Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Tall Girl's Guide to Fashion

I've spent my life being a tall girl, and at 5'9 1/2" I've learned that height has it's blessings and curses, especially when it comes to fashion.  I tend to be able to wear a wide variety of styles, whether it be in dresses, denim or pants, some trendier styles that my shorter friends struggle to make work for them.  I also hardly ever have to get anything hemmed or altered, which is definitely a blessing!  My biggest struggle in tall girl fashion is hardly ever being able to find the perfect length of pants or dresses in my favorite stores.  I also would love to wear cute heels more often, but end up towering over everyone around me (including my 5'10" husband)  when I do.  Today I want to share a couple of my tips and tricks for how you can stand above the rest of the fashion world in style. 

1. I love fall and winter because I can buy dresses that would typically be too short to wear bare legged during the summer, but actually look like a proper length when paired with leggings and boots.  This is a dress I purchased this summer from Loft that ended up being too short to wear.  I loved the chambray shirt-dress style too much to take it back, so I ended up saving it to wear with leggings and boots later on.  I ended up LOVING this look for a baby shower over the weekend, and plan to get plenty of use out of it for school, too! 

2. Try the pants or dress on for size (minus length) in the store, and then see if it's available online in a "tall" size.  I buy all of my work pants from either Loft or Gap because they offer tall sizes online, and buy most of my dresses from Loft.  Find Loft's tall selection here and Gap's here.  Gap even offers some denim and pants in "talls" in the store.

3. I am grateful to be able to wear both skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans well.  If I'm not able to find what I'm looking for in either style in a "tall", I might wear the regular size as an ankle length, cuff them into capris, or tuck them into a boot.

4. As a tall girl, flats and boots without a heel are my best friend in the fall and winter.  Thankfully, as an elementary teacher, heels are pretty unrealistic anyway.  Most of my flats are JCrew Factory, Target, or Sperry Topsider.  My favorite pairs of riding boots are Nine West and Banana Republic from a couple of seasons ago.

Fellow long-legged beauties, now I want to hear from YOU!  What are your fashion tips and tricks?  Favorite places to shop? 

 Thanks so much for popping by today, fashionistas! Find me on Instagram for weekly fashion inspiration.  I plan to be back later on this week with my classroom tour (FINALLY!) Hope to see you soon!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

JCrew Factory Fall Finds

Happy (almost) Friday, fashionistas!  I hope your 4-day week has just been stellar!  

Logan and I enjoyed a long weekend trip to Denver over Labor Day and we had a great time!  I had never been before, and it was fun to explore the city and enjoy some quality time together.  The second day we were there, Logan wanted to check out Boulder, because of its fabulous reputation for running, and there just HAPPENED to be an outlet mall on the way 20 minutes out of the way.  I knew JCrew Factory was having a big Labor Day sale and I also just happened to have a 30% coupon burning a large hole in my pocket, so I convinced Logan to make a pit stop with me, and I had SUCH. GOOD. LUCK!  I couldn't wait to show off how I styled each of these cute tops for fall!

The polka dots on this first tee were just screaming my name from across the store.  I love the casual baseball tee look for weekends, but could still wear it for work with a pair of khakis or a full skirt.  If you're looking for a cute statement necklace for fall, JCrew Factory has an excellent selection!  I wear so much navy, so I knew this one would be the perfect addition to my collection!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this embellished tee for fall!  I added it to my bag mostly because maroon and white are my sister's school colors, and I plan on attending a LOT of her sporting events this year because it's her senior year!  I think this tee would be perfect to wear to work on her game days so that I don't have to change again after school. 

I bought a navy striped tee at JCrew Factory this summer and have worn it so much, I really regretted not buying another color!  This gray tee is pretty similar, so I knew I better get it.  I love how cute it looks with my Gap denim vest and green khakis.  Another top that transitions easily from work to weekend!

Although I LOVE the first three tops, I think this fourth has to be my favorite.  It is actually pretty hard for me to find cute tops in red, probably because I live in the midst of Husker nation, so red anything goes pretty fast here.  I love the vibrancy of red, and I wear the color pretty much every Saturday in the fall, so it's nice to have a good selection in my closet :)

 Don't forget that JCrew and JCrew Factory offer a 15% off teacher discount with your teacher ID, and it can usually be used on top of other sales.  I love stores that appreciate teachers! :)

 Have a GREAT Friday and a FABULOUS weekend, lovelies!   Thanks for reading!

I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Made-It

Can we begin today's post by taking a moment to celebrate the fact that I have officially made it through 2 FULL weeks of school with 26 kiddos?  Wooohoooo!!  And cheers to my other teacher friends who are ROCKING those first exhausting weeks, too!  Keep it up, ladies!  We are almost to a 3-day weekend!  

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics today to share THREE Monday Made-Its with you!  Enjoy :)

#1: Student Work Display

For this year's display, I laminated sheets of white construction paper, hot glued lime green, blue and hot pink ribbon to the top and added personalized owl cut-outs to clothespins to hang the work.  I love how everything turned out! 


#2: Names Wordle:

I originally found this idea on The Digital Scoop blog a couple of years ago, and have made one for my classroom each year since.  Just go to, type in your kiddos' names, print out and frame!  I found my pink sparkly frame at Hobby Lobby last year.  Such a fun, EASY project!

#3: Star Jars

The 'Compliment Jar' (or 'Star Jar') template can be found here on Teachers Pay Teachers from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  I copied mine on neon printer paper and added magnets to the back to hang on my white board.  We use the large jar for whole group reinforcement and the smaller jars for a competition between table groups.  Once the class earns 10 stars, we vote on a class reward like treats, games, extra recess, etc.  The winning table group (first to 5 stars) usually earns a coupon like "computer time" or "choose your spot."

That was so much fun!  Now, go check out the other fabulous teacher bloggers who have linked up their hard work, too!  I'll leave your with some Instagram style inspiration from the week :)

 Have a GREAT week, fashionistas
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Open House Recap

My school's Open House is held on a Thursday night the week before school starts, with Curriculum Night held on the same night.  Needless to say, I get a little stressed out trying to get the classroom to look perfect, all while trying to come up with creative ideas that will make a great first impression on the students and parents. With this year marking my sixth year of teaching, I seem to have finally figured out a pretty good game plan.

This sign greeted students and parents as they entered the classroom last week:


These are the papers I left on each student's desk: A 'Meet the Teacher' sheet, volunteer form, scavenger hunt for the students to complete (find your coat hook, mailbox, etc.), a student information card, and specials schedule for the first week.  The student info. sheet and volunteer form were both borrowed from another teacher, and the classroom scavenger hunt was self-created but is a very easy activity to replicate.  It keeps the students busy while they're exploring the classroom, so that I can mix and mingle and have a chance to meet everyone.  Students find me for a "prize" (usually a sucker) once they have completed the checklist.  

I also leave a cute owl-themed "Welcome" certificate on each desk with a pencil attached.  

This sign-up was placed on my reading table, along with other P.T.O. volunteer sign-ups for parents to check out.

How cute are our new staff t-shirts that we got to debut at Open House?!  

I was so happy with the way the room turned out!  It was so nice to leave a finished, clean room that night knowing it was ready for the first week! 

I have an awesome group of 26 kiddos, 17 boys and 9 girls, and I always get more excited for the first day once I have had a chance to meet my new students!

How do your structure your Open House / Meet the Teacher night?  I'm always up for new ideas!

Here are some of my favorite looks from Instagram this week, pink polka dots on Saturday night (Old Navy tee available in stores), this cute Loft dress for the first day of school, and coral and navy paired with my fan fringe statement necklace (similar here) for a cute second day ensemble.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I plan to be back on Monday for another Monday Made-It link-up, and I'm hoping to have a classroom tour post up in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, have a GREAT week!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Made It (My 2014-2015 Teacher Planner) & Currently

Happy Monday, fashionistas!  I hope you had as GREAT of a weekend as mine!  I can't wait to share some highlights with you today!  I'm also linking up with two bloggers on this lovely Monday: 4th Grade Frolics for "Monday Made-It" and Oh Boy 4th Grade for "August Currently."  It's going to be a fun-filled post!

First up, Monday Made It ... 

Last summer, after months of debating which teacher planner would be the best fit for me, I finally decided to go with one of Modern Teacher's printable planners.  I had it printed and spiral bound at Office Depot last year and it worked GREAT until I decided about 1/2 way through the year that I would rather type up my lesson plans each week.  There was a template included to do this, but I couldn't add the plans very easily to my spiral bound planner.  So this year, I needed a different solution.  I did love that my planner had a digital template for typing plans, plus my planner was automatically updated for this year without having to purchase a new one.  Thanks, Modern Teacher!  I found a cute (and very durable) Martha Stewart binder from Staples that I can keep my planner pages in, and add my digital plans to each week after I print them out.  I'm hoping this will be the PERFECT solution!

I love that the planner includes pages for birthdays and anniversaries, to-do lists, note-taking pages and a gradebook (not pictured).  I also wanted to show you a pic of my Papermate Flair pens with my planner since I love using them SOOOO much with my calendar and for grading.

  Find the planner here, and binder here.  I always look for Office Depot coupons, and ended up printing the planner pages for around $10-15.  I saved on cost this year without printing my actual planner pages, since I'll be printing the digital plans each week at school.

Now for my August "Currently"...

Check out many other teacher bloggers' "Currentlys" here.  Thanks to Farley for hosting this fun link-up!

And now for a few weekend highlights:

I posted both of these outfits on Instagram over the weekend.  The first look was perfect for a Saturday morning Farmer's Market date with the hubby, and the second for a little back to school shopping and errands yesterday afternoon.  Find the lace tank from Saturday's outfit here, currently 50% off.


 This cute girl was spoiled with extra attention this weekend since I know Tuesday will come too fast!  Her sweet face will make going back to school so difficult!

Logan and I wrapped up the perfect weekend with a perfect summer dinner on the patio last night. 

Thanks for reading to the end!  If you missed last week's Back to School Fashion week posts, check them out here:
Day 5

Also wanted to mentioned that everything in my TPT store is 20% today and tomorrow only!  Click the image below to check out my products!
I'm hoping to be back later on this week for an Open House recap, and a classroom tour is also in the works!  Hope to see you soon!  Have a FABULOUS week!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Fashion Week Day 5

Welcome to the final day of Back to School Fashion Week!  I can't believe how fast this week has gone!  If you missed the previous days' p0sts, be sure to check them out:

Please forgive my tardy post today.  I was SUPER busy yesterday doing this:

 I had a wonderful end of summer Friday Fun Day!  With teachers in my district reporting back next week already, I knew I just needed to take a day to relax and enjoy one last day of summer.  I slept in, cuddled and walked Lucy Lou, headed to the pool, then a fun Zumba work-out, got a back to school pedicure, and then had a great evening at a wedding reception in Lincoln.  So you'll have to forgive me just this once for not getting the final post of Back to School Fashion Week up until this morningHere was my outfit from last night:

Top: JCrew (sold out)
Skirt: Loft (available here)
Necklace: Francescas (available here)
Shoes: Steve Madden (old)
  Today I have a shopping guide to share with you, with links to all of the pieces featured this during this week's posts that are currently still available online.

Day 2's Denim jacket: JCrew Factory (available here)
Day 1's Navy polka dot shell: Ann Taylor (available here)
Day 2's Lace tank: LOFT (available here)
Day 3's Black tiered shell: LOFT (available here)
Day 4's Sweatshirt tee: LOFT (available here)    

Day 4's Shoes: TOMS (available here)
Day 1's White pendant necklace: LOFT (available here)
Day 2 and 3's Multi-strand necklace: LOFT (available here) 
Day 4's Fan fringe necklace: mine is from 
(find similar here) 

Whew!  It was a busy week of posting, but I had so much fun sharing my back to school looks with you!  I will be sharing more of my outfits on Instagram in the coming weeks, so if you don't already follow me you totally should!  I'll see you right back here on Monday for "Monday Made It" with 4th Grade FrolicsI can't wait to show you my 2014-2015 Teacher Planner and student work display!  Have a FABULOUS weekend, fashionistas!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back to School Fashion Week Day 4

Hello there, fashionistas!  I hope you're having a great week!  Mine has been VERY productive, as I have found time to work in my classroom before officially reporting back next week, AND I have my whole first week of outfits planned thanks to Back to School Fashion Week!  I'm so excited to share my full week of looks with you today, as well as a tip for organizing your back to school outfits.


You may recognize a few of the looks, since Tuesday's outfit was featured here, and Thursday's here.  On Fridays, teachers at my school can wear jeans with our school t-shirts and sweatshirts, which is why my Friday look is so casual.  I try to give my feet a break and wear tennis shoes or Toms on Fridays.  I just ordered this cute pair of polka dot Toms and they just came in the mail today!  Our school colors are red and navy, so they will be PERFECT with my school gear on Fridays.  Find theme here.

This will most likely not come as a surprise to those who know me well, but I am NOT a morning person.  I sleep through two alarms to the last possible minute, and my brain just does not function well in the mornings.  I can generally manage to put some sort of outfit together for school, but always do much better on weekends and week nights, or any time I'm able to get ready past 9AM.  So, I've had to come up with some sort of strategy to help me function in the early mornings.  When I'm going through my closet putting clothes away and a cute outfit idea suddenly comes to mind, I immediately hang all parts of the outfit up together in a designated section of my closet.  I do the same thing for outfits worn for blog posts or out to dinner with friends, that would also work for school.   That way instead of walking into my closet and staring around like a zombie woman in the morning, I can just reach for an outfit that's already put together.

My first week of outfits is already ready to go, plus a few more to getme through the next few weeks I hope this strategy works as well for you as it does for me, unless you all LOVE to wake up at the crack of dawn.  I secretly hate those people.  (Just kidding, my husband is one of them) 

If you missed out on the first three days of Fashion Week, check out those posts here, here and here.  I'll be back tomorrow with a full shopping guide from all of this week's looks that are still available in stores.  Use #B2SFashionWeek to link up your outfits on Instagram, or link up blog posts using the link-up tool below.  See you tomorrow!
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