End of Summer Vacation

August 6, 2014
There’s a time in every teacher’s summer when the new school year starts to loom large … we start thinking of lesson plans in the shower, planning what books to teach while doing laundry, and wake up in a cold sweat from nightmares about uncontrollable kids!   Then there’s the deciding what to wear on the first day of school.  If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ve probably already voted for a first day outfit, but if you’re not following me … well, why not?!  Follow me! (@fashionshouldbefun)  We’re having fun over there!

I’m sure to do several posts on back-to-school outfits, but I felt like doing a fun outfit post today!  And what’s more fun than leopard print, purple suede, and a new fav designer bag?!

Wearing an Old Navy perfect tank and distressed Flirt jeans, Merona (Target) leopard print cardigan, Aerosoles “Dolled Up” pumps in purple suede, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, and my new fabulous MK bag!

These new suede pumps are so comfortable that I could wear them anywhere.  

Of course I added some arm candy, including vintage cuffs, a J. Crew gold cuff, and a wrap bracelet from Jest Jewels.

I love the color of my new Michael Kors Fulton Chain bag.
MK calls it “vintage yellow” … what would you call  it, Dolls?  

Aww … the calm before the storm that is the first week of school.  I’ll try to keep up on my blogging, but if I do fall a bit out of the loop, you’ll know why.  And I will be back!  I have some fab collaborations just around the corner … think FALL!

Didn’t quite make my mark on this last shot, but I liked the photo anyway.  You can see our little cabin nestled in the California redwoods!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog …
and enjoy every precious moment of summertime, my sweet fashion dolls!



  • Reply Gracey the Giant August 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I love the bright bag with this. It plays so well off of the purple shirt and shoes as well as off of the animal print. Great look!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Gracey! Love your sense of style, Hon!

  • Reply garaytreasures August 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Haha! I agree completely with the teacher thoughts. I still threat that my lesson plans aren't done and I am not even teaching anymore (for now at least). Cute back to school look. Rachel xo btw- Target Giveaway on the blog you should enter. http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/yellow-2/

    • Reply dawnlucy August 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Hey Rachel … I entered your giveaway and am following you on IG now and Bloglovin!

  • Reply Marianne Friedman August 7, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Great look! I am loving the leopard and purple combo! So pretty! Oh I feel your pain! I am a speech pathologist and I work for a school so in the summer school becomes a four letter word! I'm hanging onto the summer as long as I can! Good luck with the first day! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Oh that's great. What age do you work with? Yeah, it's always a shock to the system to go back! I love my job … but … summer … I REALLY love summer! 😉

  • Reply Katie D August 7, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I'm also a teacher, so what you described is exactly what I am going through right now! I love the idea of voting for your first day of school look. Deciding what I am going to wear on the first day is something that I still haven't figured out, but I still have a couple of weeks left of summer vacation. I love your look today with the combination of purple and yellow!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      I'm so glad you can relate to that back-to-school teacher feeling! What age group do you teach? I do high school and we go back next week!

  • Reply Michelle LL August 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Great combo, love your cardigan. You look great!!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle! 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga August 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    What was that David Lee Roth song about teachers… hehe. Love your gorgeous outfit, I was actually looking today at a leopard cardi hmm. I love the pairing of the leopard and purple, a rich a beautiful color on you. Love the shoes and I do like the combo of yellow and purple with your fab bag. Oh I remember the 6th grade boys who were fighting me every step of the way to do NOTHING in chorus! Best of luck in your new school year. I need to get on instagram!
    XO jess

    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:57 am

      My advice for today: get on IG and buy that leopard cardi! 😀

  • Reply Marta C August 7, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Such a great look on you!! I really love the purple & leopard combo! Your home & the scenery is just beautiful & so serene, wow! My kids are still not school age so I'm enjoying not having to think about the back to school stuff until next Sept.
    Marta, xo

    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Aww, thanks so much, Marta! I do love my backyard … the house is kinda small, but the yard and location make up for it!

  • Reply Monika Faulkner August 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

    How's that for an awesome blogger coincidence, dearest Dawn…we're both featuring our fab new Michael Kors bags today!! L.O.V.E. the colour of yours – that juicy yellow is gorgeous!! And such an awesome "go with" for your purple shoes and top!! Plus the purr-fect leopard cardi…this just might be my new favourite outfit of yours!! (P.S. Sorry to hear about the "back to school" nightmares; I still get them, too!!) 😀


    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Hee … you still get back to school nightmares too? How funny and cute! Oh, I LOVE your MK bag! We are on the same wavelength, Girl! Now if you just lived close enough to go shopping with! 😀

  • Reply Imogen August 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I love this print with purple. I really want your bright gorgeous bag.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Imogen! I'm really happy with this color! It goes with a lot!

  • Reply Amy Soto August 7, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Love the color combo here ! Yellow is so cute paired with leopard!!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  • Reply whenlifehandsyouapear August 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    What a great outfit, and I love the addition of the amazing bag. 'Vintage' yellow? Yeah, I don't know about that. How about 'goes with everything because it's awesome' yellow?

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

      That sounds like a great name for this yellow!!! : D

  • Reply Darcy August 8, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Cute!! I cannot even believe the summer is almost over!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I knooooow! Where did the summer go?! OXOX

  • Reply Doused In Pink August 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Loving the purple and leopard combo! Such a great look on you!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for much, Jill! OXOX

  • Reply Tiina L August 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    The night before a new course starts I always have 'teaching dreams', I guess it's sort of a dress rehearsal… That outfit would be perfect for school, too. Or does your school have a more formal dress code? I started 'school' yesterday, and my class of law students were all wearing shorts and cutoffs…

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Oh wow, cool that you teach law school! We have an anything goes dress code at school. I usually don't wear distressed jeans, but hey, I just might this year! 😉

    • Reply Tiina L August 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      I teach English (as a foreign language) to law students, or social sciences students, or humanities students…

  • Reply Ginny MyNewFavoriteOutfit August 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Such a fun bag!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thank for stopping by, Ginny! 🙂

  • Reply Lorna mai ltd August 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Your bag is gorgeous. I love it! The purple heels are stunning too. Just love the whole look here!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, Dear! I wasn't sure if it was too wild with the purple, and the yellow, and the leopard … but it felt right! 😉

  • Reply lucia m August 8, 2014 at 1:16 am

    such great purse!



    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thanks! I'll check out that giveaway!

  • Reply Tina Bradley August 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Looking lovely in your leopard (it's a fave of mine!)! And, that MK handbag… Oh my! It's fab! Have a great weekend! xx T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thanks, Tina! I'm so glad I went with the yellow bag. Looking at it makes me feel … sunny! And it goes with more than I imagined. 😉

  • Reply Lynn Tran August 8, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Good mixture of colors and great styles, dear. I am glad you wear more purple nowadays. The yellow bag is just perfect.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

      You know you didn't invent purple, Miss Lynn! You ARE a good influence on me though! OOXXOOXX

  • Reply Alexandra Stella August 8, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Ah love the leo print cardigan. As for the color of the bag? I distinguish between yellow, light yellow, dark yellow, pale yellow and bright yellow. This one is yellow 😉

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Hee hee …. yellow indeed! 😀

  • Reply RedTagChicLosAngeles August 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Love the entire look so much…..yes it's so fun to see yellow & purple together with a dash of my fave leop prints!!! More power to you and the new SY!!!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Aww, thanks, Rebecca! Muah!

  • Reply Love, Iris August 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Such a relaxing post! I love the jeans and leopard cardigan they are such perfection together! Love it! 🙂 Happy Friday!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks, you cutie patootie you!

  • Reply Nicole Layne August 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This is such a fun outfit! I love the purple pumps and the leopard cardigan!

    Nicole to the Nines

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks so much, Nicole! 🙂

  • Reply Haley Brianna August 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This yellow bag is just perfect. LOVE it!! 🙂


    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks, Haley! I am kinda in love with it! 😉

  • Reply GnomeLover August 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I love this outfit. It has so many fun elements. It screams you! That bag is drool worthy. How about sunshine you can hold for a name? Vintage yellow does not do it justice.


    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Hee hee …. sunshine you can hold in your hand sounds perfect! OXOX

  • Reply Sabina B August 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Funny though I am just about finishing my summer classes and then we are looking forward to summer vacation. Its pretty long up until beginning of Sep over here. Different in every state. I love your our outfit because its extravagent without screaming look at me right in your face. I guess its the jeans toning it down. and yellow w/ leopard. Just got my first Michael Kors Hamilton and love it so much because of the material. Sunflower yellow? 🙂 Have a great start! xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks, Sabina! I was worried that this outfit pushed the taste level a little, but hey, I loved it … and fashion really should be fun! 😉

  • Reply Jing Xu August 9, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Yellow bag is my new discovery too. It is surprisingly versatile and it adds a vibe to any outfit.
    A good choice!

    From Jing at http://www.bejingxu.com

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 1:58 am

      Thanks so much, Jing Xu!

  • Reply Mica T August 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I love your bright yellow bag! Purple and yellow is such a bold colour combination 🙂 Funny I'm doing the same in my post today with the yellow bag and purple dress 🙂

    Away From The Blue

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Oh, I'll definitely head over to your blog to check out your yellow and purple! Thanks, Mica! OXOX

  • Reply Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} August 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I love those pumps! And the bright bag was the perfect touch to this look.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Thanks so much, Lauren!

  • Reply Tiffany Opp August 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Great outfit! I love that bag, the color is great. The leopard cardigan is the perfect touch.

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