I was super excited about this outfit earlier. Was looking forward to it with great delight, in fact.
I think it was the juxtaposition of contrasts – my fashion kryptonite – that did me in. After all, how genius is it to pair something as fancy and girly as a lace pencil skirt with something as earthy and masculine as a chambray shirt?
But, as with most things in my life, the journey is always more exciting than the destination. I’d anticipated it so much and I’d scoured so many photos for the perfect inspiration pic that now I’m feeling rather blasé about this outfit. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still adorable and all. I’m just not feeling like writing about it.
So instead, I’m going to pay homage to my all-time fave blogger – Lisa from Respect the Shoes – and talk nothing about clothes and everything about my fifth favorite topic: food.
One of the perks of my profession is that we get food. Free food. Call it a bribe or the modern-day equivalent of “an apple for the teacher”, but we get food. Sometimes it’s feast or famine depending on the kid and the parent and the circumstances, but invariably, I end up building a stash of emergency goodies from all the offerings. I even have a special drawer for it in my classroom.
Due to the demographic of our school, I have developed a
obsession penchant for Mexican candy. I know, I know, there was that lead in the candy scare about five years ago, but it’s so good that I didn’t care then and I certainly don’t care now. The flavors are so complex and varied – it’s like a smorgasbord in my mouth every time.
My favorites are Picos. My husband calls it my crack and I must admit to a sick satisfaction when, like an addict does a needle, I flick at the plastic packets to get the powder to settle before ripping it open with my teeth and pouring out the salty-sweet chili goodness into my mouth. It’s pure sugar flavored with salt and chili powder – utterly unhealthy but so undeniably good. Another fave are the Rebanaditas, or watermelon flavored lollipops covered in chili. Imagine a hot and spicy watermelon Jolly Rancher. Yeah. Amazeballs.
Of course, nothing can truly compare to the candies of my youth. Growing up in the Philippines, I’ve had my share of unique sweets, from champoy to polboron to sampaloc. Then there were the goodies from our Asian neighbors. White Rabbit was practically a staple at our house, as were all kinds of hard candies flavored with exotic fruits like lychee and mango.
A few weeks ago, though, one of my students came in with a big bucket of Milkita candies. I’d never heard of them, but one sample and I was hooked! I got to taste the milk and chocolate but I hear the watermelon and strawberry are the bomb as well. Sadly, I didn’t want to look like a greedy hog and I declined the offer to get one of each flavor from the tub, a noble decision I am still regretting to this day.
What are your favorite candies? Do you go for the sweet? Or are you open to a mixture of sour, salty and/or spicy?
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Skirt – H&M
Pumps – Payless
Necklace – Target