Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mine for Nine

Sometimes you hear of of business and go "Why Didn't I Think of That!?"

This is one of those times.

In trying to buy maternity clothes that were A) Not frumpy B) Not ridiculously expensive. (These two things rarely coincide with each other.) I can across the site Mine for Nine where you can borrow maternity clothes for the months that you need them. Think of it as Rent the Runway for the knocked up.

For example, I found this really cute Olian dress, but at $125, I decided to skip out on it. However, I can borrow for only $32!

Other favorites...

Retails for $161
Rent for $40

Ah Shabby Apple! I love!
Retails for $79
Rent for $20

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Random Tuesday...What Else Is New?

Like It:
My J. Crew catalog arrived yesterday, and I am already coveting this skirt.

Love It:
I have been loving these Kiel James Patrick bracelets, but not the price. ($60 for some rope on your wrist...I think not.) Then I found this great tutorial.

Maybe I will make one (aka have my friend Tippi make one- she does awesome jewelry)

Finally, I have never been so in love with wallpaper as when I saw this picture.

Let me explain: I live for wallpaper. End of discussion.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Motivation Monday

I really need to remember this more often.

Happy Monday :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

I Can't Wear It, You Should

Last night, I decided to do a late night to the mall. (Perks of living a block away.) In a failed attempt to get some maternity clothes, I pass by The Limited. This store was a staple for me in college since we had about 5 somewhat decent stores in Tuscaloosa. However, I haven't really shopped there very much since moving to Atlanta.

I was amazed with their storefront window. I really wish I had taken a picture. It was full of brights and pops of colors. The prices are a lot more teacher- friendly than other stores with the same trends.

Here are some of my favorites.

Both of these dresses are in the fifty dollar range. Score!

(High-waist pencil skirts, how I miss you.)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

So Good

Oh, Missoni clogs, how I long for you for spring. I would pair you with skirts and jeans galore. I appreciate your high heel that I am sure would make my cankles appear smaller. Now I just need the BOE to give me an 80% 180% raise so I can afford your $635 price tag.

I love you, Lindsey

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ASOS Shopping- Maternity Edition

Time to face the ugly- my clothes don't fit. I know that there are a lot of cute maternity shops out there, but remember, I am on a teacher budget. $300 for a tent dress I can only wear for 21 more weeks (GAH!) is unrealistic to say the least.

I decided to give ASOS Maternity a shot. I was reluctant. I have one dress from ASOS that is literally four sizes larger than I normally wear, but is still so tight I feel like Ally Darling...

(Side Note: Have you seen this movie? While slightly crude, I laughed so hard I worried I hurting Jammer. Go see

Back on topic: I went ahead and ordered this a maxi dress. It was too pretty to pass up.

I ordered two sizes larger than I normally wear, and was much more satisfied with the sizing. In fact, it is a little big (which I am sure will change in the next few months weeks days.) The fact that it is supposed to be loose helps too. It was on sale (score) and under 40 bucks. Also, NO shipping! Super sweet.

As far as quality, I was very satisfied for the price. The dress was well made and the fabric didn't feel cheap. Warning though, don't expect a quick took over two weeks. (Nonetheless, quicker than my Restoration Hardware swatches- still MIA.)  

So, if you're great with child- or not- they sell regular women's clothing too, I would check it out here

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Long Time, No Post

Hi All! Today is my first day back after a long (and much needed) weekend. My school system gave last Friday and Monday off, and it has me longing for Spring Break (39 more days.)

I was a busy beaver this weekend though. Senior Harvards (Husband's parents) came to visit, and I registered for Jammer!

Also, I forgot to mention that for Valentine's Day, Husband got me an iPhone! (What?! I am the last person on the planet without one?) I had been holding out because 1) my Go Phone from 2008 still worked 2) I didn't want to up my plan 3) sending text messages is difficult. What was I going to go with all those features? However, with the soon arrival of Jammer, Husband felt it would be nice to take videos and send pictures.

So here is my weekend update, courtesy of my new phone.

Senior Harvards got us our stroller! Thank you so much!!

Winnie and Lucy enjoyed a visit to Nana Jane's house in the mountains

And at Nana Jane's I found a sweet garden gnome...who just happens to be riding a snail

After registering, I called Sister and decided I needed to change 95% of my registry. Lucy felt I was hopeless and saved the day. Thanks Lu.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tough Mudder

Late post, but this past weekend, Husband and three of our friends participated in the Tough Mudder Atlanta. Six of us girls made the trek to cheer them on. The first two pictures below are the only pictures that I took before my camera died. (I stole the bottom two from Charles.) Congrats guys! Awesome Job!!

Looks fun right? It was in the twenties on Saturday.

Alex, Charles, Will, and Husband...aka Brooks

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

VDay Recap

Like I said yesterday, Valentine's Day is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. when you are a teacher...especially a fifth grade teacher. And while yesterday was full of cute stories and sweet gifts, this was my favorite...

A little boy approached my co-teacher and me yesterday in panic.

Boy: It's Valentine's Day...and I have nothing.

 He went on to explain how he wanted to give a gift to a "friend," but did not have any balloons or candy for her. My co-teacher suggested he write something from the heart, but the boy drew a blank.

Co-teacher: Try roses are red, violets are bl-

Boy: Oh, that's good, let me get a pen and paper.

Me: Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you...but put it in your handwriting.

Later that day, when the class was passing out treats, I saw that the boy in the class was handing out miniature boxes of chocolates to the class. I wondered to myself why he didn't save one for his "friend" when he approached me with my box of chocolate.

Boy: Here you go, and look what I got myself for Valentine's Day!

He pulls out an impressive box of Starbursts. My co-teacher and I exchanged glances that read "Typical boy, buys himself something and forgets the girl." We ended up helping him rewrap the box of Starbursts and attach the poem to the top. I can't wait to hear how it went :)

How was your day?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Single, dating, married, or swearing it off forever, being a teacher makes Valentine's Day awesome. It is really awesome (sometimes scary) watching fifth graders on Valentine's Day. I look forward to watching the students more than what Husband has planned (is that bad?) 

My date night plans are consisting of take-out and Red Box...and I am STOKED! Last year we did the fancy dinner in the city. FAIL. Do you know how many pretty people with awesome bodies are out on Valentine's Day? Nobody wants to eat their mussels dripping in butter next to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show line up.

And while I did entice Husband with the promise of a shower, my "hot" outfit will probably consist of...whatever still fits. (Don't worry, I have some cute, bump friendly outfits ready.) What would I like to wear? Well, I have been loving this look by SJP...

But reversed! With this...

And these...

What are your plans?

Monday, February 13, 2012

It Has Been a Year! (and a few days)

In the craziness I call my life, I failed to realize that last Friday marked the one year anniversary of Teach Chic!

The past year has truly been the biggest growing year for me, and I am so happy I had a blog to document it. It saw a job change for Husband, and all the scary scenarios that go with it. It saw me finding a church home after almost three years in the same city. It saw me finish grad school and check off a half marathon off my bucket list (truth be told, the half marathon thing was never actually on my bucket list, but whatev.) It saw one of my best friends say "I do" and others saying "Yes!" to the big question. It saw position changes for me at school..two of them in fact. And finally, it saw me through reading that positive pregnancy test with shock and disbelief, but complete and utter joy.

Though my life has greatly changed, I am glad I have an outlet to talk about it, and wonderful readers who I can share it with. Thank you!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Nursery. In the Beginning.

The nursery.

That sentence is usually my thought process- "The Nursery."

People, it keeps me up at night. Mostly because I have thousands of nursery photos that I love, but no cohesive stream of thought.

So let's begin. In the beginning, I dreamed of bedding. I felt that it was where I needed to begin. Husband tried to reel me in "Please, let's just get a set," he begged. So I tried- really tried. And I even found a set that I liked.

I was satisfied. Ready to order. Then the problems began...
1.) I asked others opinions. They told me it was too blue
2.) So I ordered swatches since the Restoration Hardware by me doesn't carry Baby&Child. Six weeks later...still waiting. Have no idea what the color actually is.
3.) The crib skirt. It was a standard size, so in my terms "too short when the mattress is raised."

You still reading? I love you too.

So last Friday (on date night- my choice!), I decided I wanted Husband to come with me to two fabric stores without complaining

I left with no fabric and Husband left like this...

(Edited by Me- Could you tell?)

I spent the rest of the weekend looking and looking at bedding, but nothing was what I wanted. It all matched a little too much.

Then I (actually, my friend Susannah) found The. Perfect. Fabric...I think.

Elephant and Umbrella Small by Spoonflower
(Sorry it is so blurry, but you can see it here.)

I REALLY love it, and could see it for a bambino or bambina. Even better, Momma says she can easily make an adjustable height crib skirt (Crafty Momma) using Erika Powell's (from Urban Grace) technique.

All I really care about is the crib skirt. Add a white sheet. Done. Oh, and I really like this bumper pad...

But with this seersucker color...

You're still reading? Bless you.

Here is where I need your help/opinion. I don't want to have a theme. Does the fabric say "We're just classy elephants holding umbrellas in a sophisticated sort of way" or "Welcome to Elephantville! Only buy elephants for this nursery!!! Yay for Elephant Theme"? (I am hoping for the former.)

Also, do you still think it looks boyish? Suggestions for creating a neutral nursery?

I cannot wait to hear your opinions and thanks for reading. (Who wants to work today anyways?)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Today is my sweet dad's birthday. Last year (on my old blog), I shared my experience with my dad taking me to a Hanson concert. This year, I will share another story that perfectly describes my dad's unselfish ways.

When I was three, all I wanted for Christmas was a pink Barbie ride-in car. Apparently, so did every other three year old, and they were sold out everywhere. Dad was on a business trip in Atlanta with a co-worker and they found one! Dad was so excited...until he remembered they were in his co-worker's two-seater sports car...with no trunk. Dad insisted that they had to get it, and so they did. It only required him to take ALL the pieces out of the box, throw the box out, and ride home with the parts.

Thank you Dad for making my Christmas wishes come true. (The next year he topped himself with a trampoline assembly in negative degree weather. We will save that story.)

I love you Dad! I hope you have the best birthday EVER!!

Photo courtesy of Sister

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

PS I Made This- Headband

I have loved PS- I Made This ever since my friend Tippi received the book last year for Christmas. Where some things seem a little far fetched (remember, I am not crafty at all), this one seems doable.

Is this not adorable?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It

Today I am so thankful for for a relaxing weekend. Our master bathroom was FINALLY completed, and I am much enjoying it. I cannot wait to post progress on the nursery (but oh wait, there is none.)

What are my Coldstone's Favorites for this week?

Like It:

Even though shopping has become way less fun with the new addition of a bump in the front, I am really digging this Tobi Dress for only $37. Note: Would definitely add tights.

Love It:

Doctor's Appointment Today!! This will be the only time I celebrate going to the doctor. Oh, and the fact I only have to work a 1/2 day. BONUS!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Friday!

Long Week.
Promise to return on Monday :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Case of the Blahgs

The Blahgs- a time in one's life when they have nothing or relevance or importance to report; i.e: yours truly

Life has changed so much in the past few months. I went from being consumed with clothes, shoes, purses, and make-up to waking up and going, "Please let something fit." My hair looks like a supercell hit it since I literally fell sleep last night (putting on moisturizer) with it still wet. I even almost forgot about fashion week.

I blame baby. And school. The combination has me going to bed around eight-ish and sleeping in until usually a quarter after six. (My normal routine is sleep at 11, wake-up 5:30.)

I have nothing to blog about except that Jammer is the size of an avocado and has relocated shim's eyes to the front shim's head. Oh, and apparently, a group of Native Americans from Canada were dictators during WWII (Social Studies Lesson=Fail.)

However, I can't leave you without any pictures! I had so share this one from Pinterest.

Maybe this was someone else's excuse too...

Yep. (Don't worry, it was an old couch.)
Happy Hump Day.

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