Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Stripes and Leopard

I am always appreciate of your comments about how I do pattern mixing so well.  I have to let you on a little secret, I tend to keep my pattern formula pretty simple.  I stick with patterns that I like and just repeat.  

Stripes and leopard falls into a combo that is something that I love and keep repeating in many of my outfits.  


If pattern mixing is out of your comfort zone, I find that it's easiest to do in in accessories.  This outfit actually has 3 patterns (polka dots that are so subtle on the jacket, stripes & leopard).  If you take away the leopard purse, the outfit will not feel as overwhelming with too many patterns.  

I do love the mix of these patterns and the this color combo always feels so classic for me.  


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Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link up

Loft Variegated Stripe Cap Sleeve Dress (worn hereSimilar
The Limited One Button Blazer (worn herehere & hereSimilar
WHBM Belt Similar
H & M Necklace Similar
WHBM Calfhair Satchel Similar
WHBM Demi Sandals Similar


My throw back is from Jan 2014 when I wore leopard jeans with a stripe top.  Original post here


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Denim Pencil Skirt 2 Ways

I have several denim skirts and they are typical denim skirt.  I bought this pencil skirt in a denim like material thinking it was a good way to sneak in denim in the office for me.  I love the it's super soft and stretchy and because of the cut, it doesn't feel as casual.

I am wore the yellow outfit this past Friday to the office and my son tells me that I look a little to casual for work.  I don't know where my son gets his fashion ideas from but it's pretty funny to hear the coming out of an 8 year old.  

I have been wanting a sports watch for sometime and just could not decide on a Fitbit or an Apple Watch.  As you can see from the pictures, I went with the Apple watch.  My husband has the Fitbit Charge which I just did not like how it looked.  He does not like that you can't read the screen in the sun.  I was hesitant to get this model because I wasn't too sure how gross the plastic band would get after awhile.

I went with the Apple watch because you could switch the watch bands.  The bands are pretty pricey if you buy them directly from Apple.  You can get similar bands on Amazon, Etsy or ebay at a much lower price point. Needless to say, I have ordered a few bands to change based on my outfit which is kind of fun.  

So far, I am very happy with the watch.  I thought it was kind of silly to receive texts and phone calls on your watch but I can't believe how handy it has been.  I usually keep my phone in my purse and miss calls and now I see it on my watch and can answer it there too.  Plus all my electronics I own are Apple products so it integrates well with the watch.

I really did not do a whole lot of research when I was looking.  I learned after the fact that you can get a similar watch with FitBit Blaze that offers similar switchable bands.  It does have a longer battery life then the apple watch and sleep monitor.  

Do you own these type of sports watch and has it help improve your fitness?


Loft Sweater Similar
Ann Taylor Denim Pencil Skirt Similar
House of Harlow Sunburst Necklace Same in different colors
Zara Purse Similar
J Crew Factory Gingham Wedges Similar


Because of the simple cut and dark color, the skirt is also handy for a dresser look too.



Ann Taylor Denim Pencil Skirt Similar
J Crew Factory Tortoise Crystal Pendant Necklace Similar
Forever 21 Leopard Clutch Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar
Banana Republic Ring Similar
Ann Taylor Sandals Similar



Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & FrostingPink SoleMore Pieces of MeA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle Nudge,Beauty by Miss L,  Not Dressed As LambMichelle's PaigeNorthwest Blonde,  Reasons to DressStyle Elixir's Style SessionTwo Peas in a BlogMyriad Musings Garay TreasuresI do deClaire,  Trend Spin Link Up,  Shopping my ClosetElegantly Dressed & StylishSandy a La Mode & Cute & Little, The Pleated Poppy, Classy Yet TrendyCappuccino and FashionPampers & Pearls,  Sydney Fashion HunterPastries, Pumps & PiColor and GraceA Good HueJersey Girl, Texan Heart and Pumps and Push Ups

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Anything Gingham

I am basically a broken record with what prints I am obsessed with season after season.  This time of the year, it's gingham.  I can't tell you how obsessed I am with my gingham blazer and wanted to add another one to my closet.  I recently bought this pink gingham blazer and thought it would be a fun option to have.  

Not only did I buy the pink gingham blazer, I also picked up these gingham wedges that I am so in love with!! I shared my story on Instagram how I may have squealed a bit when the cashier rang these up.  They were $118 and on sale for 40%, when I got to the register, I learned they were on clearance and it came up for under $30.  So instead of spending $70 for a pair of shoes, I saved $40!  Now that's a reason to squeal right.

I also picked up this gingham shell top in red which just makes me want to go on a picnic.



Speaking of obsession here are some of my recent obsessions:

LaCroix Sparkling Water.  I gave up drinking diet coke for sometime now and still crave a little fizz once in awhile.  These sparkling water has no sugar, no calories and comes in a wide variety of flavors.  I don't think I've tried all the flavors yet but they have just the perfect hint of flavor without the sweetness.  I highly recommend it.  

Stack.  I learn new video game apps from my son and our family is obsessed with this one.  We all try to beat one another.  I am in the lead but my son is not so far behind.

Me Before You.  I just read the book and loved it.  I can't wait for the movie to come out in a couple of weeks.  I loved the story so much that I am now reading the sequel After You.  

What are some of your latest obsession?

TBT Fashion Link Up

I built this outfit based on wanting to wear these floral heels.  I don't wear them much and wanted to enjoy them. Even with all the textures and patterns, this outfit did not feel too over the top. I liked how all the shades of blue worked together.


Outfit Details:
The Limited Gingham Blazer Similar
J Crew Cap Sleeve Floral Lace Top (worn hereSimilar
J Crew Medalion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar



Here's a throw back to March when  showcased 3 ways I've worn this gingham blazer.  Original post.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon

I was never an athletic person growing up and even now I don't consider myself very athletic.  Back in 2003, I wanted to run a marathon and joined a local running group through the city that helped trained for the LA Marathon.  

I have made some great friends through this running group and 13 years later, we still run together.  I have never been fast nor have I experienced the runner high.  So why do I keep running? For the friendship.  When my friends are I run together, we chat and have a good time and next thing you know you are done with a 6 mile run.  

I live only about 15 minutes away from Disneyland so my friends and I enjoy running the Tinkerbell race.  This is the 5th year of the race and I do hope to continue to run it as long as I can. 

You can read about my past experiences here , here and here.

These pictures are post run and I don't wear make up while I am running so sorry for the scary pictures.  I dressed up as Alice in Wonderland this year and made my costume which I am not sure I like much.  I may go back to being Tinkerbell or Minnie Mouse. This running shirt just showed too many of my lumps.


As the 5th anniversary they had a nice banner of all the individuals that participated all run.  I found my name and of course had to take a picture with it.


The race started at 5:30 am and you run through the parks for the first 3 miles and the rest of the miles are throughout the city of Anaheim.  I was a bit disappointed with the smaller amount of characters that you can take pictures with thought out Disneyland and floats on display like they had in previous years.  

To prepare for the race, you would think I ran a lot but I only went running once a week.  I continued to Crossfit 4-5x/week and ran on the weekend.  My longest run was 10 miles.  Each week, my runs were horrible.  My endurance was awful and I was always lagging behind my friends and feeling out of breath.  Some days my legs felt like lead and I had to walk.  

With that said, I did not have high expectations on time on this race.  My goal was just to be able to cross the finish line on my own.

Here's my official race results:
1,427 out of 11,406 female runners
238 out of my age division
5k split: 35:43
10k split: 1:07
15k split: 1:39
13.1 miles: 2.18
Avg Pace: 10:34 / mile

Looking back at my previous post, this is the fastest I've ran the Tinkerbell.  That is too funny since I had zero expectations.




A close up of the pretty medal.  I always love how pretty the medals are.  Sadly my medals are not displayed and just sits in a drawer.  I have been wanting to buy one of these running display but just can't decide where I want to hang it.


Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Pink SoleMore Pieces of MeA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle Nudge,Beauty by Miss L,  Not Dressed As LambMichelle's PaigeNorthwest Blonde,  Reasons to DressStyle Elixir's Style SessionTwo Peas in a BlogMyriad Musings Garay TreasuresI do deClaire,  Trend Spin Link Up,  Shopping my ClosetElegantly Dressed & StylishSandy a La Mode & Cute & Little, The Pleated Poppy, Classy Yet TrendyCappuccino and FashionPampers & Pearls,  Sydney Fashion HunterPastries, Pumps & PiColor and GraceA Good HueJersey Girl, Texan Heart and Pumps and Push Ups

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Polka Dot Blazer

As you may know, I work on my posts on the weekend for the upcoming week.  So right now it's Saturday night and I am getting nervous about my race tomorrow.  I am not so sure why I am nervous since it's not like I am competing for 1st place but just have fun.  I want to do as well or better than my last 1/2 marathon but I know that's not realistic with the run times I have been getting.  

Anyways, my mind is going about 1,000 different directions and I don't really have much to say about this post.  

I knew when I bought this blazer, it will be a fun piece for in and out of the office.  I wore it for work last time and wore this outfit to go to dinner with my family.  It was the perfect mix of causal feel for dinner with my family afterwards without feeling all stuffy in even if I am wearing a blazer.  Blazer and jeans for me just feels so effortlessly chic.  



James Jeans (worn hereSimilar
BaubleBar Layered Necklace Similar
Kate Spade New York Henry Lane Aubree Purse Similar
Ivanka Trump Florina Pump Similar


Here's a throw back to April when I wore this to work (post here).

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

An Ode to J Crew Pencil Skirts

For those that celebrated Mother's day, I hope you had a beautiful day.  I did run the Tinkerbell 1/2 marathon and had a blast.  I will share more about this next week, I am tired from waking up at 3 am and just not functioning enough to write about it.

If I had a way with words, I would have written a poem about my love for J Crew pencil skirts.  However, I was not gifted with the talent of putting thoughts eloquently to paper so I am going to list my reasons.  
So here are my reason for my love for J Crew pencil skirts:

1. They cut of the pencil skirt is flattering for my body shape.  I love wearing pencil skirts for work because they are a good for my office.  They are appropriate and they make me feel feminine.  I guess that really goes for all brands of pencil skirts.

From a J Crew perspective, their skirts are cut in the right length for me and the fit is not too fitted so they are totally professional.  I know when I buy the No 2. pencil skirt, I know what to expect.


Fashion over 40




Banana Republic Cardigan Similar
Tory Burch Middy Robinson Satchel Similar
Nine West Pumps Similar


2.  I love the unexpected details.  The stripe skirt has a frayed hem, how fun is that!  I recently ordered this scallop skirt with grommets and can't wait to wear it.  Both of these skirts have details that are fun but not over the top.

J Crew Elsie Crack Leather Pumps


J Crew Cap Sleeve Floral Lace Top Similar
J Crew Elsie Cracked Leather Pumps Similar
J Crew Layered Crystal Necklace Similar
Zara Purse Similar


3.  They make the best prints.  When I first started shopping at J Crew, it was the prints that really drew me in.  I talked about back in 2012 in this post.  I miss this skirt and holding onto it and working my way into getting my body back into it.

Since I work in a conservative office, the fun prints really help to add a little personality.



Ann Taylor Wrap Striped Blouse Similar
J Crew Collection Skirt in Autumn Floral Similar
Charles David Sway Heels Similar
Old Navy Bucket Purse Similar




I could probably go on as to why I love them but I think I will stop here.  I know that I don't need any more pencil or any other type of skirts since I have more than one person will ever need.  Now if J Crew can stop making great prints, it may ease my addiction.





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