Sunday, December 26, 2010

I've Been Waiting For You For So Long

Tortoise Shell Wayfarers- Ray-ban (free w/ insurance)
Black Blazer - GAP ($20)
Gray Strong Shoulder Embellished Blouse - Forever 21 ($3)
Black Pencil Skirt - Windsor, years ago
Black Platform Pumps - Attention, Kmart ($10)

Hello again. Still no wireless network in my house. We've been getting the runaround from Verizon, so we opted to drop DSL and switch to broadband from our cable provider. Hopefully the broadband will prove to be faster and more reliable than the DSL. Once it's installed, that is. Currently I am at my best friend J's house using her for her wi-fi.

I got back back yesterday from four days in the desert with my best friend G, my mom, my sister and my four nephews. There was a torrential downpour (seriously, there was barely any visibility) as we drove there, but after that it was sunny and low 70s. Crazy weather for Christmas weekend. However, I didn't really make use of the sunshine since I spent most of my time in sweatpants, eating and watching the entire first season of White Collar (great show, btw). But guess what? Tomorrow I leave for yet another trip, this time to Solvang/Santa Barbara with a different group. I figure I better get in all the vacationing now, before I've got to back to work.
Since there is a giant outlet mall near Indio (where I spent all last week), my sister and I had planned to do some shopping, but then we decided we'd wait for the after Christmas sales. Thus, today I woke up early (for a Sunday) and headed to my local mall to see what bargains were to be had. Urban Outfitters, GAP and Ann Taylor Loft all had 50% of clearance sales that we're pretty good. I got a dress, skirt, blouse, belt and shoes at Urban for just $35. Pretty much made braving the crowds worth it.
Still, I'm getting that familiar feeling where I start regretting all the unnecessary shopping I do. I'm thinking of starting a "buy nothing new" vow for the new year (kind of like Mel at Idee Geniale). Nothing's been confirmed, but maybe once I regroup and reorganize my closet, I'll make some sort of legit plan because I definitely need a few more limits in my life. Which I write as I simultaneously finish this post and shop online. Sigh.

"Come Home" - OneRepublic

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Memories Like Embers Keep Up Us Warm

Plaid Sweatshirt - Volcom, Macy's ($15)
Black Imitation Wayfarers - 99 Cents Store
(not that my outfit here is particularly interesting)

Just checking in to say . . . I am out of commission. There has been some kind of crazy rainstorm for the past week here in my little beach city. You'd think that would be the perfect time to catch up on blogging since rain is the perfect excuse to stay cozy in your house with your computer. Of course, that is just the time my wireless network would choose to go out in my house. Turns out (according to Verizon), my phone jack needs to be repaired, so, as a result, I am without internet.

Currently I am at my local library using their wi-fi, but I will be in the desert for the next week, so maybe that more reliable internet will enable to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging.
Hope you all are managing to stay warm and looking forward to some much deserved time off!

"Don't Wake Me Up" - The Hush Sound

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We're Looking for Something Dumb To Do

Black Lace Blouse - Vintage, South Coast Thrift Center ($3?)
Black Embossed Belt - Claire's ($2)
Checked Pencil Skirt - Vintage, South Coast Thrift Center ($4)
Black Suede Flats - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters ($6)

Honestly, this is not what I wore today. Ever have one of those days where you don't have any desire to do anything you're supposed to? Well, that was me yesterday. Therefore, this is the outfit I wore yesterday when I hung with my friend Q and completely blew off all of my responsibilities.

And when I say blew off, I mean BLEW OFF. First, the two of us went to a smashing good breakfast at the Original Pancake House. I am all about blueberry pancakes and home fries, and I haven't had them in ages so it made me super happy. After that we headed to our local Nordstrom Rack for a bit of shopping. I bought shoes, but decided today that I don't really love them so I will be taking them back. Still, it was fun to shop. And we rounded out our afternoon with cupcakes in Manhattan Beach. SO good.
Today, on the other hand, I had to get back to reality. But I got through the chilly weather and full day of work by remembering that tomorrow is my last day of work. Yay winter break!

"Marry You" - Bruno Mars

Monday, December 13, 2010

Love, I Don't Get Enough Of It

Red Corduroy Trench Coat - Mossimo, Target via Goodwill ages ago
Long-sleeve Striped Tee - Faded Glory, Walmart (gift)
Black Jeggings - Jolt, Nordstrom Rack ($7)
Black Patent Brogues - Coconuts, Marshalls ($10)
Black/Gold Circle Scarf - Divided, H&M ($10 for set including gloves and hat!)

Anybody else out there work in the school system? I could not possibly be any more ready for winter break. I figured since this week is finals at the college I work at, that things would be a bit slower in the Writing Center. Well I was wrong. It was so hectic that I didn't even have enough time to finish my Vogue I intended to complete during my down time! Blasphemy, I know. Still, I do realize that at the very least I should be grateful for the 3 weeks vacation I will be enjoying shortly.

Today's outfit was inspired by my running out of time this morning and having to dress as quickly as possible. Traditionally, I usually skew a bit more casual on Mondays, since I'm only in the Writing Center and not in the classrooms. Of course, the patent brogues took it up a notch, and, as usual, they stirred up quite a bit debate amongst my co-workers. An older male co-worker called them "sparkly", and after I took issue with that statement (they are shiny, not sparkly!) , he proceeded to call me "Dorothy" for the rest of the day. Being that it was actually pretty warm today (75 degrees, and yes I know it is December), the coat and scarf were added after I left work.
I especially was hoping for a slow Monday because I had quite a jam-packed weekend. Friday night I saw The Tourist with my friend Q (silly, but super cute if you love Johnny Depp and/or Paul Bettany. Ooh , and Timothy Dalton!). Saturday I did some thrifting with my mom (bought an awesome vintage sequin sweater you'll see soon), and that night my friend M hosted a girl's only party that was super fun. Sunday night some friends and I went to Umami Burger in Hollywood for dinner. I was a bit bummed that they were all out of earth burgers (though the portabello Umami burger was a nice substitute), but we totally sat at a table right in front of Ginnifer Goodwin, so that made up for it! I love seeing celebrities, and even though I never feel the urge to talk to them or ask for an autograph, it makes me value the privilege of living in L.A.

And for the record, I totally intended to do a post yesterday, but all of my individual photos came out terribly. Nevertheless, I really loved my dress I wore to my religious meeting, so I'm still sharing the best photo of the bunch, which happens to include my adorable (but often bratty) 13-year old nephew in his Sunday best as well.
Purple Satin Dress - Attention, Kmart ($6)
Black Peep-toe Heels - Nine West (gift)
Black Bow Clutch (not pictured) - Forever 21 ($6)

Just so you know, I bought this dress at least 3 years ago, so don't go scouring Kmarts looking for it. And really, is there any thing cuter than a little boy in a suit? I'm trying to enjoy these last pre-pubescent days before he gets facial hair and is a foot taller than me and realizes that he doesn't actually have to do everything I tell him ;)

"Monster" - Kanye West feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Nicki Minaj

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sophistication Isn't What You Wear

Wool Camel Coat - H&M ($20!)
Houndstooth Print Sheath - Merona Collection, Target ($10)
Black Enamel Bow Earrings - Forever 21 ($1.50)
Black Platform Pumps - Attention, Kmart ($10)

Just like Taylor says, "Sophistication isn't what you wear," but it definitely think it can play a role. I mean, I've never felt more sophisticated than I did tonight wearing this outfit. Mind you, I may have been channeling a 'sophisticated' grandma, but I still enjoyed it. This dress is actually one I've mentioned in two previous posts (here and here), but never actually wore. Yes, it's quite a bold pattern, and the length isn't necessarily the most flattering, but it made me feel very ladylike. And, even though it's a Target dress, it definitely gives off the same sort of vintage feel I search out in my thrifted purchases.

Another welcome addition to the ensemble is my new camel coat! The coat is yet another Black Friday purchase, this time from my beloved H&M. It was initially $100 (!), but was marked down for Black Friday. Amazing, right? I've been wanting a camel coat for ages, ever since fashion mags had been touting it as the latest "it" color. While I'm not one to jump on every trend, I do appreciate camel-colored pieces because it is such an amazing neutral that can really go with a lot of pieces. Plus, I foresee it taking all of my dresses up a notch every time I wear it. As an aside, the coat is also made from recycled wool, which was a nice bonus. I try to be as eco-friendly as possible in my day-to-day life, so it's nice when that can translate to my clothing purchases.
And, for those of you interested, I am actually kind of wearing lipstick in these pictures. I used ELF natural lip liner and then lightly brushed on Sephora Collection The Red #4. Lightly is key since it is a very intense red, and that wasn't exactly the vibe I was going for tonight. Then I added a bit of ELF liquid lipstick in Cherry Tart. Obviously I'm not a huge makeup fiend, but lately I've been branching out and being a bit more adventurous. Mainly I'm usually too lazy to take the time to put on makeup, but in an effort to finally be a grown up, I'll be putting forth a little more effort in the weeks to come. Let me know what you think!

"Better Than Revenge" - Taylor Swift

Monday, December 6, 2010

I Guess Every Superhero Needs His Theme Music

Magenta Corduroy Blazer - Vintage, Goodwill ($7)
Floral Chiffon Blouse - Charlotte Russe ($5)
Pull-On Jean - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters ($13)
Green Canvas Pumps - Cooperative, Urban Outfitters ($15)

So anybody got that go-to outfit you put on when you can't possibly think of anything else to wear? I've got a few,and today I wore one of my old favorites. While I'm not certain if this exact outfit has ever been featured on my blog, believe me when I tell you that I wear all these pieces together quite often. There's something I just love about how the blazer brings out the pink and purple flowers in my blouse that always seems to make a winning combo for me, no matter how many times I wear it. I may not be wearing a cape, but I did feel kind of super.
The only new element in play here would be my shoes I scored at Urban Outfitters. Ever since this particular line of canvas shoes showed up at Urban last summer, I'd been coveting this pair and the lemon yellow wedge version. Of course, I was never willing to pay full price, but my best shopping bud N managed to find me this pair amidst the chaos and confusion that was Urban on Black Friday. And they were my size an everything! I realize it is winter, but these colors were just so cheerful that I'm thinking I may be all about winter florals now.

But I lied - the other new element in play is my hair! Given that my hair is ridiculously thick and temperamental, I very rarely wear it down since it can frizz and curl up just by someone mentioning the word "moisture." Still, for some reason last night I felt the urge to spend the hour and half it takes to painstakingly straighten my hair, and this was the result. Three hours into work it was back in a bun, but at least I attempted.

Hope you all made it through Monday as easily as possible. One day down, four to go ;)

"Power" - Kanye West

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It Really Breaks My Heart To See A Promising Citizen Deviate

Tortoise Shell Sunglasses - Ray-ban ($140, but free w/ insurance!)
Cream Tie-neck Blouse - Vintage, Goodwill ($2)
Red Wool V-neck Sweater - Old Navy ($5?)
Cream Wool Pencil Skirt - J. Crew, Goodwill ($2)
Gold Watch - Guess, Rose Bowl Flea ($10)
Gold Rose Clip-on Earrings - Claire's ($1)
Brown Leather Riding Boots - Ralph Lauren, Goodwill ($10)

Every time I wear this skirt, I essentially style it the exact same way. Does that make me boring? Maybe, but it might also make me smart since I don't feel the need to mess with a good thing. Actually, I did mix it up a little by adding this red sweater that I totally forgot I even owned. I felt very cheery, but a little too festive, especially since I don't even celebrate Christmas and this is a very holiday-ish red.

Still, all in all, I had a very enjoyable Saturday. I helped my mother throw a dinner party for about a dozen friends, and it all went down very well. There were plenty of vegetables to go around for a (still) vegetarian me, and I got to spend some quality time with a couple of friends who are moving to Hawaii (jealous?) in a few months, so that was nice. We laughed and ate . . . and ate some more.

Other than that, I'm just enjoying what's left of the weekend before another hectic work week. I'm considering an evening trip to Disneyland tomorrow just to cheer myself up before Monday. I am so ready for the semester to be over, so I can get my three weeks off from work and brace myself for the spring. But I guess I should just be grateful that I work in the school system and I even get three weeks of vacation.
On a more random note, aren't these little earrings adorable? They totally look vintage with the antique gold finish and clip-on backs, but I found them at Claire's. Clip-ons do take a little getting used to, but I love them too much to care. Also, did anybody notice my new sunglasses? Probably not, since they pretty much look exactly like my Urban Outfitters knock-offs, but these Ray-bans are the real deal! I was due for a new pair of glasses from my optometrist, and since my insurance was covering it, I sprung for these prescription sunnies. They've made me almost completely give up on my contacts. Almost. We'll see how long the love affair lasts.

"The Un-American" - Matt Morris

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Here's The Party, Everybody

Navy Stripe Crop Top - Forever 21 via Fashion District ($2)
Red Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($2)
High-Waisted Jeans - BDG, Urban Outfitters ($10)
Red Suede Flats - Mossimo, Goodwill ($7)
Silver Anchor Necklace - Forever 21, years ago
Navy Blue Peacoat (not pictured) - Bitten by SJP ($10)

Over a week without a blog post?! I am really shirking my responsibilities here. But I am super thankful for you regular readers who bear with me :) If you follow my twitter, you probably know that on Monday I had a tooth removed. It was a particularly painful and drawn out procedure, but I only have myself to blame. Let that be a lesson to you all: that's what happens when you decide to ignore a cavity because it doesn't hurt and you don't have dental insurance. Learn from my mistakes.

However, today I was feeling about 85% well, so it was a better and brighter day. Thus, I mustered up the courage to wear my new high-waisted jeans and a cropped shirt. Not sure if it was entirely work appropriate, but I did wear a tank under the shirt (as always!) so it was totally G-rated. While I was a bit wary of the combo since it made me feel like my hips were 100 times magnified, it didn't look too bad in the pictures, so I guess it was okay.
Whatever the case, I felt very nautical (and mildly patriotic?). This is the first pair of high-waisted jeans I've bought, and though there is definitely a "mom" aspect to them, they are so comfortable! Extra stretchy and with the high waist I don't have to worry about pulling them up all day lest I flash some underwear. I am very glad I snagged this pair on Black Friday.
Enough about clothes! Want to know the highlight of my day? I totally took my first Bollywood dance class today! As anyone who knows me will attest to, I am IN LOVE with all things Bollywood, but for some reason I've never gotten around to taking a Bollywood dance class. I coerced my friend Q into going with me, and it was a million times better than I expected. The teacher was sweet and very helpful, and I totally feel I've mastered some genuine Bollywood choreography tonight. Basically, all my dreams are coming true ;)

I was on such a high after Bollywood class that I decided to keep my adrenaline going and took my usual Zumba class too! That was way more intense, so I'm certain I will have all kinds of soreness tomorrow, but for now I feel incredibly accomplished. Any of you folks take dance/exercise classes? Any favorites or recommendations?

"Twist" - Pritam & Neeraj Sridhar (Love Aaj Kal soundtrack)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yeah, What Can I Get For Ten Dollar?

Leopard Print Sweater - Harve Benard, Sears ($6)
Cream Bodysuit - Vintage, Goodwill ($2)
Olive Wool Pencil Skirt - Ann Taylor, Goodwill ($2)
Taupe T-strap Heels - Simply Vera, Kohl's ($2 with a coupon)

Answer: Pretty much this entire outfit. Just a quick little nighttime post to let you guys know exactly how proud I am about this ensemble I wore tonight to my religious meeting. As you can see from my list of pieces in this look, the total cost for this whole outfit comes up to a measly $12! I clearly didn't put all these pieces together to purposely "dress for less," but it was a pleasant surprise one I realized it.


You might remember I thrifted this lovely Ann Taylor skirt over the summer. It's definitely more suited to fall/winter, and tonight it definitely kept me cozy while I braved the icy sea breezes. Also, I've decided I'm feeling the stockings/peep-toe look. Obviously bloggers around the globe have been doing it for ages, but I'm not super adventurous when it comes to hosiery. Yet, I feel this worked. Although I was a little concerned about my freakishly long toes (don't ask) potentially poking holes through my stockings. But so far so good!

Hope the week is treating you all well. If not, it's bound to get better as the week proceeds (no work! black Friday sales! sleeping in!) ;)

"10 Dollar" - M.I.A.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Close Your Eyes See Colorful Things

Tan Trench Coat - GAP
Yellow Pleated Wool Dress - Vintage (Altered), Goodwill ($2)
Brown Clutch - so old I can't remember where I got it
Dark Brown Opaque Tights - Worthington, JC Penney's (gift)
Leopard Pumps - Deena & Ozzy, Urban Outfitters ($10)

The bad news: it's Monday tomorrow. The good news: next week's Thanksgiving, which means not only do I get a few days off work, but there will also be some super sales going on! Something to look forward to, especially since I've been on a no shopping kick for the last four weeks or so. I will most definitely be doing Black Friday shopping, if only for the thrill I get from waking up early and watching crowds of crazed shoppers. Last year I found some pretty sweet deals (seen
here), so I'm hoping for a repeat performance this year.
But back to my outfit. I felt super sophisticated in my bright mustard vintage wool dress and trenchcoat today. This dress is one of my favorite thrifted finds from last summer, and I know I'll have fun dressing it up with tights and coats now that it's finally getting chilly. I also felt like I was being brave by wearing my dark brown tights with leopard shoes. I basically always match my shoes to my tights, so this was really out of the box for me, but I think it worked.

For the last few days, our highs have been in the low 60s, which is cold by beach standards. So it just might be time for me to get my tights into regular rotation. All the bloggers out there (particularly the East coast ones) have been such an inspiration with how they've worn their adorable colored tights, so I am hoping I can channel their style.And since I've been spotty, at best, with my blog posts, you all are getting a bonus outfit photo today! I'm sure the excitement is palpable ;) If you follow me on Chictopia you've already seen this, but if not, this is what I wore Friday:
Red Crocheted Hat - Forever 21 ($5)
Black Sweater Vest - GAP, years ago
Cream Long-sleeve Bodysuit - Vintage, Goodwill ($2)
Red Printed Skirt - NY&Co. ($6)
Lace-up Boots - Dolce Vita for Target ($26)

Notice all the layers. And I was still cold for most of the morning. We southern California girls clearly have no real grasp on what cold weather really is. I fear I may have to live here my whole life because only God knows what I'd do if I were ever subjected to
real wintry weather.


"Everyone Nose" - N.E.R.D.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whatever Poison's In This Bottle Will Leave Me Broken

Red Cardigan - Moda International, Goodwill ($2)
Blue Sleeveless Dress - Land's End, South Street Thrift Center ($4)
Sailboat Brooch - Gift via clothing swap
Cream Knee Socks - Forever 21 ($2)

Pardon my absence from the blogging world, but for the first time I actually have a legit excuse! I've only just barely re-entered the land of the living, since over the weekend I managed to catch a bout of food poisoning and/or stomach flu. Not sure exactly which it was, I only know it left me dry heaving two nights in a row. TMI? Well, then it's about to get worse. Apologies.


So it all started on Sunday night. In case you all haven't noticed, I'm kind of a concert fiend, and for as long as I can remember, my nephew has been begging me to take him to a concert. He just turned 13 last month, so I decided he probably is old enough for a show (given the proper circumstances). Sunday night I arranged to take him to the Rocket Summer show at Chain Reaction (a local kid-friendly, all-ages club).

Everything was going great until the second opening band came onstage. I started getting some gnarly stomach pains and even told my nephew I kind of felt like I was dying. Nevertheless, I soldiered on and figured I'd be able to just ignore it. Sadly, by the time the headliner made it to his second song, I made a beeline for the bathroom and just barely made it to a sink to . . . well, you can fill in the blanks. It was insane. I haven't thrown up in at least 10 years, so to go through that and in a public place was the last thing I was expecting.

Funnily, I felt fine after my little incident in the bathroom and was able to totally enjoy the show. I even went to work Monday morning without a hitch. Sadly, Monday night/early Tuesday morning, the bug came back with a vengeance. Suffice it to say, I spent most of Tuesday recovering in bed. But alas, I finally feel like I am whole again. At least, as whole as someone who has been living on crackers, Gatorade and almonds for the last 48 hours.
On a more upbeat note, the concert (despite the illness) was great! In my youth, I kind of was heavily involved the heart-on-your-sleeve, emo scene, and The Rocket Summer was one of my first loves. In perfectly emo fashion, TRS isn't so much a band as it is a guy, Bryce Avary, who writes and performs all his music. While I've grown out of most of my old music obsessions, I've always got a soft spot for TRS since he is so unquestionably talented. Plus, he's technically a Christian rock artist, so I can always count on him to keep things clean. Whatever the case, his show Sunday was incredible because it was totally stripped down and completely fan-centric. Bryce was the only one onstage the whole time and played all the instruments (keys, guitar, bass, drums - even, ukulele!). And he only played songs requested by the audience - essentially the way straight to my heart.

So after today's text-heavy post, I leave you with a clip of Bryce singing one his more well-known songs "Walls." Enjoy!



"Jude Law And The Semester Abroad" - Brand New

Friday, November 12, 2010

Now I'm Lucky If I Get A Wink In

Black Blazer - Gap ($18)
Leopard Print Scarf - Vintage, gift
Red Dress - Mossimo via Goodwill ($2)
Metallic Gold Embellished Flats - Charlotte Russe ($5)

Happy Friday everyone! I don't really know where the week has gone. What I do know, is that I am quite content to curl up with a blanket and have a heart-to-heart with my overloaded TiVo. This is the first weekend in a long time where I haven't had plans or somewhere to be, and I am loving it. Technically, I guess I do have plans for Sunday since I am taking my 13-year-old nephew to his first concert, but Sunday seems light years from now.
Today's ensemble was inspired by my only getting 5 hours of sleep, but still having to be out of my house by 7 am. Lovely, no? My trusty black blazer made an appearance yet again. When I think about how often I wear this blazer (don't believe me? Check the archives), I can't even believe that I almost didn't buy it because I thought it was too expensive. At this point, my cost per wear is probably down to 5 cents, so I'm thinking it really is my go-to power piece.

Also, this week (though you all wouldn't know it since I failed to post photos) I have been all about the decorative scarf. I have at least 20 scarves and sometimes I forget to make the best use of them. This week I wore a scarf everyday, and it really seemed to work. Both times I've worn this dress (last seen here) I have accessorized with a leopard item, and I am really loving the tomato red/leopard combo. You'd think it'd be over the top, but I really think they complement each other well. Any combos you all are particularly liking these days?

In case you all don't follow my twitter, I have to mention that last night I took my Mom to see Chayanne in concert. Surprised? Well, although my mom doesn't actually speak Spanish, she is from Belize (tiny English-speaking country in Central America) so we carry quite a bit of what some might call Hispanic culture in our family, including but not limited to a love of Spanish music. Thanks to my brother-in-law, we scored some free tickets to Chayanne's No Hay Imposibles tour, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. While I didn't really know any of the songs since my entire knowledge of Chayanne consists of the movie Dance with Me and the song "Torero" that I dance to in my Zumba class, he still put on a great show full of pyrotechnics and boy-band worthy dancing. Not bad for a Thursday night. And though it's nothing too impressive, here's what I wore to the concert last night:
Pink Leopard Print Scarf - Gift
Blue Handkerchief-hem Tee - Mossimo, free via clothing swap
Black Jeggings - Jolt, Nordstrom Rack ($7)
Black Lace-up Boots - Dolce Vita for Target ($26)

Just so we're clear, this is also what I wore to work all day yesterday. Since I didn't get back from work until 6:30 pm, my choices were either change into something cuter/more exciting for the concert or have time to eat dinner. Clearly it was a no-brainer, and I chose food over changing, which meant my work clothes had to suffice. But at least I was festive with my super bright scarf! (FYI, this scarf was gift too! I'm just rolling in scarves these days.)

"Bohemian Love" - I Blame Coco

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hey, Stop, Do You Hear An Echo?

Yellow Wool Cardigan - Old Navy ($6)
Black Say Anything T-shirt - Warped Tour, years ago ($5)
Light Blue Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($1.50)
Checked Pencil Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($4)
Black Flats - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters ($6)

Got a bit of deja vu going on today. More lemony yellow and even the same sunglasses as yesterday! I'm pushing it, I know. This sweater is super bright, which is why I am reluctant to wear it very often. However, today it got to be very windy, and it made me realize how warm and cozy this sweater is. It may be dayglo, but I might be making it a fall staple simply for warmth.
I've got a confession to make to you all. I broke my no shopping vow on Saturday. It had only been 2 weeks, but a friend I only see once in a while wanted us to go to one of our favorite local thrift stores. The store only takes cash, so my intent was to go without in money in my wallet, but I just couldn't bear the thought of missing out on some spectacular deal! So I brought $20 and ended up spending $15 on 2 skirts, a dress and 2 belts (the skirt and belt I am wearing today are both new purchases). I'm a failure.

I take a little solace in the fact that the cash I used was money that had been in my wallet for the last month (I didn't have to go to the bank), and I haven't done any credit card shopping. Even though I've slipped, I do want to continue for the next two weeks without shopping. And if I survive that, maybe I'll be able to extend the time little by little. At least, that's the plan.

"A Song Is Not A Business Plan" - The Rocket Summer

Sunday, November 7, 2010

But At Least There's Something Beating In My Chest

Yellow Sheath - Merona, Target ($10)
Clear Rhinestone Bangle - Claire's ($1)
White Studded Pumps - Charlotte Russe ($5)

A sunny dress for a Sunday morning. Pun intended. I seem to be really embracing color these days. If anything, I'd have to credit this blog for getting me out of my black-on-black-on-black rut. Not only have I left my monochrome inclinations by the wayside, but I've also turned into the kind of girl willing to brave the stares and remarks of her her friends/family for wearing crazy bright dress. And believe me, this dress is way more yellow than it seems in the photo. In fact, I rarely wear it because it is so easy to recall.

Enough about my dress. Everyone have a good weekend? Mine was good, but crazy busy, as usual. My Saturday was a whirlwind of work, lunch, shopping, dinner (Vietnamese - and I didn't hate it!) and a movie. But staying out late was alright, cause I gained an hour from Daylight Savings Time! Anybody else kind of bummed about having to 'fall back'? I am not looking forward to darkness at 5 pm.
I realize I may be the last person in the whole world, but I finally saw The Social Network tonight. Despite the gratuitous language and compromising situations, it was very compelling. Of course, the most sympathetic character was Andrew Garfield (swoon!) as Eduardo, but Jesse Eisenberg clearly was the best actor as Zuckerberg. Just the fact that Aaron Sorkin could get me to remotely care about all these guys who are now twenty-something billionaires was a feat in and of itself.

It also made me reminisce about my Facebook days back in college. It really kind of was like crack for me. In the end, it got to be so time-consuming that I finally just cut myself off. That was about 3 years ago and somehow I've still managed to survive. What about you guys: any of you have a personal or blog-related Facebook? How much time do you spend on it? And do you remember when it was still cool and exclusive to college kids only? Shout me a holler!

"Cult Logic" - Miike Snow

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I Need Your Water To Clean And Baptize Me

Gold Aviator Sunglasses - Target ($3)
Khaki Blazer - Old Navy (gift)
Ethnic Print Sundress - Handmade, Goodwill ($7)
Black Elastic Raffia Belt - Forever 21 ($3)
Black Embellished Wedges - Aerosoles, Kohl's ($10)
Brown Leather Shoulder Bag - Charter Club, random Anaheim thrift store ($1.60)

True story: it was 90 degrees in my town today. At my place of work? 100 degrees. Has the weather not been informed that today was November 4? Therefore, this sort of weather is officially unacceptable and I am considering doing a rain dance. Where was this sun when I wanted it, in the summer, when I was working piddly summer school hours and actually had the time to enjoy it? Color me disappointed.


Whatever the case, today's heatwave allowed me to bust out my favorite ethnic print dress. Each time I wear it, I essentially style it the same, but I'm hoping to do something different with it once it finally cools down. Maybe some layering and a pair of boots? And, in case you're wondering, I only wore the jacket in the early morning (6:30 am) since there was a chill, but by 10 am the heat was on.
Not sure if you all have caught on (or are even interested), but the title of pretty much every post I've ever done on this blog has been a line from a song. Sometimes it's a reference to something I actually write about. Sometimes it's a reference to some part of my outfit. And sometimes it's just a line from a song that I've been particularly enjoying that day. A la Shea at Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique, I have decided to end each post with the name of the song my post title was taken from. Consider it my own personal recommendation for an awesome song, if you're in the market for that sort of thing.

"Rain Dance" - The Very Best feat. M.I.A.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's Not Fair To Love You In Chains

Vintage Inspired Sunglasses - Walmart ($5)
Black 3/4 Sleeve Blouse - GAP, ages ago
Blue Elastic Belt - Vintage, Goodwill ($3)
Floral Pleated Silk Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($4)
Blue Flats - Xhiliration, Target ($5)

I think this skirt should come with a disclaimer. Caution: do not stare directly at this skirt as it's ridiculously vibrant print may cause temporary blindness. When I first wore this skirt, it was in the nighttime, so that have fooled me into thinking it wasn't quite as bright as it seemed. Well, I was wrong. Not that I'm complaining. But it may have been a bit much for my companions today.
I can't believe I haven't done a blog post in over a week! I'm not exactly sure what I did last week that made me so busy, but I think the main reason there were no posts was because my outfits were so underwhelming I had no desire to photograph them. Lame, I know. Still, my family and I did go away for the weekend, which is my excuse for not doing any posts then. Even though at first I was not psyched about joining my parents and nephew for a mini-vacation, I was able to get some much need rest. It ended up being a very welcome reprieve.
On Saturday all my mom and I did was shop, hitting up half a dozen thrift stores and the GIGANTIC Forever 21 I tweeted about. You all should be so proud of me since I did not purchase one item of clothing the whole day! Impressive, no? I felt pretty accomplished at the end of the day. Hope the weekend treated everybody else as good as it treated me.

"Showtime" - Nelly Furtado

Monday, October 25, 2010

You Make Me Feel That You Couldn't Love Another

Gold Rose Clip-on Earrings - Claire's ($1)
Black Lace Blouse - Vintage, South Street Thrift ($3)
Purple One-Shoulder Dress - Ann Taylor ($12)
Black Leather Shoulder Bag - Wilson's Leather, gift
Gold Flats - Charlotte Russe ($5)

So . . . I wanted this Ann Taylor LOFT dress the minute I saw it. As I recall, it was sometime in July when I came across this lovely one-shouldered frock in my local Ann Taylor. Since my preteen years I have always loved anything with only one-shoulder. Risque, I know. Of course, this dress was a whopping $88 when it first arrived in stores. NEVER would I pay that much for such a dress. But I still loved it from afar.


If you follow my twitter, you may recall that about 3 weeks ago I tweeted about scoring an Ann Taylor dress for $12. This is the aforementioned dress. Down from $88 to $12 and in my size?! Basically everything just fell into place for me on that day.
In case you're wondering, I did not actually wear this today. I wore it yesterday for a religious meeting, which is why I toned down the exposure of it with this lace blouse. I'm pretty satisfied with the resulting look and was pleasantly surprised when I even got some compliments on it. I wasn't sure everyone would get the layering aspect of it (i.e. I assumed they'd think it was me being weird again), but everyone seemed fine with it. I also paired it with flats instead of my usual heels because it is a little shorter than I usually go.
Seriously though, I just felt so happy wearing this dress. I never would have thought I would have found it in the store for such a great price. It's a little troubling how easily finding a great deal can raise my spirits. Speaking of deals, I did go back to Target today and buy the dress I was whining about in my last post. Even though the cashier in the store seemed to think it was a hilarious dress (She even turned and showed it to a fellow cashier before ringing me up. So professional, I know), I still think it's great. Especially for $10.

Also, I finally used my H&M coupon and sprung for the striped maxi dress I've been coveting for some months now. At $14 , it was a bit more than I wanted to pay, but I do love it and it was the very last one in the store. So having taken care of the last few purchases that were haunting me, I'm letting you all know that I am officially starting another month of no shopping. If it's official, then I have to stick to it, right?

"Bathwater" - No Doubt

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pull This Thread As I Walk Away

Black Blazer - GAP ($18)
Red Sweater Vest - Vintage via Goodwill ($2)
Gray Bodysuit (not pictured) - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters ($5)
Black Patent Cross-body Bag - Gryson for Target via Goodwill ($6)
Abstract Print Skirt - Ann Taylor Factory Outlet ($10)
Sheer Black Stockings - Hanes, Target ($2)
Black Lace-up Boots - Dolce Vita for Target ($26)

Over the past few days I've been all about the sweater vest. I probably have about 6 of them, and their layering potential has only recently become apparent to me. This skirt has been in my closet for at least a year, but I never really know what goes well with it. Suddenly last night I realized how my red sweater vest (another old purchase) matches perfectly with the bits of red in this skirt. And from that combo today's outfit was born.

I had intended to pair this outfit with some red suede flats I have, but the rain that woke me up this morning made me think boots were a better option. I'm back to the DV for Target boots. A couple days ago, I came across my boots in a local Target store for the first time. As you may recall, I ordered mine online about a month ago. Is it wrong that I resent them being in stores now? I had felt special before, but now I'm sure I'll see people all over the mall wearing them. Oh well. At least mine were essentially free.
I know last post I was all about taking a shopping hiatus, but guess what my mom and I did today? Shopping, of course. We hit up our favorite thrift store for a few hours, but didn't really end up with anything. It's probably the first time that's ever happened to us. It's good though because I think that means we were being extra decisive and only wanted to buy something we loved/needed. The only thing I bought was a cobalt blue knit motorcycle jacket for $5. Not too bad.

Speaking of unnecessary purchases, have any of you seen this dress at your local Target? I can't decide if I think the print/color is hideous or beautiful, but I do know that I desperately want it. I tried it on the other day, and it fit so well and has that sort of vintage cut that I traditionally seek out in my dresses, but I didn't buy it because I don't really need a dress. The worst part? It was on clearance for $9.99. If I'm still thinking about it 3 days later, doesn't that mean I really want it and should therefore buy it? So much for no shopping.

"Undone (Sweater Song)" - Weezer

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Doc, There's A Hole Where Something Was

Cream Boyfriend Cardigan - Some random mall store years ago
Brown Boyfriend Sweater Vest - Forever 21 via Goodwill ($4)
Black Knit Jumpsuit - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters ($12)
Gold Belt - Forever 21 ($2)
Suede Leopard Pumps - Deena & Ozzy, Urban Outfitters ($10)

My clothes today were inspired by an outfit idea I found posted on Glamour.com a few weeks ago. If you'd like to see the real deal, find it here. When I bought this jumpsuit last fall, I was super excited about it. Yet, I have only worn it three times (including today). I think what I had going on today worked, even though it was bit risky with the brown and black combo.

It seems like the rain is gone for awhile, which gave me the opportunity to forgo a coat, and just hang with these two sweaters. Wearing this made me realize how much I desperately want a pair of black high-waisted tapered trousers. I love the silhouette of pants like that, but have yet to find a decent pair on the cheap. Plus, since I'm typically a skirt/dress kind of girl, I find it hard to justify pant purchases.
My morning classes were canceled today, so, of course, I went to the mall. I still haven't used my $5 off H&M coupon, but found nothing worthwhile today. Have any you all been to Charlotte Russe lately? I kind of view it as a less stylish Forever 21, but they are having such an awesome sale right now. I got a drapey vest, metallic gold flats and two pairs of heels (red and white) for just $22!. Granted, I know it's not the best quality, but I'm sure I'll get my $20 worth out of them.

But, after making it back to my car with my purchases, I started reflecting on all the shopping I've been doing lately, and I think I feel another month of no shopping will be in the works for me. I feel so bad about all the things I buy (even if they're cheap) when I already have so much, so I think a break from shopping will alleviate some of that guilt. Any of you ever troubled by your spending habits?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Knew You Could (Be The One)

Pinstriped Velvet Blazer - Bitten by SJP via Goodwill ($7)
Black Leotard - Danskin via Goodwill ($2)
Black Cluster Necklace - Rampage, years ago
Tweed Kick-pleat Pencil Skirt - Express, gift
Rhinestone Connector Ring - Urban Outfitters ($5)
Lace-up Wedge Booties - Forever 21 ($28)

So even though I bought the awesome wedge booties at Forever 21 a few weeks ago, a part of me has been unwilling to wear them. Why? Well, because I kept holding out that maybe, just maybe, I'd come across a pair of them in gray at some other F21. Well, I've gone to about half a dozen other stores and have yet to find even one pair in stock, so last night I called off the search. While I feel it's a bit predictable for me to have yet another pair of black shoes, I do love them, and so I finally wore them last night.

I only wore the shoes for a couple hours, most of which was spent sitting, so I didn't feel I had really worn them enough to determine how comfy they were. Therefore, I wore them all day today to both of my jobs. It was super rainy, so I was unable to take a presentable outfit photo, but the important thing is that the shoes were very wearable. I don't suffer foot pain very well, so you can trust me. I walked all about town from 7 am to 6 pm, and didn't really have any issues.
If I'm being nit-picky, the waxy laces did feel like they were coming loose quite a bit, but that could just mean that I need to learn how to tie laces tighter. But, overall, I think it was $30 well spent. And that means a lot coming from me because that is the MOST money I have ever spent on a pair of shoes that weren't athletic. I just blew your mind, I know. What can I say, I am extra cheap, but these shoes just called to me from the moment I saw them. And everyone should have a splurge once in a while, right? And even though one of my friends (who will remain unnamed) said they made me 'look like Frankenstein,' the majority of them totally loved them as much as I did. So score one for F21 shoes!

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