Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Does It Feel Cold Baby?

Black Blazer - GAP
Black Lace Top - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center
Grey Bodysuit (under lace top) - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters
Black Distressed Skinny Jeans - BDG, Urban Outfitters
Black Flats - Kinchi Blue, Urban Outfitters

Answer: yes it kind of does feel cold. June gloom is in full effect here by the beach, so every day when I wake up I have to decide if I want to dress for the cool, foggy morning or the warm afternoon. Today I opted to dress for the damp morning, hence all the layers and black. Not my most summery outfit, but I did spend most of my time indoors (shopping at the mall), so I didn't feel too out of place.

Despite my borderline goth appearance today, I totally scored some lovely summer staples while I was shopping today. I know I don't need any clothes, so lately when I go shopping I only look for (and purchase) specific items that I really want. I found two such items today - a striped shirt and white jeans. Here's me trying them on in my house mere minutes ago:
Teal Striped Tee -Divided, H&M ($5!)
White Distressed Skinny Jeans - Old Navy ($7!)

Now I NEVER thought I would be a "white jeans" person, but I've been seeing them all over style magazines and blogs, so I couldn't resist. I know it takes a brave person to wear them since they are probably the least flattering color for jeans, but I just don't care. They're so crisp and summery and I can think of a million ways to wear them. Plus, the price was right.

Everyone's been doing the nautical trend for a while now, so I am always on the lookout for a cheap striped tee. This one from H&M was a great deal, and I love that it's teal instead of a more traditional color. I also appreciate the slouchy style of it and am certain it will soon be one of my favorite shirts.

Lastly, I also finally joined the denim shirt club! Here's me trying to look cool in it:
Chambray Shirt - GAP ($7!)

Ever since chambray became the designated fabric for this summer I've been searching for a reasonably priced shirt. I saw this one at the GAP months ago, but didn't want to pay $40 for it. Well, they were having a super sale (an additional 40% off all markdowns), and I got the same shirt I'd been coveting for a measly $7! I can't say that I'll be wearing it tucked into my white jeans as a rule, but I felt brave in the safety of my own house.

What about you guys? Any summer trends you've got a good deal on lately?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Today Is Where Your Book Begins

So, anyone else currently overwhelmed by graduation season? I think it kind of goes in waves, but this year I know about 8 kids who are graduating from school (both middle and high school), so this past week has been a blur of grad ceremonies and parties. I've worn a variety of outfits, and while my pictures aren't super, I'll still share them with you.
Black Blazer - GAP
Silver Flower Necklace - Forever 21
Pink Floral Dress - Windsor
Black Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center
Black Peep-toe Heels - Nine West

This is what I wore to my cousin C's middle school promotion on Wednesday. I hadn't originally intended to go, but there was a spare ticket so I had to go straight from work. Then there was a congratulatory early dinner at Cheesecake Factory, as you can see from the lovely take-out bags behind me. Anyone else tried the Red Velvet cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory? To die for. It has about 1500 calories (and God knows how much saturated fat) per slice, but is totally worth it!

Pink Striped Dress - Vintage, Long Beach Flea Market
White Patent Leather Sandals (not pictured) - Predictions, Payless

Yesterday was the graduation of my friend Q's niece. Q is currently in Alaska catering a wedding (awesome, right?), so she couldn't make it to her beloved niece's promotion. Since there was the extra ticket, her niece asked me to go, and who I am to reject a young girl's plea? It was blazing hot for the outdoor ceremony, but I made it through. No full outfit photo, but I've worn this dress before in pretty much the exact same way, so not much to see here.

White Linen Blazer - Sears
Silver/Black Romper - Lucca Couture, Urban Outfitters ($13!)
White Flats - Qupid, borrowed from cousin

Lastly, I wore this ensemble to a combined graduation party for three girls tonight. It was nothing major, just some music and a lot of food, so I went for pulled-together casual. I intended to take an outfit photo inside the party, but forgot, so we're stuck with this dim parking lot pic. I got this romper last
winter, back when I was still working at Urban. This is the first time I wore it, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I think it was way more leg than most of my friends are used to seeing from me, but they got over it.

Seriously though, I've still got one more graduation party (for three kids!) to go to next month. Buying all these people graduation gifts is starting to break the bank! Just kidding. Sort of.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Blowing Through The Jasmine In My Mind

So I am regrouping today from yet another busy weekend. I attended a three-day religious convention in Long Beach, so today I just wanted to sleep in and take care of a few pressing matters. I woke up at the ridiculously late hour of 10 am (what?!) and had a leisurely breakfast, which fortified me for heading to the computer repair shop.

My external hard drive - the love of my life - recently malfunctioned, and I was desperate to see if it could be salvaged. It has over 150 GB of data on it, so I would be uber-depressed if it failed. But, no worries, they fixed it! And I only had to pay $55, so happy endings do exist.

There's no outfit pic today, but I do have a few photos of the outfits I wore over the weekend. Both of my dresses were flea market finds that I got for only $5 each! I've been saving them to wear, and while these aren't the best photos, you can get the idea.
White Polka-dot Sundress - Vintage, Long Beach Flea Market ($5!)
Black Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($2)
Red Leather Shoulder Strap Purse - Vintage, Goodwill years ago
Black Peep-toe Heels - Nine West, hand-me-downs from a friend

I LOVE this dress. When I found it at the flea market, I immediately liked the pattern, but was iffy about the billowy sleeves. As you can see, I did what I usually do, and had the sleeves removed. The result was a perfect little airy summer dress. Super comfy and I got a slew of compliments on it.
Cat Eye Sunglasses - H&M, borrowed from cousin
Sea-green Chiffon Dress - Vintage, Long Beach Flea Market ($5!)
Sea-green/Taupe Elastic Belt - New York & Co. via Ross ($6)
Taupe Wedge Sandals - Attention, Kmart ($15)

This is my other flea market find, that I'd been waiting for the right time to wear. If I'm being honest, this dress doesn't exactly fit me like it was supposed to. The bust is actually too small for me, but I just removed the snaps and left it open (with a tank underneath of course!).

I find this to be a problem I often encounter with vintage dresses - the waist fits but the bust is too restrictive. Oh well, I made it work, and was pretty satisfied with the results. It's another dress that makes me feel totally ready for summer.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

If We're Breaking The Rules It's Fine

Blue Sweatshirt - Aeropostale (borrowed from my cousin)
White Tee - Papaya Outlet
Blue Leggings - Some sporting goods store ages ago
White Ballet Flats - Qupid (borrowed from another cousin)

Surprised/stunned by my wardrobe choice ? That makes two of us. I broke one of my own personal rules today by running errands in my gym clothes. Now, I justified it to myself by saying that at least I only took pilates (as opposed to running) so I wasn't extra sweaty or anything. Still, my stretchy pants probably aren't really appropriate for Target or TJ Maxx. I normally wouldn't show you all an outfit like this, but we all have low key (see: lazy) days. This was definitely one of mine.

Whatever the case, had I not gone straight from the gym to Target, I quite possibly could have missed the lovely dress I managed to find today. On the hanger it didn't look like much and it wasn't technically my size, but for some reason I decided to take it to the fitting room and try it on. If I'm honest, the reason I tried it on was because it was marked down from $39.99 to $9.98, and we all know how I feel about a good bargain!
After I tried it on I realized the hanger did not do it justice, and I fell in love with it. It's very ballerina-esque and the coral color is perfect for summer. Here's how it looks on:
I know, I know - I have enough dresses. But I do, have a friend getting married in August, and this dress would be perfect for a summer wedding! Plus, since I had a coupon (isn't it awesome that Target has coupons?), I got another 20% off, so the dress came to only $8! I couldn't pass that up, could I? Anyway, hopefully this last image will help you forget what I really wore all day.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tonight There's Going to Be A Jailbreak

Long-sleeve Striped Shirt - Faded Glory, Wal-mart
Black Rayon Shorts - Charlotte Russe ($5!)
Bow Necklace - $2 Jewelry Store in New York
Black Shoulder Bag - Wilson's Leather, Gift
White Patent Sandals - Predictions, Payless ($5)

Are you digging my superhero stance? Today turned out to be such a lovey, sunny summer day that I couldn't help but feel a little super. Whew. I really don't know where the past week has gone. I am finally on break from work for a little bit, just until summer school starts. Now that I think about it, I'm not exactly sure what I've been doing. There was a graduation party last Saturday (80s theme!) and Disneyland last Sunday.

Yesterday, my first official Monday off, my cousin and I rode our bikes from my house to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It was 36 miles round-trip! I didn't really think I had it in me, but we did it, of course with a little shopping break in the middle. My legs did feel a bit like jelly once I made it back home, but I figure it was good training for my cardiovascular system since my 5k is just around the corner.

Anyone else obsessed with the super soft fabric shorts trend? I just bought this black pair and a grey pair a few weeks ago and I love them! They are so comfy, but still manage to look sort of sleek. Granted, they are a little bit shorter than I probably should wear, but I think I've finally come to terms with my legs and accepted them for what they are.
Oh yeah, and these are my new favorite sandals! I just bought them last week for way cheap and they go with so many things I own. I've probably worn them at least half a dozen times in the past week, which must mean I really love them. Not that I really need anymore shoes to love.

Monday, June 7, 2010

We Got It On Lock

Gold Aviators - Target
White Linen Boyfriend Blazer - Sharagano Signature, Sears ($7.50!)
Floral Tunic Tank - Divided, H&M
Pull-On Jeans - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters
Brown Leather Wedges - Aldo via Goodwill

Does anyone else have that new Katy Perry song "California Gurls" stuck in their head? I mean, sure, I'm probably a little biased since I actually am a "California girl," but it's just so dang catchy I can't stop singing it. But I digress. Today was a quintessential Cali day with blue skies and sunshine once the marine layer burned off. Still, I had to go to work, so I couldn't bust out the cutoff shorts or anything too casual, lest I lose the students respect.
This blazer is the brand new love of my life. When I was working at Urban Outfitters last winter, there was a Silence & Noise white linen blazer I desperately wanted, but the lowest it went on sale for was $40 - too much for my liking. I had pretty much given up hope on finding the right jacket for the right price, but then yesterday I found this equally awesome jacket on the clearance rack at Sears! Originally $50, marked down to $7.49, it's pretty much everything I could hope for. I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of it in the coming months.
On a side note, I have to ask, do any of you fear you may be addicted to shopping? The other day I counted just the dresses in my closet, and the number astounded me. I own 50 dresses alone, and yet half the time I never can figure out what to wear and, if a special occasion arises, I am always the first to buy something new. Now mind you, I am probably also the cheapest person I know, so it's not like my shopping is putting me in debt or anything, but I fear what it means for me consumption-wise.

Does a bargain price justify the purchase, or is there some point where I just need to (wo)man up and stop consuming? The saddest part about all this: I actually bought a new dress today. I love it and it only cost me $6, but when will it end?! This may be something I need to pray about. Other than that, I leave you all with a photo of my nail polish today. I was going for something summery and fun with just a bit of edge, hence the silver.
Oh, I almost forgot! You know what else made me feel like a genuine California girl today? There was an earthquake this morning! It was a pretty minor one (only 3.6), but the center was only 4 miles off the coast of where I live, so it shook enough for me to be jolted out of bed at 2 am. Suffice to say, I didn't exactly rest easy for the rest of the morning, but I'm ok. So for any of you out their resenting the comfortable, mild weather by the beach in L.A., just be happy the ground doesn't move where you live!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Somewhere Between Unsure And A Hundred [ 1st Giveaway!]

Statement Necklace - Old Navy
Green Cardigan - Cherokee, Mom's
White Tee - Papaya Outlet
Floral Print Skirt - Violet, Nordstrom Rack
Brown Leather Wedges - Aldo via Goodwill
Leather/Canvas Striped Purse - Dooney & Bourke, gift from friend

I'm just finally recovering from my long weekend, which has enabled me to share with you all that today is officially my HUNDREDTH POST! Crazy, right? I started this blog last fall, sort of fell away from it, then buckled down and really started regularly posting in January.

When I started, I pretty much had no particular goal. I had gotten obsessed with several bloggers (as you can see by my ever expanding blog roll) through weardrobe, and then one day decided I wanted to give blogging a shot. My degree is in journalism so I figured it would be a good writing exercise for me, if nothing else, and I'd potentially get feedback from others about my style.
Having completed 100 posts, I think I may be in love with this blogging business. I'm obviously not in this for fortune or fame, but I feel like blogging has helped me grow fashion-wise as well as socially. In my real day-to-day life, I'm generally wary of strangers (ok, perhaps the correct term is terrified) and it takes a while for someone to draw me out to the point where I'm comfortable speaking my mind. But connecting with strangers through this blog has definitely translated into me being more outgoing in the real world. What about you guys? Has blogging changed your personality for the better?

Anyway, that's enough introspection for today. In an effort to thank you few but faithful readers of my blog, I am having my first giveaway and literally offering you the clothes of my back! I am giving away an item from my closet: this lovely vintage shift dress with button detailing.
I've worn it twice, but it is still in excellent condition. I've been wanting to do some sort of giveaway for a while, but couldn't really decide what would really be nice enough. I love this dress, but it is a little bit shorter than I would like, so I'm hoping one of you will be able to give it a new home. I have yet to measure the dimensions of it, but I'm typically a true size 6 and it fits me perfectly, hitting just above the knee.

To enter the giveaway, simply follow my blog and then leave a comment letting me know where I can contact you if you win (sorry to any international readers, but this is only for U.S. residents). If you're already a follower, still leave a comment so I remember to include you. I will select a winner at random and announce it on Thursday, June 10. And remember, the odds are in your favor so make sure to leave a comment. Here's to a hundred more posts!

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