Archive | July 2017

First Impressions: Bring It!

In the professional world, and just in general, first impressions are SO IMPORTANT! Today, I had my first training for my night teaching job at Oklahoma City Community College, and I knew I had to bring it! To me, “bringing it” means many different things that I’d like to share with you:

  • Come AT LEAST 10 minutes early. I like to show up 15 minutes before I am supposed to be there. Punctuality was a skill I struggled with in the past, so I have to make a big deal about it to go against that unfortunate flaw of mine!
  • Wear something professional, conservative, and appropriate for the occasion, BUT don’t forget to show a little bit of your personal style! (My first day outfit picture is down below!) Also, even in summer, cardigans are a good idea to combat the chilly AC blast in most buildings!
  • Personal hygiene is a must! Make sure you are clean, and makeup and perfume shouldn’t be too overpowering! 
  • Bring something to take notes with! I use a lovely leather Pierre Belvédère mini portfolio with a built in notepad, and I always stick two pens in, just in case one dies.
  • Read and reread your emails so that you bring everything that is required for that first day.
  • Keep a friendly and professional attitude! Ask questions and show that you are willing to put in the work!
  • Try to learn names as early as possible. It helps me to use people’s names a few times in conversation to make it stick. 

Above is the outfit I chose. Working in education gives me a bit more freedom, but I kept it pretty professional with a slight personal touch!

  • Blouse: Actually a WalMart find from high school!                                                                   
  • Cardigan: Ralph Lauren
  • Pencil Skirt: Loft
  • Pumps: Nine West
  • Necklace: Loft
  • Purse: Coach

This is how I take notes! 

There are several more things I could talk about, but those tips always help me make a good impression in a new environment. Comment with your favorite ways to “bring it” and make a fabulous first impression! 

Good luck with any new jobs or classes this fall!

💕Shelby 🎀

What to Wear: Nice Dinners on Vacation

When you are on vacation, it can be tough to pack enough for every possible occasion, especially if it is a long one! We are ending our 5 week extravaganza in beautiful south Florida, and something awesome happened!! My best friend since middle school got a surprise marriage proposal at her birthday dinner!! We were so excited to be a part of this secret mission, but UH OH!! What was I going to wear?!?!?!?!

I wanted something that was nice enough for a dinner event while still giving off vacation vibes! I went with a fun Lilly Pulitzer dress, matching pink heels, beach waves, and bronzed summer makeup! 

Here is the outfit! I paired it with simple pearls, because Lilly and pearls are pretty much BFFs! Not pictured: Green Kate Spade purse!
Here is a close-up of the hair and makeup! I did subtle gold and bronze tones with a pink gloss! I wanted a summery face, since it is still vacation! For the hair, I did Big Sexy Hair mousse to lift my roots, and then blow dried with a Garnier Fructis beach waves spray! Nice and natural!

If you are on vacation, I suggest you pack a fun summer dress that is still appropriate for a nice evening out! Lilly is my go-to designer, but she can get expensive! Try thrifting! Mine was a thrift store find! I also found a super cute budget option on
BTW, the proposal was adorable, and SHE SAID YES!!! 😍

Thank you for reading! Enjoy the rest of summer vacation!


The Teacher Swimsuit Struggle

Since we have been in a beach town all month, we’ve spent plenty of time in our swimwear! I am a naturally modest dresser, so finding cute swimsuits that cover what I want covered can be a struggle!! 

As teachers, we need to be careful of the image we put out to the world. Yes, we all like to let loose a little bit on vacation, but I don’t want a picture of my practically naked body accidentally ending up in the hands of students or their parents! While in your own community, I believe it imperative to present a clean image, because any of your kids could be at the community pool. 

Disclaimer: Though I am all for people doing whatever empowers them, modesty is something I personally strive for in my own life!! This is in no way judging people, even teachers, who feel differently about their public appearance! That being said, here are my personal tips:

  • Find a one piece with little details that show off your personality! Mine has an adorable bow on the front!!
  • If you love the water and have the means, think about spending a little more for a quality suit (Mine is Kate Spade!)
  • If you feel that your bottom half is falling out, a swim skirt works wonders!
  • Dance your heart out in the dressing room to make sure everything stays in place!
  • Crazy straps can be fun, but think about the tan lines you want!
  • Try adding a fun sun hat to spice it up! 

Here is mine! It is not available anymore, as it is two years old! 

I also found an adorable and on-trend budget option available at Target!
Which swimsuits do you swear by? Let me know in the comments!!


A Day In the Life: Florida Vacation 

Hey y’all! I hope you are all having a fabulous summer!! Ben and I are lucky enough to be spending a month in my gorgeous hometown of Sarasota, FL! The other day, we decided to take a walk across the bridge to St. Armand’s Circle and catch Pokémon! Yes, we are Pokémon Go players! Go Yellow!! It was worth the 6 mile round trip and the terrible sunburn! PSA: Don’t do outdoor exercise in a boat neck! #whoopsiedoodle 

When we got to St. Armand’s, we stopped at Columbia for lunch. It originated in Tampa in 1905, and seems to have kept its old fashioned Spanish charm! We see more Mexican restaurants than Spanish/Cuban in Oklahoma, so it was a wonderful change of pace! We both started with the 1905 salad, which deserved every one of its awards. Then, Ben had a Cuban sandwich, while I opted for what was basically a Spanish version of Eggplant Parmigiana! Both were DELICIOUS!!! We had no room left for dessert, though we will be back to sample the extensive dessert list! If you are in Tampa or Sarasota, you will not be sorry for eating here!!