Little Red

 When I got dressed this morning, I just thought that I’d style this classic red brocade dress in a different way. Who would have thought I would get such a wide response from my students! Supposedly, in their opinion, my outfit resembled a gothic Dorothy, Little Red Riding Hood, or Harley Quinn (the Joker’s girlfriend). Um, I guess I got a jumpstart on my Halloween costume.

**Tip: Change up a classic dress by layering a collared blouse underneath with a different texture!

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Dress: Anthropologie - this one!  // Blouse: Urban Outfitters – Similar // Boots: ShoeMint {on sale!} // Watch: Michel // Cuff: Kate Spade

 

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Mix and Match from the Past

This school year has found itself to be busier than ever! I won’t bore you with education jargon, but let’s just say that I already broke my “no working from home” policy. Busy life = no time to waste planning a super trendy outfit. So here’s to a mix and match outfit from the past (Faux Fur, Stripes and Blue).

**Tip: Spice up an old outfit with a pretty scarf! :)
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Skirt: Thrifted via Crossroads – Similar  // Top: Free People via Buffalo Exchanged – Similar {on sale!} // Scarf: Madewell – favorite! // Belt: Anthropologie – Similar // Cuff: Kate Spade // Bracelet: J. Crew

Have a wonderful Thursday and thanks for reading!

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Layers of Transition

Temperatures are slowly dropping, mornings are a little more brisk and crisp, and I am just itching to layer up. But despite the fact that it’s supposed to be 80 degrees later today, I am going to dress like it’s going to be 69. That’s just how I roll :P

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Dress: Anthropologie – Similar // Sweater: RD style via StitchFix // Booties: ShoeMint {on sale!} // Cuff: Kate Spade // Rings: c/o Rings & Tings , and Wrenn Jewelry // Elephant Necklace: J. Crew Factory // Pocket Watch Necklace: Flea Market

 

BTW, Can you tell that school is practically my life right now?

 

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Naturally, I Would

It’s been way too long! Sorry for the minimal posts this week. The first couple of weeks of school are always a little crazy, especially for a newer teacher. But good news, all my classes seem super sweet. Yea, we’ll see how long that lasts :P

Okay, so please pay attention to my shoes and continue to read to see where I got them! :)

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Top: c/o eShakti (last seen here) // Pants: Gap // Jacket: DKNY from Crossroads // Shoes: Naturalizer // Watch: Michele // Purse: Juicy Couture from Crossroads

Yes, you read it correctly…I bought my shoes from Naturalizer! Am I ashamed that I shop at a store that is geared more towards older women? NO WAY. These babies are the most comfortable thing in the world, especially for a gal that is on her feet literally all day. You should have heard me the first week I got the shoes. I couldn’t take them off. :)

I am seriously close to ditching my heels. 

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Fooled You Not + Giveaway Winners

There once was a girl who lucked out in finding a beautiful dress for only $20 thanks to her wonderful fairy shop mother — Crossroads Trading Company. The design was divine, the fabric was elegant, and the girl left the store excited to wear the dress to her next ball. Then a week flew by  with no ball in sight. Then another week flew by and it felt like she would never be able to wear it. Eventually she said “Oh what the heck. I’m going to wear it to work instead!”

And off she went the next morning.

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Top/Dress: H&M – Similar // Pants: Gap // Jacket: StitchFix (check out my review post)  // Purse: Abaco Paris // Flats: Anthropologie – Similar // Necklace: Lauren Conrad via Kohl’s – Similar

**Tip: Fold/scrunch/tuck a dress to wear it as a top! Who needs to wait for a special occasion? :) 

This particular dress had a slim fitting thin layer underneath with the patterned chiffon layered over and so it was easy to fold the bottom under. When choosing a dress to wear as a top, make sure that the bottom half of the dress is more snug (sort of like a body con dress) so that if you fold it, it can just sit on top of your hips. It’s just an option.

I had quite a few people come up to me today complimenting me on my “shirt”. Little did they know… ;)

Happy Thursday!

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Oh and the eShakti giveaway winners are…

Ashley Desire and Denise Gadson! 

Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly!

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Snake and Shake

 

Okay, I know the title doesn’t make sense besides the snake part but I just couldn’t help myself. :)

Anyways, my life and schedule has finally winded down with little breathing room to spare. I’ve been jumping from being the VBS director at my church, to a mini Disneyland vacation with the family, and then the church family retreat. Yes it’s been fun, but there have been lots of moving around, so it’s nice to feel a little more settled as the school year is about to begin.

 

I’m so excited for this new school year! With one year of teaching high school under my belt, I feel a little more prepared for this year and ready and motivated to implement new teaching strategies and  excited to meet my new students. :)

 

So as the new year begins, here is a new look with a not-so-old gem of a top. This snake print top (only $28!) from Norka has been one of my go-to tops with it’s neutral tone and versatile shape. Last time (“Snake Bite“), I paired it with a fitted skirt and heels for more of a night-out look. Today, I went for a casual day out by layering the tank over this simple black maxi. 

 

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Happy Monday!

Oh and TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to enter the giveaway!

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Don’t forget to enter the EShakti giveaway for a $25 gift cards* for TWO lucky readers**. Giveaway goes until Tuesday, August 12th at 12AM PST
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*Note: Unlike a gift coupon, a gift card is as good as cash. It can be used over and above any other promotional offer / gift coupon in the same order
**Giveaway is only for U.S. and Canada residents only. 

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Mix it Up

Today I looked into my closet and felt a little bored. Then I snapped out of it and realized that that’s ridiculous! Ladies (and gents), never get into the mindset that you “have nothing to wear”. Puhleeeeez, you just have to be a little creative!

I found my floral shorts and this striped button-down and thought they would look good together. But to tone down the stripes, I decided to layer on an old cropped blazer to pull everything together. 

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Blazer: Anthropologie – Similar $30 // Shorts: Gap – Similar $58 // Top:  Banana Republic – Similar $60 // Purse: Abaco Paris // Cuff:  Crystal Hexagon Cuff from INPINK ($18) // Watch: Michele // Shoes: DSW – Similar // RingDouble Druzy Ring {$35} c/o Wrenn Jewelry // Necklace: Anthropologie – Similar $30 // Sunglasses: Thrifted

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Don’t forget to enter the EShakti giveaway for a $25 gift cards* for TWO lucky readers**. Giveaway goes until Tuesday, August 12th at 12AM PST
Click HERE for the rafflecopter page! – You will automatically get $25 just for entering!

*Note: Unlike a gift coupon, a gift card is as good as cash. It can be used over and above any other promotional offer / gift coupon in the same order
**Giveaway is only for U.S. and Canada residents only. 

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