Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ricki's Haul

I recently stopped by Ricki's after I realized that I didn't have much selection for professional attire. I'm so glad I did! My wallet on the other hand is still crying a little. 

From the start, I was greeted by a very friendly sales lady. From the moment I walked in the door to the time I actually made my purchases a few days later she provided me with exceptional service. She even went as far as writing me a list of all of the items I had tried on, with the size and prize so that I could go home and think about the investment I was about to make. I told her that I would be back that Friday to buy the items I was sure I wanted. Sure enough, when I arrived Friday morning she had all of the items, in the correct sizes and colours all waiting there for me ready to go. She was a super star and I was very happy to let her receive commission off of my purchases. 

Here are the pieces I decided on:

This lace peplum tank is SOOO comfortable! It feels like a normal tank but with the lace to dress things up a bit.

These jeggings are also so very comfortable (there's a pattern here. I was definitely going for style with comfort!) They're very versatile and can be worn in a professional setting or out on a friday night. 

Love the polka dots on this blouse! Although it's advertised as being worn one way, the sales lady told me that other customers were finding they liked to wear it backwards as well. So I gave it a try (see below) and loved it! It's also a very versatile piece that can be worn with a higher neckline in the classroom or a lower neckline for nights out on the town. 

Do I even need to say it anymore? This blazer is SOO comfortable. It moves WITH your body so when I raise my arms there isn't much stiffness. This is great for the classroom so that when I go to write on chart paper or on the board I won't feel constricted.

Can't say too much about these pants yet. I've only tried them on in the store. However, I made sure that they went along with the comfort theme that I had going on. 

Okay, yes. So maybe I loved this blazer so much that I had to buy it in two different colours. Don't judge me!

I can't say much about these dress pant either because I haven't worn them outside of the fitting room. The sales lady told me that they have waist tabs inside so I can loosen or tighten them depending on how they're fitting on a particular day. I don't know if I'll get any use out of that feature but we'll see!

I'd really like to go back for this shirt:

I really loved this shirt but unfortunately I had a budget in mind and had to leave it out for now. I'll be back for it though!

What has been your favorite purchase for work? 

Tomorrow's The Big Day!

Tomorrow I officially begin my journey to becoming a teacher! I'm so excited to start! It's a foreign feeling that I haven't felt for years. I dreaded going back to university every summer. Besides a few courses, I hated doing my BA. It felt like such a waste of time. Now I feel like I'm actually doing something that interests me.

My first orientation day is tomorrow at 9 am. There are a few introductory sessions, a 'breakout session' where we get to meet everyone in our cohorts along with a presentation from the teacher federation. To finish the afternoon off there will be sessions on the use of social media by teachers,  how to make the most of the internship, as well as, how to pursue jobs at home and abroad. I'm really hoping that these sessions are useful and engaging (I'm sure they will be! That's why they have them after all!)

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow! Be watching for a post on my most recent haul from Ricki's too!

Friday, August 2, 2013

My Country Side

Do you know how excited I've been for this weekend? So excited that this post has been waiting in my drafts since Monday night!

Yes, this weekend is most likely going to be my favorite for this summer because of these five reasons:   (Warning: you're about to see some serious country roots coming out in this post!)


I'm going to see Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley in concert with a few of the besties! I've loved their music for years now!

This is a picture from last summer with a few friends and family before we headed off to see Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. If your a country music fan and haven't seen them in concert yet I HIGHLY recommend it! They were amazing!


Before we head to the concert we're stopping at the mall (which is bigger, and has more variety than the one in my current city) to go shopping. Need I say more? 


Yes, the annual demolition derby is on Saturday! People from all over the county come to see who's car will make it to the end. It's a great time to meet up with people you haven't seen in a while. Once the derby is over we'll probably go on a few carnival rides and finish the night off with the annual fireworks. 


I'm very excited to be out of the city for the weekend and staying at home, in the country. This picture is from one of our four-wheeling adventures out back in the woods. Such a peaceful spot!


Lastly, through all of this excitement I'll be sporting my new favorite ESSIE nail polish called "Bachelorette"

What are your plans for the weekend? 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Things In My Makeup Bag

  1. Stila's jewel eye shadow in Rose Quartz is one of my favorite eyeshadows at the moment. I pair it with Stila's Dahlia eyeshadow for the perfect nighttime look.
  2. Maybelline's Baby Lips in Pink Punch is always in my purse for added pop of colour and baby smooth lips. Great color for summer! 
  3. Rimmel London's Wake Me Up is my go to concealer. I use this by itself when I don't feel like wearing foundation or as a highlighter for contouring.
  4. I've tried many low-end and high-end mascaras but I always find myself coming back to Maybelline's Waterproof Lash Stiletto. It not only lengthens my lashes, it also holds the curl from my lash curler.
  5. I'm in LOVE with the whole Essie line but Bachelorette Bash caught my eye from the start. I used it in yesterday's post. Go take a look! 

What are some of your beauty faves? 

The Eleven Month Teaching Program

Well it looks like I'm gonna be one busy gal come next month. I guess I should have really seen it coming but it didn't really hit me until I received my class schedule for the next eleven months. I just assumed that I would be taking the same amount of courses that I did in my BA. Boys was I wrong! I'm officially taking eight courses per semester (seven if you don't count my internship). I'm definitely not complaining though. If you read my the post Elementary Wisdom (or lack thereof) you'll know that I've been waiting to do this since grade five!

The program at my university is a condensed eleven month (three semester) program that would typically take two years (or four semesters) to complete. I'll begin with two orientation days filled with guest speakers and faculty presentations. I then jump right into my practicum for two weeks. I really love that I get to meet the teacher I'll be doing my internship with (and working with all year) before the students arrive. I also really like that I'll be able to get a taste of what it's like to prep for a new school year. I know other programs in my area don't give interns this option. 

After that, I'm in the classroom with the students every Monday. I'll be attending classes on campus Tuesday to Friday. My practicum also has two blocks of straight hands on experience in the classroom. The first block is before Christmas break (arn't I lucky? haha) where I'll be in the classroom for two weeks straight. The same thing will happen in April and May except I'll be in the classroom for nine weeks instead. 

My first semester consists of:
  • Teaching Math in Elementary School
  • Literacy Learning in Early Years
  • Music for the Classroom Teacher (this will be a fun one! I'm don't have a musical bone in my body!)
  • Teaching & Learning Theories
  • Inclusionary Practices
  • History and Philosophy in Education
  • Curriculum and Evaluations in the Early Years
  • Practicum (every Monday)
I'm definitely going to need a good planner for this coming year! That's why I'm officially ordering the Erin Condren Life Planner this weekend. Make sure to check out my post on her teacher planners too! 

How did you make it through your program? How was your teaching program set up? I'd love to hear your experiences! 

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