Back to School Shopping!

Well, I did it.  I worked in my classroom all day long.  Still. Not. Finished.  Hopefully tomorrow?   I really just feel like zoning out tonight...watching a little Olympics (Yay for USA Volleyball!!) and still upset that they're trying to backdoor Janelle on BB!!  NOOOOO....I really think Danielle is going to watch the video back and regret getting snookered by Boogie and Frank!  If Janelle goes, they are going to run this game!

I'm going to link up with Jess at From Blood to Books for her Teacher Fashion Linky Party.  I mean, come on...teaching and fashion?  I'm in all kinds of LOVE with this linky!  I was just thinking that I needed to go do my "back to school shopping" this weekend.  (I love that I STILL get to go shopping for new school clothes...that was always my favorite part of back to school as a child.)
1. Tell me your favorite store(s) that you like to get your "teacher's fashion".
 My go-to stores are Ann Taylor LOFT and Banana Republic....they probably account for more than 80% of my closet!  I also LOVE J.Crew, but I only get staples from there or hit their outlet because, let's face it, it's not really made for a teacher's salary.  However they DO give a teacher discount! :)  Sometimes I find some really cute stuff at Target and Khol's, too, but those are usually hit or miss for me.
However, my NEWEST addiction is Shabby Apple.  Have you seen this one?  Seriously Precious!  I was sooooo in love with their vintage bathing suits this summer!  And, they have some super cute, girly dresses.  L-O-V-E their modern retro looks!
2. What are some of your favorite accessories?
I LOVE a big chunky necklace!!  This is one of my favorites that I pinned on Pinterest (originally JCrew for over $200) but bought on ebay for $35!!  SCORE!
Now everyone is reproducing these "baubble necklaces" and I've seen them around for as low as $20...I think I might need some new colors! :)
3. What type of shoes do you teach in? (i.e. heels, flats, wedges, etc.)
I am a HEEL girl!  I WISH I had a job that was conducive to wearing heels.  I would gladly wear them EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I do have to break down and wear them to work sometimes (I just love the way I feel in heels....very girly).  Here's an example of a shoe I pinned and even wrote "great for work" as the caption.
I would TOTALLY rock those at work, or these...

 But, a more practical choice would be these:
What you will not see me wear to work are Danskos...DON'T THROW THINGS AT ME!!!  I know they are very trendy in recent years, and they seem to be the "teacher go-to shoe" but I just don't get what is cute about this...
I know, I know...some people choose comfort over cute, but I like to think there's a compromise.  Oh, and boots are awesome for work!!  How cute are these with the boot socks?

4. Do you have a "go-to" item in your closet? (i.e. sweater you wear weekly, shoes you wear daily, etc.)
My go-to item during warmer weather is a dress.  What can I say??  I love dresses, ruffles and flowers!  While I can't really wear a lot of the dresses I love to work, I have definitely started the year off wearing a different dress for the first month before.  I think they're comfy, plus they're so easy in the don't have to "match" - just throw it on and go!
Other "go-to" items would be a little cardigan or denim jacket to STAY at school.  It always seems to get cool at some point during the day!
Dress, denim jacket, chunky necklace AND boots?  CHECK!
5. Have you ever had a fashion "uh-oh" at school? (i.e. heel broke, button popped off of blouse)
Absolutely...all of the above!  Keep super glue and safety pins on hand at all times!  You never know when a fashion "uh-oh" will strike!

Alright, this linky definitely put me in the mood for some back-to-school shopping!  Uh-oh!


  1. Haha! I love my Danskos! But, I'm tall and my feet/legs/back hurt after I've been standing a while, so I definitely choose comfort over fashion! :)

    Miss R's Room

  2. Love this linky! Wish I was a little more fashion forward, but I am very (cheap) basic. I DO love me some chunky necklaces, though! I sold Premier for years, and now it's in the blood:)
    Synonym Rolls & Antonym Moments

  3. I love those shoes! I have really bad feet, etc so I mostly wear super comfy shoes. However, I'm totally with you on the the Dansko clogs. Not cute.

    I also love the dresses-so girly and cute!!

    Primarily Speaking

  4. I love those bubble necklaces, too! I am actualy going shopping today for school clothes...yay! :) I have such a hard time with shoes...I am not really a heels girl!

  5. OMG, this could've been my post! I think I have every single one of those pinned and I just discovered the Shabby Apple this summer!! I am so with you on the Dansko shoes.....I don't get it. I too love a heel, but I don't wear them to school very often, and when I do I usually regret it by the end of the day. My legs prefer a flat :(

    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  6. omg, these dresses are so cute. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest outfit and post for xo

  7. Hey Amanda...just wanted to let you know that the necklace that you showed here is on sale at Poke a Dot shop. If you like them on Facebook you can get a coupon and get them for $15.99 and they have lots of colors!

  8. I love wearing dresses too. I even get away with wearing a lot of my comfy summer dresses to school by adding a jean jacket. This covers the thin straps and makes the outfit look a little more put together. I think some teachers take the comfort look a little too far, so I'm with you on the Danskos. They definitely have to go.

  9. Thanks, Dana!! That is an AWESOME deal! :)

  10. I love your post! I think we have very simiar style. I find great deals at Banana Republic all the time.

    Your Newest Follower,


    Fantastic First Grade Friends

  11. I have those gold wedges in chocolate brown! Love them! I've never tried on Danskos, but hear they are fabulous for comfort! A teacher I work with has a cheetah print pair-cuter than the solid! Love this linky!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  12. I would love it if you looked at my latest post and offered ANY advice you have got!! Love your creativity! Thank you :)

    Reflections at Recess

  13. That is AmAZInG that you teach in heels! And those dresses are SOO cute. I want!

    Tangled with Teaching

  14. The picture with the necklace was one of my first pins on pinterest-love everything about that picture!

    Really enjoyed reading this post-wanna go shopping now!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  15. Thanks so much for linking up!! I just pinned the picture of the necklace on pinterest the other day. I guess great minds think alike. And we are on the same page with the Danskos! I bought a pair because everyone and I mean everyone wears them in the hospital and I didn't want to be left out so I found a blue reptile like pattern... wore them for one shift and had to go home and soak my feet. They were throbbing!! Everyone says you have to break them in.. but who can stand to wear them for that long? Definitely a $120 down the drain. To each their own with that subject.

    From Blood to Books!


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