Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring in Sedona...

As I sit here writing this post, I have been 12 hours in my classroom. I happen to love my classroom and all that goes on, but this is my way of telling you I AM STILL ALIVE!  I miss blogging so much and I think about posts and things to tell you all the time, but I just haven't been able to manage.  Anyway, I want to share a few pics of what we've been up to, in case anyone still reads my little old blog.  I have not abandoned it, but sometimes you have to live life rather than just blog about it.  I hope to be able to do both soon.  

We spent Spring Break in Sedona working but it was all good,  I mean hello! We live in Paradise.
The boys love their lives here in the Red Rocks and Red Dirt.
Still keeping our Cali vibe wherever we go!  Bryce and Newman are having the times of their lives!
 And as for little old me, I am just living one day at a time feeling forever grateful for all the twists and turns in life.  Not to mention all the amazing places Bryce, the boys and I have explored in 7 years since starting this blog!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Mani Monday : I Red a Good Book

My inner third-grader always gets excited about holiday's like Valentine's Day. I know a lot of people pooh pooh it, but I love it. I have decorated my classroom with little hearts and have even tailored my IB curriculum in school to focus on Social Relations, more specifically love and friendship. 

 For my Frenchies "L'amour et l'amitiĆ©". On Friday I am having my French 3 kiddos come over for some chocolate fondue to celebrate the big day.
Of course, you have to start the week with a good mani.  
I found a super juicy red in Wet n Wild's line.  

I am usually an Essie Fan but this color  spoke to me and it also has an AMAZING application brush.  That's not to say that I didn't paint my cuticles and make a mess like a normally do, BUT 
the mess was a little less!

I Red a Good Book by Wet N Wild is my pick of the week.  
What about you?  
Are you more reds or pinks for Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sheer Brilliance...

I don't know what it is about February, but it seems like everybody is in a February Funk.  Maybe because the holidays are over and left us with extra lbs, or because the Superbowl is over and Spring seems oh soooooo far away.  I can't complain about my weather but I am longing for Spring Break. 
One way I am perking up my funk is by adding a little ruffle with mark's Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt and mark's Clear Choice Necklace.

Nothing like a little bling to bring you out of your funk.  It's unexpected to throw something super glam over a casual piece like a sweatshirt.  For my job as a profesora, I have to keep it casual. Especially as I commute through these Sedona rocky trails and paths.
The ruffle on the sweatshirt gives a feminine nod but it's still a very comfortable piece to dress up of dress down.  I went with some camo leggings because I wanted a contrast and also it's Monday people and comfort is a must!

As you can see, our weather is just ridiculously amazing today, even if the Groundhog claims there will be six more weeks of winter.
Lastly, I can't leave the house without a few little bracelets.  
Enamel bangles are always a nice pop of color.
How do you get out of your February Funk?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Comfy Casuals...

This is my first full week back in school and Monday is my longest day so it called for comfortable yet classy attire.  As you know, I work at an international boarding school in Sedona, so my wardrobe can me more casual than most.  Nevertheless, no need to look like a hobo, right?  Today's inspiration came from this ASOS look above.  I love drapey pieces like the cape.

Another must have for me is shoes with traction.  As a Californian, my Vans are my go-to shoe but here in Sedona, especially on muddy and rainy days, you need a little something more.  I just got a pair of Sorel Tivoli 2 in Peatmoss and I am in love. 
I must run to class, but do let me know:
How do you style comfy casual?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Chain of command and a little icy oasis...

Happy Holiday Week!  
I tried to squeeze in a little holiday mani with Essie's Find me an Oasis and an accent nail with Chanel's Graphite.  Of course by the time it was all said and done, I managed to get a little chip on my index finger but oh well.  I was really loving the icey blue on Find me an Oasis.  
You might recall this color from earlier in the season when it was part of the 2014 resort collection.  But 2014 isn't over quite yet, and this color is pretty wintery if you ask me.  

I have been sparkling in the desert sun with the mark. chain of command sweater, since it arrived.
Are you ready for all the holiday fun this week?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beach by Bobbi Brown...

RED ALERT!!!  Beach Lovers everywhere!! 
You have to take advantage of this Mega-deal:
This fragrance will immediately transport you to sunny warm days at the beach.  I Love it!!!
It is often out at department store because it is sooooo awesome.  
Trust me when I tell you, that you will regret missing out on this deal.
With the cold winter months coming ahead, the scent will cure your winter blues.
If you are a Bobbi Brown lover, you can also take advantage of her
 20% off sitewide sale, but it ends today so hurry!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beyond Cozy...

This time of year, I am all about being comfortable and cozy.  Which is why I am digging drapey tops, capes and ponchos.  To keep it classy, make sure your bottoms are fitted.
I also go from wearing blacks and greys to whites and nudes.  If you are on the west coast, you can probably get away with a leggy look like the one above, but either way just grab similar colors to create the same feel.
The first week of December I wore red nails to celebrate the start of the season then I did dark green but this week I am feeling the glitter.  I think I will do either a white or pale peachy color with a little accent nail or a little bit of Essie's Beyond Cozy on each nail.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunset Sparkle...

If you've ever been to Sedona, you know that the sunsets and sunrises are just AMAZING here.  I take pictures everyday and my pictures don't even begin to capture what I see.
When I came across this job and saw that it was in Arizona, I was not too excited but I am so glad I visited because Northern Arizona is just gorgeous.  Not to bad mouth Phoenix or anything but I wanted to live somewhere beautiful and the thought of another apartment, freeway filled life was not alluring,
The boys love to go on walks period, but here in the desert they demand even more walks.  I don't mind taking them, it's only when I hear the pack of coyotes in the distance that I worry.  As the sun sets is when you often will hear them howling.   It is beautiful but creepy.  Norm is soooooooo friendly that I worry about him trying to befriend them so he is usually on leash.
We've had a beautiful fall and with the temps starting to dip, I've started to pull out my sweaters.   I picked this Marled sweater coat from  mark. (Avon's boutique brand).  The lenght is perfect and I also can throw it on and glam up the most basic look.  
Just because I live in the desert doesn't mean I can't glam it up a bit.  
In fact, I consider it my duty.
With subtle sequins,  it's perfect for the holidays right?  
The first time I wore this sweater, I colleague called out to me from afar 
"Laura you are sparkling!!!"  
And that's how I knew this sweater was perfect.
This time of year calls for sparkle, glitter and fun.
I was a little worried about the chain detail but it's not too heavy and adds a little something extra! :)
What have you been up to?  
Have you added a new piece to your wardrobe?

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