Friday, May 31, 2013


When I was a kid, one of my favorite candy was Lemonheads.  They were the perfect amount of sweet and tartness.  Just thinking about them makes my mouth water and I want to go and hunt some down. The yellow necklace that I am wearing totally reminds me of them and I think it's probably one of the reasons I bought this fun necklace.

What are some of your favorite childhood candies? 

This outfit was inspired by recent Ann Taylor photo on Facebook (see below).  I loved how this outfit looks and was ready to head to my local store to buy it.  I stopped myself and recreated the outfit with what I already had in my closet.  For me the sleeveless option is more practical as we head into warmer weather.  I really need to do a better job of working with what I've got in my closet instead of buying things impulsively. 

Outfit Details:
Loft Striped Sleeveless Sweater Similar
The Limited Belt Similar
Loft Skirt Similar
Banana Republic Wedges Similar
Bracelets: J Crew, Ann Taylor SimilarSimilarSimilar
The Limited Necklace Similar
J Crew Factory Brass Plated Crystal Necklace Same
Banana Republic Earrings Similar
Loft Bleeker ColorBlock Sunnies Same

Every time I wear this skirt, I feel a strong compelling need to twirl around.  Previous twirling incident  - here.

Photo from Ann Taylor's Facebook Page

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Metallic Heels

I've been on the fence on the metallic heels and wondered if they will be too flashy for work.  Beach Chic Style also a fellow banker, rocks the metallic heels so well.  And yesterday, Marion Berry's Style and Leopard and Lillies posted about how they styled the metallic heels for work and play.  

I found a pair at Target on clearance for under $9 and I thought what the heck, why not give it a try at that price.  I was pleasantly surprised at how comfy these heels are and how versatile the metallic heels are.  I am looking forward to wearing them instead of my basic black heels.  By the way, no one at work even commented on my heels so I guess it wasn't too flashy after all.

Do you own a pair of metallic heels and do you wear them to work?

Outfit Details:
White House Black Market Blazer  Similar
The Limited Skirt Similar
Mossimo Heels Same

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Yellow Tweed

Happy Wednesday even though it feels like Tuesday and it's kind of my Friday since I have Thursday off.  Except that I have to work on Friday.  Did I confuse you yet because I am.  

Today's outfit color is just a milder version of this outfit.  I really do love blue & yellow together.  I bought this yellow tweed blazer when Loft had a 30% off the store and loved the soft yellow color.  It was a decent price at $60 on sale but I wasn't a 100% sure about it so I returned it.  I kept stalking it until it went on mark down and additional 40% off sale and used my 25% off Ann Cares card and end up paying $30 for it.  Sometimes, it worth the risk of returning an item and stalking it.  I am pretty sure the sales associates at the Loft thinks all I do is buy and return clothes since that's all I seem to do.  I think I need to rotate to nearby Loft stores so they don't think I am a nut.  

Please tell me you do this too and I am not the only one.

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Garden High Waist Pencil Skirt Same on Sale
Loft 3/4 Sleeve Tweed Jacket Same on Sale
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same
White House Black Market Top Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet Similar
Alfani Heels Similar

Monday, May 27, 2013

Polka Dots & Plaid

I hope everyone is having a great extended weekend.  We are keeping ours really low key by doing a little bit of shopping, hiking and a lot of eating!!!  Love having a short work week.

But most importantly, we need to honor those who gave up their lives to serve and protect our beautiful country.  

Outfit Details:
Merona Sweater Similar
J Crew Plaid Shirt Similar
Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies Same on Sale
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same
J Crew Bracelet Similar
The Limited Necklace Similar
Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flat Same

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Crochet Tee

I am not really a tee shirt type of girl but I do like the comfort of them.  I was really drawn to this crochet tee that I found at the Loft.  It's got the comfort of a tee shirt and the style that I love.  I love that front is see through and you can wear a different colored cami to change it up.  I tried looking for this top online but it's not there yet but it's available at Loft in navy and a neon lime green color.  

Do you wear t-shirts and how do you style them?

Outfit Details:
Loft Top Similar
Loft Long Multi Strand Seed Bead Necklace Same
Ann Taylor Bracelet  Similar
Accessories Auction Earrings Similar
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same
Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies Same
White House Black Market Wedges Similar

I seriously need to learn how to use my camera and not keep it always in manual mode.  I was trying to take my own picture and hit some buttons and took this picture that picked up the necklace color - so pretty!  Now if I can only remember how I did this.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Big Mess

I have the hardest time keeping my receipts from stores organize.  I tend to buy things and return it because I changed my mind or it's now selling at a cheaper price.  Because I am so unorganized, I love stores like Target & Banana where you don't need to have your receipt and they can search it with your credit card.  I used to have all my receipts and coupons all wrapped up together in a rubber band and it worked for me.  My girlfriend had a heart attack when she saw that and bought me a real receipt organizer thing.  So this is where I keep all my coupons but receipts are usually so bulky and I just keep it in a drawer and clean it out every once in a while. 

How do you keep all your coupons and receipts organize?

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Adele Printed Cardigan Same on Sale
Soma Intimates Cami Bra Same
Mossimo Flats Similar

Speaking of messes, this happened on the way to work.  I have a veggie/fruit smoothie everyday and some how it missed my mouth.  I had to visit with clients with a big mess on my sweater.  Update:  the stains were cleared on my sweater but the stains on my skirt stayed.  Luckily, the stains on the skirt is barely noticeable.  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Khaki Dress

Wrinkles drives me crazy.  I think it stems from my high school days wearing a pleated skirts that the nuns would inspect to make sure the pleats were in place.  I used to hate this uniform because there were so many parts (the collar & cuffs were detachable) plus the tie would get caught in things.  I remember the rule was that the skirt had to be knee length and after school, we would all roll our skirts to our mid thigh. 

Fast forward to a years later, and I am scar for life on wrinkles which brings me to this dress. I rarely wear this dress not because I don't like it but it wrinkles just when I put it on.  I feel like a big mess all day so I think this dress will be going into bye bye pile.

What's your secret weapon against wrinkles?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor dress Similar
Accessories Auction Necklace Similar via Etsy
J Crew Factory Emery Flats Same
Unknown Belt Similar via Etsy
Banana Republic Bracelet Similar
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same

My actual uniform.  Photo source: Google - Honolulu Advertiser

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It's a Wrap

Happy Wednesday!  I am super busy at work right now with a ton of deadlines so this will be a short post.  When it's crazy busy, it's another perfect reason to dress in comfy dress.  I think it's DVF that made wrap dress popular and I hope one day I will be able to own of her beautiful dresses.  The only thing I do not like about wrap dresses is that they are always low cut on me but then it gives me an opportunity to add a pop of color.  

Do you own wrap dresses?  How do you style them?  

And that is a wrap!  Have an awesome day.

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Wrap Dress Same on Clearance
White House Black Market Cami  Similar
J Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace Same
J Crew Factory Brass Plate Crystal Necklace Same
The Limited Bracelet Similar
BCBGeneration Heels Similar

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Yesterday, we headed to the Back Bay in Newport Beach and had a nice brunch with the family.  It was a belated Mother's day and my hubby's grandma's 87th birthday celebration.  It was such a beautiful day and we took advantage of the great weather and walked around the bay after bunch.  I am thankful that we live near the beach and is able to enjoy this gorgeous day with loved ones.

What else happened this weekend? My girlfriend and I went to The Great Gatsby.  If you have not read the book, I would say skip it and just go see the movie.  They really went very close to the story line.  I was not thrilled with the book much and I feel the same way about the movie.  It's 2 1/2 hours long and I think they could have shorten it a bit.  The costumes and music is really awesome in the movie.  Kind of makes me wished we lived in an era where we dressed up for dinner.

Oh yeah, what did not happened was I DID NOT win the powerball lottery.  Some lucky soul(s) in Florida got that honor.  I guess I can keep on wishing to retire.

What did you do this weekend?

Outfit Details:
Loft Paisley Print Lace Trim Halter Dress Same
Ann Taylor Belt Similar
J Crew Necklace Similar
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same
Stella & Dot Chantilly Lace Cuff  Same
Banana Republic Ring  Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Same
Banana Republic Wedges Similar

Our view at brunch.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Lose & Comfy

I love outfits like this for the weekends.  Super comfy and easy going.  I love breezy tops like these, when I put it - I instantly relax.

Have a great weekend!!

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Tribal Print Tunic Same on Sale
Old Navy Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans Same on Sale
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same
Tory Burch Bracelet Same in New Colors
The Limited Necklace Similar
Forever 21Necklace Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Same
Banana Republic Wedges Similar

Friday, May 17, 2013

Purple & Turquoise

I never would have paired purple and turquoise together but it's so pretty (proof is below).  I've had this skirt forever and it's a perfect match for this top.  Love it when dressing is so easy peasy.  Sorry for the squinty eyes, these photos were probably taken when I was still 1/2 asleep.  

What do you have planned for this weekend?  I just finished reading The Great Gatsby and will be watching this weekend with my girlfriend.  The book is a super short and easy read if you want to read it before going to see the movie.  I was not that impressed with the book and I am not so sure why it's such a classic.  I haven't heard anything positive or negative about the movie besides great costumes & soundtrack. And of course Leo who is such a phenomenon actor.

Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Outfit Details:
Loft Top Similar
The Limited Skirt Similar
Armita Singh Earrings Similar
Loft Necklace Similar
Armita Singh Ring Similar
Ann Taylor Heels Similar

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I know that I wear a lot of color and it makes me happy.  I didn't really think anyone at work really cared or notice.  I do try to wear milder color combinations when I do visit clients.  The other day, my male coworker commented on my outfit.  He goes on tells me that he notices which days I will be visiting clients based on what I am wearing.  And he went to tell me that this outfit is a client outfit.  I am a banker by day and since I don't work in a stuffy downtown environment where it's more conservative,  I have a little more leeway with my outfits and do not have to wear a suit everyday.  This here is a suit day without a suit plus adding some bling to make it just a little more fun.  Just a little more muted in the color but still me.

Outfit Details:
White House Black Market Blazer Similar
Loft Sweater Similar
Banana Republic Skirt Similar
J Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace Same
J Crew Sunflower Necklace Same
Alfani Heels Similar

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oops I Did it Again

I picked up this sunny yellow eyelet dress from Old Navy last week in the clearance section for $11.  I was really excited at the purchased and wore it immediately.  In the back of mine, I kept thinking - I am pretty sure I have something similar.  When I got home, I searched through my closet and guess what I found?  Yup, another yellow eyelet dress. The only difference is the other one is a shift dress.  So I guess that makes it okay to have 2 similar dresses right?

Have you purchased some piece of clothing only to discover you already have something similar in your closet?

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Dress Same On Sale Now
Banana Republic Necklace Similar
White House Black Market Jacket
Ann Taylor Belt Same on Sale Now
J Crew Bracelet Similar
Enzo Angiolini Cimino Pump Same

Elle Denim Jacket  Same
Mossimo Ona Scrunch Ballet Flats Same on Sale Now
Loft Bleeker Colorblock Sunnies Same

Another 2-fer today.  We went out to dinner after work so I changed to a denim jacket and flats to be casual.  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Floral Jacket

For all your moms out there, I hope you had a beautiful Mother's day.  We spend the day at the San Diego Zoo and had a blast.  There is just so much joy in seeing a child's curiosity and wanting to learn.  

I have been very much on the fence on the floral jacket trend.  I love prints but somehow, floral blazers were just too much for me.  Which to me is very odd since I am not afraid of colors or prints but printed blazers and pants just intimidate me.  I think this floral baseball jacket is a great transition piece for me to a full print blazer.  I love that the styling of this jacket can be worn for more casual occasions but the colors and fabric can also dress it up too.

Outfit Details:
Bar III 3/4 Sleeve Floral Print Chiffon Baseball Jacket - Same on Sale
Loft Top Similar
Banana Republic Floral Jacquard Pencil Skirt - Same on Sale
Ann Taylor Heels - Similar

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top Similar
Bar III 3/4 Sleeve Floral Print Chiffon Baseball Jacket - Same on Sale
Target Camo Pants - Similar
Tory Burch Reva Flats - Same
Loft Bleeker ColorBlock Sunnies - Same
J Crew Crystal Venus Flytrap Necklace - Same
J Crew Sunflower Necklace - Same
Tory Burch Bombe Tote - Same

I saw these necklaces at J Crew and knew they had to come home with me.  Don't they look so pretty together?  

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!  Coming from an Asian family, my parents have always been very reserved with their emotions and the word love was never really spoken in our household.  This was confusing to me when I was younger since I sawAmerican parents on TV express love to their kids.  Looking back, I have no doubt that my mom loves me.  The sacrifices she and my dad has made to make a better place for my sister and I to grow up can not be expressed in words.  I am thankful for the life that they have given me.

Thank you mom for being a great mom and I hope I can be as wonderful of a mom as you are to me.

That's me circa 1974, my mom is pregnant with my sister.

Photo of us taken last year.  

I still can't believe I am a mom to such a wonderful boy.  Being a mom is not easy and no book can ever teach you to be a mom.  I am so happy to have this little guy in my life and teach me to be a better person and hopefully be a good mom to him.

Friday, May 10, 2013


Lack of a sleep = unmotivated to get dressed in the morning.  Solution: A simple sheath dress.
Nothing complicated, just a simple sheath dress with a fun belt & shoes and I am good to go!

To all the beautiful and wonderful mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day!

Outfit Details:
Loft Dress - Similar
J Crew Necklace - Similar
Loft Belt - Similar
Stella & Dot Cuff - Same
The Limited Heels - Similar

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