Friday, March 24, 2017

wrap it up

We made it to Spring Break! And yesterday I officially accepted a job position teaching middle school engineering for next year at an amazing school in Denver. I feel so free going into this break, looking to finish the current school year strong, while also look forward to the possibilities of my new position.

This is the third look in my series of styling these Ann Taylor trousers for my Teacher Capsule Wardrobe. I previously styled them with a stripe top that I can't get enough of (here), & a punchy yellow floral look (here). 

What I really like about this outfit is the ballerina inspired combo of pink stripes & a wrap sweater that nips in the waist. This combo easily pairs with a pencil skirt and ballet flats too!

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shoes: Sole Society wedges (several years old and they have truly stood up to the test of time, and the test of a teacher work day - comfortable and high quality!)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

flower power

As of this moment I am 100% on cruise control until Spring Break. After this Friday I am celebrating my twin nieces 5th birthday, headed to visit my best friend in Houston & family in Arkansas. While my mind is firmly in Spring mode, I'm also crossing ALL of my extremities that we get a snow day soon - they keep telling me that Colorado weather is unpredictable!

Sorry I haven't been as plugged in to blogging/social media recently, I am busy looking for a new teaching gig for next year, and really throwing myself in the search so that I can find a great fit at a school where I could see myself staying for the next 3 - 5 years! I already have 3 job offers plus several interviews on the way, but please keep me in mind, I'm hoping to find a placement by the end of Spring Break!

{Shop These Pieces}

top: J.Crew Factory floral blouse (from last season, love this one for Spring!)

shoes: Sole Society wedges (now in limited sizes, but I also love this similar pair from J.Crew Factory)

purse: Dagne Dover petite tote (in a limited edition color from last year)

sunglasses: Ray Ban aviators

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

birds of a feather

I am excited that over the next few days I will be showing 3 outfits that I created with these Ann Taylor trousers as the foundation, as part of my Teacher Capsule Wardrobe (round 2, see the full recap of my first go here). 

I have struggled for YEARS to find appropriate work pants that could stand up to all of the rigors of teaching middle school everyday. These Ann Taylor trousers passed every trial - don't gap at the waist, stay put when I raise my hands, perfect length with my go-to teaching wedges, flattering cut with lay flat pockets, & a nice all-season weight. If you are curious to know all the trousers that I tried out before settling on these, check out this post where I reviewed 15 pairs of work pants & these were my hands down favorite!

While my husband might judge, there is always room in my closet for another striped shirt. I adore the boxy cut of this one from J.Crew, & I am super impressed with the heavy, luxurious weight of the fabric.

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top: J.Crew color blocked striped tee (now on sale 30% off! Also found a similar style from J.Crew Factory here)

necklace: Taudry hand-stamped necklace (mine is stamped with my social media handle @jesshereandnow) 

purse: Michael Kors "Selma" purse (now available with reversible/changeable covers - love this combo here)

Also - this is one of my favorite mural walls along my favorite street. If you are in town, you have to hit up Larimer Street in RiNo to see the best street art! The art is always changing, so I'm hopeful that I will always have a fresh stock of murals for my photo backgrounds. #BloggerBliss

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

rawr means i love you

In my opinion, when you have the right accessories, you can make everyday closet staples look like standouts. This Kate Spade T-Rex purse was just too much perfection to pass up, and adds the perfect pop of interest to an otherwise straightforward combo. It is pretty spendy - especially when you consider its limited functionality - but with tax refunds on their way, I say TREAT YO SELF!

This is the 2nd outfit in my teacher capsule wardrobe - I swear I am going to post a round-up of the pieces included in my capsule collection SOON - but until then you can check out my first outfit here (mock turtlenecks for the win!)

My comfort zone is certainly skinny cropped pants with an easy top, but I did try to take a little risk by layering this sweater shell over the tunic length button down. It feels a little 90s "Clueless", but I dig it! What risks have you taken with your everyday outfits lately??

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top: J.Crew Factory white button down (this longer tunic style can be worn so many creative ways, but this classic white button up is my favorite if you are looking for a more traditional style)

shoes: J.Crew Factory flats (love the bows on this similar style, but also crushing on the x-straps from this pair)

sunglasses: Ray Ban aviators

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

wear it everywhere

Highlighting some more of my all time FAVORITES today! I feel like the outfits I have been posting since my blogging break, truly represent where my style is now - simple, easy to mix, & versatile for work + play. And this outfit totally gets me.

Check out my first outfit for hanging out & about here & my first Teacher Capsule Wardrobe outfit here.

I can't get enough of this suede leather jacket - the details are on point, even better in person. One of my favorite combo to pair with a dress is a moto jacket, & I'm adding this look to my repeat-soon file (see one of my other dress + moto jacket combos for colder weather here). 

This floral dress in general has been on steady repeat since it found its way to me last Fall. I love the dark background that has lent itself for tights + boots over Winter months, & the ruffly floral details that will work their way right into Spring. I find that Banana Republic dresses are usually originally priced more than my typical budget, but they have such great sales & are of such high quality that I know will last for years. This exact dress is no longer available, but I've linked several other similar shirt dress styles & some amazing new designs for Spring below. 

dress: Banana Republic shirt dress (purchased last Fall - many similar dresses on sale here & linking my favorite BR dresses for Spring below)

sunglasses: Ray Ban aviators

purse"Bonjour Au Revoir" clutch from Le Tote (similar here)

watch: Le Coeur "Lisbon" watch (I also have and LOVE the blush pink leather strap)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

power turtleneck

While Monday is historically the roughest day of the week, Thursday is most often my "LET'S DO THIS" day... the day I put on my big girl pants, & finally  put my head down to tackle the millions of items on my to do list so that I can go into Friday with a clear mind (eyes on Happy Hour amiright!?!?)

This outfit is a sneak peek of my upcoming Teacher Capsule Wardrobe. I previously did one (did you see it? If not, catch up here) & I'm excited to do it again now that I live in a new climate, having moved from Nashville, TN to Denver, CO this past Summer. My working wardrobe at the moment is actually pretty pants heavy (remember when I lamented about finding a decent pair of work pants here... my, how times have changed!), & I also count on flexible layers that allow me to adapt to the fact that I often go to work in freezing temps, & come home in warm afternoons.

I wanted to show off this outfit first because I adore this turtleneck (2/3 of the outfits I have posted since my blogging break have featured it for heaven's sake! See how I wore it for an everyday outfit here) & these pants are the BOMB! I often gravitate towards cropped pants because I'm vertically challenged & I don't have time to be messing with getting things hemmed. And I love how flattering these pants are - the perfect amount of stretch to have a slim fit that holds it shape for many wears.

Finally - the details. These shoes have a low heel (Noah somehow made them look so tall!), so they are great to wear when I know I'm going to be staying close to my desk - a rare day, but also a rare treat to bust out some of my favorite heels. And this clutch is the perfect piece to pop into my work bag & pull out if I have events after work, or want to feel fancy & meet Tyler out for drinks.

I can't wait to show you the rest of my Teacher Capsule Wardrobe outfits. What are your biggest struggles when finding work wear or styling outfits for the work place?

My work day look is also fueled by coffee & snacks #teacherlife. I recently discovered Barnana snacks - dried banana plus other yummy flavors like coconut, apple, chocolate & my favorite - dipped in peanut butter! True Story - I was fighting eating my lunch at 9:45 yesterday morning & was super thankful to find a pouch of Barnana in my work bag - saved the day & my teacher dignity! 

The Barnana story is one you have to read - their mission to end food waste is so inspiring. Barnana is now available in Starbucks - the perfect pick-me-up combo - check & see if you can find them in your area here.

{What I Wore}

topMelissa McCarthy Seven7 mock neck turtleneck - I'm wearing the XS (similar style also available at J.Crew - shop it here)

shoes: old from ShoeMint (linking lots of similar styles that also have a teacher approved low heel - look below)

clutch: "Bonjour Au Revoir" clutch from Le Tote (similar here)

snacks: c/o Barnana

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Monday, March 6, 2017

romper ruffles

shoes: leather Saludos sandals (very similar style - more linked below)

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Having lived 29 years in the South (Arkansas & then Tennessee), I didn't know what to expect weather-wise when we moved to Colorado. The fact that there could be a place where humidity wasn't a thing was simply too much for me to wrap my feeble mind around.

Lucky, I just finished teaching weather to my 7th grade Scientists, so now I pretty much feel like an expert on the matter, but it hasn't changed my weather confusion on a day to day basis. For example, yesterday Tyler & I headed up before sunrise to ski at A Basin, & enjoyed crisp 30 degree temps in the mountains. We got back to Denver around 4 & it was 70 (SEVENTY!?!?) degrees... in March... and I saw snow today... my mind can't handle it.

But my Spring wardrobe that is itching to be worn sees nothing wrong with these big temperature swings - getting to wear my beloved Sorel boots & Saludos sandals in the span of one week... guess that is just something I will have to get used to!

If you too are itching to add to your Spring wardrobe - you totally have to check out the romper selection from Tobi. I absolutely love the ruffle detail on this one I'm wearing, but I can't stop drooling over this lace one, & this simple but classy one too!