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 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!

Monday, October 18, 2010

There's Not a Thing That I Would Change

Striped Linen Scarf - Ross ($5)
Tan Blazer - Old Navy (gift)
Blue Pinstripe Shirt Dress - White Stag via Goodwill ($2)
Brown Leather Belt - Vintage
Brown Striped Knee Socks - Target ($2)
Brown Leather Riding Boots - Vintage Ralph Lauren via Goodwill ($10)

Everyone have a good weekend? I did. I had a religious event to attend all day Saturday, and it was great and gave me the opportunity to catch up with a lot of old friends. Sunday my friend N and I went to the Vintage Expo in Santa Monica. While there were a lot of classic (and pristine!) vintage pieces to be seen, it didn't really end up being our sort of thing because everything was way out of our price range. N and I are really more flea market bargain kind of girls, but it was nice to at least see the expo since we'd never been.

Highlight of our outing? I found a pair of adorable and unworn pink Sperry Topsiders for just $5. And . . . we totally saw Lauren Conrad at the expo! Exciting, right? Not that I've every watched an entire episode of The Hills ever, but I can appreciate that LC is pretty stylish. Plus, it's always a trip to see celebrities out amongst the masses. She looked extra cute too with a wide brimmed felt hat that made her a bit more inconspicuous.

After such a pleasant weekend, it was kind of a drag going back to work, especially with the depressingly dreary weather we've been having, but I soldiered on. This was another fairly basic outfit, but I liked it. I feel it 's very fall with the boots and the scarf and the tan blazer.
Anybody else pulling out the fall ensembles? Any favorite pieces you're glad to have back in rotation?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pressure Builds Diamonds

Red Cardigan - Moda International, Goodwill ($2)
Late Registration T-shirt - Kanye West concert circa '06 ($20?)
Black Patent Purse - Gryson for Target, Goodwill ($5)
Denim Leggings - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters ($14)
Black Patent Oxfords - Coconuts, Marshall's ($10)

So, it's been a really long complicated sort of day. I guess it was a good thing I wore jeans and a t-shirt. Not a whole lot going on here. Although, I do love my shiny shoes. Heck, I even got complimented by a student on them. It's amazing how I can buy a pair of shoes on clearance 2 years ago and now all of a sudden they are extra trendy and hip. Maybe I'm psychic?
Today was so crazy I didn't even get a chance to buy anything from H&M. I had half an hour on my lunch break, but it wasn't enough time to find anything of consequence. There was a camel-colored shrunken faux leather jacket I was eyeing, but the store didn't have one in my size :( Maybe I'll find one in another store.

On a side note, you guys want to know a particularly lame secret of mine? Even though I was ecstatic for the new television season to begin, I've spent the past week ignoring my TiVo and, instead, watching season 2 of Castle on DVD. Do any of you watch it? Nathan Fillion has been a crush of mine ever since Firefly and Serenity (don't know about it? Look it up). He's pretty much one of the most charismatic actors out there. Add in a healthy dose of sexual tension, clever dialogue and murder mysteries and you've got my new fave show. So good. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Silence is Slowly Killing Me

White Cardigan - Vintage, Goodwill ($2)
Gold Bow Necklace - Forever 21 ($2)
Blue Silk Tank Dress (worn as blouse) - Jonathan Martin, Ross ($6)
Blue Striped Belt - Express via South Street Thrift ($2)
Blue Pencil Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift ($4)
Brown Leather Peep-toe Heels - Thom McAnn, Kmart ($5)

I've been M.I.A. for a minute, and I'd love to tell you it's because I've been super busy, but that would be a lie. I've just been extra lazy about taking outfit photos lately. Especially since it requires me to use precious minutes that could be spent sleeping/ignoring my alarm. Nevertheless, I persevered today and even got to take my photos in the wee hours of the morning before I left my house. Ok, so maybe it wasn't really the "wee hours" since it was just 6:45 am, but it was so dark and quiet that I felt like it was way earlier than it really was.

It was supposed to be all warm and sunshiny, but that never came to fruition. In fact, I was kind of freezing when I was walking around Hermosa Beach this afternoon, so I will pretty much never trust the weather app on my iPod again. Still, I was at least wearing a sweater so it was somewhat bearable.

There was no real inspiration for this outfit. It's a pretty typical combo for me. If anything, the most exciting part for me was that I managed to use this Jonathan Martin dress I've had for years yet never wear. Also, there was a smidgen of pattern mixing with the abstract print on the dress and striped belt. As someone forever beholden to traditional fashion "rules," I been taking this pattern mixing trend very slowly. Baby steps, as it were.

Anybody else (stateside) get one of those $10 off coupons from H&M last week? They handed them out with purchase all last week since H&M is celebrating 10 years in the U.S. this month. Tomorrow is the first day they can be used so I'm pretty excited about buying something. Since I'm using the coupon I feel I should get something I normally wouldn't - maybe the stripy maxi dress I've been eyeing for the last month or so? Or the cream sweater with the sequined Mickey Mouse ears? The possibilities are endless . . .

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Little Bit More

Not a major post here, just a little note to let you all know I am now on Bloglovin. Click the link below to follow me, if you are so inclined. Now I'll be getting back to emptying out my TiVo :)

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sail Away With Me Honey

Gold Sailboat Brooch - Free via clothes swap, years ago
Navy Stripe Cropped Blouse - Forever 21 via Fashion District ($2)
Blue Elastic Belt (not pictured) - Forever 21 ($4)
Gray Knit Pencil Skirt - Uniqlo ($10)
Blue/White Loafer Wedges - BC Footwear, Ross ($10)

I don't very often wear such an obviously themed outfit, but when I bought this shirt last week downtown L.A., I knew I'd run with the nautical theme. Overall, I got positive reviews, though a few of my friends called this my "Flashdance" top. Whatevs; it was super comfy, and for $2 I was going to make it work. Also, though you can't see it really well in this photo, I am wearing a totally awesome sailboat brooch! Believe me, I caught a lot of flack for wearing this brooch (from my less vintage-inclined friends), but it made me quite happy throughout the day.

The last 48 hours have been quite a blur. In a nutshell, I worked for 8 hours Friday, then went out for some happy hour drinks with a few friends. We spent the rest of the night (and part of the morning) catching up at a friend's house and I didn't crawl into bed until after 1:30 am. Today I was supposed to meet up with my friends for breakfast at the Original Pancake House, but decided my sleep was more important than pancakes (so unlike me, I know, but I was extra tired). Instead, I met them later in the morning to catch a movie before I had to run a few errands (i.e. washing my filthy car). Finally, I wrapped up the evening at a dinner party with some - you guessed it - friends. Hectic. I am only just now getting to watch the hours and hours of television stacking up in my TiVo. Heck, I haven't even watched SNL from last Saturday and there's already a new one recording as I type this!

On a more gush-worthy note, I have been lusting after these microsuede wedge booties at Forever 21 for the past month or so:

They are $26, a lot for a cheapskate like me, but since I've pretty much been dreaming about them every day, I finally decided I would just bite the bullet and order them online since I could never find them in any of my local stores. Of course, by the time I decided to buy them, they were all out of my size :( Imagine my shock then, when today I made a brief trip to the mall and just happened across one lone pair of these booties in black and a size 9! Ideally, I wanted them in gray because I own so many pairs of black shoes and I feel I need to branch out, but once the salesgirl told me it was the last pair in the store (and in any store for a 25 mile radius) I knew I had to buy them.

I've always stayed away from shoe purchases at F21 because I definitely feel their overall quality isn't super great, but for these awesome shoes I have made an exception. What about you guys: do you wear shoes from F21? If these booties are relatively comfortable, I may become a full-fledged believer.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We Cut the Legs Off of Our Pants

Leopard Print Cardigan - Harve Benard, Sears ($7)
White V-neck Tee - Nollie, PacSun ($4)
Black Rayon Shorts - Charlotte Russe ($5)
Black Dot Tights - Merona, Target ($3)
Black Lace-up Boots - Dolce Vita for Target ($26)

I did the unthinkable today and wore these dangerously short shorts to work. Now before you all scold me, let me defend myself! Yes, I am technically an "educator" of sorts, but I am not an official teacher. That being said, in the Writing Center where I work there is absolutely no dress code. Not only do I routinely see my co-workers in sweats and UGG boots, I also routinely see a ton of inappropriate cleavage from our student receptionists. My shorts couldn't possibly be more offensive than sweat pants or cleavage, could they?
(Sorry for the blurry pic, but it was my favorite of the ones I took)

Well, having gone through the day wearing them, I am not entirely sure. Traditionally, the way I determine if an outfit is a bit too much is by the kind of reactions I get from others. The minute I walked into the breakroom one of my co-workers said, "D is here! And she has legs!" Not exactly the greeting I was hoping for, but I guess that's what happens when one wears shorts of these nature. Mind you, I thought I was dulling the impact by wearing the tights (I would never wear these shorts to work w/o tights), but apparently it was not enough. Also, I had two students (with whom I had tutoring sessions) make remarks about how "young" I was to be working in my capacity. Now while people generally think I look younger than I am, I can't help thinking the outfit may have played a role as well.
Whatever the case, what's done is done. Incidentally, this is the same exact outfit I wore last Thursday to the Jamie Lidell concert but I never took a photo. So today I adhered to my unofficial rule that if I haven't photographed an outfit that means I haven't really worn it and am therefore free to wear it again! Pretty handy rule, don't you think?

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Girl Can't Help It

Clear Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses - 99 Cents Store ($1)
Red Plaid Button-Down Shirt - H&M Boys ($7)
Black Jeggings - Jolt, Nordstrom Rack ($7)
Black Motorcycle Boots - Mossimo, Target ($36)

Today marks the debut of the other pair of boots I ordered from Target about a month ago. I vacillated about whether I would keep both pairs of boots since it did seem a bit excessive. Nevertheless, in the end, I decided that I loved them both and they both play very distinct roles in my wardrobe. Plus, I bought them with a gift card, so it's not like it cost me anything. This pair is a knockoff of the Frye Harness boot, but they do the trick for me since they are made of genuine leather and have a heft to them.

If I'm being honest, yesterday afternoon was really the first time I wore these boots, but I didn't take a picture of my outfit because I was lazy. After wearing them yesterday I fell in love and decided to wear them again today, regardless of what the weather was going to be like. Well, surprisingly enough, it actually rained! Not a torrential downpour or anything, but definitely steady rain for a good part of the day. I was not expecting that. I didn't even have an umbrella (which my hair had to suffer for). Still, at least I was wearing my boots.
Lastly, I will acknowledge that these are probably some of the ugliest sunglasses I own. But there's just something I can't resist about over-the-top hideous sunglasses that cover half of my face. And for $1 I couldn't past them up! They may just be my new favorite thing, even if they do make me look quite ridiculous. And yes, I am wearing my 12-year-old nephew's shirt. Because clearly I don't have enough clothes in my own closet.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Get So Emotional Baby . . .

I'll fill in the blank for you guys. I get so emotional baby . . . when I don't get enough sleep. The past 48 hours has been a blur (hence the blurry concert photo that I kind of love). I am writing this post after taking an almost 3 hour "nap" (provided 3 hours is still nap territory), so I've finally regained a bit of my sanity.

The whole ordeal started yesterday morning. Thursday is traditionally my longest day of work (7:15 am - 6 pm), so it began as usual. Upon my arrival at school, I discovered that a pipe had burst in the second floor of the Humanities building, flooding the entire west side of the building. That meant that many classes were canceled and the Writing Center (where I work in the evenings) was shut down. The damage was kind of tragic, but the silver lining was that I got to home early (around 4-ish) with pay!
Mauve Velvet Blazer - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($4)
Plaid Sleeveless Bodysuit - Heritage 1981, Forever 21 ($5)
Black Leather Belt - GAP, gift
White Jeans - Old Navy ($7)
Black Flats - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters ($5)
Rhinestone Connector ring - Urban Outfitters ($5)

I was overjoyed to go home early (as you can see in this photo), especially since my friend Q and I were going to a concert that night anyway. It gave me a chance to wind down and get mentally prepared for a night out. Back to my outfit. I felt super rebellious wearing white jeans after labor day (gasp!), but I don't really think anybody else thought I was being so groundbreaking. Really, it's been so warm lately that it still feels like summer, so why not still dress like it? Although, if I'm being honest, every time I wear these jeans I can't help but think of the scene in
Never Been Kissed where Drew Barrymore's character spills chocolate milk on her white jeans and says, "That'll teach me to wear white jeans after labor day." Then the mean girl Gibby says, "I don't think you're supposed to wear white jeans after 1983." Touche.

Anywho, on with my story. In the end, I didn't put any effort in getting dressed for last night's concert. Therefore, I conveniently neglected to take an outfit photo for you all. I basically wore a t-shirt, shorts, and my current two favorite items in rotation: my DV for Target boots and leopard cardigan. Easy peasy. The concert was awesome (of course), but didn't start until 11 pm! For a Thursday night, I thought that was insane (I mean don't people have to work on Friday?), but Jamie was even better than I remember. Plus, he performed for nearly 2 hours (!!!), so I definitely got my $25 worth.

Q and I didn't get back from the show until 1:30 am, which left me with a whopping 4 hours of sleep last night before I had to get up at 6:30 am for work today. Insane, I know. Nevertheless, I soldiered on through my morning, particularly because I had afternoon plans to hit up downtown L.A.'s fashion district with my friend N. I left work at 11:30 am, swung by the bank, and met N at noon to head downtown. Though I didn't get much, N found a killer pair of lace-up booties and it was just fun to walk around the fashion district since I haven't been down there in ages (like 10+ years).
Still existing on only four hours of sleep, I also stopped by the mall after we got back from downtown L.A. By the time I made it home this evening around 7 pm, I was exHAUSTED. My 3 hour "nap" has kind of recharged me, but I don't know that I would like to repeat such an experience. Clearly my sleep is too valuable for me to be living in such a manner. I'm getting too old for this business! Additionally, I essentially wore the exact same outfit today as I did yesterday. I nixed the blazer (due to the high temps downtown) and replaced the white jeans for white cutoff shorts. Don't judge me! If you'd only had 4 hours of sleep, you'd have worn the same thing too.


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