Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spring Styling With Nickel & Suede

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Hey y'all! I hope you're having a great week! Today, I'm planning an outfit all around a pair of really great earrings. Nickel & Suede sent me this gorgeous pair of leather earrings and I know they are going to become my new favorite pair!



I personally discovered Nickel & Suede a couple of years ago. I distinctly remember scrolling through Instagram in the car rider pickup line and this pair of earrings someone was wearing caught my eye. I looked into wear I could get them for myself and that led me to Nickel & Suede. I have been a long-time fan of large earrings but I have never really been able to wear them because heavy earrings hurt my ears. Well, these earrings are game changers! They are so lightweight and unbelievably comfortable to wear. You literally forget you are even wearing any earrings because they are so light!

I styled a spring outfit all around these great earrings. The color I chose is called champagne shimmer and it's the prettiest understated metallic color. A great color that will literally go with everything! Also, I always get a size medium in my Nickel & Suede earrings. I think they are the perfect size, especially for everyday wear! I paired my new earrings with my new cropped linen pants, a basic v-neck tee, my denim jacket, and platform mules. I am planning to wear this look asap!

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Use the code FRESH5 at Nickel & Suede today (4/26) for $5 off your purchase at checkout! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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Earrings | c/o Nickel & Suede (size medium)
Tee | Target (I sized up one size for a more relaxed fit)
Pants | Old Navy (true to size)
Heels | Target (true to size)
Jacket | Target (similar option)


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! Last week, I mentioned how I feel like I always talk about the weather here on the blog and in "real life" too. I definitely *almost* started this post discussing how it rained the past two days and I loved it. So, I guess I still ended up talking about the weather anyways, lol. But really, I love spring and April showers are the best kind. 

Today, I'm sharing my latest Instagram roundup, some of my latest springtime outfits and my most favorite lipstick of all-time (it's really the best)!

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I had taken my kids to school in pajamas at least two days last week so I just needed to get it together. I felt so put together and still comfortable in this outfit. I love this midi skirt!


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A little chambray shirt dress is a great basic for your wardrobe. It can be dressed up with espadrilles and a fun bag or simply wear it with sandals for a easy throw on and go look.


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How beautiful is this top?! I typically don't buy many "fancy" tops but I had to have this one. I absolutely love the lace details!


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This top is another classic. You just can't go wrong with gingham! I paired it with my favorite denim for a PTO meeting and errands last week.


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Is this not the happiest skirt of all time?! It also has pockets! Since it has so much color going on, I decided to keep the rest of the look neutral to balance out the look.


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These shoes are my current favorite pair of heels! I seriously can't get over how comfortable they are and they are also really easy to walk in. 


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And last but not least, my most favorite lip stick of probably all-time! This is seriously the prettiest color. The shade is called "backtalk" and I'm going to order a second one so I can have one in my bathroom and one in my purse. The formula is also long lasting and makes my lips feel moisturized!


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Budget Friendly Finds From Walmart

Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a great start! No, you didn't misread the title of this post. Today, I'm sharing my first roundup of budget friendly finds from... Walmart! Truth be told, Walmart isn't my favorite place to shop. Target will always be my number one. However, I live in a small town and the nearest Target is about 25 minutes away. But, we do have a Walmart! The one in my town is actually not that bad (especially compared to the dozen others I have been in). I always do my grocery shopping there on Monday mornings and I have been noticing new (and better) things in the clothing department as a I pass by. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite (super) budget friendly finds here on the blog. I hope this can become I share here on a month basis if Walmart cooperates and keeps introducing great items. So, here we go...

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I have always had a thing for polka dots so I had to try this adorable top on. The fit is true to size and I took this home with me. I love it!


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How pretty is this reversible tote?! I was unable to find it online but you can definitely find it in your local store. The color is more of a rose gold in person!

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Seven dollar sandals?! These only come in whole sizes so the nine was perfect for me (I typically wear a size 8.5). I love the bow detail and they comes in lots of colors!


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I absolutely loved this top and I would have bought it if I didn't already own one that is super similar. Plus, it's under $13! I am trying on a size small and I love the fit. I also love these shorts! Such a great length and they come in multiple colors. I really love the distressed white pair! I'm typically between a 4 and 6 in shorts but I found the 6 to be the most comfortable. I don't like my shorts (or really anything) to be too tight.


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These shoes are almost identical to the ones I already own from Target but they are less expensive. Run to your closest Walmart and scoop these up!

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A swing dress is a closet staple for sure. This $10 dress is so soft and the fit is true to size. It also comes in lots of great colors. 


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Who knew Walmart started carrying adorable, mom friendly suits?! I tried both of these on and I loved them both. The pink one fits true to size (the small worked for me). The striped one isn't online but it's the No Boundaries brand in store. 


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This is a go-to look for me during the spring and summer. I love to throw on a comfy tee and denim shorts. You can grab both of these pieces for a little over $20. Such a great deal! I sized up to a medium in the tee to do the front tuck or to knot it.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Maurices Service With Style

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Hey y'all! Today, I have a very exciting post to share with you! maurices has selected me as one of their sheros, in honor of their #servicewithstyle campaign! This campaign highlights teachers, volunteers, nurses, busy moms, veterans, and more that serve in big and small ways every day in their communities. I am absolutely honored to be chosen! In honor of this selection, today's post is all about how I tackle my roles as a teacher, working mom, and volunteer in style with maurices!

When I was in elementary school, I had so many amazing teachers who actually inspired me to go to college and become a teacher myself. These teachers always went the extra mile to make sure I learned what I needed to and to make sure I knew that I was cared for. The teachers I had growing up were certainly sheros! But I also truly believe that all teachers male or female, truly are heroes. I am so thankful for all of the inspiring teachers that I have learned from and worked with over the years!

I graduated from college in 2008 and began my career as a teacher right away. I taught third grade for four years before moving to the job I currently have. I absolutely loved teaching children in the traditional classroom setting but I needed something different that fit my family a little better. When I left the traditional classroom, I had a newborn and a two year old. I wanted a more flexible schedule where I could be mommy most of the time but I didn't want to give up working with children because teaching has always been my passion. I began working at The Dream Center, a faith based, non-profit afterschool enrichment program that serves at-risk students in my community. 

When I started I working there I was the third grade lead teacher but over the years, my role has shifted and I now serve as the lead STEM teacher. My job has given me the opportunity to teach, mentor, and enrich the next generation while still being able to be there for my own children. My job is part-time and my own children actually get to attend the program that I work at! I have also had the ability to volunteer on the PTO board at my daughters' school for the last three years; two years as secretary and this year as president. Everyday when I lay my head on my pillow, I truly do believe that I am making a positive impact on my community and I am so thankful for that! 

When you are required to wear a staff t-shirt to work every day, mixing up your style can be tricky while still adhering to the dress code. The logo on our shirt must always be visible, no distressed denim is allowed, and this isn't apart of the official dress code, but you need to be comfortable! Since we are an afterschool program, we do spend a lot of time engaging in outdoor activities, team play, enrichment, and more so we are always on the move! Comfort is key. I love that I can find pieces at maurices that work with my workplace. These jeans are so comfortable (the perfect amount of stretch) and perfect for my job! I would also wear these sandals to work every single day because they are the perfect blend of cute and comfy, which I always love. 

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My other two looks from maurices are looks that I would wear for volunteering, mom life, and they would also be great outfits to wear if you work in a traditional classroom setting! Even when I'm just doing volunteer work, I still like to look put together and professional when I can.

The first style is this gorgeous fuchsia striped wrap skirt  that I paired with a great classic white shirt and taupe wedges. The wedges might look intimidating but they are also very comfortable and easy to walk in. This top can also be worn untied and tucked in for a whole different look (I also love how this top looks with jeans)! This put together yet comfortable look is perfect for teaching all day! The pieces are modest and appropriate for working with students on a daily basis.

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My third outfit is one of my go-to looks when I don't know what to wear. A little black dress and a denim jacket. You just can't go wrong and every woman needs their closet staples in their wardrobe! The little black dress is made out of the softest jersey material and it has the most fun knotted detail at the bottom. My maurices denim jacket is the perfect color to go with everything and the material is incredibly soft (unlike a lot of denim jackets I have tried before). I paired this look with my taupe wedges again but it would also look super cute with the sandals I shared above.

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These great budget friendly pieces from maurices can be mixed and matched so stay tuned to my stories on Instagram to see the behind of the scenes of how I planned these looks and a try on session where I share different looks that you can also create with these same items!

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Dress | c/o maurices
Denim Jacket | c/o  maurices
White Shirt | c/o maurices
Skirt | c/o maurices
Sandals | c/o maurices
Jeans | c/o maurices
Striped Tee | c/o maurices
Wedges | c/o maurices

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure nominate a #shero in your life who provides #servicewithstyle in their own community! See all of the details and rules for entering here. You could win a $1,000 shopping spree for you and a friend!
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