Saturday, March 8, 2014
What weekend? It looks like these days my weekends are as busy as than my weekdays if not more. I had this light yellow crop top from many years ago and thought it would add a touch of sunshine to my day, since these days I’m wearing a lot of black. Just had to dress it up with a tuxedo jacket and heels!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I usually don’t buy items from Target colab collections. The quality is generally low, the colors garish and the hype too much. After all these years I can count the number of my Target colab purchases on one hand, a Lela Rose top, a Kirna Zabet dress, a Michael Kors dress and a Marc Jacob pouch. To that number, I added a Peter Pilotto skirt a few weeks ago. I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep it, but am trying to convince myself that the black and white color scheme would help me get some wear out of it.
The attitude of people here toward these collections is so different from people in Orange County. There, people would stand in lines hours before opening time on the day of launching the collection and by midday everything was gone. Here a month after launching, all the pieces and sizes are still hanging on the racks. Such a big change for me!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
That’s my formula to wear the crop top. Another pairing of this top and pants although this time I made it more formal by wearing a blazer.
I think I figured the secret to crop tops (at least for someone my age): they have to be a bit loose and baggy on you. Wearing them with high waisted pants or skirts helps too. As the final touch, add something structured and formal, heels, a jacket or a structured bag.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I’m dressing according to my inspiration board these days, jackets, jackets and more jackets… I have to get a year worth of wear out of my jackets and blazers before the weather hits mid 80s and becomes too warm to wear them! So here it goes in clear black and white:
* The title sounds rather like a cat. I guess tuxedo cats are the best dressed in feline world!
Monday, March 3, 2014
When I found this Equipment top a few months back, I thought it would look great with tan or brown bottoms, but this morning I discovered it goes amazingly well with my blush jeans. Throw in a goes-with-everything black blazer and I had a Monday outfit which I was happy with.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Seriously? After three years straight seeing this color for spring I am a little tired of it. However mint for spring is like a severe case of acne (in my opinion): It is persistent, it pops up everywhere, it doesn’t look good on me despite my best efforts, it is sticking around way more than it should…. I can come up with a dozen more reasons why I am so tired of it. Yeah, had no choice really! Had to wear it today!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Ecru is not one of my favorite colors (actually far from it!) but I bought this ecru colored Hue jeans legging at a great price and have to get some wear out of them. The temptation to match it with this top was too much to resist: the stitches on the top are the exact color of the leggings. So this outfit was born despite the warmer weather (and it being totally uninspired!). I guess it was good enough for playing bookworm in the library the whole day. Plus, I was sick….a sick bookworm? Now, that’s scary!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I think the color scheme was pretty much unavoidable since I had girlie things on my mind today, manicure, baking cookies, buying flowers, choosing candles and…
I was going to pair a light pink shirt with the blush jeans but my florescent pink shirt jumped at me at the last minute. Despite its being hard to match with anything, I’ve developed a soft spot for this shirt, maybe because it’s so bright!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I wasn’t home just one week but it looks like it has been years! So many chores need doing, the bare fridge and pantry need restocking, the closet reorganizing, the laundry pile is as big as a mountain… and the list goes on. It’s enough to make a person regret traveling!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I know it is a bit early to talk about wearing spring trends since most of the country is hit by storm Pax, but in AZ the temperature is in 80s. Pastels are always in for spring, but I warmed up to them in the past couple of years. I still believe they wash me out and I have to remedy the extra paleness with strong makeup.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
My hair is really short now for the first time in…. ah, maybe ten years! I’d usually gone for a jaw length bob and called it short but this time I went all the way. My hair is pixie short like Ann Hathaway’s. It is a bit of a challenge style-wise since recently I’m into Chanel-esque jackets. My neck is a little long and with no hair fanned out around it, there is just too much empty space around my head and shoulders!
Ways to improve:
-long and dangly earrings. Good thing big statement earrings are becoming trendy again.
-bold eyes. I usually wear a subtle kitten like eyeliner but with this new cut I went all out and tried real thick cat eyes. My hairstylist mentioned the big mistake many people make after getting a dramatic cut is not adjusting their makeup. She said it makes their look dated and ages them.
-orange lips. I’m so glad that orange lips are trendy for this spring. Now I can make them the focal point of my look. I’ve assembled a little wardrobe of orange lip pencils.
-collard tops and jackets. As much as I like collarless boxy jackets, I need to go back to the more classic shapes. I’m thinking about tuxedo jackets. And of course, I have a weak spot for button downs. These days I’m collecting oxford blues like there is no tomorrow!
Monday, February 17, 2014
The tail end of a journey is the hardest part in my opinion. On one hand, there is this long list of stuff you didn’t get to do and lots of regrets for the time you wasted, on the other; there is the anticipation of going home and the looking forward to your more sedate pace of life. It is bitter-sweet, especially if you are saying goodbye to your favorite city again.
Sometimes you find amazing bargains that are hard to pass. Sometimes you buy items to wear right away. Whatever the case it is great when you find stuff at incredible prices when traveling. Those purchases are more precious (and useful) than vacation photos. The best kind of mementos!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Another long trip and playing tourist in Los Angeles. For a day full of traffic and walking and varying temperatures, something comfortable and layered was needed. Good thing I bought that little top the night before!
My first ever crop top which I got a couple of size larger to preserve my dignity!
-Lace dresses. Not that I've found the perfect one but… something in a simple cut, a fit and flare style maybe, not too form fitting, and in a light color like light blue or lavender or mint green. Something for casual everyday wear, light and springy. Is it too much to ask?!
-Nars velvet matt lip pencils. After resisting the siren call of Nars for so many years, I finally gave in and bought my first one: Red Square! It is a gorgeous orangey-red color and stays on forever without drying my lips. Sold!
-Godiva cake truffles. So very yummy!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
You know what’s delicious? Getting compliments on your travel outfits. Also the fact that people don’t think you are a tourist! I packed for this trip at 12 midnight the night before and had everything fitted in a carryon bag. So no wonder that with each compliment I high-five myself mentally!
What I didn’t skip on were the shoes. I brought along five pairs, one of the benefits of having your car along as extra wardrobe!
Friday, February 14, 2014
I think love starts with self-love, with accepting and treating yourself well. As an expression of self love, I decided to show myself some kindness today, starting with a hair appointment with my amazing stylist. How much I’ve missed her these past eight months! She works miracles and is amazing with both cut and color.
Then a great lunch, spending time on the beach, a delicious hot chocolate and a great dinner with wine and chocolate for dessert. What more one would want on a valentine day?!
Yes, and no red or pink in sight! this outfit worked well for 80 degree weather.