Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lace & Stripes

Happy Friday!  I am tired.  Halloween was a success and we had a blast.  So today, all I want to do is be in my pajamas.  Unfortunately, that's not in the cards and I must go to work.  These pants (my favorite pair that I've had for years) and this blazer is about as close to as pajamas I can get.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Stripe Ponte Knit Blazer Same on Clearance
Banana Republic Lace Top Similar
Groopdealz Necklace Same look
WHBM Pants Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same
Prabal Gurung for Target Heels Looks almost identical

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsDelusions of GrandeurStyle ElixirSimply Lulu - Lulu's Love Listthe Mrs. and the MommaCoffee and Bobby Pins, and Simple Sequins.

Here are some pictures from Halloween.

I went to workout in a costume.  I don't get to use this outfit much so I though what the heck and have a little fun.  This by the way was a very tough workout.  The picture was taken post workout.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Puffa Vest

Happy Halloween! I hope today you will find more treats than tricks :)  I am off to watch my son's Halloween parade at school.  I can't wait!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, it's just so fun for all.  I only wished we had the day after Halloween off.

If you are a regular fashion blogger follower like me, you may have seen one of the most coveted items lately is the J Crew Factory Herringbone Vest.  It's been sold out for sometime and if you really want it, you can buy it for $150 on ebay.  Somehow I got sucked into the puffer vest madness and told myself that I really need one in my closet.  I like the idea that it's a vest for the mild cold weather we have in Southern California.  I was not about to spend crazy amount of $$ for one and was happy to found this vest from Old Navy for less than $45 at regular price.

I waited until there was some sale online and picked it up with 30% off.  Though this purchase was more influenced by what I am seeing online, I like the idea of a vest more than a jacket.  I love jackets but I always feel so confined in them.  So something that's sleeveless and keeps me warm makes perfect sense for me.

 What items have your purchased that were more influenced by reading fashion related magazines or blogs lately?

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Quilted Women's Puffa Vest  Same
J Crew Merino Tippi Sweater in Stripe Monarch Same on Clearance
The Limited Jeans Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar
Frye Melissa Boots Same

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Instagram Made Me Do It

I am a huge fan of Instagram to follow my friends and celebrities.  It's a great way to connect to people because you get to see a glimpse into their lives.  One of person that I follow is Clintonkellyofficial who was the cohost of What Not To Wear.  He's got great style and does a series with Macy to style a trend with different age group.  I saw this picture and knew these booties had to be mine.  I have been on a hunt for a pair of burgundy booties and love the unique style.

He also does a series that if you #helpmeclinton, he will answer your question on how to style something.  I think this is such a clever way to interact with your fans.

If you want to see other sides of me besides me talking about my clothes, join me here or to click on the little camera icon on the right side bar.

Are you a fan of Instagram?  And what is one fun Instagramer that you follow?  I love discovering new accounts to follow.

Outfit Details:
The Limited Blazer Similar
Banana Republic Top Similar
Ann Taylor Deco Jacquard Skirt (last worn hereSame
Fergie Rina Booties Same

Monday, October 28, 2013

Just Enjoy It

This is the first Tiffany & Co purse that I have ever owned and it was a gift from one of my dearest friends.  There's a long story behind how it arrived to my house.  Long story short, this was a surprise gift that never made it to my door.  It was delivered to several wrong homes and my honest neighbors delivered it to my doorstep.  

This purse is made of beautiful Italian suede and it's also reversible to a pretty nude/white snake print.  I was so hesitant to use it because I am so afraid I would damage my purse.  I don't own any suede because the fabric is fragile.  When I asked my friend (who works at Tiffany) how to take care of this delicate purse, she says "Just enjoy it!".  So I am not going freak out if it gets dirty today and will just enjoy the gift as it is meant to be.

Outfit Details:
Loft Dress (last worn here)  Similar
The Limited Blazer  Similar
Loft Belt Similar
Matisse Boots Similar
Tory Burch Cuff Bracelet Similar
Tiffany & Co Reversible Tote Current Version

Linking up with: Style Elixir's Style SessionTrend Spin Link UpReal Girl Glam's Real Girl Style.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Semi Midi

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  On Saturday, our neighborhood had a fall festival that we attended.  Later that night, we hosted a Halloween party for some of my son's friends.  We had a blast and I had planned on going to an adult costume skating party afterwards.  Unfortunately, I had a really bad attack of allergies and was forced to stay in.

This week DC in Style's style challenge is a midi skirt.  I only have 1 midi skirt (last worn here) that is a bright cheery yellow made with a very lightweight material.  Though it is still warm here in Southern CA, it just feels awkward to wear just a light weight skirt in fall.  So I found a skirt that I would consider semi midi (not sure if there's such a thing) since it's slightly below the knee.


Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Polka Dot Popover Top Same
Gap Animal Print Zip Jacket Same on Clearance
The Limited Skirt  Similar
Prabal Gurung for Target Looks Identical

This little animation was so fun that I had to share.  Somehow when my camera takes action shots, the computer knows to string them together to make a mini video.  So it's just me being me - as silly as can be.

I also participated in 40+ Style's from runway to real life A-line skirt challenge.  Below is the outfit I used.  Please stop by and check other great fashionistas.

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Top Similar
WHBM Skirt Similar
Loft Sheer Cardigan Same on Clearance
J Crew Quinn Ankle Strap Pumps Same on Clearance

Some of the cute snacks I made for the kids.

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Funday MondayMingle MondaySunday StyleThirties' Two Cents,  My Style Link Up, and Monday Bloom.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tough to Style

 I bought this hole-y sweater top from Ann Taylor last year on super duper sale and had planned on returning it because of the cut and not knowing how to style it.  Well somehow, I passed the return period so I was stuck with it.  The knit is very loose so I need to wear something underneath.  However, it's cut more like a racer style in the front so a bra strap will be exposed which I am not a fan of.  

So my blogging friends, I need help in figuring out how to wear this sweater top.  I can't wait to hear what suggestions you have for me. 

By the way, this is not a Halloween trick up on my blog - it's a new design!!! I am in love with it and it was long over due.  

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Sweater Similar
WHBM Tank Similar
WHBM Blance Slim Jeans Same
J Crew Cece Leather Flats Same in Current Colors
Forever 21 Necklace Similar
WHBM Bracelet Similar

This outfit was worn last year - hence the slimmer me.  I need to get back in shape! I am looking pretty well fed these days.  I am also surprise how noticable the difference in picture quality from dSLR vs. iphone.  I purposely wore it with expose straps to make it a bit more fun but not sure if it worked.

Outfit Details:
WHBM Jacket Similar
Gap Jeans Similar
Loft Leopard Wedges Similar
J Crew Babble Necklace via Ebay Same via Etsy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Too Much TV

I have never been much of a TV person but this season there's a lot of shows that have really caught our attention.  Some of the shows that I am watching are:
- Hostages
- The Black List
- The Voice
- The Amazing Race

And then I am still catching up with The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, House of Cards , Call the Midwife and start Breaking Bad.

I don't plan on watching everything at once since this would take too much time away from my family. What shows are you watching this season?

I have no words on this outfit, it was just cute and comfy.  

Outfit Details:
Loft Blouse  Similar
WHBM Necklace Similar
The Limited Skirt Similar
The Limited Obi Belt Same
Nine West Booties Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Close to Window Pane

I talked about the trend how popular the window pane look is this fall.  I am not sure if this skirt qualifies for it but I found this skirt in my closet and I think it's close enough.  This is so sad to admit but I found this skirt stuck between other skirts and it's never been worn.  That's not so bad other than that it was purchased over a year ago.  Whoops...

P.S. - I just realized I should have saved this outfit for Halloween.  I rarely wear orange and black together because it evokes Halloween but I think this shade of orange not as much?

Outfit Details:
Loft Top Similar
WHBM Skirt Similar
Banana Republic Kenedy Heels Same in Solid Black Monogram Necklace Same
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same

I wanted to show you how cute the back of this skirt is - there's ruffle the lower back.  Not sure you can see it.  Sorry the picture is so weird but a backside picture was tough.  And my legs looks a bit awkward, not sure what was happening.

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, October 21, 2013

Leather Pants

I bought myself a pair of leather leggings (here) online and when I got them and tried it on at home, I had to laugh out loud because I felt so silly with them on.  I am no biker chick and I was just not hip even to rock them.  So I decided leather pants is just not for me.  

Since the leather leggings incident, I sort of given up on them.  That is until I found these pants with just a bit of leather trim on the side which makes the pants much more slimming.

Something about the easy comfort of this outfit but I think it's one of my all time favorite.  Not sure it it's the comfort or the simplicity of it.  Probably a little of both.

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top Similar
Loft Sweater Wool Blend Cable Knit Open Vest Same on Clearance Now
Ann Taylor Leather Trim Pants Similar
ShoeMint Sienna Boots Same
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same
Loft Necklace Similar
Tory Burch Leather Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet  Same

Linking up with: Style Elixir's Style SessionTrend Spin Link UpReal Girl Glam's Real Girl Style.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Casual Leopard

Happy Monday!  I have been taking outfit photos to keep a visual of what I've worn for about 2 years.  My goal was to see if I can not repeat an outfit by changing it up with accessories.  Here are 2 outfits that I styled with the same base and changed up the outfit with accessories.  I wore these outfit on 2 different days and it just so happened I pulled pink as my accent color for both outfits.

This jacket was used purely as a prop since it was in the upper 80's this weekend.  I think fall may make a visit to CA in November.  I bought this jacket last year on clearance for under $20 and can't wait to use it more.  I love vibrant color jackets, they just add so much more fun to any outfit.  I am eyeing this jacket and hope to add it to my closet. 

Outfit Details:
Loft Mini Animal Print Tee Same
WHBM Necklace Similar
Loft Jacket Similar
WHBM Blanc Slim Jeans Same
Prabal Gurung for Target via ebay Similar - looks almost identical
Tory Burch Foldover Messenger Same in Current Colors

Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Crystal Petal Necklace Same in Current Colors
J Crew Cece Leather Flats Same in Current Colors

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Boyfriend

No I don't have a boyfriend and I am still married to my wonderful husband.  Today, I am talking about   borrowing clothes from the boys.   I have had these boyfriend jeans for a couple of years and they just seem to get better with wear.  This boyfriend sweater is another item that I've had for years and keep reaching for it year after year.  

Speaking of borrowing from the boys, please stop by Sylvia's 40+ Style Blog  and Bri's Work Clothes, I Suppose's blog and see other ways myself and others have incorporated menswear into our outfits.

Are you into clothing inspired by menswear?  

Outfit Details:
Loft Seaside Striped Shell Same on Clearance 
Loft Boyfriend Sweater Same in Current Colors
Loft Boyfriend Jeans Same Current Style
Steve Madden Tudor Oxfords Similar
Loft Earrings Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Loft Belt Similar

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Geometric and Dots

I love the look of sequin tops but really dislike the itchiness it creates from the stitching.  Instead of wearing a cami with this top, I added a extra long sleeve layer which solved the itchiness and added an additional pattern.  I know this may seem a bit busy for some and I think by adding the green blazer really toned down the outfit.

Are you a fan of wearing anything sequins?  

Outfit Details:
The Limited Soft Topstich Jacket Same
J Crew Factory Top Same via ebay
French Connection Stripe Top Similar
Banana Republic Hampton Fit Tile Sateen Crop Pants (last worn hereSimilar
Marc Fisher Heels Similar
J Crew Factory Venus Flytrap Necklace Similar via etsy

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Where's Waldo?

I call this my Where's Waldo dress because it just reminds of the wide stripes of his top (see here).  I used to love these type of books because I love seek and find type of games.  My son is like his mama and loves I Spy books which is sort of like looking for Waldo.  

I don't think this dress is hard to miss unless I am in a Where's Waldo book.  

What are some of your favorite childhood activity books?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Factory Wrap Dress Similar
Soma Lace Bra Cami Similar
J Crew Sunflower Necklace Similar
J Crew Factory Venus Flytrap Necklace Similar via Etsy
WHBM Bracelet Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same
Ann Taylor Marla Quilted Leather Block Heels Same

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, October 14, 2013

Sweater Season

Sweater season is finally here in Southern California.  This makes me happy because I can finally use the sweaters that I have purchased.   I am in love how cozy this sweater is and will find every opportunity to wear it.  I wore the first outfit to work and switched to a tee and flats for quick bite.

When I buy sweaters, I avoid 100% wool because they are too itchy.  This one is made with 40% acrylic, 30% nylon and 25% wool and 5% alpaca.  So the bulk of it is synthetic but it is so so soft.  

What materials do you prefer when you buy sweaters?

Update:  I wrote this post last week when we had cooler weather.  Today it's in the 80s and there's no way a cozy sweater is coming anywhere near me.  This weather is driving my body nuts and I am coming down with a cold.

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Top Similar
Loft Knit Open Cardigan Same
Loft Marisa Ankle Plaid Pants Same
J Crew Necklace Similar
Marc Fisher Heels Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same

Outfit Details:
J Crew Kiss Kiss Tee Same
Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Same
ShoeMint Flats Similar

Linking up with: Style Elixir's Style SessionTrend Spin Link UpReal Girl Glam's Real Girl Style.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pink Heart

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Today is a day off for me which is great since I need to catch up on house chores that's been neglected like laundry, grocery shopping an cleaning.  Since I am not working, I wanted to post a casual outfit and this is as easy going as it gets.  A sweater, jeans and comfy booties are perfect for running errands.  I may or may not visit the mall too :)

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Sweater Similar
The Limited Jeans Similar
Stella & Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet Same 
Ann Taylor Booties Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Same in Current colors

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Funday MondayMingle MondaySunday StyleThirties' Two Cents,  My Style Link Up and Monday Bloom.

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