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?


  1. July 24, 2012 / 8:35 pm

    Please tell me what your lipstick is! It’s absolutely gorgeous on you! Sexy!

    • July 24, 2012 / 8:56 pm

      It’s Mary Kay, Berry Kiss! Thanks doll! 🙂

  2. July 24, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    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!

  3. July 24, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    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.

  4. July 24, 2012 / 9:56 pm

    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!

  5. July 24, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    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

  6. Tiffany B.
    July 24, 2012 / 10:58 pm

    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…)

  7. July 24, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    Goodness, I love this outfit!

  8. July 25, 2012 / 1:56 am

    Great outfit! I absolutely adore the top! 🙂

  9. July 25, 2012 / 6:10 am

    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

  10. July 25, 2012 / 7:00 am

    As a Detroit native married to an Ohio State grad, you definitely had me with the maize and blue. Hail to the victors, baby! Your skirt is just awesome, I am obsessed with the pattern of it. Very, very cute..and thanks for making home feel a little bit closer. (I live on the other side of the world now…)

  11. July 25, 2012 / 7:42 am

    Oh Sandy, I love EVERYTHING about this outfit! The color combo, style and details on the top! LOVE!

  12. July 25, 2012 / 7:47 am

    I LOVE the pattern on your skirt, it is so gorgeous! I went to University of Maryland and their colors are red, white, gold, and black 🙂

    PS I’m SO excited I won the giveaway…just emailed you!


    The Tiny Heart
    Enter my Daisy Rae giveaway!

  13. July 25, 2012 / 8:22 am

    Love that skirt Sandy! So cute.

  14. July 25, 2012 / 8:57 am

    I love your skirt! You look beautiful. Braids make me feel like a kid again too, but I love them. They are just so sweet and girly.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  15. July 25, 2012 / 9:03 am

    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!

  16. July 25, 2012 / 9:52 am

    Summer = braids. I love your hair + this entire outfit!

  17. July 25, 2012 / 11:03 am

    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!

  18. July 25, 2012 / 11:06 am

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

  19. July 25, 2012 / 11:45 am

    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!

  20. July 25, 2012 / 11:55 am

    I love this skirt! You look adorable 🙂


  21. July 25, 2012 / 12:13 pm

    That skirt is gorgeous! I did my residency training at U of M… Ann Arbor is a fun town!

  22. July 25, 2012 / 12:31 pm

    Great outfit. I especially love the skirt!

  23. July 25, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    love your braid and your shoes – so cute! my colors were purple and gold – not a huge fan!

  24. July 25, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    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

  25. July 25, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    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.

  26. July 25, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    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.

  27. July 26, 2012 / 1:07 am

    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

  28. July 26, 2012 / 8:27 am

    That skirt is so fun but the top is what really caught my eye. It’s gorgeous! The details on the back are so unique and surprising. Love it!

  29. July 26, 2012 / 8:28 am

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

  30. July 26, 2012 / 9:22 am

    I love this outfit. The color combinations is one of my favorites. Those little sandals are absolutely adorable, and I like your hair in a braid. 🙂

  31. July 26, 2012 / 9:36 pm

    I love this color combo! You can’t go wrong with navy and gold 🙂

  32. July 27, 2012 / 12:45 am

    That outfit is SO cute Sandy! I love that braid too, you are rockin it!


  33. July 27, 2012 / 12:51 pm

    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!

  34. July 28, 2012 / 5:49 pm

    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!

  35. July 31, 2012 / 2:12 am

    i love this outfit! you look sooo cute- definitely lookin like a hot mama! 🙂

    sharde @ the style projects

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