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8.30.2013

So Long Summer...

Although it's not the official last day of the season, Labor Day for me {and I'm sure for many of you too} pretty much symbolizes the end of summer.
This year is strange for me as it is the first year since I started Kindergarten that I will not be going back to school next week. I am, however, done with training and officially starting my new job on Monday.
I leave you on this long weekend with a summer recap of some of my favorite outfits of the season, and the promise of some fabulous fall fashion to come!







8.28.2013

White and Nude

Sweater:  Brandy Melville (old, similar here), Jeans:  Henry & Belle c/o PB&J Boutique, Bag:  C.Wonder (old, newer version here), Shoes:  Zara (similar here under $20!!), Aviators:  Ray-Ban
Since Mother Nature seems to keep reminding us that fall is around the corner, I decided that I need to wear all of my summer faves at least one more time before autumn arrives.
Excuse my adult sip-cup.  I was literally about to hop in my car {running late for work} as my husband snapped these shots.

8.26.2013

Workwear Evolution

Blazer:  Zara (old, similar here, here for just $32!!), Top:  Tibi, Jeans:  rag & bone ~ on SALE here, Shoes:  Valentino, Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace:  House of Harlow
So I have to say that I see my work style already beginning to evolve. I used to describe my style as preppy with a hint of glam, but now I see it teetering the other way ~ glam with a hint of prep.  More heels, less flats, and many more blazers {mainly because our office is always freezing cold}. Hope you all enjoy the change!
Happy Monday Everyone!

8.23.2013

And The Winner Is...

A very quick post today to announce our J.Crew $300 gift card giveaway winner.

And the winner is...

Rachel Leah Nelson

Congrats Rachel!  Please contact Becky beckyhillyard@gmail.com to claim your prize.  Thank you so much to everyone who entered! ~ stay tuned for more great giveaways!
Happy Weekend Everyone!

8.21.2013

Tulip

Blazer:  Aritzia (old, similar here, LOVE this one), Dress:  Amanda Uprichard, Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes:  Zara (old, similar here), Sunnies:  Forever 21 (similar here)
At the end of every season, I find myself digging to the back of my closet to find something I haven't worn in a while. This may sound a little redundant, but yes, I pulled this dress from the deep dark depths of my closet. I don't wear it often as it's too short for work {even now}, and a little too low cut.  Nonetheless, I hold onto it year after year because it's such a classic silhouette, and such a vibrant color. I also love the tulip wrap detail of the skirt. 
Happy hump-day!

8.19.2013

A Maxi Moment

Dress:  Anthropologie, Clutch:  c/o GiGi New York, Rings:  unknown (LOVE these), Sunnies:  Ray-Ban, Nails:  Essie "Camera"
I almost passed on this dress when I first saw it in my local Anthro store thinking ~ where am I going that I could possibly wear this?  Being that this is probably the first summer in 10 years that we have no summer weddings to go to, it just didn't seem that practical.  When I went back a week or two later and saw it on sale, I thought ~ I'll create my own occasion.
I decided to wear it to a close friend's baby shower and dressed it down with a very plain pair of nude flip-flops, and bare minimal accessories.  It was perfect for the occasion.  I will also be wearing to work sometime in the next week or two with a jean jacket to create a more casual {and work appropriate} look.
2 days left to enter our GIVEAWAY ~ don't miss out!  Click HERE to enter.

8.16.2013

Runaway Train

Top:  Free People, Jeans:  AG via Anthropologie, Shoes:  Anthropologie, Bag:  Forever 21 (similar here)
I am a woman of few words today...
...have a wonderfully well-balanced weekend!

And of course, don't forget to enter our giveaway to win a $300 J.Crew gift card!  Click HERE to enter.

8.14.2013

Summer Romance

Dress:  Free People (also buy here, LOVE this color), Shoes:  Valentino, Bag & Earrings:  Unknown (similar bag here) (similar earrings here)
I was a little hesitant to buy when I first saw this dress.  The waist is a tad higher than what I normally wear, and I'm not really into the "baby doll" look.  To my pleasant surprise, the cut is actually really cute and flattering.  Now that I'm kinda starting to transition into fall wardrobe mode, I immediately began thinking of all the ways I could style it for colder weather. But for $29.99, I'm pretty sure I would have bought it either way!
I wore it to dinner over the weekend ~ my husband took me out to celebrate my first week at my new job.  It was the perfect mix of romantic and chic.
Don't forget to enter our group giveaway HERE to win a $300 J.Crew gift card!

8.12.2013

$300 J.Crew Gift Card Giveaway {CLOSED}

Top:  J.Crew, Shorts:  Anthropoloige (old, very similar here ~ on sale!), Flip-flops:  Gap (identical here), Bag:  Louis Vuitton (budget-friendly alternative here), Sunnies:  c/o Brickyard Buffalo
I did not intentionally start this week of with the same color scheme as last week.  I wore this yesterday to the brunch and the farmer's market {our Sunday routine}.  The weather has been so gorgeous lately that it almost feels like early fall.
Anywho, what better way to kick off the work week than with a chance to win a $300 J.Crew gift card?!?
Here are the details:  20 bloggers have teamed up to bring you this fabulous giveaway.  They are all so fashionable ~ be sure to stop by and visit as many as you can!
To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below.




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**Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 21, at 12am EST.  Open to the US and Canada only. Good luck!

8.09.2013

A New Chapter...

Blazer:  Anthropologie (old, similar here), Top:  Anthropologie (identical option here), Jeans:  Henry & Belle c/o PB&J Boutique, Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes:  Zara (old, great option here), Sunnies:  LeSpecs c/o Sunglassesshop.com, Nails:  Essie "Blanc"
Whoa, has this been a busy week {and by week I mean month}.  I'm finally able to share with you something exciting that's been going on in my life.
For quite some time now, I've been thinking of making a career change.  While I love teaching and working with children, I feel that it's just not what I'm truly passionate about.  At the end of the school year this year, I had a meeting with my boss where he explained that the aides' hours were being cut {significantly} district wide.
Naturally, I was upset, but at the same time I knew this was exactly the push I needed to get out there and make a change.
My next question:  where do I even begin looking?  I decided to combine my business degree with my passion for fashion.  I updated my resume and started sending it out everywhere {and I seriously mean EVERYWHERE}.
A few short weeks later I started getting responses and going on interviews, some of which thankfully turned into second interviews.
And so ~ to make a long story even longer ~ I'm happy to say that I accepted a position in the luxury fashion industry and started this past Monday.
I fully intend to continue writing and publishing Classroom Couture, although it may evolve a bit {and I'm not sure yet what to do about the name}.  I'm so thankful for my wonderful followers, and for your continued support as I embark on this new chapter in my life.

And now without further adieu, the winner of my Sunglassesshop.com giveaway is...
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Congratulations Julie! I'll be contacting you shortly.  Thank you to everyone who entered and stay tuned because I have another giveaway coming up early next week!

8.07.2013

It's In The Details...

Dress:  Stone Cold Fox c/o PB&J Boutique, Bag:  Forever 21 (similar here), Shoes:  Anthropologie ~ on major sale!, Sunnies:  Ray-Ban
I can't decide which I'm more obsessed with at the moment ~ the gorgeous lace detail of this SCF dress,  or the funky tribal motif of these Anthropologie wedges.
Happy Hump Day!

PS ~ Don't forget to enter my sunglasses giveaway ~ ends at midnight tonight!  Click HERE to enter.

8.05.2013

Manic Monday

Blazer:  Zara (old, similar here, here under $50!), Dress:  ASOS, Shoes:  Joie ~ on sale 60% off!!!, (also on sale here), Clutch:  Anthropologie (old, similar here), Necklace:  Etsy (old, similar here for $6!), Sunnies:  Ray-Ban, Nails:  Essie "Blanc"
Happy Monday everyone!  I had another wonderful beach weekend and am relaxed and ready to face this crazy week.  LOTS of changes going on and now that things are just about finalized, I promise to let you in on my big secret later in the week.
In the meantime, be sure to enter my amazing sunglasses giveaway {HERE}.

8.01.2013

SunglassesShop.com GIVEAWAY {closed}

What better way to kick of the weekend {a little early} than with a FABULOUS sunglasses GIVEAWAY?!?

Sunnies:  LeSpecs c/o SunglassesShop.com

That's right, SunglassesShop.com is giving one lucky Classroom Couture reader THEIR CHOICE of a pair of LeSpecs sunnies!  
Check out the selection HERE.  
To enter simply complete the Rafflecopter requirements below.  Remember, the more you do, the better chance you have of winning.  GOOD LUCK!


Giveaway ends Thursday, August 8th at 12:00 am, and winner will be announced Friday, August 9th.