Saturday, July 31, 2010

And I Can Live Inside My Head

Black Sunglasses - H&M ($6)
Plaid Button-down - Chadwicks, gift
Black Denim Leggings - Jolt, Nordstrom Rack ($7)
Gold Cocktail Ring - Forever 21 ($3)
Assorted Gold Bracelets - Forever 21 ($3)
Black Platform Pumps - Attention, Kmart ($10)

I am back! After a week spent in the desert heat with my family and friends, I am actually happy to be back to more temperate climes. I had all intentions of taking outfit photos when I was on vacation in Indio, but turns out I basically wore sunglasses, a towel and a swimsuit all week. Nothing I really feel the urge to post online, at least.
Anyway, it's good to be back home with my closet, instead of my one little suitcase. Today's ensemble was inspired by a picture I saw of Kristin Cavallari in the latest issue of People StyleWatch. Do you all read StyleWatch? I pretty much love it more than anything because there are no pesky articles or ridiculously overpriced items - just pictures of celebs in stylish clothes and info on where I can get something similar for a regular person price. Really, it's one of the shallowest magazines out there, but it never fails to entertain me. Despite the fact that I loathe K. C., here is the photo that inspired my outfit:
Clearly it's not groundbreaking, but I loved the idea of pairing the plaid with heels. I'm more traditionally a flats kind of girl, but I was brave and wore this out to run errands this morning. My feet survived, surprisingly. I'll also be wearing this to see my friend J's daughters in a local production of Les Miserables this afternoon. I absolutely LOVE the music for Les Miserables so here's hoping the kids manage to do it justice.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Everything Is Going My Way

Gold Hoops- Kohl's ($1)
Blue Stripe Sundress - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($2!)
Blue Flats - Xhiliration, Target ($6)

Today was a nice Saturday. I had no place to be in the morning so I got to lounge around and wake up at my own leisure. Despite not having any place to be, I still opted to put on a dress because, frankly, I feel best in a dress. Nevermind the fact that all of my friends and family thought I was overdressed all day.

My afternoon was filled with a few errands, lunch at In-N-Out (only a grilled cheese for me since I am still very much a vegetarian), and some thrifting with my girlfriends. My goal was to only be moral support and to not buy anything for myself, but of course I failed. Still, I only spent $4 on a tank dress, $2 on a vintage blouse and $2 on a vintage belt, so it wasn't too bad. Then I ended the night with a casual dinner with some friends. All in all, not too bad.
This dress I'm wearing is yet another thrifted-and-altered item. When purchased it had very dated puffy sleeves with banding, but I had my tailor remove them. It was completely transformed into this extra comfy summer dress. If only I was more like Indiana, then I'd be doing these sort of simple alterations myself. Maybe one of these days . . .

And, as a sort of recap, the free Robyn show last night was super! She only sang for about 30 minutes, but it was all acoustic and it really allowed her to showcase her amazing voice. If her real show that night hadn't been sold out, I probably would've seriously considered buying tickets. And the cherry on top? After leaving Amoeba, my cousin and I started walking aimlessly down Sunset Blvd. and happened upon a restaurant called The Waffle. Not only did they have a dozen different kinds of specialty waffles (my favorite!), they even had a handful of vegan options for my cousin. And they are now responsible for me discovering my new favorite meal: Red Velvet waffles with cream cheese frosting and a side of hash-browns. Because everyone knows nothing goes better with carbs than a side of carbs.

Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm Just Pretty Some Of The Time

White Swiss Dot Blouse - Charlotee Russe, years ago
Navy Pleated Skirt - Zara, via Goodwill ($6)
Floral Print Wedge Sandals - Merona, Target ($5)
Brown Leather Bucket Bag - Vintage, Rose Bowl Flea Market ($7)

It's pretty hilarious to me that the more clothes I acquire, the harder it is for me to get dressed in the morning. I stare and stare at my closet and everything seems lame or like I just wore it recently, so I end up wasting most of my morning trying to pick an outfit. That's why I am so grateful I discovered the fashion blogging community because all I have to do is click on a few blogs, and I get some sort of inspiration/direction for what I want to wear.

Today's outfit, though not super exciting, was semi-inspired by Jess who did the white blouse/full skirt thing yesterday. Clearly I didn't do a style chain, but I took certain elements of her outfit and incorporated them into mine. I felt fresh and put together, so I declare it a success!
These shoes I'm wearing are a pair I bought sometime last summer. I rarely wear them, but whenever I do I always seem to get compliments from strangers. Today I was just walking into a parking garage and some guy in a truck said, "Those are great shoes!" A guy, at that! It's weird, but maybe I should wear them more often.

Not much on the agenda for today. Maybe a bike ride with my nephew and then tonight my cousin and I are planning on catching a free Robyn show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. You guys familiar with Robyn? Well she had a super popular hit in the 90s called "Show Me Love," but in the last couple years she's revamped her career as a sort of edgy dance/pop chanteuse. I like where she's headed, and who doesn't like a free show? I'll let you know how it goes.

Meanwhile, here's her video for "Dream On," one of my personal favorites:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

They Don't Know About This

Cream Wave Print Tank - Charlotte Russe, years ago
Blue Pencil Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($4)
Taupe Elastic Wedge Heels - Attention, Kmart ($23)

Absolutely nothing of consequence happened today. The weather has grown milder this week, only reaching the low 70s. Not exactly the summer heatwave I was expecting, but way better than the crazy weather people in other parts of the world are having. I spent most of the day working and running errands with my nephew. Pretty low key.

Really, I'm trying to get as much of my work done and out of the way before next week since I'll be gone on vacation for a week. Every year my family (parents, sister, nephews, aunts, cousins) and I stay at our timeshare in Indio, CA. For those not familiar with Indio, it is the desert (same place they have Coachella) so it's in the triple digits everyday. I can't wait to go and soak up the sun all day without the burden of any other responsibilities. Plus, this year we've also invited a bunch of our friends (like 20 other people) to come with, so we should have an extra good time.
Want to know what else has got me smiling? Well, on Sunday, my beloved iPod, that I've had since I was a sophomore in college, got the Apple face of doom. I took it to the Apple store and they told me it couldn't be saved. For years I'd been hoping my iPod would finally give out so I could upgrade to a newer model, but when it finally did happen I was a little bummed.

Nevertheless, I recovered quite quickly since that same day I was able to buy my replacement - a super sleek 64gb iPod touch! I know everyone and their mother has had iPhones and iPod touches for ages, but it's new to me and I am officially in love! Yes, I am couple hundred dollars poorer, but music is my world (and I can't stand to listen to the radio when I drive) so it was totally worth it. Anyone else out there having a love affair with an electronic gadget?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Never Give Up On The Good Times

Vintage Inspired Sunglasses - Walmart ($5)
Vintage Belted Polkadot Dress - My Michelle, Goodwill ($8)
Black Peep-toe Heels - Nine West, hand-me-downs from a friend

For the first time in a long time, I slept in on a Saturday. I felt so indulgent, but totally needed the extra sleep given the late night I had Friday. Between the ridiculous traffic on the 110 freeway and our super late (or early?) dinner at The Kettle in Manhattan Beach, I didn't make it home until almost 2 am Friday/Saturday. So I cut myself some slack and woke up at the crack of 10 am.

There wasn't a whole lot on the agenda today, mainly errands, but my mother and I did attend a memorial service for a family friend who had died. Thus, I did have a reason to shower and dress like a functioning human being. The memorial service was obviously sad, but given our religious beliefs, the mood was more nostalgic instead of overly somber as we reflected on the good memories we'd shared with the woman who had died.
Dressing for the memorial, I wanted something respectful, given the occasion, but also cool since it was blazing hot. This dress I recently thirfted was just perfect. I felt appropriately dressed, but the lack of sleeves kept it weather appropriate. Have any of you encountered people so inappropriately dressed for an occasion? There were a few people that had me wondering today. I mean, would you wear a super short miniskirt to a memorial service at a place of worship? I get that it was hot outside, but really, aren't there any standards anymore?

But I digress. I had a totally different sort of look last night when I went to see In The Heights. Since there aren't a ton of opportunities I seem to find to wear them, I opted to wear my sequin shorts for the show. I never got a full outfit shot, but here's a pic my friend's daughter took of me (minus my feet):
White Linen Blazer - Sears ($8)
Grey Silk Tank - Old Navy ($4)
Black Sequined Shorts - Express ($12)
Black Platform Pumps (not pictured) - Kmart ($10)
Black Clutch - Forever 21, years ago
Cluster Necklace (w/ Topshop Bow Brooch) - Rampage, years ago

I felt sort of hip, going with dressy shorts instead of a dress, and though I was afraid it might have been a little too casual, I was fine because there were people in flip-flops there. Sequins totally trump flip-flops. For the record, the show was AMAZING, just as I expected. It's definitely not your mother's kind of Broadway show, but for me the story and music and performances were superb, and I would gladly see it again in a heartbeat.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Full Stops And Exclamation Marks

I got home much too late last night to do a post on my outfit and the La Roux show. In a nutshell, it was super! Although there were a lot of extenuating circumstances that sort of dampened the evening, like the crazy heat downtown L.A., the sold-out crowd that forced me and my friends to have to show up extra early, and Elly Jackson's being mildly sick, I still think I got my money's worth.

Even sick, Elly managed to sound just like her record and her spastic dance sequences were just as awesome as I expected. She was extra sweet and graciously apologetic for not being 100%, but I was glad she soldiered on and performed instead of canceling a show I'd been looking forward to for months. She performed all the exciting songs from her CD (and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb"), so by the end I was completely satisfied. I definitely would see her again, given the right ticket price and right size venue.
Cream Blazer - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters
Black Knit Jumpsuit - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters
Gold Oversize Bow Necklace - Rose Bowl Flea Market ($5!)
Gold Quilted Shoulder Bag - free via clothing swap
Black Cutout Sandals - Kmart

With my outfit I was going for a sort of androgynous femininity ( a la La Roux). Despite the heat, the blazer was a pivotal piece so I just sweat it out for the sake of fashion. Even though at times I kind of felt like a waiter, I did like the ensemble, particularly for it's comfort. What was not comfy was my shoes! In moderation, these sandals have never given me any issues, but after standing for 5 hours (!) my feet felt like they were going to fall off. Usually I forgo fashion for comfort at concerts, but I made an exception for this show; after experiencing foot pain like no other, I think I'll be back to my flats and sneakers for my next show.

Officially, I don't have another concert on the horizon, but I'm hoping to see Fool's Gold in October, provided I can persuade my cousin to come with. Also, tonight I'm going to see In The Heights at the Pantages Theater. I'm planning to dress up so expect an outfit post tomorrow!

I'll leave you with some shaky video of La Roux owning "Colourless Colour" last night:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Too Late to Apologize

I don't even know where the past seven days have gone. I mean, I don't really feel like I'm busy, but I guess I am given that I haven't even attempted to upload any of the outfit photos I took of myself last week. Well, better late than never, right? Right. So here are a couple outfits I've worn.
Red Crew Neck Tee - GAP
Black Double Buckle Belt - Forever 21
Red Abstract Print Skirt - NY&Co.
Black Wedge Heels - Aerosoles, Kohl's

So I believe this is what I wore last Friday. I had only 20 minutes to get dressed, so this is what I came up with. It never fails that whenever I just throw something together at random, I always get the most compliments from people (and my toe nail polish even matches!). Even though I felt kind of frumpy and ho-hum, other people seemed to like this outfit so it couldn't have been as lame as I thought it was.
Vintage Inspired Sunglasses - Walmart ($5!)
Gold Wings Necklace - My grandmother's
Black Polkadot Romper - By Corpus, Urban Outfitters ($10!)
Black Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center
Black T-strap Flats - Wanted, Ross

While last Sunday was still lukewarm at best, I got to finally break in some summer shorts because my friends and I hit up the Rose Bowl Flea Market out in Pasadena. It was blazing hot out there, which explains the lovely sheen my forehead is sporting in this photo since it was taken after I'd arrived home. There were a ton of clothes there for bargain basement prices, but I was a good girl and only shopped for things I really needed. In the end, that meant a brown purse, a gigantic bow necklace and a dress for my mom. The purse and necklace should be making their debuts shortly.

Ooh, on a happy side note, this week is already shaping up to be superb. This morning I woke up to find no more marine layer! At 6:45 am it was all blue skies and sunshine, so I am hoping that summer has finally hit the beach and I will no longer be depressed by overcast gloominess.

Also, I've got a concert coming up this week! I am going with my cousin and some friends of mine to see La Roux at Club Nokia on Thursday. I've loved her for ages, and now that she's blowing up stateside with "Bulletproof" the show has sold out, so I am certain it's going to be awesome. I've got a whole outfit planned out, so pictures are sure to come.

That's not all my fun though. On Saturday I'm going with my best bud J and her daughters to see In The Heights at the Pantages. You all know what a musical geek I am, so I have been dying to see this show ever since I heard they were doing a limited engagement in L.A. I am extra psyched, especially since the show's creator (and original actor for the lead role) will be starring in the L.A. shows. I haven't been to a real show in a real theater in ages, so I'm definitely going to use it as an excuse to get dressed up. I believe sequins will be involved.

Anywho, forgive me for being MIA, and I leave you with something that never fails to entertain me: La Roux's ridiculous video for "I'm Not Your Toy." Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Time Keeps Dragging On

Black Sunglasses - H&M ($6)
Black/White Striped Tee - Divided, H&M ($5)
Black Leather Skirt - GAP via Goodwill ($6!)
Silver Connector Ring - Urban Outfitters ($5!)

Don't I look so serious in this photo? And add to it that I'm standing in an alley, and I seem downright hard. Many of you may be wondering why I, in the middle of summer, would wear such a dark, decidedly un-summery outfit. Well, the reason is that the weather out here has sucked big time lately. While everyone everywhere else seems to be enduring insane heatwaves and sunshiny wonderfull-ness (not a word, I know), at the beach June gloom has failed to leave.

When I leave in the morning the marine layer is so dense that it almost seems like its raining. I actually have to use my windshield wipers. And it never clears until late afternoon, even then only reaching highs in high 60s. Summer has already been here for nearly three weeks and we have yet to hit 80 degrees here! I am so depressed. Therefore, I embraced this depression by wearing my favorite winter colors and calling it a day.

The only bright spot? My awesome new connector ring you can kind of see in my picture. It's silver, is covered in rhinestones, and has three finger loops - basically the prettiest set of brass knuckles I've ever seen! Besides that, all I can do is pray for some warmer weather.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Did You Want To Be A Winner?

So today was the big day! I ran my first 5k bright and early this morning at 8:00 am. In all seriousness, I was pretty nervous when I woke up today. Even though I'd been training for the past six weeks, I was anxious about how intense the course would be and how lame I would seem compared to the other runners.

Really, all my worries were for naught. My friend J signed up for the race with me, so the two of us (and her husband) all went together. There were tons of people of all shapes and sizes, so I knew there was no way I'd have the worst time. Through all my training my goal has been doing the 3.2 miles in 35 minutes. My final time was 32:40! So I even exceeded my expectations. This is what I felt like doing after I crossed the finish line:
While I do worry about the physical effects of running regularly (my knees never hurt before I started training, but now they do!), I think I might stick with it. Just minutes after I finished this morning, another friend texted me and asked if I wanted to sign up for a HALF MARATHON with her in October! Crazy, right? I don't know if four months is enough time to make the transition from 3 miles to 13, but I'm thinking about it.

And for any of you non-runners like me considering a 5k, I strongly suggest wearing your iPod as you run. It was way motivational for me and helped me stick to good stride. I made a "5K Playlist" as soon as I started training. Here are the 10 songs that got me through today:

"Pursuit of Happiness" - Kid Cudi, MGMT & Ratatat
"Amazing" - Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy
"1901" - Phoenix
"Enough's Enough" - Jamie Lidell
"One Foot Boy" - Mika
"Golden Skans" - Klaxons
"Tell Me In The Morning" - Cold War Kids
"Surprise Gift" - Stereogum mash-up of Fool's Gold "Surprise Hotel" and N.A.S.A. "Gifted"
"Magic" - B.o.B. feat. Rivers Cuomo
"Saturday" - The Secret Handshake

There were 24 other songs in my playlist, but these were the ones that happened to play on shuffle today. While they're not all traditional workout songs, they kept me hyped!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Can Your Friends Do This?

So Disney fever has truly swept my friends and family this past week. Since I'm the resident Disneyphile, I am always the go-to adult to take kids to Disneyland. What that means is that I've gone to the happiest place on earth twice in the past 72 hours! Crazy, I know.
Clear Mirrored Wayfarers - Hermosa Craft Fair, gift from friend
Vampire Weekend t-shirt - V.W. concert
Silver Sparkly Tank top - Charlotte Russe
Denim Shorts - Forever 21
Black Flip-flops - Volcom
Red World of Color bracelet - California Adventure, gift from nephew

On Monday, I took my three oldest nephews to the park. I dressed for summer heat in the O.C., but the marine layer was extra thick so it didn't really get warm until the late afternoon. We woke up extra early and got there by 9 am. As a result, I was able to get them to leave at 4 pm. That was pretty much the earliest I've ever left Disneyland, and it was a good thing we left then because all three boys were knocked out the moment we got into the car.
Sunglasses - H&M, borrowed from my cousin
Teal Striped Tee - Divided, H&M ($5!)
White Denim Cutoffs - Levi's, Ross
White Gladiator Sandals - GAP
Black Patent Purse - Gryson for Target via Goodwill

Yesterday, I took my friend J's twin teenage daughters to Disneyland. We didn't get there until 1:30 pm, but we also didn't leave until midnight. Why would we stay so long? Because we desperately wanted to see the new "World of Color" show at California Adventure. Not sure if people in other states or parts of the world have heard of "World of Color," but it's a brand new water and light show at the CA park, and it is practically impossible to see. You have to get to the park extra early to get a fastpass ticket that gets you priority seating, and even with that ticket you still have to wait in line for 45 minutes before the show actually starts.

When we got there at 1:30 pm, we just barely managed to get tickets for the final 11:15 pm showing, which is why we had to hang out at the park until so late. Frankly, we didn't do much in the park yesterday other than eat (ice cream sundaes in California Adventure and superb garlic fries in Disneyland's New Orleans Square). Heck, we even left the park to go see a movie in downtown Disney (Grown Ups - hilarious, by the way.) But in the end, it was totally worth it because "World of Color" is A-MAZING! Even if you are not a Disney freak like me, I highly recommend seeing it - the water, the lights, the music, it's just too good to miss. Here's a bootleg video I took of a particularly moving section of the show:

And don't worry - my Disneyland pass is blocked out for the entire month of July, so this will be the last of my Disney-obsessed posts for a while.


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