- Beach Braids & Tassel Earrings -

Off The Shoulder Dress

Any time I visit the beach, I instantly feel the need to wear tassels, beads and bold prints. It’s no surprise that I packed this off the shoulder dress (worn as a cover up) and these blue tassel earrings for our trip to Seaside, FL last week. The blue and white seemed to be a great fit for the beach and the tassel bracelets are always a must.

One of my favorite places in the Seaside Square is the little outside market. There are so many pretty shops, full of flowy dresses and linen tops. Austin and I spend one morning down here to grab some iced coffee before heading down to the beach. The weather was beautiful and it made for a great way to start the day!

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When I posted this instagram, many of you asked about the products I used in my hair and requested a tutorial. I plan to work on one, but in the meantime, I used this shampoo conditioner (the best cheap stuff ever!) this smoothing serum (also has thermal protection and UV protection…a major plus for us with colored hair or who use curling irons) and this hairspray (a little goes a long way). As far as the braids go, they are actually pretty basic! And to be frank, the messier the better. You don’t want this to look “too perfect”.

 I took about 1-2 inches of hair and did a standard braid first, then took a smaller section and did another basic braid. It’s important to section off the hair first, because you want to make sure they lay right next to each other. I used clear hair band to tie each one, then took off the rubber band once my hair was pulled back. Next, I gently teased the crown and pulled my hair into a low pony tail. After your hair is in the low pony tail, gently pull hair at the top to give it a little more volume. Last, I wrapped the hair around to make a messy bun. Finish with this hairspray. Also, I pulled at the braids to make them look “fuller” but after looking at these pictures, it seems like they didn’t really get the effect I was hoping for! Oh well, it’s a fun and carefree look for any occasion. Tag me in your pictures if you do this style, I would love to see it on you!

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any questions! xx Side Braid Hairstyletassel braceletstassel braceletsmirrored sunglassesshellsoff the shoulder dressbraided updo

Outfit Details: Shein Off The Shoulder Dress (worn as a cover up // Fit Guide: runs small, wearing a medium) c/o | Swimsuit top bottoms (tts) | Baublebar Tassel Earrings c/o | Monogrammed Necklace (size medium) | Brown Leather Sandals (go a 1/2 size up) | Wildfox Sunglasses | Gold & Grey Tassel Bracelets c/o | Lips NARS “Claudia” with YSL GLOSS #202 

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- Black Crochet Dress -

VaVa by Joy Han Dress

Happy Sunday everyone! Today we are leaving beautiful Seaside, and heading back to Dallas. This family vacation has been a blast and I always get a little bummed when it’s time to head back home.

I wanted to share a look we shot last week in Rosemary Beach. I absolutely love this black crochet hem dress by Joy Han. It’s such an easy travel dress and very comfortable. It’s a little embarrassing how many times I’ve worn it on this trip, but it just goes to show how versatile this dress it.

Don’t you love finding those pieces that you know you will wear over and over again? I would definitely consider this a staple.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by! xx

VAVA by Joy Han Dress

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Black Shirt Dress

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Outfit Details: VAVA by Joy Han Nikita Dress (Fit Guide: wearing a small, tts // fully lined) | Sam Edelman Studded Sandals (also heresimilar pair here and here) | Goyard c/o Keeks | Karen Walker Harvest Sunglasses Monogrammed Necklace (size Medium) | Lipstick NARS “Claudia” | Baublebar Layered Rings 

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- Blue & White Floral Dress -

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Hi again from Seaside! I can’t believe our trip is almost over. We have had such a great time in Seaside and we are loving our last few days here! Today we are going to grab a quick breakfast and head to the pool. We have family photos tonight so we aren’t staying out too late today.

This Blue and White Floral Dress (see below for fit guide) was perfect to wear out to dinner Monday night. It’s a fun summery option for vacation, night out, or brunching with the girls. I love the print, because you can wear it with neutrals or with a pop of color. I wear this Magenta Crossbody Tote all the time and I loved the way it looked with this dress.

Have a great day and thanks for reading! xx

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Outfit Details: Chicwish Blue and White Floral Dress c/o (fully lined, great quality // fit runs small. I am wearing a Medium and it fits like a 2/4) | Rebecca Minkoff Magenta Mini Mab Tote Brown Leather Slides (I went up a 1/2 size) | Monogrammed Necklace (size medium) | Brown Belt (similar) | David Yurman Cable Link Bracelet | RayBan Large Aviators (color pink flash) | Lipstick (color Lilac Pink) | Baublebar Ring

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- White Tunic & Boyfriend Shorts -

Mirrored Sunglasses

Hello from Florida! You may have seen my snapchats or instgrams this week and noticed that Austin and I were on a trip with my family this week. We are staying in Watercolor, FL but have enjoyed time at Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and of course Seaside. We will be here until Sunday, so be sure check out my snapchat (“theteacherdiva”) or instagrams to see more from our trip!

This White Tunic (only a few left in stock- similar here, here, hereand here) has been one of my favorite blouses this summer. I have already worn it twice while on this trip and have had multiple people stop me asking about it. You know it’s good when a total stranger will stop you and compliment your look…am I right? I’ve worn it with these boyfriend jeans and these skinny jeans and love the oversized look.

Many of you have been asking about my sunglasses, they can be found here and the color is Amber Tortoise. I wasn’t sure about them at first, but now I can’t take them off. A great purchase!

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by! xx

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Outfit Details: Chicwish White Tunic c/o (A little sheer, but not bad. I’m not wearing a tank under it and I thought it was ok! Fit is oversized) Wildfox Steff Mirrored Sunglasses (color Amber Tortoise) | Rag & Bone Boyfriend Shorts (size down) Budget friendly version here | Soludos Leather Espadrilles (true to size, more sizes here) | YSL Bag (size small) Similar here | Lipstick: NARS- Claudia | Monogram Necklace (size medium) | Initial Necklace | Baublebar Rings c/o | David Yurman Cable Link Bracelet 

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- The Best Nordstrom Deals -

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It’s Friday and what better way to start the weekend than with the biggest sale of the year? You guys have heard me go on and on about it all week and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to everyone, not just cardholders (yeah!). Based on emails and comments from you all, I put together a few things that I think you will like the best.

Don’t forget to check out my posts from earlier this week reviewing my Nordstrom Sale purchases, my favorites from the sale hereand all of the best beauty deals here. 

Also, there is still time to enter the Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway! I am giving 3 lucky readers $100 gift cards just in time to shop the sale. Get all the details here. Good luck! xx

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- Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway -

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Happy almost Friday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you some of my recent Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases and give 3 readers the chance to win a $100 Nordstrom Gift Card just in time to shop the sale tomorrow! All details on how to enter are below. *** WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW*** Please email me within 24hrs to claim your prize! Thank you to all who entered, you guys are amazing! XO [theteacherdiva@gmail.com] must email me with the email address you used to enter

These Pink Pumps are my absolute favorite (and under $100)! They are so comfy and the perfect heel height. I bought them in my normal size, but I feel like they run a little big so I am swapping them out for a 1/2 size smaller. They also come in leopard print and more colors here.

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This fringed shrug is amazing. It’s perfect for fall or winter (and so so soft!) I paired it with these suede booties (also under $100). These jeans are not on the sale, but definitely worth checking out! Everything here runs true to size.

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Where to start on this NARS Cheek & Face Palette? If you are looking for an “all in one” kind of deal then this is it. I was a little worried about the pink pink blush and the dark bronzer, but actually it goes on really nice. The blush is so pretty and the bronzer is a really nice matte shade. I love the lighter brown color. It looks so pretty as a highlighter or even as eyeshadow. The best part is the brush. You remember this brush that everyone talked about a few months ago (kinda pricey right?) well, this kit comes with a mini version. Its the same width, just a petite handle. I love this kit!

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This tunic has been a huge hit this season. It’s comfortable to wear and I like how it’s a little oversized. I am wearing a small here and I think it fits great. Not sheer, and definitely long enough to wear leggings or skinny jeans over it. This is a perfect top all year long. Shop more colors here.

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I finally scooped up one of these Vegan Leather Totes and have to say that I am pretty impressed with the quality. It’s under $40, and feels like an expensive bag. Perfect to take to work or running errands! Also comes in black.  20150716-IMG_4994

This Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch has been on my radar ever since I passed it up at last years sale. I love black accessories, so I knew I had to buy it this year. I am so glad I did and have already worn it a few times. This is a must!kate spade wallet kate spade desk pink wallet

You may have seen me post about this wallet here but seriously, how cute is this? I usually buy wallets that are black or brown, but this Pink Kate Spade Bow Wallet was a fun change of pace. I love all the slots and pockets.

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I posted about this striped dress herebut I wanted to show you guys how it fits. It’s a little “shifty” and has a more relaxed fit. I followed the sizes in the parenthesis and it fits great! This dress is actually a lot softer than I expected, it’s very comfortable. This will be a great staple in the fall!

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GIVEAWAY

I am so thankful for each of you who stop by and read The Teacher Diva on a daily or weekly basis. I love writing and creating content for this blog and it truly makes me happy to hear from you guys and read your comments & emails. To show you how much I appreciate you, I want to give 3 readers a $100 gift card to Nordstrom just in time to shop the sale. (yay!)  Make sure you follow the rules below and tag two friends in this instagram.

The winner will be announced tomorrow (Friday June, 16th) at 5:00 CST. I will announce the winner on the here and on instagram. Winners will have 24hrs to email me with the email you used to enter.

Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

xx

This contest in now closed. Congratulations to the winners!

(The Christina below is Christina P)

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- Summer Scarf -

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No matter what time of year, I like to wear scarves. Of course there is a time and place for thick, wool scarves (and summer is not one of them!) but I do love to throw on a thin, breezy scarf this time of year. This thin striped scarf from Urban Outfitters is perfect for summer. It gives off an effortless vibe whether you pair it with a t-shirt and jeans, or a sun dress.

I like to have fun with scarves, and wear them a few different ways. Here, I kept it tied traditionally and also wore it long. I’m not sure which one I like better, but I do know that I love the versatility of this scarf! Which way do you prefer to wear a scarf?

PS- Did you have a chance to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? It’s open to everyone on Friday and I will be having a huge sale roundup early Friday morning! In case you missed my other roundups, here are Beauty Exclusive’s and Favorite Sale Finds. Happy Shopping! xx

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Outfit Details: Urban Outfitters Striped Scarf | George Loves T-Shirt (sold out, similar under $40 here) | Vigoss Skinny Jeans (true to size) | Jessica Simpson Wedges (on major sale!) | Chanel Nail Polish | Ray Ban Sunglasses (also seen here / size large / color pink flash ) | Brown Belt (similar) | Baublebar Earrings | Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch

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- Tips on Buying Vintage Bags -

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Recently, I was introduced to Keeks Designer Handbagsa luxury resale boutique specializing in authentic, gently used, designer handbags. Being someone that loves to collect handbags, I was very excited for the opportunity to shop with Keeks. They have a wonderful reputation, and I know I am going to get a quality product.

I often receive many questions about my handbags and many of you asked about the buying process and product quality at Keeks Designer Handbags. I wanted to share with you guys a few tips to consider when shopping vintage or pre-owned items. These are very important to keep in mind when you are making a big purchase!

1. Do Your Research

It is so important to do your research about the company or person you are purchasing from. Not only does Keeks have an outstanding reputation online, but they have many customers who continue to shop with them season after season. Keeks is located in the DFW area (Arlington, Lewisville, and North Dallas) but they also have many customers who purchase online. You can read more about Keeks here.

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Chloe Tote | Goyard GM Tote

2. Know Your Brand

To avoid making an impulse buy (we’ve all been there!), be sure to do your research and know the brand you are wanting. Having a list of specific styles and brands will make it easy to narrow down your search and avoid any unwanted purchases. Get familiar with the brand and if possible, go in to the store and scope out the bag in person. If Keeks doesn’t have what you are looking for, simply let them know the exact style and brand, and they will search for it and let you know when they find it. Simple as that!

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3. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask for more information about the item. Buying vintage can be an investment. You want to make sure that you asked plenty of questions before pulling the trigger. Before shopping at Keeks, I asked about their buying process, return policy, and of course authenticity. 

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4. Authenticity Guaranteed

This is obviously huge. Any time you shop vintage or previously owned, you have to ask, check and research about the authenticity. Never buy from anyone that doesn’t guarantee authenticity. Keeks makes this department very easy and comforting as all of their bags are 100% guaranteed authentic. Be sure to read more about The Keeks Guarantee here.  

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5. Details Please!

When shopping anything previously owned, pictures are a must! Keeks provides the buyer with detailed pictures and specific measurements. Be sure to inspect every picture carefully and pay attention to corners, zippers, and labels. Keeks doesn’t sell anything that has been heavily worn- all of their items are in good or excellent condition!

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- Instagram Lately -

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Hi everyone! Lately, I have been getting  a lot of emails and questions regarding my outfits from instagram so I thought I would do a little IG round up. I know not all of you use Like to Know it, so I wanted to give you some other options as well! As always, let me know if you have any questions about sizing and fit. Thanks and have a wonderful day! xx

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Chloe Marcie Tote (sold out, but Keeks can try to find a similar one for you!)

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PINK PURSEIG SHOP THE OUTFIT

 

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BLACK DRESSIG SHOP THE OUTFIT

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- Sale Alert | Beauty Exclusives -

I Hope all you are having a wonderful weekend! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beauty finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary SaleIt is still Early Access, so if you have the Nordstrom Debit or Credit card, you get to shop the sale early and take part in these great deals.

I always get excited to check out the beauty sale. It’s the time when I usually invest in some new skin care, like this face wash from Philosophy and if I did not already own a Clarisonic, then now would be the time to buy since they are discounted. I also love these lip sets from MAC and this one from Bobbi Brown. 

Also, many of you ask about how I curl my hair. I wanted to let you know that I use a 1.25 or a 1.5 inch curling iron to get the big curls or soft waves. This 1.5 inch curling wand (I would recommend the 1 inch curling wand if your hair is shorter than shoulder length or if you just want tighter curls) is discounted for the Anniversary Sale and it is an amazing product. I have used this many times but haven’t pulled the trigger because it’s a little pricey. I just purchased yesterday and I am excited to get to use it again but now at a budget friendly price. 

Have you shopped the sale yet? xx

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