Usually I go for the button down dress and heels but this year I wanted to do something a little different. The new me this year, because of the Common Core Standards (do you know about this?), is a comfortable, relaxed, but efficient and I am now a "do everything I'm told" type of teacher. Our kids have to pass this new national test (google it!), along with most of the schools in the nation, so it's my job to prepare them for the test. And get ready, this year I'm teaching to the test. Gasp!
It is definitely not why I became a teacher but something we have to do, it's the way education is going. Our schools in America are failing and something has to change, maybe this is it, who knows. Our school was restructured this year, with all new administrators (only one original remaining) and we are 2 points away from a D rating (like A, B, C, D, F!). We need to do better as teachers and our students need to do better on tests. Our evaluations are also tied to our students' test scores this year so our job kind of depends on it. And you know what happens if a school doesn't improve after getting new administrators? The teachers are next. No thank you! This year, I'm doing exactly what I'm told and am teaching exactly what they tell me to teach, whether I like it or not. Not that I've done it differently in the past, but this is my 14th year teaching and it wasn't always this way.
So today I wanted to be cool, chic, powerful, fun, comfy but appear "in charge," be a figure of authority but always look "put together." So, what did I wear?
I was contacted by Elle & K Boutique on Instagram and they offered me a coupon code to find something on their site and blog about it. Everything in their store is under $50, shipped for free and it's an exclusively online boutique (based in Florida). So, I thought what better place to wear this item than to school on my first day!
It was a tough choice because all of these items looked cute and if it weren't the end of summer (and we hadn't gotten paid since the end of May) I might have just bought them all!
Color Me Aztec $39
Black and White Aztec $22 (on sale!)
Beige Studded Tank $26 (on sale!)
All Day Shift Dress in Mint $26 (on sale!)
Color Me Aztec Tank $28
Big Bubble Necklace in Mint $28
Beaded Ivory Aztec Dress $44
It's in the Details Dress $30
I am a sucker for an aztec print but wanted something I could wear to work, that would look professional and cover my tattoos. I also wanted to be comfy because it would be the first day I would be leaving my Lemon and knew I would be sad and extra uncomfortable if I choose something too dressy. So, this is the item I bought:
Navy Tie Dye Maxi Skirt $34
I am so happy I picked this skirt! I got a Medium, because size Small was sold out, but was happy I did because it was the perfect length and you can adjust how much you fold over to make it longer or shorter. It didn't get in the way when I walked and was SUPER comfy, super lightweight, in this Arizona heat, and really soft fabric. The only thing I didn't like was that it was see-through but I wore a slip underneath and it was fine. The fabric hugs you but not in a super clingy kind of way so it is a bit forgiving since it is more of a light weight soft jersey type material.
Their website was also really easy to use, and the skirt was shipped to me super fast and was wrapped in tissue paper. They also send you a drink koozie with every purchase!
I paired my skirt with a long button up that I tied at the bottom and some cute sandals. It was hot out and a super long day but I was really comfortable all day! (I also called my friend Elise over for a mini photo session in my classroom!)
If any of these items look like something you MUST have, or you want to go online and shop for yourself, Elle & K Boutique is offering my readers 10% off through Friday 8/9 at 11:59 EST. The coupon code is BLUEREADERS, enter it in at checkout to receive your discount!
I was impressed with this online boutique; love their clothes, prices and shipping and definitely will be returning to order more stuff - when we get our first paycheck! Happy shopping!