Thursday, April 17, 2014

A touch of neon

I used to reserve a zesty high impact color like this neon yellow top for summer but with the high temperature here, my internal calendar is a bit messed up! Anyhoo, spring or summer, a loose silky top and a wonderful pair of white jeans makes my ideal outfit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Denim overalls

My version of denim overalls is a bit more grown up since it is a dress. But when I layered my blue lace tee under it, it looked exactly like a pair of overalls.I managed not to put a bow in my hair, but only just!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

White sage

In real life my top has a white trim around the neckline, both side seams and at the hem. It goes great with white jeans. I resisted pilling up white accessories. Next time, for sure!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dinner is served

Dressing up for dinner is an old fashion mindset that I adhere to. “When you go out to a restaurant (even a bistro), you better make the effort to look good”, my traditional upbringing insists on every time.

A smaller bag would have been better, but I needed to carry a lot of stuff!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Freshly minted

Took the head to toe approach with this color, in a last attempt at self preservation based on “if you can’t beat them, join them!” kind of strategy. But those accents of white where there to save my sanity!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For every occasion

Don’t know where you will end up and what to wear for it? The story of my life! In my experience, a shirtdress will usually work for days full of different activities.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Red Maxi

I’ve been wearing my maxi dresses and skirts less and less since I moved to AZ. One reason might be seeing stretchy striped maxis on almost every woman, every day. Yeah, just too much!
But I convinced myself that my red maxi was different, more sophisticated, more grown up; specially paired with a peplum top. 

Good thing! What could be better than the feel of a silky skirt twirling around your legs on a sultry night?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

“Strangers in the night”

My dressing philosophy when meeting people for the first time is simple: err on the formal side and pick an impression! The impression from this outfit? I’m a professional, I like classics… I’m chic but not fussy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Date night

The weather is ideal for an alfresco dinner and a long stroll afterward. Wearing something carefree and relaxed adds to the fun. What better choice than a T-dress, relaxed incarnated?!

Over 90

My car’s thermometer passed the 90⁰s which means it’s way past shorts season. Hello, summer! Blue shorts and white shirt, doesn’t it say summer to you?!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Breezy blue

Another white and blue look. After the heat scare of last summer, I’m looking everywhere for light and cool clothing pieces. These top and pants passed the test, cool, light and breezy.

Yes, I agree! I do need a white bag.

Wardrobe obsessions: White tops

Hi, my name is Aradia and I’m addicted to white tops. A severe serious chronic addiction which started in my naïve pre-teen years and continues still. I am undiscriminating in my drug of choice: shells, tank tops, tees, shirts, blouses ….and button downs…. Ooh, especially button downs… how do I love thee! All whites are welcome: optical, ivory, winter white, eggshell, bone,… All styles are good: short sleeved, long sleeved, sleeveless, round collar, Henley, crew neck, peter pan, V-neck, variety is the spice of life! The material is irrelevant as long as it’s soft and breathable: silk, cotton, linen, modal, rayon, merino wool, cashmere, lace… I take it all! And still, despite tens of white tops I own, I am looking for that perfect one… the one to rule them all!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Relaxed oxford

People usually don’t consider oxford shirts as relaxed, but I love to pair mine with something overly casual and enjoy the contrast.

Let it go…

Some trends have been dead for years but people are still clinging to them. One example: High-low (mullet) skirts and dresses. These skirts seem to be the go to skirt of choice for women of Phoenix area, not only the teenagers but their mothers (and sometimes their grandmothers) too. Let it go, people, just let it go!

…especially in salmon pink or mint… Let. It. Go!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bring back the blues

Well, I am fed up with pink for sure! Give me the cleansing colors of ocean any day, I can live my whole life in whites and blues. So crisp, so cleans, so simple…

…and yes, I do that half tuck thing!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What I liked...

... this week recently:
-Jumpsuits! Yes, I am as surprised as you! I could have sworn they don’t look good on me… but apparently it’s all in the fit. The longer full length ones with wider legs are especially flattering. Worth a try, don’t you think?!
-Light blue satchel bags. Not that I’m going to buy one before I find my perfect white bag. But there is no harm in looking… right? It would go with so many outfits: jeans, faded denim, chambray, all white outfits, cream or tan outfits…. So so many! (from top to bottom: Loewe Amazona, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Minkoff)
-Lemon bars. Thin crust, creamy texture, not too sweet, what’s not to like? My current favorites are Meyer lemon bars from Starbucks. They go great with a cup of hot chocolate!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rose gold

I had to decamp to the library since my internet connection is toast for an undetermined time! Good thing I have this huge magnificent tote to load my life into. Of course I couldn’t resist the blush/rose theme of the week (unintentional, I assure you!) and piled up rose hued pieces. If you look at the tote in certain light, it also has a bit of rose gold undertone!

A better closet

My closet has mood swings, from extremely organized to a total mess and it could happen any time! Despite the fact that my current closet is almost twice the size of my CA one, organization and order haven’t found their place yet. Heaps of clothes on the floor and jumble of bags and belts is a common problem. Since we are currently renting, I can’t make any major changes to better use the space but I can make cosmetic improvements. To make the closet somewhere I want to spend time in and actually do some organizing, I had to make it appealing. And that was when I thought of putting a diffuser in the room. The reed diffuser with its pretty jar is so small, you won’t see it easily but the calming scent of lavender when I open the door has made entering my closet a pleasure that I actually look forward too.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pink striped

I used to have a pink striped button down shirt when I was in high school. I loved it and wore it to tatters. As soon as I saw this dress I was reminded of that shirt and I had to have it. It helps that it’s pure cotton and deliciously soft to touch. Here I matched it with tan/cream extras but I’m thinking of white for its next outing.

Life Style Changes: Face oils

I’ve mentioned my struggle with my dry skin here in Arizona. All my life I had to battle my extra shiny, oily, prone to breaking out face and now suddenly, it’s all hello gator! To reduce redness and remedy dry patches on my face, in addition to my regular vitamin enriched moisturizers, I am starting to use skin oils. Rosehip oil, olive oil and Argan oil in their pure form and an almond oil enriched moisturizer have found their way into my life and daily use. During the day (sometimes twice a day), I apply the almond oil moisturizer and rose hip oil. At night, I go with Argon oil and olive or vitamin E oil (either in cream or from supplement capsules).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hottest pink

It was windy and cold today. I needed to wear something warm which I interpreted as wearing hot pink. Keeping everything else in shades of gray so the outfit would go with the cloudy skies.

Bag of the month:

It has been more than two years that I’ve posted this feature (last one here). Now it’s back and hopefully will stay! 

When I was searching for my perfect black satchel bag, I came across J.Crew’s biennial satchel and I fell in love with it. However, my perfect black satchel turned out to be something else. Still, the medium biennial satchel stayed in my mind. In December 2012, I decide to reward myself for months of hard work (including passing a couple of exams, finishing training and getting hired as a college instructor, and publishing a paper). I figured I deserved something special and went looking for a special bag. When I saw the biennial in tan, I know that’s destiny: a gorgeous and practical bag in a lasting classic color? Couldn’t get better!
  This bag comes in soft pebble texture leather and measures 8 1/8"H x 11 5/8"W x 7 1/8"D. it has two small handles and one detachable shoulder strap. There are two zippered main compartments and each has a few pockets inside too. The zipper tag can be attached to a magnet on the zipper’s end which stops the jingling of hardware, an extra detail I appreciate. No logos or gaudy details on this bag, it has a clean classy look that complements many outfits. During the years, J.Crew has offered this bag in many colors. Mine is a classic tan/camel which is very versatile for my wardrobe.
  In a pinch I can fit my laptop inside. Going to school with me many times and as well as travelling and moving, this darling bag has worked very hard this past year and half and has kept well. It is an amazing bag that I keep grabbing whenever I am stumped for a bag that goes with my outfit. It’s that kind of a bag, a problem solver! I wish they bring it back, I can use this bag in a few other color. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rose colored glasses

Yes, sometimes we need them, especially when things don't go as planned or don’t go at all! Since the sun is very bright here, I’ve been wearing my polarized sunglasses exclusively but I can put on a rose colored shirt in lieu of a dose of optimism!

Holy Grail of Style: White bag

For the last two and half years I’ve been looking for the perfect white bag. I want a satchel or a top handle one, of a medium size, with detachable shoulder strap and I want it in pure bright white. Is that too much to ask? Seriously?! But apparently yes! Whatever I’ve found is lacking something, no shoulder strap, too big totes or tiny crossbodies, and don’t start me on color… almost nothing in pure white!
Michael Kors has one style in perfect everything except color, either black and white mix or a creamy off white. Ralph Lauren has one but without shoulder strap. Kate Spade’s is again off white. And Mark Jacob’s is too big and the top handle is too stiff it was hurting my shoulder when I tried it on.
Where is my perfect bag? Why can’t I find it? I am becoming desperate… help!

Monday, March 31, 2014

First blush

Wide leg pants are having a moment which is excellent news for me. The weather in AZ is just too hot to wear skinny jeans. 88⁰ anyone?! I added my flimsy blush button down shirt and enjoyed a sunny  summer spring day.