Thursday, August 29, 2013


When I was much younger, I wanted my skirts to be SHORT.  Now if they are just a few inches above my knees, I feel totally exposed even though I still wear shorts.  I am not sure if this skirt shrunk or I just never paid attention but this skirt felt really short.  I kept tugging it down all day to keep it from raising.  I am not uncomfortable with my legs but wearing short skirts just don't feel right any more.

How do you feel about wearing mini skirts?

After taking these photos, I noticed that my purse is stuffed to the max!  I have no idea what's in it but I think it's time I clean out my purse.

I will be running the Disney Half Marathon this weekend. Originally, I was going to run the Dumbo Dare which is a 10 K on Saturday and 1/2 marathon on Sunday.  Due to plantar fasciitis on my foot, I have not been able to run.  It takes awhile for my foot to recover from even running a few miles so my hubby agreed to do the 10k and I will be hobbling to finish the 1/2.  2 weekends ago, I attempted to run 12 miles and the pain became so bad that I had to call my hubby to pick me at mile 10.  For as long as I have been running, this is the first time I had to call to be picked up.  I am praying this will the first and last time.  Please send me some positive vibes to finish the race on Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

Outfit Details:
Gap Top Similar
Banana Republic Skirt (last worn here) Similar
Coach Necklace Similar
Loft Cardi Similar
Loft Sandals Similar
Marc by Marc Jacob Crossbody Similar

With Labor Day approaching, it also means sales!  Here are some deals I found out there.  Happy Shopping.

BaubleBar: Buy 2 items, get 25% off.  Code: Summer25, Buy 3 items, get 30% off.  code: Summer30, Buy 4+ items, get 35% off.  code: Summer35.  Sale ends 9/2.

C Wonder 25% off full priced items.  Code: LaborDay.  Sale ends 9/2.

Tory Burch Take 20% off $300, 25% off $500 and 30% off $750.  Code: LaborDay.  Sale ends 9/2.

Vince Camuto Take 40% off all sale items.  Code Clear40.  Sale ends 9/3.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Denim at Work

I have always loved the look of a denim jacket underneath a blazer.  With my naturally large arms, this would be an impossible outfit for me.  Plus the heat of wearing 2 jackets and the bulk just did not seem appealing.  When I purchased the denim vest, I knew that I wanted to pair it under a blazer for the same affect.  

I was a bit hesitant to wear this to work since denim is so casual.  I ended up wearing this on Friday when the dress code is a little more relaxed. The funny thing is no one really enforces the dress code but your own conscious and I guess I am just old school like that.  I am amazed that there are people that wore flip flops and casual capri pants at the office.  

If you have a dress code at the office, is there an enforcer or are you guided by your own conscious?

Outfit Details:
J Crew School Boy Blazer Current Version
J Crew Denim Vest (last worn hereSimilar
J Crew Necklace Similar
Chico's Cay Earrings Similar
Kohl's LC Lauren Conrad Polka Dot Pleated Top (worn here and hereSame in current colors
Loft Skirt Similar
Banana Republic Flower Cocktail Ring Same
Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel Same
Sole Society Anneke Heels Same

Linking up with these fabulous ladies: Mix and Match FashionVodka Infused LemonadePerfectly Coutured , Living in Color and Penniless Socialite.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Tortoise and the Leopard

There once was a tortoise and a leopard and ....I have no idea but it feels like I should be telling a joke.  Well it all just ended up in my outfit today.

Happy Wednesday!

Outfit Details:
The Limited Blazer Similar
Loft Tee Similar
The Limited Pleated A-Line Skirt Same on Sale
Banana Republic Earrings Similar
Banana Republic Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Tortoiseshell Patent Lather Perfect Skinny Belt Same
Tory Burch Logo Double Snap Cuff Same in Current Colors
Tory Burch Middy Satchel Same
Sam Edleman Heels Similar

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  Get Your Pretty OnTransatlantic BlondeRolled Up PrettyBecause Shanna Said SoThe Pleated PoppySuburbsmamaKiwi Women's Style  and The Mummy Chronicles.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bumble Bee

One of the color combos that I try to avoid is black, white and yellow.  I am always afraid I would end up looking like a bumble bee.  By adding the blues with my accessories, I think I am no longer looking like a bee.  So my lesson learned from this outfit is...just add another color and whatever memories the color combo will trigger will be gone. 

What color combos do you avoid?

Outfit Details
Loft Dress Similar
Loft Cardigan Similar
Banana Republic Rattan Hoop Earrings Similar
Chico's Cay Necklace Similar
Banana Republic Flower Cocktail Ring Same
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Flap Hobo Same
Qupid Heels Similar

Linking up with: Style ElixirThe Fashion Canvas and Real Girl Glam.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Day at Balboa Island

Last weekend, my friend invited us for a little boat ride off Newport Beach Harbor.  To make a day of it, we spend the day at Balboa Island which is a tiny man made island (just .2 square miles) with lots of character and charm.  The homes are gorgeous with very high price tags to go with the waterfront view.  

I was busy enjoying the sights that I ended up not taking as many pictures as I had hoped. 

Cute pillows from a little boutique.

That is Bessie in front of a store front.  The store sold nicknacks, I am not sure why they have a patriotic cow.

Balboa Island is connected to the mainland (Newport Beach) by ferry to cross 800 feet of water.  This little ferry ride is quite famous and the wait times to ride with your car over can be long since it only ferries 3 cars at a time.  We opted to park our car and ride over as passengers.

Our little boat ride was so fun.  We passed by multi-million dollar homes and yachts.  I forgot to take a picture but I've never seen a catamaran race boat before and it's such an incredible machine. I am pretty sure this is the boat here.

My son was on cloud 9 when he was given the chance to drive the boat.  I can never get him to smile for pictures any more and I love how this picture captures how happy he was driving the boat.  So now I know, I just need to let him drive a boat to get him to smile.

That's now my son making a sad face because our day came to an end.  

Outfit Details:
Loft Maxi Dress Similar
J Crew Linen Golden Pineapple Tee Same on Sale
Groopdealz Necklace Same on Etsy
Banana Republic Tote Similar

This outfit has nothing do with the post other than that it's nautical theme and may have been more appropriate for a boat ride.  Then again, I would feel too themed if I wore this on a boat trip.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Anchor Tee Same on Sale
Banana Republic Shorts Similar
Loft Necklace  Similar
J Crew Factory Two Toned Braided Belt Same on Sale
Tory Burch Logo Cuff  Same
Banana Republic Wedges Similar

Linking up with these fabulous ladies: Funday MondayMingle MondayPlane Pretty,  My Greatest Hits and Monday Bloom.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bringing the 80s back

I can't remember the last time I wore culottes (as known back in my day), aka as skort.  I am pretty sure it was in the 80s.  I found these pretty floral skort on super clearance at the Loft and couldn't resist how much childhood memories they bring.  To date myself, some of my favorite brands growing up were Bongo Shorts and Jordache Jeans.  

What were some of your favorite brands growing up?

Outfit Details:
Accessories Auction Earrings Similar
Ann Taylor Top Similar
Loft Berry Floral Print Skort Same on Clearance
The Limited Bracelet Similar
Banana Republic Tote Similar
Target Merona Etha Cork Low Wedge Sandals Same

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsDelusions of GrandeurStyle Elixir and Bobby Pins.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lace & Leopard

I don't really watch much TV since there's just not enough time in the day and I actually enjoy reading much more than TV.  I recently started watching The Walking Dead series on NetFlix and it's such a weird show but I love it.

Another show that I am loving on Netflix is Orange is the New Black based on the book with the same title.  All I can say is watch it, it will make you laugh.  

What shows are you into?

Sorry this has nothing to do with clothes but I was watching The Walking Dead at the time and couldn't really come up with anything about the outfit.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
J Crew Factory Bubble Stud Earings Same
Accessories Auction Lace Top Similar
Loft Boyfriend Jeans Current Version
J Crew Factory Bracelet Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Same
Target Merona Etha Cork Low Wedge Sandals Same

Linking up with: Mix and Match FashionVodka Infused LemonadePerfectly Coutured , Living in Color and Penniless Socialite.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Teal & Pink

The other day, my hubby and son went to see Planes while I was left behind to do some grocery shopping.  We had a nice lunch at the mall before we parted ways.  And some how, my legs led me into Anthropologie instead of my car.  At Anthro, they had so many temptations that I wanted to take home with me (like this skirt or this gorgeous dress).  I had to restrained myself and I had a couple of belts in my hand in the check out line.  The people in front of me where buying the store and I was in line for a long time.  This worked in my favor because in the time waiting, I realized I don't need 5 new belts and put some away.  This pretty belt made it home with me and I could not wait to wear it. 

Outfit Details:
Loft Dress  (Last worn hereSimilar
Anthropologie Caravan Pom Belt Same
Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel Curren Version Necklace
Ivanka Trump Heels Similar
Loft Sheer Cardigan Same on Clearance
WHBM Goldtone Textured Double Hoop Earrings Same on Sale

inking up with these fabulous ladies:  Get Your Pretty OnTransatlantic BlondeRolled Up PrettyBecause Shanna Said SoThe Pleated PoppySuburbsmamaKiwi Women's Style  and The Mummy Chronicles.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Colorblock and Leopard

I was commenting in this post that I was struggling with finding ways to wear my yellow shoes before it gets too cold.  Well, I forgot the summer heat of Southern CA does not happen until September - October so I should be able to were them a bit more.  I've already worn them yesterday and found this dress in my closet that was just begging to be worn with these shoes.  

Outfit Details:
Kohl's Dress (Last worn here)
The Limited Belt
The Loft Necklace
Ann Taylor Heels
Tory Burch Robison Purse
Ann Taylor Factory Bracelet

Linking up with: Style ElixirThe Fashion Canvas and Real Girl Glam.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Same Blazer, Different Day

 Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I had a nice time extending my birthday celebration through the weekend and I am so not ready to head back to work.  Speaking of work, I think I've got my work style pretty honed in.  You will see me mostly in pencil skirts and a blazer.  It was not until I had these 2 outfits in iphotos did I realize how much I love this formula.  These 2 outfits are practically identical!  I am a sucker for pencil skirts and every time there is a new print or color combo that I don't addiction kicks in and I need it.  

Do you have a "formula" that works for you?

Outfit Details:
WHBM Blazer Similar
Ann Taylor Top Similar
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Skirt Same on clearance)
Kenneth Cole Urban Blitz Pave Ring Same
Alfani Heels Similar
Kate Spade New York Purse Similar

Outfit Details:
The Limited top Similar
Ann Taylor Factory Skirt Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar
La Mer Collection Arizona Double Chain Tan Watch On Sale Now
Ann Taylor Heels Similar

Linking up with: Funday MondayMingle MondayPlane Pretty,  My Greatest Hits and Monday Bloom.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pattern Play

I love prints that are subtle that you can easily pattern mix. It's really difficult to see in these pictures, this skirt has little dots (I am getting old - I turned 41! yesterday - I can't even tell what color the dots are...maybe red, pink or orange).  With such a subtle pattern, I added a floral top to pick up the color of the dots on the skirt and the striped blazer to add another layer of pattern.

Have a great Friday and a beautiful weekend!

Loft Blazer (last worn hereSimilar
Loft Top Similar
J Crew Factory Skirt  (last worn hereSimilar
WHBM Bracelet Similar
Ivanka Trump Floria Heels Similar

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsDelusions of GrandeurStyle Elixir and Bobby Pins.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Going in Circles

Some days, I feel like I am going in circles going nowhere.  I am always trying to catch up with work, house work and everything else and nothing ever seems done.  I always wondered how some women always looks so put together, makes everything from scratch meals, grow a vegetable garden, hosts the best parties and participate in tri-athelons.  All I know is I am not one of these women and it's okay.  We all can be perfect right ...otherwise, life would be too boring.

Now to to my outfit....

I am always a little cautious to jump into fashion trends since you never know how long they will last.  Some trends that I've passed on are one shoulder tops/dresses and crop tops which just did not fit my lifestyle.  I have been really loving printed pants and have been wanting to buy them for work but the floral prints were just too busy for me. These pants were perfect for me to try the printed pants for the workplace since they are only have 2 colors and the pattern is pretty subtle.

Are you into the printed pants trend?

 Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Top 
Chico's Necklace Similar
J Crew School Boy Blazer Current Version
Banana Republic Hampton Fit Tile Sateen Crop Pants Same on Clearance
Alfani Heels Similar
WHBM Goldtone Textured Double Hoop Earrings Same
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same
J Crew Bracelet Similar
Kenneth Cole Urban Blitz Pave Ring Same on Clearance

Linking up with: Mix and Match FashionVodka Infused LemonadePerfectly Coutured, Work Clothes, I Suppose , Living in Color and Penniless Socialite.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Now and Later

Growing up in Hawaii, I really had 1 season all year round so I never really paid attention to seasonal clothing.  So when I moved to California, I was pretty excited about the change of seasons (though slightly).  With fall fast approaching, I am showing how this dress can be easily transition for cooler weather.  I know this transition will not work for my friends that live in really cold temps and will probably freeze in my later outfit.  But you can transform a lot of dresses for cooler days by layering with tights, a form fitting shirt under a dress, scarves etc..

Outfit Details:
Target Mossimo Dress Similar
Groopdealz Necklace Similar
J Crew Belt Similar
J Crew Denim Vest Similar
J Crew Factory Bracelet Similar
Coach Legacy Courtenay Hobo Same
Banana Republic Abby Ballet Flats Same in Different Colors on Sale

The now photos were taken by my son and this was the 1st one - though my head is chopped off, I kinda like it.

Outfit Details:
The Limited Sweater Similar
Accessories Auction Necklace  Similar
J Crew Belt Similar
Enzo Angiolini Boots Similar

Monday, August 12, 2013


The graphic print of this dress really caught my eye and I think the side tie at the waist helps to hide the tummy. I also really like the stretch jersey material that doesn't wrinkle either.  When I was looking for the link online, I noticed it was called a miracle dress.  It claims to be flattering on all figures and reading the reviews, I would say that's not the case.  If I only read the reviews online, I probably would have passed on the dress.  

How helpful do you find online reviews?  And do you also contribute to them?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Lattice Print Sleeveless Miracle Dress On Sale Now
Chico's Cay Necklace Similar
Banana Republic Colorful Drop Earrings  Same
J Crew Bracelet similar
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Flap Hobo Same
Nine West Heels Similar

Linking up with: Style ElixirThe Fashion Canvas and Real Girl Glam.
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