Happy Friday! I wanted to share a few looks frominstagram 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!
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thepink pumps run a little big, i went down a 1/2 size
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.
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.
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 here, hereandhere), 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 dress. It’s so soft and perfect for work. I plan to wear this with an oversized cardigan (like thisor this) and a pair of booties similar to these. It would also look adorable with this faux fur vest(also worn here) . I can’t get over these strappy flatseither. What a deal right?
Hope you have a great day and thanks for reading! xx
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
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 Charlieimmediately 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 Necklace. It’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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See more details on the invite below. Hope to see you there!
As a long time fan ofRebecca 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 bagby 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.
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 withthese 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.
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 jeans, but I love wearing it withthese 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!
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!
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 Diner. The 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 wafflesand Austin had the Hangtown Fry (a must if you love oysters).
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 Cafeand it was amazing. The table shared a round of mini donuts and I had the Boon Fly American. Everything 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!
One night we had dinner at The Girl and the Fig, which 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!
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 Winerywas 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 Winerywas 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!
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.
We usedairbnb 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
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 Totefrom 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!
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 ithere) 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!
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?
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.
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!
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 WillowandWillow + Woodsfor a little shopping. The Tory Burch, Trina Turk,Rebecca Taylorlabelscaught 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 dressbecause 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