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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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? 🙂

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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Classy with a Splash of Blue

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend that prepared you for another week!

At the age of 24, sometimes I feel as though I need to dress a little more professional to reflect my age and to compensate for my high-school-looking face. So here it is folks. 🙂 Funny story about this outfit…I went to do some errands with my mom and she needed to return something at Talbots so we went. I told her that I would wait in the car because I didn’t want to be tempted into spending more money. She says, “Oh we’re only going to go into ONE store, and it’s Talbots! Not really your store.” So thinking that my wallet was safe, I decided to go in with her. Sure enough, just like Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic, the racks were calling my name and yes, I came out with a full outfit. 

Justifiably though, I do need to look more professional at work because who wants to show up to school with the same outfit as your student? (Which has happened by the way). 

**By the way, I really do like Talbots. I usually am able to find a handful of pieces that work with my style and the quality of their clothes are quite decent. I am especially fond of their jewelry and shoes. 

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I also walked out of Talbots with a pair of really cute wedges, but it was a grey tone. Since this outfit was pretty neutral, I wanted to make it a little fun with a pop of color so I opted with my favorite bright blue heels from J. Crew. 

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Top: Talbots {sold out online} – Similar // Skirt: Talbots {sold out online} – Similar // Shoes: J. Crew – Similar // Purse: Vintage Coach // Bracelets: J. Crew – Similar // Earrings: Crystal Petal Studs c/o Trendy Trinkets // Rings: Vintage // Necklace: Talbots – Similar

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Lesson learned – Stay in the car. 😛

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Yellow Blues

I don’t know about you, but dressing up for work in the summer is such a pain in the butt. I’ve been getting lazier and lazier in dressing professional for my summer gig. Seriously though, yesterday I came in jeans and a top that made me look even more like a high school student. I was overwhelmed by dissatisfaction about my style choices yesterday, so I decided to step it up a slight notch today — wrinkly pencil skirt and wrinkly button up top.

Hopefully my shoes will be the forgiving factor.

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 Shirt
Wearing: Thrifted Old Navy – Similar

Skirt
Wearing: J. Crew Factory – $37.50

Shoes
Wearing: J. Crew – Similar

Necklace / Ring / Bracelet / Watch
Wearing: Trendy Trinket / Rings & Tings / J. Crew / Michele

Oh, and if you haven’t checked out my Shop yet, do it! 🙂

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Crop Top Wanna Be

I found this great polka-dot top at Crossroads and thought to myself “Let’s be a little daring and maybe, just maybe, wear it with shorts for a cute mid-drift-showing summer look.” Yea, I think my conservative self died for a second and was resurrected the moment I took it out of my closet to wear the next day. But no problem, good thing I had a high waisted skirt to pair it up with. Purchase saved.

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Top // Shoes
Wearing: Thrifted from Crossroads
My Picks: Shirt found @ Nordstrom! $36 // ALDO $90

Skirt
Wearing: Anthropologie
My Picks: Anthropologie $40 {sale!} // ModCloth $60 or THIS one for $50

 Flower Ring // Bow Ring // Bracelet // Necklace
Wearing: Vintage // Rings and Tings // J. Crew – Similar  // Garage Sale

Purse
Wearing: Vintage Coach

Watch
Wearing: Michele

Happy Thursday and keep me in your prayers seeing that tomorrow I am hiking Half Dome!

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Mix & Match Fashion
And I know I haven’t really been keeping up with TST….this week is Florals. I had polka dots. Close enough. 😛

Camels and Stripes

Three things that I learned from this outfit:

1) If you need to wash your hair but don’t want to lose the waves that you worked so hard for the night before…Dry Shampoo (try this!)
2) Be careful about what shorts you wear when you go mattress shopping if you get my drift.
3) This might be the first time that I’ve mixed prints. I’m kind of liking it!

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 Top
Wearing: random shop in Nepal
My Picks: Chicwish $42// Anthropologie $158

Shorts
Wearing: J. Crew Factory
My Picks:  Old Navy $24 // J. Crew Factory $54.50 $29.50 using code BIGSALE // ASOS $60

Shoes
Yulia c/o Born Footwear

Rings
 Crystal Bow // Chain Link
c/o Rings and Tings

Bracelets
Gold – J. Crew – Similar  // Pink – Henri Bendel c/o Shop Hers

Satchel
Adele Satchel c/o Ora Delphine

Earrings
 Colorful Petals c/o Trendy Trinkets

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Go Get ‘Em Denim

Hello there! Thanks so much for everyone’s vacation good wishes! I did have a wonderful and restful vacation, so much so that I feel excited about this work filled summer! I won’t bore you with the details, but just know that if you are feeling close to burning out, take a week off, follow these guidelines, and you will come back with no more dark circles, a straighter back, and a recharged battery


Any-who, it’s outfit time. I’ve always wanted to try the all denim look so here it goes!

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Dress
Wearing: Gifted
Similar: Forever 21 $25 // ASOS $66  // Anthropologie $128

Jacket
Wearing: Hand-me Down
Similar: Gap $70 //  Nordstrom $75 // J. Crew $150

Shoes
Wearing: J. Crew $98 {different colors}

Bag
Wearing: Free People
Similar: DSW $40 // Fossil $63 // Marc by Marc Jacobs $138

Necklace
Wearing: Talbots
Similar: Izaro $17 // Charming Charlie $18 // Francesca’s $20

Bracelet
Wearing: J. Crew Factory $20

So here are my tips on pulling off a denim on denim look..

DENIM ON DENIM if you dare

1. Different Shades of Denim 
Make sure that your denim pieces are of a different shade BUT ALSO that the shades mesh well together. 

2. Different Denim Weight
Make sure that your denim pieces vary in fabric weight to balance the look as well as keeping it interesting!

3. Simple Accessories
All denim will already turn heads, so play down the accessories and keep it simple!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday!

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