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Bag: c/o Surfdome   Jacket: BB Dakota   Jeggings: AE   Boots: Just Fab   Earrings: c/o Shop Lately
As a college student on the go, it's handy to have your laptop with you at all times - the problem is finding a bag that fits it with style! So when Surfdome agreed to collaborate with me, I was pleased to see their laptop bag selection. This paisley print one had good neutral colors and I figured it would go with a lot of day-to-day outfits. It comfortably fits my little laptop and charger, and it easily accomodates any of my school notebooks.

I've seen many outfits by fashion bloggers featuring cut out booties, and I was quite taken by the style! So when Just Fab finally added a pair to their selection, I knew right away which ones I'd be ordering for the month. These are going to be a fun pair to add to my impressive boot collection!

So remember my work situation? I thought I would be leaving Golden Corral behind, but after making about $100 in tips both nights I worked as a waitress (in just 5 hours? Um, yes please), I couldn't bring myself to quit. I mean, even if I only work there one or two nights a week, that'd be great! So it looks like I'll be working two part time jobs, one as a waitress and one as a barista.

I wore these milkmaid braids to one of my waitressing shifts, and I got a lot of compliments on it, and one in particular stood out. It was from an elderly man, the type that was sweet and not creepy.
"You know, your hairstyle reminds me of photos of my mom. She pinned her hair up in the exact same way!"
I laughed and replied, "Well, she must've had good taste then, because you know that good style lasts forever."

 I'm just picturing all the ladies from the past rocking these braids, and to be someone who still keeps them "modern" is something that's really cool to do!

Oh, and you'll always get the Princess Leia comments if you wear this hairstyle out.Just's nerdtastic to hear.

"If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything."
Iris Apfel
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Ali Hval said...

haha, Princess Leia! I can see why you'd get called out as that. YOUR HAIR REALLY IS SO CUTE THOUGH! I wish mine was thick and long enough to do more with, but it's really thin and not luscious hahaha.

"the type that was sweet, not creepy"--lol I continue to love your writing.

But onto your outfit--ah, how I love it! Those earrings are so fun and I love the texture of that loose cardigan.

Also, that's great that you decided to have two jobs. I'm sure you'll be able to balance them... especially since you make awesome tips from GC, wow! You can do it, Miss Linda!!~

Ivana Split said...

I braid my hair all the time, very often like that...but when my friends make jokes usually they mention the jailed former prime minister of Ukrania and not princess Leia (not that I mind the comparison, Julia is a stunning women. I wouldn't mind the Leia comparison either because I have a thing for sf).

Anyhow, lovely outfit and a bag to match! Finding an outfit that will fit your laptop sure isn't easy!

Tanja S. said...

I love your boots and the earrings! I haven't done this hairstyle since a long time (looks great on you)! Making 100$ in 5 hours is so cool!

I dare you to be fashion said...

hello darling, u have such a great blog in here!!!! would u like to follow each other on gfc and facebook??? I always follow back

Alexandra Marie said...

Your hair is so cute! Alex

Marlen said...

oh my gosh, when i did that with my hair my mom said it immediately reminded her of her great grandmas haha, apparently they always wore it like that. and yeaaa i'd definitely keep a job that pays me $100/night, haha. congrats!

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Kati said...

Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
These open ankles are such a cute detail!

Have the best day ever,

Samantha said...

Awww, you look so pretty with your milkmaid braids! It's a great way to showcase those amazing earrings too! And yeah, those great tips are the one and only thing I miss about serving, haha. It was hard to go from that to a set pay wage.

Louisa Moje said...

Loving the entire look and your shoes are gorg! Would you like to follow each other? Please let me know if you're interested. Latest post on my blog is OOTD: Blue & Black

Louisa Moje

Louisa Moje said...

Loving the entire look and your shoes are gorg! Would you like to follow each other? Please let me know if you're interested. Latest post on my blog is OOTD: Blue & Black

Louisa Moje

Izzy said...

your hair looks beautiful Linda! I haven't watched Star wars or whatever it is, so this looks like the beautiful classic milkbraid to me! :)

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Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Well, that was a sweet compliment from the older dude, that wasn't creepy. lol

I have seen these boots at Forever 21 and H&M but I am not into them. That's fair, right? I mean, I can't love and envy everything you post, right? lol

Thank you for the wonderful words of my Monday ensemble. You inspired me on it so that's a good thing!!!♥

Midwest Muse said...

Your hair color looks beautiful in this hairstyle and I love your pants!

Mica T said...

Your hair looks great! :)

Such a fun printed laptop bag too!

Congrats on the 2 jobs, hope it works out well :)

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Alexandra Zakharova said...

Maybe for American people this hairdo reminds of princess Leia, but for me this is typical hairstyle of ex prime minister of Ukraine:) Anyway, you look so pretty and charming as always:)
have a great day and good luck with your part time jobs)))

Bernadeth G. said...

love everything! great photos :D

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Maiken said...

I have no idea who's Princess Leia but I definitely have to mention I love those braids (you know my endless love for braids anyway). oh and those booties. I must agree that it's quite a cool trend! usually I'm not a trend person but those booties are something I would wear. you should show them with a dress or skirt too, by the way ;)

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Toks said...

This is a great look Linda, and the booties are fantastic, very trendy.

Margarita M. said...

I love your braids! You look awesome. Great shoes, and as always lovely style:)

lots of love

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I was going to comment on your beautiful hair-do before I read your post and now I love it even more. You said such a lovely thing back to the customer. Great style DOES last forever! =D

Keep at it with the jobs! I worked two PT jobs before too and while it can feel tiresome, it did at least give some mix-up to the daily grind. =D


Jodie said...

Yes those braids do have a princess Leia vibe- I need them on my head :) :)

Peet said...

I wore my hear in a bun one day and my grandpa saw me and couldn't stop complimenting me on it as if it wasn't something really special.:) I love older generations, they seem so much more appreciative out our efforts.:) You look great with the braids, dear, and since I know you're also kind and smart too, there's no wonder you got those tips!

Stephanie Georgiou said...

I love your hairstyle and your reply to the compliment was great. Being a student I know exactly what you are talking about, I barely take my laptop to Uni as I don't have any bag that will actually fit it! Love the bag you choose.x Gorgeous earrings as well! Cut out boots look perfect with this outfit, I love seeing people wearing them and you paired them perfectly! Have a lovely day.x

Avi Valencia said...

How cute the old man <3 I love braids, They make me feel like I was in a fairytale jajaja You rock the booties. I'm still trying to find the perfect ones for me.


Vanessa A said...

In love with those milk maid braids! Those shoes are super cute also!

xo, Delightful Sunflower

Alessandra Mazzini said...

I love your coat!!!! <3 and great hairdo! :)

Kim Alston said...

That is so fabulous Linda about the job situation! Make that money girl! You can do it. LOVE your braids and those boots. They look so fabulous. Awesome computer bag :D

Jessi Francis said...

that quote is so great! love it! :)

Kym said...

haha, the Princess Leia thing is SO true! The last time I wore the milkmaid braids I got that comment from my dental hygienist (she's pretty awesome for reasons besides that, too). Plus, she thought I was a full 12 years younger than I actually am, and attributed it in part to the braids. Perhaps I'll just rock them every single day for the rest of my life :)
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what a cute computer bag! i recently just bought a new one for your uni too, there are some super stylish ones out there these days!
anyway, loving this outfit. and your braids are super cute!


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Braiding will never go out of style in my opinion. You look adorable. My nan used to wear the exact style of braid and I still love it. :)

Sam said...

Hi Linda, the braids look so beautiful on you, the laptop is terrific, I have one really similar. Its a great experience having two different jobs, hope you will have time for yourself too.I enjoyed reading your thoughts on my last post...Good wishes for the weekend!

Indie by heart said...

Great look ! Love your jacket and accessories :))

x Satu
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czarianonuevo said...

i LOVE this outfit Linda! want to sport a similar outfit to school! the jacket goes perfectly with your top and ankle boots!! speaking of those boots, those are raddd!!!! i adore them to bits :)) to top the whole ensemble is that sweet romanic milkbraids :)

wow you are such a hardworking girl dear!!! good luck on your two jobs and make sure to get enough rest always :)

czarina :)

Brae L said...

Those boots are awesome! They remind me of a JC pair that are obviously way too pricey. I'll have to go check these out. :)


dinda belle said...

Hi linda when i first saw your braided hair i wanna set my hair up like that too !! It must be a great part time... happy working :3

April Cheung said...

love the boots! so cute and loving your hairstyle!!! <3

Rebecca said...

Love that computer bag! I've got one but it doesn't have handles, which is a bit annoying, so this would definitely be a good investment xx Rebecca - UK Style Blog

caffinatedlove said...

I love your outfit, but I love your hair the most. It's adorable, and I have a soft spot for braids. And that old dude seems more cute than creepy, so no worries. :)


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