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Fashion Inspiration: Emma Pillsbury

You don’t see too much of the teachers on Glee, but I’m sure glad that guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury is one of them!  Although her bright monochromatic outfits may be a little over-the-top for everyday wear, I am sill in love with her cardigan and floral print combos and her adorable retro brooches and sweater clips.  Almost all of Emma’s clothing in the past season have been from Kate Spade, which is great, except that we can’t get the brand in Canada (or at least not in Edmonton).  Even if it was available to me, I couldn’t afford it anyway.

So here is my frugal version of an Emma Pillsbury outfit and Also a few items I have seen in stores lately that would be prefect, but that I have too much self-restraint to buy.

Emma Pilsbury Fashion
Emma Pilsbury Fashion byFashiontoteach featuring a yellow skirt

jacob.ca  ~ This is on Sale for $18.74 right now!

Yellow skirt
$36 – lavishalice.com

Modern Vintage Study Hall
I also love this tulip-pink pencil skirt from Jacob.  It’s on sale for $29.99 right now and will surely be making an appearance in my new winter wardrobe.


Restocking your Wardrobe for Autumn

It’s that time again: not autumn yet, but the stores seem to think so.  I love fall fashion with colours inspired by nature, chunky knits and boots, but IT IS STILL WARM OUT!  I have had to make do with making a list of things I will need to update my wardrobe this fall without actually going shopping yet.  This is good for two reasons:

1. I have time to really think about what I want and what I need.  I NEED new boots because I bought cheap boots two years ago and now they are leaking.  I WANT every second dress I set eyes on (I already have about 30, I will never need a new dress). This *should* keep me from going overboard and help me stick to my budget.

2. It would kill me a little bit to buy a sweater or scarf or pair of boots when it’s still 20 degrees out.  I love summer and I’m not about to let it go early, even if it means not getting first dibs on the new fall trends.

So here are a few things I decided that I need this Fall.

things I need for Fall

Sheer shirt

H M peplum top
$39 – hm.com

H m jacket
$47 – hm.com

Miz Mooz stacked heel

Matt Nat leather shoulder bag

  • The sheer lace top has been on my list since spring, I recently saw this unique piece on Modcloth and decided I would not let it pass me by this time!
  • I do not have many nice tops, so I need to add a few to wear with skirts and pants.  I quite like the peplum trend this fall
  • I wear my navy blazer quite often and I think I would use another, lighter neutral coloured blazer quite often.
  • I only own 3 pairs of pants that fit me, and one pair is ugly.  I need to buy pants.
  • I made the mistake of “saving money” by buying cheap boots the last couple years and now they leak.  I need to make a bigger investment into some comfortable, neutral boots.
  • I need a new school bag that can fit all of my books and lunch and change of shoes, etc… I can’t carry a backpack when I’m dressed well and feel good about it.  I definitely cannot wear a backpack when I am teaching high school during my practicum!

Of course the list of things I WANT goes on and on.  I will have to see how my job situation is in the fall before I make any hasty decisions.  Although I already have my heart set on some locally made trinkets on sale at the annual Fringe Festival here in Edmonton.  But after that I’ll be good…maybe.

It’s Finally Spring!

It finally feels like spring here in Edmonton! Almost around 20 degrees, I took out my bicycle for the first time the other day and I don’t have an overwhelming urge to slap girls with bare legs. (If there is snow on the ground, take the extra 30 seconds to put on a pair of tights, you look stupid). 

So here is a nice, bright and colourful outfit to suit the beautiful weather!  Hopefully this is one of my last posts wearing tights, but unfortunately, it’s still pretty cool inside my school and even cooler inside my classroom.  It was a definite shock when I left at 4 today and it was about 5 degrees warmer outside than it was inside!

Dress, Old Navy, $20. similar here

Tights and shoes, Joe Fresh.

Cardigan, Jacob, similar here.

Belt, Zara, came with pants.

Pretty in Pink

Here it is, my new pink blazer from Dynamite!  The first thing I paired this with is my favourite pair of burgundy dress pants.  I like this colour palette and how it reflects the dreary but almost spring weather we are having right now.





I also had my first crash-and-burn teaching day today.  I don’t think it helped anyone that I looked good doing it, except maybe myself :). It wasn’t too bad, just a lot of time management issues keeping me behind schedule.  When I mentioned they had a quiz next class the response was ” HAHA, April fools day was yesterday!”.

{Shooties, Cielo Rosa. ~$25.00}

These adorable shoes are perhaps my favourite boxing day purchase!  I got them from a tiny asian imports store called Cielo Rosa, who have two locations in Edmonton now.  The first has been in HUB Mall for years and the second just opened up on Whyte Avenue last year.  They always have lots of adorable coats, dresses and shoes from China, Korea and Japan.  The quality is not alway the best (I got the heel tips replaced already) but they sure are cute! I always get tons of compliments when I wear these scalloped, fur trimmed shooties.

{Blazer, Dynamite, $45}

{Pants with belt, Zara, Sept. 2011. similar here}

{Ruffle T-shirt, RW&Co, 2008}

{Glasses, Clearly Contacts}

{Shoes, Cielo Rosa}