Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bubble Sleeves & Bulldogs

As if it couldn't get better than a bubble sleeve cardigan... throw in a bulldog necklace!

I am SO EXCITED about this recent collaboration I've done with Eleven Collection and also for the new arrivals at Mary & Mak 😍  It seriously does not get any cuter. If you know me, you know that I have an English Bulldog that I am beyond obsessed with. When I came across Eleven Collection on Instagram and saw that they not only had an adorable necklace with a paw print, but also one with a full bulldog I became OBSESSED. Technically it is a 'Georgia Bulldogs' game day necklace but why not give it multiple purposes?! 

This Cambridge Bubble Sleeve Cardigan is perfect paired with white or black! I personally love it both ways. This white cardigan is available NOW at Mary & Mak and the black is COMING SOON! There are really endless ways that you could style it this fall and even into winter. It comes in two sizes S/M and M/L and I am wearing the S/M. It's SO soft and comfortable and perfect for when the temperatures finally get cooler! It's also only $74 and JUST IN so grab yours while you can here 🙌  You can also shop it here in in cream!

These necklaces make me so happy 😍  Whether you're a true Georgia Bulldogs fan or just an English Bulldog lover like me, these are the necklaces for you! The one I am wearing has the 'bulldog silhouette' but you can also shop it with the bulldog face as pictured. The Y Necklace comes in champagne (like I have on), white, and maroon for only $35. Shop yours now by clicking the name of the necklace above! You can also shop the paw print choker here for only $25 in both black (like I have on) and maroon! 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Southern Bridal Events

Only 46 Days To Go!

This past weekend was definitely one for the books! Our incredible friends and family threw us an Oyster Roast on Saturday and I had another bridal shower on Sunday. As with the other parties we have had, all of the details and decor were absolutely BEAUTIFUL. We seriously have the most amazing friends and family and cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for us so far! I wanted to do a blog post today on several of the details from our Oyster Roast and my bridal shower, including the BEST cookies and my outfit details. 

Is this not the most incredible romper?! I not only love the color but I think the style is SO flattering. My mom purchased this for me from Madison in Raleigh that you have read about on here before if you have been following me! It runs true to size and is only $64 😍  This Dilworth Wrap Romper is definitely a best seller and will go FAST so hurry and grab yours now before it's gone! It also comes in a mustard color that you can also grab here

Can we talk about how adorable these cookies are?! They were so pretty I didn't even want to eat them! I HIGHLY recommend Southern Sugar Bakery in Raleigh if you want cookies that are not only beautifully made but that also taste delicious 🙌

First and foremost, let me just say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Lisi Lerch for these beautiful earrings that I wore to both my oyster roast and to my bridal shower. I have always admired their earrings but these are by far my favorites! Not to mention, they are the nicest people 💗  These gorgeous Bobbi Earrings are UNDER $60 and come in a variety of colors! I highly recommend them in white for any bridal events. Shop them here now! 

The flowers were STUNNING! Were they not?! If you are local, I highly recommend Flowers by Henry for any arrangement that you may need! He always does an incredible job as you can see here! 

My dress is unfortunately completely sold out from Bevello but I am going to link several similar styles below! 💕

Topshop Ruffle Minidress | Paige Shawna Wrap Dress 

I also wanted to link my shoes because I am obsessed! They are so comfortable and the perfect nude shoe for any occasion. Shop these Gianni Bini Asymmetrical heels here now for under $100 in both taupe and black. 

Again... a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our friends and family that helped make this weekend so special! We love you all! 


Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Most Loved Cardigan

The Perfect Fall Cardigan

This burnt orange color has become SO popular recently! I think it's so flattering for any skin type/hair color. It's also the perfect color for Fall 🍁🍂🍃  If you were following me during the Nordstrom sale you saw how popular this cardigan was and how incredibly fast it sold out! I luckily purchased during the early access part of the sale and I'm SO glad I did because it was gone almost immediately. HOWEVER... it is fully back in stock now for UNDER $70 🙌

This Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Cardigan comes in a variety of colors, such as this 'brown spice' (more of a burnt orange), charcoal gray, pink, tan, and teal! It runs slightly big so I recommend sizing down (I purchased a small). There are SO many ways you can style it but I will be sharing all of my outfit details below. 

Other Outfit Details:

Jeans: These are my absolute favorite jeans that you've seen many times before from Mary & Mak! If you need an every day denim, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these San Diego Distressed Jeans. They have recently been restocked but they always sell out super QUICK so grab yours here while you can for under $60! 

Sunglasses: These are my FAVORITE sunnies I've ever owned! I have linked them in many other blog posts but I will link them again here. They are Quay Australia and the style is called 'x Desi Perkins High Key 62mm Avaitor Sunglasses.' They come in several colors but this particular one is 'black fade to clear.' Shop them here for $65! 

Tank: This is the BEST and most comfortable tank for layering! I've worn it with so many different outfits since I've purchased it. It comes in several colors and is currently on MAJOR SALE for only $14.50. Grab yours from Loft here

Friday, September 21, 2018

Red Alert

The Best Red Dress for Fall

If you haven't been in or shopped online at Mary & Mak recently, you are seriously MISSING OUT! They have so many amazing new arrivals that are perfect for Fall, and such a variety of items at that. There are statement earrings UNDER $40, tops/sweaters, dresses, booties, and SO MANY new pieces of Kendra Scott!

When I first saw this red dress on the rack I was a little unsure about it but once I tried it on, I was OBSESSED. It runs slightly big so I sized down to a small! If you are an NC State fan, this is the PERFECT game day dress. If not, red is one of my absolute favorite colors for Fall so this dress would work for almost any non formal occasion. Shop this Boho Beauty Tunic Dress here for only $46! 

When purchasing this dress, make sure use code 'ADDIE15' at checkout for my EXCLUSIVE discount!


Other Outfit Details:

I paired this dress with the most beautiful Kendra Scott earrings that you can also shop at Mary & Mak! They have the most incredible selection of Kendra Scott, so make sure to head there first to get all of the latest pieces. These Emmet Earrings are the perfect simple statement to any outfit! They are $110 and you can shop them here 🎉

I also paired this dress with Mary & Mak's adorable Bella Booties in taupe! These are SO comfortable, true to size, and perfect for Fall. They are UNDER $50 and still available in several sizes! Shop them here before they're gone. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tassel and Bead Combo

Stella & Dot has WAY outdone themselves!

I seriously don't think I've seen a prettier pair of statement earrings. The combination of bright colors, beading, and tassels... I mean, it doesn't get any better than that 😍  Stella & Dot collaborated with Rebecca Minkoff for these beauties and if you've heard of Rebecca Minkoff, you know you can't go wrong with anything she designs! There are endless ways that you can style these earrings but there are two ways in particular that I want to share with you today!

First, who remembers this AMAZING St. Barth's Stella clutch from my blog post this summer?! It's one of my absolute favorites. It was originally $69 but it's on MAJOR SALE right now for only $40.99! I will be carrying this bag into Fall because I think that it would be a great statement bag for pairing with black! I absolutely LOVE it with these earrings too. The colors go so well together and you can style it so many different ways! Grab this St. Barth's clutch here now before it's gone!

Speaking of pairing with black, these Nakoma Chandeliers are the PERFECT pop of color with any black top or dress! When my Stella & Dot stylist Alicia told me about them, I knew I HAD to have them 🙌  She seriously is the absolute best when it comes to helping me pick and choose the perfect Stella pieces! As I've said before and will say 100 more times, I highly recommend making your Stella purchases through her! You can shop these earrings here with her as your stylist by clicking THIS link. 

Other Outfit Details:

Mary & Mak San Diego Distressed Jeans | Vince Camuto Kicetta Peep Toe Booties (similar) | H&M Off the Shoulder Top in Black (similar & ON MAJOR SALE)


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sweater Weather

Who else is ready for Sweater Weather?!

I am SO over this heat 😩  I need it to be like 60 degrees ASAP. One thing is for sure... when it finally cools down, my wardrobe is ready! 

I have recently found the most PERFECT sweater from Vici Dolls! I absolutely love the distressed look around the edges of the bottom, neck, and sleeves. As soon as they got this in stock, it sold out almost immediately. I didn't think they were going to restock it at all but THEY ARE 💙  You can PREORDER it here now on their website. It runs true to size but if you want it to be more fitted than mine is here, I recommend sizing down. However, it is shorter than most sweaters so keep that in mind when selecting your size! I'm wearing a medium here and I'm 5'3 for length reference. 

I also wanted to share with you my new favorite shoes for fall! These Steve Madden 'Wrangle Wedge Sneakers' are the most comfy shoes I have ever owned. They can easily be dressed up or down! They are UNDER $100 and you can shop them here now in taupe or black. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Latest Dress Obsessions

My Latest Dress Obsessions

If you saw my Mary & Mak try on session the other day (where they are from), you saw both of these dresses 💜  These were the top two items that I got questions about/link requests for so I wanted to do a full blog post for you guys with all the links and info about them! Mary & Mak has SO many new arrivals for Fall, but these were by far my favorite two. Dresses like these are always great to have in your closet because you never know when you'll get invited to a fall/winter wedding, holiday party, etc! 

The first one I want to share with you is this Thrills and Frills LBD 🙌  LBD's ALWAYS come in handy, especially this time of year! I think this one is SO flattering and would be for all shapes and sizes. I will say that it does have a rather snug fit so I would size up if you wanted a little more wiggle room. This one is my usual size (medium) but I would have no problem with sizing up to a large! You can click the name above to shop this one now for UNDER $60. 

I styled this with my Stella & Dot crossbody that is unfortunately no longer available! However, if you refer to my previous 'Black Pom Pom's Under $100' blog post you can find several similar alternatives!

The second dress that I want to share with you is this GORGEOUS 'Night to Remember Dress in Purple.' I absolutely love the ruffle sleeves and I think everything about it is so flattering! This one has a more lose fit than the black dress so I would recommend sticking to your normal size. I'm wearing a medium here and you can see that the fit is looser! Shop this one too by clicking the name above! 


Friday, September 14, 2018

Tie Front Trends

Who else is obsessed with this tie front trend?!

This ENTIRE look is from Mary & Mak and I cannot get over how cute it is. I am obsessed with this new tie front trend but this skirt is by far one of my favorites I've seen. 

This Free Spirit Fringe Skirt is perfect for any Fall occasion and can be styled so many ways! The neutral mauve color makes it so versatile. Shop yours here for only $56! 

This 'All the Time Open Back Top' is also perfect for styling many different ways! I tucked it in with the skirt but you can also wear it untucked with jeans to give it a completely different look. The back is SO flattering and the material is extremely comfortable. Shop yours here for only $38! 


My black fringe earrings are also from Mary & Mak but have to be purchased in store or over the phone! I highly recommend going in to look at all of their new fringe earrings because they are right on trend and all UNDER $40! 


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

DIY Making Counting Fun

DIY: Making One to One Correspondence Fun

When I first started my blog, I said I was going to try and do AT LEAST 1 education post per month. Clearly I haven't been as good about that as I had planned but now that school has started and things are somewhat settled, I will be much better about it! I know I have many fellow elementary education teachers following me so this is a great read for all of you! If you are not one of my fellow teachers, just bare with me for these types of posts. 


Being a teacher means not only teaching students, but also making them enjoy what you are teaching at the same time. Let's face it... if they aren't somewhat having fun/enjoying school, they could care less about what you are saying. Since I started my teaching career, this has been a HUGE struggle for me when it comes to math. I, myself, dislike math so I have found it very difficult to come up with things to make it not only enjoyable for my students, but also for me. We have all been in that math class where the teacher teaches straight from the book, writing example after example on the board, and then giving us problem after problem to solve until we finally memorized the strategy or equation. However, being with elementary students, that particular method just does not work (and why would it... it's boring). SO with all of that being said... I spent the summer/the last few weeks brainstorming ideas that I can use in the classroom to make math engaging for each and every one of my students.

I have found that the majority of kids are hands on and/or visual learners (a lot like myself). They like to actually have something to create and see for themselves rather than me just telling them what it would/should look like. Therefore, I have come up with a DIY project to help students learn to count in a super hands on and engaging way 🙌  This is what I'll be sharing with you today!

If you are a teacher, you have heard of the term "one to one correspondence." It basically means matching one, and only one, object to each number that you say. You'd be amazed at how difficult this can sometimes be for students! Before I got into education, I had never heard of the term or even thought about it. It's been amazing to me to see how students grasp this concept in their own individual ways. 

I decided to use silicone baking number molds to help students learn to use one to one correspondence 😁  You could use any type of bead, object, counting cube, etc to put inside of the numbers but I chose to use these small beads because they also help with fine motor skills! These silicone numbers are only $1.99 a piece at Michaels and so worth it. My students have SO enjoyed this and I cannot wait to see the progress that they make using my project!

Shop the Silicone Number Molds here.


One of my favorite things to do is come up with DIY projects for my classroom and students! If you have any special requests/things you'd like to see, leave me a comment below! 


Monday, September 10, 2018



In honor of football season finally being here, I've teamed up with one of my favorite boutiques, Southern Luxe, to give one lucky WINNER this black and white checkered wrap/poncho! It retails for under $30 but one winner will get it for FREE and shipped directly to you! The neutral colors make it perfect for ANY game day, especially all of our local NC teams 🎉  I also know many teams, such as ECU, have blackout and white out games so this would be especially great for that!

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