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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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Snowy Sunday Uniform

Happy New Year!  I hope you've all had a GREAT start to 2015!  I can't believe how quickly my winter break went... I go back tomorrow already!  It was so nice to have two weeks off, but I worry about getting back into the swing of things since I've been doing a whole lot of nothing this week! :)

To help ease myself back in, I've started prepping some outfits to wear over the next couple weeks.  I'm hoping that having one less thing to think about at 7 A.M. will allow for less hectic mornings.  I am definitely NOT a morning person, so 5 extra minutes of sleep is heaven for me!  When I am in my most creative state of mind (usually around midnight) I hang the whole outfit (pants, top, accessories, etc) on one hanger in my closet so that I can just grab and go.  This system has worked very well for me in the past!

I wanted to show off one of my "prepped" outfits that I wore to church today, as it is already a winter favorite!  My stylish mama gifted me this JCrew Factory vest for Christmas, and I loved how this Lou & Grey textured sweater complimented the pattern so well.  I know it will be a great look for school on chilly days and will easily transition to weekends, too.  

Puffer vest: JCrew Factory (available here)
Sweater: Lou & Grey via Loft (available here)
Watch: Olivia Pratt via Very Jane (available here
Jeans: Loft (available here)
Boots: Nine West (available here)

Be sure to follow on Instagram or Facebook for daily style inspiration, if you're not already!  I wish all you teachers the best of luck as you go back to school this week... we can do it!  Have a blessed 2015, loves!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Classroom Tour 2014-2015

My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE pins to pin and blog photos to view are of real-life elementary school classrooms.  There are so many AWESOME teachers out there with some really fun and cute classrooms that provide such great inspiration!  Today I'm (finally) sharing my classroom photos with you, in hopes that you can be inspired by my classroom as much as I have been by all of yours!

I spend just as much, if not more, time in this space than I do at home, and have found that a well-decorated classroom contributes to a more cheerful mood while working.  I think that our students really appreciate a fun learning environment as well!  Enjoy your tour of my owl-themed classroom :)

Morning Meeting / Read Aloud / Reading Area


Since students complete a 'Genre Challenge' throughout the course of the year in independent reading, books are categorized by genre in my classroom library to make selecting a book a little easier.

We spend a lot of time reviewing and practicing independent reading expectations at the start of the school year, so posters displayed on the sides of the bookshelves serve as constant reminders to students.

This is our gathering spot for "Morning Meeting" and read alouds.  We have our calendar, 'Owl-Star' of the week poster and Book Recommendation Tree displayed here.

Bulletin Boards

I don't change my bulletin boards much throughout the course of the year, so I try to choose themes and displays that contain essential information for students to use from unit to unit as a constant reference and reminder of key concepts.

White Boards / SMART Board

  I definitely take full advantage of my magnetic white boards!  I display our schedule, morning jobs, clip chart, star jars, anchor charts, etc. and use the document camera during instruction to display notes and key concepts on the SMART Board.  I didn't have either in my first classroom, so I feel very fortunate!

Small - Group Area

I meet with guided reading and math groups and intervention groups in this area.  I also spend time here when conferencing with students about their writing and performing fluency checks.  I keep all necessary materials on the bookshelf behind the table.  A class names "Wordle" and classroom rules are displayed above the shelves.

 Back Counter Area

Students turn in work to the colored baskets, and highlight their name on a class list once they have done so.  That way, I can easily check to see who I need to track down homework from each morning.  I also have a small supply station next to the baskets for students to use for replenishment if needed.


These cute owls were super easy to make (paper lanterns and scrapbooking paper) and serve as our class mascots.

Student Work Display

My student work display was super easy, too!  I just laminate construction paper, hot glued some cute ribbon on top, and attached an owl name cut-out to a clothespin.  I hang seasonal or work from our current unit of study from each student's clip.

Teacher Desk Area

This is where I keep frequently used items like student review booklets, alternate snacks, reward tickets and coupons, etc.  I also have a file drawer assigned for each day of the week to store copies, books, station games and other supplies for the week.

My personal display :)  I love the drawing my mom framed for me that I made in Kindergarten showing what I want to be when I grow up.

Students move their owl magnet to "restroom," "office," or "library" to show where they are going if leaving the classroom.  I'm a little obsessed with using every magnetic surface possible :)

Computer Area / Word Wall

Students use the computers for Accelerated Reader and math and reading practice games.  The word wall contains vocabulary words and concepts that correlate with state reading standards, so that students are familiar with this academic vocabulary come time for their state reading test in the spring.  I move a sticky to the poster of the skills and strategies we are working on for the week to help students connect the vocabulary words with our weekly concepts.

This cute frame sits atop our mailboxes.  The name is changed each week to recognize a different student for responsible or respectful behavior.  Find the download here in my TPT store.

Whew!  It was so fun to show of my 'home away from home'!  Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave me your feedback, questions, etc.!  I'd LOVE to hear from you!  Have a GREAT week, friends!
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