- Gift Guide | Be Mine -

With Valentine’s just around the corner, I wanted to share some inspiration whether you are giving or receiving. We are doing a fun gift exchange at school, so I have been on the hunt for budget friendly gifts. I am loving this “Blah Blah Blah” Mug and this monogramed notepad. Both are under $30 and are so fun for work or play. I am also wanting to invest in a blush bag. I love this one from Tory Burch  and the crossbody option is an added bonus! I just purchased that Nars Lipgloss in the color “Angleika” and it is by far one of my favorite pinks. I usually stick to more of a subdued shade, but this pop of pink was the right touch for spring. For more gifting ideas, see my other gift guide here. Happy Shopping! xx

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- Black & Gold -

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Statement necklaces are pieces that I love, but hardly wear. I am usually more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. I like simple and dainty pieces like my Initial Necklace that I wear daily. But every once in a while, I come across a statement piece that I just want to wear with everything. That’s how I feel about this Pearl Bib from Baublebar. Since this makes such a statement, I kept everything else pretty simple. This black tunic (actually a dress), distressed jeans, and black booties (under $30!) were just the combo I wanted for this relaxed look.

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Shop the Post: ASOS Black Tunic (actually a dress, True to size) | AG Denim | Baublebar Necklace c/o | MK Watch | David Yurman Bracelet Chanel c/o Portero Luxury | Kendra Scott Ring | Celine Sunglasses | Forever 21 Booties (under $30!!)

| Black & Gold Must Haves | 

- Gigi New York Spring Collection -

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Today I am thrilled to be partnering with Gigi New York to launch their new Teddie Tote for Spring. I have admired Gigi New York and their handmade leather handbags for a while now so it was a huge honor for them to even consider me for their Spring launch.

You guys have seen me sport last season’s version and I am even more excited about the new and improved Teddie Tote. As a teacher, this really is my “it” bag. I take it with me to work everyday. It’s the perfect size to hold papers and lesson plans, while still leaving room for the fun stuff like my makeup bag and wallet.

The hardest part for me was choosing a color. The spring colors are all so gorgeous! I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and went with a pop of color. The Island Green is the perfect color to step up any simple outfit. I loved pairing it with this Camel Cardigan and Boyfriend Jeans. The green looks so pretty against the neutral tones!

To see more of my partnership with Gigi New York, be sure to check it out here. Oh and save 10% when you sign up with your email. Happy shopping! xx

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Shop the Post: ASOS Camel Cardigan (tts// wearing US 4) | White Tank | Gigi New York Teddie Tote in Island Green c/o | Nude Pumps | Baublebar Gum Drop Necklace in opal c/o | MK Watch | David Yurman Bracelet | Lips MAC ‘Snob’ with Urban Decay ‘Love Child’ 

| Gigi New York Favorites | 

- A Girls Guide to a Classic Timepiece -

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It’s no question that I love watches. Not only are they practical, but they are a fun accessory to wear and can make any “arm party” look on point. Funny thing is, I never really wore a watch until I started student teaching my senior year in college. I remember all I wanted for Christmas that year was this gold Michael Kors watch (and it’s still going strong after all these years!).

Throughout the years, I’ve attempted to step up my watch game by investing in a few more timepieces. I wanted more options to wear on different occasions. I was looking for an oversized gold and black watch and one that was a little smaller and more simple but with a leather band. I went to Nordstrom to shop their collection and I loved that they had something a all price points. I wasn’t ready to make a huge investment, but I knew I wanted a quality timepiece that would last for years to come.

I found this Michael Kors watch and it has been one of my favorites as of late. I love the oversized face and black and gold details. And it’s great to wear just about anything. I still was on the hunt for a watch with leather straps and remembered my co-worker had the most adorable watch from Kate Spade.  I loved the girly features and the minimalist design. I knew the leather straps would be a perfect alternative to my gold boyfriend watches. I found this one at Nordstrom and I have been wearing it everyday to work. I like that it’s not heavy or too clunky. The price point was great too!

Ok, so how can you find the perfect watch? Well first, determine your price point. Watches can range from very expensive to under $100. You need to figure out what’s comfortable and go from there. Second, think of it as an accessory. After all, this is something that you will probably wear every day or very often. If gold isn’t your thing, you might want to opt for a two-tone option like this one from Kate Spade or Burberry. Choose something that is fitting to your style and the clothing you wear most. And most importantly, pick a timepiece that looks great on you. I tried this  watch on many times before pulling the trigger. After all, you want to love it!

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Shop the Post: In the office: Michael Kors Watch | Equipment Signature Silk Blouse | David Yurman Cable Bracelet | Tory Burch Wallet/ Coin Holder | Kate Spade Office Set | Kate Spade Striped Notebook | Lipstick YSL Kiss & Blush # 9 | Kendra Scott Ring | Jo Malon Blackberry & Bay Body Cream and Lime Basil & Madarine Cologne | Ban.Do Notebook 

At Home:  Kate Spade Metro Watch | Free People Striped Tee (size down, I’m wearing a small and wished I ordered an XS) | AG Jeans | Tory Burch Revas Flats | Kendra Scott Ringer here here 

| Favorite Classic Timepieces | 

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own. 

- Instagram Lately -

Plaid Check Scarf

 SheInside Scarf (great quality and super affordable!) | Sole Society Hat | SheInside Belted Coat (a classic piece — size up!) | J Brand Ripped Black Denim (under $25 version here) | Yosi Samara Booties | Celine Bag

 Happy Friday! Today’s post is a short one with an IG roundup and answering a few questions I’ve received about some of these clothes & accessories. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks for reading! xx

Wrap

ASOS Cape (Very cozy and soft, but it makes my shirt a little fuzzy. I recommend taking  a lint brush to it first, or not wearing black under it! ha! ) | Gigi New York Teddie Tote (50% off this weekend only) | MK Watch | Baublebar Necklace and Ring

Beauty Talk

Benefit Fakeup Concealer (Many of you asked if this settles in fine lines and were wondering if it lasted all day. I haven’t had the problem with this creasing, but I use a little eye cream first. Maybe that helps? And yes, I teach all day, recess duty, carpool duty and this stuff is still going strong. I love it! See more reviews here & a tutorial here) | Nailpolish (Color- Before He Cheats)

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SheInside Green Plaid Scarf | MK Watch 

Poncho

Cape (This is “one size” and a lot of you were curious about the fit. I find that it fits like a size medium/large. It’s long too which I thought was a plus! Oh and it’s also under $30!) | David Yurman Bracelet Scarf | Baublebar Earrings | Rayban Sunglasses 

- Pink Neutrals -

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If there’s one this I have a lot of, it’s cardigans. I am a teacher after all, so I guess it fits the stereotype right? All joking aside, cardigans don’t have to look frumpy. They can easily be the most versatile piece in your closet. I love that a cardigan can transform your entire look, especially like this one from ASOS. This long cardigan (under $50!)  is a piece that I wear on the weekends or at work with these pants (my favorite ever!). The weather last week was glorious, and I couldn’t wait to wear these lighter layers. It was nice to spend the day outside without having to tote around a heavy coat. This is definitely going to be a piece that I wear (all the time) this spring.

Also, I want to mention that you can grab this bag for 50% off! There’s only a few left in this color, but I really like the brown or white. You can see me sporting here, here and here. Happy shopping! xx

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Shop the Post: ASOS Pink Long Cardigan (runs TTS) | Grey T Shirt (old, similar) | BaubleBar Pearl Courtney Bib Necklace c/o | J Crew Boyfriend Jeans (on sale!) | Gigi New York Teddie Tote color Stone (only a few left in stock!) 50% OFF c/o | Charles David Nude Pumps | David Yurman Bracelet | Lips Tom Ford Lipstick ‘Vanilla Suede’ with MAC Lipgloss ‘Cultured’ 

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- Beauty Talk | Makeup Essentials -

Everyday Makeup

Scarf | Earrings | Watch

My beauty routine is really quite simple. However,  I am convinced that it’s the products I use that make it so easy. As a self proclaimed “beauty junkie”, I’ve had my fair share at testing out new brands and trying different cosmetics. I guess that’s what I get after spending 6 years working at a beauty shop during high school and summers of college! After posting the picture above, I was surprised to have received so many emails and comments about my makeup and beauty routine. Thank you guys for all of your questions & comments!

Below is a list of my daily must haves and what I was wearing in the photo above. xx

1. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (color 4.25) This is a great foundation for normal/oily skin. I like that its light, but still gives great coverage. The Foundation Brush is the best brush ever! I never have to deal with bristles coming our and it makes my foundation look so smooth. Highly recommend. I wear this over my Chanel Hydrating Beauty Cream.

2. Bobbi Brown Loose Finishing Powder (color Pale Yellow) I really like this powder. My skin is oily, but I notice that certain powders can make it look dull and dry. This was not one of them! I use it with the Powder Brush (worth every penny!)  over the liquid foundation or to touch up at the end of the day.

3. Benefit Fake Up (color Light) You may have seen this instagram I posted on Monday about this concealer. I just can’t get over it. I’ve tried many others, but I am really impressed with this one. See more on how I use it in this tutorial here. 

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit This is a great kit to have in your makeup bag. I use it for everything. Eyebrows, creases in my eyeshadow, and of course contouring. It really is an all around, great product! See how I used it is this tutorial here. I recently got this NARS Brush to help with contouring and I love using it. It makes it SO easy to define cheekbones. Love love!

5. MAC Studio Blush (color Tenderling) When my friend recommended this blush to me, I was a little hesitant. Usually, I go for the pal pink or a coral pink shades, nothing like this. My thoughts were changed as soon as I tried this color. I love this tawny shade and I know it will look great in the summer as well. No wonder this is one of MACs most popular shades for blush. Go figure!

6. Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes (Color Matte Black) I have used this eyeliner for years. It’s the one eyeliner I have been consistent with and will always replace as soon as it runs out. It glides on like butter and has some serious staying power. It also it perfect for the waterline.

7. Lancome Hypnose Drama I have always loved Lancome Mascara but I am new to trying this one. It might be my favorite yet! I have sensitive eyes, so I am a little picky when it comes to mascara. This one seems to be just right!

8. Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss (color Love Child) The perfect shade of pink! I love to pair it with The Lip SlipThe combination of the two make the prettiest pink and keep my lips super soft.

What are the products you can’t live without?

- Grey Knit Cardigan -

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We all have those days. The time when you look in your closet and you think to yourself I have nothing to wear!  While that is far from true, it can be hard to find the energy to come up with a new look or try and mix and match prints. When I’m feeling this way, I reach for my favorite basic pieces. This cardigan is one that I find myself wearing all the time. Whether it’s to work, running errands, or to throw on over leggings, its a wardrobe staple!

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Shop the Post: Lookbook Store Grey Knit Cardigan (Wearing size US 4) | J Crew Distressed Boyfriend Jeans (go a full size down) similar here and here | White Layering Tee | Pact Nude Pumps | Clare V Leopard Clutch | Karen Walker Sunglasses | MK Watch | David Yurman Bracelet | Lips MAC Lipliner ‘Hip & Happy’ with Urban Decay ‘Love Child’ 

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- Ivory Poncho -

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Happy Happy Friday! Anyone have exciting plans? We are shooting for a fun, upcoming project, catching up with old friends, and Austin (my husband) is celebrating a birthday. I love birthdays and I can’t wait to party it up with that guy. I am actually trying to step up my game this year and I have a few surprises planned for him. I may or may not have already told him about one. I am the worst at keeping surprises!  He has sworn me to secrecy and will not let me spoil any other surprises. My lips are sealed! It should be a fun next few days.

I have been on the hunt for the perfect poncho and was so sad when this sold out right after Thanksgiving. Lucky for me, this cozy number restocked just in time for santa to put it under our tree!  This poncho is probably one of my favorite tops right now. So simple, but I love the layers, texture and colors. You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you it was only $28. Crazy, right? See how I paired it with stripes here. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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Shop the Post: Forever 21 Cream Poncho (one size // fits like a medium/large) | Black Turtleneck | Jcrew Scarf (one of my faves! So soft!) | Denim Celine Bag | 5050 Boots (similar version only $55)  Lips MAC ‘Snob’ with Urban Decay ‘Love Child’ Watch | Bracelets | BaubleBar Earrings c/o

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- Gift Guide | Valentines Day -

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, I can’t help but “think pink”. While flowers and candy are nice, let’s think outside the box this year. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite gifts (both luxury and steals) that are more than welcomed for the upcoming holiday.

Neons haven’t always been my thing, but I absolutely love the color “blush”. Especially for Spring and Summer!  This Tory Burch Clutch is a classic and I am loving the new fragrance by Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede. Some more affordable items (although you would never guess) are these XO Pave Studs and this Blush Scarf. Both under $30! I also can’t get over this sleep mask–adorable! Happy Shopping! xx

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