Balance and Simplicity

25 Nov 2015 Permalink

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

Balance and simplicity are two words that I’ve been incorporating into my everyday life.

Both in the classroom and at home, I’m working on showing my students and my two minis that there is a time for work, and a time for play. I guess you can say it’s the whole “work hard, play hard” mentality, but really it’s just common sense.

If you don’t balance out your life between work and play, you will begin to find yourself stressed out. It’s not healthy for your body to just focus on one of the two. There has to be an equilibrium.

Simplicity comes into play – for me at least – during times of stress or chaos. It’s calming to stop, take a step back, focus on just what’s important at the moment, and continue on from there.

Balance and simplicity are words that have also been describing my style recently. Take this outfit, for example. I love a great chunky sweater…but it can truly look overwhelming my petite 5’3″ frame. That’s when a simple – but adorable – layered necklace comes into play. This new arrival from Karine Sultan brings the right amount of balance to my fall outfit. And provides that little glam factor that I always look for.

Melissa (Gold) Necklace – c/o Karine Sultan | vintage cardigan – thrifted | jeans – J. Crew

Cozy UP

16 Nov 2015 Permalink

cute outfit for fall

black quilted sweatshirt

knee-high boots

cute outfit for fall...knee-high boots are a must!!

I am NOT a cold weather person. I’m not sure if it’s my hatred towards socks, or the chilly air that literally takes my breath away. Regardless, I’ve had to adopt a few cold weather coping skills.

Boots are definitely a must. Last year I practically lived in my ankle exposing Franco Sarto booties, but this year I’m all about covering as much of my legs as I can. I picked up these over-the-knee boots from DSW. I usually prefer a pointier toe, but these thick heels provide enough comfort for all-day wear.

Sweaters are another item that I can’t live without from November to March. I have them stock piled and ready for when the temps really dip down. This year I’m adding another must-have to my tops…the casual sweatshirt.

I picked up this black quilted sweatshirt – and three other sweatshirts – from thredUP. I love that it looks cute with skinny jeans and boots, but that it can also look stylish with my dress pants and heels for the classroom.

But as much as the cold – and dressing for it – makes me crabby, I’m always thrilled when I can get amazing pieces without spending a ton! That’s why I like shopping at places like thredUP.

thredUP is an online store featuring like-new clothing and accessories. It’s a great place to find amazing deals and many prices are up to 90% off retail! They also have a ton of clothes that are new with tags. This casual sweatshirt actually still had the tags attached when I got it!! The women’s selection is pretty amazing…plus, they’re always getting new items added to their site!

If you’re a first-timer, you can save 40% off your order this month with code NOV40. That’s awesome considering their prices are already majorly pocket-friendly! Looking great, staying cozy, and saving money…that’s a win in my book!!

thredUP provided store credit for this post. All opinions are my own.

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playCHIC Fashion Show

13 Nov 2015 Permalink

I attend a number of blogger-related events in and around Chicago, but my favorite has to be the annual playCHIC Fashion Show every November!

If you’re not familiar, the playCHIC Fashion Show is all part of Chicago’s annual Toy and Game Week…a week that is dedicated to celebrate play and innovation through consumer events, conferences, awards and, of course, a fashion show!

playchic fashion show 2015

The show itself is a display of local fashion designers who incorporate toys and games into their garments. My favorite last year was the dress and poodle made out of Rainbow Looms!! It was definitely a show stopper!

I can’t wait to see this year’s fashions!! (And to hang out with all my favorite Chicago blogger friends!) If you’re local, you should totally come out and join us! I do have one extra ticket if anyone is interested…or you can purchase tickets by clicking here.

During the night I’ll be part of the playCHIC Fashion Ambassador Panel along with some of the most influential Chicago bloggers.

playchic ambassadors 2015
               So Chic Life | All Dressed up with Nothing to Drink | Style by Souk | Balanced Babe

Mommy on a ShoeString | Fashionista Chicago

A Lily Love Affair | Knocked up Fabulous | The Little Style File | The Kissing Booth Blog

If you’ve never attended playChic it’s like no other fashion show in Chicago. Founder Mary Couzin had the most unique vision, creating a runway show that pairs the hottest fashion designers with world-famous toy brands to create an unforgettable evening.

playChic Fashion Show Chicago Toy and Game Fair

GRAB YOUR TICKET TODAY! Hosted at Alhambra Palace {1240 W Randoph Street}, Chicago’s most creative and unforgettable fashion experience will kick off with cocktails at 7 p.m. and a runway show following at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $45, and for more information, visit

I was selected to be a playCHIC Fashion Ambassador. All content and opinions expressed here are honest and all my own.

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Pretty Little Things

27 Oct 2015 Permalink



lace tank

lace bra


At least once a year I like to go through my drawers and clean out my lingerie and pajamas. I toss things that have seen better days and take a little inventory of what I need to replenish.

It’s not that anyone actually sees these things…unless you count the kids as I run around in the mornings getting ready for work. But there’s a hidden sexiness to it. I know what I’m wearing underneath, and THAT makes me feel fabulous.

These pieces here are from Honeydew Intimates. They’re all surprisingly soft and very comfortable! This robe has to be my absolute favorite. When I wear it (which has been everyday for the last two weeks), I feel like I’m lounging around in a giant, comfy (but sexy!) sweatshirt. And when I’m busy with kids all day, it’s definitely the little things that make me feel fabulous.

Honeydew provided me with samples of the products. All opinions are my own.