Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Red Plaid Heels

I've already talked about these stunning heels on Monday so I won't go on gushing about them.  I have always wanted a tulle skirt ever since the SJP made it famous and fabulous to wear a tutu and not be 8 years old (see here).  Tulle skirts are not stranger to the blogging world but I kept thinking how practical are they really in real life.  

As much clothes I have, I think most of my purchases are pretty practical and can be worn pretty much all the time.  Even though tulle skirts are popular on blogs, I honestly have not seen any adult (or gasp! someone over 40!) wear one.  The skirt is way to dressy for work and to spend at least a $100 on a skirt that I can hardly wear was not practical or smart in my mind.  

My blogging friend, Suzanne Carillo, wrote a great post on How to Wear a Tulle Skirt Over 40.  I love all the different ways she's worn her skirt and made it look amazing.  I have always kept this in the back of my mind and thought one of these days if the price is right, I will may take the plunge.

So what made me buy such an impractical purchase?  Instagram sale.  I don't remember how I found it but I saw that someone was closing their online store and selling the skirt for under $40.  I thought it was a fair price to take a chance on this skirt.  

I wore it a few weeks ago with some friends to Velvet Lounge drag queen brunch show.  I figure if anywhere, a tulle skirt and some bling would fit right in.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend the show, I could not stop laughing from the moment the show started.  And I must say, I was very envious of their make up, beautiful costumes and dancing skills.

Do you own a tulle skirt?  I am curious to hear where you have worn it.

This will be last post in 2015, I have decided to take the rest of the year off to focus on my family.  Enjoy the holidays and see you in 2016!

Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City Tulle Skirt Inspired

Outfit Details:
Tulle Skirt Similar
WHBM Bow Belt Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Purse Same
BaubleBar Necklace Similar
J Crew Elsie Plaid D'Orsay Pump with Obi Bow Similar 

Holiday look

My throw back look goes all the way back to this past Monday!  I know it's not really a throw back but I really wanted to show you these heels again.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for joining! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Plaid

I am feeling a lot more accomplished this week then last week.  This past weekend, we got 50% of our gift shopping done (in about an hour!) and all the Christmas cards completed. I am hoping the rest of the shopping will be as painless. 

We also walked through a neighborhood that gets all decked out every year for Christmas.  This one of my favorite things to do is look at all the pretty decorations.  Some of these decorations belong on TV shows that features those elaborate houses with decorations, music with synchronize lights that light up the whole neighborhood.  

In the spirit of the holidays, I am wearing my new red plaid heels today.  I am so in love with these heels and will need to figure out how to wear them after the holidays.  I wore them a little more casual here this past weekend.  

Any suggestions on how I can extend the wear on these beautiful heels beyond the holidays?

J Crew stewart plaid, J Crew plaid heels with obi bow

J Crew Perfect shirt in Stewart plaid, J Crew No2 Pencil skirt

Outfit Details:
J Crew Perfect Shirt in Stewart Plaid (I recommend to size up)
WHBM Belt Similar
J Crew Elsie Plaid D'Orsay Pump with Obi Bow Similar
BaubleBar Necklace Similar
Old Navy Purse Similar
BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring
J Crew Clustered Crystal Stretch Bracelet Similar

J Crew sleeveless top in graphic plaid, Ann Taylor Double Cloth Ankle Pants, J Crew Elsie D'orsay in plaid with obi bow

Outfit Details:
Loft Sweater Similar
J Crew Sleeveless Blouse in Graphic Plaid Same Print on Clearance - Factory Version
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
WHBM Leopard Haircalf Satchel Similar

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Gold Heels

Now that we are in full holiday mode, is your calendar filled with a ton of holiday functions?  With my exciting life, I've got more holiday outfits to wear than holiday parties to attend.  But that does not stop me from wearing my holiday clothes.  

I wore this outfit to work with no where to go but to my cubicle.  It sure made the day just a little more festive!  
J Crew Contrast Lace skirt, J Crew collarless pocket top in Leopard

J Crew Contrast Floral Lace skirt, J Crew Collarless pocket top in leopard

Outfit Details:
WHBM Gold Bow Belt Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Bag
J Crew Metallic Heels (worn hereSimilar

My throw back item goes to my metallic gold heels.  I remember falling in love with them and not wanting to pay full price for them.  Shoe fairy was listening to me and one day, I was at the store and found them a 1/2 size bigger.  I added some extra padding to the heel and the straps really made them fit better.  Here's a throw back to July 2014 (original post here) and how I wore these gold heels for summer.  Funny how I wore them with a midi skirt too.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for joining! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Ruffle Polka Dot Top x 2

A few months ago, I joined the digital age and bought a Kindle Fire to read instead of good old books with actual pages to turn.  I honestly wasn't that please with reading on the Kindle Fire since there was glare that I wasn't expecting when reading outdoors.  I sort of left if alone and continue to read the ton of books I have on hand.  On Black Friday, one of Amazon's special was on Kindle Unlimited.  The regular plans run about $10 a month and on Black Friday, I got it for $6 a month for a 2 year membership.  I figure for that price, I would be in the money since I typically read about a book a week.  

I am bummed that a lot of the best sellers books are not on the unlimited plan so there's still a lot of books out there that I want to read that I will have to pay full price.  I do like that I can discover new writers and read so many different type of books.  

What good books have your read lately, I am hoping it's part of the unlimited book selection and add it to my books to read.

Now on to the outfit...I feel like I have not worn polka dots in a while so here's 2 polka dot looks.  I love the ruffles on this blouse, it give it a great retro feel.  I love it even more that I can wear it open and give it a totally different vibe.

office style, fashion over 40, OC blogger

Office style, Fashion Over 40

Outfit Details:
Eva Mendes Collection NY & Company Kayla Blouse in Polka Dot Similar
WHBM Skirt Similar
WHBM Leopard Haircalf Satchel Same on Clearance
Zara Lace Up Flats Similar
BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring Same

BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring

Pattern mixing, fashion over 40, office style

Loft Plaid Pants (worn herehere & hereSimilar
J Crew Necklace Similar
Banana Republic Ninah Heels Similar
Tory Burch Robinson Square Tote Same

Pattern Mixing, Fashion over 40, Office style

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Corporate Chic, Pink SoleMore Pieces of MeA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle Nudge,Beauty by Miss L,  Not Dressed As LambMichelle's PaigeNorthwest BlondeA Little Bit of CheerA Lovely Little Wardrobe & Whitney a la ModeReasons to DressStyle Elixir's Style SessionTwo Peas in a BlogMyriad Musings Garay TreasuresI do deClaire,  Trend Spin Link Up,  Shopping my ClosetElegantly Dressed & StylishSandy a La Mode & Cute & Little, The Pleated Poppy, Classy Yet TrendyBook of LeisureCappuccino and FashionPampers & Pearls,  Sydney Fashion HunterThe Stylish HousewifeFor the Love of LeopardPastries, Pumps & PiColor and Grace and Pumps and Push Ups.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Blue Floral Dress

Have you started your Christmas shopping?  I am feeling a little behind even though it's only the beginning of December.  We have just started decorating our house and still have not taken our holiday photo for our Christmas card.  This year, I am going to attempt to take the pictures ourselves with the good old remote and tripod so we will see how it goes.

My husband and I typically take Fridays off in December to do Christmas shopping.  It sounds like a sound plan, except we are exhausted from shopping usually an hour into it.  We only have a list of people and have zero idea and walk around aimlessly. 

Are you an organized shopper when it comes to the holidays or are you like me an aimless shopper?

It's finally "cooler" in Southern California that  I can start wearing things like scarves and tights.  I recently wore this outfit to work and was felt so perfectly warm with the snood walking my son to school.  By the time the afternoon rolled around, the snood was off.  

Fall Style, Fashion Over 40

Fashion Over 40, Office style

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Floral Fit and Flare Dress Similar
Ann Taylor Stripe Tee Similar
Loft Snood Similar
J Crew Blooming Crystal Pendant Necklace Similar
Old Navy Bucket Purse Similar
WHBM Ankle Moto Boots Similar
Bauble Bar Mason Pave Ring

BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring, J Crew blooming crystal pendant

I have worn this dress here and wanted to show you how you can wear this dress when it gets warmer.  I love that this print really can be worn with darker colors for fall/winter and lighter colors for sping/summer.

J Crew Thompson Blazer in Bi-Stretch

Fashion Over 40, office style

J Crew Thompson Blazer in Bi-Stretch (last worn here
Tory Burch Robinson Midday Satchel Similar
J Crew Necklace Similar
Loft Belt Similar
WHBM Heels Similar

Fashion over 40

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for joining! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sweater Dressing

I hope for those that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful time with their family.  If you are one of the brave souls that participated in Black Friday, I love to hear your experience.  I have never camped over night to get a deal or even gotten up at that crack of dawn to score the "it" thing for the holidays.  I personally love sleep too much.

I don't know if the sales are starting a lot much earlier now days but personally by the time Black Friday comes around, the deals do not seem all that special any more.  Plus there's always Cyber Monday to help shoppers find those great prices.  I am such a procrastinator shopper that I don't get any Christmas shopping done until mid December so these deals are not calling to me yet.

Besides shopping, did you over indulge in some food this weekend?  I am really trying not to overindulge and my girl friend and I have stopped eating sugar since last week (we gave ourselves this past weekend a free pass).  I did really well on the Whole30 and then work got crazy busy and I let my eating go by the wayside.

I hate gaining weight (who likes to right?) and when there's a few pounds to lose, there's nothing worst then wearing clothes that are tight.  I hate to buy clothes when I am heavier since I do not want to stay this size.  That's where sweater dresses come to the rescue.  If you are going for comfort (no spanx required) find a sweater dress that is not as form fitting and I promise you that it's like wearing pajamas.

I would love to hear all about your Black Friday or any crazy shopping experiences.

Loft Stripe Sweater Dress, blanket scarf

Loft Stripe Sweater Dress, Express Blanket Scarf

Outfit Details:
Express Ivory Scarf Blanket Scarf Similar
Kate Spade New York Henry Lane Aubree Purse Similar
WHBM Leather Moto Ankle Boots Similar

Loft Stripe Sweater Dress, Banana Republic Drapey Vest

Loft Stripe Sweater dress, Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet

Banana Republic Drapey Open Sweater Vest (last worn here)
J Crew Necklace Similar

BaubleBar Ice Twister Ring, Mason Pave Ring

Sunday, November 22, 2015


I know we just chatted about Instagram the other day but here I am talking about it again.  I am much more active posting there since no writing is required.  I posted this outfit that I wore to my son's soccer practice and my blog buddy, Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo's Style, Smiles & Stories said that my outfit was Plaidtastic and I just loved the word.  So here I am today sharing 2 different plaidtastic looks.

Somehow we need to figure out how to make this into a real word.  So here are some words that have been added to the dictionary recently:
1. Fleek - I can honestly say that I have not used this word and have never heard any of my friends us it even though I know what it means.  Personally, it feels a bit too slang for a person that is a bit older to be using.  This probably sounds weird since words really have no age limit.
2. Emoji - I guess even the dictionary has made it into the digital age.  Next thing you know, they will have emoji definitions.

Speaking of words, I want to thank all of you for stopping by and reading this little blog of mine.  I am thankful for comments and I love this great blogging community!  I will be taking the rest of the week off and will be back next Monday.  If are celebrating Thanksgiving, have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

J Crew Sloan Glitter Mermaid D'Orsay, lace and palid

Plaid and lace, J Crew Cluster Flower Necklace

Outfit Details:
J Crew Black Plaid Regent Blazer with Satin Lapel Same
Loft Lace Tank Similar
The Limited Leopard Haircalf Skinny Belt Same
WHBM Jeggings Similar
J Crew Sloan Glitter Mermaid D'Orsay Flats Similar
J Crew Crystal Cluster Necklace Same
BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring, Ice Twister Ring SameSame
Old Navy Bucket Purse Similar

BaubleBar Ice Twister Ring, Mason Pave Ring

J Crew Clover Print, J Crew Factory Asymmetrical Zip Skirt in Wool

plaid and floral

J Crew Sleeveless Drapey Popover Shirt in Clover Print Same on Clearance
J Crew Factory Asymmetrical Zip Pencil Skirt in Wool Same
Banana Republic Heels Similar
J Crew Floweret Cluster Necklace Same

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