Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Neutral Base + A Fun Jacket = A Fun Work Outfit

I think you know by now that Forever 21 is truly a guilty pleasure for me.  I kinda feel awkward going into the store for me thinking people are wondering where's my daughter.  I had some store credit that I wanted to use up and wandered aimlessly throughout the store.  Personally, the store is too big that it's a bit overwhelming for me.  I am confused by the different section and variety.  As I was aimless wandering around, I found the Heritage 1981 section.  I am still not sure what it all means but I found this fun whimsical jacket.

I have never purchased a printed jacket before and thought this one was fun enough to wear both to work and on the weekend.  It's a very light weight jacket so it's perfect for the hot summer weather.  My outfit looks very bland and office boring without the jacket and what a difference it makes by adding a printed jacket!

Do you own a printed jacket?  If yes, what kind of print is it?
  


Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Dress (Same)
Forever 21 Jacket (Similar)
The Limited Necklace (Similar)
J Crew & mixed unknown Bracelet (Similar J CrewMixed Bangles)
Banana Republic Ring (On Clearance Now)
Banana Republic Wedges (Similar)
Kate Spade Purse (Similar


Monday, July 30, 2012

Mellow Yellow

Happy Monday!  Oh why does the weekend always fly by so quickly?  Here's a bright yellow dress to brighten up your day!  I have been a on the hunt for the perfect yellow dress for quiet some time.  I was looking for one that was a sunny yellow with a simple silhouette.  I found it at H&M and when I got home, I noticed that the dress had a giant grease stain and had to return it.  Of course, that dress was no longer available.  I continued my hunt and found this on ideeli.com a few months later.  

These flash sale sites are quiet addicting and so easily accessible to via my iPhone.  My daily fix are: Rue La La, Gilt & Ideeli.  What are some of flash sales sites that you visit?




Outfit Details:
Calvin Klein Dress (Similar)
Loft Belt (Similar)
Loft Sweater (Similar)
Banana Republic Necklace (Similar)
Ann Taylor Bracelet (Similar)
Gorjana Ring (Similar)
Me Too Wedges (Similar)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

An Illusionist

Is Alice wearing a lace top without anything underneath?!  Of course not but I love clothes that looks nude but isn't really.  This beautiful lace tee has nude panel underneath to hide all appropriate goodies.   I love that it's just a plain tee but the lace adds such a interesting factor to it.  

Are there certain in clothes that you are drawn to (i.e., ruffles, tiers, style)?  For me it's a little bit of everything but lately I have been looking for tops with some fun prints.




Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (Same)
Ann Taylor Shorts (Same)
The Limited Belt (Similar)
Loft Sandals (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)
Tory Burch Bracelet (Similar)
Forever 21 Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Accessories Auction Earrings (Similar)


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Concerts in the Park

One of my favorite thing to do in the summer is attending concerts in the park.  The city that I live in is awesome and have concerts almost every weekend with different kinds of music.  These concerts are FREE and they are perfect for a picnic with family & friends.  

You know my love for maxi dresses and it was perfect for a concert.  I could sit down on the grass without showing too much - it's like having my own blanket to sit on!  

What do you wear to a casual summer concert?




Outfit Details:
Gap Maxi Dress (On Clearance Now)
Accessories Auction via Facebook Necklace & Earrings (Similar NecklaceSimilar Earrings)
Loft Sandals (Similar)
Loft Sunglasses (Similar)
Old Navy Hat (Similar)
Banana Republic Crossbody Purse (Similar)
The Limited Bracelet (Similar)


Friday, July 27, 2012

A Girly Suit

Happy Friday!  There are days at work where I have to wear a suit and today was one of them.  Maybe it's the beautiful sunny skies but I was not in the mood to be in a stuffy suit.  So how did it make it a little more fun without being as colorful...ruffles!  I love the girly details on this suit.  From the flutter skirt to the little ruffles on the shoulders of the jacket (you can almost see them if you focus really hard in the middle picture).

The polka dots and ruffles of this top also soften the black suit.  Of course, I added a little flair with the animal print belt.

If you worked in an environment where you have to wear a suit to work...how do you individualize your look?  





Outfit Details:
Old Navy Top (Similar)
Banana Republic Necklace (Similar)
White House Black Market Belt (Similar)
Jessica Simpson Heels (Same)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Swirls and Dots

This is one of my favorite skirts which I used quiet a bit prior to my blogging life.  I've only worn it once since blogging as seen here.  I really didn't think polka dots were that versatile until I started playing with colors/patterns.  The last time I wore this, I played it pretty safe with using the same color palette.  This time, I added orange and I really do love orange and navy combo.  I think it works because of the white in the top & skirt.  

I know pattern mixing is HOT now...how comfortable are you with it?  




Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Top (Similar)
Banana Republic Skirt (Similar)
Banana Republic Jacket (On Sale Now)
J Crew Belt (Similar)
Banana Republic Earrings (Similar)
Tory Burch Wrap Bracelet (Similar)
Unknown Pearl Bracelets (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Alfani Shoes (Similar)
Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dots and Animals

I can't tell what kind of print my top is - it could be dots or it could be an animal print.  The Ann Taylor website calls in an animal print but my eyes are having a hard time focusing today.  So I am gonna say it's a spotted animal :)

With the confusion, I thought it would be fun to a little pattern mixing with my shoes.  For me animal prints are hard to pair with other animal prints.  I haven't tried mixing a zebra print with snake, leopard, giraffe, cow..etc.  I usually stick with one animal print and that's it.  Today's outfit is as close as mixing animal prints as I have gotten.  

Have you mixed animals prints?  

I would love to see how you've done it.  Please post it on my Facebook page.  I am so new to this blogging thing and have no idea how to have you post it directly on my blog yet... please give me another 10 years. 




Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (On Sale Now)
The Limited Skirt (Same)
Loft Belt (Similar)
Armita Singh Earrings (Similar)
Banana Republic Necklace (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Sam Edleman Heels (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bright Pants

When these pants were promoted at The Loft in their ads...I knew I had to have them.  When I tried it on...I was like "WHOA!  Those are some bright pants!" and debated if they were suitable for work.  The fabric and cut is perfect but it is a really bright orangey red.  I have used these a handful of times and I always gets compliments on them.  

I think the key to wearing such a bright color pants to work is to keep everything else pretty toned down with neutral colors and to keep the jewelry simple.  

Would you wear bright pants to work and what would you pair it with?  



Outfit Details:
The Limited Sweater  (Similar)
Loft Pants (Similar)
Etsy Necklace (Same)
Tory Burch Cuff (Same)
Gorjana Ring (Similar)
Jessica Simpson Heels (Same)
J Crew Purse (Similar)

Monday, July 23, 2012

In Full Bloom

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had an awesome weekend.  Our weekend was pretty non-eventful but none the less too short.  

I wore this dress on Friday which I would not consider work appropriate until adding the cardi.  The cardi hides the spaghetti straps and keeps me warm from the freezing temps in the office.  I really do love my cardis and I always on the look out for more colors.  I probably have about 30 cardis (short and long sleeves) but I tend to wear my black one the most.  I totally forgot to take pictures with the cardi since it was already so hot in the morning.  

Would you wear spaghetti straps or strapless dresses/tops to work?   

BTW, what's not to love about this dress...cheery, affordable and it has pockets!




Outfit Details:
Old Navy Dress (Same)
White House Black Market Belt (Same)
Loft Wedges (On Clearance Now)
Banana Republic Purse (Similar)
White House Black Market Cuff (Similar)
White House Black Market Necklace (Similar)
White House Black Market Earrings (Similar)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday Redo

After my messy sampling at Costco, I had to quickly change so that we could attend the Great Park's Anniversary celebration.  It was still pretty hot out so I stayed in shorts but grabbed a cardi for the early evening.  The Great Park is the former El Toro Marine Base that the city is in the process of making it a park.  There is still a lot of concrete and not a whole lot of trees.  I am hoping that when I am 99, the park will be ready to go.  

They do host a great anniversary celebration with an air show and lots of free things for the kids (like kite making and planting pumpkin seeds).  Logan was in heaven being able to go into old air trooper carriers and tanks.  They had live entertainment which was an awesome U2 tribute band and live fireworks show to end the day.  

What summer festivities are you planning to attend this summer?

One of my goals of show casing in this blog is blending the use of my work and weekend wardrobe.  I wore this top for work here.  I will continue my best to mix my clothes to give you ideas how to mix your wardrobe to get the most bang for your buck.


We were in such a hurry that I didn't notice that my necklace was backwards...I guess I just wanted to show you how the back looked like.


Outfit Details:
Loft Top (Same)
Gap Shorts (Same on Clearance Now)
Ann Taylor Necklace (Same on Clearance Now)
Ann Taylor Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Same on Clearance Now)
Coach Purse (Similar)
Loft Wedges (Same on Clearance Now)
Loft Sunnies (Similar)

A highlight of some of the cool stuff we saw.  That's some kind of bullet that Logan & I are holding.  This one is empty but when it's full - it weights over 100 pounds.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Color Block

Color blocking has been a big trend for some time now.  This pretty top from Ann Taylor grabbed my attention immediately with the contrast of colors.  This is a top that I can easily wear to work as well as weekend as below.  

Have you embraced the color blocking trend and how do you wear it?

I wore this outfit to enjoy the Orange County Great Park anniversary celebration. Unfortunately, this shirt did not make it past lunch time because I was busy sampling Costco samples and spilled syrup all over myself.  It was quiet a sight since I had a big syrup stain in the middle of my shirt and my son had chocolate stains all over his...like mother like son.

I will post my 2nd outfit and some pics from the Great Park celebration.  

I am just learning to use different photography apps from the iTunes store.  This photography thing is kind of fun.  It's amazing what you can do with pictures now days!  I am not sure why I am so orange in the first picture..I kept adjusting the hues and it still made me so Oompha Loompa.




Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (Similar)
Loft Shorts (Similar)
Loft Sunnies (Similar)
Ann Taylor Necklace (Same on Clearance)
Ann Taylor Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Same on Clearance)
Banana Republic Sandals (Similar)
Banana Republic Purse (Similar)

Friday, July 20, 2012

LBD

 Summer has finally arrived in Southern California!  I went running this morning at 8:00 am and it was already 80 degrees and it did not get any cooler as the day went on.  Needless to say, I ran very slowly and it was one of the toughest runs in a long time.

I had the day off today to run errands and wanted to be sure I would stay cool & comfy.  The LBD (long black dress) came calling.  My love for maxi dresses are endless - so effortlessly chic and 100% comfy.  Don't be surprised if you see more maxi dress post as the heat wave continues.

Do you have a go to outfit for hot days?



I am trying out new pose to show the jewelry but I think I should wait till I get my hair colored :)  I can totally see the grey hairs screaming at me.


Outfit Details:
Old Navy Maxi Dress (Same)
Loft Belt (Similar)
J Crew Necklace (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (On Sale Now)
Loft Bracelets (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)
Gap Sandals (Similar)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Staying Cool in Cool Hues

Do you have days that you put an outfit and you are happy with the results?  Today is that day for me.     I fell in love with this color combo which based on the Ann Taylor pins on Pinterest - I am wearing cool hues.  I am feeling pretty cool and feeling comfy in this outfit.

My husband thought my outfit did not go well together but what does he know right ? ; )





Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (On Clearance Now)
J Crew Necklace (On Clearance Now)
The Limited Belt (Similar)
The Limited Skirt (Similar)
Banana Republic White Bangle (Similar)
J Crew Bracelet (Similar)
Gorjana Ring (Similar)
Ann Taylor Cardi (Similar)
Banana Republic Purse (Similar)
Banana Republic Wedges (Similar)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1st Impressions

Today, I met my manager's new boss so I had wanted to dress with a little less flare but still make it me.  I could've gone with my dark suit uniform but I wanted something light and summery because I knew I would be on the road quiet a bit and be in some hot weather conditions.  

This safari jacket was perfect..professional yet light and summery.  

First impression are so important that I tend to tone my outfits down when I know I am meeting someone new. I never wear anything that's too short or low cut but I stay clear of girly colors (I don't want to look like Reese Witherspoons' character from Legally Blond though she did look adorable!).  When I feel like I need a power suit, I tend to wear something red because I read somewhere a long time ago that red represents power.  

Do you have power color?




Outfit Details:
The Limited Jacket (Similar)
The Limited Skirt (Same)
White House Black Market Earrings (Similar)
Unknown Ring (Similar)
Tiffany & Co Necklace (Same)
Franco Sarto Heels (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Turquoise & Coral

When I was at the local mall this weekend, I passed by a store (I can't remember which one) that had the prettiest color display that really caught my eye.  It was a simple turquoise sheath dress with a coral belt.  The contrast of the colors were so striking that I wanted to wear similar colors from my closet.  I don't have have coral or a turquoise dress but I did have this really bright coral blazer from the Loft.  I paired the it with this white dress and this necklace and I must say I am happy with the results.

I know for most we put outfits together based on what we have in our closet that's probably clean.  Do you sometimes put outfits together based on what you saw on Pinterest, store displays or magazines?





Outfit Details:
Kohl's Dress (Similar)
Loft Jacket (Similar)
J Crew Necklace (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Same on Clearance Now)
Banana Republic Wedges (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)


Monday, July 16, 2012

It's a Jungle Out There

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had an awesome weekend.  I wore this outfit to work on Friday.  It was the perfect Friday dress because it is soooo comfortable - I felt like i was wearing pjs.  This dress is rayon and spandex and it feels like soft knit jersey.  Some days you just want to wake up and wear your pjs to work ...this dress is as close as it gets for me for that. 

I am envious of people that work at home because they can just roll out of bed and they are at work.  At the same time, I would hate it because not enough socialization and not being able to dress up.  If you have the opportunity to work from home, what's your motivation to not stay in your pjs all day? 





Outfit Details:
Loft Dress (Same)
J Crew Necklace (Similar)
J Crew Belt (Similar)
Banana Republic Purse (Similar
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Tory Burch Bracelet (Same)
Gorjana Bracelet (Same)
BCBG Heels (Similar)

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