August 30, 2011

Green Goddess

Dress - Mimi Chica @ Marshalls, Necklace - Target, Shoes - Aldo
Over the weekend, I attended an outdoor wedding of one of the boyfriend's oldest friends. It was a beautiful ceremony with small candles and twinkle lights strung through all the trees and floating succulents decorating each of the tables. I wanted a simple flowy dress with minimal jewelry since the weather was hot and a little humid, so I opted for this chiffon mini-dress that I bought for 14 dollars(!) at Marshalls. I don't know what it is about the color green, but it makes me think of a Greek goddess and I always want to wear it with dramatic gold jewelry. Which is odd because I don't think goddesses really wore a lot of gold jewelry. Nor did they really wear green. Yeah. I don't always get me either.

August 25, 2011

For the Cause

Top - Vintage, Skirt - Banana Republic, Shoes - Anne Klein, Ring - ModCloth

Raise your hand if you've been a bad blogger this week. I'm raising my hand, I swear.

I'm so sorry that my posts have been lagging. I mentioned it before, but my new job has been seriously tiring me out. Plus I've been making wedding favors for a friend of mine who is getting married next week (check out my soap-making business here) AND I've been preparing for another trip to Vegas this weekend. *Gasp* I know. 'Tis the season for bachelorette parties and vacations and weekend getaways, I guess! Anyway, I promise to be back on track next week. Especially if I hit a jackpot in Vegas, retire from my job, and buy out the Caesar's Forum Shops. It could happen, people.

I know it's been a while since I've posted a work outfit on this blog. For those of you who don't remember, I work in the fashion-backward corporate world where black and navy are considered bright colors and "conservative" is the preferred description for style (yuck). I'm always trying to push the fashion envelope at work without looking unprofessional. This means that I save most of my "fun" outfits for evenings and weekends, but I try to sneak in some flavor whenever I can during the 9 to 5. Somebody's got to shake up corporate America, right? That's right. Some people fight crime, some people fight discrimination, I fight boring clothing. Everyone's got a cause. Don't judge.

I love this vintage tie blouse and pencil skirt combo. It's a great outfit for a curvy girl, and it's great for work because it looks professional but also chic and polished. I also love how this shirt and skirt can work for both playtime and the office (as you can see here). Clothes that double your wardrobe are a great find. I may not have been the best at math, but I at least know that two is better than one.

Have a great weekend!

August 22, 2011

The Little Dress No One Wanted

Dress - Vintage, Shoes - Lucky c/o ModCloth, Watch - Swatch (stolen from BF), Bracelet - Tiffany (gifted)
 I've mentioned this dress briefly on the blog before, but now it's time to tell its story. I found this puppy on the clearance rack of my favorite vintage shop, marked down to five dollars! The shop owner told me that multiple people had tried the dress on since she brought it to the store, but everyone had rejected it. I was drawn to the cute geometric print and the flowy full skirt, so I tried it on anyway. It turned out that everyone was right. It did fit funny. See, this dress originally had long, tight and tapered sleeves and a much higher neckline. As the bf put it when I tried it on, it made me look like a schoolmarm/librarian. But I saw the potential in this little rejected dress, and I brought it home. I had my mom, the amazing seamstress, cut the sleeves off and alter the neckline a little lower, and ta...DA! What do you think?

I think it turned out to be adorable...and it was only five dollars! It's one of the things I love about vintage clothing. When you buy something new, and it doesn't fit quite right, you don't feel like it would be right to do all these things to change and alter it. But when it's vintage, it's fun and exciting to find ways to modernize and change it a little bit. It means that every vintage piece has hundreds of possibilities, and it's fun to be creative and imagine what the piece could be with a little needle and thread. Much kudos to my mother who is amazing at redesigning my clothes...and kudos to this poor little dress that nobody wanted! The moral of this story is to never judge a vintage dress by its cover. Look at all the fun twirling you might miss out on? (see below)

August 19, 2011

Sin City

Sorry for the quickie post today, but it is currently WAY past my bedtime, I'm suffering with a mild case of food poisoning, I have to finish packing, and I need to be up in about three hours! But it's all for a good cause because tomorrow I fly to one of my fave getaways...Vegas, baby, Vegas! I know, I know. I'm sure many of you don't like Vegas. I always hear people complain about the heat, the smoke, the crowds, and so forth. But for some reason, I love it. It's just so decadent and over the top...and yet it's so up front and blatant about it that I find it acceptable. I mean, where else can you see a drunken bride trotting through the buffet line and then passing out at the table next to her bowl of soup? You have the admit, the people watching can't be beat in Vegas, and I love watching people. In the acceptable way. Not the creeper way.

I'm heading to Sin City for the bachelorette party of one of my absolute favorite girls, so I'm looking forward to some quality girly camaraderie, some cocktails poolside, some dancing, some gambling, and a LOT of fun. Here's a peek at what I'm packing for the short trip. I love how anything goes in Vegas, so I'm packing some bright (and tight!) dresses that I rarely have the guts to wear here, as well as my super duper high heels. I'm very excited to be tall this weekend. And by tall, I mean like 5'4. Hope you all have a great weekend....enjoy the last weekends of summer!

August 18, 2011

Summer Blues

Hat - Target (Men's), Dress - Macy's, Cuff - ModCloth
I feel like fashion bloggers across the board are talking lately about how they can't wait for fall and the fashions that come with the upcoming season. Uh, am I the only one who is dying to make summer last just a little longer? I started hyperventilating the other day because I noticed that the sun set just a little earlier than it had a few weeks ago. OK, so it might have also had something to do with the fact that my DVR somehow accidentally erased an episode of Pretty Little Liars. Don't judge. But anyway, I love summer fashions. I love bright colors and light and flowy fabrics...not to mention sandals and sundresses! I just love how in the summer you can throw on a dress and a hat and "BAM!" you're ready to go. I think I'm going to start saying "BAM!" when I'm done getting dressed. Maybe I'll even add a fist pump to it. Yeah, the bf is reading this over my shoulder and shaking his head violently "no." I guess not. Such a party pooper.

Seriously though, how cute is this precious little chambray dress? I bought it in the wintertime and wore it like this during colder temperatures. Don't you agree that the summer outfit is much cuter than the winter outfit? Come on, summer, hang on a little longer. I have rompers and dresses and sandals (oh, my!) that I need to wear before you leave!

What's your favorite fashion season? Are you ready for summer to be over (tear)?

August 16, 2011

Maxi-mum Style

Dress - Banana Republic, Sandals - Aeropostale
Maxi dresses are turning into one of my go-to trends for this season, and this one is my absolute favorite. I love how the layered hemline is so flowy and unique compared to all the other maxis out there. (Plus as a shorty, I like that I didn't have to get it hemmed!) I wore this during my girl's weekend (i.e. chowfest) in San Francisco, and this dress proved to be the perfect outfit for the Bay Area's cooler temperatures. I can already see that my maxis are going to be great transition pieces for the fall. With a jean jacket thrown on top, this kept me warm and feeling pretty all day long.

My weekend with the girls involved a lot of catching up and a lot of eating. We brunched, then headed over to XOX for some decadent truffles and coffee before we stopped at Bi-Rite Creamery for some salted caramel homemade ice cream. What, you don't eat two desserts between lunch and dinner? You're missing out! We then spent the night chowing on delicious mini sandwiches with yummy combinations like brie and duck or manchego and proscuitto with apple and sipping on champagne. It was a perfect, perfect girly weekend. I swear we did things other than just eating all day, but for the life of me, I can't remember them now.

August 12, 2011


Top, Shoes - F21, Slip Dress (worn as a tank) - ModCloth, Cuff - ModCloth, Clutch - Vintage (gifted)
Sorry for the lack of posting, guys...but I started a new job this past week and it's been kicking my you know what. Still, I had the chance to grab a yummy dinner and a mango mojito with some friends last night and finally got to wear this tank top that I've been dying to wear. It's lacy, flowy, sea foamy goodness, isn't it? I love how it can be dressed up or down, that the color is so vibrant and goes with all sorts of other colors, and especially the fact that I can eat two baskets of chips, two shrimp tacos, a bowl of guacamole, and two mojitos without having to worry about my shirt being unflattering. Um, I mean that theoretically, of course. I didn't really ingest all that delicious food. Well, maybe just the chips and tacos.And the guacamole. And possibly two mojitos. What? Hopefully none of you read that. Things in fine print don't need to be read. They're like footnotes in a book. Or calories on the back of Oreo packages. Or speed limit signs.

I can not tell you how much I adore this new clutch of mine. It's actually one of those European men's carry-alls, but it looks like a clutch to me, so I sort of stole it from my mother. It's that soft buttery leather that just feels so good in your hands. Plus, my grandfather purchased it in Jordan years and years ago, so it has history and meaning, like all vintage pieces. The camel color is going to make it a must-carry all year long!

Can't wait for the weekend (per usual). The bf is heading to a bachelor party in Vegas, so I'm having a girly girly weekend in SF. It's kind of a pre-bachelorette party bachelorette party. We plan to eat our way through the city, naturally, and enjoy some boy-free time. Probably not what comes to mind when you think of a girls' weekend, but it works for me. Have a great weekend, guys!

August 8, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Green

Dress - c/o Marshalls, Belt - Vintage, Earrings - Saks (gifted), Bag - Soho street vendor
If you look through the clothes in my closet, you will definitely find a serious rainbow of colors. If you're not new to this blog, then you know that I love pinks, reds, blues, yellows, ORANGES, and neutrals. But for some reason, I have almost NO green clothing. I'm not sure why that is. I love green. It's the color of nature. It's the color of limes. It's the color of money. All things I love. But for some reason, I don't buy green clothes. Maybe it's because vegetables are green, and yes, I'll admit, I hate vegetables. (I'm working on that, I promise, Mom). But I decided I needed to remedy this dearth of green right away, and this simple but sweet green dress fit the bill nicely. I love the crocheted back and the bright color. I paired it with wedges and a vintage gold coin belt and felt a little bit like a Greek goddess in it. Also a little bit like a piece of broccoli. But more like a Greek goddess. Well, maybe like Greek broccoli.

I am LOVING these new bone-colored wedges! I love how they are a bit more exciting than your average neutral shoe and give the outfit a bit of an edge. I plan on wearing them with a lot of different upcoming outfits, so I hope you like them too.

August 4, 2011

All Grown Up

Top - F21, Shorts - H&M, Bag - Gucci, gifted from Mom, Shoes - ModCloth
I don't know if it's because I have been saturating myself in all sorts of bright and vibrant colors in celebration of the summer season, but I have found myself gravitating toward simple, sophisticated neutrals this past week. You don't have to adjust your computer screens. That really is me wearing taupe and black, without a pop of orange or teal or pink anywhere. There's something about wearing neutrals that just makes me feel so classy and grown-up. I might even pay my bills on time and eat vegetables instead of frozen yogurt for dinner. Well, no, probably not. Let's not take the grown-up thing too far.

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