Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dress with Pants

I recently participated in 40+ Styles's Challenge on wearing a dress over trousers.  I typically wear long tunics/dresses over leggings and that's about the extent of my experimenting with this look.  I really like the flowly look of loose pants with a loose fitting tunic but when I tried it on - I just felt baggy and loose in it and not the carefree look I was going for.  So these photos probably don't look that adventurous (just looks like leggings), but I actually wore skinny jeans which is a baby step from leggings.

Do you wear dresses with pants?  

Outfit Details:
INC Tunic/Dress - Similar
Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies -  Same
Carlos by Carlos Santa Wedges - Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote - Same
Accessories Auction Earrings Similar
Armita Singh Ring - Similar

The Limited Dress - Similar
White House Black Market Cami - Similar
White House Black Market Belt - Similar
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies - Same
Loft Ponte Pants - Similar
Vince Camuto Heels - Similar
Marc by Marc Jacob Crossbody - Similar

H & M Tunic - Similar
White House Black Market Scarf - Similar
Loft Ponte Pants - Similar
Me Too Flats - Similar
Marc by Marc Jacbo Purse - Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff - Similar

Sunday, April 28, 2013

White Lace Dresss

Happy Monday everyone - I hope you had a beautiful weekend.  So I've been wanting a lace dress for some time since seeing this pretty Ann Taylor Dress featured on Kata Hudson.  I went to Ann Taylor a bit late and my size was sold out.  I was a on a hunt on and found one at White House (sorry I it's no longer online) and ended up returning it when I found this white lace dress The Limited.  Why?  Well it's was only quarter of the price of the dress from White House and the fit was more of what I was looking for.  I was looking for a lace skirt that I could double as a skirt or top so a shift cut would work better.

I have 2 looks today but they are really the same just with different colors.  Would you wear a WLD or does it remind to much of a wedding dress?

Outfit Details:
The Limited Piped Lace Dress - Same
White House Black Market Blazer - Similar
Banana Republic Sparkly Stone Necklace - Same on Sale
J Crew Belt - Similar
Anne Michelle Heels - Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet - Same in different colors on sale
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Aviator Sunnies - Same

Outfit Details:
The Limited Lace Piped Dress Same
Loft Jacket - Similar
Banana Republic Necklace - Similar
The Limited Belt - Similar
Stella and Dot Cuff - Same
Sam Edleman Heels - Similar
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Aviator Sunnies - Same

Saturday, April 27, 2013


I will the first to admit I really do not have the skill to hunt for bargains - especially thrifted bargains.  I am so envious of bloggers that find vintage designer items for a steal.  I have never been to a Goodwill or Salvation Army but we do have consignment stores in the neighborhood.  If you live in Southern California, there is a used clothing store called The Hanger Boutiques where you donate your clothes to the store and the proceeds of the sale goes to a non-profit organization called Working Wardrobe.  Bargain shopping and helping out women that needs help = a winning combo in my book!

This store is a bit of a gem, they sometimes have consignment items from St. John Knits at a steep discount.  I have not bought any since I am not big of a fan of St. John Knits.  I have also seen Gucci, Tods, and Kate Spade purses for sale there.  I have purchased a couple items from them over the years and this is maxi dress is one of my recent finds.  

Do you thrift?  If you do, where do you shop and what are some tips?

Outfit Details:
Unknown Dress Thrifted - Similar
Ann Taylor Earrings - Similar
Loft Sunnies - Similar
Banana Republic Woven Leather Bangle - Same on Sale Now
Marc By Marc Jacob Purse - Same in Different Color
Banana Republic Stacked Rings - Similar

Friday, April 26, 2013


Wearing some of my favorite things today - cobalt blue, polka dots and (I can't believe I am saying this since I was so against them for so long) a peplum top.  I am not sure if peplum tops are still "in" but if I like it then I will continue to wear it.  Heck, I may even hang on to it until the trend comes back in again.  

Sometimes I want to kick myself for throwing things out that has come back in trend again.  Neon was hot in the 80s and is hot again.  Truth be told, I am 100% sure that whatever I wore in the 80s would not fit be now.  So I guess it's a good thing that I threw it away or I will just be depressed how much smaller I used to be.

What are some items that you have gotten rid of and wished you held on to it?  

White House Black Market Top - Similar
White House Black Market Skirt - Similar
White House Black Market Earrings - Current Version
White House Black Market Necklace - Similar
White House Black Market Lucky Belt - Similar
White House Black Market Bracelet - Same
White House Black Market Ring - Similar
Banana Republic Heels - Similar
Tory Burch Amanda Crossbody - Same

P.S. - Tory Burch is having a Friends & Fans sale.  25% off until Monday April 29th - use TBSPRING at checkout.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Perceived Value

 I am really trying not to buy things just because it's on sale.  In my previous shopaholic life, I would buy something that I liked and HAD to have it if it's on sale.  Then it would sit in my closet and sometimes never used because of one reason or another (please tell me I am not the only one).   So for me Target is a very dangerous place since most items are very reasonable even when it's not on sale.  I was at Target and cruised by the clearance section and found this skirt for under $4.  I will be honest, this is not a skirt I would have purchased if it was not for the price.  I am just not sure how else to style to this skirt or what colors to wear with it.  I would have to call this a purchase made purely based on the price which is going back to my shopaholic ways.  

So Target marketing team, job well done.  I've made an impulse purchase purely based on the perceived value.  

What store marketing ploys always gets you?  Those friends & family sales or buy one get 1/2 off are always tempting me too!

Outfit Details:
Loft Top - Similar
White House Black Market Jacket - Similar
White House Black Market Lucky Belt - Similar
Target Skirt - Same
White House Black Market Heels - Similar

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hearts & Polka Dots

My hubby is still learning how to use the new camera - so bear with us if it looks like I am tilting and off centered.  And since I don't have much option in way of background - this is be kind of changing it up for me.

Not a whole lot going on but some polka dots, some hearts & some colorful shoes :)

Hope you are having a fantastic Wednesday!

 Outfit Details:
Loft Sweater - Similar
Hive & Honey Hearts Blouse - Similar
Ann Taylor Trousers - Similar
Prabal Gurung Nolita Print for Target Heels - Same on ebay
Groopdealz Necklace - Similar
White House Black Market Bracelets - SameSame
Groopdealz Bracelet - Same from Etsy

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Green Blazer

So last week, I loved how versatile my green jeans were.  Today, I am featuring a green blazer from H & M that I purchased in January.  I don't really own too many green clothing but I do really like how it goes with everything.  I have also worn my green blazer  here and here.

What color are you finding that you wearing it with everything?  

Linking up with: Visible MondayDC in StyleYOLO and Glamamom.

Outfit Details:
The Limited Scarf - Similar
H & M Blazer - Similar
Banana Republic Sheath Dress - Same
White House Black Market Earrings
Loft Ring - Similar
Sam Edleman Heels - Same

Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Top - Similar
J Crew Skirt - Similar
Tiffany & Co NWM's Necklace
Loft Colorblock Sunglasses - Same
Ann Taylor Heels - Similar

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cargo Jacket for Work

Since I work in a pretty conservative workplace there's are some items that I feel are just a bit too casual for work.  Some items that are probably a bit on the casual side for me would be items like tee shirts, jeans, capris, and denim jacket.  I will try and sneak in a really causal piece of clothing on Fridays.  Today, I am incorporating my cargo jacket to my work outfits.  The 2nd one is way more laid back - not sure if it's the flats that make it more casual.  

Have a great weekend!  

Outfit Details:
Loft Jacket - Similar
J Crew Blouse Similar
J Crew Skirt - Similar
The Limited Belt - Similar
Ann Taylor Booties - Similar
Stella & Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet - Same
Banana Republic Ring - Similar
Groopdealz Bracelet - Same via Etsy.com
White House Black Market Friendship Bracelet
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Same

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Striped Short-Sleeve Pullover - On Sale Now
Loft Cargo Jacket - Similar
Loft Lush Floral Print Elastic Waist Pencil Skirt - Same
The Limited Belt - Similar
Loft Colorblock Sunnies - Same
Stella Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet Same
Necklace via Etsy - Same
Loft Flats Similar

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blue Tweed

I've been seeing a lot of spring tweed jackets on a lot of the blogs that I read regularly.  I am not sure how long I've had this tweed jacket but I know it's older than my son (5 years).  Since it's back on trend, I thought I would wear it today with a pretty floral shell.  I love this tweed jacket, it's very well constructed with cute details on the cuff and the back.  I am hoping it will last for at least another 5 years.  

This is probably one of the older pieces I own since 1. I have only been living in California for 14 years and didn't bring a lot with me and 2. I got rid of most of clothes after struggling to lose the baby weight.  So this jacket is probably one of my older pieces that I have.  

What is an article of clothing that you've had forever (and how long)?  

Speaking of losing weight, I knew that I have been putting on some weight but I really noticed it in these pictures.  I am not sure how I let myself go and now I am back to square one.  I work out very religiously but just can't resist good food.  Funny thing is I don't like cheese, milk, fried foods, anything creamy or really eat too much fast food but I seem to gain weight just by being near food.  I was following a Paleo lifestyle for a bit and though I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted, I saw results.  My face was slimmer, my arms more defined and I was starting to develop some definition in the ab area.  

I am hoping by making a public commitment, this time I will lose the weight and stick with it.  My local Crossfit is starting a Paleo challenge next week so this should help me jump start my diet.   

Thanks for letting me share my struggles!

Outfit Details:
White House Black Market Floral Top - Same
White House Black Market Belt - Similar
The Limited Skirt - Similar
Banana Republic Sparkle Stone Necklace - On Sale Now
Ann Taylor Pave Link Bracelet - Same in different color
Ann Taylor Bow Ring - Similar
BGBGeneration Heels  - Current Version
Coach Purse - Similar

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I wanted to take a couple of seconds to remember the people that lost their lives or were injured from the bombings at the Boston Marathon this week.  I am angry that this act was so senseless and my heart goes out to the families that will be forever impacted by this day.  As a fellow runner,  I am heart broken that running races will never be the same with everyone worried about personal safety.  Participating in any sporting event is about bringing people together and doing their best.  This tragic event will bring the good out in everyone and good will prevail from evil.

Just needed to get that off my chest.

On a lighter note, here's an outfit with a play with stripes.  I've never worn stripes on stripes, I think I am always worried is too much.  I am pretty happy with how it came out so I may have to mix my stripes with stripes just a little more.

Outfit Details:
The Limited Blouse - Similar
The Limited Skirt - Similar
White House Black Market Blazer - Similar
White House Black Market Lucky Belt - Similar
White House Black Market Bracelets - Same
Tiffany & Co NWM's Necklace
BCBGeneration Heels - Similar

Monday, April 15, 2013

Green Jeans

 I never thought that I would have a pair of green jeans and I never would have thought it would be so versatile.  I have worn them on the blog: herehere, and here.  Today, I am showing 2 others ways that I am wearing my comfy green jeans.  I wore the 1st outfit yesterday for my son's birthday party and the 2nd outfit was what I wore on St. Patrick's Day.  

Outfit Details:
White House Black Market Jacket - Similar
Loft Eyelet Top - Current Version
Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies - Same in Various Colors
Banana Republic Earrings - Similar
Groopdealz Necklace - Similar via Etsy
Groopdeal Bracelet - Same via Etsy
White House Black Market Bracelet - Same
Stella & Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet - Same
Banana Republic Abbey Road Flats - Same

Outfit Details:
Loft Cardi - Similar
Loft Cami - Similar
J Crew Necklace - Same via Etsy
Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies - Same in Assorted Colors
Mossimo Flats - Similar

The party was a blast!  I ended up not doing anything pinterest or blog worthy when it came to decorations or food.  At the end of the day, every one had a great time and that's all that matters.  As you can see below, the hubby and I joined in the fun too.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

New Camera

If you follow me on Instagram (happinessatmidlife), I finally bought me a REAL Camera!!! I normally do not do posts on Sunday but was so excited to give this new baby a try.  Bear with me as I play with my new toy and figure out all the settings.  I ended up buying a Nikon D3200 package from Costco.  I have been toying about buying a real camera for such a long time that I am still in shock I actually took the plunge.

What suggestions do you have for learning to use the camera?  And what accessories do you success I should buy?

By the way, I did not edit any of these photos and I am curious if you can tell which pictures were taken with the Nikon and which with the iphone.  

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Chambray Shirt - Similar
White House Black Market Seamless Tee - Same
Loft Skirt - Similar
White House Black Market Earrings - Same in Silver
Le Mode Accessories Necklace - Same
The Limited Bracelet - Similar
Stella & Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet - Same
Banana Republic Ring - Similar
J Crew Cece Flats - Same in All Colors
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Aviator Sunglasses - Same
Tory Burch Bombe Tote - Same

The Button-Front Shirt

I recreated this outfit based this picture from InStyle Magazine.  The Button-Front Shirt is one of the 5 key pieces for spring.  I already toss this magazine away so I can't tell you what the other 4 key pieces are.  This was a super comfy outfit and perfect for running errands.  Who knew I was so on trend with items I already own in my closet?

Have a great weekend!

Out fit Details:
Loft Chambray Shirt - Similar
White House Black Market Floral Cami - Similar
Banana Republic Stripe Skirt - Same
Tiffany & Co Love Necklace - Same
Ann Taylor Sunnies - Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet - Same in different colors
Banana Republic Purse - Similar
J Crew Cece Flats - Same in assortment of colors

Friday, April 12, 2013

Double Polka Dots

Happy Friday!  This weekend, we are having my son's official birthday party with his friends so I will need to run around 15 different places to get ready for his party.  Oh and yikes April 15th is right around the corner and our taxes are not done yet!!!

As a true procrastinator, we went to order his cake last week and they didn't have Transformers.  No big deal, he selected Batman.  I am not a crafty person at all but I got this great idea that it would be fun to have batman logo sandwiches, cookies and rice crispy treats while wearing batman masks.  I found a great batman cookie cutter and some cute masks online but due to the late ordering, there was no way I would get it in time.  So this means I am back to square one.  I am sure we will end up ordering pizza from the local pizza joint.  Please pray that they will have fun and no body really cares about the ambiance of the party.

Back to clothes, I wore this outfit to work the other day and then switch to some boyfriend jeans and heels for dinner with my boys.  I liked how the double polka dots turned out - what do you think?

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Polka Dot Sweater - Same on Sale Now
Old Navy Polka Dot Shirt - Similar
Loft Skirt - Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace - Similar
Banana Republic Ring - Similar
Stella & Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet - Same
Groopdealz Bracelet - Identical via Etsy
Banana Republic Wedges - Similar

Loft Boyfriend Jeans - Current Version
Vince Camuto Maari Heels - Same
Tory Burch Bombe Tote - Same

Do you spy some extra body parts on me?

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