A Black Maxi for Every Season

We are half way through August and fall is just around the corner. Despite the new season being so close, it is still SO hot! Shopping this time of year can be hard because there are tons of cute new fall arrivals, but the temps need to drop a good 40 degrees to wear them! Lately, I have been on the hunt for pieces I can wear now and transition into cooler weather…bonus points if I can also wear it in the classroom!

The past few seasons, I have been perusing the Walmart site and finding the cutest options to update my wardrobe. I love that I can find clothing I feel good in, is flattering, and doesn’t break the bank! Walmart’s newest campaign, We Dress America, aligns with those same sentiments, offering clothing this is on trend, unique, inclusive and affordable.

One of my favorite recent purchases from Walmart is this black maxi. This is the ultimate maxi as it’s super flattering, has a sweet ruffle detailing and a sightly high lo hem line so it’s great for any height! The best part about this dress though? It’s a closet staple that can be worn from season to season.

Outfit 1: Dress // Bag // Sandals

I’ve been wearing this maxi now with sandals. It’s so easy breezy and is one of those pieces that can be thrown on and dressed up or down. It’s great for a day at the lake or a dinner date with the boo.

Outfit 2: Dress // Jacket // Sneakers

Pair this dress with a denim jacket and some sneaks and you’ve got an effortless weekend look. This combo is something I will wear on the weekends or in the classroom on a Friday! On another note, this denim jacket is another great closet staple! I love the wash of this one and the minimal distressing!

Outfit 3: Dress // Cardigan // Belt // Similar Booties // Bag

This is how I plan on wearing this maxi this fall in the classroom! Belted and topped off with a cardigan! This belt is a great, low key way to try out the snake print trend. I then added a cardigan for an extra layer and to dress things up a bit. This one is SO SOFT! Swap a lighter weight cardi out for something heavier as the temps drop.

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August Shopbop Picks

If you can’t tell from my Shopbop picks below, I am loving ALL of the prints this month! From snake to leopard print, there is a print for everyone! I have especially been loving the printed shoes as it’s such an easy way to incorporate this trend into a basic combo, like denim and a tee. Check out my favorites below…you can just click the links to shop!

Snake Print Midi Dress // Hair Clips // illesteva Sunnies // Lele Sadoughi Headband // Tory Burch Bag // Golden Goose Sneakers // Free People Sweater // Dolce Vita Booties // MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Bag // Sam Edelman Loafers // AGOLDE Denim Skirt // BB Dakota Leopard Dress //  Free People Dress // Sam Edelman Snake Print Booties

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: Teacher Picks & Classroom to Weekend Looks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open for a few more days! Have you shopped the sale? I’ve definitely taken advantage of the sale picking up new items for fall and winter. My favorite thing to shop for during the sale though is back to school. It’s a great time to stock up on new pieces for your classroom wardrobe!

Today I am sharing my teacher picks including some classroom to weekend outfit ideas! You will notice that my classroom style involves lots of basics and layering pieces that can be mixed and matched. My school is pretty laid back, so my staples include non-distressed denim, booties, mules, cardigans and basic tops. Think of this as outfit inspiration and re-create any of these looks by adding your own touches! Don’t forget to check out my other post of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases that also include some classroom appropriate outfits and a full shoe review!

FYI: I am 5’3 and usually a xs/s in tops and a 25 in bottoms. My shoe size is 7!

Top // Jeans // Shoes // Necklace

All in Favor Wrap Top (NOW: $26 // AFTER SALE: $39 // SIZE: Small): This top is such a steal! It’s a great work option that can be dressed up or down. I love the wrap fit and the slightly puffed sleeves. It comes in 3 color options, including a black and white polka dot print that I think I will be ordering too!

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans (NOW: $52 // AFTER SALE: $78 // SIZE: 0): I love a good pair of cropped denim and this pair is one of my sale favorites. Super comfortable, just the right amount of stretch and a raw hem. These do run a bit big…I am wearing a 0 and wish they had 00! If you can wear denim in the classroom, this is a great pair of non-distressed that are easy to move in. These will be great for the beginning of the school year!

Top // Pants // Booties, similar and in stock

All in Favor Wrap Top (NOW: $26 // AFTER SALE: $39 // SIZE: Small): This top is such a steal! It’s a great work option that can be dressed up or down. I love the wrap fit and the slightly puffed sleeves. It comes in 3 color options, including a black and white polka dot print that I think I will be ordering too!

WIT & WISDOM Ab-Solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): A great pair of black pants or denim is one of my teacher wardrobe staples. I heard rave reviews about these last year and knew I had to get my hands on a pair this year! These are extremely comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch. The best part about these is the soft inner waistband.

Top // Jeans // Booties

Leith Rib Wrap Top (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: XS): I am so surprised that this top is still in stock! It’s a thicker knit, but not quite sweater material. I love the tighter fit of this one because it is perfect for layering! This is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down!

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): This denim is GOOD. You can’t beat the $45 price tag or the comfort level these babies offer. Teacher friends, if you are looking for a good pair of bargain denim for the classroom, these are for you! They are easy to move in and I love the dark wash.

Top // Pants // Shoes, similar here

Leith Rib Wrap Top (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: XS): I am so surprised that this top is still in stock! It’s a thicker knit, but not quite sweater material. I love the tighter fit of this one because it is perfect for layering! This is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down!

WIT & WISDOM Ab-Solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): A great pair of black pants or denim is one of my teacher wardrobe staples. I heard rave reviews about these last year and knew I had to get my hands on a pair this year! These are extremely comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch. The best part about these is the soft inner waistband.

Top // Jacket // Jeans // Booties

Leith Rib Wrap Top (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: XS): I am so surprised that this top is still in stock! It’s a thicker knit, but not quite sweater material. I love the tighter fit of this one because it is perfect for layering! This is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down!

STS Blue Leopard Print Denim Jacket (NOW: $52 // AFTER SALE: $79 // SIZE: Small): This jacket gives me all the cool girl vibes. I think the leopard print adds such a fun touch and is the perfect way to spice up a basic tee and pants combo in the classroom!

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): This denim is GOOD. You can’t beat the $45 price tag or the comfort level these babies offer. Teacher friends, if you are looking for a good pair of bargain denim for the classroom, these are for you! They are easy to move in and I love the dark wash.

Top // Jeans // Booties

Harper Long Sleeve Top (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: SMALL): I’ve been loving the animal print trend, so this leopard top is right up my ally! This is a piece that can be dressed up or down and is long enough to pair with leggings. If you aren’t a fan of this print, this top comes in 3 other options. I am wearing a small, but found it to run a bit big and wished I would have sized down!

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): This denim is GOOD. You can’t beat the $45 price tag or the comfort level these babies offer. Teacher friends, if you are looking for a good pair of bargain denim for the classroom, these are for you! They are easy to move in and I love the dark wash.

Top // Cardigan // Jeans // Shoes

Harper Long Sleeve Top (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: SMALL): I’ve been loving the animal print trend, so this leopard top is right up my ally! This is a piece that can be dressed up or down and is long enough to pair with leggings. If you aren’t a fan of this print, this top comes in 3 other options. I am wearing a small, but found it to run a bit big and wished I would have sized down!

BP Longline Cardigan (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: XS):  This is one of my go to layering pieces for the classroom. The length makes this cardigan perfect for layering with dresses, tights and boots in the winter time!

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): This denim is GOOD. You can’t beat the $45 price tag or the comfort level these babies offer. Teacher friends, if you are looking for a good pair of bargain denim for the classroom, these are for you! They are easy to move in and I love the dark wash.

Polka Dot Top // Jeans // Shoes

Halogen Wrap Front Peplum Top (NOW: $50 // AFTER SALE: $79 // SIZE: XS): This top is even prettier in person! It has such a flattering fit and is another piece that is super easy to dress up or down. It has a snap closer at the top, which ensures everything stays in place! This cutie comes in 12 color options!

Good American High Waist Skinny Jeans (NOW: $113 // AFTER SALE: $169 // SIZE: 00): If you are going to splurge on one piece of denim, let it be these. I have never loved a pair of jeans like I do these! The fit is SO GOOD. It’s an incredibly flattering cut and I feel like they would look good on any body shape, and trust me, these do your booty alllll the favors. Every year I splurge on a pair of dark wash denim that I can wear in the classroom and I am so excited to throw these into the  rotation!

Cardigan // Polka Dot Top // Pants // Booties, similar and in stock

BP Grandma Stitch Cardigan (NOW: $36 // AFTER SALE: $55 // SIZE: XS): I love this cardigan! This was a surprise find for me as I put it into my cart on a whim. This is the coziest little cardi and I love the chunky knit! It’s the perfect layering piece for chilly days in the classroom!

Halogen Wrap Front Peplum Top (NOW: $50 // AFTER SALE: $79 // SIZE: XS): This top is even prettier in person! It has such a flattering fit and is another piece that is super easy to dress up or down. It has a snap closer at the top, which ensures everything stays in place! This cutie comes in 12 color options!

WIT & WISDOM Ab-Solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): A great pair of black pants or denim is one of my teacher wardrobe staples. I heard rave reviews about these last year and knew I had to get my hands on a pair this year! These are extremely comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch. The best part about these is the soft inner waistband.

Sweater // Pants // Shoes

Madewell Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater (NOW: $50 // AFTER SALE: $75 // SIZE: Medium): I love the stripes on this sweater. This little number has two front pockets and ribbed detailing. I sized up in this to a medium for an oversized fit. I love that I can wear this to work and then off the shoulder on the weekend!

WIT & WISDOM Ab-Solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): A great pair of black pants or denim is one of my teacher wardrobe staples. I heard rave reviews about these last year and knew I had to get my hands on a pair this year! These are extremely comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch. The best part about these is the soft inner waistband.

Top // Pants // Shoes, similar here

Gibson Cozy Twist Front Pullover (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: XS): This top is a cozy staple with a fun twist (haha quite literally). It is SO soft and I love the longer length in the back, making it a piece you could definitely wear with leggings. I am wearing an XS, but this top definitely runs a bit big. I’m thinking of exchanging for an XXS.

CASLON Crop Utility Pants (NOW: $50 // AFTER SALE: $79 // SIZE: 25): These utility pants are easy and effortless and a great alternative to your average work pant. These also come in a fun camo print. The crop fit is a great length for the start of the school year!

Cardigan, similar style here // Tee // Pants // Mules

Leith Longline Cardigan (NOW: $46 // AFTER SALE: $69// SIZE: XS ): This cardigan is another closet staple. I love the lighter weight of, the ribbed detailing and the longer length. This neutral color will go with EVERYTHING.

BP V-Neck Tee (NOW: $12 // AFTER SALE: $15 // SIZE: XS): Now is the time to stock up on these basic tees! These are great for everyday wear and layering. I always end up picking them up in a few colors. I get questions on how they wash all the time and have had no issues in the past! I usually wash and then hang dry a couple of times before deciding I don’t really care and throwing them in the dryer, lol. I do think they run a bit big and suggest sizing down, unless you like the oversized look!

CASLON Crop Utility Pants (NOW: $50 // AFTER SALE: $79 // SIZE: 25): These utility pants are easy and effortless and a great alternative to your average work pant. These also come in a fun camo print. The crop fit is a great length for the start of the school year!

Sweater // Pants // Scarf // Sneakers

BP Lightweight Sweater (NOW: $26 // AFTER SALE: $32 // SIZE: XS ): The perfect lightweight sweater for early fall days. This one is perfect for layering and will be great in the classroom on those early fall days when it’s freezing in the morning and warms up a bit in the afternoon. This cutie comes in 6 colors, including some fun, bright options.

WIT & WISDOM Ab-Solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (NOW: $45 // AFTER SALE: $68 // SIZE: 0): A great pair of black pants or denim is one of my teacher wardrobe staples. I heard rave reviews about these last year and knew I had to get my hands on a pair this year! These are extremely comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch. The best part about these is the soft inner waistband.

Top, similar here // Skirt // Booties, similar and in stock

Socialite Long Sleeve Cozy Top (NOW: $23 // AFTER SALE: $35 // SIZE: Small): This soft fleecey tee is the perfect way to incorporate the snake print trend into your wardrobe! This is another piece that can be worn alone or layered up.

Topshop Topstitch Twill Mini Skirt (NOW: $36 // AFTER SALE: $55 // SIZE: US 2): I fell in love with the color and design of this skirt! I love the oversized pockets and the high waist. I ordered a size 2 and found it to run a bit short. I wouldn’t wear this one to work, but plan on exchanging for a US 4 for the extra bit of length so I can wear it in the classroom! The color is so perfect for fall!

Sweater // Skirt // Booties, similar and in stock

BP Lightweight Sweater (NOW: $26 // AFTER SALE: $32 // SIZE: XS ): The perfect lightweight sweater for early fall days. This one is perfect for layering and will be great in the classroom on those early fall days when it’s freezing in the morning and warms up a bit in the afternoon. This cutie comes in 6 colors, including some fun, bright options.

Topshop Topstitch Twill Mini Skirt (NOW: $36 // AFTER SALE: $55 // SIZE: US 2): I fell in love with the color and design of this skirt! The he oversized pockets and the high waist make this skirt so fun! I ordered a size 2 and found it to run a bit short. I wouldn’t wear this one to work, but plan on exchanging for a US 4 for the extra bit of length so I can wear it in the classroom! The color is so perfect for fall!

Top // Skirt // Vintage Boho Bag (get 10% off with code TWENTIESGIRL10 at checkout // Booties, similar and in stock

Free People Little Runaway Blouse (NOW: $65 // AFTER SALE: $98 // SIZE: XS): This top is even prettier in person! It’s slightly sheer, but not sheer enough that it’s see through! The tie at the neck allows you to tie things up and into place if you have a bigger bust. I might even pair this with a pretty cami underneath for work!

Topshop Topstitch Twill Mini Skirt (NOW: $36 // AFTER SALE: $55 // SIZE: US 2): I fell in love with the color and design of this skirt! I love the oversized pockets and the high waist. I ordered a size 2 and found it to run a bit short. I wouldn’t wear this one to work, but plan on exchanging for a US 4 for the extra bit of length so I can wear it in the classroom! The color is so perfect for fall!

Top // Jeans // Vintage Boho Bag (get 10% off with code TWENTIESGIRL10 at checkout // Booties, similar and in stock

Free People Little Runaway Blouse (NOW: $65 // AFTER SALE: $98 // SIZE: XS): This top is even prettier in person! It’s slightly sheer, but not sheer enough that it’s see through! The tie at the neck allows you to tie things up and into place if you have a bigger bust. I might even pair this with a pretty cami underneath for work! Pair it with some distressed denim for the weekend!

Good American Good Flare Ripped Jeans (NOW: $120 // AFTER SALE: $179 // SIZE: 00): This pair of denim is not for the classroom, but a pair that will be one of my go to’s on the weekend! I was SO excited about getting this pair and they did not disappoint when I finally received them!! Like the other pair of Good American jeans I purchased at the sale this year, these fit like a GLOVE. They are SO Flattering! I’ve been wanting to try a pair of flares for awhile now, but knew I would need the perfect fit to pull them off. These are definitely more of a splurge denim, but so worth it! They do run pretty big, I had to size down to a 00.

 

Top // Jeans //Booties, similar and in stock // Bag

Leith Rib Wrap Top (NOW: $32 // AFTER SALE: $49 // SIZE: XS): I am so surprised that this top is still in stock! It’s a thicker knit, but not quite sweater material. I love the tighter fit of this one because it is perfect for layering! This is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down!

Good American Good Flare Ripped Jeans (NOW: $120 // AFTER SALE: $179 // SIZE: 00): This pair of denim is not for the classroom, but a pair that will be one of my go to’s on the weekend! I was SO excited about getting this pair and they did not disappoint when I finally received them!! Like the other pair of Good American jeans I purchased at the sale this year, these fit like a GLOVE. They are SO Flattering! I’ve been wanting to try a pair of flares for awhile now, but knew I would need the perfect fit to pull them off. These are definitely more of a splurge denim, but so worth it! They do run pretty big, I had to size down to a 00.

July Shopbop Picks

This month’s Shopbop picks are pieces that you can wear now and transition into cooler weather. My wardrobe is slowly gaining lightweight knits and pieces in earth tones. I am loving all of the animal print pieces and am also eyeing a new bag in a neutral color that can be paired with my bright summer prints and then autumn tones. Check out my favorite picks below. Just click the links to shop!

Free People Sweater // Rebecca Minkoff Bag // Shashi Earrings // Free People Dress // Z Supply Dress // Sam Edelman Loafers // AGOLDE Shorts //BB Dakota Ruffle Blouse //  ZAC Zac Posen Bag // Free People Cardigan // Golden Goose Sneakers // Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody // Reformation Skirt