Thursday, June 30, 2011

Commerce Dressed Up As Rebellion

Hello all! Another Friday, another set of FBFF questions. This time Katy, inspired by a post of Vahni of Grit and Glamour fame, asks what our signature look is. I look forward to reading about (and shamelessly stealing!) the formulas of all you stylish bloggers out there. In the meantime, here's my take :)

1. What’s your go-to outfit formula?
This is an easy one for me. Blouse/Tee + Belt + Pencil Skirt + Cardigan/Blazer = Outfit

2. How did you come about this formula?
I don't really know. I used to be all about dresses; actually, I kind of still am, but over the past couple of years my collection of skirts (pencil, in particular) has grown exponentially. I think I realized that for my body type the pencil skirt was one of the most flattering options, and, cinched with a belt, I just couldn't go wrong. Plus, a lot of vintage pencil skirts give me the coverage I like, since most modern skirts are shorter than I would wear.

3. Do you have different formulas for different occasions in your life?
Oh definitely. While I don't take a ton of weekend photos, my formula for the weekends tends to be jeans, a tee-shirt, a long cardigan, a scarf and sneakers. On Sundays, when I go to my religious meetings, 95% of the time I'll be wearing a dress (usually vintage) and my highest heels. Lately on vacations, I'm usually in a romper or a maxi dress. Even though I don't wear them a ton in my day-to-day life, rompers pack easy and require almost no effort, so they're always my vacation uniform. And you already know how I feel about maxi dresses <3

4. Has it morphed over the years?
I've definitely begun to lean more heavily on vintage. That's probably been the biggest change in my dressing formula.

5. Which other blogger’s outfit formula would you like to swipe?
I love the style of Julie of Orchid Grey. She has this really beautiful bohemian-prep vibe that I adore, and almost every outfit she wears seems like it's straight out of an editorial shoot. Plus, she really nails the details with her accessories, something that I haven't quite been able to master.

"Uniform" (get it?) - Bloc Party

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Don't Think You're Ready For This

Brown Rounded Wayfarers - H&M ($3)
Teal Striped Tee - Divided, H&M ($5)
Medium Wash Skinny Jeans - H&M ($10)
Brown Clog Sandals - Old Navy ($8)
Neon Pink Plastic Watch - Xhilaration, Target (gift, but retails for around $15)

And by "this", I mean this riveting t-shirt and jeans combo I've got going on today :) I was super lazy today and spent the morning sleeping in, being an all-around slacker. Still, it was my first day working in the Writing Center for the summer session, so at some point I did have to shower and put on something decent.

Given the much more laid back vibe the summer session has, I opted to wear jeans on my first day back to work. But I made it slightly less casual by wearing some heels. These shoes didn't really seem that significant when I bought them; they were cheap and in my size, so I figured why not?However, they have quickly become my fave shoes of the summer. They have a heel, but aren't so high that I'm afraid of tripping. And they are the perfect nude shade (for my complexion, at least), so they easily work with any outfit. In short, I love them.
(Look ma, no sunglasses!)

Something else I love? My awesome neon pink watch! I didn't get any close-up shots for you all to see it's total greatness, but you can't miss that pop of color on my wrist. It's plastic, but matte, so the color is saturated but without a cheap-looking sheen. And while I will probably upgrade to a more durable version later (Nixon has awesome neon watches) , right now this one is definitely doing the trick. I love the edge it can add to any outfit, even jeans and a striped tee!

"More Than A Woman" - Aaliyah

Monday, June 27, 2011

Just Greenery and Humid Air

Purple Cotton Tee - H&M (free via swap)
Purple Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift ($2?)
Striped Cotton Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift ($2?)
Purple Speckled Bangle - Long Beach Flea Market ($0.50)
Brown Wedge Sandals - Mossimo via Goodwill ($7)

It's finally summer as it should be here! High 70s, slight wind - basically perfect weather. Makes it being Monday that much easier, don't you think? Must be why I seem abnormally happy in this picture.

Funny story about the skirt I wore today: this is the first time I am wearing it, but I actually bought it over two months ago, when my fave thrift store was going out of business. I'm pretty sure I picked it up for less than $2, but it was a little too big. I gave it to my friend Q so she could take it in, but told her it wasn't really urgent since I knew she was super busy. Turns out I completely forgot about it because I was completely surprised when she gave it to me last Friday. It fits perfectly now, and though it's a bit matronly, I like it. The light cotton material is perfect for a easy breezy summer day.

Everyone have a good weekend? Mine was chock full of activity. Friday night I went to see my friend's daughter in a production of Annie. Very cute, but also very long. It's been ages since I've seen the show, so maybe I just forgot how long it was supposed to be. Saturday my mother and I had to attend a memorial service for an old family friend. It was a sad occasion, but at the same time it was nice to see a lot of people from childhood that I hadn't seen in ages.

Floral Print Sundress -Vintage, Long Beach Flea Market ($8)
Gold Flower Bracelet - Tilly's ($2)
Beige Cardigan (on purse) - Forever 21 (free via swap)
Beige Platform Sandals - Chinese Laundry, Fallas Paredes ($10)

It may seem a little weird, but this is actually what I wore to the memorial service on Saturday. Culturally speaking, I know most people wear black to funerals, but people of our faith don't really abide by those norms. We like to think of memorials as more a celebration of life than a dour, depressing occasion. So I actually actively try not to wear black whenever I go to funerals, but only if I'm certain it won't offend the family.

Whatever the case, I absolutely love this dress. I bought it in May, but only wore it for the first time a few weeks ago for a convention I had to attend. It's just so cheery that I can't help but feel good when I wear it. What about you guys: what clothing items make you feel good? Let me know in the comments!

"Summer Skin" - Death Cab for Cutie

Friday, June 24, 2011

Let The Moment Last

Silver Chandelier Earrings - Wet Seal ($2.50)
Denim Vest - American Eagle via Goodwill ($3.50)
Strapless Abstract Print Maxi Dress - Macy's ($13 w/ gift card)
Black Raffia Belt - Wet Seal ($2.50)
Black Gladiator Sandals - Payless ($8?)
Silver Leaf Cuff - Charlotte Russe ($3)

I cannot believe it is already graduation season again. Last week my oldest nephew graduated from middle school, and today the second oldest graduated from elementary school. The ceremony was held at his school in L.A., and I knew it would be warm so I dressed to be cool.

I may be overreacting a bit, but it kind of felt like the longest graduation ceremony EVER. I honestly think it was longer than my college ceremony at 'SC. A full two hours for about 50 fifth graders! But I had to go out there to support the fam, so I suffered through it.
This outfit consists of a few new acquisitions. This dress was such a great bargain, and you all know how I love a good maxi dress. It's strapless, super cozy and in my favorite color palette! Translation: I've worn it three times in the past two weeks. Don't judge me. I am also loving this denim vest. I'd been searching for one for ages with the right wash, fit and just the right amount of distressing. This is definitely it. I foresee many a summer outfit featuring this item.

Also, did you notice my nails today? Well, here's a close up:
My inspiration? Well, color-blocking of course, but I did get the idea from a an old InStyle clipping I kept on my bulletin board. For my version I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuschia and Jumpin' Jade.

I did the shatter leopard print last week, and the color-blocking this week. Next week I guess I'll be moving on to the graphic stripes. We'll see how ambitious I'm feeling.

"The Graduation Song" - Dave Matthews Band

Don't Over Think It

In case you might of forgotten in my month-long hiatus, I am a member of Fashion-Beauty-Friend-Friday group. Liz always comes up with great questions, so I'm psyched to be back posting. This week's questions are right up my alley, so enjoy ;) And be sure to check out everybody else's answers over at Modly Chic!

1. Since you began blogging do you notice a change in the types of things you gravitate towards while shopping?
In general, no. Before I started my blog I was already becoming obsessed with vintage silhouettes. However, since I've started blogging, I may be a little more adventurous with my vintage finds. If anything, blogging has taught me to see that a severely dated, borderline ugly dress can become a potential gem with a few alterations.
(a few dresses I rescued through alteration)

2. Do you find, as a fashion blogger, that you dress differently from your family and friends? Do they comment on that?
They used to comment, but now I think they've gotten used to it so they no longer feel the need ;) In most situations, I am more dressed up than my friends and family. But I'd rather be overdressed than under-dressed on ANY occasion. I get a lot of flack for wearing dresses, skirts and/or heels as regular wardrobe stables. A few weeks ago I wore a maxi skirt to Disneyland and my friend K almost had an aneurysm (she has unspoken rules about dresses/skirts @ DLand). I expected it, but couldn't quite comprehend why she couldn't understand that an easy, breezy maxi skirt has the comfort equivalent of sweatpants to me! And my family seems to have come to the consensus that I dress like an old lady. A classy old lady, but an old lady nonetheless.

3. What's the weirdest fashion that you secretly like, even if you aren't bold enough to wear it?
This isn't that weird, but I secretly love flowy, printed palazzo pants. This from a girl who viscerally hated gaucho pants because they were pants trying too hard to be a skirt. Go figure. While I don't think I'd be brave enough to don palazzo pants (particularly given the reaction of my friends/family!), I do love the looks I've seen bloggers like Kyla make with them.

4.Looking at current trends - what would like to try but need to build up the courage to do?
(image: glamour.com)

Bright coral pants. Homerunballerina and KendiEveryday have mastered the art of the colored pant, but have yet to jump on that bandwagon. I do have a pair of red jeans, but I wear them rarely. And really, coral is a bit more daring, don't you think?

5. Toot someone's horn - what fashion blogger out there inspires you with her bold fashion choices?
By far it would have to be Krystal of This Time Tomorrow. Her's was one of the first blogs I started reading years ago. Since then she's deservedly grown more popular and her outfits are always so amazing. Each combination she makes works beautifully, even if I'd be too chicken to wear it. And her shoes! I admire anyone who can rock the heels she rocks on a daily basis (and in Frisco, no less!).

I can't wait to read what my fellow FBFF-ers had to say on this topic!

"No Mozart" - Natasha Bedingfield

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sometimes I Get A Feeling

Camel-colored Cardigan - Forever 21 (free via swap)
Peach Silk Cropped Tank - Vintage (free via swap)
Gold Whistle Necklace - Forever 21 ($4)
White Linen Pencil Skirt - Vintage, Discount Center ($2)
Beige Flats - Cotton On ($5)

Do you ever feel like you're not living up to your potential? I get that feeling at times. Last week I came in contact with someone I went to school with my whole life (I'm talking 4th grade through college). Our families still run in the same circles, and my nephew and his sister are even in the same grade and go to the same school too. While he's made some questionable lifestyle choices, he's currently a secular success - he's got a fancy jet-setting job and life. I, on the other, hand, am by no means a failure, but I'm definitely living a much less glamorous life.

Given my auspicious scholastic career (graduated at the top of high school class, got my degree in 3 years), I'd have expected slightly grander things for me. And yet, sometimes when I feel like that, I try to remind myself that this is the life I actually chose for myself. Maybe I don't travel the world constantly and mingle with celebrities, but I also don't have an overbearing boss or deadlines to meet or overtime to work. I have the satisfaction of knowing that I can make ends meet and I can leave the country at a moments notice without worrying about my job status. It's a balance, I suppose, so I've resolved to be content. Relatively speaking.
Sorry for getting all introspective on you guys, but this all was stirred up because I got a new job today! Nothing fancy, but I'm going to be working with a private tutoring agency. This is, of course, in addition to my work at the college and my telecommuting consultant work for a local doctor's office. I think it's just what I needed to utilize a bit more of my brainpower and get some more cash at the same time. And the interview gave me an opportunity to get dressed up. I'm loving neutrals, particularly in airy materials since it's getting warmer. I was inspired by this photo:
What summer trends are you all loving right now?

"Something's Got A Hold On Me" - Christina Aguilera (Burlesque Soundtrack)

If This Ain't Love, Then What Is


So last night I went to a Rooney concert at the House of Blues in Anaheim. I was taking my friend's niece to her first concert, and I'll label it a success! There were two opening bands - Maniac and Voxhaul Broadcast. I've never heard of Maniac, but they were pretty great. I am notoriously hard on opening bands (especially unexpected ones), but their songs were catchy and dance-able and the band's two lead singers were ridiculously charming. Even if they sort of reminded of pirates. Or maybe because they reminded me of pirates!

After Maniac, were Voxhaul Broadcast. Now, I really did want to like this band. I mean, they're from Orange County, CA (almost my backyard) and they're at the top of all the up-and-coming indie band lists. But they just did not cut it last night. Especially after I liked Maniac so much, VB came off as a bit boring and even a little cliche. The lead singer rarely smiled and did all this melodramatic wailing that made it seem like he was trying just a smidgen too hard. They could have just been having an off night, so I'll cut them some slack, but I wasn't feeling it.

Finally Rooney came out, and it was almost everything I could have hoped for. The last time I saw them was a few years ago when their second album came out, so I was long overdue for my Rooney fix. They played a nice mix of old and new songs, and even though they didn't play my personal favorite ("Daisy Duke") I forgave them because it was just such a pleasant concert experience. The crowd wasn't insane and/or violent and the music was great so I got to enjoy it without worrying about getting kicked in the face by crowd surfers. What more could I ask for?
Black Plaid Scarf - Free via Swap
White V-neck Tee - Nollie, PacSun ($3)
Indigo Skinny Jeans - Old Navy ($7)
Metallic Silver Toms Cordones - Toms Warehouse Sale ($25!)

And what did I wear? The most comfortable thing could find at the moment. Don't be underwhelmed by my scarf-white tee-jeans combo. It's pretty much my weekend uniform, and for a concert where I spent four hours standing, it was just perfect. Besides, my awesome metallic Toms do take it up notch, right? While I ridiculed the Toms bandwagon before, ever since I picked up these cordones a few months ago at their warehouse sale, I've been in shoe love! I wear them almost everyday. Anybody else ever have to eat your words on a trend/brand you once mocked but now love? Let me know in the comments!

"He Won't Go" - Adele

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Time To Restart

Rounded Wayfarer Sunglasses - H&M ($3)
Black/White Striped Tunic - H&M ($5)
Black Raffia Belt - Wet Seal ($2.50)
White Full Pleat Skirt - Isaac Mizrahi via Goodwill ($2)
Gold Embellished Flats - Charlotte Russe ($5)

I am back! It's official, my life went a bit crazy, as did my technological status, but now all the wrongs have been righted. I should be back on track as of today. I had hoped to ring in my return with a particular exciting outfit, but instead I went for classic and simple . Yes, I have acquired tons of new clothes in my month-long absence, but I'm not wearing any of those today. Instead, you're getting my old standbys. But I promise, as the weather warms you should be seeing all those awesome new acquisitions I've made and outfits that are a bit more auspicious.

But enough about me, how are you all doing? Not only have I not been posting on my blog, but I haven't even been keeping up with all my fave blogs out there on the interweb. Who knows what kind of great things I've been missing! And for those of you who actually read this post and are still following me, thanks for not giving up on me! I promise to be back an better than ever.

In fact, this is just a short outfit post because tonight I'm taking my friend Q's niece to her first concert. We're seeing Rooney (remember Anne Hathaway's love interest in the 1st Princess Diaries? It's that guy's band.) at the House of Blues. I've been a Rooney fan since the beginning so I'm pretty amped. Expect a full report tomorrow! :)

"Losing All Control" - Rooney

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