Wearing: Back to School for 2015

Wearing: Back to School for 2015

Wearing: Back to School for 2015

Wearing: Back to School for 2015

Wearing: Back to School for 2015

dress: old navy, scarf: anthropologie, shoes: franco sarto via dsw, bag:  target

Today is the official first day of school for me and my students. How did this happen?!? I feel like just yesterday I was hugging the students good-bye and packing up the last of my things. I haven’t decided whether I’m ready for a new batch of children and to start all over again with how to line up, how to push in your chair, and how to sit crisscross applesauce on the rug. Unfortunately, I don’t get to start when I’m ready and I’m about to be tossed right in. Pray for me, guys.

The first day is always a whirlwind as a teacher whether you’re a first year newbie or a seasoned professional. I’m somewhere in between and I’ve finally figured out the anatomy of the perfect back to school outfit. You’ve got to start with a simple base, something that is not too tight, not too short, not too baggy or drapey, and it’s got to be breathable. Sounds impossible but I found that the simplest of dresses, like this shirt dress I scooped up from Old Navy last year, works best. After that it’s all about the layers. Pro-tip for new teachers: buy a lot of scarves. They serve two purposes: to cover up any low or semi-low cut blouses (because that’s the style and we can’t help it) and to keep you warm. I don’t know about other teachers out there but the temperatures vary wildly in my building so it’s good to be prepared. I also tucked a cardigan in my bag, that big teacher bag for all my papers and multiple pairs of shoes and changes of clothing just in case. Last but not least, you MUST wear comfortable shoes. I adore heels, the higher, the fancier, the pointier, the better. But that’s just not going to work. Besides rushing around the classroom to corral your new class, there are always last minute copies to make and you’ll have to go to the other copier because someone jammed the main one. Then you’re going to have to play friendship ball with the kids which involves keeping the ball from touching the floor and jumping around like a maniac. So choose flats, or a tiny wedge like I did. There you have it: the perfect back to school outfit for the teacher. For all my fellow teachers, hope you have a fabulous school year! For everyone else, hope you’re enjoying your week!

Book Report: August

Book Report: August

On the first day of September I bring you my book report for the month of August. I read some really good books this month and just couldn’t wait to share them. I read two young adult novels, one of them being another John Green, and one book of short stories and essays. Not my usual genres, though I will admit that this has been the summer of the YA novel for me. I feel like “teen” novels have become much more sophisticated since I was in high school and I’m also loving the complex children’s novels being published. Just a push to tell you to get out of your usual section in the Barnes and Noble!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Nick picked this out to read on our honeymoon after seeing the ad for the movie. So glad I married a man who shares my belief that you should read the book before seeing the movie! He really enjoyed it but did say it was written from a teenage boy’s perspective with definite boy jokes. Well, yes, both things were true but I must like boy humor because I thought it was pretty hilarious. The book is told from the perspective of Greg Gaines, a high school senior in Pittsburgh, who is generally friends with everybody and nobody. Then his mom forces him to be friendly with Rachel, a girl with Leukemia who maybe used to be his girlfriend when he was in elementary school. Greg also has a secret friend, Earl, a pint-sized, angry black kid who he makes films with. It’s hard to explain the plot without giving it away but I will say that it is heartwarming, funny, and kept me reading through until the very end.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. This book is a compilation of short stories and essays from the late Marina Keegan. On the way to a celebration dinner after she graduated from Yale, Marina was killed in a car accident. Her professors and family worked hard to collect, edit, and publish essays and stories she wrote during her time in college in The Opposite of Loneliness. Keegan has a unique voice that begs you to read more and her stories have themes that any person in their twenties or older can relate to. I liked the stories more than the essays but she shared advice and her perspective on life in a personal and relatable way.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. I’ve been catching up on my John Green reading as each book is slowly made into a movie. It’s easy to see why his books are being put on the big screen: the stories are just so, so good. And not just for teens but for everyone. This book tells the story of Colin Singleton who is dumped by the nineteenth Katherine he dated right after graduating from high school. Colin is a child prodigy who is obsessed with creating something that matters but still can’t figure it out so therefore will never be a genius. His best and only friend comes to rescue to pull Colin out of the dumps by taking him on a road trip. The two land in Gutshot, Tennessee and have an experience that will affect them both. All I have to say is that John Green does it again. I recently reviewed Paper Towns and, while I liked the characters and the mystery, I loved the characters in this book and the eventual “message” if you want to call it that. The characters made you laugh and think in a way that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. I don’t want to give too much away because you should go read it!

What’s on your reading list for the fall?

Monday Links to Love

A Getaway to the Beaches of Northern Florida and Southern Georgia

Alright, it’s here: the first day of school is on Wednesday. I can’t say I’m happy about it but I am ready. Once that first day is done though I’m sure I’ll be excited for the year to come. Right now it’s a bunch of anxious butterflies waiting to see what it’ll all be like. Sometimes it’s really strange having a job that starts completely fresh every year. What I can say I am looking forward to is the upcoming long weekend. Is that wrong to say? Happy Monday!

This fall might be the perfect time for a road trip to Woodstock, NY. It’s got the history I crave and looks dreamy

Great post for bookworms: what kind of book are you in the mood for?

Just discovered The Lodown’s Street by Street guide to NYC and it’s pretty much the best idea ever for a travel guide. Now I’m off to visit Elizabeth Street!

Pinterest is a wonderful place, especially when you’re a teacher (still advocating for professional development hours for pinning!)

This post was written for me: the best cities for food lovers

How to build a capsule wardrobe while you’re in college is great not only for college students but epople on a budget

What is a lifestyle business?

27 things I learned before 27 should be re-titled as 27 very important things to know about life (also this was written by a girl I went to high school with!)

Wearing: Cropped Up High

Wearing: Cropped Up High - buttons & blossoms

Wearing: Cropped Up High - buttons & blossoms

Wearing: Cropped Up High - buttons & blossoms

top and skirt: f21(top previously), sandals: franco sarto, dsw

I have a love/hate relationship with crop tops but who doesn’t when you’re in your late twenties? Most crop tops are a young person’s game or the game of someone with more confidence than me. But they are so cute! And so much fun in the summer time! The struggle was real when I couldn’t find anything that could make this top work for my conservative self. Naturally I was psyched to find this stretchy skirt at Forever 21 for a few bucks. Despite being a glorified tube, it has easily become the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. It works with a long top, a tucked-in top, and now with this crop top. There is definitely a place for a crop top in your late twenties, provided you pick up some confidence or a high-waisted something.

Crop top or not, I’ll be enjoying the summer heat this weekend before I go back to work on Monday. We’ve managed to schedule nothing for this weekend and I’m really excited. I love to take advantage of all the summer happenings but sometimes you just need a break. That doesn’t rule out the Shore though. It is always a good weekend to go down the Shore.

Country Roads from Doylestown to Easton, PA

Country Roads from Doylestown to Easton, PA

When the weather is beautiful and bright there’s nothing I like more than to take a road trip. While I’d love to shoot straight across the country, that’s just not in the cards right now. That’s okay since there are so many beautiful parts of the East Coast just begging to be discovered on a road trip. One of my favorite areas is along route 611 through Bucks County going from the quaint town of Doylestown, PA to the former industrial small city of Easton, PA. I first discovered this gem of an itinerary on a bored Sunday when I wanted to see what was just around the bend. A few hours later I discovered one road towns and dusty antique stores overlooking the Delaware River. Ever since it’s my go-to route for a mini road trip. [Read more…]