Leather Love

I am so excited about this BCBGeneration leather jacket that I found at Macy’s! The second it got chilly (for 2 days) I decided I had to have a black, leather, moto jacket. This is my big splurge of the season. I usually try to find things more moderately priced, but I knew this would be a staple, especially in Houston with our mild climate. I gave myself a $250 budget and set out at the Galleria. I started at Nordstrom, but their jackets were slightly out of my price range. Then I tried Macy’s. When I had just about given up and was walking out the door feeling defeated there it was…sitting on the rack with a big red sign that said, “Take 40% off.” I didn’t even make it to the fitting room just tried it straight on and looked in a mirror. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I love the zipper details and buckles on the sides; it just makes me feel cool LOL. Since it was $348, but under the sale sign I rushed up to the cashier and asked if it was really 40% off…It was! I got the jacket for $225, just under my budget and I’ve been thinking of different ways to wear it ever since. It is so versatile! It goes with everything from dresses down to leggings. Check out what I paired it with below.

Here I put on a summer dress that I only got to wear once this year. The jacket makes it more fall appropriate and the shoes tie it all together. I recently had my 10-year high school reunion and this is what I had pictured I would wear in my head. Too bad I didn’t own the jacket yet…

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I wore this outfit to work on Monday after the Astros won Game 5 of the World Series. I was exhausted (the game lasted until after midnight) but this was such an easy look to throw together last minute.

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Whenever I’m running around on the weekends I like to wear something comfy (#leggings). Throwing this leather jacket on made me feel so much more put together than my usual sweatshirt or longsleeve.

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#datenight – I always joke that I don’t have any “going out” clothes, but I think this outfit it worthy of a night out!

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Here is the most basic outfit I could have put together, but the jacket gives it that extra “umph” as my dad would say! Fingers crossed that the cool front promised for tomorrow is actually cool enough that I can wear my new favorite piece. fingers crossed

OUTFIT DETAILS: JACKET – BCBGENERATION // DRESS – BANANA REPUBLIC // BLACK JEANS – ZARA // LIGHT JEANS – H&M // FIRST AND LAST SHOES PICTURED – PEDRO GARCIA

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The Astros play the Yankees tonight and I can’t wait to watch! #gostros Today at work we could wear our Astros gear, but it is also the start of parent-teacher conferences. So, I didn’t want to look frumpy in my t-shirt. I got this new grey shirt from Academy and its a men’s small. The dark grey looks great with white and I love the huge logo. It reminds me of a graphic tee. It was also FINALLY cool enough today to wear a light jacket, so I decided to wear this neutral army green color. And…the best shoes for this 60s in the AM and 80 in the PM are open toe booties. Thank you TOMS!

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OMG! I just realized I was still wearing my ID badge on my arm in the picture above! Whoops! #reallife

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I love these earrings because they “go” with the blue and orange of the Astros, but they aren’t too matchy-matchy.

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Look who decided to photobomb! She’s such a great prop. Secretly I think she just wanted to play with the ball, but I’m so glad she joined in!

Here’s to dressing up the regular old t-shirt for game day! GO ‘STROS!!!!

Endless Summer

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Summertime in Texas can feel like it lasts forever. The only way to stay cool is to be in the water…if the water isn’t 90 degrees LOL. That means, a lot of the time we Texans are in swimsuits (from April-October….That’s half the year!). So, you’ve got to find one you feel confident in. Before I started writing this post, I came across this quote from one of my favorite people, #JenniferLawrence. I love her message and think we should all be proud of who we are. #yougogirl

My #NanetteLepore one piece is the best bathing suit investment I’ve ever made. Before this suit, I hadn’t worn a one piece since I was a kid. When I noticed prettier, less sports-like one pieces popping up, I knew it would be something I would spend a little extra $$ on. I’m so glad I did. To me it was worth it to pay more, to feel better, in the place I (and most people) have the least confidence. 

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I  am drawn to anything that has stripes on it, so this bathing suit spoke to me the second I saw it. When I tried it on in the dressing room, I loved how the multicolored middle defined my waist. I also love that you can take the strap off if you want to avoid the tan lines. Too bad I have a slight shorts tan from walking and playing tennis….#thatslife!

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Here’s a little closer look at the details of the suit. The “belt” wraps  all the way around the back with a vertically striped pattern to continue defining the waist. You’ll also notice that I have my hat in almost every picture. I am pretty fair skinned and obviously freckled! I try to protect my skin from too much sun and these hats are the best way to keep the sun off my face and shoulders.

 

Along with a hat, you can’t forget #sunnies! These, from #Target, have been my favorite all summer. I wore them in this post too! I thought the blue would be limiting, but I’m loving the pop of color they add. They also go perfectly with the water and my cool, blue #TrinaTurk beach towel.

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Being less than dressed in public can be intimidating, but you shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable at the pool. Finding a flattering suit can help you gain the confidence you need to have fun in the sun.

So find the suit that suits you.

Here are some suits for you to try so you can relax, enjoy, and feel confident by the pool.

Main Image - Miraclesuit® Caravan Odyssey One-Piece Swimsuit
Miraclesuit at Nordstrom $174
Main Image - Nanette Lepore Peace Love One-Piece Swimsuit
Nanette Lepore at Nordstrom $160
Main Image - Laundry by Shelli Segal Laguna Flora One-Piece Swimsuit
Laundry at Nordstrom $130
Main Image - La Blanca Caged Strap One-Piece Swimsuit
La Blanca at Nordstrom $119
Main Image - La Blanca Island Mix One-Piece Swimsuit
La Blanca at Nordstrom $129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Recap

OMG…NYC! I can’t believe I have had such a great opportunity to go 2 years in a row! I’ve now been 4 times (to visit) and each time I fall in love with the city a little bit more. This year, and last, I got to go to Columbia’s Teachers College to be a part of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project #TCRWP The days were filled with new learning, tips, tricks, and ways to be better teachers #teachernerd The evenings were filled with sightseeing, good food, and shopping.

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While I was there I got to do some amazing things. I LOVED walking the High Line, a public park built on an old freight line above Manhattan’s West Side. As you walk, you’ll get a chance to see the Hudson River, old and new buildings, and beautiful art and gardens. It’s short-ish, about 1.5 miles, but still long enough that I wanted to make sure I had comfy shoes on. That’s why these #Adidas (pictured above) were my go-to any time we had to walk more than a short distance. Last year when I was here, EVERYONE had them on, so naturally, I NEEDED a pair. They turned out to be a great investment for this trip. They offer the comfort of tennis shoes while still being cool…at least I think so 🙂

Going shopping at #BergdorfGoodman was an absolute highlight as well. I went a few years back with my mom and was DYING to go again. It’s like a museum in there! First, they suck you in on the first floor with their gorgeous, designer handbags and once they’ve got you hooked they get you into the shoe department. While we were there, we tried on everything from #Celine to #Gucci. Not sure I loved everything…but we sure had a good time playing!

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Then we went up another escalator and wound up surrounded by #The Row, #McQueen, #Prada, #Chanel, #Dior and more #Gucci. I love how the clothes are spread out, each one only having one or two sizes out to try. There’s no rummaging through; you can actually see the clothes. Granted, the clothes on that floor cost somewhere between $800 and $3,000, but still, you could see and touch and play with them. The only thing we had enough nerve to try on was a Gucci jacket modeled by my friend Brittany. It followed the #embroidery trend, but was just a hair out of our price range. If I remember correctly, it was $2,600. Image result for crying laughing emoji OH, and it had a giant tiger on the back!

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Up another level or two (I can’t fully remember because my brain was on fashion overload) we found some clothes to try on. I tried on this beautiful, lace, royal blue, #DianeVon Furstenberg, tea length dress. If only I had someplace fancy to wear it…..?

Then we got into hats. Now, I never thought I was much of hat person, but these hats were pretty fun. I mean, who can’t smile at a yellow, flower/fruit crowned hat? And the other hat, well I call that my Indiana Jones look. LOL.

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Thanks Brittany and Amy for being good sports and trying these on with me!

IMG_4462After we shopped, we saw a girl taking a picture in the middle of the street. My friends MADE me take this picture. I was so uncomfortable I waved at the chauffeur at the stop light. We made friends and then I got this great picture #nyc I hate to admit it, but they were right!

I almost ended this post forgetting to talk about what I was wore while in #NYC…WHOOPS! The #shoppingtrip was my first time wearing a crop top. I have to admit, I felt like I was yanking it down a bit, but the jacket thrown over my shoulders helped me feel more comfortable. Since I knew I would be showing my stomach a little, I wanted to keep the rest of my body pretty conservative. These high-waisted jeans were perfect with the crop top because they almost met, leaving just a peep of skin showing. Don’t knock it ’til you try it 😉

When we walked the High Line and when we walked in Central Park, the #adidas were clutch. Both of those times, I paired them with cuffed shorts (jean and white), a flowier shirt half tucked, and a long necklace. As you can see in the pics below, I have 2 different purses. I have the cross body bag that was great for walking in Central Park (we saw the Friends fountain, the Mall, and a concert!). Then the big blue/green bag I had on the high Line was great for lugging my big camera around. My suggestion is to bring one of each – one that’s larger and good as a travel carry on and a small cross body, in a neutral color, that won’t get in your way as you explore.

I thought I’d wrap it up with a few of my favorite things I saw that I couldn’t help but capture. Enjoy! #Chaneleverything

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OUTFIT DETAIL (what’s pictured from NYC): BLACK RIPPED DENIM – H&M // WHITE CROP TOP – UNDERSHIRT FROM DRESS AT TJMAXX // BLUSH MOTO JACKET – TJMAXX // SANDALS – FRYE // PURSE – DSW

JEAN SHORTS – GAP // BLACK AND GOLD TOP – TJMAXX // NECKLACE – FOREVER XXI // SHOES – ADIDAS // PURSE – NEIMAN MARCUS

WHITE SHORTS – TJMAXX // WHITE LINEN TOP – NORDSTROM // BLACK CHOKER – TARGET // SHOES – ADIDAS // PURSE – DSW

 

Mom Jeans!

I ♥ these mom jeans! I don’t know if it is because they remind me of the 90s or because they are so comfy, but let me tell you…they are FANTASTIC! Let me list the ways: they don’t stick to you on hot days like skinny jeans, they define the thinnest part of your body, you can bend and not feel like a plumber (wink, wink), and they are a totally new (ok old, but new) twist on jeans. I wore them first with my white, lacy, more feminine top out to lunch with my mom and BFF, then switched to a comfy tee when I went to casual dinner. Usually I would be fancier in the evening, but we were going to be eating wings and I know myself…white shirt + sauce = disaster. BTW – You have to check out how high the back pockets are! Image result for crying laughing emoji so LOL!

Oh! I also recently rediscovered my Chanel bag hiding in a closet at my mom’s house. I have been using it non-stop! It is the perfect size and the color is great any season. Also, the strap can double up and go short, or be undone to go cross body. Perfection.

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Love ’em or hate ’em? Leave a comment!

OUTFIT DETAILS: // WHITE SHIRT – TARGET //GREY SHIRT – AMERICAN APPAREL/ETSY // JEANS – H&M // SHOES – TARGET // PURSE – CHANEL // SUNGLASSES – TARGET

Summer Oxford

I guess wearing a uniform for a decade made me a lover of oxford, or button down shirts. They are so classic and go with almost everything. I found this one when I was looking for something to wear to an Astros game. (GO ‘STROS!) We have been to a lot this year and I have worn the same shirt every time. This time I wanted to change things up. What I love about this shirt is how light weight and breathable it is. It hangs nicely, isn’t too stiff, and it’s really easy to do a half tuck with. The only downfall is that it is 100% rayon and hand wash only….ALWAYS read the care tags before purchase. Anyway, for the actual game, I wore the same shirt and belt, but with white shorts. I was able to repeat the outfit a couple days later by switching out my sandals to these faux suede ankle tie espadrilles and distressed jean shorts.

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OUTFIT DETAILS: // SHIRT – TJMAXX // SHORTS – GAP // BELT – TARGET // SHOES – TJMAXX //

C’est La Vie

It’s HOT in HOUSTON. Literally the word HOT is in the word HOusTon. That’s life here in the Lone Star State! Because we have so much hot weather, I get tired of wearing shorts or workout clothes, so I decided to try all white. I threw on my favorite white skinnies and a breathable t-shirt. I have a secret love for graphic tees…SHHHH! This one is old, but here is a similar one I found that stays in the frenchy style. Click on the link to see the funny fraise LOL #oldnavy

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These shoes were $9, yes $9 from #marshalls. I figured since the rest of my outfit was pretty simple, I’d throw in a fun pattern. #allthingsleopard

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OUTFIT DETAILS: SHIRT – OLD NAVY // JEANS – BANANA REPUBLIC // SHOES – MARSHALLS // PURSE – COLE HAAN // SUNGLASSES – TARGET // EARRINGS – GIFT // STARBUCKS DRINK – VERY BERRY HIBISCUS

What’s your go-to summer wardrobe piece?