Braids and School Spirit

 Top c/o Sugar Lips | Cardigan: Forever 21 | Skirt: Anthropologie | Sandals: Dorothy Perkins | Necklaces: Petitor | Bracelets: eNVe Designs, Oia Jules, Forever 21

Is it just me or do braids remind you of being a kid again?  I’m so happy that they are back in right now because it’s really the perfect hairstyle for a hot summer day.  I got this braid made for me at the Madewell Blogger event and I just couldn’t let it go to waste.  Plus, everyone and their mother tells me that washing your hair every other day is best (although I am usually an every day hair washer, I know, it’s bad).

Anyhow, the end of summer is nearing and school is about to start up again.  But the best part about it is football season.  For those of you who don’t know, I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI and still love that place dearly.  I went to elementary, middle, high school and college there so I have a deep love for “maize and blue”.  I was so ecstatic when eNVe Designs had created a bracelet that was just those exact colors that I had to have it, and then I had to create an outfit around it.  I really love those colors paired with ivory and am so happy to have my new favorite staple lace detail blouse from Sugar Lips.  Wardrobe complete… yea right (my husband wishes)!

P.S. The winner of the Asian iCandy giveaway is Naomi of Super Dumb Super Villian!  The winner of the Thirty-One Gifts giveaway is Sharon of The Tiny Heart!
Congrats ladies!  Send me an email at sandyalamode(at)gmail(d0t)com to claim your credit!

What are your school colors?  Are you a fan of the color combo?

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  1. My high school colors were gold and blue, so I love your outfit! :) I love the braid too. I’m trying to grow my hair out so I can do a side fishtail braid without half my hair falling out of it. I’m almost there!

  2. I just love the yellow and blue combination. The detail on your top is so pretty! I have yet to try braids recently but they do remind me of being a kid again.

  3. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love your braid! It’s funny because I used to wash my hair every day and it wasn’t until I gave into YouTube advice (watching various YT gurus) that I started washing my hair every other day. You start picking up on various hairstyles to do on the days that your hair is greasy. I got a haircut recently and already my hair grew back to its normal length just because I wash my hair every other day! It’s insane!

  4. love it, sandy! my junior high colors were blue and gold, so this maize and blue is near to my heart :) i am loving your hair. i need to be more adventurous with mine, and like you, i am also an everyday-washer…and i know it’s bad! but i have fine, oily hair that just SITS THERE if it doesn’t get a daily wash and blow dry. we shall experiment. hope to see you thursday! xo

  5. Sandy, I had no idea that you are a fellow alumna of the University of Michigan!

    GO BLUE!!!

    (and YES I am a HUGE fan of the maize and blue color combo…)

  6. Your braid is so cute and I wish could braid like that. I do like the colour combination. You really have such a great style. x

  7. My friend Tim when to college in Ann Arbor and though he graduated quite a few years ago he has a ridiculous amount of spirit for that school. You just reminded me I need to give him a call!

    P.S. Come join the Blogging Besties Swap, live on my blog today! Make a new friend and get fun goodies in the mail!

  8. They absolutely remind me of being a little girl. But I definitely think they look awesome on adults too. The low braids are my favorite and they also look a little more mature than the higher ones.

    And I love that skirt!

  9. i love the entire outfit! that skirt is amazing. My husband grew up in michigan, near detroit. We are big Michigan football fans :)

  10. Aw, I love your braid and that cute yellow skirt! I can’t wait until my hair is long enough to braid! Oh, and my school’s colors are purple and white–go K-State Wildcats!

  11. Your braid is so pretty it has been a long time since I did one! Love this skirt and the combination of colours is just perfect!
    Cara x

  12. I love the braid! My school colors were buff and blue, pretty much the same. Your take on it is MUCH more elegant than I remember, though.

  13. Orange and Blue! I’m a Florida Gator through and through. Although, after college, I moved to Ann Arbor and worked in research at the University of Michigan. I enjoyed my time there as it is such a neat town. But I am happy to be back in my home and much warmer state of Florida.

  14. oh, this color combination is dreamy!
    i love blue and yellow together.
    the pattern on the skirt is super cute too.

    ahhh, school colors? i went to a teeny tiny
    private university and our colors were…i think
    it was just dark green. we weren’t a very spirited

    erica | sweets + hearts

  15. Love the skirt but your shirt is what really caught my eye. The details on the back are so unique and gorgeous! Love it.

  16. The dark lipstick looks great on you. Really brings the sophistication level up of the school-girl inspired look! My school colors were purple/gold in high school and blue/gold in college. You are very Drexel Dragon here ;). Love the back detail of the top and pattern of the skirt!

  17. You look great my friend! Just stopping by to say hello. It’s been a while. I love this color combo too and that skirt is calling my name!

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