- Instagram Lately .05 -

The Teacher Diva Instagram

Happy Friday! I wanted to share a quick instagram recap including details from recent posts on Instagram and Facebook. I know some of you do not use LikeToKnow.It and have specifically requested these roundups for details and links. As always, if you have any questions about sizing or quality, feel free to comment or email (theteacherdiva@gmail.com)

Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

green jacket and kiss kiss top


 This jacket (tts, wearing a small) has been a favorite of mine. I wear it all the time! ralphs coffee shop
These sunglasses are a steal at under $10! My wallet is by Goyard (comes with the tote). You can get it here or here.

tory burch crossbody

My lipstick is the color: Meredith

lace up flats

I wear these lace up flats all of the time! They are under $75 and run true to size

layers for fall


paris coffee shop


fringe booties

These fringe booties are a steal at under $50

chanel classic flap


geo print dress

- Military Swing Dress -

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I have always been more of a jeans and blouse kind of gal, but lately dresses are becoming my item of choice. They are perfect for this weather. I wore this Military Swing Dress during our recent trip to NYC and found it was perfect for a casual afternoon walking around Central Park and (window) shopping on 5th Ave.

I love swing dresses because they look great alone, but even better paired with a jacket or some type of layer. It was too warm that afternoon in NYC, but I had hoped to throw on this denim jacket to complete the look. I loved wearing it with my brown leather ankle boots and found this whole outfit to be very comfortable.

PS- If you are in the Dallas area, I would love for you to stop by tomorrow’s event at Neiman Marcus, Plano! There will be sips, treats and giveaways. The runway presentation will start around 6:00. Read more details here.

Hope to see you there! xxfall dress20150918-IMG_8651 copy

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Anthropologie Military Swing Dress (FIT: The dress is meant to be oversized, however I found it to run a little big. I am wearing a size 2 here) | Eruosoft Brown Leather Anke Boots (FIT: TTS // I have to add that these were very comfortable! I also like the cut around the ankle, they look great with skinny jeans) | Goyard GM Tote c/o Keeks Handbags | Sunglasses (under $10) | BaublebarCLICK-TO-SHOP

- Recent Beauty Buys -

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With a new season approaching, it’s time to start transitioning our summer makeup to something a little more neutral or bold for Fall. Just like we switch up our wardrobe, the same is true for our makeup.

Here are a few easy ways to freshen up your makeup bag for fall.

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Before I start sharing my recent beauty finds, what better way to store your makeup than a personalized makeup bag or monogrammed acrylic case? These are two items that will definitely last you all year long, and are perfect for storing your makeup or jewelry.

sigma makeup brushes

Makeup brushes can make all the difference when applying foundation or contouring. Recently, I purchased 3 new brushes from Sigma Beauty. I am new to the brand, but was pretty impressed with the reviews and the price point. Brushes can be so expensive, but these seemed more affordable than most and still maintained good quality.

So are they worth it? Yes! These brushes are amazing. They are made from Sigmax Synthetic Fibers, meaning they don’t absorb liquid or cream foundations and I have found that they don’t shed like many natural hair brushes. Using these brushes have made a huge difference with applying my makeup and how it appears on my skin. I use the F80 Flat Kabuki Brush for applying foundation, the F84 Angled Kabuki Brush for my cream contour kit, and the F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush when applying concealer or highlighter.

I am still on the hunt for a brush cleaner. Do you guys have any that you recommend? Currently, I am using a gentle shampoo, but would like something a little easier if possible.

fall lipstick guide

There’s nothing quite like a new lip color, am I right? I love wearing pinks and corals, but figured it was time to switch things up for fall. I tried on so many nudes, plums, and mauves and found two that I loved and seemed to work well for my skin tone.


YSL is a brand that I use often and I have heard great things about the ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ Lipstick. After trying on so many, I finally found one that resembled the perfect nude pink. “Rose Carnation” has been my go to for the past several weeks. It’s not bold, but it’s a great nude/pink for everyday.

MAC also makes great makeup that doesn’t break the bank. I love their new Mineralize CollectionThis Mineralize Rich Lipstick in the color “Grande Dame” is a great berry shade. It’s bold, without being too dark. This Bobbie Brown Lipgloss in “Almost Nude” is a great gloss to wear over either color. I know, I always talk about that gloss, but it really is that good!

However, my absolute favorite is this Chanel Lipliner in the color “Natural”. This is by far the most versatile product I use. I wear this color with any shade. I finally broke down and purchased this after seeing a friend where it and (always) complimenting her. This shade is pretty neat because you can use it to “add volume” to your lips. I know that’s a given with any lipliner, but this is so close to my skin tone, so it really makes a plump lip without looking like liner. It’s true to it’s name and very natural…not harsh at all.

chanel nude lipliner bare minerals 5 in 1

Moving onto eyes, this 5 in 1 BB Cream Eyeshadow is one of my newest obsessions. I received a little sample of it and loved it so much I went back to buy the full size.  Honestly, I would have never tried this if it wasn’t for that sample. Funny how that works, right?

I like to wear this alone, and on special occasions I’ll pair it with my Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow Stick. I wear the color “Soft Linen” and find that it brightens my eyes and still looks natural. It doesn’t crease either!

As you know, I love products to help my brows…goodness knows they need it.  I have used Brow Wiz for the last year (and love it) but when my pencil ran out, I was curious to see what else was out there. I found that I really like this brow pencil by YSL. Like the Brow Wiz, it has a brush at the end to help with blending.

So far, I like this YSL pencil better. It’s a little softer, and goes on easier. I find that it blends really well., especially when using the brush at the end. I use the Couture Brow after applying the pencil, to give my brows texture and to help them stay in place. I use the Blond color and find that it blends really well. I was afraid this duo would be too harsh, but I find it to be very natural looking. monogram makeup casetoo faced mascara

Ok, let’s not talk about the name of this little mascara, but let discuss how amazing it is. I was very curious to try this mascara after hearing so many mixed reviews. The girl at the makeup counter actually tried to convince me to try another one, but I figured the small tube would be a huge investment.

So what did I think? Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I really like it! I haven’t had trouble with clumping or flakes, and as far as I’m concerned it’s just as good as my favorite Bobbi Brown and Lancome mascaras. It’s worth a try!makeup brushes

Thanks for reading! What products you are loving for fall?

Leopard X Bench c/o Liven Up Designs Faux Sheepskin Rug


- Pink Dress & Lace Up Flats -

Pink Geo Print Dress

A few weeks ago,  I went to NYC for the last few days of Fashion Week and to work on an upcoming project launching next month. I always love trips to New York. And while they are usually very short, I always make time to enjoy the city, try new food and of course walk 5th Ave.

This Printed Drop Waist Dress couldn’t have been more perfect for this trip. This comfortable dress made for the perfect look while walking from meeting to meeting. Not to mention, it does not wrinkle. I was very surprised to pull this out of my suitcase (fully expecting to steam it) and noticed that it was in great condition. My Lace Up Flats (back in stock and under $75) were also a nice break from heels. I always love an excuse to wear these shoes! This dress & shoe combo will definitely be coming with me on any trips in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Monday! xx

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OUTFIT DETAILS: ASOS Pink Geo Print Drop Waist Dress (FIT: The style is meant to be “shifty” and loose, I am wearing a small and I am 5’6) | Steve Madden Lace Up Flats (FIT: TTS) also love these lace up flats which also run true to size | YSL Small Sac De Jour | Baublebar Pave Stack Rings | Sunglasses(under $15) | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch 


- Boho Dress -

free people dress

Happy Sunday! I wanted to share a quick look that is perfect to wear as we transition to Fall weather. I loved wearing this Free People Dress during our stay in Cabo last month (see here) but I also think the style and color makes for a perfect fall dress as well. How to take it from summer to fall is simple. Just throw on your favorite booties and you’re all set.

Also, many of you ask about fit and sizing, which can be tricky when ordering online, so I hear you. I try to always include a little blurb about that at the bottom of each post but, if you still have questions feel free to email me (theteacherdiva@gmail.com) I love to hear from you guys!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend! initial necklace

ysl small sac de jour

free people dress

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floral dress  rag & bone boots

OUTFIT DETAILS: Free People Boho Dress (FIT: runs big, I am in a small and wish I sized down to the XS) | Rag & Bone Booties (mine are from a couple of years ago, these are the updated style // FIT: I went up a 1/2 size) Budget Friendly Pair | YSL Small Sac De Jour | Karen Walker Sunglasses (identical version $20) | Maya Brenner Initial Necklace (similar under $40) | Baublebar Coordinates Necklace


- Handbag & Shoe Guide -

Now that fall is officially here, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite shoes and bags for the new season. Some of these you’ve seen before, but I love them so much I wanted to share again. Also, I know a few you have requested some good flats and booties for under $200, so I was sure to include those as well!

If you’re in the market for some new boots or leather bag, today only, Neiman Marcus is offering their Online Gift Card Event! Read more about how you earn up to a $600 gift card here.

On that note, I am so excited to share with you a fun event that I am co-hosting next Thursday, October 1st at Neiman Marcus inside Willowbend Mall. The event will highlight some of my favorite shoe and handbag trends for fall, so be sure to come say hello and check out the new collections. Personally, I have my eye on these flats and love this little crossbody for Fall.

I will be there a long with my dear friends, Bishop & HollandThe runway presentation will start shortly after 6:00pm. Feel free to get there early, to grab a seat on the front row!

We hope to see you there!



- From Barre to Brunch -

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When it comes to physical fitness, there are a couple things that help fuel my motivation. For starters, it’s always more fun with friends. I think some of us can agree that it is definitely more motivating working out with someone else. During the week, I alternate between Pure Barre and Camp Gladiator. A couple of my teacher friends and I signed up together, so we are often texting each other to see what class we are attending. It keeps me motivated to not back out (we’ve all been there) and it’s always fun to see a familiar face.

Second, I am always motivated by good looking gear. I love a great pair of leggings. You know, the kind you can wear outside of the gym and still look “effortlessly chic”.  I think we can all admit that active wear is not just limited to physical activities so why not have a pair that you love? These Moto Leggings from Carbon 38 are simply amazing. Not only are they very flattering, but they are practical for many activities.  I also love longer, loose fitting tops to wear during Barre. I love the fit of this one and actually plan to wear it as a layering top later this Fall.

Once a month, my friends and I set a brunch date and we usually plan it right after a morning Barre class. Of course we don’t completely change before brunch, but we do throw on a few accessories (and some perfume!) before heading off to brunch. Now that it’s getting cooler, I like to keep a light weight utility jacket or scarf with me in my tote bag. It’s easy to throw on and definitely takes your look from gym to table.

Thanks for stopping by! xx

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celine audrey sunglasses

Coffee shop

utility jacket and leggings

j crew field jacket

OUTFIT DETAILS: Olympia Moto Leggings (FIT: True to Size) | Blue Life Fit V Neck Long Sleeve (FIT: oversized, wearing a small) | Olympia X Bra (FIT: runs a little small) c/o Carbon 38

J Crew Utility Jacket (FIT: mine is last year’s version, but I am wearing an xs, I find them to run a little big) | J Crew Grey Knit Scarf (mine is from last year, similar here and here) | Goyard c/o Keeks Hand Bags | Celine Audrey Sunglasses (25% off with code 25IND) | Baublebar Coordinates Bar Necklace c/o | Lips: YSL #15 Corail Intuitive | New Balance Sneakers ( old, similar here and here)


images by mary summers

This post is brought to you by Carbon 38. All opinions and selections are my own.

- Mixprint Shirt Dress -

loft shirt dress

The shirtdress has recently become one of my favorite dress styles. I wore a self tie version on many occasions throughout the summer and still plan to find ways to incorporate it into my fall wardrobe. Another style that I wear often is my black a line shirtdress.  Both are versatile dresses for work or play, and I was excited to add to my collection with this Mixprint version from Loft (now 50% off).

This classic style is one of my favorites. I like that this particular style can be worn belted, or alone as a s shift dress. I can’t wait to wear this with tall boots (…still waiting for them to arrive!) and leggings. I also have to add that this is a great dress for travel. I took this dress on a recent trip and was pleasantly surprised how well it held up in my carry on. There were little to no wrinkles at all. Now, that’s my kind of dress!

Hope you guys have a great start to your week and thanks for reading! xx

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geo print dress

split geo dress

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printed dress

work outfits

OUTFIT DETAILS: Loft Mixprint Shirtdress (FIT: I found this to run a little big. I sized down to an XS and liked the fit, however I did find the small to be a little longer in the length. I am 5’6 if that helps!) | Brown Suede Booties (similar under $100) | YSL Small Sac De Jour | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch | Baublebar Pave Bar Ring and Ladder Cuff | Celine Audrey Sunglasses | Lipstick: YSL #15 Corail Intuitive 


images by: mary summers

- Tan Striped Scarf -

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Happy weekend everyone! I have been a little absent the past few days, and wanted to share a perfect look for transitioning to fall. This scarf has been one of the best accessories. I couldn’t believe it was a Forever 21 find! I have worn it so many times and am always impressed with the quality.

It was perfect to wear while traveling home from New York this morning. I was up there for the final festivities of Fashion Week and to shoot for a campaign I’m working on that will launch this Fall. I can’t wait to share it with you in the next few months.

Hope you guys have a restful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Celine Audrey Sunglasses

split scarf

strappy flats

fall scarf

current elliot jeans

OUTFIT DETAILS: Forever 21 Scarf (also comes in more colors) | Forever 21 Strappy Flats (FIT: True to size // I find these pretty comfortable for such an affordable shoe) | Current Elliot Denim (also seen here and here) | similar White T Shirt | Celine Micro Luggage Tote | Baublebar Monogram Pendant | Celine Audrey Sunglasses | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch | Baublebar Cuff | Lipstick YSL #15 Corail Intuitive 


images by: mary summers

- Neutrals for Fall -


There are some rules for fashion that should never be broken, but white after Labor Day is not one of them. Actually, white and shades of nude are a big trend we are seeing for Fall and Winter. And while I personally love either look, it can be tricky to pull off.

If you’re ready to test out this trend, here are a few things to remember. When wearing white, try ivory or cream rather than bright white. It can definitely be more flattering with your skin tone and still looks very chic. A tip that my mom told me, is to remember that white has the opposite effect of black. While black is slimming, white tends to not be so generous…ha!

If the all white look isn’t for you, I suggest starting with a combo similar to this. This Funnel Neck Sweater by Topshop is the perfect shade of nude. I love the texture and it’s a great pice to have for layering or to wear alone. It almost gives the vibe of a chunky sweater, without the extra bulk. This sweater also comes in cream, so you could switch this look around and keep cream on the top and pair with some tan plants similar to these. Picking a nude or tan that is a little darker than your skin, is always recommended.

I kept this outfit very neutral by pairing it with these white pants (similar here).  Typically, when I wear white pants, I always like to throw on a nude heel or flat. These nude pumps by Steve Madden are my go to and I wear them with so many things. If heels aren’t for you, try a pair of these pointy toe flats or these scalloped flats.

Here’s to breaking the rules! xx

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Topshop Funnel Neck Sweater ( FIT: I am wearing a size 6 (US 2-4), color: Stone) | White Pants are old from Ann Taylor (similar and similar) | YSL Small Sac De Jour | Gentle Monster Sunglasses | Steve Madden Nude Pumps ( FIT: tts) | Capewell + Co Lunar Embrace Cuff c/o | Sugar Lip Tint in the color Fig | Baublebar Arrowhead Necklace | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch


images by: mary summers