Friday, October 28, 2011


Top: Old Navy  |  Pants:  Kohl's  |  Belt:  H&M  |  Pumps: Target

I wore this outfit yesterday, and I was feeling pretty good...minus having to walk a few blocks on uneven pavement in these not so comfortable heels and then accidentally biting into a jalepeno when I'm a lightweight in spicy foods.  That all faded though, especially when the colors of this outfit made me so happy.  I love the subdued shades of pink, mauve, tan and grey.  At least, I think these pants are mauve.  They look more faded and lighter in person.  What is mauve, anyway?  When I think of mauve I get confused--the same way I get confused trying to figure out what spam is.  Mauve = Spam to me.

Anyway, I think I'm finally watching Bridesmaids tonight.  I know, it's long overdue, so I'm excited.  What are you guys up to this weekend?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Shirtdress: H&M  |  Sweater: Old Navy  |  Leggings: American Apparel  |  Belt: Forever 21  |  Boots: Target

This is the kind of sweater some people would wrap themselves up in while sick at home, but I wear it out instead.  I love being wrapped up in a big cozy bundle of goodness.  I'm the kind of person that sleeps with 5 blankets simply because I like the weight of them on me, so a sweater like this that I can bundle up in as a security blanket is awesome.

And for the record, these boots are dark brown, not black.  These pictures lie.  I bought them from Target like 3 years ago, and I've taken them to snowy regions (despite the 2.5 inch heel) and they've held up.  Yep.  Cheap-o Target boots have lasted!  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some Fall Staples

Top: Kohl's (shop) |  Black Skinny Jeans: Forever 21  |  Belt: Kohl's  |  Oxfords: Lulu's (won w/ gift card; shop)  |  Necklace: Etsy (shop)

Anyone else loving flowy blouses with ruffles and bow ties these days?  I sure am, and they're probably gonna be my fall staples.  They're so easy because details like ruffles and bow ties mean you don't have to do much else with the outfit to still look put together.  I hope you don't get bored of me wearing them!  

Other things that will be my fall staples: these oxford heels from Lulu's.  They're so comfy!  I feel like I'm channeling some Sorren when I wear them, though mine aren't quite as snazzy as hers.  (Psst, check out her blog cuz I love her classic style.)  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tone It Down

Top: Old Navy  |  Red Skinny Jeans: Buffalo Exchange  |  Shoes: Target  |  Necklace: Etsy (shop)  |  

I debated for months about whether or not I'd buy red skinny jeans (and/or green and blue), and in the end I decided I wouldn't.  But, when you find a well-fitting pair at a consignment store, you kind of have to get them.  It's the rule.

I ran through a bunch of color options to pair with these red skinnies, like black, white, navy, and even coral, but those combos felt too bold for the softer vibe I was feeling on this particular day.  I wanted to wear red pants, just toned down a little.  Then I remembered seeing Jodi pair red with brown and felt it fit my mood perfectly.  And, BTW, did you know when you wear red pants you get stared at a lot?  

You might notice these pics are a lot better than my normal ones.  You can thank my friend who happened to have his camera while we were together (and happens to be one of my few friends who knows about my secret little style blog).  :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Is It Fall Yet?

Top: Target  |  Black Skinny Jeans: Forever 21  |  Belt: Forever 21  |  Boots: Macy's  |  Necklace: Etsy (shop)

I'm baaaack!  And I'm trying to recover from being out of town for so long.  No easy feat.  But I think I came back just in time for Fall weather here.  Fingers crossed, cuz two weeks ago it seemed like fall, and the next week it was 80 degrees.  

Anyway, at the risk of sounding superficial, I've been waiting months for fall so that I could wear this outfit.  This is one of those outfits that I never wanted to change out of.  I don't know what it is, but there's something about it that I love.  Maybe it's the cognac with black, or the denim on denim, the ease of it, or simply that I'm a sucker for any outfit with skinny jeans and boots.  I really don't know what it is, but it fills me with all the warm, cozy feelings that come with fall.  And who can get enough of those?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Change Up

Dress: Target ($6.50) |  Belt: Forever 21 ($3.80)  |  Pumps: Target ($7.50) |  Necklace: Anthropologie (gift)

I'm in the middle of two back to back trips out of town, so I probably won't be posting much until next week, but I managed to snap some shots of this outfit.  One of my cousins got married this weekend (making it wedding #10 I've been to this year), and I planned to wear a little black dress, but my mom thought some of the older Chinese people would take offense to wearing black to a wedding.  I don't think they would have cared, but I didn't feel like arguing with my mom.  

So!  I had this olive dress in my suitcase that I've worn casually here and here.  I was able to dress it up a little and wear it to the wedding just by changing accessories.  It worked out well for the wedding, and the best part is that the whole outfit cost less than $20!  Looks like this dress is turning out to be well worth the $6.50 it cost me!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Purple and Olive

Purple Top: Gap  |  Military Jacket: Nordstrom Rack  | Skinny Jeans: NY&Co.  |  Gold Flats: Target  |  Necklace: Forever 21

The first time I wore this outfit a friend saw me, touched my jacket, and said definitively, "Like Michael Jackson."  I gave her a weird look, and said, "UM, or like military inspired?"  Since she had no clue what "military-inspired" meant she simply proceeded to explain why my jacket made me look like Michael Jackson.  And it's conversations like these that made me start a style blog.

BTW, if you can't tell in these pics, my shirt is dark purple, not black...and I need to note that because I'm a fan of olive and dark purple together.  Throw in some gold accents and it might be love.  I can't take credit for it.  I heard Clinton Kelly gush about it a few times on WNTW and if Clinton is gushing about something you'd better pay attention. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Must Be Real

Top: Charlotte Russe via Buffalo Exchange  |  Skirt: JCPenny brand via Buffalo Exchange  |  Necklace: Forever 21  |  Belt: Lulu's (won w/ giftcard)  |  Wedges: Target

I recently commented on a friend's (new) style blog that I used to be against shirts with animals on them, but I've slowly warmed up to them because bloggers everywhere make them so darn cute.  I think my aversion stemmed from the fact that most of the animal tops are with birds, and as I mentioned before, birds and I don't get along.

These, friends, are not birds, though.  These are GIRAFFES.  Yeah, I know.  Love it!!  Can I also just get a huge pat on the back for both my skirt and top being from Buffalo Exchange?  Animals on my shirt and (kind of) thrifted items?  I feel like a real style blogger now.

Linked up at The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Let It Be

Top: Old Navy |  Jeans: NY&Co.  |  Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's  |  Necklace: Etsy (shop)

It rained last week, and I milked it for all its worth by wearing my new boots all 3 days and finally breaking out this sweater.  I'm glad I did too, because this week it's back up in the 80s.  I got this sweater at Old Navy for around $10 a while ago.  I couldn't believe it!  The cashier said the store had only stocked them 2 weeks prior, so it was absurd that this was on clearance.  But it was.  Lucky me!

This outfit was easy-peasy.  Sweater, skinny jeans, and boots.  I've been trying to avoid the temptation to belt, tuck, or layer something, and to just wear some clothes sometimes!  Worked out here, I think.  Why over think things, right?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Gone Hatty

Top: Old Navy  |  Jeggings: NY&Co.  |  Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's  |  Beanie: Topher & Co. on Etsy (gifted)

This is one of the outfits from my 10 Ways to Wear a Plaid Shirt post.  I'd like to introduce you to this beret because it was made by my beloved friend Chris.  I'd seen it on his very successful Etsy shop and had mentioned wanting to try it, so he surprised me with it on my birthday last year!

I'm not much of a hat person, yet I'm a fan of this one for a few reasons: 1) It stays on my head well without squeezing so tightly that it gives me a headache.  2) It gives this outfit some character.  3) A couple of days ago it saved my hair from frizzing out from rain, and anything that protects my hairstyle is a friend of mine. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Kicks

Dress: Target  |  Scarf: H&M  |  Belt: Lulu's (w/ giftcard)  |  Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's

After searching high and low for a new pair of flat cognac boots, I finally landed on these.  Just in time, too, because as you can see by the wet ground and the overcast sky, this week cooled off and it's even raining a bit!  Finally!

I'm amazed by how warm these boots kept me.  I'm always cold, but I was totally fine in this thin sleeveless dress without leggings because of these boots.  I guess I've really underestimated how warm boots can keep you.  Or, maybe...how warm a good pair of boots can keep you.  These are my new secret weapon against cold.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

All About It

Dress & Belt: Lulu's (giftcard)  |  Bolero: Old Navy  |  Necklace: Etsy (shop)  |  Sandals: Target

What do you wear when you have to look decent on stage and stay cool under bright lights, to later hang out with college students and not be overdressed, to then play with kids where you'll be lounging on the ground?  A maxi dress, of course!  I already talked about how clutch (do people use that slang in other areas?) this blue maxi was another day, but once again it was the ideal choice for my Sunday activities and I need to give it props!

While this dress has spaghetti straps and a deep v-neckline, I protected the goods from accidental exposure by layering a similar colored tank underneath.  I like the silhouette the belt creates for the dress, and I also like how it gives the outfit some grounding.  I hesitated for a long time to get a maxi dress, but I'm all about 'em now!  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Target Gift Card Winner

Annnndddd, the winner of the $25 Target gift card is...

I counted the earliest entry as #1, so from the bottom up.  Congratulations!  Email me by Saturday, Oct. 8th to get your prize!


I've gotta say, I absolutely loved hearing your responses about how you feel about your closets.  Some of your responses made me laugh, and as a whole they helped give me a better picture of who you all are.  I'm in the same camp as many of you, feeling like there's a good collection in my closet but I'm learning how to make it more versatile.  Rock on to the ones who answered with A.  And to those who answered D, let's see if we can fix that!

You peeps are fun.  Let's do this again soon, okay?   :)

The Tale of the Yellow Skirt and the Shopping Ban

Top: Target (Thanks for the tip, Lilly!)  |  Skirt: JCPenny via Buffalo Exchange  |  Wedges: Target

See this yellow skirt?  Looks all innocent and cute, and maybe like it'd be fun because it's such a bright color, but don't be fooled, friends.  You see, this lovely little thing caused me to put a shopping ban on myself during September.  

I KNOW.  I thought I would cave in, but I'm so glad to say I prevailed and it wasn't even that hard!

I got this skirt from Buffalo Exchange in the middle of August, and since I recently learned to sew I intended to take up the length a few inches.  It was originally like this:  

Please excuse the horrible lighting...

The longer length was fine, but I felt that taking off a few inches would allow it to be more casual, which would be more versatile for my lifestyle.  But it sat on the back of my computer chair for a month and a half.  A MONTH AND A HALF, PEOPLES.

And some days I'd come home with new purchases only to have this yellow skirt staring back at me.  Finally, sensibility kicked in.  How could I buy more clothes when there is a garment lying around that I haven't ever worn?

So, I hunkered down and tackled my fear of doing my first hem, which especially scared me because it involved cutting off fabric.  I'm proud to say I did it...but don't look closely!  :)  It's not perfect, and it was hard because there are actually pleats in the back like this:

Photo from www.jcpenny.com

But I did it!  I love the color of this skirt and am so proud that I hemmed it!

Linked up at The Pleated Poppy and EBEW's DIY Month!


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