Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Recap

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  I can not believe today is April 1st!  My son is already a big prankster so I can not wait to see what he is going to do to trick us today.

We had a busy weekend with birthday parties and celebrating Easter.  My son was pretty sure the Easter bunny was not going to stop by our house because he says he has been behaving very bad.  So he was so surprised that he got an Easter basket and eggs hidden in our backyard.  Below are some photos from our weekend.



Outfit Details:
Old Navy Dress - Similar
Banana Republic Necklace - Similar
Loft Sunnies - Similar
Loft Belt - Similar
Target Flats - Similar
Kate Spade Purse - Similar


So excited to find eggs in the backyard & found the biggest egg at our friend's hunt.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Butterflies

Hello!  I am stuck with words for this post.  Just some butterflies on my top mixed with some stripes for my easy weekend wear.  Nothing fancy but super comfy which is my weekend requirement.  

What's your weekend wear requirement?

Enjoy your weekend!  And if you celebrate Easter - Happy Easter!


Outfit Details:
Loft Top - Similar
Loft Cami - Same
Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans - Same
BGBGeneration Wedges - Similar
Loft Sunnies - Similar
Tiffany & Co NWM's Neclace
White House Black Market Bracelet - Same

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sitting on the Sideline

Generally speaking, I am a very punctual person.  It's one of my biggest pet peeves to be late. But when it comes to the latest trends or most talked about item - I am always late to the game.  It's been 2 months since the Prabal Gurung Target collaboration was launched and I am finally got around to wearing these heels.  I was in love with the whole collection and ordered a bunch of clothes online since I could not decide what I liked most.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for my wallet), none of the clothes fit me well and they all went back to the store.  These heels were the only item I kept.  In fact, I still see quite a bit of items at my local Target stores.  I am not sure if they created more to diffuse the shopping frenzy or the collection was not as successful as anticipated.  

When it comes to fashion, or you an early adopter or sit on the side and wait a bit like me?

For those who celebrate, Happy Easter!  And an awesome weekend!  I will be attending another kiddie birthday party :)



Outfit Details:
H & M Jacket - Similar
Banana Republic Dress - Similar
Auction Accessories Auction Bubble Necklace - Identical via Etsy
Banana Republic Ring - Similar
Gorjana Ring - Similar
Parbal Gurang for Target Nolita Heels - Same

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Black & White

So I am really loving the black and white trend this spring.  Why? Well it's easy to wear and I have lots of it in my closet.  If you have been reading my blog for a bit, you will see that I like to pattern mix (as evidence in: hereherehere and here).  I am not sure why pattern mixing with black & white is so tough for me.  Maybe it's too bold? I am not sure.  

Today, I am giving you 2 looks: black & white + blue.  I didn't like how the bottom pictures turned out and was debating if I should post it but I thought - why not?  I look really wrinkly but the blouse was ironed - it just did not photographed nicely.  The 2 looks are very similar - I used a bold black & white skirt with a more subtle top.  Then added a dash of blue.  

What's your recipe for mixing black & white?  



Outfit Details:
The Limited Top - Similar
White House Black Market Belt - Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Skirt - Similar
Old Navy Cardi - Similar
Accessories Auction Necklace - Similar
The Limited Bracelet - Similar
BCBGeneration Heels - Similar



Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top
Old Navy Cardi - Similar
White House Black Market Skirt - Similar
White House Black Market Lucky Belt - Same on Clearance
White House Black Market Bracelet - Same
H & M Heels - Similar


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jacket as a Top

This outfit was inspired by beautiful Bonnie at Delusions of Grandeur. I thought hey, I have a jacket that's very similar in structure of her top so why don't I wear it as a top?  Silly me but I've never worn a jacket as a top.  I always think it may be too bulky or revealing.  

The last time I wore this jacket opened and with red too.  (Totally unplanned that I wore it again with red)  I am 100% positive I like it worn zipped up instead.  

Do you wear your jackets as tops?  



Outfit Details:
White House Black Market Jacket Similar
White House Black Market Belt - Similar
Soma Intimates Cami Bra - Similar
Ann Taylor Skirt - Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges - Similar
White House Black Market Earrings - Similar
Tiffany & Co NWM's Necklace
White House Black Market Ring - Similar

Friday, March 22, 2013

Light Layers

Although Spring is official here, it's still pretty chilly (relatively in California) in the morning.  So light layers are the perfect combo for this time of the year.  This scarf is made of light weight material - it kept me pretty warm throughout the day.  

So I realized today that my son's social life is way more active than mine!  We are in full birthday party mode with birthday parties every weekend since last week through the end of May.  I never knew so many babies are born this time of the year.  Hope you are having fun going to kiddie birthday parties or maybe having an active social life. 


Outfit Details:
Merona Sweater - Similar
White House Black Market Scarf - Similar
Old Navy Cargo Vest - Similar in olive
Ann Taylor Corduroy Jeans - Similar
Loft Earrings - Similar
Loft Sunnies - Similar
Loft Bracelet - Similar
Rampage Wedges - Similar
Tory Burch Amanada Crossbody - Same

Leopard Coat

Have you ever had a moment while you are shopping and you look at the tag and thought "this must be  tagged wrong!  I better buy it before anyone else catches the error?"  Well that was my moment on Wednesday at H & M when I spotted this leopard coat.  I have been wanting to buy a leopard coat for some time but didn't want to spend too much money on it since it's such a memorable jacket, I am just not too sure how much wear I would get out of it.  So while I checking out the clearance this jacket stood out and the price was perfect - $30 with additional 50% off.  Yup - I paid $15 for this jacket!

On the other end of the spending spectrum, I have been wanting a Chloe Marcie purse for some time.  My personal stylist at Loehmann's texted me that they finally got a Chloe purse and I was so excited.  I don't own any high end purses and I was not sure if I was ready to take the plunge yet.  So I went to check it out and the purse is gorgeous but it's the large version which was not as practical for my lifestyle.  It got me thinking, is it practical to spend that kind of money on a purse?  Would I use it as an everyday purse and leave it on the ground like I do with all my purses.  I am so scared that it would scratch and I would be heartbroken.  Also, this kind of money would mean I need to stop shopping for a couple of months (since I started a self imposed monthly budget).  When my friend told me,  "WHOA! That's my rent!" I realized this money could be better used (like saving college funds for my son, saving for a new car etc..)  I have come to the conclusion that I can only buy any designer handbags if I can find it used at a decent price.  

I realize that everyone has a different shopping budget but I am curious - if you are into designer purses - how do you justify the purchase?  And do you use it for special occasions only?  And how do you keep it from getting damaged?



Outfit Details:
H & M Coat - Similar
Banana Republic Top - Similar
The Limited Exact Stretch Pants - Current Version
BCBGeneration Heels - Similar

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neglected Lace

The last time I was this lace top was here which is back in August.  Yikes!  It's time to wear it again.  I do love lace which always makes me feel so feminine.  This month's Marion Berry's Style challenge was lace and I was up to the challenge! 

I am going to call this a little bit of everything outfit.  I tried to keep the colors pretty basic and played with the different patterns.  A little stripes, some lace and some polka dots.  I am pretty happy with how it all came together.  What do you think...to much?


P.S.  - Please stop by 40+ Style to see myself and other bloggers create outfits with black, white & a color.


Outfit Details:
Candies Lace Top - Similar
White House Black Market Cami - Similar
Loft Sweater - Similar
The Limited Belt - Similar
Banana Republic Skirt - On Sale Now in Camel
White House Black Market Earrings - Similar
White House Black Market Necklace - Same
White House Black Market Friendship Bracelets - BlackSilver & Berry
BCBGeneration Heels - Similar

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stuck in Draft - Winter Edition - Causal Wear

Yesterday, I posted my winter work looks that have been sitting in draft for one reason or another.  Here are the rest of my winter casual looks that have been sitting in drafts.  I am now officially ready for Spring!

As I look through these photos - I realized that I love my faux fur vest that I had purchased for this winter.  It's probably time to say goodbye and I can't wait to use it again next winter.



Outfit Details:
Loft Top - Similar
Banana Republic Faux Fur Vest - Similar
The Limited Jeans - In Different Colors
Matisse Boots - Similar
J Crew Bubble Necklace vie Ebay - Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote - Same

Loft Sweater - Similar
Loft Striped Tee - Similar
Charming Charlie Scarf - Similar
Charming Charlie Ring - Similar
White House Black Market Hematite Stretch Bracelet - Same
Gap Jeggings - Similar
Matisse Boots - Similar
The Limited Scarf - Similar
Loft Striped Tee - Similar
Loft Sweater - Similar
Gap Skinnies - Similar
Tory Burch Pave Wrap Bracelet - Same
Boutique 9 Boots - Similar
Ann Taylor Sweater - Similar
White House Black Market Polka Dot Cami - Similar
Banana Republic Faux Fur Vest - Similar
Old Navy Scarf - Similar
Gap Jeggings - Similar
Matisse Boots - Similar
The Limited Sweater - Similar
Loft Leggings - Similar
Banana Republic Over The Knee Boots - Similar
Stella & Dot Necklace - Similar
Loft Flower - Similar
Tory Burch Messenger Purse - Same in Black
Ann Taylor Ring - Similar
The Limited Sweater
J Crew Bubble Necklace via Ebay - Same via Etsy
Banana Republic Faux Fur Vest - Similar
Loft Polka Dot Jeans - Similar
Bauble Bar Bracelet - Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote - Same
Matisse Boots - Similar

White House Black Market Sweater - Similar
Loft Skirt - Similar
White House Black Market Earrings - Similar
Ann Taylor Ring - Similar
Boutique 9 Boots - Similar
Loft Sweater - Similar
White House Black Market Polka Dot Scarf - Similar
Banana Republic Skirt - Same in Black & White
Boutique 9 Boots - Similar
Tory Burch Pave Wrap Bracelet - Same
Loft Sunnies - Similar
White House Black Market Hematite Stretch Bracelet - Same


Monday, March 18, 2013

Stuck in Draft - Winter Cleanup - Work Edition

Hope everyone had a blast celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  We've had our own leprechaun in our house that would turn the lights off and we would hear a little one laughing so hard because he thought it was the funniest thing in the world.

So I have a ton of blog entries in drafts and as spring is approaching shortly, I thought I should go through and do some clean up.  So here are some winter outfits that I wanted to share before spring came along.  

Linking up with: Not Yet Dead StyleStill Being Molly and Momtrends.

Outfit Details:
Unknown Sweater - Similar
The Limited Scarf - Similar
J Crew Skirt - Similar
Tory Burch Middy Satchel - Same
BaubleBar Bracelet - Similar
Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Dress - Similar
Ann Taylor Blazer - Similar
Old Navy Scarf - Similar
H & M Blazer - Similar
Banana Republic Dress - Similar
White House Black Market Bracelet - Same
White House Black Market Booties - Similar
Loft Sweater - Similar
White House Black Market Necklace - Similar
White House Black Market Skirt - Similar
Ann Taylor Booties - Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff - Similar
Loft Sweater - Similar
The Limited Shirt - Similar
Ann Taylor Skirt - Similar
Banana Republic Necklace - Similar
Banana Republic Shoes - Similar

White House Black Market Sweater - Same on Clearance
White House Black Market Skirt - Similar
Tory Burch Pave Wrap Bracelet - Same
The Limited Necklace - Similar
Banana Republic Heels - Similar
Juicy Couture Purse - Similar

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tweet Tweet

I am ready to find my pot of gold tomorrow for St. Patrick's Day.  Are you?  

So I am very behind the times with social media and just finally started using twitter.  I am not really sure what I am doing but just thought I will stumble and learn along the way.  If you are active on twitter, what do you like about it and how do you use it?   I would love to follow you too - please share your handle.  Mine is @alicehappiness.  

On an unrelated tech subject, there's a lot of noise about Google Reader shutting down in July.  I honestly don't even know if I use google reader.  But if you do and love to read your blogs, start importing them over to Bloglovin'.

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day & good luck in finding your pot of gold!


Outfit Details:
Loft Top - On Clearance Now
Old Navy Rock Start Jeans - Same on Sale
Banana Republic Sparkle Stone Necklace - Same
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Purse - Same
Loft Sunnies - Spring Version
White House Black Market Earrings - Current Version
Ann Taylor Pave Link Bracelet - Same
Loft Ring - Similar
Tory Burch Reva Flats - Same

Friday, March 15, 2013

What Took Me So Long?

I bought this dress back in September as highlighted in this post.  I was so excited when I bought it that it was a heavy knit material and thought it would be perfect for warm fall days.  So it is now mid March and fall and winter has come and gone and this dress was left in the closet waiting to be worn.  Better late than never right? 

With spring right around the corner, I am curious - do you have your clothes sorted by seasons?  And if you do - how you do store it?  Living in fairly constant weather year round, I tend to wear most of my clothes year round but of course steer away from wool in the warmer months.  I don't box my clothes because I will forget about it and with the freed up closet space, buy more clothes.

Have a great weekend!



Outfit Details:
Calvin Klein Dress via Marshall's - Similar
White House Black Market Blazer - Similar
White House Black Market Earrings - Similar
Ann Taylor Pave Link Bracelet - Same
White House Black Market Ring - Similar
Dolce Vita Heels via Ideeli.com - Same on Sale

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Bit of Sunshine

One of the 1st blog that I started reading was J's Everyday Fashion.  I love that she is able to find current trends and high end looks and make it her own.  I saw this outfit and never thought of pairing yellow with leopard and realized I had very similar pieces in my closet and Viola! a new outfit was born.  

I really need the bit of sunshine right now - I am still struggling with the time change.  I am hoping I will be fully adjusted by this weekend. 

Happy Wednesday!



Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Lace Shell - Similar
J Crew Safari Cat Sweater - Similar
Ann Taylor Skirt - Similar
Accessories Auction Bubble Necklace - Same via Etsy
White House Black Market Bracelet - Similar
Banana Republic Ring - Similar
BCBG Wedges - Same
Tory Burch Middy Satchel - Same

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lake Arrowhead

This past weekend we drove up to Lake Arrowhead, a local Southern California mountain.  We've had some really warm weather in the past couple of weeks so we weren't expecting much snow in the area.  Lucky for us, it rained Friday and we were treated to a beautiful snow covered mountains. The weather warmed up considerably by Saturday and all the snow was melting rapidly from the trees and by Sunday - there was barely any snow left on the ground.  

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I am so tired from the time change - I think I need a day or 2 off to adjust to it.  Have a great week!

Linking up with: Not Yet Dead StyleStill Being Molly and Glamamom.


Outfit Details:
Loft Poncho - Similar
J Crew Striped Tee - On Sale Now in Different Colors
The Limited Scarf - Similar
The Limited Jeans - On Sale Now
Tory Burch Middy Satchel - Same
Matisse Boots - Similar


Outfit Details:
Old Navy Sweater - Similar
J Crew Plaid Shirt - Similar
Loft Scarf - Similar
Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies - Same
Loft Sunnies - Same
Matisse Boots - Similar

View of the mountains where we arrived at our "home" on Friday.


My little angel.






Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Reverse

I posted my day at the San Diego Safari Zoo  a couple of weeks ago and was so excited to have purchased a pair of reversal pants from Target.  Today, I am showing how the reverse side of those pants look like.  Nothing special but I didn't own any olive pants so this totally made the pants even that much more needed.  I am having a hard time pairing the olive color - I don't want to look too army-ish or too masculine.  

What ideas do you have to pair olive besides black, white, beige or brown?

P.S. eShakti.com is offering 20% off to all of you good through March 20th.  Please use code: HPPNESSMD.


Outfit Details:
Old Navy Top - Similar
Target Reversible Jeans - Same
The Limited Necklace - Similar
Loft Sunnies - Same
J Crew Bracelet - Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Purse - Same
Loft Flats - Similar


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