Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Double Post

This is the post that I had scheduled....

 I just realized that the Super Bowl is this weekend.  I can honestly say I have never been into the football game and in the previous years, I have really enjoyed the commercials.  For the past couple years, the commercials didn't seem as much funny or entertaining.

I am so excited that Bruno Mars is performing the half time show. There are not many artist from Hawaii that has made it big time.  And people from Hawaii are always very proud of everything from Hawaii.  I may have been living in California for 10+ years but I always consider myself an island girl at heart.

For those that follow football, who are you routing for and will be sporting a football jersey?

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Sweater Similar
J Crew Factory Skirt Similar
Banana Republic Faux Fur Vest Similar
J Crew Venus Fly Trap Necklace Factory Version
Sira & Mara Shine Bright Necklace (won from contest) Same
The Limited Ring Similar
Ann Taylor Ring Same
Mossimo Booties Similar

Then this happened and I had to share it. ...

Last Sunday, I DVR'd the Grammy.  I was looking forward to Beyonce,  Lorde,  and P!nk's performances. As I was watching P!ink's performance, I was in awed of her athleticism  and her voice and what a great performance she did and remembered that she was having a concert on Wednesday in town.  So at 11:30 at night, I am texting my girlfriends to see if anyone was interested.  We texted for about 1/2 hour and found some tickets on Stubhub.  

This mama was so excited since I just don't have a chance to get out much.  It was an amazing concert.  I was always a fan of P!nk and after the concert, I love her even more.  The show was fun from beginning to end.  Her voice, dancing and the staging was just incredible.  The dancers that she had were amazing!  I felt like I was watching a concert plus Circus du Soleil all in one.  If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.

I had no idea what I was going to wear but knew I needed to be warm (walking from the giant parking lot to the Honda Center) and wear flats to be comfortable.  I decide to wear my bright pink wool jacket from Gap and some new olive skinnies and some flat booties.  I was comfy and warm = win!

Here's a quick glimpse of her tour since my iPhone videos are of horrible quality.

And by the way, today is the start of Chinese New Year.  The year of the Horse.  If you are into zodiac signs and personality traits, (here) some info on people born in the year of the horse.  Happy Chinese New Year!  My your year be filled with health, happiness, and prosperity!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Tuxedo Jacket and ACDC

I wore my tuxedo jacket for work in this post and on the same day Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust also wore a similar blazer in a more casual setting.  I loved it and wanted to replicate immediately.  Problem was I wanted a dark graphic tee which I didn't own.  Lucky for me, I was at Target shopping for daily things and this fun tee jumped into my cart!  I wished I had taken my jacket off, this tee is so fun and has the look of a baseball tee with grey sleeves.  

This outfit was a bit out of my comfort zone for weekend wear but no one seem to be staring at me like I was an alien as I was walking the isles of Costco (at least I hope).

Thank you for the fun outfit inspiration Debbie!

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Shawl Tuxedo Jacket Same on Clearance
Zara Necklace Similar
Forever 21 Clutch Similar
Target ACDC Tee Similar
Old Navy RockStar Skinnies Same
Loft Alissa Animal Print Ankle Strap Heels Same

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Baby Shower

This past weekend, I attended a friend's baby shower.  The theme of the party was olives because the expecting bundle of joy's name will be Olivia.  The party was hosted by my girlfriend's mom and she did such a wonder job with the decor and the food.  I debated about wearing something more girly but wanted to be comfy in my jeans and ended up with this outfit.

Do you tend to wear more feminine outfits when you attend baby showers?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Sparkle Open Knit Sweater Same on Clearance
Loft Necklace Similar
Forever 21 Clutch Similar
Prvcy Jeans Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet Similar
Ivanka Trump Heels Similar

It's been a very long time since I've been to a baby shower and I thought this was just the cutest thing ever.  I had forgotten to take pictures early on so there's not so many ice cubes left.  They had a bunch of babies frozen in ice cubes and you take one and wait for your water to break.

An adorable onesie decorating station.

The party favors was a bottle of olive oil and an cookie.  I loved that they put a fig on olive in the oil. So clever!

There was an olive tree with some blank note cards to write some advice for the expecting parents.

Isn't my girlfriend just so adorable! So beautiful with her baby bump.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Let's Pretend

Technically it's winter everywhere in the U.S. except here in California (well maybe my home state Hawaii too).  I actually miss having some cooler weather so I can wear some of my sweaters and scarves.  Today, I am pretending it's cold out so I can wear this beautiful coat out.  Ok, I really didn't get a chance to wear it.....just for the pictures but I can pretend.

 I saw this beautiful coat on Suzanne and thought it was just so gorgeous.  I clicked on the link and was surprised to see it marked down 1/2 price and thought it seemed like a good deal.  I debated since I don't have much use for it but the beautiful coat stayed on my mind.  I took the plunge and ordered it and I am very happy with the quality of leather and fit.  Now if only the weather cools down a bit so I can really wear it.

Outfit Details:
Danier Leather Coat Same
J Crew Factory Chambray Blouse Similar
Loft Sweater (last worn hereSimilar
WHBM Necklace Similar
Prvcy Jeans  Similar
Fergie Rina Booties Same on Clearance

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A lot of Stripes

Happy Monday!  I love stripes and a dress with different color stripes and size...I am sold!  I originally was planning to return this dress because the sleeves are a bit snug ofn my arm.  I put the dress in my car trunk for the next trip to the mall and it got forgotten so I will just have to deal with it.

Here's 2 ways, I've styled this dress for work.  

Have a great day!

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Dress Similar
J Crew Sweater Similar
The Limited Faux Leather Jacket Similar
WHBM Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Rings Same in current colors
Frye Boots Similar

Outfit Details:
WHBM Sweater Similar
Ann Taylor Earrings Similar
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar
Banana Republic Heels Similar

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Path to Fitness - Week 8

I used to think that I could never run a marathon. Well, I proved myself wrong 10 years ago when I signed up for a running group to train for the LA Marathon in 2003.  This program (if memory serves me correctly) was about 6 months long and it was geared towards people that could not even run a mile (that was me).  What prompted me to sign up for this is beyond me but it's been one the best things I've ever done.

The training really gave me a great foundation of an exercise schedule which I think is the hardest part about incorporating any type of exercise into your routine.  I also met some incredible people through the program that are now special friends in my life.  Since that LA Marathon, I've gotten my MBA, married and had a child.  So the running took a back seat here and there.  Some of friends ran 15+ marathons.  Me, not so much.  I did do another marathon last year (here) and have done a handful of 1/2 marathon.

One of the annual traditions that my friends and I participate is the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (this is the 3rd year) at Disneyland.  I love that it's right in my own backyard and the fun atmosphere.  For me, these races are not about how fast I can go but really enjoying the moment.  My girlfriend and I stayed together the  whole time and chatted away.  The volunteers and spectators are incredible- they make funny signs and give you high fives to push you along.

The race started at 5:00 am so it was so dark that I couldn't take a picture in front of the castle but did capture some other pretty sights.

Statistics: Total women finishers: 11,490
My place: 3,244
My time: 2:35
My pace: 11:51

Weight Progress:

Weight: 139.6
Loss this week: 0.6 pounds
Total Weight Loss to date: 6.6 pounds

Week 1-3

Week 4-6

Week 7

Week 8

This was my slowest half marathon which even though I wasn't focused on time, I am kind of bummed.  I wasn't hard on myself because sometimes life is not all about setting personal records.  I had some great girlfriend time and a blast and that to me is much more valuable running my best time.

Whatever you doing, remember to have fun!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Perception vs Reality

Some people think that I am dressed up all the time.  The truth is, on the weekend I am very laid back.  I think with some simple changes my day outfit can easily turned into a dinner outfit with friends.  By adding the heels (I promise these are heels that just all in the grass) and blazer this feels just a little more glam.  

What was I doing this day when I wore this outfit? Attending my son's basketball game.  I would feel very silly wearing 4" heels to a 5 year old game and ended up wearing my mint flats. I also did not wear the floral blazer to make it more laid back.

I have debated about keeping this blazer (last worn here).  I think I will try wearing it with all black next time and see how I feel about it.  I know have a lot more blazers that I love and this my find a better home elsewhere.  

Have a great weekend!

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Floral Blazer Similar
Loft Boyfriend Jeans Similar
J Crew Tee Similar
Ivanka Trump Heels Similar
Banana Republic Flats Similar
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
J Crew Belt Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsDelusions of GrandeurStyle ElixirSimply Lulu - Lulu's Love Listthe Mrs. and the Momma.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Navy & Mustard

Mustard is a very tough color for me to wear.  I think it just doesn't work with my skin tone. I feel like I am always being taunted by all the pretty mustard combos I see out in the blogging world and how a lot of bloggers love this color and I can't wear it.  It's like waving a cupcake in front of me and I can't have it.  This skirt is a great way for me to get a little bit of mustard in without being too overwhelming.

Are you a fan of mustard yellow?

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Top Similar
Ann Taylor Factory Skirt Similar
Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel Same
La Mer Watch Similar
Ann Taylor Heels Similar

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mindless Shopper

I have to admit, I am probably the worst shopper ever.  I tend to buy things without trying it on because I like to try it on at home and see how it fits with what I have in my closet.  Sometimes not paying attention does not pay and I find out a little too late and can't return an item.  

Today's item that I purchased mindlessly was this polka dot blazer (last worn here).  I loved the fit of the blazer and there's nothing wrong it.  I have own this blazer for over 6 months and just recently did I realize the details in the inside of the jacket.  There's a pretty secret pocket and pen pocket inside of the jacket that's lined with blue pinstripe!  I will need to see if I have any other blazer that has this fantastic detail.  

This outfit was based on the pretty pinstripe blue I found in the blazer.  

Do you search your clothes thoroughly before making a purchase?

Outfit Details:
J Crew School Boy Blazer Similar
WHBM Blouse Similar
WHBM Skirt Similar
WHBM Heels Similar
WHBM Earrings Similar
Tiffany & Co Heart Tag Pendant Necklace Same

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tuxedo Jacket

I have always wanted a tuxedo jacket.  I think they have such an elegance to them.  I picked up this one on super clearance for under $50 and it's made it into my closet.  I think I should be able to wore this without looking too holiday-ish or looking like a waiter.  ...I hope I succeed it here.

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Lace Peplum Shell Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Shawl Tuxedo Jacket Same on Clearance
J Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace identical Factory Version
WHBM Pants Similar
Sam Edleman Heels Similar

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