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Friday, June 23, 2017

Nashville girl


While I was living in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon's clothing store, Draper James, was one of my favorite spots to window shop in their gorgeous store in one of the cutest neighborhoods - 12th South. If you ever find yourself in Nashville, it is a must see spot to try on their adorable pieces, check out the store that I want to base the decoration of my future house off of, or to snap a photo at one of the murals near by (the side of the shop is painted in stripes, in the neighboring alley is the "I believe in Nashville" mural, & just down the street this colorful one just popped up!).

Never heard of Reese's adorable clothing line? You are missing out, but no longer, because Draper James is now sold at Nordstrom! I love how easy it is to try on & return items from Nordstrom, so of course I had to order some of the new Summer pieces from Draper James via Nordies. Every piece was feminine, perfectly tailored, & had the most beautiful details, but this top in particular caught my eye & I just had to keep it! From the peplum top, the teeny pom-pom decorations, & the soft as a cloud fabric - this top is what my Summer dreams are made of! I of course had to show it off with my Nashville girl pose in the middle of a street ;)

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top: Draper James (now sold at Nordstrom - holla!) Fit: the size 4 fits me perfectly

jeans: DL 1961 white distressed jeans (I love the distressing on these boyfriend jeans too!)

shoes: old Nine West - linking similar styles below

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

baby blues


Happy Summer AKA Wedding Season. I love weddings as they are a wonderful excuse to party with family & catch up with friends, & to get a pretty new dress too of course! When I saw this ruffled beauty, I simply couldn't help myself & can't wait to put it to the twirling test on the dance floor at our next event.

This is my first dress with this halter style, & while I was afraid it would look wonky on my shoulders, I actually find the cut to be very flattering. One thing to note about the fit of this dress, I am typically in between a Small & an Extra Small, but ordered this in a Small, & it is as tight as I would want it to be in my bust/around my neck. It works for sure, but if I wanted to go with a loose fit, I would have certainly gone back for the Medium. It does come in 5 gorgeous colors & if you order the coral one ("red saucy" - best color name ever), you have to tag me on social media, because I know it is going to be a showstopper.

Also on my must have list for wedding season is a go-with-everything clutch & this one from Gigi New York is perfection. It has a removable strap, so it is super versatile for those destination wedding weekends where you are exploring by day & then dancing the night away. My new obsession is traveling with the least amount of items possible (anyone who has traveled with me before is laughing, because that has not always been the case) & these do it all wonder pieces are what has been making it all possible.

What are you wedding guest must haves?


dress: Nordstrom halter ruffle dress (available in 5 gorgeous colors, and if you are stuck between sizes, go a size up - I got a size Small and it was just a tad tight)

purse: Gigi New York convertible purse (if you are looking for something smaller, I love the tassel on this clutch, and this style is so versatile!)

shoes: Steve Madden

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Customized


I am still trucking along on my latest Teacher Capsule Wardrobe. I tried to put a few "risk" pieces into my capsule, & have also been pushing myself to put together outfits that are more unique too, including: monochromatic colors, mixing prints, & playing around with pants (I live on the wild side, I know).

One piece that is certainly not a risk is this custom made pencil skirt from Rita & Phil. I have had this skirt for over a year & think it is absolute crazy pants that it hasn't made an appearance on the blog yet, because it is hands down the best fitting piece in my closet, is super comfortable (not like those other binding pencil skirts that make you do the pencil skirt shuffle), & I adore the print!

You might be thinking that I must have a money plant at my house to afford custom made clothing, but Rita & Phil is more affordable than you might think & the process of sending in your measurements is so quick & easy! I happen to have a hip-to-waist ratio that mass produced clothing simply does not fit, & usually spend an extra $15 - $30 having a tailor adjust the waist bands of my skirts/jeans/pants - after having paid for the actual price of the item - highway robbery I tell you! But, I absolutely hate having my skirts spin around during the day, & as someone who spends most of her time with vicious middle schoolers, they are merciless when they realize that the butt of your skirt is in the front - they have even given it a name, "front butt" (admitedly they aren't the most original namers, #facepalm).

I got my custom Rita & Phil skirt made in the "Irene" print & love that when you check out there is no "size" to select, because the skirt is made to be size YOU! Looking to start the process to have your own custom skirt made, use my referral link to start earning points to earn a free skirt! And if you aren't sold on my recommendation, I urge you to read their customer reviews - everyone who tries it, loves this service!

Have you ever tried a custom clothing service? How did it go? Who else is making quality, affordable custom clothes?


top: J.Crew Factory striped top (I have this top in a small & an XS, & prefer the XS)

vest: older from Le Tote - linking similar styles below

skirt: customized pencil skirt c/o Rita & Phil (currently on sale for $20 + sign up for their newsletter to get 20% off your order! Bonus: they have free international shipping/returns)


sunglasses: Ray Ban aviators

purse: "Tori" tote c/o Gigi New York

shoes: old mules from DSW - linking similar styles below

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

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Friday, June 16, 2017

I like big bells...


Ok, I caved on the "statement" sleeve trend, & I have to admit that these sleeves make everything more fun! I was a little worried about the effectiveness of my hands while wearing this top (kind of like how I feel about using my arms with those off-the-shoulder-tops...), but the open slit makes the sleeves move out of your way for full hand use - SCORE! Have you ever put on dangly earrings and wanted to move your head all day... that is my exact craving with my arms in this top! I'll just be over here waving my arms in the air... like I just don't care... Have you adopted the statement sleeve trend for yourself yet?

Also - my jean shorts, sunglasses & sandals are all from Nordstrom & all staples in my Summer wardrobe. Having grown up in Arkansas, I didn't step foot in my first Nordstrom until several years after I moved to Tennessee in my mid-20s, & at first I was overwhelmed with the over abundance of choices, but over time have learned my own strategies to find everything I need & am a total Nordstrom-convert!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming up (are you already sick of hearing about it - SORRY), & I wanted to share a tip for those of you who do want to shop for next season's pieces at killer prices.

Get first dibs on the sale by applying for a Nordstrom debit or credit card! If you are approved before July 9th, you will receive a $20 Nordstrom Note toward your first purchase during the sale! Plus, as a cardholder, you will receive Early Access to shop the best arrivals at their Anniversary Sale discounted prices.

If the card isn't for you, you can join Nordstrom Rewards (what I do), without applying for the credit card & you will still receive a $10 Nordstrom Note to spend on the Anniversary Sale! 

I will be putting together a list of items in my closet that are available at the Anniversary Sale shortly, but would love to know if there are any items on your wish list that you would like for me to keep an eye out for - holler at your girl :)


shirt: bell sleeve top c/o Chicwish

shorts: Levi's 501 jean shorts (I like to order my jean shorts at least 1 size up to get that "boyfriend" look; this style is also available in a black wash & with a longer, rolled hem)

sandals: Jack Rogers whipstitched flip flop (If you are indecisive about color: platinum is so versatile!)

sunglasses: Ray Ban aviators (green & gold)

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Staples: white & blush


Blush + pink are definitely favorites in my closet for Summer & everything about the items I'm featuring today send them straight to STAPLE status!

Where to even start on his Cuddy Studios white lace dress!? I love the balance of the shorter hem, & boxier cut - it makes it so breezy + easily dressed up or down. Then there is the cut out in the back, & the gorgeous lace details. #swoon

Have you heard of these Olive & June sandals before? They are the new "Saturday" sandal from the loveliest Southern California nail salon Olive & June (are you following them on Insta? #ManicureGoals). The original design was born from the need for stylish post-pedicure shoes (imagine how much trash is made from those plastic disposable ones), but in the process, an insanely chic sandal that can be tied a million ways (I'm still testing that number) emerged! They have a super soft footbed, & seriously, you can make an insane number of combos with these adjustable straps!

In terms of accessories, I love these mirrored sunglasses because they manage to be trendy AND classy & at less than $13, you have no excuses! I have been carrying this blush pink clutch since last Summer, and it is the perfect size to grab and go, or pop in a larger tote bag for longer adventures. AND - is is now on sale for under $35! 

What are the Summer staples you have added to your closet recently?


dress: "Hanna" white lace dress c/o Cuddy Studios

sunglasses: Mirrored Tortoise sunglasses - only $12.50

purse: Cuore & Pelle blush pink clutch (now on sale for under $35!)

shoes: "Saturday" sandal in blush c/o Olive & June (I am usually a solid 7.5, but sized up to an 8 in these sandals as their site recommended, & the fit is spot on)

Mural By | Thomas Evans

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

Monday, June 12, 2017

Here&Now x Erin Condren


top: J.Crew Factory cap sleeve shirt - now under $20 (also love this scalloped, sleeveless style!)

skirt: J.Crew Factory printed sidewalk skirt (currently not available in this exact print, but J.Crew Factory has so many printed skirts for budget friendly prices, many that I have linked below)

shoes: old from DSW, linked similar styles below - including this identical pair for $35, available in black or a fabulous leopard print!

sunglasses: ASOS mirrored sunglasses - under $15!

planner: Erin Condren Life Planner - shop it now with $10 off when you sign up using my referral link + get an extra 15% off with code GETSOCIAL15 - act fast, the deal ends 7/31/17.

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

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I understand that when most people think of teachers, they are jealous our of "3 months off", & while some of my time between now & when school starts back in August will be spent reading novels by my pool, I am also already busy planning, preparing, & crafting for next school year.

I will be taking on a new role next year, transitioning from teaching 7th grade Science for the last 3 years, to a 6th grade Engineering position. I am already training on my new Engineering curriculum (it is so cool!!), & planning out all my Units/Tests/Projects using my Erin Condren Life Planner.

If you haven't ever tried Erin Condren planners, let me educate you! I have talked previously about my love for these thoughtful, attractive and super functional planner on the blog (full post here), and joked with my fellow teachers that we all need "Teachers Who Condren" bumper stickers to proclaim our love officially. Why are these planners the best? From the durable, and customizable plastic cover to the very well thought out pages that allow me to intentionally plan for my work & personal lives, this is the most functional planner I have ever used, & reasonable sized!

Ready to customize your own Erin Condren Life Planner? Shop Erin Condren now with $10 off when you sign up using my referral link + get an extra 15% off your entire order with code GETSOCIAL15 - act fast, the deal ends 7/31/17.


Post coming soon about how I plan for my Teacher Life - can't wait to start filling these pages up come August! I got my planner for the school year (August - June), but you can pick what months you want in your planner, starting now, or for the new year to come.