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?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blanket Scarves...

Seventeen days away from Christmas and I am keeping an eye on inexpensive gifts so I can get everyone on my list.  Blanket Scarves are big this fall and I would not mind one under my tree, especially in a color that can carry over past the holiday season like the ASOS one above
I like this one myself because it has soft blues.  I can see it over a white coat.  I am really big on white clothing.  Winter whites with a splash of color and I am happy.
I also love this one and it is only $26 bucks!! It's plaid but the neutral color behind it makes it killer in my eyes.
 I chose a few blanket scarves for you to peruse and I stayed under $50 bucks because really, who has the money these days to spend more?  Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 24, 2014

super-KUHL vest...

It's officially the time of the year when I can't get enough fur and fleece in my life.  My latest obessesion is this "Flight Vest" from KUHL. 
I have a cream vest like this from Patagonia that I loooooooove! So when I saw this KUHL vest , I thought it would be a perfect for my lifestyle here in Northern Arizona.  Vests help you feel less like a marshmallow in the winter which is why I want to adopt this furry friend.
Another reason, why I am in love is because it comes with a hoodie that you can tuck in.
What do you think?  
Would you inVEST in this baby?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

organizing accessories...

Hope you are having a great week so far, I am super happy because tommorow B comes back from a 2 week trip.  In the meantime, I've been organizing, unpacking and tidying up for the holidays.
I have to be honest, I am a little wary to unpack at times because I feel we are always on the move.  We are not drifters but our jobs take us to different places.  Anyway, moving has been good for us because it keeps us from becoming hoarders and pairing things down.  As I was organizing my accessories, I realized I have a thing for snakeskin and little bags of course!
 Like most girls, I also love bracelets and here is my stash.  
I like to keep the ones currently in rotation handy, so I placed them where I can see them.
Believe it or not, I just used some old perfume boxes and place my stuff in here, so if we do have to move again or travel I can just grab my faves and go!
I am NOT the most organized all the time, so I have to show you my catch all bracelet basket.  These are the ones I am not feeling at the moment. BUT every once in a while I go through this basket and rediscover an oldie but a goodie.
How do you keep your fave pieces organized?

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