Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Silver Heels

Sparkly things are mesmerizing.  When I saw this outfit on Ann Taylor's website I was mesmorize by the pretty polka dots, the feminine lace of the skirt and the sparkles of both the sweater and skirt.  Due to my sparkle hypnotize state, I ordered the whole outfit.  

So this outfit was really a no brainer and just in case there was not enough sparkles, I added some extra bling and I am ready for a date night.  

What fashion item/trend always catches your eye?

BTW, do you see my photo bomber in these photos?





Ann Taylor Sequins Lace Pencil Skirt Same
Ann Taylor Fall Dot Sweater Same
WHBM Polka Dot Clutch Similar
WHBM Silver Heels Similar
Loft Crystal Cuff Earrings Same
Charming Charlie's Ring Similar



For Throw Back Thursday Fashion link up, here is how I last wore my metallic heels in the Spring.  These heels have proven to be pretty good for all year round.  



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Time for 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. There will be no link up for the next 2 weeks due to the holidays.  Have a Happy Holidays!







Monday, December 15, 2014

Built in Scarf

I have a really bad habit of surfing the internet when we watch tv.  Which leads to a bad habit of buying things that I don't really need.  I was browsing on Forever 21's website when they had one of their sales and came across this sweater.  I love that it's a color I don't own and it has a built in scarf.  I can't say this is anything that I needed but because it's so different, I justified the purchase.  Regardless, I am happy with the purchase and love how comfy and different it is.

I told you yesterday how much I love the thigh high socks.  Well they are back today.  I ordered them in 3 colors (black, white, and gray).  

I think I need to pick up knitting again to avoid more mindless shopping.  

P.S.  Hope you will be back on Thursday and join Throw Back Thursday Fashion link up.


Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Draped Attached Scarf Cardigan Same
WHBM Sequins Stripe Tank Similar
J Crew Necklace Similar
AM Landen Ladies's Cotton Thigh High Socks Same
Fry Melissa Boots Similar
Old Navy Floppy Wool Hat Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
JewelMint Luxe Pearl Ring Similar



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thigh High Socks

As we are in the thick of holiday season, the weekends are getting busier and busier.  The hubby & I took Friday off to do some Christmas shopping.  I can't say it was a pure success or a bust but we got some shopping done.  We shopped at 3 stores and had lunch and I was exhausted.  As much as I love clothes, I hate shopping.  So I guess the rest of the gifts will be from Amazon or gift cards.  I just love Amazon Prime.  They just make shopping way too easy.  

This not a sponsored post, they have no idea who I am.  Amazon Prime is pretty awesome for a couple of reasons: free music, free shows, free Kindle book downloads each month.  I have not taken advantage of downloading free books yet because I don't really enjoy reading off iPad or my iPhone.  I also love that you can pretty much find anything and everything on Amazon.  

Take these socks, I have been wanting to try the thigh high socks but have not had any success with finding them and decided to look on Amazon.  I ordered these and the arrive in 2 days!  I am so happy with the quality of these socks.  I gave the socks with open toe heels a few weeks ago (here) and it was a more a no for me.  

I have been loving seeing bloggers wear thigh high socks with matching color heels to give the illusion of thigh high boots and really love the look.  You can see it on Heather of Thrift Stories and Alex of The Cherry Blossom Girl.  So I thought I would give this look a test run and see how I like it.  

I wore this outfit this past weekend to the Huntington Beach boat parade.  Since I am pretty particular about the length of my skirts, I don't have too many shorter length skirt to really pair with thigh highs and really just had this faux leather skater skirt from Ann Taylor.  I really like how this look turned out.  My only complaint is that when I was walking the socks slipped down a bit.  I think this look is much easier to pull off than socks with open toe heels and a good alternative if you do not want to spend money to buy a pair of over the knee boots.  

How do you feel about wearing thigh high socks?



Outfit Details:
The Limited Sweater Similar
Ann Taylor Faux Leather Skater Skirt Similar
Gap Scarf Similar
AM Landen Ladies's Cotton Thigh High Socks Same
The Limited Leopard Haircalf Cuff Bracelet Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Ann Taylor Treasure Ring Set Same
Banana Republic Oxfords Similar


Here's a look at how I've worn this faux leather skater skirt for work.

Original Post:  1 / 2 

Just wanted to share with you some bright and festive boats that were part of the parade.  We have been coming to this parade for a couple of years and it's always a lot of fun.  Oh I wish I had a boat and the money to decorate it. ... a girl can dream.



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Office Holiday Wear


Where I work, there are no fancy black tie holiday parties but we do have holiday lunches with clients or coworkers to celebrate the year.  

One of my favorite things to do during this time of the year is to dress festive.  Though I do wear sequins year round, I feel this time of the year it is okay to be as sparkly as you want.  With the abundance of holiday parties, I thought I would share some ideas for office holiday wear.  

I wore this outfit to the other day with no parties to attend but felt festive with the embellished neckline of the sweater.  The colors are not expected green/red or red/white but I sort of like that.

Does your office have big black tie, evening gowns type of parties are or those the good old days?

Congratulations to @erica2117 on Instagram, she won the blanket scarf and 3D Fiber Lash Mascara giveaway!!!



Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Embellished Starburst Sweater Same
J Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Black Watch Plaid Same
c/o Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch same
(Enjoy 15% off until Dec 31h with code: holidays_midlifehappiness)
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same
Ann Taylor Treasury Ring Set Same
Frye Melissa Boots Similar




TBT Fashion Link Up:

Here's a few looks from the previous years that I've done office holiday wear.

Original Post: 12 / 3 / 4 / 5 /6 / 7 / 8

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Cape, a Poncho & a New Do

When the Scandal collection came out from The Limited, I tried on this cape and kind of liked it.  For the price, I just could not justify the purchase since it really does not get too cold in Southern California.  Plus this particular cape was a bit too Sherlock Holmes for me to pull off in real life.

Then, I spied this pretty cape from Ann Taylor.  It was still a cape but I liked the it had a belt to define the waist.  The belt is not shown in these photos because I accidentally left the belt in the bedroom and did not have enough time to run back to tie it for these pictures.  You can see how it looks here.  This cape was much more practical for me for a couple of reasons.  1. It was a navy which makes it easy to go with most colors and felt a bit more traditional and 2. A belt makes it more coat like.  I was still a bit hesitant if I could pull this off but there was a really incredible sale and I scored this cape for under $100.  I can't tell you how much I love this cape.  It's actually perfect for my cold office.  I find wearing a jacket and typing extremely restrictive and rarely have a jacket on and turn on my space heater to keep me warm.  With the cape, my arms were able to move freely.


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Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (worn here)  Similar
Ann Taylor Buttoned Up Boiled Wool Cape Similar
Loft Plaid Cuffed Pants Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Heels Similar
J Crew Factory Tortoise  Crystal Pendant Necklace Similar
c/o Daniel Welling Classic Sheffield Lady Watch Same
(15% off till 12/31 with code: holiday_midlifehappiness)


Moving on to ponchos....they are so comfy.  Nuff said.  Here are 2 ponchos that I purchased recently and love both.  



Outfit Details:
The Limited Stripe Cowl Neck Poncho Same in Black & White
Old Navy Liquid Leggings Same
ShoeMint Sierra Ankle Boots Similar
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same
Ann Taylor Treasure Ring set Same








Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top Similar
Forever 21 Plaid Fringe Poncho Same
WHBM Jeggings Similar
Unknown Brand Sock Cuffs Similar
Frye Melissa Boots Similar
Old Navy Wool Floppy Hat Similar


Lastly, I went to get my hair colored this weekend.  Before we started, I asked my girlfriend what she thought of a long bob for me.  She thought it was a great idea and we went ahead with it.  I cut off 12" and when she made the first snip, I was having some serious doubts.  The front is still long and the back just skims my shoulders.  You can see a little bit in the pictures how it angles.  I am so in love with this new haircut!  

Have do you feel about capes and ponchos?  

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







Sunday, December 7, 2014

Let's Try This Again: Plaid + Plaid

A few posts ago, I wore an outfit that I was very comfortable in but it was not very flattering (see original post here).  I really like the mixed of plaids and the colors so I wanted to give it another try.  

This outfit is equally as comfortable as my previous double plaid outfit just a little more flattering in photographs.  

I know plaid is sort of the "it" print of the season and I just can't get enough of it.  I just adore these pants and want to wear it every chance I get.  I love that they are a subdued color so  I can really wear any color with it.  

And friends, we only have 17 days left until Christmas is here!! Like every year, I am super behind in Christmas shopping and just got ordered our cards this weekend.  Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Don't forget that Daniel Wellington is offering 15% off until December 31st.  Use code: holiday_midlifehappiness to receive your discount.  If you order by Dec 22nd you can receive it by Dec 24th and free shipping.  

Today is the last day to enter for a blanket scarf and 3D Fiber Lash Mascara giveaway...enter here.  Good luck!






Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Factory Top (worn here & hereSimilar
Mossimo Cardigan Similar
Loft Plaid Melange Ankle Pants Similar
Loft Necklace Similar
Loft Gunmetal Teardrop Earrings Same
c/o Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch Same
BCBGenenration Tina Pumps Similar






Outfit Details:
Loft Metallic Leaf Necklace Similar
Charming Charlie Ring Similar
Loft Top Similar
WHBM Flats Similar


Original Post: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Leather Jacket

I bought this leather coat last year, when it was way too hot for me to wear it since it was one of California's warmest winters..  This year, we've had a few days of cooler weather but still not cold enough to wear it as a jacket.  So I figure instead of letting it sit in my closet, why don't I wear it as a vest.  

Speaking of giving something a second life, this sweater dress was sitting in my donate pile.  There's nothing wrong with the dress but I just did love it anymore.  There's ribbing in the middle which draws attention to an area that I prefer not to highlight.  When I was trying to figure out what to pair with this vest, I wanted to swear a dress with it and decided to give this dress another try to decide if I was keeping it.  Trying to use it again confirmed that I do not love it anymore and will be going to a home that would appreciate it more.

How do you decide when it's time for an item to go donate or for sale?  Also how do you decide which pile it goes into?

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Outfit Details:
Daniel Leather Coat (last worn hereSimilar Trench
Loft Sweater Dress Similar
Loft Leopard Wedges Similar
DVF Small Colorblock Studded Tote Similar


A Throw Back at how I wore this jacket (original post)


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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!






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