting them all to bed with lights out at 10pm. It was just so strange being at the other end of all this, it was only three years ago that I was in their positions!
Then I’ve also been at school today (Saturday!). The school I went to actually had school on a Saturday with lessons until 12.30pm and Games in the afternoon, but here we don’t. But today was an Open Day, so I had to prepare a series of activities for a small group of the ones I teach then supervise them doing them and talk to any parents that came in. We didn’t actually get too many parents come to the Classics department, but those that did seemed fairly impressed with it, so I think that’s a good thing!
Blazer: Sirens (Canada)
Dress: Matalan
Flats: New Look
This is another teaching outfit, this one from a slightly windy and rainy day, so my attempt to brighten it was to wear colours, and lots of them. Red and blue is one of my favourite combinations, and I always like to go matchy-matchy with my shoes, so I’m afraid that’s what you’ve got here! And don’t worry, I have tights on with this, it’s far too cold for bare legs now, I’ve had ice on my windscreen a couple of times this week!!
The blazer is one of the things I bought while I was away on holiday (I promise to get some photos up of that soon!) from Sirens. I’d seen some Canadian bloggers mention the shop before, but had never been there. It was pretty good, but I didn’t find many things I was drawn to, but I’ve wanted a red blazer for a while, so I grabbed this one. Another thing I bought while away was a plain smart black dress from Forever 21 which I wore today for the Open Day. It’s nothing exciting, but it’s a nice shape, knee length and versatile, it’s so easy to put on a colourful or patterned blazer or cardigan with it, and there you have a perfect work outfit! I’ve worn it three different ways already, so I’ll try to get at least one of those photographed soon.
Anyway, so much for a short post! I’ll leave you with a couple more outfit photos, the first is, ahem, my ‘You will be in trouble if you don’t get that Prep to me on time’ face!! Haha, I think I was actually annoyed at something Ben was doing while he was taking the photo!




  1. October 13, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    This outfit is really cute, I love the bright colours, definitely the way to perk up a grey day. I’m glad work is going so well for you, sounds like you’re getting settled in. Funnily enough one of the reasons I chose my high school was because of the Classics department, it was just one teacher in a pokey wee room but she was giving out Mars Bars on the open day and that total sold me. She ended up being my favourite teacher xo

  2. October 13, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    Love this dress! You’re making me jealous… I’m in such dire need of some new work clothes (but buying clothes for weekends seems to always win when I go shopping!)
    Sounds like work is definitely keeping you busy, but it seems like you’re really enjoying it which is fab to hear 🙂
    Kaz x

  3. October 14, 2012 / 8:45 am

    Lovely work outfit. 🙂
    As above, I could really do with a work wardrobe overhaul, but general clothes seem to be easier to buy for.

  4. Anonymous
    October 15, 2012 / 8:18 am

    The dotted dress is very beautiful! Love Ina

  5. Anonymous
    October 18, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Excuse my bad English but still I want to tell you how sweet your smile is and how beautiful you are.The outfit is great! I think female legs are beautiful and female legs covered with sheer tights are more beautiful. But your legs covered with sheer tights are the most beautiful of England! Love Till

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