School Days – Back to School

 Floral Peplum // White Skinnies // Flatform Espadrilles, similar here  // Tote // 3 Disc Necklace // Christian Paul Watch

Yesterday was the first day of school for the 2016-2017 school year! 

I had a great day getting to know my kiddos. I have the sweetest group of first graders and I am so excited to spend the year with them! 

This is what I wore for the first day! I didn’t think about the fact that wearing white jeans and 22 little firsties might not be the best combo, but I am happy to report my white jeans survived the day! 

This top is one of my favorite recent purchases! I love the floral print and the sweet peplum hem. It’s one of those perfect transition pieces that can be worn now, and in the colder months with a sweater, black pants and boots! 

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Work Necessities: Packed for Confidence with #ubykotex

Life happens.

Maybe when you least expect it, or when you are the most unprepared, but one thing is for sure…it happens. 

As a teacher, I learned very early on to ALWAYS come to school prepared. With my own classroom, I already have a lot of necessities I might need tucked away in a cupboard at work (including an emergency kit with toothpaste, a toothbrush, etc…hey, you never know!), but there are a few things I always make sure to have in my bag. The important things I might need when traveling from school to meetings, or stashed for a rainy day, always make the trip to school with me in the morning, tucked in my trusty bag! 

Scroll down to see what I carry! 

 School Bag Necessities

Planner: This Erin Condren teacher plan book is my LIFE. It is so amazing as it has both teacher plan pages and monthly planner pages that help keep my crazy life organized. A little spendy, but worth it when used multiple times during the day! Definitely my favorite planner layout I have seen yet and so easy to use, that I can effortlessly follow my day plans and make sure I don’t miss a beat! 

Notepads and Pens: I always carry multiple notepads and pens with me. You never know when you may need to take notes, make a shopping list or to do list! I am constantly listing things I need to get done to prepare for the next day. This usually helps me round up what I need to get done or take home to have ready for the next school day. I also use them to jot down blog ideas. You never know when you might be inspired!

Make-Up Remover Wipes: These are in my bag for my late evenings at work. School gets out a little after 2, but I am usually there until 5 or later. I don’t know about you, but taking off my make-up is one of my favorite things after a long day! These Simple cleansing facial wipes are so refreshing and help remove all of my make-up easily. 

Hair Brush: I literally can’t get through a day of work without brushing my hair through at least 2 or 3 times! I don’t know what it is about being at school, but my hair ALWAYS get’s knotted. This detangler brush is perfect for quickly swiping through my hair to remove those pesky knots! 

Lipstick: A neutral lipstick is a must have in my school bag. This one is by Bite cosmetics in the color fig. I love putting some on throughout the day, especially after lunch, as a little pick me up. Nothing like adding a little lipstick to boost your confidence! 

Fizzy Drink: I quit drinking soda about a year ago, but still crave the fizz. I usually tote a fizzy drink, like sparkling juice or water, to give me that little bit of fizz I need to keep me going through my day. I am currently addicted to Izze sparkling juices

Feminine Products: This is a MUST. You never know when Aunt Flo will come knocking at the door! I always feel better knowing I have some stashed in my bag for emergencies! And U by Kotex have quickly become my product of choice. 

 These U by Kotex pads and tampons are PERFECT for a girl on the go. I am in love with the bright colors and fun prints of the packaging. I usually stash my feminine products in a secret compartment in my bag, but the packaging on these pads is so cute and discreet (i.e it doesn’t scream HEY…I’M A PAD!) that tossing them in my bag is a non-issue. I was in awe of the selection of U by Kotex products at my local Wal-Mart…seriously, they have something for every girl! I picked up a bonus pack of my favorite Ultra Thin liners and was so excited to see an adorable patterned Kleenex pack included! More adorably packaged life necessities? Yes, please!

Being prepared is a huge confidence booster for me. I know that when prepared for the little things (including a pesky period), nothing can catch me by surprise! 
What is one of your necessities you can’t leave the house without? 

This post was sponsored by U by Kotex, but all opinions are my own. 

Back to School in Mixed Prints

 Top: Old Navy ‘Boyfriend Tee’ // Skirt: Old Navy ‘Chiffon Mini’ in Red Floral  // Shoes: Halogen ‘Olson’ Pointy Toe T-strap Flat (color currently unavailable, but comes in 7 other colors!) // Bag: Tory Burch ‘Perry’ Tote // Sunnies: Ray Ban ‘Erika’ // Necklace: Mini Coin Crystal Necklace c/o Taudrey // 

Happy September!

School has officially started hence the lack of posts around these parts! It was a busy few days getting my classroom ready, and I spent a lot of hours making sure things were ready to go. All of you teachers know that no matter how much time you spend in the classroom it really is never enough!! Wednesday the 2nd was the official first day, and it was a good one! I forgot how little the first graders are when they start compared to how much they grow by the end of the year! It will take me some time getting back in to the swing of working full time and blogging while I find a balance that works, so thanks ahead of time for being patient with me!

This mixed prints combo was what I wore the first day of school, plus a denim jacket over to top it off as it was a little chillier than expected. Would you believe me if I told you this outfit (top and bottom) was under $25? I headed to Old Navy recently to pick up a few new things for school and this top and skirt immediately jumped out at me! I love easy to wear pieces, and the mixed prints adds a fun element. This top was $11 and the skirt was just $10. These are pieces I can mix into my teaching wardrobe all year long! Head in to Old Navy asap for the labor day sales! I promise you will find a steal of a deal or two! 

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 This week’s blogger of the week from last week’s link up is Amanda Miller of The Miller Affect! Fall is just around the corner, and I have been so drawn to deep reds that Amanda’s little maroon dress totally fits the bill! I can’t get over the lace detailing and deep v-neck. Paired with some leopard pumps and a perfect clutch, Amanda is absolutely killing it! I can’t wait to re-create this look this fall!

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