- Beauty Talk | Kat Burki -

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Today, I am excited to share with you a skin care brand that is new to me, Kat Burki. When I first heard about this brand, I immediately fell in love with the packaging and the fact that the whole line is natural based. It’s easy for products to say “all natural” but Kat Burki is truly 100% natural. She uses the highest quality vitamins and essentials oils in each product. Every ingredient is chosen for their ability to improve skin texture and firmness, all while keeping your skin nourished. The best part? None of her products have parabens, synthetic dyes, sulfates, petrolatum or mineral oils.

First things first, the Hand Therapy Cream. Woah! Working with 6 year olds has me using way too much hand sanitizer and while my hands are clean, they are also super dry. I have used it every day for the last week and I have noticed a huge difference. The Hand Therapy Cream is high in Vitamin A and Sunflower Seed Oil so it helps my hands stay hydrated throughout the day.  My hands feel like silk!

Remember a couple months ago when I asked for advice on good lip treatments? Well, now I have met my match! The Glossy Lip Treatment is Kat’s number one selling product and I can see why. It’s the perfect solution to keep my lips looking shiny but also nourished. The treatment is made with coconut oil and a high concentration of Vitamin E. This is a must!

I am a huge fan of beauty elixirs. They are an easy way to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. I really liked the Beauty Elixir in Rose Peony from Kat Burki. It’s rich in Vitamin A, C and E and also has phytonutrients that promote cellular regeneration. I used this before makeup and after. Either one works well. I do like to throw this in my bag and use it on the go. It’s so refreshing!

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This products in this post were given to me for product review consideration. All opinions are my own. I truly love this product and the Kat Burki brand! 

- Navy Jacquard -

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A few weeks ago when I posted on my favorite spring jackets, I discovered so many cute styles for Spring. This navy one from Anthropologie was the first to catch my eye. I knew the pattern was something that would be a good versatile piece for Spring and it’s light weight material wouldn’t be too hot for Dallas. It’s the perfect solution for warmer days and cooler nights. Not to mention it was a sale purchase (even cheaper now!) and I am pretty happy about it.

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- Last Call Studio Event | 4.03.14 -

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Sharing a few snapshots from my Last Call Studio event a few weeks ago! Despite the tornados, that’s Texas weather for ya, I had a great time sharing some of my favorite Spring trends with you! Thanks again to those who made it out, it means so much to have yall’s support! If you weren’t able to make it, you can still see my picks below. Last Call is also offering a special online discount so be sure to check it out!

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- Dress Season -

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Spring is here and that means dresses are here to stay.  I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to get back into the ease of wearing a dress. This maxi dress by Catch Bliss Boutique is the perfect solution for a Spring dress. It is so easy – doesn’t require any type of ironing, feels literally like wearing a nightgown, and can be easily be dressed up.  I can already tell that it is going to be a new staple in my closet and think I may have to get it in the red version as well.  I can easily see me wearing this dress with a denim jacket or a leather moto jacket. In the summertime this will be  the ideal type of piece to just throw on with a pair of sandals and go.

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Wearing: Shop Catch Bliss Navy Maxi Dress c/o || Goyard Tote || Sunglasses || dAnn tassel bracelets c/o || BaubleBar Happy Necklace c/o|| Lips- Laura Mercier Lipstick in Tangerine || Nails- Essie Nail Polish in Rock the Boat 

This post was sponsored by Catch Bliss Boutique. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Teacher Diva Blog possible. All opinions are my own.

- Beauty Talk | Laying the Foundation -

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The perfect start to any makeup routine is a good base. I always use moisturizer or oil to give my face some hydration, but I also found out that it actually helps keeps my makeup on longer. Who knew? This CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir is one of my favorite ways to moisturize and give my makeup some extra lasting power. After I wash my skin, I spritz two pumps on my face. You can use before or after makeup, but I prefer before since it’s packed with the finest ingredients to help smooth skin and tighten pores. I absolutely love this stuff but if you need a little more hydration or SPF be sure to apply after you use the elixir.

Let’s talk coverage. To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with foundation. It either looks to “cakey” or doesn’t cover at all.  Finally, I have found a happy medium. This Natural Performance Foundation by Lorac gives just the right amount of coverage and seems to stay on pretty good through out the day. (I always test my makeup after a day on the playground or carpool duty, if it can make it through that then it can make it through anything!)

What are some of your beauty essentials?

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- Color Me Floral -

Floral1For me, flowers are symbolic of Spring. Not only can they make your house look nice and cheery, but it can also add some color to your wardrobe.

While I normally opt for less “girly” patterns, there’s something about florals that have been appealing to me lately. When incorporating florals, start small—a floral accessory, scarf, bag, or shoe is a safe way to begin. Another option is to start with a floral blouse or tee under a favorite blazer, or try a statement dress with a solid cardigan or jacket. These prints should be playful additions to your look. Whether you decide to go bold or just add a bloom here and there, this print is something you need in your wardrobe this season.You can find the print in all sorts of variations – from pastel to bright, and small to extra large. Below are some of my floral favorites!  floral5floral3 Floral2

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- Blazer Girl -

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Something that every girl should own is a great blazer. Growing up, I can remember my mom rocking the blazer (complete with shoulder pads of course) and I thought it was the sign of power. Maybe because I thought my mom was awesome, or maybe because those shoulder pads were just so big. Either way, I’m glad to see they are making a come back (minus the shoulder pads).

To me, a blazer is the best way to give your wardrobe options. I love to layer basic tees, tank tops, and blouses with a good fitting blazer. If you are new to this, I suggest going with classic options like this black version from J Crew or this white one from Madewell. Blazer’s shouldn’t be a scary thing to try, instead have fun with it and try mixing it with clothes you already have in your closet. To see more options, visit my picks below!IMG_0962IMG_0943IMG_0961IMG_0932IMG_0986

Wearing: HM Blazer (old, similar, similar), J Crew Denim (similar, similar), Zara Flats (in store) similar, similar, Celine Bag, Celine Traveler Sunglasses

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- For The Home | Candles -

I love shopping for candles. Not only do I want my house to look nice, but I want it to smell wonderful too! I keep candles in almost every room of my house. I’ve found that the combination of glowing candlelight and being surrounded by my favorite scents helps me to unwind in a peaceful atmosphere. I’m also sucker for packaging. A good looking candle is important to me because it also doubles as my decor. Above are some of my favorite candles and some that I would like to try. What are your favorites?

- New Kicks -

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I have loved the slip on sneaker ever since I laid my eyes on this pair. I knew it was a trend to try, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend $200 on a pair without really knowing if I would be “cool” enough to pull these off. When I found this pair, I knew I couldn’t pass them up. Not sure if I can pull these off, but oh how I love them. The best part? They were less than $25. (I know! Crazy considering they look identical to these) I kept the look super casual with my favorite black denim, J Crew V- NeckSilky Blazer and jewels from Lola James and Love Always Couture. I can’t wait to wear these through out Spring & Summer.

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- Nordstrom X BaubleBar -

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Some exciting news launched yesterday with the collaboration of BaubleBar and Nordstrom. I am so excited because BaubleBar is a brand that I have loved for quite some time now and obviously loving Nordstrom, I knew this would be something that I wanted to check out.

At BaubleBar you can get gorgeous jewels that don’t break the bank. My personal favorites include the Acrylic Monogram (seen here) and the Happy Text Necklace (seen here). When I previewed the new collection a few weeks ago, I knew these were pieces I needed to get my hands on. Some personal favorites include this Hinge Bracelet, these Crystal Drop Earrings, and these Bar Stud Earrings.  Be sure to check out the new collaboration. What are your favorites?

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