Home Economics: Monogrammed mini pumpkins

imageI needed a few fall gifts to hand out at work and I came up with a fun idea! I had these pearl and rhinestone initial stickers left over from another project and thought they would look adorable as monograms on mini pumpkins. These pumpkins were .69 cents each at Trader Joe’s and the stickers were less than $5 a package at Michael’s. I cleaned the pumpkins with soap and water and completely dried them before applying the stickers. So easy! These will look great on the desks in the front office.

You could easily modify this idea by using larger pumpkins and stickers. Spelling out words like “boo” or “thanks” would look fabulous on a mantel. Metallic Sharpie pens would also work well to accent the stickers. The possibilities are endless!

Homework: How would you decorate these mini pumpkins?


Dress Code: Showing my school spirit in pearls and plaid!

imageSpirit days at my school are so much fun! Each grade level is assigned a class color: red, white, or blue. Since I represent all grades, I always wear all three colors. So, I decided to recycle my 4th of July shirt and pearls combo. I wore a red, white, and blue plaid shirt from Banana Republic with navy khaki pants from Gap. My navy Cole Hahn wedges were perfect for a day that involved a ton of steps and running around. To jazz up the outfit, I piled on my long pearls from C. Wonder(worn as a triple strand) and a pearl bow necklace from Ann Taylor Loft. Pearls and plaid are a fabulous combination!

Homework: How would you incorporate red, white, and blue into a spirit day outfit?

Dress Code: Hot pink and pearls… again!

imageWhat’s my go-to, favorite fashion combination? Hot pink and pearls, of course! Today, I combined my highlighter pink J. Crew cardigan with a sleeveless, patterned Maggie London dress from the clearance rounder at The Nordstrom Rack. I added my favorite pearl and gold collar necklace from Ann Taylor, some
stretchy pearl bracelets from Forever 21, and my black patent leather and snakeskin Tory Burch Reva’s to complete the look.

FYI… The Rack is an awesome resource when you have time to search through their rounders. The best part of shopping at The Rack these days is that you don’t have to wait in line. They have mini pay stations all over the store and employees carry IPhones, so they can ring you up without having to stand in a long line.

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we Wear Classics… LBD, Pearls and Burberry

imageI needed to pull together a quick and polished look this morning, so I relied on my favorite classic pieces.  I started with a great LDB (little black dress) that I bought off the sale rack at Anthroplogy.  This great basic needed some fabulous accessories.  I hadn’t worn my Burberry headband in a long time, and it felt like the right touch to add to my black dress.  I pretty much stopped wearing headbands when Gossip Girl ended. It was my personal way to mourn the lose of Blair Waldorf. I’m bringing the headbands back!  Once the headband was added, I then piled on the  pearls! Pearls, like glitter, make everything better! I collected these necklaces from Ann Taylor, Forever 21 and Nordstrom.  One of the necklaces only cost $3.80. Can you guess where I bought it?

Homework: What are your favorite classic looks?