3 ways to save time in the morning

Some of you may know that I recently started my teaching journey with a group of kindies that keep my pretty busy three times a week. This requires me to be promptly out the door at 7:30 AM…leaving little time to fuss. Maybe that doesn’t so terrible to some of you…but for a student who purposely schedules her classes to begin late morning…that is a major change.

I started thinking about how I could savor that time in the morning to sleep. One easy solution? Planning ahead of time. As much as I love my outfits, it can take me a long time to choose an outfit…so planning the night before has saved me a ton of time!

Today, I am going to give you some easy tips to plan ahead so that you are never late…

Check the weather

I always make sure I check the weather the night before so I know what kind of day to dress for. Even in the winter, there are more mild days than others, and on those kinds of days, you do not want to be caught wearing a turtle-neck with a sweater (because you will boil).

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Plan with layers

This may shock you…but this actually applies to all seasons. No matter the season, when you are working inside, the temp can be wild. I always make sure that I layer, or at least keep something available to keep me warm. Those air conditioning units can leave me shivering on the hottest days.

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Lay it out

Once you know what you are wearing…lay it out. You can save LOADS of time by just laying out your outfit or pulling the pieces you are going to wear to the front of your closet. That way, when you wake up with only half an hour to spare, you don’t spend half the time looking for those pieces.

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Spending time the night before planning out your outfit will save you a TON of time. It also is just plain organized. This goes right along with packing your lunch and bag the night before…really just allocate your time the night before so all of those previous minutes in the morning can be used for the important stuff…sleep.

Vest Styles

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling great this Monday morning! Classes are under way, and I have started on a new path with teaching. What a great start to this new year! Lately, I have been adding newer pieces to my closet. Whenever I expand my wardrobe and add new pieces, I look for pieces that will fit well with the clothing that I already have. I have been really loving vests these days, and today I want to show you several ways you can style a vest.

The Dressy

Vest Styles

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Taking a simple piece, like a vest, and adding some cute accessories really spice things up! You don’t have to have a duster vest to do this, you can take a puffer vest and really upgrade it to be fancy-schmancy!

The Summer

Vest Styles

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Many people assume vests are a fall or winter item. Throw that idea out! You can style a puffer vest in the summer in such a fun way by pairing it over a dress. Even though it can get hot, summer evenings and breezes can be chiiiilly! Throw on a vest and you will keep warm and look fabulous!

The Utility

Vest Styles

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I love the look of utility vests. They serve as a neutral and can be styled casually, or dressed up. I love to style my utility vest dressed down with a pair of jeans, a cute pair of boots and a neutral top underneath. Another plus is that it is versatile for all seasons!

The Classic

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Ahhh what a classic look this is, eh? I am a huge fan of this look and have sported it many, many times! A classic puffer vest, a pair of jeans and riding boots is a great combination! It’s such a natural go-to for me, I can’t even tell you how much I love it!


It doesn’t matter if it is hot or cold, you can still rock the vest in style! Puffers are obviously my favourite, but I really wouldn’t turn any type of vest away from my cute little collection.

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Head over to my Pinterest to see what styles I am loving right now…

Happy Launch Day!

I am so excited to present this to everyone!! Until this day, I have been prepping and tweaking and nitpicking my blog so that I could launch it, like I did today. You see, I had a strategy…I wanted to reach a set goal on @mystyyle before I showed it to the world, so to speak. So that is what I’m doing. January has been filled with new and exciting opportunities, which includes Pearls and Polkadots! This is something I am completely diving into and rather excited about…

How did it all begin?

It actually all began with taking photos of my daily outfits. As I started to accumulate more pieces, become more interested in fashion, and take interest in what I was wearing each day, I started taking “outfit photos” (photos that showcase the entire outfit, smile down). I began to post them on my personal IG, until one day I decided…”I should dedicate an entire account to this alone…”. So I did. Soon after that, I gathered a following, and a few people put the idea of starting a blog in my head and VOILA, Pearls and Polkadots was born!

Why ‘Pearls and Polkadots‘?

When I was small, I always admired my Mother’s and Grandmother’s pearls. Pearls are simple, classic and go with pretty much everything. I also LOVE polka dots and a lot of the looks that I was bringing together included polka dots in some way. So why not put pearls together with polka dots? Pearls represent the classic style that I love. Polka dots represent the care free, bubbly person that I am!

Future Plans…

Expressing myself through fashion allows me to show who my true self is. I want to showcase that through Pearls and Polkadots and show you who I am! Writing is a love of mine, and fashion is another love of mine…so together, fashion and writing is what I am dedicated to whole heartedly!

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Above is a look I put together this week – very teacher-like, don’t you think? Stripes on stripes – inverse stripes! I could not wait to wear this look to my kindergarten class. I had a lot of little kids pointing out all of the patterns, so it was a great way to teach them the stripe pattern (they are still grasping this concept). There’s my little fashion blurb! Enjoy!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone – and come back soon!

First Day Jitters

How’s it going? I thought I would give you a little life update for today’s post since something BIG is happening! Today, I began my first teaching placement in a kindergarten classroom. What did it feel like? Practically terrifying…walking into a classroom packed full of 32 children. Full of energy, each with their own little personalities.

32 does not seem like a big number…considering my classes in high school had at least 30 kids and my tutorials have that as a minimum! However, you really get a sense of how HUGE that number is when you have to get them all changed into their snow pants for a 15 minute recess…

As terrifying as it seems, I am truly excited. All of these little souls are innocent, sweet, and considerate little humans that I could spend the whole day with. I can’t wait to get to know them each and see their personalities blossom. I truly feel like this is what I am meant to do…help them read, write and count.

So what did I wear?

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Details

Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger / Collared Shirt: J.Crew Factory / Statement Necklace: Target

For my first day, I kept it classic and comfortable. Everyone has their own style, and for me that is a blend of the two. Considering my placement is in kindergarten, I wanted to keep it comfortable (you know, something I can crawl around in on the floor!).

I wish I had a full body shot of what I wore, but I’ll describe it anyway. Bright green cable knit sweater accompanied by a collared shirt (classy, right?). I paired it with some tan pants and what one little girl called “princess shoes”…which were actually a shiny pair of flats.

This is honestly my favourite place to be…I hope I can make it to my very own classroom someday!

Sweater Essentials

There are many pieces of clothing that I consider to be my favourite. However, there are few things in my closet that I deem to be essential. Now, these tend to vary between seasons (obviously!), but when it comes to winter…one essential piece happens to be one of my faves: the sweater.

When it comes to sweaters, I have a problem. I love to buy sweaters, and at this point…I have come up with my own “sweater categories” (you know, like people do). What I want to share with you today…is those categories!

The Cable Knit

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Classic, cute and warm. You can’t go wrong with that combo, can you? This is my go-to type of sweater and I probably have one in every colour. A good staple to have in your closet is a cream cable knit because it is a neutral. What is great about neutrals is they can be layered with other bright colours…and layers in the winter? Not a terrible idea…

The Animal Motif

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Animal motif sweaters consist of any sweater that is based around an animal (simple, right?). Now this can be animal print, or actual graphics of animals on the sweater! I love the idea of both and think styled correctly, can be a killer look.

The Oversized Sweater

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Oversized sweaters are great, comfy and completely in style! Not only can you cozy down into them while reading a book and sipping a hot cup of tea, you can sport them in a really trendy way. Pairing an oversized sweater with a skirt can be a dressy, trendy look that is great if you want to be in style and casual.


This winter has been, and is still a very cold one, which means my sweater game has really stepped up. What is great though is if you look in the right places, you can find a cute and inexpensive sweater! Sweaters will always be a staple, so stock up (unless if you live somewhere hot…).

As for me? I’m going to cozy up in one of my sweaters and watch reruns of Grey’s on Netflix!

Check out my Pinterest for some sweater weather inspo…