Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Silver slides...

Happy Wednesday! 
As much as i would like to kick off my shoes and relax, I can't.  First of all I have finals to grade and secondly :  these silver slides are my new favorite shoes and I don't want to kick them off!
When Alicia from Word of Alicia sent me these I was not sure I would love them.  But I thought they would be perfectly ok, to slip on and tear up here on the Sedona red dirt and rocks.
I am so impressed with the quality.  They are AVON people!  And currently on sale for 19.99 at Alicia's shop. I almost want to buy another pair to have on stand by because they are that well made.  
I have the real "birks" and you've seen me wear them here on the blog but these puppies are just as comfy.  You have to check them out.  In the meantime I want to share some silver birk inspired looks to help you start your silver slide obsession.

From One little momma
From : Creativelylu

From: All the shoes fit
From Quarter Life Closet 

You probably are not surprised by my picks because I love me some neutrals.  If you were to peek into my closet you would find a lot of olive green and white.  Those are my favorite colors to wear, especially during the summer.  But really, the whole year.  It's all about styling it for the season.  
So are you in or out with these looks?
Which one is your favorite?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stars and Stripes Part Deux...

Most of us have this day off but here in Sedona it is finals weeks.
My little chéris  y queridos estudiantes are taking their exams today.  
Final Exams on Memorial Day does not mean we can't have a little patriotic nod in our look, right?
 I am going for a comfy and relaxed look with the Winnie and Kat Nautical Maxi.

I love this skirt because you can slip it on and go.  No fuss!  That's what I am loving about these capsule pieces.  As I've gotten older I  have learned that less is more.  You want to be able to mix and match and have everything easily fall into place.
Can you believe this maxi also doubles as a dress?  I can't wait to wear it during my upcoming vacay.
Another thing I am absoluteling LOVING about Winnie and Kat is that all of the clothing is ethically MADE IN THE USA!
Hope you have a great day and don't forget to honor and remember the fallen.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stars and Stripes...

 Wearing Stars and Stripes is not just for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.  Americana is always fun to wear but especialy in the summer.  Last summer I wore my flag scarf everywhere, especially because of the World Cup.  I mean, I had to represent!  This is the perfect weekend to start sporting your own version of Red, White and Blue. 

As you can see, all the cool kids are wearing them too.  
Just saying... :)

My pick is the Winnie and Kat Racer Tank above, which of course you can get at my shop.
This weekend you can get it for 25% off, in fact EVERYTHING is 25% off at Winnie and Kat.  
Plus orders over $100 get FREE SHIPPING.  So, hey start shopping, get your Flag look on, and at the same time support your local blogger/teacher/traveler. 
And by the way:
All W&K clothing is proudly and ethically made in the USA!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Packing for Summer Phase 1...

In 15 days B and I will be taking off to live on an island for one month.  Which island?  
Stay tuned my friends!  
I started Phase 1 of my packing and realized I have some cute pieces but I need some neutrals to balance this all out.  Loving my striped tanks and hopefully my board shorts will do the trick.  I have to be super minimalist on this trip because we don't want to pay crazy fees for extra luggage.  Don't know about you but each time I travel, I end up wearing the same few pieces over and over again so I am trying to remember that as I pack.  I think I will be living in my swimsuit so I am taking 2.  
What do you think? Will that do? 
As you might gather, we are going somewhere tropical so the majority of my supplies are things like insect repellant, flashlights, and water filters and some other first aid type of supplies.  It is not a mission trip but this area is part of a developing nation so there's no running to your local Walgreens or Walmart if you need some Pepto or something.
We also won't have WIFI so I am packing these books.  Do you have any other fun suggestions?
Our goal is to carry on most of our stuff, except for the liquids like all of our sunscreen, shampoo and dive fins.  Although, B wants to sneak the fins in as carry on.  How can you "sneak" fins onto a plane you ask, I have no idea!
What are your must haves when you travel?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Harem in the Desert

No, not that kind of harem! I'm talking harem pants.  Yes, those "controversial" pants.  You might have been wary of them before but trust me there is no need to avoid them any longer.  First of all, not all harem pants are alike and this pair from Winnie & Kat are just right. 
Another meaning for harem is literally "something forbidden or kept safe."
When I received my  Winnie & Kat Harem pants,  I knew they should not be forbidden and they definitely should be kept safe.  These are the softest most comfiest pants I have worn in a long time. 
They are perfect for my life in Sedona.  Casual enough but can easily be dressed up.  I added a pop of color today but I would love to wear them with a white camp shirt.
As you know, my style in Sedona is wanderlust desert chic.  Although I could see these pants dressed up with heels, I dressed mine down with silver sandals.  
There's no way I am walking around Sedona in heels.
 How would you wear these pants, heels, sneakers or sandals?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hello Winnie & Kat!

Every time I watch an episode of Shark Tank, I ask myself, what can I do?  One of the things I know is that i love fashion and I am a social person, maybe more of a social media kind of person but still!!  As a teacher, I research everything that I want to get into and that is how I found Winnie & Kat!  Winnie & Kat is a Malibu, California based company offering moderately priced fashion to women in every nook-and-cranny of the country.  A company based out of the 'bu?  Yes, please!
Then I talked to Diane Prince, the founder of the company and also a former French teacher and things started to fall into place for me.  
I had found my new venture!
Now take a look at these outfits!  As I was researching Winnie & Kat and going through endless blogger rabbit holes, I found blogger J's everyday fashion, sharing her  Winnie & Kat looks.  Aren't they darling?  The biggest draw for me is that I would legitimately wear all of these pieces.  I might switch out the heels for a comfier shoe because I do live in Sedona.   I have to navigate, through rocks, cacti and other non-paved areas but I know I can rock these looks.  They are casual yet put together. 
I am obsessed with this look and this wrap.  
It is perfect for travel and as you know B and I are often on the road. 
So this is my big news for today, If you want to check out more Winnie & Kat, check out my website and/or my Pinterest board.  
Normal sealaura programming will of course continue, but I just will look a lot cuter in my pics!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Are you there? over...

This has been the longest I have ever gone without blogging and not for a lack of inspiration.  In case you are out of the loop about mi vida loca.  Bryce and I moved to Sedona, AZ to teach at a boarding school last August.  It has been an extremely rewarding opportunity but it has left little time for blogging which pained me like you would not believe.  But we have to pay the bills, you know so teach I did.  If you are a teacher or know a teacher you might already know that we are FULLY ON DUTY when we are on duty and also that summers off are great but they are not entirely work free. Not, that I am complaining because here is where I live :

 I know.  
It is absolutely ridiculously unreal that I get to live here.  Every time I capture a beautiful moment like the ones above I say to myself "OMG this would make a great post!"  but it just has not happened.  On the one hand I am proud of myself for just enjoying the moments but on the other I am bummed I have not kept up with my other passions in life.  I guess I was just on a bit of a sabbatical.  
I still love fashion (another mega passion) but this has been a transitional year when it comes to my fashion.  You see, I walk on rocks all day and have to avoid cacti, snakes and any other deserty kinda thing like an impromptu monsoon. Nevertheless, I am finding my fashion way.  It's still a little wanderlust traveler style over here but sometimes it's a little wanderlust hobo chic because I teach 5 classes and 2 languages people, my head is spinning at times!
So there you have it, this is what I've been up to for the last few months and I've loved every minute.  Bryce and I will be embarking on a wanderlust adventure in about 3 weeks so I hope you have not forgotten us and our little blog.  I will update it more regularly.  I am hoping to get on a better blogging schedule once I am done preparing my students for their French and Spanish final exams.  
Please do let me know what is going on with you!

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!


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