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I’m going to be honest with you–I tried my hardest not to even THINK about writing about fall until the weather actually felt like fall. I think Southern California was experiencing a heat wave on the first day of fall!

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In an effort to pay homage to fall, I busted out my vintage Ports 1961 tuxedo jacket (Goodwill find, wohoo!). I bought a few blazers over the summer and I can’t wait to wear them with my maxi dresses, over sweaters, and layered over tops.

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I think I finally got my school routine memorized, so I should be able to start blogging in the middle of the week. You know what I found out over the summer? Many bloggers take all of their “outfit” posts at one time. !!!!! Isn’t that crazy? I’m over here wondering how people take their outfit of the day posts, and 80% of them are not even outfits of the day! They’re, like, outfits-from-three-weeks-ago-that-they’re-posting-today blog posts. I’m not sure how I feel about that; I honestly barely have enough energy to stand in one spot for five minutes while Brandon takes my goofy pictures. I can’t imagine lugging around several outfits and taking a ton of pictures on one day. Ha!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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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.


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