Affordable Outfits Are My Favorite

Friday, February 12, 2016

chloe, marcie, orange, sweater, affordable, outfit

chloe, marcie, orange, sweater, affordable, outfit

chloe, marcie, orange, sweater, affordable, outfit

chloe, marcie, orange, sweater, affordable, outfit

chloe, marcie, orange, sweater, affordable, outfit

kinsley, banana, republic, comfortable, mid, heel, pump

chloe, marcie, orange, sweater, affordable, outfit
Sweater // Heels / Scarf  (on sale for $8!!) / Hat / Bag / Jeans / lips

Affordable outfits are my favorite kinds of outfits! This oversized orange sweater and these heels from Banana republic were on mega sale in store as well as this paisley Loft scarf

My friend Sandy was kind enough to let me borrow her pretty Chloe Marcie bag after I forgot my bag at home. It's pretty clear hers is better than whatever I was going to wear. Thanks again Sandy for the bag and photos!


A Very Whimsical and Very Pink Valentine's Day Outfit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater


kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater, j crew cocoon coat, pale ginger

kate spade purse, outfit ideas, valentines day, heart sweater, j crew cocoon coat, pale ginger


 This Equipment sweater is perfect for Valentine's Day and lucky for me, being a teacher I can get away with wearing it year round and not looking like a crazy person. "Embrace the whimsy" is the motto I like to go with.  This sweater is actually an Ebay score but I found some cute heart print sweaters like it  here and here
And keeping in that whimsical spirit, I paired a already daring print with a double printed wrap skirt from Anthropologie. This skirt came out last season in another color and I adored the stretchy and super comfortable style as well as the length which is always hard for me to find. 

And just to get really into the pink I topped this look with my favorite pink Cocoon coat and Bright pink Kate Spade bag? 

So why not try an unexpected and slightly over the top combo for valentines day? I is one of the only days of the year where you can get away with wearing an obscene amount of pink and you know I highly encourage that!

Hope you all have a happy Valentine's Day with whoever your main squeeze may be!


Chicago Ain't No Sissy Town! A Giveaway with Homage

Monday, February 8, 2016

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ski, look, outfit, winter, style, long, cardigan, sweater

ski, look, outfit, winter, style, long, cardigan, sweater, free, people, santa, cruz

ski, look, outfit, winter, style

winter, style, mountain, snow, look

homage, tee, chicago

santa, cruz, cardigan, free, people

ski, look, outfit, winter, style, long, cardigan, sweater, free, people, santa, cruz

ski, look, outfit, winter, style, long, cardigan, sweater, free, people, santa, cruz

ski, look, outfit, winter, style, long, cardigan, sweater, free, people, santa, cruz

giveaway, chicago, tee, free, people, long, cardigan

hiking, boots, waterproof, stylish
Tee: Homage (c/o) // Boots // Jeans: Zara // Sweater: Free People (on sale for $49!) // Hat: old Nordstrom Rack

Today I'm teaming up with Homage to bring you this awesome tee shirt that holds a special place in my heart after leaving Chicago. That city taught me so very much after living there for 34 years. Today I want to share with you the most important thing it taught me.

Chicagoans are a prideful bunch, and with every right to be in my opinion. We survive sub zero winters and spend half of our existence either walking to where we need to be or endlessly looking for parking spots. It's not an easy life but it sure is fun. I've had an amazing time living in Chicago but the one thing it did teach me was to fight. And no, I don't mean fist fight (although maybe sometimes it may feel like it needs to come to that) I mean the fight of life.

Chicago forced me to work hard to get where I wanted to be. There are always hundreds of other people wanting that job opportunity, parking spot, new apartment, or even dinner reservation, and you have to fight to get it all. I know everyone goes through this in some capacity but I really think living in Chicago pushed me to points I may not have ever experience if I wasn't there fighting all along the way. Maybe it was the teaching in the inner city hoods I did for 11 years or the public transportation I endured in the freezing cold, but I feel I earned a badge of honor and can proudly say that I ain't no sissy and have my sweet home Chicago to thank for that!

Want to win your own "Chicago ain't no sissy town" tee? Tell me what makes you tough in the comments below and leave your name and email as well. I'll pick one winner at random to get their own tee on Sunday February 14th! 






 // Scarf: Forever 21 


Why I Have Sentimental Value For This Romper

Thursday, February 4, 2016

hushpuppies, booties, jean, jacket, romper

hushpuppies, booties, jean, jacket, romper

rebecca, Minkoff, crossbody, phone, case

red, hair, bob

rebecca, Minkoff, crossbody, phone, case, fringe

rebecca, Minkoff, crossbody, phone, case, fringe

orange, booties, hushpuppies

I realized I never shared this long sleeved romper look but it kind of holds a special place in my heart. The day these pictures were taken was the first day I ever stepped foot in our new house!

To say we had been looking hard for a place to live in SLC all while living in Chicago is an understatement. I seriously could NOT think of anything else. Any time I had a free second in the halls at school I would hop on one of the many Realestate apps that was crowding up my phone. It was all consuming. I was terrified of moving to a new place and hating where I lived because anyone who knew me in Chicago knew how much I adored my old apartment. 

As you can probably tell from my snapchats and previous posts, I love to decorate too. I had just finished redecorating our place in Chicago when the chance to move arrived. It made it bittersweet to leave. A good friend of mine tells me know that if you think your home is "done" then it's probably time to leave. How right she was! We were ready for a change. 

After seeing about 4 places out of hundreds that I would like to see, go off the market in just days I became extremely discouraged! Then one lunch break at school, I saw out current home on an app and it just came on the market. I prayed that it would stay on the market for the 2 weeks we needed till we would be out there to see it with our own two eyes. We weren't dumb, we'd never buy something sight unseen. Or even rent for that matter. 

I tried to keep my expectations low because every other place we liked was snapped up in a few days. Finally the day came that we flew out to SLC to look for houses. We had a massive excel spreadsheet with rentals, condos, and homes all ready to go. The night we arrived it was super late but we were compelled to drive past our now home to see what we though. We saw the lights of the valley sparkling from the front knowing that could be our view one day. Still we waited and went to see  about 5 billion properties in the next two days. The first one we visited was our house now. We loved it but thought we ought to see what else was out there to compare. After seriously LONG days of our realtor probably hating us for making her take us to every property out there (all of which were HARD no's, we asked if we could go back and see the first house we saw. We pretty much knew then that nothing compared to it for us. We loved it. 

My brain remembers events by outfits I wear which is pretty funny considering I have a blog cataloging my life by outfits. So this will forever be documented as the outfit I wore when we first met our new home in SLC! 

How to Dress Like a Color Obsessed Teacher

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

colorful, dress, teacher, outfit

colorful, dress, teacher, outfit


colorful, dress, teacher, outfit

ann, taylor, heels
Dress: Anthropologie // Heels: Ann Taylor (another mega sale find for just $15! Thank goodness all they had left was my big foot size!) // Jacket: Zara (super old)

Basically my best advice for dressing professionally but still being around kids is to get a little crazy. Color, print and patterns keep the kids interested and also project fun and energy. 

Mix some patterns, pick a dress or skirt with primary colors but stick with classic shapes and modest cuts. Gotta keep it classy, Right? Anthropologie sale dresses are my saving grace. I found this one for only $38!!

I wore this dress to tour a new school here in Salt Lake. It's pretty much the easiest dress to wear year round because it has both spring and winter colors in in. I wore it with a navy cardigan but it would be equally as adorable with a navy and white striped turtle neck underneath it. Check out the last time I wore it here.