Friday, April 30, 2010

Visions Are Seldom What They Seem

Black Sunglasses - Guess by Marciano (prescription)
Silver Bow Necklace - H&M
Pink Pinstriped Dress - Vintage, LB Flea Market
White Studded Flats - Soda, random mall store
Slurpee :) - 7-Eleven

Such a lovely day. And yes that is a gigantic Iron Man 2 Slurpee in my hand. Ruins the illusion sort of, doesn't it? What can I say, I have a weakness for Slurpees and Superheroes. But that's for another day. For the record, last night's Jamie Lidell concert - amazing. He's like Sly Stone mixed with Otis Redding trapped in Adam Levine's body with a British accent to boot. So I am officially in love. I may do a full post on the concert later (it could involve sequin shorts!).

In other news, the dress I wore today is one of my flea market finds from my last trip. I love the cut of it and the heft of the material and the pale pink color. A steal at $5 for sure. And it was entirely appropriate attire for me as I finally watched An Education today with my cousin. I'd been dying to see the film in theaters, but could never find anyone to go with me. So finally today I rented it.

While it wasn't as great as I expected (no satisfactory/believable conclusion), the costumes were a dream. Every dress Carey Mulligan made me swoon. I just want to wear beautiful dresses everywhere from now on. Now I want to go shopping. Who's with me?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Could Really Use A Wish Right Now

So it's late and this is definitely not an outfit post. Yes, I did go to the outlets today, but all I bought was a white t-shirt. A part of me is disappointed by that, but then on the flip side I'm pretty proud of myself for not spending unnecessarily. Yay me!

Anywho, the real reason for this post is that I have been listening to my iPod and one track that I cannot stop playing on repeat is Two Door Cinema Club's "Something Good Can Work." It is so dance-worthy and amazing and I love it. I read somewhere that their style is the lovechild of the Postal Service and Vampire Weekend. I can't really think of a better way to describe them.

Their album Tourist History just came out stateside on Tuesday, and I am pretty sure I will go get a copy of it tomorrow. And I desperately wish to go to their show next week at the Troubadour, but I won't be able to because it's the same day I leave for New York! Oh the bitter irony, right? Of course, I would NEVER complain about going to New York, so I guess I'll just have to catch them the next time they come around. Nevertheless, in the meantime, you all can enjoy their video, and let me know if you love them as much as I do!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

There's No Need To Rush

Tan Trench Coat - GAP
Floral Print Scarf - H&M (Spain)
Floral Print Sundress - Worthington, Sears
Black/Beige Gladiator Sandals - Simply Vera, Kohl's

To heel or not to heel? That is my question. It has to come to my attention that, while I love high heels as much as the next girl (my closet can attest to that), in my day-to-day life, I don't really wear them. I realize this is the case mostly because the majority of my time is spent doing a lot of walking, and I have always valued comfort over fashion.

Still, I pride myself in only buying/wearing shoes that are comfortable. So since even my heels are (relatively) comfortable, how come I don't wear them more often? Who knows. But I've started spending a lot more time with my friend N (we are flea market buddies), and she ALWAYS wears heels. And that's even with an energetic toddler son that she frequently has to chase down. Her example has inspired me, and that is why today I wore heels out and about, instead of my usual flats.
Surprisingly enough, there were no incidents. I took it one step at a time, didn't stumble once and my feet felt fine by the end of the day. However, my petite (5'1") friend K did call me an Amazon woman, but that's alright. She was the Pygmy to my Amazon today.

In other news, tomorrow I am hitting up the Carlsbad Outlets with my friend J and her twin daughters. As is often the case, I have no reason to go shopping, but when has that ever stopped me?! Nevertheless, I do vow to only purchase items that I are on my list and that I absolutely love. Here's hoping I don't break the bank!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Put Your Back Into It

Black Prescription Sunglasses - Kenneth Cole
White Shirt - Random store ages ago
Black Elastic Studded Belt - Wet Seal
Blue Pencil Skirt - Classiques, Goodwill
Sheer Striped Stockings - H&M
Black Flat Leather Boots - Kmart
Black Blazer (seen below) - GAP

So today began as a pretty easy going day. Work until 1 pm, a little local thrifting and a brief trip to Target. I even got to check out (in person) the new Zac Posen for Target line. All the dresses are cute, but a little too short for my tastes. I did, however, fall in love with an adorable long sleeve Tuxedo bodysuit. I'd post a pick, but they don't have it on the website. At $30 it's too pricey for my tastes, but maybe in a few months it'll be on clearance and I'll snag one!

I wore my black blazer again today, and it really cemented the fact that it was a good purchase. I love the fit and heft of the fabric as well as the double pockets that are on one side. So I've gotten over how much (little?) it cost.
Given how simple my day was, you might be wondering why I am posting so late. Well, I go to Pilates every Monday at 6 pm. Right as my class was finishing, I got a text from a friend (who recently moved out of the area) asking me if I wanted to go for a nighttime bike ride. I was already sore from my class, but didn't want to give up an opportunity to hang out, so I figured why not? So at 8 pm we went on what turned into a 2 hour bike ride from my house to the beach and back again. Between my step class yesterday morning, my class today, and this bike ride, let's hope I'll be able to walk tomorrow!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Remember When I Lost Mind

Black Blazer - GAP
Yellow Sleeveless Sundress - Calvin Klein, Ross ($13!)
Black Elastic Raffia Belt - Forever 21
Sheer Dot Stockings - H&M
Black Pumps - Attention, Kmart

Whew. This has been a crazy hectic weekend, so it's nice to finally have a moment to regroup and recap what I've been up to the past few days.

Friday night my Mother and I went to the Indian Film Festival of L.A. (at the Arclight in Hollywood) to see the film Three Idiots. In my last post I described my obsession with all things Austen. My other obsession - Bollywood. In fact, if I could find someone to teach me, my greatest dream would be to learn Hindi so I could watch my beloved movies without subtitles.
Three Idiots is actually the top grossing film of ALL TIME in India, and having seen it finally, I completely understand why. It was so good. There was slapstick comedy, musical numbers, tragedy, romance - everything I could ask for from a film. Plus, it starred two of my favorite actors Kareena Kapoor and Aamir Khan (who looks like an Indian Jude Law!). For any of you out there who don't mind reading subtitles, I highly recommend it.

On Friday, I also had some friends from San Diego come visit. They stayed for the weekend which meant they kept me busy. Saturday was spent doing major shopping at the local malls (since somehow the ones in my area are supposed to be better than those in San Diego), and at night we had a major Wii Guitar Hero battle. Juvenile, yes, but oh so fun.
That brings me to today. I haven't worn this dress in quite a while so I figured it was time to wear it again. Really, I just used it as I backdrop for some new purchases. First, I finally got my dot tights that I've been searching for. I got them at H&M for a measly $6 for two pairs. Jackpot!

I also just bought this blazer yesterday. I've been searching for a new black blazer for a while and I like this one, but it cost a little more than I usually pay for this sort of thing. I've gotten so used to thrifting clothing that I am reluctant to pay more than $5 for anything lately. Does that ever happen to you? The jacket cost $17 (marked down from $88). I love the fit and style of it, but a part of me keeps thinking, "That could've been three dresses at the flea market!" Crazy, I know.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Fought the Law . . .

Red Corduroy Coat - Mossimo, Target
Chiffon Owl Print Tunic - She Said, JC Penney
Black Raffia Elastic Belt - Forever 21
Black Ruched Leggings - Zara
Black Wedges - Aerosoles, Kohl's

. . . and I won! Okay, so maybe I didn't really 'fight the law' so much as I worked in harmony with it today since I had jury duty. This is only my second time having to serve, and I have a love/hate relationship with the whole process. If I didn't have to miss work (and getting paid), I'd relish the thought of serving on a jury and getting to learn the inner workings of the judicial system. I've always loved law and probably would have been a lawyer if I were more ambitious.
Me & My Juror Badge

Nevertheless, in L.A. county we have the one day or one trial system, which means if we don't get put onto a jury by the end of the first day we serve, then we've fulfilled our duty. Not only did I not get put onto a jury, I even got sent home early at 2:30 since their were no more courts in session. Woo hoo! Basically, I spent the morning hanging out in the jury room, studying, doing work on my laptop, and watching dvds.

I even got to finish the new BBC production of Emma (starring the adorable Johnny Lee Miller and Romola Garai) that I've been trying to watch all week. In case you were wondering, it was super great, a million times better than the Gwyneth Paltrow version (even though I own and love that version too). Here's a little insight into my personality: I love all things Jane Austen and gladly read her books and watch films based on her books repeatedly.This is kind of rehashing of outfits I've worn before, but I liked how it turned out. I was put together and still comfortably dressed for a day spent sitting in plastic chairs.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Walking Talking Question Mark

Anyone else got the Monday blues? I had them bad this morning when I headed out to work. Fortunately, it was a slow day in the writing center and my 10:00 am class was all but canceled, so not much was expected of me this morning. I guess that's how everyone feels after a week of spring break - reluctant to return to the daily grind.
Clear/Gold Bead Necklace - New York & Company ($3)
Yellow T-shirt - Wet Seal ($2)
Red Linen Pencil Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($3)
Navy Wedge Loafers - BC via Ross

So this outfit is not actually what I wore today. I t-shirt-and-jeaned it up today and felt no desire to take a photo. This is what I wore Saturday to run errands and then do a little thrifting with my mom. Despite scouring the racks for hours, I only came back with a black lace shirt ($3).

Still, that was okay because on Sunday I hit up the Long Beach Flea Market with my friend Grace and got some really great things. I got four vintage dresses for just $20! They should be making appearances soon. Then I found some super cute dangly anchor earrings for $3.
And I also bought something I've been trying to find for ages - sweater clips! Have you ever seen them? They are two clips joined by a chain that you clip to cardigans for decoration. I'm pretty sure most people see them as a little old lady-ish, but I love them. I'd been trying to buy some on eBay, but, as always, it pained me to pay for shipping. I snagged these beauties for just $5.
A pretty productive morning at the flea market. Really though, I should be trying to save money since I will be heading to New York in just a couple of weeks. While I was supposed to go with a big group of friends, the plans ended up falling through, but since I already have my ticket I'm just going to go it alone. I'll be there May 5-11. Any suggestions for what I should see or do (other than shopping) while in NYC? I'm open to pretty much anything.

Friday, April 16, 2010

You Should Be My Sugar, Baby

No outfit posts today. Why? Because I am extra tired and the outfit I wore today was exactly the same as one I wore a couple weeks ago. I was that lazy. Still, I managed to get myself out of my house this afternoon because my cousin and I had plans to hit up Babycakes, a vegan cupcake shop in downtown L.A.
My cousin has been vegan for the past three years and I've been trying the vegetarian lifestyle for the past 7 months, so we always are on the lookout for vegan/vegetarian restaurants and bakeries. Apparently, Babycakes started out in NYC and only recently came to L.A. We found it smack in the middle of downtown L.A. It was super tiny and didn't have the widest selection when we arrived this afternoon, but my cousin was still overjoyed to get her hands on some vegan goodies.
I got two red velvet cupcakes. Aren't they cute? Honestly, the cupcakes were good, but not exactly red velvet-y. I think the bakery uses banana as their egg substitute (I prefer applesauce), and the cupcakes tasted extra banana-y. I couldn't taste any cocoa. Having made homemade vegan red velvet cupcakes before, I prefer mine to theirs. But they were still tasty. Next time I might try their vanilla ones.

So yeah, all I really did today was go get cupcakes. And right now I am sitting in my Superman pajamas (!) having a Parenthood marathon with my cousin. I'm really living the dream today.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Hear is part deux of last night's Taylor Swift extravaganza. Of course, she opened with "You Belong With Me" and performed in full band geek regalia. She was adorable. And then she ripped off her costume to reveal her first sparkly dress - this glistening silver little number.
Her stage covered in digital images was pretty awesome. It became a library set for "Teardrops on My Guitar," and continually changed throughout the nights. Nothing I love better than shiny lights on a big stage.

At one point, Taylor made a big sneak attack on the audience and appeared in the middle of the cheap seats at Staples Center right as she began singing "Hey Stephen". I have no clue how she managed to do it without anyone noticing, but it was pretty crazy. Everyone ran from their seats to try to get closer to her. And she was so sweet and made sure to give everyone she could hugs or pose for pictures. Her look was as country as she got all evening with a girly yellow sundress and cowboy books.
Best costume change ever? When she sang "Love Story." The stage transformed into a storybook castle and garden and six dancers came out dressed in Victorian garb. Lovely. Plus Taylor had her own Rapunzel-esque gown.
Then, at the bridge (when she sings about him proposing) she quick changed on stage into this beautiful gown:
So lovely. But she only wore it for about a minute and then ran offstage to change into something else. And the final, most exciting part, was when Katy Perry came out to sing "Hot and Cold" with Taylor. What I loved is that Katy had been in the audience the whole time, and when she came on stage she didn't change. She looked just like a regular person, without the pin-up hair, make-up or clothes. But she sang like a dream. I mean, she really put Taylor to shame, but it was okay because it was the end of the night.
As a rule, I strongly dislike arena shows. I prefer smaller, intimate venues where you can kind of be at one with the performer, and I hate the ridiculously inflated ticket prices for arenas. Still, I realize that certain performers can only be seen at arenas because they are that big. And I make an exception for them. While I loathed the $80 (!!!) I spent for my T. Swift ticket, it was totally worth it. Anyone contemplating seeing her, do it. So much fun and so many sequins!

Can You Feel This Magic in the Air?

Black Sequined Dress - Vintage via Goodwill ($8)
Black Skinny Belt - Claire's
Sheer Black Leggings - Gift
Black Leather Boots - Kmart

Not exactly sure why my hair looks short here, but believe me, it was not cut. Tonight was TAYLOR SWIFT AT STAPLES CENTER! It was everything I hoped it would be. She puts on a ridiculously good show for someone so young. And she sang perfectly. I'll be the first person to acknowledge that Taylor is not the strongest singer (she did pretty bad on SNL last year), but she exceeded all of my expectations tonight. And she's just so sweet and gracious that I can't help but love her.
So my friends and I planned to wear sequins to tonight's show in honor of Taylor, who wears sequins a lot. I ended up wearing the most sequins, however, because I managed to thrift this awesome dress last weekend. I felt mightily overdressed when I arrived at Staples while the sun was still out, but once the show started (and Taylor showcased at least half a dozen awesome sparkly dresses) I knew I wore the right outfit.

And guess who was Taylor's surprise guest? Katy Perry! She was in the audience with Perez Hilton and at the end of the show she joined Taylor onstage to perform "Hot and Cold." It was awesome. Tonight I am just posting my outfit, but hopefully tomorrow I will get some actual concert footage up.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where Do You Dare Me to Draw the Line

Grey Cardigan - Express, via Goodwill
Silver Necklaces - Clothing swap and H&M
White Striped Dress - Split, Macy's
Grey Sparkly Ribbed Tights - Gift from sister
Grey Flat Boots - Charlotte Russe

Nothing makes it easier to put an outfit together than wearing all of the same color. I actually planned this outfit out last night, in an effort to leave my house on time this morning. Sadly, I was still late, but not quite as late as I usually am. There was no rain today, but it was still cool enough for me to wear my tights. These sparkly grey ones are a favorite of mine, so I was glad to give them another whirl.
Not much happened today. It is, however, officially only two more days until I'm going to see Taylor Swift at Staples Center. Woo hoo! While I make no claims of being a real country music fan, Taylor is just so talented and her songs are just so catchy that I can't help but love her. My friends and I bought tickets last October, so we're pretty psyched the show is finally happening. Plus, I've got this crazy sequined dress I thrifted over the weekend that I am going to wear. Here's a blurry cell phone pic of me trying it on, but stay tuned for better photos after the concert Thursday night.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It Rains When Your Here

Black Bow Cloche - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters
Purple Cardigan - Canyon River Blues, Sears
White Sleeveless Dress - Patagonia, via Goodwill
Black Patent Belt - Ross
Black Patent Oxfords - Coconuts, Marshall's

So I was running late this morning and really just put on the first thing I could grab. Not my most inspired outfit, but it was the best I could do. While I was certain I was done with black opaque tights since spring is finally here, it rained all morning so I figured I could get away with my winter staple for another day.
I also had something else to thank the rain for today. When I woke up this morning, as soon as I put my feet on the floor my entire foot was soaking wet. Given the rain last night, I assumed there was a leak in my ceiling. Nope, that would be too simple. Instead, I realized the leak was actually IN MY FLOOR! While the carpet looked dry, everywhere I stepped or put pressure on would end up soaking wet. Turns out the leak was coming from my neighbor's garage and seeped up into my carpet. As a result, this is what my room looks like now:
Not only is all my carpet lifted up and my furniture shifted to one side, but there are two giant industrial fans blowing nonstop in order to dry the carpet. It's supposed to take three days! That means three days of me climbing over furniture to make it into my closet since my bed is now blocking my closet door. And three days of sleeping on the couch. Just how I was planning on spending my week off from work.

But instead of ending on a bummer note, let me share with you my latest obsession. I never listen to the radio, so while I'm sure everyone else in the world already knows this song, I've only just recently fallen in love with B.O.B.'s "Nothing on You." I'm not generally a big fan of rap (I find most rap songs to be shallow, perverse and/or stupid), but I like B.O.B. I should've known I'd love him since he is currently on tour with one of my other fave rappers, Lupe Fiasco. So here's the video for his extra popular single. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

You're A Redneck Heartbreak

Red Gingham Shirt - Talbots, trhifted ($2!)
Red Pencil Skirt - Vintage, thrifted ($3!)
White Leather Bow Flats - Merona, Target

So today my nephew said I looked like Bailey from the Disney Channel show
Suite Life on Deck. On the show she plays the country girl who grew up on a farm and has a heart of gold. I think it was his way of saying I look like a farmer. Whatevs. I liked what I was wearing.
This gingham shirt is a newly thrifted find I just got last Monday. I'm a sucker for anything in a primary color, so I immediately was drawn to this shirt the instant I found it. Plus, it was only $2! And my skirt was thrifted a few months back for $2 as well. I had a red pencil skirt before, but it's too big now so I bought this one as a replacement. I like it because it's linen so it will transition well into the summer.

If I am being honest, a bunch of my friends said I looked like a farmer today too. Fortunately, I'm pretty thick-skinned so I am just going to keep on wearing whatever I like.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Awkward Girl

Purple Cardigan - Canyon River Blues, Sears ($6)
Black Leotard - Danskin via Goodwill ($2)
Blue Flower Necklace - Old Navy ($2)
Satin Floral Skirt - Jaclyn Smith, Kmart ($2)
Purple Floral Fishnets - Tilly's ($2)
Black Pumps - Attention, Kmart ($10)

Today was a ho-hum Tuesday. Pretty uneventful, unless you count watching LOST as an event. Which I kind of do. Still, I enjoyed getting dressed for my meeting tonight. Especially since everything I wore cost so little. Seriously, my grand total for everything was under $25! I just bought this skirt last Sunday. It was on the clearance rack at Kmart. I love the patterns, color palette and especially the fishtail hem at the back, which didn't really come across in any of my pictures.
Looking at it now, the satiny fabric isn't really doing anything for my hips, but I still love it. I was also a little concerned about my lacy tights being a little too over-the-top with the whole outfit, but in the end I just went for it. I'm pretty sure some of my friends thought I looked a little zany, but I'm also pretty sure that they are used to it at this point.
And here's a close-up for my necklace. It's a little more statement making than the stuff I usually wear, but I think it worked out.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Moment, A Love

Gold Necklace - Forever 21
Mustard Pleated Dress - Vintage (California Sophisticate) via Goodwill ($2!)
Gold Cocktail Ring - Forever 21
Brown Leather Peep-toe Heels - Thom McAnn, Kmart ($4!)

It's recently become clear to me that I have a dangerous obsession with yellow dresses. At least it is currently spring, so my dresses are seasonally appropriate. This particular dress is one that I thrifted a few months ago. While it is made out of acrylic, I think I should at least be able to wear it a few times before the summer sets in at it gets too hot.
If you look at my post from January, you'll see what this dress used to look like before my awesome friend Q removed the sleeves for me. She did a super job and it really came out better than I expected. Besides the rich mustard color, the best thing about this dress is the button-up back. I love the buttons so much, that I am seriously considering wearing the dress backwards the next time I wear it out.
And ignore my ashy elbows. We all have our burdens to bear, and mine are my perpetually ashy elbows.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I Wish They All Could Be California Girls

Red Sweater - Moda International via Goodwill
White Hidden Mickey Scarf - Disneyland, gift from nephew
Gray Pleated Sweater Dress - Old Navy
Black Patent Belt - Banana Republic
Black Suede Flats - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters

So, true story. I was actually wearing tights this morning when I left my house. My awesome black, gray and red argyle tights, to be exact. At 7 am I felt like it was cold enough for tights, but by noon I was over it. Also, this is my sweater dress that I love. I've had it for years and it's really a winter staple for me. Pretty soon it will be too warm to wear it, so I better enjoy it while it lasts.
The day ended up being so nice weather-wise, that I even ended up taking my nephew and cousin for a bike ride. The beach is about 10 blocks away (downhill), and I was way out of shape, but it was still super fun. Of course, a bike ride meant a change to a more California-casual outfit.
White V-neck T-shirt - Nollie, PacSun
Denim Boyfriend Shorts - Levi's ($6!)
Checkerboard Slip-Ons - Vans, Urban Outfitters

Obviously I didn't put too much thought into this ensemble. This is the first time I wore these shorts. I bought them a few months ago, as an investment for spring, and they are extra comfy! Although, I don't exactly think they are the most flattering on me, but when have I ever let that stop me? Regardless, riding down the esplanade with the sea breeze in my hair, I felt like a quintessential beach girl.
Anyway, this post has already gone on for way to long, so I will leave you all with this terribly awkward picture of me and my beloved beach cruiser. Note my new bicycle basket I just bought at Target. And yes, that is a Mickey Mouse water bottle in my basket. What can I say? I'm a Disney freak.


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