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! ūüôā
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Skirt: Thrifted via Crossroads РSimilar  // Top: Free People via Buffalo Exchanged РSimilar {on sale!} // Scarf: Madewell Рfavorite! // Belt: Anthropologie РSimilar // 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 ūüėõ .¬†

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Dress: Anthropologie РSimilar // 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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Thanks so much for stopping by! ūüôā

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 ūüėõ

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

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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. ūüôā

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? ūüôā¬†

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… ūüėČ

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

 

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
Click¬†HERE¬†for the rafflecopter page! ‚ÄstYou 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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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 РSimilar $30 // Shorts: Gap РSimilar $58 // Top:  Banana Republic РSimilar $60 // Purse: Abaco Paris // Cuff:  Crystal Hexagon Cuff from INPINK ($18) // Watch: Michele // Shoes: DSW РSimilar // Ring: Double Druzy Ring {$35} c/o Wrenn Jewelry // Necklace: Anthropologie РSimilar $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! ‚ÄstYou 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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How to: Bring Back the Bright Colored Denim

Back in 2012, I caught myself red handed in following the trend when I bought this pair of bright colored jeans. I really couldn’t help myself, but now what do I do¬†with them now that the trend has come and gone? I dug this pair of bittersweet¬†(yes it is a color) colored¬†denim out from the bottom of the drawer and was so close to throwing it into the Good Will pile, but then I accepted the challenge of creating a 2014 look with these 2012¬†pants.

¬†087 095I decided to tone down the bright and warm orange-pink color with the cool pastel blue and the dark purple. My tip is to contrast bright pants with neutral and/or cool colors. Then add a neutral statement necklace and black shoes, and you’ve got yourself an #ootd that saved you a went-with-the-crowd guilt trip.098

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Jeans:¬†Gap-¬†¬†Similar $38 // ¬†Blouse:¬†Anthropologie – Similar //¬†Purse:¬†Adele Satchel in Purple¬†c/o Ora Delphine //¬†Ring:¬†¬†Double Druzy Ring¬†{$35} c/o Wrenn Jewelry¬†//¬†Cuff:¬†¬†Crystal Hexagon Cuff¬†from INPINK ($18)¬†//¬†Sandals:¬†Talbots –¬†Similar

Happy Monday!

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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! ‚ÄstYou 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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{OTH} On the Hunt: Overalls

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been seeing these denim onesie wonders all over the place! After seeing them wonderfully styled on multiple blogs, I’ve been on the hunt to find myself a good pair. Do I want to spend a lot of money on overalls? No. I’ve mainly been looking at thrift stores and consignment stores for a good worn in pair, but have had no luck thus far. Maybe I’ll have to give in and buy it new…

Here are the ones that I have my eye on. And because you know I’m not much of a big spender, these are all under $80 (except for #4 — I couldn’t resist the scallop trim!) !

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1. Abercrombie & Fitch sale! $69
2. Top Shop $76
3. BlankNYC sale! $51.30
4. ASOS sale! $123.85
5. Tilly’s¬†sale! $21.97
6. American Eagle sale! $24.99 (with the 50% off on ALL SALE and FREE shipping!)

So, I saw that #6 was only on sale and my shopaholic syndrome surfaced and I impulsively made the purchase. Hey, free shipping, under $30, easily returnable….might as well right?

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Now for some overall inspiration…

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The Fancy Pants Report

Simple white tee

Sincerely Jules

Stripes

A House in the Hills

For the winter

from Pennies & Recreation

Oh, did any of you think of One Tree Hill when you read the title of this post? ūüôā

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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! ‚ÄstYou 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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eShakti Review and GIVEAWAY!

Happy first day of the week! Yes, I think I’m a little too cheerful for a Monday, but it’s the last week of summer school! I’m looking forward to my week off doing nothing but planning for this next school year. I know, not much of a summer break. But honestly, I’m excited for my second year teaching at the high school level.

This year is going to be full of fun and excitement! I am…
1. Finishing up BTSA this year
2. The freshmen class advisor
3. Club advisor for 2 clubs

**If you are a fellow teacher, any advice for the newbie? ūüôā

OK, enough about me and let’s take a look at this outfit.

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I am currently obsessed with the brand eShakti¬†right now. I mean, what store let’s you customize your purchase to your liking? Depending on the design, you can decide on a variety of sleeve type, the length, and the neckline.

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How awesome is that? With this particular top I decided to go for the cap sleeve¬†(work appropriate but still flattering to the arms) and kept the length right at my hips (balances my proportions). I’m sad to say that this top is not available anymore on their site, but they have a multitude of other great designs that I am positive you are going to love! Check out their New Arrivals¬†and keep scrolling for a Giveaway!

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Top: c/o eShakti¬†{sold out} // Jeans: Gap¬†{on sale for $28!} // Shoes: Talbots¬†{sale for $50!}¬†// Necklace: Talbots – Similar¬†{use code SAACODE20 for 20% off entire order!}¬†// Bracelet: J. Crew // Cuff: ¬†Crystal Hexagon Cuff¬†from INPINK ($18) // Ring: Double Druzy Ring¬†{$35} c/o Wrenn Jewelry // Clutch¬†H&M¬†{sold out} –¬†Similar

GIVEAWAY TIME!

EShakti was generous enough to offer TWO $25 gift cards* to two lucky readers**. Giveaway starts NOW and goes until Tuesday, August 12th at 12AM PST
Click HERE¬†for the rafflecopter page! — You will automatically get $25 just for entering!

Good luck!

*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. 

***This post was sponsored by eShakti. All opinions are my  own.

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{FF} What Are You Worth?

You’ve made some tough mistakes in the past.¬†Are you worth loving?¬†You’ve lost your job.¬†Does that lower your value?¬†You aren’t the most popular blogger.¬†Does that mean you don’t matter?

We all have aspects of our lives that we base our worth and value in — success, money, popularity, beauty, athleticism, health, gifts and talents, etc. What happens when those things are gone? It is inevitable that you grow old and lose your “beauty”, it is inevitable that you eventually lose your ability to¬†work, so¬†does that mean it is inevitable that you become worthless?¬†

I’ve been reading the book “Searching for Significance”¬†and it has made me more aware of some of the destructive thoughts that creep into my head. You really don’t realize how much damaging self-talk you do to yourself until you stop and think about it. I find myself constantly comparing myself to others in my appearance, my abilities, and my success — making my value dependent on my actions and the opinion of others. With that mentality, I continue to eagerly strive for perfection and acceptance while fearing the times of public failure and essentially the loss of my self-worth and significance.¬†

What I feel like I have forgotten, as do most people, is the fact that our worth is not in what we do or in what we look like.
“But the¬†Lord¬†said to Samuel, ‚ÄúDo not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The¬†Lord¬†does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance,¬†but the¬†Lord¬†looks at the heart.‚ÄĚ – 1 Samuel 16:7

If it was so, again just like what I said previously, we are doomed then to become worthless. So then how can we prevent this from happening? What then can we say our identity lies in that is sustaining and healthy?

The only way we we never lose value is if our identity lies in Jesus Christ. 

Romans 8:38-39 says¬†For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,¬†neither the present nor the future,nor any powers,¬†neither height nor depth,¬†nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God¬†that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We forget that we are loved unconditionally. We forget that Christ paid our price in death. We forget that He is calling us to live in Him and have an identity in Him that is complete.

Let us not forget. 

For he¬†chose¬†us¬†in him before the creation of the world¬†to be holy and blameless¬†in his sight. In¬†love¬†he¬†predestined¬†us for¬†adoption to sonship¬†through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure¬†and will‚ÄĒ¬†to the praise of his glorious grace,¬†which he has freely given us in the One he loves.¬†In him we have¬†redemption¬†through his blood,¬†the¬†forgiveness¬†of sins, in accordance with the riches¬†of God‚Äôs grace” – Ephesians 1:4-7

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Have a blessed weekend!  

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