- Instagram Lately -

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Happy Friday! I wanted to share a few looks from instagram over the past week.

Also, tonight is the Charming Charlie Event at Preston Park Village! Come stop by between 6-8 and enter to win some giveaways and check out Charming Charlie’s new take on necklace layering…I am so impressed with their new collection!

I would love to meet you!

RSVP at press@charmingcharlie.com

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the pink pumps run a little big, i went down a 1/2 size

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This YSL Lipgloss is called ” #113 Coral Reformer” and is a pretty coral/nude. It doesn’t make a huge statement, but it perfect for everyday.

pink ruffle dressCLICK TO SHOP

This dress is one of my favorites however, it runs very big. I am in a small and wished I got the xs. I plan to wear this in the fall with booties and wool hat.

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I am wearing a 4 in this dress // necklace found here

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This shirt is so soft! Follow US sizing…I got a US 6 and it fits like a medium. See how it looks here. The shorts run true to size…see how I wore them here.

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This tunic runs a little big, I am wearing a small ( I like an oversized fit). Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.26.57 AMCLICK TO SHOP
This jacket runs TTS, I am wearing a small // Lightning Cham found here 

- Back To School Guide for Under $100 -

Well, the first week of school is officially here and it’s just as bittersweet as I imagined. After talking to my fellow teacher friends last night, it was fun to reminisce on the past 6 years (see my classroom herehere and here), share crazy stories, and laugh about good times. I am just reminded of how amazing all of you teachers are. I wish all of you the best of luck with your new classroom and a wonderful start of the year!

I have received many emails regarding back to school fashion, from both teachers and students. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite looks for back to school, keeping in mind that they can be for both teacher or student. Almost every item is under $100. These are great because they can be mixed and matched with things you probably already own. Plus they make great transition pieces for Fall.

My personal favorite is this striped dressIt’s so soft and perfect for work. I plan to wear this with an oversized cardigan (like this or this) and a pair of booties similar to theseIt would also look adorable with this faux fur vest (also worn here) . I can’t get over these strappy flats either. What a deal right?

Hope you have a great day and thanks for reading! xx

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PS- If you’re in the Dallas area I am hosting an event with Charming Charlie on Friday. See all the details here! I would love to meet you! xx

- Necklace Layering 101 -

Necklace Layering

After organizing my jewelry collection this past week, it’s very obvious I like simple and delicate pieces. I found the occasional statement piece but more often than not, I prefer to layer delicate necklaces, rings and bracelets instead of one large piece.

These necklaces from Charming Charlie immediately caught my eye. They are delicate, affordable, and perfect for layering!

When layering necklaces, there’s a few tips I like to keep in mind.

1. Pick Your Favorite Short Style

Look for pieces that are minimal, and hit right at your collar bone. I love the Bria Vertical Bar NecklaceIt’s versatile and looks great with just about any stack!

2. Layer On a Chic Mid-Length

When layering, don’t be afraid to mix metals. I love the idea of mixing rose gold with gold or even throwing in some silver.

3. Add an Elegant Long Piece

Charming Charlie has made this look so easy and effortless with their new necklace layering collection. I had such a hard time picking just three! See more from the collection here.

 Best. Necklaces. Always!

If you like jewelry and accessories as much as me, I invite you to come out to Charming Charlie in Preston Park Village on Friday, August 28th from 6-8pm. I will be sharing style tips and there will also be giveaways! Be sure to RSVP at press@charmingcharlie.com. See more details on the invite below. Hope to see you there!

20150816-IMG_6986layering necklacesCharming Charlie BlouseLong duster cardiganLayering NecklacesYSL Sac De Jour

Outfit Details: Kai Lariat Necklace // Graduated Spike Necklace // Bria Vertical Bar Necklace (my favorite!) // Parthenon Ring Set // Cloey Midi Ring Set (worn on my pinky) // Shiloh Tribal Print Top (wearing a small) c/o Charming Charlie

Tan Cardigan || Denim || YSL Small Sac De Jour || Lace Up Heels 

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This post was brought to you by Charming Charlie. All selections are my own. 

- The Fringe Bucket Bag -

Fringe Bucket Bag

As a long time fan of Rebecca Minkoff I am so excited to share with you one of her latest handbags from her exclusive collection with Nordstrom. You may have noticed fringe is a huge trend for fall and winter fashion and after seeing this trend all over the runways, I couldn’t wait to see how I could incorporate it into a realistic, everyday look. Not limited to jackets, we are seeing fringe details on skirts, dresses, and my favorite… handbags.  

This fringe bucket bag by Rebecca Minkoff was exactly what I wanted. I love the size and the fact that the strap can adjust for a cross-body or shoulder bag. The fringe details are the right amount of “trend” without being over the top and I have found that this bag goes with so many prints, solids, and textures.

Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers and I have been carrying her purses and accessories for years. I was thrilled to see that this bag was part of her collaboration with Nordstrom (and couldn’t wait to get one for myself). The bag also comes in brown and green. See more from Rebecca Minkoff here. 

Thanks for stopping by! xx

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Outfit Details: Rebecca Minkoff Mini Fringe Moto Bucket Bag  | Blank NYC Chambray Shirt (FIT GUIDE: wearing a small, runs tts) | Black Distressed Denim (FIT GUIDE: follow US sizing in parenthesis) | Steve Madden Stecy Heels (FIT GUIDE: tts) | Rayban Large Aviators (color “Pink Flash”) | David Yurman Oval Link Bracelet | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch | Baublebar Mini Alphabet Necklace | Pave Ring Set | Lips: NARS “Blond Venus”

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This post was in collaboration with Nordstrom. All opinions & selections are my own.

- Grey Popover Tunic -

Gap Outfit

Simplicity is always number one in my book and this popover tunic (now 40% off with code FALLGAP) is no exception. Not only do I love the texture, but the relaxed fit makes it versatile for many occasions. It’s one of those pieces that looks great tucked in or left untucked for an effortless vibe.

As we start seeing more fall pieces come into the mix, I try to find clothing that can be worn both now and later. This top is great to wear now with these shorts, but thinking ahead, I love the look with black leggings (my favorite) and tall black boots.

On a side note, I need to say thank you again for the kind words, emails and comments regarding this post. It was not easy to share, and honestly I was very scared to be so open and transparent. You guys are awesome and I genuinely appreciate each of you.

Thank you!

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Outfit Details: Gap Popover Blouse (wearing a small) | Rag & Bone Boyfriend Shorts (size down, they run big) | Aviators Monogram Necklace ( 18″ chain length) c/o | Lace Up Flats (size up, restocked in all sizes) | Chevron Cage Bracelet c/o | Pave Ring Set Boyfriend Watch 

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- The Softest T-Shirt -

Free People Top

One of my favorite items hanging in my closet now is this t-shirt. It’s just one of those tops where I wish I had it in every color. I recently purchased this top simply because of the fit and color, but when it came in the mail I was surprised at how soft it was. Not only was I crazy about the comfort, but I love how the shirt fits. It a little longer in the back (which I’m always for) and the rolled sleeves make for a unique look.

I’ve worn this top with jeansbut I love wearing it with these white pants. The color combo is one of my favorites and I have always been a fan of neutrals. I actually just ordered this top in the “fatigue” color and black. I figure I will always need a black v neck and this sand color will look amazing with these white pants or green pants this fall.

On another note, I’m heading to the design district today to work on a fun project with Peacock Alley that I will be sharing with you guys later this fall. I will be posting some behind the scenes footage on my snapchat (theteacherdiva), be sure to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by! xx

blush and white outfitPink and White OutfitYSL Small Sac De JourRayban Aviators

Outfit Details: Free People T-Shirt (runs big, I am wearing an xs) | Lace Up Heels (I went up a 1/2 size) | Arrowhead Necklace (custom made in this Etsy shop) | YSL Small Sac De Jour Rose Gold Friendship Bracelet | Pave Ring Set Boyfriend Watch Sunglasses (also worn here)

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- A Weekend in Sonoma -

Tory Burch Robinson Satchel

pink dress (tts) | cross body satchel (size mini) | ring set | monogram necklace | watch

A few weeks ago, Austin, myself and 8 of our close friends traveled to Napa and Sonoma for a beautiful, destination wedding. This was our second trip to wine country, but it was just as wonderful as the first.

Many of you asked about our favorite vineyards, places to eat and lodging recommendations, so I wanted to be sure I did a complete review of our stay and include some of our favorite stops. As always, feel free to reach out with questions!

Sonoma Travel GuideThe Fremont Diner Review

Where to Eat in Sonoma & Napa

One of my favorite things about traveling, is trying new food and visiting neat restaurants. Breakfast is number one in my book and between Sonoma and Napa, we had some delicious meals. One of my favorite places for brunching with a view was The Fremont DinerThe weather is near perfect in Northern California so this makes for the perfect outside dining experience. We sat on a picnic table that overlooked beautiful hills and vineyards. I had the chicken and waffles and Austin had the Hangtown Fry (a must if you love oysters).

Sonoma Travel TipsThe Carneros Inn Review

If you are in Napa, I highly suggest The Carneros Inn. We loved this beautiful property and definitely plan to come back and stay the weekend in one of the cottages. This entire hotel is gorgeous! We had brunch one morning at The Boon Fly Cafe and it was amazing.  The table shared a round of mini donuts and I had the Boon Fly AmericanEverything was yummy and I can not wait to go back. One thing to keep in mind is that this place is very popular. We arrived around 9:30 and had to wait 20 minutes. By the time we left the wait was up to an hour. They offered complimentary coffee and cream while waiting, which was the perfect pick me up. It is worth the wait!The Boon Fly Cafe Brunch in Napa

One night we had dinner at The Girl and the Figwhich was also amazing. I loved the atmosphere and area. It was located in the town square of Sonoma which made it nice to walk around before dinner and look at the local shops. For dessert we checked out The Sweet Scoop (also in the town square and walking distance from The Girl and the Fig) and tried their homemade ice cream. I’m a sucker for mint & chip and this did not disappoint. So good!

Scribe Winery Review

Wineries to Try In Napa & Sonoma

Visiting vineyards is always exciting to do while in Napa, especially when you are with friends! Since our time was limited, we were only able to try a few. But these are a few that I highly recommend.

Scribe Winery was beautiful and had a great area that overlooked the vineyard. It was gorgeous! You will need to make reservations, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Miner Winery

Miner Winery was one of my favorites on this trip. It’s located in Napa and had a gorgeous patio. I am not usually a chardonnay fan, but oh my goodness…it was very smooth and delicious. This is another place that seems to be pretty popular, so make sure you make reservations.

Another must is Domaine Carneros. Unfortunately we did not get to make it out there on this trip, but we did visit last time. It’s breathtaking with the most beautiful views. This place is perfect for those who love a little bubbly.

A brewery option is Lagunitas Brewing Company. All of us went there one afternoon (great for large parties) and it was the perfect spot to grab lunch and try some local favorites. The food was pretty good, but they are mostly known for their drinks. The guys loved this place! Tory Burch Brown Purse

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Where to Stay in Napa & Sonoma

We had a large party, so our goal was to find a house big enough to sleep everyone comfortably and in close proximity to the wedding.

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We used airbnb and found the perfect farmhouse that slept everyone. Like I mentioned above, The Carneros Inn was also very adorable and even though we did not stay there, I think it is definitely worth checking out. Austin and I both agreed that our next trip will include a stay there!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any advice on your upcoming trip! Thanks for reading xx

- In My Bag | Goyard GM Tote -

In My Carry On bag

Over the past few weeks Austin and I have been traveling much more than normal. From family vacations to destination weddings, it has been a very busy past couple of weeks! When I travel, I always like to take one of my biggest totes as a carryon. My Goyard GM Tote from Keeks Designer Handbags, has been a favorite of mine for travel and everyday. It’s the perfect size to carry all of my essentials, especially while traveling!

travel essentials

Louis Vuitton Key Chain | Gigi New York 2015 Planner (2016 version hereGoyard Pouch (comes with the bag) | Sonix iPhone Case | MAC ‘Hip & Happy’ Lipliner | Bobbi Brown ‘Almost Nude’ Lipgloss | NARS ‘Claudia’ Lipstick | Jo Malone ‘Lime Basil and Mandarin’ Perfume | FRENDS Headphones | Gigi New York Passport Cover | RayBan ‘Pink Flash’ Large Aviator Sunglasses

Pink Lipstick

When space is limited, these are my absolute go to colors. I wear ‘Hip & Happy’ on a daily basis and these other two colors compliment it very well. I usually apply ‘Claudia’ , then finish with ‘Almost Nude’ lipgloss. ‘Claudia’ is one of those that looks great alone (see how I wore it here) or with ‘Almost Nude’ for a muted look.

Jo Malone is the best when it comes to fragrance and I adore this little travel version. The perfume lasts all day, so it’s ideal for travel!

Goyard GM Tote

Gigi New York Planner | Monogrammed Pencil Cup | “But First Coffee” Travel Mug 

carry on essentials

I’ve never been one to splurge on headphones, but after seeing these from FRENDS, I couldn’t resist. I have actually used them so much this summer. Not only do they sound great, but they also fold up into a compact leather pouch. I never have to worry about my cords getting tangled or loosing these. I also love that you can change out the sides for whatever your mood is. How fun, right?

Goyard Wallet

For my wallet, I use the Goyard pouch. It comes attached to a leather strap inside, but can also be detached if you want to throw it in another bag or take on the go.

Gigi New York PlannerIn My bag

For more carry on options, I love my Louis Vuitton Neverfull or the Tory Burch Triangle Tote from Keeks Designer Handbags. Both are made very well and are big enough to hold all of your essentials!

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- Drop Waist Dress -

Tory Burch Crossbody

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share a look from our trip to Napa last week. This Coral Drop Waist Dress (cream version here) was perfect for cruising through wine country and visiting a few vineyards. We traveled to Napa for a wedding and loved getting to stay a few nights in wine country. It is so pretty there. I had a few of you ask about vineyards, restaurants and places to stay…a post will be coming soon! 

As you know, packing for trips can be tricky because of limited space and wrinkled clothing. This dress was ideal for traveling. It’s one of those that doesn’t wrinkle and it’s very comfortable.

We are heading back to Dallas today. We have had a great time in California, but are ready to get back into the swing of things at home. Not looking forward to the 107 degree weather though…ha!

Thanks for reading! xx

Gentle Monster SunglassesLace up HeelsPink Shift DressMonogram NecklaceLace Up Heels

Outfit Details: 1. STATE Drop Waist Dress -comes in cream too (FIT GUIDE: runs true to size, I am wearing a small. Fully lined, not sheer!) | Tory Burch Mini Robinson Satchel (I love this bag, it’s the perfect cross-body and shoulder bag) | Hinge Lace Up Heels | Baublebar Monogram Disk Necklace (this is the 18 in. chain) | Baublebar Rings | Gentle Monster Sunglasses 

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- Boho & Fringe -

  Round Sunglasses

A few weeks ago, my family and I traveled to Seaside, Florida. We had the best time and I can not wait to go back! While we was there, Megan (my sis-in-law) and I spent one morning exploring the town of Seaside and Rosemary Beach. We loved grabbing coffee at the local market and stopping by Willow and Willow + Woods for a little shopping. The Tory BurchTrina Turk, Rebecca Taylor labels caught our eye in the window so we were excited to pop in and see what goodies we could find.

When we stepped inside Willow at Rosemary Beach, I immediately feel in love with this dress by Rebecca Taylor (among many other things). With fall on it’s way, I am starting to think about transitional outfits that are practical, yet on point for the new season. I love this dress because it can do just that and the boho print is very fun for fall. I paired it with these fringe heels (also found at Willow) by the brand, Vince, to give this a casual look. The versatility is endless and I could see this worn with a pair of nude pumps or flats for a tailored look. I picked up this fringe clutch while we were there as well!

We also had the opportunity to stop by Mercer in 30 Avenue, and it was just as gorgeous as their stores in Seaside and Rosemary Beach. Mercer carries brands like, Haute Hippie, Elizabeth & James, Mother Denim just to name a few. We didn’t make it to Mason, but they have a nice selection of mens clothing and accessories.

Many of you have emailed about shopping in that area and I highly recommend stopping by these gorgeous stores. You can see more from our shopping trip here. Thanks for reading! xx

Boho Dress

Willow Boutique

Tassel Necklace

Print

Silk Shift Dress

All outfit details can be found at Willow and Willow + Woods. For information on how to purchase, please call 850-909-0009 or email info@wearwillow.com

photography by Hannah Craft Designs (she’s amazing!)