My Favorite Blogs Edition 5 – The Teacher Diva

For Edition 5 of my Favorite Blogs series, we are going to head in a slightly different direction.  So far I have mostly focused on beauty blogs, but as far as I’m concerned this girl is a fashion queen!  Meet Ashley!

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Ashley from The Teacher Diva

Although I love fashion, and I am never happier than when I manage to put together an outfit that is spot on, most days I feel like I miss the mark.  That is why I devour Ashley’s fashion posts and her Instagram feed!  Her style is effortless and chic, and perfectly embodies what I want my style to be.  Her color palette is perfect and her style relaxed, and she has provided me with some intense fashion inspiration!

A native of Dallas, Texas and former teacher, Ashley now works on her blog full time while still volunteering at local schools.  Her easy writing style and fabulous photography help to inspire everyday women to achieve the style of their dreams!

Be sure to check out Ashley’s blog and her lovely Instagram account!

Ashley’s Blog: http://www.theteacherdiva.com/

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You might also like:  My Favorite Blogs Edition 4 – Shameless Fripperies  &  My Favorite Blogs Edition 3 – Cup of Tea




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The Dearly Box – A Jewelry Subscription Service

Subscription boxes have become a huge trend.  I believe they originally became popular with beauty boxes such as Birchbox and Glossybox, but now you can find boxes for just about any category… beauty, fashion, food, lingerie, fitness, pets, anything!

I was always tempted to try a subscription box, but I was scared of the commitment.  Many boxes contain products from several brands, and if you didn’t like the contents you couldn’t return them.

Then I spotted The Dearly Box!  The Dearly Box is a monthly subscription box by the company Elisabeth Ashlie and contains 2-4 pieces of their jewelry.  Since I was already familiar with the brand, I knew that I pretty much liked all their designs and figured I couldn’t go wrong with their box!

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Elisabeth Ashlie is an online jewelry company founded and run by Lauren, the blogger behind the fashion blog Lauren Elisabeth.  Coincidentally, Lauren is the sister of Kate Bryan from The Small Things Blog, who actually founded the business with Lauren before moving on to focus on her own blog.  Elisabeth Ashlie has really grown as a company.  They started with their own Esty shop, expanded to their own website, and now curate a monthly subscription service.

In addition to buying directly from their site, you can also place special orders such as custom pieces for bridal parties or just for yourself.  The jewelry on their websites are costume pieces, so they are not made out of gold or sterling silver, but many items can be special ordered in these metals for an extra cost if you find something you love!

You can subscribe for three months, six months, or you can simply order on a monthly basis so you can skip months if you wish.  The box is $29.00 per month for US subscribers (they do ship to other countries for a slightly higher cost), and the price lowers if you commit to a longer subscription.  When you order you select either the Classic + Casual, Glam + Chic, or Signature box based on your style.  You will also select your metal color preference.

I have received three of these boxes so far and have been extremely pleased with each one. The first time I ordered the Classic + Casual box, and received three simple but pretty pieces of jewelry and a cute hair tie.  The other two times I ordered the Signature box, and they seemed to be the best fit for my style.  They contained pieces that were still classically pretty, but made a bit more of a statement.

The Dearly Box December www.jilliandanielle.com

This was the December 2015 box in the Classic + Casual style.  I have worn all of these pieces and am especially fond of the gold studs.


The Dearly Box February www.jilliandanielle.com

This was the February 2016 box and the first I ordered in the Signature style.  I absolutely loved the gold twist studs that are missing from this picture, and was devastated when I lost one the first day!  The purple earrings were a bit of a stretch for me, but I made a point to wear them and styled them with a simple black outfit.


The Dearly Box March www.jilliandanielle.com

This was the March 2016 box in the Signature style, which was guest curated by Kate from The Small Things Blog.  This was my favorite box so far… I loved all the pieces!  I especially liked that they included a long necklace in this box.


I have been so pleased with this subscription service and the pieces I have received!  The aesthetic of this brand really seems to fit my style, and I like to support a growing small business.   You can sign up for The Dearly Box here, or shop Lauren’s designs on her website, www.elisabethashlie.com and her Esty shop, www.elisabethashlie.etsy.com.

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High Five For Friday – Hello Again!

H54F Header 9-18-15Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  Long time no blog post!  Don’t worry, I haven’t given up on this space, I have simply been trying to keep up with the rest of life these days.  So this H54F will be not just updates from the last week, but recent updates to bring you up to date.  Hopefully this will be the beginning of more regular posting!

1. The biggest and most time consuming task I have been facing is the fact I have a new job!  As you know, I work full time and blog on the side. I am still working in the financial industry, but I have moved to a new company and I am loving it!!!  The process of leaving my old job was a struggle and not as pleasant as I hoped it would be, but it has all been made up for since I am so much happier in my new place.  The position itself and the hours are better, and the atmosphere and my co-workers are great.  However, adjusting to any new job is a time consuming task and I am happy to be finally settling in.

2. On a fun fashion note, my sweet hubby bought me present to celebrate my new job.  Not only did he take me shopping for some new work clothes, but he spoiled me to pieces with this amazing Coach bag!  The leather is beautiful, the size is perfect for me, and I have loved the color for summer and plan on carrying it into fall.  If you are interested, you can find similar bags here.


3. Nate and I have finally completed our flip house and we are so proud of how it turned out!  We spent every spare moment there that we were not at work, and while I have loved the process, I am ready to be done.  I cannot wait to share with you all the pictures of this exciting transformation!

4. Remember that tiny little garden I shared pictures of earlier in the spring?  It grew and we harvested a few of our own veggies!  The garlic was pretty much a failure, but we had some onions and the best jalapeno plants you have ever seen. I had a hard time staying a step ahead of the weeds,  but I am so happy with how our little space turned out!


5. I have gotten to try some fun new beauty items recently! Some of these I plan on reviewing in more detail, but a few of my favorites have been: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream and Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster.

Beauty Trio

6. We are adding a bonus item today… because I MUST mention how excited I am to begin decorating for fall!!! I have a few things out already and am on the hunt for a perfect fall wreath. Dare I try to make my own?! My poor hubby has a sensitive nose and so I cannot burn some of my favorite fall candles (bye, bye Bath & Body Works Leaves, she says with a sniffle), but I have a few that are husband approved and they are burning non-stop!

Fall is in the Air

I hope your week was wonderful… it feels so good to post again!  Stay tuned for some more beauty posts and another installment of Oregon Honeymoon Diaries.  See you soon!


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