The evenings here in the Bay Area have been getting chilly, and it has gotten me excited for the onset of Fall. Mike and I recently realized we hadn't been going on as many adventures as we used to, and made a commitment to make our weekends count.
Feeling inspired by our upcoming adventures and the crisp Fall weather that will soon be upon us, I put together three new Fall looks that would be perfect for our outings.
I made the big move to 5th grade this year. I am so ready! The curriculum is rockin' (hello ... Colonial America! How much more fun can you get?!), I get to teach my fantastic kiddos from two years ago again, and I finally get my long desired portable classroom. Did I just say I wanted a portable? That's right, I did. I'm sorry, they just have more space!!
Anyway, here are some picks Mike took of my classroom for me so I could finish my classroom website. I'll be taking more soon, now that I finally have gotten rid of the massive pile of trash that has been sitting to the side for weeks while I unpacked about 30 boxes. I had better finish getting everything ready, seeing as we start on Wednesday and all. ;)
And for any teacher interested in how I set up my classroom website, the address is:
I went to the mall today to return a cardigan at Old Navy, and lo and behold they were having a massive Back to School sale. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Old Navy - sometimes I want everything in the store, and other times I don't like a single piece of clothing they have. I was definitely digging more than I wasn't on this trip, for sure. I ended up scoring this cute blouse and skirt for really good sale prices, and I also picked up a plain white tee, too. I can always use those, as they tend to get faded or dingy over the course of the year. The tees were only $10 each!
Here is the set with the blouse and skirt I got, styled for both now and for the fall. I will wear this for our back to school staff meeting and for casual fridays.
We recently had the design meeting for our new house, and let me tell you, it was so much fun! They have you go to this huge design center and you get to pick out everything, from carpet to cabinet pulls. I never knew there could be so many choices! We basically got to go shopping for three hours, and we even got to pick out the color of grout for the kitchen backsplash. I didn't even know that grout came in different colors, let alone about five shades of grey that looked the same to me.
Here is a photo of some of the bigger things we chose, although it is a little hard to see the details.
Starting at the top left:
1. Tile for entryway and bathroom floors.
2. Our carpet color is the one the paint swatches are touching in the corner. It had a cute name, but I just kept calling it "mushroom color."
3. Our paint swatches - the tan will be the wall color, the off white is the ceiling, doors, and trim.
4. Wood floors in living room, dining room, and kitchen.
5. Cabinet color and design for kitchen and all built-ins and bathrooms.
6. Marble for bathroom countertops and showers.
7. The little grid below the marble square is the floor of the shower in the master bath.
8. Underneath the hardwood floor sample is our kitchen backsplash.
9. Our granite countertops in the kitchen.
We also picked out handles for the cabinets, which look like this:
And we got a few extras, like matching wood railings, a designer-y sink for the kitchen, some upgraded appliances, and brushed nickel fixtures.
Now I am even more excited to move in, and it seems like the house won't be finished for forever! Can December hurry up and get here already?!
Over the past week, a store named Asos has popped up in several of the blogs I read. I had never heard of this store before, and all of a sudden it seemed to be everywhere! I decided to take a look at their website, and they are the cutest store! They have an amazing mix of professional, sexy, and free-spirited clothing on their site.
Here are some of my favorites showing off their unique mix of clothing:
Mike and I headed into San Francisco yesterday to meet up with some of his friends and take them out for pizza. Since we were in the area, we made a quick stop at Miette bakery for some cupcakes. I've been wanting to try these for awhile, because not only are they completely adorable, but the gingerbread cupcake was recently voted the best in the country by the Food Network.
The gingerbread cupcake is on the right, and the one on the left is vanilla with strawberry butter cream frosting. Aren't they so pretty? The little flower on top is so precious. I do have to say that the gingerbread cupcake was absolutely fantastic. It's topped with cream cheese frosting, which is my favorite. The frosting was my favorite part, and the cake was very delicious, not too heavy, very moist, and had a really nice gingerbread flavor.
Inside their little shop they also sell sweets, and Mike found Fralinger's taffy. This taffy is made in New Jersey at the shore, where Mike spent most of his summers as a kid. He picked up some to munch on before the cupcake.
I'm so glad we finally had a chance to go. I know I'll be going again whenever we stop in the city! For the record - The banana cupcake at Icing on the Cake bakery in Los Gatos is still my all time favorite. I've yet to find a cupcake that can beat it.
So many adorable dresses are available now that I would love to buy! They could all be worn to work, too. I think the patchwork circle one is my favorite, but it is a little pricey. I'll have to wait on that one to make sure I really, really want it.
Although the new school year is still a month away, I have been slowly getting ready. I've purchased some things for my new classroom, planned a few units of study, and updated my classroom website. I've also planned a few new pieces to add to my teacher wardrobe!
Here are some new things I've added into the mix for the new school year.
I love this maxi dress from Downeast Basics. It doesn't look like too much in the picture, but on it is so adorable. I also love that I can just pull it on and have my whole outfit ready.
I know not all schools allow their teachers to wear open toed shoes, but here in sunny California, all of the schools I have worked for have allowed it. I think a pair of ballet flats would look cute, too, or even cowboy boots in the cooler months.
This dress from Modcloth is so me. I really like the silhouette of the dress, and this coral color is so pretty. One of my goals for this year is to wear more color - with this dress, I would definitely be doing that!
For the pretty lines of this dress I would like to keep things simple. I'm not much of an accessories girl anyway. If I could actually get my hair to work in that style, I would totally do it. That would be a small miracle!
For right now, that is it. I've been losing weight and a whole bunch of outfits I previously purchased that never fit are now fitting. I feel like I doubled my wardrobe for free! I also have my annual back-to-school shopping trip coming up, so I'm sure I'll pick up a few pieces then. Every year, I invite all of my coworkers out for shopping and lunch before school starts. It is always a blast, and each year I've been able to get some pieces that I truly wear all year long. I'll be sure to update after that outing!
My beautiful sister-in-law Lori is getting married (hooray!), and she chose a butterfly theme for her spring wedding. I love weddings, and so of course I have been searching for everything butterfly themed ever since she announced her engagement. There are so many gorgeous butterfly wedding items out there, I thought I would put a post together to showcase all of the great finds.
All of these invitations are from etsy. Click on the link for seller's info. I know some of the colors are wrong, but I liked the look of these, and I think for some of them the color can be changed. There are so many options!