Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amethyst sunshine

I was feeling slobby, being forced to limit my choices to what weather is allowing and what is suitable to wear on the bus. But if a dress can make your whole day, why the heck not wear it? It also helps that it's sunny outside!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bleak and black

It is 48 degree cold and raining. Do you really want to see what I am wearing over this outfit?! No, I think not!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cold and blue

Yeah, that sums up everything I am feeling right now. 61 degree is freezing for me and apparently I am the only one who feels this cold!... and I feel blue... homesick... overwhelmed and totally lost! Well, a bit of drama but not much!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A taste of summer

Now that I am somewhere cold and autumn-y I can safely assume the summer has ended although officially we still have another week to go. To stop the boredom this summer I composed a "Summer Bucket List" at the start of summer. Today I went through it and thought it fun to post it here and report how it all went:

-Wear more jewelry: I started stacking rings and bracelets. These days I have at least three rings on my hands (wedding ring included!). I got over my reluctance to bracelets and even wore two or three of them together. All in all, good job to me!
-Find a suitable "No Makeup" makeup routine: I did it! After years and years of playing with unflattering bronzes and browns, I finally perfected a look that works with my complexion and coloring. More on it later in another post.
-Learn to swim: going from dog-paddling and hopping like a rabbit (you know that technique when you jump up, paddle with your hands a couple of times and move forward a yard until your feet touches the pool’s floor again? No?!) to swimming half the length of the pool without touching the floor. Yes, definite improvement!
-Finish “The Cat Who…” series by Lillian Jackson Braun: out of 29 books in the series, I read 24 which is great considering I was reading a whole bunch of other stuff too.
-Try a new salsa recipe: Not a chance!
-Listen to music every day: I managed to listen to something new every other day. Not so bad!
-Have a picnic: It was honestly too hot to eat outside even at night. A firm No on this one!
-Make green/plant arrangement for different rooms: My first attempt at succulents failed miserably since the plants died two days after coming into our house. I made a succulent terrarium with artificial plants which turned out nicely and doesn’t need watering. Since I am not there to take care of live plants this worked well. I also have two orchids which are flourishing according to my husband.

I would say it wasn’t a disappointing turn out. I managed to meet most of my goals and I’m happy with what I accomplished. A very satisfying summer then!

Wasted trend

I thought I'll be extra trendy, wearing these snake print slip ons. What I forgot to take into consideration was being on campus, my audience (so to speak!) is all sneaker wearing students. Instead of differentiating, I am blending in. Such a waste of effort! But hey, my feet are thanking me!

Friday, September 12, 2014


I tried to be prepared for a full day of rain with a big bag containing everything and the kitchen sink. However I forgot one crucial point: suede shoes and wet sidewalks don't mix well (or mix too well!).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back to school

It's supposed to be exciting: new school year, new school, new city... new job... I guess I'm still too shocked to enjoy it all. Give me a couple of weeks to get settled first!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suit up! *

exploring my new habitat (!), meetings and a dinner with an old friend. Yeah, a suit can take you everywhere!

* Barney is my hero! (Ref. How I met your mother)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Comfortable blues

For a day of running around, getting necessary things done and meeting lots and lots of new people you want to feel pulled together and at ease. My solution: structured pieces and comfortable shoes!

This new city is all green! I had to wear a color that made me feel comfortable!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Keep jogging!

This new trend of jogger pants had me on the fence until I figured the only way it won't make my already short legs look shorter is by wearing high heels. Now do you think getting tortured by a pair of new shoes for a couple of hours is worth it or not? I awaite your judgment!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Early flight

You may have remember all my hints about experiencing a real autumn this year and an impending travel. Well, I am writing to say that it did happen. Right now, I am somewhere much cooler than Phoenix ... and I'll be staying here for a few months. Excitement, new beginnings and hopefully a better future is on the horizon. Stay tuned!

Last chance

I had put this outfit together in my mind for months. I'd kept waiting for the temperature to go down but when other plans started to form and the possibility of wearing these shoes this fall become limited, I knew I had to wear it despite the 109 degree heat!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Monochrome blushing

A head to toe look of soft pink and blush, something to calm my overstressed mind. Sorry to report it didn't work that well!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Neutral overload

Did you ever feel drab and tired and wanting to hide? This is the outfit I would go for when I want to become invisible, all neutral and drab. What can I say? I was in a bad mood!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pretty personal

I like to wear things that are meaningful and personal to me. I don't go for monogrammed shirts and bags (too pretentious) but I like my jewelery to show who I am. So I layered  my initial necklace with one showing my zodiac sign and then added a ring with my birthstone. Total effect: a banner saying "me, me, me"!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Orange you blue?

A pretty color mix: happy orange and serene blue. Just perfect for a relaxing dinner with friends!

Beautiful blue

I relay on calming effect of color navy specially when I'm stressed and harried. It is a blessing that I have a vast collection of blue and navy in my wardrobe.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Copper and cognac

I am in the mood for darker colors but the bright sunshine and high temperature is not cooperating. So I am reduced to wish for a cool breeze and plying with lots of textures for a darker moodier color scheme.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Garnet for fall

One of my favorite colors for fall is cranberry or Merlot or sangria or maroon... whatever you like to call it. But it is this deep deep blood red without any hint of purple, pink or brown in it... and I never get tired of it!

Also it matches perfectly with mauve, blush and copper!

Hello fall dressing!

Yes, officially the day we can start wearing our fall duds. But what if it is still above 105 degree in your neck of the woods? Ah well, just pretend it's fall, wear the color without the bulk!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Deep dark forest

The end of summer (fashion-wise) and the last striped outfit. I knew I had to include my white summery cotton pants in there somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I do wear white after Labor Day, but this pair of pants is just not suitable to winter.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The perfection

Yes, I call this outfit the perfect outfit for me (on an AZ summer afternoon). Light cotton, stripes, overabundance of blue and it being a shirtdress, What else could I have wanted?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Poppy and stripes

This dress is a darling, is cute, fits well and always grants me complements. The elbow length sleeves let me showcase my bracelets. Why don't I wear it more often? That's the million dollar question!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pink striped

I usually don't post my tee and short outfits, too casual! However this one was striped and it had a whole lot of pink. How can I resist?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cramming before Fall

I wanted to do a full week of striped outfits this summer and it didn't happen. Before September arrives, I am going to wear as much stripes as I can.
The key to elevating a tee and slouchy pants outfit? Heels, structured bag, full makeup and gold accessories.