Casual Back to School Teacher Style

Teacher life at back to school time: excited nerves, early alarms, frequent trips to dollar tree for supplies, constantly running through your students names in your brain, trying to get teenagers to detach from their cell phones, and in this teacher's case... major excitement about a reason to wear decent clothes every day! 
My uniform through the summer is usually a swimsuit or workout gear, maybe jean shorts if I'm feeling fancy, and a messy bun that may have been washed in the last four days. I'm nasty, I know, my friends remind me often. So you can see why I get excited to get dressed again! 
The school I work at is quite casual, these are a few of my favorite looks over the last two weeks. 
 This patterned chambray top from Roz & Ali is my fave. I love the tie front and the casual-cool style. White jeans and gold accessories give me that "I'm coming back with my summer glow" feeling. I'm loving this twisted braid, it was easy to learn, here's the tutorial.
 This super-soft ruffle hem tee from LOFT is dreamy. My sister and I both bought it when we went shopping, because that's what we do. I will be checking their clearance racks for the black and white striped one. This is a great casual Friday look with skinny jeans, sandals, and a half-up bun (mine was very voluminous that day).
 This is my second day of school "you have to take me seriously, so I'm wearing glasses and a commanding color" outfit. Leopard shoes, pearls, and red lipstick pull it all together in a fun and fierce way.
This fun and sassy look has to be my favorite. The day I wore it, a student of mine said they almost didn't recognize me and I "looked new". No clue what that means, but I think it's a good thing? Either way this comfy striped Old Navy dress is a staple for me, along with a long necklace, wedge booties, the serious glasses again, a top knot, and the gorgeous purse my mom got me for my birthday. 

None of these photos were worthy of a whole post, so I thought I'd share them all at once. Which style is your favorite? Thank you for stopping by and happy back to school!

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The Last Sunday of Summer at the Dahlia Festival

Sunlight streaming through endless fields of dahlias. A chance to stop and smell the flowers. A fancy picnic with a wonderful friend. 
On the first Sunday of September, my dear friend Tayleranne and I visited the Canby Dahlia Festival. I never realized how incredibly diverse dahlias are. From fluffy and chaotic to neat and round, from vivid pinks and yellows to soft whites, not to mention all their perfect and hilarious nametags, the dahlias continued to surprise us.  


God knows what he's doing in my life, and always has.

My 28th birthday is in two days, and for the first time I feel I need to look back and really reflect on  27 before I welcome the next year.
27 was really an incredible year for me. I travelled out of the country for the first time, and had three more amazing long-distance domestic trips. I started a new job that I love, and I work with a wonderful team. I had an immeasurable amount of joyful moments with friends and family, and I truly have an amazing network of people in my life. This year has been such a blessing and I've felt so alive.
27 has been especially beautiful because 26 was quite rough. This year was full of healing and newfound joy and hope. I found ways to let go, relax, and trust in ways I had forgotten. In December I recognized a song that so clearly spoke the anthem of my heart for this year:

I feel glorious, glorious
 Got a chance to start again
I was born for this, born for this
It's who I am, how could I forget?
I made it through the darkest part of the night
And now I see the sunrise
Now I feel glorious, glorious
 I feel glorious, glorious

-Glorious by Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey (sidenote: the music video is very sweet and worth a watch)

I was driving the other day reflecting on year 27 and looking at the unknown of year 28 (anyone else have their best epiphanies while driving?) and this thought occurred to me:

God knows what he's doing in my life, and always has. 

As I look back at the hardships I faced in 26, I recognize that in my lowest low his goodness was so clear to me. My faith had nothing to do with him giving me good circumstances, but everything to do with him loving me enough to go to the cross to be with me always. When I look at the joy I faced in 27, I recognize the freedom of redemption and that the Lord rejoices with me. Through all the other highs and lows of my life, it's clear that Jesus is with me and for me. He has a plan for redemption, renewal, and healing for the whole world and for me, and for you, too. When I look back at my life, there is no doubt that God knows what he's up to, and it's something glorious.


August Friday Favorites

Woah, August is gone?! This month went by SO fast. After Disneyland at the end of July we said we wanted to slow down and savor August, but it went by SO fast. Here's my highlights and fave things from the past month. 


Color & Sun

This is probably my last true summer post, and I'm real sad about it. I really, really, love summer and always have a hard time letting it go. Is anyone else like that? 
I wanted to share two of my favorite colorful outfits from summer. 
In my opinion, bright sun + bright colors = summer style perfection. 


Raspberry Topped Lemon Pie

Since getting married, I have noticed my husband has a variety of UK-sounding phrases such as "spot a car",  and traditions like playing cribbage and having corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. We've observed that the new phrases he's heard from me are things like "reckon", I introduced him to biscuits and chocolate gravy, and the song "I'm my own Grandpa".  I've realized that my familial Oklahoma roots show more than I thought!

My mom's side had a family get-together this summer and our desserts were Texas sheet cake and Tenessee pea-pickin' pie. It hit me again that, without a doubt, we have some Southern roots. 

I think one of those ways those roots show is through love of pie. This recipe is a classic in my mom's recipe book, and I remember it from my childhood. It's a quick and easy pie that's perfect dessert for a hot August evening playing banjo on the porch.


Succulent Gardens & Easy Summer Style

My Grandma and her husband Mel have the best yard ever. This succulent and cactus garden is just a small part of it. 


July Friday Favorites

I don't think this July could have been a more fun month that screamed SUMMER! The month was full of adventure, outdoors, family and friends. Here's my once a month Friday Favorites where I share highlights from the month. 


My Soft, Round Tummy

I have had a soft, round tummy my entire life. The closest to flat it has ever been was in sixth grade, when I was living on toaster strudels every morning and ice cream every night (a growth spurt seemed to even it out). I remember learning that during the Renaissance if you were pale and a little bit chubby it meant you lived a fabulous life, and thinking man, that should have been my time!


Simple Watercolored Letterings

I've realized words often speak to me more than images. I have really come to love lettering; marinating in a beautiful quote or scripture and slowly letting it fill up the page. I've developed a simple routine to make gorgeous watercolored letterings pretty easily. Whether or not you are an artist, I promise this is something you can do! 


3 ways to rock linen pants this summer

These pants are a dream. They feel like pajamas, but look stylish and chic. 
Be warned: if you wear them to work and you work with teenage boys, some may comment that you look like you're wearing pajamas. Disregard their comments, they have no sense of style. 
I am all about linen pants this summer. The pair I'm wearing is from Old Navy, you can find them here.


Saturday Market & Early Summer Style

I am relaxing into the rhythm of simple summer days. I'm enjoying falling into habits like sleeping in a little, plentiful reading, and taking time for "just because" creative and relaxing activities. Having some spare time makes room for meandering the Saturday Market and wandering into a few local shops.  


June Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Here's my once a month Friday Favorites where I highlight some of the things I'm excited about this month. June has been a wonderful month, really.


A Restless Girl's Guide to Being Lazy

This seems like one of the more ridiculous posts I've written, because in our society laziness is generally not seen as a good thing. But a little rest, a little bit of doing nothing, and a little bit of relaxed head space is so necessary! 
Sometime around the beginning of college I forgot how to relax. I was constantly doing, moving, and working, and when time came to be lazy I had to fight hard to let myself chill. Now that summer break has arrived I feel like I am finally learning to embrace rest and relaxation. Whether you have an entire summer to rest, just an afternoon, or a week's vacation, here's some tips and steps that have helped this restless girl learn to slow down and enjoy being lazy. 


Blackberry Lemon Crepes for Two

We love lazy, quiet Saturday mornings sitting on the couch together and reading with the window cracked and hearing birds singing outside. On these lovely Saturdays I often throw together an impromptu special breakfast, and that is how these blackberry lemon crepes for two came along.