Well, life for me has been incredibly busy, and you know what that means? My lil’ ol’ blog takes the back seat. Eek! It’s always so much easier to crank out content over the summer, but once I get back in the classroom, it gets a bit difficult for me generate content. I leave early, I come home late, and I just don’t have the energy!

I will also point out that I’ve been attempting to be less “plugged in”; I always say that I believe modesty is more than one’s outward appearance, and I recently decided to be more modest about my time spent online. If I haven’t read my Bible or prayed, I really don’t need to be scrolling, posting, liking, commenting, sharing, and engaging with stuff that–let’s be honest–doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.


Now, how do I move on from that topic? Ha! I spent some time this summer at several vintage stores, and I picked up this colorful vintage skirt at a vintage boutique in Oakland. I had to greet at church last night, it was nearly time for my husband and I to leave, and I didn’t have a lot of time to waste trying to get dressed. This skirt was the first thing I grabbed; I tried adding a petticoat underneath, but it looked funny.

Oh, and my hair! I got tired of dealing with my hair, so I went and got Senegalese twists on Saturday morning. I had them for the first time last year, loved them, and knew that I’d get them put in again. I used to have my hair braided allllllllllll the time as a kid and a teen (and even my early 20s), but I started trying to actually take care of my own hair by the time I was 23. When I get to school this morning, I know my students are going to flip out! When I wore my hair curled for picture day a few weeks ago, they couldn’t get over the brief change. When I come in with a full head of twists, they might lose their minds!

I’m wearing a Target top, a vintage skirt, an ASOS belt (I love buying belts from them! Check their latest styles here.), and Enzo Angiolini heels (old).

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 As the title suggests, I heart my new shoes! I’ve worn leopard print skirts, dresses, and tops in the past, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve nixed all over animal prints from my wardrobe. I still like a good leopard print, and I’ve been on the hunt for a nice pair of leopard heels since January of this year. I’d almost given up until I saw these Steve Madden Galleryl pumps on Piperlime.

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I saw this high waisted midi skirt at H&M on Friday, and its vibrant pink color spoke to me. “Chandra,” it said. “Look at me! Not only am I bright, my hemline falls below your knees!” I toted it around the store for ten minutes and tried to decide if I wanted to get it, annnnnnd I did!

H&M also sells the black version of this skirt online, but I didn’t see this pink one. If you want it, you’ll have to head to your nearest H&M retailer.

A few months ago I picked up this black striped Dorothy Perkins cropped top for $9 (it’s still $9!). I hesitated to make the purchase because a) I didn’t plan on baring my stomach and b) stripes are no bueno for top heavy chicas like me. The top isn’t as cropped as I thought it would be, but my chest did make the front hemline raise a bit. I also like my shirts to cover my belly and behind, and you won’t get that with a cropped top.

When I wear this top again I plan to wear it over a sleeveless black dress, or with a high waisted pencil skirt and topped with my cropped leather jacket.

I came up with the three most basic ways to wear a cropped top:

  • wear a cropped top with a high waisted skirt
  • wear a cropped top over a dress
  • wear a cropped top layered over a shirt with a longer hemline

Here are some inspiration pics:




Source (Jessica Alba may or may not be wearing a dress.)


Source: Atlantic-Pacific

I’m wearing a Dorothy Perkins striped cropped top, an H&M midi skirt (pink in-store, black version online), a DIY clutch purse, and Charlotte Russe heels.


Yesterday was my first day back to school! Woohoo! I have a great group of sixth grade students; they are so cute and sweet! I always like to wear something for the first day of school. Ah, who’m I kidding? I always like to wear fun things to school (I can’t wait to wear my Phillip Lim for Target BOOM dress this fall)!

Anyway, Samantha from MadeBy sent me this skirt several months ago, and I knew that I’d wear it on the first day of school.


I am 5’7.5″ tall, and while it’s not SUPER TALL, it’s tall enough to worry about hemlines on skirts. I’ve got long legs, so I had to let the hem out on this skirt. The skirt is lined and it sat high waisted on me. Not shown is the pink rear zipper!



Be sure to check out MadeBy for cute modest clothes. I’m designing a dress that will debut sometime this fall. Check out the details here!

I’m wearing a Target blouse, a MadeBy skirt (c/o), Zara shoes (found in-store), and a Harper reversible tote.

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