Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'll Be Ok Tomorrow

Navy Cloche - Eek! by Eugenia Kim, Urban Outfitters ($5)
Black Blazer - GAP ($18)
Navy Tee - H&M ($5)
Purple Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($3)
Grey Knit Pleated Skirt - ZARA ($20)
Purple Ribbed Tights - The Limited ($4)
Black Wedge Booties - Forever 21 ($30)

Well I knew it couldn't last forever. We've enjoyed summer-like weather for the past couple weeks, but today winter returned and brought its bff, rain. Honestly though, I did kind of miss wearing my tights, so I'm not too torn up about it. And given that most of you out there have been enduring snow and seriously cold winters, who I am to complain about a little drizzle?

As usual, when it rains my first line of defense is usually some sort of hat. I had styled my hair quite nicely this morning, but when I realized it was raining I just cut my losses and threw on this hat. Even though it's a contemporary piece, it definitely is vintage inspired, which always makes me feel super lady-like whenever I wear it.
(Sorry for the squinty eyes. That is why I usually wear sunglasses!)

Now, however, I am back home in my pajamas and socks. And I am actually grateful for the rain because it makes me feel less guilty about spending the rest of the afternoon curled up with a blanket and the tv remote. Hope you're weekend is treating you as well as mine is!

"Liquor Store Blues" - Bruno Mars feat. Damian Marley

Friday, January 28, 2011

We Don't Need No Holiday

Navy Striped V-neck Tee - Old Navy ($5)
Skinny Gold Belt - Forever 21 ($2)
White Pleated Skirt - Isaac Mizrahi, Target via Goodwill ($2)
Brown Leather Riding Boots - Vintage Ralph Lauren, Goodwill ($10)
Brown Leather Briefcase - Vintage Coach, gift

True story: even though I don't have photos to corroborate this, I have actually worn stripes nearly every day this week! Monday was my striped maxi dress from H&M, Tuesday you saw, Wednesday was a yellow/white striped blouse and skirt, and today's ensemble is here. I think Breton Stripe Monday put me in a stripy kind of mood.

On a completely unrelated note, every part of my body currently aches. In an effort to be a fitter version of me, Wednesday I decided to finally put the giant pilates ball I have in my home to use. Armed with this month's SELF magazine (and their "6 moves to easy abs"), I did the whole workout at home and felt pretty good about myself. I wasn't too sore until after last night's Zumba class. I think the combo of the ab work and high-impact aerobics took a greater toll on my body than I expected. I mean, it even hurts a little to breath. Still, it will only mean good things for my body so I expect to do round two tonight.
Notice anything new in my outfit post? If you said my awesome new bag, then you'd be correct! Yesterday I spent the day with my friend M, who I haven't seen in ages since she moved out of my neighborhood almost a year ago. We spent the whole day together , and then when I dropped her off at her house she generously gifted this lovely bag to me. I have been looking for a leather bag just like this for ages, but never wanted to spend a ton of money. It's vintage but is in pristine condition so I couldn't have asked for a better bag. Here it is in all its glory:
And it gets better! Not only did M give me an awesome bag, she also gave me a $60 gift card to ZARA. I know it might seem random that my friend gave me all this stuff, but pretty much all of my friends and I do not celebrate holidays or birthdays , so it's pretty standard that we just give each other stuff whenever we feel like. Still, the gift card was very unexpected. Since my current personal goal is to not spend frivolously (especially on clothes!) a gift card is just what I need to appease any shopping cravings that might arise. So when you see some new ZARA merch in my outfit photos, know that I haven't surrendered.

"Colombia" - Anjulie

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And Then I Couldn't Stop Myself

Khaki Cropped Trench Coat - GAP, free via clothes swap
Striped Long Sleeve Tee - Faded Glory, Walmart years ago
Red Knit Pencil Skirt - Forever 21 ($4)
Black T-Strap Flats - Wanted, Ross ($7?)

Today was pretty uneventful. The typical Tuesday for me. Thus, I give you a typical sort of outfit as well. While there's nothing groundbreaking about my ensemble, I was comfy all day. And that counts for a lot in my book. Also, it gave me the opportunity to show you my new favorite jacket: the cropped trench coat. It's perfect for the kind of weather we've been having, cool in the mornings but warm during the day. Just enough coverage to keep me from freezing, but not too heavy or bulky.

I am so glad that January is almost over. I had big plans for this month, but being taken out by illness for the first week threw everything out of whack. So I'm looking forward to a clean slate in February where I plan on reaching a few personal goals:

1) Cut down my monthly credit card bill. I'm a couple thousand dollars in debt, so if I cut back on my frivolous spending I'm certain I'll be able to break even in a couple months. And my no-shopping vow is still in effect so that should definitely help my bottom line.

2) Get back to going to the gym at least 3 days a week. Right now I'm at 2 days a week. Good, but not the best. Really I need to head back to my weekly pilates classes for strength training, but even just adding another gym day would make me happy.

3) Be more health-conscious with my diet. I'm currently pescetarian (mainly vegetarian with the occasional foray into seafood), but that doesn't mean I'm always eating vegetables. Mainly I need to cut back on my sugar intake (gummy bears are my kryptonite!), and up my protein.

Anybody else got any lifestyle changes you're trying to achieve? Has this month brought you any closer to them, or, like me, are you regrouping in February? Let me know in the comments!

**(addendum) who knew I actually wore my striped tee on Everybody, Everywear's breton stripes day? Merely a coincidence but I am happy to participate since I love anything striped!

"Heard It On the Radio" - The Bird and The Bee (originally Hall & Oates)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

This Is The Best Day I Can Ever Remember

Taupe Lace Cardigan - Xhiliration, Target ($4)
Silver Elastic Bow Belt - can't remember were, but definitely cheap
Red Strapless Dress - Wet Seal ($10)
Taupe Peep-Toe Heels - Simply Vera, Kohl's ($2, with coupons)

I'm having a pretty happy sort of weekend. And when I'm happy, I migrate toward bright colors; hence, the red dress. I've had this dress for over 4 years, and it may just have been the best $10 I've ever spent. Very much a staple in my closet. And lest you think my lace cardigan is a new purchase, it's not. I actually bought it about 2 months ago, but just couldn't figure out what to wear it with. In fact, this morning when I put it on, I even had to cut the tags off! Still, I'm liking how it provides coverage, but then also kind of blends in with my skin.

Curious as to why I am in such a good mood? Well, yesterday I did one of my favorite things ever: going to a concert. I went to the Troubadour to see Hellogoodbye with my friend J. J and I never really spend that much time together since we both have super hectic schedules so it was nice for us to have a girls night out. I've been listening to Hellogoodbye since I was in school, and while their trademark sound had been electronic/power-pop, their new cd is very different stylistically while still true to their essence. In short, I love it and the show was awesome last night. Their most popular song from their first album is "Here (In Your Arms)", so he's a blurry clip of them singing that last night (note the confetti!)

In other news, I'm going to Disneyland today! Actually, my pass expires tomorrow, and I'm not planning on renewing so it's kind of like my one last hurrah. I love it there, but my nephews are over it, so who am I to force it on them? Plus, saving a couple hundred dollars won't hurt either ;) Still, I'm going to enjoy today, riding all my favorite attractions and eating anything I want. I might pay for it later, but that's ok. It is, after all, the best day ever!

"Hands Down" - Dashboard Confessional

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Every Day Is Like Survival

Brown Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters ($6)
Gold Wings Necklace - Gift from my grandmother
Snake Print Bodysuit - Cache (vintage), South Street Thrift Center ($3)
Black Embossed Belt - Claire's ($2)
Beige Silk Pencil Skirt - Vintage, free via clothes swap
Black Embellished Sandals - Aerosoles, Kohl's ($7)

Not much to say for today. Due to some intense marine layer, it was quite a bit cooler than I expected. But I'm not complaining! I haven't worn tights in over a week, so I should just be grateful. And while my outfit may seem new, that is not the case.

I bought the bodysuit a couple months ago, but a picture of me wearing it has just never made it onto the blog. Though it's not super obvious in the photo, this bodysuit totally has shoulder pads. At first it made me feel weird, but they aren't too severe so I decided not to remove them. I wore this all day and I'm fairly sure none of my friends noticed them, so they can't be too bad.

And, of course, the skirt is another new-to-me item I picked up earlier this month at the clothes swap I co-hosted. It's vintage and 100% silk. Plus, I'm totally feeling its neutral beige color, even if it does make me sort of blend into the wall. Nothing quite like striking clothing swap gold!

"Karma Chameleon" - Culture Club

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vas a Ver (You'll See)

Black Lace Blouse - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($3)
Black Bow Belt - H&M ($6)
Silver Connector Ring - Urban Outfitters ($5)
Black Silk Maxi Skirt - Banana Republic via clothes swap ($0)
Black Platform Pumps - Attention, Kmart ($10)

So don't let my somber ensemble fool you - my life's pretty much been golden for the past few days. I'm almost completely recovered health wise and we've been experiencing summer in the winter with some amazing weather lately. Heck, I actually went to the beach yesterday! Ridiculous, I know.

Thus, tonight's outfit was more about my original outfit not working out and me having only five minutes to put something together. For me, when I'm under the gun, black-on-black never fails. Despite my nephew's astute observation that I "looked like a nun," everybody else I knew seemed to think I looked nice. Isn't that always the way it is? Whenever I try to look nice, people never notice, but when I just randomly put something together they think it's great. Guess that means I should stop over-thinking things, eh?
Given that I am currently taking a break from shopping, I'm hoping to infuse some creativity into my present wardrobe so I can present you all with some different sorts of looks. While I haven't been shopping, I did just get a bag of hand-me-downs from a friend so don't judge me if you see some new (to me) items in rotation. It's been just about a week, but I'm still feeling pretty good about the no shopping business. I figure if I tell all my friends, then I'll have no choice but to stick to it since they'll be keeping tabs on me. One week down, (at least) three more to go!

"Dia de Enero" - Shakira

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oh I Am Not Crumbling

(apologies for the package in the background, but this was the best shot :/ )

Leopard Print Cardigan - Harve Benard, Sears ($6)
Olive Green Maxi Dress - Mossimo via Goodwill ($2)
Skinny Gold Belt - Forever 21 ($2)
Gold Flip Flops - Old Navy ($1)

So I really need to stop shopping. I know, I say it all the time, but today I bought some stuff, all of which I love, but when I got home and tried to find some place to put the stuff, then I was a bit distraught. To be fair, I did go shopping with fairly reasonable intentions. Ever since I saw
this photo of Keira Knightley I've been searching for a similar skirt. Urban Outfitters has had a slightly shorter version (seen here) for the past couple months, but I never wanted to pay full price. It finally went on sale, but my local store only had a small in stock.

So since I had a dentist appointment this morning and since my dentist is in West L.A., just a few minutes from 3rd Street Promenade, I decided to swing by that Urban to see if they had the skirt in stock. Sadly, they did not, but instead I found a pair of grey booties.
These, to be exact. I do need grey boots, so it wasn't a completely useless purchase. Still, I really should have left after hitting up Urban, but instead I continued to shop. The only other purchase I made were two shirts and a pair of jeans, but I did feel kind of guilty once I got home.

If I were a stronger person I'd just cut myself off completely, but shopping is just what I do! Nevertheless, there needs to be some sort of resolution. I have recently purged my closet of items I don't want/use, but there is still so much left. I think it's definitely time for another shopping hiatus. And while I like to take baby steps and limit myself to one month at a time, I'm hoping this time it last longer. So seriously, January 13, 2011 will be the last day of shopping for me. For at least the next four weeks. Wish me well guys!

"You Sleep Alone" - Hellogoodbye

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It Takes the Dust to Have it Polished

Black Felt Cloche - Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters ($5)
Black Sunglasses - H&M ($6)
Gray Chain-mail Pocket Tee - A.N.A, free via clothes swap
Black Denim Leggings - Jolt, Nordstrom Rack ($7)
Black Leather Motorcycle Boots - Mossimo Supply Co., Target ($26)

If you're wondering what I actually wore today, I shamelessly rehashed this outfit, with the only difference being blue socks instead of cream. Boring, I know, but since I went back to work today I wanted something simple that required no thought. It's amazing how easy having a thousand photos of yourself can make choosing an outfit when your lazy. Just another blog benefit, I suppose.

Given my lack of creativity choosing today's clothes, I've opted to share a photo of what I wore yesterday. Tuesday was my first day venturing out into civilization, and I had to do it for the sake of my own sanity. Man cannot live on TiVo alone, which I learned the hard way this past week. So yesterday I went out to do a little shopping and run a few errands.
Despite spending nearly 4 hours at the local mall and Target, I only came home with one purchase. I got an amazing a pair of indigo skinny corduroy pants at Old Navy for only $8! Anybody else remember being obsessed with corduroy circa 2000? I was in the 8th grade and thought corduroys were the best pants ever. I distinctly remember a brown pair of button-fly, flare-legged (!) L.E.I.'s I wore religiously.

So I've always kind of had a corduroy crush, but I definitely think it's hard to find flattering ones. I'm feeling pretty psyched about the ones I found though and am already planning to pair them with my pink Sperry Topsiders in the spring. Heck, maybe I can even do it this weekend since temps are supposed to be in the high 70s out here. And yes, I know it's winter, but that's what passes for winter whether in these parts. Sorry ;)

"Life Is Wonderful" - Jason Mraz

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oh Baby I Feel So Down

Black Cardigan - Fashion Max (borrowed from Mom)
Cream Ruffled Yoke Sweater - Forever 21, free via clothes swap
Black Twill Shorts - Old Navy ($7?)
Black Leather T-Strap Flats - Cooperative, Urban Outfitters ($10)
Gold Rhinestone Bow Bracelet - H&M ($2)

So I seriously have not left my house (other than for doctor's appointments) in exactly one week. That pesky eye infection I spoke of in my last post turned out the be the mother of all eye infections. Suffice it to say, I am finally on the mend and cannot wait to be back in the land of the living. I've got one more doctor's appointment on Wednesday and one last dentist appointment on Thursday. After that, I don't want to see another medical professional for at least a year!

Hopefully the rest of you have been having a better January than I've been having. But I see only good things in the future, since nothing could really be worse than the grossness that's been the last week of my life.
This outfit is actually the first I wore to the ophthalmologist last week. Yes I was suffering mercilessly at the hands of my eye infection, but my clothing choices were the only small joy I had in my life. In fact, this combo kind of gave off a casual tuxedo vibe, which was very fun for me.

This sweater is a very recent addition to my wardrobe because my friends and I had yet another massive clothing swap over New Years' weekend. I scored quite a few nice pieces, and while I don't think I'll do a round-up post like I did for last year's swap, expect to see the clothes in action shortly. Once I get this infection out of my system, that is.

"Last Nite" - The Strokes

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

You're Right Back Where You Started From

Black Sunglasses - Kenneth Cole via Optometrist
Silver Chain Necklace - H&M ($1)
Black Blazer - GAP ($18)
Blue Embroidered Cardigan (not pictured) - Old Navy, years ago
Floral Tank - Divided, H&M ($5)
Gray Knit Maxi Skirt - Cotton On ($10)
Black Leather T-Strap Flats - Cooperative, Urban Outfitters ($10)

So. There's been a long wintry hiatus, but I am finally back home with no more vacations on the horizon and with my wireless network finally up and running! Woo hoo! Today's ensemble is what I'd like to call "dentist chic." I call it that because that is what I did today (two cavities, a temporary crown and cleaning, in case you were wondering).

I am all about the maxi dress/skirt trend happening right now. Besides my three maxi dresses, I've also recently acquired this gray skirt as well as a black one I snagged at a clothes swap with my friends. Expect a blog appearance soon. And these shoes are probably my new faves right now. I got them at Urban's after Christmas sale, and they are perfect. While I admire the femininity and appeal of heels, I'm really a black flats girl at heart.

I have this theory that doing difficult things becomes easier when you're wearing something you love. Therefore, for my trip to the dentist (bonus points for anyone who catches the Veronica Mars reference!) I chose this outfit, which is sort of business casual but also super comfy. A good thing since I spent nearly two hours (!) in the chair this morning. I rounded out my afternoon with a brief trip to Urban Outfitters in Westwood (near my dentist's office), some grocery shopping and a stop at my optometrist. Nothing too major.
On a more troubling note, this evening I seem to have developed some sort of bizarre eye infection (gross, I know) that has caused my entire left eyelid to swell up. I can still see and everything, but it's pretty ugly to look at. Since sunglasses aren't acceptable at all times (though a girl can dream), I'm probably going to have to go to the doctor tomorrow to figure out what the heck is going on. You can bet I'm psyched about yet another appointment. Sigh. Maybe I'll wear some sequins to the doctor's office to cheer myself up tomorrow.

Oh, and before I forget, I must rave about the lip color I am wearing. It's Sephora's Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil in Strawberry Delish. It's the perfect glossy magenta color all in one handy pencil and only costs $12! I highly recommend it.

"Giving Up The Gun" - Vampire Weekend


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