*This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share my thoughts of a new find.*

I thought since I haven't really done a post with a purpose lately, I would share with you all a store I just discovered recently. I believe it was one of those that was a suggested page on Facebook and I liked it. Ever since then, I've been saving items into my shopping wish list! Their items are super cute (and even sexy!) yet are very appropriate for all occasions. The prices are pretty reasonable and comparable to other places I would shop (like Maurices), PLUS they have ALL THE TIME free shipping! Sadly, they are located in Utah, so us who don't live in Utah have to order online. Luckily, they provide discounts all the time. Here are some items that have caught my eye!
Left: Back in Business Dress (love that it looks like separates)
Top: Polka Dot My Life Top (super cute, and the back is cool)
Bottom: Dainty Bubble Necklace (sometimes I feel like the regular ones are too overpowering)
Top: Anthropologie Inspired Loose Blouse (comes in a variety of colors)
Bottom: Straight Line Pencil Skirt (love the white with black stripes but it also comes in reverse)
Right: Front-tied Chevron Dress (it would be hard to decide between
They are always posting pictures of outfits and new pieces on their Facebook page. Their website is also easy to navigate! If you want to check out any of their pieces, go to www.sexymodest.com.

In other news, I wanted to share that Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, a blog I've been ready for a few years now, just gave birth to a healthy and handsome baby boy, Lucas Robert! Congratulations to her and her husband on their new bundle of joy! If you want to see their new addition, check out this post she wrote about his arrival!
So I completely forgot about the items I just got from Younkers last week. I had purchased two swimsuits that I decided I didn't need so I took them back and got a in store credit and was able to purchase some great deals!
This is my first peplum purchase! I bought it to replace another floral top I had owned for quite some time and it was time to be upgraded.
These gorgeous blue suede wedges (wicker wedge) were so cute and comfortable... I just had to buy another pair! In nude of course!
I bought these black flats because I liked they weren't over the top and the brand is known to be really comfortable. I haven't taken the sticker off because I have another pair of black flats, so I'm not sure whether to keep them or not. What do you think?
About a week and a half ago I purchased this beautiful pencil skirt from Conversation Pieces, a boutique located in LA (sorry but it is all sold out). I originally saw it on Putting Me Together (in this post, she shows a great way to wear it and different options in place of this skirt) and just thought how great it would be for teaching!

The next purchases came from our weekend trip to Minneapolis!!
I found this cute short-sleeved cardigan at Marshalls on clearance. This will be great for when the weather gets warmer and I have to cover my shoulders during teaching.
Cotton On, a great store I was recommended to, had some really good sales. I got this coral high-low short-sleeve top for only $5 and then the scarf was $5 with any purchase :)

The next clothing purchases are from The Limited, a store I was just introduced to by Lauren from The Budgeting Fashionista. She really likes the store and had some cute outfits!
We walked in the store just in time because 10 minutes later we would've missed the opportunity to get anything original priced 50% off! Also, anything on clearance was an additional 30% off! Crazy right?
The floral bottoms on the left are a crop pant and were on the clearance rack and I got them for about $10! The khaki and black bottoms are also crop but fit almost like a capri. They are the same pant... I felt that since they were 50% off I should take advantage of the deal. Plus, I needed dressy cropped pants for teaching and black and khaki were the best choices! I originally saw the black pants on Lauren's blog :)

I'm excited for those floral pants. Any suggestions on how to wear them? Have you ever had pants like this?
This black peplum was super comfy but dressy enough for anything!
I love this shirt! I fit really well and is great for teaching. The sleeve is right at the edge of my shoulder, so I might still have to wear a cardigan when I teach but I am totally okay with that.
This shirt was also really comfy and perfect for teaching! It was a soft sheer and I LOVE the pattern! (It kind of looks white but it is more of a cream/nude color)

While we were in the Mall of America, I also got a chance to go into Typo. (I know it's on the style page, but I figured condensing everything into one post was the best choice.) It is actually connected with Cotton On, so they also had amazing deals!
The folders were 5 for $5 as well as the pens (mix & match!). And just like Cotton On, they had an item that was $5 with any purchase... hence the desk fan! This fan has a USB plug in, so you use your computer to power it... cool right?!
Have you ever heard of an erasable highlighter? I sure hadn't!
The black pens with colored lids had needle-like points, while the colored pencil pens aren't colored pencils at all! The "sharpened" end pulls off as the lid! :)

While in Minneapolis, we also went to IKEA (FIRST TIME!) and discovered some good finds!
$5 counter ironing board... already had the iron at home haha!
These glasses were such a good deal! The short ones were $2.99 for the PACK! Cody has been venturing out and trying different scotches and he thought these were the perfect size. The WHITE wine glasses (didn't know there was a different between white and red until now) were less than $4 for the PACK! STEALS! :)
We could use another cutting board, and this one was $1... Perfect!

This next purchase was probably my favorite of the weekend... other than those black pants (I was pretty excited about those!)
Can you guess what it is?!
Yep! A new entertainment center! It was a great deal and it was the one thing I was for sure looking for when we went to IKEA! It has great extra storage and fits our TV well! The picture looks like it is black wood but it is more of a black-brown.
(If you look in the TV you can see Cody pretending he's lounging back, watching TV. HAHA!)
I got a chance to move some of the stuff that was on my bookshelf onto the entertainment center, and I think it looks great! What do you think? I still have to go buy a couple fabric boxes for the cubbies on the bottom (to hide all those wires).

Because of its size, I had to move my desk out to the front porch, but with some of the items moving to the entertainment center, I was able to put some of my desk items on my bookshelf. Good solution!
I bought this book last week while walking around Barnes & Noble and $5 was hard to pass up! I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie and never got around to either. Have any of you read it?
I wanted to end this post with something I didn't buy but my dad bought for me a while ago and I just got it. He pulled off the road one day when the rain was bad and went into this little store and picked this out for me! Isn't it cute?! I love my dad! :)

I plan to do a full recap of my Minneapolis trip and all we did later this week! Have a great week!
So as I said in a previous post, I was going to share a full week of my outfits. I have been really good about fulfilling my challenge to dress more sophisticated and teacher-like. I feel I've accomplished it so far! What do you think? How could I improve?
Sorry about the picture quality. I had to take a "selfie" and I couldn't use the flash on my camera.
Top: Younkers
Black Jean Skinnies: Old Navy
Grey Boots: Younkers
Necklace: Maurices (I think... it's old)

Tuesday I forgot to take a picture.
I wore a purple long-sleeve cowl-neck sweater under a jean jacket from Old Navy with khaki skinnies and black leather boots from Vanity. I finished it off with a necklace from Lia Sophia.
Wednesday was Cody's 21st birthday so we went out to a nice restaurant for dinner then hit up the casino and had a drink. I wore the outfit Cody got me for Christmas.
Top: Vanity
Cardigan: Vanity
Skinny Jeans: Maurices
Mary Jane Heels: Shoe Carnival
Necklace: Vanity
Top: Younkers
Cardigan: Vanity
Skinny Jeans: Maurices
Grey Boots: Younkers (Although I think I wore my black leather boots earlier in the day)

Friday I was sick with a cold that is going around and didn't have class so I stayed home in my comfy clothes. (Obviously no picture of that)
Saturday we threw a surprise birthday party for Cody and he sure was surprised! He kept asking, "How did I not know?" :)
I wish I would've gotten a full body picture of my outfit because I was wearing these cute fuschia heels with a ruffle around the opening of the front of the shoe.
Top: Goodwill
Black Blazer: Younkers
Skinny Jeans: Maurices
Purple Heels: Shoe Carnival
Necklace: Lia Sophia (same one I wore on Tuesday)

Hope you enjoyed! I will be posting again on Wednesday to
Welcome to my first fashion post!
Style makes me very excited and I love shopping and finding new things. Since my teaching career is just around the corner, this year I decided would be as good a time as ever to take a look at my wardrobe and make it more professional/sophisticated, teacher-appropriate, and versatile. I already went through my closet once and got rid of a lot of stuff! I'm thinking I'll have to go through it again after Christmas since I asked for a lot of "teacher clothes" :) I can't wait to unwrap what I got!!
Although I like style, I'm not too adventurous when it comes to putting colors, patterns, or textures together. I've been working on this... just afraid of it not working. But I have to tell myself that I will never know unless I put it on as an outfit. Today was one of those days. I wasn't sure whether the light mint and red would go together but I think it worked really well! What do you think?

Top and tank: Maurices Red corduroy skinnies: Old Navy Boots: Vanity (on clearance!) Bracelet: shop in Greece
Have you ever felt unsure about an outfit decision?
What combinations have you tried and been successful or failed with?