DSC09796-01It’s summer time- that time in Texas when I find myself wondering, “why do I live here?” Couple 45% humidity with 95+ degree heat and the whole Dallas/Fort Worth area feels like a hot sauna. I cannot explain how annoying it is to get ready for the day, step out your door, only to begin melting before you reach the car.  It’s maddening how hot and sticky every part of your body becomes in a matter of minutes.

Now that we’re back in the United States after our tour of Europe we had many errands to run, in all of this glorious heat.  We planned to make a day of it. Later that evening we arranged for the minifashionista to spend time with her grandparents while we caught a movie for date night. (Have you seen Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot or the new Spiderman Movie? What about Planet of the Apes? Which movie did you like better. Leave me a comment below.) With everything in mid, what would keep me cool in the heat, but still be date night ready in conditioned movie theater?

Enter LilySilk! Made from the finest mulbery silk LilySilk’s motto is: “Better silk, better life!” And they are right!DSC09845-01By pairing the v-neck silk camisole with black skinny jeans, my outfit was effortlessly chic. I really love the matte gold hue of this camisole. It can be worn any time of the year, on many occasions, and looks marvelous against tan to dark skin. I kept the gold theme going from top to bottom with my jewelry and sandals. Finally, my snakeskin handbag added interest and pulled the entire look together.DSC09813-01The best part of this outfit is that it’s not only looks chic, but the silk top is very comfortable. The v neck is modest, not showing any cleavage. It feels lightweight and cool in our Texas heat. The milberry silk fabric breathes and glides easily over my skin, not sticking to my body. No sweat stains for me!DSC09791-01Would you like to have this silk top?  I’ve partnered with LilySilk for a giveaway!  Here are the simple rules. 1) Like Lilysilk Women’s Clothing Facebook page. 2) Share the link for the camisole to your personal Facebook page. Lilysilk will the select one winner to receive a V-neck Camisole. If waiting isn’t your thing, you can simply purchase the v-neck silk camisole . Would you like a long sleeve version? It’s now available! Click this like to see the long sleeve silk shirt. I recommend purchasing it on August 8, 2017.  It will be $69.99, instead of $159. For size reference, I’m 5’7″ tall, 130 pounds, wearing size small. I hope you’re all keeping cool and having a great summer. Thanks for much for stopping by. Now we’re off to see the movie! DSC09825-01*This post is Sponsored by Lily Silk. All opinions expressed are my own.

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jenna-iceland-001-01We have been travelling Europe non stop for the past 2 weeks- the trip of a lifetime! First the streets of Paris, then the Amalfi Coast of Italy, followed by the Colosseum in Rome. These destinations have always been on my bucketlist. However, my husband has longed to visit Iceland for years. He is a professional photographer, drone operator, and owner of JandJstudio. He insisted: “Jenna girl, Iceland is a photographer’s dream- we have to go!” So we’ve come this far so why not add another destination? So instead of going straight back to the United States, we ventured to enchanting Iceland.snapseed-07Jason was right! I thought Italy was georgous but Iceland is absolutely breath taking. It feels almost untouched by humans. Just 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik (the capital of Iceland) we encounted the Seljandfoss Waterfall just a few of the hunderds of waterfalls that can be seen in Iceland.  We put on our rainboots and coats and hiked behind them.Iceland (50)-01A short drive down to Vik, Iceland led us to the black sand beaches featured in the Star Wars Rogue One movie. My hubby, ultimate Star Wars fan, was super excited to make this discovery.  Seeing Jason run around with his camera was like watching a kid in a candy store. All photography seen in this post was captured by him. Not to far from all of this you’ll find the wall, where Jocelyn climbed higher and higher (freaking out her mother.)snapseed-06We drove even further and discovered glaciers and volcanic geysers. The cool June air of Iceland dropped to freezing temperatures as we stood and gazed at the rugged beauty. It is an experience I will never forget. It was like being on PBS! We have over 2,000 photos to prove it! There is just so much to see in Iceland!Iceland (40)-01While my I loved roaming around in the cool Iceland air my skin didn’t like it too much. After coming from hot sunny Italy my skin suddenly went dry in the chilly air. With constant washing after using the restroom and before eating, I had to carry hand lotion whereever I went. They were so dry! However, I noticed that my face did not have any issues. Thanks to the NeoStrata Face Serum Bionic 10 my skin stayed supple, soft, and moisturuzed. The 1 ounce pump bottle easily in in my carryon luggage. I applied it my slighty damp face right out of the shower each morning. It felt light weight but has a thicker consistency to other serums that I’ve used. Therefore, I decided to forgo placing an additional face cream on top of it as I usually do. I just allowed the serum to dry and applied my makeup. This was an excellent choice! Even with daily use, I didn’t experience any breakouts nor was I left with a greasy residue.20170624_133044-01This intensive treatment serum with 10% Lactobionic Acid helps restore radiance and improve skin texture, such as wrinkles and fine lines. The Lactobionic Acid, a potent antioxidant, builds skin’s support and protects it by inhibiting MMP, the enzyme that breaks down collagen. Together with Vitamins A, C and E, Lactobionic Acid also has been shown to provides intense moisturization. It’s a medium weight serum targeted for your face and neck. While in Iceland I decided to apply a little to the backs of my dry hands. Oh, what a difference!! It really helped my why dry hands. I’m so glad I brought along the NeoStrata Face Serum Bionic 10 to Iceland. I’ve decided to add it to my winter skincare routine when I return to Texas. I think it will feel too heavy against my sweaty hot skin during our Texas summers. (YUCK!) Can we just stay in Iceland please?jenna-iceland-016-01If you have extremely dry skin or live in a cool climate I recommed you try the NeoStrata Face Serum Bionic 10. It’s available online and in major beauty supply stores. So what have have you friends been up to this summer? Do you have any travel plans this year? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to know where your travels will take you. As always, thank you all for allowing me to share my adventures with you and thank you for stopping by!

*This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions expressed are truthful and my own.

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DSC03315-01Flip flops, swimsuits, sundresses, and hats. Weddings, graduations, and vacations. Summer is here! Along with these special occassions a brilliant smile is essential. In preparation for our recent trip to Europe, I whittened my teeth in the privacy of my home beforehand. I’ve loved the ease of use with Smile Brilliant‘s at home teeth whitening kit. I’ve used the kit before and I’ve really enjoyed the results. Check out my original Smile Brilliant post from Fall 2016 by clicking here. Last fall, I followed the easy step by step directions to make my teeth whittenig trays.

jenna-teeth-10420161005162917_img_0778I keep them safely in a user friendly compact carrying case.  To this day, I am still very pleased with the quality my trays. They’re flexible against my teeth and gums, have not yellowed, and are ready to be used at my convenience. Best of all, they were a perfect fit to my teeth.  All I needed to do in preparation for our trip was brush my teeth with water only, and begin the whittening process. *Using toothpaste before whittening your teeth can cause gum irritation. Therefore, I suggest water only before whittening. After using Smile Brilliant for 15 to 20 minutes daily a week before our trip, I was left with a beautiful smile for the Italian Coast! DSC03857The Amalfi Coast (Italian: Costiera Amalfitana) is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located in the Province of Salerno of southern Italy. There are a total of 13 little cities that make up the Amalfi coast. We were able to visit 3 of them during our 4 day stay. (Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello) They were all more beautiful than I ever imagined. We finally had our first taste of Lemoncello, Italian Gelato, and authentic Italian cusine. I’ve always hated tomatoes. However, the combination of fresh mozarella, tomatoes, oilve oil, oregano, basil, and cracked pepper won me over. As we explored the streets of Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi I couldn’t stop smiling. We snapped so many pictures and in each one, I had a picture perfect smile thanks to Smile Brilliant. DSC03306-01What are your plans for the summer? Do you want to brightten your smile for vacation, graduation, or a friend’s wedding? What about a gift for the new graduate or the lovely brife to be? Give the gift of a beautiful white smile with Smile Brilliant’s At Home Whittening Kit! I’ve teamed up with Smile Brilliant for a giveaway. EVERYONE who enters wins a $25 giftcard e-giftcard. This giveaway ends in 2 weeks! Click on the link below to enter.

DSC03333-02Thank you so much for allowing me to share our summer travels with you. The Amalfi Cost of Italy is wonderful. You’d love it here. As always, thanks for stopping by!

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20170415163730_IMG_3223-01Happy Anniversary!  I cannot believe Sassy Teacher Chic has been online for one year. I never imagined that I would be able to share my personal style, life lessons, and travels with so many of you.  Yet here we are. Thank you for being here with me today. After months of wordpress, photoshoots, collaborations, meetups, and travels- I’ve had many experiences in the blogging world. What have I learned after one year of blogging?

 1. Comparison is the thief of joy.  We have all heard this before.  Sometimes I look at other bloggers and I begin to feel defeated. I see their success and wonder, what am I doing wrong? I’m a school teacher after all, it’s ingrained in me to measure myself by a grade of some sort. In the blogging community the grade is how many followers, likes, comments, engagement, collaborations, etc do you have. Falling into this mindset does nothing for me (or you).  I’ve learned this past year that it’s not good to compare myself with others.  Stay in your own lane, live your life, and be happy.  Growth takes time. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will a blog be built in a day.

2. Balance is the key.  This year, I tried to post everyday on social media. However, things happened and sometimes I had to skip my daily post.  At one point, I was sick with the flu for a week. (You guys didn’t want to see that, I’m sure.) At times, my photographer husband was out of town or he was just unavailable to take my photo.  My aunt passed away in October leaving a deep whole in my heart. We also had special weeks of activity planned in our congregation. I had papers to grade, lessons plans to write, and a car that was rear ended. Life just happened and I didn’t get to share a photo. Overtime, I began to be invited to events such as grand openings, fashion shows, etc. How wonderful! However, they’re also time consuming. I needed to find a baby sitter if Jason wasn’t home, and then drive to Dallas (where most events are). The stress of learning to balance it all began to weigh on me. Blogging begin to feel like a burden, and that didn’t make me happy at all.  I needed to plan better and to find balance. This year of blogging has really made me realize that as much as I enjoy blogging, it cannot take priority over my family life or spirituality. *Plan, plan, plan!  I now use a calendar to plan my blog post and photo shoots. Additionally, I utilize the Like to Know It app to draft my instagram post. This keeps me from being glued to social media.

IMG_20170428_154538_6923. Remember your purpose.  Being sick for a week was good for me.  It really allowed me to meditate and reflect (as I lay there in my feverish state) about the reason I began blogging in the first place.  For me, blogging is a way of sharing!  So many of my friends do not care one iota about style, and it was so nice to find others who do care what shoe goes with what dress. If you ever meet me in person, you’ll realize something else: I’m a talker! Blogging has given me a platform in which I can talk.  My career right now is teaching elementary school, being a wife to Jason, and a mother to Jocelyn. This is what makes me the happiest in life. Blogging at this point in time is a side business and personal hobby. One that I’m passionate about, obviously, but I must be realistic.  So why compare myself with career bloggers? Why stress out if I didn’t get to post my outfit of the day? Do I really need (or even want) to go to that event? Nah. I slowly realized that I needed to stick to my purpose of sharing, and just like that I felt so much better!

4. Be True to Yourself.  As the year went on, I was often approached by companies to collaborate.  During a collaboration or partnership, I am given a product to test and then I share my opinion with others on my blog and Instagram account.  This is a win-win for both myself and the brand I’m working with. I get to try new things and that brand gets promoted on social media. I love this aspect of blogging!  I’ve been able to try out hair extensions, beautiful clothing, lotions, ice cream, handbags, and so much more! However, like all good things there is a downside.  I found myself being approached by companies whose brand/products do not fit my modest brand.  It’s hard to say no, and for one moment I considered working with those brands. However, I knew I had to be true to my values and my audience. I choose not to participate and I’m happy.IMG_20170420_215021_0585. Content Is King. They say, if you build it they will come.  This is true of social media. A big part of blogging is photograph and content. Therefore, I’ve taken the time to really improve my writing style, how to pose, lights, angles, and the art of photography. (I’m still working on the posing part. I’m so glad my husband is patient with me!) I’ve learned it’s not just the outfit that matters. It’s the quality of your content. This year, the quality of my photos has improved and thus the reach of my audience has too. *My two favorite apps are: Touch Retouch and Snapseed. Both of these have allowed me to edit my images. While I still use my Galaxy Note 5 to take photos, Jason’s Cannon 6D camera is King!

6. Join a Blogging Community! No man (or woman) is an island. We all need support. This is certainly true with blogging. Last year, I joined Style Collective, a support group for bloggers. Thru Style Collective I’ve become a girl boss. I was able to meet great brands to collaborate with, get to know other bloggers, find out about meet ups, get advice on wordpress, and so much more! I’ve learned about SEO (search engine organization), photography, New York Fashion Week, how to monetize my blog, and best practices. If blogging is something that you’re interested it, either for a career or a hobby, please consider joining a blogging group.

So there you have it! Six things I’ve learned from my first year of blogging.  To celebrate, I’m sharing a $25 gift card to Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s Backstage is similar to Nordstrom Rack. How?  Items that have been are leftover from the previous season or have been deeply discounted are placed at Macy’s Backstage. It’s the place to find department store items at everyday prices. (You can use the gift card at both Macy’s Backstage and Macy’s Department Store.) For those who admire this dress I’ve linked it here for you here. To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment on my blog below.

****UPDATE**** And the winner is, Lovepanick!  I will contact you via email. Thank you to everyone who commented. As always, thanks for stopping by! IMG_20170427_200942_395

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20170514193140_0G6A8741-01We are an active family.  After a weekend of hiking, paddle boarding, biking, or sight-seeing in the sun my skin really needs some TLC. I wish I could being my whole bathroom, but traveling limits exactly what I can take, especially when we fly. Therefore, it’s vital that I bring only the essentials.  From head to toe, here are my travel skin care essentials.

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it everyday for the rest of your life.” -Renee

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  • Granier Frutics Skin Active + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. This is a Gel exfoliator with micro beads deeply cleanses. It unclogs and tightens my pores while smoothing my face and neck. The charcoal and salicylic acid to draw out dirt, oil and impurities without being harsh. It’s the perfect make-up remover! I cannot find a smaller size and so I must put some in a smaller container when we travel. 
  • Neutrogena Daily Moisturizer (Sensitive Skin) SPF 35.  I use this moisturizer each morning after washing my face.  It’s light weight, non greasy, and includes SPF.  It’s vital to wear SPF on a daily basis. I’m outside every day for 20 to 30 minutes during recess, and then at least a good 2 hours on the weekend during the door to door ministry. SPF is vital to keep my skin from being damaged by the sun. Happily, there is a smaller size which is great for travel. (Yay!)
  • However, where I really invest in myself is my nighttime routine. It’s my essential antiaging step that cannot be skipped, even on vacation.  My recent obsession is the Nimni Cream by Hydropeptide.  At bedtime, I wash my face and then apply the Nimni Cream. I love the light weight feel and smell. It hydrates, rejuvenates, and improves the appearance of my skin while I sleep.  The Nimni Cream contains time release retinol , vitamin c, amino acids, and patented collagen support complex which help increase the cell turnover rate of your face and decolletage. The enhanced penetration complex helps fight wrinkles and fine lines, and I’m all for that!  It has not clogged my pores, left me feeling greasy, or caused a breakout. A little bit goes a long way. The Nimni Cream is available in two sizes, with the .5 fluid ounce being perfect to carry onto the plane. (YAY!) You can view a VIDEO and learn more about this wonderful cream here by clicking here. It’s worth the investment. Add it to your nighttime routine and see the difference.

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  • The Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, Fragrance Mist, and Body Wash from Sol de Janerio are my favorite body products. The body wash and body lotion are both thick, creamy, fragrant, and super moisturizing. It smells so good I want to taste it! My favorite part is the little flecks of gold dust it leaves on my skin.  And not to be overlooked is the Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist. It really compliments the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, allowing the sweet scent to linger all day. Sadly, I cannot find a carryon on friendly size (3.4 ounces) of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and so I have to decant it into a smaller container for travel.

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  • The driest parts of my body are my hands and feet.  Hiking makes my feet feel hot and tired.  Then as the weather warms and I pull out my summer sandles, there is a vital need to really keep those puppies moisturized.  The Cracked Heel of Approval from Bath and Body Works really helps to keep the dead dry skin away.  Once again, I haven’t found this product in a travel friendly size and so I must decant it into a smaller container.
  • However, the product that’s perfect for both your hands and feet, and even your body, is Gloves in a Bottle. It gives soothing relief for dry, cracked, and irritated skin. Gloves in the Bottle is non-greasy, fast absorbing, and last through many washes. This especially needed while on vacation. I find myself frequently washing my hands as we visit more and more public places. (Our trip to New York made me a germ a phobe after watching a homeless man urinate in the subway tunnel, and them touch all of the handles as he left.) With so much handwashing it seems like I can go though a bottle of hand lotion a day while on vacation!!  However, with Gloves in a Bottle, the lotion seemed to last longer.  It’s light smell is also perfect for the workplace where too many fragrances came become an irritant. The 3.4 fl ounces is excellent for carrying onto the plane. (YAY!)

So there you have it! From head to toe, my travel skin-Care essentials that I take with my whenever I leave home. I hope you find this list helpful for your next vacation.  Where are you planning to go? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know.

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