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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Spring Wardrobe Cheat Sheet

At the end of January I was approached by ThredUp to share with my followers my "spring wardrobe cheat sheet".  I immediately began to think about what I would put on my cheat sheet and I am excited to share with you what I came up with! Hint: It includes a whole outfit for under $50 and a free $10 for you when you use my code (here)!!!

If I had to choose a few items that would be on my "must have" list for spring it would include: a cute pair of flats, a dark pair of skinny jeans, a versatile cardigan and a light jacket! So now this is where ThredUp comes in handy.  Have you heard of them? They are a new company that sells high-quality secondhand (like new) women's and kids' fashion with a range of brands (from Old Navy to Kate Spade) that are always up to 90% off the original retail price.

As I began to see if I could find my "cheat sheet" items on their website at first I didn't know where to start.  I started scrolling through the pages and pages of women's fashion and couldn't believe the number of items that I could choose from.  When I realized I could refine the search by size, brand, color, and price that greatly helped my search time.  The first time I was on their website I didn't see anything that really called my name, but the second time I got on I was in for a major treat.  My word of advice, if you don't find something you like the first time, keep searching a few days later.  They are getting new items constantly and that helps to give you new options frequently.

Now here is my favorite part, showing you what I found and for how cheap!

American Eagle Outfitters Skinny Jeans - $6 (compare at $45)
Seriously I couldn't believe I found a pair of jeans that are normally $45 for only $6! I was a little worried about how they would fit, but they fit great! They are a little shorter than I normally like (I normally get a long size from this company), but for spring I love to roll up my jeans anyway, so it works out great!

Old Navy Lace Tank Top - $2.96 (compare at $12.50)
Having a lace tank top for spring is such a great item for layering.  You can wear it alone or throw on a cardigan for those cooler days.  I also love the lace details and the pretty pink color.

American Eagle Outfitters Cardigan - $6.30 (compare at $30)
Cardigans are one of my favorite articles of clothing to have in my closet.  They are so versatile and can be used to make an outfit modest, keep you warm on a cool spring day, and be used with jeans or a dress.  Having a simple navy blue cardigan is also a plus because navy goes well with so many items and colors.

Gianni Bini Flats - $12 (compare at $60)
I'm such a big fan of flats because they are comfortable and easy to pair with lots of different styles. As soon as I saw these glitter shoes I knew I needed to add these to my wardrobe.  Don't you love glitter?

Cynthia Rowley for T.J. Maxx Jacket - $13.80 (compare at $60)
I love a good light jacket and that is exactly how I would describe this jacket I found.  I love the stripes and the black and white, making it easy to style with lots of outfits.  Adding a light jacket to my "cheat sheet" was perfect for my spring days in Utah.

Now my items aren't available, but you can click on these links to search for shoes, tops, jeans and handbags they do have available.

I love how easy and cheap ThredUp is and think you should hurry over to find some cheap items for yourself.  If you use my link here you can get $10 to spend just for signing up! AND they give you a 40% off discount on your whole first order! How awesome is that! I'd love to hear what items you would add to your spring cheat sheet! Did we have any of the same items? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: I received a $50 from ThredUp to help show my cheat sheet.  All opinions are my own.  I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly use and love.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Yummy Scarves & Polka Dots

I can't get enough of the photos Charissa took of my amazing new scarf from Yummy Scarves. We had such a fun time and I felt like we were hanging out instead of taking pictures!

This scarf is such a perfect way to add some color to this already adorable polka dot dress! The scarves are all handmade....seriously so impressed! It is extremely comfortable, soft, and the mustard color has me drooling a little bit!

Right now you can buy from their Instagram account by taking a screenshot of the scarf you want and emailing it to yummyscarves@gmail.com. As an added bonus, when you order your own Yummy Scarf and mention my name (Teach Shop Love) you get 15% off!!

Disclaimer: I received this mustard scarf to review from Yummy Scarves.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

u+me: our first unofficial date

*this is part 3 of a series. you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

"we didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun." 
- unknown

The day after the Stanford game I had some friends over for game night. I remember texting Kyle about it, but he wasn't able to make it. We kept texting the rest of the evening though and we decided we should hang out that week. Kyle was on fall break for the week, but unfortunately I was not.  I was going to Westminster College at the time and had class the whole week.  When I was in class that Monday I decided I would text Mike.....and Kyle.  After class Kyle texted me and we began to talk about hanging out that evening.  I know I ended up texting Mike a few times that day, but I honestly don't remember much of what we said because I remember being quite interested in the conversation with Kyle. As we were discussing some ideas for the evening he wrote about 5 texts full of ideas of things we could do.  At first I had assumed that we were also going to hang out with Mike, but as we continued texting I began to wonder if it was going to end up just Kyle and I.  Part of me began to almost hope it was just us because I was really beginning to want to know more about this kid.  I remember asking Kyle what he was doing and when he told me he owned his own clothing store (Q Style Apparel) and was working on some items for the company, I found it extremely impressive.

Kyle told me he would come over to my house and we could figure out what the plan was.  He came over to my house and we talked about all his ideas.  He decided we should try and do as many as we could.  One of those ideas was "Chopped".  It is a show on the Food Network where they are given certain ingredients and they have to make a meal out of it.  I had never heard of it, so we ended up watching an episode.  At this point I was really confused as to whether or not he was interested in me or was helping me with Mike.  Then Mike called him and thats when I realized he was definitely trying to help set me up with Mike.

Kyle began talking to Mike about playing "Chopped".  Mike didn't want to drive out to Murray (he also lived in Bountiful near Kyle) and so finally Kyle decided we would do the challenge at Mike's house.  I decided to call my friend Camille who lived close to them as well so we could get more people involved.  She said she would meet us there and so off I went to get my keys.  At that moment Kyle told me he was driving.  I told him that it really was okay for me to drive out there.  I felt bad having him drive to my house, back to Bountiful, then back to my house, and then back to Bountiful just because he drove me! He insisted and so I got in the car.  Honestly I was super impressed by his gesture.  Here Mike wouldn't even drive out to Murray (which I didn't blame him for at all), but Kyle was willing to drive back and forth multiple times just to be a gentleman and drive me to the activity.  He was earning major brownie points, that at the time, I didn't even realize were going to be relevant.

When we got to Mike's, Camille was already there.  The two of them had decided they would be partners, which ended up leaving Kyle and I to work together.  I was a little bummed out, especially because I had thought Kyle was going to help set me up with Mike.  On the other hand, I was actually pretty excited to be Kyle's partner.  The car ride up had been an absolute blast.  He was so easy to talk to and made everything feel so natural.  *On a side note Kyle later told me that Mike asked him later that night how the car ride up with me had been.  Kyle had said I sure talked a lot, which I kinda had, but when you ask me about my crazy schooling experience and how I ended up at Westminster, it was going to take awhile to explain.  On the ride home though, Kyle ended up talking the whole time and he no longer found it weird that I talked so much on the car ride up!*

Kyle and I went to work using our materials to try and create something better than Camille and Mike. It was hard because the items we were given included crackers, lime, and peanut butter.  We could use other items, but we had to use those.  We ended up making a cracker and dip snack.  We used the peanut butter and spread it across the cracker and then sprinkled a little lime on top.  Oddly enough it wasn't too bad.  Would I eat it again? Probably not.  Did it win the chopped date? YES! (And we've been winning couple dates ever since!)

I remember thinking that night about how much fun I had and not because Mike was there.  I hadn't thought of dating Kyle, but the idea was starting to settle in my mind.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Little Girl and Her "Pretty Dresses"

When I was a little girl I would tell my mom that I needed to wear "pretty dresses".  If anyone in my family even mentioned me wearing a "dress", I would correct them by saying I only wear "pretty dresses".  I stopped correcting people as I grew up, but the love of "pretty dresses" has definitely stayed with me.

This dress from Modest Pop is one of my new favorites and I think it is perfect for Valentine's Day.  Modest Pop is a great clothing company that sells the cutest modest skirts and dresses.  The one I'm wearing is the Ivy Dress in Magenta.

Styling it was easy because of the simplicity of the dress! I added a white belt and booties for a winter touch! The gorgeous pearl necklace is from Charming Charlie.

This dress was so much fun to do a photoshoot with the amazing Charissa Lee.  We went to the Utah Capitol building and had an absolute blast.  This was the first photoshoot I had done with her, but we clicked instantly. It was one of those moments where you meet someone and just know you were meant to be friends.

I also wanted to take a few pictures of this amazing custom print from Doodling Love.  My friend Bree started this Etsy shop a few months ago and sells the most adorable prints.  She has some serious talent.  I asked her to make me this custom print of the lyrics to the song "Mine" by Taylor Swift.  It is the song Kyle and I danced to at our wedding and I love the words.  I know you are probably thinking how in the world did they dance to such an upbeat song? We had a friend who is an amazing musician slow it down for us and played it live.  It was amazing! Her name is Karlie McKinnon and you should check her new album out on iTunes.

If you want a chance to win $50 to Modest Pop, head over to my Instagram @teach.shop.love for details

Disclaimer: I received this Ivy Dress to review from Modest Pop.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

I've always loved cute and girly clothes! Shirts with ruffles, sparkles, and polka dots are my trademark.  This shirt from Aro & Company fits in perfectly with my wardrobe.  I love the shade of blue and the ruffles at the bottom.  It is so fun to wear with some black jeans and a cute pair of booties.  They also have other colors posted on their website that you definitely should check out. Best news yet is that it is ON SALE!!! $16.99 + FREE SHIPPING! You can click here to purchase this amazing shirt!

Disclaimer: I received this Ryan Ruffle Top to review from Aro and Company.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.