Why Did I Start Blogging?

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Let's get right to it, why did I start blogging? This is the most common question I get asked, and the answer is quite simplistic is nature. First off, I was always a fashion lover. I clearly remember being obsessed with Club Monaco in my high school years, and my mom would take me to Jackson Square (which was 'the' mall in Hamilton at that time), and she would always buy me a few great items. A burgundy argyle sweater is etched in my memory of one of the first clothing items I fell in love with.

I was very fortunate as a teenager that my parents were extremely generous and rarely said no when I wanted to wear what my mom would refer to as,  "dressier clothes". When I started teaching, I always looked forward to dressing up in my frilliest, pouf-iest, dresses and skirts. To this day, I still love to be a bit over-dressed when I go to work.
So why did I start blogging? After using Instagram for a year, I started to notice fashion blogger accounts. I ended up coming across a fashion blogger who lived a few cities away from me, and I immediately thought that I could definitely create a blog. This particular blogger was much more established than I was, and she had incredibly polished photos, but I still decided to take the plunge and begin a blog journey.
Teach in Fashion started out as a passion project to share my love of fashion and beauty. Although if you were to ask me now, I would tell you I wished I had picked a different blog name, even if I still haven't fully decided on what that name would be. My early pictures are definitely ones I wish I never took, but everyone has to start somewhere.
I have learned so much through blogging that I never thought I would, such as photo editing, and how to take a decent photo. My next steps in blogging, are to expand my topic range so things get a bit more personal, and I really want to try to include my mom life with you all.
Being a blogger and having a full time job does get exhausting, and I'll be sharing some ways I deal with my own creative 'rut' in the future. For now let me know what you would like to know more about, and what topics interest you.
This great fall dress is another fave from Karina and the shoes and bag are from Nine West.

What You Need to Know if You're Thinking of Invisalign

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If you follow along on Instagram you have probably seen a couple of stories about my Invisalign experience. Today I wanted to delve a bit deeper to let you know why I started, how it's going, and some tips if you're thinking of using it too.
First off, I decided to use Invisalign because my top teeth were quite crowded, and to be honest it looked like I had bunny rabbit front teeth. Yes yes, many friends told me, "but you're teeth are straight", but the front two teeth just always bugged me. Also, I have a great benefits plan through work which is paying for half of this orthodontic treatment (woo hoo!).
To get started using Invisalign was a bit of a process, I researched which dentists in my area offered the treatment, and then asked some friends for some good recommendations. The dentist that I see is within walking distance from the school I work at which has worked out amazing! The Invisalign start up was the worst part, first off, I had to get any cavities fixed (that was the easier part), and then I had to have pictures taken of my mouth. This part for me was the most uncomfortable part of my Invisalign process. The dentist has to insert a tool that opens your mouth (to me it looked like a tool your gynecologist might use). Since my mouth is small to begin with, having to sit there which the dentist did the pictures was not fun.
 After about three weeks, my trays arrived and I got started! Everyone's Invisalign plan will be different, I have 14 different trays. Each week I am to put a new set on my teeth, some trays need more time to become looser in my mouth so it might be 10-12 days before I switch to a new one. Right now I am on tray number 8.
So how's it going? I think really well, my teeth have definitely moved. I notice the bottom ones have become straighter, and my bite feels a bit different. The top ones are taking longer to move but they also needed more work. 
Here are my tips in case you're thinking of starting Invisalign,

1. Once you start your first set of trays, no more manicures. You will need your fingers to be free from polish to remove and insert the trays as needed. The trays are quite tight, and might give you a headache for the first day or two.

2. You will carefully need to plan your food intake for the day. Invisalign recommends wearing the trays for 22 hours a day. This doesn't leave a lot of time for eating in the day. This is presently the joke with my partner at work because I used to always be the first one to eat anything and everything, and now, I have to say, "no, my teeth are on". I found a lost a few pounds when I first started using Invisalign, but now things have regulated again.

3. You will have to carry a toothbrush with you if you plan to eat out. I brush my teeth after each eating session I have through the day. I try to also floss after each meal, but to be honest I find I floss only twice a day. It's quite a bit of work, so you'll have to be prepared.

4. Carry your Invisalign case with you everywhere! I was out with my blogger friend Amanda for dinner a month ago, and I didn't have my case so I wrapped my trays with a paper towel and the waitress threw it out when she took the plates without me noticing. This meant I had to put a new tray on a few days earlier than expected. I am definitely MUCH more careful now.

5. You can only drink water wearing Invisalign, this is great for me since it's pretty much all I drink. If you're someone who likes soda, or juices than you will have to take your Invisalign trays out, drink, then brush your teeth before inserting Invisalign. The trays trap food and sugar on your teeth so it's very important to keep them and your teeth clean.

Is Invisalign in your near future? Let me know and I'll be sure to update you as soon as there is more progress.

What's New in Shoe

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Let's talk about one of my fave accessory items today- shoes! I know we all have too many pairs right? It seems everywhere I turn lately,  I fall in love with a new pair of shoes for the Fall season. I recently took a trip into my local Nine West store and of course the new arrivals for Fall are fantastic.

 There is a lot of velvet this season, whether it's a solid velvet shoe or a patterned velvet shoe you, I think a great velvet shoe is the must-have shoe for fall. Nine West definitely has you covered in the velvet department. I picked up a great pair of velvet low heels while I was in the store. Since it's been so hot lately I can't wait to wear them, so stay tuned!

Brocade and ruffles are also trending in the fall shoe department this year! These flats are the perfect ruffle because of the subtleness. If you're wanting to join the ruffle trend these shoes are the best place to start!

Below, are some must have flats, and casual shoes at your local Nine West store. The casual slide-on shoes with the large bows are definitely in my shoe alley.

 With so much navy blue for Fall it's definitely hard to pick which style of shoe to go with! I actually did bring home the block heels with the studs on back because it's a perfect heel height for me at work.

 Pop by your local Nine West store or shop online, my newest shoe love is here, and I am going to use my passport to fashion to bring these Gucci inspired loafers home this week! If you don't know about the Passport to Fashion it's a great loyalty program. Once you purchase five items, the sixth item is free. Of course it is based on an average of your purchase prices, but every little dollar amount helps when you're buying new shoes!

No White After.....

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Happy Weekend! Who's says you can't wear white after labour day? Well that is definitely an old myth because the fashion rules have changed! This lovely lace top is a perfect way to transition into Fall, although where I live it doesn't look like we will be getting any Fall weather anytime soon. So back to light, breezy dresses while at work because there is no air conditioning at the school I work in (yikes!).
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Falling with Florals

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With back to school and returning to working full days again, it's been a hard adjustment. So far this school year is turning out to be great with a really sweet bunch of little kinders to teach. This week has been quite hot here and all I want to do is bust out some of my fall faves. I have already been in touch with a few companies for some winter products because winter is coming... so stay tuned! This dress is right up my fashion alley, the material is actually quite heavy and probably a bit too hot to wear this week but I am so excited to bring this frock out when it's cooler.
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What I Think You Must Have For Fall +Giveaway

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Happy Monday! Today I have teamed up with 7 Charming Sisters to offer you the chance to win a $50 gift card! 7 Charming Sisters has incredible jewellery selections that I know you will fall in love with. The must have accessory for Fall has to be a great a choker necklace. This one from 7 Charming Sisters can be worn with almost anything, and I love that I can make it shorter or longer depending on what I am wearing that day. This top from Frockbox is a fabulous transitional piece that can be easily dressed up or down. OH and check out these shoes and bag from Nine West Canada, and stay tuned fora great Fall collection post featuring Nine West. Continue reading to enter the great giveaway and good luck!

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