Friday, September 25, 2015

Grandparents' Day

Hey there, fashionistas!  Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?!  I just love this time of year!  Football, lattes, leaves starting to fall, pumpkin everything...    

We celebrated Grandparents' Day at my school this week.  A little later than the actual holiday, but it was fun to still honor the kiddos' grandparents and/or special guests.  It's always tough for me to come up with something special to do because we only have limited time in the classroom (20 minutes) and I want to impress the grandparents!  I always start by having the students stand up, say their name and introduce their guest(s).  I give them a heads up ahead of time, but still always have one or two that realize they don't know they're grandma or grandpa's real name once they stand up to introduce them.  "Um, this is Nana and Papa...(whisper) Wait, what's your real name?"  Haha :)  This leaves us with about 15 minutes for an activity, cookies and juice. 

 This year, I left a Venn Diagram at everyone's seat to complete with their guest as everyone trickled in.  They came up with the best ideas, and it lead to a great discussion, generation to generation!  Find a free copy of this in my TPT store here.
Next, I had the students and guests complete an apply glyph activity together with the remaining time.  This is an activity that could easily be used outside of Grandparents Day, too!  I thought it might be fun to complete with our 1st grade buddies in the future.  I created my own apply glyph directions (find a copy here), but used the apple template from this product.  I was super thrilled with how they turned out!  

And of course, I had to look extra cute for the grandparents! :) 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll connect with me over on Instagram and Facebook, too!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Blogger Who Wore Joggers

Okay, guys.  I'm seriously stepping out of my comfort zone with this outfit today.  Let's rephrase that and say "running leap" out of my comfort zone.  I've always thought joggers were ridiculously cute (on other people), but just could never pull them off myself!  Just look at these stylish ladies on Pinterest!

 Up until today, I've never actually worn a pair of my own.  I've tried plenty on, but they haven't ever fit me quite right because of my long legs.  Then, I went into Loft a couple of weeks ago (where I've taken a little break from working this fall), and the fabulous ladies encouraged me to try on this pair of charcoal joggers.  Since they're made of a tweed fabric, I knew they'd be a little dressier for work.  I paired them with a simple, look fitting V-neck tee and my burnt orange Loft cardigan from last fall.  The joggers were super comfy, but didn't appear too casual for work since I tried to incorporate some dressier pieces into my outfit.

Here are my top 4 (amateur) tips for pulling off this look for work:

1. A slouchy tee or a chambray button-down look great with joggers!  Just remember accessorizing is key for work!  You don't want to look like your headed to the gym!  

2. A summery wedge or fall bootie with a heel will really dress up your look, and are both really cute with joggers!

3. For a more structured look on top, try a blazer or leather jacket to give your outfit a high-low effect.  

3. If you're still not quite sure how to style your joggers, go for a mono-chromatic look.  Black joggers paired with a black heel, black jacket or long cardigan and a dark gray tee is a really classy look.

Ready to try this trend?  You can find Loft's entire selection of joggers here.  I'd love to see how you style yours!  Just tag @thefashionistateacher on Instagram.  Happy "jogger-ing!"

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

I'm Baaaaaack!

Hey guys!  It's me, your long-lost blogger friend!  I swear I think about posting on this little blog at least weekly, but then life just gets in the way!  Now that the beginning of the school year craziness is starting to wind down, I'm hoping to be back to posting more on the regular.  You are all such awesome supporters and I so appreciate your sweet comments!  Thanks for sticking with me  :-)

I figured I better give you a little update on my life lately since it's been so darn long, so here goes:

Logan and I had a GREAT summer and traveled a ton!  We spent a week with his family in Estes Park in June, celebrated the 4th with my family in Okoboji, visited his brother in Dallas at the end of July, and flew to California for Labor Day weekend to visit friends.  Next up, we're headed to Minneapolis for Logan to run the Twin Cities marathon, and then I'm ready to chill at home for quite awhile!  All this traveling has been super fun, but I'm perfectly fine with being a homebody for the next few months!

We also finished our basement this last winter/spring, so we've been really trying to enjoy it this summer!  I'm hoping to post some more photos for you here soon!  We installed a projector instead of a T.V. and so far it's been great for football games this fall (and it's perfect for Bachelorette / Dancing with the Stars viewing parties, too!)  

I'm trying really hard to stay on a shopping budget with all of the basement and traveling expenses from this summer, but I feel like I'm really analyzing my purchases more than I did before, and getting more use out of my existing wardrobe.  I'm not working at Loft this fall, and that has actually helped me spend a little less, but I miss the interactions with my fun co-workers and clients, and the discount too :)

My school year is off to a great start!  I have a sweet group of 19 kiddos, which seems like a really small group compared to 26 from last year!  My team is brand-new to each other, but things seem to be going really well!  I've kept my owl theme, but moved classrooms, so I'm hoping to have some photos to show you in the next month or so.

The puppies are cute as ever, and Henry celebrated his first birthday last week.  He is our little rescue Yorkie we adopted back in November from the same rescue our sweet Rosie girl was from, who passed away last May.

While I've been neglecting the blog, I've been posting plenty of outfit and daily life photos over on Instagram.  Follow along if you aren't already: @thefashionistateacher.  Hoping to be back again next week!  I miss you guys!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lily for Target

Well, hello darlings!  I am sooooo looking forward to Sunday because that is the day 'Lily for Target' finally launches!  I just love the bright prints and hues Lily Pulitzer is known for, and this collection is no exception, plus the affordable Target prices are a HUGE plus!  Today I'm sharing some of my top picks from the Lily 'Look Book,' currently online.  Happy shopping, fashionistas!

   Now, head on over to my Instagram page (@thefashionistateacher) to find out how to win a $270 Target gift card!  Wouldn't that make your Lily shopping spree even more enjoyable?!  Hurry, the giveaway ends on Sunday!

If you haven't already, check out my guest post for here about the Top 3 historical fiction books my 4th graders love!

Have a GREAT week!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Wish List

Does anyone else get SUPER excited when all of the new arrivals for spring start to hit stores?  Maybe it's because winter is just SO. DARN. LONG. in Nebraska, or possibly because I miss all of the bright hues during the cold-weather months.  Here are the items currently topping my "wish list" for spring.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Liebster Award

Thrilled. Elated. On top of the moon. Ecstatic. get the point!  Just attempting to describe how I feel about receiving a nomination for the Liebster Award from the fabulous Megan of the 'Being Mrs. Fowler'  blog.  Technically, I've been nominated before, so I'm not sure if I'm eligible again, but I'm obviously too excited to say no!  Plus, I know it's always fun for me to get to know the ladies behind the blogs I read, so I wanted to share more about me with you!  Here are the questions she sent:
1. What is your Holy Grail product?  
I'm not really a product or make-up junkie, but some of my faves would have to be my Redken ColorExtend shampoo and conditioner, drugstore Jergens natural glow moisturizer, and Cover Girl "lash blast" mascara.

2. What can always be found in your handbag? 
My husband is an accountant and saves EVERY receipt, so I usually have a wad of them floating around in my purse to give to him.  I also usually have a bottle of water and granola bar in my purse since I'm always 'on-the-go.'

3. What is your favorite designer and why?  
Definitely Kate Spade.  The classic, fun prints and colors are the perfect match for my girly style.

4. Why did you decide to start blogging?  
Two of my biggest passions are teaching and fashion.  I love my teaching job and feel like I'm living out my dream daily, but wanted to find a way to live out my "passion for fashion," too.  I also really enjoy writing, and a blog seemed like the perfect way to express myself!

5. What is your absolute favorite food?  
Oh my goodness, I love to eat anything and everything.  There are only about 3 foods I've ever found that I don't like.  I think I'd have to go with cheese as my favorite, though.  I love cheese dip, cheese and wine, cheesecake, the list goes on and on.  And this is why I have to find time to work-out. :)

6. If you could do anything in the world what would you want to be?  
I'm already doing it!  I've always wanted to be a teacher, and truly do love my job.  It's definitely hard work and can be stressful at times, but I think it's much easier to get through those challenges at work when you're doing something you're passionate about.  I do think it would be cool to someday own my own clothing boutique, too. :)

7. What is your quick and easy makeup routine? 
I really don't wear a lot of make-up, but will always apply mascara and concealer when I'm in a hurry. 

8. What is one thing that you have to have everyday? 
A cup of coffee is always a must to get me through the morning.  I am NOT a morning person!  I really look forward to the two mornings a week I drive through Scooter's or Starbucks for a latte.

9. What is your favorite movie and why? 
Two of my favorites are Legally Blonde and Mean Girls.  I giggle the entire time I watch both.  I really like to relax and let my mind rest while I watch movies, so I'm all for the silly humor where I don't have to think a lot to be entertained.

10. If you could visit any place in the world, all expense paid, where would you go and what would you do?  
I've always wanted to go to Italy.  I would eat Italian food, drink wine, visit all the famous places and of course, shop.  I'd also have to make a stop in southern Spain, where I studied abroad in college.

11. What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would adopt some orphans and help dogs in need of medical care.  I'd also pay for a trip to Disneyworld for everyone who wanted to come with me! :)

Enough about me.  Here are my 5 nominees and their 11 questions:

Glitter + Ruffles 

Learning in the Little Apple

A Healthy Portion of Fashion

Teaching & Living in Sweet Carolina


Be sure to go check out their fabulous blogs!


1. What is your favorite thing or feature about yourself?
  2. What are your favorite places to shop? 

3. Where would your dream wedding be?
  4.  Why did you start your blog?

5. What is your favorite blog (besides mine :)?
 6. Do you have a special talent?
7. What year of your life would you most like to re-live?
8. What's the number one most played song on your itunes?
9. What do you miss most about being a kid?
10. What chore do you hate the most?
11. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?  

A few rules to keep in mind once you've been nominated: Nominate a few new bloggers who are fairly new at blogging, less than 1,000 followers. Answer my 11 questions and post 11 more for your nominees to answer!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you haven't already, go check out Megan's blog here.  Have a GREAT weekend, fashionistas! :)

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Penguin Main Idea

It was FREEZING cold in Nebraska during our first week back from Winter Break, so it was only fitting to have a penguin theme for our main idea review week in reading.  We had so much fun learning about Emperor penguins and reading a silly story about Tacky the Penguin.  Our fun week culminated with a paper plate penguin craft.

Find this cute main idea notebook page here, free from 'A Library and Garden' on TPT.  It was the perfect activity to accompany Tacky the Penguin.

The next day, we read a non-fiction text about Emperor penguins.  Students were assigned a section of the book to re-read with a partner and identify the main idea and details.  The activity culminated with this adorable (and super easy) penguin craft.  Find directions here on Huppie Mama.


This booklet provided great additional practice for my kiddos!  They had to read different 'chapters' about penguins and identify the heading or title for each section.  Excellent practice for our state reading assessment coming up in April!
Find it here on TPT.

I'll leave you with some Instagram style inspiration from last week.  I've been living in winter vests, sweaters, leggings and warm scarves!  Follow @thefashionistateacher on Instagram for daily pics and outfit ideas.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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