Festive without Going Overboard

by katyrose on December 17, 2014


Dress: eShakti
Jacket: Forever21
Boots: Rachel Roy
Tights: Target
Scarf: H&M
Earrings: House of Harlow


Around this time of year I like being festive in my attire. BUT I’m not all about the jingling earrings, plethora of non-ironic tacky Christmas sweaters, matching elf socks, flashing light necklaces, etc… I like using the classic colors of the season – red, green, white – and mixing those into my looks. It gives a cheery, festive look and feel without being as flashy as Rudolph with his glowing nose.


This look is one I’ve styled before – the green vegan leather jacket and this exact dress was an OOTD post over a  year ago. The accessories were all different. Different tights, different shoes, different scarf, different earrings, but same general pieces. The change in accessories helps make the whole look different from what I’ve previously worn while still keeping the combination of dress/jacket that I loved.


And yes, I pretty much live in these Rachel Roy booties now. Greatest eBay find of the year!

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Comfy, Casual Fridays

by katyrose on December 16, 2014


Sweater: FreePeople (via Shopbop)
Denim: Hudson
Tank: H&M
Booties: Rachel Roy
Scarf: H&M
Earrings: c/o Mimi Boutique


Fridays are jeans days, sometimes for the students but always for the teachers. And while I really don’t own too many pairs of pants (actually I don’t owe any for the winter) I do own denim and like to rotate that through on my Fridays. Skinny jeans aren’t usual Friday school day attire, but paired with an oversized but beautiful sweater, I think they can pass.


This sweater I’ve been trying to get a good picture of for over a year now. It’s beautiful – one of the sweaters I am complimented on the most when I wear it. But with it’s dark pattern and ombre coloring it is hard to get an actual picture of what the sweater looks like. Finally the day was bright enough to capture some of the beautiful detailing. It’s lovely, right?!


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Adore Adora Bags! – Gift Guide

by katyrose on December 9, 2014


Honestly, I owe a lot of purses. They vary in size and shape and functionality. Some are little clutches barely large enough to hold my phone. Others are endless ‘Mary Poppin’ style bags that allow me to carry any and everything I might need for an entire day – or heck a whole weekend. Most are colorful or bold in design. But what I have been lacking for a while now is a simple basic carry-all black bag. Well, lacking until I was turned on to Adora Bags!


In the few short week I’ve been using this bag I’ve grown obsessed with it. The style is simple, classic and refined. The size is perfect for toting around almost anything I’ll need for the day. I can even stick my computer in there. Unlike other purses it does not have side zipper pockets, but rather a detachable mini wallet that allows you to easily find your important things while also hiding them at the bottom of your bag. I took it on my trip out to Virginia last month and found it to be the perfect bag to take on the plane – large enough to store my iPad, magazines, small makeup kit and all the usual purse items, while still small enough to put under the seat in front of me without cramping my legs.


The 100% Italian leather and hardware makes this purse standout from all the rest. The leather is soft to the touch and yet durable enough to handle my constant on-the-go tossing around. While I usually switch my purse every couple days, this one has been on constant repeat since it arrived in the mail.


The Adora comes in classic black as well as blue and orange, which are equally stunning.


Scarf Collection – BlogPOP! Giveaway

by katyrose on December 7, 2014

Let’s keep the gift-giving going during the BlogPOP Holiday Wishes 2014 event! It’s day four of the fun event coordinated by Jenna of Momma Told Me. In addition to opportunities to win a $100 accessory prize pack from Monroe and Main and a $50 candy prize pack from Sweetworks, and Elaine Croco purse, I’m giving away a collection of scarves.


A glance through my most recent Instagram pictures and outfit posts on the blog will confirm that scarves have become an almost essential everyday accessory for me! It’s too easy to wrap one around my neck and run out the door. Plus they add warmth, which is essential for my temperature changing classroom, as well as the commute. And let’s be honest, scarves are easy. They take no real thought, just a couple wraps around the neck or an artful knot and that’s the end.



As part of my love for scarves I’m giving away a scarf prize pack. Get 4 of my favorite scarves! The collection contains a variety of styles and looks – animal print, lace, bold colors, fun patterns. You’ll be able to wear these with so many things in your closet already. And each scarf will give you a chance to rediscover your class favorite looks with a new accent.



Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway! Scarves will vary from the ones pictured, but will include a lace scarf, an animal print scarf, a solid-colored scarf, and a bold-patterned scarf.
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AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle – Gift Guide

by katyrose on December 7, 2014

The ModlyChic 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was curated by me. I was sent products to sample in order to write my reviews and create a worthwhile gift guide for my readers. All thoughts are my own. Movie tickets and concession money was provided for this post. #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle #ad


For several year, with my extended family, instead of giving individual gifts we would give a family present – something everyone could enjoy. Depending on the year, the gifts would vary, but I remember the year my mom gave each family a movie package. The basket she pulled together contained movie tickets for each member of the family as well as a plethora of boxed candy and a gift card for drinks. Perfect gift for everyone to enjoy. They could go to the movies together as a family and not need to spend a dime on the experience.


This year, I’m thinking this is a great gift idea for a whole family again. Tickets to an AMC Theatre and a gift card to spend on concessions and specifically the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines! Bring on the good times.

Last week, my siblings and I took advantage of a free afternoon we all had and headed to the local AMC Theatre to see Mockingjay, part I. Tickets purchased, we headed to the concessions. Of course candy and the requisite popcorn was purchased, as well as cups to try our hand at creating our own personal drink creations using the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. With 127 possible flavor combinations, and that’s before you might start mixing flavors, there are plenty of options to choose from! After several sample tastes, and a few serious trial and errors, we each filled our cups with a flavor all our own.

I went with a cherry, vanilla Coca-Cola. Yum. It was the perfect combination of flavors without being overly sweet.


My 15-year-old brother was in the mood for something that tasted like a root beer float, so he went with the Barq’s Vanilla. I have to say it really did taste like a root beet float.


My 12-year-old brother, who is a lot more adventurous, or perhaps has deadened his tastebuds already, went with the mix everything together option. I’m pretty sure he had 15 different flavors in his cup, with a base of grape Fanta. To me it didn’t taste like anything specific but he thought it was the best creation EVER.


My sister went with Sprite with raspberry, which she said was delicious.


And my mom stuck with traditional Sprite.

Have you tried the Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines? What’s your favorite combination? With 127 flavors to chose from you’re bound to find at least one, if not dozens, of tastes that you’ll adore. Use this link to find an AMC Theatre with a Freestyle Coca-Cola machine near you. Plan ahead and check out the movies showing now, and the one to come at AMC Theatres.


Carry-All Tote – BlogPOP! Giveaway

by katyrose on December 6, 2014


Let’s keep the gift-giving going during the BlogPOP Holiday Wishes 2014 event! It’s day three of the fun event coordinated by Jenna of Momma Told Me. In addition to opportunities to win a $100 accessory prize pack from Monroe and Main and a $50 candy prize pack from Sweetworks, I’m giving away one of my favorite purses from this year.


Earlier in the year I received this adorable Elaine Croco Accented Satchel purse from Mimi Boutique. The bold orange color made me want to give it a try, although I will admit that at first I was skeptical about how versatile the item was. Low and behold I found I was often reaching for it to accent my outfits and provide me with a great carry-all tote.


For me as a teacher, it is the perfect size to store the tests I need to grade and the other files and folders I’m taking home for the night in addition to my iPad and all the usual things that always go in my purse – lipgloss, camera, phone, headphones, business card holder, advil, etc…

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So now I’m giving you the chance to win one of your own. You can pick between the orange that I use or the green, that I’m loving now. Sidenote: This giveaway is NOT hosted provided by Mimi Boutique. I loved the purse so much I’m the one purchasing it and giving it away for this giveaway.
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Want to check out even more great giveaways you can win as part of the BlogPOP! Holiday Wishes event? Use the linky below to hop around and get to entering.


Christmas Table Decor with Sweetworks Candy

December 5, 2014

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and yours truly. #SweetWorksHoliday Each year that my mother hosts Christmas for the entire extended family (we’re talking up to 70ish people if they are all in town at the time) […]

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Perfect Red Coat – Gift Guide

December 5, 2014

The ModlyChic 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was curated by me. I was sent products to sample in order to write my reviews and create a worthwhile gift guide for my readers. All thoughts are my own. I’d consider this the perfect coat to gift yourself. Ha. I mean, after working hard to find great gifts […]

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The Goodebox Subscription Box – Gift Guide

December 4, 2014

The ModlyChic 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was curated by me. I was sent products to sample in order to write my reviews and create a worthwhile gift guide for my readers. All thoughts are my own. Can I just start off by saying I love the play on words this company has going for it. […]

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BlogPOP! Christmas Wishes – Holiday #Giveaway Bonanza

December 4, 2014

Let’s keep the gift-giving going with a fun four-day giveaway event! The BlogPOP Holiday Wishes 2014 event is here! Today, December 4th through Sunday, December 7th a dozen amazing bloggers will each be offering at least 4 great giveaways. This fun event is coordinated by the very talented Jenna of Momma Told Me. For ModlyChic… […]

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