Friday Favorites

Hello Friends!

We had beautiful weather here this past weekend on Friday and Saturday. Gorgeous blue skies, 75 degrees with a light crisp wind. But then Sunday happened, it turned windy and cold, Monday and Tuesday it rained a bunch, and then was cold and grey the rest of the week.

But, Happy First Day of Spring! Ok, I know I’m a few days late, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. Here are a few things that I have seen lately that I would love to have.

These shoes  (above photo from Shopbop) look like the Chanel ones, but for a much better price. I have a few pairs of Sam Edelman’s flats, and I wear them all the time. So comfy!

I can see this shirt looking fabulous with white pants for a summer casual diner out with friends.

I just ordered this dress in blue for a spring wedding I have in Seattle in May. It’s back ordered but I can’t wait until it arrives!

I think this shirt could transition so well from work to dinner out. I love the white ties on the shoulders!

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to wear to our graduation this year. Luckily, I won’t be on the stage this year as I’m not a senior mentor teacher anymore, so I don’t have to pick my dresses by calf length anymore. Yay! So I like the look of this one (in either the red or blue) or this one,  or this one in pink, or this one,  Which one should I go for guys? Any you love?

I’ve been looking at getting a milk frother for my tea/coffe/chai drinks at home. I’m looking at this model as it’s the one my parents have and love. Anyone have another brand or model that you would recommend?

Do you have any fun weekend plans? I’m hoping the weather goes back to being warm and blue skies!



Hello March

I feel like February just went by so fast. Hello March! This is what’s on my radar for March.   1. I’m obsessed with this show. I watched the first season in about a week. 2. Shop Piperlime’s close-out sale. 3. … Continue reading

Vans Custom Culture Shoe Competition 2014

Over the last few weekss, I had four industrious students work on designing a pair of shoes for a high school art competition. Hosted by Vans Shoe company, they send high school art teachers 4 pairs of free shoes to … Continue reading

J. Crew Bow Heels

I was browsing the J.Crew website, as I often do, and ran across these little beauties. It took all my willpower not to buy them immediately, but I may end up treating myself closer to Christmas.

I love everything about them: the ankle strap, the bow placement, and the closed toe cap! Surprisingly enough, I like them in both colors, black and pink, which is very dangerous.

I would wear the pink heels to work and brunches, and the black heels to parties and evenings out.

black bows

What do you think? Would you get them? Have you seen anything on the J.Crew website that has been calling your name?

Happy Monday!



Work, Thirsty Thursdays and Loafers

Things at the new school are going well. I have a lot of catch-up but I think that once I get the hang of things it well be a good fit. All of the staff have been welcoming and helpful, which makes me feel more comfortable. The kids are settling into things, but we still have a long ways to go (my classroom is a mess!).

Today, there was a few of us that grabbed a bite to eat after work. We met up at San Pedro Square, the cute downtown section of San Jose. Roomie and I shared a pizza, salad, guacamole and crunchy tortilla chips. Unusual combination, but it was what my stomach wanted, and I was not going to argue with it. The food was yummy, and it was nice to see the other teachers relax and unwind together. Sometimes seeing people only at work makes it feel a bit impersonal, and this was great chance for me to get a better understanding of how interesting and cool some of my coworkers really are.

Last year, I was a bit idealistic and wore heels very often as a substitute teacher. It didn’t take very long to see that at some the campus’s (ahem, Los Gatos!) were too hilly/multilevel/had metal grates for my heels to be comfortable for the whole day. Soon I switched to flats, and found some loafers later in the year that became one of my go-to pairs along with my Sperry‘s.

Anne Klein

My Anne Klein go to loafers

Finishing a workday with happy feet make me approach the next day in a more upbeat manner.  This year, I have continued in the same comfy shoes vein. Flats and loafers are the way to go when you are standing or walking all day long. Fortunately enough, loafers have hit the fashion world and have been given a makeover. Some of the ones coming out for fall are pretty cute. Which ones do you like?

Sole Society Cambria Tassle Loafer

Sole Society Cambria Tassle Loafer

Tory Birch

Tory Birch


Steve Madden Zunni Leopard

Steve Madden Zunni Leopard

Tropez Cotton Anchor Flats

Tropez Cotton Anchor Flats


Sperry TopSider Westwood

Sperry TopSider Westwood


I think all of these would look great with a decent pair of skimmer jeans, and a crisp white collared shirt.


Each of them has a very different feel! Would you wear (or buy!) any of these? What would you wear with them? Any suggestions on how to pair them up with things already in your closet?




Reunited at last!

For the past three months, one of my friends has been living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She flew home yesterday and we grabbed lunch and gabbed like little birds. We got our nails done and did a bit of boutique jewelry shopping. I picked up a new bangle by Stella and Dot. It’s made by the same company that also makes J. Crew’s bangles, a little tidbit the cashier at Therapy mentioned when I purchased it.

There is something so polished about having your nails done. I’m not sure exactly how, but my outfits feel that much more pulled together when I have cute nails. Illogical, I know. But it’s every little bit true.

I also had fun wearing my new J. Crew flats that I bought a few weeks back. Aren’t they adorable?

I have the gold capped ones and they fit so perfectly!

I had been wanting to bust them out on a fun occasional but nothing had really fit the bill. So, I wore them the whole day and they didn’t give me any blisters, which was surprising since my other J.Crew wedges gave me insane ones earlier this summer.

These are the ones that gave me blisters, but in Navy!


Anyway, happy Tuesday!