Monday, October 20, 2014

share the {bling} love

I don't know if I'm supposed to admit this, but I'm obsessed with my engagement ring & wedding band. Tyler picked it out himself, & it is just perfect. I know that a material object will never properly encapsulate the love that we share, but goshdarnit, whenever this sparkly rock catches my eye my heart goes pitter patter & I think of my cute husband!

Do you have a piece of jewelry that does that for you too? Share your love with the Shane Co. photo contest & be entered to win a $1,000 Shane Co. gift card!

Contest runs 10/13 - 10/27. Find out more information on the Shane Co. Facebook page.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shane Co.. The opinions and text are all mine. I truly love my Shane Co. jewelry and only accept sponsored posts from brands that I actually use and enjoy.

Bloggers Who Budget: Fall For Less

Always my favorite collaboration each month, it is the Bloggers Who Budget! This month we are discussing our favorite Fall piece, under $60! For me it is this J.Crew Factory quilted puffer vest. It really is perfection, & right now only $58 (+ they let you stack on any teacher/student 15% discounts!! score!)

News Alert: Want to join in on the fun? The #BloggersWhoBudget Collab will now be open for you to link up with us starting next month. Join us in November for  "Mad for Plaid" featuring your favorite plaid piece under $75 & in December for "Holiday for Less"! If you have your own budget style, we want to see your look too! Swing by every third Monday of the month starting in November and follow the instructions to link-up with us!



As you have probably noticed, more & more of my wardrobe hails from J.Crew Factory. They really have established themselves as a place to find quality pieces, of both the seasonally trendy & closet staple variety, for less! In the past J.Crew Factory offerings were hit or miss, with varying levels of quality as well. But in the last year, the store has upped their selection, always bringing consistent construction, & prices that fall easily into my budget.
My J.Crew Factory shopping game? I have found their sizing to be different than regular J.Crew store sizing, so I like to place a large order online (always spending enough to get free shipping!). I can then try on all the items in the comfort of my own home, easily experimenting to find what will play well with other items in my closet, & weeding out the cute, but not so functional pieces from the rest. We have a local J.Crew Factory store, so I make any returns in store to avoid having to pay any return shipping costs.

The three pieces making it into my teacher capsule wardrobe? This puffer vestbejeweled striped top, and crepe dress (with pockets!). I actually purchased this dress from the regular J.Crew store, as it was on SUPER sale at the end of the Summer, & I am super excited to have found it in the Factory store as well. I am definitely thinking about scooping it up in black, as I love it so much!
{ What I wore to work: J.Crew Factory striped top, quilted vest, crepe dress (worn under the shirt as a "skirt") // Vince Camuto booties ℅ Nordstrom Rack (shop all booties) }

vest sizing: order a size down, I wear a XXS and am usually a XS-S in J.Crew Factory clothing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Teacher Capsule Wardrobe

I have been desiring a more simple wardrobe for a while, but can I just say that this was way harder than I ever expected & I can't pinkie promise that my selections are 100% in stone.

HOWEVER, this is what I have come up with for my Teacher Capsule Wardrobe. These 19 pieces have been the foundation of the outfits I have been wearing to work (teaching 7th graders) since August.

My work style rules:
- no shoulders (cardigans are my best friends)

- skirts/dresses cannot be more than 3 inches above the knee

- all 5 toes cannot be showing at one time (I didn't include shoes in my capsule as I am still figuring out which shoes are comfortable, which ones are for weekends only, and the cheap shoes I regret ever purchasing that are finding their way to the trash)

- "snappy" dressing rules apply. This is not casual, not totally professional. Men must wear slacks & ties. Women must wear polished pants, skirts, dresses with appropriate tops.
1. sheath dress (save//splurge//actual one in my closet) // 2. little black dress (save//splurge//actual one in my closet) // 3. pattered dress (save//splurge//actual one in my closet) // 4. skinny black pants (save//actual one in my closet)

5. puffer vest (save//actual one in my closet) // 6. black blazer (save//splurge) // 7. tan blazer (save//splurge//actual one in my closet) // 8. gingham top (save//splurge)

9. white button down (save//splurge) // 10. patterned button down (save) // 11. chambray shirt (save//splurge//actual one in my closet) // 12. patterned shell (save//super save)

13. blue cardigan (save//actual one in my closet) // 14. black cardigan (save//splurge) // 15. pink cardigan (save//splurge)

16. colorful pencil skirt (save//splurge) // 17. black pencil skirt (save//splurge) // 18. fluted skirt (save//actual one in my closet) // 19. stripe top (save//actual one in my closet)

(all "save" products are under $50!)

Teacher capsule wardrobe outfits so far:




what are your work style rules?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

weekend reading: 10.18.14

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This weekend why don't you :: embrace the blanket scarf, the bigger the better!


{what you might have missed on Here&Now}
{1.} Pretty sure these jeans truly were made in heaven! 

{2.} Don't miss event: Dillard's hand bag trade-in time! 

{3.} Kicking off a new series: my teacher capsule wardrobe

{4.} Look 2 from the teacher series - a new way to layer with dresses




{posts I'm loving around the internets}
{1.} I just got a blanket scarf - thank goodness Fran taught me how to wear it!

{3.} Two trends I'm on the fence about for Fall: Ugg boots & sleeveless trench coats. Thoughts?

{4.} A festive computer background image always helps my productivity!

{5.} How to have a high end home on a budget.


{can't miss sales}

Ann Taylor - extra 50% off! Code STYLE50 (ends 10/20)

Gap - 40% off, code SHOP (ends 10/19)

J.Crew - 30% off, code SHOPFALL (ends 10/19)

J.Crew Factory - extra 30% off, code YAY30 (ends 10/19)

Kate Spade - 30% off your entire purchase! Code F14FFUS (ends 10/19)

Madewell - 30% off, code PICKMEUP (ends 10/20)

Old Navy - 25% off your purchase, code TREAT (ends 10/18)

Friday, October 17, 2014

made in heaven

{ What I Wore, weekend wear: Gap wool blazer (save option) // Le Tote tunic // jeans ℅ MiH Jeans // Vince Camuto booties via Nordstrom Rack (shop all the amazing booties at Nordstrom Rack) // purse ℅ Gigi New York }


I love these true blue bluejeans from the MiH jeans "body con" collection. I seriously have been living in them during the weekends!

Tyler asked me if "body con" mean that you conned people into believing that your body was banging, & I answered, "basically yes". And in these magical jeans, it is true! They are so comfortable, with the perfect stretch & I feel like I'm being swaddled like a baby! 

Bonus - the don't loose their shape, and you can do anything in them!
The Bodycon jeans are a truly revolutionary design, check out the fun video they made to learn more.

What do you live in on the weekends?