As soon as the weather turns the slightest to Fall, I immediately set out to find the sweaters that I will be living in for the next several months. My first stop is always Nordstrom for their selection of Free People and once again, it proved successful. the second I put this baby on I knew that it had to come home with me. It is so soft and can be worn with anything and everything. Plus the back (not pictured) of this sweater is slightly opened. Enough to make a statement, but not enough to be too much. With a tank underneath, it’s perfect! It comes in a variety of colors and I may already contemplating picking up one (or two) more! What are your favorite brands for sweaters?
In late June, my husband’s aunt asked me to a jewelry party. Of course, I had the initial reaction that we all do when invited to one of those events. Once she explained to me a little about the company, I have to admit, I was curious. I went not thinking that anything would really be my style, but I was wrong. I could have easily have walked out her front door with one of everything. The pieces were so beautiful and comprised of materials not normally worn. Then I learned more in-depth stories about the pieces, where they came from, who made them, and about the company. Noonday is a company that sources from third world countries and helps provide jobs, healthcare, schooling, and homes for those they employ. All the materials used are particular from those areas and have a story behind them. To me, this means that this is not just a necklace or bangle, but so much more. I may be wearing this necklace to work, but by me doing so I am helping in providing healthcare to women battling HIV and AIDS. How cool is that!? Beautiful jewelry AND a true benefit, how can you pass that up? I highly suggest you all check them out (click the jewelry link for direct access to website).
I feel like this Fall, more so than others, I am craving cozy pieces to wear. Although style is still very important to me, comfort is a major player. It is no secret that I am someone who gravitates to neutral, classic pieces and this season I am sticking to my usual habits. I have rounded up my top 6 must have pieces for the fall. Now let’s see how many of these the husband lets me purchase 🙂
As many have noticed, I took quite the little break from blogging. This was mainly because of a very busy summer and starting my new teaching career as a 4th grade teacher, which I am so excited about. As a result of all of this, I took some time to develop a new path for my blog. I have changed the name and some (SOME) of the content. I wanted a new name that reflected me a little better. Crow + Bone will forever hold a special place in my heart, but it was a tad bit too cool for school (see what I did there 😉 ). I feel as though The Haute Classroom fits perfectly with my career AND my love of fashion and design in both apparel and home décor. The only ways that the content is going to change is by adding a few classroom and teaching posts here and there. I know y’all will still enjoy it, if not more than before! I am so excited for the new changes and updates in my life and can’t wait to start sharing very soon! Stay tuned, until then I thought I would post some pictures of my classroom for the year.
My wedding shoes are one of my most prized possessions, even over my wedding gown. I knew that when I got married one day that I would put more effort in to finding the perfect shoes than the dress. I was completely right. Don’t get me wrong I love my dress, but I absolutely adore these shoes. Valentino sure makes one hell of a comfy heel to wear all day long. The bright pink and bows are what drew me to these. I also love that I can wear them with so many pieces too! This dress is always one that I pull out of my closet when I need to dress nice, but want to stay comfy as well. It is just like wearing a giant tee and I am so fine with that. My GiGi New York clutch is one of my favorite bags, sometimes I even bring it while running errands because it’s pretty big to fit so much in it. Plus the fact that it can be monogrammed doesn’t hurt either ; )
I have decided to start something new and fun one the blog! Each month, at the beginning, I am going to round up my top wish list picks that I am craving. For April, I have gone through and chosen my favorite items that need to enter my closet right away. I hope you enjoy! Happy April!
(Disclaimer: this room was pretty difficult to photograph and edit since it’s so dark)
This was one of my favorite rooms to create when completing our house. Every single room in our home is very light and bright, so I wanted to do something completely different in here. I was really aiming for a very Mad Men feel and I think I got pretty dang close. I just love how swanky it looks and all the dark colors. I think that If I were a room, this would be it. The background is dark with bright touches. While thinking of what I wanted, I decided to go with a deep navy paint with a matte finish. I did not want any kind of sheen or shine. When looking at the room, I think that the Prada sign and the light fixture really bring the whole room together. It will make me sad to leave this house one day, simply because of all the hard work and personal touches we have added throughout. Through the whole process, I have realized how much I love decorating. It’s like styling an outfit but on a grander scale. This work has definitely been a labor of love and an amazing first home.
One trend that I have been obsessing over for this Spring and Summer is off the shoulder blouses/dresses. I feel like I catch myself ordering a new piece every week. They are just so flattering and fun to wear. I wore this exact outfit on Easter and got so many compliments, my favorite being from my grandma, “I wore something like that when I was your age!” As weird as that sounds, it was a total compliment coming from her because she’s always had the best style. I can’t wait to show y’all more of this style in the weeks to come! How do you guys feel about this new trend for the season!?
I think for the first time since 4th grade I can say that every piece of clothing that I am wearing is from Old Navy. Since I was a kid, I saw ON as the land of fleece pullovers and American Flag tees. This all shifted when I popped in last summer and my feelings changed. I feel like they are a company that has made huge strides in being more up to date with fashion. Plus, everything is such a steal. I walked in a couple days ago and I found this dress and fell in love. It was also ONLY $26! WHAT!? I honestly can’t remember the last time I purchased such a great dress for that price. They always have amazing sales too, which brings down the prices even more!
You also might notice that I have a special guest on the blog today! This is our 6 year old Akita/St. Bernard mix puppy (she will always be a pup to me). She is such a crazy photogenic pup so I figured it would be fun to have her in a few pictures, and I was correct. Well, until the end where all she wanted to do is eat. Hopefully, she will make more appearances in the future! Have a great week y’all!
A good leather jacket can take you far in life & this one has taken me everywhere. I have one that is pretty similar, but I just love how simple this one is. It is not as warm as my other one, but that’s what makes it perfect for this weather right now. It goes with almost everything in my closet and gives the right amount of warmth/coverage. I love pairing it with a basic tee, jeans, and flats or with a fun dress for a night out. Every lady (& man) should have a trusty leather jacket in their wardrobe to pull from. How do you guys wear yours!?