Monday, November 24, 2014

Comfy but Not Flattering

There are many blogs that feature gorgeous photos of the bloggers wearing everything that looks like they are tailored made for them and they are always in the most exotic locations.  As you already know, I don't have pretty backdrops unless you consider an alley exotic.

My outfits are not always perfect and that's is okay with me because life is not about perfection.  If my life was perfect than it would be pretty boring.  So that brings me to today's outfit.  I ordered this buffalo check sweater from Forever 21 and love it.  But with the loose fit and the larger check, it does not flatter me and adds a lot of bulk.  So here I am, not the most figure flattering outfit with a boring background.  I have to say, this sweater is so comfy that I did not really care that it didn't look that good on me.

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, it's a gentle reminder that I am very blessed with my wonderful family & friends.  I have my health,  great job and so much more to be thankful and to be worrying about if a sweater looks good on me or not.

I will be taking the rest of the week off from blogging to enjoy this time with family & friends.

Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate!

Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Sweater Similar
Loft Plaid Pants Similar
Loft Leopard Wedges Similar
Loft Necklace Similar
Charming Charlie Ring Similar

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Classic with a Twist

I have always believed that you can express yourself through clothing even in the most conservative environment.  I work in an industry that's ultra conservative (banking) though because I live in Southern California, the dress code is a bit more relaxed than wearing a black suit everyday.  This outfit is a good example of how I still have some fun with dressing though it is a pretty conservative outfit.

I start with some classic elements in this outfit:
1. Red and leopard
2. Simple blazer
3. Pencil Skirt
4. Black Heels
5. Timeless watch

My twist to the classics:

1. A leopard sweater that is sheer with a cami underneath
2. Blazer that has a subtle polka dot print which adds to pattern mixing with the sweater
3. Pencil skirt in faux leather in a not too short length
4. Black Heels with gold zippers in the heel
5. A timeless watch with an unexpected pink stripe 

And viola!  I have an outfit that's office ready.  

Outfit Details:
Vince Camuto  Animal Burnout Crewneck Sweater Same on Clearance
The Limited Polka Dot Blazer Similar
Ann Taylor Faux Leather Pencil Skirt Same
DVF Small Tote Colorblock Stud Leather Purse Similar
Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pave Necklace Same in Silver
Ann Taylor Liz Zipper Leather Heels Same
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch c/o Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar
Unknown Bracelet Same Style via Etsys
Banana Republic Stackable Rings Similar
The Limited Pave Loops Ring Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same

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Speaking of classic, how stunning is this Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch!  I used to wear watches all the time and got away with wearing them since having a cellphone.  I guess it's been a long time ago. Daniel Wellington graciously gifted this to me and it reminded me what a great accessory a watch can be to an outfit.  Watches make a perfect gift for yourself or that special someone.  From now until December 31st, you get 15% of your purchase at Daniel Wellington using the discount code: holiday_midlifehappiness.  

If you wear a watch, do you have several and accessorize it to your outfit?

Here's a look back at how I wore my red polka dot blazer in the summer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Plaid Tube Skirt

To end my week of plaid, I am wearing my Topshop plaid skirt that I bought early this year.  I don't remember owning a tube skirt since probably the 80s.  The fit is very snug which is fine if I layer it over loose top like I did here.  My only complain about the tube skirt is I can't walk!! I am forced to take super small steps and feels like I am taking forever to get anywhere.  

And let's talk about this vest, I saw it at Banana Republic and fell in love with how soft it is.  This piece really feels very high end and I was happy to be able to snag it during the 50% off sale and used some rewards too.  Those type of shopping makes me feel like a smart shopper.  

I am such a sucker when it comes to advertisements, a percent off, loyalty programs that rewards you with dollars, special sales days and I am in.  I try not too fall into these traps but it is tough.  I remember I read somewhere that as consumers we feel like are getting a great deal when there's a promo like buy one get one 50% or a free gift with purchase.  

Which type of sales always get you?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Mixed Media Button Down (worn hereShirt Same on Clearance
Roland Mouret x Banana Republic Leopard Cropped Sweater (worn here & here
Banana Republic FauxShearling Vest Same
Topshop Plaid Tube Skirt (worn here & hereSimilar
Loft Necklace Similar
Forever 21 Twisted Knuckle Ring Same
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same
Ann Taylor Suede Wedges Similar

TBT to this past February when I first wore this skirt on the blog (original post here)

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time of the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there.  Please also link back this post to your blog.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up!

P.S. TBT Fashion Link up will be off next week in observance of Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Special Projects

 Plaid seems like a pretty busy pattern but it seems to work pretty well paired with stripes.  I am no genius, I have been seeing a lot of this pairing on Instagram so I figure I would give it a try. 

I know a lot of people find fashion inspirations on Pintrest but I mainly use it for collecting recipes and exercise ideas.  I have been for years ripping out recipes and exercise programs from magazines. It drives my husband crazy since I am not very organized and there's stacks of pages everywhere.  I keep saying one day I will put in an organized binder that's indexed so I can find things easily.  Let's face it, when will I ever find time to do this?  I can't even keep my closet organized.

What special projects do you have that you've put off for a long time?

P.S.  Hope you be back on Thursday and link up to Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link up.

Outfit Details:
WHBM Top (worn hereSimilar
Zara Scarf (worn hereSimilar
Loft Boyfriend Jeans  Similar
Target Sneakers Similar
Loft Aviator Sunglasses Similar
Charming Charlie RingSimilar
WHBM Bracelets Similar
Marc by Marc Jacobs Purse Similar

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Plaid & Tan

Another week has gone by and it's less than 2 weeks from Thanksgiving.  The sales are coming fast and furious as stores want you to spend everything now.  I have never been a black Friday type of person, the idea of lining up outside to hope to grab a great deal just does not appeal to me.  

One year, my mom and sister came to visit me for Thanksgiving and for Black Friday we drove out to  a very large outlet mall.  It was the worst experience of my life, I can't even remember how long it took to find a parking space that was miles from the shopping center.  This was way before internet shopping so we did do a bit of shopping.  Just the crowd and how unpleasant people become while shopping and standing in line has really turned me off to any big shopping days.

This year some stores are actually opening Thanksgiving to start the process even earlier.  I will say no thank you and will be in the comfort of my home spending time with family.

Do you part take in Black Friday and what was your best deal scored?

BTW, it looks like will be plaid week here on the blog.  I have been adding more plaid to my closet lately.  Plaid is typically worn in the fall/winter which I have no idea why since it's should be dependent on the fabric. 

Outfit Details:
Loft Plaid Shirt Dress Same on Clearance
The Limited Jacket (worn hereherehereSimilar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Loft Belt Similar
Chinese Laundry Gadget Buckle Booties Same on Clearance
Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel Same in current colors

A look back at some ways that I've worn this tan blazer.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Cozy Sweater

I have been having major writers block on what to write lately. I think it's due to the multi-tasking that I am always doing when I am writing blog posts.  Right now, I am watching the final episode of The Walking Dead's Season 3 and it is pretty intense. 

With the limited time each day, I really have no choice but to multi-task.  I realize that I am probably taking much longer time to finish this post.  So in the interest of not wasting any more time, I will stop here and enjoy the rest of the episode.

Do you allot time each day dedicated to blogging?  How do you fit it into your day?

BTW, I did not fall asleep watching Big Hero 6.  In fact, when my son had to use the restroom -  I asked him if he could hold it for 1/2 hour.  And of course, we went to the restroom - who was I kidding asking a 6 year old that question.  I digress.....highly recommend this movie, it was much better than I expected.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Printed Silk Top (worn here & hereSame
Anthropology Cardigan (worn here & hereSimilar
Loft Jeans Similar
Matisse Boots Similar
Kate Spade NewYork Charles Street Small Haven Purse Same
JewelMint Layered Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Modern Classic Cutout Pendant Necklace Same in silver
JewelMint Pearl Luxe Ring Same

Here's a look back when I wore this cardigan earlier this year. (orinal post here)

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time of the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there.  Please also link back this post to your blog.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up!

Monday, November 10, 2014

No work and All Play

Today in America we celebrate Veterans day.  Thank you to all the brave and courages men & women that have served and serving our country. Without wonderful people like you, we would not be able to enjoy the freedom that we have.

I have the day off today and will have some fun time with my son.  We are planning a lunch date with daddy then it's a movie date to see Big Hero 6. 

I am hoping I won't fall asleep in this movie.  The last movie I saw with my son (The Lego Movie), I was asleep within the first 30 minutes.  If you take your kids to movies, do you normally stay awake and enjoy the movie?

P.S.  Stop by on Thursday and link up to Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link up.

Outfit Details:
Loft Top Similar
Loft Cardigan Similar
Loft Floral Vine Pencil Skirt Same on Clearance
Tory Burch Bombe Burch Tote  Same in Black
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Loft Sunglasses Similar
Nine West Bridgider Heels Same on Clearance in different colors
The Limited Oval Pave Ring Same
JewelMint Pearl Luxe Ring Same

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