Thursday, May 29, 2014

Work to Play: Bright Floral Dress

I saw this outfit on a mannequin at my local J Crew and wanted to buy the whole outfit.  I order the skirt and when I tried it on, it looked horrible on me.  I think the mannequin just didn't have as much hips as I do because the skirt fluffed out way too much to my liking.  The dress version worked out much better on me and still has a bit of flare skirt but not over the top.  

Outfit Details:
J Crew Photo Floral Dress Same on Clearance
WHBM Necklace Similar
Loft Belt Similar
Coach Cuff Similar
Jessica Simpson Heels Similar

Here's my attempt to recreate the mannequin look.  Because the top of the dress is more racer cut, it comes more into the shoulder and it does peek out from under my tee.  It didn't really bother me too much since it was pretty chilly out and I kept my jacket on all night.

Elle Denim Jacket Similar
J CrewVintage Cotton C'est Parfait Tee Same
Ann Taylor Belt Similar
Converse Sneakers Similar
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Flap Hobo Similar

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Floral Eyelet

In my opinion, any shade of blue and orange looks great together.  I love to wear orange with navy which gives a nice nautical vibe.  The lighter version of blue paired with orange as seen below adds a summery vibe.  

I am a bit distracted right now catching up Walking Dead series.  I am still in season 2.  I have no idea how many seasons they have created.  So keeping this one short and sweet.  I have never saw Sopranos and heard that is on Amazon Prime and is tempted to watch this series as well.  

What tv series would you recommend?

Outfit Details:
The Limited Vibrant One Button Blazer (last worn here & hereSame on Clearance
Ann Taylor Factory Store Top Similar
J Crew Factory Floral Eyelet Pencil Skirt Same on Clearance
Nine West Authority Heels  Same
J Crew Factory Stone Seed Necklace Same
J Crew Factory Stone Semi Circle Necklace Same

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stripes and Bows

This outfit was planned all around these wonderful heels.  I ordered them from J Crew Factory and it felt like it took forever for them to arrive at my doorstep (they were back ordered and has since sold out).  I usually lean towards leather shoes but have found that J Crew Factory makes great fabric heels.  The fabric heels has a hint of spandex so it gives and are very comfortable.  

What is the secret formula to most comfortable pair of shoes?  I though leather was the secret but I don't know how many pair of leather shoes are still uncomfortable.  I do try to look for shoes with extra padding in the foot bed which tends to increase the comfort level.  

What do you look for when shopping for shoes?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Blazer Similar
Banana Republic Top Similar
Loft Cotton Eyelet Ankle Pants Same on Clearance
J Crew Factory Isabelle Printed Bow Pump Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet Similar

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bold Pants

These pants are really bright and I love how vibrant it is.  I kept my outfit pretty simple to make the pants the focus of this outfit. It feels nice not wearing a ton of accessories and keeping it pretty simple.  Would you wear bright pants like these?

Outfit Details:
The Limited Top Similar
J Crew Pants Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Happy Monday!  For those in the States celebrating Memorial Day, hope you are enjoying your extended weekend and of course want to thank you all past and present that have served our country.

When you go shopping, do you get turned off by bad service and avoid stores that you know have spotty service?  I have always prefer smaller stores rather than large department stores because the large department stores just overwhelms me with the large selection.  Plus I find that a smaller store tends to have more knowledgeable sales people.  However when the service is poor, I find that I shop that store less frequently.  

Now days most of my shopping is done online.  I bought this skirt through Nordstrom online and loved it.  I don't know what made me go back to the website but I noticed that it was on sale.  I used the live chat and Lori who helped was so nice and helpful.  She credited me right away without me having to go to the store.  I know that most stores offer price adjustments but you typically need to go to the store.  Nordstrom maybe a big store but I am really impressed with the ease of chatting (I think I was online at 10:30 PM) and always there return policy.  

BTW, I really don't think I can consider myself a fashion blogger because I didn't even know that Nordstrom is currently having their 1/2 yearly sale.  They used to send me catalogs but I don't think I spend enough money there because I've fallen off their radar.  It wasn't until I saw all the bloggers with their sale picks.  Word of advice, if you see something you like online...just buy it and think about it later.  Sizing do go quickly.  

Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Top Similar
1. State Organza Stripe Skirt Same
J Crew Factory Heels Similar
J Crew Factory Stone Seed Necklace Same
J Crew Factory Brass Plated Necklace Same

Funny story, I have been looking high and low for this sequin top.  I haven''t gotten much use out of it and I can't even count how many times I wanted to wear it but had no idea where it was.  Guess where I found it...hanging in my closet right in front of me and I missed it each time!  I think I need a better closet organization system.  Last time worn sequins top: here

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sneaking in a Tee

I don't think I've ever paired blue and pink together and when I saw this outfit on Kate of a Journey in Style, I was in love with the bright color combo and wanted to give it a try.

I really can't wear a tee shirt to work but I figure if it's layered with a cardigan and scarf that you can't really tell it's a tee.  Plus having a little bit of sequins makes it a little bit more fancy right?

By the way, I don't know what I was thinking when I wore this outfit on 100+ degree heat.  Let's just say the scarf and cardigan was hardly on all day long.  I am so glad it's back to the mid 70s this week.

Have a great weekend!

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Cardigan Similar
Ann Taylor Tee Similar
The Limited Scarf Similar
Banana Republic Crop Pants Same on Sale
J Crew Quinn Ankle Strap Heels Similar

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsPenniless SocialiteStyle Elixir and Simple Sequins.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Day in the Sun

When it's sunny and hot, I gravitate towards something loose and cotton.  I also try to avoid the sun as much as I can.  I do use sunscreen daily even if I am just headed to work,  just to be safe to from the drive to work.  I remember when I was much younger and being in the sun all day, I would not only have sunburn all over my body but also my scalp and boy did that hurt.

Now days, I am a little bit wiser and wear hats on these hot days.  Are you a hat person?

Outfit Details:
J Crew Linen Swing Tank in Photo Floral Same
Loft Shorts Similar
The Limited Necklace Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Same in Current colors
Target Fedora Similar
Loft Flip Flops Similar

 Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My First

When maxi dresses became popular a few years back, I was pretty hesitant to jump on the band wagon.  I felt that a shortie (5'4") like me could never pull it off.  When I tried to this maxi dress a couple of years ago, I loved the comfort and it actually made me look taller.  I've since added a couple of more maxi skirts/dresses to my closet.  

What trend were you hesitant to jump on and have fully embraced?

Outfit Details:
WHBM Maxi Dress Similar
Loft Sandals Similar
Coach Legacy Hobo Similar
Old Navy Earrings Similar
The Limited Bracelet Similar

Lately, my son is fully into photo bombing and tries at every opportunity and makes taking outfit photos a lot longer than it should be.  So I let him have a little fun with this one.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Peek -A-Boo

I have been wanting one of these illusion skirt for some time but they just seem a bit impractical for my lifestyle since this one feels more like a night out wear.  My night out now consist of dinner at 6:00 at a casual dining place and home by 8.  I know...I have a very exciting life.

I love how this skirt still have a decent length for my comfort but shows off the interesting top layer.  So how could I resist when I saw this pretty lace layered skirt.  I am not so sure what this type of skirt is called but I do like how the lining is shorter and you can really see the lace details.

Since I don't know the name of this style, I will call it peek a boo skirt.  

Outfit Details:
The Limited Top  Similar
Ann Taylor Trellis Lace Skirt Same
Nine West Authority Heels Same
Ann Taylor Crystal Bow Stretch Bracelet Similar

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Little Extra Something

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I am so excited that this yellow skirt is making it's appearance in my outfit rotation again.  I love the loose fit (perfect for our crazy heat wave) and how cheery it is.  It doesn't hurt that it has pockets too.  Pockets are not a must for me but they just seem like such a great bonus when I do have them.    Totally unrelated but kind of related are bra strap keepers that I love to have on tops/dresses to keep my bra in place. I wished they made that a standard in clothes.  

What kind of "extras" make your clothes feel a little more special?

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Top (last worn hereSimilar
Loft Necklace Similar
Banana Republic Belt Similar
Loft Skirt Similar
Prabal Gurung for Target Heels Similar
Ann Taylor Bracelet Similar

Here are some other ways that I've worn my yellow skirt.  Original Post: 12 & 3

Thursday, May 15, 2014

To Keep Or Not?

Have you ever looked at a piece of clothing that you bought and think...what was I thinking to have bought that piece of clothing?  For me, it's this pink top.  I remember that I really liked that this top is made of silk and a pretty shade of pink which I don't have too much of.  

Here's what I don't like about the top:
1. The giant bat wing sleeves
2. You can't see in the picture but the sleeves are slit open
3. It's a faux wrap top that still opens up and you see in
4. There's funny shoulder stitching details

I still don't have many pink tops so I have held on to this one.  But listing all the things I don't like about it, I think it time say goodbye to it.  

What do you think keep or goodbye?

Outfit Details:
WHBM Top Similar
Loft Sweater Similar
Ann Taylor Floral Jacquard Pencil Skirt Same
J Crew Necklace Similar
Forever 21 Posh Peep Toe Booties Same

Linking up with: The Life of the PartyTwo Thirty-Five DesignsPenniless SocialiteStyle Elixir and Simple Sequins.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Styling Block

The first thing my hubby said to me when he saw this outfit was "You don't match today, why are we taking pictures?"  I guess I must be too matchy matchy all the time.  Obviously, I just rolled my eyes and ignored his comment and made him take the pictures.

I bought this sweater awhile back, it really caught my eye with the pretty colors and the vertical stripes.  I really struggled with styling this sweater.  I tried it with skirts with shades of pinks in it and it just different feel right.  It's funny how a simple sweater could create such a styling block for me.  At the end, I just grabbed a loose skirt and called it a day.

So please help me and offer me some suggestions on how to style this sweater.  

Outfit Details:
J Crew Merino Wool Texture Panel Sweater Same on Sale
J Crew Large Sunflower Necklace  Same in current colors on sale
Piperlime Skirt (last worn hereSimilar
NinE West Authority Sandals Same

 Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Playing It Safe

As much as I love to have fun with my clothes, there are days at the office when I need to play it safe.    I used to play it safe everyday by wearing a matching suit.  Now days, I prefer to wear a mix and match my suit like I did here and add a little personality with some fun shoes.  

Having a fashion related blog is a lot of fun but I gotta remember that job that pays the bills comes first.  And I need to dress for my day job.

Outfit Details:
The Limited Dot One Button Blazer  Same
The Limited Blouse Similar
WHBM Necklace Similar
WHBM Belt Similar
Banana Republic Bracelet Similar
The Limited Skirt Similar - Current Version
Shoedazzle Minji Heels Same on Clearance

Monday, May 12, 2014

Paisley & Stripes

Last year, I bought these Ann Taylor shorts and wore them all summer long.  They were so comfy that I bought them in the orange & the navy (as seen here).  The weather is already warming up here (about 90s all week) so I forecast a lot of short wearing days ahead.

I used to love buying things in multiples because I figure if they work in one color than I should just get more of them.  I have really try to stop myself from doing that because it just seems silly to have a closet full of the same things.  

Are you guilty of buying in multiples?  What do you think would be good things to buy the same in different colors?

Outfit Details:
J Crew Linen Tee (last worn hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Riviera Shorts (last worn hereSimilar
Banana Republic Earrings Similar
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Flap Hobo Similar
Tory Burch Wrap Bracelet Similar
WHBM Wedges Similar

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Gingham & Polka Dots

I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful time with their kiddos this weekend.  We had a nice quiet day with no parties, no play dates which is exactly what I wanted.  My son made me a nice book which I will cherish.  These gifts they make are so special because you know it's made with so much love.  I am not looking forward to the day that stops and it's something store bought.

I still have all the things that he has made and I have a collection of bead necklaces that I need wear one of these days.  I am not sure how to keep all this stuff so right now it's on our mantle enjoying it's shining moment.  What do you do with your keepsakes?

I have come to realization that I have formula when it comes to work clothes.  Blazer + Pencil and throw in some patterns and I am good to go.  Not much changed in these outfits other than the color of the blazer.  I guess if it ain't broke..don't fix it right?

Outfit Details:
The Limited Vibrant One Button Blazer (worn hereSame on Clearance
J Crew Top Similar
Loft Skirt Similar
J Crew Factory Translucent Stone Necklace Same
WHBM Toucan Heels Similar

Gingham top last worn here

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Work to Play: Watercolor Top & Leather Jacket

I wore this outfit a few weeks back (Original Post: here) and changed it to play by changing out my skirt to some white jeans for a casual look.  

For all of you mamas out there, enjoy your Mother's Day!  My plan is to keep it low key and start my first swim lesson.  I am really excited and hope that by the end of my sessions, I will be able to swim a lap in our community pool and not be out of breath.  

Enjoy your weekend!

Outfit Details:
WHBM Floral Ruffle Shell Same on Clearance
WHBM Leather Motorcycle Jacket Same on Clearance
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
WHBM Jeans Similar
Chinese Laundry Gadget Buckle Booties Same on Clearance
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Flap Hobo  Similar

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