Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Fashion Week Day 3

I apologize for the late post today.  I spent the morning doing house chores and spending QT with Miss Lucy (enjoying her morning snuggles while I still can), ran errands and worked at school this afternoon, and Logan and I were out celebrating our 3rd anniversary tonight.  It was an action packed, but fun day!

I am pretty "wild" about wearing animal print no matter the occasion, so I wanted to show you some cute ways to style it for school or on the weekend, as well as sharing a few DOs and DONT'S to wearing animal print.

Here are two ways I am planning on wearing animal print to school this fall:

This first look comes with a funny story.  Two years ago I wore my new giraffe print pants to school thinking I looked pretty cute.  As soon as one little girl walked into the classroom in the morning and said, "Mrs. Watley, why are you wearing your pajamas today?" I vowed never to wear them again.  The "pajama" pants sat in my drawer for two years collecting dust.  Last week, I saw one of my favorite Instagram fashionistas wearing the same giraffe print pants and looking oh so cute in them, so I knew it was time to give them another try.  I wish you could see the tiered cuteness of this Loft black tank (find it here @ 50% off!)... a great piece to add to your fall wardrobe!  Find the necklace here.  I would add a bright coral or black cardigan for school to polish off the ensemble and to stay warm in the AC (it's always cranked WAY up in my building).

Look 2 is definitely going in my first week of school line up!  I love how cute and polished it is, and the skinny gold belt is the perfect finishing touch!  When shopping, I always try to look for basics with a "twist,"  like the scalloped hem on the skirt and the ruffled sleeves on the shell.

Here are a few ways I have worn animal print in the past:

Now for a few DOs and DON'Ts to wearing these fun patterns.

DO accessorize with animal print.  A cute belt or a stylish pair of flats can really be paired with any color or pattern.

DON'T wear it from head to toe.  One animal print piece is enough.

DON'T combine prints.  A zebra print belt with a leopard print scarf is just too much.
DO wear it with confidence!  Just as with anything, people around you will take notice (in a good way) if you're rocking something new with a big smile and your head held high!

If you haven't had the chance to check out yesterday's post, I think you'll LOVE it!  I showed you 5 ways to style a simple black maxi skirt for school, and one way DID happen to include leopard print! ;-)  Can't wait to see you right back here tomorrow!  I'm planning on showing you a trick for organizing your outfits for that CRAZY first week of school!  Link up your Back to School Fashion Week posts using the tool below or use #b2sfashionweek on Instagram!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to School Fashion Week Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of Back to School Fashion Week!  I had so much fun showing you my first back to school look yesterday.  Find that post here in case you missed it! 

In today's post, I'm going to show you 5 different ways to style a simple black maxi skirt for school.  I live in my Loft black maxi, whether it be fall, winter or spring!  If you don't have one, I would definitely recommend adding it to your closet ASAP.  With so many different ways to style a simple black maxi, you can easily get away with wearing yours every week!  Find a similar black maxi here.

Way 1:

As soon as I saw this lace tank from Loft, I knew it would be PERFECT with my black maxi.  Find it here, 50% off for a limited time!  I think I would add a denim jacket or black cardigan over top for school, and then take off the jacket for evening plans.  I love outfits that easily transition from day to night!

Way 2:

A blazer in a bright color or fun pattern is a great way to really dress up a black maxi skirt.  My new Loft necklace is the perfect finishing touch to this ensemble.

Way 3:

If you don't currently own a chambray blouse, invest in one immediately right along with your black maxi.  This is my go-to for shorts, patterned skirts, and is even cute with jeans and an infinity scarf.  I love how cute it looks knotted over maxi skirts, and a statement necklace in a pop of color is a must when pairing these two neutrals together.

Way 4:

I think this might be my favorite look.  A long sleeve tee and cute infinity scarf is the perfect combo for carrying your maxi skirt into cooler, fall weather.  I may even add a skinny gold belt next time I wear this combo. 

Way 5:

I wear a denim jacket with my maxi skirts and dresses 75% of the time.  I knew my striped tee with sparkly sequins would be the perfect piece to add some interest to the classic maxi and jean jacket combo.     

Tell me, fashionistas... How do you like to style your maxi skirts for school or a night out?

I hope you're having as much fun as I am this week!  Be sure to link up your outfit ideas on Instagram using #B2SFashionWeek, just like Clarissa did!  By the way, I think it's just fine to base your outfit off of a notebook!  Super cute, girl!  You know I love me some polka dots, whether it be on my outfit or school supplies! :)  Link up your blog posts using the link-up tool below!  See you right back here tomorrow for another fashion-filled post!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to School Fashion Week Day 1

Happy Monday, fashionistas!  I can't even explain how excited I am to be kicking off Back to School Fashion Week today, so I found this picture to do the talking for me!

You can link up your own back to school outfits or wish list items at the end of today's post, or use #b2sfashionweek on Instagram.  I can't wait to swap ideas!

 Today's outfit is PERFECT to kick off this fun week.  It may even become my first day of school ensemble!  I found this navy dotted shell at Ann Taylor last week, and instantly knew I had to have it, but I just wasn't sure what I was going to wear it with yet.  I brought it home, peeked in my closet, and there it was... my FAVORITE Loft lace skirt from last spring, GLOWING.  Okay, maybe it wasn't really glowing, but I just knew it was the perfect match for my cute new top.  Believe me, this was a VERY special moment, friends!  It's as if these two pieces were made for each other!

Shopping Guide:  
Navy shell: Ann Taylor (available here)
Lace skirt: Loft (no longer available, similar here and here, cute black and white lace here)
Necklace: Loft (available here)
Sandals: Target (last year)
Watch: Michael Kors outlet (available here)

Starting school so early means shorts are still a MUST for evening events and weekends.  I loved my lace skirt so much, I knew I HAD to have these lace shorts from Loft as soon as I saw them.  I wear them at least once a week and get compliments on them every time!  This outfit was one of my favorites of the summer!

Find similar lace shorts here.

A sweet reader, Tara, sent me this picture of her new black and white chevron dress she just bought to wear to school this fall.  She was asking for shoe suggestions to wear with her dress, and I asked if she would be willing to let me share her dress on the blog this week, in case anybody else is having a similar shoe dilemma!

Can we just take a sec to oooh and ahhhh over the CUTENESS of this dress?  Good job, Tara! :-)

I think a pair of black canvas wedges would be SUPER cute with this dress for a wedding or dinner date, but I know how unrealistic anything with a heel can be for the classroom!  So for school, I would definitely recommend a dressier sandal with this dress.  Here are two suggestions:


Find the wedge here and the sandal here.

Finish off the ensemble with a cute cardigan for a pop of color, and some glitzy jewelry.  These pieces are both from JCrew Factory.  Find them here and hereI think Tara will definitely be turning some heads in the hallway this fall!

Today's post was so much funI can't wait to see your ideas!  Be sure to grab the button and link-up your posts using the linky tool below. Just be sure to link your post back to here so your readers can see everyone else's cute ideas!  You can also Instagram your looks using #b2sfashionweek, even if you're not a blogger (or a teacher)!  I'll see you right back here tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Owl Themed Homework Folders

 I can't believe school starts for teachers in less than three weeks!  SOOOO crazy to think how fast the summer has gone!  I definitely get mixed feelings this time of year, excited for a new year, but not quite ready for the lazy summer days to end.  Anyone else?

Today I want to share two products in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that might be helpful to you as you start thinking about going back to school.  Maybe their cute designs might make this whole "back to school" thing just a little easier!

 The first product you're going to LOVE are my BRAND NEW Organized Weekly Learning (O.W.L.) folder covers.  I use these as the covers for my students' homework folders, by glueing the print-out to the front of a simple white folder, laminating it, and then using a box cutter to open up the inside pockets.  Next, I attach a label with the student's name to the left of the owl graphic.  Finally, I add labels to the inside of the folder for the "LEFT at Home" and "RIGHT Back to School" pockets, as well as labels with a grading scale and teacher contact information.  These REALLY help to keep my fourth graders (and their teacher) organized, and they look adorable!  I have four designs you can choose from, or mix and match like I plan to do!  I definitely think these would be super cute in a non-themed classroom, too!  Find them here on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


 Secondly, I think every child needs one of these cute postcards on their desk on the first day of school!  Write each student's name in the top left corner, attach a pencil or sweet treat, and your students will be sure to think their new teacher is a "hoot!"  My kiddos loved finding their postcards on their desks last year, and they are great for helping to assign seats that busy first day!  Find them in my TPT store here (minus the name).

 I'll be back on Monday for Back to School Fashion Week.  I hope you'll link up your cute back to school ensembles one of the days, or EVERY day next week!  Can't wait to swap ideas!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

I'm thrilled to be linking up today with Lindsey @ The Pleated Poppy for "What I Wore Wednesday!"  Be sure to check out Lindsey's cute looks, as well as outfit inspiration from the other 200+ lovely bloggers who are linking up as well.

Do you ever have those days where you just feel so happy and confident in your outfit that you don't even want to change into sweats when you get home?  Wait... NEVER?  Ok, me neither.  I live for the moment I can change into comfy clothes after a full day at work.  Except TODAY!  I love being able to throw on this black pleated jumpsuit without having to coordinate a top piece and bottom piece like I typically do in the mornings.  I can just add some super cute accessories and TADA... I instantly have a trendy, effortless ensemble to face the day in style.

I loved wearing this cotton "denim" jacket with my jumpsuit.  It was SOOOO comfy and really seemed to give an extra "edge" to today's look.  I wear my JCrew Factory denim jacket ALL. THE. TIME. (try 3+ times a week) so I knew this one would be the perfect addition to my closet in order to mix things up a little! 

 A few simple accessories polished off the ensemble.  

Shopping Guide:

Jumpsuit: Loft (no longer available, see full selection of rompers and jumpsuits here)

Jacket: Loft (available here, 50% off tonight only!)

Necklace: Loft (surprise, surprise!  Available here, 50% off tonight, too!) 

Watch & Bracelet: Jane 


I also wanted to share that 'Back to School Fashion Week' will be back again this year, July 28-August 1.  Whether you're a teacher or not, we all love to shop for fall!  Link up your favorite "back to school" outfits or fashion finds any day during the week or every day!  I'd love for you to join me! :-)
Find last year's posts here for inspiration!

Hope to see you back here soon!  In the meantime, find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Have a great week, fashionistas! 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pining for Pineapple

Okay, ladies.  I'm seriously going crazy over all of the pineapple prints I'm seeing pop up in my favorite stores and all over Instagram!  The tropical fruit patterns and pops of bright colors just scream "fun!"  I've put together a pineapple print collage for you with links to each of these cute pieces, so that you can be the talk of your next summer party!  

Top Row, Left to Right: Pineapple tee (JCrew Factory), Painted Pineapple Cosmetic Bag (Forever 21), Island Pendant Necklace (Ann Taylor), Pineapple Critter Socks (JCrew Factory)

Bottom Row, Left to Right: Pineapple tee (Ann Taylor), Slub Tank (Target), Printed Cami Dress (JCrew Factory)

I'll be sure to show off styling ideas once one   two  a few of these cute pieces make their way into my closet!  I'd love to see your looks, too!  Just tag @thefashionistateacher on Instagram!  Happy shopping, fashionistas!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

(4th of) July "Pinspired"

Oh my goodness!  I can't believe it's July already!  Where is my summer going?!  With it being the first of the month today, I'm linking up with Pinterest Told Me To, Mix & Match Mama and The Larson Lingo for the monthly "Pinspired" link-up! 

I LOVE the 4th of July!  My family spends the holiday at Lake Okoboji and I look forward to the trip every year!  I always like my OOTD to be a little patriotic on the 4th, and what better way to get inspired than with Pinterest!  I came across these images and was immediately "Pinspired" to find some patriotic looks in my own closet!

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(Pinned from Reece & Blaire blog)

Many of the pieces I used to create today's ensembles were used in last year's July Pinspired post, but mixed and matched to create fresh new looks!  I love using older items to create brand new outfits thanks to Pinterest!

Outfit #1:
 Navy Striped Shorts: Ann Taylor (similar here, also available in red stripe)
Red tee: JCrew Factory (similar here)
Denim Jacket: JCrew Factory (available here)
Necklace: Francescas (available here

Since I will basically have my shoes off the whole trip, I'm barefoot in all of my pictures today :)

Outfit #2:
Tank: Loft (available here)
Tribal Print Maxi: Loft (available here, mine is a tall size)
Denim Jacket: same as previous outfit
Necklace: Same as previous outfit

Outfit #3: 

Striped Shirtdress: Loft (available here, mine is a tall size) 
Necklace: same as previous outfits
 Belt: Loft (no longer available)

Have a safe and happy 4th of July, fashionistas!  Leave a comment and tell me which of the 3 looks is your fave, and be sure to check out the hostesses' Pinspired looks here, here and here!

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