Saturday, August 30, 2014

Merge or Melt

Today's challenge is merge or melt.  I wasn't really sure what that meant so after some Google searching, I came to the conclusion that any manicure where the colors "merged" or "melted" together would work.  I wasn't really feeling another gradient so I thought I would go with this image from Bundle Monster plate BM412, where the dots sort of merge from one shade to the other.

After applying a base coat of Orly Bonder, I used two to three coats of NYC Hampton's Peach.  For the photo above, I put on a top coat of NYC Grand Central Station.  I had to use really thick coats to get this even and it ended up pooling in my cuticles pretty badly and then since it was so thick and not dry, it pulled away from the nail when I tried to clean up with acetone and a brush.  You can see what I mean on the right tip of my index finger.

After (I thought) that was dry, I stamped over with Sally Hansen Presto Pink and followed with another layer of top coat.  I loved how this looked!  I just filed my nails down before this manicure so they were a little on the short side for the image, but I still like the color combo.

This was a super fun and summery look but unfortunately, shortly after I was done I had to throw on some rubber gloves and do some work outside and it totally smudged the not as dry as I thought they were nails.  They were mushed beyond repair so I had to take the polish off.  Now I only have pictures to remember this mani by!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's About Time

Remember last week when I was being totally dramatic about my watch battery dying?  I'm pretty sure I will never have to worry about that again.  I was telling my hubby that day how I really wanted to get another Fossil watch once they went on sale.  Now you have to understand that my husband loves watches.  Maybe it's like the only cool jewelry for men?  I don't know because he loves cuff links and tie clips too, as much as I loves scarves, necklaces, and belts.  Man accessories.  Anyway, he was totally in agreement about getting me another watch (I think his exact words were "It's about time you got a new Fossil") and we went over to the outlet mall to check out the Fossil outlet.  On the way there, I stopped into Bealls Outlet to look around, because I had a $5 off any purchase coupon.  I found a set of Sally Hansen nail strips for $2.99 and the adorable leopard watch above on clearance for $4.99, plus 15% off my whole purchase for having a Bealls Rewards card.  I thought it was super cute, as it looks and wears like a cuff bracelet and the leopard is cute but subtle.  But hubby still wanted to go to Fossil and since the bracelet watch was basically free, I figured why not.

And of course, I found a watch there.  They were having a sale where if you bought one watch, you got 25% off but if you bought two watches, you got 50% off both watches.  He found one for himself and I fell in love with this pink beauty.  The face is kind of big, but the band is quite skinny so it works out.  And the numbers on the face are even pink!  It also has the date, between the 3 and the 4.  As much as I love pink, I definitely see myself wearing this one a lot!

I'm pretty sure I'll never be without a watch again, and I'll enjoy rotating between my newest of accessories.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Outfit of the Day

This weekend I picked up an adorable gingham shirt that I'm loving and I wanted to share with you how I wore it today.

A few things about this outfit:
1. Sorry about the closet picture.  The Internet was out at work all morning so I had nothing better to do than photograph my outfit.
2. Bad hair day.  I desperately need a trim but am too lazy to take time out of my life to do it right now.  Maybe this weekend.
3. This skirt is knee length in real life.  I don't know why it looks so short here.  Maybe it was riding up or something.
4. This shirt has contrasting inner cuffs.  I cuffed the sleeves like a J.Crew pro to show off the floral pattern inside.  Not sure if I like it but the happy floral brightened my Monday, so win!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Use It Up: Update 8/24

So sorry I was MIA this week!  It was an extremely busy week at work and I even ended up working from home all day Saturday and until about 4:30 Sunday.  We are having to pull from multiple places this year to teach math and I spent this week and weekend creating lessons and morning work problems for the entire first nine weeks of math this year.  But I'm done and I plan on spending all of next weekend relaxing.  Now on to the fun stuff.

I did it!  I completed the last item in my Use It Up project!  The past two months have gone by really fast and now that I'm compiling the items all into one list, I can't believe how many items I've finished.  I'm patting myself on the back right now.

1. Pixi Undereye Concealer - It's almost as though it were meant to be.  The last item in my project is.. the one and only item that I actually finished on the exact date of my estimated finish.  Weird!  I didn't realize it until I put this photo together.  This stuff actually was used up pretty fast because I end up using quite a good bit of it each day.  It's not my absolute favorite concealer but it's definitely a good one at a fair price.

Now let's just add up all the items I have used since I started this on June 19th.

Product Name
Date Completed
e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral
June 20, 2014
Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in Light
June 22, 2014
Maybelline Shine Free Oil-Control Loose Powder in Light
July 9, 2014
NYX Eyeshadow Single in True Taupe
July 10, 2014
Ulta Finishing Powder
July 19, 2014
Physician's Formula black eyeliner
August 11, 2014
Physician's Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation in Translucent Light
August 11, 2014
Pixi Undereye Concealer
August 20, 2014

So that makes a total of eight products.  I think that's pretty good for me, especially when I think about how several of the items are things I seem to never use up like eyeliner, blush, and eyeshadow.  I might try this again next summer!  For now, I've been working so much that I'm just throwing on the minimum makeup to make me look human and running out the door.  The beginning of the school year is always rough on me and it's been so hot here (99*F; 37*C on Friday) that it pretty much melts right off anyway.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How Important Is Time?

Fossil watch
This morning while I was getting ready for work, I put on my Fossil watch.  A few minutes later I glanced down to see what time it was and I realized it had stopped working in the night.  And then I. HAD. A. MELTDOWN.  I went into a frenzy, searching high and low for a backup watch to wear for the day.  I swear I used to have backup watches but I guess I must have gotten rid of all of them.  I was seriously in a panic and I realized just how important time is to my job.  I have to know what time the students come, what time to take them to resource, what time to pick them up, what time reading ends and writing begins, what time to go to recess and then what time to come inside and go to lunch... the list goes on and on.  Time is extremely important when you are a teacher.  I sort of realized that what many of us think as simply an accessory that adds to our style is actually very functional in my life.  So naturally, I went straight over to the Fossil outlet on my way home from work to get that battery replaced.  And after that, I went next door to Rue 21 and bought the cheapest backup watch I could find so that this teacher emergency never happens again.  Yes, time is that important to teachers.

The photo at the top is of my "every day" watch.  This Fossil watch was a Christmas gift from my husband about five years ago.  I've replaced the battery twice now and this thing seriously just works so well.  It keeps time incredibly well and I only noticed yesterday that it had slowed a bit.  Also, you can see that it keeps the date, which is also really convenient as a teacher.  This watch has a small face which works well on my small frame and it goes with pretty much everything I wear.  It's only around $10 to get the battery replaced which is why I keep doing that instead of buying a new watch every time it dies.  It has some scratches in the metal near the face but the actual face is still pretty much perfect, even after all these years.

$5 Rue 21 watch
The photo above is of the five dollar watch I bought as a back up from Rue 21 after "suffering" all day with no watch.  I didn't even press in the knob or set the watch yet.  I figured it would probably die before I used it if I let it run every day but at least now I have a backup again.  It's enormous on me and not at all my style but this morning I was ready to wear my hubby's watch in desperation.  (I didn't because the band was so big on me that it fell off my hand.)  I'll probably keep my eyes out in the future for a second watch that is a good price (I see a second Fossil in my future!) but for now this will do the trick in emergencies.  And maybe every now and then when I'm feeling like a little mint in my outfit.

And you can see in this photo that the band is actually like a stretchy rubber.  Weird, huh?  But that's okay, in a tight timeless situation I'll be happy to have even a goofy kiddo watch.  Although, after working nearly eleven hours every day this week, I'm kind of over time right now too.  So that makes me wonder, is time important to anyone else's job?  Do you have a watch you wear regularly or is time more flexible where you work?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Current Makeup Likes

I didn't really want to call this post a "favorites" thing, because these aren't necessarily tried and true favorite products, but more like things I've found myself reaching for a lot lately.  This past week was my first with students and that meant that I was working a lot of extra hours.  I basically got to work an hour early every morning and stayed an hour and a half late every day.  Trying to get to work so early means I need to get out the door fast while still looking like a put together grown up.  These products really helped me.

#1: Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder in Translucent Light - I tried this powder once before and really liked it.  It came in a kit that my husband bought me, which I think the blush below came with it.  After my beloved PF Healthy Wear Powder Foundation was discontinued, I remembered this powder and I'm glad I did.  It's too early to say for sure yet, but I think I might like this one even better.  At least, it has more coverage.  However, I find it can look a bit heavy.  Solution for that, below.

#2: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Brown - The only thing I don't like about this liner is that it has shimmer in it.  That said, it's subtle and not too obnoxious.  What I love about this pencil is that it is super smooth and easy to apply and blend but once it sets, it's there for good.  It's also inexpensive, easy to find, and comes in ten different shades.  I see myself buying this again for sure.

#3: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer Pencil in Light - (I see that they now make this in an Ultra Light shade as well, but when I bought it, this was the lightest shade.)  This is actually the little concealer pencil that comes with the Glamoflauge.  However, I've been using it on my lower waterline to perk up my tired eyes after waking up at 5 AM every morning for the last two weeks.  It goes a long way to make you look more bright eyed when you really aren't that awake.

#4: e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set - This is the perfect solution to the heaviness of the powder foundation I've been using.  It's also a great way to cool off in the mornings.  It's been in the 80s here when I wake up at 5 and I get pretty warm as I drink coffee while I put on my makeup.  When I'm all done, I spritz a few sprays of this on my face and it serves the double duty of cooling me off and also taming my powder makeup to look more natural.  I hold the bottle about 12 inches from my face so I don't end up spraying so much that my mascara runs.

#5: Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Blush in Natural Glow - I think this particular shade of blush might be discontinued, but I'm not sure.  What I am sure of is that it's a great matte peachy shade that brightens up your face while still looking natural.  The peach shade is very flattering too.

#6: L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Endless Pearl - I have several of these powder-cream shadows from L'Oreal and they are all awesome.  You can apply them with a brush or just dip your index finger in the pot and apply it like that.  (I also have Amber Rush, Bronzed Taupe, and Iced Latte.)  I have especially been using this shade a lot.  I just rub my finger in the pot and then apply it to my lid.  It's a light matte nude so it just brightens up my eye area quickly and covers any imperfections in the lid.  And it lasts all day, even in heat and humidity without creasing on me.  Good stuff.

These products, along with some undereye concealer and a touch of mascara have had me presentable and out the door fast this week.  What products do you use when you're in a rush?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Use It Up: Update 8/16

Wow, I can't believe I've been working on this "Use It Up" project for nearly two months!  I'm proud of my devotion to the project and I'm nearly finished now.  This week I finished two more items and I only have one more that I'm working on.

1. Physician's Formula black eyeliner - Even though this liner took way longer to use than I thought, it's finally gone.  I finished it on Monday of this week, or I should say that while using it on Monday, the little bitty nubbin that was left snapped off.  Luckily, I was pretty much done applying it or I would have had an awkward mismatched liner look that day.

2. Physician's Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation in Translucent Light -
With the finishing of this powder, my relationship with my Holy Grail powder foundation comes to an end.  A sad day.  However, I've already found a new favorite that I might even dare say I like a bit better.  Silver lining.  I'll talk about that in my next post.

3. Pixi Undereye Concealer - This concealer is on its last leg.  I don't think I'll finish it by my estimated date but it probably won't be too much later.  I think there's about a week or two of product left.  After this concealer is gone, I'll be finished with my Use It Up project.  We'll have to wait to see the final tally of products I used this summer but I'm sure if you're really curious, you could go back through my posts and add them up.  There's quite a few!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Texture 2

Still on the texture nail challenge but today I have an actual texture polish for you.  I sort of bought this polish on accident.  It was in the clearance bin at Walgreens and I loved the color so I picked it up, not realizing that it was a texture polish, as it isn't marked at all on the bottle as being such.  I didn't know until I got it home and swatched it.  I thought it was fun and different and since I had the texture challenge coming up, I decided to keep it.

This is one coat of Orly Bonder (a base coat) and two coats of Wet N Wild ATTEN-hut!  It's a gorgeous and shimmery dark olive green.  It's actually showing up a little darker in these photos than in real life.  And I didn't put on any top coat for these photos because top coat would have smoothed over the texture of the polish.  As shown, it's a gritty and sandy feeling polish.

The application on this was far from great.  The brush was too wide and sloppy but I'm not sure if that was just my brush or all of them.  Then it was drying really fast so I had to put on gloopy paste like coats in order to spread it across the whole nail evenly before it dried.  Therefore, while it seemed dry to the touch on the top, it wasn't fully dry for quite some time.  Despite all of that, it was worth it because it's just such a unique color and the texture is fun and not annoying like I thought it would be.

Without top coat, I don't think it will last all that long but we'll see.  I actually think this would be beautiful with top coat too, as I've seen swatches of it both ways.  Top coat seems to bring out the golden shimmer that's visible in the bottle but hard to see on the nail due to the texture.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Texture 1

I didn't have good feelings about this sugar manicure kit that I received as a gift but I figured I had to try it at least once to be sure.  Since today's nail challenge was texture, I figured that was the perfect chance to at least swatch the kit.  I was pretty darn sure I was going to despise the sugar texture, I decided to only swatch each shade on one finger.

The kit comes with two base polish colors, a teal and a fuchsia.  You've seen them before in my splatter mani.  The teal was the base for the index and middle fingers and the fuchsia is the base for the middle finger.

After the first coat of polish dried, I applied a second coat and then quickly dipped the finger into the "sugar".  The index is the green shade, middle is pink and the ring finger got the blue sugar.

Just like I thought, I couldn't stand the texture of this.  It got caught in everything.  At least it was fun to try and tomorrow I'll have an actual texture polish for you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Your Favorite Polish

The nail challenge for today stumped me for a few minutes at first because I really have no clue what my favorite polish is!  So I searched my own blog for the key terms: "favorite polish" and just kind of picked one from there that I had actually before called one of my favorites.

 After a base coat of Orly Bonder, I used two coats of Essence Colour & Go Irreplaceable and topped it off with NYC Grand Central Station.  This is a beautiful sandy taupe with lots of golden shimmer.  Since the only other swatches I have of this polish are pretty crummy pictures, I have two great ones to share with you, although they still don't capture just how awesomely shimmery and golden this polish is.

After that was dry, I stamped over it using Sally Hansen Insta Dri Wined Up and Bundle Monster plate BM405 and added another coat of Grand Central Station when done.  I've been "saving" this live, laugh, love image for the perfect manicure and I finally figured that was silly.  While I didn't have the best of luck with the stamping, I love how this turned out!

I was having a hard time getting the image to transfer perfectly, mostly because I either was scraping from the wrong way or didn't roll the stamper when I picked up the image.  It's definitely user error though and not the plate.  Also, I was so concerned with stamping the image the correct way (not upside down) that I forgot to make sure it was straight.  However, I think all the imperfections give the manicure a vintage and romantic look and I think it's perfectly flawed.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Your Oldest Untried

Today's nail challenge is your oldest untried.  That was an easy one for me.  For some reason, I have one nail polish that I bought ages ago and never used.  If I had to guess, I would say I probably bought this in the spring or summer of 2012 but it may even be older than that because I think around that time, Essence changed the shape of their bottle.  Anyway, it's old, LOL.

This is my oldest untried polish, Essence Colour & Go in Walk of Fame.  It's an amazing greige creme, with an awesome formula that makes me a little sad that I waited so long to use it because it was just so easy to apply!  And the perfect neutral shade!  This is two coats of WoF over Orly Bonder with a top coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

After that, I wanted to do some fun nail stamping.  I stamped on the leopard print from Bundle Monster plate BM221 with Essie Good As Gold.  After stamping, I filled in the dots with a dotting tool and Wet N Wild Wild Shine Black Creme.  I even did my right hand by myself!  It turned out looking okay, mostly because the dots didn't have to be perfect to look good.  I topped it all off with another coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

I like the final product but I don't love it.  It's pretty hard to compare with how much I loved my floral mani though!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Use It Up: Update 8/9

Another week closer to finishing these items!  I'm so close yet so far away!

1. Physician's Formula black eyeliner - Wow, so my estimated finish date was so wrong!  Nearly a month later I'm still not finished with this.  I know I've said this so many times but I think I'm just a few days away from finishing this.  It really is just a tiny stub.  Hopefully in next week's update I'll be talking about how I finished this.

2. Pixi Undereye Concealer - This concealer is great in so much as I can see progress every week.  If you look at last week's update and compare it to today's you'll see what I mean.  However, I think there still might be at least a month's worth of product in here.

3. Physician's Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation in Translucent Light - This baby is almost gone too.  Just another day or two and I think it will be finished.  After last week's update, I depotted the remaining powder, which is why you see it in a different container.

So I'm hoping by this time next week when I update again, the liner and powder will be used up.  I'm thinking my estimated date on the concealer is probably way too early but sometimes it's hard to predict the amount of time it will take to use an item.  It's been interesting to see how my estimates have gone though.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Teacher Tips: Easier Ironing

My tools of the trade
Ironing: my fellow teachers and I actually have had several conversations about this topic and our shared hatred of it.  I'm not exactly a fan of ironing either but I am a fan of looking like I'm a put together professional who takes their job seriously.  So for me, it's all about getting the ironing done as quickly and easily as possible while still making my clothes less wrinkled.  After several years of experimentation, I firmly believe that good and quick ironing is all about the tools.

Full Size Ironing Board: First of all, invest in a full size ironing board.  My junior year of college (which was now ten years ago, ack!), my mom gave me a mini table top ironing board which I had been using up until a few months ago.  It didn't stand up off the table any more and it was really small, about half the size of the board I replaced it with.  The one I have now (shown above) was about $16 on sale at Target and it has seriously made ironing go so much faster because I don't have to rearrange items ten or fifteen times to iron the whole piece.  It really makes a bigger difference than I realized.

In the photo above, you can see how small that table top board is compared to my new one.  And the legs fold up so if someone is staying in our guest bedroom (where I do my ironing), I can just fold it up and stash it out of the way.

Iron With Fabric Selection Dial: Do they even make one temperature irons any more?  If they do, don't buy one.  And follow the dial.  It tends not to steer you wrong.  I think it would be nice to have an iron with a steam ability but this iron was given to me along with that table top ironing board so the water tank now leaks and the spray button doesn't work anymore.  Other than that, this iron is still working great and I refuse to get rid of it until it doesn't do the job any more.

Spray Starch: For my first few years of teaching, I would iron and get really frustrated because a few hours later the wrinkles would be right back.  Since my steam button was broken, I couldn't steam the wrinkles out.  Then I found out about spray starch and now the world is a happier less wrinkled place for me.  Just mist a bit of spray starch on the clothes and once it has had a few moments to dry, I go over it with the iron and those wrinkles are gone for good!  And spray starch is cheap.  You can get a can at Dollar Tree for just a buck!

So there you have it, my ironing secrets.  Isn't being a working adult exciting?  ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Teacher Tips: Healthy Lunches

Since I'm celebrating my first week back to school for this year, I thought it would fun to do an entire week of teacher posts that could also relate to lots of other people with "grown up jobs".  After spending the last eight years in the education field, one problem I know that is an issue for many teachers is finding the time and energy to eat healthy.  I'm pretty sure this is a challenge for any adult though.  I've found that just a few easy changes really helped me to get on the right track so that at least one meal a day is healthy.  Here's what worked for me.

1. Pack lunches in an assembly style.  When I first started trying to eat healthier, I was packing one lunch a day.  By Tuesday night, I was totally out of energy and didn't care to spend half an hour making a healthy lunch when I could just throw some prepackaged junk in my bag and be on my way.  Instead, I started prepping all of my lunches on Sunday in an assembly line style.  It took me about an hour one day a week but I was done and all I had to do in the morning was grab one of my lunches and go.  I know not everyone has space in their fridge for a week's worth of meals but even cutting all the veggies in advance will speed up the process the night before or morning of.

2. Choose foods that will last for a week or longer.  Even with the best intentions, I get too lazy and tired to stop by the grocery store after work several times a week to get more produce.  I love bananas but I find that they seem to be too ripe within three or four days so I will only buy a few at a time.  However, things like grapes, carrots, and peppers will last all week until they are eaten.  This means I can cut all the peppers on Sunday and pack them into wraps, salads, and use them when cooking dinner without any hassle.  The easier they are to add to your meals, the more likely you are to eat them.

3. Drink ice water.  Drinking water in general was a struggle for me for years.  Who wants to drink plain water when you can have tea, coffee, or soda?  What I found was that when I had really cold water with ice added, I would drink it.  And the more water I drank, the less I wanted other drinks.  To be honest, I pretty much only drink water, coffee and almond milk these days and I don't even miss other beverages.  But for me the trick was that the water had to be really cold.  I have several tumblers (shown in the photo at the top of the post) which I can add ice to or sometimes I'll just take a plain water bottle, freeze half of the bottle and then I'll have an ice pack for my lunch and a cold drink too.  Whatever it takes to get you drinking more water instead of visiting the vending machine for a soda or stopping at the fast food joint on the way to work to pick up a sweet tea.

4. Variety makes packing lunches easier.  I have a variety of lunch boxes in different sizes and shapes.  This makes it easy to pack different sized containers.  I have some silicone ones like this and this.  I also have the Rubbermaid lunch blox kits (sandwich) (salad).  And that's just the beginning.  We have an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to lunch containers and hubby and I each have our favorites, depending on what we are taking for lunch that day.  I can grab the lunch box that works best with the containers I packed in, toss in an ice pack and I'm good to go.  And one last thing on variety: it's nice to have it in your lunches too.  While sometimes it's just easier for me to pack the same salad and wrap for the entire week, I at least try to change it up with different dressings or a different snack item.

5. Plan to snack.  That's right, bring a snack too but try to make it a fresh fruit or a fresh vegetable or both.  When I eat breakfast at 5:30, I know I'n going to be hungry again by 9 or 10, long before my scheduled lunch time.  When your stomach is growling three hours before lunch, it's tempting to buy a soda and a bag of chips or something else from the vending machine.  It's easy to make this a habit and it's not only far more expensive but it's also way more calories.  Let's do some math. (Calorie amounts were found using CalorieKing)

16 oz bottle of cola: about 240 calories
small bag of plain potato chips: about 160 calories
total calories: about 400 calories

16 oz ice water: 0 calories
8 oz grapes: about 104 calories
8 oz raw carrots: about 50
total calories: 154 calories

So if you ate grapes and carrots with water, you could actually eat more food while taking in about one third of the calories.  I know calories aren't the only thing to look at but it's something I think about when I'm in the produce section of the grocery store.

Those are just a few things that helped me to get on the right track to eating healthier at work.  And if I go out of my way to bring all these healthy lunches, I know I'm going to eat what I bring.  To be honest, fresh fruits and veggies are a lot more appetizing than what is being served in our school cafeteria.  Do you have any tips or tricks on how to eat healthier?  I'd love to get some new ideas!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Teacher Outfits: Part 3

I'm here today to wrap up the final installment of my Teacher Outfits mini series!  If you missed out on the Intro, Part 1, or Part 2, you should definitely check them out for lots more outfits.  Let's take a look at outfits 18-24.

Outfit 18
Outfit 18:
black knit and chiffon top: Vanity Fair Outlet
cognac triple loop belt: Walmart (exact in black)
moss pencil skirt: Kohl's
leopard print flats: Papaya

Outfit 19
Outfit 19:
coral crepe top: Ross
gold leaf pendant necklace: Charlotte Russe
brown belt: Bealls Outlet
denim skort: Kohl's (exact)
brown flip flops: Rue 21

Outfit 20
Outfit 20:
pink knit and chiffon top: Vanity Fair Outlet
gray teardrop necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet
silver belt: either Ross or Bealls Outlet, can't remember
black chinos: Walmart
silver flip flops: Rue 21
**I wore this outfit already to get some Mexican food with friends.  I love that the top leaves you a little room for a belly full of burrito without looking and feeling like a chubster!

Outfit 21
Outfit 21:
black knit and chiffon top: Vanity Fair Outlet
leopard print elastic belt: Amazon (exact)
khaki pencil skirt: Target
black sandals: Walmart

Outfit 22
Outfit 22:
black knit and chiffon top: Vanity Fair Outlet
silver and red bead necklace: gift from a student
black belt: Bealls Outlet
rio red skort: Kohl's (exact same, but mine is last year's version)
black sandals: Walmart

Outfit 23
Outfit 23:
black shirt dress: Ross
coral cropped cardigan: Belk (exact)
silver flip flops: Rue 21
**I love this outfit!  It's super comfortable and just totally says "teacher" to me.  I'll definitely be wearing this one, both with the coral cardigan and the peppermint shade as well.

Outfit 24
Outfit 24:
pink knit and chiffon top: Vanity Fair Outlet
oval chain necklace: Kohl's
navy polka dot pencil skirt: Target
silver flip flops: Rue 21
**So I pretty much totally copied this outfit from this Pin by Kendi.  I love it when I can find things on Pinterest that I can recreate!

So I've probably got about six weeks worth of teacher outfits here and there are tons of other combinations I haven't even touched on yet that I could make.  I think I'm set for awhile!