Closet Staple

Dress: Billabong 

Denim Vest: Forever 21

Booties: ‘Kalayla Studded Cowboy Ankle Boot‘ – Target (on super clearance!)

Bracelet: Forever 21 

These pictures were taken a few weeks ago when it still felt like summer. Now, there’s a definite chill in the air. Yesterday evening was especially frigid and I blasted the heat in my car after dinner with the boy. Boo. Fall is officially here.

Teaching has been going well. I’m finally starting to get into the groove of things and really getting to know my kids. They are a pretty great group and I find myself laughing at their silly antics daily.
The one thing I’m not excited about? Teaching the science unit.
Guys, I am terribly afraid of bugs. They really creep me out. So of course, what 4th grade teacher gets the bug unit during rotations? Me. Of course.
The giant beetles arrived Wednesday and I swear, since then, I’ve had nightmares. Okay, so maybe they aren’t giant, but at least the size of my thumb, and they really creep me out. Science rotations start next week, so I have a few days left to psych myself up about holding them. Ughhhh. I have to do this all why pretending to be totally excited and not afraid. Not sure how I’m going to get through the lesson where I have to duct tape a string and paper clips to them to see how much they can pull…it should be interesting though.

Anyways, enough about bugs.

I’ve had this dress for at least 2 years, and I still adore it. I paired it with a denim vest and black ankle booties for a humid September day, but plan on wearing it soon with a thick sweater, tights and riding boots for a chilly October day. There is nothing better than a versatile dress that can be worn multiple ways. A girl’s closet staple.

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  1. September 28, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    Love love love your outfit!
    It looks colorful and yes, very versatile.
    I can feel that you are such a fun and lively teacher to your studs as well! πŸ™‚

    -xoxo, FRANCES

  2. September 29, 2013 / 4:12 am

    Oooh, I can so see this dress working so well into fall and winter! Haha, I started turning on the heat a couple days ago too – Fall is definitely here. Its getting cold in the morning and evenings!
    Anyway, LOVE this tribaly print dress and the boots you paired with it.
    Oh yikes, and good luck with the bugs… :/ I've got a fear of spiders that's just awful

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  3. September 29, 2013 / 7:27 am

    Hahaha, oh dear, I'm sure you'll make it trough those pesky bugs πŸ˜€ Don't worry about it!

    This dress is gorgeous, adore the colors!

  4. September 29, 2013 / 11:54 am

    Love the outfit!! You look super cute! πŸ™‚



  5. September 29, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    What a fun print! I love the way you styled this dress πŸ™‚

  6. September 29, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    YouΒ΄re so beautiful Ashley! πŸ™‚

  7. October 1, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    I love your pretty dress and the denim vest! And good luck with the giant beetles! sounds scary but i'm sure you'll do great πŸ™‚

  8. October 9, 2013 / 12:56 am

    That dress is so gorgeous, love the colors in it! And good luck with the bug unit! Maybe it will help you conquer your fear. πŸ˜‰

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