If You Like it, then You Should Have Put a Sweater On It…

Sweaters have basically been my uniform the past couple of weeks. Sweaters over blouses, sweaters over plaid shirts, sweaters over dresses, etc. The comfiness and warmth that it brings to your outfit as you brave the outdoors this winter season  is the cherry on top. 🙂 So if you have that collared shirt or summer dress that you can’t bear to keep hidden in your closet, go ahead and put a sweater on it.

** Don’t forget to enter the Ora Delphine giveaway for your chance to win an amazing clutch {value $175}! 
Click HERE for the Rafflecopter page. ENDS FRIDAY.

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And here’s another shout out to Kay and Kompany for another great pair of earrings. Can’t get enough of them!

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Dress: Gifted – Similar // Sweater: Urban Outfitters – Similar // Hat: Cotton On via Crossroads // Rings: Nepal // Purse: Bijou Rowan Tote {now $100 off!} c/o Ora Delphine // Earrings: c/o Kay and Kompany

So I just realized that SWA has been around for over a year and I missed my chance for a “Blog’s First Birthday” post. Sorry blog, I didn’t mean to forget. 

But I want to thank YOU, for taking the time to reading, following, and encouraging. Cheers to many more years together! 🙂

Here’s a snapshot of my first post and my attempt today to recreate it.
{Apparently, I was a better jumper back then. :P}

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Storm’s Brewing

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the West Coast is experiencing some heavy downpour at the moment. As a teacher at an outdoor school, let me just say, it was quite an experience. Whelps, good thing I snapped some pictures before the storm hit!

This winter for me has been all about the mixing of textures and patterns and experimenting with different patterns. Who knew that tweed and dark florals mesh well together?

So here’s the challenge for you…take a look in your closet and mix and match 2 items that you have never put together before. It may surprise you. 🙂

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And if you’re in need this holiday season for some stocking stuffers or gifts for yourself 😉 , check out some of Kay and Kompany’s new products! These statement earrings (sold out – similar) I’m wearing are perfect for your next holiday party. However, just a caution, they are a tad bit heavy.

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Jacket: Gap – Similar Favorite // Trousers: Anthropologie – Similar Favorite {sale} // Earrings: c/o Kay and Kompany // Shoes: DSW // Purse: Juicy Couture via Crossroads Trading

Don’t forget about the Ora Delphine Giveaway! It’s going until Dec. 19th!

Click HERE for the Rafflecopter page to enter for your chance to win an amazing clutch {value $175}!

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Hues of Gray

 Happy week before Thanksgiving! Gosh, time definitely does fly. I can already feel the pressure of the holiday rush breathing down my neck. Yikes! Well, it’s nothing that some deep breaths and pumpkin pie can’t cure! 🙂

Anywho, I’m continuing with my semi-monochrome theme again today by sticking with the different hues of gray.

Tip: If you keep all the colors in the same relative family, you can mix all the colors you want! 

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Coat: Anthropologie – Similar shape // Chambray: J. Crew // Pants: Gap // Purse: Adele Satchel c/o Ora Delphine // Watch: Michele

 

I’ve realized that I haven’t been updating a lot about life outside of my outfits, and so here’s the scoop.

1. Still teaching math and super busy, but loving it.

2. Went zip lining for the first time.

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3. Realized that I miss living 5 minutes from the beach.

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4. I’m mentally training for the 8k that I’m running in December. (Key word: mentally)

5. Obsessed with the movie Big Hero 6.

6. Bible Verse that I’m currently meditating on: “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” – Mark 8:35-36

Thanks for reading and have a blessed rest of your day! 🙂

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Backwards

Yes, it was one of those days where you come home after a 13 hour work day and realize that your shirt was on backwards. Need I say more? 🙂

Because it’s such a busy season, my outfit go-to’s are neutrals, classic cuts, and timeless accessories. My blouse from StitchFix has been such a great throw-it-on-but-still-turn-heads shirt as well as my classic pencil skirt from Talbots. And let’s not forget about the timeless Ora Delphine bag that I cannot go anywhere without! I can’t stress enough how classic pieces will save your wardrobe. No seriously.

*Tip: Spice up a neutral color palette by mixing prints!

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Skirt: Talbots – Similar  // Top: via StitchFix (last seen here) // Wedges: Talbots – Similar // Purse: c/o Ora Delphine // Necklace: Anthropologie – Similar

Have a fantabulous week! 🙂

xoxo

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Blazers and Braids

Hi beautiful readers. I just wanted to start by saying that I am so grateful that you have come back to read my babbles and little snippets of my life, fashion tips, and rambles. You have no idea how heart warming and humbling it is to know that someone outside of my mom, grandma, and curious students is scrolling through. 🙂

I’ve had to reduce down to one post a week due to the stresses of a newbie teacher and so I apologize. Hopefully as the school year progresses and I get a better handle on things, I can invest more time in this blog. But as for now, just look forward to having a weekly dose of SWA. 🙂

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So last Saturday, I set aside a couple of hours to not work or have plans which is so hard for me to do! A teacher’s TO-DO list is never-ending, but I’ve realized that in order to keep my sanity, I need to purposely set aside time to not work and not have a plan.

No work, no plans, so what does this girl do? She finally learns how to Fish-tail braid her hair! After many years of envying those girls who always seemed to have the perfect braids, I’ve finally learned. How did I do? 🙂

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Blazer: Anthropologie – Similar {sale!} // Tee: “Make a Difference Today” c/o She Does Justice // Pants: Gap – Similar // Shoes: Talbots – Similar // Necklace: Talbots – Similar

Until next time…

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Cloudy with a chance of KompanyKay

            I’m sad to say that I broke my “no shopping” New Years’ Resolution yesterday. But please, hold the disappointment and hear me out. 🙂

This week is spirit week and yesterday was Tie Dye Day and to my dismay, I realized that I did not own a single tie dye item and had absolutely no time to make my own. But I was not going to let this ruin my spirited streak, hence I had to succumb to the pressure and head over to the all-purpose Target.

I don’t mind the sacrifice. All for the sake of the children, right? 🙂

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It is my pleasure to introduce you to a new jewelry boutique named Kompany Kay.  Kompany Kay offers affordable and trendy jewelry pieces necessary for the every day girl. 🙂 Go take a look for yourself!  (And there will be a giveaway coming up shortly for one of Kompany Kay’s pieces! )

I am wearing the Pink Fleur-De-Lis Elastic Bracelet  (shown above) as well as the Rustic Diamond Earrings (seen below).

 

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Skirt
Wearing: Anthropologie
My Picks: LuLu*s $40 // Mod Cloth $45 // Anthropologie $128

Top
Wearing: Target $15

Denim Jacket
Wearing: Thrifted from my Aunt’s closet 😛

Booties
Wearing: Anthropologie
My Picks: Zappos $40 // Madewell $228

Jewelry
Earrings // Bracelet
c/o Kompany Kay

 

 Have a wonderful Thursday! 🙂

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Reminder: Ora Delphine Giveaway!

Only 11 HOURS left to enter the giveaway for your chance to win the Maddi Mini Wristlet from Ora Delphine! Their handbags are made with quality leather and their unique but classic designs will will make you want to showcase it with any and every outfit! (As you can see from my posts 🙂

Click HERE to go to the Rafflecopter Page.