A Variety of Stylish, Colorful, and Creative Looks For Less 

Hi ! Thanks for checking out this post . I wanted to share the outfits I put together this past week . They were all true looks for less, with most items coming from thredup.com , which is a website that offers like- new designer clothes at 70% off the actual prices. I was happy to style 2 tee- shirts from the Klassy Verre Company which I discovered on Instagram @klassyverre . I love their items but I also love the fact that proceeds of their sales go directly to help empower girls. Their motto is #girlsslay. I wore the shirt with their logo to the Mother/ Daughter Brunch at my daughter’s school and all the girls and moms loved it .  

I also love their Allergic to Average shirt and already wore it a couple of times , most recently with my leopard blazer and leggings. I don’t usually wear tee shirts but I couldn’t resist the selection @klassyverre and it was easy to style them with items I already had in my closet .  


This next outfit was inspired by the  shoes . I saw these fabulous Pilcro and the Letterpress shoes on thredUP.com and just fell in love with them.  I figured I couldn’t go wrong with leopard and denim and voila …I had something to wear the shoes with ! I loved wearing this to work . The kids in my class loved the ribbons in my shoes and kept telling me whenever they were  untied .  

This next outfit is actually one of my favorite  Betsy Johnson summer dresses which I turned into a fall outfit by adding a corduroy blazer by Halogen and but kept it girly with glitter flats.  

I almost didn’t but this next dress when I saw it on thredUP but I’m so glad I did because I am obsessed with the gold zippers on the sleeves.  I didn’t want to add a scarf or a blazer or a vest or anything at all to this look because I really like the details of the dress itself . This is a Cache brand dress and now I’m on the lookout for more by this company !!!! 

I’m not really a jeans kind of person but I really liked the way these distressed jeans from Target looked and fit . I tried to balance out the distressed look by adding a kind of luxurious looking faux fur vest to them . It was a good outfit for a busy Saturday !  


I hope you enjoyed this post and that you feel inspired to have fun with your wardrobe ! 

Bye for now !!! 

Have a Fabulous Weekend! 



Cocktail Dresses For Teaching Kindergarten? Absolutely ! 

 Hi ! I wanted to share some recent outfits I put together for work ( and hanging out with my own kids).  













 One of my favorite things to do, when I have a few minutes to spare, is to check out new arrivals on my thredUP app. ThredUP.com sells perfect condition, gently used designer clothing and the app is super easy to use to find exactly what you are looking for. I’m usually looking for dresses , specifically cocktail dresses . Do I go to a lot of cocktail parties ? No, actually , not at all. Most of you know by now , I teach kindergarten and have a simple , teacher/mommy life but just really enjoy dressing up. I find ways to make the clothes I want to wear appropriate for my lifestyle.
This past week I decided to add long sleeve shirts , scarves , tights , and a jean jacket to different dresses I recently found at thredup.com.
Here are the outfits I put together. They are truly looks for less – each dress was less than $30.00 and all add-ons ( shirts, scarves , leggings) were found at Target.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog today! Hope it inspires you to have fun with your wardrobe ! 



Styling Vests and Scarves For Fall / Outfit Inspiration and Options To Shop For Now ! 

I know a lot of you already know I have a kind of obsession with wanting to wear dresses and summer type clothing ALL the time. Luckily , I’m also kind of obsessed with the abundance of fall scarves and vests available right now. So, of course , I’ve been putting them together and creating outfits for this crazy -30 degrees in the am and 70 degrees in the afternoon -weather that is typical in November in New England. 

Here are a few ways I used warm , comfy scarves to turn summer dresses into fall outfits:  


 All clothing seen above was found at thredup.com and scarves are from target.com . 

Here are some looks I’ve created using vests found at target.com  and basics found mostly at thredup.com.  

   I found some great vests available now you might be interested in.  

 Clockwise from top center: 

1. Jcrew.com 2. Romwe.com  3.chicwish.com 4. Johnlewis.com 5.topshop.com 6.patagonia.com 7. Mandco.com

Here are some gorgeous scarves I’ve been thinking about :

Found ( clockwise starting from top center )  : 1. Accessory concierge.com 2.gojane.com 3.corisshoes.com 4. Domino.com 5. Alinaboutique 6. Chicos 7. Dvf 

Thanks so so much for checking out my blog ! Hope you feel inspired to play dress-up and create some new looks of your own ! Xoxo 

Yours truly , 


Why Bother ? What “Dressing Up” Means to Me 

Since I was young , around two years old  , my parents would say, I wanted to wear party dresses and black patent  leather shoes. I had to have the socks with the ruffles and needed a hat to complete the outfit .  In those days , my mom sewed all our clothes, was happy to oblige my fancy little heart and sheven let me wear the pretty dresses to play in the sandbox. 

Yes , it’s true , I’m not a little girl playing dress up anymore and as a very busy mom and kindergarten teacher it’s true I don’t need to really dress up, well , ever. So , I guess what I’m trying to say is , just as I didn’t need to wear party dresses and lacey socks when I was two, I don’t need to wear dresses and heels to teach kindergarten or make dinner either, but it’s just what I want to do. 

Kind of reminds me of this quote I’ve seen around Facebook and Instagram : 


I was home sick with pneumonia for the past two and a half weeks. The first few days I was literally in bed and had no desire to get up and get dressed. By the fourth day I had to go back  to see the doctor and I was relieved to have an excuse to dress up . I only wore a sweater and leggings , nothing fancy , but honestly I did feel better just because I felt like I was back to my old ( healthier ) self. 

Then a couple of days later it was Halloween and I felt that even though I couldn’t go out and enjoy all the activities we had planned , I could still wear my  Snoopy shirt . 

    I felt I was at least a little bit getting to celebrate ! 
So , basically , I tried to put together some outfits each day I was home that were comfortable and kind of cheered me up while I had to be home. 

A simple tee shirt and blazer : 


A comfortable dress and big cozy scarf:

A very soft sweater and leggings :

A maxi – dress and big cozy blanket scarf:

And today , my last day home sick , leggings again and another soft sweater :

And I’m glad I had an actual outfit on for when I had to run to Target for groceries (and leopard booties) :


 So why do I dress up ? It makes me happy and : 

That’s all, folks ! 

Do what makes you happy! Wear what you want ! Xoxoxo

Holiday Party Season is quickly approaching… Will you wear your classic LBD or choose from one of these gorgeous creations ?

Holiday Party Season is quickly approaching... Will you wear your classic LBD or choose from one of these gorgeous creations ?

Loyd Ford lace cocktail dress
$2,280 – montaignemarket.com

Blumarine dress
$2,140 – ikrix.com

Alexander mcqueen dress
$1,960 – alexandermcqueen.com

Night out dress
$660 – littleblackdress.co.uk

Phase Eight cap sleeve dress
$215 – johnlewis.com

Gatsby dress
$205 – frockandfrill.com

City Chic red lace dress

Phase Eight 3 4 sleeve maxi dress
$135 – johnlewis.com

Lipsy white halter top
$92 – lipsy.co.uk

Red dress
$77 – joules.com

Cross dress

White cami dress

Happy Mail Day ! Just received tee from Klassy Verre as seen on stylebyraysa.wordpress.com and I’m definitely looking forward to wearing it with accessories/beauty products that are anything but average !

Happy Mail Day ! Just received tee from Klassy Verre as seen on stylebyraysa.wordpress.com and I'm definitely looking forward to wearing it with accessories/beauty products that are anything but average !

Blanket Scarf +Dress+Fun Accessories = Perfect Fall Outfit

Blanket Scarf +Dress+Fun Accessories = Perfect Fall Outfit

RED Valentino long red dress
$640 – veryexclusive.co.uk

Gray dress

French Connection black skater skirt
$100 – johnlewis.com

Flare dress
$27 – yoins.com

Maurices dress

Sleeveless dress

H M green dress
$31 – hm.com

ANNA BAIGUERA leopard flat
$200 – farfetch.com

Tory Burch ballet flat
$195 – nathalieschuterman.com

TOMS shoes

Hipchik beaded jewelry

Felt hat

Harmony Paris brimmed hat
$170 – thecorner.com

Caps hat

Tartan blanket scarf