- Coffee Run -

Ferragamo crossbody

Each weekend, Austin and I look forward to what we call our “breakfast date”. It’s a little tradition we picked up from my in-laws (they’ve done this for several years!), where we go try a new place for breakfast on Saturday or after church on Sunday. We love this part of the weekend and this encourages us to get out, try new things, and enjoy the city we live in! Our schedules are pretty busy at times, so we look forward to that quality time, just the two of us.

One of our recent trips was to Boulangerie by Village Baking Co. on Lower Greenville. This little cafe is so adorable with white marble tables, checkered stools, and not to mention the pastries are quite yummy. This was our first trip but it will not be our last! I highly recommend the Almond Croissant and Austin recommends the Bacon and Cheddar Croissant.

I loved wearing this colorful outfit while we were out. You may have noticed, I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and black, so this was a change for me…but I love it! This Ferragamo Shoulder Bag from Luisa Via Roma is the perfect neutral color and goes with so many prints and patterns. I loved the way it looked with this teal blazer. Seeing these colors together make me excited for Spring! Anyone else?

Thank you for stopping by! xx

Dallas bakery

blue blazer

Dallas Coffee Shop

skinny jeans outfit

ferragamo bag

Village Baking Co.

dallas blogger

dallas cafe

Boulangerie

OUTFIT DETAILS: Luisa Via Roma Ferragamo Crossbody c/o | Madewell V-Neck Slub T-Shirt (FIT: I went up to a medium) | Banana Republic Teal Blazer (FIT: true to size) c/o | Current Elliot Denim (FIT: true to size) | Steve Madden Nude Pumps | Prada Sunglasses | David Yurman Chain Bracelet | David Yurman Crossover Ring | Lipliner: “Honey(bun)” | Lipstick: “#600 Pow!

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images by: Mary Summers Hafner

- The Perfect Work Pant -

Chic Work Wear

Over the past few months, many of you have expressed that you love to see work wear on The Teacher Diva. And while I am no longer in an office per se, I do appreciate a good pair of “work pants”.

After teaching for several years, I have accumulated a few styles that I consider my “go-to” pants. My co workers and I would joke about how hard it is to find a pair of pants that are 1. flattering and 2. easy to move in while chasing a classroom of 6 year olds. Though I’m in a much different environment now, I still have opportunities where a good pair of black pants come in handy.

This pair is the Avery Tailored Crop Pant from Banana Republic. I have always shopped at Banana for both work wear and casual weekend pieces, and find myself pursuring their “new arrivals” almost daily (I guess signing up for the Gap card was worth it, ha!). What I like most about the Avery Style, is the slim, straight fit. They aren’t your typical “skinny fit” but they are slimming and I found them to be flattering in both heels or flats. Think of them as a modern update to the cropped pant. Seriously, a year round staple!

If you’re looking for a traditional “skinny pant” you need to try the Sloan Slim Ankle Pant. I also have this style and love the tighter fit around the ankle. This style looks great with an oversized sweater, tall boots or flats.

I leave for Fashion Week on Friday, and I can’t wait to share with you all the newest collection from Banana Republic. I will be at their presentation, so be sure to follow along via snapchat [the teacher diva] and Instagram to see behind the scenes and my favorite looks for Fall 2016.

Thanks for reading! xx

Pleated Hemline

leather jacket

leather jacket

black pants

Bauble bar Tassel Necklace

celine box

Celine Box Bag

OUTFIT DETAILS:  Banana Republic Avery Cropped Pant (FIT: TTS, however, if in between sizes I would go down. I am normally a 2/4 and I got a 2 in these) c/o | Grey Leather Moto Jacket (FIT: TTS) c/o | Pleated Hem Blouse (FIT: TTS //  Side Note: I am in love with this blouse! I have worn it with cardigans, jackets, blazers…the list goes on. It’s a must! ) | Celine Box Bag (similar budget version) | Maya Brenner Initial Necklace (similar initial necklace under $50) | Baublebar Tassel Y Necklace | Banana Republic D’Orsay Heels c/o |  Lipliner: “Honey(bun)” | Lipstick: “#600 Pow!” | Tory Burch Pearl Drop Earrings 

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images by: Mary Summers Hafner

- A Weekend in Fredericksburg -

Skinny jeans and Striped Shirt

A few weekends ago, Austin and I celebrated his birthday by taking a little road trip down to Fredericksburg, TX. Though we’ve never been, it cam highly recommended by family and friends to visit this adorable town. Being only 4 hours from Dallas, this was the ideal distance for a quick trip. I wanted to share with your some of our favorite places to eat, stay and see while in Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Travel Guide

WHERE TO STAY

As this was our first trip to Fredericksburg, we really didn’t know what to expect. One of our friends highly recommended staying at The Hoffman Haus, and said we would love staying at this cozy bed and breakfast. We were so excited to check it out!

When booking your stay, keep in mind each cottage is different. Some are bigger for groups and others are small and quaint. Austin really wanted the feel of a cabin, so we decided to stay in Cottage #5 (which we loved and looked just like a log cabin). The best part, is each morning they deliver breakfast promtly to your porch at 9:00am. I figured it would be muffins and juice, but we were pleasantly surprised to see that it was a hearty spread. It was so yummy!

The location was the perfect distance to Main St. and we loved the beautiful property.

Bed in Breakfast Fredericksburg

Hoffman Haus

Bed and Breakfast Texas

Bed and Breakfast

The Hoffman Haus Review

DINING

During our trip, we went to several great places. One of our favorite places to eat for dinner included Otto’s German Bistro. This restaurant offers farm to table German cuisine, in the heart of Fredericksburg. Austin had the seared scallops and I had the gnocchi, both very yummy.

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I highly recommend Vaudeville for lunch. It’s a beautiful restaurant, but also has a wine cellar, furniture store and art gallery located inside. The food was amazing! I wish we could have tried this place for brunch, the coffee choices looked so good, but it was closed on Tuesday. Be sure to check the hours for the local restaurants and stores…we noticed a lot of places had unusual hours)

Winery Frederickburg

For a sweet treat, head over to Clear RiverThey make all of their ice cream in house, and have a variety of baked goods and food choices. This place is a must for ice cream!

Ice Cream Shop Fredericksburg

We stopped at Tubby’s Ice House for lunch while we were in town. This little lunch spot is the perfect place for burgers or street tacos. A random combination, I know, but very delicious. We has the best time eating there. The fries were probably the best fries I’ve ever had (and I eat a lot of fries).

Tubbys Ice House

chanel classic flap (similar quilted flap purse for under $200)

We also went to a vineyard while we were there. I wish we could have done more, but our time was so short! We did however, enjoy our time at Grape Creek Winery. It was a beautiful property and we had a great experience! I’ll be sharing more photos from our trip to Grape Creek next week.

SHOPPING

We spent a few hours one day walking up and down Main Street. There are several restaurants, boutiques and various stores that are worth stopping by.

Utility Jacket Outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS: Utility Jacket (FIT: tts, the lightweight material on this top makes it perfect for transitioning into spring) Striped Top (FIT: tts) Jeans (FIT: tts, I love these jeans!) | Prada Bag Shoes (FIT: tts, follow the size guide, I found it to be pretty accurate!) Monogrammed Necklace Thumb Ring Watch Gold Cuff Bracelet Criss-Cross Ring 

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- Messy Chignon Hair Tutorial -

MESSY CHIGNON

In honor of awards season, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite red carpet hairstyles, the classic chignon. I love this timeless style and find that it’s appropriate for many occasions. We’ve seen this style polished to perfection, but I wanted to share my take on a slightly messier version  that I find chic and “effortless”. It’s actually pretty easy too!

Thanks for reading, and here’s to fabulous looking hair! xx

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Products Used:

Pro Beauty Tools: 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron

Oribe: Superfine Strong Hairspray

Nexxus: Promend Heat Protectant

STEP ONE

I find that day old hair works best for this updo, it gives the hair a little extra grit and volume when worn up. Start by throwing in a few curls with a 1 ¼” Professional Curling Iron. This curling iron is my favorite because I love the size (perfect for those loose curls) and it has a variety of heat settings, making it ideal for all hair types. The barrel is 24k gold plated, and the high heat of the curling iron gives me 24 hour, long lasting curls, which is perfect for a long night out. I am very picky when it comes to my hair appliances, and this one works great (and it’s under $30)!

Section hair into 2 ½ inch sections and apply this heat protecting spray. This will help keep moisture in the hair while using appliances like a blowdryer, curling iron or flat iron. Take each hair section & curl with a 1 ¼ inch barrel curling iron

Heat Protecting Spray

curing iron

STEP TWO

Back comb or lightly tease each section at the root. Mist hair with a firm hold hair spray. I love the Superfine Mist by Oribe.  After back combing & spraying, gently smooth any flyaways, and then finger comb the sections together.

teasing comb

STEP THREE

Gather the hair and use an elastic to pull your hair into a ponytail. You will wrap the elastic around your hair a few times but do not pull the hair through like a normal pony tail. You will want to create a small bun, with then ends of your hair not pulled completely through. Gently lift hair at the crown of your head to add extra volume.

Ponytail

messy bun

STEP FOUR

Take the ends that are sticking out and divide them into two sections. Wrap one side around the top of your bun, covering the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin or two. Don’t worry if your layers are starting to stick out, you can tweak it at the end or leave it if your prefer a messier style to your updo. Repeat with the second section.

updo hairtutorial

messy bun tutorial

STEP FIVE

Use bobby pins to pin any hair that has fallen out of the bun. I just use a few, as I like mine to look a little “undone”. I like to go through one more time and gently lift the hair at the crown to add some extra volume. Finish with your favorite hairspray and you are all set!

chignon hair tutorial

low bun

oribe hair spray

chignon bun tutorial

 Low Bun Tutorial

OUTFIT DETAILS:  WHBM Black Duster Cardigan  (also seen here // fit: tts) | similar Striped Shirt | Baublebar Statement Earrings (surprisingly these weren’t that heavy!) c/o | David Qumran Crossover Ring | Michele Deco II Watch c/o | Kate Spade Gold Bangle | Lipliner: “Honey(bun)”  | Lipstick: “#600 Pow!” (obsessed with this duo…it has some serious staying power!)

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Please feel free to reach out with questions or comments below!

Images by: Mary Summers 

This post is in collaboration with Pro Beauty Tools. All opinions and selections are my own.

- The Classic Trench Coat: Under $100 -

Black Skinny Jeans

Now that Spring is only a few weeks away, I am starting to pull out some of my favorite transitional pieces. A staple I always turn to each Spring is my trusted trench coat.

This versatile piece, is easily one of my favorite items because it can be worn with countless items I already own in my closet. Whether it’s paired with an evening look or kept casual with jeans and flats, it’s a great way to complete your look. I love this Black and Tan Trench Coat from Charming Charlie (under $75).

Personally, my favorite way to style a trench is with a striped tee shirt and black jeans. I threw on these black pumps, but you could easily pair with your favorite flats to make this work friendly. Speaking of work, how amazing is this Faux Leather Tote? It’s actually reversible (amazing) and I love the size. It would be perfect for a small laptop, files, or anything else you may need to take with you while at work.

Thank you for reading and happy Friday! xx

Black Shopper Tote

Gold Rings

Black Tote

Trench Coat Outfit

Striped Top Outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS: Black & Tan Trench Coat (FIT: tts, I am wearing a small) | Black Faux Leather Tote Round Sunglasses (the perfect dupe for the prada sunglasses!) | Gold Mesh Ring (available in select Charming Charlie stores) X Midi Ring Gold Ring Set (these are perfect for stacking or wearing solo) c/o Charming Charlie | Black Jeans (FIT: tts) Striped Top (The one pictured is old, but I linked a similar style that I own. Size up, it runs a little small in the arms) | Black Pumps (FIT: tts) | Lipstick: “Nice to Meet You”

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- The Little Black Dress -

Black Dress

They say every girl should own a little black dress. Something to have on hand for any occasion and versatile enough to wear with any accessory. While I couldn’t agree more, I also love the idea of a simple, cotton black dress for something a little more casual.

This black shift dress is just what I was looking for to wear as we transition into Spring. I love the long sleeves and ruffle detailing on the hem. Not to mention, it’s so soft and doesn’t wrinkle! I plan to wear this dress with heels or these lace up sandals as it gets warmer. This is the perfect solution for those days where you just don’t feel like taking the time to plan out your outfit. I love it!

Thanks for reading! xx

Black Dress

lace up shoes

baublebar necklace

Little black dress

lace up heels

Celine

OUTFIT DETAILS: Matty M Black Tunic Dress (FIT: Runs big, size down!) | Steve Madden Lace Up Heels on sale! (more sizes here) | Celine Box Bag (similar budget friendly version) | Baublebar Bee Necklace | Prada Sunglasses | Michele Deco II Watch c/o | Brandy Pham Double Cylinder Cuff c/o | David Yurman Chain Bracelet 

SHOP BLACK DRESSES UNDER $50 

images by Mary Summers

- Free People Floral Tunic -

Free People Blouse

This past week the weather has been unreal in Dallas. 65 Degrees, sunny…no complaints here! I was excited to bring out some of my Spring and Summer tops, including this Floral Tunic ( be sure to read about sizing at the bottom).

Long, flowy tops are all I live in during the Spring.  This one is unique with the cut out details on the back. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the open back, but I actually love the detailing (especially because you can still wear a regular bra). This top is so easy to wear, and definietly something that will get a lot of play in my closet this Spring.

Free People Blouse

timex leather watch

Free People Tunic

Pigalle Pumps

baublebar necklace

Floral Blouse

OUTFIT DETAILS: Free People Floral Tunic (Ok- this is actually a dress, but a very short dress. If you are petite, this would be an adorable dress on you, but for me at 5’6 it was pretty short. I sized down to an XS and found that it makes for the perfect tunic. I would recommend sizing down if you want to wear this as a top) | Current Elliot Skinny Ankle Jeans (FIT: tts) | Louboutin Pigalle Pumps (borrowed from Mary, you know she’s a good friend and photographer when she lends you her Loubs for a shoot when you forget your shoes!) I usually wear this budget friendly version of Nude Pumps | Prada Brown Leather Satchel (similar version here) | Timex Greenwich Watch (I love the brown leather strap!) c/o | Baublebar Tassel Y Necklace | Brandy Pham Double Cylinder Bracelet c/o | David Yuman Criss Cross Ring 

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images by Mary Summers

- 5 Essential Pieces Every Girl Should Own -

Utility Jacket Outfit

When it comes to fashion, we’ve seen trends come and go, but the basics always remain the frontrunners in our closets. While, trends can be fun and exciting, a closet needs balance. For me, basics are those items that never go out of style. The pieces you can mix and match or throw on when in a time crunch. I’ve narrowed it down to 5 essentials that every girl should own…or eventually own! Just click the arrows to shop my favorites as all price points.

Comment below and let me know what you guys think.

xx

UTILITY JACKET

A utility jacket like this will go far in your wardrobe. I’ve worn mine layered with long sleeve or short sleeve tops. It’s truly the perfect year round staple!

STRIPED TEE

A striped shirt should be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. You can wear them with other patterns and prints and layer with your favorite jackets and cardigans.

INFINITY SCARF

I’ve had this scarf for two years and it is still a staple in my fall & winter wardrobe. I love a chunky knit scarf! 

LEATHER CLUTCH

Every girl needs a leather clutch you can use for any occasion. I love the size and color of the Saint Germain Leather Clutch. It’s structured, yet still feminine. This is definitely a classic bag that can be used year round.

THE BEST PAIR OF JEANS

Finding the perfect jeans can be hard. Trust me, I know! I finally found my favorite pair of skinny jeans (ever) and I wish I could wear them every single day. I also have this pair of dark skinny jeans, which also fit pretty well. You can see how I styled these here and here

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- The Packing List | Mexico -

Packing for Mexico

By now I’m sure we all can agree this cold weather has got to go. Being in Dallas we haven’t experienced it quite like other areas, but I sure do miss patio weather. I can’t help but dream of a sitting on a beach in Mexico!

In effort to make winter more bearable, Austin and I decided to plan a little “Winter Escape” in February. I’m heading to Cabo to work on a project for The Teacher Diva, but we decided to extend the trip a couple days and make a little getaway out of it.

Just as I’ve been counting down the days until this little trip, I’ve also been planning out my packing list. The thing I love about traveling to the beach is that you really don’t need much. I try to keep my packing limited to these essentials:

suitcase

SWIMWEAR

What is a trip to the beach without fabulous (and affordable) swimwear? I am in love with these suits from Modcloth. I can’t get over this Pastel One-Piece Swimsuit. The colors are so beautiful and I love the way it fits (I am always a fan of a cute one-piece)! I also found this high-wasted Two-Piece that will look great with my fringed and lace coverup. Speaking of coverups, I have been looking for a white kimono style coverup and this one takes the cake. I love the style, fit and most of all the price. I’ve learned to never pass on a good cover up. After all, it’s what you will be wearing around the resort or beach most of the day, so why not feel confident?

one piece swimsuit

pink swimsuit

modcloth swimwear

SUN ACCESSORIES 

These cat eye sunglasses are perfect for a day by the beach. I love any pair by Quay, and these were no exception.  If you like to wear a sun hat, I suggest this black and white straw hat. Not only is it glamorous, but it’s protects your face and shoulders from getting too much sun. Bonus- it folds up nice in your suitcase and does not wrinkle!

quay sunglasses

sun hat

COMFORTABLE SHOES 

When I think of the beach, the first thing that comes to my mind is flip flops and bikinis. However, I love a good espadrille. These Magenta Suede Espadrilles are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn (plus the color is simply amazing). I thought it would fit like a traditional espadrille (hard with no cushion), but that was not the case. These are padded and  are very soft inside. These will be perfect to wear at the airport and to wear around town.

As far as sandals go, the “strappier” the better, in my book. I just added these cognac leather sandals to my cart!

 pink espadrilles

CASUAL CLOTHES

I always like to bring a few dresses and casual tops on my trips. I try to stick with versatile options that I can mix and match. This denim dress is adorable and I can’t wait to wear it throughout spring and summer. I also love a good striped tee. This striped flowy top is perfection and so easy to travel with. It’s very soft and long enough to wear over your favorite skinny jeans.

For dinner one night, I plan to wear this geometric maxi dress (how pretty is that bow in the back?) with these black wedges.

packing list

CARRY ON ACCESSORIES 

I love organizing my carry on. Oddly enough it brings me great joy to have a neat purse and carryon bag (anyone else?). This St. Germain Clutch is perfect to store my favorite on-the-go accessories (and it doubles as a gorgeous clutch).

I highly recommend this back up battery. I posted about this little guy before, but it has been worth every penny. I use this on every trip and can’t believe how well it’s held up. This is a must, must, must!

When I’m on the plane, I love to listen to music and write in a travel journal. I usually write down highlight from our trip, our favorite restaurants, and must-do’s in the city (this is a great way for me to remember when it comes time to doing a formal review on here).

These navy headphones have been amazing to travel with. They actually fold up making it easy for packing purposes. I have a love hate with headphones like these because usually I find that they hurt my ears or cause me to get headaches, these are not the case. They are very comfortable and easy to adjust. I will not leave for a trip without these!

My passport is an obvious one,  but wanted to include details on my monogrammed passport case.

carry on essentials

leather clutch

BEAUTY FAVORITES

Now, as much I love my products, the beach isn’t the place to wear a full face of makeup or rock a glamorous blowout. But it doesn’t mean you can’t wear a little color!

sunscreen

I love this Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 50I purchased this last summer before our trips and have been using the product any time I’m going to be in the sun for a while or just want a hint of color. The nice thing about this cream, is you can build your coverage. If you want something a little heavier, simply add another layer after you let the first layer set.

Gwen Stefani UD Palette

I just got my hands on the UD X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette and I am obsessed. If you have snapchat, head over to my account (the teacher diva) today because I will be showing you how I wear this palette. Palettes are ideal for traveling, especially if you find one with versatile colors. This blush palette is perfect for contour, color and highlight. It’s another must! I’m also trying her new Brow Box. I am partial to my Brow Power Pencil, but I do love that this kit has two universal colors, wax (to help the brows stay in place) and it comes with mini tweezers and two slanted brushes. I’m such a sucker for cute packaging. I will show you how to use this one on snapchat today as well!

beauty buys

After I am in the sun and water, my skin always feels dry. I like to pack a good face moisturizer, eye cream and lip balm any time I travel. I can’t stand for my skin to feel tight and dry. The Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream is the perfect solution to dry skin. I also decided to splurge and try the La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel. I’ve read plenty of reviews, but wasn’t quite sure it lived up to the hype. I’ve used it for about 3 weeks now and I’ve noticed my eyes do not appear as puffy, nor do they look “tired”. I love the cooling sensation when I apply. It really does make a difference.

For my lips, I always look for something with SPF. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm is my go-to! I have this in two other colors as well, but I love this classic one.

Shine Spray

Let’s talk about hair. If you color your hair (guilty!) you know how bad the sun and chlorine can be for your color. The Alterna Rapid Repair Spray (get 20% off with code MAX20) is a must must for all you girls with color treated hair or damaged hair. Not only does this mist add a hint of shine, but it also has UV blockers to help keep the sun from damaging your hair and the color. As I’ve mentioned before, I love anything that can be used on wet or dry hair. If only I could find this in a travel size, I would honestly carry it in my purse. It’s that good!

packing for mexico

What are your travel must haves? I am always looking to try new things. Thanks for reading! xx

Resort Favorites from ModCloth

This post was in partnership with ModCloth. All opinions and selections are my own!

- Plaid Details -

black cape

It’s no secret, I have been loving capes this season. You’ve seen me wear them many times on the blog (here and here are a few of my favorites), but it just goes to show how versatile this layering piece can be. I love to layer capes with chunky sweater, tunics or in this case, a simple white button down shirt.

Did I mention this cape is actually reversible? That’s right, you can choose to wear the plaid side or keep it all black. This was such a great find for only $60. I found a ton of other great options linked below all under $100.

Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for the sweet comments and emails about our home tour! You guys are truly the best. xx

over the knee boots

black hat

Cape outfit

celine bag

wool hat

black leggings outfit

black and white outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS: Topshop Reversible Cape | White Button Down Tunic | Wool Hat (old) Identical version here and here | SPANX Black Ponte Leggings (similar black leggings under $50) | Sam Edelman Over The Knee Boots ( I also love this pair of Steve Madden Over The Knee Boots) | Celine Luggage Tote (similar tote under $300) | Michele Deco II (18 mm strap) c/o | David Yurman Crossover Ring 

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images by: mary summers