- Purple Vibes -

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Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am feeling very excited for today. Winter break is here! My students and I get start the morning off with our school spirit assembly, followed by our class winter party (and yes, Frozen will be involved), all to hear that glorious school bell ring at noon for early dismissal. To top that off, teachers get to have off campus lunch. It’s the little things, right? As much as I love my job, I know all teachers (and probably the students) can agree that this is a much needed break!  Austin and I aren’t traveling this year, so I am looking forward to relaxing at home, finishing my Christmas shopping, and putting in some extra time for TTD. I really can’t complain! TGIF

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Shop the Post: Forever21 Mauve Sweater (wearing a small) | Denim (old, similar and similar under $60) | Nude Pumps (also seen here) | YSL Bag | Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses | Brandy Pham ring, bracelet, bracelet | David Yurman Silver Cable Bangle | Lips- Naked Lipgloss in Lovechild 

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- The Wrap Jacket -

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About a year ago, I was introduced to the sweet Morgan Hunt from A Treasure Hunt. Since then, I have enjoyed keeping in touch with her through social media and various Dallas events. I have especially loved watching Morgan launch her new clothing brand, Morgan James. Last August, I went to her fall preview and was amazed at her beautiful collection. Not only does Morgan have an eye for fashion, but each piece is proudly made in the USA!

This Wrap Jacket immediately caught my eye when I first saw her collection. It’s a timeless piece, yet has a contemporary vibe with a draped front. The leather at the shoulder adds a nice touch too! Morgan doesn’t want you to miss out on all the fun. She is offering all TTD readers 30% with code TEACHER30. This promo will last through 12/24. Be sure to check out her shop here!

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Shop the PostMorgan James The Wrap Jacket in Ice Gray c/o (true to size) | Equipment Signature Silk Blouse | J Brand Dark Denim (true to size) | 50/50 Boots (identical version under $130!| Celine Micro Tote | Baublebar Gum Drop Strand Necklace (on sale!) c/o | Nailpolish | Hat (old, similar here and here)

- As of Lately… -

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Every now and then I like to do a quick post recapping some of my past instagram pictures over the last couple of weeks. These are some of my favorites and the ones I get the most questions about size, fit, and overall quality. I wanted to address each of those under each picture. Please let me know if you have any questions and as always, feel free to shoot me an email! Be sure to follow along @theteacherdiva. Thank you! xx

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Faux Fur Vest (I know a lot of you are nervous ordering international, but I have never had an issue with this company and overall the shipping was rather fast considering its out of the country. Sizing can be tricky, but this vest runs true. I am wearing a small.) | Embellished Sweater (size up! Wearing a US 8, equivalent to a medium) | Crystal Statement Necklace

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Embellished Sweater (see the sizing info above) | Denim (sold out, similar and similar. I have tried on both similar options and you want to size down in each. Boyfriend jeans tend to run big) | Leather Tote in the color Stone | Gold Watch | Nude Pumps (true to size)

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Camel Swagg Wrap ( I love this top! I am wearing a s/m) | Over the Knee Boots (true to size and excellent quality)

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Snake Print Clutch | Gold Ring | Nail Polish 

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Color Block Scarf/Wrap (This is one of my favorite retailers for scarves. They are so reasonable and affordable, and the quality is great. It is also international, so leave a little extra time for shipping.) | Black Watch | Arrow Necklace in Rose Gold/Gold.

- Gift Guide | Last Minute Shopper -


Christmas is almost here, but it’s not too late to buy those gifts for your loved ones. Have no shame, I know I am not the only one who isn’t done with all my holiday shopping. Above I have some gifts from my top favorite retailers that promise to delivery before Christmas if you order by tomorrow, (Tuesday 12/16) and most with free shipping. Better yet, all of these are under $100, and most under $50.

My top gifts include the Urban Decay Naked on the Run Pallet. I actually purchased this when it released December 1st and have loved using it. Usually I don’t like “pallets” but this one is practical and I use every part of it. J Crew is having  30% off and you can grab this Dazzling Sweater for a great price and just in time for Christmas.  And last but not least, this Gold Drip Mug (only $7) is adorable and makes me want to order a whole set. Here’s to getting that last minute shopping done! XX

- A Classic Trench -

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Perhaps it’s the classic shape or timeless appeal, but there’s something so effortless about a trench coat. Not only is it a stylish outerwear piece, but it’s one piece that can be worn from season to season. It’s the definition of a closet staple.

Finding the perfect trench shouldn’t be hard though. You want one that fits well, compliments your style, and makes you feel confident. After searching for “the perfect trench”,  I finally found one at Nordstrom and on sale! This one by MICHAEL Michael Kors was exactly what I was looking for. The best part? It is lined with removable wool interior so it’s actually functional for different seasons. This is versatile piece that you can wear over a casual outfit or in the evening over elegant dress. You can’t go wrong!

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Shop the Post: MICHAEL MIchael Kors Trench Coat in Safari on sale (true to size, wearing a small) | Equipment Signature Silk Shirt (true to size, wearing a small) | Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch | Pact Nude Pumps | YSL Bag | Nailpolish Dark Side of the Moon | Makeup- Urban Decay Naked on the Run Pallet (love!) | Lipstick Urban Decay Naked “Lovechild”

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

- Embellished Sweater -

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There are two things that make my wardrobe complete: soft neutrals and nude pumps. I know I should probably branch out and invite more color into my closet, but I love how nice cream and blush tones can look. This sweater (now on sale!) immediately caught my eye while doing some after Thanksgiving shopping. I loved the color and better yet, those jewels on the shoulder are amazing!

Keeping the jewelry simple is key to pulling off an embellished sweater. I threw on my 360 Pearl Studs, my Brandy Pham Bracelets and a braided top knot to keep the look very minimal. See how I styled this sweater with a faux fur vest here. Have a great, Wednesday!

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Shop the post: TOPSHOP Embellished Sweater (wanted it to fit like a medium, wearing a size 8, other colors here and here) | Equipment Signature Blouse | Boyfriend Jeans (old, similar styles here and here) | Pact Nude Pumps | Gigi New York Teddie Tote in Stone | Baublebar 360 Pearl Studs (ivory) c/o | Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch

- Gray Fringe -

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Cardigans will always be my favorite look for casual wear. Maybe that’s the “teacher” in me, but I love the simplicity of an oversized cardigan with a great pair of pants, jewels, and of course shoes! Now this obviously isn’t a look I’d rock in the classroom, but it is one I would wear any other time. This Fringed Cardigan (now on sale) from ASOS has been my go look for a casual weekend look. It’s super soft and cozy and one that is so easy to wear. I loved pairing it with these boyfriend jeans (similar) and heels. What is your go to look for the weekend?

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Shop the Post: ASOS Fringed Cardigan (On Sale! // Wearing a US size 4) | Boyfriend Jeans (old, similar style here) | Charles David Nude Pumps (my fave! And now on sale!) | BaubleBar Lady Godiva Amulet c/o | YSL Bag | Lipgloss Naked by Urban Decay- color ‘Lovechild’ 

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If you are local to the Southlake area, be sure to stop by Thursday night for the Grand Opening of the Elaine Turner Boutique. I will be there and hope to see some of you!

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- Do In Dallas | The Joule Hotel -

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Last month, Austin and I decided to treat ourselves to a little “staycation” at The Joule Hotel in Dallas.  I just had finished Parent Teacher Conferences, and he just finished a big project at work so we decided we needed a little R&R. While I’ve stayed at the hotel before, it was only for a short bit. This time, we did things a little differently. We relaxed, had no schedule, and took time to enjoy all the amenities the hotel had to offer. It was so fun to be a tourist in our own city. We ate at new places, shopped in new stores and walked areas we’ve never seen. Every aspect of this hotel is unique: the rooms and the lobby are a just a few of my favorite parts that make up this cool hotel. Be sure to keep reading for the full scoop on this gorgeous downtown hotel, or head over to instagram to see pictures from our staycation!

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Our first stop, was dinner at CBD Provisions. Some of our friends frequent this restaurant all the time, so we couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about. CBD Provisions is a modern Texas brasserie located in the heart of downtown Dallas. I loved that it was conveniently located right next to the hotel. We started off with the Kale Salad and loved every bite. Our main course included the TX Grass Fed Beef Burger, the House Made Rigatoni, Mac & Cheese and Hand Cut Fries. Needless to say, it was delicious and we’ve already been back since our trip last month.

Later that night, we ventured over to the new underground cocktail lounge, Midnight Rambler. Let’s just say, this place was the place to be. Midnight Rambler features a mix of one-of-a-kind vintage furniture pieces and includes brass bar tops, drawing on the mood of jazz, blues and rock n’ roll. We highly recommend the Soul Clap and the Hell Hound.

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The next morning we wanted to try out Vital Fitness Studio. Neither of us had tried yoga before, but we were anxious to see what it was like. We took the Energizing Yoga class and while parts were tough (this was our first time) we actually really enjoyed it. Our instructor was great and took the time to help us with each pose and was very patient with us. We loved it! After our workout we stopped at Weekend Coffee. Austin loves good coffee, so I couldn’t wait for him to try it! I always get their iced coffee with almond milk and he tried the extra dark roast. It was too strong for me but he loved it.Tea2IMG_2048TEA

That afternoon we had lunch and tea at the Taschen Library inside the Joule. This library was amazing! it was such a neat place to have a little tea party. The whole event lasted about an hour and we enjoyed every minute of it. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with champagne as the head chef came out and to explain the details of the pastries and teas. We highly recommend this as a fun thing to do with a group of 6 or 8 people, especially around the holidays! Visit here for the full menu. And trust me, come hungry. There is a lot of food and drinking!

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Later that day we did a little shopping at some of the great boutiques located within walking distance from the hotel. TEN OVER SIX and TRAFFIC LA were our favorites! Overall, it was a great weekend and I highly recommend staying at The Joule when you’re in Dallas. Cheers! xx

- Little Red Bag -

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This time of year always makes me want to be a little more festive with my attire. Whether its a fair isle sweater or red accessories, I can’t say no! This little crossbody from Onna Ehrlich was the perfect solution for adding a little glam to my holiday looks. I loved pairing this bag with my Chicwish Faux Fur Vest (less than $50) and soft neutrals for a day of Christmas tree shopping and picking up a few last minute decorations. Austin and I are getting to decorate our house for the first time this year and we are pretty excited about it. Pictures to come! Have a great Monday! xx

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Shop The Post: Onna Ehrlich Mini Chole Bag in Red c/o | Chic Wish Faux Fur Vest- under $50! (wearing a small) c/o | TopShop Embellished Cream Sweater - 50% off! (love this sweater but size up! I am wearing an 8 bc I wanted a more “oversized” look. A size 6 would have been equivalent to a US size small) | Paige Skinny Jeans (true to size) | Louise et Cie Over the Knee Boots (true to size) | Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch - on sale! | Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses | Brandy Pham Needle Bracelet and Mini Cage Cuff c/o David Yurman Cable Bracelet | Thick Gold Ring | Bauble Bar Necklace c/o | Lipstick Mac ‘Snob‘ gloss NARS ‘Turkish Delight’ 

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- Gift Guide | $25 & Under -

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With holiday parties and gift exchanges just around the corner, I wanted to share with you guys the perfect gift guide for budgets $25 & under! My teacher friends and I just drew names for “secret santa” and I couldn’t help but start researching gifts around 25 bucks. Some of these are just too cute to pass up! Like these little bear slippers? Ah, I might just have to grab a pair for myself since they are less than $10. I also love any of the Kate Spade desk accessories. Even though I am constantly around “school supplies”, I never grow tired of seeing adorable bow paperclips. Blanket scarves are a huge trend this season and I found the best all under $25. What girl wouldn’t want a festive scarf?

If your local to Dallas,  a gift card to Bellacures might just be the perfect gift! I’ve been there a few times and it seriously is the best gel mani, I have ever received! For a limited time, they are offering a free moisture rich add on for any nail service of $20 or more. Use code MR10 at your next visit. This is good through December 31, 2014. Stay pampered!

The winner from the Tassel Earrings Giveaway is Pamela K! Please email me (theteacherdiva@gmail.com) and I will send you your new beautiful earrings! Thank you for all of you who entered xo