I know what you’ve been thinking: Alyssa, where the heck have you been? And why have you left us dry on the blog for the last three months?

Well, my friends, I’m here to give you a quick update before we jump into today’s blog post.

As you’ve noticed, I’ve been less present here on the blog and on Instagram. It’s been 4 months since I’ve started my new job and so much has already happened. It simultaneously feels like–holy moly, it’s been 4 months?! And it’s ONLY been 4 months?! Time has a funny way of playing games with you like that.

My new job has kept me busy to say the least. I’ve been on a flight and on the road every week traveling to schools across the U.S. where I get to facilitate teacher trainings.  Back to school season is a bit different this year–I’m not gearing up for a new set of students or decorating my classroom, which I absolutely miss, but I am doing work that feels so meaningful and rewarding. It’s been such an amazing opportunity to travel, connect with people from all over, and do what I love–helping teachers develop their capacity for impacting kids. It’s truly a dream job.

But with that means, less time on the gram and less time on the blog. It’s the reality of the season I’m in and taking a step back from social media has been what I need given the demands of my schedule right now.  Prioritizing my mental and physical health is where I’m spending most of my “free time” these days and it’s truly what I need right now. The transition has been tough at times–adapting to my new schedule, my lack of a set routine, and adjusting to all the newness that a job brings. My hope is to be back on here and on the gram more consistently once my travel schedule cools down a bit.

So in the meantime, thank you for being patient with me and for continuously supporting me and encouraging me in this season. As we transition from the last month of summer into fall, I wanted to take a moment to talk about some ways to take your wardrobe into this new season!


One of my favorite summer staples has been white pants and my linen blazer! These pieces are fantastic to transition in to fall as the temperatures start to fall a bit. Both of these pieces are classy, functional, and make you look incredibly chic. I’ve also been loving graphic tees and vintage band tees. They give you that edgy and casual look and make me look cooler than I really am….because let’s be real, I don’t listen to these bands! Oops.

And how could I forget about the shoes?! I am partnering with Andre Assous for this blog post and am so excited to introduce this brand to you! They make beautiful, luxury shoes–crafted in Spain and designed in New York! They’re known for their fabulous espadrilles and this is a style I have been rocking ALL summer. They pair perfectly with a crisp pair of white cropped pants and give me that extra boost I need as a shorty.




I’m wearing the Luz Embossed Crocodile Leather shoe in my regular size 8.  They’re incredibly comfortable and fun to style! The ankle strap make the shoe feel secure on your foot and the heel is just enough for that extra boost, but not too high that walking in them in uncomfortable. If you are interested in trying out a shoe, I have great news! I’ve got a 10% off discount code–type in “ALYSSAMARIE19” when you check out!



A huge thank you to Andre Assous for sponsoring this post and helping me transition into fall with the cutest shoes on my feet! My sincere goal is to NOT let another 3 months pass by without having written a blog post–it feels good to be back! I have so many ideas swirling around in my head and am hopeful that my schedule will allow for some more content creation soon!

Thank you for reading today’s post and for your continuous support, my sweet friends!


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