Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Pieces & Wish List

New Pieces
Hubby and I have been total homebodies for the past few months.  We've been trying to save some money this summer but we've also been super busy with the start of the school year so it was really nice to get out and about this weekend and actually do some shopping.  Since we still want to be careful with our money, we were looking for some great sales and we totally scored!  We started out at our local library, where they sell used books for $2.  We found all of the exact books we were looking for except one!

Next, we went to Goodwill and I found a great petite size khaki blazer.  I already have a khaki blazer but it doesn't fit nearly as well as the one I bought at Goodwill, probably because the other one wasn't petite.  The one I thrifted was only $6, even though it was pretty much brand new and coming from Talbot's would have probably cost around $100 brand new.  What a deal!  I really love my local Goodwill and I need to remember to check it out more often.

Next we went to Chamblin Book Mine (check out pics of it in this post) for that last book we didn't get at the library.  I still had $5 credit from trading in books the last time I went so the book only ended up being $2.

Last, we went to Kohl's.  I have had my eye on the shirt below for months but since I already have two shirts just like it in different colors and prints, I couldn't justify spending $36 on it.  However, since I love both of the other shirts and wear them a lot, I knew if I had this one I would get a lot of use out of it too, especially since the white and black design would be really easy to pair with just about anything.  So when I saw it on clearance for $10.80 in my size only, I jumped on the chance.

One of the reasons why I'm being really careful with money right now is that I started back to work on August 5th, but I won't get a pay check until August 31st.  It's one of those things that stinks about being a teacher and the way our pay schedule falls this year, I'll basically end up working for four weeks before I get paid.  Boo.  So while I did do a bit of shopping, I'm still trying to restrain myself from just buying every single thing I want.  So below, I've compiled a wish list of things that might just have to be purchased after I start getting regular pay checks again.  ;)

Wish List
This belt has been on my Amazon wish list for quite some time now.  The fun outfits I could create with a wide stretch leopard belt!  And I love the black clasp on it too.

Next on my wish list are a pair of bright pink flats... because I like fun shoes!  I don't necessarily have my heart set on this pair, but these would be just fine!
And because I can't get enough of leopard print accessories, I also love this scarf.  It's great because it's lightweight so I could actually wear it here in Florida.
Finally, I've been loving my pencil skirts for work and I'm finding myself wanting more.  I think a burgundy one or a gray one would be a great addition.  I love the Merona Doubleweave Pencil Skirts from Target and I think this fall, they are going to have some really great ones available.  I might be ordering this one online after I get paid on Friday!
Are there any pieces you've had your eyes on lately?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

What I Wore To Work

This was another super busy week at work so I was really happy that I already had outfits from my Shopping My Closet series that I could pull from instead of picking things out on the fly.  I'm finally starting to feel caught up at work now so hopefully things will start to slow down but we'll see.  I didn't include Friday's outfit because I just wore my black flats, bootcut jeans, and my black polo shirt with our school logo.  Not really very inspiring but it was easy to throw on without thinking.  Below I've listed where I purchased each piece shown above and tried to link the same piece or some similar options.

floral chiffon blouse - Kohl's (similar)
brown thick belt - Charlotte Russe (similar)
tan dress pants - Kohl's (same, but different color)
brown flats - Rack Room Shoes (same)

white polka dot blouse - Loft Outlet (similar)
black bow belt - (same)
orange pencil skirt - Target (same)
black bow flats - Bass Outlet (similar)

periwinkle A-line dress - Vanity Fair Outlet (similar) (similar)
white crop cardigan - Target (very similar)
taupe wedges - Payless (similar) (similar)

chambray shirt - Kohl's (similar)
khaki pencil skirt - Target (same)
brown thick belt - Charlotte Russe (similar)
brown flats - Rack Room Shoes (same)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I couldn't remember how long it had been since I'd posted my empties so now seemed like a good time.  There's not too much, since I was pretty lazy for most of July and barely wore makeup or did my hair.

1. Tresemme Thermal Creations Mousse - okay but not nearly as good as my current favorite
2. Avon Naturals Body Wash in Cranberry Cinnamon - a Christmas present from my mom.  Not something I would buy on my own.
3. Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray - my all time favorite!
4. Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer - another favorite
5. Up and Up Eye Serum - good stuff!  I'd repurchase this if I didn't already have another eye cream to use.
6. Top Care Makeup Remover Wipes - from Winn Dixie.  Super cheap, gentle, and work great!  Love them!
7. Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara - a classic, easy to use mascara
8. Pur Minerals Color Correcting Face Primer Sample - okay.  Wouldn't spend my money on it though.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shopping My Stash

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this is week two with students for me.  That means that I'm still super busy.  Last week I worked ten or more hours every day.  It's exhausting and it means I'm always rushing to get out the door in the morning.  I decided to shop my stash this week to make getting ready just a little bit quicker.  Here's what I picked out to use this week.

1. Wet N Wild Ultimate Expressions Eyeshadow Palette in Paradise Cove
2. Black Radiance Eyeshadow Palette in Downtown Browns
3. Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells
4. Hard Candy Eyeshadow Duo in Peace
5. Almay Eyeshadow Trio in 424: Trio for Green Eyes

1.Physician's Formula Talc-Free Mineral Blush in Natural Glow
2. Wet N Wild Mineral Bronzer in Amber Glow
3. Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer

A bit of concealer, mascara, and a sweep of blush and eyeshadow will be enough to get me out the door this week looking alive.  A cup of coffee in hand and I'll be good to go!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Professional Clothes Again

This whirlwind week was my first week back with students and therefore my first week wearing my professional clothes again.  To be honest, I was pretty excited to be back in my work clothes now that I own professional clothes that fit me and I like to wear.  Getting dressed was made even easier by the Shopping My Closet posts I did a few weeks ago.  It was easy to just scroll down through the photos and pick out an outfit.  I only ended up wearing one outfit that I hadn't already picked out.  Here's a quick recap of what I wore this week.

So the outfit I've never shown on here before is the center one.
shirt - Ann Taylor Outlet
pink necklace - Target
pants - Bealls Outlet
flip flops - Payless

I'm gearing up for week #2 of teaching this year.  I know it's going to be a busy one again so I'm going to try to set up some scheduled posts for the week.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Day

Today was my first day with my new class of students!  I'm so excited for this year but I worked ten hours today, then came home and spent another hour preparing for tomorrow so I am exhausted.  I've been MIA lately with the business of the new school year so I thought I would just share some quick photos of my classroom before I head off to bed.  On a sidenote, any cute teacher ideas shown here are probably ideas I got from Pinerest.  If anyone is interested in more information about a particular idea, just leave a comment and I'll add it in when I get a chance.

I used my Cricut to make my own desk calendar.  April ended up being my favorite page.
My classroom
Some anchor charts and an incentive to get students to read chapter books
Another view of the classroom
Bulletin board where students will analyze our class data
Bulletin board: bucket fillers to encourage kindness

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Shopping My Closet: Part 3

Shopping My Closet: Part 1
Shopping My Closet: Part 2

If you missed the two posts before this one in the Shopping My Closet miniseries, you can click the link above the check them out.  Today I'm going to be focusing on using my dresses as work wear.  I think my problem with dresses is that I tend to buy them as one time pieces.  In other words, I go to the store thinking, "I need a dress for..." and that's the only occasion I really plan to wear the dress.  But there's not much point in having a bunch of dresses in my closet that I've worn once so I've put some effort in to layering over and under my dresses to make them work appropriate.

The first dress is a spaghetti strap dress that has a great A-line skirt shape but the dress is way too low cut for work or really... for anything!  I should have known better buying it in the junior's department on a whim but that was several years ago.  Now I know better but I hate to get rid of the dress.  After I saw this pin, I knew that this dress would be perfect to wear as a skirt.  It's flowing, breezy and has a great shape.

blue spaghetti strap dress- Bealls Department Store, white camp shirt-Kohl's, cognac belt-Charlotte Russe, cognac heels-Bass Outlet
This next dress really pretty but the back is a little too revealing and there's a big bow in the back that makes it difficult to wear something over it.  I paired it with this short little cardigan and now it's a sweet and work appropriate dress.  I bet I could make it work with a button down under the dress too.

white cardigan-Target, dress-Vanity Fair Outlet, taupe wedge heels-Payless
Finally, I bought this amazing little black dress for an amazing price at Banana Republic Outlet earlier this year and I've only worn it once.  I knew this dress had a ton of potential when I picked it out but I needed to put in the effort to figure out other ways to wear it.  I came up with seven different ways and I can't wait to wear them all!

Look #1: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; polka dot blouse - Loft Outlet; blue flats - Rue21

Look #2: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; chambray shirt - Kohl's; cognac belt - Body Central Outlet; cognac flats - Bass Outlet

Look #3: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; pink sweater - Target; scarf - Izod Outlet; boots - Walmart

Look #4: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; pink silk blouse - Ann Taylor Outlet; gray belt - Body Central Outlet; pink floral flats - Rue21

Look #5: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; maroon cardigan - Target; white scarf - gift from a student; black stretch belt - Papaya Outlet; faux snakeskin heels - Target

Look #6: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; chambray shirt - Walmart; leopard print belt - Walmart; black flats - Bass Outlet

Look #7: black dress - Banana Republic Outlet; red turtleneck - Walmart; faux pearl necklace - Body Central Outlet; black bow belt -; gray tights - Walmart; red flats - Bass Outlet

The great thing about all of these looks is that they are appropriate for work while still being really stylish and cute.  I'll definitely be wearing one of these to work the first week with students.  I think my favorite looks are #4 and #5.  The last look would be great for a holiday party too.

When I first started this mini series, my goal was to come up with new outfits for work without buying any new items.  Twenty-one new outfits later, I'm pretty proud of what I've come up with and I know there are hundreds of other possibilities that I haven't thought of yet.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shopping My Closet: Part 2

As I mentioned in part 1 of this series, I've been trying to make new outfits out of the clothes I already have.  In the first post, I focused on recreating ideas that were inspired by Pinterest.  In this post, I focused on using pieces that I haven't worn that much and finding new ways to style them.

The first piece I wanted to try styling is this subtle polka dot blouse.  I love this shirt but I've only worn it two or three times.  And I think I've only worn this belt once or twice too so it made sense to put them together.  I love this look!

white polka dot blouse-Sears, black cardigan-Target, red belt-Body Central Outlet, gray trousers-Kohl's, red flats-Bass Outlet

The next piece I focused on is this brown skirt that I made but have not worn once yet.  I paired it with one of my favorite shirts and an easy outfit was born!  This breezy skirt will be nice and cool during hot summer days at recess with my students.

plaid shirt-Kohl's,, skirt-made by me, flats-Bass Outlet
Next, I focused on my black jeggings.  I think I've maybe worn these at the most four times.  I never really thought I could pull off skinny leg pants but after checking out lots of style blogs, and seeing them on me, I actually think they look cute.  The first outfit was inspired by this pin.

chambray top-Kohl's, faux pearls-Body Central Outlet, black jeggings-Walmart, leopard flats-Target
And the next outfit also utilizes the same jeggings but with a different style of shirt and a belt.
maroon blouse-Kohl's, leopard belt-Ross, black jeggings-Walmart, sandals-Target
Next, I wanted to find another way to wear some of my favorite skirts.  I absolutely love my Merona Doubleweave Pencil Skirts.  But I've only worn my orange and polka dot ones a few times each because they can be a little harder to style than a neutral skirt.  I found a new way to wear both of them.

polka dot shirt-Loft Outlet, orange skirt-Target,, flats-Bass Outlet
The second pencil skirt look was inspired by this pin from Audrey at Putting Me Together.  I liked the way she combined pink with the polka dot pencil skirt so I decided to give it a try myself.  I wouldn't be able to wear this outfit until it cools off but I'll definitely keep it in mind for the fall.

white collared shirt-Kmart, pink cardigan-Bealls Outlet,, polka dot pencil skirt-Target, flats-Bass Outlet
And the last piece I wanted to style was this striped shirt.  I've only worn it once, mostly because I'm a little wary about wearing a striped shirt without layering something over it to break up the stripes.  Call me silly but horizontal stripes are one of those "style rules" I always think about.  The outfit was inspired by this pin but I'm not crazy about how it looks on me.  Maybe the vest is a little too long?  Or maybe it needs a belt?  I think I might just have a belt obsession.  This outfit is okay, but not one of my favorites.

striped tee-Banana Republic Outlet, vest-JC Penney, navy skirt-made by me, taupe wedges-Payless
Don't forget to stick around for Shopping My Closet: Part 3!  I'll be showing you some ways to style dresses, including seven different ways I styled my little black dress!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Shopping My Closet: Part 1

I'm a big supporter of using what you already have so I'm bringing you: Shopping My Closet!  At the beginning of 2013, I pretty much bought an entirely new wardrobe.  Now that I'm about to start back to teaching (tomorrow's my first official day back), I really didn't feel the need to go buy new "school clothes".  I already have a closet full of pieces that I love, so why add to it?  Instead, I thought I would try to "shop" my own closet by finding new ways to wear the clothes I already have.  I sometimes get into these ruts where I have only one way that I wear a piece and I wanted to break out of that rut.  I really wanted to make use out of what I had instead of buying a bunch of new stuff and I'm really proud of the results!

The first thing I did was to search Pinterest for inspiration.  I was specifically looking for outfits that consisted of pieces that were similar to what I already owned.  The outfits I made aren't always exactly the same, but the pins give me ideas to restyle what I own.

blouse-Target, cardigan-Target, black belt-Charlotte Russe, pencil skirt-Target, heels-Famous Footwear
The first piece I really wanted to find a way to wear is this animal print tank top blouse.  I bought it several years ago at Target because my school has had a "Wild About Learning" theme for the past four years.  I had to alter it by shortening the straps and shortening the length of the shirt and now it fits pretty nicely.  It's just not something that I would normally buy, as it isn't really my style and because of that, I've only worn it two or three times.  To fit our school theme, my boss requested that all the teachers wear a "colorful animal print outfit" for our orientation so I wanted to make use of this shirt.  I am actually quite proud of how much my outfit ended up looking like the inspiration pin.  And styled like this, I could really see myself wearing this shirt again.  I think it looks professional but still fun.

The next outfit didn't turn out looking as nice as the inspiration pin.  I'm not sure if it's because I was having a lot of trouble getting the shirt to tuck into the skirt nicely or if it's just because I'm not 5 foot ten and ninety-nine pounds like the model.  I think my version turned out okay but I don't love it.

plaid shirt-Kohl's,, navy skirt-made by me, sandals-Rack Room Shoes
The next outfit is probably looks the least similar to the inspiration pin.  What I took from the original was a floral top, a belt, and khaki pants.  I actually love the way this translated.  I decided to go with a thick belt because these pants really need taken in at the waist but I'm too cheap and lazy to have them tailored or figure out how to do it myself.  Since the pants don't have belt loops, I just decided to wear them with a thick belt like I often do with my skirts.  I really like it!  I'll definitely be wearing this outfit to work soon.

floral chiffon blouse-Kohl's, tan trousers-Kohl's, belt-Charlotte Russe, flats-Rack Room Shoes
The next outfit was created when I was looking for new ways to wear this skirt.  The skirt is one of my favorites but it's sort of a weird color that can be a little hard to style.  I found this inspiration pin and knew that with the pieces I own, it would translate into a great outfit.  I actually bought this shirt at the very beginning of summer and have only worn it maybe once.

shirt-Kohl's, skirt-Kohl's, belt-Walmart, flats-Target
And this last outfit came from an inspiration pin that I had drooled over for ages and never got around to recreating.  I'm glad I finally did!  It turned out really cute.  This is another outfit I'll definitely be wearing to work.

shirt-Kohl's, belt-Charlotte Russe, skirt-Target, shoes-Rack Room Shoes
Shown here are one week's worth of new outfits with not one new piece of clothing.  I'm pretty excited to start the year in style... without spending a dime.  Stay tuned for Shopping My Closet: Part 2 and Part 3!  Part 2 will focus on utilizing pieces I haven't worn often to make an outfit.  Part 3 will be all about styling dresses for work, including several ways to wear a little black dress.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Pink Toes

Direct sunlight
It was high time for a pedicure and I love the way this one turned out.  I started out with two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Hot Magenta.  This is a gorgeous hot pink color with shimmer.  The formula is great and easy to apply.  If I had been more careful, I probably could have used just one coat.  I love it!  After that was dry, I stamped over my big toes with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On.  I used the flower image from Mash plate Mash-46.