Winter Faves

I have been neglecting my blog something fierce lately. I am so sorry, my friends! If you are teachers (or any type of full-time working mom), you know how stressful the months of November, December, and January can be. But I’m still here. And I hope you are, too.

I’ve stored some of my winter favorites to share with you, and most are completely focused on print-mixing. Stripes and polka dots, leopard and herringbone, any prints can easily be mixed and look downright stylish.

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I found this polka dot chiffon top at The Limited and decided to pair it with my thrifted navy striped J. Crew Factory skirt. Both prints include navy, are not too overwhelming, and are fairly neutral.
I love this skirt by J. Crew Factory and it is made in a ton of styles and colors. It’s perfect for tucking in without leaving an unflattering paunch. The skirt has a bubble effect so a shirt that’s a bit more form-fitting balances the look.

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I found this vest on GroopDealz and, after waiting over a month for it to arrive, was pleasantly surprised at how closely it resembles the much more expensive versions. At a fraction of the cost it’s just perfect for my budget. You can still find these knockoffs on Jane.com and GroopDealz, but if you’d rather own an original, eBay and Instagram has plenty of sellers. Just search for herringbone vest.
I paired the leopard with the herringbone mainly because I was participating in two style challenges on that day. One was animal print and the other was vests. I’m not a huge animal print owner and this vest is one of two that I own as well, so my options were limited. But, because the color schemes are similar and I kept everything fairly neutral, the prints matched.

Stay tuned for more of my winter favorites and please share your print-mixing successes with me, too!

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Fashion Catch-Up

I haven’t posted in a few weeks and I’m very sorry. As the school year really gets moving, I find that I have less time to donate to my hobbies. My free time is taken up by family and friends. Plus, as the work load piles up, it’s difficult to set aside time to think and write about teaching. As it stands, everything is politics and giving educators more crap to do that is not actually teaching. Very hard to stay positive about a profession where the word of the day has suddenly become “requirement.”

So, I imagine this blog will lean more toward fashion and less about teaching for a bit.

I’ve stock-piled some of my favorite outfits from the past few weeks in hopes of sharing. All of my recent outfits have been bought on super sale or found through thrifting!

Top: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Michael’s craft store
Bottom: black ponte skinny pants

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Top: pink tee from The Loft outlet
Cardi: simple cotton open cardi from The Limited
Purse: Target

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Top: Gap outlet chambray button up
Pants: thrifted but from Rue 21
Bracelets: some made by me, some simple beaded inexpensive bracelets

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This outfit was worn for a professional development (no students) day.
Top and shorts: JCrew Factory
Necklace: Ameera Noor jewelry

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Top: Target (Merona)
Vest: NY and Co
Bracelets: teal one from JCrew Factory; spike one made by me

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Top: JCrew Factory navy sweater
Pants: LC by Lauren Conrad for Kohls

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Cardi: button up from Francesca’s
Strapless dress: Old Navy

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Old Navy and Florals: Easy and Affordable Work Wear

I’m loving Old Navy’s spring line. It’s full of florals and, even better, it’s affordable. The tees are on trend and the looks are versatile. What could be better?

Today’s outfit was created around this seamlessly easy floral tee.

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I paired it with an old cardigan in a reddish-orange color, added some accessories, threw on black capris, and my Tuesday outfit was done. What could be easier?

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I was even able to get a shimmery manicure at work today, care of one of our kindergarten parents, for teacher appreciation week.

How was your Tuesday?

Spring Trend Alert: Shift Dresses

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet and interview Jen from JenDaisy Boutique. While there I picked up this gorgeous shift dress.

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I got so many compliments on it that I had to share and discuss the look.

Shift dresses can be tricky. If you’re like me and a little bigger, a shift dress can leave you looking like a potato. That is never okay. So, in order to give your curves some attention, cinch your wait (above your navel) with a pretty belt. Allow the belt some give. If it’s too tight it will draw attention to a “food baby” gut. You can also add a jean jacket, cardigan, blazer, or other covering over your arms to break up the “roundness.”

In conclusion, just because you don’t look like this…

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… doesn’t mean you can’t wear this!

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Are you brave enough to show off your curves in a belted shift dress?