Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Leopard Skirt

When I bought this skirt leopard skirt this past winter, I really thought it was a skirt meant for fall and winter.  The skirt is a heavier knit fabric so I thought it may look to awkward for the warmer seasons.  Plus I had no idea what to wear to make it more spring like.  

Enter this link up, you ladies are always so fab in your outfits and giving me style ideas.  Last week, Ruth of My Little Nest shared an outfit with the same skirt and I just loved it with the brown.  So here I am recreating her outfit and I am happy to be able to wear this skirt beyond the cooler months.

So friends, I don't tell you enough but thank you so much always for linking up and sharing your great outfits.  I get so much inspiration from each one of you!

Fashion Over 40

Outfit Details:
Loft Leopard Skirt (worn hereSimilar
Banana Republic Sandals Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar

TBT Fashion Link up

Here's a throw back to how I wore my leopard skirt in January 2016, original post here.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Polka Dot Skirt 2 Ways + Ageless Style Link Up

I can't believe it's May and this year Mother's day is next weekend since we had our first Sunday yesterday.  We typically do not anything big on the actual day since the restaurants are too crowded and I feel where ever we go.

On Mother's day, I am actually running Disney's Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon and the race starts at 5:30 am! I will be so exhausted from waking up so early and then actually having to run that I am sure all I want to do is nap.  Actually, I nap every weekend but that's a topic I can use for another post.  I look forward to this race every year even if I get slower and slower each year.  

What are your plans for Mother's day?

I wore this to have lunch with my son last week at his school and would wear this for a Mother's day brunch.  I used my Gucci clutch that is a hand me down from my mom which makes this outfit even more special since I don't get to see her usually on Mother's day besides FaceTime.

With this post, I am also participating in several style challenges.  

I am helping Ada of Elegance & Mommyhood celebrate her birthday by wearing red shoes.  She does a fun birthday post each year and this year her theme is red shoes.  I bought these shoes on clearance (for under $40!) and they are so comfy and my go to shoe for a pop of color.

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Factory Top Similar
WHBM Necklace Similar
Banana Republic Brooch Similar
Gucci Clutch Similar
WHBM Belt Similar
WHBM Demi Sandals Similar

I am also participating in Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget and Jill of Everything Just So's monthly How I Wear My series.  This month's theme is how I wear pearls.  Every since I was little, I have been obsessed with pearls (I love them more then diamonds).  They just add so much class and elegance to an outfit.  

This necklace is an oldie from White House Black Market and I added the brooch for a unique look.  I also added similar metals in my bracelet to mimic the look of the necklace.

I am also so excited to introduce you to Ageless Style Link-Up!  This our first link up with the theme of Floral Mother's Day look.  The link up is the first Tuesday of each month.  Please stop by all fabulous host and see their Mother's Day look and link up!

I thought I would share with you another look with this polka dot skirt.  This skirt is so perfect for pattern mixing and I love the green floral top makes me feel even more spring like.

Pattern Mixing

 Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Sleevless Drapey Top Similar
Ann Taylor Belt Similar
Zara Purse Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar

Ageless Style Link Up

Tania @ 50 Is Not Old 
Yvonne @ Funky Forty

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Cloche Hat

I am so glad it's hat season..... Who am I kidding, it's hat season pretty much 360 days of the year in sunny southern California.  

Sometimes I wished I could wear a hat everyday.  Why you ask....

1. I don't have to do anything to my hair.  That means I can leave it dirty or style it. It's not that I have fancy hair that requires a lot of styling but it's nice to just wake up and finger comb it and put a hat on it.  

2. It's great to protect against the sun.  This is really important as my son's soccer season has started.  My scalp burns pretty easily so I need to always wear a hat so I don't burn.  Trust me, a burnt scalp does not feel good and does not look pretty as the dead skin flakes off.

3. Hats make a great accessory to an outfit.  You can create a sporty look with a baseball hat or feel glamorous wearing a pretty dress with a fascinator.  The options are endless.

4. It hides my gray hairs!!!

I wore this outfit this weekend.  My hair was a big mess and I was not in the mood to wash and style it since I going to get my hair done later in the day.  I mean why wash my hair 2x in a day right.

Are you a hat person?  Do you have a favorite type of hat to wear?

TBT Fashion Link up

Fashion Over 40

Anthropologie Tilda Straw Cloche Similar
Gap Jeans Similar
Kate Spade New York Charles Street Small Haven Purse Similar
House of Harlow Leather Sunburst Necklace Same in different color
J Crew Necklace Similar
WHBM Necklace Similar
Nakamol Mixed Crystal Five Times Blue Leather Wrap Bracelet Same in different color

TBT Fashion Link up

Here's a throw back to June 2014 when I paired this hat with a scallop dress.  Original post here.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Metallic Accents

We had a heat wave last week in southern California where the weather was in the upper 80s (28 c) which is way too hot for spring.  When it is hot, I tend to favor dresses that's not form fitting.  I wore my trusty fit and flare dress and was ready to go.  

The cardigan was much needed for the office and the metallic accents added for some fun.  

I have been using mostly gold jewelry lately and was happy to switch back to silver which used to be my go to metallic color.  

Do you tend to favor a metallic color?

Fashion Over 40

Fashion Over 40

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Fit and Flare Dress (worn here & hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Polka Dot Cardigan (worn hereherehere & hereSimilar
Banana Republic Carlie Flats Similar

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Red Blazer

Do you have a signature style or piece that people always remember you by?  

At the office, I am know for my selection of shoes.  When I go to see clients, they always comment about remembering my shoes from a previous meetings or the shoes I am wearing that day. I don't wear memorable shoes everyday but I do try to wear every pair of shoes as much as I can.  

I have been wanting to wear these red plaid heels post holiday for a while now and just could not figure out how to wear it without feeling to festive.  I think I have achieved my mission by pairing it with black and white stripes and wore these heels.  I attended a conference when I wore this outfit and I probably had about dozen people comment on these shoes.  

Ann Taylor Striped Short Sleeve Sweater Dress - On Clearance
The Limited Polka Dot One Button Blazer ( worn herehere, & hereSimilar
Old Navy Bucket Purse Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring 
WHBM Tassel Necklace Similar
J Crew Elsie D'Orsay Pump with Obi Bow (worn here & hereSimilar

Another signature item for me are blazers.  I wear them almost daily at work and have closet full of them.  Something about wearing a red blazer, always makes me feel so empowered.  

Here's a throw back to Jan 2015 on an outfit with some subtle mix of polka dots (original post here).

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stripe Blazer 3 Ways

April 15th used to be the dreaded tax date and my hubby and I always wait till the last day to file since we always end up paying taxes.  I am not sure why government has extended the tax deadline to the 18th.  For us, it just delayed the inevitable but I am glad we had the extra time.  

For those that are getting a tax refund, I hope you will get to do something fun with some of the money. 

Now onto this blazer, let's just say I am in love it.  I know, I am in love with everything that I buy but that's they way every piece you wear should feel right?  

The Limited Striped madison Blazer

The Limited Striped Madison Blazer

Express Barcelona Cami Similar
Old Navy Bucket Purse Similar
WHBM Pendant Necklace with Crystal from Swarovski Same
J Crew Medallion Tassel Necklace Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar
Ivanka Trump Florina Pumps Similar

Loft Tank Similar
Charles David Sway Heels Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar

J Crew Factory Top
J Crew Factory Isabelle Bow Pump

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Lace Cut Out Crop Top

After Monday's long post, I am sort of out of words and will share with you some random thoughts in regards to shopping.

Random Thought #1
Why do I always spend hate paying for shipping when I order online?  I shared this photo on Instagram about my new purse purchase.  I have been wanting these heels for awhile and found them on clearance so I decided to buy them.  Free shipping was only $10 away and really didn't find anything that I wanted in that price range.  So instead of sucking up to pay the $7 shipping, I decided to spend a $130 for this purse

I have never heard of this brand of the purse and decided to take a chance on it and really liked it when I received it. 

Random Thought #2
As I am writing this post, it's pretty late at night and I am watching nothing special on tv.  There are a plethora of infomercials running.  Who buys this stuff???  I can say I used to be obsessed with health and cooking products in my younger days. I have bought the George Forman Grill, a pull up bar, an ab roller and a few workout DVDs to name a few.  I still use a few of these things but have not bought much in the last 10 years.  

I think the lure of infomercials have tarnished since you can buy everything online now.  I am sure I still need a L Pillow or 1 Second Slicer.

Random Thought #3
I don't know why I keep buying white pants.  No matter how cautious I am, they always get dirty.  I feel like I need to buy a new pair every year because they start to not have the crisp white look after so many washes.  

What is your secret to keeping whites in tip top shape?

WHBM Laser Cut Out Crop Top

office style, work wear

Outfit Details:
BaubleBar Ice Twister Ring, Banana Republic Ring Similar
Zara Purse Similar
Banana Republic Loafers Similar

WHBM Jasper Long Pendant Necklace

We are going to throw it way back to about a month ago when I wore this top to a baby shower.  Original post here.  I get so many compliments when I wear this top and I really love how unique this top is.  I had originally bought the matching skirt and ended up returning it since it's not a skirt that I could use for work and have much use for.

TBT Fashion Link Up

Linking up with these fabulous ladies: