Fall is officially here and though it may not feel like it here in Alabama (it's currently in the high 80s/low 90s each day), my closest is ready for the cool temps! I have been stocking up on new fall pieces since July, y'all! See this post to understand why I haven't bought new fall clothes in two years! I'm making up for lose time ;)
Like I said, I've been buying new sweaters for the last couple of months. Every few days I'll check to see if something I've got my eye on has gone on sale. I'll link everything that is still available! Runs big! I didn't size down, but I don't think it would have been too small if I had.


I'll start with my favorite sweater! I am in love with this pretty pink sweater from Free People. The minute I saw it and I knew I had to have it. It's everything I love in a sweater: pink, a high neck, and a long, almost tunic length. I bought this in late July/early August. It's currently sold out in pink on the Free People site, but it's still available at Nordstrom. It also comes in a gray, purple, and white. 
Love, love, love!


I'm not a huge fan of cardigans, but I do love this one! I hate a long cardigan that is sloppy and tends to fall down throughout the day and get bigger as you wear it. This one is made really well and stays put! GAP is always running a 40% off code on their site, which makes this piece affordable! I got the cream color, but I really want the dull rose one too!

Free People Crazy Hearts Tee ***Currently on sale for $49.95!

Y'all know I'm obsessed with the FP Crazy Hearts Tees. They run really big though, so size down if you order! I have the white, pink, and I just couldn't resist this burnt orange color for fall. 


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I'll admit, I almost sent this one back because I hate a short top on me. I decided to keep it and just wear a shirt underneath to add some length because I really do like the color. It's a brighter peachy/orange. Runs TTS/slightly bigger


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This one photographs much sloppier than it appears IRL! I really like this one even though it's shorter. I love the neck and I really like the baggy sleeves! The material is also really good on this one. It's very soft! Runs TTS



I already shared this sweater with y'all in a Friday favs post, but it's one of my favorites that I've bought this year! I LOVE the sleeves! It runs TTS.


Loft Currently 40% off!

I LOVE this one! Give me all the turtlenecks and black and white striped tops. I especially love this one because you can wear it right now. It runs TTS. 


When I saw a fashion blogger wearing this leopard dress, I immediately ordered it. I LOVE leopard for the Fall and this one reminds me on Gossip Girl for some reason. I am obsessed! It runs slightly bigger than normal. 

Currently not available in the gingham, but I've linked the other prints/colors that are still available. FYI: That gorgeous pink is not a true color. I originally ordered it and had to send them back because they were more of a maroon 

These run small! I currently cannot wear them, but it's my goal to get in them by mid October! They are just a bit too tight in the hip area! I just love them though! I really want a pair of cute denim overalls too!



I wore this cardigan last week and I love it! I had started to send it back because it wasn't as long as I would have liked, but I ended up keeping it and I'm really glad I did. It runs TTS, but keep in mind that it isn't a longer, grandfather type cardigan like I had hoped!



This oversized sweater is the perfect thrown on sweater! I just wish it came in more colors. It runs TTS. 

**Please note, I don't plan on wearing all these sweaters with black leggings and leopard loafers. I was just trying them on for the purpose of this post! Although I am obsessed with these shoes and would wear them every single day if they went with everything! ;) Sadly they are sold out in every size except 6, so if you are loving them too but missed them, I'm dying for this pair too!


Happy Saturday! I normally post outfit recaps on Wednesdays, but this week just hasn't been my friend, y'all! Better late than never though, right? :) 

I started having a bit of an identity crisis with how I take my outfit pictures and I'm still trying to figure out how I want to do them, so some are taken by me (the old way) and some are taken by my sweet mom (the new way). Just bear with me as I figure out what I want to do. Feel free to let me know your preference! 

Happy weekend! 

top // pants // shoes (Tory Burch, old) // necklace // necklace // necklace // leopard clutch

top (bought at a local boutique, brand is Tea N Rose) // leggings // rainboots (Burberry, old similar here)// handbag // necklace

black tank // leopard cardigan // pants // handbag // shoes (White Mountain bought at TJ Maxx) // necklace // earrings

top (TJ Maxx) // pants // shoes (Sam Edleman, sold out similar here) // necklace (Charming Charlies, old) // handbag

top (TJ Maxx) // leggings // shoes (adidas, found at TJ Maxx) // tote // sunglasses (Chanel, no longer available online, but you can find them on ebay!)

Happy happy Friday, y'all! You know how some weeks are just uneventful and dull? I feel like this week has been that way in terms of my free time outside of work because work has been so super busy this week. I don't have a ton of favorites to share for this Friday because honestly, I've been so busy in the afternoons that when I finally get home, I just want to take a shower and watch TV. I haven't even read hardly anything this week! It's just been an off week, but that's okay! 

Have y'all tried the Bath and Body Works bath bombs? I got one last week and used it this week and I really liked it. It smelled incredible (I tried the Beautiful Day one) and it turned the water a gorgeous deep blue color. I wish they were a little cheaper, but I really liked it! I'm hoping they come out with bubble bars like LUSH next!

Oh man, part of my week was my computer crashing. I had to run and get a jump drive with a huge amount of storage on it so I could quickly grab all my files and transfer them to my newer iMac computer. Which means I now have to reinstall everything! ugh! I had a unit due on September 11th and I am having to redo the entire thing, so it's of course late. Soooo frustrating!

Aren't these flowers just gorgeous?? A sweet friend brought them to me on Tuesday, which instantly made my day better and my classroom prettier! Is there anything better than fresh flowers? :)

After a 2 and a half hour DISH appointment, my TV is finally working. Y'all my satellite has been out for the longest time and I could never think to call a schedule a service appointment. I'm not a huge TV watcher, but now that college football is back, I want to watch Alabama games...Roll Tide! The TV finally got fixed yesterday and then what did I pick to watch? Netflix! haha! 

My Thursday afternoon was a 2 and 1/2 hour DISH appointment followed by grocery shopping. Ugh! I hate crazy busy afternoons like that! Coffee and flowers helped get me through the chore!

After watching the Emmy's last Sunday night, (Scratch that. I couldn't watch them live because see above post about DISH and my TV. I had to watch the highlights Monday morning) I knew I needed to read The Handmaid's Tale so I could watch the show. I started the book and was immediately hooked. I just couldn't wait to watch the show, so I started the first episode and oh my goodness. I ended up skimming the book because I couldn't stop watching this show. I just finished the first season this morning and I cannot wait for season 2 next year. I have soooo many questions and I'm dying to see more of Nick! Anyone else watch this show?? I can't stand Luke and I really want Offred/June and Nick to end up together. I fully understand this show is so much bigger than a romance, and I have many thoughts/feelings about certain things that have happened, but I just love these two characters and wish they would have a happy ending together! Side note: this is a really odd, not very popular movie, but has anyone else ever watch Elvis and Anabelle? It has Blake Lively in it and the actor that plays Nick in The Handmaid's Tale (Max Minghella). I love this movie, so I think that's why I like this character so much. In the book, he comes across as a little creepier than in the TV show and not as likable.  

I got my ipsy this week and I think it was the best one I've ever gotten. I have been looking for a blue fall nail polish like this one for the longest so I was thrilled to get it. And I am so excited about that colorpop lipstick! I've always wanted to try colorpop, but I never have. I'm always up for mascara so that was a win. I'm not that into the other products, but the first three were more than enough for me! :)



And finally it's the first official day of Fall today! Yay! If only Alabama weather would get the memo. It was 90 degrees today. What?! I want to wear boots, scarfs, and sweaters! I'm ready to switch out closets and pack away summer!   

Happy weekend, y'all! I was late about posting my What I Wore/Teacher Fashion recap on Wednesday, so look for it tomorrow :)



Happy Monday, y'all! Today's post is a little different than normal. If you've followed me for awhile on Instagram, you may have noticed that here lately I have been posting a lot more pictures that actually have me in them. There's a reason for this and it deals with stress and anxiety. Since I have gotten a few questions about this through my teaching page, I decided to write a blog post about it here because the two go hand in hand.



I have been a teacher for 9 years now (wow!) and while there have been mannnny days where I go home and reflect on the day with a smile on my face and a feeling of accomplishment, there have also been SO MANY DAYS where I just go home so tired, defeated, frustrated, and confused. 

Teaching is so hard. I know every profession has it tough times, but I can safely say I didn't understand what stress was until my first year of teaching. Even nine years later, I sometimes feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. Every year is different. Every class is different. Every kid is different. And because every year is different, I feel like I need to change and adapt my teaching to best fit my current group of kids. What works for one group might not work for another. And yes, eventually we find our groove and a routine is developed for the year, but those first couple of months of every new school year are rough. (Teacher friends, please tell me I'm not alone in thinking this! Or maybe I just make everything ten times more complicated than it has to be!)  I have been so blessed  to teach the most amazing kids and I want to present them with the best opportunity to learn. That's a huge responsibility! Teacher friends, doesn't that just overwhelm you sometimes?!

Plain and simple. Teaching is hard. It is often times fun and rewarding and I love it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's hard. 

And somewhere in my 9 years of teaching, I let it get to me. 

I started having issues with stress and anxiety. I used to hate the word "stress" because I didn't think it was a real thing, but boy was I wrong. I used to be pretty laid back, but somewhere between my first year of teaching and now, I became the direct opposite of laid back. And I know that everyone deals with this in their job, but I didn't realize how awful I was dealing with it and how much I had let it get to me. I would work all day and then come home to start working on my teaching blog and creating teacher resources. I started worrying about not being able to get everything done that needed to be done and if I had to let something go because there wasn't enough time, I just couldn't let it go in my mind. I would constantly have to say to myself: it's okay that the tubs aren't labeled with a matching label or it's okay that I didn't finish a resource that I really needed to upload by tonight or it's okay that the books aren't labeled by genre and then organized by author." And I could tell myself all day long that these little things didn't matter and it wouldn't affect my teaching, but it still stressed me out. 

Okay, so what does all this have to do with the sudden increase in "me pictures" on my Instagram? Throughout this realization that I was letting my job get to me, I started to notice that it was affecting my appearance/health. I am stress eater, so I was gaining weight, something I have worried about my entire life. I was focusing so much on teaching and maintaining my teaching blog that I wasn't putting forth any effort in my appearance. And because of this, I developed a MAJOR issue with my self confidence. I hated the way I looked. I hated the way I dressed. I didn't want to think about it. 

So I didn't. When I look back at pictures on my computer, there is a noticeable gap in pictures that I'm actually in from 2015 to the beginning of this year. Almost all of the pictures from this two year span are of my classroom, my house, my dog, and my teaching resources that I create. I'm in almost nothing. I had three closets full of clothes that I would buy that were too small because I didn't want to buy what size I really needed. I would just tell myself that I would buy it as motivation to get into it. And then it would sit in my closet with the tags on forever. I bought three pairs of the same black stretch pants from Old Navy and I wore those almost every day with a variety of oversized v-neck sweaters that didn't cling to me at all so I could basically hide in them. My cousin had her sweet 16 birthday party at my house and there is not one picture of the two of us. I have no pictures of myself and my grandparents at this time. I have no pictures of myself and friends at this time. Every year I take a first day of school picture with my class. There is not one picture of myself and my kids from this two year span. I simply hid. 

When I realized this, I could not believe it. Don't get me wrong,  I love taking "object pictures". I absolutely love looking back at pictures, but for the last two years, there's so many pictures of objects that I can look at and think: I remember feeling so bad about how I looked when I took that.

So, I decided to change.


At the beginning of February I decided to start trying to watch what I ate and become a little more active in my daily life. I will never be one of those people who enjoys working out, but I try to take a walk everyday. Or every other day. Or once a week. It's a work in progress. :)

I decided that I might not be what size I wanted to be, but I could dress for the size I was. So I went shopping and bought clothes that actually fit. This part was SO HARD. I absolutely hated the sizes I had to buy, but I knew if I kept wearing the same pair of black stretch pants and the same v-neck sweater, I would never stay motivated. 

I started documenting what I wore each day so I would be motivated to not hide in clothing anymore. I didn't realize at the time, but this helped me get so much more out of my closet. Because I wanted to put together a new outfit to take a picture of, I was finding more stuff in my closet that I could pair with other stuff. I know this is just a silly little thing, but I cannot tell you how much this helped. I have always LOVED fashion and that was the very thing I lost when I let stress and anxiety get to me.

I still struggle with self confidence, but I have found taking pictures with me actually in them helps. I try my best not to find every little thing that is wrong with them (my legs look big in this one, my face is so puffy in that one, my hair looks awful here, etc.), but I know I don't want to be in the same place I was two years ago. I want to remember what is going on in my life right now and I don't want to look back on a picture and think about how awful I felt in it. I want to experience life and document it.

Stress and work anxiety is a part of life that almost everyone struggles with, but I'm making a conscious effort to not let it get the best of me. Some days are harder than others, but sharing with y'all on Instagram helps! We teachers (and fashion friends!)  must stick together, right?! :)

If you're interested in my past teacher fashion posts, click here to find links to all of them. 





Happy Fri-YAY, y'all! I am currently writing this on Thursday night because I know I will be utterly exhausted by tomorrow afternoon because it's Friday and it's a pep rally day. You don't know exhausted until you've experienced a pep rally as a teacher. Oh goodness! 

It's been a fun week that was anything but normal. We were out on Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Irma, so we only had three days of work, but it feels like 10. I haven't had a plan that hasn't been taken up with meetings since last Wednesday. But, it's all good! I love the weekends because you can regroup and start over on Monday!

Here's what I loved from this week:

On Saturday, my Mom and I went shopping for fall decor. I shared what all I found in Monday's blog post.

 My favorite thing was this pumpkin candy bowl for Halloween. Halloween is my favorite holiday! I didn't find as much as I had hoped in the way of fall decor, but I found such cute things for Halloween! I am counting down the days until I can put this door mat on my front porch! 

Oh, LUSH! Lush is one of my absolute favorite stores in the world. The nearest store is about two hours away, and it's just not the same when you order online because you can't smell everything. I stocked up on bath bombs and bubble bars that I will be using sparingly LOL! 

I was reeeeeaaaallllly low on candles and it was time to buy fall candles anyways, so I've been watching for Bath and Body Works to have a sale because who can spend $22 on a single candle when they go on sale quite often! 

What are your go to fall candles? These are the ones I came away with...

This candle was an odd purchase for me because I usually don't pick up coffee scents. I wouldn't have even looked at it if another girl hadn't opened the lid to smell it as I was standing next to her. It smelled heavenly and I just had to have it. I lit it and placed it in the kitchen and I absolutely hate it. It has a chocolate scent to it that I just cannot get past. I'm passing it on to my cousin!



Another favorite this week has been the cool weather we had at the beginning of the week. I broke out my $12 cape from Forever 21! I bought this at the end of winter earlier this year and I regret not buying it in every other color (if it did come in multiple colors!). It is the comfiest top and for $12 the quality isn't bad! I'm keeping a check on the site to see if they restock. Crossing my fingers!

I was in Target and I saw their display on fall Glade products and I fell in love with this scent. If you like fruity smells, this is a great one to transition into fall from summer!

Do y'all love the Fitness Marshall as much as I do???? I have been checking and checking his page for a dance to Taylor Swift's new song and he uploaded it Wednesday night. I cannot wait to start learning it this weekend! His dances are so fun and a great way to workout!



Fall is almost officially here and I spent yesterday afternoon get mums for my front porch! I cannot wait to decorate it this weekend. :) 


That was some of my favorites from the week. What are you loving right now! I'd love to hear. 
Happy weekend, y'all! :)





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