Friday, August 29, 2014

"What's in my teaching bag?" & other teaching rambles

I have always wanted to do a "What's in my bag" post, 
I think the back to school time is the perfect time to show you what's in my teaching bag!

My teaching bag is Hello Kitty with leopard glasses because duh.
I love this bag, perfectly spacey and I love the outside pocket.
I keep pens, pencil sharpener, and my ID card and my cell phone in that pocket.
I also keep a mint container with cough drops & headphones in a Vera Bradley elephant pouch
In my little leopard pouch {got from a student when I was a sub} I keep my limited makeup with me which includes a canceler, a powder, an eye glass cleaner cloth, and a couple of chap sticks. 

Also in my teaching bag for back to school, I have my car keys {yes that is Mace- I can thank my sister Bianca for that Christmas present}, a teacher book "A Tribute to Teachers" by Richard Lederer {great stories with some good puns and humor}, a frame of me and the hubby for my desk, & a lint roller {a must have for a pug mommy} 

My computer case is Coach and was a gift from my sister-in-law, I love it because it has two pockets in the inside that I can keep the cords separated from the computer.
I am so excited for my new lunch box and thermos that is Tory Burch from the Neiman Marcus x Target Holiday Collection from a couple of years ago.
Yes- I bought this when it came out but I went to wash my very used lunch box & the washer machine ate the lid off.
I was devastated, my thermos died during the NJ Biology State exam last year when it flew off a table =(
but the hubby hopped on Ebay and got me a new set! 
New school = new set! 
So happy!

Also love my Hello Kitty with glasses pouch, see below for details of what is in there! 

I also keep my red faux snakeskin planner from Staples- I have had this for years & I love it!
I use my Kate Spade Emma notebook for blog ideas and planning, I also have a calendar that I use to plan out what I want to blog about! 

In my Hello Kitty glasses pouch {from Old Navy I think} I have: 
tampons! Yay., bandaids, a pen and pencil, some wet naps, a comb, mirror, a sowing kit, a dry erase marker, two sharpies, a highlighter, white out, glue stick, Carmex, a giraffe pouch that holds dental floss, a little container for some advil {from my post bachelorette party planned by my Maid of Honor Bianca},  hair ties, and an eye glass cleaner kit!

So that is what is in my teaching bag for the start of school!

What do you have in your back to school bag? 
Tweet me @emmasglasses with pictures- I would love to see!  

For the past week I have been attending a new teacher orientation in my new school district 
Lawrence Township in NJ. 
It has been an incredible week of preparation & excitement!
One of the absolute highlights of the week was a SOLE workshop 
using technology in the classroom so students research questions all on their own 
& present their findings!
{see Sugata Mitra's TED talk behind it all HERE}
{see Lawrence's amazing connection to SOLE: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3}

We actually SKYPED with Sugata Mirta!
Yes, the TED 1 million dollar winner!

Not going to lie, this presentation was eye opening to all the possibilities in my new school!
I am excited to get started! 
Consider me inspired!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

All of my college experiences in a quilt!

A special kind of ThrowBack today! 
I wanted to share a quilt that I had made by CampusQuilt when I graduated Rider University. 

This was a very special project that I was so excited to design and have my t-shirts from years of memories made into a quilt that I will have forever!

I started my quilt with two shirts that I had from my hometown, my senior shirt from high school & one of my work shirts from the Oak Tree Lodge that was a huge part of my life for 10+ years as my first job & neighborhood hang out.

I was especially happy with the extreme attention to detail that CampusQuilt 
took with my insanely detailed instructions. 
They took pieces of some of the front of the shirts and placed them perfectly on the quilt. 

When I got my quilt made, I realized that I had forgotten a row of shirts and sent it back & they added them on no problem, 
the bottom row was the added piece, 
and even has two of my jerseys from my sorority Alpha Xi Delta

I love that this quilt gave me the chance to showcase some of my leadership roles 
that I accomplished in college,
This was a shirt that I created when I was Public Relations of Greek Life on campus!

I am so proud of my accomplishments in college, and I truly miss my days at Rider University.
I learned so much, met my best friends, and my husband!
Now I own a house & work in the same town! 
Man, time has flown by!

Is this quilt something you are interested in? 
How do you keep your memories accessible? 

Check out my vintage finds: InTheLeopardCloset
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School in the Shop! + $5 off code!

I can't believe it is back to school already!
Enjoy $5 off InTheLeopardCloset with code "BackToSchool"!

The shop is always changing! 
Recently added this barn/car print that came with our house, 
since we got a new TV in the living room, it found a new home in the shop!

There are also new items listed on Poshmark!

What I Wore: glasses- Steve Madden, lips- Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in "Elusive", blouse- Scarf and Belt Print Secretary Bow Blouse for sale in my etsy store: InTheLeopardCloset {$15}, jeans- Guess Jeans Red High Waist Vintage Jeans for sale in my etsy store: InTheLeopardCloset {$30} , flats- Vintage 

Check out my vintage finds: InTheLeopardCloset
Shop my closet: PoshMark

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1st day of school options! Inspired by Chictopia! & CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

Okay, time to take a Back to School #selfie
or in my case #cell-fie

I find first day of school outfits terrifying, 
in a new school I am ever more anxious!

The Chictopia YouTube Channel offered lots of inspiration to ease my stress!

Here are a few of my outfit ideas for this crucial moment! 
{Friday will be a "What's in my Teaching Bag!"}

My first option is what I like to call "Transitional Tropical":

What I Wore: glasses- BonLook, lips- Maybelline Color Whisper in "Rose of Attraction", top & shoes- The Webster for Target, pants- Target

My second option is a little more girly and what I think of as a "Traditional Teacher":

What I Wore: glasses- Rivet & Sway, lips- Revlon Just Bitten in "Sweetheart", top- Gap, cardigan- vintage via GetNoticed on Etsy, skirt- vintage, flats- Forever 21

Option 3 is a textured look that is both plain yet unexpected, I call it "Textured Teacher":

What I Wore: top & necklace- Anthropologie, pants- Talbots, flats- Chiara Ferragni

Also since September is such a transitional month to begin with {especially in a new school/new job}
I am taking part in a Style Challenge with Taylor a Daly on instagram!
A new pattern every day! 

I will be posting a link up form daily at the end of my outfit posts
 if you want to join in on the challenge! 
Let's do this! 

Check out my vintage finds: InTheLeopardCloset
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