- Black Friday Shopping Guide -


Black Friday is here and you know what that means, sales! Not just any sale, the sale of all sales! And while stores love to  play up the “early bird special”, I prefer the “shop online in my pj’s” way.  I have learned (the hard way) that it’s never worth fighting the crowds. It hilarious that I actually thought it could be an enjoyable experience! You shouldn’t have to go through that just to save a few bucks. So grab your coffee, sit back, and stay awhile. I have listed a few of my favorite sales from my favorite retailers below. Happy Shopping! xx

J Crew Factory 

50% everything with code THANKS at checkout through 11/30

Anthropologie

Take 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY25 at checkout today only!

ASOS

Take 30% off everything

Madewell

Take 25% off everything with code GIFTON at checkout now through 11/30 11:59 ET

More Sales

BaubleBar: 15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15, 25% off 3 items with code FRIDAY25 or 35% off 4+ items with code FRIDAY35 at checkout now through 11/29

J Brand: 30% select styles now through 11/29

Gap: 50% off site wide with code BLKFRIDAY at checkout now through 11/28

- Happy Thanksgiving! -

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We made it to Austin’s Grandmother’s house last night and we are enjoying our quick stay before heading back to Dallas for dinner with my family tonight. I am so very thankful for all of my family, friends, and the support from you. I wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

If you’re like me, you probably have some down time today and you may want to take a little peak at these (pre) Black Friday Sale! Be sure to check back tomorrow as I will give you a complete guide to your Black Friday shopping. I have some pretty exciting sales that I can’t wait to share with you. Have a great day!

J Crew Factory 
50% OFF EVERYTHING (today only!) Use code THANKS at checkout

Shop Bop The Big Event
15% off orders of $250+
20% off orders of $500+
25% off orders of $1000+
Includes All Full-Price & SALE Items
Use Code GOBIG14 at Checkout

Tory Burch Holiday Sale Event
Spend $300, Receive 20% off
Spend $500, Receive 25% off
Spend $700, Receive 30% off

- Sweater Weather -

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Today we are on our way to Austin’s Grandmothers house in New Boston, Texas to spend some time with my in-laws for Thanksgiving. We go every year and it’s something that we all look forward to! It’s just nice to have a couple of days away from the city and relax. We plan to go to the Robertson Farm, play cards, and enjoy some of Grandmothers delicious cooking. Yum!

When I started to pack for our trip, I knew I wanted to keep it simple. I am on a “big sweater” kick right now and this MICHAEL Michael Kors Turtleneck Poncho (on sale!) is just what I have been looking for.  It’s the perfect length to throw over a pair of leggings or skinny jeans for an easy and casual look. I tossed that in my bag but opted for these black over the knee boots (also on sale) instead. I figured it might be nice to wear flats on such a busy day. I have been so impressed with the MICHAEL Michael Kors collection at Nordstrom that I couldn’t turn down this color block sweater too. I love the fit and the quality is top notch. My mom has already commented on how she plans to steal this from me. Ha, we will see about that! Have a great Thanksgiving! xx

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Shop the Post MICHAEL Michael Kors Turtleneck Poncho Sweater (on sale, wearing a small) | Vince White Long Sleeve Shirt | Paige Dark Denim Skinnies | Louise et Cie Over The Knee Boots (my favorite, TTS) | YSL Bag | Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch | Lipstick is Mac “Snob” mixed with Mac Lipgloss in “Cultured”

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This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! 

- Shop for Good -

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It’s not everyday that we come across a jewelry brand that uses fashion and design to help others rise above poverty, and also happens to be super adorable. 31 Bits happens to be one of my favorite brands that focuses on giving back.

31 Bits started in Southern California by 5 college students, after founder, Kallie Dovel, traveled to Uganda. There she met women who grew up in a war and had nothing. They were single moms with no education and no job, however they were extremely talented artists who made beads and jewelry daily. Kallie was inspired by the female artisans who made beads out of recycled paper and knew she wanted to figure out a way to help them. The idea quickly became 31 Bits.

By helping these women sell their jewelry, they are giving these artists a chance at a fair and consistent income, education and healthcare. They are using fashion to make a difference, and I love them for it!

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Shop The Post: 31 Bits Harlow Shimmer Necklace (in gold sparkle) c/o | J Crew Striped Turtleneck (save 30% with code GETFESTIVE) | Shrug is old, similar >> here, here, here | Sam Edelman Over The Knee Boots (back in stock!) | J Brand Denim (these are my “skinniest” jeans and the best for tucking into ankle boots. I love these jeans!) | Celine Bag | Brandy Pham Needle Bracelet, Mini Cage Cuff, and Ella Floating Ring c/o | Lipstick is Mac in Snob and gloss is Cultured

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- At Home with Lulu & Georgia -

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to team up with Lulu & Georgia today and share with you some updates around our home. As you may know, we recently bought our first home in July. It has been an exciting (scary) and fun time getting to decorate, and experience life as first time homeowners. And while it’s been exciting, I have to admit that I totally struggle with making decisions (especially when it comes to home decorating). It can be a little intimidating buying new furniture! I knew I wanted to update our bar cart now that we had the space and Lulu and Georgia made it so easy for me. I happened to find this Mirrored Bamboo Tray Table and turned it into the perfect little bar cart.

With the holidays just around the corner, I could not wait to get this area in our home styled. We added these agate coasters, gold detailed cocktail glasses, and this gold urchin from Lulu & Georgia to add our own style to the cart. I also wanted to add some prints for a little gallery wall and I was so impressed with how affordable their selection was! Seriously, prints can cost a pretty penny and these were easy on the wallet and high quality. This cheers! and floral bloom print were at the top of my list.

Lulu and Georgia doesn’t want you to miss out on all the fun! They are offering all TTD readers 20% off using code teacher20 at checkout. Happy decorating! xx

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Featured Lulu and Georgia Products: Bamboo Mirrored Tray Table | Peony Bloom Print | Cheers! Print | Urchin Agate Stone Coasters | Cocktail Glasses 

Be sure to check out these  Black Friday & Cyber Monday savings too! Good through November 28th – December 1st 

Spend $250- get 20% off PUMPKINPIE20

Spend $500- get 25% off PUMPKINPIE25

Spend $1000- get 30% off PUMPKINPIE30

- SALE ALERT | 30% Off Piperlime -

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Happy Sunday! I just wanted to share a quick sale alert with you all happening over at Piperlime. I know I talk about Piperlime a lot, but it really is one of my favorite online retailers. Today they are offering 30% off sitewide! This is huge. Below you can see some of my favorite things that you can scoop up for 30% off. (Hint hint- like my leopard clutch, black watch, these black lace up heels that I wore here and herefor less than 30 bucks!) Happy shopping! xx

- Tan Poncho -

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s a happy day indeed because at 3:00 I officially start my “Thanksgiving break”. Now before you start rolling your eyes, please note that at this very moment I am teaching 105 *very excited*  students the “Thanksgiving Story” by assembling color coordinated beaded bracelets. Sounds easy right? Jokes aside, I actually love it and truly get excited for this time of year with my kiddos.

Now, let’s talk about this outfit. When I saw this poncho, I knew it was a sweater I would wear constantly. It is so soft and versitle. I wore it last week with a black turtleneck and black skinnies under it and today I am showing you a more festive way to style this look. I think this would be the perfect Thanksgiving outfit or better yet, just a good one to have in your closet! TGIF

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 Shop the Post: Michael Kors Zip Poncho (wearing a small) | Plaid Top | YSL Y-Ligne Cabas Bag | Forever21 Booties (color taupe, true to size) | Denim | Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch

- The Holiday Skirt -

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Ever since getting the Nora Skirt from Corilynn, I couldn’t wait to wear it. Nothing makes me feel more girly than a classic fitting skirt and a great pair of pumps.

I am new to the brand Corilynn, but after reading up on this amazing company, it was easy to see why they are so popular. Not only do they have beautiful clothing, but it’s made incredibly well. Each piece is dreamed, designed, and stitched right here in the USA. I have my eye The Audrey Skirt (love that navy!) and this blouse!

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Shop the Post: Corilynn The Nora Skirt (true to size) c/o | Bradamant The Closer BodySuit (true to size) c/o | Tory Burch Robinson Crossbody | Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch | SJP Fawn 100 Pumps (true to size) | Spike Bracelets | David Yurman Cable Bracelet Bauble Bar Gum Drop Necklace  and Crystal Necklace c/o

- Gift Guide | $50 and Under -

How fun are these little gifts? With the holidays just a few weeks away, I couldn’t help but think of gifts for my girlfriends, co workers, and Secret Santa’s. There are so many great gifts out there It was actually pretty hard narrowing it down to just 12. If you are looking for a perfect gift for your coworker or secret santa, I have to say these coffee mugs by Kate Spade and Shop Ban.do are perfect. I actually own both of those and love taking them to work! This plaid scarf is only 11 bucks. Can you believe that? I have seen it in person and it was just as gorgeous! Happy gift giving! xx

- Beauty Talk | Loose Curls -

15 Min Curls

One of my favorite hairstyles is simple loose curls. It’s the style I wear almost daily, and it’s one that I can achieve in 15 minutes. It took me years to finally figure out how to curl my hair without it being “too curly” and I want to share with you a few tips and tricks to achieve loose curls that will stay all day. Here are the steps:

And yes, your hair can hold curls!

Step 1

What You Need:

Spornette Teasing Comb

Boar Hair Brush (only $12!)

Hot Tools 1 in. Curling Iron (on sale for $30)

Hairspray (I used Bumble and Bumble Spray De Mode)

Step 1: Go to bed with wet hair. Letting your hair air dry is the best kept secret to helping hair hold curls. I use one pump of Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil when its wet and brush with a wide tooth comb. I throw my hair up in a messy bun and let it air dry over night.

Step 2

Step 2: Depending on hair texture, you may or may not want to add a little more of the 100 Proof Oil. Obviously I color my hair so it can always use a little moisture. Brush your hair out using a boar bristle brush (it’s better for your hair and prevents breakage). I section off my hair by taking the top layer and clipping it up. This helps me focus on curling the bottom layer.

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Step 3: This part takes me about 6-7 minutes. I start by taking an inch or so of my hair and spraying the section with hairspray. I like that one because it has a heat protectant and its a medium hold. Curl you hair away from your face and make sure you hold the iron vertically. You should get a tight curl, but don’t run your fingers through it yet! You will save that for the very end.

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Step 4: Continue the bottom layer, and move on to the top part. I spend a little more time on this area just because this is the part people see first. Don’t forget to keep curling away from your face. You want your curls to go the same way (for the most part).

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Step 5: By this step you should be finished curling your hair. I spend the last couple minutes trying to get a little more volume. I take the top layer on my hair and fold it over to the opposite side of my part. You don’t want to tease that top layer of your hair. It’s easy to notice and can also cause breakage at the root which is probably not what you are going for! Instead, I just add a little spray to that fold and then tease that next layer. After teasing at the crown, I start to separate my hair with my fingers. I keeping playing with it until I get looser curls. Spray with your favorite hairspray and you are good to go.

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Shop the post: Wearing J Crew Side Zip Sweater (tts) | Shop Belina Trio Ring Set (save 20% with code LOVETD ) c/o | Baublebar Necklaces- Crystal Flurry Necklace and Gum Drop Strand c/o | Nails Deborah Lippman “Dark Side of the Moon” c/o | Lipstick YSL Lipstick #15 Coral Intuitive