- Black Friday Sales & Gift Card Giveaway -

Plaid Coat

red plaid coat // denim // necklace

Hi friends! Welcome to the biggest shopping day of the year. Personally, I have always loved the idea of Black Friday, but hate fighting the crowds. So in effort to shopping a little easier, I thought I would share with you my guide to finding the best of Black Friday.

You will see below that I have it broken down in a few different categories: Fashion, Home, and Beauty. These are my absolute favorite finds and most under $100! I also found a few stores that are doing “site wide” sales (everything’s is on sale) so be sure to check out ILY Couture (25% off with code ILYGIFT), Birchbox (25% off orders of $35 with code BIGDEAL), and Design Darling (20% off with code THANKFUL) for big sales. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Many of these are items I have tried first hand or seen in the store, so I can hopefully help you with questions regarding size, quality or color!

As this is the season of giving, I am excited to announce that I will be giving away 10 $50 Gift Cards to Nordstrom, Amazon or J Crew (you get to choose)! I am truly thankful for each of you. Every comment, email and message means so much to me and words can’t express how much I appreciate your support.

Good luck to each of you and thank you for entering!

Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for entry rules. All rules must be completed in order to be registered to win.

Happy shopping! xx

Black Friday Sales

Beauty Sale Finds

Leopard Pillows LIving Room


There will be 10 winners chosen. The winners will be announced on theteacherdiva.com at 12:00 p.m CDT 12/4/15. Winners will have 24 hrs to email me (theteacherdiva@gmail.com) to claim their prize. If winners do not email in 24 hrs, a new winner will be selected and contacted by me. Thank you and good luck! 


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- red colorblock cape -

celine luggage tote

I’ve really been into capes and ponchos this season. From the classic shawls to the funkier knit styles–I’m into them all. I am especially loving this colorblock blanket cape from Chicwish (on sale). I like to keep my looks pretty casual, so I styled it with dark denim and over the knee boots (on sale) for a dinner date with friends.

I have yet to figure out what I am wearing for Thanksgiving, so this might just be the winner. Do you guys have any exciting Thanksgiving plans? Both of our families live in near by, so we will be having lunch with my family and dinner with his. It makes for a busy day, but we enjoy having our families so close!

Be sure to check back on Friday as I will have a curated guide to help you navigate the madness known as, Black Friday. However, I will make it so easy for you to shop the best of the best in sales all from the comfort of your own home. I will also be hosting a gift card giveaway where multiple people will win…it’s going to be good!

If you’re looking to shop now, I suggest checking out the Tory Burch 30% OFF Sale or the ShopBop Buy More, Save More Event

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this time with your loved ones and not stress too much about the hustle and bustle of the holiday! xx

 red and gray cape

50/50 boots

colorblock cape

cape outfit

long hair with highlights

michael kors boyfriend watch

OUTFIT DETAILS: Chicwish Colorblock Blanket Cape c/o | Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boot (on sale // more sizes here // FIT: I went down a half size. I am normally an 8 and the 7.5 fit perfect) | Celine Tote (similar version here under $300) | J Crew Factory Ivory Sweater (FIT: true to size) | J Brand Dark Denim (FIT: TTS) | Wanderlust & Co Triple-Bar Gold Ring c/o | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch | Wanderlust & Co Screw Bar Bracelet c/o | Rayban Sunglasses


images by: mary summers

- Pattern Play: 3 Easy Tips for Mixing Prints -

fall dress

Inevitably, I don’t always find myself wearing prints or patterns. I guess I’m more of a minimalist based on the clothes hanging in my closet and can find bold prints sometimes daunting. That is until I saw this dress and striped shawl. However, when I first saw the two, I had no plans to wear together. I actually wore the shawl here and it was then that I realized it might compliment the dress (that and my latest obsession with Gossip Girl might have inspired me).

I admit, pattern mixing can be intimidating. But I’ve found a few tips that have helped me a long the way.

1. First Things First

Pick one thing at a time. It helps to find one statement piece, then lay other options around it to see what is the best accent. Colors, Textures and Scale all play a part in finding the right accent piece and laying the options out helps you see how well they compliment each other.

2. Seeing Stripes

When all else fails, start with stripes. A great piece of fashion advice that I heard years ago, was to treat stripes as a neutral. Meaning, don’t be afraid to pair it with leopard, florals, or other geometric prints. This is a great place to start for those who are intimidated by patterns. Over the years, I have found this one to be (almost) fool proof! See more of my take on mixing stripes and other prints herehere and here.

3. Keep It In The Family

When I mix prints, I like to look at the color pallet. I always make sure there is at least one color shared color between the prints.

If you have some tips that have helped you, please share below. I always love to hear from you! xx

PS: a few of you have been asking about the scoop on Black Friday sales, and I will have everything you need to know Friday morning at 6:00 am CST! However, word on the street is Tory Burch is have 30% off when you spend $250. To make it even sweeter, these boots are included on the sale. Be sure to use code THANKS.

tory burch riding boots

H&M Dress

tory burch derby boots

celine sunglasses

OUTFIT DETAILS: H&M Striped Shawl // Patterned Dress (FIT: tts, I am wearing a 4) // Tory Burch Derby Boots (on sale, they run true to size) // YSL Smal Sac De Jour // Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch // Julie Vos Necklace // Celine Audrey Sunglasses 


images by: mary summers


- Dressing for a Holiday Party -

red lace dress

Looking for a festive ensemble to wear this holiday season? Leave it to Nordstrom to have your back with a variety of holiday dresses, sequined tops and patterned skirts perfect to wear to any party.

In my book, this is the most exciting time of the year. There’s just something special about decorating the tree, hanging lights, and spending quality time with family. This year, Austin and I are looking forward to hosting our first ever Christmas party in our new home. We have been frantically working on finishing our home makeover, and while it’s taken (much) longer than anticipated, we are so close to being done. Though, our party is a few weeks away and I have already started searching for a festive frock to wear that evening.

I’m not always a “red” person, but I made an exception when I saw this scalloped lace dress. I love the details and it’s definitely holiday appropriate.  To complete the look, I paired it with my bow tie blouse and favorite nude pumps.

If you’re looking for something festive, but not as dressy, I suggest these Slim Jacquard Pants or this faux fur sweater vest. Both are versatile and easily something you could transition into a work or evening look.

If you have any suggestions for our party, feel free to comment below! I’m searching through Pinterest for food and decor ideas, but it’s nice to hear things that actually work first hand. Thank you! xx

holiday outfits

holiday party dress

red dress

chanel classic flap

holiday dress

bow blouse

red lace holiday dress

OUTFIT DETAILS: Cece by Cynthia Steffe Fit & Flare Dress (FIT: True to Size, I noticed when I received the dress that the fabric did not have the second strip of mesh like it appears in the picture, however I love the way it looks) | Bow Tie Blouse (similar here) | Valentino Rockstud Heels (FIT: they run small, size up) | Chanel Quilted Flap (similar here) | Chloe Sunglasses | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch | Lipstick: Paint The Town included in this kit 


images by: mary summers

This post is in collaboration with Nordstrom. All selections and opinions are my own! 

- Oversized Sunglasses -

Chloe Sunglasses

While we tend to think of Summer as a time to invest in a new pair of sunglasses, I couldn’t help but search for a new pair just in time for Fall. Sunglasses have always been a favorite accessory of mine and I recently set out to find a new pair in a brown/burgundy tone.

Having a round face myself, I find the best shapes to lean towards are those with rectangular lenses; this offers structure and will refine your look. I found these frames by Chloe at Nordstrom and I couldn’t pass up the color and oversized fit. After reading reviews, they seem to be appropriate for most face shapes. I also saw this version for under $100 and they had a very similar fit & frame style.

Sunglasses can be a great investment, especially if you opt for a classic pair, rather than something super trendy. I’ve had my ray-bans for 3 years and the aviator frame is still going strong. Another pair that I often hear great things about is this Cat Eye frame from Tory Burch. I love the beige tortoise color!

Which frame style do you love the most? I have these on my Christmas list, but would love to hear your picks.

Thanks for reading! xx

chloe daisy sunglasses

tory burch crossbody

ombre hairstyle

Chloe Oversized Sunglasses

nude pumps

chloe daisy sunglasses

pink oversized sweater

OUTFIT DETAILS: Chloe Daisy Sunglasses | Leith Pink Sweater (FIT: true to size) | Current Elliot Denim | Tory Burch Tote (similar here) | Nude Pumps  (under $100 here) | Lipstick: Paint the Town from this kit | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch 


images by: mary summers 

This post is in collaboration with Nordstrom. All opinions and selections are my own. 

- The Holiday Collection Beauty Buys -


There’s nothing quite like a new shade of lipstick just in time for the holidays. As a self proclaimed product junkie, I have been very excited to share this gift guide with you! Whether your shopping for your mom, sister or friend, these are sure to put a smile on someone’s face.


I always look forward to the holiday gift sets. And while, I might be a sucker for the cute packaging, I also look for products I will actually use throughout the year. This lipstick set from Laura Mercier is a practical (and cute) gift set. The colors compliment most skin tones and I find they look great worn alone or as a trio. Nordstrom has a ton of options so if you’re looking for more red or nude colors, they’ve got you covered!

Pink Dusk Lipstick


Here, I’ve layered on the pink lipgloss (included in the kit) and I love the pop of pink. It’s such a fun color!

Petal Pink Lipgloss

A great “all in one” option is the Enchanted Eve Face & Eye Palette by MAC. I love everything about this little kit. The eyeshadows are great neutrals and I love the lip colors!

Mac Eye and Face Palette

Blankety might be one of my favorite nude lipsticks (included in the kit) and I love the red color, Paint The Town



This kit from NARS is perfect for the girl on the go. It comes with their best selling color ‘Dolce Vita’. It’s a neutral red for someone who doesn’t want a cherry red. Does that make sense? Either way, I love it this color!


Here are more of my favorite gift ideas for the beauty queen. The Sigma Brush Kit, is a must have! I used MAC brushes for the longest time and while they really nice, I just love my Sigma Brushes. They are more affordable and hold up just as well! I also wear Black Opium by YSL and love this purse version for under $30. The perfect stocking stuffer, right?

 Happy shopping! xx


Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All opinions and selections are my own. 

- Buffalo Plaid with Charming Charlie -

Buffalo Plaid Scarf

I love to wear plaid year round, but there’s something about Buffalo Plaid that is perfect for Fall. While the traditional red is festive (and a crowd favorite), I’m always a sucker for neutrals. I just love the versatility of this beige and black scarf. It’s my ideal color palette, cozy and not too busy.

I usually prefer larger checks when it comes to accessories or coats, and I have loved sporting this cozy plaid scarf from Charming Charlie around town. It’s the perfect little layer to throw on for casual outings and now that the weather has finally cooled down, it’s always on hand!

If you are looking to stock up on a few fall accessories or holiday gifts, you’re in luck! Charming Charlie has just launched their Smile, Sparkle and Shine program where you & a friend have the opportunity to win a box of goodies. Each week, Charming Charlie will select 5 pairs of friends to receive a gift box full of gorgeous products designed to make them Smile, Sparkle & Shine!

Enter to win by following these steps: 

1) Style yourself with your favorites from Charming Charlie.

2) Post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag a girl friend you want to see Smile, Sparkle & Shine.

3) Include #charmthem, ‪#‎contest‬ and @charmingcharlie in your post for you both to be entered to win.

Winners will be announced each week and one lucky grand prize winner (and their friend) will win a $1,000 Charming Charlie shopping spree on the final week. Contest ends December 14th.

Good luck…I can’t wait to see your photos! xx

fall outfit with plaid scarf

black and beige outfit

brown leather watch

plaid scarf outfit

buffalo plaid scarf

current elliot jeans

black and beige outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS: Buffalo Plaid Scarf // Black High Low Top (FIT: true to size, I love this top- perfect for layering!) // Brown Leather Watch // Ring Set  // Thick Gold Ring // Arden Cuff Bracelet c/o Charming Charlie

Denim // Ankle Boots (FIT: these run small, go up 1/2 size) // Bag // Sunglasses // Hat (similar) // Lipstick: Dusty Pink


images by: Mary Summers

This post is brought to you by Charming Charlie. All selections and opinions are my own! 

- The Layered Sweater -

French Connection Sweater

A few weeks ago, I wore this layered sweater during our girls weekend in Denver. At the time, it was too warm to wear in Dallas, so I was excited to have the opportunity to sport this top while in Colorado.

This layered look is a go-to for me during the fall. You may have noticed that I love oversized sweaters or tops and this one takes the cake with the built in layered hem!

A few of you asked about the details from our trip to Denver, so I wanted to be sure and tell you guys about our favorite places. My favorite place for brunch was Snooze. We went to the location near Union Station and really liked walking around the building while we waited for our table. The omelets and pancakes were amazing! We had the best time here. I highly recommend checking it out. If you’re looking for a unique lunch experience be sure to check out Avanti. Think indoor food trucks, with a cozy, vintage atmosphere. The rooftop bar was pretty also pretty neat and gave us a great view. For dinner, we loved eating at Linger (tip: make reservations). The food was delicious and perfect for sharing. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat be sure to hit up Little Man Ice Cream. Even if it is freezing outside, it’s still worth it! During the day we hiked Mt. Falcon and saw the prettiest views. It was such a fun trip and I wish the weekend could have lasted a few more days. I can’t wait to go back!

Thanks for reading! xx

chanel cap toe flats


layered sweater

fall outfit

chloe bag

OUTFIT DETAILS: French Connection Layered Sweater (FIT: Oversized, wearing a small) c/o | Current Elliot Denim | Chloe Marcie Bag c/o | Chanel Cap Toe Ballet Flats (similar pair under $150) | Michael Kors Watch Sunglasses (under $10) | Lipstick First Time


- Cozy Essentials -


Each November, I always look forward to pulling out some of my favorite Fall & Winter basics. They typically consist of shirts for layering, oversized sweaters, and warm boots. I tend to look for pieces that can be worn with a variety of textures and colors, but also look nice worn alone. Living in Dallas, doesn’t require too many cold weather accessories, but I do love a soft pair of Ugg® Australia Boots.

Ever since my senior year of high school, I have worn Ugg® Boots during the winter months. Yes, many years ago but they are still going strong in my book. Whether I’m cozy at home or on the go, I love to pair Ugg® Boots with leggings and an oversized sweater.

I am really excited to share with you the new Slim Collection It’s very similar to the classic boot we all know and love, but tailored to a more feminine fit. I personally love this new design and find them just as cozy and comfortable as before. Major bonus, they are pretreated making them water and stain resistant. I can’t wait to wear these to Colorado next month.

Thanks for reading! xx

long curls

Ugg Classic Slim Short

knit oversized sweater



Uggs and Leggings

OUTFIT DETAILS: Shein Knit Poncho Back Leggings | Ugg® Australia Aime Slim Boot (FIT: True to size) | Chloe Marcie Medium Bag Black Sunglasses

images by: mary summers

This post is in collaboration with Ugg® Australia. All opinions and selections are my own.

- The Holiday Collection Under $100 -

In an effort to be ahead of the game this year with my holiday shopping, I’ve started early with some budget friendly buys. You may have seen my ideas for her (here and here) but I know it’s nice to have some options at all price points!

I absolutely love this PJ Short Set. I have them in the blue (true to size) and they are so incredibly soft. I definitely wouldn’t mind getting another pair! I also love this little sleep mask. And at $14, it’s great to give your best girlfriends or secret santa. I just purchased these grey over the knee boots (available in black here). I have been on the hunt for an affordable pair, and these were perfect. Thanks for stopping by and stayed tuned for more gifting ideas coming next Friday!

For more holiday inspiration check out my happy holidays pinterest board here.

Happy shopping! xx



Gift card winners are announced here. Thanks so much for all who entered!

Winners have 24 hrs to email me to claim your gift card (theteacherdiva@gmail.com). Must use the email you used to enter. If I do not hear from the winners by 2:00 CST tomorrow (11/14)  I will select a new winner. Thank you!