Monday, March 31, 2014

Nautical Stripes

Wearing this outfit has put me on a vacation state of mind.  I just want to go sailing and have my cellphone turned off and enjoy the beauty of the ocean.  Lucky for me, this maybe a reality since I am headed off to vacation today!  We are headed back home to Hawaii and hopefully there will be some sun and beach time while visiting family and friends.


Outfit Details:
Old Navy Lightweight Printed Top (last worn hereSame
J Crew Belt Similar
Ann Taylor Riveria Shorts Similar
Mindy Mae's Market Necklace (won from giveaway) Similar
ShoeMint Stacey Flats Same
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same

Sunday, March 30, 2014


My weekend started on a bad foot with a car accident (I got rear ended but no one was seriously injured but my back is killing me).  Then Friday night, we had a scary earthquake.  I have been living in CA for 10+ years and this one was by far the scariest one I've encountered.  It wasn't that long (probably under 10 seconds) but it was strong.  I was on the couch and trying to figure out what to do.  I ended up doing nothing. 

I know having an earthquake is big news and all but the local news makes it so dramatic.  One local news person was showing at a restaurant how bottles were laying down on a shelf.  I personally think it's probably better not to show this because my husband and I started laughing since this was breaking news that bottles tipped over.  I am not trying to make light of earthquakes...just the things our local news focus on.  I stopped watching local news for this reason, they focus on the worst things.  

Where do you get your news information from?

Now on today's news... my outfit. Had to do it - like I am writing about anything serious right??
Can I just say this has to be one of my all time favorite outfits.  I have been wanting a midi skirt and found this one at H & M.  I thought it would make me look short but looking at the pictures, I don't think it shorten me.  When I wear a skirt like this, I swear all I want to do is twirl around all day.  I promise you that I didn't but it would've been more fun than sitting in front of a computer.

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor  Outlet Top  Similar
Ann Taylor Polka Dot Cardigan Same on Clearance
The Limited Piped Waist Belt Same
H & M Skirt Similar
J Crew Leather Bow Ankle Strap Heels Same on Clearance
Banana Republic Necklace Similar

I have worn this polka dot a bunch of times but only found it twice that I documented with photos.  Such a versatile top, it's such workhorse in my closet.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Online vs. In Store

Once upon a time, I loved hitting the malls and spending the whole day just walking around trying on clothes and people watch.  Then my son came along and life changed significantly more ways than one.  It wasn't so bad to shop with him when he was a baby but now that he is older, time is filled with sports, parties and everything else in between.  

Due to the lack of time, I primarily shop online and find stores that have free shipping.  I have found that I prefer online now because you can try things on at home with things I already own.  The main con against online shopping is dealing with returns.  There are stores that offer free shipping both ways but there are still a lot of stores that offer free shipping one way which means I do end up going to the mall at lunch to make my returns.

The other downside is that some stores offer different promotions in-store vs. online and sale pricing also varies.  Of course, stores have to justify the brick and mortars and will do everything they can to lure you into the store.  

I went to J Crew to make a return the other day and of course, I had to visit the sale section.  I found this antique floral dress in the sale section.  The skirt was not in the sale area but I asked the sales person to check and it was on sale for $139.99 plus additional 40% off,  I have been stalking this skirt online for sometime but was not willing to pay full price.  I haven't been shopping at J Crew long enough to understand their sales but it seems odd that they don't put all the sale items in one area and not have everything marked.  If I had not asked the sales associates, I would not have tried it on.  

So are you an online or in-store shopper?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (last worn hereSimilar
Merona Chunky Belt - Glitter Same
J Crew Collection No 2. Pencil Skirt in Antique Floral Same
Banana Republic Maisie Wedges Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Blazer (last worn hereSimilar
Loft Earrings Similar Monogram Necklace Same
Groopdealz Necklace Similar

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buttoned Up: Work to Play

Every Friday, we typically meet our friends for dinner and I typically like to do a quick change so that I am more casual.  This outfit was a perfect example of how simple changes made such difference.  

For work, I paired my buttoned up with a pink blazer and printed pumps.  Using the same base (top and pants), I added a sweatshirt and swap out for flats and I am ready for a casual night out.  The only problem was having my top tucked in all day, it got a bit wrinkled.  Wished there was a quick way to get rid of wrinkles.

Happy Thursday!

Outfit Details:
WHBM Blazer Similar
Gap Blouse Similar
J Crew Flower Fan Necklace Same
Loft Eyelet Cotton Ankle Pants Same
J Crew Factory Isabella Printed Pumps Same
Banana Republic Bracelet Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet Similar
Banana Republic Glimmer Glamour Rings Same on Clearance
H & M Rings Same

Outfit Details:
J Crew Sweatshirt Similar
J Crew Cece Flats Same Style in Various Colors

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Memorable Blazer

 I am a big fan of blazers because they are easy way to complete an office outfit.  They instantly make you look more professional and keeps you warm in most air conditioned offices.  Most of my blazers are solids and can be probably be worn everyday and no one would really notice.  

I've had this blazer for awhile and love it but do not wear it too often because it's such a unique blazer  that people would notice if I wear it daily. See how I have worn it here and here.  I think with the peplum cut, this blazer looks much better zipped up so that doesn't give me too many options on how to style it.  

Hoping to reach out all of you stylish readers out there for suggestions.

Outfit Details:
WHBM Jacket  Similar
WHBM Belt Similar
WHBM Dress (last worn here)
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Shoemint Heels Same

Monday, March 24, 2014


Does anyone out there remember back in the day when McDonald's had characters like Ronald McDonald and Grimace? When I was looking at this outfit, the first thing that came to mind was ....I look a lot like the Hamburgular today.  

Now that I am talking old school, I swear I remember there was a promo that McDonald's did that you had to do the Big Mac, Fillet of Fish rhyme and sing it correctly within 10 seconds to get a Big Mac for free or something.  I remember trying and failing miserably.  

It's been awhile since I've eaten at McDonalds. I am really trying to teach my son to make healthy food choices and McD is just not one of the places I want him to grow up with.  He is almost 6 and has not had a happy meal.  Me, on the other hand, may had had my share of fries from there.  My high school was right across the street from one and I remember ordering french fries and ice cream and dipping my fresh fries into the ice cream.  It's such an odd combo but so good.

What odd food combination do you like?

Outfit Details:
Loft Wide Stripe Zip Front Jacket Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Colorblock Shell Same
Vince Camuto Pants (last worn herehere & hereSimilar
Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Same in Current Colors
Forever 21 Necklace Similar
Sira & Mara Necklace Similar
Jessica Simpson Venisse Pumps Same

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Back to Black and a $100 Giveaway to EggBaby

There's something about black that it always feel right.  You can pretty much wear it year round and not look out of place.  I am no strangers to colors but sometimes it just feels so good to go back to black.  I've had these pieces for some time now and wear these non-stop. 

 If you are always replacing your black cardigans because they fade, I highly recommend the WHBM Classic Black Cardi.  I've had this cardigan for at least 5 years and just throw it in the washer.  It looks as good as the first day I bought it even with a lot of ironing (since they always end up looking like a crumpled mess stacked in my closet).  I love this cardigan because it's got such a classic style to it and has survived with how rough I am with my clothes.  

Do you have a piece of clothing that has surprised you with it's durability?

Outfit Details:
WHBM Dress Similar
WHBM Cardigan Current version
WHBM Necklace Similar
The Limited Belt Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar

Here are some other ways I've worn this black polka dress.

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Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Funday MondayMingle MondayVisible MondayThe Style Record Link UpMix It MondayCorporate ChicWhat I WorePlane PrettyOutfit Posts, and Monday Bloom.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tee Ball Mom

As a mom of a young kiddo, we are very involved with sports.  We are letting him play all the sports he wants so he can decide where his passion lies (truthfully, we are just trying to make him tired so he sleeps well).  My son has been doing gymnastic for over a year and has also played basketball and soccer.  He is now in the midst of baseball season and will soon be doing swim lessons.  

So most weekends, I am dressed pretty comfy when we attend sporting functions.  I love this faux lace tee - it's comfy and a bit more more fun that than a plain tee.  

BTW, this is not where he plays tee ball, it's a small filed that's near he plays basketball.  I have to bring my own chair to his tee ball games.

Have a great weekend!

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Tee Similar
Loft Boyfriend Jeans Same in current colors
WHBM Belt Similar
The Limited Earrings Similar
Banana Republic Flats Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same
Banana Republic Bracelet Similar

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsDelusions of GrandeurStyle ElixirSimply Lulu - Lulu's Love Listthe Mrs. and the MommaWalking in Memphis in High Heels and Simple Sequins.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cobalt Blue Skirt

I ordered this skirt and when it arrived, it looked vaguely familiar.  I realized I already owned something similar in my closet. In trying to be better on my shopping , I returned it.  The good thing about this was that I remembered my skirt and decided to use it since it's been awhile.

I use Go Chic or Go Home to keep a virtual closet.  Not all of my items are in there but I do make an effort to put it online if I made a recent purchase.  I love this site because it connects me with other people that love fashion and there are great outfit inspirations.  I am not sure why I don't pull up the site when I am shopping to browse through my own closet before making a purchase.  I guess that would just make too much sense for me.

Do you use any website to keep a virtual closet?

P.S. I am so honored to be selected as the Spotlight of the week by Jacqueline of Stylin in St. Louis and Elle of Living in Color Style for their weekly link up.  Last week theme of pink (original post here).  This week's theme is graphic tee so stop by and link up.

J Crew Linen Moonglow Paisley Tee Same
J Crew Skirt Similar
 J Crew Necklace Similar
Shoemint Stacey Flats Same
Target Fedora Similar
Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Same in Current Colors

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Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


So I wore this outfit to work the and when I looked down at my blouse, I noticed a giant rip.  If you look at the last picture, you can see that the tear is right next to the green ring by the buttons.  It is such an odd place for a tear and I don't remember snagging onto anything.  This is not a fancy shirt but I do love the color and pattern.  Since it's made of cheap material, totally not worth trying to get it fixed and it went into the trash.  

I am very tempted to replace it with this very similar top.  I've got some cash rewards that will be starting soon so it may end up in my closet.

Outfit Details:
The Limited Top (last worn hereSimilar
Banana Republic Cardigan (last worn HereSimilar
Ann Taylor Skirt (last worn here & hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar
J Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace Same

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  Get Your Pretty OnTransatlantic BlondeBecause Shanna Said SoThe Pleated Poppy,Everything Just SoThe Rich Life on a Budget and The Mummy Chronicles.

Monday, March 17, 2014


The color blush is so close to nude that it doesn't really compliment my skin tone.  I've learned that by wearing some bright contrasting color, it can work. I've worn it today with green and I really liked how it turned out.

Do you avoid skin tone colors with fear of being washed out?  

 Outfit Details:
Loft Top (last worn hereSimilar
H & M Blazer (last worn herehere & hereSimilar
J Crew No 2 Pencil Skirt in Lattice Medallion Same - but on sale at the store
J Crew Leather Bow Ankle Strap Pumps Same on Clearance
WHBM Necklace Similar

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kelly Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Did the leprechaun stop by your house?  Those tricky little guys turned our toilet water green and left some chocolate gold coins for my son.  In honor of St. Patrick's day, we will be consuming some delicious corned beef and cabbage.  And of course, I don't want to be pinched so I am wearing green today.  

Hope you find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Outfit Details:
WHBM Floral Ruffle Shell Same on Clearance
WHBM Necklace Similar
WHBM Jacket Similar
The Limited Skirt Similar
The Limited Belt Similar
Marc by Marc Jacbobs Leather Flap Hobo Similar
Chinese Laundry Gadget Buckle Booties Same on Clearance

Here are other ways I've worn my green skirt.

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Path to Fitness - Ashamed

I am so ashamed to write this post because who likes to admit failure right? For me keeping fit has always been a roller coaster ride.  I will be really good with my eating and then let go a bit and keep letting go until I am back to square one.

Well, this is way to close to being back to square one.  So bummed...I was really hoping by keeping this journal I would keep myself from repeating this vicious cycle.

I have no excuses on eating poorly, just enjoying life a bit too much.

I am serious about starting clean eating this week.  I've got 2 weeks to go before vacation and would like to see me lose a few pounds.

Weight: 144..8 pounds
Last weight in on Feb 15, 2014: 143.8 pounds

Week 13-15

Week 10 - 12

Week 7-9
Week 4-6

Week 1-3

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