Last Spring I did a blog post styling classroom appropriate outfits (see here) and to this day it’s still one of the most viewed posts! So since there are so many cute options at Walmart this season that fit the bill, I’m doing a sequel today! If you haven’t shopped in store recently, you are missing out on brands such as Scoop, EV1 (Ellen DeGgeneres’ line) and Sofia Jeans. All of these brands are favorites that used to be online only but have since brought their product in select stores. So if you haven’t checked out Walmart recently, I can tell you there are SO many good pieces! If wanting to find which locations have these new lines, you can check out Walmart.com to use a store locator. If you are local to Houston, I went to the Walmart on 45 and Crosstimbers (4412 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77022).
This $26 little peplum top also comes in the most adorable polka dot style and would look cute styled with a pair of shorts and sandals for the weekend! These $24 white jeans are a total win as they are both stretchy and not see through. A very hard combo to find these days! I suggest sizing down if in between sizes as they do run a little big.
Is there anything better and easier than throwing on a dress and calling it a day? It takes no thought at all and you look put together! This Scoop dress also comes in a navy daisy print option, has pockets, and is just $34! It fits true to size and can be worn with any type of shoes from sneakers to pumps!
Want to check out a few more of my finds from my recent Walmart trip? See below for how to style this $30 military jacket– a closet must have!
*Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Having been single for the majority of the last few years, I have been on more first dates than I can count. Some good, some bad and some just down right awkward. I certainly have quite the playbook of funny first date stories and I’m honestly not quite sure why I’ve been keeping them all to myself. Scroll to the bottom of this post to share in the laughs. In addition to funny first date stories, I also think I’ve perfected the first date outfit by now.
My requirements in a first date outfit are this. It has to show a little skin while still being modest. We’re out here trying to trap a husband not a one night stand kind of guy! It also has to be cute without being too over the top. This is mainly because I don’t want to look like I tried too hard. We don’t want anything going to their heads after all 😛
There is a 99.9% chance you will find me in all black on a first date or if I’m going out for any occasion for that matter. Black is the most slimming and flattering color so of course us girls opt to wear it when we want to look our best! Now how formal the date is will determine how dressy your outfit should be. I always err on the more casual side. If you are going out for drinks, then jeans or a casual skirt are the way to go. If homeboy is ballsy/fancy enough to take you to dinner, you better pull out that LBD (little black dress) you’ve been saving up. For shoes, I almost always wear heels because they elongate your legs and well because your girl just needs an excuse to rock the absurd amount of heels that I own. But you do you girl. If the date location is outside, it is more than okay to wear sandals or flats.
Now for the first date stories! After writing them out, I realized how many bad first dates I’ve been on so I narrowed it down to the top 5 worst/funniest.
Crawfish King– I knew this wasn’t going to turn out well from the moment he asked me to go get crawfish. I mean not the sexiest first date peeling and sucking on crawdaddy’s. Definitely not my best look anyway. Between the awkward convo, him telling me he had no job and was depressed, and then getting mad at me when I politely told him I had to head home (after 4 hours) there was no second date.
Margarita Man– After telling him I hated Mexican food and margaritas he insisted on Papasitos. Besides the fact that something obviously got lost in translation, while on the date he told me that he goes to Papasitos every single day of the week for their happy hour and has 3 large margaritas. Alone. Thank you, next.
Sushi PTSD– As much as I love sushi I usually try to steer clear of it on first dates as it’s not the easiest, most ladylike food to maneuver on a first date. He picked a hole in the wall sushi place that I had never heard of. I almost suggested another place but 1) I didn’t want to offend him and 2) thought it might be a hidden gem despite the fact I’d never heard of it and I’ve lived in Houston my entire life. WRONG. We were the only ones in the entire place. The sushi was horrible and chewy. Later that night I experienced my first case of food poisoning.
Mr. Workaholic – Met this guy on Hinge and got together for drinks. He had his laptop out the entire time we were there. We had one drink, he walked me to my car and then went in for the kiss. I went in for the hug 😳
Baseball Boy– He took me out to the ballgame! He got so drunk that he kept falling asleep during the game. I think he snoozed for at least 3 innings. Funny part of the story is that I hit if off with another guy sitting next to me while Baseball Boy was sleeping and he ended up asking me for my number! #score
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*Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
My Chick-fil-a and Target runs have recently turned into Chick-fil-a and Walmart runs and boy have I been surprised at some of my recent fashion finds. While I’ve picked up my basic tees and tanks from Walmart for a long time, I’d never really ventured out further than that because honestly your girl is normally making a bee line for the Cookie Two Step Blue Bell Ice Cream. #priorities
I’ve had some requests lately to share casual work wear or outfits that would be appropriate for a classroom setting and while I haven’t set foot in a classroom setting in awhile, I would put money on the fact that teachers are all about the comfort aspect while still trying to look cute and professional. This is normally where I would give a speech on stretchy pants and dresses: two must haves for the comfy lover but I’ll refrain because I know you ladies know what I’m talking about.
As soon as Walmart announced that Maurices was launching on walmart.com, I knew they would have some great casual pieces that would be perfect for the classroom or a casual office setting.
I was pleasantly surprised by these button fly jeggings. They have the look of jeans, the stretch of jeggings and the quality of designer denim. I am wearing the same pair of denim in both the first and last outfits. The only difference is that I cuffed them in the last outfit making them look like an almost completely different jean! These jeans do run on the bigger side so I would suggest sizing down if in between sizes. I went with the XS short and would have done an XXS had they have had it.
I picked up several other pieces from the Maurices line that are not only appropriate for the office or classroom, they are just great basics to add to your closet. I can promise you that this anorak jacket will go with just about anything and everything. I’m talking over basic tees, blouses, dresses and even jumpsuits. I’ve tested this theory and I promise it works and it looks just as cute as can be. The green color option is my personal favorite but it also comes in a pretty blush pink color that is perfect for Spring and has the prettiest eyelet detail.
Next up, let’s talk shoes. Since heels can be a little too aggressive and usually not the most comfortable for someone on their feet all day, I found two pairs of wedges that are super cute, under $20 and the perfect height for the classroom. If wedges are still a little too much of a commitment for you, I found this pair of on trend white mules that I absolutely love. For sizing purposes, if you are in between sizes in any of the Time and Tru wedges, size down. I’m normally a 7.5 and went with the 7s. As for any of the Time and Tru sandals, I size up a half size!
Valentine’s Day is next week which means it’s that time of the year to pull out all of the red and pink! If you have a hot date planned this holiday, here are some outfit ideas to help you get ready for the big night. And even if these three outfits aren’t your cup of tea, I’m linking tons of outfit options below with everything from pajamas, to casual attire, to date night.
While I don’t personally have a hot date planned, I do have several Galentine’s Day events that I will be attending and plan do go ALL out. After all, how many days out of the year do we have an excuse to get dressed up in an obnoxious pink, sequin dress?!
If you are looking for gift ideas, I highly suggest checking out my gift guide tab on the blog or specifically the gift guide for her and for him.