The “Oh, so Pretty” Midi

Wow, a 2 week break ended up being a 12 week hiatus from blogging. My apologies to all of you readers for my absence. Life sometimes just consumes you, you know? The past couple of months in just a few phrases — late nights at school, no shopping resolution, a bomb threat at school, and pumping iron. I won’t bore you with the details.

Anyways, for the first outfit back, I give you a look into this spring/summer trend of midi skirts. Sentimental reasons aside, this skirt literally needs to hop into your closet right now. The lively bright color, the feminine shape, and the way the fabric just makes you feel like you’re the amazing Julie Andrews frolicking in the hills. I mean, don’t you tell me you’ve never wanted to run around and break out into song…okay, okay, maybe I’ll have to stand alone on that one.

Why I like Midi Skirts:

Multi – seasonal 
Multi – occasional
Multi – generational

‘Nuff said.

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Skirt: Anthropologie // Top: c/o Roe Blvd. // Shoes: Gift – Love these // Sunglasses: Sunglasses stand in SF  Belt: Anthropologie – Similar (Sale!)

And because I don’t mind sharing my dorky self with you all…..

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Winter Crops – and GIVEAWAY

 Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but the weekend could not come any sooner! You would think that towards the end of the semester my teacher list of things to do would start to dwindle, but sadly no. It’s going to be a sprint to the finish line…well, I guess the half way mark.

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Remember that crop top you bought during the summer? Well don’t put it away just yet! You can layer it up for the winter. I paired this silk crop top from Anthropologie over a sleeveless button down from Talbots. The key thing about layering is the fabric. I chose to mix similar loose and soft fabrics together to keep the romantic-esque feel , but then added a structured blazer to keep it professional at work. Lo and behold, I wasn’t mistaken for a student today. I call that a successful outfit. 

15737624040_bc4e68fff4_oOh and how can I forget my new favorite bag from Ora Delphine? The Bijou Rowan Tote is $100 off RIGHT NOW. Don’t waste another second! The quality leather exterior and impeccable details make this the perfect accessory to any outfit! The side accent zippers adds a little funky twist to the classic style as well as a great contrast gold color.

Note: The Bijou Rowan Tote is also available in other colors!

Keep scrolling for the giveaway!

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And now for the GIVEAWAY!

Ora Delphine was kind enough to give away a Mia Wristlet in Emerald Cheetah Calf Hair to one of SWA’s lucky readers!

This giveaway is from now until Friday, December 19th!

Click HERE for the Rafflecopter page!

Good luck!

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Winter Love

Am I excited for four days away from the kiddos? Heck yes (despite the piles of papers I need to grade)! Anyways, the weather in the Bay Area has gotten quite crisp the last couple of weeks hence all the outfits with all my coats. Winter is definitely here! But for all you folks who can’t bear to put away your skirts and dresses….just get some high boots and a heavy coat and call it a day!

Stay warm and may you be filled with blessings, thanksgiving, family, and pumpkin pie this weekend!

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto Him with Psalms. For the Lord is a great God…” Psalms 95: 2-3

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15510971380_95cec95fdf_oCoat: Anthropologie – Similar // Top: Anthropologie // Skirt: Talbots – Similar // Boots: Loeffler Randal via Crossroads // Necklace: Anthropologie – Love this one! (use code SAACODE20 for 20% off your purchase!)  // Watch: Michele

Happy Thanksgiving! ❤

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How To: Get Your Curl On via KISS InstaWave

A lot of people have been asking me about how I get my curls, well today’s the day where I’m going to show you! Getting perfect curls is very simple to do when you have the right tools. Currently I am using the KISS InstaWave which is a fully automatic tangle-free hair curler that creates long lasting curls with ease! No need to be a professional!

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Tools:
KISS InstaWave
Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder
TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protectant Spray
TRESemme Tres TWO Extra Hold Spray

Go get your curl on! 🙂

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Monochrome – Camel

 

Ok, so technically this may not be considered monochrome but I would say the colors are all in the same family right? Here’s my tip on how to do the monochrome look: just stay in the same family of hues. Is it just me, or is the color camel in? Eh, whether it’s in or out, you can’t deny that it screams fall.

>> On another note, I was recently asked by Marin to do an interview for her blog QwertyGirl for the month of November. It was super fun getting a little more personal and behind the scenes about my blog. Do check it out! <<

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Y14_7058Pants: Gap // Coat: Anthropologie – Similar // Shoes: DSW // Sweater: J. Crew Factory // Necklace: Anthropologie // Watch: Michele

Thanks for stopping by! And for all you teachers and students out there….

9 more school days till Thanksgiving Break! 🙂

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Fitness Week! – #Bodenonthego

Welcome to Fitness Week on SWA! Since the holidays are coming up, temptations are sure to arise as pumpkin spiced baked goods pop up at every corner and those numerous, as well as enormous, family feasts that you just can’t seem to control yourself at. Yes, so what’s my plan? A pre-holiday work out! I feel like it’s harder to have a post-holiday work out because you’re already lethargic and suffering from a food coma, so why not start early, kick in those good habits, and not worry about gaining those holiday pounds?

So this week I have a couple of posts lined up revolving around the three F’s of fitness: Fashion, Food, and Fundamentals

Today is all about the Fitness Fashion . Boden Clothing has just recently launched a new activewear line that is not only functional, but stylish beyond measure! The fabric is breathable, flexible, comfortable, and basically any other -ible you can come up with! I was especially surprised by the bottoms because it felt like a second skin but was not see-through at all and even included a secret back pocket for a key! Make sure you hurry on over to their site and use the code YOGA to get 15% off your purchase! Research and statistics actually shows that your wardrobe makes a difference in your psychological behavior.

Good activewear = Higher tendency to work out = Healthy Lifestyle

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The Run Faster Sweatshirt / Yoga Drawcord Top / Run Faster Leggings
c/o of Boden << Click to see more! 

*All opinions and feedback are my own. 

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to come back for more during Fitness Week! 🙂

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Florals for Fall – Inspired by Glamour

I was flipping through the most recent Glamour issue and my thumb instantly stopped at the page full of florals. Yes, when fall comes we get excited about the coats, autumn colors, and wool fabrics, but what about our good friend Floral? Glamour’s got it right when they didn’t say goodbye to florals this fall season.

I decided to try out their suggestion by pairing dark florals with chambray. I have to say that this combo is definitely budding my interest in keeping my florals around this season.

What do you think?

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Blazer: Boutique – My favorites – ONE {sale!} – TWOTHREE  // Skirt: Anthropologie // Chambray: Madewell // Shoes: Talbots // Bracelets: J. Crew // Ring: c/o Wrenn Jewelry // Watch: Michele

Thank you for reading!

And thank you Glamour for the inspiration! 🙂

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If you haven’t already, check out the $300 Kate Spade Giveaway

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