Friday, October 30, 2009

Darling, Is This Love?

So today was the $2 apparel sale at my local Goodwill, and I didn't even know it. By the time I did find out (thanks mom!), it was already late, but I still decided to swing by around 7:30 pm. By then the racks had been picked pretty clean, yet I did manage to glean a few things I found interesting.
Ok, so I may be developing a skirt addiction now. But that's okay, because I can feel myself becoming more and more ladylike by the minute. On the left is a black/white tweed Isaac Mizrahi skirt. It fits great and will no doubt soon be a favorite of mine. On the right is a vintage mustard yellow 100% silk pencil skirt. While I am loathe to dry clean clothes, this skirt was a steal for just $2, and I couldn't resist the beautiful color. Plus, the tag says it was made in France! That might be as close as I'll ever get to France.
Next we have an Xhilaration blue tunic. I'm not sure exactly what my plans for this are, but it has potential, and for $2 I am certain I can find something to do with it. Now this white sweater is really the piece de resistance. Not only does it have embroidered satin appliques, rhinestones AND sequins - it also has shoulder pads! I typically steer clear of shoulder pads because my shoulders seem sufficiently large all by themselves, but the pads in this sweater are just subtle enough to add some structure without reaching football player territory. So basically I'm in love: with my sweater, with my other buys and especially with my grand spending total of only $8. Yay, me.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Relax, Take It Easy

So it officially has taken me 24 hours to recover from the major ordeal that was seeing U2 at the Rose Bowl last Sunday. They put on an awesome show, but I'm pretty certain that I never want to be surrounded by that many people ever again. Here is a photo of their futuristic spaceship set and a glimpse at the massive crowd (96,000 people!):Now if I was going to be nit-picky, I'd point out that while U2 played tons of fan favorites, they neglected to play either of my favorite songs ("Bullet the Blue Sky" or "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own").

Me, after the smoke had cleared, at the end of the show:
Still it was a good time to be had by all. Even if I didn't get home until 2:30 am! That is why I took it easy Monday and lounged around the house. I had to regain my strength. Thankfully today was pretty uneventful so that I was able to continue my recovery. Just lunch with friends and a little shopping. But when evening hit some crazy winds blew into town, and that made it just cool enough for me to do some stellar layering.
Magenta Corduroy Blazer - Vintage, Thrifted
Navy Blue Empire-waist Dress - Target
Gray Linen Scarf - borrowed, Mom's
Purple Polka-dot Tights - Gift
Gray Flat Boots - Charlotte Russe

These purple tights are probably one of favorite things right now. My sister bought me a whole bunch of tights a few weeks ago, and I've been just dying for it to cool down so I could finally get to wear some of them. Also, these boots were just bought over the weekend. They were half off so I got them for just $15! It was way exciting for me. Here's a close-up of the awesome tights:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

In Bloom

Patent Headband - Ross
Black Bead Cluster Necklace - Rampage
Floral Print Sundress - Sears
Croc Print Cutout Heels - Attention, Kmart
Black Beaded Purse - Diane von Furstenberg, gift

Another Sunday, another dress. This dress in particular was purchased a couple of weeks ago. Out of sheer boredom I went to a Sears near my aunt's house and found this dress on sale for just $8! Not only does it follow my favorite color scheme, it also has pockets, which is pretty much the be all and end all for me when it comes to dresses. And though the flower print isn't particularly wintry, our local weather hasn't been very wintry either, so I figured I could get away with it.

Today I opted to use this awesome Diane Von Furstenberg beaded purse that my mother got for me a few years ago. Granted, it's a little dressy for a sundress, but I loved the way it sparkled in the sunlight. And I'm pretty sure my mom got in a rummage sale for like a $1, so it's a super bargain too.
And last but not least, here is what I will be wearing tonight to see U2. It's kind of boring, but my goal is sophisticated comfort. This show is pretty much going to be an all day event, so I want to wear something that will breathe and shoes that won't make my feet hurt after 6 hours of standing. Overall I'm satisfied with it. Only 6 hours and counting until U2!

Black Blazer - Bitten by SJP
Black Banded-bottom Tank Top - some place years ago
Gold Layered Necklace - Forever 21
Black Button-bottom Leggings - Zara
Patent Menswear Oxfords - Coconuts, Marshalls
Patent Purse - Gryson for Target via Goodwill

Saturday, October 24, 2009

People Get Ready

Gray Pinstripe Sheath - Target via Goodwill ($2!)
White Patent Belt - Ross
White Studded Flats - Soda
Large SIlver Ring - H&M

So the past few days have been fairly run of the mill. Just work, Pilates, more work, a bike ride - the usual. But that's okay because my weekend will be culminating in my going to see U2 at the Rose Bowl tomorrow night!

My friend and I bought tickets to this show LAST APRIL, so I cannot believe the day is finally almost here. Consequently, I am certain that the majority of tonight will be spent trying to decide exactly what I want to wear. Yes, I know Bono probably won't see me, but I still want to look my best. Pasadena, here I come.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tied Up Too Tight

Red Merino Wool Cardigan - Goodwill ($2!)
Danksin Leotard (dyed black) - Goodwill
Gold Multi-layered Necklace - Forever 21
Tweed Pencil Skirt - Windsor
Brown Patterned Tights - Target
Red Suede Flats - Target via Goodwill

So it was a busy weekend, but I'm trying to make up for it by posting two outfits today. I'm not going to lie, today ended up being way warmer than I expected. However, my outfit for the daytime was entirely appropriate at 7 am when I first left my house and the fog hadn't yet burned of. And fortunately my tights were more fishnets than tights, so they let a little air through once it got hot later on in the day. Plus, I eventually lost the cardigan.
Black Leather Bomber - Goodwill
White Button-up Blouse - Charlotte Russe
Black Ethnic Print Belt - Claire's
Cobalt Blue Pencil Skirt - Goodwill
Black/White Polka-dot Tights - Target
Black Leather Booties - Target

Then there's the outfit I wore to a nighttime meeting. This is the last of my new skirts I bought from Goodwill a few weeks ago. I love the rich cobalt color and how it pops against the black and white of the rest of my outfit. And while I would normally wear a cardigan or blazer with this sort of ensemble, I opted for my beloved leather jacket this time. I think it toughened up the whole look.

I really think I was feeling the tights today. These black/white polka dot tights are a favorite of mine, but I don't really wear them that much. I guess I was feeling brave today and just went for it. Here's a close up of their polka-dotted awesomeness:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just A Bit Of A Break From The Norm

So our unseasonably warm weather continued today. However, it is Saturday, so it was bit more bearable since I didn't have to go to work. I took a bike ride by the beach this morning (not in this dress, of course), and later my friends and I hit up Venice Beach. I haven't been there in ages and it was pretty fun watching all the interesting (see: crazy) people who are always out there.

My stylistic approach to today was comfort and coolness (temperature-wise). This is one of many maxi dresses I purchased over the summer, and I love it because it looks nice but also has the comfort of sweatpants and a t-shirt. I could pretty much live in this outfit. And I just might have to if this heatwave doesn't end soon.

Aviator Sunglasses - Target
Goldtone Hoops - H&M
Olive Maxi Dress - Target via Goodwill (for $2!)
Black Belt - From some place years ago
Patent Purse - Gryson for Target via Goodwill
Gold Elephant Ring - Forever 21
Gold Flip-flops - Volcom, PacSun

Friday, October 16, 2009

Something Is Not Right With Me

Square Black Sunglasses - Guess, from my optometrist
Pink Rolled-sleeve T-shirt - Wet Seal
Silver Necklace w/ Bow Charm - H&M
Skinny Yellow Patent Belt - Windsor
Cyan Pencil Skirt - Vintage, Goodwill
Yellow Jelly Flats - J.Crew, Goodwill
Silver Interlocking Hearts Ring - Avon, Gift

So on Wednesday it rained all day and was about 68 degrees, the most I could hope for from fall weather around these here parts. Today it was literally 88 degrees. Yes, you heard me right, there was a TWENTY degree change in temperature. That is just not right. Southern Californian weather is a fickle mistress indeed.

So basically, I had to says bye-bye boots and tights, and hello shaving my legs again! I managed to embrace the heat and the return of summer weather with some color today. I've been feeling the hot pink/cyan/yellow color combination this year. I feel like it was sufficiently cheery for a bright and sunny day like today.

Additionally, it has become impossible for me to go past a Forever 21 without buying something. It's a disease, I know. That being said, here is a pic of my awesome new elephant ring I bought a few days ago. Only $2.80!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nothing's Worrying Me

Today was the first rainy day of the year! I was psyched to wear my new raincoat and to watch everyone's reaction to the rain. There is nothing quite like a rainy day in L.A. It was mainly just drizzle today, but everywhere I went people acted like it was a severe storm and made me feel like I was nuts for even walking outside.

But I kept it real. A little rain never hurt anybody. In fact, I only posed with my umbrella for this photo, but never actually used one today. On a side note, of course it would start to rain this week, just days after I decided to straighten my hair. Oh well, maybe that will just mean hats for the rest of the week!

Silver Hoops - Forever 21
Black Scarf - My mother's
Sea Green Cardigan - Gap
Floral Print Skirt - Nordstrom Rack
Light Blue Raincoat - Gap
Black Tights - Kmart
Black Wedge Flats - Ross

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Something Happens (In My Heart)

CZ Square Studs - My mother's
Black Pinstriped Velvet Blazer - Bitten by SJP, Goodwill
White Seersucker Tank Dress - Patagonia, Goodwill
Silver Flower/Rhinestone Necklace - Forever 21
Sheer Gray Leggings - Thrifted
Black Leather Booties - Target
Tan Satchel - Sigrid Olsen, Gift

I'd like to pretend that I stayed classy and wore this outfit all day, but I've got to be honest. I wore these clothes for about 2 1/2 hours this morning. For the rest of the day I rocked leggings and a plaid-button down. Very exciting, I know.

Still, there was no need to be fancy since all Sunday's plans involved was watching a bollywood movie with some of my girlfriends. And by bollywood, I mean authentic straight from Mumbai bollywood. We watched a classic - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Despite it being nearly four hours (!!!) long, it's one of my favorite films and stars my beloved Sharukh Khan who can do no wrong. I know it sounds nuts, but who doesn't love a star-crossed romance with singing, dancing and awesomely vibrant Indian garb?
Don't answer that.

To close, I leave you with a close up of my awesome necklace I just recently got from Forever 21:

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Don't Regret A Single Thing

So I have absolutely no regrets about buying this skirt yesterday. I wore it all day, and it was just as comfy as a pair of sweatpants. Plus, I'm in love with the bright red, as it made the overcast morning that much more bearable.

Something else I don't regret today? Eating a ridiculous amount of kettle corn. I'm pretty much obsessed with the salty/sweet snack, so today I finally went to my local farmer's market and bought a LARGE (see: life-size) bag. Right now about half the bag remains and let's hope it's still there by tomorrow morning.

And in completely unrelated news, I managed to snag a pair of tickets to a soon to be sold out Vampire Weekend show next month! Yes, it involved me leaving the comfort of my home (online tickets sold out almost instantly) and driving 30 minutes to a local record store, but all that matters is I got the tickets. Woo hoo!

Plaid button-down Shirt - Chadwicks, gift
Red Pencil Skirt - Vintage, Goodwill
Black Leather Belt - Banana Republic
Gold Bracelets - My grandmother's
Black Leather Handbag - Wilson's Leather, gift
Black Over-the-knee Socks - Forever 21
Black Leather Riding Boots - Zigi Girl, Wild Pair

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Rainbow Connection

So I'm pretty much obsessed with this marbleized look I've recently adopted for my nails. I got the idea from a back issue of In Style that I scavenged from a friend's house. It basically involves a layer of black nail polish and then a layer of silver; then before the silver dries you add texture by dabbing the nail with a make-up sponge. Lastly, I used a quick dry top coat to give the nails a smooth finish. I love how the nail looks rough, but is smooth to the touch.

Not only did I manage to go to work, hit up the H&M grand opening and paint my nails today, but I also squeezed in a trip to one of our local Goodwill's. Lately I've been on the look out for pencil skirts since I don't really have many skirts. Here's what I ended up buying:
Not only did I get some skirts, I got some that were in awesomely vibrant colors. If these skirts don't motivate me to abandon my typically monochromatic ways, I don't know what will.

A Little Bit In Love With You

So today was just your average work day. I work at a local community college, and I typically like to alternate between hyper professional outfits that show the students I should be taken seriously and casual outfits that remind them that I don't take myself too seriously. Today was supposed to be a t-shirt/sneakers day, but I ended up choosing something in between since I had after work plans.

What were my after work plans, you ask? Swinging by the grand opening of the H&M at my local mall. Now, I've been in love with H&M since I first stepped foot in their Manhattan store 5 years ago, and I'm overjoyed at the prospect of having one just 10 minutes away from me. For a west coaster, this is quite a privilege since there are only a handful of stores in Cali. That being said, the grand opening crowds did kind of bum me out, but I'm sure after the novelty wears off it'll be much better.

Gold Aviators - Target
Gold Hoops - H&M
White Collared Shirt - ANA, JC Penney
Cream Wool Cardigan - The Limited, thrifted
Leather/Raffia Elastic Belt - 99 Cents Store (!)
High-waisted Jean Trousers - Merona, thrifted
Flower Print Wedges - Target

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

10 Million Fireflies

So, I'm not exactly sure what made the light in this photo so warped, but I've decided that I kind of like it. My only regret is that it makes it difficult to see my awesome circle fishnets. As you can see, while I vowed to incorporate more color in my outfit today, I pretty much failed. Still, I was glad to be able to dress up my sweatshirt. Yep, the shirt I'm wearing is actually a black short-sleeved sweatshirt. It has some satin/pleather ruffles at the neckline, however, that dress it up a bit. I foresee many an outfit centered around this sweatshirt in the future.

Black spectacles - Tommy Hilfiger, optometrist
Ruffled Sweatshirt - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters
Tweed Pencil Skirt - Windsor, years ago
Circle Fishnets - Target
Black Pumps - Calvin Klein, TJ Maxx

Monday, October 5, 2009

This Feels So Unnatural

So lo and behold, fall actually stayed in my lovely beach city today. I woke up to a delightful chill in the air and was beside myself with joy. Sadly, I woke up late so I only had all of 5 minutes to get dressed and go meet my friends at the movies. That resulted in me copping out and donning the same leggings and boots I wore yesterday and sticking to my tried and true black/white/gray color palette. Over the summer I'd gotten really good about infusing some color into my outfits, but I fear fall/winter will send me back to my old ways. I'll try harder tomorrow.

Kenneth Cole Sunglasses - prescription, from optometrist

Floral Scarf - H&M
White V-Neck Tee - Nollie, PacSun
Black Vest - Ann Taylor
Gray Herringbone Shorts - Ross, years ago
Black Leather Belt - Banana Republic

On a side note, I finally saw
Whip It today and it was just as awesome as I expected. Hi-larious. More importantly, however, my beloved Vampire Weekend released a new track off of their forthcoming album today. It's called "Horchata" and can be downloaded for free here. Yes, I realize liking VW is almost a cliche now since their debut was so over-hyped, but I genuinely enjoy their music and live performances. Bully for me since they also just announced 2 shows near my home. You best believe I'll be attending at least one of them. More on that when tickets go on sale Friday.

Have I Been A Fool, Just Say

So this is what I wore for most of Sunday afternoon (apologies for the poor photo quality, my good camera is out of town):

Imitation Wayfarers - Target
Black Tunic - H&M
Black Sheer Leggings - Thrifted
Black Leather Flat Boots - Kmart, years ago
Red Leather Vintage Purse - Goodwill, years ago
Black Studded Elastic Belt - Wet Seal

I intended to wear the outfit above to a concert yesterday, but fall finally reached the beach last night and I was forced to make some amendments due to the sudden chill in the air. While I have no photos of the other outfit, I ended up ditching the purse, belt and sheer leggings, and adding my trusty leather bomber, a dangly necklace and my thicker, more substantial Zara leggings. I was nice and toasty for the rest of the night.

On the concert front, I finally got to see my beloved Jack Penate live last night. He did a short set to open for electronic rockers Miike Snow, and I was in love. I've been wanting to see him since his first cd Matinee came out 3 or 4 years ago, and he finally made it stateside. I was a little bummed that he didn't do much of his old stuff, but all the new songs off of his latest cd (Everything Is New, highly recommend it!) are so lively and danceworthy that I can't really blame him. Here are some not so good photos I took of JP and Miike Snow @ the Echoplex last night:

Jack & bassist

Miike Snow (with creepy masks)

Miike Snow (w/o creepy masks)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Just Whip It, Baby

So, confession time. One of my favorite hobbies is reading books that have become movies. Not just popular ones, either. Just recently I discovered the film The Accidental Tourist (1988) at my local library. I realized it was based on a book, read the book immediately and then watched the movie. Just the kind of thing I like to do.

This is all background info, however, to get around to the point that now that I've finally finished The Time Traveler's Wife (spoiler alert: it is extremely sad), I've just started reading Shauna Cross' Derby Girl, the book Drew Barrymore's new film Whip It is based on. Now yes, it is a just a 230-page young adult novel, but it's funny and lighthearted and just what I need after the sob fest that was TTTW.

While I already was eager to see Whip It, reading the novel has made me even more obsessive about it, so here are the top 5 reasons why I want to see Whip It (and why you should too!):

1) Drew Barrymore - Is she not the most adorable and likable actress of her generation? I'd pretty much pay to see anything she's in.

2) Ellen Page - Now, I'll admit, I didn't quite jump on the Juno bandwagon like the rest of free world did a couple of years ago, but that was mainly because I took issue with the film's message about teen pregnancy. Nevertheless, Page seems to be a refreshingly articulate and level-headed young actress who just wants to make good movies. I believe in her.

3) Kristen Wiig - Not exactly a household name yet, but to all you naysayers out there that claim the golden age of Saturday Night Live is long gone, just watch one skit featuring the immensely talented and hilarious Wiig, and you'll know you're wrong. She's Penelope One-Up and the Target Lady and Judy Grimes and Gilly and one of the funniest ladies on tv. Kudos to Drew for adding Kristen to the film's cast.

4) Landon Pigg - So it took me a minute to understand why Ellen Page's Whip It love interest looked so familiar in the film trailers, but then I realized it was my beloved Landon Pigg! While I have yet to pass judgement on his acting skills, he is an amazing singer-songwriter whose first cd (the aptly titled LP) is one of my favorites. Additional kudos to Drew for hiring an actual musician to play a musician in the film.

5) Roller skating! - Who doesn't love roller skating? While it would take an act of God to get me into a pair of roller skates today, I spent much of my childhood roller skating/blading around my house, by the beach, at rinks, etc. Those were fun times, and Whip It allows me to tap into all that nostalgia once again.

Now I won't officially get to see the movie until Monday morning, but here's hoping it's as good as I'm imagining it will be.


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