Sunday, May 31, 2015

Light Layers

In Southern California, we have this weather call May gray and June gloom where it's very overcast in the morning and once the fog burns off, the sun is shinning.  With the gloomy chilly mornings, light layers is key.

Here's 2 ways that I've worn light layers with a palm print tank that makes these outfits very summery.  I guess the bright jacket doesn't hurt making it summery too.

BTW, how do you feel linen pants?

I love the look of linen pants on others but not so much on me.  I just love how laid back they feel.  Like many, the wrinkles drives me nuts.  I decided to give linen pants another try and bought these from the Loft during one of the many sales.  I have to say, I love them.  I don't wear pants much but because of the loose fit, they felt like pajamas.

Outfit Details:
Loft Plant Life Stappy Cami Same
J Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Colorblock Stripe Same on Clearance
Loft Blazer (last worn hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Loft Durzzy Cuff Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar

Elle's Denim Jacket Similar
Loft Linen Drawstring Pants Same
Coach Courtenay Legacy Hobo Similar
Kenneth Cole Necklace Similar
WHBM Bracelet Similar
Gap Sandals Similar

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Corporate Chic, Pink SoleOn the Daily ExpressA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle Nudge and Rhea Et Cetera.

 I am also wearing sharing these outfits on The Rich Life and Everything Just So for their monthly series, How I Wear My..  This month's theme is spring jackets.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Pastel Floral Dress

I am not very creative when I it comes to wearing this dress.  It looks like the first time I wore it on the blog (see below), I wore it with polka dots too.  I knew I wanted to wear this sweet dress with darker colors and subconsciously grabbed a black cardigan that has polka dots too.  I didn't realize the outfit were similar until I did this post.  I guess this is a formula that works well for me.

I have been on a hunt for yellow heels for years and have never found the perfect pair.  They were never the right shade or they were uncomfortable.  I saw these heels and instantly fell in love for them because they are just a bit different.  However, I was not in love with the price.  So I patiently waited or really stalked them until they went on sale.  Once I got these heels, I knew it was meant to be worn with this dress.

What's been on your list that you have yet to find?

I guess there's always next time to wear this dress with a black moto jacket to toughen it up.

J Crew Aquatic Silk Floral Dress Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Cardigan Similar
J Crew Necklace Similar
J Crew Elsie Cracked Leather Pumps Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same

Here's a throw back to how I last wore this beautiful dress (original post here) which was very sweet. 

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 linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Clutches

My daily purse probably weights about 10 pounds filled with coupons, keys, mints, receipts, extra snacks and who knows what in it.  I hate switching purses because I always end up leaving things in another purse and then not finding what I need.  I once lost my car keys for about 6 months (thankfully, I have a spare). So why does a mom like me been craving for a fun clutch?  

I like the idea of switching to a clutch for a quick bite family dinner. This way I am not lugging my purse that my hubby calls a weapon and give my shoulders a break.

Are you a fan of clutches?

Now I just can't decide if I want something that's jeweled, patterned or plain.

Star Mela Clutches

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Or do I want something that's more like an envelope style?

Rebecca Minkoff Clutches

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Kate Spade New York Clutches

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Softest Shirt

I always felt that we should have 4 day work weeks so that I can have 3 day weekend all the time.  My reason is that right now, I have 1 day to relax and then 1 day to do chores and by Monday, I don't feel so refreshed.  If I had a 3 day weekend every week, I am sure I will feel much more refreshed.

So today, I am much more refreshed and ready for the short work week.  For those that had an extended weekend, I hope you had fun and feeling ready for the week.

These photos were taken at California Adventure Theme Park which is adjacent to Disneyland.  We had a fun day of riding rides and eating our way through California Adventure.  I am a big chicken and I am not a fan of any roller coaster ride.  My son really wanted to go California Screaming' and there was no way I was going on that.  We convinced him to try Goofy's Sky School Roller Coaster and it was too tame for him.  We will need to bring a friend that is willing to go on the scary rides with him.

It was a cooler day so I wore some comfy boyfriend jeans and the softest shirt I've ever own.  I recently ordered this top from J Crew.  When I ordered it, I got an email that it was back ordered till the end of June, I was pleasantly surprised when I received it early.  I rarely recommend anything on this blog because everyone has their own personal tastes and preferences.  If you are in the market for a easy to wear soft shirt, this one is it.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Indigo Gauge Popover Same
Gap Jeans Similar
J Crew Belt Similar
Gorjana Zion Collar Necklace c/o Rocksbox Same
Nakamol Mixed Crystal Five Times Blue Leather Wrap Bracelet  Similar
H & M Sneakers Same

You may seen me mention Rocksbox in a couple of posts.  It's a monthly subscription where they send you 3 pieces of name brand jewelry to wear.  If you love it, you can buy it at a discount or you can return it for another box.  There's no limit in how many boxes you get each month and you can also go on the website to leave feedback on what type of jewelry you are looking for.  I was given 3 months of service and so far I have enjoyed the fun selection they've sent to me.  

To be honest, I am not sure I will renew the subscription after my three months.  First, I am always nervous about wearing something that is not mine.  What if I lose it, then I have to pay for something that I may not even have wanted.  Secondly, I already own a bit of costume jewelry and really do need any more.

The good thing about this service is that it's like Netflix and you can wear it as long as you want and then return it.  You just pay the monthly service of $20.  For people that do not like to shop or do not want to have a clutter of costume jewelry, this would also be a good alternative.  If you like the element of surprise, this service is perfect as well. 

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I did fall in love with this wrap bracelet and purchased it.  I don't anything like it and the price point was what I was willing to pay for costume jewelry.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion: White Jeans

How do you feel about wearing white jeans?  I sort of have a love hate relationship with them.  I love how versatile they are and can be worn year round where I live but I hate them because I swear I am a dirt magnet.  

I wore this outfit to brunch the other day and begged my hubby to take these photos before eating.  He says to me "You know it's not going to make a difference in how big your stomach is after you eat."  Hmmm..thanks a lot!  That was not the reason I wanted him to take the pictures first.  So is he telling me that my stomach is big so it doesn't matter??  I was so afraid that I would spill something and then not be able to take pictures.  

These jeans may not have made a lot of appearances on the blog but they are well loved.  It seems that if I don't take the photos early in the day, it's inevitable that they are dirty by the afternoon.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Crop Silk Popover in Tropical Fern Same
Loft Jeans Similar
Gorjana Zion Collar Necklace c/o Rocksbox Same
Kate Spade New York Henry Lane Aubree Purse Similar
Banana Republic Rorie Leopard Wedges Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same

Here are 2 other ways that I've worn these white jeans.  

Loft Geo Eyelet Sweatshirt Same on Clearance
J Crew Tote Similar
Anthropologie Cardigan Similar
Zara Loafers Similar

J Crew Factory Plaid Shirt Similar
The Limited Lace Top Similar
Banana Republic Wedges Similar
Tory Burch Robison Middy Satchel Same in Current Colors

Here's a throw back to how I last wore it on the blog for the winter.  Original Post here.

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 linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: Sweater Dresses

We have been having some really weird weather lately.  The temps have dipped to 50s in the mornings to low 60s in the day.  That for Southern California is pretty cold.  This outfit is an older outfit that I wore this past winter so it doesn't look very spring like.  But it got me thinking that it would be great to have some cozy sweater dresses (options here) for spring.  

I am really enjoying the cooler temps but now I am struggling to dress for it.  So while I am searching the internet for sweater dresses, I found some pretty cool bloggers that do mini sweater dresses pretty well.  Check out Love Linger Love, I adore this looser fitting sweater dress and  so fun with those loafers.  I am loving the colors of this dress from Electric Blogarella.  And how fabulous is this dress from Fit Fab Fun Mom.  I love the cut and the print is just perfect!

Do you have wear sweater dresses for Spring?  Or have any suggestions how I can make this dress a bit more spring like?

Outfit Details:
Loft Sweater Dress Similar
Loft Sweater Vest Similar
Matisse Boots Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
The Limited Cuff Similar

Here are some cute sweater dresses that I found.  I think they would be perfect with an added blazer for the office a few changes for weekend look.  

You can check these short sweater dress.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Teal Lace

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to fly home to Hawaii and attend one of my dearest friend's wedding.  I knew I wanted to wear something really comfortable because I am just not used to the humidity of Hawaii.

I bought this dress during one of the many Loft sales really with no occasion in mind other than that it's really cute.  I adore anything lace and this teal color was a bit different to what I have.  I figured that I could probably wear this to work if I were it with a blazer.  When the dress arrived, I loved the back, it's shear lace which I forgot to take a picture of but you can see it here.

So do you buy special occasion looking clothes with no plans to wear it to and think of ways to use it everyday?

Totally unrelated but a funny story.  You see how lush the plants look, this means that it perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.  I totally forgotten how mosquitos love me.  I can be standing right next to my husband and he would have no bites while you can see the mosquitos landing on me and attempting to bite me.  So by the end of the night, I must've had a dozen mosquito bites and was scratching like a mad woman.  The worst ones were near my ankles and caused my ankle to swell.   Lesson learned, when in doubt, just bring Off with me.

Loft Floral Lace Flare Dress Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Sandals Similar
Anthorpologie Belt Similar
Stella & Dot Floral Cuff Looks Identical
Tory Burch Cross body Messenger Bag Similar

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Delayed Celebration

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a fun weekend. We had a busy weekend of a day at California Adventure on Saturday and Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day.  Yes, we are a week late but we've done this for years now because you don't have to mess with crowds.  

Personally, I think having brunch on the actual day is pretty over rated because prices are artificially inflated and most restaurants add more tables to accommodate the crowds.  My hubby and I feel the same way about Valentines and never go out to dinner then too.  

How do you feel about celebrating a bit later for these types of busy restaurant days?

Outfit Details:
J Crew Scattered Floral Sequin Shell Same on Clearance
Banana Republic Cardigan Similar
Boden Skirt (worn here & hereSimilar
Banana Republic Pressley Heels Similar
BaubleBar Lighting Teardrop CuffSame

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Corporate Chic, Pink SoleOn the Daily ExpressA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle Nudge and Rhea Et Cetera.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Floppy Hat

I feeling like I am living the good life in this picture heading out on a that beautiful yacht in the background.  A few months ago, my friends rented a pontoon boat and we went sailing in Newport Harbor.  

Something about wearing a big floppy hat and some sunglasses and the open sea just makes you feel like a million bucks.  I wore a simple a line midi black dress (it even has pockets!) and comfy gladiator sandals to be relaxed on the boat.  I have large tote to carry my scarf and my things for my son.

We had so much fun enjoying each other's company and watching the beautiful sunset.  This is a not a life I want to trade for anything in the world.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Necklace Similar
Loft Belt Similar
J Crew Tote Similar
Banana Republic Hat Similar
Tory Burch Wrap Bracelet Similar
Target Sam & Libby Arianna Gladiator Sandals Same

Can you tell which one is my kid? Yup the one with the fedora.  He wanted to dress up and wear his shirt that matches the hat.  Most times all he wants to wear are soccer jerseys so I am happy to see him in something different.

A big floppy hat is not for the yacht life.  I wore mine every where like I did to a baseball game.  (original post here)  I prefer them over baseball caps since it offers more sun protection.

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 linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Florals

An old saying says that "April showers brings May flowers."  That's probably not the case here in California since we are in serious drought situation.  Our local government just approved cutting water usage in some cities by 25%.

I think of myself as being conscious of how I use my natural resources and do not let water run and or waste water (unfinished water in a glass goes to plants).  I am not sure when this will take affect in my city but I have no idea how I will cut my water usage by 25%.  I am surely not going to drink less water or take less baths.

Even without the rain, I am still craving for florals this time of the year.

Fashion Floral shoes

Shop these and similar floral shoes here.

Floral tops

Shop these pretty floral tops and others here

Floral skirts

Shop these and similar skirts here.

This post is sponsored by Shopbop.  All written opinions are my own.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Matchy Matchy

True to my colorful self, I LOVE this outfit!  I always love wearing a variation of orange and blue.  Feeling very matchy matchy and colorful.  Keeping it super short today since I am on holiday and think my time is better spend outdoors with family & friends than on my laptop.

How do you feel about wearing such a matching outfit?

Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Printed Drapey Sleeveless Top Same in Current Prints
J Crew Pants Similar
Perry Street Alice Necklace c/o Rocksbox
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel Same in current color

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