My Not So UGG-ly Boots

Thursday, January 12, 2017

See what I did there with the title? hehe...#teacherjokes

I don't care what people say about UGGs - I love them and find them extremely efficient for Chicago winters. They are easy to throw on, warm and comfortable. While they may not go with every outfit and can definitely not be dressed up (bummer, I know!) I still find myself reaching for these boots whenever the temperature drops.

While you may not be able to wear these for much more than running errands - I believe I've found a loophole...

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Backpack Revival

Monday, January 9, 2017

It is the first day back from break and I am struggling. I woke up at 4am for the first time in forever (cue the song from Frozen). I wanted to get to school super early. We had quite a few office-type changes that happened over break so I wanted to beat everyone else and get all of my copies completed. Our copiers were acting up for quite some time, so getting those copies done prior to break was a no-go. While my TYPE A personality shuddered, it simultaneously gave me the "energy" (using that term loosely) to wake up and head to work in the dark. 

I brought my trusty North Face backpack (#college) to work with me this morning. I had SO much to bring to school that I couldn't possibly squeeze it all into my work bag. Not to mention I actually forgot to pack my work bag so I was still using my purse that I carried around most of break. Again, struggling. 

This brings me to the point of this post: backpacks are f*cking awesome! Seriously. My hands were free from the usual balancing act of keys, coffee, computer and bag. Why do people even bother with real bags?!

I never thought I'd venture into backpack territory. It always seemed WAY too juvenile for me; a little TOO nostalgic of my elementary school, butterfly clip days. 

That was until I saw the Chanel Urban Spirit Backpack. It is relatively new - introduced with the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. It is totally drool-worthy...I mean, if you're into that type of thing. I think I've been converted.

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Parka Show Down

Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Warm coats are a necessity in Chicago. Right now it is FREEZING...literally below thirty-two degrees. It is past the point of no return. No longer can we throw leather jacket upon our sweater-donned shoulders and simply cross our fingers, hoping a limb won't fall off. You can't fight it anymore. Winter is here. Actually, winter has BEEN here - what am I saying? Two weeks before Christmas and temperatures were below zero. Oh and that wind chill? Fuggedaboutit.

With this tundra-like weather it is important to have a super warm coat. While I have many coats (coats and boots are kinda my thing), I reach for two repeatedly throughout the season. One has a high price tag and the other is much lower. Which one do I think is better?!

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*EDIT: at the end of my post I share where to DONATE those gently used coats that didn't make the cut in your New Year's closet clean-out

Top 16 of 2016

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! I am excited for the start of a new year. With every new year, I always reflect on the events of the year - the highs and the lows (both were plentiful this year). In addition to life events, I also think about those products or items that weathered the year with me; the things that I continued to reach for and those that never let me down (yes, carbs should receive an honorable mention).

I decided to share some of my favorite products from the past year!

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Winter Break (Literally)

Monday, December 26, 2016


I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! I'm currently on winter break (#hallelujah) and will be back to the grind after the New Year. I'm dedicating some much needed time for family and friends. Stay tuned for exciting content and don't forget to check out the new products up on Teachers Pay Teachers.