Back to School Giveaway with Northwest Arkansas Mall

Disclaimer and Official Rules:  Giveaway ends August 16th at 12:00 AM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older).  To be eligible, you must be able to shop at Northwest Arkansas Mall. Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.”

Northwest Arkansas Mall giveaway

Are you ready for this!?  I’m partnering with Northwest Arkansas Mall to give away $200 in gift cards!  Northwest Arkansas Mall provided me with $200 for back to school shopping and $200 to give away to one lucky reader.  At the end of this post, go follow them on social media and give them some love!  They were looking for a teacher’s perspective for back to school shopping.  I teach 2nd grade in Bentonville at Central Park and absolutely love my job.

Right now I’m listening to Ron Clark’s new book, Move Your Bus, on audio.  It is SO good (and not just for teachers, for any career)!  In the book, he sets different levels of professionals based on work ethic and activity: walkers, joggers, runners, riders.  Chapter 10 is actually called WEAR YOUR GOOD CLOTHES.

Here are some great quotes from Chapter 10 that stuck out to me:

“You don’t want your work ethic to RUN, while your outfit RIDES.”  

(Read the book and that will make sense!)

“Everything you do is always better when you have on sharp attire.”

“Our performance is never dressed down.”

I’ll get to the shopping part, but here’s the plug for his book.  Go check it out!

ron clark move your bus

First, I asked you guys on Facebook and Instagram where you do your back to school shopping and what you look for.  A unanimous response was: comfy and clearance!  Ha!  Here are some comments I received:  cute bigger dressy tanks to wear under a cardigan, long shirts and stretchy pants since we are on the floor with kids a lot, Target, great sales at Dillard’s, cardigans and layers.  This gave me an idea of what to look for!

We started at GAP.  I paired a couple items together to show you some of GAP’s new fall items.  One of my teacher friends tagged along to be my photographer so they’re not all selfies.

GAP giveaway

GAP Fall Fashion

Guess what color I’m drawn to when shopping?  Noticing as I make this post every outfit is black… sorry!    This black jacket is super soft and comes in four colors.  Find it here: Gap Tencel Jacket .  For size reference, I’m wearing a Medium in the “true black” color.  It looked good layered over everything I tried on.

Here’s a close-up so you can see the detail on the jacket.

GAP giveaway

This outfit is paired with the same black Slim Cropped Pants.  I would dress it up with some jewelry, but for those of you looking for more of a simple casual look, this is for you.

GAP giveaway decorate my life

Off to Dillard’s!  We spent more time in Dillard’s because they are having a huge sale right now.

This first dress is Michael Kors.  It comes in 6 colors and is 40% off right now.  There were plenty of sizes and colors left the other day!  I think it was marked down to $72.  Yes, still expensive but it’s made of thick soft material so I can tell it would be a classic piece that would last.  Find it here: Michael Kors Belted Shirt Dress  For size reference, I’m wearing a Medium and it fit perfectly.  (You can see the royal blue one in the background!)

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This is the Gianni Bini Annie Jacket with the Emma Flare-Leg Pants.  You can choose to unroll the sleeves so the design doesn’t show.  The tank throws in a splash of color to brighten it up, but unfortunately I forgot to catch the brand name.  Let me know if you find it online!  Honestly, I don’t always go to this extent for work since I’m a primary teacher and often on recess duty.  I do dress up, but I don’t want to be on the floor or jogging across the wood chips in expensive clothes or a suit.  This is an ensemble from the “Work Essentials” section for those of you who may be in upper grades, administration, or even the business world.

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(We were trying to have some fun- posing by yourself is really awkward.)

This kimono like vest was super cute!  The store was closing at this point so I just threw it on over my slip to snap this.  But you get the picture, right?  Isn’t it cute? Find it here:  Chelsea and Violet Quincy Kimono  For size reference, this was a size small.  It would even be cute over a tunic and leggings when it gets colder.  When I said the store was closing, I meant it actually did close.  A worker had to lift the gate to let us out… oops!

Chelsea and Violet Dillard's

Chelsea and Violet kimono

This was one of the most fun blog posts I’ve done!  Now it’s your chance at a shot at a back to school shopping spree!  Enter with the widget below.  One winner will win both gift cards:  $100 to GAP and $100 to Dillard’s.

There are 3 ways to enter.  And yes, I do verify entries so don’t try to be sneaky :)

Dillard's giveaway

Would this make going back to school easier for you or your kids?  Let me know what you would buy in the comments.  (Hint: that’s one of the entries!)  If you’re local to NWA and a teacher, please comment and tell me where you teach at so we can connect!

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  1. Desiree' Stamps says

    Such an awesome giveaway Katie! I would use the giftcards to get new fall clothes, and of course buy Miss Hudson an outfit or two! Hope you have a great school year! :)

  2. Nikki Ringler says

    Hey Katie! I teach 1st at shaw in sdale. And I’d love to do some back to school shopping for myself! Hope to see you at reunion’

  3. Mandi Beesler says

    I am a Special Education teacher at Butterfield Elementary in Fayetteville! I would take my teenage daughter to the mall and let her pick out some things for back to school since she’s at that age of “Mom I need this to look good” stage! LOL

  4. Melissa says

    It looks like you had a great time shopping! If I won your giveaway, I would probably spend all of the money on my kids.

  5. Britney says

    This is such a great giveaway! I love all of your preview choices!!! I would defiantly want to take you along for the shopping trip .

  6. Megan Dennis says

    Great idea, girl!! I teach secondary level physical education., and could definitely use these gift cards for work attire (athletic clothes can get so expensive) and of course some cute fall outfits for my more professional days at school!

    • Kristin G says

      I typed in the wrong instagram handle in the rafflecopter form. My instagram name is @marley_kristin not @marleykristin :) Sorry

  7. Leah says

    Fun!! My new school does not allow jeans except for maybe once a month- so I would buy new pants and comfortable dresses!!

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